A Million Little Things you can create but here are 5 different ways to use the stamp set.

Flower stamp images are easy to create with, there is so much you can do with flowers, but sometimes we still need a little inspiration on using the stamp images. So if you are one of theses people who wants some ideas on using A Million Little Things – you are in the right place as I have created 5 ideas & found a bunch more that will sure to spark some inspiration next time you create.

My Stitched Together – Cardmaking Stamp & Thin cuts arrived the same time as A Million Little Things stamp set & well I couldn’t work out what to craft with first so they both ended up in this card by making an eclipse card.

I had fun changing up the stem of this single rose or is it a tulip flower using the Thank you from May Stamp of the month. I thought it made a nice stem & was a creative way to incorporate the stamp onto the card.

With this card I wanted to do some background stamping as well as trying out colouring with the Stokes of Artist for something a bit different & a way to stretch the use of my stamps.

On this card, I cut up the rose flower, so it could peek out behind the hexagon on different sides. I used Bring Back My Pack – Brushed paper on the side & coloured the Rose in to match to the colours.

I created a spotlight layered card for this one. I like these when you don’t want to colour a lot or stuff up the colouring. I layered the stitched rectangle with Dreamy Holographic Paper which is magic as it seems to take on the colours that you use on the card.

Bonus

Below is the Close To My Heart Art Department idea of using the A Million Little Things stamps on the scrapbook layout.

I love the simplicity of this card, but it still has depth due to the colouring.

I love the idea of extending out the colour from the actual image – who said we need to colour within the lines?

I loved the background in this card with the single rose

I love the combination of the white embossed the rose images on the cardstock that have been sponged Pebble ink at the edges 

This idea shows that you do not have to use the full image to create something special.

Specials

Make sure you check out our other great promotions including Bring Back My Pack – Brushed & Let’s Stay Home. And don’t forget you can sign up any time to our Craft with Heart™ – Scrapbooking or Cardmaking Subscriptions with Heart. With new designs that have started this month.

I hope you liked my ideas & it has inspired you to try some of these out for yourself. Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Creative ways to create cards with the Blossoming Friendship Stamp + Thin Cuts set.

The Blossoming Friendship Stamp set is such a pretty Aussie themed stamp set & what is even better is that it comes with matching Thin Cuts (or dies) to make it easy for you to cut the images out or use to creatively to create fab cards. And even though it is not in the current catalogue you can still get the Blossoming Friendship Stamp + Thin Cuts via the online only section.

So these two cards use the Spotlight and Masking Techniques that I came across from Jennifer McGuire – I noted that the gum leaf stamps was similar to one that she used & it made it easy for me to learn the technique & it was great to get 2 cards from one technique.

I cut out the mint cardstock with the Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts & then white embossed the leaf from the Blossoming Friendship Stamp + Thin Cuts on the lighter side of the mint cardstock, masked over the image & sponged on mint ink & glacier. I then used the Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cuts to cut out the large circle window.

I cut out the the white daisy cardstock with the Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts & then I worked out the position of the image & stamped the same leaf from the Blossoming Friendship Stamp + Thin Cuts & embossed in Princess Gold Embossing Powder. The circle was also cut out on this card too

I added my sentiment & added Clear Shimmer Brush to the white embossed leaves & used foam tape to pop up the the sections of the card I wanted higher. I love love how both these cards turned out.

My next creative idea was to do a more arty style look with some paper piecing.

I stamped the arrangement of the flowers & leaves from the Blossoming Friendship Stamp + Thin Cuts onto the Yesterday & Today paper & coloured it with makers, blending out. I then re-stamped the flower onto the Pink pattern & Green & White Check from the These are My People Paper and the gum nuts & gum leaves onto Yesterday & Today’s papers.

I added colour details with my markers & fussy cut the pieces to glue back in place. I cut it all out with the large Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts & mat with black. Stamped the saying & cut it out so that I could position it in a way to show the card.

Ok onto something super simple – you really do not need to do loads of fussy cutting & colouring to create this one.

I stamped the leaf (yes I really love this leaf) from the Blossoming Friendship Stamp + Thin Cuts & used the thin cuts. on the base card I stamped in Mink Ink with the Strokes of an Artist stamp. When I placed the leaf over it I did notice that some of the background was hidden more than I like so I did some extra fussy cutting. I stamped my sentiment & highlight happiness in mink ink & added a pen border.

Another creative card making idea I done with the Blossoming Friendship Stamp + Thin Cuts was to create a bunch of flowers

Everything was stamped, coloured & die cut out first & then the flower arrangement was put together over some Seas The Day Paper cut with the Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts

Ok my last idea was me trying a fun & different way to use coordinating thin cut dies.

I cut out out the shape on coloured cardstock & raise it around the stamped & coloured image, so it looks set back.

Bonus

Below is the Close To My Heart Art Department idea of using the Blossoming Friendship Stamp + Thin Cuts stamps on the scrapbook layout.

I love the simplicity of these cards, but it still has depth due to the colouring.

Specials

Make sure you check out our other great promotions including Bring Back My Pack – Brushed & Let’s Stay Home. And don’t forget you can sign up any time to our Craft with Heart™ – Scrapbooking or Cardmaking Subscriptions with Heart. With new designs that have started this month.

I hope you liked my ideas & it has inspired you to try some of these out for yourself. Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

The Easiest way to Start Cardmaking

Want to start Cardmaking, but not sure where to start or how?

The easiest & quickest way how to start cardmaking & look like you spent hours designing them is with Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscription

Seriously, not only does this Cardmaking subscription help you keep up with all the occasions in your life, it super easy to put together & allows you to customise the card.

Why start with Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscription?

It is Super easy but they look like you spent ages on them

Each delivery comes in a cute little box & includes materials to create a set of beautiful, handmade cards, 24 cards in total, 2 in each design that will come together in a snap thanks to pre-printed card bases, die-cut shapes, and more.

You get to make Shaker Cards – easily

Like what shaker cards that are easy to create – yep there are fun shaker cards included in the Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscription kit.

You only need adhesive – everything else is included!

The kit includes an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set (you can ONLY get this stamp with this cardmaking subscription & it is super versatile), you also get a stamping block and mini ink pads and envelopes, so you will have the tools you need to create your cards all you need to do is add adhesive – I recommend the Close To My Heart Adhesive Runner as it is easy to use & disposable. Now you can start creating them just the way you want them.

It doesn’t take up much room

If you have a small space this is a great kit for you to start this hobby as it takes up so little room, if you seen the amazing craft rooms stock floor to ceiling & think Oh I don’t have room for this hobby – well we all love to have a craft room like that but we do not all have the room – I certainly don’t but this takes up very little room. Even less once you give those cards out!

Want to see what you Get?

Check out what you get in the Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscription kit.

Visual learner?

No worries this video shows you how to put together the May–August Card Kit – Super cute & easy & remember you can change it up with the stamp set, adding extra foam pieces to get some height

See how easy it is to start cardmaking with the Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscription kit!

So what are you waiting for start cardmaking today!
Till Next Time, Keep Crafting
Maz

Stay Safe & Craft From Home

National Scrapbooking Day

National Scrapbooking Day- Free All Day Virtual Craft Event!

Join Close To My Heart on Facebook for an entire day filled with creativity and fun as we celebrate National Scrapbooking Day!

We will be live from 11am-11pm Mountain Daylight Time – everyone is welcome to join in and watch the FREE event on our Close To My Heart Facebook Page!

We have some fabulous creative projects and fun giveaways lined up, so we hope you will tune in and be our virtual crafting buddies for the day!

If you would like to craft along with us, we will be offering product bundles with materials for completing the creative projects or you can just craft with what you have at home.

In addition, we will also have special guest Stacy Julian joining us to put together a Story Starter album and share tips on telling our stories during this time.

Product bundles will be available soon, as well as a time schedule for each of the projects—watch for these announcements on this event page!

Finally, be sure to RSVP by clicking the “going” button on this event page before Friday, May 1, in order to be entered into giveaways that will happen between creative sessions! You MUST RSVP to be eligible for giveaways!

Please stay safe, I look forward to crafting with you at home.

Till Next time
Maz


You Make My Heart Smile: Freshly Made Sketches #417

I am currently on leave from the corporate job, which has given me lots of time to play with my papercrafting products – which I am enjoying so much. Really not sure how it going to be once I go back to work next week – eek.

But I thought I should revisit the Freshly Made Sketches Challenges stating off with the Freshly Made Sketches #417 would be a nice way to create & challenge myself.

Freshly Made Sketches #417

What I made

I started off with the Close To My Heart February Stamp of the Month – Cherishing Her, which will be available in February, to create this card.

I stamped & coloured the card in & fussy cut the image out & placed it onto a stitched rectangle frame & layered over a slightly larger piece with a torn bottom, both of these are from the  Jan–Feb Mixed-In papers collection.

The strip was stamped with my sentiment onto the Celebrate Today Paper Packet & cut at an angle one end.

I finished off with some Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Gel – I mean we all need a little glitz & glamour in lives so why not.

I hope you all enjoyed what I created using this sketch.

Till Next time & keep creating!
Maz

Paper Layering – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from Haley Dyer 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.

Adding paper layers can help create depth & interest in your cards & scrapbook projects. This is something that I do in a lot of my papercrafting projects as it is a simple technique to incorporate.

This project , that I am calling Pawsome Layers, I layered the banners so that you could see parts of the papers under them. I also overlapped the main image over the square dog bone pattern paper.

The next layered card “Merry Layers” I layered the stitched square over cardstock & ontop of the two pieces of pattern paper banners.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Miss. Carrie’s Creations to get more Back to the Basics 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 & an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
See you soon
Maz