Stencil It! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Stencil It!” 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.

There are so many different ways to use stencils in your artwork for this technique hop I used a stencil cut from the Cricut® Artistry Collection to create my background, sponging with Almond Ink.

I added a Freesia Flower cut from the Cricut® Flower Market Collection to sit over the background & added a thank you from the Time to Celebrate Stamp of the Month.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Miss. Carrie’s Creations to get more Stencil It! 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

Get the Most out of Your Sweet Hummingbird stamp – 4 Unique Ways

Sometimes you need some inspiration to give you an excuse to get a stamp set besides the fact that it is cute – so why not see some creative uses of the stamp set.

I love this Sweet Hummingbird stamp set and & I think you will love all 4 unique ways I have used this stamp set . And I think I found enough extra ideas to make sure you get the most use out of it.

My first idea was to create this Screen Panel Card.

sweet hummingbird screen panel card

I created the Screen Panel in design space, using Artbooking & basic shapes & cut out the medium stitched rectangles & sponged them with Almond Ink. & stamped the designs onto them & coloured with watercolour pencils. I stamped the birds again & fussy cut them (you can get matching thin cuts with these stamps if you are not into fussy cutting) & used 3D foam tape to raise them up & added some clear shimmer brush to them. The card turned out super pretty.

The next idea I have was to use it in this interactive Peek-A-Boo Card

I got the cutting directions from a peek-a-boo design from Jennifer McGuire – she always does amazing clear instruction videos & I want to be like her when I grow up. I used a basic circle for my window, decorated with the Scalloped Circle Thin Cuts Die which made it look very pretty. Simple colouring in with markers. Check out my Facebook video to see the card in action.

My next card, I wanted to make a feature of one of the sentiments & to do that I thought I cut out an oval window & decorate around it.

I cut the stitched rectangle first, then placed my oval where I wanted it & cut that. I stamped over the card stock with the small leaf in the background. I stamped the saying directly onto the card & added foam tape to raise the background. I then stamped, coloured & fussy cut out the bird & flowers in watercolour pencils & added some shimmer with the shimmer brush.

The next idea I wanted to do something simple but also feature some of pattern paper.

I cut up a strip of paper of pattern paper 4.5cm which is nearly 3inches wide & added some shimmer trim on either side. I then stamped the small dots along one side – this is in the stamp set & is easy to miss. Added a sentiment to the scallop circle & stamped & coloured the bird & flower with alcohol markers this time to try a different colouring method. Once I fussy cut them out I added them to the card along with some gold sequins.

Bonus

Below is a couple of ideas from the Close To My Heart Art Department using the Sweet Hummingbird on a scrapbook layout & the other on a card. Plus a few Ideas I found on Instagram & YouTube to really inspire you.

Ok so this bonus idea is created by me but I put it here as I had already shared this idea over on the  Aurora Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop and I thought it was a great quick idea card to share here as the design is nice & simple.

I used both sides of the Aurora paper & a zip strip & coloured the bird in markers to match & co-ordinate & added Best Wishes from the Stamp of the Month time to Celebrate.

Here are a couple of idea is from Chris Lothian over on Instagram. I love the colours used on this card.

And I think this one is super sweet

Check out these fab ideas from Crafty Concepts with Erin showcasing 3 cards using this stamp, stepping up the design each time. I love the simple colour combos used.

And this fab idea of combining one of the Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection card overlays with the Hummingbird

Specials

Make sure you check out our other great promotions including Blue Skies & the Love for Mother. And don’t forget you can sign up any time to our Craft with Heart™ – Scrapbooking or Cardmaking Subscriptions with Heart. With new designs that have started this month.

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

Stay Safe & Craft From Home

National Scrapbooking Day

National Scrapbooking Day- Free All Day Virtual Craft Event!

Join Close To My Heart on Facebook for an entire day filled with creativity and fun as we celebrate National Scrapbooking Day!

We will be live from 11am-11pm Mountain Daylight Time – everyone is welcome to join in and watch the FREE event on our Close To My Heart Facebook Page!

We have some fabulous creative projects and fun giveaways lined up, so we hope you will tune in and be our virtual crafting buddies for the day!

If you would like to craft along with us, we will be offering product bundles with materials for completing the creative projects or you can just craft with what you have at home.

In addition, we will also have special guest Stacy Julian joining us to put together a Story Starter album and share tips on telling our stories during this time.

Product bundles will be available soon, as well as a time schedule for each of the projects—watch for these announcements on this event page!

Finally, be sure to RSVP by clicking the “going” button on this event page before Friday, May 1, in order to be entered into giveaways that will happen between creative sessions! You MUST RSVP to be eligible for giveaways!

Please stay safe, I look forward to crafting with you at home.

Till Next time
Maz


Everyday Moments

When I saw some of the complete projects (featured above) that were in the Everyday Moments Collection, I knew that I was going to have fun with this and I know that you will enjoy it.

It is just perfect for crafting up pre-designed Scrapbook Layouts & cards for those every day moments we scrap & give cards out. But it also has an amazing range of images that can be used on their own once you use ungroup & hide contours – but we will get to that in a moment.

Now it is important to note that this new Close to My Heart Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection is only available through my website and is not available in Access or directly through cricut.com. 

Now the Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection says it has 21 images, but really it is 21 complete projects. Take a look at this amazing Documented Scrapbook Layout project.

If I ungroup (circled in the top right corner) my project in Design Space, I can get to a couple of couple of images that I might want to use on their own in a different project.

Below I decided I wanted these three images out of that layout to use on a different project.

Now you can either delete the unwanted layers or hide them (you can see circled in red I hid the tag) – the choice is yours. I tend to hide first & delete later – just in case I want to use another element & I don’t have to bring in the whole layout again.

I can now start to order my pieces change colours to get my project together.

And now for the fun to begin, putting together a completed projects, I made two different ones using the same elements , just resized.

The first is this card where I stamped Strokes of an Artist in Mink Ink & overlaid the flower border. I stamped the cute squirrel from the Operation Smile™ Stamp Set You Make Me happy & coloured in markers & added one of the sentiments.

For the 8½” x 11″ Scrapbook layout I repeated the base process of stamping with Strokes of an Artist in Mink Ink & overlaid the the flower border.

I stamped a sentiment & circle from Some Kind of Wonderful one tiny change I made to the flower border was add some extra colour to the leaves & flowers using markers.

To complete the layout I cut an extra flower border & cut it into pieces for extra embellishments & added some White Acrylic Hearts to complete it off.

Make sure you check out each project in the Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection as you may come across an image that be perfect for what you want to create, you can even mix & match images across the different projects or even create using the same elements on different projects.

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

 

 

Spin up messages with the Card Front Spinner: Part 2

Since the Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts Dies was brought out I have loved making cards with it. A while ago I shared a bunch of ideas on this blog post and today I have more fab ideas to share as the new Mar – Apr Idea Book not only has a couple of new stamps designed for this, but other stamps that work amazingly well with it too.

So my first share I have already posted over on my blog hop featuring the Stamp of the Month Family Legacy & Around the Clock which I seriously love & hope to do a full feature on different ideas using this stamp.

My next idea is using the Fly-by Greetings this is one of the sets that has been specially designed for the Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts Die. I just love how the plane looks like it is pulling a banner across the sky.

When I first saw the VW Van in the Let the Good Times Roll stamp, I thought this is perfect to use with the Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts Die. This is such a fun card,

And well Unicorns flying in the night sky amongst clouds was perfect idea to create with Unicorn Dreams. It is such a sweet card & works so well with the Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts Die.

I have a lot more ideas in my head using the new stamp designs & I am sure to create & share on my Facebook & Instagram accounts but for a few more ideas using the Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts check out what the Close To My Heart Art Department created.

The first uses the Around the Clock stamp set.

The next one uses the Fly-by Greetings stamp set.

If you want to see more I have a whole collection of ideas pinned to my Pinterest board CTMH Thin Cuts (Dies) Inspiration Thin Cuts – Card Front Spinner

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

Color Your World – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from Miss. Carrie’s Creations 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.

Everyone has their favourite fun colouring method, be it coloured pencils, markers or watercolour paints. One of mine is with paper. Yes you read that correctly I enjoy colouring images with paper – it takes some fussy cutting but I find that relaxing. And so today I share with you a card that I coloured with paper.

I stamped the bunch of flowers from the Feb Stamp of the Month Cherish Her onto lots of scrap aper from all the current paper ranges & then fussy cut out the flowers & leaves & piece them together – like a jigsaw puzzel. I did colour the flower stems & bow with markers, as these parts were easier to colour with them than fussy cutting paper.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Katy Taylor to get more Color Your World 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