Terrific Treats – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

I love to package up treats for friends for any occasion, be they handmade or shop brought treats, it just makes them super special.

I have created some packaging using Thin Cut Die, the Cricut & one that I cut & scored – all of these ways I use often when I package up some treats.

Box Base Bag with Close To My Heart Spruced Up & Thin Cuts - Favor Box with Celebrate Today paper & You're Not Old Stamp & Pillow Box cut with Cricut & decorated with Close To My Heart Shared Happiness Stamp + Thin Cuts

The first treat bag is a box base bag decorated with the Spruced Up -Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts & papers.

Box Base Bag with Close To My Heart Spruced Up

I also used the partial die cutting technique with the Scalloped Circle Thin Cut Thin Cut to create a decorate top.

My next one uses the Thin Cuts – Favor Box which is in the online only section of your consultant’s website. I decorated with the Celebrate Today papers & the You’re Not Old stamp set.

Thin Cuts - Favor Box with Celebrate Today paper & You're Not Old Stamp

My final treat box uses Close To My Heart – Art Philosophy Cricut® Collection & decorated with Shared Happiness Stamp + Thin Cuts, Julep Velvet Ribbon & Black & White Dots.

Pillow Box cut with Cricut & decorated with Close To My Heart Shared Happiness Stamp + Thin Cuts

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Lauren Moore to get more Terrific Treats! 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 & an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
See you soon
Maz

Close To My Heart Spruced Up Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Spruced Up Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Danielle Edwards – Scrappy Chicks 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.

Spruced Up has a wintery feel due to the Sticker sheet but if you omit that you have this lovely combo of Sangria & New England Ivy & a fabulous white wood grain that could be used for other projects not so wintery themed.

My first card was super quick & simple & only has the smallest amount of stamping as I used the Spruced Up Sticker Sheet to create my main focal point of the card.

Thinking Of You Handmade Card created with Close To My Heart Spruced Up #CTMH #CTMHSprucedUp

My next card I wanted to play with the new Happy Birthday Shaker Die, so I combined it with a daisy flower cut from the Flower Market Cricut & paired that with some of the leaves from the Spruced up Sticker sheet.

Happy Birthday Spruced up Shaker Card created with Close To My Heart Spruced Up #CTMH #CTMHSprucedUp

I had lots of fun creating with Spruced Up and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen Watkins

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on

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

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!
Maz

Close To My Heart Everyday Magic – January Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Everyday Magic – January 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.

Everyday Magic – January Stamp of the Month is full of positive setiments, that are perfect for both cardmaking & scrapbooking

My first card I combined a saying from the Everyday Magic with flowers from the Shared Happiness stamp & Thin Cut set & Sangria pattern paper from the Spruced Up paper pack

Kind Heart, brave spirit: Everyday Magic - January Stamp of the Month

I love how the window cut to the side, along with the flowers, frames the saying & draws your eye right to it.

My next card I created as a spinner card, I actually used the new Card Front Spinner Thin Cut Die, it was an experiment to to see what else I could do with the die & I was really happy how this saying surrounded by the flowers spins.

Seek Everyday Magic - January Stamp of the Month

My final card also uses the Shared Happiness stamp & Thin Cut – I think it might be a new favourite?

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful: Everyday Magic - January Stamp of the Month

This time I had to do some fancy stamping to reduce the line height between the words to allow the saying to fit into this rectangle. But I really do like how it worked out & I love the gradient mint colour on this Mix -in paper that I used in the background with the stitched rectangle die.

This exclusive D-size Everyday Magic stamp set (only available in January) can be yours for just $9 AUD/ $10 NZD, when you place an order of $88 AUD/$98 NZD or more!

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 with Everyday Magic – January Stamp of the Month and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen Watkins

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on Everyday Magic

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

Close To My Best Friends Furever Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Best Friends Furever Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Danielle Edwards – Scrappy Chicks 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.

If you have cats or dogs or both then you will love Best Friends Furever paper pack, stamp set and cut above kit.

For my project share I decided to show how I changed up the Best Friends Furever Cut Above® kit. I cut the  6″ ×  8″ into  6″ ×  6″ & made some basic changes. Now I know some people would want to know why, well I wanted these pages as part of my  12″ ×  12″ album & the  6″ ×  6″ fits perfectly in my 12″ ×  12″. I plan to either create some 12″ ×  12″ to go with these.

For the most part things were kept the same in terms of placements of the fun double-sided die-cuts that allow you to choose between two options for each piece: one designed for cat-lovers and the other for dog-lovers!

But I also added some stickers from the Best Friends Furever Paper Sticker Sheet just for a little bit extra.

Now all I need to do is get my cat photos printed to go on these layouts.

I had lots of fun creating with Best Friends Furever and 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 on

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

Close To My Heart Cedar & Pine Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Cedar & Pine Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Creating with Kara Davies 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.

Cedar & Pine lends to a classic feel of Christmas, with scripty white fonts on brown that look like icing on Gingerbread & traditional Red & Green.

I used the Holly Jolly Elf Cardmaking Kit, complete with one of the patterns & changed it by using the Cedar & Pine papers & stickets. My present didn’t stamp properly the first time so I grabbed a present from the sticket sheet & fussy cut the hands out & added them onto this new present & I like it so much better.

I had lots of fun creating with Cedar & Pine and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen Watkins

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on

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