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!
Maz

Close To My Heart Layered Flowers Thin Cuts – Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Layered Flowers Thin Cuts Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

Australasian Blog Hop

If you have arrived here from Danielle Edwards Scrappy Chick 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

The Layered Flowers Thin Cuts are very vertisile flower thin cut dies that are a great investment. You might be thinking I have already got other flower dies, but these ones once you experiment with them a bit you can create more than the flowers that are featured on the front cover of the annual catalogue.

For my first card I did use the Layered flowers as expected.

I created the card front with the Embroidered Card Front stamp set. I cut out the leaves from Rosemary Cardstock & when I glued them down, I slightly curved them to match the inner circle. I cut the smaller flower from Mulberry Cardstock, using both the light side & the dark side layered together. I added some silver foil centres.This card came together very quickly as I had the flowers already done foor something else & I did not use them. I think I be making a bunch more flowers just to have on hand ready to quickly embellish a card.

For my next card I wanted to do something creative with the flowers, so at first I folded these large petals in half & then realised they sort of looked a bit like cone flowers.

After a bit of experimentation, I ended up cutting the petals so I could layer them & stamped on one of the images with Perfectly Imperfect Patterns & some sponging I got these gorgeous flowers.

I used some As You Grow Paper behind the Circle Windows Slimline Thin Cuts & added a For You stamp. I loved how this card turned out.

And finally I wanted to use the leaves.

I painted some watercolour paper in various greens from my water paints. I added water spray & dried it with a heat gun. I added some Lime & Gilt Gloss spays. And then I cut out my leaves.

I used the Curved Rectangle Frame Thin Cuts on Kraft paper & arranged the leaves around it, I did cut them so that I could layer them & have them poking out at various lengths. I cut out the Just Because & distressed it with some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink & then with the embossing Pen I covered the wording & added gold embossing powder. I wanted the distressed look so I did not worry about it appearing on the background. I also added Solar Flare Stickles Glitter Gel to the background.

To finish off I cut one of the inner flowers. I stamped the small flower from Perfectly Imperfect Patterns in the centre & added white gel pen. It was a fun mixed media card to create.

I hope you enjoyed what I created with the Layered Flowers Thin Cuts, they were fun to create with.

I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Shaunna Richards – Passionate About Pages

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

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

Stamping on Cardstock – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Stamping on Cardstock” 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.

This is a great easy colouring technique that I really do not use enough.

My first card I used the fun Happy Cake Day Stamp & Thin cuts set – it is like this stamp set is designed for this technique. I did though cut the cake stand in Gold Foil & I added some white Gel details to one of the cake layers.

I choose to use the Happy Birthday Balloons from the Festive Borders to be in the centre of my cake layers & to just use the inner part of the Slimline Shaker Window Thin Cuts using the one of the papers from the Love Story Paper (Black) collection. I added some card stock strip in the background that is the same colours as my cake layers & some glitter to the candle flame.

My next card I used the flowers & leaves from the As You Grow stamp & Thin Cut set.

I added some TriBlend™ Markers for extra detail on both the flowers & leaves. I used the Love Story Paper (Black) collection again for this card & added some shimmer trim & sponged on Mermaid Lagoon using what was o my sponge without re-inking it. Then on the side I I added some silver thread & clustered my flowers & leaves with some 3D foam tape & finished it off with a sentiment from the For All Occasions set. I loved how this turned out.

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 Melissa Robinson to get more Stamping on 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

Close To My Heart Holly & Ivy – Australasian Blog Hop

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

Australasian Blog Hop

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The Holly & Ivy paper collection is a lovely traditional Christmas collection & well yes I used it for Christmas Cards

So my first Christmas Card features the adorable Kitten in a Box from the A Furry Merry Christmas stamp set.

I stamped a border of baubles at the bottom of 4¼” x 5½” Rosemary Cardstock with Sage ink – I wanted the border to only just be visible & found that this worked great. I then stamped my kitten in Charcoal ink onto French Vanilla Cardstock & & coloured it in with TriBlend™ Markers and added some randomly stamped paw prints around it in Mink Ink. I added a border of the Candy Apple Printed paper top & bottom. I then finished off by stamping Merry Christmas from the For All Occasions stamp set & off set that with the Candy Apple stripped paper. I really love how the Candy Apple stands out on this & draws your eye to the softer image in the middle.

For this next card I played around with cutting the Candy Apple stripped paper at an angle.

I then added it to the Evergreen Holly printed design with Merry Christmas from the For All Occasions stamp set stamped in Charcoal ink onto French Vanilla Cardstock. I added some Silver shimmer trim. I felt the card was not done yet it needed an image, so I stamped the two fauns from the Holly & Ivy Scrapbooking stamp set in Mocha ink onto the Toffee with white splatter pattern paper. I thought the paper was perfect for an easy colouring option for these images.

While I had the Holly & Ivy Scrapbooking stamp set out I had to stamp more of these fauns onto the white splatter pattern paper. This time I created a card that can hold a gift card or even a small gift. Perfect for Christmas.

This is a top fold card & I cut the front panel at 1½” on the right hand side. This panel is stuck to the base on the right & bottom, creating a pocket. I sprayed the left panel with Gilt Gloss Spray. Added a couple little banners at the top.

The harbour panel is the centre cut out from the Curved Rectangle Frame Thin Cuts die. I added my fawns to this & finished off with some Gold Loose Sequins to finish off. You can add a gift card a packet of sparkles or even a small stamp set inside the card.

I hope you enjoyed what I created with the Holly & Ivy paper collection, it was fun to create with.

I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Shaunna Richards – Passionate About Pages

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

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

Close To My Heart: Wildflower Friendship – October Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Wildflower Friendship – October Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Danielle Edwards ScrappyChicks 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.

These gorgeous critters covered in flowers will have you swooning and to top it off they have some great sentiments too.

For this card I decided to use the fox.

I created this scallop oval using my Cricut from the Close To My Heart – Art Philosophy Image set. I stamped it with Mocha ink onto French Vanilla cardstock & only coloured the flowers in with TriBlend™ Markers. I then added Rose Gold Liquid Pearls to the inner parts of the scallops & set this aside to dry while I worked out my card base.

I have the cross over fold card template in my stash & I haven’t used it in a while & thought it was perfect for this large image. Once I made it I wanted to put some detail in the background so I used the Embroidered Card Front Image, stamped in Mocha ink on Mocha cardstock – it gives it a nice tone on tone look. I did have to stamp this image a couple of times to fill in the space & I knew that the center would be covered with my oval.

To finish it off I cut some flowers & leaves with the Layered Flowers Thin Cuts & added more Rose Gold Liquid Pearls to the flower centres. These also served to hide a section of the background that I accidentally overlapped the background image.

All in All this makes for one extra special card.

My next card I decided to do the Eclipse Technique with one of the Word Thin Cut Dies.

I started with cutting the cardstock with the large rectangle thin cut, then stamped & coloured in the hedgehog along with one of the sentiments. Then on the back of the cardstock I added a piece of adhesive sheet & then came the scary part, running this lovely coloured image through the Die Cutting machine with the Just Because word – seriously did not want to start over with all the colouring again.

I also cut the word out in black cardstock a few times & then stacked them with the coloured word on top & stuck it back into place. The adhesive cardstock made the whole process much easier as everything was covered & ready to stick into place.

I really enjoyed creating with this Stamp of the Month & if you like to get it yourself, this exclusive D-size Wildflower Friendship – October Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in October) can be yours for just $9 AUD/ $10 NZD, when you place an order of $80 AUD/$88 NZD or more! OR FREE for VIP Customers with qualifying order of $80 AUD/$88 NZD

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 would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doris Taylor enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature

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

Close To My Heart Slimline Celebration – Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Slimline Celebration Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

Australasian 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

This National Stamping Month, show your love of stamping and cardmaking with the Slimline Celebration special!

This special features three exclusive stamp + Thin Cuts sets, that have the sweetest icons, plus two slimline card front Thin Cuts dies (Circle Cluster & Star Cluster) and to top it all off another stamp set that is loaded with sentiments sized perfectly for a slimline card!

I have actually made sooo many cards with these products already. The stamps sets are just so adorable & really these thin cuts are amazing.

My First card is a slimline but instead of using one of the Slimline Celebration Thin Cut Dies, I used the inner part of the Slimline Shaker Window Thin Cuts die.

I then stamped the Slimline Sentiments onto some white daisy & did minor decorations with some ink using the Perfectly Imperfect Patterns to highlight one of the words & add some extra decoration & the Orange blend Tri-Blend Marker which worked well with the Papaya Cardstock. I then added some Bright Bitty Beads in the orange colour to complete the card. I love how quick & simple this card was to create.

For my next card I pulled out the Distressed Oxide Inks.

I created a fun ocean background with Mermaid Lagoon & Chipped Sapphire for the ocean & blended some Mowed Lawn Distress at the bottom where I was going to place the seaweed. I sprayed with water & once dried I stamped some little fish in an assortment of inks. I coloured some cardstock with Mowed Lawn Distress & added some touches of left over blue distressed oxide inks & sprayed with water. I created seaweed with this. For the Angel Fish I done some Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade & Abandoned Coral. I added touches of white gel pen to the tails.

And finally for my seahorse I used Peacock Feathers with touches of Mermaid Lagoon & sprayed with water. I added white gel pen to the seahorse. I cut out a scrap of white cardstock with one of the inner pieces of the Square Windows Slimline Thin Cuts & stamped my saying.

I ran out of time to share some ideas using one of the fab thin cuts that comes in this collection, but I have enjoyed creating with them, you will sure to see them featured somewhere in this hop or on my socials.

I hope you enjoyed what I created with the Slimline Celebration paper collection, it was fun to create with.

I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Shaunna Richards – Passionate About Pages

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

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