Fresh Air CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Fresh Air 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 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 Fresh Air collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.
The Fresh Air Workshop Kit (G1152) is a perfect fit for my photos of Alaska. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
The Fresh Air collection is available until the end of August 2018. Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.

The Fresh Air Workshop Kit (G1152) is a perfect fit for my photos of Alaska. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
Today’s layout is inspired by Pinterest. This design lets my photos stand out. The forests in Alaska are amazing and photos can’t capture the feeling of being in one but lining all my images in a row helps make the ‘largeness’ imaginable.

The Fresh Air Workshop Kit (G1152) is a perfect fit for my photos of Alaska. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
Decorating the banners under each photo was lots of fun.  PML Cut Apart sheet left overs from making up the Workshop Your Way layouts were a great source for different patterned papers, the journal boxes and the pine cone images. The Fresh Air card making stamps and thin cuts set was perfect for these photos too.  Doesn’t the Gold heat embossing look great on Nutmeg cardstock?  Be warned, you need to control your urge to keep adding bits to the banners as that will detracted from the photos.

 


I do need to finish the journaling – I can’t remember what made the mound under the tree in the last photo and hubby is on a long haul flight so I can’t ask him!!

The Fresh Air collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant. A list of products used in my layout 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 Vandra’s blog, Vandra’s Virtual Classroom, to see the project she has designed for you. I’m sure it will pique your interest.

 
Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

 
Products used in these projects
X7232B Fresh Air Paper Pack
Z4186 Fresh Air Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts
D1733 Splash of Colour Stamp Set
A1182 Jennifer’s Hand Alphabet Stamps
Z2828 Almond Exclusive Ink
Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Ink
Z2830 Nutmeg Exclusive Ink
Z891 Versamark In
Z2066 Gold Embossing Powder
X5950 Toffee Cardstock
X5952 Nutmeg Cardstock

 

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S1806 A Bushel & a Peck CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to June’s Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop. This is a circular hop. If you arrived from Megan’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 Bushel & a Peck (S1806) stamp set which is June’s Stamp of the Month.

Close To My Heart's June Stamp of the Month, A Bushel & a Peck (S1806) can be purchased at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au during June 2018

The name of this stamp set brings back gorgeous memories of my parents teaching the song from Guys & Dolls to my kids. You can listen to Doris Day singing it here.

I will make a page to tell that story but couldn’t lay my hands on appropriate photos today.
I had a good look at the images on the stamps and went through the photos I needed to scrapbook and voila! The wind-swept leaves seemed to look like peacock feathers and I decided to make it work.

Close To My Heart's June Stamp of the Month, A Bushel & a Peck (S1806) can be purchased at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au during June 2018
After playing on some scrap paper I came up with a stamp design I liked and was thrilled to discover the Central Park papers have this gorgeous sunburst print which complemented my design perfectly.

Close To My Heart's June Stamp of the Month, A Bushel & a Peck (S1806) can be purchased at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au during June 2018
The layout is based on Pattern 4 from Make It From the Heart Vol 3. I needed to fit 22 photos and a long story on it, so had to call on my trusty Flip Flaps and Pocket Plus Protectors once again. You may spot one paper from the retired Prickly Pear collection. The colours in this pack are very similar to Central Park so I blended the two.

Close To My Heart's June Stamp of the Month, A Bushel & a Peck (S1806) can be purchased at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au during June 2018

I stamped the ‘peacock feathers’ design onto white cardstock before cutting the title letters. The ‘as a’ sign is made using the ‘apple cider’ stamp in the set. It is highly unlikely I’ll ever need this phrase but that sign is absolutely gorgeous, so I used my Micro Tip scissors to cut the words out of the stamp. I’ve kept the words if I ever do need them but I’m happier now the sign can have anything written on it.

Close To My Heart's June Stamp of the Month, A Bushel & a Peck (S1806) can be purchased at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au during June 2018

I love that every person who earned a fascinator is present on this one layout and that there was space to include the giggly photos too.

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A Bushel & a Peck (S1806) is only available during June, 2018. 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 Georgia’s Blog , Georgia Creates , to see the gorgeous 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.

 
Happy Scrappin’
Shaunna

 
Products used in this project
S1806 A Bushel & a Peck
X7231B Central Park Paper Pack
Z4178 Central Park Sequins
Z2848 Sapphire Ink
Z2806 Emerald Ink
Z3386 Block Alphabet Thin Cuts
Z2452 Golden Yellow Shin Han Marker
Z3245 Pocket Plus Protector – Design D
Z3231 4” x 6” Flip Flaps
Z534 Micro Tip Scissors

 

 

Beautiful Friendship CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Beautiful Friendship Blog Hop. This hop features the artwork of some talented consultants from across Australia and New Zealand. If you arrived from Doreen’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 what you liked about them 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 Beautiful Friendship collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the craft room for some paperific fun.

Beautiful Friendship collection from Close To My Heart. Available to purchase at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The Beautiful Friendship collection is the first featured collection in our NEW Seasonal Expressions catalogue.  It is available for purchase until the end of August 2018.  It is my absolute favourite in this catalogue.

Beautiful Friendship collection from CTMH is available to purchase at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au until Aug, 2018
Today I am sharing a layout created from Pattern 21 in Make It From Your Heart, Vol 3.  It’s all about my husband’s surprise 60th birthday celebration.  Pink is his favourite colour to wear and he loves a good floral print shirt so this collection was perfect for the photos.

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I had quite a bit to tell and reverted to a tried and true technique of adding journaling behind a photo in a flip flap.  Scrapbooking for me is as much about telling a story as it is about the pretty papers.

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I love creating a focal point of embellishments tied in with my journaling on a page.  Basic Numbers Thin Cuts cut in a print and a plain began the title in the top left hand corner of the page which was then continued in the lower right hand corner.  The two elements framing the photos and drawing our eyes inward.

Beautiful Friendship collection from CTMH availalbe at shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au until Aug, 2018

I love working with the Workshop Your Way Kits, making the layouts and cards.  My aim when working on the cards is to use the basic design elements but change them up in some way so each card looks a little different.  This photo shows what the original designs look like.

Beautiful Friendship WYW Card - supplies and full instructions available at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au until Aug 2018

And here are two of my variations which I love!  Adding a teapot window to the first card made it more playful . The second card has an embossed front created with the Rose embossing folder.  I LOVED painting the teapot and cups with my watercolour paints.

Beautiful Friendship WYW Cards - supplies and instructions available at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au until end of Aug 2018

 

Are you ready to have a beautiful friendship with this gorgeous collection?  Place an order with your consultant.  If you don’t have a CTMH consultant, you can head over to my website to place an order for delivery within Australia.

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go. Then click on the underlined link and move on to Vandra’s Blog , Vandra’s Virtual Craftroom , to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

 
Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

 
Products used in these projects

G1153 Beautiful Friendship Workshop Your Way

Z4180 Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking Stamps & Thin Cuts

Z3386 Block Alphabet Thin Cuts

Z4159 Block Numbers Thin Cuts

Z3314 Black & White Dots

Watercolour Paints

Z3188 Paintbrush Set

Z899 Memento Ink

Postcard Perfect CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Postcard Perfect Blog Hop. This hop features the artwork of some  talented consultants from across Australia and New Zealand. If you arrived from Doreen’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 Postcard Perfect collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the craft room for some paperific fun.

The Postcard Perfect collection is an exclusive one just for National Scrapbook Month.  It is available for purchase during May 2018 – get in quick before it sells out!

Today I am sharing a layout created from Pattern 24 in Make It From Your Heart, Vol 3.

The Postcard Perfect collection is available May 2018, celebrating CTMH National Scrapbook Month. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The LH side of the first page is a plain piece of paper in the pattern.  I decided to jazz it up a bit using off cuts I have left from other projects with this pack.  The panel is 6″ wide.  My strips vary in height between 3/4″ and 1 1/4″.  Just play with your scraps until you get a design that is pleasing to your eye.

 

The background paper is made by laying the spotted vellum over the Mint green cardstock which comes in the Postcard Perfect co-ordinating cardstock pack.  I love how the vellum softens the mint colour and adds texture.  Hide your adhesive behind the dots.

The Postcard Perfect collection is available May 2018, celebrating CTMH National Scrapbook Month. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The decorative elements for this embellishment cluster came from the cut-apart sheet in the Postcard Perfect paper pack, the May Stamp of the Month, Classic Summer Bash and retired dots from Chelsea Gardens.  The ‘Eat, Drink, Barbecue’ sentiment mad a perfect title for this layout.

The Postcard Perfect collection is available May 2018, celebrating CTMH National Scrapbook Month. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
This cluster was made by stamping flowers and leaves from the Postcard Perfect stamp set onto white cardstock.  I then fussy cut and added shimmer brush to the flower centres.  Blush Shimmer Ribbon tied in nicely with the colours of this collection too.  The stamp of the month provided “Location, Date & Time” stamps.

If you love this collection make sure you order it from your consultant ASAP. It is only available until the end of this month. Don’t have a CTMH consultant? Head over to my website to place an order for delivery within Australia.

 
I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go. Then click on the underlined link and move on to Chris’ Blog , Woodies Creations , to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

 
Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

 
Products used in these projects
CC5181 Postcard Perfect Paper Pack

CC5183 Postcard Perfect Co-ordinating Cardstock

CC5184 Postcard Perfect Stamp Set

9043 Make It From Your Heart, Vol 3

Z3313 Blush Shimmer Ribbon

1772 Ultra Thin Glue Dots

Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush (tinted with Pixie Re-inker)

Z2849 Peacock Ink

Z2808 Lemon Ink

Z2809 Tangerine Ink

Z2864 Sorbet Ink

S1805 Classic Summer Bash CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

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Welcome to the May 2018 Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop. This is a circular hop. If you arrived from Kara’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 Classic Summer Bash (S1805) stamp set which is May’s Stamp of the Month.

May's Stamp of the Month is 'Classic Summer Bash' (S1805). Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

This stamp set reminds me of lazy summer days be the pool when we were young.  Lemon cordial and freshly cut fruit would be wolfed down by the hungry tribe gathered in our back yard.

When my children were 5 & 7 they travelled across Australia by themselves to visit my husband’s parents.  When they arrived home, my son produced this carefully written recipe for Grampy’s Lemon Cordial.  I found it recently when I was going through old documents.  I’m so happy it survived 20+ years!

May's Stamp of the Month is 'Classic Summer Bash' (S1805). Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

I decided to add this recipe to my Kitchen Traditions album.  I love that I can record the story behind the recipe too.

May's Stamp of the Month is 'Classic Summer Bash' (S1805). Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Here are some tips to help make you maison jar drink look more realistic:

  • Stamp the jar in Pewter ink on white cardstock.  Fussy cut.
  • Shade your liquid darker near the edges of the glass. (I used Watercolour pencils)
  • Stamp ice cubes in Mink ink.  Have a couple showing above the surface of the liquid.
  • Cut a slit in the rim of the glass
  • Stamp straws with Peacock ink.  Fussy cut.
  • Cut the straws into 2 parts.  Glue lower part level with bottom of the rim and upper part behind the slit.
  • Shade the submerged part of the straws same colour as liquid to make them look like they are in it.
  • Stamp and fussy cut the lemon slices.  Cut a slit in one and position it over the edge of the rim.

Classic Summer Bash (S1805) is available to purchase for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order during May 2018. 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 and place an order for home delivery within Australia. http://www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

 
Thanks for joining us today. A full list of products used in this project appears at the end of this post. I hope you have found some inspiration along the way in this hop. Leave a comment if you liked what you saw – it makes us feel so good to hear from our readers.
Next stop on the hop is Doreen Watkins, Scrapping and More with Doreen. Click on the underlined link to see her lovely project.

 
Happy Scrapping
Shaunna

 

Products used on this project:

S1805 Classic Summer Bash Stamp Set

Z4167 Recipe Traditions Bundle

Z1979 LePen Journaling Pen

Z2849 Peacock Ink

Z2825 Mink Ink

Z2832 Pewter Ink

Z2808 Lemon Ink

Watercolour Pencils

CC5181 Postcard perfect Papers

 

 

Gimme Some Sugar CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Gimme Some Sugar 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 Gimme Some Sugar collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the craft room for some paperific fun.

Gimme Some Sugar availalbe until end of Apr 2018 at www.shaunnaricahrds.ctmh.com.au

The Gimme Some Sugar collection is available until the end of April, 2018. You have the choice of 2 kits – one for scrapbooking and one for cards – OR you can purchase papers, complements, ribbon and gems separately.

Gimme Some Sugar collection - order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
Today I am sharing a layouts created using mainly PML Cut Apart cards from the paper pack.  Can you spot them?  There are also 3 zip strips – have you found them?

The juniper dots border is made of 1/4″ strips rather than using a full backing page.  Lay the vertical strips first then mitre the corners of the remaining strips and glue over the vertical ones.

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This decorative panel was made using two of the 6″ x 4″ PML Cut Apart cards.  Keep one whole and fussy cut the other one to create embellishments you can layer with foam tape.  It doesn’t take long but looks great.

Gimme Some Sugar collection - order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

These flowers were fussy cut from scraps of the decorative paper.  The cork embellishments finish the cluster off perfectly.

If you love this collection make sure you order it from your consultant ASAP.  It retires from the catalogue at the end of this month.  Don’t have a CTMH consultant?  Head over to my website to place an order for delivery within Australia.

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go. Then click on the underlined link and move on to Maz’s Blog , aMAZing Close To My Heart Creations , to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you. Maz always comes up with something very special for us to enjoy.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Products used in these projects
X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Pack

X7228C Gimme Some Sugar Complements

Z4153 Gimme Some Sugar Cork Shapes

Z3341 Thin 3-D Foam Dots

Z1836 Non-stick Micro Tip Scissors

Z3396 Aluminium Cut Rail Paper Trimmer

S1804 Colour Your Life Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the April 2018 Stamp of the Month Australasian 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 Colour Your Life (S1804) stamp set which is April’s Stamp of the Month.

S1804 Colour Yor Life Stamp of the Month avialble April 2018. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

 

I love the bigger sentiments in this set – perfect for scrapbookers.  They are also ideal for background stamping which is the technique I used today.  You don’t have to do too many repeats to cover your paper!

S1804 Colour My Life Stamp of the Month availalbe Apr 2018. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Our family recently travelled in Spain, celebrating my husband’s 60th birthday.  We stopped for lunch in a small town called Beana and found these lovely sculptures in a park.  My daughter very happily posed for some ‘interactive’ shots with them.  She makes me laugh so much.  Everyday is lived to the full and she is one of the kindest people I know.  So, this stamp set was perfect for the photos!

I’m writing this post 2 weeks early as I will be away from home closer to Apr 1.  As usual, when getting organised to leave home for 2 weeks, the job list is massive so a super quick layout was required.  Pattern 3 from Make It From Your Heart V4, trim 4 pieces of paper, a few minutes stamping and it’s done!

Colour Your Life (S1804) is available to purchase for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order during April 2018.  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 and place an order for home delivery within Australia. www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Thanks for joining us today.  A full list of products used in this project appears at the end of this post.  I hope you have found some inspiration along the way in this hop.  Leave a comment if you liked what you saw – it makes us feel so good to hear from our readers.

Next stop on the hop is Megan Lawrence’s Crop, Craft, Create. Click on the underlined link to see her lovely project.

Happy Scrapping

Shaunna

 

Products used on these projects:
S1804 Colour Your Life Stamp Set

X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Pack

X5947 Mink Cardstock

X5948 Heather Cardstock

X5979 Juniper Cardstock

Z2826 Heather Ink