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

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

Close To My Heart Comfort and Joy – Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Comfort and Joy 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

So the Comfort and Joy has a great Christmas Feel so I had to create a Christmas Card & I just love the poinsettia paper so I had to use it.

Comfort & Joy Christmas Card

I used the Seasonal Borders for the sentiment & the stamped border on the card. I cut the paper with the large stitched rectangle & added a strip of Black Ore Paper to cover the join & then fussy cut out one of the poinsettia’s to complete the card.

I thought I should challenge myself to make a non Christmas card with the Comfort and Joy papers & I came up with this idea

Comfort & Joy Purfect Birthday Card

I used the Window Thin Cuts & fussy cut out some cats from the Cattitude stamp set. Made some curtains from the striped Comfort & Joy paper & used one of the zip strips & the gingham pattern for the background. I thought it made for a sweet birthday card.

I hope you enjoyed what I created with the Comfort and Joy 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 Party Time – Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Party Time 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.

I love that Close To My Heart is now offering larger paper collections in the core catalogue. That means that the paper collection is not only larger (12 sheets, instead of 6 sheets of double-sided designs) but it will be there for you to purchase for a full 12 months. One of these core collections is the Party Time Paper Collection and it makes perfect sense as there is always someone’s birthday every day all year round.

i love that this paper collection is party themed but there are still some generic prints that you could use for anything. I went with the party themed for my creations.

For my first card I played with some mixed media for the background & had fun turning the cute Garden Gnomes into a party guy by adding a balloon from the A Wild Bunch stamp set.

I used the Party time paper & some stickers to form the rest of the backgrounf.

On my next card I played around with a design to show off the party time paper & added a party hat sticker to my penguin.

It was a fun card to create & is so bright & happy,

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

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.

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