CTMH Stamp of the Month: Birthday Time (S1803) Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative, Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations 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.

Oh I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this stamp of the Month Birthday Time – why because it is all about Birthdays. And I make a lot of Birthday cards. This set looks amazing & can be used for so many people – kids, boys, girls & adults.

Birthday Time March Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auWhat else I love about this stamp set is how well it ties into the featured paper packet of this month Stargazer & how well it works with the Super Boy & the Super Girl Stamp & thin cuts.

Now you can get this stamp set for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75 or more on Close to My Heart Product. And I am sure that you will get heaps of use out of it and lots of ideas from this blog hop.

Now to the fun part sharing what I created with the Birthday Time — March Stamp of the Month,

The First card I created was this fab bridge fold card using the Super Boy Stamp set & the city line from the Cricut® You Are Here Collection.
Birthday Time Bridge Fold Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au
I used the One Year Older stamp as this way I can give this card to a range of years without having to worry about the actual age. I stamped the image in black, then again in red , fussy cut that one out & stuck it on top with foam tape. I re-stamped in black & cut out the banner and mounted it onto a circle. It made a nice embellishment piece that I could use on any card or scrapbook layout.

My second card I made use of the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection & cut out one of the pop up cards.

I used one of the birthday greeting stamps to feature on the outside of the card. There is no rule that a greeting has to be on the inside & I like that the outside is a little plain & you get the surprise pop up inside.

If you liked to own this amazing Birthday Time — March Stamp of the Month, all you need to do is add it to your cart at full retail price of $27 OR, with your qualifying order of $75, add it at checkout for the promotional price of $7.50. You only have until Mar 31st (Easter Saturday), to own it.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Lisa Wurth: Lisa’s Creative Place to get more wonderful ideas on how to use this stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it and thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s Stamp of the Month.

See you soon
Maz

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Same Card Design – Different Colouring in Methods

How Changing the way you colour an image changes the look of a Card

I wanted to have a go at the the whole No-line Colouring Technique so I basically replicated a card that I already created.  I mean let’s face it –  this no-line colouring is kind of scary. The lines disappear and before you know it, you don’t know what you’re colouring anymore so I needed a basis of where & what I was doing.

What I got was two cards with the exact same design but two completely different looks! So I wanted to share with you how the way you colour the card can completely change the look of the card. If you want to find out more how I did the No-line Colour there is a little How To after the images.

Cards Side By Side

Same Card Design - Different Colouring in Methods #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auAs you can see I used the same design – this is easier to see the subtle differences that the different colouring methods make on the cards. The no-line colouring method softens  the whole card.

Close up Standard Colouring In

Sending Many Wishes Your Way - standard colouring #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au Close Up of Standard Colouring

Close up No-Line Colouring In

Sending Many Wishes Your Way - No-line colouring #CTMH www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auClose Up of No-line Colouring www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

No-line Colouring How To

  • Stamp the image in a pale colour. I used Linen Exclusive Ink – it gave me a very pale outline that disappears once you colour over it.
  • With your darkest colour ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marker, add the shadows. This helps a lot when the lines start to “disappear”. For the Flowers I used Cherry Pink and with the leaves some were done with Vivid Green & others with Sap Green.
  • Now with the lightest ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers, fill in the rest of the area. Making sure you blend in the lighter colours with the darker colours.
  • If you need certain Features to stand out like the centre of the flowers you can draw them baack in – I did use the Black ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marker but I could easily have used the Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen
  • For the Butterfly I went with a gradient look instead of colouring in the different sections of the Butterfly wings & kept that gradient look in the standard colouring for the other card.

Well I hope you enjoyed this idea & how to tips & that you have a go at the No-line Colouring Technique.

Till Next Time
Maz

Close To My Heart Basic Fundamental Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Basic Fundamental Paper Paper Suite Australasian, Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Doreen Watkins 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 blog post – where you will discover lots of ideas using the Basic Fundamentals Paper Suite

Basics Fundamentals www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auOut of all the Fundamental Paper Suites, the Basic Fundamentals are my all time favourite. What I love about the Fundamentals for starters is how much paper you get 24 – 12″ × 12″ sheets (2 each of 12 double-sided designs. Each side has the same design but in a different colour tone – making it so super easy to co-ordinate with with other paper packs or just with it self.

 

Basic Fundamentals & Beautiful You Stamp + Thin Cuts www.maz.closemyheart.com.au

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Doris Taylor – Creative Inspirations who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on the Close To My Heart Basic Fundamentals Paper Suite.…Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!

Maz

 

Close To My Heart Silver & Gold Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Silver & Gold Paper Suite Australasian, Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations 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 blog post – where you will discover lots of ideas using the Silver & Gold Paper Suite


Silver & Gold Paper Suite
I used the Silver & Gold cut apart Picture My Life Cards to create a couple of Christmas Cards by teaming the paper pack with colour of the year Bashful.

Falalala Christmas card with Silver and Gold Paper Suite Merry and Bright Christmas card with Silver and Gold Paper Suite

I then decided to get a little more creative with the Thoughtful Bird Stamp, Flower Market images & Silver & Gold Paper Suite.

Thoughtful Bird Christmas card with Silver and Gold Paper Suite

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Tanya Armitage- Happy Paper Crafting  who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on the Close To My Heart Silver & Gold Paper Suite.…Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!

Maz

 

CTMH Operation Smile™: Punny Pals Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard to our very special edition – Operation Smile™: Punny Pals Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative, Nell Ward 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.

Team Up with The Punny Pals Stamp Set to Make a Difference

With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart donates $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, an organisation that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world.

To bring these stamp images to life, Close To My Heart have made a coordinating set of Thin Cuts dies and an exclusive card kit! The card kit includes the dies, card bases, envelopes, paper, and step-by-step instructions for creating 32 cards, and it is available at a discounted price!

I have used both the Punny Pals & the coordinating set of Thin Cuts Dies to create a bunch of cards to share with you this month.

Operation Smile™: Punny Pals Go WIld Card
First Up Go Wild – It’s Time To Party Card. I used the Punny Pals animals & paired them with the Thin Cuts Block Alphabet, the Go is cut from Cats & Bats Range and the Wild is cut from the Falling for you paper range. The Grass is hand cut from Falling For You range. All the animals are coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers.

Operation Smile™: Punny Pals Owl Card

For the Happy Wishes on your Day Owl Card I started off with the background which is sponged & splattered with water & the Clear Shimmer Brush. I used the large Circle Thin Cut as a window to see the background & added in the little owl which has been coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers.

Operation Smile™: Punny Pals Lion Card

And finally my little lion card. The Grass background was made the same way as the blue Owl background – lots of different greens starting from lightest to the darkest sponged on & then water splattered over it along with the clear shimmer brush. The sky I used an extra Lion Thin Cut as a mask to create the clouds with a blue sponge. My grass is hand cut & layered & the lion is again coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers.

As you can see you can make so many different card ideas with these cute Punny Pals stamp set and believe me since getting the matching Thin Cuts it has been so much easier and the Share A Smile Card Kit is a bargain – you can make so much with what is included with it and I hope these ideas give you some starting off points.

And I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Wendy Hopper: Expressions of the Heart to get more wonderful ideas.

I have also included a little gallery of what I made since getting this stamp set that I have shared on my other social media sites.

Or head over to the Make it from the Heart Blog to see fab ideas on scrapbooking with this set

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas. I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it.
See you soon.
Maz

CTMH Stamp of the Month: Christmas Tunes (S1710) Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative, Rachel Stribling 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.

 

 

 

Christmas Tunes—October Stamp of the Month Eek is it getting closer & closer to Christmas so it is now the time to start making Christmas Cards & decorations and other Christmas crafts to be ready on time so this month Stamp of the Month Christmas Tunes is just perfect to do all that as you can get it this month for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75 or more on Close to My Heart Product.

Check out what I have made & hop on through for more fab inspiration on using this month’s Stamp of the month.

I decided to make a three fold card using the Snow Globe Base & the Bow stamp image.

 

Three Fold Card Christmas Tunes-October Stamp of the Month
On the front of the card I created the globe using the Basic Circle Thin Cuts cut from Gold Foil & stuck Vellum between them. The Base of the snow globe was stamped & embossed with Gold Embossing powder. I added the Tree from the Beary Christmas Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts and the Koala from Operation Smile™: Punny Pals, his hat is borrowed from the Bear that is in the Beary Christmas Stamp set.

Three Fold Card Christmas Tunes-October Stamp of the Month
When you open you see what was on the inside of the snow globe a fox holding a string of lights to put on the Christmas Tree. I used a partial die cutting technique for both the fox & the tree.

Three Fold Card Christmas Tunes-October Stamp of the Month
This is a close up of the card close – you can just see through the Vellum to view the fox & what is to ome when you open the card. All the images were coloured in with the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Blenders.

If you liked to play with the stamp set, all you need to do is add it to your cart at full retail price of $27 OR, with your qualifying order of $75, add it at checkout for the promotional price of $7.50. You only have until Oct 31st, to own it.

And I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Shaunna Richards – Passionate About Pages to get more wonderful ideas on how to use this stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it and thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s Stamp of the Month.

See you soon.
Maz