Prickly Pear Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Prickly Pear Blog Hop.  This hop features some amazing and talented women from across Australia.

If you arrived from  Vandra’s Blog  you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on, enjoy my creations and maybe share some love in the comments. Then you click on the link at the end of this post and it will take you to the next blog and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see lots of different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Prickly Pear collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

G1128 Prickly Pear Workshop Kit is available for purchase from www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

There are 3 co-ordinating stamp sets for this kit.  This month, you can buy 2 and get the third one FREE* (For stamps only, not available for Thin Cut & Stamp bundles.  Stamp of lesser value is the free one).  I have used stamps from all three sets in the layouts I’m sharing today.

CTMH Prickly Pear Collection - order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Tangerine and Sorbet cardstock look so pretty with a Sea Glass base.  The glitter strip is also Sea Glass.  The solid Oval Thin Cuts add a little interest to the border.

CTMH Prickly Pear Collection - order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The second layout used up scraps of paper, cardstock and embellishments.  The block design could also work on the outer edges of the layout but I liked the focal point it created in the centre.  The starburst border stamp worked well again along with the burlap ribbon and sequins to add some texture to the design.
CTMH Prickly Pear Collection - order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
Each piece of the central pattern is 2″ wide.  Each vertical strip contains 2 pieces 2″ high and 2 pieces 3″ high.  The last piece is trimmed to fit the space left.  The emerald pieces will be for journaling.  I liked the idea of using “Date” and “Place” as headings for journaling when they would traditionally form part of an invitation.  The cactus was cut from printed paper but you could stamp them if you’ve used all of the print in your pack.

 

The Prickly Pear Collection  is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant.  A list of products used in my projects appears at the end of this post.  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Doreen’s Blog , Scrapping and More with Doreen to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.  Doreen’s work is always beautiful.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

Products used in these projects

G1128 Prickly Pear Workshop Your Way

X7221D Prickly Pear Co-ordinating Cardstock

Z3240 Sea Glass Glitter paper

X5751 Sorbet Cardstock

3505 Watercolour Pencils

Z2813 Sea Glass Ink

Z2805 Black Ink

Z3247 Simple Chevron Embossing Folder

S1707 Storybook Alphabet Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

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Welcome to the July Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Collen’s Blog, you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and hopping until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Storybook Alphabet (S1707) stamp set which is July’s Stamp of the Month.

S1707 Storybook Alphabet is CTMH Stamp of the Month for July 2017. Order yours this month at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

How pretty are these letters?  Do you remember reading storybooks where the first letter in each chapter was all fancy like this?  That is known as historiated initials.  You could do that with your journaling in your albums.  Of course these letters will also be fabulous for creating titles.

When I looked at this stamp set the letters reminded me of embroidery samplers.  I happened to be talking to some customers about re-visiting some old techniques and running a patchwork pages class next month and that got me thinking about using these letters to create an alphabet quilt page.

S1707 Storybook Alphabet is CTMH's Stamp of the Month for July 2017. Purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

You will find a list of the products used on the layout at the end of this post.

Storybook Alphabet (S1707) is only available during July, 2017.  Full retail price is $27 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Did you like this title page? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’ Blog Creative Inspirations , to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

S1707 Storybook Alphabet

Z899 Memento Ink

Shin Han Markers – Various colours

Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Pack

Z1979 Journaling Pen

S1706 Hello Foxy Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

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Welcome to the June Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Nell’s Blog, you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and hopping until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Hello Foxy (S1706) stamp set which is June Stamp of the Month.

S1706 Hello Foxy is CTMH's Stamp of the Month for July 2017. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

 

The foxes and flowers are petite so you can fit a few on a card or page border.  They all look great coloured with your favourite medium and the sentiments are fun.

The next card uses the Wood Slats embossing folder.  Once it is embossed, simply run the Desert Sands ink pad over the raised elements to create contrast.  Move the inkpad in the direction of the lines with a light touch for best results. The frolicking foxes were hand cut.  The wood panel paper is also from the No Worries paper pack.

S1706 Hello Foxy is CTMH's Stamp of the Month for July 2017. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

You will find a list of the products used on the layout at the end of this post.

Hello Foxy (S1706) is only available during June, 2017.  Full retail price is $27 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Did you like these cards? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Maz’s Blog aMAZing Close To My Heart Creations , to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

S1706 Hello Foxy Stamp Set

X7220B No Worries Paper Pack

X5751 Sorbet Cardstock

X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock

Z3086 Aqua Shimmer Trim

Z3248 Wood Slats Embossing Folder

Z3328 Basic Ovals Thin Cuts

3505 Watercolour Pencils

Z899 Memento Black Ink

Z2818 Desert Sand Ink

Z1979 Black Journaling Pen

X1410 Colonial White Cards & Envelopes

Z2060 Thin 3D Foam Tape

Z3022 E-Z Dots Tape Runner

Little Dreamer Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Little Dreamer Blog Hop.  This hop features some amazing and talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

If you arrived from  Megan’s Blog  you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on, enjoy my creations and maybe share some love in the comments. Then you click on the link at the end of this post and it will take you to the next blog and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see all the different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Little Dreamer collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Little Dreamer collection from Close To My Heart http://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9932&ci=8409

The Little Dreamer collection is available until the end of August 2017.  Buy it as a full kit or individual items.

When you purchase the Little Dreamer WYW Kit, you can download instructions to make 3 layouts and 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs).  You do have paper and embellishments left over.  Today I’ll share how I use the left overs along with one each of the card fronts to make 3 more layouts!  All I then had left were a few small paper scraps and stickers that I will give to a crafty little girl I know.  I have nothing to store – the whole kit is gone.  That means I can buy another collection – guilt free!!!!

 

These are the layouts and cards we have instructions for:

CTMH Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way layouts http://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9932&ci=84091705-se-little-dreamer-wyw-layout-021705-se-little-dreamer-wyw-layout-01CTMH Little Dreamer Collection http://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9932&ci=8409

Place layouts in this order and work on the backs of the papers.  If you look at my layouts below, the left and right pages have different background papers.  Use plain cardstock in Thistle, Glacier, Lagoon and Daisy White to blend the colours of the designs.

CTMH Little Dreamer Collection http://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9932&ci=8409

Can you spot the card front? It is layered on two of the Cut Apart PML cards that come in the pack.  Glacier Cardstock provides the mat for the enlargement.

Little Dreamer Bonus Pages - 2

The lagoon cardstock strip has been embossed with the Confetti Stars folder.  Feed the strip into the folder from both ends to create the design with more stars on the outer edges.

Little Dreamer Bonus Pages - 3

As this is the final layout, you will need a full sheet of Glacier cardstock for the base of the RH page.  Don’t the card fronts work beautifully as page embellishments?

Now, if you are wondering why there are no photos on these layouts… it’s because, after 15 years of furious scrapbooking, I have run out of photos!!!!  So, if you are one of my friends, send me some snaps to use and I will gift the pages to you when I’m finished teaching them 🙂

The Little Dreamer Collection  is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant.  A list of products used in my projects appears at the end of this post.  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’ Blog , Creative Inspirations to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.  Doris always comes up with something clever.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

Products used in these projects

G1126 Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way

Z7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet

X7219D Little Dreamer Co-ordinating Cardstock

X7219C Little Dreamer Complements

Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon

Z3321 Little Dreamer Glitter Gems

Z3335 Little Dreamer Cardmaking Stamp & Thin Cuts

Z3119 Confetti Stars Embossing Folder

Z2840 Thistle Ink Pad

Z2892 Lagoon Ink Pad

Z2872 Whisper Ink Pad

Live Beautifully Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Live Beautifully Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from  Nell’s Blog you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Live Beautifully papers, Stamp set and/or Cut Above Kit from Close To My Heart.

The Live Beautifully collection is available this month only – May 2017.  It is our National Scrapbook Month celebration collection.  You can choose from the Paper Pack (C1212B), Stamp Set (C1212C) or 5 layout Cut Above Kit (C1212A).

Today I have 2 projects to share.  This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day here in Australia so I thought it fitting to make a card for my mum and a layout about her. 

Live Beautifully is the CTMH exclusive collection for National Scrapbook Month 2017

This gorgeous photo card idea was shared by my Upline Director, Susan Wilmot.  Isn’t it a lovely way to send photos?  It’s simply a 12″ x 6″ piece of cardstock scored and folded to create 3 panels.  The Solid Circle  and Solid Heart Thin Cuts made decorating easy.  I’m so happy these die sets are continuing in our range.

This card is a great project to have your consultant teach at your gathering – it’s easy to do but has a huge impact on friends and family who are new to Close To My Heart.

Next up is the layout.  Our team have a Virtual Crop once a month, run by volunteer consultants who do an outstanding job to help us try new page designs.  Consultants from all over Australia connect on the first weekend of each month, cropping ‘together’ from the comfort of our own homes.  This was one of the challenge layouts for May. You will find the instructions in the Magic How To Book.

The Live Beautifully words exactly match my mum’s character so that was an easy paper choice.  My first go also included Poppy cardstock to pick up on one of the colours in mum’s clothes.

Live Beautifully papers mixed with Poppy cardstock. The Forget-me-not flower is one of the symbols for Alzheimers. It was cut from the CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.

I really struggled choosing the cardstock colour and just wasn’t happy when it was done.  Fortunately, Ezi Dots tape runner is forgiving and I could take it off and switch to this colour scheme which I like better.

Live Beautifully papers. The Forget-me-not flower is one of the symbols for Alzheimers. It was cut from the CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.Live Beautifully papers. A Pocket Plus protector adds 3 photos and a journal box with no extra work. The Forget-me-not flower is one of the symbols for Alzheimers. It was cut from the CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.

The gorgeous vine circlet and Forget-me-not flowers are cut from the Flower Market Cricut cartridge.  I just purchased the Cricut Explore via CTMH Hostess Rewards and I am loving it!  So quiet and the cuts are soooo clean.  Ask your consultant how you can get one too!

The Live Beautifully collection  is only available while stocks last until the end of May. A list of products used in my projects appears at the end of this post.  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .

I’d love you to leave a comment for me – do you prefer the first or second version of the layout? Then click on the underlined link and move on to Maz’s Blog , aMAZing Close To My Heart Creations  to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.  Maz has been crafting up a storm all month using these fabulous products.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

Products used in these projects

CC1212B Live Beautifully Paper Pack

X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock

Z2810 Blossom Ink

Z2813 Sea Glass Ink

X5779 Poppy Cardstock

X5775 Sapphire Cardstock

1292 Crystal Blue Cardstock

X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock

Z3290 Flower Market Digital Collection OR

Z3285 Flower Market standard collection (with physical cartridge & book)

9040 Magic Ideas Book

 

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S1705 Live, Laugh, Love Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

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Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Maz’s Blog, you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Live, Laugh. Love (S1705) stamp set which is May’s Stamp of the Month.

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Doesn’t this stamp set just make you want to grab some snaps of your smiling family and friends and make a gorgeous page?  I sure did!  I have a collection of happy snaps we took disembarking at each port on a cruise and when I look at them I laugh at the sweet memories we made together living life and loving being together.

Once the layout is complete, embellish with the bright Prickly Pear sequins.  Double the number of photos on this layout by adding Flip Flaps.  The layout remains clean and uncluttered and the Flip Flaps provide a fun interactive element for your album readers.

Live, Laugh Love (S1705) is May 2017 Stamp of the Month. Perfect for scrapbookers. I've added Flip flaps to include extra photos. www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Live, Laugh Love (S1705) is May 2017 Stamp of the Month. Perfect for scrapbookers. I've added Flip flaps to include extra photos. www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Before you move off to the next blog in this hop, let me share a little tip if you make a mistake like I did.  I cut one of the smaller yellow pieces the wrong size and had it glued down before I realised.  Rather than waste the paper, I used the Rub & Remove eraser to take the adhesive off and popped the paper back in my packet.

Rub & Remove Eraser - great for taking unwanted adhesive off paper. www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

You will find a list of the products used on the layout at the end of this post.

Live, Laugh, Love (S1705) is only available during May, 2017.  Full retail price is $27 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Did you like this layout? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Wendy’s Blog , Expressions of the Heart, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

  • S1705 Live, Laugh, Love
  • X7221B Prickly Pear Paper packet
  • Z3324 Prickly Pear Sequins
  • Z2806 Emerald Ink
  • Z2809 Tangerine Ink
  • Z2810 Blossom Ink
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z3022 E-Z Dots Tape Runner
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1207 Rub & Remove Eraser
  • Z1386 Non-Stick Micro-tip Scissors
  • Z3230 3″ x 4″ Flip Flaps
  • Z3231 4″ x 6″ Flip Flaps

Some Kinda Wonderful Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Some Kinda Wonderful Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from  Vandra’s blog you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Some Kinda Wonderful Workshop Your Way (G1120) from Close To My Heart.

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The Some Kinda Wonderful collection is  from the Seasonal Expressions Jan-Apr 2017 Catalogue.  This pack has lots of bright colours in it but the black helps keep it from being overwhelming.  Most of the bright prints have a subtle one on the reverse of the paper.

Today I’ve used Some Kinda Wonderful on a layout featuring photos of street art in Tahiti’s capital, Papeete.  It was a drizzly overcast morning and we thought a museum was in order.  Turned out the museum didn’t open on a Sunday.  We decided to walk around the streets instead – something we love to do in cities we haven’t visited before.  As soon as you step beyond the main tourist strip you see a completely different scene.  We were delighted to discover many of the Papeete buildings featured truly amazing art work.

Some Kinda Wornderful Papeete

Trim around the circle print using  scissors to give this paper a new look.  Stamping on the circles with Handwritten Alphabet stamps (E1030) creates a focal point of your title.

This street art was painted as part of the Tahiti Street Art Festival.  If you are ever travelling to Tahiti, be sure to stop over in Papeete and walk behind the tourist precinct.

The Some Kinda Wonderful Workshop Your Way  (G1121) kit is only available until the end of April. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Kara’s Blog , Creating with Kara Davies to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna