Beary Christmas CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Beary Christmas Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of 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 Beary Christmas collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.
This gorgeous Christmas themed kit from Close To My Heart will make 8-12 scrapbook pages. Purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au       This adorable Christmas themed stamp and die bundle is availalbe from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The Beary Christmas collection is available until the end of December 2017.  Buy it as a  full kit or purchase individual items.  The scrapbooking stamp and thin cuts are too cute for words.

Today I am sharing a layout featuring some of my favourite Elf on the Shelf snaps.  I can’t wait until Razzle makes an appearance again this year.

The ‘Oh What Fun’ title was too long for my available space so I cut the stamp to break it into 2 parts.  This doesn’t affect the quality of your stamping and if you want a long title next time you can position the 2 pieces together on a block and no-one will know!

Having some Beary Christmas fun with Close To My Heart papers, stamps and dies. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au before Dec 31, 2017

I do love using stamps with coordinating dies to create embellishments on my pages.  You can cut through 2 layers of cardstock at a time so it didn’t take long to cut enough presents for the layout.  This also used up some of those pesky small scraps that clutter my paper organisers.

The Beary Christmas stamps and co-ordinating dies from Close To My Heart are just delightful. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au by Dec 31, 2017

Close To My Heart’s, clear and gold shimmer brushes were made for Christmas.  Add them to the lights and gifts for some extra sparkle.  It is so hard to photograph sparkle!  You can see it on the Christmas tree star.

Close To My Heart's Beary Christmas stamps and co-ordinating dies make scrapbooking a breeze. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The Beary Christmas 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 Nell’s Blog , Nellie Bligh to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you. Nell always uses the collections in really interesting ways.
Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna
Products used in these projects
G1137 Beary Christmas Scrapbooking Workshop Your Way

Z4047 Beary Christmas Scrapbooking Stamps & Thin Cuts

Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush

Z3316 Gold Shimmer Brush

Z2448 Carmine Shin Han Marker

Z2463 Sap Green Shin Han Marker

Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

Z2835 New England Ivy Ink

Z2850 Fern Ink

Z2816 Cranberry Ink

Z2841 Glacier Ink

X5978 Glacier Cardstock

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

X5960 Fern Cardstock

X5950 Toffee Cardstock

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S1710 Christmas Tunes Australasian CTMH Blog Hop

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Welcome to the October, 2017 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 Christmas Tunes(S1710) stamp set which is October’s Stamp of the Month.CTMH Stamp of the Month Christmas Tunes (S1710) is availalbe during October, 2017 at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Like so many of you, I am a Christmas tragic.  I pin ideas for decorations and projects all year, I have made my own Christmas cards for decades and my collection of ornaments grow every year – I even bring them home from overseas travel!  A long held tradition in our family is watching the Melbourne Carols by Candlelight each Christmas Eve – mostly on TV but a few times we’ve been there in person.  This stamp set immediately puts me in that place – surrounded by smiling faces, candles glowing and amazing performers.

My offering today is inspiration for Christmas cards you can make in October so you are super organised 😊 I know we all have different amounts of crafting time and some of us like a clean and classic look while others like lots of bling – a bit like the frocks the performers wear at the Carols!

I have taken a classic card design for each stamp and made it twice – the first is quick and easy to make and the second is a little fancier.  You can choose the one that suits your style and available time the best.  Or you could give the fancy ones to friends who will appreciate your hard work and the simpler ones to those who may not. 😊

First up we have ‘O Holy Night’.  Cranberry & New England Ivy inks team nicely with the Beary Christmas paper.

Quick and easy version – stamp all 3 components on the same piece of cardstock.  Trim an even-ish curve around the wreath. 

Fancy Version – Stamp each component separately and fussy cut to highlight all the details.  Pop elements up on foam tape.  Add Gold Shimmer Pen to bow and holly leaves.  Add Red Gems.  The extra layer of White Daisy cardstock helps the image pop.

Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month for October 2017 - such a fun set to own. Plain or fancy? Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Next we have ‘White Christmas’.  Raspberry ink & cardstock create a fun contrast to  the Silver and Gold paper pack.


Quick and easy version – stamp image in Raspberry ink and add colour with Shin Han markers.

Fancy Version – Trim the background layer in to 3 pieces and use ribbon in place of cardstock for the horizontal strip.  Fussy cut the stamped image, add White & Gold Twine and use foam dots to pop it up.   Add Bashful Pearls to the image.Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month for October 2017 - such a fun set to own. Plain or fancy? Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

 Let’s look at ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ next.   Fern ink complements the Beary Christmas paper.

Quick and easy version – Colour stars with Shin Han marker.

Fancy Version – Add Beary Christmas red dots and Bitty Sparkles to some of the stars.  Place a Gold Glitter Gem in the star at the top of the tree.  The extra layer of Cranberry cardstock helps the image and border to stand out.Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month for October 2017 - such a fun set to own. Plain or fancy? Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Finally, Baby It’s Cold Outside.   Sapphire cardstock provides a strong contrast to the Gold & Silver Paper Pack.  Crystal Blue ink gives the look of a snow globe.

Quick and easy version – Add Clear Shimmer brush to the inside of the globe and to the base.  Sorry the photos doesn’t show this very well.

Fancy Version – Add in Silver Glitter paper – stamp the snow globe onto scrap paper to create a template for cutting the base segment.  Add Bitty Sparkles and Clear Sparkles inside the globe.Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month for October 2017 - such a fun set to own. Plain or fancy? Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

 What will you choose – classic or fancy cards?  Or will you try one of each?  I hope you enjoy creating them as much as I did

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

Christmas Tunes(S1710) is only available during October, 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 ideas? Can you think of a few friends who would love to receive a hand made Christmas card this year? 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 project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

S1710Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month

X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Pack

X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Pack

Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

X5975 Cranberry Cardstock

X5974 Raspberry Cardstock

X5960 Fern Cardstock

x5967 Sapphire Cardstock

Shin Han Markers – Turquoise Blue, Cherry Pink, Vivid Green & Golden Yellow

Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush

Z3316 Gold Shimmer Brush

Z3369 Bashful Pearls

Z3274 Clear Sparkles

Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Z3090 Red Gems

Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

Z4014 White & Gold Twine

Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots

Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack

Z2850 Fern Ink

Z2835 New England Ivy Ink

Z2812 Raspberry Ink

Z2816 Cranberry  Ink

Z2817 Crystal Blue Ink

 

 

Cats and Bats/Falling For You CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Cats & Bats/ Falling For You Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some amazing and talented women from across Australia.
If you arrived from  Doris’ 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 Cats & Bats and Falling For You collections!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

The Cats & Bats and Falling For You collections are available until the end of December 2017.  Buy them as  full kits or purchase individual items.

Today I am sharing a layout from each of the featured collections.  It is the same layout – copied form p20, Pattern 8 of Make It From Your Heart Vol 3. First up is the one using Cats & Bats.  These photos were taken in a very English garden in Halifax, Canada.  The willow print paper was perfect for the background. I’m sorry it doesn’t show up well in this photo.

Scrapbook layout created using CTMH Cats & Bats papers and co-ordinating stamps & dies. View the full collection at shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

That pretty border is made using the Scallop Border Thin Cuts (Z3348) – I love the way it softens the page.  The very cute row of blooms is made using the new Falling For You Scrapbook Stamps and co-ordinating Thin Cuts (Z4044).  Once you have stamped the images, pick up a little ink from the lid of the ink pad with your water brush and roughly colour the petals and leaves.  Don’t stress about perfection – the naïve style is ‘in’.

As always, there were more photos that needed to go on this layout.  Design 2 of the Pocket Plus Memory Protectors allowed for 3 extra photos and a journaling box. The 4″ x 6″ Flip Flap allowed room for an extra photo and more journaling.  I love that I can tell a really long story without compromising the beautiful design features of the layout.

CTMH Pocket Plus Protectors and Flip Flaps allowed me to use twice the photos on this one layout. Purchase yours at shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Next up, I repeated the same layout using the Falling For You collection and photos taken in a maple forest in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

The soft colours and delicate patterns from CTMH Falling For You collection paired with the Cardmaking Stamps and Thin Cuts made the perfect accompanianment for these forest photos. Purchase supplies at shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The leaves in the stamp and thin cuts from the Falling For You Cardmaking set are just gorgeous.  The fine detail in the stamps helps them look life like.  These leaves are symmetrical so you can use the light and the dark side of the Toffee cardstock to get some subtle variation in the leaves.  Goldrush and Fern ink pair perfectly with these papers and the bronze sequins add a highlight.  The title was stamp using the Colorblock Alphabet (D1729).

 

Once again, the layout needed extra photos added – Design 2 Pocket Plus Protector to the rescue!

Design 2 Pocket Plus Protector was used to add 4 extra photos to this scrapbook layout. purchase yours at shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The Cats & Bats and Falling For You collections are 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 Rachel’s Blog , Creative Workshops By Rachael Stribling to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you. Rachel’s work is always gorgeous.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Products used in these projects

9043 Make It From your Heart Volume 3

G1136 Cats and Bats Workshop Your Way

G1135 Falling For You Workshop Your Way

Z3348 Scallop Border Thin Cuts

Z4041 Falling For You Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts

Z4044 Falling For You Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts

Z3243 Pocket Plus Protectors

Z3231 4″x6″ Flip Flaps

D1729 Colorblock Alphabet Stamps

Z3224 Small Round Watercolour Brush

Z28.06 Emerald Exclusive Ink

Z2907 Willow Exclusive Ink

Z2808 Lemon Exclusive Ink

Z2809 Tangerine Exclusive Ink

Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Ink

Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Ink

Z2850 Fern Exclusive Ink

Z2823 Goldrush Exclusive Ink

X5959 Toffee Cardstock

S1708 School Year Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

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Welcome to the August 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 School Year (S1708) stamp set which is August’s Stamp of the Month.

S1708 CTMH Stamp of the Month, School Years. Perfect for school albums but look closely for some fab generic images on here too. www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Aren’t these school themed images  fabulous?  You could use the Back to School next to the annual class photo helping your album to flow from year to year.  I know lots of you take first day of school snaps but how fun would it be to also include a last day of school photo alongside it to show how your child has changed over the year?

Now before you say, “I don’t have any school photos to scrapbook”, take a close look at this set.  Half the images are generic – a great frame, speech bubble and arrow to go on any layout.  The pencil and hearts lend themselves to lots of themes too.

My layout today has nothing to do with school.  It is a tribute layout.  A tribute layout is all about celebrating your relationship with someone.  It’s a chance to record what you love about them and to document some treasured memories.  I am starting to add these layouts to my Book of Me album as a way to record those people who have meant a lot to me over the years.

S1708 CTMH School Year and D1751 Punny Pals create a tribute page for your album

School Year S1708 and Punny Pals D1751 stamps have many great images to compliment your scrapbook layouts. www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

 

The multi-choice box title is easily covered with a small piece of paper to change the theme from school to something new.

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

School Year (S1708) is only available during August, 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? Can you think of a few friends you’d like to honour with a tribute page in your album? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Colleen’s Blog, Colsies Scrappy Fusions, to see the project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

S1708 School Year NEW

D1751 Punny Pals NEW

Shin Han Markers

X5949 Almond Cardstock NEW

X7221B Prickly Pear Papers

Z2828 Toffee Ink NEW

Z2852 Poppy Ink

Z899 Memento Black Ink

 

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