Thank you for making Cardmaking easy Freshly Made Sketches #508

The brain is on overload of business & creative information as I attended a Business Builders event over the last 2 days. I wanted to make something easy & Freshly Made Sketches came to the resuce.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #508 is a nice simple card design for weekend.

Freshly Made Sketches #417

I rotated the design by 90° and used the Botanical Embossing Folder for the long strip in the middle in white daisy. I cut out a frame in white daisy with the Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts & added an inlay of Wood Texture Paper to form the rectangle that sits in the middle.

I cut out some Mulberry Cardstock flowers & Rosemary Cardstock leaves with the Layered Flowers Thin Cuts for some added depth & a Thank you stamped from the For All Occasions stamp set. I finished off the flowers with some Bright Bitty Beads.

It was just what I needed to kick off some creative time after a full weekend of learning. I hope you all enjoyed what I created using this sketch.

Till Next time & keep creating!

You Make My Heart Smile: Freshly Made Sketches #417

I am currently on leave from the corporate job, which has given me lots of time to play with my papercrafting products – which I am enjoying so much. Really not sure how it going to be once I go back to work next week – eek.

But I thought I should revisit the Freshly Made Sketches Challenges stating off with the Freshly Made Sketches #417 would be a nice way to create & challenge myself.

Freshly Made Sketches #417

What I made

I started off with the Close To My Heart February Stamp of the Month – Cherishing Her, which will be available in February, to create this card.

I stamped & coloured the card in & fussy cut the image out & placed it onto a stitched rectangle frame & layered over a slightly larger piece with a torn bottom, both of these are from the  Jan–Feb Mixed-In papers collection.

The strip was stamped with my sentiment onto the Celebrate Today Paper Packet & cut at an angle one end.

I finished off with some Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Gel – I mean we all need a little glitz & glamour in lives so why not.

I hope you all enjoyed what I created using this sketch.

Till Next time & keep creating!

Overstamping: Permission to be imperfect with your stamping

Overstamping is where you layer stamped images to create the illusion of depth. You can mix different colours – no masking involved or even add embossed images. One of the great things about overstamping is it doesn’t matter if you didn’t ink up the stamp correctly or accidentally rocked the stamp , this is because you will overstamp some of these areas & it will all look intentional.

Overstamping for layering stamped images to create the illusion of depth. Close To My Heart Wonder of the Season (B1632) was used for this technique

In this card example I randomly stamped images from the Wonder of the Season stamp set. I started with the pine cone image first around the edge in Toffee Exclusive Ink then added the fir tree leaves with Sage Exclusive Ink using a mix of first & second generation around the pine cones.

It didn’t matter if they slightly over stamped. I added the holly berries in Candy Apple Exclusive Ink and the holly leaves in Clover Exclusive Ink and well I thought I needed more red so I used some berries from the exclusive October stamp Love with All the Trimmings.

To finish it off I added more pinecones with pigment ink & embossed with Ranger™ Copper Tinsel Embossing Powder. You can see I again over stamped some areas where I had stamped before but it works for these types of images.


Leave Fussy Cutting Aside and Enter an Era of Perfectly Cut Stamped Images

Using correlating stamps and dies is big right now and a must-technique for any stamper and allows for perfectly cut images. With just a few turns of a lever, you can make your cards look super professional.

Luckily Close To My Heart have a bunch of Dies called Thin Cuts that come packaged with matching stamps – there are also a couple of Thin Cuts that are stand alone – allowing you to stamp or decorate the die cut image any way you like!

What I love about Stamps with the matching Thin Cuts

It is that you can recreate the same images over and over again in different colours, papers, textures- you name it, just by purchasing stamps with coordinating dies, you basically have the equivalent of endless stickers! All you need is a Die Cutting machine like a Cuttlebug or a Bigshoot to name a few. Basically -Thin Cuts are an easy way to add shapes, titles, and sentiments to any project — no scissors required!

Some Cards using Stamps with the matching Thin Cuts

There are a bunch of amazing Thin Cuts with matching stamps in the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book and here are a few cards to show how easy it is to turn a perfectly cut image into an amazing card, plus a few ideas to get you started.


Special Offer

SAVE 25% ON ALL THIN CUTS DIES just when you thought it could not get any better, than making it easy for you to cut out your images – Thin Cuts dies are on sale all month!

Save 25% on a wide selection of Thin Cuts dies and 30% on select Thin Cuts bundles!

During March, you can purchase individual Thin Cuts at 25% off the retail price and select bundles of Thin Cuts at 30% off the retail price. This special includes both current and retired Thin Cuts.

Anyway I hope you enjoy my thoughts & ideas about Thin Cuts & you get a chance to look at what we have on offer for you.

Till Next Time

1 March 2018 (12:01 am AEDT) – 31 March 2018 (11:59 pm AEDT) or while supplies last

Playing with Jack the Close To My Heart featured Paper Pack

Have you had a chance to play with the Jack the Close To My Heart Paper Pack?

Well let me tell you it is a fab fun & a little bit manly.

Into Scrapbooking 

You will love the Jack the Close To My Heart Paper Pack to scrapbook your camping trips & if you have a little wild child this paper pack if perfect.

Scrapbooking with Jack the Close To My Heart featured Paper PackScrapbooking with Jack the Close To My Heart featured Paper Pack

Into Pocket Scrapbooking 
If Traditional Scrapbooking is not your thing – Jack as with all Close To My Heart Paper Packs includes some cut apart Pocket Scrapbooking pages that you can cut up & create your pocket scrapbook layout in a flash.
Pocket Scrapbooking with Close To My Heart Jack Papers

Into Card Making 
I can Bearly Stand this cute Bear Stamp from the Jack Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts Bundle & you can use this cutie for any occasion.
Jack the Bear with Flowers from Hello Foxy - June Stamp of the Month
Cardmaking with Jack the Close To My Heart featured Paper Pack


And I could not resist making a Popup Box card with the Bear.

Of course there is also the always fab Father’s Day Cardmaking Kit which allows you to create 12 Brilliant cards
Workshops Your Way® Father's Day Cardmaking Kit

Into Paper Crafting 
If you love to create something a little different how about decorating up a Photo Frame like this Jack Handsome Frame
Jack Handsome Photo Frame

Whatever Your Into
Whatever form of crafting Jack has something for everyone.Jack Paper Packet
Make sure you get your pack today before it is all gone by the end of this month.

Thanks for checking out what I had to say about Jack the Close To My Heart featured Paper Pack
Till Next Time Maz

Stampaganza Is Back!

Stampaganza: Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE!

Let Stampaganza 2017 begin!

Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE!

Choose from any stamp set in the current idea book, plus a collection of popular sets that we have brought back just for Stampaganza! That is right there are several retired stamp sets that Close To My Heart are making available for this month only!

Plus for anyone who signs up as a New Consultant in July and submits $400 AUD in commissionable sales by 31 August 2017l, you will earn the Word Puzzle Bundle FREE!

But that is not all – Hostesses who host a gathering in July that reaches the fourth level of Hostess Rewards or higher can receive the Word Puzzle Bundle FREE!

What is this Word Puzzle Bundle I hear you ask?
The Word Puzzle Bundle is a set of 12 classic D-size stamp sets and is valued at $324 AUD

Stampaganza Word Puzzel

Now what are you waiting for – oh the link to get this great Stampaganza bargain!

And remember to get the right My Acrylix® Blocks sizes they need for your stamps and becsue you will be doing lots of stamping with your new stamps you might want to add some My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner to keep your new stamps clean.

Have fun choosing which stamps you are going to get – remember now it is the lowest price stamp you get FREE!