Lovely Layers – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Lovely Layers CTMH Technique Blog HopWelcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we are “Lovely Layers” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Lauren Moore 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 adding layers whether it’s through the use of various papers, clusters of embellishments, or stamp images. I love how layers can help create interest my artwork & I had a lot of fun creating this Lovely Layers Love Blossoms Rose Card.

Lovely Layers Love Blossoms Rose Card maz.closetomyheart.com.au #ctmh #ctmhloveblossoms

I layered the red stripe Happy Heart paper over the soft pink striped Something Fierce. It helped that they were different heights & widths to allow you to see the soft pink stripe. I added some So Much Happy washi tape & layered over that with Lagoon diamond pattern from the Celebrate Mix In to go across the card. On top of that I have layered  a love blossoms rose weaved through the shaker window circle die cut. At the top of the card I added a layer ofSo Much Happy washi with mint cardstock decorated with one of the decorated border thin cuts. I finished off with some loose sequins with bitty sparkles in the centre.

I also created this scrapbook layout using mostly the Happy Heart Papers.

Lovely Layers Scrapbook Layout with CTMH Heart Happy maz.closetomyheart.com.au #ctmh #ctmhhearthappy

I fussy cut the flowers & layered over the papers, added extra banner to layer over the pre-printed banners on the grid paper. I created an embellishment clusters  with the scallop tag, stitched circle layered with a banner & die cut butterflies. I added layers with bits of die cut frames, tags & fussy cut out scallop to go behind the 3×4 photo placements. This is a very girly pink layout, but I loved how it turned out – now I just need to wait for my photos to be printed so I can add them.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Valerie Kapsha to get more Lovely Layers 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

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Close To My – I Heart Us Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our I Heart Us Paper Suite, Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Nell Ward 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.

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Featured collection I Heart Us Paper Suite

 

I Heart Us Close To My Heart Scrapbooking Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

This fun vibrant paper suite has a bit of something for all occasions, there are stripes, geometric patterns, spots & tiny hearts on the paper & there are rainbows, flowers & butterflies in the cut apart sheet & compliments.

It truely is a happy paper suite & I really have enjoyed creating with it.

My first share with you is a scrapbook Layout that I created with the I Heart Us Paper Suite.

 

I Need a 6 month vacation twice a year scrapbook layout with CTMH I Heart Us www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

First I designed a flower boarder using the Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection. I welded & sliced until  I got the design I wanted & cut on white cardstok. I backed the flowers with the papers from the  Heart Us Paper Suite, bar one which is a yellow from the Something Fierce.

I created some water colour in different greens & yellows. I also added in some transparent texture paste taht you cannot really see till you are close up. This was all done onto white daisy that I cut smaller to mat with the lighter side of Lagoon cardstock. I placed this cut out flower boarder onto the water colour . This formed my decorative element to my layout.

I matted the photos & added extra paper strips at the top, created a label for a little subtitle & stamped a saying from one of the stamp sets you get from the Cricut® You Are Here Collection to form my title. 

Finally I added embellishments using the I Heart Us Compliments & sequins. 

While there are no flowers in my photos, I was originally going to add flower photos, I thought it didn’t really matter as the photos had a lot of greenery so it was more about nature.

My second creation is a card combining the  I Heart Us Paper Suite and the exclusive Love Blossoms stamp set.

Flower Card with CTMH I Heart Us & Love Blossoms www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I cut the yellow striped paper at an angle & added a strip of patten lagoon. I coloured the Love Blossom image with Shin Han Markers & fussy cut out & added some I Heart Us Compliments to finish off.

I hope you liked what I created & it inspires you to try out some of these ideas.

If you love this featured collection I Heart Us Paper Suite then contact your CTMH consultant to place an order.

If you do not have a consultant, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen Watkins.

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

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

Close To My – Something Fierce Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Something Fierce Paper Suite, Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Nell Ward – Nelliebligh 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.

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Featured collection Something Fierce Paper Suite

Close To My Heart Something Fierce Paper Suite https://maz.closetomyheart.com.au

You may or may not have notice something a bit different about the paper packs in the new Seasonal Expressions 1?

The paper packs no longer include a cut apart Picture My Life pocket card sheet. They now have a cut apart embellishment sheet that has a pattern printed on one side & the cut apart embellishment print on the other.

So you can use the Dinosaur themed paper & the cut apart embellishments along with the Complements to make a very Dinosaur themed paper craft item or just use the generic patterns of the paper & pull out the non themed embellishments to create something different.

This allows you to have so many more options – but what about the pocket scrapbookers?

Well they do not miss out there are fab complimenting Picture My Life™ Cards perfect for the pocket scrapbooker or if you like to make cards out these – then you love that you will not have to cut them up – unless you really want to.

Anyway I love the what Close To My Heart is now offering with the paper suites & today I want to share this scrapbook layout I created with Something Fierce, which doesn’t have any dinosaurs in sight.

Love This Kid Scrabooking Baby Layout with Close To My Heart Something Fierce Paper Suite & CTMH Stamp of the Month Card Captions #ctmh #ctmhSomethingFierce https://maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I pulled out some ideas that I learnt from the Close To My Heart Album Retreat I went to in Sep 2018 & used some of the papers & embellishments from both the cut apart paper & the Complements of the Something Fierce Paper Suite to create a focus on my cute little Grand Niece.

Close Up of Love This Kid Scrabooking Baby Layout with Close To My Heart Something Fierce Paper Suite & CTMH Stamp of the Month Card Captions #ctmh #ctmhSomethingFierce https://maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I even used some stamps from the Card Captions – January Stamp of the Month as they worked well with the layout. I used the Sending sunshine and rainbows & the dotted border stamp.

The layout also features a number of techniques including the use of one of the decorate border thin cuts at the top & bottom, some fussy cutting pink scallops out of pattern paper, stamping and a Ballerina & clear shimmer ink wash behind the word Kid.

I raised the photo up on 3D Foam tape to allow a hidden journal block & created a pull tab with the small pink printed star cut apart embellishment.

I used a mix of Alphabet Stamps to create my title, Solid Classroom & Simply Said.

By the way, Alphabet Stamps are 35% off this month!

Close Up of Love This Kid Scrabooking Baby Layout with Close To My Heart Something Fierce Paper Suite & CTMH Stamp of the Month Card Captions #ctmh #ctmhSomethingFierce https://maz.closetomyheart.com.au

This is a great layout to use scraps as your strips of paper , you do not have to go across completely behind  the photo, if they are too small cut them in half & only have what you need pocking out of each side of the photo. I did this with a couple of the washi like sticker strips & one of the cut apart printed paper strips.

I had fun creating this layout & been dying to share it since early Jan when I created it.

If you love this featured collection Something Fierce Paper Suite then contact your CTMH consultant to place an order.

If you do not have a consultant, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren Moore.

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

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

Close To My Heat (S1901) Card Captions – January Stamp of the Month: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello, Happy New Year and welcome aboard our Card Captions January Stamp of the Month, Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Kylie McLoughlin – Creating with Kylie 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.

 

(S1901) Card Captions - January Stamp of the Month https://maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s (S1901) Card Captions – January Stamp of the Month

This stamp set is full of Sentiments, perfect for cardmaking & there is just so many ways you can make these sentiments be used as part of a background design, the inside of your card or just to quickly add a little sentiment.

 

The first card I want to share is how quickly you can stamp one of the sentiments & add to a card for any occasion. I just stamped Happy Birthday onto a strip of card & added it to this cricket themed birthday card. I used Something Fierce Paper for the blue sky & green grass. The Cricket players were cut on my Cricut from a design I uploaded.

Aussie Summer Cricket Happy Birthday Card with Close To My Heart Something Fierce and Card Captions - January Stamp of the Month. https://maz.closetomyheart.com.au

My next card shows how you can use the sayings as the background of the card.It is like creating your background paper but also adds a feature to the card design. On this version I have used a lighter colour  (Sage) & stamped the Thank You sentiments across the bottom & created used the word Fairy instead of Very from the Fairy Bread International stamp set.

Thank you "Fairy Much" card with Card Captions - January Stamp of the Month & Fairy Bread International stamp https://maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I used the same idea on the next card design where I stamped Happy Birthday across the background. To soften the look I used vellum. I cut a small strip from the front of the card & added some Feels Like Home Paper to the inside & the beautiful Budding Peony stamp, uncoloured to complete the look.

Happy Birthday Card with Card Captions - January Stamp of the Month &Budding Peony stamp https://maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I hope you enjoyed my ideas on how to use this great stamp set. This exclusive D-size (S1901) Card Captions – January Stamp of the Month set – only available in January can be yours for just $8.25 AUD/ $7.50 NZD, when you place an order of $82.50 AUD/$75 NZD or more!

Contact your CTMH consultant to place an order. If you do not have a consultant, I would love for you to place an order with me.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next creative stop; Doreen Watkins.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on (S1901) Card Captions – January Stamp of the Month

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

Close To My Oh What Fun Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from 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.

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Featured collection Oh What Fun Paper Suite

Oh What Fun Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auI love the bright fun colours of the Oh What Fun Paper Suite., they are very suitable for a non traditional Christmas but the patterns & colours can be used for more than Christmas.

I decided to use the pinks & some of the mint colours in a scrapbook layout featuring my nephew’s dog, China – I haven’t got any journaling on this as this will be a title page for a bunch of layouts featuring this cute fun fur baby.

This layout is mixed media but the background was super easy (though a tiny bit time consuming) to create.

A Dog's Life CTMH Oh What Fun Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I added some of the papers under the photo & mixed up some Hello Pumpkin. I added some Decorative Borders cut from Raspberry & Black. This was matted onto crinkled vellum that actually got crinkled because I had it on the bed & one of the cats walked over it! Lesson leaned so not place vellum on soft surface where it is likely to get walked or sat on.

Believe it or not the watercolour background is not created with watercolours but with a stamp set called Watercolour Impressions stamped in Mink & Mint. Believe me at first it looks like a hot mess & if you try it you might think that this is not going to turn out – but the papers cover most of it up & it just peeks out here & there.

I then set about cutting up 1inch squares from not only Oh What Fun but also Hello Pumpkin & the Seasonal Mix in as they both included colours & pattens that worked well with the Oh What Fun Paper Suite. These squares were then hand cut into triangles & turned into a chevron pattern. I mixed this up with some zip strips & stamped doodle borders & even some washi tape.

I did find that after I placed the title on which is a mixed of a stamped & Cricut cut that is was not standing out & that the background was competing focus for the photo. It was the bright raspberry on some of the patterns was detracting away from the eye so I did a white wash with white water colour paint. this help soften the pinks to match in with China’s outfit.

A Dog's Life Close up CTMH Oh What Fun Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Its messy & fun, which I know this style is not for everyone but that is life with pets – they can be messy & fun so I do hope you enjoyed this different way to use up a bright Christmas Themed paper pack.

This exclusive Featured collection Oh What Fun Paper Suite is only available until December 31 as we are now coming to the end of the Holiday Expressions Idea Book. So I would hurry before it is gone for good.

Contact your CTMH consultant to place an order. If you do not have a consultant, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom.

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

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

Shake Things Up! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Shake Things Up! - CTMH Technique Blog Hop www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auWelcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we have “Shake Things Up” 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.

Shakers are a fun interactive element that can be added to any papercrafting project & I love the fact that Close To My Heart now stock Shaker Window Foam & Acetate & a Thin Cuts -Shaker Window & Confetti to allow us to create these shaker elements.

As our new shaker card thin cut is a circle, it was perfect to add in amongst the circles on this scrapbook layout and the Loose Sequins are like smaller circles – repeating the pattern on the layout.Currently In My Life Scrapbook Layout with Close To My Heart Shaker element www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Close up of the Shaker on the Scrapbook Layout
Shaker Close Up www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

For my next idea I decided to turn the shaker into a Snow Globe. I created the stand in Design Space & the snow hills from the Decorative Borders & the little houses are in the Cricut® Season of Joy Digital Collection. I resized the houses to fit inside the snow globe & the Loose Sequins act as the snow falling.

Shaker Snow Globe www.closetomyheart.com.au

I also created a see through shaker card – these cards do use two acetate sheets but I do love the way you can see through to the inside of the card where you could place a sentiment. I kept this card very simple with just a poinsettia on the Candy Apple circle.

See Through Shaker with poinsettia www.closetomyheart.com.au

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Carol Loftus to get more ideas in using the new shaker card products.

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