Little Dreamer Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Little Dreamer Blog Hop.  This hop features some amazing and talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

If you arrived from  Megan’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 all the different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Little Dreamer collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Little Dreamer collection from Close To My Heart http://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9932&ci=8409

The Little Dreamer collection is available until the end of August 2017.  Buy it as a full kit or individual items.

When you purchase the Little Dreamer WYW Kit, you can download instructions to make 3 layouts and 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs).  You do have paper and embellishments left over.  Today I’ll share how I use the left overs along with one each of the card fronts to make 3 more layouts!  All I then had left were a few small paper scraps and stickers that I will give to a crafty little girl I know.  I have nothing to store – the whole kit is gone.  That means I can buy another collection – guilt free!!!!

 

These are the layouts and cards we have instructions for:

CTMH Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way layouts http://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9932&ci=84091705-se-little-dreamer-wyw-layout-021705-se-little-dreamer-wyw-layout-01CTMH Little Dreamer Collection http://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9932&ci=8409

Place layouts in this order and work on the backs of the papers.  If you look at my layouts below, the left and right pages have different background papers.  Use plain cardstock in Thistle, Glacier, Lagoon and Daisy White to blend the colours of the designs.

CTMH Little Dreamer Collection http://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9932&ci=8409

Can you spot the card front? It is layered on two of the Cut Apart PML cards that come in the pack.  Glacier Cardstock provides the mat for the enlargement.

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The lagoon cardstock strip has been embossed with the Confetti Stars folder.  Feed the strip into the folder from both ends to create the design with more stars on the outer edges.

Little Dreamer Bonus Pages - 3

As this is the final layout, you will need a full sheet of Glacier cardstock for the base of the RH page.  Don’t the card fronts work beautifully as page embellishments?

Now, if you are wondering why there are no photos on these layouts… it’s because, after 15 years of furious scrapbooking, I have run out of photos!!!!  So, if you are one of my friends, send me some snaps to use and I will gift the pages to you when I’m finished teaching them 🙂

The Little Dreamer 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 Doris’ Blog , Creative Inspirations to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.  Doris always comes up with something clever.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

Products used in these projects

G1126 Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way

Z7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet

X7219D Little Dreamer Co-ordinating Cardstock

X7219C Little Dreamer Complements

Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon

Z3321 Little Dreamer Glitter Gems

Z3335 Little Dreamer Cardmaking Stamp & Thin Cuts

Z3119 Confetti Stars Embossing Folder

Z2840 Thistle Ink Pad

Z2892 Lagoon Ink Pad

Z2872 Whisper Ink Pad

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Live Beautifully Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Live Beautifully Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from  Nell’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 Live Beautifully papers, Stamp set and/or Cut Above Kit from Close To My Heart.

The Live Beautifully collection is available this month only – May 2017.  It is our National Scrapbook Month celebration collection.  You can choose from the Paper Pack (C1212B), Stamp Set (C1212C) or 5 layout Cut Above Kit (C1212A).

Today I have 2 projects to share.  This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day here in Australia so I thought it fitting to make a card for my mum and a layout about her. 

Live Beautifully is the CTMH exclusive collection for National Scrapbook Month 2017

This gorgeous photo card idea was shared by my Upline Director, Susan Wilmot.  Isn’t it a lovely way to send photos?  It’s simply a 12″ x 6″ piece of cardstock scored and folded to create 3 panels.  The Solid Circle  and Solid Heart Thin Cuts made decorating easy.  I’m so happy these die sets are continuing in our range.

This card is a great project to have your consultant teach at your gathering – it’s easy to do but has a huge impact on friends and family who are new to Close To My Heart.

Next up is the layout.  Our team have a Virtual Crop once a month, run by volunteer consultants who do an outstanding job to help us try new page designs.  Consultants from all over Australia connect on the first weekend of each month, cropping ‘together’ from the comfort of our own homes.  This was one of the challenge layouts for May. You will find the instructions in the Magic How To Book.

The Live Beautifully words exactly match my mum’s character so that was an easy paper choice.  My first go also included Poppy cardstock to pick up on one of the colours in mum’s clothes.

Live Beautifully papers mixed with Poppy cardstock. The Forget-me-not flower is one of the symbols for Alzheimers. It was cut from the CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.

I really struggled choosing the cardstock colour and just wasn’t happy when it was done.  Fortunately, Ezi Dots tape runner is forgiving and I could take it off and switch to this colour scheme which I like better.

Live Beautifully papers. The Forget-me-not flower is one of the symbols for Alzheimers. It was cut from the CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.Live Beautifully papers. A Pocket Plus protector adds 3 photos and a journal box with no extra work. The Forget-me-not flower is one of the symbols for Alzheimers. It was cut from the CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.

The gorgeous vine circlet and Forget-me-not flowers are cut from the Flower Market Cricut cartridge.  I just purchased the Cricut Explore via CTMH Hostess Rewards and I am loving it!  So quiet and the cuts are soooo clean.  Ask your consultant how you can get one too!

The Live Beautifully collection  is only available while stocks last until the end of May. 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 – do you prefer the first or second version of the layout? Then 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.  Maz has been crafting up a storm all month using these fabulous products.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

Products used in these projects

CC1212B Live Beautifully Paper Pack

X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock

Z2810 Blossom Ink

Z2813 Sea Glass Ink

X5779 Poppy Cardstock

X5775 Sapphire Cardstock

1292 Crystal Blue Cardstock

X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock

Z3290 Flower Market Digital Collection OR

Z3285 Flower Market standard collection (with physical cartridge & book)

9040 Magic Ideas Book

 

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S1705 Live, Laugh, Love Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

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Welcome to the May 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 Live, Laugh. Love (S1705) stamp set which is May’s Stamp of the Month.

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Doesn’t this stamp set just make you want to grab some snaps of your smiling family and friends and make a gorgeous page?  I sure did!  I have a collection of happy snaps we took disembarking at each port on a cruise and when I look at them I laugh at the sweet memories we made together living life and loving being together.

Once the layout is complete, embellish with the bright Prickly Pear sequins.  Double the number of photos on this layout by adding Flip Flaps.  The layout remains clean and uncluttered and the Flip Flaps provide a fun interactive element for your album readers.

Live, Laugh Love (S1705) is May 2017 Stamp of the Month. Perfect for scrapbookers. I've added Flip flaps to include extra photos. www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Live, Laugh Love (S1705) is May 2017 Stamp of the Month. Perfect for scrapbookers. I've added Flip flaps to include extra photos. www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Before you move off to the next blog in this hop, let me share a little tip if you make a mistake like I did.  I cut one of the smaller yellow pieces the wrong size and had it glued down before I realised.  Rather than waste the paper, I used the Rub & Remove eraser to take the adhesive off and popped the paper back in my packet.

Rub & Remove Eraser - great for taking unwanted adhesive off paper. www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

You will find a list of the products used on the layout at the end of this post.

Live, Laugh, Love (S1705) is only available during May, 2017.  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 layout? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you 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.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

  • S1705 Live, Laugh, Love
  • X7221B Prickly Pear Paper packet
  • Z3324 Prickly Pear Sequins
  • Z2806 Emerald Ink
  • Z2809 Tangerine Ink
  • Z2810 Blossom Ink
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z3022 E-Z Dots Tape Runner
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1207 Rub & Remove Eraser
  • Z1386 Non-Stick Micro-tip Scissors
  • Z3230 3″ x 4″ Flip Flaps
  • Z3231 4″ x 6″ Flip Flaps

Some Kinda Wonderful Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Some Kinda Wonderful 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 Some Kinda Wonderful Workshop Your Way (G1120) from Close To My Heart.

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The Some Kinda Wonderful collection is  from the Seasonal Expressions Jan-Apr 2017 Catalogue.  This pack has lots of bright colours in it but the black helps keep it from being overwhelming.  Most of the bright prints have a subtle one on the reverse of the paper.

Today I’ve used Some Kinda Wonderful on a layout featuring photos of street art in Tahiti’s capital, Papeete.  It was a drizzly overcast morning and we thought a museum was in order.  Turned out the museum didn’t open on a Sunday.  We decided to walk around the streets instead – something we love to do in cities we haven’t visited before.  As soon as you step beyond the main tourist strip you see a completely different scene.  We were delighted to discover many of the Papeete buildings featured truly amazing art work.

Some Kinda Wornderful Papeete

Trim around the circle print using  scissors to give this paper a new look.  Stamping on the circles with Handwritten Alphabet stamps (E1030) creates a focal point of your title.

This street art was painted as part of the Tahiti Street Art Festival.  If you are ever travelling to Tahiti, be sure to stop over in Papeete and walk behind the tourist precinct.

The Some Kinda Wonderful Workshop Your Way  (G1121) kit is only available until the end of April. 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 click on the underlined link and move on to Kara’s Blog , Creating with Kara Davies to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

 

S1704 Flock Together CTMH Australasian SOTM Blog Hop

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Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Nell’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 Flock Together (S1704) stamp set which is April’s Stamp of the Month.

Ed note:  Oops, looks like I’m an April Fool!  I forgot to put photos of the project in before this went live early this morning.  They are all here now for you to enjoy.  Sorry to those who visited earlier.

S1704 Flock Together

These little partridges just make me smile.  You can colour them, stamp them in black or a coloured ink, add shimmer pen and even paper piece them if you like.  My favourite sentiment on this set is “ Together is the best place to be”.

Today I’ve created a decorated small organiser.  I attended Team Builders last weekend.  it’s a Close To My Heart conference just for the leaders in the company.  We were fortunate to have Julia Bickerstaff from The Business Bakery as a keynote speaker.  Julia shared fabulous information about setting and working towards goals using her 100 Day Goal challenge.  One lovely thing she spoke of was a Smile File.  This is a place to store cards, notes and other things you receive from customers or team members – things that make you smile.  Then, as you are working toward your goal and it is getting tough, you can look through the Smile File and remember that it is all worth it!

All you need are 3 panels (6″ x 4″) to decorate the front and two sides of your box.  One they are decorated, use the new Tombow permanent adhesive.  (Z3327)

The clouds were created using sponging around a Cricut cut cloud shape.  If you don’t have a cricut, use a stamp to make a mask or just draw one free hand.  Gold Shimmer Pen adds the final dimension.

The photos above will give you an idea of how I sponged.  To make the masks for the birds, simply stamp on to Post It Notes and cut out.  Next, stamp on your panel and cover with the Post It Note.  Did you know you can buy Post It’s that have a full coating of adhesive??  They make life so much easier.

To complete your box add ribbon around the lip of the lid.  Large Glue Dots make this job super easy.

You will find a list of the products used on the layout at the end of this post.

Flock Together (S1704) is only available during April, 2017.  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 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 , Creative Expressions, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

  • Z1038 Small Organiser
  • 1385 Daisy White Cardstock
  • X5787 Blossom Cardstock
  • Z3287 Whimsy Ribbon Pack
  • S1704 Flock Together Stamp Set
  • Shin Han Markers – various
  • Z899 Memento Black Ink
  • Z28017 Willow Ink
  • Z2810 Blossom Ink
  • Z2812 Raspberry Ink
  • Z1836 Non-stick Micro Tip Scissors
  • Z1772 Glue Dots
  • Z3327 Tombow Permanent Adhesive

Dreamin’ Big – Great golfing moments

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This layout follows the one I shared on March 15.  I love that my daughter, her beau, my niece & nephew and my sister and her husband are all very happy to ham it up for the camera!

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The layout was created using Dreamin’ Big papers(X7218D) and complements (X7218C).  It came together very quickly and features 11 photos – getting lots of snaps on my pages is important to me!

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The stickers from the complements make perfect little journal boxes.  I had already told the main story for this event on the previous layout so a simple caption was all this one needed.

Rather than mounting the photos I chose to distress the edges using Close To My Heart’s Edge Distresser (Z1297)  You just run this gadget along the edge of your photo and it textures it for you.

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The title cluster was created with the left over stickers on the Complements sheet.  Using a large sticker as the anchor point draws your eye and 3 smaller elements positioned in a triangular formation are pleasing to the eye.  The title letters were left over from my Welcome Wreath I made in January.

If you would like to order your own set of Dreamin’ Big papers and complements, simply visit my website, http://www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to see other tips and ideas I share – just search for Passionate About Pages

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

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Dreamin’ Big CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Dreamin’ Big Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from  Nell’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 Dreamin’ Big Workshop Your Way (G1121) from Close To My Heart.

Dreamin Big WYW Kit

The Dreamin’ Big collection is  from the Seasonal Expressions Jan-Apr 2017 Catalogue.  Once you begin creating with this collection you will never want to stop!  The colours just seem to go with everything you have in your photos.

Today I’ve used Dreamin’ Big on a layout featuring a great sporting moment in my life.  If you know me well, you know I can’t throw and catch, I don’t like to get sweaty and watching sport just bores me senseless BUT I do like to be a bit silly and I love my family more than anything .  So, here we are playing mini golf on a ship!  It was girls versus boys and the girls won.  Imagine everyone’s surprise when it was discovered I was the overall winner!!!  This moment was definitely worth preserving in an album 🙂

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This layout was created using leftovers after completing the Workshop Your Way layouts.  Mounting the photos on Daisy White cardstock meant I only needed small pieces of the dotty paper above and below them.

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To create the golf ball you will need the Confetti Embossing Folder (Z3118), Whisper Ink (Z2872) and the Basic Circle Thin Cuts (Z3318).  Dab the whisper ink pad over the raised dots inside the embossing folder BEFORE you place the paper in it.  When you run it through your embossing machine the ink will transfer to the paper and look like the dimples on a golf ball.  The Basic Circle Thin Cuts cut solid circles in a choice of 2 1/2″, 2″, 1 1/2″ or 1″.  They are on special this month along with all our other Thin Cuts – 25% off!

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Dreamin Big Layout detail - Page 004You can create the illusion of a long horizontal strip running behind you photos and papers by cutting a PML card into small pieces.  In this layout I used the juniper diagonal stripe PML.  Zip strips with printed words make a nice accent for your layout too.

The Dreamin Big Workshop Your Way  (G1121) kit is only available until the end of April. 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 click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’s Blog , Doris Taylor Creative Expressions to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

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