CTMH Stamp of the Month: Flock Together (S1704) Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative, Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations 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.

Flock Together -April Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auToday’s Blog Hop is full of inspiration for this month’s Flock Together  which is for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75 or more on Close to My Heart Product.

This is little Partridge Family (no not the TV show featuring Shirley Jones and David Cassidy) has some very cute sayings that would be perfect for a Scrapbook layout but I decided to create a card. I really do like the scallop edge & thought it was perfect for a card.

Flock Together www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

If you liked to play with the stamp set, all you need to do is add it to your cart at full retail price of $27 OR, with your qualifying order of $75, add it at checkout for the promotional price of $7.50. You only have until Apr 30th, to own it.

And I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Nell Ward to get more wonderful ideas on how to use this stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it and thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s Stamp of the Month.

See you soon.
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

Congrats: Freshly Made Sketches #277

I had a play with my little Congrats stamp that fits perfectly inside on of my Basic Circle Thin cuts & thought that it would be perfect for this week’s Freshly Made Sketch #278 but I had to add the leaves – I really felt it needed so it my not quite fall into the clean style but this is where the inspiration for this card came from.

Freshly Made Sketches #278 - A Sketch by Jen M.

What I made

Congrats - Freshly Made Sketches 278 CTMH Dreamin' Big Paper and Wood Slats Embossing folder. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I used the Close To My Heart Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet, Wood Slats Embossing Folder, Thin Cuts—Basic Circles and the Leafy Congrats stamp which has been coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers. I sponged a mix of colours over the white daisy to give more colour & added leaves cut from a leaf that I found in the Cricut® Flower Market Collection.

I hope you all enjoyed what I created using this sketch.

Till Next time & keep creating!
Maz

Partial Die Cutting with Close To My Heart Thin Cuts

This month you can Save 25% on all Close To My Heart Thin Cuts, so I thought I would share some great tutorials, tips & ideas on how you can use the Thin Cuts.

Today I am showing you how to do partial die cutting with the Close To My Heart Thin Cuts which allows you to extend a portion of a die cut shape past the fold for a unique card or place marker or in one case of my cards incorporate the rest of the background into the die.

Material:

Close To My Heart Thin Cuts I used the Hello Lovely Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle and the Thin Cuts – Happy Birthday for the two card designs.
– Die Cutting Machine of your Choice
– And Cardstock

How To
1. Mark with a pencil the halfway mark that you are going to fold your card, if you want your image to extend past a folded card line.
2. Place a shaped die so that one part of the die is above the centre pencil line and the rest is below.
3. Line up die cutting plates along the pencil line so that only the protruding portion is cut when run through the die cutting machine. I used washi tape to guide me exactly where I wanted the plate to line up


4. Score along the pencil line, outside the die cut area. Erase pencil markings.
5. With the Happy Birthday card cut away any excess cardstock so the only the letter appear above the cut area.
6. Decorate the card as desired.

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 Partial Die Cutting technique…see you soon.

Maz

Birthday Fun: Freshly Made Sketches #277

Ok so this week’s Freshly Made Sketch #277 proved to be a bit challenging for me – not sure why but it wasn’t coming together that easy or as I first imagined but in the end I liked what I created.

Freshly Made Sketches #277 - A Sketch by Jen T.

I used the stamp set & one of the pattern papers from the Workshops Your Way® Here for You Cardmaking Kit and randomly stamped the flowers & leaves across White Daisy cardstock. I added some black watercolour splatter to tie in the background and then soften the design by adding a vellum overlay from the Uptown Fundamentals the saying is from one of the stamp sets included in the Cricut® Flower Market Collection and was white embossed on black cardstock and embellished with Black & White Dots.

Close To My Heart Workshops Your Way® Here for You Cardmaking Kit and Vellum overlay from Uptown Fundamentals www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I hope you all enjoyed what I created using this sketch.

Till Next time & keep creating!
Maz

CTMH Stamp of the Month: Tea-rrific (S1703) Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative, Denise Tarlinton Scrap Stamp Share 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.

 

 

 

Close To My Heart Tea-rrific - March Stamp of the Month #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auIt looks like it is time for Tea with this month’s Tea-rrific—March Stamp of the Month & you can play with the stamp set too, just by adding it to your cart at full retail price of $27 OR, with your qualifying order of $75, add it at checkout for the promotional price of $7.50. You only have until March 31st, to own it.

I created two different cards using the Tea-rrific—March Stamp of the Month, one using only the flower and one of the sayings for one of the cards and the other card using a tea cup image.

Good Times card with Close To My Heart Tea-rrific-March Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

For this Good Times card I stamped & fussy cut the flowers, I did stamp the flower a couple of times where I wanted it to sit on the card, but added the coloured in fussy cut flower on top. I used the grey  woodgrain paper from the Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet and the lace ribbon from the Rustic Home Ribbon Pack and used Colonial White Cardstock as my base. I liked how the paper and the flowers at the top corner & the one little flow in the opposite bottom corner has made you focus in on one of the great sayings that is in the Tea-rrific-March Stamp of the Month set.

Your Love card with Close To My Heart Tea-rrific-March Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

For my next card I wanted a to create a Tea Cup full of flowers, my Nan would often place the dandelion flowers that I picked in a tea cup, instead of vase often because they had such short stems & well she was being nice to display them. So this card reminds me when I was little picking flowers & filling a tea cup, though they never looked as pretty as this card.

The cup and the flowers ha ve been coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers, blending the blues together to create the ombré look for the cup and using different colours for the flowers.

I used one of the Z strips Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet and some Silver Foil Tape to go with the silver colour I added with the Silver Metallics Markers only because I could not find my Gold one at the time anywhere!

And the tea bag by the way a very last minute addition – you know the ones you add to hide the black mark you somehow got in a random spot after you put the card together! Anyway it now looks complete with it.

And I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations to get more wonderful ideas on how to use this stamp set.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s Stamp of the Month. I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it.

See you soon.
Maz