Celebrate Today Australasian Blog Hop

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020
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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Celebrate Today Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

If you arrived from  Megan’s Blog, Crop Craft Create,  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 Celebrate Today collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

We have so much to Celebrate Today!

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

This bright collection is a party in a bag, ready to burst forth and make your scrapbook pages dazzle.  You have kit options for scrapbooking and card making plus the option to purchase papers, co-ordinating cardstock, Pocket scrapbook cards and Vellum Die-cuts as individual items.  Everything works together so you can focus on the fun of reliving life’s magical moments and telling the stories in your albums.

Two ways to use the Celebrate Today scrapbooking workshop kit

Today’s layouts are all made from the Celebrate Today scrapbook workshop kit, pictured above.  There are so many really different and interesting die-cuts in this kit that few of us would take the time to make from scratch.

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

When you purchase a Close To My Heart scrapbook kit, you receive all the supplies needed to make 6 pages following the printed instructions that come in the kit.  At times, when you are short on time or creative inspiration, following the cutting diagrams and assembly instructions exactly will be a perfect fit.

For those feeling creative, the other option is to pull out ALL the pieces in the kit, use the sample layouts as inspiration and just play!  That’s how today’s sample layouts came to be.

Turn a single layout into a double

When you have lots of photos to scrapbook, one page just isn’t enough.  Fortunately there are plenty of decorative elements on the single pages in this kit that can easily expand to cover two pages.

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

The first double page uses all those lovely die-cut circles and the yo-yo strips.  Rather than make the 3D yo-yo elements, place the strips flat on your pages.  Quick and easy!

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

When you get to the second single page transformation you will realise the background paper is the reverse of the first layout and there isn’t an extra sheet in the kit.  Fear not, you can work on the back of the first layout for the LH page and add a different background sheet for the RH page. 

Using matching zip strips across both pages and sharing the scallop border piece and stars between the two pages ties everything together nicely.

Both these layouts lend themselves to the addition of Pocket Plus protectors to fit even more photos in.  The co-ordinating Picture My Life cards will fill any empty slots and provide room for journalling.

Tone down a ‘busy’ layout

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

The layered balloon die-cuts in this kit are adorable but the page design may be too busy for your style.  By cutting one background sheet and spreading it over two base pages you introduce white space to calm the look a little.  The clouds were also omitted from this layout and used later.

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

3 of the streamers and the photo flags were left off the layout above and repurposed later.  Once again, this gives a more open look to your design.

Make a layout from the kit left overs

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

A little trimming of the streamers, a few extra pegs made up from spare photo mats and this very simple layout was completed quickly on mink cardstock.  February’s Stamp of the Month, Cherish Her, worked perfectly on the small photo frames and the title.

10 pages from one Celebrate Today Workshop Kit

Everything comes together easily when you start with a co-ordinated kit.  There are still enough die-cuts left to make one more layout!  What do you think?  Is this something you could see yourself doing. Why not order a kit and see how far you can take it.

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Order your supplies this month

The Celebrate Today collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant while stocks last. A list of products used on my layout appears at the end of this post.  Place your order on my website or with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

I’d love you to like this post or leave a comment for me before you go.  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

Close To My Heart products used in this project

G1193 Celebrate Today Scrapbooking Workshop Kit

X7252D Celebrate Today Picture My Life Cards

S2002 Cherish Her (Stamp of the Month)

X5947 Mink Cardstock

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

Z280 Black Exclusive Ink

Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Ink

Z3441 Dual Tip Multi Bond Glue Pen

Z1836 Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors

Z3341 Thin Foam Dots

Z3326 Permanent Adhesive Tape

Engagement Party Photo Prop Frame

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase
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Love is in the air

Mike and I had the great joy of hosting an engagement party for our daughter and her fiancé recently.  Many of their close friends, family members and some of Kathryn’s scrapbook aunties joined us.  I had a lot of fun creating this frame for photo opportunities.

It’s not difficult to make a decorative frame but it does take some time.  Start early so you can enjoy the process and play around with placement of elements before you commit to gluing them down. The proposal happened at the beach so seashell stamps were an obvious choice and a couple of nice big Cricut cut diamonds were essential.  Twine and some leftover packaging added texture.

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

Find a sturdy frame

This one came from an Op Shop.  It had a very dated picture in it and was only a few dollars.  It was easy to pop the picture out and use pliers to bend the metal thingies that held it in so no fingers would be harmed during the photographs.

Begin making LOTS of small elements

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

You will be amazed how many small pieces you will use to achieve a balanced look to your frame. The seashells on this one come from two stamp sets.  The smaller shells are from a retired set called Swirly Shells and the largest shells are a stamp and thin cut set called Beach Treasures, available for 30% off as part of this month’s Stamptacular sale.  Stamp the shells onto the light side of almond cardstock and heat emboss using Copper Tinsel, Gold Tinsel or Clear powder.

Then pull up some images of real shells on your phone or laptop and use them as a guide to add colour and patterns to the largest shells using watercolour paints.  I was fortunate to have an artist visiting who took over this part for me 😊

Create focal elements

The large and medium size diamonds were cut from white glitter paper using Close To My Heart’s Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  The largest seashells were a free download from Cricut and were cut in julep glitter paper.  Cut two layers for the base of each Cricut shape to strengthen them.  In this frame, the gorgeous Holographic paper shows through the pattern of the shell overlays and a solid cardstock forms the bottom layer. See how the play of light changes the colour of the holographic papers?

‘Love’ was cut 4 times from cardstock and layered to make it really robust.  It isn’t attached to anything firm so needs to be able to stand up to some handling. 

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

Layer all your elements

This part does take some time.  You will find you move pieces around quite a bit until your design is balanced and pleasing to your eye.  Work in opposite corners with the lower cluster taking more space than the top one.

You need an anchor to build your design on.  I had some brown paper packaging that came wrapped around bottles.  I’ve had it in the craft cupboard for 2 years not knowing how I would use it.  This was the perfect project for it!  Attach your largest elements to this base.  I used liquid glass because it gives a strong bond and filled the gaps in the brown paper.

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

The trickiest part was attaching this base cluster to the frame.  My final solution was to cut 1” strips of cardstock.  Liquid glass one end to the back of the brown paper, coat the strip with more liquid glass and wrap it around the frame.  You are working from the back so it doesn’t have to be neat.  Once all the decorative elements are in place you can come back and cover the ‘workings’ with a sheet of cardstock cut to fit.

The final stages are attaching the smaller elements and adding some texture to the clusters.  A mixture of glue dots and liquid glass holds everything in place.  Shells are overlapped and tucked behind other elements.  The twine is caught in a couple of places so it can loop and provide dimensionality.  Some chunky bling added contrasting colour.

Choose your theme and start creating

What theme could you use for a photo prop frame?  Have a look through your supplies and re-discover hidden treasures in your craft cupboard. 

A list of supplies used in this project appears below.  Order yours on my website.  All Stamp Sets and Stamp/Thin Cut bundles are discounted by up to 50% during February 2020.  Look for the Stampaganza link.

Happy scrapping,

Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this project

Z3611 Cricut Artistry Digital Collection

Z3367 White Glitter Paper

Z3506 Julep Glitter Paper

Z3635 Dreamy Holographic Paper

Z3636 Oasis Holographic Paper

X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock

X6030 Peacock Cardstock

X5949 Almond Cardstock (Light side)

Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad

Z4250 Tinsel Embossing Powder

Z4248 Silver Embossing Powder

Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder

Z3132 Watercolour paints

Z3225 Medium Water brush

Z679 Liquid Glass

1772 3/8” Ultra Thin Glue Dots

Australasian CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop S2002- Cherishing Her

Celebrate a special woman in your life using Cherishing Her (S2002) – February 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 February 2020
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Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Australasian 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 Cherishing Her (S2002E) stamp set which is February’s Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.

There are two versions of this stamp set. If MUM is your preferred spelling, you want S2002E (E for English spelling).

Celebrate a special woman in your life using Cherishing Her (S2002) – February 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 February 2020. There are two versions of this set on the website. If MUM is your preferred setting be sure to order S2002E (E for English spelling).

Celebrate a special woman in your life

This stamp set is filled with heartfelt sentiments to share your feelings for a special woman you know.  You may be a friend or a relative, this stamp caters for many relationships.  It’s only available this month and I know it will be a firm favourite in your collection for card making and scrapbooking.

Use Cherish Her on a scrapbook layout

Celebrate a special woman in your life using Cherishing Her (S2002) – February 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 February 2020

I’ve been learning about asymmetric designs and layering the past couple of weeks.  I decided to have a go at both on one layout.  What do you think?  It was easier than I thought to create a balanced page even though I started with the large triangle at the top.  I only had 3 photos of this holiday sewing project so it’s a single page.

Use Cherish Her to enhance printed paper

Celebrate a special woman in your life using Cherishing Her (S2002) – February 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 February 2020

This photo shows the heart print from a Mix In paper pack as it comes (top) and enhanced by adding stamping (bottom).  Begin stamping your largest element randomly on the pre-cut piece of paper. I just stamped ‘aunt’ where ever it would fit comfortably between the patterns. Then fill in the gaps with the smaller stamps.  In this case I added 2 small hearts to my block.

Use Cherish Her to add background stamping

Celebrate a special woman in your life using Cherishing Her (S2002) – February 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 February 2020

The lower half of the page was too stark for my liking so I stamped that beautiful bouquet a few times in Mink Ink to fill some gaps.  You can plan where these images would go by placing your photos on the page and adding a few pencil marks.  Then  remove the photos and add the stamped bouquets where there would be gaps.

Create interesting embellishment clusters with layering

Celebrate a special woman in your life using Cherishing Her (S2002) – February 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 February 2020

Begin the top right cluster by stamping the bouquet onto the light side of Ballerina Cardstock and colouring with TriBlend Markers.  The pink cardstock tones down the colour of the markers so this element doesn’t dominate on the page. Fussy cut the bouquet and tuck the stems behind one photo.

Next add a pleasing circular shape to soften the overall design. The scalloped Circle Thin Cut is ideal for this job.

The cute koalas are from a retired stamp set.  They went perfectly with the Australian animal print used on the quilt.  They were also coloured with TriBlend markers, fussy cut and then popped up on foam dots.

A little bling just rounds out a design don’t you think? I was delighted to find these Sangria coloured hearts in my stash.  It is amazing how many times a retired Close To My Heart product matches perfectly with a new product.  Something old, something new!

Order your Stamp of the Month

Cherish Her (S2002) is only available during February, 2020.  Remember, there are two versions of this stamp set. If MUM is your preferred spelling, you want S2002E (E for English spelling).

Full retail price is $34 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $9 when accompanied by an $88 order. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Did you like this project? 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 Wood’s Blog , ArtyMaz, 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

S2002 Cherish Her Stamp Set

Z3639 Scalloped Circle Thin Cut

X9011 Mix In Paper Packet

X6027 White Daisy Cardstock

X5961 Saffron Cardstock

X5962 Goldrush Cardstock

X6034 Sangria Cardstock

X6036 Ballerina Cardstock

Z2481 Coral TriBlend Marker

Z2487 Jade Green TriBlend Marker

Z2486 Dull Green TriBlend Marker

Z2483 Light Yellow TriBlend Marker

Z2478 Earth Brown TriBlend Marker

Z2475 Brown Grey TriBlend Marker

Z2474 Ice Grey TriBlend Marker

Z3271 Archival Black Ink

Z2825 Mink Ink

Z2851 Saffron Ink

Z3513 Pewter .03 Journalling Pen

Holographic Papers – they are magical!

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This post comes with a warning: Holographic papers are completely addictive! Once you start using them in your paper craft projects you will begin thinking of an endless array of applications.

What is Holographic Paper?

Holographic paper has been coated with a metallic-like finish that reflects light, creating a range of colours depending on the angle it is held to the light. Once added to a card or scrapbook page, the colours will vary as the project is handled and as it is viewed in different light conditions.

How do you use Holographic Paper?

This paper is perfect for any cards or layouts that need a little pizzazz.

  • Use large pieces to back a card design or scrapbook border
  • Mount special photos
  • Add narrow strips in place of shimmer trim, ribbon or twine
  • Cut it with Thin Cuts
  • Emboss it with textured folders
  • Stamp on it
  • Heat emboss on it
  • Add Stickles to it
  • Colour with alcohol markers

Stamping on Holographic Paper

Today I’m sharing some tips to stamp on Holographic paper.  The mermaid’s tails were made this way. Aren’t they adorable?  They will find a home on a layout I’m creating featuring photos of mermaids on stand up paddle boards – of course mermaids can’t stand so they were passengers on the boards.

The shiny surface of this paper will not accept dye-based inks.  They will just sit on the surface and smudge or wipe off.  The best ink for the job with Holographic papers is StazOn. This ink is specially formulated to work on any shiny surface.

Close To My Heart offer StazOn in Brown and Black.  Simply ink your stamp as you would normally and stamp on the paper gently.  Don’t add too much pressure to the block as it may slip and cause a blurred image.  I suggest stamping first, setting it aside to dry completely while you make the rest of the project.

StazOn Ink is ideal for stamping on any non-poraous surface like Holographic papers, glass, metal and plastic. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

It’s important to note that you require StazOn cleaning fluid to remove excess ink from your stamps.  Simply follow the instructions on the bottle.  Use an old cleaning cloth to wipe off the excess cleaner as it can leach colour from your stamp shammy.

SatzOn Cleaner is perfect for cleaning your stamps after using StazOn ink. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Choose from two colours

Endless posibilities await with Holographic papers from Close To My Heart. order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Close To My Heart currently offers Dreamy and Oasis Holographic papers.  You will find 3 sheets of 12” x 12” paper in each pack, offering you many opportunities to create some irridescent magic on your cards and layouts.  Check all the details on my website.

Happy Scrapping

Shaunna

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Bring Back My Pack – Urban Australasian CTMH Blog Hop

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020
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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Bring Back My Pack – Urban Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

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

Urban is back for a short time  

You will love the very different prints in this paper pack – all representative of buildings and construction.  The colours are earthy and the prints textural. 

The Urban collection is available until the end of January 2020.  Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.  Ask your Close To My Heart Consultant for details.

Show off ALL the patterns

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020

What do you do when ALL the prints in a paper pack are fabulous? Show them off of course!  I’ve been hanging out to play with the NEW Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts.  One 3” x 12” strip of each paper is enough to cut 2 of each Bracket shape, giving you many options for how you arrange them.

Use Make It From Your Heart patterns

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020

I knew I wanted to create a border to display the paper shapes and that I had lots of photos to include on this layout, so I’d need a Pocket Plus Protector.  The last 6 patterns In Make It From Your Heart, Vol 3 are designed to accommodate these pocket protectors.  Pattern 33 was ideal for my layout.

Mix new with old for stash busting

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020

I’m running a Mission Possible Challenge the first 6 weeks of the year and our focus is on using up embellishments in our stash.  I had a look through my ribbons and trims and found 4 that co-ordinated with the colours of the Urban papers.  Grouping several ribbons alongside each other creates a wider focal point in the design.

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020

Have you ever been frustrated that twine stored on a card has kinks in it? Just run you damp stamp shammy along the twine and it will straighten out.

A title and journalling always complete the layout

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020

It’s interesting how a title and a story transform the look of a layout, inviting the reader in to learn more about the photos.  My title used the Block Alphabet thin cuts, stamped with a background stamp and with some very long-retired alphabet stickers.

The journal boxes in the pockets were decorated with left over bracket shapes from the border teamed with a ribbon.  Simple and fast to make.

Order your supplies this month

The Urban Collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant until the end of January when they return to the vault. A list of products used on my layout appears at the end of this post.  Place your order on my website or with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’s blog, Creative Inspirations, to see the projects she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this project

CC12191 Urban Papers & Stickers

CC12193 Urban Co-ordinating Cardstock

Z4221 Mink Twine

 Z3631 Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts

Z3386 Block Alphabet Thin Cuts

Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Stamp Pad

Z3579 Stamp Shammy

Z534 Micro-tip Scissors

Z341 Mini Dots

Z2060 Thin 3D Foam Tape

Z3326 Permanent Adhesive Tape

Spruced Up Australasian CTMH Blog Hop

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Hop along to enjoy creative ideas using the latest Close To My Heart products. www.passionateaboutpages.com

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

If you arrived from  Lauren’s Blog 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 Spruced Up 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 Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020
Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

The Spruced Up Collection is versatile

Don’t be fooled by the wintery, woodsy feel to this kit.  It is brilliant for lots of everyday photos down under too.  The earthy colours team well with many landscapes and add a subtle backdrop for images featuring brighter colours.  I’m sure you will be impressed with the variety of ideas shared on this hop.

The Spruced Up collection is available until the end of February, 2020.  Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.  Ask your Close To My Heart Consultant for details.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Make use of your scrapbooking scraps

I have enjoyed using this collection so much that I only had very small scraps leftover when it came time to make my sample for today’s blog.  I had just watched a sewing video about creating new fabric from lots of skinny strips and decided to try it with my paper and sticker scraps.  My first instinct was to reach for Basic Shapes Thin Cuts BUT my order arrived as I was experimenting and this gorgeous set, Mandela Vibes, was in the box!

Close To My Heart's Mandela Vibes (Z3640) Stamps & Thin Cuts adapt brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

I love the scallop shapes of the two large dies and cut several to use as bases.  Then it’s simply a matter of laying narrow strips (¼”up to ¾”) over the shape.  Begin near the centre, adding glue to the base and work out.  Liquid glue ensures all strips are stuck right to the edges of the base shape.  Then, flip the shape over and fussy cut the overhanging paper away.  Your die cut machine may be able to cut through both layers if you make a piece of striped ‘paper’ first – I just didn’t think about that at the time.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Create a free flowing border for your page

The shapes made were quite ‘heavy’ on the page.  To lighten the look of the design, I stamped the co-ordinating Mandela Vibes stamp directly to the base page using Sangria Ink. The base paper comes from the Jan/Feb Mix In paper packet.  As the name suggests, these packs are designed to blend well with the other collections featured in the catalogue, making it easier to use up your leftovers.

Finish off this border cluster by adding the small flower shapes from the Mandela Vibes set with Gold Glitter Gems for centres. The Julep flowers are mounted with Foam Dots

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Create a scrapbook title in two parts

It is fun to mix sentiment stamps with alphabets to create interesting titles.  This page is the title page for my 2020 album.  There are exciting times ahead for us this year and I wanted to express that in the title.  First up, the date was created using a shadow stamping technique.  Stamp first in Mink Ink and then in Espresso ink, moving slightly to the left and up so the Mink looks likes a shadow.  Love is in the air this year so … was replaced by 3 little hearts from January’s stamp of the month, Everyday Magic.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

The second part of the title appears in the bottom right of the page.  This creates visual balance with the Espresso cardstock border I added to the top and left of base paper.  The sentiment, “be excited for all good things to come” is ideal for a new year.  The corner design and hearts around this sentiment come from Everyday Magic and Mandela Vibes.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Make your photo mat stand out

This group photo shows the first of many celebrations we will enjoy this year.  It was wide and narrow so I need to jazz up the photo mat to help it stand out on the page.  A double mat of printed paper helped and printing the photo with a white border makes it stand out but it still looked too narrow.  Another look at the Mandela Vibes stamp set, gave me my solution – the beautiful scalloped edge stamp adds depth to the photo mount and completes the page.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Order your supplies this month

The Spruced Up collection, January Stamp of the Month and the Mandela Vibes Stamps & Thin Cuts  are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant until the end of February when they retire. A list of products used on my layout appears at the end of this post.  Place your order on my website or with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go.  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

Close To My Heart products used in this project

X7253S Spruced Up Paper & Sticker Pack

X7253C Spruced Up Coordinating Cardstock

X9011 Mix In Paper Pack

S2001 Every Day magic (Stamp of the Month)

Z3640 Mandela Vibes Stamp & Thin Cuts

Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

Z6516 Sangria Exclusive Ink

Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Ink

Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Ink

Z3441 Dual Tip Multi Bond Glue Pen

Z1836 Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors

Z3341 Thin Foam Dots

Z3326 Permanent Adhesive Tape

Spooktacular Australasian CTMH Blog Hop

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

Close To My Heart’s Spooktacular collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of October 2019


If you arrived from  Dannii’s Scrappychicks 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 your response 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 several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Spooktacular 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 Spooktacular collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of October 2019

It’s not all Halloween with the Spooktacular Collection

As the name suggests, this collection is perfect for photos of your spooky themes like Halloween and ghost tours BUT, it is so much more than that!  The vibrant colours work with so many other photo themes.  When you look closely at the paper pack, only one print is dedicated to the theme – the rest are just great colours and generic patterns.

The Spooktacular collection is available until the end of October 2019.  Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.  Ask your Close To My Heart Consultant for details.

Close To My Heart’s Spooktacular collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of October 2019

Port Arthur Ghost Tour Layout

I attended Close To My Heart’s Australasian Business Builders conference in Hobart a couple of weeks ago.  Our final night was spent at Port Arthur where we enjoyed a meal and then took a ghost tour.  The spooktacular papers were perfect for my photos.  The Nectarine print highlighted the orange glow on the buildings and the black spot provided a nice contrast.

Close To My Heart’s Spooktacular collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of October 2019

Make your title a focal point of the layout

Cut and flip the background paper to create a contrast background for your title. Join the two pieces with some washi tape. This join is covered when you add the black panel.

Use a large Alphabet font to stamp your title and run it vertically on the page.  To frame your title use the black print paper and raise the panels on thin 3D foam tape.  This makes the text look recessed on the page. When sticking down panels with long strips of foam tape, just pull the paper off a small section. Then flip and align the panel. Pull gently on the paper ends. The panel will stay in place and fit perfectly on your layout.

Close To My Heart’s Paper Pals have a variety of closthing options. Check out the latest fashions and rder yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Turn an elf’s shirt into a ghost

I don’t have many scary themed stamp sets so needed to be a bit creative.  The thin cut for the Paper Pals Christmas Elf adapts nicely to a ghostly outline.  The little ghost is from a retired set of monster thin cuts.  These white, ghostly shapes were softened by daubing pebble ink around the edges.

Close To My Heart offers Stickles Glitter Glue in a variety of colours. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Create your own bling with Stickles

Adding drops of stickles to the layout once it is finished gives the illusion of gems.  Be sure to do this last and leave your layout to dry for a few hours so you don’t smudge the dots.

Order your supplies this month

The Spooktcular collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant until the end of this month when it retires. A list of products used on my layout appears at the end of this post.  Place your order on my website or with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go.  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

Close To My Heart products used in this projects

CC10192 Spooktacular Paper Pack

1385 Daisy White Cardstock

Z3541 Paper Pals Christmas Thin Cuts

Z3562 Silber Stickles

Z2805 Black Exclusive Ink

Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Ink

Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Ink

Z726 Sponge Daubers

Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

Z3326 Permanent Adhesive Tape