CTMH Live Beautifully Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard to our very special edition – Live Beautifully 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.

May is National Scrapbooking Month and to help you celebrate the beauty of your life, Close To My Heart brings you this limited-time Live Beautifully collection. From this collection you can choose to get the Live Beautifully: Cut Above® Layout Kit, Live Beautifully Paper Packet, Live Beautifully Stamp Set or get a discount on one of the Live Beautifully Album Bundles, only available until May 31st.

Now it maybe National Scrapbooking Month, but that doesn’t mean that you have to Scrapbook with these items! I  mean I have but you can also make  cards with the Live Beautifully Stamp Set & or with the Paper Packet and for this hop I wanted to show a few ideas of a scrapbook layout & some cards.

First up is this Smile Scrapbook Layout. I wanted to show how the papers could lean more to a male than using the Flowers.

Smile Scrapbook Layout Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The Live Beautifully Paper Packet has some black & white stripes & geometric greys as well as a blue watercolour look designs that work nicely for a male layout. I stamped & embossed the word Smile for the title. And once I decide the photos I will most likely add some Flip Flaps for more photos on this layout.

And now for the cards I wanted to show how the paper looks with the Live Beautifully Stamp Set & a design without.

Rose Card - Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The Rose card was stamped with the Live Beautifully Stamp Set in Blossom Ink & then I water coloured over with the watercolour paints, completely covering the stamp image. This gave the rose a water coloured look. I liked the rose on the rose designed paper but I needed to tone it down so that the stamped flower wasn’t lost. So I swiped White Daisy Ink over the paper to give it a distressed shabby chic look.

Here are some close ups of the painted Rose. You can also see the difference in the paper once the White Daisy Ink has gone over it.

Rose Card close up - Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auRose Card showing the difference in the paper once white daisy ink has been added - Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The next Card is this cute Panda Card

Panda Card - Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auThe Panda was created from a very cute Bear image from the Jack Cardmaking bundle. He is coloured in black watercolour pencil to make him look like a Panda & added to a card decorated with the Live Beautifully Paper.

Close up of the Panda.

Panda Card close up - Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

 

And I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Doris Taylor – Creative Inspirations to get more wonderful ideas on how to use this this month’s Live Beautifully collection.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas. I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it. Remember you only have until May 31st, to get the Live Beautifully Collection.

See you soon.
Maz

CTMH Stamp of the Month: Live, Laugh, Love (S1705) 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, Lauren Moore then you are in the right place.

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Live, Laugh, Love - May Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auLive, Laugh, Love saying has been around fro a very long time and this month it makes a lovely appearance in this month’s Live, Laugh, Love Stamp of the Month & you can play with the stamp set too, just by adding it to your cart at full retail price of $27 OR, with your qualifying order of $75, add it at checkout for the promotional price of $7.50. You only have until May 31st, to own it.

I decided to focus on using one of the flowers & the together word along with some Little Dreamer Paper from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book which also starts today!

Together Card using Close To My Heart Live, Laugh, Love - May Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au.jpg

The flowers were coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers & I played with cutting the cardstock as a triangular point so that you only got a peek of the pattern paper. This gave me an a place to stamp the together word at an angle. Some clear & bitty sparkles finished the card off nicely.

And 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.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s Stamp of the Month. I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it. Remember you only have until May 31st, to own this stamp set.

See you soon.
Maz

CTMH Stamp of the Month: Flock Together (S1704) 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, Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations then you are in the right place.

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Flock Together -April Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auToday’s Blog Hop is full of inspiration for this month’s Flock Together  which is for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75 or more on Close to My Heart Product.

This is little Partridge Family (no not the TV show featuring Shirley Jones and David Cassidy) has some very cute sayings that would be perfect for a Scrapbook layout but I decided to create a card. I really do like the scallop edge & thought it was perfect for a card.

Flock Together www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

If you liked to play with the stamp set, all you need to do is add it to your cart at full retail price of $27 OR, with your qualifying order of $75, add it at checkout for the promotional price of $7.50. You only have until Apr 30th, to own it.

And I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Nell Ward 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

CTMH Stamp of the Month: Tea-rrific (S1703) 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, Denise Tarlinton Scrap Stamp Share then you are in the right place.

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Close To My Heart Tea-rrific - March Stamp of the Month #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auIt looks like it is time for Tea with this month’s Tea-rrific—March Stamp of the Month & you can play with the stamp set too, just by adding it to your cart at full retail price of $27 OR, with your qualifying order of $75, add it at checkout for the promotional price of $7.50. You only have until March 31st, to own it.

I created two different cards using the Tea-rrific—March Stamp of the Month, one using only the flower and one of the sayings for one of the cards and the other card using a tea cup image.

Good Times card with Close To My Heart Tea-rrific-March Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

For this Good Times card I stamped & fussy cut the flowers, I did stamp the flower a couple of times where I wanted it to sit on the card, but added the coloured in fussy cut flower on top. I used the grey  woodgrain paper from the Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet and the lace ribbon from the Rustic Home Ribbon Pack and used Colonial White Cardstock as my base. I liked how the paper and the flowers at the top corner & the one little flow in the opposite bottom corner has made you focus in on one of the great sayings that is in the Tea-rrific-March Stamp of the Month set.

Your Love card with Close To My Heart Tea-rrific-March Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

For my next card I wanted a to create a Tea Cup full of flowers, my Nan would often place the dandelion flowers that I picked in a tea cup, instead of vase often because they had such short stems & well she was being nice to display them. So this card reminds me when I was little picking flowers & filling a tea cup, though they never looked as pretty as this card.

The cup and the flowers ha ve been coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers, blending the blues together to create the ombré look for the cup and using different colours for the flowers.

I used one of the Z strips Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet and some Silver Foil Tape to go with the silver colour I added with the Silver Metallics Markers only because I could not find my Gold one at the time anywhere!

And the tea bag by the way a very last minute addition – you know the ones you add to hide the black mark you somehow got in a random spot after you put the card together! Anyway it now looks complete with it.

And I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations to get more wonderful ideas on how to use this stamp set.

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

See you soon.
Maz

CTMH Stamp of the Month: Easter Bunny (S1702) 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, Nell Ward – Nelliebligh then you are in the right place.

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Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month Easter Bunny www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Hop on through  with the Stamp of the Month Easter Bunny  (see what I did there – Oh I know a very bad pun!) which is for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75 or more on Close to My Heart Product.

For this Easter Bunny Hop (Yes I know you all just groaned) I created this lovely (partly because I used the Close TO My Heart Hello Lovely Paper Range – oh I am on a roll – I blame the heat!) Easel Suspension Card. This allowed me to play with y Basic Circle Thin Cuts again.

I cannot wait to play more with this month’s Stamp of the Month: Easter Bunny & you can play with the stamp set too, just by adding it to your cart at full retail price of $27 OR, with your qualifying order of $75, add it at checkout for the promotional price of $7.50. You only have until Jan 31st, to own it.

And I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Denise Tarlinton: ScrapStampShare to get more wonderful ideas on how to use this stamp set.

Enjoy the Bunny Hop (sorry could not help myself) & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s Stamp of the Month. I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it.

See you soon.
Maz

CTMH Stamp of the Month: Adore You (S1701) Australasian Blog Hop

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

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Adore You - January Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

 

 

How pretty is this month’s Stamp of the Month Adore You (S1701) & it can be yours but it is only available exclusively throughout Jan 2017 for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75 or more on Close to My Heart Product.

 

I decided to make a Birthday card partly because I wanted to use my new Happy Birthday Thin Cut die!

I decided to make what I am calling a Cut Apart Cart. The card front is cut apart with a middle section taken out & then rejoined with some cardstock. I have seen these with rectangles & squares and I am sure there is a circle one out there, but I had not seen the join done with a circle and well I wanted to play with my new circle thin cuts – so that is how the design came about.

Plus I really liked how the sprig of flowers from the Stamp of the Month Adore You worked with a circle shape.

Happy Birthday Cut Apart Card with Adore You - January Stamp of the Month & Sugar Rush Paper. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The flowers have been coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers, the centres of the flowers have Gold Glitter Gems. Happy Birthday has been cut three times, twice in the pink & once in the black to give the word some depth. The pink pattern paper is from the Sugar Rush Paper Suite.

I cannot wait to play more with this month’s Stamp of the Month: Adore You & you play with the stamp set too, by adding it to your cart at full retail price of $27 OR, with your qualifying order of $75, add it at checkout for the promotional price of $7.50. You only have until Jan 31st, to own it.

And I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Wendy Hopper: Expressions of the Heart to get more wonderful ideas on how to use this stamp set.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s Stamp of the Month. I hope you enjoyed what I created as much as I enjoyed making them.

See you soon.
Maz