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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Faux Dimension with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers

I fell in love with Erum Tasneem card over on Jennifer McGuire YouTube video that I needed to recreate the Faux Dimension Look with the Close To My Heart Budding Peony Stamp + Thin Cuts

How I recreated the Look

I coloured the flowers with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers with the Tender Pink & Cherry Pink Markers, but did not extend the colour right to the edge of the petals

I also lightened up the Tender Pink near the edge of the petals with the Colorless Blender Marker. The leaves were coloured in a similar way with Leaf Green & Sap Green Markers.

Under the bottom of the stamped image with the Warm Grey 4 Marker & softening it out with the Colorless Blender Marker, I created depth & a shadow to these flowers. The lines drawn & coloured in with the Black Marker, drawn up close to the black stamped flower, so they looked like they were under the flowers.

The splatters were done with the Black Shimmer Brush. & I added a few I Heart Us Sequins scattered around the flowers.

This is the video that started the inspiration:

I hope you enjoyed my take on creating Faux Dimension with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers & 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

Shabby Chic with Close To My Heart Products

Hello to all my crafty friends

Welcome to 2019 & hopefully a fun creative year. To kick start the creativity I thought I would share some ways to create a Shabby Chic look with Close To My Heart products.

The Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea book started a couple of days ago & one of the new product ranges is the Feels Like Home collection, this collection has a shabby chic feel to it already so it makes it super simple to create the look.

For my first card not only did I use Feels Like Home, I also used some of the weathered pink paper from the Something Fierce Paper collection as it too had a nice shabby chic feel.

Combined with some textured paste and the the Budding Peony Stamp + Thin Cuts and a butterfly from the Butterfly Friendship Stamp + Thin Cuts, well I say the whole combination has a nice modern shabby chic feel.

Shabby Chic card with Close To My Heart Feels Like Home. #CTMH #CTMHFellsLikeHome https://maz.closetomyheart.com.au
I used one of the White Cards from the White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack then cut my paper to size. Once that was done I used a distress edger, you can use scissors to achieve the same look.

I cut out the Hexagon Grid Overlay from the Cricut® Artbooking Collection onto Stencil Sheets & used Opaque Matte Texture Paste onto the pink Something Fierce Paper using a pallet knife.

While the texture paste was drying I cut out the fringe border that is in the Decorative Borders thin cuts from Charcoal cardstock and stamped both the Budding Peony and the Butterfly onto white daisy cardstock in Charcola ink & coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers to lighten the colour on the butterfly I used the Colorless Blender Marker which actually removes colour not really blends.

It was all put together with some white ribbon – I think it turned out to be a very pretty shabby chic card.
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

National Papercrafting Month – Frame It Up with CTMH Magnolia Frame Kit

Frame It Up with Close To My Heart Magnolia Frame kit. #CTMH #ctmhframeitup https://maz.closetomyheart.com.auLook forward to starting a new year full of creative possibilities with National Papercrafting Month’s Frame It Up special.

This special features the Magnolia Frame kit designed to create a beautiful home décor piece.

Each kit comes with a chipboard frame and backing, two frame overlays and decorative words, die-cut flowers, leaves, and rose gold foil accents.

The kit also includes step-by-step instructions that show how to put the frame together and ways that this project can be personalised with additional products.

Frame It Up with Close To My Heart Magnolia Frame kit. #CTMH #ctmhframeitup https://maz.closetomyheart.com.au

There are so many different ways to use this versatile frame that you are sure to want more than one, which is precisely why we are offering special pricing when you buy two or more!

Save 15% on each kit when you buy two, or save 30% when you buy three or more!

See how quick it is to put together

I hope you enjoy the Frame It Up with CTMH Magnolia Frame Kit as much as I do.

Till Next time
Maz

*Offer available 1–31 January 2019 while supplies last.

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.
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(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.
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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