Dazzling Dimension – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from Kim Loewen 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.

Dimension achieved in different ways & today I wanted to share how I created  Dazzling Dimension

I decided to create a little scene using the Build-a-Rainbow Thin Cuts & the sun burst stencil in Stencil Pack 3 with the cute sheep from From the Funny Farm.

I sponged the sun burst stencil on the background of the card to create a base.

More Dimension was added with the large Hexagons using the Stitched Hexagons Thin Cuts & created my background with some Distressed Oxide Inks & Shimmer Brush splatters. I then layered the clouds & added some Solar Flare Stickles™ Glitter Gel to create dimension & the look & feel of the sun behind clouds.

I added the Sheep on top of all this with 3D Foam Tape to create more dimension

I had fun creating all these cards & I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Miss. Carrie to get more Dazzling Dimension 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

Close To My Heart: Winged Masterpiece – March Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Doodled Borders – February Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Doris Taylor 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 some great images as well as sentiments on this stamp set, I could see it being used for many things

I love the floral designs for the butterfly & dragonfly, but I thought to myself do I really want to colour all that in. SO with that in mind & I figured others would think the same thing I decided to do the reverse colour technique – that is only colour the background & leave the actual stamped images uncoloured.

Winged Masterpiece—March Stamp of the Month

I stamped the butterfly in black ink three times on a 3½” × 8½” cardfront panel to fit the slimline cards Close To My Heart have. I chose a blue marker & started to colour in the background. I did add some Pewter Precious Metals Metallic Marker to the body of the butterfly to give the black a bit of metallic shimmer but I left the wings uncoloured.

I stamped one of the sayings onto some scrap & raised it up over the card.

It was a simple & fast card to create & still looked effective.

This exclusive D-size Winged Masterpiece – March Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in February) 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 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

Close To My Heart: Doodled Borders – Feb Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Doodled Borders – February 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 is such a fun stamp set that could be used to decorate planners, small bits of cardstock, pattern paper for cards or scrapbook pages or use to create an entire background. There are so many stamps on this set & I look foward to using it on my projects over this month.

But for now I want to share with you how I used it on this card for the blog hop.

Cattitude with Doodled Borders

I thought that some of the images would make perfect pennants/banners on this card.

I stamped a variety of the images onto plain cardstock & pattern paper that did not have a busy design & created a pennants/banners with them. One of the images was ready to use as is, just had to fussy cut it. I then stamped the scallop border & fussy cut the scallops & used the saying to add to the main part of the card.

I even used one of the heart images to add to one of the cats. It was fun trying some things out with the Doodled Borders – February Stamp of the Month

This exclusive D-size Doodled Borders – Feb Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in February) 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 would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doris Taylor – Creative Inspirations 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

The best way to start Card Making for Beginners

Want to know the easiest way to start Card making?

Want to start cardmaking & you are a beginner? OR maybe you want to keep up with all the occasions in your life? You can create beautiful, handmade cards, that will come together in a snap thanks to pre-printed card bases, die-cut shapes, and more with the Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscription

Each delivery also includes an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set, complete with stamping block and mini ink pads, so you’ll have the tools you need to create your cards just the way you want them.

The Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscription keeps your creativity flowing as you receive regular deliveries of Cut Above® card kits that will keep you connected with your passion.

This is a great idea for anyone starting out card making or anyone looking for a card making kit just to keep up with all the occasions in your life.

Subscribe to the Craft with Heart™ cardmaking subscription today!

Specials

Before heading off check out our other great promotions including VIP Customer Program, Perfect Match, Home Sweet Home, Bring Back My Pack – Blossom & Become a Maker for Just $20!

Thanks for checking this out & keep Crafting.
Maz

Happy New Year of Scrapbooking, Card Making & Paper Crafting in 2021

Happy New Year everyone! It is officially the first day of 2021, can you believe it? We made it through 20201!

Today not only brings with it renewed aspirations and hope in new beginnings but, also, a brand new Close To My Heart catalogue filled from cover to cover with new pattern papers, stamp sets, embellishments, new and original ideas, and much, much more!

So ring in the new year a& celebrate with us and take a look at a few new things happening in our  January—February 2021 Catalogue

Paper Kits

This Catalogue offers two brand new themed paper suites & a new mix-in paper collection. All these papers co-ordinate with the Core Catalogue paper suite collections, allowing you to mix & match or use on their own what ever your creative heart desires.

Happiness Lives Here Paper Collection

Bring a ray of sunshine with the Happiness Lives Here collection, featuring a collection of versatile patterns & colours that make it the perfect fit for a variety of everyday occasions.

Sweet Safari Paper Collection

The perfect combination of play time & craft time. Sweet Safari will help you celebrate baby showers, new arrivals using these vibrant fun-filled products.

Stamp Sets

Our new catalogue is brimming with great new stamp designs – here is just a small sampling:

Little Miss Message

Sure to be a new favourite this year, the Little Miss Message stamp set that allows you to mix & match heads & outfits to hold different messages. You can also get matching thin cut dies for the messages if you like. I look forward to sharing my creations with this stamp set on the blog in the next few weeks.

Winter Penguins

Yes I know it is summer here in Australia, but I just could not pass up on adding in Winter Penguins cuties to my basket. This stamp set also comes packages with matching thin cut dies for those who dislike fussy cutting. This is another stamp set I look forward to sharing lots of creations & ideas with over the new few weeks.

Stamp of the Month – Every Thank You

Of course you need to check out the New Stamp of the Month for January – Every Thank You. You can get this exclusive D-size stamp set (only available in Jan) for just $9 AUD, when you place an order of $80 AUD/ or more! OR FREE for VIP Customers with qualifying order of $80 AUD.

Thin Cuts (Dies)

There are lots of great matching stamp set Thin Cuts, but by far my favourite stand alone Thin Cut die is the Diagonal Stripe Slimline Thin Cuts – this Thin Cut is just perfect to create fun quick slimline cards.

Slimline Cards & Envelopes

Slimline Cards are the hottest card making size trend at the moment, so to go with the amazing Diagonal Stripe Slimline Thin Cuts, we now have the pre-scored card with envelopes to make it easier for you to create slimline cards.

Craft with Heart™ – Subscription with Heart!

Be ready to preserve memories as you make them with new kits from the Craft with Heart™ scrapbooking subscription! As a subscriber, you’ll receive regular deliveries of Cut Above® layout kits, each kit featuring two beautifully designed two-page layouts. Your layouts come together in minutes thanks to pre-printed base pages, with complementary die-cuts and stickers to help you preserve your memories in style.

And don’t forget!!! There’s a new Cut Above® cardmaking kit coming out in January, too!

Each delivery includes materials to create a set of beautiful, handmade cards, that will come together in a snap thanks to pre-printed card bases, die-cut shapes, and more. Each delivery also includes an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set, complete with stamping block and mini ink pads, so you’ll have the tools you need to create your cards just the way you want them. Keep up with all the occasions in your life with a Craft with Heart™ cardmaking subscription!

Amazing Offers & Specials

And to really start off the New Year with a bang we have some amazing offers & specials that are worth checking out.

Goodbye ’20, Hello ’21

 We have drastically reduced enrolment fee, and the New Year is the perfect time to sign up to become a Close To My Heart Maker because you can sign up for just $20 and you’ll get $21 back in CTMH Cash! This special pricing is only available through 31 January 2021, so sign up now and discover the rewards of operating your own papercrafting business with Close To My Heart!

Bring Back My Pack – Blossom

Enjoy a blast from the past with one of our most popular paper collections from the past: Blossom

National Papercrafting Month – Home Sweet Home

January is National Papercrafting Month, and the Home Sweet Home special is the perfect way to keep the celebration going all throughout the year!

Perfect Match

Celebrate the love in your life with the adorable Perfect Match collection! This exclusive suite has everything you need to create stunning Valentine’s Day cards, scrapbook layouts, and more! 

VIP We Are Good Together Workshop Kit

Create exclusive artwork with the VIP We Are Good Together Workshop Kit! This kit will be featured in our first-ever VIP Customer program virtual event on 26 February!  Not a VIP Customer Yet? Sign up today!

There are many, many more products worth taking a look at in our new January–February 2021 catalogue. to Check my website see what else 2021 holds in store!

May you have a safe and happy New Year! ❤

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