S1802 Sunny Thoughts Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog

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Welcome to the February 2018 Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop. This is a circular hop. If you arrived from Megan’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 Sunny Thoughts (S1802) stamp set which is February’s Stamp of the Month.

S1802 Sunny Thoughts is CTMH's Stamp of the Month for February 2018. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
The sentiments and images on this stamp set are perfectly sized for pages AND cards. The circular sentiment, “You are the sunshine in my pocket” can be cut with the 2 ½” Basic Circles Thin Cut.

S1802 Sunny Thoughts is CTMH's Stamp of the Month for February 2018. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
My layout today features a photo of my daughter with my mum. They don’t get to see each other often and this is such a lovely snap that I wanted to have it on display in my craft room. I decided to print the photo in Black and White so it stands out on the page.

S1802 Sunny Thoughts is CTMH's Stamp of the Month for February 2018. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

First up, trace around a bowl to get the circular shape for the leaves. Then trim the Daisy White Cardstock down to an 11”” square.

 

The hearts in opposite corners are sponged and stamped. Cut templates using the Basic Hearts Thin Cuts and scrap cardstock. Be sure to erase the section of pencil line before sponging or you will see it through the ink in the finished layout.

The large hearts are sponged with Sweet leaf ink and the small one is in Blossom ink. Keeping the templates in place, stamp over the sponging in the opposite colours using the hearts image from the Banner Love stamp set.

S1802 Sunny Thoughts is CTMH's Stamp of the Month for February 2018. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Once the hearts are complete you can stamp the vines. To get the right curve of the stamp, simply place your block over the pencil line and shape the stamp on the block to match the curve. You have to put the stamp with top of vine image where you want the bottom of the image because once you turn the block over the curve is the opposite. The is hard to explain but once you try it, you will see what I mean. Again, be sure to erase the sections of pencil line before you stamp each time.

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To complete the page, stamp small flowers in Versamark Ink and heat emboss with Gold embossing powder. A few blooms in Blossom ink give the cluster a lift. Stamp the ‘Love’ sentiment from the What Matters Most stamp set over the lower heart. A small section on the Hearts Border Thin Cuts provides the heart strip accents and the tiny hearts near the flowers.

Finally, layer the base page and photo on Blossom and Gold Foil cardstock. If you cut the centre from both sheets you will have enough for the photo mount without needing a second sheet. Reverse the Blossom to the lighter side for the photo frame as the dark side dominates a Black and White photo too much. It’s such a bonus having two toned cardstock at times like this!
Sunny Thoughts (S1802) is available to purchase for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order during February 2018. 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.
The Blossom, Gold Foil and Gold Glitter Cardstock, along with Blossom Ink, Banner Love & What Matters Most stamp sets are all on special this month as part of our Pretty In Pink promotion.   Visit your consultant’s website for details. If you don’t have a consultant, click here.
Thanks for joining us today. A full list of products used in this project appears at the end of this post. I hope you are inspired to try some of the lovely ideas showcased in this hop. 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 what she has designed for you.

 

Happy Scrappin’
Shaunna

Products used on these projects:

S1802 Sunny Thoughts Stamp of the Month
D1728 What Matters Most Stamp Set – 25% off in Feb, 2018
B1572 Banner Love Stamp Set – 25% off in Feb, 2018
Z3317 Basic Hearts Thin Cuts
Z3347 Hearts Border Thin Cuts
Z3365 Gold Foil Paper – 25% off in Feb, 2018
Z3238 Gold Glitter Cardstock – 25% off in Feb, 2018
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5973 Blossom Cardstock – 25% off in Feb, 2018
Z891 Versamark Ink
Z2066 Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder
Z2810 Blossom Ink – 25% off in Feb, 2018
Z2853 Sweet leaf ink

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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

 

 

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

 

 

 

Basics Fundamentals CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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blog-badgeWelcome to the CTMH Australasian Basics Fundamentals Blog Hop. This hop features the artwork of some amazing and talented women from across Australia. If you arrived from Vandra’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 Basic Fundamentals collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

The Basics Fundamentals collection includes papers, two toned cardstock,  ribbons and inks.  It is the collection featured in this month’s Through the Year Calendar Bundle.

CTMH Basics Fundamanetals co-ordinate with any other colours you have on hand. a little pop of Willow green brings this crafter's layout to life. Purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Today I am sharing a layout featuring photos of a video shown at the CTMH Annual Inspirations Launch this year. The video shared Jeanette Lynton’s story of building Close To My Heart from inception to the international company it is today.

I love to use black cardstock as a base with the grey toned papers in the Basic Fundamentals prints.  Black provides a strong contrast.  A little pop of Willow brought the layout to life.  Those strips are just 1/8″ wide.  Cutting them with our new Aluminium Rail Trimmer was a breeze.

CTMH Basics Fundamanetals co-ordinate with any other colours you have on hand. a little pop of Willow green brings this crafter's layout to life. Purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The layout just had to have hearts on it somewhere and the Heart Border Thin Cuts were perfect for the job.  The solid hearts are cut separately to the frames so you can layer them as I have here.

CTMH Basics Fundamanetals co-ordinate with any other colours you have on hand. a little pop of Willow green brings this crafter's layout to life. Purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The Ribbon Border Thin Cut offered another opportunity for a pop of Willow green cardstock to be added.  It is a delicate embellishment that stands out nicely on the neutral tones of Basic Fundamentals.

CTMH Basics Fundamanetals co-ordinate with any other colours you have on hand. a little pop of Willow green brings this crafter's layout to life. Purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

I finished the layout off with two stamps from the We Are Makers set. This stamp set sums up all we do as paper crafters. I have used it on several layouts. The Brene Brown quote is closely aligned with Jeanette’s mission for our company.

The Basic Fundamentals 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 Doreen’s Blog , Scrapping and More with Doreen to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you. Doreen always has something special to share with us.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna
Products used in these projects
Z3353 Basic Fundamental Paper Packet

D1732 We Are Makers Stamp Set

X5970 Willow Cardstock

1386 Black Cardstock

Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots

Z3396 Aluminium Cut Rail Paper Trimmer

Z3349 Ribbon Border Thin Cuts

Z3347 Heart Border Thin Cuts

Gingerbread Friends Christmas Banner

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How cute is this little Gingerbread banner? One of my sister consultants, Laura Beachum, gifted a kit to me at a recent retreat and I loved it so much I just have to share with all of you.

Oh Snap! (D1743) is a super cute stamp set from CTMH. Available until Dec 31, 2017. Snap yours up at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au
Instructions for making the banner follow. Read right to the end to discover how you can receive a pre-cut kit FREE.

The banner can be made using all Close To My Heart stamps and Thin Cuts. A full list of all items used appears at the end of this post.

Here’s how:

  • Cut 16 gingerbread people from the light side of Almond Cardstock
  • Cut 14 2″ banners from the dark side of Toffee Cardstock using the Basic Banners Thin Cuts
  • Cut the letters for Merry Christmas from Red Glitter Paper using the Block Alphabet Thin Cuts (NB This is a different font to the one Laura cut on her Cricut for my banner)
  • Stamp and decorate your gingerbread people using Toffee, Cranberry and Espresso inks
  • Layer letters on banner shapes
  • Punch small holes in gingerbread hands and top corners of banner shapes.
  • Thread all shapes onto 6 feet of twine. Begin and end each word with a gingerbread person.

Do you love it? Would you like a pre-cut kit for FREE? Simply be one of the first 8 people to order the Gingerbread Friends Stamp Set (D1743) or the Gingerbread Friends Stamp and Thin Cuts Bundle (Z3378) from me and I will gift you a kit ready to stamp and assemble.
As an added bonus, every person ordering the stamps or thin cut bundle will also receive instructions to make the cute little storage box. This is perfect if you are gifting the banner to a friend and will also keep it safe when Christmas is over.
You have two ways to order:

  1. Visit my website and place an order for home delivery
  2. Email me at shaunnarichards@bigpond.com.au to have your stamps added to my next order. You can collect from me once they arrive.

Happy crafting,
Shaunna
Products used in this project
D1743 Gingerbread Friends Stamp + Thin Cuts
Z3386 Block Alphabet Thin Cuts
Z3345 Basic Banners Thin Cuts
Z4014 White & Gold Twine
X5950 Toffee Cardstock
X5949 Almond Cardstock
Z3241 Red Glitter Paper
Z2828 Toffee Ink
Z2829 Espresso Ink
Z2816 Cranberry Ink

S1712 A Little Bit of Pun SOTM Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the December, 2017 Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Doris’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 A Little Bit of Pun (S1712) stamp set which is December’s Stamp of the Month.

CTMH December Stamp of the Month is 'A Little Bit of Pun'. Super cute for cards. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The cute line drawings teamed with funny puns are perfectly suited to card making.  Something to make the recipient smile for sure.  The first thing I did was cut the sentiments away from the drawing so I could use them in a wider variety of ways.

Recognise a person's achievements with a card made using 'A Little Bit of Pun by Close To My Heart. December's Stamp of the month can be ordered at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au
These recognition cards were sent to members of my team who have been working hard and growing their businesses over the past month.  Enchantment Fundamentals provided the spot paper and the rest is plain cardstock.  Stamping the sentiment repeatedly creates the look of a patterned paper.  You can see now why I cut the sentiment away from the drawing.

The pattern on the red Cricut cut shape was made using a background stamp that comes in the You Are Here Cricut collection.

Cut gift tags made using 'A Little Bit of Pun' stamps, Basic Tags and Basic Banners Thin cuts. All available to purchase at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au.

 

I have been making all my Christmas gifts again this year and these tags will be part of a collection I am gifting to a friend.  They were so quick to make using cardstock scraps.  The tags are cut using the largest dies in the Basic Banner and Basic Tags Thin Cuts sets.  You could colour them but I think they are fine as they are.
A Little Bit of Pun (S1712) is available to purchase for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order during December, 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.
Can you see yourself trying one of these projects?  I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Maz’s Blog, , to see what she has designed for you.
Happy Scrappin’
Shaunna
Products used on these projects:
S1712 A Little Bit of Pun

Z3345 Basic Banners Thin Cuts

Z3344 Basic Tags Thin Cuts

Z3389 You Are Here Cricut Collection

Z3095 Whisper Extra Thick Twine

Z899 Memento Black Ink

Z2832 Pewter Ink

Z2848 Sapphire Ink

X5943 Enchantment Cardstock Combo

Z3353 Enchantment Paper Pack

Z3089 Grey Gems

 

Gingerbread Friends Brooch

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Last night 13 of my team and I attended the state launch event for Seasonal Expressions 1.  That’s our New Year’s catalogue which is filled with awesomeness you are going to love.  BUT… I’m sworn to secrecy and can’t share anything yet.  I’m such a tease, aren’t I?

This post is about the Christmas brooches I made for each team member who attended.  I adore the Gingerbread Friends stamp and Thin Cuts set.  You can dress these cuties up in many ways.

CTMH Gingerbread Friends (Z3378) - purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.auI stamped the Gingerbread girl onto Almond cardstock using Toffee and Cranberry ink.  The tiara comes from the Quinceanera stamp set which can be found in the International stamps on my website.   It was heat embossed with Silver and trimmed a little to fit the Ginger’s head.  Why a tiara?  Because my team are the Dazzling Duchesses 🙂

https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=10452&ci=9292

Add the Gingerbread Girl to a Daisy White and a Red Glitter tag and finish with a brooch pin.  The largest of the Basic Banners Thin Cuts was the perfect size. Super quick to make and a fun gift.

Banner Die cuts are super versatile. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.auIf you use Cranberry cardstock instead of the glitter, they make great gift tags.

CTMH Gingerbread Friends (D1743). Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

View more ideas for using these cuties on my Handmade Cards Pinterest board.  Click here to open it.

The Gingerbread Friends stamps and thin cuts are available until Dec 31, 2017.  Order today to avoid disappointment.

Happy Crafting,

Shaunna

Products used 

Z3378 Gingerbread Friends Stamp & Thin Cuts Bundle

B1580 Quinceanera Stamp Set

Z3345 Basic Banners Thin Cuts

Z3231 Red Glitter Paper

X5975 Cranberry Cardstock

X5949 Almond Cardstock

1385 Daisy White Cardstock

Z2828 Toffee Ink

Z2816 Cranberry Ink

Z891 Versamark Ink

Z2067 Silver Embossing Powder