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

National Scrapbooking Month – Live Beautifully

National Scrapbooking Month, Live Beautifully www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auLive Beautifully

National Scrapbooking Month – Something for every papercrafter!

This year’s National Scrapbooking Month Close To My Heart have designed a paper packet, a stamp set and an exclusive Cut Above™ Live Beautifully Scrapbooking layout kit to help you celebrate your beautiful life.

This exclusive Live Beautifully paper packet, Live Beautifully stamp set and the Cut Above™ Scrapbooking layout will be available for purchase outright, with no qualifying purchase required. All items available from May 1, 2017 till May 31, 2017 or while supplies last. These are so pretty you want to order soon so you do not miss out. Take a closer look

Live Beautifully paper packet

Live Beautifully Paper Packet
Use the Live Beautifully paper packet for any paper art project, be it for Scrapbooking, cardmaking or for a Home Decor piece. The features rich floral patterns, gold foil designs, and more.

Live Beautifully Stamp Set

Live Beautifully Stamp Set
While the large Flowers & words have been especially designed for Scrapbooking in mind, you can easily use this stamp set in a cardmaking project or add it to any other papercrafting project you have your artistic heart set on creating.

Cut Above™ Layout Kit – Live Beautifully

Cut Above™ Layout Kit - Live BeautifullyThe Live Beautifully Cut Above™ layouts that are designed to make preserving memories faster, simpler, and easier than ever and help you create five complete scrapbook layouts in half the time! Host a party in May that reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher and receive the Cut Above™ Live Beautifully layout kit for FREE!

And if you purchases the Cut Above Live Beautifully layouts, adds photos to them, and share your artwork onto the Corporate Facebook page between 1 May 2017–31 May 2017 will be entered to win a fab prize!

Live Beautifully Album Bundle

Live Beautifully Album Bundle
Or grab the Album Bundle instead which has just about everything you need to start creating a beautiful album.
The Bundle Includes the following:
– Cut Above™ Layout Kit – Live Beautifully (five 2-page layouts with six 12″ x 12″ Memory Protectors™)
My Legacy™ D-ring Album- Grey  OR a My Legacy™ Post-bound Album-Black OR My Legacy™ D-ring Album-Grey
– Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen
– Tombow® Permanent Adhesive

And there is more…

When you join my team this month, as a New Consultants you will receive the Cut Above™ Live Beautifully Scrapbooking layout kit in your New Consultant Kit at no additional cost, that’s right FREE and you can immediately begin saving 22% on all products once you join Close To My Heart !

And if that is not enough we even have a competition over on the Close To My Heart Facebook Page.
To enter all you need to do to is take a picture of one or more of your completed Cut Above layouts and share it on the corporate Facebook page between 1 May and 31 May.

At the end of the month, CTMH will hold a drawing from all those who entered; winners will receive one of the new Cut Above layout kits from Seasonal Expressions 2.
We truly are offering something for everyone during our National Scrapbooking Month celebration. Share what you are creating on your Facebook page or Instagram with these exclusive May offers  using #LiveBeautifully #CTMHLiveBeautifully

Till Next Time Maz

1 March 2017 (12:00 am AEDT) – 31 March 2017 (11:59 pm AEDT) or while supplies last

CTMH Stamp of the Month: Live, Laugh, Love (S1705) 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, 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 post. 

Live, Laugh, Love - May Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auLive, Laugh, Love saying has been around fro a very long time and this month it makes a lovely appearance in this month’s Live, Laugh, Love 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 May 31st, to own it.

I decided to focus on using one of the flowers & the together word along with some Little Dreamer Paper from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book which also starts today!

Together Card using Close To My Heart Live, Laugh, Love - May Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au.jpg

The flowers were coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers & I played with cutting the cardstock as a triangular point so that you only got a peek of the pattern paper. This gave me an a place to stamp the together word at an angle. Some clear & bitty sparkles finished the card off nicely.

And I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Shaunna Richards Passionate About Pages 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 May 31st, to own this stamp set.

See you soon.
Maz

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