CTMH Stamp of the Month: School Year (S1708)

Hands up if you still have to scrapbook your school photos.

Well you will love the Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month: School Year
School Year—August Stamp of the Month

As you can see there are some fab images to create amazing Scrapbook Layouts or even school themed cards.

I love this example of using the Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month: School Year just scrapbooking the First Day & the Last Day of the School Year & noting the changes over the year.

Then and Now Scrapbook Layout using School Year Stamp Of The Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

 

So if you want to get School Year – August Stamp of the Month (S1708)  you can 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 Aug 31st, to own it.

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out this post.

See you soon.
Maz

Stampaganza Is Back!

Stampaganza: Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Let Stampaganza 2017 begin!

Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE!

Choose from any stamp set in the current idea book, plus a collection of popular sets that we have brought back just for Stampaganza! That is right there are several retired stamp sets that Close To My Heart are making available for this month only!

Plus for anyone who signs up as a New Consultant in July and submits $400 AUD in commissionable sales by 31 August 2017l, you will earn the Word Puzzle Bundle FREE!

But that is not all – Hostesses who host a gathering in July that reaches the fourth level of Hostess Rewards or higher can receive the Word Puzzle Bundle FREE!

What is this Word Puzzle Bundle I hear you ask?
The Word Puzzle Bundle is a set of 12 classic D-size stamp sets and is valued at $324 AUD

Stampaganza Word Puzzel www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Now what are you waiting for – oh the link to get this great Stampaganza bargain!

And remember to get the right My Acrylix® Blocks sizes they need for your stamps and becsue you will be doing lots of stamping with your new stamps you might want to add some My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner to keep your new stamps clean.

Have fun choosing which stamps you are going to get – remember now it is the lowest price stamp you get FREE!

Maz

CTMH Stamp of the Month: Storybook Alphabet (S1707)

I love the Stamp of the Month Storybook Alphabet (S1707) – the font is so playful & cute, so it was just a shame that I did not get around to actually making anything with it!

Seriously – this fun stamp set as I write this (the night before the 1st July) , this stamp set has remained un-inked – so I haven’t even played with it. I love it – but not touched it since I got it! Anyone else like that? Love something – but don’t even use it?

Storybook Alphabet—July Stamp of the Month

And seeing this weekend is the Close To My Heart Convention & I will be off finding out what new products will be in store soon and even getting to play with some – I will not be touching this stamp set over the weekend!

But I do have some ideas to share with you, created by the talented Close To My Heart Art Department.

First up is this great Adventure Mini Scrapbook Album. Adventure Mini Scrapbook Album: Created with Close To My Heart Storybook Alphabet—July Stamp of the Month

I love the use of colour for the letters & the use of the pennants  – I actually think this would make a great card front for someone going on an adventure holiday.

Next up is this fab scrapbook layout

This Day Scrapbook Layout: Created with Close To My Heart Storybook Alphabet—July Stamp of the Month

I love the use of the Prickly Pear Paper Packet and how the Storybook Alphabet (S1707) has been used as part of the title as well as a journalling prompt. I love that idea – I will have to use it for one my future scrapbook layouts

So if you want to get Storybook Alphabet (S1707) (and actually play with it)  you can 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 Jul 31st, to own it. Believe me the month will fly by & be finished before we know it and I most likely will still have not made anything with this stamp set!

Well while I have no work of my own to share with you, I do hope you  enjoyed the inspiration created from the wonderful Close To My Heart Art Department.

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out this post.

See you soon.
Maz

CTMH Stamp of the Month: Hello Foxy (S1706) Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Hello Foxy Stamp of the Month 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, then no problem, please join in on the fun by following the link at the end of this post.

 

 

Hello Foxy - June Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auHello Foxy – June Stamp of the Month certainly is a very cute stamp set.

With playful foxes, a lovely wreath & flowers plus some words  there is just so many possibilities with possibilities with this 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 Jun 30th, to own it.

I had a lot of fun creating with Hello Foxy – June Stamp of the Month and I hope you enjoy the couple of ideas that I created for this blog hop.

Hello Foxy Card - June Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The first card I used the wreath to focus on one of the Foxes from the stamp set. I added a gold embossed crown from the Little Dream cardmaking set to my fox – it fits perfectly. The woodgrain background is from the No Worries Paper Packet – it is one of the pocket pages. The flowers and the fox were coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers

Jack the Bear with Flowers from Hello Foxy - June Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The second card I have used the flowers from the Hello Foxy stamp set to go with the Bear from the Jack Cardmaking stamp set. The papers are from Little Dreamer Paper Packet & the card itself is made from one of the All About the Gold Fundamentals. I have been meaning to create a card using one of these see-through overlays. The trick is to position your papers & card stock on either side of the the card front & back so you do not see any tape – so this allows you to add a saying on the inside front & still write on the card. I love how the Bear is holding one of the flowers as though he is ready to give it as a gift.

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. Remember you only have until Jun 30th, to own this stamp set.

See you soon.
Maz

CTMH Live Beautifully Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard to our very special edition – Live Beautifully 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 post.

May is National Scrapbooking Month and to help you celebrate the beauty of your life, Close To My Heart brings you this limited-time Live Beautifully collection. From this collection you can choose to get the Live Beautifully: Cut Above® Layout Kit, Live Beautifully Paper Packet, Live Beautifully Stamp Set or get a discount on one of the Live Beautifully Album Bundles, only available until May 31st.

Now it maybe National Scrapbooking Month, but that doesn’t mean that you have to Scrapbook with these items! I  mean I have but you can also make  cards with the Live Beautifully Stamp Set & or with the Paper Packet and for this hop I wanted to show a few ideas of a scrapbook layout & some cards.

First up is this Smile Scrapbook Layout. I wanted to show how the papers could lean more to a male than using the Flowers.

Smile Scrapbook Layout Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The Live Beautifully Paper Packet has some black & white stripes & geometric greys as well as a blue watercolour look designs that work nicely for a male layout. I stamped & embossed the word Smile for the title. And once I decide the photos I will most likely add some Flip Flaps for more photos on this layout.

And now for the cards I wanted to show how the paper looks with the Live Beautifully Stamp Set & a design without.

Rose Card - Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The Rose card was stamped with the Live Beautifully Stamp Set in Blossom Ink & then I water coloured over with the watercolour paints, completely covering the stamp image. This gave the rose a water coloured look. I liked the rose on the rose designed paper but I needed to tone it down so that the stamped flower wasn’t lost. So I swiped White Daisy Ink over the paper to give it a distressed shabby chic look.

Here are some close ups of the painted Rose. You can also see the difference in the paper once the White Daisy Ink has gone over it.

Rose Card close up - Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auRose Card showing the difference in the paper once white daisy ink has been added - Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The next Card is this cute Panda Card

Panda Card - Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auThe Panda was created from a very cute Bear image from the Jack Cardmaking bundle. He is coloured in black watercolour pencil to make him look like a Panda & added to a card decorated with the Live Beautifully Paper.

Close up of the Panda.

Panda Card close up - Live Beautifully collection www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

 

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 this month’s Live Beautifully collection.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas. I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it. Remember you only have until May 31st, to get the Live Beautifully Collection.

See you soon.
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