Close To My Heart No Worries Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our No Worries 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 worries’, please join in by following the link at the end of this blog post – where you will discover lots of ideas.

 

No Worries Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auSit back, breath & relax you are in for a wonderful treat to see what wonderful ideas have been created using the No Worries Paper Suite and will you just look at the lovely colour combination – so nice & relaxing

 

This is one great paper pack to get to scrap Summer Beach holiday’s, cruises (I need to scrap my cruise photos) or just a getaway out in the sun & nature.

For this paper pack I created this relaxing Happy Place card – I can just imagine sitting on the deck chair & watching the sun go down & the palm trees creating a shadow – with a cocktail in hand – ah bliss.

Happy Place Close To My Heart No Worries Card #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The Deck Chair, the sign & star fish come from the No Worries Complements, the wood grain background from the No Worries Paper Packet and the Trees & Birds from the No Worries-Scrapbooking stamp set.

The Sunset was created with Lemon, Tangerine & Blossom Exclusive Inks smooched onto the All-Purpose Mat & water added. This blended the colours & created a water coloured look for the sunset. Once dried I stamped with Archival Black Exclusive Ink.

I cut out a circle frame using the BasicCircle Thin Cuts & added Black Dots to be like rivets on a porthole window.

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 No Worries Paper Suite.…Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!

Maz

Close To My Heart Little Dreamer Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative 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 blog post – where you will discover lots of ideas.

 

 

 

Little Dreamer Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auOh Yay to brand new papers to play with & this month straight from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book is the Little Dreamer Paper Suite and will you just look at the lovely colour combination & the Unicorns!

I have been madly making unicorn cards with the Little Dreamer Cardmaking & Scrapbooking Stamp sets since I got them in my hot little hands & I have been incorporating this paper suite into my cards.

And of course for this blog hop I have made two more Unicorn cards.

 

 

Little Dreamer Unicorn Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The first card I used one of the cut apart Picture My Life card as the main image.

Little Dreamer Double Z Fold Card  www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The second card is a Double Z Fold Card  card using the Unicorn from the Little Dreamer cardmaking.

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Creating with Kara Davies who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful with the Little DreamerPaper Suite.

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 Little Dreamer Paper Suite and I hope the creations give you some sweet dreams of what you can create with this paper pack …Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!

Maz

Different ways to colour the Live Beautifully Stamp Images

One of the items included in the National Scrapbooking Month Celebration is this gorgeous Live Beautifully Stamp set with lovely roses, leaves & words. The Roses & leaves in this set are a solid design and some may find it hard to work out how to colour these images.  Here I am showcase a few different ways to colour the images.

Watercolour

Stamp the images with a lighter colour of exclusive ink, this will give you a guide & a background colour to work with. Dip the small watercolour brush into water & into one of the watercolours, make sure the brush is not too wet & apply over into an area of the petals or leaves in short strokes. Add the darker shades first in where you want shadows and lighter colours on top to add depth & to build up the image.

The rose on this Smile card was coloured in with watercolour paint. The rose was first stamped with Blossom Exclusive Ink then painted over with the watercolours.

Smile Card: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. Painted with watercolours. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

 

Close up of the watercolouring on the card created.Smile Card close up of the watercolour painting: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack

The flower was fussy cut out & fitted into a cutout frame. Smile was gold embossed & fussy cut out to go over the card. Live beautifully papers sit in the background.

Watercolour Pencils

Stamp the images with a lighter colour of exclusive ink, this will give you a guide & a background colour to work with. Colour over the image with the Watercolour Pencils. Your image can be left as is after colouring in or you can go over the coloured areas with a wet Waterbrush, make sure it is not too wet.

The yellow rose was stamped in Lemon Exclusive ink then coloured over with the watercolour pencils. No water was added over the colouring.She Believed Card: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. Watercolour pencils - dry. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Close up of the colouring on the yellow rose. You can see the lines of the pencil giving the flower a realistic look.She Believed Card close up Watercolour pencils - dry: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

For the pink rose I stamped in Blossom Exclusive ink, then coloured over with watercolour pencils. A wet water brush was “painted” over the colouring which blended the ink & watercolouring pencils giving a different look to the rose.

Rose Card: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. Watercolour pencils - wet. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Close up of the pink rose with the watercolouring pencils.

Rose Card close up Watercolour pencils - wet: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers

Stamp the images with exclusive ink, this will give you a guide & a background colour to work with. Choose two ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers (a lighter & a darker colour) that is close to the colour of the stamped image. Using the lighter colour first colour with short stokes over a petal or part of the leaf. Then go over the the area with the darker colour. Work back in the lighter colour to blend out the darker area into the main stamped image.

Smile Card: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. Coloured with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Close up of the colouring with the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers

Smile Card Coloured with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers Close Up: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Dauber Technique with Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads

A pretty simple way to use two or more different colours onto a solid image. Tap the stamp image into a lighter colour ink pad first, using a Sponge Dauber, pick up some of the darker colour & tap over the image. You can add a third colour but be-careful you may muddy the colours in the image.

Happy Wishes Card: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. Coloured with the Sponge Dauber Technique www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Close up of the rose coloured in with the Sponge Dauber Technique. I used the Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen and drew where the white lines were to give the rose a different look.Happy Wishes Card Close up of the Coloured with the Sponge Dauber Technique: Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully Stamp set & paper pack. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

These are just some of the colouring methods that you can try out – each give a different look to the roses images.Different ways to colour the Live Beautifully Stamp Images
I hope you enjoyed these colouring ideas with the Live Beautifully Stamp set and I hope you give it a try.

Till next time Maz

Close To My Heart Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Leah Cameron – Cameron’s Corner 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.

 

Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

 

This month is the last month to get your hands on this bright & bold, fun & funky Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Suite and it really is a versatile paper pack.

To show you I made two completely different cards using this paper pack.
Some Kinda of Wonderful Flower Card. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The fist card I used the softer patterns, the blue stripes, they grey with white arrow heads & the white with grey triangles. I also used the flowers from the Workshops Your Way® Here for You Cardmaking Kit – which also uses some paper from the Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Suite.

Some Kinda of Wonderful Sleeping Fox Card. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The second card I used the bright bold patterns & one of the compliment stickers of a sleeping fox. I think this would make a nice baby card with a bit of difference.

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful with the Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Suite.

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 Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Suite…see you soon & keep creating!

Maz

Close To My Heart Dreamin’ Big Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Creating with 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 post.

Today I am sharing with you a scrapbook layout that I created with the Dreamin’ Big Paper Suite which is a fun paper suite to play with as it has a great mix of bugs & insects as well as flowers so works great for all types of projects.

I stumbled upon these old photos that are poorly focused, badly lit old film process photos, but do bring back some happy memories so they needed to be scrapped, there were only two photos that were ok to focus on – the rest will be added to Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ when they arrive. But I loved how this paper pack worked with these poor fishing photos.

The layout is inspire by Jan from Intense Magic Creates (who I discovered on Instagram) where there is loads of inspiration including a layout that kickstarted my little version. Make sure you check Jan’s work out when you get a chance.

Hello Happy, Hello Sun shine and Good Times Double Page Scrapbook layout using Close To My Heart Dreamin' Big Paper Packet. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Some of the details

I created some visual interest by creating triangles out of the Dreamin’ Big Paper  and surround the photos to make them the journalling and a title as part of the main focus of the page. I liked how each page woks well by it self but flows nicely when placed together.

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Megan Lawrence : Crop Craft Create who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful with the Dreamin’ Big Paper Suite

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 Dreamin’ Big Paper Suite…see you soon & keep creating!

Maz

Hidden Inlay Die Cutting with Close To My Heart Thin Cuts

Well I have another fab idea & technique to share with you so that when you go & get your 25%  saving on the Close To My Heart Thin Cuts you will have lots of ideas on how to use them and this technique shows you how to create hidden inlay die cuts which are almost invisible – until you take a closer look.

Die cut inlay is where you die cut shapes and glue the pieces back together like a puzzle for a smooth look.

Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Thanks You are Too Kind Card

Material:
Close To My Heart Thin Cuts I used the the Thanks out of the Hello & Thanks Thin Cut Set
– Die Cutting Machine of your Choice
– And  multiple colours of Cardstock

How To
1. Stamp your image & colour in with your choice of colour. I used the In Bloom stamp set and Watercolours
2. Cut your Close To My Heart Thin cut as you normally would & save the little negative cut out left over pieces.
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting setting the cutting up
3. Re-cut the same die out of another colour of cardstock – this is optional & if you want to build your word up into a 3D look. I started to do this look but changed it right at the end for a more flush look.
4. Attach your card to a base and stick in in the left over negative cut out pieces into place.
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting putting the puzzle together
5. Stick the word into place
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Pieced back together
6. Optional: To make sure that the word is flush you can run your card through your embossing machine – just protect your card from the marks that could be on your plate – I got some lovely marks that had to be hidden!

What I love
How the word looks just fab by itself with the stamped, coloured background – I could use it like that if I really wanted too! In fact I am very tempted to make another to do just that!

Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Thanks Cut Out
I hope you try this technique and have fun with it and thanks so much for taking the time to find out more about the Hidden Inlay Die Cutting technique…see you soon.

Maz