The best way to start Card Making for Beginners

Want to know the easiest way to start Card making?

Want to start cardmaking & you are a beginner? OR maybe you want to keep up with all the occasions in your life? You can create beautiful, handmade cards, that will come together in a snap thanks to pre-printed card bases, die-cut shapes, and more with the Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscription

Each delivery also includes an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set, complete with stamping block and mini ink pads, so you’ll have the tools you need to create your cards just the way you want them.

The Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscription keeps your creativity flowing as you receive regular deliveries of Cut Above® card kits that will keep you connected with your passion.

This is a great idea for anyone starting out card making or anyone looking for a card making kit just to keep up with all the occasions in your life.

Subscribe to the Craft with Heart™ cardmaking subscription today!

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Before heading off check out our other great promotions including VIP Customer Program, Perfect Match, Home Sweet Home, Bring Back My Pack – Blossom & Become a Maker for Just $20!

Thanks for checking this out & keep Crafting.
Maz

Rainy Day Card making with a sketch

So it is summer here in Australia, which often means rain in January, at the moment we have heavy downpours & it has been like that all week. Although the last couple of days it has been broken up with humid sunshine. Plus we are still in a hotspot for Covid in my region – so my holiday leave is at home. What is a girl to do ? Well craft of course.

So I thought why not just create with the most recent Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #402

I stuck to the orientation of the sketch & used a tiny scallop stamp for the scallops & replace the Flowers with these Penguins to create this cute Birthday Card.

Happy Birthday Winter Penguins

I used Close To My Heart Party Time Paper for the main rectangle & the current Jan – Feb Mix-ins paper for the banner. I added stamped faux stitching to the banner to ground it a bit more as it is sits away from the edge. The Penguins are from the current Jan – Feb CTMH catalogue & are called Winter Penguins – I think they are so cute.

I hope you liked my idea & it has inspired you to try it out or even the sketch out for yourself.

If you are interested in any of the products I used & live in Australia you can order these on my website.

Edit

My card made the Top 3 designs from Sketch # 402. 

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

Happy New Year of Scrapbooking, Card Making & Paper Crafting in 2021

Happy New Year everyone! It is officially the first day of 2021, can you believe it? We made it through 20201!

Today not only brings with it renewed aspirations and hope in new beginnings but, also, a brand new Close To My Heart catalogue filled from cover to cover with new pattern papers, stamp sets, embellishments, new and original ideas, and much, much more!

So ring in the new year a& celebrate with us and take a look at a few new things happening in our  January—February 2021 Catalogue

Paper Kits

This Catalogue offers two brand new themed paper suites & a new mix-in paper collection. All these papers co-ordinate with the Core Catalogue paper suite collections, allowing you to mix & match or use on their own what ever your creative heart desires.

Happiness Lives Here Paper Collection

Bring a ray of sunshine with the Happiness Lives Here collection, featuring a collection of versatile patterns & colours that make it the perfect fit for a variety of everyday occasions.

Sweet Safari Paper Collection

The perfect combination of play time & craft time. Sweet Safari will help you celebrate baby showers, new arrivals using these vibrant fun-filled products.

Stamp Sets

Our new catalogue is brimming with great new stamp designs – here is just a small sampling:

Little Miss Message

Sure to be a new favourite this year, the Little Miss Message stamp set that allows you to mix & match heads & outfits to hold different messages. You can also get matching thin cut dies for the messages if you like. I look forward to sharing my creations with this stamp set on the blog in the next few weeks.

Winter Penguins

Yes I know it is summer here in Australia, but I just could not pass up on adding in Winter Penguins cuties to my basket. This stamp set also comes packages with matching thin cut dies for those who dislike fussy cutting. This is another stamp set I look forward to sharing lots of creations & ideas with over the new few weeks.

Stamp of the Month – Every Thank You

Of course you need to check out the New Stamp of the Month for January – Every Thank You. You can get this exclusive D-size stamp set (only available in Jan) 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.

Thin Cuts (Dies)

There are lots of great matching stamp set Thin Cuts, but by far my favourite stand alone Thin Cut die is the Diagonal Stripe Slimline Thin Cuts – this Thin Cut is just perfect to create fun quick slimline cards.

Slimline Cards & Envelopes

Slimline Cards are the hottest card making size trend at the moment, so to go with the amazing Diagonal Stripe Slimline Thin Cuts, we now have the pre-scored card with envelopes to make it easier for you to create slimline cards.

Craft with Heart™ – Subscription with Heart!

Be ready to preserve memories as you make them with new kits from the Craft with Heart™ scrapbooking subscription! As a subscriber, you’ll receive regular deliveries of Cut Above® layout kits, each kit featuring two beautifully designed two-page layouts. Your layouts come together in minutes thanks to pre-printed base pages, with complementary die-cuts and stickers to help you preserve your memories in style.

And don’t forget!!! There’s a new Cut Above® cardmaking kit coming out in January, too!

Each delivery includes materials to create a set of beautiful, handmade cards, that will come together in a snap thanks to pre-printed card bases, die-cut shapes, and more. Each delivery also includes an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set, complete with stamping block and mini ink pads, so you’ll have the tools you need to create your cards just the way you want them. Keep up with all the occasions in your life with a Craft with Heart™ cardmaking subscription!

Amazing Offers & Specials

And to really start off the New Year with a bang we have some amazing offers & specials that are worth checking out.

Goodbye ’20, Hello ’21

 We have drastically reduced enrolment fee, and the New Year is the perfect time to sign up to become a Close To My Heart Maker because you can sign up for just $20 and you’ll get $21 back in CTMH Cash! This special pricing is only available through 31 January 2021, so sign up now and discover the rewards of operating your own papercrafting business with Close To My Heart!

Bring Back My Pack – Blossom

Enjoy a blast from the past with one of our most popular paper collections from the past: Blossom

National Papercrafting Month – Home Sweet Home

January is National Papercrafting Month, and the Home Sweet Home special is the perfect way to keep the celebration going all throughout the year!

Perfect Match

Celebrate the love in your life with the adorable Perfect Match collection! This exclusive suite has everything you need to create stunning Valentine’s Day cards, scrapbook layouts, and more! 

VIP We Are Good Together Workshop Kit

Create exclusive artwork with the VIP We Are Good Together Workshop Kit! This kit will be featured in our first-ever VIP Customer program virtual event on 26 February!  Not a VIP Customer Yet? Sign up today!

There are many, many more products worth taking a look at in our new January–February 2021 catalogue. to Check my website see what else 2021 holds in store!

May you have a safe and happy New Year! ❤

Maz

Make the best Merry Borders Cards You Can Send !

I just love the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set it is so easy to use & layer up to create beautiful cards or even scrapbook pages.

The first Idea I want to share is very simple, it is just white embossing on wood grain paper.

Merry Borders

The paper was cut to the same size as the card, dusted with the Anti-static Pouch & then stamped with the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set in VersaMark™ Ink Pad & heat set with a heat gun. I cut out Merry from the wood grain & stuck it over some looped Silver Embellishing Thread & stamped Christmas on some scrap to finish off.

The next idea also has some embossing, but mixed with just plain inked images and the colours were all tied together to work with the gorgeous Serenity Paper Packet.

Merry Borders

I started off stamping in Sapphire ink, then I choose another leaf set & did second generation of Sapphire ink. The next leaf I stamped in Toffee & then finally the last lot of leaves were gold embossed. I cut out some of the Sapphire Blue Splattered paper from the Serenity Paper Packet and matted with some Gold Foil Paper, the Merry was also cut from the Gold Foil Paper and added to the Pine, Spring Design from the Serenity Paper Packet. I just love how the stamped design tied together with the printed paper.

I wanted to create something fun, so decided that I pair the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set with the Winter Friends Stamp Set I love how they look like they are hugging & peering over a wooden fence decorated for Christmas

Merry Borders & Animal Christmas Greetings

I started with drawing a line in pencil where I wanted the base of the animals to be, I worked out the height by seeing how tall the leaves in the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set would be. I then stamped the Penguin & masked, stamped the Deer & masked again to stamp the Polar Bear. I coloured in the animals with markers. I then cut some wood grain paper & started to stamp some leaves in various green inks & added some red dots as berries & stuck the paper down. I cut another strip of wood grain paper as I knew I needed a ledge & I wanted to create a wooden sign for the Penguin to hold. This was a fun way change up using the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set.

Back to a non-Christmas idea, this time playing with layered embossing & the Thanks Thin Cut.

Thanks & Merry Borders

I stamped the first layer of leaves in VersaMark™ Ink Pad on white cardstock & heat set and I then coloured with Peel Paint Distressed Distress Oxide™, I then stamped the next layer of leaves again with Versa Mark & once heat set I coloured over with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, I done another layer of leaves and added Peacock Feathers Distressed Oxide Ink. I added my final layer of leaves, but this time gold embossed the leaves. I then sprayed over the entire card front with Lime Gloss Spray which doesn’t rub off from the embossing once dry, so it tied in all the green layers. I then cut out the thanks thinner letters from this background. The Background thanks was cut in white card stock & sits over the cutout. I glued the letters back in place. I love the texture & the embossing resists of different greens this card shows.

Back to using the Serenity Paper Packet this time I used the small leaves to poke out from the sides of the Stitched Scalloped Brackets Thin Cuts

Peace & Merry Borders

I first stamped & embossed leaves, onto the Serenity Paper, I really should have started with the just inked layer first, but sometimes you do things backwards! I then cut the the paper with a Fancy Borders Thin Cuts and then cut another one out of Silver Foil Paper, I also cut Peace out of the Silver Foil Paper. I stamped and Joy in Pewter Exclusive Inks™ & popped the Stitched Scalloped Brackets on foam tape to finish off the card.

My final idea gives you a sneak peek of the December’s Stamp of the Month – Happiness Never Grows Old with the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set.

Merry Borders & Roses

I started off with a circle mask & then started stamping my leaves around the circle in various green inks. Once that was done I stamped my sentiment from the December’s Stamp of the Month – Happiness Never Grows Old in charcoal ink. I stamped, coloured & fussy cut out the roses & added them to my wreath of leaves. I backed the decorated card front with some Jingle Joy Paper Packet to finish it off.

I thought I share this card as a VIP Customer you can get a free Stamp of the Month FREE with qualifying purchase of $80 & the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set would make the perfect item to spend your  $40 in VIP Credit you get when you sign up before 31 December.

Don’t forget you can get all your Craft supplies to make these at discount when you sign up to be a VIP Customer.

VIP Customer Program maz.closetomyheart.com.au VIP Introductory Offer

You earn credit that you can spend or save each time you purchase your supplies. Not only that all VIPs are invited to an exclusive workshop on February 25th 2021 to make these cards & scrapbook layouts.

We can’t wait to craft with our incredible VIP’s! There will be a virtual event in a private Facebook group for VIP’s and a workshop bundle available to order on January 1st to help you craft these amazing workshops. Find Out More..

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Make sure you check out our other great promotions including
Seasons in Motion & Merry Little Christmas. And don’t forget you can sign up any time to our Craft with Heart™ – Scrapbooking or Cardmaking Subscriptions with Heart.

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

Mini Slimline Cards!

Regular sized slimline cards have been super popular in the card-making world, so why not a mini version?

I thought I have a go at playing on a slightly smaller surface & create mini slimline card with a finished size of 6″ x 3.5″ . What I love about this is I can have the fold on the smaller 3.5″ or on the longer 6″ side which makes it super fun.

The first time I tried out this fun size was on World Carmaking Day

You Make My Heart Happy Spring Mini Slimline Card

I loved how it turned out. I even based the layout on a sketch that was for a traditionally sized card. Check out the World Carmaking Day post to see all the details how I put this together.

The next card I want to share uses the Reason for the Season stamp set & I just love how the Wood Grain Paper Packet mixed with the
Lovely Paper Packet creates the perfect stable. The night sky was created with Night Gloss Spray with some Moon Dust Stickles™ Glitter Gel scraped over the top.

Away In A Manger

This mini slimline card was perfect size to help focus on the stamp set, yet show off the other details.

The next mini slimline card, I decided to cut out a window from the front of it so you can see inside the card.

Gnome for Christmas

I created snow banks using the Fancy Borders Thin Cuts & fussy cut out trees from the Jingle Joy Paper Packet & coloured in my Gnome for Christmas stamps to match the colouring of the papers.

Of courseI have to show the inside.

Gnome For Christmas Inside

These Gnome For Christmas stamps are just so cute on this card.

So for this next card I took the window as a 3 fold card. This turned out to be so fun to create.

Barnyard Fun

When you first open you see the details of the barn, with window shutters & woodgrain & the cute From the Funny Farm animals

Barn yard Fun Inside

And then you open up again to get this cute little scene with the sheep

Barn yard Fun Open

Really this shows, just because these mini slimline card are a smaller size of 6″ x 3.5″, you can still create a huge variety of designs & creative opportunity.

Don’t forget you can get all your Craft supplies to make these at discount when you sign up to be a VIP Customer, You earn credit that you can spend or save each time you purchase your supplies. Find Out More…

VIP Customer Program maz.closetomyheart.com.au VIP Introductory Offer

Specials

Make sure you check out our other great promotions including
Seasons in Motion & Merry Little Christmas. And don’t forget you can sign up any time to our Craft with Heart™ – Scrapbooking or Cardmaking Subscriptions with Heart.

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

Crafting on World Cardmaking Day 2020

Some of us are still staying home in 2020, so what better way than to spend your time making & creating cards this World Cardmaing day. Although today we have a gorgeous spring day outside so a bit of it will be spent outdoors enjoying it.

I thought I start off my day by working off a sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #388 and I wanted to try out a mini slimline card & seeing it is a gorgeous spring day – I had to use flowers.

So this is the sketch I worked off from today.

And from that bit of inspiration I created this sweet mini slimline card.

You Make My Heart Happy Spring Mini Slimline Card

I used the Close To My Heart Operation Smile Every Bit of Wonderful stamp set for the flowers & sentiment. I cut the squares from the Woodgrain pattern paper using the smallest stitched square thin cut dies, kraft cardstock & some soft pink cardstock to create my mini slimline card.

I added some black shimmer brush splatters to represent the three dots at the top of the card.

The mini slimline card with a finished size of 6″ x 3.5″ was a fun slightly smaller surface to play with but I loved how it turned out.

I hope you liked my idea & it has inspired you to try it out or even the sketch out for yourself.

EDIT This card made the Top 3 from Sketch # 388

Til next time, Happy World Cardmaking Day, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz