Creative with Cardstock – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Creative with Cardstock” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Wendy Kessler 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 thought for this I would focus on tone on tone stamping & sanding to create a gunged up look for my card.

I randomly stamped images from the Level Up stamp set in Harbour ink onto Harbour cardstock. I then sanded the cardstock lightly to revel the whit core & to give the background some texture.

I stamped one of the game controls in Charcoal Ink onto Charcoal cardsock & cut it out. I stamped the saying onto French Vanilla & used the medium stitched rectangle & popped that up onto 3D foam tape.

I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of the Creative with Cardstock theme, I would love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Darlys Recker to get more Creative with Cardstock ideas

If you like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant & are an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
See you soon
Maz

Stunning Stencils – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Stunning Stencils” with Close To My Heart products.

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.

This month we are incorporating stencils into our artwork, I did consider using a Thin Cut die or even using the Cricut to cut one out but decided to use one of the ones that we have avaialbe.

I used the leaf stencil from Card Front Stencil Pack 2 – I really like this stencil. I thought I would combine it with even more leaves from the Sprigs & Sentiments Stamp set.

I started with my background I sponged the stencil with a mixture of Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide™ Ink & Peeled Paint Distress Oxide™ Ink. I then stamped my leaves & coloured them in assorted green TriBlend™ Markers.

I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of the Stunning Stencils theme, I would love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Haley Dyer to get more Stunning Stencils ideas

If you like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant & are an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
See you soon
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

Let’s Get Geometrical – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Let’s Get Geometrical” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Tamara Sandwisch 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.

Today we focus on a Geometric Shape/Pattern to enhance our artwork. When this theme came up my mind went right to the Geometric Circle Digital Art. I have been meaning to use this for a project since it was released & with this theme it is the perfect time to use it.

I cut out three Geometric Circle Digital Art from white daisy cardstock & placed behind the Circle Windows Slimline Thin Cuts die. I then cut some flowers from the Cricut® Love Each Day Collection & the Sawyer Digital Art Collection. I stamped a thank you from the For All Occasions stamp set. The Geometric Circle Digital Art works perfectly on this card & I look forward to using it on a different project.

For my next idea I created the Geometric Pattern from an overlay from the Cricut® Artbooking Collection.

I cut it so that it fit the width of the card. I added some Sawyer Paper above & below it & a strip of Glacier. I cut out a hanging pot from the Cricut® Flower Market Collection. I stamped some of the cacti from the Succa for You stamp set & the Wishing You Well from the For All Occasions stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of the Let’s Get Geometrical theme, I would love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Michelle Johns to get more Let’s Get Geometrical ideas

If you like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant & are an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
See you soon
Maz