CTMH Jeepers Creepers Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian Jeepers Creepers Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from  Georgia’s Blog you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Jeepers Creepers Workshop Your Way Collection (G1110) from Close To My Heart.

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

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

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

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

Did you like these layouts? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Maz’s Blog , aMAZing Close To My Heart Creations, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

 

S1609 Blessed Beyond Measure Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Lauren’s Blog, you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Blessed Beyond Measure (S1609) stamp set which is September’s Stamp of the Month.

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

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

Left Hand Page:

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

Right Hand Page:

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

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

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Blessed Beyond Measure (S1609) is only available during September, 2016.  Full retail price is $27 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Did you like this card and layout? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Denise’s Blog , Scrap Stamp Share , to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

 

CTMH Florence Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian Florence 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 Florence Workshop Your Way Collection (G1107) from Close To My Heart.

 

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Today’s layout uses the gorgeous Hearts Thin Cuts.  The hearts are not symmetrical so they have a whimsical feel to them.  The fact you get 3 sizes in the one set makes clustering easy.  Great for using small leftover pieces of paper too.

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When you cut each Heart Thin Cut (Z3260) you actually get two pieces – a solid heart and a frame. This layout uses the small and medium heart. Simply mix up the frames so they contrasted with a solid heart.  You can experiment with different layering effects of solids and frames.  It’s lots of fun.

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The Love Thin Cut (Z3257) was perfect to complete the page.  Cut once from print paper and once from black cardstock and offset to give a shadow effect.

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The small prints and soft colours of the Florence collection pair perfectly with Heart Thin Cuts.  Have a play – no two layouts will look the same.

The Florence Workshop Your Way (G1107) kit is only available until the end of August.  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .  A list of products used in this project appears below.

Did you like this layout? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Denise’s Blog , Scrap Stamp Share , to see the gorgeous projects she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Z3260 Hearts Thin Cuts

Z3260 Hearts Thin Cuts

Z3257 Love Thin Cuts

Z3257 Love Thin Cuts

Z3213 Florence Sequins

Z3213 Florence Sequins

X7208B Florence Paper

X7208B Florence Paper

Z3218 Rose Gold Foil

Z3218 Rose Gold Foil Tape

Magical Thin Cuts

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Have you seen the new range of Thin Cuts in the CTMH Annual Inspirations Catalogue?  They are not linked to a stamp set and are super versatile for pages and cards.  Today I’m showcasing how good the Stars and Celebrate Thin Cuts look in Glitter paper.  I’m using up the last of my Magical papers.  This collection retires at the end of August.

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When cutting Glitter paper  run it through your embossing machine twice.  Then the cuts pop out so easily.  If the shape or word does appear stuck in the frame of the thin cut, poke your piercing tool through one of the holes and it will come out.

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To make your cluster of stars stand out  stick them to the black star printed paper and fussy cut around them.  EZ-Dots tape runner can run it across the back of the thin cut and the adhesive shrinks away in the gaps.  A lot quicker than using the glue pen.

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This cluster shows what the star looks like without a backing.

A list of the products used for this project follows.  All items are available to order on my website www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

Products used in this layout:

A3239 Silver Glitter Paper

A3239 Silver Glitter Paper

D1700 Way To Go Stamp Set

D1700 Way To Go

X7209B Magical Papers

X7209B Magical Papers

Z3214 Magical Sequins

Z3214 magical Sequins

Z3261 Stars Thin Cuts

Z3261 Stars Thin Cuts

Z3265 Celebrate Thin Cuts

Z3265 Celebrate Thin Cuts

 

 

Thin Cuts – Moroccan Feast

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We have friends who are as devoted to good food and wine as we are.  Recently we had a Moroccan themed dinner party.  Having never been to Morocco, I have no table accessories to suit. I needed my trusty CTMH supplies to create the illusion!

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I used Glitter paper and the Cricut Artiste Cartridge to make the placemats.  They were perfect and everyone was very careful not to spill anything so I can use them again!

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The Ornate Blossoms Stamps (D1687) and Thin Cuts (Z3227) teamed nicely with my Shin Han markers to make napkin rings.  I gold embossed the stamp before colouring.

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Six plain water glasses were transformed into a candle centrepiece with the aid of  gold glitter wraps cut on the Cricut.

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One final decorative touch were the glass keepers made from Ornate Blossoms Stamps and Thin Cuts.  The decorations didn’t take long to create but they certainly helped set the mood for a fun filled night of feasting.  The photos below show some of the yummies we enjoyed.

The Ornate Blossoms Stamps and Thin cuts retire at the end of this month.  Order yours today if you have had your eye on them – they may sell out before August 31.  Order online for home delivery at http://www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

 

S1608 Purr-fect Halloween Australasian 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 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 Purr-fect Halloween (S1608) stamp set which is August’s Stamp of the Month.

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I love this set because it has a cat on it – I will be sure to use it with photos of my gorgeous fur baby, Sandy.  Today however, I want to share a layout that has nothing to do with cats or Halloween. I love to take a themed stamp set and turn it into something different so I had a really good look at all the gorgeous small stamps in this set.  Here’s what I came up with as I played one night.SOTM 0816 - Page 002

 

I can see so many possibilities using these small stamps as accents and borders on your pages.  Here’s how I used a few of them.

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It’s a very simple layout because the photos are quite busy.  I have used two of Close To My Heart’s NEW cardstock colours, Tangerine (X5786) and Sea Glass (X5789) along with one of the totally delicious sheets the NEW All About the Gold Fundamentals (Z3246).  These are 12″ x 12″ clear overlays with gold foil designs – so pretty!  Hold them in place with micro glue dots (Z2089).

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The pretty frame in Purr-fect Halloween made a purr-fect title box when I heat embossed it with gold powder and stamped using the NEW Pen Pal Alphabet (B1539)

Did you spot those cat eyes used as a frame for my journaling?  Check out the lovely black ribbon too – it has pretty gold threads on the edges and is part of the 3 roll set of NEW ribbons called Uptown Ribbon Pack (Z3289).  These are sure to become your go to ribbons this year.

Purr-fect Halloween (S1608) is only available during August, 2016.  Full retail price is $27 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order. Place your order with your CTMH Consultant.

Did you like this layout? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’s Blog ,  Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Last Chance Blog Hop – Annual Inspirations 15/16

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Welcome to the Australasian Last Chance Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from  Georgia’s Blog you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase products that are leaving the Close To My Heart range on July 31, 2016.  We’ve taken the time to create inspiring projects for you.  Hope you like them!

retiring colours, 20167 colours leave our range at the end of this month.  I’ve included all of them in the Carborders I have to share with you today.  Carborders serve a double purpose.  If you are a card maker, you simply fold them in half and gift them as a card.  If you are a scrapbooker, you add a photo, title or journaling in the unused half and place it to on album page.  The Reflections How To Book (9037) has many layouts that use a 4″ border.  Check it out if you need inspiration.

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These two Carborders feature the Friendly Pets stamp set.  I used Shin Han markers to colour the pets.  The embossing folder is Scallop (Z3021) – this one is also saying goodbye.  I used sponges and the 7 retiring inks for the background.

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Friendly Pets B1481

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These Carborders also feature the Love My Dog and Love My Cat stamp sets.  All 3 featured stamp sets are super versatile.  You probably know many pet obsessed friends who would love these as cards.  You may also be like me and take loads of photos of your own pets.  Why not put them in your album?

 

Hopefully, these Carborders have inspired you to play with CTMH’s cute furbaby stamps.

Friendly Pets (B1481), Love My Cat (A1181) and Love My Dog (A1178) retire from the CTMH catalogue at the end of this month along with the 7 colours featured in this post.  If you love fur babies, grab these stamps today.  If one of your favourite colours is retiring make sure you have spare sheets of cardstock and the re-inker for your stamp pad.  If you love all 7 colours, grab an Adventure pack of cardstock(X5935).  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website

Did you like these carborders? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’ Blog ,  Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna