Chelsea Gardens CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Chelsea Gardens Blog Hop. This hop features the artwork of some amazing and talented women from across Australia. If you arrived from Maz’s blog you are in the right place. If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on, enjoy my creations and maybe share some love in the comments. Then you click on the link at the end of this post and it will take you to the next blog and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see lots of different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Chelsea Gardens collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the craft room for some paperific fun.

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

Today I am sharing 3 cards and a layout created from the Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit.

This is one of the 2 card designs featured in the kit.  You receive printed instructions with your kit that detail cutting, placement, stamping and embellishment information.  The kit has enough supplies to make 12 cards.

The Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit (G1150) from Close To My Heart makes 12 cards with leftover supplies for some scrapbook pages. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
The original design uses Heather ink for the wreath but I wanted to make it more colourful so I stamped in Sweetleaf ink.  Then I coloured the centres of each flower with the ocean watercolour pencil and blended it using the Clear Shimmer Brush.  I also added shimmer to the printed flowers and blooms on the background paper.  It is soooo pretty!  The next photos shows a bit of the sparkle.

The  Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit (G1150) from Close To My Heart makes 12 cards with leftover supplies for some scrapbook pages.  Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Next up I swapped out the ink colours and used the Welcome Baby sentiment from the For You Darling stamp set.  I also used part of the border stamp that comes with the Sending Hugs kit to decorate the edges of the wreath element.

The  Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit (G1150) from Close To My Heart makes 12 cards with leftover supplies for some scrapbook pages.  Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

For the third variation, I made the card portrait and dropped the striped piece lower.  I used the border stamp to create my own design on the white cardstock and then used the small flower and leaves from the stamp set to create my own decorative element.

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The leaves were coloured with Citrus Leaf watercolour pencil and the flowers were simply filled in using the NEW Bashful Shimmer Brush.  I used masking on my stamping and fussy cut the grouped images.

The Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit (G1150) from Close To My Heart makes 12 cards with leftover supplies for some scrapbook pages. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

I decided to use this card design to make a layout too.  It was super easy – I just extended each piece to be 12″ long.

The Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit (G1150) from Close To My Heart makes 12 cards with leftover supplies for some scrapbook pages. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

I wanted to pick up on the pink in the photographed flowers so I used the Bashful Shimmer Brush to colour the white flowers on the floral print.  The floral wreath provide space for a title.  Pen Pal Alphabet stamps are only 1/4″ high and worked perfectly for the small space.

The Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit (G1150) from Close To My Heart makes 12 cards with leftover supplies for some scrapbook pages. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Every layout needs journaling.  These photos were all from the same weekend but not all taken at the same time or event so I numbered the photos and bullet point journaled to give the information about them.  I wrote the wrong name for the hotel so just stuck a correction over the top of it – it’s not perfect but you really don’t notice it when looking at the full layout.

The  Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit (G1150) from Close To My Heart makes 12 cards with leftover supplies for some scrapbook pages.  Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The Chelsea Gardens collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant. A list of products used in my projects appears at the end of this post. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .
I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go. Then click on the underlined link and move on to Wendy’s Blog , Expressions of the Heart to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you. Wendy always comes up with something very special for us to enjoy.
Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna
Products used in these projects
G1149 Sending Hugs Workshop Your Way Kit

Z3348 Scallop Border Thin Cuts

Z3293 Shimmer Brush

Z3400 Shimmer Brush

Z899 Memento Black Ink

Z2826 Heather Ink

Z2853 Sweet Leaf Ink

 

 

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S1801 Bloom & Grow SOTM Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the January, 2018 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 Bloom & Grow (S1801) stamp set which is January’s Stamp of the Month.

CTMH Stamp of the Month for Jan, 2018 is Bloom & Grow (S1801). Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au.

The garden themed icons and sentiments are just beautiful.  I can think of so many pages and cards where these sayings will be perfect.  My layout today features photos of a busy bee held at mum’s nursing home recently.  It was a great day of community building and engagement for residents and their families.

CTMH Stamp of the Month for Jan, 2018 is Bloom & Grow (S1801) with Love Letters flowers and alphabet on Chlesea Gardens paper. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au.
This layout is based on Pattern 10 in Make It From Your Heart, Vol 3.  The new Chelsea Gardens papers work beautifully with the Bloom & Grow stamp set.  Left over flowers and a banner from my Love Letters Kit finished it off nicely.

S1801 details - Page 003It’s hard to see in the photo but these flowers from the Love Letters kit are grey with a white spot.  I wanted something brighter so I applied ink using  sponge daubers.

CTMH Love Letters are available Jan 2018 only. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au.

The alphabet stickers from the Love Letters Kit can be a bit tricky to line up.  I experimented with a few different techniques and found this one easiest.  The blue line is washi tape and it is stuck to an all-purpose mat.  Using tweezers, arrange letters with an overlap of the tails.

 

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Press each join firmly and then use your tweezers to gently lift the word off the mat and onto your banner.  The super fine tip of Close To My Heart tweezers make it easy to slide them under each letter and see what you are doing.

Ask your consultant about the Love Letters promotion this month. There is so much goodness in one kit – you will make the letter and have left overs for layouts and cards.

CTMH Stamp of the Month for Jan, 2018 is Bloom & Grow (S1801). Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au.

The tiny leaves and flower in the stamp set are perfect for creating a stamped background.  The flower is a base & shade pair – the base is solid and then the outline goes on top.  Focus on lining up the flower centre for best results.  Before you start stamping, mark where your photos and title will go so you don’t have to stamp that area.

Bloom & Grow (S1801) is available to purchase for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order during January, 2017. It can also be purchased for $27 as a single item. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you are welcome to visit my website to place an order.

Thanks for joining us today. I hope it’s the start of an awesome year of crafty goodness for you. I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Kara’s Blog, Creating with Kara Davies, to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna
Products used on these projects:
S1801 Bloom & Grow

Love Letters Kit – available in 26 different kits – one for each letter of the alphabet

9043 Make It From Your Heart Vol 3

Z1382 Tweezers

X7230B Chelsea Gardens Paper Pack

X5971 Lemon Cardstock

X5983 Sorbet Cardstock

Z2853 Sweet Leaf Ink

Z2864 Sorbet Ink

Z2808 Lemon Ink

Z2835 New England Ivy Ink