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

 

 

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S1706 Hello Foxy Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

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Welcome to the June 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 Hello Foxy (S1706) stamp set which is June Stamp of the Month.

S1706 Hello Foxy is CTMH's Stamp of the Month for July 2017. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

 

The foxes and flowers are petite so you can fit a few on a card or page border.  They all look great coloured with your favourite medium and the sentiments are fun.

The next card uses the Wood Slats embossing folder.  Once it is embossed, simply run the Desert Sands ink pad over the raised elements to create contrast.  Move the inkpad in the direction of the lines with a light touch for best results. The frolicking foxes were hand cut.  The wood panel paper is also from the No Worries paper pack.

S1706 Hello Foxy is CTMH's Stamp of the Month for July 2017. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

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

Hello Foxy (S1706) is only available during June, 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 cards? 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 the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

S1706 Hello Foxy Stamp Set

X7220B No Worries Paper Pack

X5751 Sorbet Cardstock

X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock

Z3086 Aqua Shimmer Trim

Z3248 Wood Slats Embossing Folder

Z3328 Basic Ovals Thin Cuts

3505 Watercolour Pencils

Z899 Memento Black Ink

Z2818 Desert Sand Ink

Z1979 Black Journaling Pen

X1410 Colonial White Cards & Envelopes

Z2060 Thin 3D Foam Tape

Z3022 E-Z Dots Tape Runner

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.

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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

Taste of Summer – Cards

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I have LOVED using the Taste of Summer Papers and Stamps throughout May.  Here is your final bit of inspiration from me for the month.  Each of these cards is a little different to my usual and were lots of fun to make.

Spin cards (Z1866) are available to purchase through my website.  They are 7" x 5" and come in packs of 10. The grid on the strawberry card was inspired by a fellow blogger, laurenctmhcraftings.blogspot.com.au.  It uses May's Stamp of the Month, Just Sayin' .

Spin cards (Z1866) are available to purchase through my website. They are 7″ x 5″ and come in packs of 10.
The grid on the strawberry card was inspired by a fellow blogger, laurenctmhcraftings.blogspot.com.au. It uses May’s Stamp of the Month, Just Sayin’ .

I used the Taste of Summer stamp with the Rock 'n' Roll inking technique to create these lemons and oranges. The half slices make a nice frame

I used the Taste of Summer stamp with the Rock ‘n’ Roll inking technique to create these lemons and oranges. The half slices make a nice frame

The background grid was created with 1" squares and Topiary & Pear ink.  I used Liquid Glass Z679 to make my strawberries shine.

The background grid was created with 1″ squares and Topiary & Pear ink. I used Liquid Glass Z679 to make my strawberries shine.

Available May 2015 only

Available May 2015 only

Taste of Summer – Triangle cards

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Messing around with small pieces of paper can be fun.  Once again I have dived in to the offcuts in my Taste of Summer papers (CC1038).

Card & Envelope Value Packs (50 of each for just $20) make card making super easy.  I've used White Daisy (X2540) here but you can also get Colonial white (X1410) if you prefer.

Card & Envelope Value Packs (50 of each for just $20) make card making super easy. I’ve used White Daisy (X2540) here but you can also get Colonial White (X1410) if you prefer.

I began with 1 1/2″ squares cut in half diagonally and played around until I had some patterns I liked.  I cut my Shimmer Trim in half lengthways so it is a subtle accent and then decorated with stamped fruit and captions from the Taste of Summer stamp set (CC1039).  Bitty sparkles finished the designs off.

I used Post It notes to mask off segments of the titles and I used the Rock ‘n’ Roll inking technique for the fruit.

Have a play with your scraps and see what you come up with.

Available May 2015 only

Available May 2015 only

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Ladybird, Ladybird…

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One of the things I love best about being part of Close To My Heart is the open sharing of ideas between consultants across the globe.  Today’s little card was inspired by a lady who lives in Ohio, USA.  So, thank you Bobbi Frappier Dailey!  I adore ladybirds.

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The ladybirds are made using the banner stamps from the Year Noted kit.  I embossed the Cranberry card using the Hearts embossing folder and the XOXO comes from January’s Stamp of the month.  I have this card as a kit for all my lovely ladies coming to Paper Picnic workshops this week 🙂

January's Stamp of the month. This Moment, is $27 or just $5 if accompanied by a $75 order.  Available only until Jan 31, 2015

January’s Stamp of the month. This Moment, is $27 or just $5 if accompanied by a $75 order. Available only until Jan 31, 2015

 

Year Noted Stamp Set.  Available Jan 2015 only as part of a kit.  Spend $75 and purchase the kit for $10.

Year Noted Stamp Set. Available Jan 2015 only as part of a kit. Spend $75 and purchase the kit for $10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s one I made using next month’s stamp of the month, A Happy Hello.  I made 5 of these to give as a Secret Sister gift in Hawaii. I stamped the twig, moved it slightly and stamped again without re-inking so it would look like the branch was moving a bit as the ladybirds walked along it.

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Keep Smiling,

Shaunna

Hurry, this offer ends Jan 31.  Place a $75 order and purchase this kit for just $15 (Valued at $50+)

Hurry, this offer ends Jan 31. Place a $75 order and purchase the papers & Stamp set for just $10. Add the Mini Album and it’s yours for for just $15 (Valued at $50+)

 

In the spotlight…

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Today I’d like to share the work of 3 of my customers.  They spent the day at our Paper Picnic on Saturday making cards.  I was so impressed I just had to share with you all.

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These Christmas cards were created by Sue Kennedy using her trusty Cricut and lots of Glitter Paper.  I love the simplicity of the cards – letting the shimmery goodness of the paper do all the work.  One technique Sue tried was stamping in Black Archival Ink onto the Glitter Paper – doesn’t it look great?  Glitter Paper is available in packs of 3.  Each pack features 3 shades of a colour.  Choose from Teal (Z1991), Purple (Z1992), Pink (Z1922), Green (Z1847), Brown & Tan (Z1830) or Black & Grey (Z1829).  Click here to see the range.

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Bridget Jennings created these two cards using plain cardstock.  I love the fact you don’t have to have lots of decorative supplies to make awesome cards.  Once again, the shapes were mostly cut on the Cricut.  Sue and Bridget were inspired by cards they found on Pinterest.

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My final spotlight shines on Sonja Jennings.  Sonja adapted a card I taught in November and she spent the day creating 38 invitations for her mum’s 80th birthday.  She was a machine!  I know her mum is going to be thrilled with them.  Click here to learn how she created the stamped feature.

Paper Picnics run for 6 1/2 hours on a Saturday.  My 2015 dates are Jan 17 & 31, Mar 7, May 16, Jun 20, Aug 22, Sep 19, Oct 24, Nov 21 and Dec 5.  Paper Picnics are held in Duncraig, West Australia.  You can bring along any project you are currently working on.  I teach a couple of Scrapbook layouts and a card at each picnic.  They are relaxed and full of fun. Email shaunnarichards@bigpond.com for further details.

Keep Smiling,

Shaunna