Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Introducing the Zoe Paper Packet

Welcome to Close to My Heart's Australasian Blog Hop for our newest paper packet - Zoe!
If you have arrived here from Mez's Craft Room then you're in the right place. The blog hop is one big circle, so by clicking on the link at the end of this post, you will be taken to see the next inspirational ideas.

I have been having a lot of fun designing pages with this paper packet. I teamed it with Kraft cardstock, which is a firm favourite with my ladies, and brought in a little bling. Plus I'm on a colouring kick, and experimenting with different techniques.

Feel free to use the sketch I created for this page, and of course please also check out my Scrapping Sketches ebook, which has forty designs for you to choose from.

Get the look

Watercolouring technique - first I stamped my images with Archival Black ink, and allowed them to dry thoroughly. I used a soft bristle brush dipped in water and then picked up ink from the lid of my ink pad, and brushed this onto my images before fussy cutting them out.

Stitching - I added stitching to the page by first using the stitch guide ruler and piercing tool, then threading black cotton through the holes.

Doodling - Once I had cut out my photo mats to the desired size, I used my Uchida black journaling pen to draw a fine border around the inside edges. Don't worry if your lines aren't perfect - that's the point! I never use a ruler for this kind of line.

Bling - I cut a Cricut circle and used this as a guide before applying many Bitty Sparkles to the page.

Supplies used on this project

Archival Black Ink, $12.50, 44751

Happy Birds set of 9, C1600, $25

Duck Easy Stick Adhesive Z3033, $30 for four dispensers
Bitty Sparkles $5 Z1263, pack of 100
Non-stick micro tipped scissors $22.50 Z1836
Zoe Paper Packet, 6x papers, 6xcardstocks. $18 X7197B
Stitch Guide $23.50, Z1852

Coral Shimmer Trim $8.50 Z3088

Piercing and Embossing Tool Kit $11.50, Z2046

The great news is that Zoe and many of our new product line are already available to purchase.
To purchase these and many more Close to My Heart products, click here or on the links in the side bar.
For more exciting ideas for your Zoe Paper Packet, continue on through our Zoe new product blog hop. Your next stop is Creating With Kara Davies, where I know Kara will have some more creative project ideas.

Thanks so much for hopping by!


  1. Your page is lovely Jo. Love all the little derails you shared

  2. Love your layout. Thank you so much

  3. Stunnning layout Jo - love the embellishments.

  4. Love the Kraft card stock with Zoe- great layout

  5. Gorgeous, those touches of bling really look great. And thank you for including the sketch.

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    1. and I love the softness of the watercolour technique!

  7. Love your sketch, love your page and love your stamping and colouring Jo. Thank you for sharing this great layout. :)

  8. Oh happy Birds look amazing on this layout. Love the use of the bling. Thank you for the sketch & all the wonderful ideas.

  9. Such a great way to add colour to your stamped images. I can't wait to get myself some water colour paints!

  10. I love your layout Jo, the colours look great together. I too can't wait to try the watercolour paints love how subtle your colours are.

  11. Both pages and gorgeous jo, I love them both, and the birds so cute. TFS the layout as well, its sure to be a post i will come back to again and again to case.

  12. Jo, this layout is amazing! You have done a fantastic job.

  13. Love your layout! Your touches of bling really set it off and thanks for inspiring me to try a different type of colouring with my stamps :)