Congrats: Freshly Made Sketches #277

I had a play with my little Congrats stamp that fits perfectly inside on of my Basic Circle Thin cuts & thought that it would be perfect for this week’s Freshly Made Sketch #278 but I had to add the leaves – I really felt it needed so it my not quite fall into the clean style but this is where the inspiration for this card came from.

Freshly Made Sketches #278 - A Sketch by Jen M.

What I made

Congrats - Freshly Made Sketches 278 CTMH Dreamin' Big Paper and Wood Slats Embossing folder. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I used the Close To My Heart Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet, Wood Slats Embossing Folder, Thin Cuts—Basic Circles and the Leafy Congrats stamp which has been coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers. I sponged a mix of colours over the white daisy to give more colour & added leaves cut from a leaf that I found in the Cricut® Flower Market Collection.

I hope you all enjoyed what I created using this sketch.

Till Next time & keep creating!
Maz

Fun Friday Technique: Creating a background with My Acrylix® Blocks

Create a watercoloured background is by inking or even painting directly onto a My Acrylix® Block, spritzing it with water, then stamping with it directly on the paper.

What is great about this technique is that you get a different look each time you try it so no card will look the same.

What you need
– You choice of colour Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
– Or try Watercolor Paints
My Acrylix® Block
Watercolor Paper

Technique Process
– If using the Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad smear the ink pad directly onto the My Acrylix® Block

Creating a background with Stamping Ink with My Acrylix® Blocks
– Spritz with a little water to help spread the ink
– Or paint the Watercolor Paints onto the My Acrylix® Block

Creating a background with Stamping Watercolour with My Acrylix® Blocks

– Smoosh the My Acrylix® Block onto the Watercolor Paper, you can move the block if you want to mix and blend the colours.

Creating a background with Stamping Watercolour with My Acrylix® Blocks
– Lift block to reveal the background to use on your next creation.

I hope you enjoyed this Friday Fun Technique and I hope you give it a try over this weekend.

Till next time Maz

Partial Die Cutting with Close To My Heart Thin Cuts

This month you can Save 25% on all Close To My Heart Thin Cuts, so I thought I would share some great tutorials, tips & ideas on how you can use the Thin Cuts.

Today I am showing you how to do partial die cutting with the Close To My Heart Thin Cuts which allows you to extend a portion of a die cut shape past the fold for a unique card or place marker or in one case of my cards incorporate the rest of the background into the die.

Material:

Close To My Heart Thin Cuts I used the Hello Lovely Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle and the Thin Cuts – Happy Birthday for the two card designs.
– Die Cutting Machine of your Choice
– And Cardstock

How To
1. Mark with a pencil the halfway mark that you are going to fold your card, if you want your image to extend past a folded card line.
2. Place a shaped die so that one part of the die is above the centre pencil line and the rest is below.
3. Line up die cutting plates along the pencil line so that only the protruding portion is cut when run through the die cutting machine. I used washi tape to guide me exactly where I wanted the plate to line up


4. Score along the pencil line, outside the die cut area. Erase pencil markings.
5. With the Happy Birthday card cut away any excess cardstock so the only the letter appear above the cut area.
6. Decorate the card as desired.

I hope you try this technique and have fun with it and thanks so much for taking the time to find out more about the Partial Die Cutting technique…see you soon.

Maz

Birthday Fun: Freshly Made Sketches #277

Ok so this week’s Freshly Made Sketch #277 proved to be a bit challenging for me – not sure why but it wasn’t coming together that easy or as I first imagined but in the end I liked what I created.

Freshly Made Sketches #277 - A Sketch by Jen T.

I used the stamp set & one of the pattern papers from the Workshops Your Way® Here for You Cardmaking Kit and randomly stamped the flowers & leaves across White Daisy cardstock. I added some black watercolour splatter to tie in the background and then soften the design by adding a vellum overlay from the Uptown Fundamentals the saying is from one of the stamp sets included in the Cricut® Flower Market Collection and was white embossed on black cardstock and embellished with Black & White Dots.

Close To My Heart Workshops Your Way® Here for You Cardmaking Kit and Vellum overlay from Uptown Fundamentals www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I hope you all enjoyed what I created using this sketch.

Till Next time & keep creating!
Maz

Cut it Out!: Special Offer on all Thin Cuts this month!

CUT IT OUT! Save 25% on all Thin Cuts this month! www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auCut it Out!

Save 25% on all Thin Cuts this month!

Thin cuts give you a fast and easy way to cut all kinds of shapes for your crafting, and this month they are all available at 25% off! Choose from titles, sentiments, and a wide variety of shapes to stamp on, so you can get precise, dimensional cut shapes in no time!

You can create beautiful scrapbook layouts and cards while saving.

What’s more is that if you join my team this month as a New Consultants you will receive the SweetBirthday Stamp + Thin Cuts bundle in your New Consultant Kit at no additional cost and immediately begin saving 22% on all products if they choose to join Close To My Heart !

Check out this video about using the Thin Cuts without stamping

#CTMHThinCuts Keep an eye out on my blog as I will post a great idea, tip & or technique using out Close To My Heart Thin Cuts each Wed.

Till Next Time Maz

1 March 2017 (12:00 am AEDT) – 31 March 2017 (11:59 pm AEDT) or while supplies last

Fun Friday Technique: Rock n’ Roll Stamping

Rock & Roll Stamping Technique www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Today’s Friday Fun Technique is the Rock n’ Roll Technique & no it doesn’t involve dancing, but it is just as fun!
This technique adds dimension to solid images with two colours of ink and even a gradient colour edges to your stamped images. What I love about this is that you never get the same look twice, each image will be different, depending on the angle you rock or roll your stamp into the other colour & how far you allow the second colour to travel to the centre of the image, but it is fun playing with the variations.

And the best part? No special tools needed.

What you need
– Your choice of colours of Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads one light colour one darker.
– A solid My Acrylix® Stamps image. I used the Close To My Heart Stamp Happy for You

Technique Process
– Ink stamp with the lightest colour ink first, you do not want the darker colour of your ink to muddy your lighter colour.
– Press edges of stamp in a rolling motion on darker ink pad, being careful not to ink the centre of the stamp. You can rock n’ roll one edge or do it right around the stamped image.
– Stamp the image to reveal both colours on the stamped image.
Rock & Roll Stamping Technique www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I hope you enjoyed this Friday Fun Technique and I hope you give it a try over this weekend.

Till next time Maz