Rainy Day Card making with a sketch

So it is summer here in Australia, which often means rain in January, at the moment we have heavy downpours & it has been like that all week. Although the last couple of days it has been broken up with humid sunshine. Plus we are still in a hotspot for Covid in my region – so my holiday leave is at home. What is a girl to do ? Well craft of course.

So I thought why not just create with the most recent Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #402

I stuck to the orientation of the sketch & used a tiny scallop stamp for the scallops & replace the Flowers with these Penguins to create this cute Birthday Card.

Happy Birthday Winter Penguins

I used Close To My Heart Party Time Paper for the main rectangle & the current Jan – Feb Mix-ins paper for the banner. I added stamped faux stitching to the banner to ground it a bit more as it is sits away from the edge. The Penguins are from the current Jan – Feb CTMH catalogue & are called Winter Penguins – I think they are so cute.

I hope you liked my idea & it has inspired you to try it out or even the sketch out for yourself.

If you are interested in any of the products I used & live in Australia you can order these on my website.

Edit

My card made the Top 3 designs from Sketch # 402. 

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Close To My Heart Serenity – Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Serenity Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

Australasian 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

The Serenity paper collection is just a pretty colour combination of Blue Belle, Sapphire, French Vanilla, Toffee, Espresso. I have seen soooo many beautiful ideas created using this gorgeous paper collection

Ok just to change things up a bit I created a 8½” x 11″ Scrapbook Layout – Yes I do scrapbook sometimes & make layouts , I just lean towards cards as I can spend waayy too long on a single layout – I mean this one was started last month when I thought I should do a layout for the Stamp of the Month Blog Hope. I had the background ready & already stamped & coloured the flowers but I still had not worked out what else I was going to do by the time it was ready to get my blog post ready. And yes I can spend days on a card too. I just tend to be quicker & when I scrapbook I love layers & small details you don’t notice at first.

So I present With Love – I do have photos in mind – I need to print them – another reason why I tend to make cards!

With Love Serenity Scrapbook Layout

Ok so this is pretty long so if you want to continue on the hop now do so by heading over to the next stop, Danielle Edwards – Scrappychicks or read on to find out more how I created this.

So while the Wood Grain is the main paper, I have used lots of scraps & just about both sides of each paper that comes in the the Serenity Paper collection.

For the Woodgrain I started by scraping on some white Gesso (I know CTMH doesn’t sell this but I was going to use water & I needed the colours to blend & to protect the paper) once that was dry I added some Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink sponged over the Gesso area. I then used some Green watercolour paint & splattered that over the Distress Oxide Ink. I added more splatters with the Clear Shimmer pen & finished off with some water splatters & let that all dry a hot mess – most of it would be covered but I knew enough would peek out from where I was going to add things. In some of the close up photos below you will see these splatters.

I stamped, coloured & fussy cut the roses from the Happiness Never Grows Old Dec Stamp of the month. I then fussy cut out a bunch of white flowers with Sapphire Blue Leaves from the floral pattern in the Serenity Paper collection & proceeded to stick them together. I fussy cut out the white wreaths on toffee pattern in the Serenity Paper collection & added them to the layout.

With Love Serenity Scrapbook Layout Close Up

I stamped a saying with the Serenity Cardmaking kit to one of the wreaths with Toffee ink & added some silver thread & a wooden heart.

With Love Serenity Scrapbook Layout Close Up With Love

I then added some torn strips for my photos mats from various zip strips & patterns from the Serenity Paper collection.

With Love Serenity Scrapbook Layout Close Up  Torn strips

I finished off the the flowers by adding Blue Belle Glitter Gems, Blue Belle Loose Sequins, some wooden hearts, White Flower Sequins & some bitty sparkles using liquid glass when needed – Ok I went a bit overboard with the embellishments, but I just love how it turned out.

What I Learned

  • Colour your flowers ti match the watercolour you done after it dries – it dried up lighter than when it went on. And well the blue in the Serenity Paper collection. do give them a purple hue but I am fine with it.
  • When adding adhesive to things, don’t go to the edge at first, this allows you to tuck things after without trying to tear up the page. You can glue up edges once you are happy.

Close Up of the background & flowers.

With Love Serenity Scrapbook Layout Close Up

I hope you enjoyed what I created with the Serenity Collection, it was fun to create with.

I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Danielle Edwards – Scrappychicks

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

Close To My Heart Happiness Never Grows Old – Dec Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Happiness Never Grows Old – Dec Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from 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 post.

Oh boy flowers – I am in trouble – love a pretty flower to make things with.

My first creation I wan t to share is this pretty pink & black Cascade card.

Pink & Black Floral Cascade Card

I used the Mixed in Papers to decorate it & used one of the sentiments to feature on the front. I stamped, coloured & fussy cut the flowers to decorate the card. This card fold flat to 4¼” x 5½” and is simple enough to put together but has a nice wow factor.

My next card features the Thanks Thin Cut Die.

Thanks Card with CTMH Happiness Never Grows Old

I started off with stamping my roses first onto a stitched rectangle thin cut die & colouring them in with markers. I then masked them – the hardest part were the tiny leaves.

I sponged & stenciled a background in Distress Oxide ink. Once I was happy I positioned the Thanks Thin Cut onto the the card & cut it out. I cut some extra from scrap card so the it was raised ever so slightly more than the background & added a matching colour cardstock to my coloured roses of the thinner letters on top. The piece was matted & added to a pre-scored card.

I seriously could create soo much more with this stamp set, in fact I have about 3 unfinished pieces sitting on my craft desk, but I will leave it with these two ideas.

Remember you can get this exclusive D-size Happiness Never Grows Old – Dec Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in Dec) can be yours for just $9 AUD/ $10 NZD, when you place an order of $80 AUD/$88 NZD or more! OR FREE for VIP Customers with qualifying order of $80 AUD/$88 NZD

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, Danielle Edwards – Scrappychicks 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

Make the best Merry Borders Cards You Can Send !

I just love the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set it is so easy to use & layer up to create beautiful cards or even scrapbook pages.

The first Idea I want to share is very simple, it is just white embossing on wood grain paper.

Merry Borders

The paper was cut to the same size as the card, dusted with the Anti-static Pouch & then stamped with the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set in VersaMark™ Ink Pad & heat set with a heat gun. I cut out Merry from the wood grain & stuck it over some looped Silver Embellishing Thread & stamped Christmas on some scrap to finish off.

The next idea also has some embossing, but mixed with just plain inked images and the colours were all tied together to work with the gorgeous Serenity Paper Packet.

Merry Borders

I started off stamping in Sapphire ink, then I choose another leaf set & did second generation of Sapphire ink. The next leaf I stamped in Toffee & then finally the last lot of leaves were gold embossed. I cut out some of the Sapphire Blue Splattered paper from the Serenity Paper Packet and matted with some Gold Foil Paper, the Merry was also cut from the Gold Foil Paper and added to the Pine, Spring Design from the Serenity Paper Packet. I just love how the stamped design tied together with the printed paper.

I wanted to create something fun, so decided that I pair the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set with the Winter Friends Stamp Set I love how they look like they are hugging & peering over a wooden fence decorated for Christmas

Merry Borders & Animal Christmas Greetings

I started with drawing a line in pencil where I wanted the base of the animals to be, I worked out the height by seeing how tall the leaves in the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set would be. I then stamped the Penguin & masked, stamped the Deer & masked again to stamp the Polar Bear. I coloured in the animals with markers. I then cut some wood grain paper & started to stamp some leaves in various green inks & added some red dots as berries & stuck the paper down. I cut another strip of wood grain paper as I knew I needed a ledge & I wanted to create a wooden sign for the Penguin to hold. This was a fun way change up using the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set.

Back to a non-Christmas idea, this time playing with layered embossing & the Thanks Thin Cut.

Thanks & Merry Borders

I stamped the first layer of leaves in VersaMark™ Ink Pad on white cardstock & heat set and I then coloured with Peel Paint Distressed Distress Oxide™, I then stamped the next layer of leaves again with Versa Mark & once heat set I coloured over with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, I done another layer of leaves and added Peacock Feathers Distressed Oxide Ink. I added my final layer of leaves, but this time gold embossed the leaves. I then sprayed over the entire card front with Lime Gloss Spray which doesn’t rub off from the embossing once dry, so it tied in all the green layers. I then cut out the thanks thinner letters from this background. The Background thanks was cut in white card stock & sits over the cutout. I glued the letters back in place. I love the texture & the embossing resists of different greens this card shows.

Back to using the Serenity Paper Packet this time I used the small leaves to poke out from the sides of the Stitched Scalloped Brackets Thin Cuts

Peace & Merry Borders

I first stamped & embossed leaves, onto the Serenity Paper, I really should have started with the just inked layer first, but sometimes you do things backwards! I then cut the the paper with a Fancy Borders Thin Cuts and then cut another one out of Silver Foil Paper, I also cut Peace out of the Silver Foil Paper. I stamped and Joy in Pewter Exclusive Inks™ & popped the Stitched Scalloped Brackets on foam tape to finish off the card.

My final idea gives you a sneak peek of the December’s Stamp of the Month – Happiness Never Grows Old with the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set.

Merry Borders & Roses

I started off with a circle mask & then started stamping my leaves around the circle in various green inks. Once that was done I stamped my sentiment from the December’s Stamp of the Month – Happiness Never Grows Old in charcoal ink. I stamped, coloured & fussy cut out the roses & added them to my wreath of leaves. I backed the decorated card front with some Jingle Joy Paper Packet to finish it off.

I thought I share this card as a VIP Customer you can get a free Stamp of the Month FREE with qualifying purchase of $80 & the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set would make the perfect item to spend your  $40 in VIP Credit you get when you sign up before 31 December.

Don’t forget you can get all your Craft supplies to make these at discount when you sign up to be a VIP Customer.

VIP Customer Program maz.closetomyheart.com.au VIP Introductory Offer

You earn credit that you can spend or save each time you purchase your supplies. Not only that all VIPs are invited to an exclusive workshop on February 25th 2021 to make these cards & scrapbook layouts.

We can’t wait to craft with our incredible VIP’s! There will be a virtual event in a private Facebook group for VIP’s and a workshop bundle available to order on January 1st to help you craft these amazing workshops. Find Out More..

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Make sure you check out our other great promotions including
Seasons in Motion & Merry Little Christmas. And don’t forget you can sign up any time to our Craft with Heart™ – Scrapbooking or Cardmaking Subscriptions with Heart.

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

Mini Slimline Cards!

Regular sized slimline cards have been super popular in the card-making world, so why not a mini version?

I thought I have a go at playing on a slightly smaller surface & create mini slimline card with a finished size of 6″ x 3.5″ . What I love about this is I can have the fold on the smaller 3.5″ or on the longer 6″ side which makes it super fun.

The first time I tried out this fun size was on World Carmaking Day

You Make My Heart Happy Spring Mini Slimline Card

I loved how it turned out. I even based the layout on a sketch that was for a traditionally sized card. Check out the World Carmaking Day post to see all the details how I put this together.

The next card I want to share uses the Reason for the Season stamp set & I just love how the Wood Grain Paper Packet mixed with the
Lovely Paper Packet creates the perfect stable. The night sky was created with Night Gloss Spray with some Moon Dust Stickles™ Glitter Gel scraped over the top.

Away In A Manger

This mini slimline card was perfect size to help focus on the stamp set, yet show off the other details.

The next mini slimline card, I decided to cut out a window from the front of it so you can see inside the card.

Gnome for Christmas

I created snow banks using the Fancy Borders Thin Cuts & fussy cut out trees from the Jingle Joy Paper Packet & coloured in my Gnome for Christmas stamps to match the colouring of the papers.

Of courseI have to show the inside.

Gnome For Christmas Inside

These Gnome For Christmas stamps are just so cute on this card.

So for this next card I took the window as a 3 fold card. This turned out to be so fun to create.

Barnyard Fun

When you first open you see the details of the barn, with window shutters & woodgrain & the cute From the Funny Farm animals

Barn yard Fun Inside

And then you open up again to get this cute little scene with the sheep

Barn yard Fun Open

Really this shows, just because these mini slimline card are a smaller size of 6″ x 3.5″, you can still create a huge variety of designs & creative opportunity.

Don’t forget you can get all your Craft supplies to make these at discount when you sign up to be a VIP Customer, You earn credit that you can spend or save each time you purchase your supplies. Find Out More…

VIP Customer Program maz.closetomyheart.com.au VIP Introductory Offer

Specials

Make sure you check out our other great promotions including
Seasons in Motion & Merry Little Christmas. And don’t forget you can sign up any time to our Craft with Heart™ – Scrapbooking or Cardmaking Subscriptions with Heart.

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

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.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

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
See you soon
Maz