Bring Back My Pack – Urban Australasian CTMH Blog Hop

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020
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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Bring Back My Pack – Urban Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

If you arrived from Dannii’s Blog you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on and enjoy my creations.  If you like what I show today, please subscribe to my blog, leave a comment on this post or share it on social media. 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 several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Urban collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Urban is back for a short time  

You will love the very different prints in this paper pack – all representative of buildings and construction.  The colours are earthy and the prints textural. 

The Urban collection is available until the end of January 2020.  Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.  Ask your Close To My Heart Consultant for details.

Show off ALL the patterns

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020

What do you do when ALL the prints in a paper pack are fabulous? Show them off of course!  I’ve been hanging out to play with the NEW Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts.  One 3” x 12” strip of each paper is enough to cut 2 of each Bracket shape, giving you many options for how you arrange them.

Use Make It From Your Heart patterns

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020

I knew I wanted to create a border to display the paper shapes and that I had lots of photos to include on this layout, so I’d need a Pocket Plus Protector.  The last 6 patterns In Make It From Your Heart, Vol 3 are designed to accommodate these pocket protectors.  Pattern 33 was ideal for my layout.

Mix new with old for stash busting

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020

I’m running a Mission Possible Challenge the first 6 weeks of the year and our focus is on using up embellishments in our stash.  I had a look through my ribbons and trims and found 4 that co-ordinated with the colours of the Urban papers.  Grouping several ribbons alongside each other creates a wider focal point in the design.

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020

Have you ever been frustrated that twine stored on a card has kinks in it? Just run you damp stamp shammy along the twine and it will straighten out.

A title and journalling always complete the layout

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020

It’s interesting how a title and a story transform the look of a layout, inviting the reader in to learn more about the photos.  My title used the Block Alphabet thin cuts, stamped with a background stamp and with some very long-retired alphabet stickers.

The journal boxes in the pockets were decorated with left over bracket shapes from the border teamed with a ribbon.  Simple and fast to make.

Order your supplies this month

The Urban Collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant until the end of January when they return to the vault. A list of products used on my layout appears at the end of this post.  Place your order on my website or with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’s blog, Creative Inspirations, to see the projects she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this project

CC12191 Urban Papers & Stickers

CC12193 Urban Co-ordinating Cardstock

Z4221 Mink Twine

 Z3631 Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts

Z3386 Block Alphabet Thin Cuts

Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Stamp Pad

Z3579 Stamp Shammy

Z534 Micro-tip Scissors

Z341 Mini Dots

Z2060 Thin 3D Foam Tape

Z3326 Permanent Adhesive Tape

Spruced Up Australasian CTMH Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Spruced Up Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

If you arrived from  Lauren’s Blog you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on and enjoy my creations.  If you like what I show today, please subscribe to my blog, leave a comment on this post or share it on social media. 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 several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020
Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

The Spruced Up Collection is versatile

Don’t be fooled by the wintery, woodsy feel to this kit.  It is brilliant for lots of everyday photos down under too.  The earthy colours team well with many landscapes and add a subtle backdrop for images featuring brighter colours.  I’m sure you will be impressed with the variety of ideas shared on this hop.

The Spruced Up collection is available until the end of February, 2020.  Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.  Ask your Close To My Heart Consultant for details.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Make use of your scrapbooking scraps

I have enjoyed using this collection so much that I only had very small scraps leftover when it came time to make my sample for today’s blog.  I had just watched a sewing video about creating new fabric from lots of skinny strips and decided to try it with my paper and sticker scraps.  My first instinct was to reach for Basic Shapes Thin Cuts BUT my order arrived as I was experimenting and this gorgeous set, Mandela Vibes, was in the box!

Close To My Heart's Mandela Vibes (Z3640) Stamps & Thin Cuts adapt brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

I love the scallop shapes of the two large dies and cut several to use as bases.  Then it’s simply a matter of laying narrow strips (¼”up to ¾”) over the shape.  Begin near the centre, adding glue to the base and work out.  Liquid glue ensures all strips are stuck right to the edges of the base shape.  Then, flip the shape over and fussy cut the overhanging paper away.  Your die cut machine may be able to cut through both layers if you make a piece of striped ‘paper’ first – I just didn’t think about that at the time.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Create a free flowing border for your page

The shapes made were quite ‘heavy’ on the page.  To lighten the look of the design, I stamped the co-ordinating Mandela Vibes stamp directly to the base page using Sangria Ink. The base paper comes from the Jan/Feb Mix In paper packet.  As the name suggests, these packs are designed to blend well with the other collections featured in the catalogue, making it easier to use up your leftovers.

Finish off this border cluster by adding the small flower shapes from the Mandela Vibes set with Gold Glitter Gems for centres. The Julep flowers are mounted with Foam Dots

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Create a scrapbook title in two parts

It is fun to mix sentiment stamps with alphabets to create interesting titles.  This page is the title page for my 2020 album.  There are exciting times ahead for us this year and I wanted to express that in the title.  First up, the date was created using a shadow stamping technique.  Stamp first in Mink Ink and then in Espresso ink, moving slightly to the left and up so the Mink looks likes a shadow.  Love is in the air this year so … was replaced by 3 little hearts from January’s stamp of the month, Everyday Magic.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

The second part of the title appears in the bottom right of the page.  This creates visual balance with the Espresso cardstock border I added to the top and left of base paper.  The sentiment, “be excited for all good things to come” is ideal for a new year.  The corner design and hearts around this sentiment come from Everyday Magic and Mandela Vibes.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Make your photo mat stand out

This group photo shows the first of many celebrations we will enjoy this year.  It was wide and narrow so I need to jazz up the photo mat to help it stand out on the page.  A double mat of printed paper helped and printing the photo with a white border makes it stand out but it still looked too narrow.  Another look at the Mandela Vibes stamp set, gave me my solution – the beautiful scalloped edge stamp adds depth to the photo mount and completes the page.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Order your supplies this month

The Spruced Up collection, January Stamp of the Month and the Mandela Vibes Stamps & Thin Cuts  are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant until the end of February when they retire. A list of products used on my layout appears at the end of this post.  Place your order on my website or with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Dannii’s blog, Scrappy Chicks, to see the project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this project

X7253S Spruced Up Paper & Sticker Pack

X7253C Spruced Up Coordinating Cardstock

X9011 Mix In Paper Pack

S2001 Every Day magic (Stamp of the Month)

Z3640 Mandela Vibes Stamp & Thin Cuts

Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

Z6516 Sangria Exclusive Ink

Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Ink

Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Ink

Z3441 Dual Tip Multi Bond Glue Pen

Z1836 Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors

Z3341 Thin Foam Dots

Z3326 Permanent Adhesive Tape

Spooktacular Australasian CTMH Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Spooktacular Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

Close To My Heart’s Spooktacular collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of October 2019


If you arrived from  Dannii’s Scrappychicks 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 your response 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 several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Spooktacular collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Close To My Heart’s Spooktacular collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of October 2019

It’s not all Halloween with the Spooktacular Collection

As the name suggests, this collection is perfect for photos of your spooky themes like Halloween and ghost tours BUT, it is so much more than that!  The vibrant colours work with so many other photo themes.  When you look closely at the paper pack, only one print is dedicated to the theme – the rest are just great colours and generic patterns.

The Spooktacular collection is available until the end of October 2019.  Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.  Ask your Close To My Heart Consultant for details.

Close To My Heart’s Spooktacular collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of October 2019

Port Arthur Ghost Tour Layout

I attended Close To My Heart’s Australasian Business Builders conference in Hobart a couple of weeks ago.  Our final night was spent at Port Arthur where we enjoyed a meal and then took a ghost tour.  The spooktacular papers were perfect for my photos.  The Nectarine print highlighted the orange glow on the buildings and the black spot provided a nice contrast.

Close To My Heart’s Spooktacular collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of October 2019

Make your title a focal point of the layout

Cut and flip the background paper to create a contrast background for your title. Join the two pieces with some washi tape. This join is covered when you add the black panel.

Use a large Alphabet font to stamp your title and run it vertically on the page.  To frame your title use the black print paper and raise the panels on thin 3D foam tape.  This makes the text look recessed on the page. When sticking down panels with long strips of foam tape, just pull the paper off a small section. Then flip and align the panel. Pull gently on the paper ends. The panel will stay in place and fit perfectly on your layout.

Close To My Heart’s Paper Pals have a variety of closthing options. Check out the latest fashions and rder yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Turn an elf’s shirt into a ghost

I don’t have many scary themed stamp sets so needed to be a bit creative.  The thin cut for the Paper Pals Christmas Elf adapts nicely to a ghostly outline.  The little ghost is from a retired set of monster thin cuts.  These white, ghostly shapes were softened by daubing pebble ink around the edges.

Close To My Heart offers Stickles Glitter Glue in a variety of colours. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Create your own bling with Stickles

Adding drops of stickles to the layout once it is finished gives the illusion of gems.  Be sure to do this last and leave your layout to dry for a few hours so you don’t smudge the dots.

Order your supplies this month

The Spooktcular collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant until the end of this month when it retires. A list of products used on my layout appears at the end of this post.  Place your order on my website or with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Lauren’s blog, CTMH Craftings, to see the project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this projects

CC10192 Spooktacular Paper Pack

1385 Daisy White Cardstock

Z3541 Paper Pals Christmas Thin Cuts

Z3562 Silber Stickles

Z2805 Black Exclusive Ink

Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Ink

Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Ink

Z726 Sponge Daubers

Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

Z3326 Permanent Adhesive Tape

S1909 Random Act of Cardness CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Tell your story using Random Acts of Cardness (S1909) – September 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during September 2019
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Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Danni’s blog, Scrappy Chicks, 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 Random Acts of Cardness (S1909) stamp set which is September’s Stamp of the Month.

Tell your story using Random Acts of Cardness (S1909) – September 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during September 2019

Beautiful Sentiments

Don’t you just love the mixture of fonts and the fun way these sentiments are arranged?  They will look awesome on the inside or the outside of your cards.  As always, I challenged myself to use this cardmakers stamp set on a scrapbook layout. The friendship stamp jumped out immediately and got things rolling.

Use Random Acts of Cardness on a scrapbook Layout

Tell your story using Random Acts of Cardness (S1909) – September 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during September 2019

Looking through my scraps I found this white heart I had cut for a previous project.  As often happens, I changed my mind and stored it away.  Today it is perfect for my design. 

Tell your story using Random Acts of Cardness (S1909) – September 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during September 2019

To create the background stamping, begin with the open circle from Colourful Textures (D1784) using Wisteria Ink (it’s NEW).  Don’t stress about making a perfect pattern, just fill the background shape.  The sweet flower inside the circles, stamped with Saffron ink, and the little heart between them, stamped with Wisteria ink, both come from the Stamp of the month. The dots outlining the heart are made by repeatedly stamping the … in Glacier Ink.

Once you are finished stamping, use a sponge and Lilac ink to colour all over the heart.  Make the shading darker toward the bottom.  Sponging the journal box in the same manner ties the left and right pages together.

Tell your story using Random Acts of Cardness (S1909) – September 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.  Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during September 2019

This layout will include photos of a very dear friend I am catching up with soon (that’s why the photo wells are empty!)  I knew the friendship quote needed to feature on the layout … then it became the title.  The Mix In paper pack in our newest catalogue is just lovely.  All the printed papers on this layout are part of the pack.

Add a couple of vellum butterflies from the Every Little Things Vellum Di-cuts. Colour them with TriBlend Markers to co-ordinate with your papers.

The little black dots were created using Stickles Glitter Gel.  Add these last, just before leaving the craft room, so they can dry without you accidentally smudging them.

Order your Stamp of the Month

Random Acts of Cardness (S1909) is only available during September, 2019.  Full retail price is $34 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $9 when accompanied by an $88 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 Doris’s Blog , Creative Inspirations, to see the lovely projects she has designed for you.

A list of the products used for this project follows.  All items are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, this link will take you to my website.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used in the Project

S1909 Random Acts of Cardness Stamp Set

D1784 Colourful Texture Stamp Set

Z4309 Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cut Dies

Z3521 Every Little Thing Vellum Die-cuts

X6004 Glacier Cardstock

X6027 White Daisy Cardstock

X6021 Sapphire Cardstock

X9007 Mix In Paper Pack

Z3561 Black Diamond Stickles Glitter Gel

Z6514 Wisteria Ink

Z2851 Saffron Ink

Z2848 Sapphire Ink

Z6506 Lilac Ink

Z2484 Citrus TriBlend Marker

Z2494 Hydrangea TriBlend Marker

Craft On Australasian Blog Hop

Close To My Heart’s Craft On collection adapts beautifully to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of August 2019
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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Craft On Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

If you arrived from  Scrappy Chick’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 your response 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 Craft On collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

So Much Crafty Goodness in the Craft On Collection

Close To My Heart’s Craft On collection adapts beautifully to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of August 2019
Close To My Heart’s Craft On collection adapts beautifully to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of August 2019

The Craft On collection is available until the end of August 2019.  Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.  Why not take advantage of the Buy One, Get One discounted by 35% promotion for Workshop kit this month.  Ask your Close To My Heart Consultant for details.

As the name suggests, this collection is perfect for photos of your creative projects, retreats and your crafting space.  BUT, it is so much more than that!  The vibrant colours work with so many other photo themes. 

Craft On Workshop Your Way Card Kit

I give more birthday cards than any other sentiment.  The So Many Candles Cardmaking Workshop Your Way Kit is perfect!  12 birthday cards whipped up in a couple of hours.  The kit comes with full instructions and the stamp set is exclusive to this kit.

Close To My Heart’s Craft On collection adapts beautifully to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of August 2019
Close To My Heart’s Craft On collection adapts beautifully to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of August 2019

Several variations are possible from the same cut pieces.  Add in some scraps of co-ordinating cardstock and the cards are immediately transformed.  Each of these cards is different.  Half of them girly, half suited to guys too.  That’s the best thing about card kits – you can start with the basic design and then personalise it to your needs or make multiples of the same design.  The choice is yours.

Add some fun to your envelopes too! Cut 1/2″ strips from left over paper and stamp one of the images. The recipient will be excited before they even open your card!

Close To My Heart’s Craft On collection adapts beautifully to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of August 2019
Close To My Heart’s Craft On collection adapts beautifully to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of August 2019

Order your supplies this month

The Craft On collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant until the end of this month when it retires. A list of products used on my cards appears at the end of this post.  Place your order on my website or with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Megan’s blog, Crop, Craft, Create to see the project she has designed for you. I’m sure it will love it ‘cos she is so talented!

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this projects

G1182 So Many Candles Workshop Your Way Cardmaking Kit (Retiring Aug 31, 2019)

X6021 Sapphire Cardstock

X6018 Raspberry Cardstock

X6001  Emerald Cardstock

X2806 Emerald Exclusive Ink (Retiring Aug 31, 2019)

X2848 Sapphire Exclusive Ink

X2812 Raspberry Exclusive Ink

Z2863 White Daisy Pigment Ink

Z1151 Foam Tape

S1908 From Me To You – CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Tell your story using From Say Cheese (B1674) Hostess Reward Stamp from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Join one of my reward clubs to earn this gift.
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Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Crop Craft Create, 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 From Me to You (S1908) stamp set which is August’s Stamp of the Month.

Tell your story using From Me to You (S1908) – August 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during August 2019

Fun Fonts

Don’t you just love the fonts and the fun way these sentiments are arranged?  They will look awesome on the inside or the outside of your cards.  I always like to make every Stamp of the Month work on a scrapbook layout and this set was way easier than I had anticipated.

Use From Me to You on a scrapbook Layout

This layout was part of an album kit I received as a reward for qualifying for the most recent CTMH Incentive trip to Buenos Aries.  I love the vibrant colours and decided it would actually be perfect for some photos from the previous incentive trip I earned to Tahiti in 2018.

Tell your story using From Me to You (S1908) – August 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during August 2019

The original design only had a couple of canary yellow circles.  Adding a few more highlighted some favourite photos of this snorkelling experience.  All these sentiments are from this Stamp of the Month and are ideal to use in photo albums.

The designer squiggles at the top and bottom of the journal box plus the repeated stamping on the edge of the Mint cardstock on the RH page are made from stamps in this set too – such versatility!

Tell your story using From Me to You (S1908) – August 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during August 2019

How do I display extra photos on a layout?

Tell your story using From Me to You (S1908) – August 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during August 2019
Tell your story using From Me to You (S1908) – August 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during August 2019

As usual, there were way more photos than the layout could take.  Thank heavens for Pocket Plus protectors – 7 extra snaps of gorgeous reef fish displayed in a jiffy.  The one spare slot was filled with a self made PML card.  Simply cut a 3” x 4” piece of cardstock.  Background stamp and then add the stitched circle thin cut with sentiment.  Stamps on this element came from one of Close To My Heart’s Hostess Rewards stamps, Say Cheese.  Ask your consultant how you can get this set for free.

Tell your story using From Say Cheese (B1674) Hostess Reward Stamp from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Join one of my reward clubs to earn this gift.

Order your Stamp of the Month

From Me to You (S1908) is only available during August, 2019.  Full retail price is $29.50 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $8.25 when accompanied by an $82.50 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 Danielle’s Blog , Scrappy Chicks, to see the lovely project she has designed for you.

A list of the products used for this project follows.  All items are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, this link will take you to my website.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used in the Project

S1908 From Me to You Stamp Set

B1674 Say Cheese Hostess Reward Stamp Set

D3245 Design 4 Pocket Plus Protectors

Z4181 Stitched Circle Thin Cut Dies

Z4187 Stitched Ovals Thin Cut Dies

X6007 Lagoon Cardstock

X5986 Mint Cardstock

X6028 Black Cardstock

X6027 White Daisy Cardstock

X7245B Craft On Paper Pack

Z2805 Black Ink

Z4059 Loose Sequins – Crafty

Z1979 LePen Journalling Pen

S1907 Bear Hugs CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the 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 Bear Hugs (S1907) stamp set which is July’s Stamp of the Month.

Themes to go with “Bear Hugs”

S1907 Bear Hugs stamp set available July 2019 only. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au
  • Babies
  • A Mother’s Love
  • Cuddly Toys
  • Animals and their young
  • Miss You
  • Sending Hugs

Project 1: Mama Bear & the Love of her Toys Scrapbook Layout

Tell your story using Bear Hugs (S1907) – July’s 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during July 2019

My first project today is copied straight from the Story Starter chapter in our newest How To Book, Storyteller.  The bear and cub image in this stamp set reminded me of how much my daughter loved (still does love) hugging a soft toy.  I went back through some old photos and found a couple of her with early favourites.  Then I remembered a couple of bunnies who had retired hurt, were still in our garage.  I got them out and took a photo.  I will add more images and stories to this layout later to create what Stacy Julian calls a ‘Connected Story’

Using the Bear Hugs stamp set on this layout

Tell your story using Bear Hugs (S1907) – July’s 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during July 2019
  • Stamp the bear in Charcoal ink.  Colour the cub with pink Shimmer Brush.  Fussy cut and mount with foam tape. 
  • Add small hearts in Charcoal ink, near bear image.
  • Use both flower images and Sweet Leaf ink to create the borders on pink paper.
  • Stamp butterflies onto black base page using Daisy White pigment ink
  • Create title using “Mama Bear” stamp and a mixture of alphabet stamps – Solid & Outline Classroom Alphabet, Stitched Alphabet and Modern Typewriter Alphabet.

Tell your story

Become a better storyteller in your scrapbook albums by following the lessons in CTMH Storyteller How To Book by Stacy Julian. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Following Stacy Julian’s tips in the Storyteller book, you can write more meaningful and fuller stories to go with your photos.  In the past a layout such as this would have had one brief comment added to it about my daughter’s love of her toys.  Now, it is becoming a rich treasure chest of very individualised memories shared.

Project 2: Sending you a bear hug card

A lovely friend is recovery from major surgery – a Bear Hug was needed so I made this card for her.

I used Sweet Girl papers and the Share the Joy Thin cuts and stamps along with the Stamp of the Month.

Tell your story using Bear Hugs (S1907) – July’s 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.  Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during July 2019
  • Cover the front of your card with a subtle print paper
  • Cut the Multi Circle Window using the Thin Cut from this month’s Share the Joy Special promotion to make the raised panel. Sponge edges with Sapphire ink for contrast.
  • Stamp the hearts BEFORE gluing the panel in place.
  • Add foam tape to the back of the circle window panel. Left over pieces from shaker card kits are perfect.
  • Once the panel is in place remember to add foam inside the circles that will be covered by the bear and the banner.
  • Cut the Banner Thin cut that comes in the Share the Joy bundle and stamp with “Sending you a”
  • Stamp inside the card to complete the sentence.
  • Stamp and fussy cut the Mama Bear. Colour the cub with clear shimmer brush. Glue to front of card, sliding banner underneath the bear image.
  • Add white pearls at intersections of stitched lines between the circles.
  • Pieces of thin twine wrapped around the fold of the card and tied together, complete it. I had no pink twine so coloured grey twine with a Shin Han marker.

Order your Stamp of the Month & Share the Joy Bundle

Bear Hugs (S1907) is only available during July 2019.  Full retail price is $29.50 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $8.25 when accompanied by an $82.50 order.

Share the Joy thin cuts and co-ordinating stamps are available until July 31. Order yours early just in case they sell out 🙂 Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Did you like these projects? Which one can you see yourself creating? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Danielle’s Blog , Scrappy Chicks, to see the lovely project she has designed for you.

A list of the products used for these projects follows.  All items are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, this link will take you to my website.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used in the Scrapbook Layout

S1907 Bear Hugs Stamp Set

E1043 Solid Classroom Alphabet

E1042 Outline Classroom Alphabet

C1738 Stitched Alphabet

B1638 Modern Typewriter Alphabet

Z4241 Decorative Borders Thin Cut (Scallop)

Z4305 Fancy Tags Thin Cuts (Scallop Circle)

X6028 Black Cardstock

X6027 Daisy White Cardstock

X9005 Mix In Paper Pack

Z2831 Charcoal Ink

Z2863 Daisy White Pigment Ink

Z2853 Sweet Leaf Ink

Z2844 Pixie Ink

9043 Make It From Your Hear Vol 3 (Pattern 2)

Z4079 Story by Stacy Storyteller (Story Starter)

Z1979 Mary Uchida LePen Journalling Pen

Products used in the Sending Bear Hugs Card

S1907 Bear Hugs Stamp Set

X254 White Cards & Envelopes

CC61912 Share the Joy Thin Cuts

X7246B Sweet Girl Paper Pack

Z4221 Mink Twine

Z4255 Light Orange Shin Han Marker

Z3370 White Pearls

Z2831 Charcoal Ink

Z2858 Sapphire Ink