Make it Shine – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Anything Goes” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Tamara Sandwisch then you are in the right place.

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There are so many products to choose from for this technique hop “Make it Shine” So I went through all my shiny products & in the end I used Gold Foil cardstock, Solar Flare Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Gilt Gloss Spray, Gold Embossing Powder & Rose Gold Liquid Pearls. And then while on my early morning walks I seen all the Golden Wattle trees in bloom (they start to bloom late winter early spring here in Australia – so they are just about finishing blooming now) & knew I had to use some sort of Green colours to go with all the gold.

I also wanted to incorporate the Mermaid Lagoon which is one of the new colours Close To My Heart has added to the Distressed Oxide range. So I started with that & blended it Mowed Lawn Distress oxide so I got some nice blue/green colours. I then sprayed some Gilt Gloss Spray (one of the new colours added to the Gloss Spray range) and felt it needed more gold. So I stamped a paint splatter from the Perfectly Imperfect Patterns in versa mark ink & gold embossed. It took me a day to think what I would do next with this background before I ran it through the Die-cutting & Embossing Machine with the Botanical Embossing Folder. And then I loved how the background looked.

I die cut the large circle & embossed the Happy Birthday from the Embroidered Card Front stamp set & cut out some flowers & leaves using the Layered Flowers Thin Cuts. I added then Solar Flare Stickles™ Glitter Gel to make them stand out just a bit from the background & added some Gold Foil cardstock to the flower centres and finished off with a couple of drops of Rose Gold Liquid Pearls.

I had fun creating this card and loved how it all came together & I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Darlys Recker to get more Make it Shine ideas.

If you like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant & are an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
See you soon
Maz

Anything Goes – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Anything Goes” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Brandi Robinson then you are in the right place.

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So I hard time choosing what my favourite technique is, I even looked at what I have created over the years to see if I went back to a certain technique again & again, but I like to play with lots of different techniques as it helps make a certain stamp look very different from the last time you used it. So I thought I would focus on creating backgrounds using different techniques & see where I went from there. So with that in mind I hope you like this idea for “Anything Goes

My first background is a simple Distress Oxide Ink with some water splatters.

For this background it was actually created from the left over gloss spray on a stencil which I pressed onto some scrap card & realised it was to pretty to toss so I have finally used it with this butterfly card.

And I pulled out a different stencil this time to use ink & glitter paste. I also stamped the two smaller butterflies on some distress oxide with water splatter offcuts to go with the other three that were stamped on pattern paper. I added a touch of the same distress oxide ink to tie them together.

I had fun creating all these cards & I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Lauren Moore to get more Anything Goes ideas.

If you like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant & are an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
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Maz

Dazzling Dimension – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Dazzling Dimension” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Kim Loewen then you are in the right place.

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Dimension achieved in different ways & today I wanted to share how I created  Dazzling Dimension

I decided to create a little scene using the Build-a-Rainbow Thin Cuts & the sun burst stencil in Stencil Pack 3 with the cute sheep from From the Funny Farm.

I sponged the sun burst stencil on the background of the card to create a base.

More Dimension was added with the large Hexagons using the Stitched Hexagons Thin Cuts & created my background with some Distressed Oxide Inks & Shimmer Brush splatters. I then layered the clouds & added some Solar Flare Stickles™ Glitter Gel to create dimension & the look & feel of the sun behind clouds.

I added the Sheep on top of all this with 3D Foam Tape to create more dimension

I had fun creating all these cards & I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Miss. Carrie to get more Dazzling Dimension ideas.

If you like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant & are an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
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Maz

Inky Fingers – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Inky Fingers” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Michelle Johns then you are in the right place.

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I love to get inky & creative with my ink pads & really there are just so many different techniques using just inkpads.

The first idea comes from the Close To My Heart, Make It from Your Heart blog where they applied Distress Oxide™ ink with a blending tool, splatter with water, and dab with a dry paper towel. Follow up with a splatter of watercolour. I also added some shimmer brush to mine.

I wanted the background to peek out under my woodgrain paper that I cut with the heart Fancy Borders Thin Cuts die. SO once I knew how wide that was I added picked raspberry distress oxide ink, then splattered with water, then green watercolour pain & clear shimmer brush. I stamped the flower from the Operation Smile stamp set: Every Bit of Wonderful. While this particular colour is out of stock at the moment I think it look great in the Candied Apple that is in stock with the green & then match in a red flower – it make for a great Christmas card idea.

This next one I blended a number of oxide inks over white embossed flowers from the stamp set in the Serenity Cardmaking Workshop Kit.

Once the ink was buffed off, cut out the centre with the smallest stitched recangle die & the outside with the largest. I lighten or oxidized the ink of the background with the clear shimmer brush Matted the centre with cardstock & foam tape for height.

This final card uses stamping with water – Yes you read that right water.

I covered the Distress Oxide watercolour paper with seedless preserves distress oxide inks & then wet the Floral Details & Background stamp, not too wet that the water is dripping but wet enough that you would need to wait for it to dry if you going to ink up. I stamped onto the inked background & let the stamp sit for a bit, this allows the water to sink in as per the pattern of the stamp image & then very quickly I stamped again onto scrap white daisy.

The wet stamp lifts off some of the ink that if you are fast enough you get an impression from it. Once these were dry I cut a piece I liked using the medium sized stitched rectangle & put them together on the card front. What I like is I have the other halves left over so I can actually make another card with this background. Again at the moment the seedless preserves distress oxide ink is out of stock, but you can try this technique out on the candied apple distressed oxide ink which is available from your consultant or wait till more stock arrives which does happen often.

I had fun creating all these cards & getting inky & I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Melissa Robinson to get more Inky Fingers ideas.

If you like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant & are an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
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Maz

Plastic Patterns – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Plastic Patterns” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Michelle Loncar then you are in the right place.

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Whether you are creating your own stencils with the Stencil Sheets or grabbing a ready to use Stencil Pack, there is sure to be some great ideas for you to try out & use in your papercrafting.

I decided to use one of the smaller stencils from Stencil Pack 3 & I created a stencil/mask circle out of cardstock using the Circle Shaker Window Thin Cut Die.

Lovely Sleeping Fox with stencilled background

I cut my cardstock with the large Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cut Die & then laid down my cut out circle Stencil/mask into position & then added the diamond patten onto & pounced in abandoned coral & tattered rose Distress Oxide inks into the stencil to create my background.

I added a thin strip of Black Ore Paper & lovely paper & stamped a seasonal border under the stamped & die cut fox from the Woodland Friends. And layered it on some Lovely pattern paper to tie in the colours.

I did accidentally get a mark on the top of my card once I adhered it together – so extra falling leaves were added to make it look like it was part of the design. But overall I think is creates a soft & pretty card.

My next card I used Transparent Gloss texture paste with the stencil as once dry this texture paste is dry it resists ink.

Every Bit Of Wonderful Striped Texture background

I blended on some Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink & some Tattered Rose Distress Oxide. I then coloured & fussy cut a flower from the Every Bit of Wonderful set & added some strips of Comfort & Joy paper to finish off the card. The Just For You is from the Seasonal Borders stamp set.

I had fun creating this card & I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Darlys Recker to get more Plastic Patterns ideas.

If you like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant & are an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
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Maz

Peek-a-boo! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Peek-a-boo!” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Cat Nowak then you are in the right place.

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I love interactive cards & the peek-a-boo theme is a fun theme to create an interactive interactive card.

I have created a card called a Peek-a-Boo Card – the image slides into place to reveal a different image.

This is the card closed

You can see a cute little chicken jumping for joy in the circle opening.

This is the card Open

When you open the card a larger Chicken appears.

Check out this very short video to see the card in action & how the larger chicken plays peek-a-boo every time you open the card.

I had fun creating this card & I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Lauren Moore to get more Peek-a-boo! ideas.

If you like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant & are an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
See you soon
Maz