Sneak Peek into National Scrapbooking Month – Postcard Perfect

National Scrapbooking Month - Postcard Perfect www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auGet ready to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month in May.

Sneak peek of  what I created with Postcard Perfect products.

Close To My Heart National Scrapbooking Month - Postcard Perfect Scrapbook Layout www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auI was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to craft with the National Scrapbooking Month Postcard Perfect and today I am sharing with you some sneak peak into what I have created with these papers & stamp set so far.

Now the National Scrapbooking Month Postcard Perfect will not be available to purchase till Tue 1 May – so make sure you head back here for the full picture of what I have created & how you can get the products to make it yourself.

So Till then, enjoy the little peek

And see you next time.
Maz

Will be available to purchase Tue 1 May!

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10 ways to change up your Thin Cuts

10 ways to change up your Thin Cuts www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

So many Possibilities with your dies here are just a few

  1. Dry emboss – try with embossing folder!
  2. Heat emboss.
  3. Background stamp.
  4. Stitch (with smaller layer).
  5. Vellum stitch (with same size layer).
  6. Add gems/ sparkles/ embellishments.
  7. Edge distress.
  8. Cut on patterned paper.
  9. Use the negative & create a second shape.
  10. Cut on glitter paper.

Have you tried any of these techniques?
If so what is your favourite?

Remember, now through the end of March, get your favourite Thin Cuts at 25-30% off!

Have fun die cutting – Till Next Time
Maz

1 March 2018 (12:01 am AEDT) – 31 March 2018 (11:59 pm AEDT) or while supplies last

Leave Fussy Cutting Aside and Enter an Era of Perfectly Cut Stamped Images

Using correlating stamps and dies is big right now and a must-technique for any stamper and allows for perfectly cut images. With just a few turns of a lever, you can make your cards look super professional.

Luckily Close To My Heart have a bunch of Dies called Thin Cuts that come packaged with matching stamps – there are also a couple of Thin Cuts that are stand alone – allowing you to stamp or decorate the die cut image any way you like!

What I love about Stamps with the matching Thin Cuts

It is that you can recreate the same images over and over again in different colours, papers, textures- you name it, just by purchasing stamps with coordinating dies, you basically have the equivalent of endless stickers! All you need is a Die Cutting machine like a Cuttlebug or a Bigshoot to name a few. Basically -Thin Cuts are an easy way to add shapes, titles, and sentiments to any project — no scissors required!

Some Cards using Stamps with the matching Thin Cuts

There are a bunch of amazing Thin Cuts with matching stamps in the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book and here are a few cards to show how easy it is to turn a perfectly cut image into an amazing card, plus a few ideas to get you started.

 

Special Offer

SAVE 25% ON ALL THIN CUTS DIES www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auOk just when you thought it could not get any better, than making it easy for you to cut out your images – Thin Cuts dies are on sale all month!

Save 25% on a wide selection of Thin Cuts dies and 30% on select Thin Cuts bundles!

During March, you can purchase individual Thin Cuts at 25% off the retail price and select bundles of Thin Cuts at 30% off the retail price. This special includes both current and retired Thin Cuts.

Anyway I hope you enjoy my thoughts & ideas about Thin Cuts & you get a chance to look at what we have on offer for you.

Till Next Time
Maz

1 March 2018 (12:01 am AEDT) – 31 March 2018 (11:59 pm AEDT) or while supplies last

Step Right Up, It’s Showtime! – Exclusive stamp & bundle now available

Step Right Up Bundle (CC2184 )or the My Acrylix® Showtime Stamp Set (D1789) www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auTake Advantage of this exclusive, limited time offer!

This is sure to delight crafters of all ages!

My Acrylix® Showtime Stamp Set (D1789) www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Whether it’s the circus, a birthday party, or just a day of fun, you can share and preserve those
moments with the Step Right Up special and the exclusive Showtime Stamp Set.

Introducing the limited-time My Acrylix® Showtime stamp set, featuring fun, playful, circus-themed icons and sentiments that will be the perfect fit for birthday celebrations, theme park visits, or any fun-filled adventure.

This stamp is available on its own or as part of the Step Right Up bundle.

This bundle pairs the stamp set with other items to coordinate perfectly with this spectacular theme.
Including

– Five colours of cardstock (2 Black, 2 Cranberry , 2 Saffron, 2 Sapphire, 2 White Daisy),
– Gold foil paper,
– Gold pearls and
– Red shimmer trim

Best of all, this bundle is available at a sensational discount! Order yours today before this deal leaves town!

Till Next Time Maz

15 February 2018 (12:01 am AEST) – 31 March 2018 (11:59 pm MDT) or while supplies last

Pretty In Pink!

Pretty In Pink www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auSave up to 30% on Selected Products

Think pink this month during our Pretty in Pink special!

I know I will have fun with these savings!

During February, Save 30% on exclusive limited-time Pretty In Pink bundles!

The Butterfly Mobile Bundle

It’s time to think pink with the Butterfly Mobile papercrafting project!

This project uses four different colours of pink cardstock and gold foil paper to create a lovely handmade décor piece. A butterfly mobile is the perfect addition to a nursery or bedroom or a festive decoration at a birthday party or baby shower.

Watch this YouTube Video to see how easy it is to put together.

OR SAVE 25% off the retail value on the featured items

There are a bunch of  selected pink and gold products & stamp sets at 25% off the retail value that are included in our Pretty In Pink sale! and craft away. See below or click through to the Pretty In Pink Promotion

Save 25% on these featured items through our Pretty in Pink special! www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Want FREE Pretty in Pink product?

When you host a party that reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher, you’ll receive a FREE Colour of the Year bundle.

Or for anyone who becomes a Close To My Heart Consultant in February will receive a FREE Colour of the Year bundle in your New Consultant Kit!

That’s a $55AUD value, totally free!

Till Next Time Maz

1 Feb 2018 (12:01 am AEST) – 28 Feb 2018 (11:59 pm MDT) or while supplies last

Tutorial: Joyfold Card from a pre-scored card

Modify the white cards from the White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack into a Fancy or Different Fold

I know some people may find the pre-scored cards that come in the White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack a little restricting & may only think you can create a standard fold with the card – I get it there is a score line smack bang in the middle of the card how can you create a fancy fold with that?

Do not let this scored line get in your way of creating fancy or different folds – in fact use that score line to your advantage to create these fancy folds. Plus the advantage is that you will ALWAYS have envelopes that will fit your cards. I know I have created many of a fancy fold in the past that meant also having to create a custom envelope. No need to do that with these cards.

So I thought I would share some of my ideas, measurements & of course pics of the cards that I have customised. You will start to really recognise why this is called a value pack! To start the whole series off is the Joyfold Card.

Joyfold cards

Joyfold cards are basically two cards rolled into one. You can get some really great results using a variety of contrasting papers on the different panels of the card and you can also experiment with shape, size and fold placement for unique looks. But I am here to show you how to create one using one of the pre-scored cards from the White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack so unless you are going to cut down the size, the size is standard – but you could experiment where you cut the front panel & where you place the smaller card.

How To Steps

1. Take one of the White cards from the White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack & cut the front panel vertically in half – it is about 5.5cm or for those of you who love inches (sorry this Aussie Baby grew up with metric) 2 1/4 inch. The measurement doesn’t need to be exact but this size will give you a good panel to work with in creating the JoyFold Card.

Cutting Measurements for White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack to create Joy Fold Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au2. Now I found the cut off piece too small for my liking to create the inner card – but for the purpose of showing how to create this card, I used it. I just folded it in half & well it makes the whole thing pretty economical. I personally like the cardstock a little taller and about the same width. It means cutting up another piece of cardstock but have a play. I like the inner cardtock to be around 7cm or 2 3/4inches tall by 14cm or 5 1/2inches wide.

 

Cutting Measurements for White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack to create Joy Fold Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au3. Now the fun part the decorating part – you want to place the background paper of your choice on the inside of the card first before adding the inner card. Now you can do the whole card or just the part you see – the choice is yours.

4. Once you have your background paper adhered to the inside of the main card , it is now time to play the little joy inner card. You can mat this whole pice if you like or leave it plain. If you do mat the card – you will need to cut another smaller pice of white cardstock if you want the front panel of the smaller card to be white.

 

Cutting Measurements for White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack to create Joy Fold Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auOPTIONAL: Create a Belly Band to keep the card closed & it also creates a little fun extra embellishment to the card. To see an example of a card I created with a Belly Band check out the example over on my Facebook Page

Check out one I made Earlier over on Facebook

Head over to my Facebook Page to take a closer look at this card fold I made earlier in the month.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial & that you have a go at creating a Joy Fold Card yourself.

Till Next time
Maz