Every Thank You Australasian SOTM Blog Hop

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A thank you card can brighten someone’s day, letting them know small acts of kindness are appreciated.  Who can you think of that could do with this kind of affirmation?

Create pages and cards with Every Thank you (S2101) – January 2021's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during January 2021 only

I’m delighted you’ve joined the Every Thank You Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Doreen’s blog, Scrapping and More, 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 Every Thank You (S2101) stamp set which is January’s Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.

Create pages and cards with Every Thank you (S2101) – January 2021's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during January 2021 only

One design four ways

My list of people to thank is long at the moment so I wanted a quick way to make several cards.  I did want to individualise them a little too so I didn’t get bored!

Each of the four cards featured in this post is based on Pattern 2 in Make It From Your Heart Vol 4.  This how to book has sketches and cutting measurements for 24 different cards.  There are also two samples of completed cards shown for each pattern.  It is my absolute go to for cards in a hurry.

Use both sides of paper

When cutting pieces remember that printed papers have different patterns on each side and Close To My Heart cardstock is two toned – light on one side, dark on the other.

This makes it easy to have your cards look different even thought the basic design is the same.

Create pages and cards with Every Thank you (S2101) – January 2021's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during January 2021 only

Change the shape of the sentiment box

Another super easy way to change the look of this card is to use different shapes for the sentiment box.  The first card uses a simple rectangle and the other three use different bracket thin cuts. 

Choose a single shape or layer a smaller shape on a larger one.

So many Thank You’s to choose from

This stamp set has many different fonts and sizes of words on it along with those gorgeous shapes.  This means you can always find a stamp to fit your chosen sentiment box.  This is a must have set in your collection for this reason alone.

Add a bow just for fun

How cute is that dimensional bow?  This is the small bow thin cuts.  There is also a big one.  They are so very easy to make using the dies, a bone folder and glue dots.  Add the complete bow, just the tails or just the top segment to get different effects on your cards. 

Decorate your envelopes

It’s always fun to add some stamping to your envelopes.  Decorate the back flap if it is going in the post so your stamping doesn’t mess with the sorting machine scanners.  If it’s a hand delivered card, use one of the shape stamps where a postage stamp would go.

Order your Stamp of the Month

Every Thank You (S2101) is only available during January, 2021.  Full retail price is $34 but VIP’s can have this gorgeous set FREE when accompanied by an $80 order. If you are not a VIP, you will pay $9 with a qualifying order.  But seriously…check out Close To My Heart’s VIP program first!  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Thanks for visiting! I’d love you to give this post a like, leave a comment or share the post with a crafty friend before you click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’s Blog, Creative Inspirations. I’m sure you will like what she has to show us.

A list of the products used on 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

CTMH products used in the Project

S2101 Every Thank You Stamp Set

9044 Make It From Your Heart Vol 4

X8016B Party Time Paper Pack

X8016C Party Time Co-ordinating Cardstock

Z3842 Desert Rose Glitter Paper

Z3840 Sapphire Glitter Paper

X254 White Cards and Envelopes

Z3690 Small Bow Thin Cuts

Z3687 Stitched Simple Bracket Thin Cuts

Z3688 Stitched Scallop Bracket Thin Cuts

Z368 Stitched Fancy Brackets Thin Cuts

Z2812 Raspberry Ink Pad

Z2848 Sapphire Ink Pad

Z6517 Lemonade Ink Pad

Z2895 Lagoon Ink Pad

Z2089 Micro Dots

Z3441 Dual Tip Multi-bond Glue Pen

Z1836 Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors

Serenity Australasian Blog Hop

Close To My Heart’s Serenity Cricut collection is available for purchase at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
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Elegant and classy, the Serenity Collection is a joy to work with.  The soft blues teamed with toffee and cream tones are easy on the eye and work with a range of photo themes.  Add in the co-ordinated Cricut collection and it is divine.

Close To My Heart’s Serenity collection is available for purchase until the end of December 2020. View the range at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

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


If you arrived from Dannii’s Blog, Scrappy Chicks, you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop, simply read on and enjoy my creations.  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 Serenity 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 Serenity collection is available for purchase until the end of December 2020. View the range at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Make a Scrapbook Layout for a Frame

When you capture a smile and a twinkling eye that shows the woman your mum used to be before Alzheimer’s, it’s worth making a super special layout for a 12 x 12 frame on the wall.

You will want the Serenity Paper pack, co-ordinating cardstock, PML cards and Cricut collection for this project. 

Close To My Heart’s Serenity collection is available for purchase until the end of December 2020. View the range at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Begin in the centre of the page

There’s no need for complicated measurements. Start with a 4” x 6” photo.  Double mat it and centre on the base page.  My glitter piece is 4 5/8” x 6 5/8” but you could have a smaller gap between the photo and the first mount by cutting at 4 ½” x 6 ½”

Make the top and bottom centre panels the same width as the photo mount.  Make the left and right centre panels the same height as the photo mount.  Cut the top layers of each panel 1/8” smaller than the base of the panel.

Make 4 corner pieces to match the dimensions of your outer panels.  You want definite horizontal and vertical lines dividing your page into 9 segments.

Cut the Sapphire floral PML card in half lengthways and position on left and right panels.

Close To My Heart’s Serenity Cricut collection is available for purchase at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Cut your Cricut Embellishments

The serenity Cricut collection includes all these gorgeous layered elements.  You can manipulate them in Cricut Design space to change size, ungroup layers and hide some of the contour lines. 

My preferred adhesive for these small elements is the Dual Tip Multi-bond Glue

For this project I used:

  • 6 petal flowers 2” and 1 ½” high
  • Decorative flower is 2” high. 
  • Resize the leaves and berries sprig so they are proportional to the flower. Hide contour lines on the leaves
  • I love you is 2” x 5 ½”.  Use Micro Glue dots to attach this to the Glitter paper.
Close To My Heart’s Serenity Cricut collection is available for purchase at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Add Liquid Pearls to emulate heat embossing

Adding the Rose Gold liquid pearls in dashed lines on the leaves and as dots on the flower centres gives the illusion of heat embossing without the hassle!

Brush the Blue Belle Shimmer Brush over some flower petals to create a shine.

Close To My Heart’s Serenity Cricut collection is available for purchase at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

What to do if you don’t own a Cricut!

If you don’t own a Cricut, order the paper pack that comes with stickers and use those.  The look of the flower clusters will be similar but bolder. 

Colour the white borders around the stickers with Ice Grey TriBlend Marker or Bluebell Shimmer Brush to help them blend with the papers.

Order your supplies

The Serenity collection is available, while stocks last, until the end of December, 2020.   Choose papers, Cricut collection, stickers, co-ordinating cardstock, PML Cards and 2 stamp/thin cut sets individually.  There is also a lovely card workshop kit and a scrapbooking workshop kit.

 Check your consultant’s website.  If you’re an Aussie without a consultant, come shop with me by clicking here.

Next up is Doreen’s blog, Scrapping and More. I’m sure you will enjoy her creativity.

 Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Products used in this project

X7263B Serenity Paper Pack

X7263C Serenity Coordinating Cardstock (includes 2 sheets glitter paper)

X7263D Serenity Picture My life Cards

Z3891 Cricut Serenity Collection

Z3793 Rose Gold Liquid Pearls

Z3809 Blue Belle Shimmer Brush

Z3441 Dual Tip Multi-bond Glue

Z3372 Adhesive Runner

Z2089 Micro Dots

Pregnancy Bump Scrapbook Layout

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Happiness Never Grows old when we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new life.  This layout celebrates the growing ‘bump’ soon to arrive in our family.

Take photos each month of your pregnancy

During each of my pregnancies, I had a monthly photo taken.  These photos began each of the baby albums and my kids loved seeing them.  Now my daughter is having a baby, she is keen to see how I looked carrying her and she is recording her bump’s progress.

Beautiful blooms go hand in hand with pregnancy photos

Shop the look at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

Create a beautiful 3” stamped strip for your page using December 2020’s Stamp of the Month, Happiness Never Grows Old (S2012) along with the beautiful Floral Alphabet set (E1059) and Wood Grain Paper (X8017).

Begin with two 3” x 12” strips of wood grain paper and random stamp the two large flower clusters in Espresso ink.  Fill any gaps with individual leaves and flowers.  Colour with Tr-Blend Markers but don’t do lots of shading as the espresso ink may run if it gets too wet.  I used the lightest shade of Antique Pink (Z2529) and the medium shade of Light Green (Z2485)

Create a banner using the Floral Alphabet and add extra words using Melissa Esplin stamps and Story by Stacey alphabet stickers.  ‘Happiness’ is from the stamp of the month – either cut the stamp apart or mask to exclude the rest of the phrase.

Make your journal box a feature on the layout

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journal Box

Decorating a 4” x 6” piece of cardstock is a fun way to create a focal point on your layout.  This beautiful image is from the Baby Bump Stamp Set (B1706).  You will find it in the Online Only section of my shop.  Colour it to match the mum to be and finish the box with pen work outlines and stamped journalling lines.

Add a faux layer to the outside of your pages

Here’s a tip if you love the look of layered borders on your pages but don’t like to use extra full sheets of layouts.  Trim 1/8” strips of paper and stoick on top of the base page to give the illusion of a frame.  In this case, I cut two horizontally from one sheet of the wood grain paper and two vertically from a second sheet.

Happiness Never Grows Old (S2012) is only available this month

If you love this month’s stamp set, head over to my website to place an order.  Full retail price is $34 but VIP’s can have this gorgeous set FREE when accompanied by an $80 order. If you are not a VIP, you will pay $9 with a qualifying order. 

A list of the products used on this project follows.  All items are available to purchase from my  website.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

CTMH products used in the Project

S2012 Happiness Never Grows Old Stamp Set

E1059 Floral Alphabet Stamp Set

B1706 Baby Bump Stamp Set

D1868 Joy by Melissa Esplin Stamp Set

X8017 Wood Grain Paper Packet

X6055 Desert Rose Cardstock

X6045 Sage Cardstock

X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock

Z3794 Sage Liquid Pearls

Z2529 Antique Pink TriBlend Marker

Z2485 Light Green TriBlend Marker

Z2484 Citrus Green TriBend Marker

Z2478 Earth Brown TriBlend Marker

Z2477 Tan TriBlend Marker

Z2829 Espresso Ink Pad

Z3341 Thin 3-D Foam Dots

Z1836 Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors

Mission Possible 2021 Scrapbook Challenge

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Completing partly made scrapbook pages and albums can be a bit of a mission

Finding TIME to make pages can be a mission in itself!

Let me help you turn the seemingly impossible into a Mission Possible!

Join the fun of the Mission Possible Scrapbook Challenge during the first 6 weeks of 2021

Your Mission, if you choose to accept it:

Complete as many pages as you can, in any size album, using mainly Close To My Heart products, between 1st January and 14 February, 2021.

I’ll be providing inspiration, motivation and some cool prizes along the way. By focussing on a scrapbooking goal, you will find the time to make pages.

A completed page means a traditional or pocket scrapbook page with photos, embellishments & a story.  These pages may be all in one album or divided amongst several albums.  You can finish off layouts previously started or build new ones from scratch.


Briefing:

  1. Register to join the Mission before Dec 27.  Make the commitment today so your 2021 pages count towards your goal! 
  2. Check adhesives and core supplies and order if needed.
  3. Decide which album/s you will work on. 
  4. Find or print the photos you need
  5. Tidy up or set up your Scrap Zone ready for January 1.  You don’t want to be wasting time on furniture moving once the challenge has begun!

As Your Mission Chief, I will:

Invite you to join my Mission Possible Private Facebook Group for added inspiration during the Mission Challenge.

Harry Potter Layout

In that group I will share:

  1. 60 great layouts created by myself and a team of talented Makers. Layouts show a variety of styles and use current and retired papers & tools.   The photo above shows one of my layouts from last year. You also receive a list of supplies used and tips for creating some of the featured elements. You can choose to copy the layout, take some elements from it to incorporate into your own pages or scroll right past!
  2. Weekly videos filled with tips for organising your supplies and ways to use up the products you already own.
  3. Facebook Live sessions showing how I made each of  the 5 layouts I created for the challenge.  
  4. Lucky draw prizes too!

I’ll be cheering you on throughout our 6 weeks together and we’ll celebrate your progress at the end.

Will you join the fun?

The true value of this challenge is in the making of time to preserve your photos and the stories that go with them.  I have scrapbookers who have participated in this challenge every year for the past 15 years. They tell me it is the perfect start to the year at a time when work and family commitments are more relaxed.

Focused effort over 6 weeks can lead to a great many completed pages.  It’s fun, you are bound to learn something new, you will be using up supplies you already own AND doing something you love.

You have nothing to lose!  Simply register with payment before Dec 27 and I’ll  invite you to join the Facebook Group


$40
Paid by Dec 27

Visit DIA Payments to register

Enter the reference number 54111351. 

Complete your MasterCard or Visa card details.  A receipt will be emailed to you.

S2012 Happiness Never Grows Old Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Create pages and cards with Happiness Never Grows Old (S2012) – December 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during December 2020 only
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Hop along to enjoy creative ideas using the latest Close To My Heart products. www.passionateaboutpages.com

I love it when the hard work is done for you! This beautiful stamp set, Happiness Never Grows Old, features two stunning floral clusters to make you look like a pro stamper who can cluster like a boss.

Create pages and cards with Happiness Never Grows Old (S2012) – December 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during December 2020 only

I’m delighted you’ve joined the Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Danielle’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 Happiness Never Grows Old (S2012) stamp set which is November’s Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.

Create pages and cards with Happiness Never Grows Old (S2012) – December 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during December 2020 only

Sweet blooms growing on a trellis

The flower clusters in this set made me think blooms growing on a trellis in the garden.  What luck!  The NEW Geometric Grids Thin Cuts LOOK like a trellis.  It’s a match made in heaven.

A flick through Make It From Your Heart Vol 3 helped plan what the layout would look like. Pattern 5 was my starting point.  The width of vertical elements needed minor adjustments to fit the dimensions of the thin cut.

You will want 5 of the thin cuts. Trim one one edge on two of them and overlap to make the RH page panel. Cut the other two in half length ways to make the narrower trellis on the LH page

Create pages and cards with Happiness Never Grows Old (S2012) – December 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during December 2020 only

Heat emboss, colour and fussy cut stamped images

Silver heat embossing powder adds a little shine to the floral elements.  The fussy cutting did take a little time but it’s easy to do using micro-tip scissors and gives the illusion of real flowers on the trellis.

Create pages and cards with Happiness Never Grows Old (S2012) – December 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during December 2020 only

Colouring was super quick with shimmer brushes.  Just add a flick of colour to each segment on the flowers and leaves.  No need to worry about going over the lines because the heat embossing won’t run.

Can’t find a zip strip to suit?

Make your own!  Use one of the leaf stamps in the set to fill a 1” strip of cardstock.  Tone on tone ink works great.  Then cut the strip in half longways and you are good to go!

Create pages and cards with Happiness Never Grows Old (S2012) – December 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during December 2020 only

Layered thin cuts make your title pop

Cut 3 or 4 sets of letters for the title word and glue the layers together.  This adds dimension and helps your title to stand out.  Combine the feature word with stamped sentiments and a few stickers to create a focal point on the layout.

Create pages and cards with Happiness Never Grows Old (S2012) – December 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during December 2020 only

Order your Stamp of the Month

Happiness Never Grows Old (S2012) is only available during December, 2020.  Full retail price is $34 but VIP’s can have this gorgeous set FREE when accompanied by an $80 order. If you are not a VIP, you will pay $9 with a qualifying order.  But seriously…check out Close To My Heart’s VIP program first!  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Thanks for visiting! I’d love you to give this post a thumbs up, leave a comment or share the post with a crafty friend before you click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’s Blog, Creative Inspiration. She always has something gorgeous to share.

A list of the products used on 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

CTMH products used in the Project

S2012 Happiness Never Grows Old Stamp Set

9043 Make It From Your Heart Vol 3

Z3894 Geometric Grid Thin Cuts

Z3760 Simple Serif Uppercase Thin Cuts

X8015S Lovely Paper Pack + Sticker Sheet

X8017 Wood Grain Paper Packet

Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim

Z2067 Silver Embossing Powder

Z3814 Flaming Shimmer Brush

Z4225 Mint Shimmer Brush

X6052 Cinnamon Cardstock

X6045 Sage Cardstock

X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock

Z891 Versamark Ink Pad

Z6522 Cinnamon Ink Pad

Z3341 Thin 3-D Foam Dots

Z1836 Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors

Jingle Joy Australasian Blog Hop

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


If you arrived from Dannii’s Blog, Scrappy Chicks, you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop, simply read on and enjoy my creations.  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 Jingle Joy collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Connect through Christmas Cards

As mentioned last month, I feel that this year we need to reach out to those we love.  Share kindness and let people know they are in our thoughts.  A handmade card posted for Christmas is a perfect way to do this. 

My goal is to triple the number of cards I sent last year so I need around 120!  Card kits are the answer.

I encourage you to get started early so your international cards are in the post in plenty of time to compensate for delays in delivery due to flight shortages.  A postcard I sent from Western Australia to the USA recently took 7 weeks to arrive!

Next up, set a deadline to have your cards for interstate Australian friends completed.  Cards between Perth and Melbourne are currently taking 14 days to arrive.  I’m sure this will blow out the closer we get to Christmas.

Sending cards early also means your friends and family get to have them on display for longer – a regular reminder that you are thinking of them.

Jingle Joy Cardmaking Kit

How beautiful are the four designs in this kit shown above? The Jingle Joy papers feature bright pinks and greens mixed with black & white prints.  They are super fun to work with for creating bright and cheerful cards.

The stamp set included in this kit is gorgeous.  You will use it over and over because it is suited to any gift giving occasion. In this workshop you will learn how to use ink blending on your cards to add highlighted background segments.

Make the cards the same…but different

The instructions included in the kit show you how to cut pieces for 4 each of the 4 designs.  You can make each card up exactly as the illustrations in the kit or you can do some easy changes to make them all look a little different.

Changes I have made:

  • Change the sponged background shape or colour
  • Swap the sentiment to Happy Birthday
  • Sponge over the black and white paper
  • Stamp in coloured inks
  • Change up the way you colour images by sponging over whole image, using shimmer brushes or Tri-Blend markers
  • Change the orientation of the card from landscape to portrait
  • Change where you use stickles on the stamped images and background papers

Order your supplies

The Jingle Joy collection is available, while stocks last, until the end of December, 2020.   Along with this card workshop kit, there is also a scrapbooking workshop kit.  You can also order papers, co-ordinating cardstock, PML Cards and 2 stamp/thin cut sets individually.  Check your consultant’s website.  If you’re an Aussie without a consultant, come shop with me by clicking here.

Next up is Doreen Watkin’s blog, Scrapping and More. I’m sure you will enjoy her creativity.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Products used in this project

G1219 Jingle Joy Cardmaking Workshop Kit which includes

  • Stamp set & Thin Cuts
  • 16 cards & envelopes
  • Printed papers
  • Silver Stickles

S2010 Will all My Love Stamp set

Z2485 Light Green Tri-Blend Marker

Z2495 Bright Pink Tri-Blend Marker

Z2496 Pale Pink Tri-Blend Marker

Z3660 Bluebell Shimmer Brush

Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z6510 Blue Belle Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z6507 Clover Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

S2011 You Warm My Heart 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 You Warm My Heart (S2011E) stamp set which is November’s Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.

So many creative options

  • Will you have your pie with or without cream?
  • Marshmallows floating on your hot chocolate or will it be mulled wine?
  • Traditional red or a rainbow of candy cane colours?
  • Cups stamped tone on tone or in contrasting colours?
  • Christmas, catch up with the girls or baking theme?
Create pages and cards with You Warm My Heart (S2011E) – November’s 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during November 2020 only

Traditional Christmas scrapbook layout

I’ve gone with traditional colours, hot chocolate and red candy canes.  I use the Love of Colour Vol 2 to find the shades of red and greens that work best together.  This 4 colour combo of Scarlet, Evergreen, Fern and Mink are easy on the eye when backed by linen base pages.

I will add a title once I know which of this year’s Christmas photos will go on this page.

Create pages and cards with You Warm My Heart (S2011E) – November’s 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during November 2020 only

Stitched Square Thin cuts make designing easy

It was super quick to make the blocked layout.  Two colours cut at once through my CTMH die-cutting machine with the two smallest squares in the set.  I love that these dies give you a frame and a solid square from one cut.

Then it was a simple matter of mix and matching the 4 colours and making sure the squares were straight on the page.

Create pages and cards with You Warm My Heart (S2011E) – November’s 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during November 2020 only

Step your photos

Whilst the colour blocks are squares there is no reason some of your photos can’t be rectangles.  You may need to creatively crop the photo that spans two pages, just keep the focal image on the LH page.

Order your Stamp of the Month

You Warm My Heart (S2011E) is only available during November, 2020.  If you are Australian, be sure to order the set with E on the end of it’s code so your get Cosy instead of Cozy.

Full retail price is $34 but VIP’s can have this gorgeous set FREE when accompanied by an $80 order. If you are not a VIP, you will pay $9 with a qualifying order.  But seriously…check out our VIP program first!  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Thanks for visiting. I’d love you to give this post a thumbs up, leave a comment or share the post with a crafty friend before you click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’s Blog ,  Creative Inspirations, to see the lovely project she has designed for you.

A list of the products used on 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

CTMH products used in the Project

S2011 You Warm My Heart Stamp Set

9047 Love of Colour Volume 2

Z4259 Stitched Square Thin Cuts (set of 3)

X6049 Scarlet Cardstock

X6030 Evergreen Cardstock

X6053 Fern Cardstock

X5947 Mink Cardstock

5946 Linen Cardstock

Z2825 Mink Exclusive Ink Pad

Z2805 Black Exclusive Ink Pad

Z6526 Scarlett Exclusive Ink Pad

Comfort and Joy Australasian Blog Hop

Close To My Heart’s Comfort & Joy collection is available for purchase until the end of October 2020. View the range at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Comfort & Joy Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.


If you arrived from Doris’ Blog, Creative Inspirations, you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop, simply read on and enjoy my creations.  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 Comfort & Joy collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Connect through Christmas Cards

This year, more than in recent times, we need to reach out to those we love.  Share kindness and let people know they are in our thoughts.  A handmade card posted for Christmas is a perfect way to do this. 

Close To My Heart’s Comfort & Joy collection is available for purchase until the end of October 2020. View the range at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

I encourage you to get started early so your international cards are in the post in plenty of time to compensate for delays in delivery due to flight shortages.  A postcard I sent from Western Australia to the USA recently took 7 weeks to arrive!

Next up, set a Nov 30 deadline to have your cards for interstate Australian friends completed.  Cards between Perth and Melbourne are currently taking 14 days to arrive.  I’m sure this will blow out the closer we get to Christmas.

Close To My Heart’s Comfort & Joy collection is available for purchase until the end of October 2020. View the range at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Sending cards early also means your friends and family get to have them on display for longer – a regular reminder that you are thinking of them.

Close To My Heart’s Comfort & Joy collection is available for purchase until the end of October 2020. View the range at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Comfort & Joy Papers

The Comfort & Joy papers feature traditional Christmas colours mixed with some black.  There are subtle and bold patterns making them perfect for card making.

Use Make It From Your Heart Volume 4

This volume of How to Patterns is filled with card designs.  All the measurements are included and 2 examples of completed cards are shown for each pattern.  All 6 of today’s cards are made from these patterns, using the photos as inspiration.

Use stamps in different ways

Three stamp sets are combined to make these six cards.  Once I had one of each design made, it was easy to duplicate them to use up my full pack of paper, cardstock and glitter paper

Order your supplies

The Comfort & Joy collection is available, while stocks last, until the end of October, 2020.   You can order papers, co-ordinating cardstock, PML Cards and 2 stamp/thin cut sets individually.  There is also a card workshop kit and a scrapbooking workshop kit for those who enjoy more decorative layouts. Check your consultant’s website.  If you’re an Aussie without a consultant, come shop with me by clicking here.

Next up is Doreen’s blog, Scrapbooking and More . I’m sure you will enjoy her creativity.

 Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Products used in this project

9044 Make It From Your Heart Volume 4

X7261B Comfort & Joy Paper Pack

X7261C Comfort & Joy Co-ordinating Cardstock

Z3839 Scarlet Glitter Paper

X254 White Cards & Envelopes

D1976 Seasonal Borders Stamp Set

Z3772 Comfort & Joy Scrapbooking Stamps & Thin Cuts

D1962 Spooky Gnomes

Z4309 Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts (Dies)

Z4054 Gold Embellishing Thread

Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

Z3274 Clear Sparkles

Z2497 Dark Red TriBlend Marker

Z2474 Ice Grey TriBlend Marker

Z2498 Black TriBlend Marker

Z422 Black Shimmer Brush

Z4223 Red Shimmer Brush

Z3560 Golden Rod Stickles Glitter Gel

Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z6526 Scarlet Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Bloom With Grace Australasian Blog Hop

https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/
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Hop along to enjoy creative ideas using the latest Close To My Heart products. www.passionateaboutpages.com

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


If you arrived from  Maz’s Blog, ArtyMaz, you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop, simply read on and enjoy my creations.  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 Bloom with Grace collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Earthy Tones

One of the things you will love about this collection is the earthy tones featured in the prints and co-ordinating cardstock.  Cinnamon, a new colour for 2020/21, is a perfect accompaniment for Australian coastline photos.

Close To My Heart’s Bloom with Grace collection is available for purchase until the end of October 2020. View the range at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The solid cardstock creates a strong contrast with the water wash print. The fern print between almost looks like the waterline.  Draw a line on your cardstock and tear along the line.  Don’t stress if your tear doesn’t exactly follow the line – that’s what erasers are for!

Tuck some of your photos behind the torn edge to soften the look of the pages.  Your journaling can also follow the line of the torn edge so it becomes an integrated part of the design.

Embellish with stickers

There is a fun array of words and phrases on the sticker sheet with this collection.  Cluster some with shaped stickers and add a few under photos as extra journalling.  Finish things off with a few Gold Gems and you have a super quick and easy layout made in under half an hour.

Order your supplies

The Bloom with Grace collection is available, while stocks last, until the end of October, 2020.   You can order papers, co-ordinating cardstock, PML Cards and 2 stamp/thin cut sets individually.  There is also a card workshop kit and a scrapbooking workshop kit for those who enjoy more decorative layouts. Check your consultant’s website.  If you’re an Aussie without a consultant, come shop with me by clicking here.

Please help me grow my blog following by liking or commenting on this post.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Kimberley’s blog, Kimmie Adds Sparkle, to see the project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Products used in this project

X7260 Bloom with Grace Paper & Sticker Pack

X7260C Bloom with Grace Co-ordinating Cardstock

X6052 Cinnamon Cardstock

Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

S2009 Here For The Memories Australasian SOTM Blog Hop

Create your own paper candy with Here for the Memories (S2009) – September 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during September 2020
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Welcome to the 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 Here for the Memories (S2009) stamp set which is September’s Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.

Create your own paper candy with Here for the Memories (S2009) – September 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during September 2020

3 ways to use Here for the Memories

  1. Celebrate your scrapbooking hobby. This stamp set is perfect for all those photos you take with your scrappy friends at workshops and retreats.
  2. Make a layout about yourself for a change.  Share why you love memory keeping, how long you have been making albums and what you have learnt along the way.
  3. Enhance pages of those you love.  So many of the sentiments on this set are perfect for photos of your family doing the things they love.
Create your own paper candy with Here for the Memories (S2009) – September 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during September 2020

Photo Collage prints add fun to your scrapbook pages

It’s fun to make a quick collage for a social media post.  Why not print it for your album too?  It was the quickest way I could think of the get these 25 silly snaps all on one page!

Stamp on a Heart Shaker Window

It’s easy to get a clear stamped image on the shaker window acetate using StazOn ink.  This ink is specially designed for use on non-porous surfaces.  Be sure to clean the stamp with StazOn cleaner for best results.

The little hearts inside the shaker were cut with the new Heart Shaker Window thin cuts – don’t you just love the thin outline hearts?  Mix in some tiny gold star confetti for fun.

Create heart bullet points for journalling

Writing on narrow strips of paper lets the patterned background show through and makes your story an integral part of the design.  The tiny hearts are perfect as bullet points and the toffee shimmer brush highlights key words to draw the reader’s eye.

Order your Stamp of the Month

Here for the Memories (S2009) is only available during September, 2020.  Full retail price is $34 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $9 when accompanied by an $80 order. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Thanks for visiting! I’d love you to give this post a thumbs up, leave a comment or share the post with a crafty friend before you click on the underlined link and move on to Danni’s Blog , Scrappy Chicks , to see the lovely project she has designed for you.

A list of the NEW products used on 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

CTMH products used in the Project

S2007 Here for the Memories Stamp Set

X7260B Bloom with Grace Paper Pack

X7260C Bloom with Grace Co-ordinating Cardstock

Z3880 Copper Ore Paper

Z3870 Heart Shaker Window Thin Cuts

Z4312 Heart Shaker Window Foam & Acetate

Z3677 Gold Star Confetti

Z3662 Toffee Shimmer Brush

Z2536 Precious Metal Metallic Markers

Z3271 Archival Black Ink

Z888 Black StazOn Ink

Z890 StazOn Cleaner