Close To My Heart For My Beautiful Friend – July Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our For My Beautiful Friend – July Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from 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.

When I first saw this stampset I knew it would be perfect for the centre stage spotlight technique, I mean it looks just like someone finishing a performance & getting a bouquet of flowers.

I used both my ink pads & makers & some masking to achieve the look & added an extra flower from the Summer Vibes Acrylic Shapes. I matted the card with some Mixed-In paper

On my second card I really wanted to use the wonderful wash stamp & one of the many sentiments.

I kept the card simple & created pennants from a mix of Summer Vibes & Mix-in papers added a stitched look using the Build-a-Plaid & the butterfly just added that something extra special.

This exclusive D-size For My Beautiful Friend – July Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in July) as a statement or just to add a sentiment, this stamp set can be yours for just $9 AUD/ $10 NZD, when you place an order of $80 AUD/$88 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 had lots of fun creating and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren Moore 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

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

Let it Shimmer! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from Alyson Mayo 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.

Who doesn’t love shimmer & with the Close To My Heart Shimmer brushes it is super easy to add shimmer to your projects.

On this card I added the Gold Shimmer brush to the Star Balloon & on the cute clouds I used the clear shimmer to give them some shine & make them look like they are full of rain.

I used the updated Bring Back My Pack – Brushed paper to create my little scene for the Snuggle Up Bunnies

This is a angle shot to try & get a better image of the shine the Shimmer brushes add

My next card idea was inspired by a card from the Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscription but believe me when I say that the card that was in the subscription was much faster & quicker to make but still just as cute

I used the Clear shimmer on the flowers that wrap around the cake, on the Sweet Hummingbird & on the stitched shaker circle.

This is a angle shot to try & get a better image of the shine the Shimmer brushes add – it really is much nicer in real life.

For those of you who want to learn how to get your Close To My Heart Shimmer Brush started – this is a great little video

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Wendy Kessler to get more Let it Shimmer! 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

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

Close To My Heart Garden Tags – June Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Garden Tags – June Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

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.

This month the Garden Tags stamp set has lots of detailed nature images to create pretty tags & what is even better is that you can get matching Tag Thin Cut Dies to cut them out.

I thought I start off creating something that was not a tag, to show how it could be used if you did not feel like making tags.

I started off colouring in the tag image & then I wondered if the image would fit inside any of my other die cuts that I had. I actually had the Scalloped Circle Thin Cut cut out with a circle out to form a wind from another project, in a totally different colour & really like the idea, so it was recut in white daisy. I found that the mint/blue spotted paper from the Stitched Together paper pack matched the sky I coloured in on the tag & designed the rest of the card to tie everything together.

This exclusive D-size Garden Tags – June Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in May) as a statement or just to add a sentiment, this stamp set can be yours for just $9 AUD/ $10 NZD, when you place an order of $80 AUD/$88 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 had lots of fun creating and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen Watkins 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

Stencil It! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from Tamara Sandwisch 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.

There are so many different ways to use stencils in your artwork for this technique hop I used a stencil cut from the Cricut® Artistry Collection to create my background, sponging with Almond Ink.

I added a Freesia Flower cut from the Cricut® Flower Market Collection to sit over the background & added a thank you from the Time to Celebrate Stamp of the Month.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Miss. Carrie’s Creations to get more Stencil It! 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