Close To My Heart: Hope & Kindness collection Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our National Scrapbooking Month Hope & Kindness collection Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Danielle Edwards – Scrappy Chicks 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 this National Scrapbooking Month Close To My Heart created this gorgeous Hope & Kindness collection. So I scrapbooked with this collection – yes I know I normally makes cards, I did makes some with this collection as well as it was too pretty not too, but I am sharing some scrapbooking today! I hope you enjoy what I created with it as I had a lot of fun using it.

For this first layout, I used a bunch of the patterns papers & cardstock to form triangles to draw attention to the photo, which I will add once printed.

I stamped the Brush Strokes stamp set in Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad so that it appears to be peeking out from under the triangles. I used the Embroidered Borders in Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad to make it look like I added stitching. I fussy cut some to the flowers & tucked them in between the layers of the triangles. I cut out First Mother’s Day using the Cricut & stamped Enjoy this moment & Oh Happy Day from the In Full Bloom—Cardmaking stamp set.

The next layout I mixed the Hope & Kindness collection with the As You Grow Paper Collection to create this Welcome Home Baby Scrapbook layout.

The scrapbook based is one of the Hope & Kindness Coordinating Cardstock, it looks like kraft cardstock that has been painted with white paint or gesso. I thought it was perfect to draw attention to the middle of the layout. I used sticker strips & cut up pattern paper strips of the pattern paper up the top & bottom and to layer under the main photo area. I stamped the Embroidered Borders amongst the paper & stickers. I cut out Sweet with the Cricut & another Sweet was stamped. The photo placement has vellum under it so you can see some of the paper & sticker strips.

I enjoyed creating both of these scrapbook layouts, I hope you liked these ideas & will get some inspiration.

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 would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Danielle Edwards – Scrappy Chicks enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature

There are also some different workshops you might want to try out including the Hope & Kindness Scrapbooking Workshop Kit (without Memory Protectors™) or the Hope & Kindness Cardmaking Workshop Kit or the Hope & Kindness Album Workshop Kit or just grab the Hope & Kindness Product Bundle & create whatever you like.

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

True Story – An interactive mini album project!

Papercrafting meets memory keeping in this incredibly interactive mini album project!

Our new True Story album makes it easier than ever to preserve your stories and photos & is a one-of-a-kind memory-keeping project for National Papercrafting Month

The True Story project has room for an amazing number of photos and stories thanks to the innovative Flip Flaps, making this album a keepsake you will love paging through time and time again!

The True Story album kit comes with pre-cut pieces and die-cuts making assembly a breeze. You can embellish the book with coordinating stickers and clear acrylic pages for a truly unique look, creating a delightful mini album with surprises on every page!

To get a full picture of this album’s potential, including all the opportunities for journaling and photo display in the finished product, check out this short video, which shows off each page of this one-of-a-kind album.

Offer available through 28 February 2022, while supplies last. 

Specials & Offers

Make sure you check out our other great promotions. Meet the new Smitten collection of Valentine’s crafting items that will have you falling head over heels! Or why not Sign up as a Maker with Close To My Heart. Signing up is a better deal this month than ever, because you can sign up for just $20 and you’ll get $22 back in CTMH Cash!  Or maybe you want to rediscover Chantilly – a popular and stylish paper collection with coordinating stamp sets! Or be a VIP customer & join us for a VIP scrapbooking workshop – VIP Highlights or add a Craft with Heart™—Subscriptions with Heart! for easy Scrapbooking & card Making options.

I hope you are inspired get the True Story mini album project. Until next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Creating Meowgical Caticorn Cards

The fun thing about fantasy mythical images is that you can have sooo much fun creating anything with them because they give you permission to try things out & have fun with the images. The Meowgical Stamp is the perfect stamp set to do just that.

For my first card creation I had fun creating this background with an embossing folder & Distressed Oxide Inks watered down.

I created the fun label with the Cricut so that the Meowgical Caticorn could sit front & centre on it. I coloured the Caticorn with TriBlend™ Markers & Precious Metals Metallic Markers

With my next card I created this fun background of cut out clouds with my Cricut & used Distress Oxide Inks to create a rainbow of colour.

I added some Bright Bitty Beads to the some of the clouds with Liquid Glass to create a whimsical look & added the Build-a-Rainbow Thin Cuts to complete the look. I coloured in the Meowgical Caticorns with with TriBlend™ Markers & Precious Metals Metallic Markers to finish off the card.

Now when I created the above card I had some white daisy sitting under the cloud openings & basically used it like a stencil & I had the starts for this wonderful card.

I cut the background down with the inner part of the Slimline Shaker Window Thin Cuts & added some random toffee ink stars (they look like a dull gold in this colour) & added on my coloured in Meowgical Caticorns & filled up the spaces with some Wild Berry Loose Sequins & Rose Gold Liquid Pearls™ which made the card extra magical.

AND I also created another card with all the cut out clouds – love the fact that this one cloud background I created int he Cricut allowed me to make 3 different cards.

I used Capri Cardstock as my background & added Moon Dust Stickles™ Glitter Gel over the top of it. Instead of keeping the clouds white (I mean all things can go in Caticorn Land right?) I decided to colour them in with TriBlend™ Markers & soften the centres of them down with the Blender Marker & add some lines with the Precious Metals Metallic Markers. Seeing the clouds were coloured I did not do much colouring on my Meowgical Caticorns

I thought one of the Meowgical Caticorns would be fun to add as a cake topper!

I created my cake using the Happy Cake Day stamp set onto white daisy that had been cut from the inner part of the Slimline Shaker Window Thin Cuts. I decided I wanted to use some of the colour of the year Wild Berry Cardstock which allowed me to choose what to colour the cake & caticorn. I used the pattern black & white from the Sweet as Honey Paper Packet to tie it all together.

My next idea I created a rainbow of colour on Distress Watercolor Cardstock & added some Gilt Gloss Spray & Gold Shimmer Brush for some sparkle.

The rainbow of colour was sponged from various Distress Oxide Inks efore adding some water spritz to create the speckled look. I thought that the Meowgical Caticorn in the donut was a fun image to have at the end of the rainbow.

As you can see really the ideas of things you could try with the Meowgical stamp images is really endless options of fun creative ideas. Hopefully one of these will spark an idea for you to try out. I still have a shaker card that I want to complete & try out some ideas using Vellum with them.

Idea straight from the Catalogue

And just in case what I have created is not enough inspiration check out this Scrapbook Layout from the January–February 2022 Catalogue.

Specials & Offers

Make sure you check out our other great promotions. Meet the new Smitten collection of Valentine’s crafting items that will have you falling head over heels! Or why not Sign up as a Maker with Close To My Heart. Signing up is a better deal this month than ever, because you can sign up for just $20 and you’ll get $22 back in CTMH Cash!  Or maybe you want to rediscover Chantilly – a popular and stylish paper collection with coordinating stamp sets! Or be a VIP customer & join us for a VIP scrapbooking workshop – VIP Highlights or add a Craft with Heart™—Subscriptions with Heart! for easy Scrapbooking & card Making options.

I hope you liked my idea & it has inspired you to try it out for yourself. Until next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Take it Easy – we are just creating some fun Sloth cards

The Take It Easy Stamp set is a fun one to create with. The sloth images certainly represented how I was feeling over the Christmas/New period.

The fist card I created with these adorable Sloths was a slimline card.

I used the Dots Slimline Thin Cuts cut from white daisy as the background to add some visual interest & I used the inner scallop rectangle from the Slimline Shaker Window Thin Cuts. I used the thin cuts to cut out a couple of Take It Easy Sloths & leaves & coloured them in with assorted TriBlend™ Marker colours. The inner scallop rectangle was raised up with some 3D foam tape & the sloths positioned onto it. I really liked the white on white with the pop of colours from the Sloths & leaves.

So onto the next card. The Deck the Palms Card Front Thin Cuts die is still available & well those leaves just had to have some Sloths hanging from them!

So I started off cutting the Deck the Palms Card Front Thin Cuts & thought I would only used the one layer. I then stamped, die cut & coloured in my sloths (you can see me do that over on Tik Tok) & then I decided I needed some more colour/texture on the Deck the Palms Leaf die & thought the quickest way was to use the Gloss Sprays. So I sprayed this with some Lime Gloss Spray & Gilt Gloss Spray. Now until I did this I thought I was going to use some coloured cardstock for the background – but once I mopped up the left over spray on some white cardstock I had nearby I realised I accidentally created a background perfect for this card. I curled up some of the leaves with a quilling tool & then slightly trimmed everything down so that there was a nice white border once added to the card. I finished off with the Thank You Sentiment that has an embroidered Border stamp on the edge that matched the theme of the card.

For the next card I had this background sitting in my stash waiting for the perfect opportunity for me to use. It was created with the Botanical Embossing Folder & left over Distressed Oxide inks on my Blending tools & I sprayed water over it & then embossed the Distress Watercolor Cardstock with it.

I cut up the background & added a thin strip of Harbour cardstock to the edge of one of them & then in the gap I stamped one of the Perfectly Imperfect Patterns images stamped in second generation in Sage which seemed to match the background. I stamped Hang in there over this & added my stamped, coloured & die cut sloth to complete the card.

For this card idea I pulled out the vine leaf stencil from Card Front Stencil Pack 2 & some Distress Watercolor Cardstock.

I sponged over the vine leaf stencil with Distress Oxide ink & spritz with water – allowing this to run a bit so the design is a bit hidden. I dried it with the heat gun & then went over with a different colour & lightly spritz this & again dried with the heat gun. I added some extra dots with the Perfectly Imperfect Patterns stamp to just add a little bit more texture. I added my stamped, coloured & die cut sloth over a cut out stamp strip sentiment & layered that with some Harbour cardstock. I finished off by matting with the Harbour cardstock & the card was completed. This one came together nice & quickly – even the background technique didn’t take that long.

Ideas straight from the Catalogue

And just in case what I have created is not enough inspiration check out these two creations from the January–February 2022 Catalogue.

Specials & Offers

Make sure you check out our other great promotions. Meet the new Smitten collection of Valentine’s crafting items that will have you falling head over heels! Or why not Sign up as a Maker with Close To My Heart. Signing up is a better deal this month than ever, because you can sign up for just $20 and you’ll get $22 back in CTMH Cash!  Or maybe you want to rediscover Chantilly – a popular and stylish paper collection with coordinating stamp sets! Or be a VIP customer & join us for a VIP scrapbooking workshop – VIP Highlights or add a Craft with Heart™—Subscriptions with Heart! for easy Scrapbooking & card Making options.

I hope you liked my idea & it has inspired you to try it out for yourself. Until next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Workspace Wonder – The Flexible way to organise your crafting space!

It is that time of the year when you want to get your Marie Kondo on, and start organising your craft room or your craft supplies on your desk!

It doesn’t matter if you have entire room dedicated to your craft supplies (lucky you!) or you only have spare a desk and a couple of drawers – the Workspace Wonder™ are a brilliant & flexible way to organise your space.

Workspace Wonder™ is created as individual components that line stack on top of each other in a variety of combinations, so you can mix and match the pieces to create a storage solution that’s perfectly tailored to your crafting style and space.

And if your needs change, you can easily rearrange the pieces again to get the right fit for you.

Why not try an L shape for the corner of your desk!

Or go tall with your stack to save on space 

Or even tall & wide with the very handy Workspace Wonder™ Tool Cubby to hold all your tools

Or add a Carousel Base & Top to your Stamp Pad Stacks so you can spin it around to find your desire colour!

Don’t forget about the papers!

You can sit the Workspace Wonder™ Paper Tray next to other pieces

Or combine the paper trays right into your favourite configuration!

There are so many possibilities for stacking and storing—you’ll want to discover them all!

What are some of your favourite options?

Specials & Offers

Make sure you check out our other great promotions including Smitten a collection of Valentine’s crafting items that will have you falling head over heels!. Be a VIP customer or add a Craft with Heart™—Subscriptions with Heart! for easy Scrapbooking & card Making options.

I hope this inspires you to try some of the combinations out in your craft space. Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Make a Pretty Adorable Fox Card

The design of the animals on the Stamp of the Month October 2021: Wildflower Friendship with the flowers & leaves are gorgeous. So they required some pretty papers to make an adorable card.

The As You Grow Paper Packet is the perfect paper collection to do this

I used the Rosemary Cardstock as the background & cut one of the As You Grow Paper on top of this & added some doodled lines. I then cut a medium square stitched fram & added a smaller white daisy in the centre of that along with some more doodled lines. I added a strip of mulberry pattern paper from the As You Grow Paper collection.

I then stamped & coloured in the fox from the Stamp of the Month October 2021: Wildflower Friendship & fussy cut him out. I choose colours from the markers that I could see in the papers to make sure that he worked well.

I finished off with stamping a little note with a doodle border & some dots created with the Rose Gold Liquid Pearls

I was so happy how pretty this card turned out.

Don’t forget that this exclusive D-size Wildflower Friendship – October Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in October) can be yours for just $9 AUD, when you place an order of $80 AUD or more! OR FREE for VIP Customers with qualifying order of $80 AUD

Specials & Offers

Make sure you check out our other great promotions including Remember Today which will help you plan ahead for 2022 with this innovative calendar project featuring beautiful Cut Above® layouts for each month of the year ahead! Be a VIP customer or add a Craft with Heart™—Subscriptions with Heart! for easy Scrapbooking & card Making options.

I hope you liked my idea & it has inspired you to try it out for yourself. Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz