Close To My Heart Gimme Some Sugar Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Gimme Some Sugar Paper Suite Australasian, Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Shaunna Richards – Passionate About Pages  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 blog post – where you will discover lots of ideas using the Gimme Some Sugar Paper Suite

Gimme Some Sugar Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Can you believe it this is the last feature paper suite that will be featured in the Seasonal Expressions 1?

If you haven’t seen this delicious collection yet you will need to hurry as it will only be around till the end of April.

This collection features soft pastels, subtle patterns and super sweet sentiments & images.

The collection is perfect for celebrating little girls, high-tea, sisters, mothers, friends, a girls’ day out, family cooking traditions, special recipes and more!

Gimme Some Sugar handmade card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I decide to focus on the floral elements for my card with only minor stamping & a bit of fussy cutting. I like the vellum how is softens the pattern paper

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Doreen Watkins who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on the Close To My Heart Gimme Some Sugar Paper Suite.

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

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Close To My Heart Stargazer Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Stargazer Paper Suite Australasian, Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom 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 blog post – where you will discover lots of ideas using the Stargazer Paper Suite

Stargazer Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au The Stargazer Paper Suite is a  super fun  space themed paper pack – perfect for the little stargazer. But while the paper pack lends itself towards space – the primary colours with touches of grey – are great for any theme.

For this card I wanted to feature just a couple of pops of the feature paper & focus on the colours of the paper, not so much on the patterns. I also did not want to create a typical primary colour birthday card or a space theme card so I  stamped the flowers with yellows & oranges using the rock n’ roll technique and sweet leaf  for the green leaves.

If a theme of a paper doesn’t suite your needs look at the colours – with the Close To My Heart Papers you often find a muted pattern that can work with lots of ideas.

Stargazer Gate Fold Card with Chelsea Gardens Scrabpooking Flowers stamp set www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au
I stamped across the background of the card front with the Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking stamp set. Once I knew where the paper strips were going to sit I used the dotted stamp in Heather to bring in more grey & used the worn distress grey pattern paper, the red stripe (love this paper pattern & could create so much more with this stripe) & a grey polka dot z strip as the anchor for the placement of the main featured flowers.

No one would even think that this paper has come from a space theme paper range. For my featured flowers I added some watercolour to accentuate the flower structure & bring in more red – but it turned a bit orange – oh well I still liked it and it blended well with the orange that I introduced into the background stamp image and they worked as great closure for the gate fold card.

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Shaunna Richards: Passionate About Pages who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on the Close To My Heart Make Stargazer Suite.

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Close To My Heart Make Waves Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Make Waves Paper Suite Australasian, Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Kara Davies 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 blog post – where you will discover lots of ideas using the Make Waves Paper Suite

Make Waves Paper Suite www.maz.maz.closetomyheart.com.auThis bright playful Make Waves Paper Suite is a fun paper pack to play & create with. While the paper pack lends itself to under the sea type theme – the colours in the pack are great for any theme.

Today I am sharing two birthday cards that use the colours within the paper. First one is this cute 18th Birthday card & the next is a flower themed card. Two cards with very different looks using the same papers.

 

The 18 was cut using the Number Thin Cuts – I did a partial die cut so that I could create balloons.  And used the dog from the Operation Smile™: Punny Pals stamp set- he actually floats a bit when you move the card. The fun papers & the Make Waves Gems are perfect for a Birthday card.

18th Birthday Card with Operation Smile™: Punny Pals and Make Waves Paper Suite. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The second card I used the Chelsea Gardens -Scrapbooking stamp set & stamped with the same colours featured in the Make Waves Paper. I used watercolour pencils to create some depth in the stamped flowers. Flower Card with Chelsea Gardens -Scrapbooking stamp set and Make Waves paper suite. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on the Close To My Heart Make Waves Paper Suite…Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!

Maz

 

Close To My Heart Chelsea Gardens Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Chelsea Gardens Paper Suite Australasian, Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Nell Ward 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 blog post – where you will discover lots of ideas using the Chelsea Gardens Paper Suite

Chelsea Gardens #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auThis gorgeous paper suite features soft blues & greens with Charcoal accents & while it has floral patterns within the paper suite – there are patterns in this suite that can easily lend itself to a baby boy card or layout or soft pretty floral cards.  I have had a lot of fun playing with Chelsea Gardens Paper Suite to hopefully spark some inspiration.

 

 

The first card I created is this monotone butterfly card, using the marble pattern paper as the background & the grey line pattern paper.

Chelsea Paper Suite Butterfly #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au I stamped the leaves & butterfly in black & added some watercolour soft Charcoal colour over the images. I embossed the butterfly on vellum with silver embossing & cut it apart to add an extra layer over the stamped butterfly.

The next card I am sharing with you today is featuring the florals on one of the papers. I paired it with a soft textured grey paper and added silver foil & a scallop border.

Chelsea Paper Suite Thinking of You #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Again the flowers were stamp in black & added some watercolour soft Charcoal colour over the images. I used one of the banners & butterflies from the Chelsea Gardens Complements.

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Shaunna Richards Passionate About Pages  who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on the Close To My Heart Chelsea Gardens Paper Suite…Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!

Maz

 

Spruce up your décor with these beautiful papercrafted monograms

National Papercrafting Month - Love Letters www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auLove Letters

Make a monogram art piece, or spell out a whole word!

Create your own gorgeous monogram décor with our exclusive Love Letters kits, available only for National Papercrafting Month!
These kits include everything you need to create a beautiful décor piece using the letter – or letters – of your choice!

Each kit comes with the parts and pieces to create gorgeous monogram décor pieces, including a chipboard base, paper and rose-gold overlay piece, die cut florals, banners, and rose-gold foil alphabet stickers. The kits also include basic instructions for layering the die cuts and artwork examples for decorating each letter kit.

Plus there are three ways you can earn a free letter kit:

  • Buy 5 letter kits, get the sixth free
  • Sign up to become a Consultant and get a free letter kit of your choice
  • Host a qualifying party and get a free letter kit of your choice

Ask me for more details!

To complete the letter kit, you will also need the following items:

Till Next Time Maz

* Offer available 1 January–31 January 2018 while supplies last. Shipping and handling assessed on retail value.

Fun Friday Technique: Wet Paper Stamping

Mothers Day Card: Using the Wet Paper Stamping Technique. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

So today’s Fun Friday Technique got postponed till today – Sat due to power loss & minor flooding. All is well here no damage – but it is rather hard to create by candlelight.

So today I am showing you how you can use yours stamps to create a wet paper watercoloring background. This is easy but it can get a little messy, but looks pretty effective.

What you need
– You choice of colour Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad stick to two to three so you do not get muddy mixing of colours.
Watercolour Paper
Spray Pen filled with Water. These are great check out my Product Review on these fab pens
– Stamps of choice – I find ones that have a shadow & outline work great. I used the stamp set out of the Workshops Your Way® Here for You Cardmaking Kit which is only available till end of Apr 2017

Technique Process
– Spray liberal amounts of water onto your Watercolour Paper

Wet Paper Stamping - Wet paper first with a Spray Pen www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au
– Randomly stamp your image with chosen colour & allow for it to bleed and run.

Wet Paper Stamping - stamp with inks over the wet paper & allow to bleed www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au
– If you need to spray with more water.
– Dry the background with a heat tool – tip turn the piece of card over & dry from both sides to make sure your card dries flat.
– Stamp the outline of the image in black over the coloured areas.

Wet Paper Stamping - stamp black outlines www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Bonus Tip
– Grab your Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen to add any other details as I did for the small rose.

I hope you enjoyed this Friday Fun Technique and I hope you give it a try over this weekend.

Till next time Maz