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

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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

Overstamping: Permission to be imperfect with your stamping

Overstamping is where you layer stamped images to create the illusion of depth. You can mix different colours – no masking involved or even add embossed images. One of the great things about overstamping is it doesn’t matter if you didn’t ink up the stamp correctly or accidentally rocked the stamp , this is because you will overstamp some of these areas & it will all look intentional.

Overstamping for layering stamped images to create the illusion of depth. Close To My Heart Wonder of the Season (B1632) was used for this technique www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

In this card example I randomly stamped images from the Wonder of the Season stamp set. I started with the pine cone image first around the edge in Toffee Exclusive Ink then added the fir tree leaves with Sage Exclusive Ink using a mix of first & second generation around the pine cones.

It didn’t matter if they slightly over stamped. I added the holly berries in Candy Apple Exclusive Ink and the holly leaves in Clover Exclusive Ink and well I thought I needed more red so I used some berries from the exclusive October stamp Love with All the Trimmings.

To finish it off I added more pinecones with pigment ink & embossed with Ranger™ Copper Tinsel Embossing Powder. You can see I again over stamped some areas where I had stamped before but it works for these types of images.

 

Fun Stamping Technique: Retiform Stamping Technique 

This Stamping technique, which takes “masking & sponging” to a whole new level. This technique has been around for a while, you normally see it as a background that is a focus of the card front.

I have created a card with this technique, but I created a different look then what you normally see.

Retiform Stamping Technique with CTMH Bunches of Love www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

What you need
– A couple of Stamp images. I used the Bunches of Love (D1815) stamp as my main feature.
– Two or more coordinating colours of Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads
– Either the Round Sponge or a couple of a Sponge Daubers for each colour you will use.
– Close To My Heart Cardstock
– Sticky notes of varying sizes.

Technique Process
Stick down your sticky notes to form a grid pattern. With a pice of the Round Sponge or with one of the Sponge Daubers sponge on the lighter shade of colour onto the unmasked area. Once sponged with the lighter add the darker shade ink. While the space is still masked stamp your images either in a contrasting or darker shade of ink.

Remove your sticky notes masks & mask off the the section you have sponged & stamped & continue to do another section. Keep masking sponging, stamping until you have covered the card or where you like the technique to appear.

I hope you enjoyed this fun Retiform Stamping Technique and I hope you give it a try.

Till next time 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