Gingerbread Friends Christmas Banner

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How cute is this little Gingerbread banner? One of my sister consultants, Laura Beachum, gifted a kit to me at a recent retreat and I loved it so much I just have to share with all of you.

Oh Snap! (D1743) is a super cute stamp set from CTMH. Available until Dec 31, 2017. Snap yours up at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au
Instructions for making the banner follow. Read right to the end to discover how you can receive a pre-cut kit FREE.

The banner can be made using all Close To My Heart stamps and Thin Cuts. A full list of all items used appears at the end of this post.

Here’s how:

  • Cut 16 gingerbread people from the light side of Almond Cardstock
  • Cut 14 2″ banners from the dark side of Toffee Cardstock using the Basic Banners Thin Cuts
  • Cut the letters for Merry Christmas from Red Glitter Paper using the Block Alphabet Thin Cuts (NB This is a different font to the one Laura cut on her Cricut for my banner)
  • Stamp and decorate your gingerbread people using Toffee, Cranberry and Espresso inks
  • Layer letters on banner shapes
  • Punch small holes in gingerbread hands and top corners of banner shapes.
  • Thread all shapes onto 6 feet of twine. Begin and end each word with a gingerbread person.

Do you love it? Would you like a pre-cut kit for FREE? Simply be one of the first 8 people to order the Gingerbread Friends Stamp Set (D1743) or the Gingerbread Friends Stamp and Thin Cuts Bundle (Z3378) from me and I will gift you a kit ready to stamp and assemble.
As an added bonus, every person ordering the stamps or thin cut bundle will also receive instructions to make the cute little storage box. This is perfect if you are gifting the banner to a friend and will also keep it safe when Christmas is over.
You have two ways to order:

  1. Visit my website and place an order for home delivery
  2. Email me at shaunnarichards@bigpond.com.au to have your stamps added to my next order. You can collect from me once they arrive.

Happy crafting,
Shaunna
Products used in this project
D1743 Gingerbread Friends Stamp + Thin Cuts
Z3386 Block Alphabet Thin Cuts
Z3345 Basic Banners Thin Cuts
Z4014 White & Gold Twine
X5950 Toffee Cardstock
X5949 Almond Cardstock
Z3241 Red Glitter Paper
Z2828 Toffee Ink
Z2829 Espresso Ink
Z2816 Cranberry Ink

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S1712 A Little Bit of Pun SOTM Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the December, 2017 Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Doris’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 A Little Bit of Pun (S1712) stamp set which is December’s Stamp of the Month.

CTMH December Stamp of the Month is 'A Little Bit of Pun'. Super cute for cards. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The cute line drawings teamed with funny puns are perfectly suited to card making.  Something to make the recipient smile for sure.  The first thing I did was cut the sentiments away from the drawing so I could use them in a wider variety of ways.

Recognise a person's achievements with a card made using 'A Little Bit of Pun by Close To My Heart. December's Stamp of the month can be ordered at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au
These recognition cards were sent to members of my team who have been working hard and growing their businesses over the past month.  Enchantment Fundamentals provided the spot paper and the rest is plain cardstock.  Stamping the sentiment repeatedly creates the look of a patterned paper.  You can see now why I cut the sentiment away from the drawing.

The pattern on the red Cricut cut shape was made using a background stamp that comes in the You Are Here Cricut collection.

Cut gift tags made using 'A Little Bit of Pun' stamps, Basic Tags and Basic Banners Thin cuts. All available to purchase at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au.

 

I have been making all my Christmas gifts again this year and these tags will be part of a collection I am gifting to a friend.  They were so quick to make using cardstock scraps.  The tags are cut using the largest dies in the Basic Banner and Basic Tags Thin Cuts sets.  You could colour them but I think they are fine as they are.
A Little Bit of Pun (S1712) is available to purchase for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order during December, 2017.  It can also be purchased for $27 as a single item. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.  If you don’t have a consultant, you are welcome to visit my website to place an order.
Can you see yourself trying one of these projects?  I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Maz’s Blog, , to see what she has designed for you.
Happy Scrappin’
Shaunna
Products used on these projects:
S1712 A Little Bit of Pun

Z3345 Basic Banners Thin Cuts

Z3344 Basic Tags Thin Cuts

Z3389 You Are Here Cricut Collection

Z3095 Whisper Extra Thick Twine

Z899 Memento Black Ink

Z2832 Pewter Ink

Z2848 Sapphire Ink

X5943 Enchantment Cardstock Combo

Z3353 Enchantment Paper Pack

Z3089 Grey Gems

 

Gingerbread Friends Brooch

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Last night 13 of my team and I attended the state launch event for Seasonal Expressions 1.  That’s our New Year’s catalogue which is filled with awesomeness you are going to love.  BUT… I’m sworn to secrecy and can’t share anything yet.  I’m such a tease, aren’t I?

This post is about the Christmas brooches I made for each team member who attended.  I adore the Gingerbread Friends stamp and Thin Cuts set.  You can dress these cuties up in many ways.

CTMH Gingerbread Friends (Z3378) - purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.auI stamped the Gingerbread girl onto Almond cardstock using Toffee and Cranberry ink.  The tiara comes from the Quinceanera stamp set which can be found in the International stamps on my website.   It was heat embossed with Silver and trimmed a little to fit the Ginger’s head.  Why a tiara?  Because my team are the Dazzling Duchesses 🙂

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Add the Gingerbread Girl to a Daisy White and a Red Glitter tag and finish with a brooch pin.  The largest of the Basic Banners Thin Cuts was the perfect size. Super quick to make and a fun gift.

Banner Die cuts are super versatile. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.auIf you use Cranberry cardstock instead of the glitter, they make great gift tags.

CTMH Gingerbread Friends (D1743). Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

View more ideas for using these cuties on my Handmade Cards Pinterest board.  Click here to open it.

The Gingerbread Friends stamps and thin cuts are available until Dec 31, 2017.  Order today to avoid disappointment.

Happy Crafting,

Shaunna

Products used 

Z3378 Gingerbread Friends Stamp & Thin Cuts Bundle

B1580 Quinceanera Stamp Set

Z3345 Basic Banners Thin Cuts

Z3231 Red Glitter Paper

X5975 Cranberry Cardstock

X5949 Almond Cardstock

1385 Daisy White Cardstock

Z2828 Toffee Ink

Z2816 Cranberry Ink

Z891 Versamark Ink

Z2067 Silver Embossing Powder

 

Silver & Gold CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Silver & Gold Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some amazing and talented women from across Australia.  If you arrived from  Tanya’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 Silver & Gold collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.
CTMH Silver & Gold Workshop Kit - it's just so elegant. Purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au
The Silver & Gold collection is available until the end of December 2017.  Buy it as a  full kit or purchase individual items.

CTMH Silver & Gold Workshop Your Way is perfect for Christmas Market photos Who can resist a bit of bling?
Today I am sharing a layout featuring photos from our time at the Nurnberg Christmas Markets last year.  If you ever have the opportunity to visit, GO!!!  It’s a sensory overload of Christmas goodness.  Be sure to take an empty suitcase with you so you can shop to your heart’s content.

CTMH Silver & Gold Workshop Your Way is perfect for Christmas Market photos Add Flip Flaps so you can include ALL the photos you take.

The layout is based in Pattern 24 in Make It From Your Heart, Vol 3.  I added the Poppy photo mats because they helped my photos stand out on the page.  Using 4″ x 6″ Flip Flaps on the RH page gave me space for 4 extra photos.  No need for a second layout now.

CTMH Silver & Gold Workshop Your Way is perfect for Christmas Market photos Who can resist a bit of shimmer trim?

All the stickers on the layout come from the Complements pack.  These were left over once I’d complete the 3 layouts that come with the kit.  Shimmer trim and gold dots helped my title pop on the page and the White & Gold twine blended perfectly with the collection.

CTMH Silver & Gold Workshop Your Way is perfect for Christmas Market photos Make your journal box an integral part of the page design.

Using the Cut Apart PML cards that come with the kit is the easiest way to incorporate smaller patterned pieces into your layout.  This element makes the journaling an integral part of the overall design.  I’m a firm believer in telling the story and leaving enough room for some details.

The Silver & Gold 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 always has something special to share with us.
Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna
Products used in these projects
G1138 Silver & Gold Scrapbooking Workshop Your Way

Z4014 White & Gold Twine

Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim

Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

Z3231 4″ x 6″ Flip Flaps

X5963 Poppy Cardstock

S1711 Through The Year CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the November, 2017 Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Tanya’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 Through the Year (S1711) stamp set which is November’s Stamp of the Month.

S1711

This is a must have stamp set for a few reasons:

  1. There is a VERY cool calendar kit coming next month which uses it and you will kick yourself if you have to pay full price for the stamps in December.
  2. Having the months of the year in a fun font makes it easy to add information to pages to help remember when the photos were taken.
  3. The small illustrations are super cute.  You can add them to journaling, titles, borders and cards.

My first project today is a scrapbook layout using Cats & Bats papers.  The emerald dots paper is just divine!  We were travelling through Carnarvon in Western Australia and came across these gorgeous knitted tree scarves.  I love handcrafts being exhibited anywhere but in the street is so fabulous because everyone can enjoy it.

Create whimsical decorations for your pages using S1711 Through the Year stamps by Close To My Heart. www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Once the papers were down I used the small leaf from the stamp set to create the top border.  Mount it on a 1″ block and align the LH edge of the block with the inch marks on a ruler to make the spacing even.  I also used the horizontal line engraved on Close To My Heart Blocks to line up with the top of the spotted zip strip.  This helped keep my line of leaves level. (That’s a tongue twister of a sentence for sure!)

S1711 Through the Year CTMH stamp of the month available Nov 2017 www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Creating a tab with the month stamped on it is easy.  All you need is a scrap of paper and your corner rounder.

S1711 Through the Year CTMH stamp of the month available Nov 2017 www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

A flurry of circles sweeps across the layout.  These were cut with the Basic Circle Thin cuts and scraps of paper.  I used silver foil paper but it looks gold in this photo.  Stamp a few icons on the circles and add some colourful dots for fun.

S1711 Through the Year CTMH stamp of the month available Nov 2017 www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

My second project is to help you organise your printed photos.  Photos for the year I am scrapbooking are stored in a medium organiser (pull out one of the dividers) and I had all sorts of odd shaped scraps as dividers.  Now I have a professional looking system to separate the months and then divide the photos in bundles for layouts.

S1711 Through the Year CTMH stamp of the month available Nov 2017 www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The month dividers are cut 6″ x 4 1/2″ with top two corners rounded.  I offset the stamping of the months to make them easier to see once they were in the organiser.  The numbers are cut 3″ x 4 1/2″ and could be used for the days of the month if you had an extremely busy month of photo taking.  I use mine to separate groups of photos for layouts.  This way I can easily pull out the next bundle and be scrapping quickly.

 

Finally, here’s a look at how gorgeous the stamps are on a calendar.  I love those little icons that I can match to my events.  I’m being optimistic that we will have a couple of days sunshine in Melbourne!!!

S1711 Through the Year CTMH stamp of the month available Nov 2017 www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Your consultant will be sharing a fabulous calendar project with you for December- you are going to love it.

Through the Year (S1711) is only available to purchase for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order during November, 2017.  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Can you see yourself trying one of these projects?  I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Doreen’s Blog, Scrapping and More with Doreen, to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on these projects:

S1711 Through the Year Stamp of the Month

Page Layout

X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Pack

Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots

Z3366 Silver Foil Paper Pack

X5948 Heather cardstock

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

1386 Black Cardstock

Z1912 Corner Rounder

Z3318 Basic Circle Thin Cuts

Z899 Black Memento Ink

X5974 Raspberry Ink

X5970 Willow Ink

X5971 Lemon Ink

X5969 Emerald Ink

Photo Dividers

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

Z899 Black Memento Ink

Z3396 Aluminium Rail Cut Trimmer

Calendar Page

Z3184 My Creations Calendar

Z2825 Mink Ink

Z2895 Lagoon Ink

Z2812 Raspberry Ink

Z2808 Lemon Ink

Z2817 Crystal Blue Ink

 

Punny Pals CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Punny Pals 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 Punny Pals stamps and thin cuts!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.
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The Punny Pals stamp set is available until the end of July 2018 but the co-ordinating thin cuts are a special offer for October 2017 only.  Be sure to order yours today so you don’t miss out. This month we also have a really cool card kit called Share A Smile, that comes with instructions for making 32 little cards you can use as ‘Just because’ cards to brighten someone’s day!

Today I am sharing a title page for one volume of my 2016 album.  When our extended family gather it can be loud and a little crazy… like a room full of excited critters!  So, the Punny Pals were perfect for this family photo.

CTMH PUnny Pals Stamps help raise funds for Operation Smile while bringing joy to the crafters who use them. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.auI went a little crazy with the Thin Cuts on this page – not just the Punny Pals but also circles and the Block Alphabet.  They really do make creating a layout so easy.

 

 

CTMH Punny Pals Stamps and dies make short work of creating multiple images. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

I began by loading my cuttlebug with 2 layers of white daisy cardstock and all the Punny Pal thin cuts.  Next I stamped them in lots of different colours.  I was going for fun rather than realistic on this layout so Cranberry monkeys and Emerald otters were perfectly acceptable.  I didn’t use all of these on my layout but now they are all ready for other pages or cards.  You will notice I haven’t done a lot of colouring – just one tiny feature on each punny pal.  This is because the page is pretty busy and I felt too much colour could over do it.

Layer CTMH Punny Pals on circles in random arrangements for a fun look. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Have you ever been in the situation where you spend a bit of time arranging all the pieces for your layout only to get confused when you start turning them over to apply adhesive?  My tip is to snap a photo like this one to use as a reference when you are gluing everything down.

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I wanted some Willow green in my title but not a solid block of it.  This striped scrap from the Adventure Fundamentals was perfect.  I just squished all the letter thin cuts on randomly and hoped for the best!  It turned out pretty cool once stuck onto the page.

The Punny Pals stamps, thin cuts and Share A Smile Kit are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant.  A list of products used on my page 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 Scrapping and More with Doreen to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you. Doreen always has something gorgeous to show us.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Products used in these projects
D1751 Punny Pals Stamp Set

CC1340 Punny Pals Thin Cuts

Z3396 Block Alphabet Thin Cuts

Z3318 Basic Circles Thin Cuts

Z3351 Adventure Paper Packet

X5944 Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

Adventure Palette Inks

Shin Han Markers in several colours

Z3314 lack & White Dots

Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots

Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots

 

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