Stencil It! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Stencil It!” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Tamara Sandwisch then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

There are so many different ways to use stencils in your artwork for this technique hop I used a stencil cut from the Cricut® Artistry Collection to create my background, sponging with Almond Ink.

I added a Freesia Flower cut from the Cricut® Flower Market Collection to sit over the background & added a thank you from the Time to Celebrate Stamp of the Month.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Miss. Carrie’s Creations to get more Stencil It! ideas.

If you like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant & are an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
See you soon
Maz

Get the Most out of Your Sweet Hummingbird stamp – 4 Unique Ways

Sometimes you need some inspiration to give you an excuse to get a stamp set besides the fact that it is cute – so why not see some creative uses of the stamp set.

I love this Sweet Hummingbird stamp set and & I think you will love all 4 unique ways I have used this stamp set . And I think I found enough extra ideas to make sure you get the most use out of it.

My first idea was to create this Screen Panel Card.

sweet hummingbird screen panel card

I created the Screen Panel in design space, using Artbooking & basic shapes & cut out the medium stitched rectangles & sponged them with Almond Ink. & stamped the designs onto them & coloured with watercolour pencils. I stamped the birds again & fussy cut them (you can get matching thin cuts with these stamps if you are not into fussy cutting) & used 3D foam tape to raise them up & added some clear shimmer brush to them. The card turned out super pretty.

The next idea I have was to use it in this interactive Peek-A-Boo Card

I got the cutting directions from a peek-a-boo design from Jennifer McGuire – she always does amazing clear instruction videos & I want to be like her when I grow up. I used a basic circle for my window, decorated with the Scalloped Circle Thin Cuts Die which made it look very pretty. Simple colouring in with markers. Check out my Facebook video to see the card in action.

My next card, I wanted to make a feature of one of the sentiments & to do that I thought I cut out an oval window & decorate around it.

I cut the stitched rectangle first, then placed my oval where I wanted it & cut that. I stamped over the card stock with the small leaf in the background. I stamped the saying directly onto the card & added foam tape to raise the background. I then stamped, coloured & fussy cut out the bird & flowers in watercolour pencils & added some shimmer with the shimmer brush.

The next idea I wanted to do something simple but also feature some of pattern paper.

I cut up a strip of paper of pattern paper 4.5cm which is nearly 3inches wide & added some shimmer trim on either side. I then stamped the small dots along one side – this is in the stamp set & is easy to miss. Added a sentiment to the scallop circle & stamped & coloured the bird & flower with alcohol markers this time to try a different colouring method. Once I fussy cut them out I added them to the card along with some gold sequins.

Bonus

Below is a couple of ideas from the Close To My Heart Art Department using the Sweet Hummingbird on a scrapbook layout & the other on a card. Plus a few Ideas I found on Instagram & YouTube to really inspire you.

Ok so this bonus idea is created by me but I put it here as I had already shared this idea over on the  Aurora Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop and I thought it was a great quick idea card to share here as the design is nice & simple.

I used both sides of the Aurora paper & a zip strip & coloured the bird in markers to match & co-ordinate & added Best Wishes from the Stamp of the Month time to Celebrate.

Here are a couple of idea is from Chris Lothian over on Instagram. I love the colours used on this card.

And I think this one is super sweet

Check out these fab ideas from Crafty Concepts with Erin showcasing 3 cards using this stamp, stepping up the design each time. I love the simple colour combos used.

And this fab idea of combining one of the Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection card overlays with the Hummingbird

Specials

Make sure you check out our other great promotions including Blue Skies & the Love for Mother. And don’t forget you can sign up any time to our Craft with Heart™ – Scrapbooking or Cardmaking Subscriptions with Heart. With new designs that have started this month.

I hope you liked my ideas & it has inspired you to try some of these out for yourself. Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Close To My Heart Cardstock Carnival Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Cardstock Carnival Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Shaunna Richards Passionate About Pages then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Right now you can enjoy monthlong savings on cardstock in all the colours of the rainbow!Cardstock Carnival – cardstock is a crafting essential that you can never have too much of!

My first idea combines the blue & the green-blue cardstock bundles to create a gradient effect in just cardstock for my sea background for this Birthday Fishes card.

I cut my cardstock to form a banner & and cut waves through it – I done this on my cricut so I knew the pieces would fit back together like a puzzle. I stamped the larger bubbles in White Daisy, these did not show up as much as I wanted on the Mint, so that is why I decided to use the Liquid Glass, but I did not want to do all the bubbles, so only done a couple. Then I added my fussy cut & coloured fish & saying. It was an easy card to come together & I loved how the background was done with coloured cardstock instead of sponging.

My next card I done a couple of different techniques onto the cardstock & cut them in a way to draw attention to the main image.

On the green cardstock I stamped on the lighter side & edged with ink. On the yellow I did stamp onto it, but it was harder to tell. And on the red I embossed the cardstock with the Celebrate Embossing Folder as I noticed it had Fun Times & I wanted that to appear with the Van.

Other than that I coloured my van, though I think next time I use a brighter blue to go with the brighter colour cardstock – but hey you sometimes don’t notice these things till later but I

I had lots of fun creating with Close To My Heart Cardstock which is on special right now, and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Danielle Edwards – Scrappychicks

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Stay Safe & Craft From Home

National Scrapbooking Day

National Scrapbooking Day- Free All Day Virtual Craft Event!

Join Close To My Heart on Facebook for an entire day filled with creativity and fun as we celebrate National Scrapbooking Day!

We will be live from 11am-11pm Mountain Daylight Time – everyone is welcome to join in and watch the FREE event on our Close To My Heart Facebook Page!

We have some fabulous creative projects and fun giveaways lined up, so we hope you will tune in and be our virtual crafting buddies for the day!

If you would like to craft along with us, we will be offering product bundles with materials for completing the creative projects or you can just craft with what you have at home.

In addition, we will also have special guest Stacy Julian joining us to put together a Story Starter album and share tips on telling our stories during this time.

Product bundles will be available soon, as well as a time schedule for each of the projects—watch for these announcements on this event page!

Finally, be sure to RSVP by clicking the “going” button on this event page before Friday, May 1, in order to be entered into giveaways that will happen between creative sessions! You MUST RSVP to be eligible for giveaways!

Please stay safe, I look forward to crafting with you at home.

Till Next time
Maz


Spruced Up your card making 4 different ways

The Spruced Up Cardmaking Stamp set (which also has matching Thin Cut dies) is the sweetest little bird stamp set & it has very versatile sentiments, so I thought this would b a perfect product to showcase what you can create with it.

My first idea was to used the stitched rectangle frame & have the the bird with the pine tree leaves sitting in the corner. I added an embellishment cluster at the top. There is no sentiment as I haven’t decided what I use this card for yet but I like how it turned out.

Spruced Up Blue Bird Handmade Card created with Close To My Heart Spruced Up #CTMH #CTMHSprucedUp

My next idea I thought the bird needed a house, thus this idea of a birdhouse came about

Spruced Up Bird House Handmade Card created with Close To My Heart Spruced Up #CTMH #CTMHSprucedUp

This next idea I wanted to create a winter scene & used a bit of mixed media to complete this idea. I used direct to paper ink using a mixture of blue inks, stamped over with embossing ink & embossed with White Super Fine Embossing Powder to create snow & added tree trunks that were cut from Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection, with added colour using Espresso ink & made a snow bank with torn paper covered with Opaque Matte Texture Paste. I loved how this all turned out & how the bird sits in well with this winter scene.

My final idea I wanted to try out the Card Front Spinner Thin Cut die with this stamp set. I kept the design simple as the interactivity is the main act on this card. The words are from the Rainbow Wishes stamp set & the background paper from the Spruced Up Paper Packet collection.

I hope you like my ideas using the Spruced Up – Cardmaking Stamp Set and that I have given you lots of ideas to go & create with it.

Below is a couple of ideas from the Close To My Heart Art Department.

Bonus

So this sweet idea was shared over on my Terrific Treats – CTMH Technique Blog Hop post. I thought the bird made the sweetest addition to this box base bag.

Box Base Bag with Close To My Heart Spruced Up

Looking for other ideas with this set, well check out my Pinterest Board: Thin Cuts – Spruced Up Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts where I have pinned a number of ideas using the stamps & thin cut dies

Make sure you check out our other great promotions including Oh My Heart Workshop Kit, the Bring Back My Pack – Urban Collection & the All Around Creativity National Papercrafting Month Offer. And don’t forget you can sign up any time to our Craft with Heart™ – Scrapbooking or Cardmaking Subscriptions with Heart.

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Terrific Treats – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Terrific Treats!” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Tamara Sandwisch then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

I love to package up treats for friends for any occasion, be they handmade or shop brought treats, it just makes them super special.

I have created some packaging using Thin Cut Die, the Cricut & one that I cut & scored – all of these ways I use often when I package up some treats.

Box Base Bag with Close To My Heart Spruced Up & Thin Cuts - Favor Box with Celebrate Today paper & You're Not Old Stamp & Pillow Box cut with Cricut & decorated with Close To My Heart Shared Happiness Stamp + Thin Cuts

The first treat bag is a box base bag decorated with the Spruced Up -Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts & papers.

Box Base Bag with Close To My Heart Spruced Up

I also used the partial die cutting technique with the Scalloped Circle Thin Cut Thin Cut to create a decorate top.

My next one uses the Thin Cuts – Favor Box which is in the online only section of your consultant’s website. I decorated with the Celebrate Today papers & the You’re Not Old stamp set.

Thin Cuts - Favor Box with Celebrate Today paper & You're Not Old Stamp

My final treat box uses Close To My Heart – Art Philosophy Cricut® Collection & decorated with Shared Happiness Stamp + Thin Cuts, Julep Velvet Ribbon & Black & White Dots.

Pillow Box cut with Cricut & decorated with Close To My Heart Shared Happiness Stamp + Thin Cuts

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Lauren Moore to get more Terrific Treats! ideas.

If you like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant & an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
See you soon
Maz