Make it Shine – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Anything Goes” 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 products to choose from for this technique hop “Make it Shine” So I went through all my shiny products & in the end I used Gold Foil cardstock, Solar Flare Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Gilt Gloss Spray, Gold Embossing Powder & Rose Gold Liquid Pearls. And then while on my early morning walks I seen all the Golden Wattle trees in bloom (they start to bloom late winter early spring here in Australia – so they are just about finishing blooming now) & knew I had to use some sort of Green colours to go with all the gold.

I also wanted to incorporate the Mermaid Lagoon which is one of the new colours Close To My Heart has added to the Distressed Oxide range. So I started with that & blended it Mowed Lawn Distress oxide so I got some nice blue/green colours. I then sprayed some Gilt Gloss Spray (one of the new colours added to the Gloss Spray range) and felt it needed more gold. So I stamped a paint splatter from the Perfectly Imperfect Patterns in versa mark ink & gold embossed. It took me a day to think what I would do next with this background before I ran it through the Die-cutting & Embossing Machine with the Botanical Embossing Folder. And then I loved how the background looked.

I die cut the large circle & embossed the Happy Birthday from the Embroidered Card Front stamp set & cut out some flowers & leaves using the Layered Flowers Thin Cuts. I added then Solar Flare Stickles™ Glitter Gel to make them stand out just a bit from the background & added some Gold Foil cardstock to the flower centres and finished off with a couple of drops of Rose Gold Liquid Pearls.

I had fun creating this card and loved how it all came together & I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Darlys Recker to get more Make it Shine 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

Anything Goes – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from Brandi Robinson 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 I hard time choosing what my favourite technique is, I even looked at what I have created over the years to see if I went back to a certain technique again & again, but I like to play with lots of different techniques as it helps make a certain stamp look very different from the last time you used it. So I thought I would focus on creating backgrounds using different techniques & see where I went from there. So with that in mind I hope you like this idea for “Anything Goes

My first background is a simple Distress Oxide Ink with some water splatters.

For this background it was actually created from the left over gloss spray on a stencil which I pressed onto some scrap card & realised it was to pretty to toss so I have finally used it with this butterfly card.

And I pulled out a different stencil this time to use ink & glitter paste. I also stamped the two smaller butterflies on some distress oxide with water splatter offcuts to go with the other three that were stamped on pattern paper. I added a touch of the same distress oxide ink to tie them together.

I had fun creating all these cards & I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Lauren Moore to get more Anything Goes 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

Dazzling Dimension – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from Kim Loewen 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.

Dimension achieved in different ways & today I wanted to share how I created  Dazzling Dimension

I decided to create a little scene using the Build-a-Rainbow Thin Cuts & the sun burst stencil in Stencil Pack 3 with the cute sheep from From the Funny Farm.

I sponged the sun burst stencil on the background of the card to create a base.

More Dimension was added with the large Hexagons using the Stitched Hexagons Thin Cuts & created my background with some Distressed Oxide Inks & Shimmer Brush splatters. I then layered the clouds & added some Solar Flare Stickles™ Glitter Gel to create dimension & the look & feel of the sun behind clouds.

I added the Sheep on top of all this with 3D Foam Tape to create more dimension

I had fun creating all these cards & I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Miss. Carrie to get more Dazzling Dimension 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

Rainy Day Card making with a sketch

So it is summer here in Australia, which often means rain in January, at the moment we have heavy downpours & it has been like that all week. Although the last couple of days it has been broken up with humid sunshine. Plus we are still in a hotspot for Covid in my region – so my holiday leave is at home. What is a girl to do ? Well craft of course.

So I thought why not just create with the most recent Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #402

I stuck to the orientation of the sketch & used a tiny scallop stamp for the scallops & replace the Flowers with these Penguins to create this cute Birthday Card.

Happy Birthday Winter Penguins

I used Close To My Heart Party Time Paper for the main rectangle & the current Jan – Feb Mix-ins paper for the banner. I added stamped faux stitching to the banner to ground it a bit more as it is sits away from the edge. The Penguins are from the current Jan – Feb CTMH catalogue & are called Winter Penguins – I think they are so cute.

I hope you liked my idea & it has inspired you to try it out or even the sketch out for yourself.

If you are interested in any of the products I used & live in Australia you can order these on my website.

Edit

My card made the Top 3 designs from Sketch # 402. 

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

Make the best Merry Borders Cards You Can Send !

I just love the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set it is so easy to use & layer up to create beautiful cards or even scrapbook pages.

The first Idea I want to share is very simple, it is just white embossing on wood grain paper.

Merry Borders

The paper was cut to the same size as the card, dusted with the Anti-static Pouch & then stamped with the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set in VersaMark™ Ink Pad & heat set with a heat gun. I cut out Merry from the wood grain & stuck it over some looped Silver Embellishing Thread & stamped Christmas on some scrap to finish off.

The next idea also has some embossing, but mixed with just plain inked images and the colours were all tied together to work with the gorgeous Serenity Paper Packet.

Merry Borders

I started off stamping in Sapphire ink, then I choose another leaf set & did second generation of Sapphire ink. The next leaf I stamped in Toffee & then finally the last lot of leaves were gold embossed. I cut out some of the Sapphire Blue Splattered paper from the Serenity Paper Packet and matted with some Gold Foil Paper, the Merry was also cut from the Gold Foil Paper and added to the Pine, Spring Design from the Serenity Paper Packet. I just love how the stamped design tied together with the printed paper.

I wanted to create something fun, so decided that I pair the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set with the Winter Friends Stamp Set I love how they look like they are hugging & peering over a wooden fence decorated for Christmas

Merry Borders & Animal Christmas Greetings

I started with drawing a line in pencil where I wanted the base of the animals to be, I worked out the height by seeing how tall the leaves in the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set would be. I then stamped the Penguin & masked, stamped the Deer & masked again to stamp the Polar Bear. I coloured in the animals with markers. I then cut some wood grain paper & started to stamp some leaves in various green inks & added some red dots as berries & stuck the paper down. I cut another strip of wood grain paper as I knew I needed a ledge & I wanted to create a wooden sign for the Penguin to hold. This was a fun way change up using the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set.

Back to a non-Christmas idea, this time playing with layered embossing & the Thanks Thin Cut.

Thanks & Merry Borders

I stamped the first layer of leaves in VersaMark™ Ink Pad on white cardstock & heat set and I then coloured with Peel Paint Distressed Distress Oxide™, I then stamped the next layer of leaves again with Versa Mark & once heat set I coloured over with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, I done another layer of leaves and added Peacock Feathers Distressed Oxide Ink. I added my final layer of leaves, but this time gold embossed the leaves. I then sprayed over the entire card front with Lime Gloss Spray which doesn’t rub off from the embossing once dry, so it tied in all the green layers. I then cut out the thanks thinner letters from this background. The Background thanks was cut in white card stock & sits over the cutout. I glued the letters back in place. I love the texture & the embossing resists of different greens this card shows.

Back to using the Serenity Paper Packet this time I used the small leaves to poke out from the sides of the Stitched Scalloped Brackets Thin Cuts

Peace & Merry Borders

I first stamped & embossed leaves, onto the Serenity Paper, I really should have started with the just inked layer first, but sometimes you do things backwards! I then cut the the paper with a Fancy Borders Thin Cuts and then cut another one out of Silver Foil Paper, I also cut Peace out of the Silver Foil Paper. I stamped and Joy in Pewter Exclusive Inks™ & popped the Stitched Scalloped Brackets on foam tape to finish off the card.

My final idea gives you a sneak peek of the December’s Stamp of the Month – Happiness Never Grows Old with the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set.

Merry Borders & Roses

I started off with a circle mask & then started stamping my leaves around the circle in various green inks. Once that was done I stamped my sentiment from the December’s Stamp of the Month – Happiness Never Grows Old in charcoal ink. I stamped, coloured & fussy cut out the roses & added them to my wreath of leaves. I backed the decorated card front with some Jingle Joy Paper Packet to finish it off.

I thought I share this card as a VIP Customer you can get a free Stamp of the Month FREE with qualifying purchase of $80 & the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set would make the perfect item to spend your  $40 in VIP Credit you get when you sign up before 31 December.

Don’t forget you can get all your Craft supplies to make these at discount when you sign up to be a VIP Customer.

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You earn credit that you can spend or save each time you purchase your supplies. Not only that all VIPs are invited to an exclusive workshop on February 25th 2021 to make these cards & scrapbook layouts.

We can’t wait to craft with our incredible VIP’s! There will be a virtual event in a private Facebook group for VIP’s and a workshop bundle available to order on January 1st to help you craft these amazing workshops. Find Out More..

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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

Mini Slimline Cards!

Regular sized slimline cards have been super popular in the card-making world, so why not a mini version?

I thought I have a go at playing on a slightly smaller surface & create mini slimline card with a finished size of 6″ x 3.5″ . What I love about this is I can have the fold on the smaller 3.5″ or on the longer 6″ side which makes it super fun.

The first time I tried out this fun size was on World Carmaking Day

You Make My Heart Happy Spring Mini Slimline Card

I loved how it turned out. I even based the layout on a sketch that was for a traditionally sized card. Check out the World Carmaking Day post to see all the details how I put this together.

The next card I want to share uses the Reason for the Season stamp set & I just love how the Wood Grain Paper Packet mixed with the
Lovely Paper Packet creates the perfect stable. The night sky was created with Night Gloss Spray with some Moon Dust Stickles™ Glitter Gel scraped over the top.

Away In A Manger

This mini slimline card was perfect size to help focus on the stamp set, yet show off the other details.

The next mini slimline card, I decided to cut out a window from the front of it so you can see inside the card.

Gnome for Christmas

I created snow banks using the Fancy Borders Thin Cuts & fussy cut out trees from the Jingle Joy Paper Packet & coloured in my Gnome for Christmas stamps to match the colouring of the papers.

Of courseI have to show the inside.

Gnome For Christmas Inside

These Gnome For Christmas stamps are just so cute on this card.

So for this next card I took the window as a 3 fold card. This turned out to be so fun to create.

Barnyard Fun

When you first open you see the details of the barn, with window shutters & woodgrain & the cute From the Funny Farm animals

Barn yard Fun Inside

And then you open up again to get this cute little scene with the sheep

Barn yard Fun Open

Really this shows, just because these mini slimline card are a smaller size of 6″ x 3.5″, you can still create a huge variety of designs & creative opportunity.

Don’t forget you can get all your Craft supplies to make these at discount when you sign up to be a VIP Customer, You earn credit that you can spend or save each time you purchase your supplies. Find Out More…

VIP Customer Program maz.closetomyheart.com.au VIP Introductory Offer

Specials

Make sure you check out our other great promotions including
Seasons in Motion & Merry Little Christmas. And don’t forget you can sign up any time to our Craft with Heart™ – Scrapbooking or Cardmaking Subscriptions with Heart.

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