Happiest Place Blog Hop

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

If you arrived from  Lauren’s Blog,  Lauren’s CTMH Craftings, 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 Happiest Place collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

What’s your Happiest Place?

Where is your happiest place?  This collection is filled with papers and decorative cardstock to help you highlight your happy places.  The colours are bright and cheery and the patterns adapt to so many different places and photo themes.

My current happy places include picnics in National Parks, our home, friend’s homes and the WA Ballet centre.  All these places have made me happy over the past few weeks. My FAVOURITE place is anywhere my family is – currently that’s on video calls! 

Remember a special birthday

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

Our soon to be son-in-law turned 30 on the weekend.  Sadly, he and my daughter are in lock down and had to celebrate alone.  So many friends and family members got in touch to help make his day special.  This layout features some of the photos shared on the day.

Make It From Your Heart

Once again, I reached for my copy of Make It From Your Heart, Vol 3 for a layout pattern.  This time I used Pattern 2.  I replaced the solid block (Pieces B & E) with ¾” x 6” strips of the embossed stars cardstock. You need 7 strips each in 3 colours.  One strip is cut in half long ways (Glacier in my example)

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

Hooray for Today

The layout didn’t need much more in the way of embellishments.  The title is cut using the Hooray for Today layered Thin Cuts.  It’s bold and sparkly thanks to the silver glitter paper. 

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

The Candy Apple Shimmer brush provided some splatters and the hearts and dots came from my stash.  It’s well worth rummaging through your embellishments occasionally – you often find exactly what you need tucked away and long forgotten!

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

Order your supplies this month

The Happiest Place collection is available, while stocks last,  until the end of August, 2020.   You can order papers, stickers, co-ordinating cardstock, a stamp/ thin cut set and a Digital Art bundle individually.  There is also a gorgeous Cut Above Layout kit for an 8 ½” x 11” album. Check your consultant’s website.  If you’re an Aussie without a consultant, come shop with me by clicking here.

Join an online workshop

You will also want to head over to the Close To My Heart Official Facebook page and click ‘Going’ on their FREE Aug 26-28, 2020 Happiest Place event to be in the running for one of dozens of prizes.  You will learn how to make a fabulous 12” x 12” set of layouts and a set of cards along with the 8 ½” x 11” pages

Please help me grow my blog following by liking or commenting on this post.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Doreen’s blog, Scrapping and More with Doreen, to see the projects she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Products used in this project

7202 Happiest Place Paper Packet

CC7203 Happiest Place Co-ordinating Cardstock

Z3714 Hooray for Today Thin Cuts

Z4223 Red Shimmer Brush

Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper

9043 Make It From Your Heart Vol 3

Summer Vibes Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Summer Vibes 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 Summer Vibes collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Summer Vibes – Sunshiny colours to brighten your day

The more I create with this collection, the more I appreciate the colour choices in it.  There is a nice mix of bold prints and colours with more subtle designs.  It will showcase any of your summertime photos perfectly but is also great for travel, family and sports themes.

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

Everything old is new again

Do you have scrapbook layouts you return to again and again?  Each time you use the design it just works and makes you happy?  Colour blocking is one of those designs for me.  It’s a great way to use the last pieces from a kit too.

I don’t begin with a pattern, just my photos. Actually, in this case, it’s  photo place holders because the delivery of my prints is delayed 😊

Decide on the size of your canvas – this one is 11” squares.  Place your largest photos first and then add the smaller prints until you have a layout that is balanced and pleasing to your eye.  Choose a spot for your journaling and then fill any blank spaces with rectangular pieces of printed paper.  Aim to have an even space between each element.  ¼” is a good standard size gap.

Add embellishments last

Once all the photos and papers are arranged you can add your embellishments.  This layout features stamps from the Summer Vibes Scrapbooking set. 

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

Stamp the waves and then cut a small section to slip your surfboards behind so it looks like they are standing upright in the sand. Add shimmer brush to the stamped images.

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

Colour the bathing box with Tri-Blend markers. Tri-Blends make shading so easy.

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

Sand the edges of cardstock elements before sticking in place. The white core showing through softens the look giving a beachy feel to the layout.

Cut the glasses from black cardstock using the thin cut. Stamp glasses onto scrap paper and cut the lenses out. Use these pieces as a pattern to cut lenses from holographic paper so they look reflective.

Order your supplies this month

The Summer Vibes collection is available, while stocks last,  until the end of August, 2020.   You can order papers, co-ordinating cardstock, PML Cards and 2 stamp/ thin cut sets individually.  There is also a gorgeous card workshop kit with the cutest ice cream stamps ever 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 Doris’ blog, Creative Inspirations to see the projects she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Products used in this project

X7258 Summer Vibes Paper Pack

X7258C Summer Vibes Co-ordinating Cardstock

Z3745 Summer Vibes Scrapbooking Stamps & Thin Cuts

Z3636 Oasis Holographic Paper

X6047 Black Cardstock

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush

Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z4189 Intense Black Ink

Z2491 True Blue Tri-blend Marker

Z2481 Coral Tri-blend Marker

Z2482 Citrus Tri-blend Marker

Z2474 Ice Grey Tri-blend Marker

S2007 For My Beautiful Friend CTMH Stamp of the Month 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 Doris’s Blog, Creative Inspirations, 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 For My Beautiful Friend (S2007) stamp set which is July’s Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.

Create your own paper candy with For My Beautiful Friend (S2007) – July 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 April 2020

Use For My Beautiful Friend to make Paper Candy

What’s Paper Candy? It’s pre-made embellishments ready to add to cards or scrapbook pages.  If you feel like experimenting with a new technique or tool you can make a number of samples that can then be applied to projects. 

Create your own paper candy with For My Beautiful Friend (S2007) – July 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 April 2020

My face to face and online  workshops this month are focusing on using tags so most of my paper candy has a tag as a base.  The papers are from the latest Mix In pack (X9017) so I know they will blend with Summer Vibes and Timber – the two collections in the July/August catalogue.

Create your own paper candy with For My Beautiful Friend (S2007) – July 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 April 2020

All the colouring has been done with Shimmer Brushes.  They come in 17 different colours and are super easy to use. Simply brush lightly over the paper to add colour and glitter at the same time.

Heat embossing helps images stand out on darker or patterned backgrounds. 

Create your own paper candy with For My Beautiful Friend (S2007) – July 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 April 2020

When you stamp images on cardstock, fussy cut close to the outline and pop them up on foam dots, you add dimension to the paper candy.

Three ways to use your Paper Candy

Now you have options! 

  1. Create a simple card background for your candy and add a stamped sentiment
  2. Add candy to a layout as part of a larger cluster including stickers or a title.
  3. Fill a 3” x 4” photo well to create your own PML card.

Order your Stamp of the Month

For My Beautiful Friend (S2007) is only available during July, 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 Maz’s Blog, aMAZing Creations, to see the lovely project she has designed for you.

A list of the currently available 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

Currently Available products used in the Project

S2007 For My Beautiful Friend Stamp Set

X9017 Mix In Paper Pack

Z3508 Julep Shimmer Brush

Z4223 Red Shimmer Brush

Z3511 Wisteria Shimmer Brush

Z3606 Raspberry Shimmer Brush

Z3611 Peach Shimmer Brush

Z4198 Gold Sequin Ribbon

Z4194 Whit & Gold Skinny Ribbon

Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread

Z3507 Silver Glitter Gems

Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Z3271 Archival Black Ink

Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Ink Pad

Brushed Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Brushed 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.  If you like what I show today, please subscribe to my blog, leave a comment on this post or share it on social media. 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 several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Brushed 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 Bring Back My Pack - Brushed collection is available for purchase until the end of July 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
Close To My Heart’s Bring Back My Pack - Brushed collection is available for purchase until the end of July 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
Close To My Heart’s Bring Back My Pack - Brushed collection is available for purchase until the end of July 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Brushed – Bring Back My Pack

This gorgeous collection is one of my all time favourites and I am so thrilled to have it back in our range until the end of July.  I had both stamp sets from the first time around (Nov 2014) but had used every last scrap of the papers. I happily ordered  more at the beginning of June.  Sadly, delayed transportation links meant my paper didn’t arrive in time to make my layout.

Not to be put off, I made my own paper using the stamp sets.  I used a heat embossing masking technique on the flowers and butterflies and then sponged around them to create the glacier background.

Close To My Heart’s Bring Back My Pack - Brushed collection is available for purchase until the end of July 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Large Triangles make a dramatic statement  

This half triangle layout is very popular at the moment.  I love it and found it was a great way to showcase the large flowers on my hand made printed paper. 

Oasis Holographic paper provided a fun base for the design but boy is it hard to photograph because it acts like a mirror!  ¼” strips of peacock cardstock frame the Holographic triangle segments.

Close To My Heart’s Bring Back My Pack - Brushed collection is available for purchase until the end of July 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Numerous photo layouts are possible with this design.  Adding circles breaks up some of  the lines.  These frilly circles are cut using the Spinner Card Thin Cuts.  They are just under 4” in diameter.  The square in the middle is 6”.  The sizes of both can be adjusted up or down to suit your supplies and photos.

Heat Embossed Masking Technique

Using this technique allows the white of the base page and the colours of stamped images to show through after you have sponged over them.  The heat embossing acts as a resist and ink doesn’t stick to it.

In a nutshell, it’s a 4 step process

  1. Use your anti-static pouch to wipe over cardstock before stamping
  2. Stamp outline of flower in Versamark ink and heat emboss with clear powder
  3. Stamp petals and butterflies in coloured ink and then again in Versamark.  Heat emboss with clear powder
  4. Sponge background paper in a contrast colour.
Close To My Heart’s Bring Back My Pack - Brushed collection is available for purchase until the end of July 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The heat embossing intensifies the coloured ink and also ‘locks in’ the white background paper.

Order your supplies this month

The Brushed collection is available, while stocks last,  until the end of July 2020.   You can order papers, co-ordinating cardstock and the 2 stamp sets individually or as a discounted bundle.  Check the Promotions tab on 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 Dannii’s blog, Scrappy Chicks, to see the project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Products used in this project

D1627 Your Own Kind of Wonderful Stamp Set

D1602 A Budding Friendship Stamp Set

Z3636 Oasis Holographic Paper

Z3626 Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

X6036 Ballerina Cardstock

X5958 Peacock Cardstock

Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder

Z4220 Anti-static Pouch

Z697 Round Sponge

Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Zz6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

X2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z6501 Ballerina Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

X2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z2480 Orange Tri-blend Marker (centres of flowers)

Z3560 Golden Rod Stickles (centres of flowers)

S2006 Garden Tags Australasian Stamp Of The Month 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 Dannii’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 Garden Tags (S2005) stamp set which is June’s Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.

Add Garden Tags to your pages and cards

These adorable tags can be used as is, simply stamp and cut, add your message to the back and pop it on a gift! Alternatively, add tags as embellishments on bigger projects.

Tags make perfect embellishments on scrapbook pages

This very simple layout is dressed up by the addition of 3 of the Garden Tags and a few Blue Skies stamps. Make the borders by first layering an 11 1/4″ x 6″ piece of Lemonade embossed cardstock on a 12″ x 6 3/4″ piece of Sapphire. Then cut at 4 3/8″. Add border stamps alonside the cut edge and then add the tags.

Colour your Garden Tags

With so many colours to choose from, Shimmer Brushes make it super quick and easy to colour your images. They have a brush nib and leave a little sparkle along with the colour!

Finish off with accents from the Blue Skies Stamp Set

Fun tags, corners corners and titles are all found on this set. Experiment with placing them on journal boxes and page background.

Order your Stamp of the Month

Garden Tags (S2006) is only available during June, 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. If you don’t have a consultant and you live in Australia, this link will take you to my website.

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 Rachel’s Blog , Creative Workshops SA, to see the lovely project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Blues Skies, National Stamping Month Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Blue Skies 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.  If you like what I show today, please subscribe to my blog, leave a comment on this post or share it on social media. 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 several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Blue Skies 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 Blue Skies collection is available for purchase until the end of June 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
CC5208 Blues Skies Product Bundle

Blues Skies – Celebrating National Scrapbook Month

May is all about sharing and celebrating our love of scrapbooking.  This year, Close To My Heart has released a vibrant and upbeat collection which is sure to make your heart happy.  It’s called Blue Skies. There are papers, stickers, stamps and a Cut Above kit that all co-ordinated perfectly.  You can choose individual products or grab a bargain by selecting a product bundle. 

Close To My Heart’s Blue Skies collection is available for purchase until the end of June 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Make a quick scrapbook layout using bold patterns

I have chosen to work with two of the most dramatic prints in the paper pack.   I’ve used the opposite side of both these quite a bit but struggled each time I tried to add the full rainbow and the tile pattern to my pages.

Close To My Heart’s Blue Skies collection is available for purchase until the end of June 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

After some thought, I realised it was because I was trying to add too much of the paper and I felt it overwhelmed my photos.  For me, bold patterns need clean and simple designs and a little goes a long way!

Keep it simple, Scrapbooker

My top tips when working with bold prints

  1. Balance the bold print with plenty of neutral background.  This layout is built on White Daisy cardstock to help the patterns stand out but also to rest the eye as it views the entire layout
  2. Use small pieces of a bold print on your layout.  Cutting the paper into a hexagon shape creates interest but also breaks up the very strong design elements of a bold print.
  3. Remember the triangle rule to balance your design.  Adding 3 clusters across your layout helps frame it and draw the eye into the pages.

The details

The hexagons were cut with a thin cut that is part of the Aurora Scrapbooking set (X3711).  It has a variety of different shapes to choose from.  The co-ordinating stamps feature outdoor, woodsy kind of sentiments which didn’t suit this layout so I performed a little stamp surgery and cut out the centre part of the hexagon stamp, leaving just the border.  It’s amazing how that very simple, narrow outline enhances the design.

Close To My Heart’s Blue Skies collection is available for purchase until the end of June 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The title comes from the Blue Skies stamp set (CC5201).  The sun and clouds are from the Beautiful Day stamp and thin cuts set (CC5202). These sets have so many great elements on them– perfect for many different scrapbook themes.

Close To My Heart’s Blue Skies collection is available for purchase until the end of June 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

This photo shows what the layout looked like in the planning stages – see the difference a few accents can make? Notice I changed the direction of the stripes a couple of times too.

Order your supplies

The Blue Skies collection is available, while stocks last,  until the end of June 2020.   Be sure to take a look at all the products and purchasing options available to you on your consultant’s website.  Simply click on the promotions tab and choose National Scrapbooking Month.

Is this something you could see yourself doing in your scrapbook? Let me know by liking or commenting on this post.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Doreen’s blog, Scrapping and More with Doreen, to see the project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

CTMH Cardstock Carnival Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Cardstock Carnival 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.  If you like what I show today, please subscribe to my blog, leave a comment on this post or share it on social media. 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 several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Two Toned Coloured Cardstock!   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 two tone cardstock offers endless opportunities for creative scrapbooking. Order yours at shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Cardstock Carnival

Cardstock is a real workhorse in our scrapbooks, often sitting in the background as page bases, photo mats and journal boxes.  Today we are bring the rainbow of colours available through Close To My Heart, into the spotlight.

This month we have amazing discounts on ALL the plain cardstock in our range. It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on your favourites.

Work with a monochromatic colour palette

Many of the bundles on offer this month feature 3 or 4 colours which are shades of one colour family.  This layout features the blues. 

Close To My Heart’s two tone cardstock offers endless opportunities for creative scrapbooking. Order yours at shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

To add a little extra interest to the design, run cardstock through an embossing folder.  The textured patterns really add some pop.

Close To My Heart’s two tone cardstock offers endless opportunities for creative scrapbooking.   Order yours  at shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

For this fun title simply emboss the cardstock first and then cut the letters with the Classic Alphabet Thin Cuts

Close To My Heart’s two tone cardstock offers endless opportunities for creative scrapbooking.   Order yours  at shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Make a rainbow sunburst on your page

Using the light and dark sides of 7 different colours makes it easy to create subtle colour transitions on a starburst page.  This page is the start of a chapter on all the GOOD to come from living in the time of a Covid 19 pandemic.  There are so many fun and inspiring things happening around the world that are worth remembering.  There are also many, many hilarious online gatherings and activities with our family and friends to record.

Close To My Heart’s two tone cardstock offers endless opportunities for creative scrapbooking. Order yours at shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Stamp on cardstock

Plain cardstock is the perfect canvas for stamping.  This layout features background stamping of many small icons on the white cardstocks.  Simply take a 3” block and add lots of small stamps to it.  Then repeatedly stamp around the outside edges of the cardstock.  All these images came from Let the Good Times Roll (D19195E)

Close To My Heart’s two tone cardstock offers endless opportunities for creative scrapbooking. Order yours at shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The yellow panel on the LH page has horizontal and vertical lines stamped in matching ink for a tone on tone look.  It’s tricky to photograph but shows up in real life.

Close To My Heart’s two tone cardstock offers endless opportunities for creative scrapbooking.   Order yours  at shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Create TV screens using the stitched Rectangle dies and some small scraps.  This layout will include photos of our virtual Easter Sunday lunch shared with our family across 2 states.

Close To My Heart’s two tone cardstock offers endless opportunities for creative scrapbooking. Order yours at shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Easter egg wrappers can be created by stamping fun line designs across the middle of the egg shapes.  These line stamps are part of the Build A Plaid set (D1886)

Order your supplies this month

The Cardstock Carnival Special runs until the end of  April 2020.   Be sure to check out the variety of bundles on offer by visiting the promotions tab on your consultant’s website.  The best value bundle is the one with ALL the colours – you will be spoilt for choice once you have this lovely rainbow of cardstock

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

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Seas the Day Australasian Blog Hop

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


If you arrived from  Maz’s Blog, aMazing Creations, you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on and enjoy my creations.  If you like what I show today, please subscribe to my blog, leave a comment on this post or share it on social media. 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 several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Seas the Day 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 Craft With Heart scrapbook subscription offers fast and easy page making solutions Subscribe at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Seas the Day – Scrapbook Subscription

I have chosen to work with this month’s Craft with Heart Scrapbook subscription pages.  The two layouts were perfect for the next lot of photos on my list to scrapbook.  If you haven’t seen these kits before, let me share a little about them.

The kits come with pre-printed pages and pre-cut elements such as photo mats and die-cuts, along with stickers, for two, 12×12 layouts.  You receive a full colour handout showing one way to use each design.  They don’t always exactly match the collection but they go with the theme.

Close To My Heart’s Craft With Heart scrapbook subscription offers fast and easy page making solutions Subscribe at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Three ways to use the kits

  1. Copy exactly from the handout – this is the fastest scrapbooking you will ever do.  Don’t overthink it, just find photos to match the sizes on the layout and stick them down.  This is perfect for those times you are in a creative funk or you are short on time. 
  2. Follow the basic layout but tweak it to suit your photos and story.  It’s super easy to adjust photo placement or make room for a longer story by changing the placement of elements on the layout.  Both of my layouts are examples of this.
  3. Take the elements, add some goodies from your stash and create a unique layout of your own.  This is lots of fun if you have some special photos that you want to really pop on the page.

Tell your Covid-19 stories

We are living through an historic time, be sure to write about how you feel as your life is impacted.  This layout reminds me that I still begin each day joyfully – it just has to last me all day as there are no other fun outings on offer .

Subscribe this month

The Seas the Day Craft With Heart layouts are available until the end of April 2020.   Enrol for a subscription through your Close To My Heart consultant’s website.  You can choose to receive your kits monthly or 4-monthly.  The best value comes when you sign up for a full year. 

May 1 brings a new set of kits which I know you will love.

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

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

S2004 O-fish-ally Awesome CTMH Australasian Stamp of the Month 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 O-fish-ally Awesome (S2004) stamp set which is April’s Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.

Create your own ocean scene with O-fish-ally Awesome (S2004) – April 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 April 2020

This set is for everyone

Judging by the number of amazing projects being created with this set in our consultant community, I think you are all going to love it too.  So many realistic line drawings of undersea animals and plants with a little bit of whimsy thrown in.

Use O-fish-ally Awesome on a scrapbook layout

What a challenge it’s been to design a project different to all the others I have seen shared in our consultant groups!  My hubby is finishing up the editing of photos from Close To My Heart’s 2016 Incentive Trip to Tahiti.  We loved every minute of it and I’ve been waiting for just the right papers and stamps to use in the album.  This Stamp of the Month is a great start.

Create your own ocean scene with O-fish-ally Awesome (S2004) – April 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 April 2020

Use O-fish-ally Awesome to create a scene

With so many stamps on one sheet, it is easy to create and underwater scene.  Begin by clustering the seaweed images and stamping repeatedly across your 12” strip of cardstock.

Stamp the same cluster onto a Post-It note and cut out.  I use the Post-It notes with full adhesive backing.  Leave a little ‘grab tab’ at the base of each plant so you don’t get fingerprints on the adhesive side of the paper.

Create your own ocean scene with O-fish-ally Awesome (S2004) – April 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 April 2020

Cover the stamped images.  Stamp sand and the animal images over this cluster.  When you lift off the Post-It note masks, it will look like the fish are swimming behind the seweed.

Colour images with Tri-blend Markers

These have to be the easiest way to shade images.  3 tones of one colour are included in each marker.  Work from light to dark.  If you are not sure what colours to use, simply search ‘Tropical Fish Images’ and copy from real life.

Create your own ocean scene with O-fish-ally Awesome (S2004) – April 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 April 2020

Once your mages are coloured choose a light blue and fill in all of the background.

Three ways to use your scene

Now you have options!  Leave the scene as a strip and make it into page border; Cut the title from the scene using Classic Alphabet Thin Cuts and add a neutral colour to the background or use the individual letters as I have in the layout above.

Create your own ocean scene with O-fish-ally Awesome (S2004) – April 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 April 2020

The Port Hole is easy to make using circles of different sizes.  I cut mine on the Cricut but you could trace around plates or use a cutting system.

Order your Stamp of the Month

O-fish-ally Awesome (S2004) is only available during April, 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.

Did you notice this page is created exclusively with cardstock?  No patterned papers were used.  That’s because this month we have a fabulous special called Cardstock Carnival – Close To My Heart’s full range of two-toned cardstock is heavily discounted during the month of April.  Stock up on your favourite colours and earn the Stamp of the Month at a great discount while you are there.

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 Lauren’s Blog , CTMH Craftings, to see the lovely project she has designed for you.

A list of the currently available 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

Currently Available products used in the Project

S2004 O-fish-ally Awesome Stamp Set

X6027 White Daisy Cardstock

X5961 Black Cardstock

X5954 Pewter Cardstock

X5947 Mink Cardstock

X5978 Glacier Cardstock

Z2481 Coral TriBlend Marker

Z2494 Hydrangea TriBlend Marker

Z2491 True Blue TriBlend Marker

Z2486 Dull Green TriBlend Marker

Z2484 Citrus Green TriBlend Marker

Z2482 Citrus TriBlend Marker

Z2480 Orange TriBlend Marker

Z2478 Earth Brown TriBlend Marker

Z2476 Fair Skin TriBlend Marker

Z3271 Archival Black Ink

These Are My People Blog Hop

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

If you arrived from  Doris’s 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.  If you like what I show today, please subscribe to my blog, leave a comment on this post or share it on social media. 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 several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s These Are My People collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

The These Are My People collection includes a 12×12 Cut Above Kit, a paper pack, stickers, co-ordinating cardstock and a stamp set.  You can purchase items individually or as a bundle.  There is also a downloadable instruction handout filled with inspiration for 2 layouts, 2 single pages and 13 cards.  Be sure to save this handout so you can replicate the patterns over and over in different paper packs.  When you switch the papers, they will suit different people in your life. The handout is available until March 31, 2020 on the Promotions Tab of your consultant’s website.

Who are your people?

This collection is all about honouring the important people in your life. Who is missing from your scrapbooks? For me, it is my aunts and uncles that I wish to focus on for the layouts I’m making this month. I have very few layouts that include them as we live on opposite sides of the country.

These gorgeous people are my mum’s siblings. Together, they are a shining example of people who did not let their early life circumstances keep them down. They were funny, caring, loving and always supportive of each other. The three photos were taken over a 30 year period.

I plan for this to be the opening layout in a chapter all about them. Following layouts will focus on individuals and what they taught me about life in general and family in particular.

The journalling on this layout is an example of Story by Stacy Short Story. Following pages will use the Stories I love journalling style.

Create a bold page title

The title was created using Thin Cuts. I love the shape of the Stitched Bracket Thin cuts. The actual shapes were used in a kit project for my customers but the leftover strip was a perfect place to frame the letters created with Close To My Heart’s newest ABC/123 dies – Classic Alphabet Thin Cuts.

Cut the letters from scraps and stick to the layout. Then outline each letter with a black journalling pen. Work slowly and you will find it easy to follow the shape of the letter.

Add stamping to your printed paper

The soft peach spots on this print are lovely but did not provide enough contrast on the page. By adding a stamped flower to each spot a bolder look was created.

Stamped embellishments complete the layout

The bluebird chevron pattern is created by repeatedly stamping this small stamp. This creates a border to frame the photos on the layout. ‘Love these people‘ is the perfect phrase to use as a title and can also be found on the stamp set with this collection

Order your supplies this month

The These Are My People collection is only available to purchase for a limited time.  Order yours on your consultant’s website before April 30.  If you do not have a consultant, please visit my website for full details. A list of products used on my layout appears at the end of this post. 

I’d love you to like this post or leave a comment for me before you head over to Doreen’s blog to enjoy her creative inspiration..  

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this project

CC3203 These Are My People Paper Pack

CC3205 These Are My People Stamp Set

X9013 Mix In Paper Pack

Z3655 Classic Alphabet Thin Cuts

Z3631 Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts

X5947 Mink Cardstock

X6037 Bluebird Cardstock

Z2851 Saffron Stamp Pad

Z6508 Bluebird Stamp Pad

Z3517 Black Journalling Pen

Z3372 CTMH Adhesive Runner