Close To My Heart Holly & Ivy – Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Holly & Ivy Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

Australasian Blog Hop

If you have arrived here from Danielle Edwards Scrappy Chick 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 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: Wildflower Friendship – October Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Wildflower Friendship – October Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Danielle Edwards ScrappyChicks 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.

These gorgeous critters covered in flowers will have you swooning and to top it off they have some great sentiments too.

For this card I decided to use the fox.

I created this scallop oval using my Cricut from the Close To My Heart – Art Philosophy Image set. I stamped it with Mocha ink onto French Vanilla cardstock & only coloured the flowers in with TriBlend™ Markers. I then added Rose Gold Liquid Pearls to the inner parts of the scallops & set this aside to dry while I worked out my card base.

I have the cross over fold card template in my stash & I haven’t used it in a while & thought it was perfect for this large image. Once I made it I wanted to put some detail in the background so I used the Embroidered Card Front Image, stamped in Mocha ink on Mocha cardstock – it gives it a nice tone on tone look. I did have to stamp this image a couple of times to fill in the space & I knew that the center would be covered with my oval.

To finish it off I cut some flowers & leaves with the Layered Flowers Thin Cuts & added more Rose Gold Liquid Pearls to the flower centres. These also served to hide a section of the background that I accidentally overlapped the background image.

All in All this makes for one extra special card.

My next card I decided to do the Eclipse Technique with one of the Word Thin Cut Dies.

I started with cutting the cardstock with the large rectangle thin cut, then stamped & coloured in the hedgehog along with one of the sentiments. Then on the back of the cardstock I added a piece of adhesive sheet & then came the scary part, running this lovely coloured image through the Die Cutting machine with the Just Because word – seriously did not want to start over with all the colouring again.

I also cut the word out in black cardstock a few times & then stacked them with the coloured word on top & stuck it back into place. The adhesive cardstock made the whole process much easier as everything was covered & ready to stick into place.

I really enjoyed creating with this Stamp of the Month & if you like to get it yourself, this exclusive D-size Wildflower Friendship – October Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in October) 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 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

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

Australasian Blog Hop

If you have arrived here from Danielle Edwards – Scrappy Chicks 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 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

Make it Shine – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from Tamara Sandwisch 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 so many products to choose from for this technique hop “Make it Shine” So I went through all my shiny products & in the end I used Gold Foil cardstock, Solar Flare Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Gilt Gloss Spray, Gold Embossing Powder & Rose Gold Liquid Pearls. And then while on my early morning walks I seen all the Golden Wattle trees in bloom (they start to bloom late winter early spring here in Australia – so they are just about finishing blooming now) & knew I had to use some sort of Green colours to go with all the gold.

I also wanted to incorporate the Mermaid Lagoon which is one of the new colours Close To My Heart has added to the Distressed Oxide range. So I started with that & blended it Mowed Lawn Distress oxide so I got some nice blue/green colours. I then sprayed some Gilt Gloss Spray (one of the new colours added to the Gloss Spray range) and felt it needed more gold. So I stamped a paint splatter from the Perfectly Imperfect Patterns in versa mark ink & gold embossed. It took me a day to think what I would do next with this background before I ran it through the Die-cutting & Embossing Machine with the Botanical Embossing Folder. And then I loved how the background looked.

I die cut the large circle & embossed the Happy Birthday from the Embroidered Card Front stamp set & cut out some flowers & leaves using the Layered Flowers Thin Cuts. I added then Solar Flare Stickles™ Glitter Gel to make them stand out just a bit from the background & added some Gold Foil cardstock to the flower centres and finished off with a couple of drops of Rose Gold Liquid Pearls.

I had fun creating this card and loved how it all came together & I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Darlys Recker to get more Make it Shine 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 Pumpkin Spice – Australasian Blog Hop

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

Australasian Blog Hop

If you have arrived here from Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings 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 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

Anything Goes – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from Brandi Robinson 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.

So I hard time choosing what my favourite technique is, I even looked at what I have created over the years to see if I went back to a certain technique again & again, but I like to play with lots of different techniques as it helps make a certain stamp look very different from the last time you used it. So I thought I would focus on creating backgrounds using different techniques & see where I went from there. So with that in mind I hope you like this idea for “Anything Goes

My first background is a simple Distress Oxide Ink with some water splatters.

For this background it was actually created from the left over gloss spray on a stencil which I pressed onto some scrap card & realised it was to pretty to toss so I have finally used it with this butterfly card.

And I pulled out a different stencil this time to use ink & glitter paste. I also stamped the two smaller butterflies on some distress oxide with water splatter offcuts to go with the other three that were stamped on pattern paper. I added a touch of the same distress oxide ink to tie them together.

I had fun creating all these cards & I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Lauren Moore to get more Anything Goes 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