S1710 Christmas Tunes Australasian CTMH Blog Hop

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Welcome to the October, 2017 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 Christmas Tunes(S1710) stamp set which is October’s Stamp of the Month.CTMH Stamp of the Month Christmas Tunes (S1710) is availalbe during October, 2017 at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Like so many of you, I am a Christmas tragic.  I pin ideas for decorations and projects all year, I have made my own Christmas cards for decades and my collection of ornaments grow every year – I even bring them home from overseas travel!  A long held tradition in our family is watching the Melbourne Carols by Candlelight each Christmas Eve – mostly on TV but a few times we’ve been there in person.  This stamp set immediately puts me in that place – surrounded by smiling faces, candles glowing and amazing performers.

My offering today is inspiration for Christmas cards you can make in October so you are super organised 😊 I know we all have different amounts of crafting time and some of us like a clean and classic look while others like lots of bling – a bit like the frocks the performers wear at the Carols!

I have taken a classic card design for each stamp and made it twice – the first is quick and easy to make and the second is a little fancier.  You can choose the one that suits your style and available time the best.  Or you could give the fancy ones to friends who will appreciate your hard work and the simpler ones to those who may not. 😊

First up we have ‘O Holy Night’.  Cranberry & New England Ivy inks team nicely with the Beary Christmas paper.

Quick and easy version – stamp all 3 components on the same piece of cardstock.  Trim an even-ish curve around the wreath. 

Fancy Version – Stamp each component separately and fussy cut to highlight all the details.  Pop elements up on foam tape.  Add Gold Shimmer Pen to bow and holly leaves.  Add Red Gems.  The extra layer of White Daisy cardstock helps the image pop.

Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month for October 2017 - such a fun set to own. Plain or fancy? Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Next we have ‘White Christmas’.  Raspberry ink & cardstock create a fun contrast to  the Silver and Gold paper pack.


Quick and easy version – stamp image in Raspberry ink and add colour with Shin Han markers.

Fancy Version – Trim the background layer in to 3 pieces and use ribbon in place of cardstock for the horizontal strip.  Fussy cut the stamped image, add White & Gold Twine and use foam dots to pop it up.   Add Bashful Pearls to the image.Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month for October 2017 - such a fun set to own. Plain or fancy? Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

 Let’s look at ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ next.   Fern ink complements the Beary Christmas paper.

Quick and easy version – Colour stars with Shin Han marker.

Fancy Version – Add Beary Christmas red dots and Bitty Sparkles to some of the stars.  Place a Gold Glitter Gem in the star at the top of the tree.  The extra layer of Cranberry cardstock helps the image and border to stand out.Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month for October 2017 - such a fun set to own. Plain or fancy? Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Finally, Baby It’s Cold Outside.   Sapphire cardstock provides a strong contrast to the Gold & Silver Paper Pack.  Crystal Blue ink gives the look of a snow globe.

Quick and easy version – Add Clear Shimmer brush to the inside of the globe and to the base.  Sorry the photos doesn’t show this very well.

Fancy Version – Add in Silver Glitter paper – stamp the snow globe onto scrap paper to create a template for cutting the base segment.  Add Bitty Sparkles and Clear Sparkles inside the globe.Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month for October 2017 - such a fun set to own. Plain or fancy? Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

 What will you choose – classic or fancy cards?  Or will you try one of each?  I hope you enjoy creating them as much as I did

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

Christmas Tunes(S1710) is only available during October, 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 these ideas? Can you think of a few friends who would love to receive a hand made Christmas card this year? 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 Inspirations, to see the project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

S1710Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month

X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Pack

X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Pack

Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

X5975 Cranberry Cardstock

X5974 Raspberry Cardstock

X5960 Fern Cardstock

x5967 Sapphire Cardstock

Shin Han Markers – Turquoise Blue, Cherry Pink, Vivid Green & Golden Yellow

Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush

Z3316 Gold Shimmer Brush

Z3369 Bashful Pearls

Z3274 Clear Sparkles

Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Z3090 Red Gems

Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

Z4014 White & Gold Twine

Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots

Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack

Z2850 Fern Ink

Z2835 New England Ivy Ink

Z2812 Raspberry Ink

Z2816 Cranberry  Ink

Z2817 Crystal Blue Ink

 

 

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Sugar Rush CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Sugar Rush 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 NEW Sugar Rush  Workshop Your Way (G1118) from Close To My Heart.

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The Sugar Rush collection is  from the Seasonal Expressions Jan-Apr 2017 Catalogue.  The soft hues and whimsical patterns are such fun to work with.  Today I’ve used Sugar Rush on a layout all about my quirky husband.  I snapped these photos whilst travelling in Germany over Christmas and New Year.  The photos highlight Mike’s personality so well and the Sugar Rush Scrapbooking Stamp Set (D1715) summed him up perfectly!  He really is the sprinkles on my ice cream of life!

 

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This layout was created using leftovers after completing the Workshop Your Way layouts.  The strip on the left hand side is 4″ wide and each of the squares are 2″.  The co-ordinating stamp set lends itself to lots of themes.

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Here are some close ups of the way I used the stamps, complements and sparkly dots on the layout.

The Sugar Rush Workshop Your Way (G1118) 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 Maz Wood’s Blog , aMAZing Close To My Heart Creations,  to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

S1612 Thoughtful Flowers SOTM Blog Hop

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Welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Georgia’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 Thoughtful Flowers (S1612) stamp set which is December’s Stamp of the Month.

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This is a beautiful set of diverse blooms, ideal for those of you who enjoy colouring.  My favourite sentiment on this set is “You’re a whole lot of wonderful“.  I have so many awesome women in my life who deserve a card with that phrase on it.  I also love the little Forget-me-nots to the left of ‘Thank You’.  Did you know they are the symbol for Alzheimer’s suffers?

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Today’s layout keeps the flowers as outline drawings.  The photos of my friend Tanya’s gorgeous shop, Cotton Rose, were so vibrant I didn’t want the stamps competing with them.

A subtle hint of colour around and on the stamps was achieved as follows:

  • Cut 2″ circles from White Daisy cardstock and add sponging around the edges using a dauber and Lemon Ink.  Working on the All Purpose Mat makes clean up easy.
  • Stamp flowers using Memento Black ink.
  • Using dauber again, add a ‘smudge’ of colour to flower centres.
  • Bitty Sparkles also add some dimension.
  • Sprinkle a few Green Triangles between the circles to give a hint of foliage.

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

Thoughtful Flowers (S1612) is only available during December, 2016.  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 Lauren’s Blog , Lauren Moore CTMH Craftings, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

S1612 Thoughtful Flowers Stamp Set

Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals Papers

X5785 Lemon Cardstock

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

1386 Black Cardstock

Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Z3123 Green Triangles

Z899 Black Memento Ink Pad

Z726 Sponge Daubers

Z2045 All-Purpose mat

 

Australasian May SOTM Celebrate with Cake 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 Denise’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 Celebrate with Cake (S1605) stamp set which is May’s Stamp of the Month.

 

This is such a versatile set.  You can stamp on coloured papers in black ink or stamp on white cardstock and colour in.  The images work with Shin Hans, Watercolour Pencils and Watercolour Paints.  We all have photos of high teas, weddings, birthdays and anniversaries that will look fab with this set of stamps.  Cards for all those celebrations will also be a breeze.  Enjoy the hop for some inspiration.

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So where is the cake????  You know I always try to look past the obvious with a new stamp set!  This page is nothing to do with a birthday or wedding.  It’s me making goodies to give to my ladies at Duchess Retreat last year.  I love any stamps that have a textural element so this little square caught my eye.

Choose 7 ink colours and stamp the frame on an 11 3/4″ square of White Daisy cardstock.  Add a 9″ Crystal Blue square for the photo mount and use Silver Foil Tape (Z3130) as a highlight.  Mount it all on Hollyhock Cardstock.

Tip:  If you want to make a matching page for the other side of the layout cut a 9″ square from the centre of the Crystal Blue and Hollyhock.  Then alternate the colours on the second page.

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Add bling to match the ink colours.

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The banner from the stamp set makes a perfect mini journal box.

Celebrate with Cake (S1605) is only available during May, 2016.  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 CTMH 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 Vandra’s Blog ,  Vandra’s Virtual Classroom, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna