Close To My Heart Prickly Pear Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Prickly Pear Paper Suite Australasian, Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Georgia O’Shea – Georgia Creates  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.

 

Close To My Heart Prickly Pear Paper www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auI decided to really show off this fun Prickly Pear Paper Suite and I thought what better way to do that, than with a pop up Box card.

This type of card allows me to really make use of the paper, even fussy cutting some of the Cacti out to use amongst the stamped a Thin Cut Cacti from the Prickly Pear cardmaking and Scrapbooking stamp sets.

And that Llama – he is too cute not to use.

You may have noticed that the bunting used on the card is actually the rug that sits on his back, fussy cut out from being stamped on the different pattern papers that make up the Prickly Pear Paper Suite.

I have even used one of the z strips& cut out the wonderful day banner from one of the cut apart picture my life cards. This is one bright happy fun card and I enjoyed creating it.

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Colleen Geldenhuys 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 Prickly Pear Paper Suite.…Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!

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

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

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

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

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