Mixing it up with Close To My Heart – Scrapbook Layout

Love At First Sight baby scrapbook layout with Close To My Heart I Heart Us, Heart Happy & CTMH Mix-in Papers.

Over the weekend I decided to finally scrap the new born photo of my grand niece. And thought I would mix it up using some stamping as well as different alphabet stamps & different Close To My Heart Paper Suites.

I started off with the stamping using the Budding Peony Stamp + Thin Cuts (I think this will be my most used stamp set of the Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea book) and coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers. I was going to reproduce the look I done on a card for the Faux Dimension with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers post but scrapbook style. But well I have misplaced my Black Marker & if anyone knows where I put it, please let me know as I know its friends are missing the black being in the roll up marker case with them. So well instead of wasting time I continued on a different path.

I then started to layer papers behind my photo so I had a sense of where I could place it amongst the flowers that I had stamped. I added some I Heart Us Paper & Heart Happy Paper, as they had the pinks that went with the Peony’s that I coloured, plus the Heart Happy Paper finishes up this month & well I Heart Us Paper is the featured paper so it made sense to use these.

I also needed some contrast so found some black spotted in the Mix-in Paper but there was also a fab pink stripe on one of the z strips. In the end I added more black in other ways than using the paper.

The mixing didn’t stop at the paper, I also created a title that mixed up two alphabet stamps & some chipboard letters & the I really like how it all turned out.

The word Love if from the I Heart Us Complements (oh my I love these) & I did a bit of doodling around the heart O. I really liked how you can see some of the peony peeking through the letters. The word at (stamped with Simply Said) was stamped directly onto the page (amazed that I did not somehow drop the stamp & stuffed that up) & finished off with some clear sparkles. I fussy cut out First (stamped with Solid Classroom Alphabet) and stuck them with foam tape over a wash of shimmer and well as I had the Simply Said stamp set out I just used that to stamped Sight onto some scrap. I layered this word over some paper & vellum strips.

My final bit of mixing it up (ok ignore the accidental double stamped flower – it didn’t stamp correctly & I miss-aligned second go & it was the last flower added – always the way) was with some Die Cuts (or Thin Cuts as they are known from Close To My Heart) I used two different Fancy Tags (one of which is cut in half & the other a top 1/3rd was cut off) & I added strip that had bee decorated with one of the Decorative Borders (seriously one of my fav dies) to crate a journalling spot.

I actually replicated this circle journalling spot (without the journalling ) & added it in amongst the layers of paper I used around my photo.

Anyway I hope you like my little mixed up scrapbooking layout – it shows that all the Close To My Heart Products co-ordinate together nicely. You just need to pull out the bits & pieces to see how they work together.

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!


Faux Dimension with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers

I fell in love with Erum Tasneem card over on Jennifer McGuire YouTube video that I needed to recreate the Faux Dimension Look with the Close To My Heart Budding Peony Stamp + Thin Cuts

How I recreated the Look

I coloured the flowers with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers with the Tender Pink & Cherry Pink Markers, but did not extend the colour right to the edge of the petals

I also lightened up the Tender Pink near the edge of the petals with the Colorless Blender Marker. The leaves were coloured in a similar way with Leaf Green & Sap Green Markers.

Under the bottom of the stamped image with the Warm Grey 4 Marker & softening it out with the Colorless Blender Marker, I created depth & a shadow to these flowers. The lines drawn & coloured in with the Black Marker, drawn up close to the black stamped flower, so they looked like they were under the flowers.

The splatters were done with the Black Shimmer Brush. & I added a few I Heart Us Sequins scattered around the flowers.

This is the video that started the inspiration:

I hope you enjoyed my take on creating Faux Dimension with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on Something Fierce

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!

Hidden Inlay Die Cutting with Close To My Heart Thin Cuts

Well I have another fab idea & technique to share with you so that when you go & get your 25%  saving on the Close To My Heart Thin Cuts you will have lots of ideas on how to use them and this technique shows you how to create hidden inlay die cuts which are almost invisible – until you take a closer look.

Die cut inlay is where you die cut shapes and glue the pieces back together like a puzzle for a smooth look.

Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Thanks You are Too Kind Card

Close To My Heart Thin Cuts I used the the Thanks out of the Hello & Thanks Thin Cut Set
– Die Cutting Machine of your Choice
– And  multiple colours of Cardstock

How To
1. Stamp your image & colour in with your choice of colour. I used the In Bloom stamp set and Watercolours
2. Cut your Close To My Heart Thin cut as you normally would & save the little negative cut out left over pieces.
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting setting the cutting up
3. Re-cut the same die out of another colour of cardstock – this is optional & if you want to build your word up into a 3D look. I started to do this look but changed it right at the end for a more flush look.
4. Attach your card to a base and stick in in the left over negative cut out pieces into place.
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting putting the puzzle together
5. Stick the word into place
Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Pieced back together
6. Optional: To make sure that the word is flush you can run your card through your embossing machine – just protect your card from the marks that could be on your plate – I got some lovely marks that had to be hidden!

What I love
How the word looks just fab by itself with the stamped, coloured background – I could use it like that if I really wanted too! In fact I am very tempted to make another to do just that!

Hidden Inlay Die Cutting Thanks Cut Out
I hope you try this technique and have fun with it and thanks so much for taking the time to find out more about the Hidden Inlay Die Cutting technique…see you soon.


Partial Die Cutting with Close To My Heart Thin Cuts

This month you can Save 25% on all Close To My Heart Thin Cuts, so I thought I would share some great tutorials, tips & ideas on how you can use the Thin Cuts.

Today I am showing you how to do partial die cutting with the Close To My Heart Thin Cuts which allows you to extend a portion of a die cut shape past the fold for a unique card or place marker or in one case of my cards incorporate the rest of the background into the die.


Close To My Heart Thin Cuts I used the Hello Lovely Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle and the Thin Cuts – Happy Birthday for the two card designs.
– Die Cutting Machine of your Choice
– And Cardstock

How To
1. Mark with a pencil the halfway mark that you are going to fold your card, if you want your image to extend past a folded card line.
2. Place a shaped die so that one part of the die is above the centre pencil line and the rest is below.
3. Line up die cutting plates along the pencil line so that only the protruding portion is cut when run through the die cutting machine. I used washi tape to guide me exactly where I wanted the plate to line up

4. Score along the pencil line, outside the die cut area. Erase pencil markings.
5. With the Happy Birthday card cut away any excess cardstock so the only the letter appear above the cut area.
6. Decorate the card as desired.

I hope you try this technique and have fun with it and thanks so much for taking the time to find out more about the Partial Die Cutting technique…see you soon.


Double Embossing with Close To My Heart Thin Cuts

Double Embossing with Close To My Heart Thin Cuts. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Today I want to share with you super fun double embossing technique which is something that I done with my old dies a long time ago, but haven’t really re-visited the technique.

It is a great way to stretch some of your Close To My Heart Thin Cuts & is sort of a stamping technique as you stamp with your Close To My Heart Thin Cuts – yes you read that correctly, you can stamp the outline with your die. It takes a bit of practice & I have not perfected it by a long shot. But hey that is half the fun of crafting, learning & sharing what works for you.

FYI: I found a blog post from Jennifer McGuire who does this soooooo much better, than me. She calls the technique something different to what I was first shown many years ago, but it is still the same idea.

Now this technique I found looks better with the word Thin Cuts & the snowflakes, but you can try it on others or any other die cut you own. Let me show you how.


How To

  1. Set up your Die cutting machine for embossing with die, for me it is a B plates & the Rubber Embossing Mat, cardstock, die & final B Plate. There are lots of fab instructions out there if you are not sure how to set up your machine.
  2. Ink over only the cutting edges (the raised parts) of your chosen Close To My Heart Thin Cuts with the VersaMark™ Ink Pad & place carefully onto your cardstock that you set up already. Be careful not to move your die or you will get ink where you do not want it.
  3. Run the dies through your Die Cutting machine &carefully remove the die & quickly cover with your chosen Super Fine Embossing Powder. Brush away any excess & heat emboss.
  4. You will see that the heat embossing with appear in the outline of your die.

For my first card I tried the Snowflake Thin Cuts with Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder. I did accidently slightly moved the die before embossing, but for the first go in a long time, I loved the result. I also added some Clear Shimmer Brush to the raised parts of the snowflake.

Double Embossing with Close To My Snowflake Heart Thin Cuts. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

For my Second card I tried the technique again with one of the hello word thin cuts, I loved the combo of the White Daisy Cardstock with the Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder. I did find I needed to use a small dry paint brush to wipe off any excess embossing powder, but it worked out ok. Again I added some Clear Shimmer Brush to the raised parts of the hello word.

Double Embossing with Close To My Gift Hello Thin Cuts. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

And for my final card I decided to try the Gift Thin Cut – now this example showed what happened when I wasn’t careful about applying the ink only to the raised areas – in this case the circles & outline. But you know what I embraced the mistake – it was an opportunity to be a bit more creative & well I didn’t place the image very straight on the card & it was too close to the edge to cut the cardstock smaller, so I cut this one out. I make these mistakes all the time & then the card goes into a totally different direction to what I had envisioned.

Double Embossing with Close To My Gift Heart Thin Cuts. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

And while I am on the subject of Close To My Heart Thin Cuts did you know that they have released four new Thin Cuts that match existing stamps in the Annual Catalogue? The new ones are

I cannot wait to get mine & try some new ideas that I have. While these new thin cuts are not the best for this technique, you never know what you could create with them?

I hope you try this technique and have fun with it and thanks so much for taking the time to find out more about the double embossing technique…see you soon.