Close To My Heart Serenity – Australasian Blog Hop

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

Australasian Blog Hop

If you have arrived here from 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

The Serenity paper collection is just a pretty colour combination of Blue Belle, Sapphire, French Vanilla, Toffee, Espresso. I have seen soooo many beautiful ideas created using this gorgeous paper collection

Ok just to change things up a bit I created a 8½” x 11″ Scrapbook Layout – Yes I do scrapbook sometimes & make layouts , I just lean towards cards as I can spend waayy too long on a single layout – I mean this one was started last month when I thought I should do a layout for the Stamp of the Month Blog Hope. I had the background ready & already stamped & coloured the flowers but I still had not worked out what else I was going to do by the time it was ready to get my blog post ready. And yes I can spend days on a card too. I just tend to be quicker & when I scrapbook I love layers & small details you don’t notice at first.

So I present With Love – I do have photos in mind – I need to print them – another reason why I tend to make cards!

With Love Serenity Scrapbook Layout

Ok so this is pretty long so if you want to continue on the hop now do so by heading over to the next stop, Danielle Edwards – Scrappychicks or read on to find out more how I created this.

So while the Wood Grain is the main paper, I have used lots of scraps & just about both sides of each paper that comes in the the Serenity Paper collection.

For the Woodgrain I started by scraping on some white Gesso (I know CTMH doesn’t sell this but I was going to use water & I needed the colours to blend & to protect the paper) once that was dry I added some Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink sponged over the Gesso area. I then used some Green watercolour paint & splattered that over the Distress Oxide Ink. I added more splatters with the Clear Shimmer pen & finished off with some water splatters & let that all dry a hot mess – most of it would be covered but I knew enough would peek out from where I was going to add things. In some of the close up photos below you will see these splatters.

I stamped, coloured & fussy cut the roses from the Happiness Never Grows Old Dec Stamp of the month. I then fussy cut out a bunch of white flowers with Sapphire Blue Leaves from the floral pattern in the Serenity Paper collection & proceeded to stick them together. I fussy cut out the white wreaths on toffee pattern in the Serenity Paper collection & added them to the layout.

With Love Serenity Scrapbook Layout Close Up

I stamped a saying with the Serenity Cardmaking kit to one of the wreaths with Toffee ink & added some silver thread & a wooden heart.

With Love Serenity Scrapbook Layout Close Up With Love

I then added some torn strips for my photos mats from various zip strips & patterns from the Serenity Paper collection.

With Love Serenity Scrapbook Layout Close Up  Torn strips

I finished off the the flowers by adding Blue Belle Glitter Gems, Blue Belle Loose Sequins, some wooden hearts, White Flower Sequins & some bitty sparkles using liquid glass when needed – Ok I went a bit overboard with the embellishments, but I just love how it turned out.

What I Learned

  • Colour your flowers ti match the watercolour you done after it dries – it dried up lighter than when it went on. And well the blue in the Serenity Paper collection. do give them a purple hue but I am fine with it.
  • When adding adhesive to things, don’t go to the edge at first, this allows you to tuck things after without trying to tear up the page. You can glue up edges once you are happy.

Close Up of the background & flowers.

With Love Serenity Scrapbook Layout Close Up

I hope you enjoyed what I created with the Serenity Collection, it was fun to create with.

I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Danielle Edwards – Scrappychicks

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 Happiness Never Grows Old – Dec Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Happiness Never Grows Old – Dec Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Doreen Watkins 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.

Oh boy flowers – I am in trouble – love a pretty flower to make things with.

My first creation I wan t to share is this pretty pink & black Cascade card.

Pink & Black Floral Cascade Card

I used the Mixed in Papers to decorate it & used one of the sentiments to feature on the front. I stamped, coloured & fussy cut the flowers to decorate the card. This card fold flat to 4¼” x 5½” and is simple enough to put together but has a nice wow factor.

My next card features the Thanks Thin Cut Die.

Thanks Card with CTMH Happiness Never Grows Old

I started off with stamping my roses first onto a stitched rectangle thin cut die & colouring them in with markers. I then masked them – the hardest part were the tiny leaves.

I sponged & stenciled a background in Distress Oxide ink. Once I was happy I positioned the Thanks Thin Cut onto the the card & cut it out. I cut some extra from scrap card so the it was raised ever so slightly more than the background & added a matching colour cardstock to my coloured roses of the thinner letters on top. The piece was matted & added to a pre-scored card.

I seriously could create soo much more with this stamp set, in fact I have about 3 unfinished pieces sitting on my craft desk, but I will leave it with these two ideas.

Remember you can get this exclusive D-size Happiness Never Grows Old – Dec Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in Dec) 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 had lots of fun creating and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Danielle Edwards – Scrappychicks 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

Inky Fingers – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from Michelle Johns 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.

I love to get inky & creative with my ink pads & really there are just so many different techniques using just inkpads.

The first idea comes from the Close To My Heart, Make It from Your Heart blog where they applied Distress Oxide™ ink with a blending tool, splatter with water, and dab with a dry paper towel. Follow up with a splatter of watercolour. I also added some shimmer brush to mine.

I wanted the background to peek out under my woodgrain paper that I cut with the heart Fancy Borders Thin Cuts die. SO once I knew how wide that was I added picked raspberry distress oxide ink, then splattered with water, then green watercolour pain & clear shimmer brush. I stamped the flower from the Operation Smile stamp set: Every Bit of Wonderful. While this particular colour is out of stock at the moment I think it look great in the Candied Apple that is in stock with the green & then match in a red flower – it make for a great Christmas card idea.

This next one I blended a number of oxide inks over white embossed flowers from the stamp set in the Serenity Cardmaking Workshop Kit.

Once the ink was buffed off, cut out the centre with the smallest stitched recangle die & the outside with the largest. I lighten or oxidized the ink of the background with the clear shimmer brush Matted the centre with cardstock & foam tape for height.

This final card uses stamping with water – Yes you read that right water.

I covered the Distress Oxide watercolour paper with seedless preserves distress oxide inks & then wet the Floral Details & Background stamp, not too wet that the water is dripping but wet enough that you would need to wait for it to dry if you going to ink up. I stamped onto the inked background & let the stamp sit for a bit, this allows the water to sink in as per the pattern of the stamp image & then very quickly I stamped again onto scrap white daisy.

The wet stamp lifts off some of the ink that if you are fast enough you get an impression from it. Once these were dry I cut a piece I liked using the medium sized stitched rectangle & put them together on the card front. What I like is I have the other halves left over so I can actually make another card with this background. Again at the moment the seedless preserves distress oxide ink is out of stock, but you can try this technique out on the candied apple distressed oxide ink which is available from your consultant or wait till more stock arrives which does happen often.

I had fun creating all these cards & getting inky & I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Melissa Robinson to get more Inky Fingers 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 Jingle Joy – Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Jingle Joy Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

Australasian Blog Hop

If you have arrived here from Doreen Watkins 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

I love that Close To My Heart made it so that the Jingle Joy paper collection is Black & White on one side & a more Christmas fell on the other – it is just super versatile. SO with that in mind I set out to make the same card layout with both sides of the paper.

First card uses the Christmas Tree & candy cane stripes which is more Christmas themed. I added a Cricut cut holly & a Merry Christmas stamped saying to complete the card.

I then done the same layout using the black polka dots & black hearts. I added some pink to the black hearts paper to give it a bit more colour & used a Flamingo zip strip & stamped Happy Birthday & added a heart.

Here you see both cards side by side, you can see the similarities, but also how you can used just one side of the paper to work with the theme you are creating.

I hope you enjoyed what I created with the Jingle Joy Collection, it was fun to create with.

I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren Moore

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 You Warm My Heart – Nov Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our You Warm My Heart – Nov Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from 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.

For my first card I wanted to make something non-Christmas theme, so I focused on the pie image fr this Cutie Pie Card.

Happy Birthday Cutie Pie

I started with sponging on some Peacock Feathers Distress Ink onto the card. I then stamped & coloured in each pie image to create a different type of pie filling. I made a chocolate mud, pumpkin, key lime & mixed berry pie.

I stamped Happy Birthday from On Your Birthday stamp set & added Cutie Pie from the Stamp of the Month on white Daisy & matted with some woodgrain paper.

For my next card I stacked the tea cups to make this non-traditional Christmas Card.

Stacked Tea Cups Card

I stamped each cup in Toffee, Candy Apple & Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. I fussy cut each cup & created a slit to stack each cup into one another. I stamped the candy cane & fussy cut out & added some shimmer brush to it.

I die cut the Lagoon Cardstock with the Stitched Lattice Thin Cut die & wrapped some Silver Embellishing Thread around & added the Tea cups matted with Candy Apple cardstock to finish off.

This exclusive D-size You Warm My Heart – Nov Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in Nov) 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 had lots of fun creating and 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

Plastic Patterns – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from Michelle Loncar 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.

Whether you are creating your own stencils with the Stencil Sheets or grabbing a ready to use Stencil Pack, there is sure to be some great ideas for you to try out & use in your papercrafting.

I decided to use one of the smaller stencils from Stencil Pack 3 & I created a stencil/mask circle out of cardstock using the Circle Shaker Window Thin Cut Die.

Lovely Sleeping Fox with stencilled background

I cut my cardstock with the large Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cut Die & then laid down my cut out circle Stencil/mask into position & then added the diamond patten onto & pounced in abandoned coral & tattered rose Distress Oxide inks into the stencil to create my background.

I added a thin strip of Black Ore Paper & lovely paper & stamped a seasonal border under the stamped & die cut fox from the Woodland Friends. And layered it on some Lovely pattern paper to tie in the colours.

I did accidentally get a mark on the top of my card once I adhered it together – so extra falling leaves were added to make it look like it was part of the design. But overall I think is creates a soft & pretty card.

My next card I used Transparent Gloss texture paste with the stencil as once dry this texture paste is dry it resists ink.

Every Bit Of Wonderful Striped Texture background

I blended on some Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink & some Tattered Rose Distress Oxide. I then coloured & fussy cut a flower from the Every Bit of Wonderful set & added some strips of Comfort & Joy paper to finish off the card. The Just For You is from the Seasonal Borders stamp set.

I had fun creating this card & I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Darlys Recker to get more Plastic Patterns 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