CTMH Australiasian Share The Love Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian Share The Love 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 Share The Love Stamp Set (CC1060) from Close To My Heart.  This stamp set is only available THIS month.

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Mike and I had the great pleasure of attending an evening of A capella singing by 3 university groups.  Our nephew came from Melbourne with his group – it was the first time we’d heard him sing and it was wonderful.  As I looked around the packed room, filled with people of all ages, focused on young adults singing joyfully and having the time of their lives, I was reassured that there are still plenty of young people who are amazing.  The media has it wrong when they spread their doom and gloom stories – the youth of today do share our values… we just need to give them the vehicle to exhibit it in.  So, this stamp set was perfect for the photos!  They did make me smile – all night and all of the next day.

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This is a pretty simple layout.  One tip is to decide your photo placement before you stamp.  You can mark the spaces with pencil and then you don’t have to stamp over the entire page.

My second tip is don’t cut the paper before you stamp – my cameras didn’t line up where the two pages meet and that bothers me a little. (But not enough to make me re-do the page!)

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Once you have all the photos and journal box stuck down add a couple of stamped images on foam tape so they pop off the page across other elements.

I also had fun making cards and a gift box with this stamp set.  I designed 3 cards and made them up in Charlotte, Penelope and Regatta.  The cards are super easy to make and I can’t wait to gift the whole set to a friend for her birthday.

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The Share The Love (CC1060) stamp set is only available during February, 2016. $7 from each set sold will be donated to Operation Smile – isn’t that a beautiful way for you to share the love a little further?  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 Denise’s Blog , Scrap Stamp Share, to see the gorgeous projects she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

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CTMH Australasian Charlotte Collection Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian Charlotte Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Wendy’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 Charlotte Collection from Close To My Heart.

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I don’t usually share layouts without photos but the little lady who will adorn these pages hasn’t arrived yet!  I fell in love with the soft sorbet & greys of the Charlotte collection and teaming it with this month’s Stamp of the Month, Balloon Animals, made a perfect combination for a ‘Welcome to the World’ layout.

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I plan to put close ups of the baby’s hands, feet, eyes, etc. in the small squares and photos of her with her parents in the 4″ x 6″ spaces.

The die cuts in the Charlotte Complements (X7205C) work so well clustered together and the gold of the Treasured Puffies (Z3203) add a nice contrast.

I was on a roll and made a card for the new parents too.  It’s a 6″ x 6″ card.  I saw a similar one on Pinterest but  can’t find it again (can’t believe I didn’t pin it)  So, apologies to the clever gal who thought it up.

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The Charlotte papers and complements suit any photo theme. They are only available until the end of April, 2016.  The Stamp set is available this month only. Place your order with your CTMH Consultant.

Did you like this layout and card? 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

 

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Quick and Easy Valentine Card

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I like to offer small, thoughtful acknowledgements to the staff of my mum’s aged care facility.  They work for a low wage and put up with a lot from residents and families.  My mum is loved and very well cared for where she is and the staff deserve to know they are appreciated.  Valentine’s Day is a good excuse to give them a card each.

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The inspiration for these cards came from Pinterest.  Christine Franc at stampedblessings.com was the creator.

The cute little character on my cards is Sticky Boy.  He is Close To My Heart’s mascot and makes an appearance at consultant functions.  I bought this stamp set in a fundraiser for Operation Smile at our last convention.  Watch Sticky Boy’s video by clicking here or follow him on Facebook!

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“So Grateful” on the front of the card and “Happy Valentine’s Day” inside the card came from our Hostess Rewards Stamp Set, “Say It All”.  You can get your hands on this fab set in 3 different ways.

  1. Host a gathering of friends
  2. Place a single order of $200 or more directly with me
  3. Join my team and gain access to all the exclusive products as a consultant

Because I was making more than 30 cards, they needed to be quick and easy.

Here’s how you do it.

Base Card:  Daisy White Cardstock cut to 4″ x 8 1/2″.  Score at 4″ and 4 1/2″
Front Panel: Daisy White Cardstock cut to 3″ x 3″.  Round one corner
Chocolate Wrapper: La Vie En Rose Paper cut to 1 1/4″ x 3  3/4″
Heart: Red Glitter Paper cut using Artiste Cricut Cartridge p49 Accent 1 (shift) 3/4″

Stamp all pieces while they are flat.  Add front panel using Foam Tape.  Wrap 2 of the flat Lindt Chocolates together and use Duck Adhesive to hold them inside the card.

Of course you can adapt these little cards to any theme but wouldn’t it be nice to make someone feel special on Valentine’s by giving them a sweet thank you?

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

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CTMH Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop – Balloon Animals S0216

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Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Vandra’s Blog you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Balloon Animals (S1602) stamp set which is February’s Stamp of the Month.

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These little cuties are so much fun to play with.  As always, don’t limit yourself to the obvious theme of the sentiments.  Any photos with kids ‘horsing around’, babies, celebrations, zoo visits or pets will look fab with these stamps.  My layout today uses the dog stamp ‘cos our fur baby looks just like it!  Whilst the photos on this page aren’t in any way fabulous, they make me happy because my family is rarely all together these days and my love cup is full when they are.

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The papers used for the clouds, waves and photo outline (which are zip strips) come from the Regatta collection and the base page is from the Charlotte collection.  My tearing ruler got a dust off and a bit of a work out for the waves and the clouds.  The journal tag is from the PML sheet in the Regatta collection.

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I stamped the playful pups onto Champagne cardstock using Daisy White ink and then heat embossed with white powder.  A happy accident is the fact the embossing was not smooth and so the pup’s fur looks just like our dog’s curls!  Once I’d fussy cut the dogs it was fun to let them play in the waves.

I altered one of the sentiments from this set to create the title.

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Balloon Animals(S1602) is only available during February, 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 Meryl’s Blog, Mez’s Craft Room, to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna