S1805 Classic Summer Bash CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

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Welcome to the May 2018 Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop. This is a circular hop. If you arrived from Kara’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 Classic Summer Bash (S1805) stamp set which is May’s Stamp of the Month.

May's Stamp of the Month is 'Classic Summer Bash' (S1805). Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

This stamp set reminds me of lazy summer days be the pool when we were young.  Lemon cordial and freshly cut fruit would be wolfed down by the hungry tribe gathered in our back yard.

When my children were 5 & 7 they travelled across Australia by themselves to visit my husband’s parents.  When they arrived home, my son produced this carefully written recipe for Grampy’s Lemon Cordial.  I found it recently when I was going through old documents.  I’m so happy it survived 20+ years!

May's Stamp of the Month is 'Classic Summer Bash' (S1805). Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

I decided to add this recipe to my Kitchen Traditions album.  I love that I can record the story behind the recipe too.

May's Stamp of the Month is 'Classic Summer Bash' (S1805). Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Here are some tips to help make you maison jar drink look more realistic:

  • Stamp the jar in Pewter ink on white cardstock.  Fussy cut.
  • Shade your liquid darker near the edges of the glass. (I used Watercolour pencils)
  • Stamp ice cubes in Mink ink.  Have a couple showing above the surface of the liquid.
  • Cut a slit in the rim of the glass
  • Stamp straws with Peacock ink.  Fussy cut.
  • Cut the straws into 2 parts.  Glue lower part level with bottom of the rim and upper part behind the slit.
  • Shade the submerged part of the straws same colour as liquid to make them look like they are in it.
  • Stamp and fussy cut the lemon slices.  Cut a slit in one and position it over the edge of the rim.

Classic Summer Bash (S1805) is available to purchase for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order during May 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 and place an order for home delivery within Australia. http://www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

 
Thanks for joining us today. A full list of products used in this project appears at the end of this post. I hope you have found some inspiration along the way in this hop. Leave a comment if you liked what you saw – it makes us feel so good to hear from our readers.
Next stop on the hop is Doreen Watkins, Scrapping and More with Doreen. Click on the underlined link to see her lovely project.

 
Happy Scrapping
Shaunna

 

Products used on this project:

S1805 Classic Summer Bash Stamp Set

Z4167 Recipe Traditions Bundle

Z1979 LePen Journaling Pen

Z2849 Peacock Ink

Z2825 Mink Ink

Z2832 Pewter Ink

Z2808 Lemon Ink

Watercolour Pencils

CC5181 Postcard perfect Papers

 

 

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Gimme Some Sugar CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Gimme Some Sugar 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 Gimme Some Sugar collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the craft room for some paperific fun.

Gimme Some Sugar availalbe until end of Apr 2018 at www.shaunnaricahrds.ctmh.com.au

The Gimme Some Sugar 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.

Gimme Some Sugar collection - order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
Today I am sharing a layouts created using mainly PML Cut Apart cards from the paper pack.  Can you spot them?  There are also 3 zip strips – have you found them?

The juniper dots border is made of 1/4″ strips rather than using a full backing page.  Lay the vertical strips first then mitre the corners of the remaining strips and glue over the vertical ones.

Gimme Some Sugar collection - order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.auGimme Some Sugar collection - order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

This decorative panel was made using two of the 6″ x 4″ PML Cut Apart cards.  Keep one whole and fussy cut the other one to create embellishments you can layer with foam tape.  It doesn’t take long but looks great.

Gimme Some Sugar collection - order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

These flowers were fussy cut from scraps of the decorative paper.  The cork embellishments finish the cluster off perfectly.

If you love this collection make sure you order it from your consultant ASAP.  It retires from the catalogue at the end of this month.  Don’t have a CTMH consultant?  Head over to my website to place an order for delivery within Australia.

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go. 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 always comes up with something very special for us to enjoy.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Products used in these projects
X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Pack

X7228C Gimme Some Sugar Complements

Z4153 Gimme Some Sugar Cork Shapes

Z3341 Thin 3-D Foam Dots

Z1836 Non-stick Micro Tip Scissors

Z3396 Aluminium Cut Rail Paper Trimmer

S1804 Colour Your Life Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the April 2018 Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop. This is a circular hop. If you arrived from Vandra’s Blog, you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it. Keep reading and hopping until you find yourself back where you started from. Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Colour Your Life (S1804) stamp set which is April’s Stamp of the Month.

S1804 Colour Yor Life Stamp of the Month avialble April 2018. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

 

I love the bigger sentiments in this set – perfect for scrapbookers.  They are also ideal for background stamping which is the technique I used today.  You don’t have to do too many repeats to cover your paper!

S1804 Colour My Life Stamp of the Month availalbe Apr 2018. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Our family recently travelled in Spain, celebrating my husband’s 60th birthday.  We stopped for lunch in a small town called Beana and found these lovely sculptures in a park.  My daughter very happily posed for some ‘interactive’ shots with them.  She makes me laugh so much.  Everyday is lived to the full and she is one of the kindest people I know.  So, this stamp set was perfect for the photos!

I’m writing this post 2 weeks early as I will be away from home closer to Apr 1.  As usual, when getting organised to leave home for 2 weeks, the job list is massive so a super quick layout was required.  Pattern 3 from Make It From Your Heart V4, trim 4 pieces of paper, a few minutes stamping and it’s done!

Colour Your Life (S1804) is available to purchase for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order during April 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 and place an order for home delivery within Australia. www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Thanks for joining us today.  A full list of products used in this project appears at the end of this post.  I hope you have found some inspiration along the way in this hop.  Leave a comment if you liked what you saw – it makes us feel so good to hear from our readers.

Next stop on the hop is Megan Lawrence’s Crop, Craft, Create. Click on the underlined link to see her lovely project.

Happy Scrapping

Shaunna

 

Products used on these projects:
S1804 Colour Your Life Stamp Set

X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Pack

X5947 Mink Cardstock

X5948 Heather Cardstock

X5979 Juniper Cardstock

Z2826 Heather Ink

 

Stargazer CTMH Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Stargazer 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 Stargazer collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the craft room for some paperific fun.
Stargazer papers and emblellishments from Close To My Heart - Bright, fun and versatile. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The Stargazer 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  layouts created for a class I held recently.  None of the pages have a space theme – proof once again that CTMH collections are super versatile and you should never let the hero print paper put you off.  All 6 pages were made from half a pack of Stargazer paper and the Stargazer complements.

Stargazer papers and emblellishments from Close To My Heart - Bright, fun and versatile. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
This layout features everyday life in the Richards Household.  Our super cheeky ginger cat likes to feel part of everything we do.  Here he is ‘helping’ me to make the bed – well supervising every step of the way.  The smaller photos were cut with the Basic Circles Thin Cuts (which happen to be on sale this month) and the larger photos were cut on the Cricut.

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I used many of the PML Cut Apart Cards for this layout.  The Basic Circles, Basic Hearts and Block Alphabet Thin Cuts made short work of the cutting.  (Did I mention they are all on sale this month??)

Stargazer papers and complements teamed with CTMH Thin Cuts make a fun movie night layout

 

The primary colours of the Stargazer collection work brilliantly with a black background.  The stars in the complements were perfect for my photos of outdoor movie fun on our anniversary.  The ovals make a nice change from circles and provide ‘anchor points’ for the stars and embellishments.  (Oval Thin Cuts are 25% off this month too!)

The Stargazer 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 comes up with something very special for us to enjoy.

 
Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

 
Products used in these projects
X7229B Stargazer Paper Pack

X7229C Stargazer Complements

1386 Black Cardstock

X5967 Pacifica Cardstock

X5948 Heather Cardstock

Z3318 Basic Circles Thin Cuts Dies

Z3328 Basic Ovals Thin Cuts Dies

Z3317 Basic Hearts Thin Cuts Dies

Z3386 Block Alphabet Thin Cuts Dies

 

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.

S1802 Sunny Thoughts is CTMH's Stamp of the Month for February 2018. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.auS1802 Sunny Thoughts - Page 001

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

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