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

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

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

Close To My Heart Jingle Joy – Australasian Blog Hop

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

Australasian 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

I love that Close To My Heart made it so that the Jingle Joy paper collection is Black & White on one side & a more Christmas fell on the other – it is just super versatile. SO with that in mind I set out to make the same card layout with both sides of the paper.

First card uses the Christmas Tree & candy cane stripes which is more Christmas themed. I added a Cricut cut holly & a Merry Christmas stamped saying to complete the card.

I then done the same layout using the black polka dots & black hearts. I added some pink to the black hearts paper to give it a bit more colour & used a Flamingo zip strip & stamped Happy Birthday & added a heart.

Here you see both cards side by side, you can see the similarities, but also how you can used just one side of the paper to work with the theme you are creating.

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

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