S1612 Thoughtful Flowers SOTM Blog Hop

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Welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Georgia’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 Thoughtful Flowers (S1612) stamp set which is December’s Stamp of the Month.

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This is a beautiful set of diverse blooms, ideal for those of you who enjoy colouring.  My favourite sentiment on this set is “You’re a whole lot of wonderful“.  I have so many awesome women in my life who deserve a card with that phrase on it.  I also love the little Forget-me-nots to the left of ‘Thank You’.  Did you know they are the symbol for Alzheimer’s suffers?

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Today’s layout keeps the flowers as outline drawings.  The photos of my friend Tanya’s gorgeous shop, Cotton Rose, were so vibrant I didn’t want the stamps competing with them.

A subtle hint of colour around and on the stamps was achieved as follows:

  • Cut 2″ circles from White Daisy cardstock and add sponging around the edges using a dauber and Lemon Ink.  Working on the All Purpose Mat makes clean up easy.
  • Stamp flowers using Memento Black ink.
  • Using dauber again, add a ‘smudge’ of colour to flower centres.
  • Bitty Sparkles also add some dimension.
  • Sprinkle a few Green Triangles between the circles to give a hint of foliage.

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

Thoughtful Flowers (S1612) is only available during December, 2016.  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 Lauren’s Blog , Lauren Moore CTMH Craftings, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

S1612 Thoughtful Flowers Stamp Set

Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals Papers

X5785 Lemon Cardstock

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

1386 Black Cardstock

Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Z3123 Green Triangles

Z899 Black Memento Ink Pad

Z726 Sponge Daubers

Z2045 All-Purpose mat

 

City Sidewalks CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian City Sidewalks 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 City Sidewalks Workshop Your Way Collection (G1114) from Close To My Heart.

 

city-sidwalks-wyw-g1114I have a confession to make.  I spent quite a bit of time creating a lovely layout for today’s blog and then wrote the post.  Doing a final check of the links the night before this post went live I discovered I had used the wrong collection!!!  The good news is, I’m all set for next month’s hop.  The bad news is I didn’t have time to make a layout, photograph it and write a post.   Check back later in the month and I’ll make it up to you with a City Sidewalks layout.

I have a cute card to share with you though that uses one of the patterned papers in City Sidewalks!

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This card has been extremely popular at my card buffets and I am happy to share the instructions with you today.  Just click the underlined link to download them.

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The City Sidewalks Workshop Your Way (G1114) kit is only available until the end of December.  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .

Hope you make one of these cards – they are lots of fun and super easy.  I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Lauren Moore’s Blog , CTMH Craftings, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

 

S1611 New year’s Cheer SOTM Blog Hop

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Welcome to the November 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 New Year’s Cheer (S1611) stamp set which is November’s Stamp of the Month.

 

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There is so much goodness on this one carrier sheet of stamps.  Party invitation details, salutations for cards, that girlie bow  (super cute for pages and cards) and my favourites, the two lovely glasses with the little bubbles!

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I meet with 2 of my gorgeous friends once a month to spend the day scrapbooking together. The person hosting provides lunch and champagne.  The day has become known to us as “Bubbles Day”.  I am on a mission to record some of the regular everyday things I do in my ‘Book of Me’ Album.  This layout will celebrate our friendship and how much we love this monthly catch up.

 

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To create the title use the flag and bow stamps.  These were cut using the Cricut Flower Market cartridge but they are simple shapes easily cut by hand.  The font is also from Flower Market.  The papers used on the layout are scraps left over from creating the City Sidewalks Workshop Your Way (G1114) layouts and cards.  How cool that they don’t look Christmassy at all here.

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Working on a Sapphire cardstock background meant a journal box was needed.  Rather than a solid box, these strips provide enough room for a couple of lines each and the bows act as bullet points.

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The champagne flutes were stamped using Lagoon ink (Z2895)on Lagoon cardstock.  The Shimmer Brush (Z3293) was perfect to ‘fill’ the glasses and looks really fun in real life.

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

New Year’s Cheer (S1611) is only available during November, 2016.  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 Doris’s Blog , Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

S1611 New Year’s Cheer Stamp Set

X7213B City Sidewalks Paper Pack

Z3293 Shimmer Brush

X5762 Lagoon Cardstock

X5775 Sapphire Cardstock

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Ink

Z2808 Lemon Exclusive Ink

Z2809 Tangerine Exclusive Ink

Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Ink

 

Swan Lake Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian Swan Lake 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 Swan Lake Workshop Your Way Collection (G1112) from Close To My Heart.

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I completed the 3 layouts following the instructions for the kit (which you can download from your Consultant’s website).  If you don’t have a consultant you can click here for my website.

Using the leftover papers and embellishments I created 2 extra double page layouts.  Once these were done, I only had a few scraps left and they were tossed in the bin.  How fabulous is it to use EVERYTHING in a collection – no storage required.

 

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The title is created using the Swan Lake Complements. (X7212C)  All the flowers were created with the Thankful for You thin cuts and stamps bundle (Z4007).  The flowers vary in sizes and can be layered.  A photo will cover the swans cut apart card, just leaving a thin border of sapphire showing.  The narrow strips of light blue paper are zip strips cut in half.

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My second layout used the last of the complements and a few more stamped flowers. Both these pages will feature photos of my lovely mum with her carers.  They make her very happy and I want to acknowledge their role in her life, in her album.  Here are some close ups from each page.

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The Swan Lake Workshop Your Way (G1112) kit and Thankful for You Bundle are only available until the end of December.  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .  A list of products used in this project appears below.

Did you like these layouts? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Lauren Moore’s Blog , CTMH Craftings, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used in these layouts:

  • X7212B Swan Lake Papers
  • Z7212C Swan Lake Complements
  • Z4012 Black Shimmer Ribbon
  • Z4007 Thankful for You Bundle
  • Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Ink
  • Z2852 Poppy Exclusive Ink
  • Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems

 

 

 

S1610 Yuletide Joy Stamp Of The Month Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Georgia’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 Yuletide Joy (S1610) stamp set which is October’s Stamp of the Month.

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Who can resist these gorgeous Christmas shapes with their intricate designs?  Stamp and colour them to really personalise each design or do as I have and keep them uncoloured. Today’s layout features non-traditional Christmas colours.  I just love the Adventure Cardstock colours with Christmas stamps this year – so fun and a bit different.

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This layout will feature photos of our first Christmas gathering to include my son’s girlfriend.  How fabulous it is to have 6 in our family to celebrate with now.  I used versamark ink and white embossing powder to really make the stocking and star designs pop.

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All About The Gold Fundamentals are clear 12″ x 12″ overlays with gold patterns printed on them.  A strip of the diagonal stripe provided the anchor to hang my stockings on.  The title is one of our new Thin Cuts – Christmas.  I love this font.

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The star is also gorgeous in this stamp set and made a nice focal point for this embellishment cluster placed diagonally opposite the title to help frame the page.

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

Yuletide Joy (S1610) is only available during October, 2016.  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 Lauren’s Blog , CTMH Craftings, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

S1610 Yuletide Joy Stamp Set

X5790 Adventure Fundamentals

Z4004 Christmas Thin Cut

Z3246 All About the Gold Fundamentals

Z3129 Gold Foil Tape

Z2068 White Embossing Powder

Z891 Versamark Ink

CTMH Jeepers Creepers Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian Jeepers Creepers Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from  Georgia’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 Jeepers Creepers Workshop Your Way Collection (G1110) from Close To My Heart.

g1110-jeepers-creepers-wywFor this layout Emerald cardstock was teamed with the bright zig zag pattern paper from Jeepers Creepers.  The lagoon stripe paper was ideal for a journal box and photo mounts.  Black and white photos against these bright colours work well.

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The title is created using the new Marker Alphabet Stamps (E1034). To get the 3 colour effect you first ink the top of the word in the one colour,  a small section of the bottom in a second colour and use a dauber to add the middle colour.  Do one word at a time. The stamped accents on the journal box come from the This & That stamp set (C1667).

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My second layout used the gorgeous Monstrous Halloween stamps (Z4006).  The lollies and birthday sentiments are super cute.  Once again Marker Alphabet was great for the main headings. Zip strips, scraps form making the Workshop Your Way pages and washi tape were used to frame the photo collage.

The Jeepers Creepers Workshop Your Way (G1110) kit and Monstrous Halloween Bundle are only available until the end of December.  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .  A list of products used in this project appears below.

Did you like these layouts? 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

 

S1609 Blessed Beyond Measure Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Lauren’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 Blessed Beyond Measure (S1609) stamp set which is September’s Stamp of the Month.

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At first glance this stamp set appears limiting but once you start playing all sorts of fun stuff magically appears!  As an Aussie, I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but I am very thankful for many things in my life.  Today I’ve focused on the awesome women in Close To My Heart’s Australasian Leadership team.  We share so much between us – supporting and encouraging one another.  Twice a year we spend a full day together learning and creating.  These days also include a beautiful lunch, recognition and the company of our Home Office staff.

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Today’s page and card features a Recessed Panel.  This is a strip of card, the same colour as your background that you have stamped and adhered behind a gap in the design. It saves having to mask off areas and is super quick to do.

Left Hand Page:

  1. To create the page trim a 1 1/2″ strip from  one side of your base cardstock and random stamp on this.  I used the NEW Willow and Raspberry inks.  Oh my goodness!  These inkpads should come with a warning – you will want to replace all your existing ink pads once you’ve used them.
  2. Next cut a 1 1/4″ strip from one long side of the base cardstock (this cut should run in the same direction as your previous cut).  This piece is the one shown on far left of layout.
  3. Cut 2 strips 1/2″ x 12″ from contrast paper.  Adhere these to the BACK of the base card pieces, either side of the gap that will be filled by the random stamped piece.  You want just 1/4″ of each strip showing on the front.
  4. Using your Versamat for sizing, glue the stamped strip behind the 2 base cardstock pieces so the finished layout measures 12″ x 12″

Right Hand Page:

  1. Repeat step 1  above but your strip will be 2″
  2. Repeat step 2 above but you will cut off 2″
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This is what it looks like from the back.

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You can also use this technique on cards.  For the card, you stamp directly on the front of the card in the area that will be recessed and cut panels to cover left and right of the stamping.  Coloured strips are narrower and you can raise the panels on foam tape for a more recessed look.  I added extra little berries on the panels as they looked a bit plain.

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Blessed Beyond Measure (S1609) is only available during September, 2016.  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 card and layout? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Denise’s Blog , Scrap Stamp Share , to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna