Close To My Heart Layered Flowers Thin Cuts – Australasian Blog Hop

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The Layered Flowers Thin Cuts are very vertisile flower thin cut dies that are a great investment. You might be thinking I have already got other flower dies, but these ones once you experiment with them a bit you can create more than the flowers that are featured on the front cover of the annual catalogue.

For my first card I did use the Layered flowers as expected.

I created the card front with the Embroidered Card Front stamp set. I cut out the leaves from Rosemary Cardstock & when I glued them down, I slightly curved them to match the inner circle. I cut the smaller flower from Mulberry Cardstock, using both the light side & the dark side layered together. I added some silver foil centres.This card came together very quickly as I had the flowers already done foor something else & I did not use them. I think I be making a bunch more flowers just to have on hand ready to quickly embellish a card.

For my next card I wanted to do something creative with the flowers, so at first I folded these large petals in half & then realised they sort of looked a bit like cone flowers.

After a bit of experimentation, I ended up cutting the petals so I could layer them & stamped on one of the images with Perfectly Imperfect Patterns & some sponging I got these gorgeous flowers.

I used some As You Grow Paper behind the Circle Windows Slimline Thin Cuts & added a For You stamp. I loved how this card turned out.

And finally I wanted to use the leaves.

I painted some watercolour paper in various greens from my water paints. I added water spray & dried it with a heat gun. I added some Lime & Gilt Gloss spays. And then I cut out my leaves.

I used the Curved Rectangle Frame Thin Cuts on Kraft paper & arranged the leaves around it, I did cut them so that I could layer them & have them poking out at various lengths. I cut out the Just Because & distressed it with some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink & then with the embossing Pen I covered the wording & added gold embossing powder. I wanted the distressed look so I did not worry about it appearing on the background. I also added Solar Flare Stickles Glitter Gel to the background.

To finish off I cut one of the inner flowers. I stamped the small flower from Perfectly Imperfect Patterns in the centre & added white gel pen. It was a fun mixed media card to create.

I hope you enjoyed what I created with the Layered Flowers Thin Cuts, they were fun to create with.

I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Shaunna Richards – Passionate About Pages

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 Holly & Ivy – Australasian Blog Hop

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The Holly & Ivy paper collection is a lovely traditional Christmas collection & well yes I used it for Christmas Cards

So my first Christmas Card features the adorable Kitten in a Box from the A Furry Merry Christmas stamp set.

I stamped a border of baubles at the bottom of 4¼” x 5½” Rosemary Cardstock with Sage ink – I wanted the border to only just be visible & found that this worked great. I then stamped my kitten in Charcoal ink onto French Vanilla Cardstock & & coloured it in with TriBlend™ Markers and added some randomly stamped paw prints around it in Mink Ink. I added a border of the Candy Apple Printed paper top & bottom. I then finished off by stamping Merry Christmas from the For All Occasions stamp set & off set that with the Candy Apple stripped paper. I really love how the Candy Apple stands out on this & draws your eye to the softer image in the middle.

For this next card I played around with cutting the Candy Apple stripped paper at an angle.

I then added it to the Evergreen Holly printed design with Merry Christmas from the For All Occasions stamp set stamped in Charcoal ink onto French Vanilla Cardstock. I added some Silver shimmer trim. I felt the card was not done yet it needed an image, so I stamped the two fauns from the Holly & Ivy Scrapbooking stamp set in Mocha ink onto the Toffee with white splatter pattern paper. I thought the paper was perfect for an easy colouring option for these images.

While I had the Holly & Ivy Scrapbooking stamp set out I had to stamp more of these fauns onto the white splatter pattern paper. This time I created a card that can hold a gift card or even a small gift. Perfect for Christmas.

This is a top fold card & I cut the front panel at 1½” on the right hand side. This panel is stuck to the base on the right & bottom, creating a pocket. I sprayed the left panel with Gilt Gloss Spray. Added a couple little banners at the top.

The harbour panel is the centre cut out from the Curved Rectangle Frame Thin Cuts die. I added my fawns to this & finished off with some Gold Loose Sequins to finish off. You can add a gift card a packet of sparkles or even a small stamp set inside the card.

I hope you enjoyed what I created with the Holly & Ivy paper collection, it was fun to create with.

I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Shaunna Richards – Passionate About Pages

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 Slimline Celebration – Australasian Blog Hop

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This National Stamping Month, show your love of stamping and cardmaking with the Slimline Celebration special!

This special features three exclusive stamp + Thin Cuts sets, that have the sweetest icons, plus two slimline card front Thin Cuts dies (Circle Cluster & Star Cluster) and to top it all off another stamp set that is loaded with sentiments sized perfectly for a slimline card!

I have actually made sooo many cards with these products already. The stamps sets are just so adorable & really these thin cuts are amazing.

My First card is a slimline but instead of using one of the Slimline Celebration Thin Cut Dies, I used the inner part of the Slimline Shaker Window Thin Cuts die.

I then stamped the Slimline Sentiments onto some white daisy & did minor decorations with some ink using the Perfectly Imperfect Patterns to highlight one of the words & add some extra decoration & the Orange blend Tri-Blend Marker which worked well with the Papaya Cardstock. I then added some Bright Bitty Beads in the orange colour to complete the card. I love how quick & simple this card was to create.

For my next card I pulled out the Distressed Oxide Inks.

I created a fun ocean background with Mermaid Lagoon & Chipped Sapphire for the ocean & blended some Mowed Lawn Distress at the bottom where I was going to place the seaweed. I sprayed with water & once dried I stamped some little fish in an assortment of inks. I coloured some cardstock with Mowed Lawn Distress & added some touches of left over blue distressed oxide inks & sprayed with water. I created seaweed with this. For the Angel Fish I done some Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade & Abandoned Coral. I added touches of white gel pen to the tails.

And finally for my seahorse I used Peacock Feathers with touches of Mermaid Lagoon & sprayed with water. I added white gel pen to the seahorse. I cut out a scrap of white cardstock with one of the inner pieces of the Square Windows Slimline Thin Cuts & stamped my saying.

I ran out of time to share some ideas using one of the fab thin cuts that comes in this collection, but I have enjoyed creating with them, you will sure to see them featured somewhere in this hop or on my socials.

I hope you enjoyed what I created with the Slimline Celebration paper collection, it was fun to create with.

I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Shaunna Richards – Passionate About Pages

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 Pumpkin Spice – Australasian Blog Hop

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The Pumpkin Spice paper collection works wonders on cards, scrapbook layouts, and all kinds of crafts made for a variety of occasions.

I decided to use the Pumpkin Spice Collection with the Thoughtful Critters from the Slimline Celebration as they seemed like the perfect fit.

I cut the papers with the Circle Cluster Thin Cuts & glued them into place so each circle shows some of the design – you can do this with scraps as long as you know where the pattern paper is going to go.

I coloured the critters in with markers but with the owl I did stamp onto the pattern paper & fussy cut out & placed over the owl. I fussy cut some trees out from one of the papers so it could be part of a landscape background. I used one of the stickers to fit into one of the circles but as I did not like the sentiment I stamped one & placed it over the top.

I added a couple of wooden stickers, Rose Gold Liquid Pearls & a little branch from the Layered Flowers Thin Cuts. And I added some white Gel Pen & Antique Bronze Metallic pen on the owls wings & tree stump.

I hope you enjoyed what I created with the Pumpkin Spice paper collection, it was fun to create with.

I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Kimberley Lerc – Kimmy Adds Sparkle

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 Isabella – Australasian Blog Hop

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

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The Isabella paper collection works wonders on cards, scrapbook layouts, and all kinds of crafts made for a variety of occasions.

I had some fun creating these two different cards using the paper collection

I hope you enjoyed what I created with the Isabella paper collection, it was fun to create with.

I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Kimberley Lerc

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 Serenity – Australasian Blog Hop

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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