CTMH Stamp of the Month: Seasonal Trees (S1811) Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative, 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.

The Seasonal Trees – November Stamp of the Month The  features three fab trees suitable throughout any season, be it summer, winter, spring or autumn.

They can be used for Christmas or to just create pretty scene. I loved this stamp set when I first saw it & have been looking forward to creating something with it to share with you all.Seasonal Trees - November Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The first card I made is a Christmas Card where I used one of the tree leaves & the cute little bird house from the Seasonal Tree stamp set. I really love how this turned out with the sponging & stamping of the leaves in different greens peaking out of the large scallop that has been cut using the Decorative Borders Thin Cuts.

Seasonal Trees November Stamp of the Month Christmas Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The next card I used the same leaves combined with the pine cones from the Wonder of the Season stamp set to create this Christmas themed image. Adding the Candy Apple Striped Ribbon & the Red Pearls helped finish this image off.

Christmas Pine Cone bunch made with CTMH Seasonal Trees November Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

My final card I decided to actual feature one of the trees in full. The background that it is on is created with sage ink on an acrylic block with drops of gold shimmer pen & stamped onto cardstock. It was heat set & the tree stamped partially over the background. The leaves stamped in sage which appears darker as the background became lighter when it was mixed with the gold shimmer. I haven’t added a sentiment yet as I think I could use this card for Christmas or for someone’s birthday.

Seasonal Trees November Stamp of the Month with Bird House www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it

If you liked to own Seasonal Trees – November Stamp of the Month  all you need to do is add it to your cart at full retail price of $29.50AUD OR, with your qualifying order of $82.50AUD, add it at checkout for the promotional price of $8.25AUD. You only have until September 30th

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Doreen Watkins to get more wonderful ideas on how to use this stamp set.

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s Stamp of the Month.

See you soon
Maz

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Paste-fully Creative – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Paste-fully Creative - CTMH Technique Blog Hop www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auWelcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we are  being “Paste-fully Creative” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Shirley Ross 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.

Texture Paste is ideal for adding dimensional layers onto a variety of surfaces and Close To My Heart have opaque matte, transparent matte, and transparent gloss texture paste to play with.

Opaque matte dries white or the colour that you colour it with. It is nice & thick & holds it form.

Transparent matte, and transparent gloss are a thinner consistency & both dry clear, which means that when you add colour, the colour is a lot brighter. The only difference is one dries with a glossy finish.

On this card I used the Transparent matte through a stencil created from the Artbooking Cricket Cartridge over watercolour paper. Once it was dry I coloured it with water colour paper & used paper towel to remove some of the colour to allow some of the white background of the watercolour paper to show through.
Texture Paste over watercolour paperThank You Butterfly Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auI cut it into a banner to use as a background and created a butterfly to match to make this thank you card.

With this card I added embossing powder to the wet texture paste. Once the texture paste was dry I used the heat gun to emboss the gold powder.

Texture Paste with Gold Embossing Powder Thank You www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auThis made a great background to cut up & use to feature behind the hedgehog. I coloured tit pink to match in the raspberry cardstock & the raspberry polka dot paper from the Oh What Fun Paper Pack.

I hope you all try out texture paste & give it a go. These are just a few ideas & I am sure you find more along this hop. I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Tamara Sandwisch to get more wonderful ideas using texture paste.

I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it and thanks so much for taking the time to check it out.

See you soon
Maz

Close To My Hello Pumpkin Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Hello Pumpkin Paper Suite Australasian, Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom 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 blog post – where you will discover lots of ideas using the Hello Pumpkin Paper Suite.

Hello Pumpkin www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auWhile this paper suite is perfect for Halloween with the oranges & black, what I love is that there are designs on this paper pack that could be used for any occasion.

In fact I think that paper suite looks more Halloween themed once you add Halloween Embellishments to it, there are actually only a couple of papers that have a Halloween design & even then one of them reminds me of the Cheshire Cat disappearing face & smile from Alice In Wonderland.

 

This card is created using the Workshops Your Way® Epic Birthday Cardmaking Kit which features the papers from the Hello Pumpkin Paper Suite. I created my own design using the papers & stamps adding some Hello Pumpkin Washi Tape & an embossed section using one of the Decorative Borders Thin Cuts to create this funky birthday card.

Happy Birthday Hello Pumpkin. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

My second card is a floral birthday card using some of the Hello Pumpkin Strips to showcase the bright colours that I used on the flowers with a bit of black. It was a nice challenge to use the papers in this way.
Flower Happy Birthday Hello PumpkinJPG

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful with the Hello Pumpkin Paper Suite.

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

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

Close To My Heart Boutique Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Boutique Paper Suite Australasian, Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Doreen Watkins 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 blog post – where you will discover lots of ideas using the Boutique Paper Suite.

Boutique Paper Packet www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auThis beautiful Paper Suite has the perfect mix of elegant tones with fun pops of colour, that at first you think would never work together but they look amazing. I love this paper suite and really enjoyed what I have created with it so far.

For this card I focused on using one of the Cut Apart Picture My Life Cards & mixed it up with a little bit of Seasons Mix In Papers & some Stamping to create this cute Christmas Card.

Boutique Paper Suite Christmas Card with CTMH Stamp Of the Month Just Treats & Fair Dinkum Christmas www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

This next card I used the Boutique Complements which have these fab washi like sticker strips. But I also added a feature from one of my favourite new Decorative Borders die set – I love how it adds interest but doesn’t add bulk or detracts from the main feature. Of course I had to add more from these dies so I added some flowers & leaves cut from the Boutique Paper scraps I had. This was actually a very quick & easy card to make but has a lot of features.

Boutique Paper Suite Inspirational Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Shaunna Richards Passionate About Pages who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful with the Boutique Paper Suite.

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

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

CTMH Stamp of the Month: Just Treats (S1809) Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative, Doreen Watkins 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.

The Just Treats – September Stamp of the Month features a mix of Christmas & Halloween stamps. My favourite image is the striped border which is very versatile, I also like the mug which I think would be good if you are scrapbooking about the everyday activity of drinking tea or coffee.ust Treats Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I decided to create a Christmas card, that allows me to get a head start on my Christmas Cards that I will send out this year.

This cute Christmas card features the Fair Dinkum Christmas Koala holding some Christmas Just Treats. The Treats are a little large but oh they look so cute with the Koala.And to make it just a bit more Christmassy I used the ‘Tis the Season Paper Packet for the background.

Just Treats September Stamp of the Month & Fair Dinkum Christmas Card using CTMH 'Tis the Season Paper Packet www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Now I want to show you how I used the fab striped border onto this layout which is created from this month the National Stamping Month exclusive Cut Above® Layout Kit. I changed up the layout in the kit & I really wanted to incorporate stamping as this is National Stamping Month & the striped border from the Just Treats September Stamp of the Month worked really well. No one would guess that it is from a Christmas/Halloween Stamp set.

Memories in the Making with Just Treats September Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

 

If you liked to own Just Treats – September Stamp of the Month all you need to do is add it to your cart at full retail price of $29.50AUD OR, with your qualifying order of $82.50AUD, add it at checkout for the promotional price of $8.25AUD. You only have until September 30th

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Shaunna Richards – Passionate About Pages  to get more wonderful ideas on how to use this stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it and thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s Stamp of the Month.

See you soon
Maz

Magically Masked – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Magically Masked with Close To My Heart Products. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auWelcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we are “Magically Masked” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Sarah Devendorf 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.

Masking is a great way to create the illusion of depth and is a fun technique to try out.

You start out with the image you want at the front & cover it with a post it or scrap paper, then stamp the next image so it appears behind the first.

 

I did this using the cute Koala Adventures Stamp & Aloha Spirit. In fact I had to do some extra masking for the small hibiscus flower which is part of the Aloha word.

Fun In The Sun - Masking Technique with CTMH Koala Adventures. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I masked off the text that I did not want to ink before stamping the image, so I only got the flower. I covered the flower to stamp the Koala & shade/colouring – I did get a bit of shadow around the flower but filled it in with a Shin Han marker that closely matched the colour.

I finished off adding the surf board so that it sat behind the Koala – know the Koala kinda of looks like doing the hula. I thought the image was perfect to fussy cut around the whole image & add it to the cut apart picture my life Fun in the Sun Card from the Central Park Theme.

This is a perfect card to give to someone escaping from our winter to find some sun or for someone who just loves the sun & surf.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Melissa Robinson to get more wonderful masking ideas.

I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it and thanks so much for taking the time to check it out.

See you soon
Maz