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

Close To My Heart Aurora Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from Danielle Edwards – ScrappyChick 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 colour combination in the Aurora Paper Collection is so pretty & while this is perfect for outdoors due to the sticker collection, I have had fun creating with this paper in different ways too.

My first project is a 8½” x 11″ scrapbook Layout. I loved the lurples & dark blues that were in one of the pattern papers, but I knew I did not want the pine trees.

I created these flowers a while back to have some fun with mixed media & when I seen them next to the paper I knew I had to create a layout with them. See close up of the texture on the flowers & well they work with the papers

I added some stickers from the sticker sheet & some hearts from the Aurora Acrylic Shapes to tie it all together – I loved how it all came together & looks.

My next project I decided to make a card & well seeing it is an outdoorsy type paper & about nature, why not use the Sweet Hummingbird.

I used both sides of the 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.

I had lots of fun creating with Aurora Paper Collection 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.

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

Close To My Heart Time to Celebrate – May Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Time to Celebrate – May Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from 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.

This month it is all about the fancy sentiments in the the Time to Celebrate stamp set & it was fun to come up with some creative ideas in using it.

So I decided to turn these sentiment words into flower stems – I mean why not?

Close To My Heart Time to Celebrate - May  Stamp of the Month

These flowers were left overs from another project, they were cut from the cricut & have texture paste added to them.& painted over with watercolour paints & shimmer pens , but I think these words would look great as a stem for a stamped flower.

My next idea is a very subtle use of the stamp set.

Close To My Heart Time to Celebrate - May  Stamp of the Month

All I did is add the little crosses, they kind of look like cross stitch & a thinking of you sentiment.

whether you want to use this exclusive D-size Time to Celebrate – May Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in May) as a statement or just to add a sentiment, this stamp set can be yours for just $9 AUD/ $10 NZD, when you place an order of $80 AUD/$88 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 and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings 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 Cardstock Carnival Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Cardstock Carnival Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Shaunna Richards Passionate About Pages 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.

Right now you can enjoy monthlong savings on cardstock in all the colours of the rainbow!Cardstock Carnival – cardstock is a crafting essential that you can never have too much of!

My first idea combines the blue & the green-blue cardstock bundles to create a gradient effect in just cardstock for my sea background for this Birthday Fishes card.

I cut my cardstock to form a banner & and cut waves through it – I done this on my cricut so I knew the pieces would fit back together like a puzzle. I stamped the larger bubbles in White Daisy, these did not show up as much as I wanted on the Mint, so that is why I decided to use the Liquid Glass, but I did not want to do all the bubbles, so only done a couple. Then I added my fussy cut & coloured fish & saying. It was an easy card to come together & I loved how the background was done with coloured cardstock instead of sponging.

My next card I done a couple of different techniques onto the cardstock & cut them in a way to draw attention to the main image.

On the green cardstock I stamped on the lighter side & edged with ink. On the yellow I did stamp onto it, but it was harder to tell. And on the red I embossed the cardstock with the Celebrate Embossing Folder as I noticed it had Fun Times & I wanted that to appear with the Van.

Other than that I coloured my van, though I think next time I use a brighter blue to go with the brighter colour cardstock – but hey you sometimes don’t notice these things till later but I

I had lots of fun creating with Close To My Heart Cardstock which is on special right now, and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Danielle Edwards – Scrappychicks

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 Seas The Day Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Seas The Day Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from 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 post.

I really like the colour combination in the Seas The DaySeas The Day paper collection. It can look beachy, even more so when you add the stickers or the die cuts, but you can just create a nice soft card as I have below.

I added some stamped lines from the Build a Plaid stamp to the striped paper, just to give it a little more interest. I then stamped & coloured in one of the girls from the Hostess Stamp Set Bloom with Grace & matted the stamped card with the blue woodgrain paper. The scallop circle is from the Around the Clock Thin Cut Dies & was the perfect size for this saying. And then finished off with some sparkles.

I had lots of fun creating with Seas The Day and 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 O-fish-ally Awesome – April Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our O-fish-ally Awesome – April Stamp of the Month 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.

Seriously how cute are all these fishy icons? No wonder the Stamp Set is called O-fish-ally Awesome because that is what this stamp set is – Awesome!

Now there are so many possibilities with this stamps set. Of course at the moment working from home has left me less time to craft than when going into the office – go figure! So I only have this one pretty simple idea – but lucky this is a hop so you will see heaps more ideas till I get a chance to make up some more.

So

So I sponged some mint & Carolina ink for the water & used Toffee for the sand. I did add some sand details with some markers.

I then stamped over this sponged background – I think the only issue I had doing it this way was that my Clown fish now had no white stripes – I did try a white pencil, but in the end I thought the water was light enough to get away with this. Tip on stamping an image on a background like this one – is to always make a few stamped images go off the page – if you find that hard to do – make the piece larger than you need then cut it down – you will end up cutting through a stamped image – but in the end it look better than being contained – at least for a image like this. If they were in the fish tank it would be different.

I matted this onto a wave lined paper from the Seas The Day Paper Collection & then this was the tricky part – that saying “You are o-fish-ally awesome” was actually in a stacked saying, not one in one single line which is what I needed for this layout to work. So I did some masking to get this saying stamped how I liked – I could have cut the stamp up – but I am unsure how I am mostly going to be using this one yet.

This exclusive D-size O-fish-ally Awesome – April Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in April) can be yours for just $9 AUD/ $10 NZD, when you place an order of $80 AUD/$88 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 O-fish-ally Awesome – April Stamp of the Month and 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