Emboss It! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

Emboss It #ctmh #ctmhtechnique If you have arrived here from Darlys Recker 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.

It doesn’t matter if you into the dry embossing or wet embossing techniques, both add texture & a little dimension to your artwork creations.

With my card today I embossed the white cardstock & the little chipboard arrow under the boat.

I love that you can emboss cardstock or chipboard easily.

Emboss It CTMH Technique Blog Hop maz.closetomyheart.com.au #ctmh

And well because I had time before this blog went live this morning I quickly made this card. I embossed in gold the Love blossoms & coloured the back in Shin Han Markers & cut the flower out & attached with some glue dots to a white dry embossed cardstock & added a sticker from the So Much Happy Compliments.

Emboss It :Love Blossoms with gold embossing on vellum on a dry embossed background maz.closetomyheart.com.au #ctmh #ctmhloveblossoms

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Katy Taylor to get more ideas  on how you too can Emboss It

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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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

Shake Things Up! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Shake Things Up! - CTMH Technique Blog Hop www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auWelcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we have “Shake Things Up” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Shirley Ross 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.

Shakers are a fun interactive element that can be added to any papercrafting project & I love the fact that Close To My Heart now stock Shaker Window Foam & Acetate & a Thin Cuts -Shaker Window & Confetti to allow us to create these shaker elements.

As our new shaker card thin cut is a circle, it was perfect to add in amongst the circles on this scrapbook layout and the Loose Sequins are like smaller circles – repeating the pattern on the layout.Currently In My Life Scrapbook Layout with Close To My Heart Shaker element www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Close up of the Shaker on the Scrapbook Layout
Shaker Close Up www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

For my next idea I decided to turn the shaker into a Snow Globe. I created the stand in Design Space & the snow hills from the Decorative Borders & the little houses are in the Cricut® Season of Joy Digital Collection. I resized the houses to fit inside the snow globe & the Loose Sequins act as the snow falling.

Shaker Snow Globe www.closetomyheart.com.au

I also created a see through shaker card – these cards do use two acetate sheets but I do love the way you can see through to the inside of the card where you could place a sentiment. I kept this card very simple with just a poinsettia on the Candy Apple circle.

See Through Shaker with poinsettia www.closetomyheart.com.au

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Carol Loftus to get more ideas in using the new shaker card products.

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

Paste-fully Creative – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Paste-fully Creative - CTMH Technique Blog Hop www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auWelcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we are  being “Paste-fully Creative” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Shirley Ross 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.

Texture Paste is ideal for adding dimensional layers onto a variety of surfaces and Close To My Heart have opaque matte, transparent matte, and transparent gloss texture paste to play with.

Opaque matte dries white or the colour that you colour it with. It is nice & thick & holds it form.

Transparent matte, and transparent gloss are a thinner consistency & both dry clear, which means that when you add colour, the colour is a lot brighter. The only difference is one dries with a glossy finish.

On this card I used the Transparent matte through a stencil created from the Artbooking Cricket Cartridge over watercolour paper. Once it was dry I coloured it with water colour paper & used paper towel to remove some of the colour to allow some of the white background of the watercolour paper to show through.
Texture Paste over watercolour paperThank You Butterfly Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auI cut it into a banner to use as a background and created a butterfly to match to make this thank you card.

With this card I added embossing powder to the wet texture paste. Once the texture paste was dry I used the heat gun to emboss the gold powder.

Texture Paste with Gold Embossing Powder Thank You www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auThis made a great background to cut up & use to feature behind the hedgehog. I coloured tit pink to match in the raspberry cardstock & the raspberry polka dot paper from the Oh What Fun Paper Pack.

I hope you all try out texture paste & give it a go. These are just a few ideas & I am sure you find more along this hop. I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Tamara Sandwisch to get more wonderful ideas using texture paste.

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

Magically Masked – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Magically Masked with Close To My Heart Products. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auWelcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we are “Magically Masked” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Sarah Devendorf 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.

Masking is a great way to create the illusion of depth and is a fun technique to try out.

You start out with the image you want at the front & cover it with a post it or scrap paper, then stamp the next image so it appears behind the first.

 

I did this using the cute Koala Adventures Stamp & Aloha Spirit. In fact I had to do some extra masking for the small hibiscus flower which is part of the Aloha word.

Fun In The Sun - Masking Technique with CTMH Koala Adventures. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I masked off the text that I did not want to ink before stamping the image, so I only got the flower. I covered the flower to stamp the Koala & shade/colouring – I did get a bit of shadow around the flower but filled it in with a Shin Han marker that closely matched the colour.

I finished off adding the surf board so that it sat behind the Koala – know the Koala kinda of looks like doing the hula. I thought the image was perfect to fussy cut around the whole image & add it to the cut apart picture my life Fun in the Sun Card from the Central Park Theme.

This is a perfect card to give to someone escaping from our winter to find some sun or for someone who just loves the sun & surf.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Melissa Robinson to get more wonderful masking 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

Introducing Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book 2017

Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book 2017 www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au
Well not only are we celebrating a New Year we also get to say a big hello to the New Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book.
This new Idea Book (and yes we call it an idea book because it holds lots of ideas on how to use the products within it) contains 4 New My Reflections™ Scrapbook Product lines; Sugar Rush, Hello Lovely, Dreamin’ Big and last but not least Some Kinda Wonderful. Each line has coordinating Complements & Accessories.

There are also stamps that easily work with the products. Of course you can always mix & match stamps, papers, complements & accessories to make something uniquely you. And don’t forget that these products do all co-ordinate with the Annual Inspirations Idea Book, in fact in the New Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book there are Four New Compliments that coordinate with the Fundamentals collections. But for now for a proper introduction to the new paper suites.

Sugar Rush Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au Sugar Rush – The sweet inspired paper suite is sure to give you a sugar high, but don’t let it fool you into thinking that it is only good for creating sugar inspired layouts & cards. This pack has some pretty pattern pieces that don’t look as sugary sweet.
Sugar Rush Card Making Stamp Set & Thin Cut Bundle www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au One in a Million Stamp Set www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au
Hello Lovely Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au Hello Lovely – A sweet floral paper suite that truely is lovely.
Hello Lovely - Scrapbooking Stamp Set www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au Good Thymes! Stamp Set www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au
Dreamin' Big Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au Dreamin’ Big – With the hero paper featuring flowers on one side & bugs on the other you are sure to be able to find this paper pack very versatile. And due to the colour pallet you could even use it for baby cards or Scrapbook Layouts!
Twins Rule Stamp Set www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au Dreamin' Big - Cardmaking www.maz.closeetomyheart.com.au
Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au Some Kinda Wonderful – A bright fun paper pack with lots of geometric patterns that you can use for all sorts of projects.
Some Kinda Wonderful -Cardmaking stamp & Thin Cut Bundle. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au Silly Sayings Stamp Set www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Whatever your style is there is paper suite in this little idea book for everyone & some brilliant stamp images to go with them.

But there is a whole lot more in this idea book I know that you are going to love these extra items – I know that I do!

Complements www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au Thin Cuts www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au Cut Above™ Layout Kits www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au
Four New Complements (Snapshot, My Girl, Springtime and My Boy ) that match the existing Fundamentals in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book New Stand alone Thin Cuts including Circles, Hearts , xoxo & Happy Birthday Amazing & Easy to put together Cut Above™ Layout Kits, one that is wedding themed & the other a Baby theme.

 

I hope you all have a fab creative 2017 & enjoy the new products that Close To My Heart have brought out this year. Make sure you head over to the shop & get your favourites quick as we all know that come April that some of the items will run out of stock because of the high demand and when you make your oder take the time to round up your order & donate some money to Operation Smile™, an organisation that provides free, life-changing surgery that repairs smiles and reshapes lives, one child at a time.

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my introduction to the New Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book 2017, I hope you enjoy this idea book as much as I do. Tell me what your favourite New Product is in the Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book?

Maz