Punny Pals CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Punny Pals 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 Punny Pals stamps and thin cuts!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.
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The Punny Pals stamp set is available until the end of July 2018 but the co-ordinating thin cuts are a special offer for October 2017 only.  Be sure to order yours today so you don’t miss out. This month we also have a really cool card kit called Share A Smile, that comes with instructions for making 32 little cards you can use as ‘Just because’ cards to brighten someone’s day!

Today I am sharing a title page for one volume of my 2016 album.  When our extended family gather it can be loud and a little crazy… like a room full of excited critters!  So, the Punny Pals were perfect for this family photo.

CTMH PUnny Pals Stamps help raise funds for Operation Smile while bringing joy to the crafters who use them. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.auI went a little crazy with the Thin Cuts on this page – not just the Punny Pals but also circles and the Block Alphabet.  They really do make creating a layout so easy.

 

 

CTMH Punny Pals Stamps and dies make short work of creating multiple images. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

I began by loading my cuttlebug with 2 layers of white daisy cardstock and all the Punny Pal thin cuts.  Next I stamped them in lots of different colours.  I was going for fun rather than realistic on this layout so Cranberry monkeys and Emerald otters were perfectly acceptable.  I didn’t use all of these on my layout but now they are all ready for other pages or cards.  You will notice I haven’t done a lot of colouring – just one tiny feature on each punny pal.  This is because the page is pretty busy and I felt too much colour could over do it.

Layer CTMH Punny Pals on circles in random arrangements for a fun look. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Have you ever been in the situation where you spend a bit of time arranging all the pieces for your layout only to get confused when you start turning them over to apply adhesive?  My tip is to snap a photo like this one to use as a reference when you are gluing everything down.

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I wanted some Willow green in my title but not a solid block of it.  This striped scrap from the Adventure Fundamentals was perfect.  I just squished all the letter thin cuts on randomly and hoped for the best!  It turned out pretty cool once stuck onto the page.

The Punny Pals stamps, thin cuts and Share A Smile Kit are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant.  A list of products used on my page 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 Scrapping and More with Doreen to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you. Doreen always has something gorgeous to show us.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Products used in these projects
D1751 Punny Pals Stamp Set

CC1340 Punny Pals Thin Cuts

Z3396 Block Alphabet Thin Cuts

Z3318 Basic Circles Thin Cuts

Z3351 Adventure Paper Packet

X5944 Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

Adventure Palette Inks

Shin Han Markers in several colours

Z3314 lack & White Dots

Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots

Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots

 

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S1708 School Year Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

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Welcome to the August 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 School Year (S1708) stamp set which is August’s Stamp of the Month.

S1708 CTMH Stamp of the Month, School Years. Perfect for school albums but look closely for some fab generic images on here too. www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Aren’t these school themed images  fabulous?  You could use the Back to School next to the annual class photo helping your album to flow from year to year.  I know lots of you take first day of school snaps but how fun would it be to also include a last day of school photo alongside it to show how your child has changed over the year?

Now before you say, “I don’t have any school photos to scrapbook”, take a close look at this set.  Half the images are generic – a great frame, speech bubble and arrow to go on any layout.  The pencil and hearts lend themselves to lots of themes too.

My layout today has nothing to do with school.  It is a tribute layout.  A tribute layout is all about celebrating your relationship with someone.  It’s a chance to record what you love about them and to document some treasured memories.  I am starting to add these layouts to my Book of Me album as a way to record those people who have meant a lot to me over the years.

S1708 CTMH School Year and D1751 Punny Pals create a tribute page for your album

School Year S1708 and Punny Pals D1751 stamps have many great images to compliment your scrapbook layouts. www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

 

The multi-choice box title is easily covered with a small piece of paper to change the theme from school to something new.

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

School Year (S1708) is only available during August, 2017.  Full retail price is $27 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Did you like this layout? Can you think of a few friends you’d like to honour with a tribute page in your album? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Colleen’s Blog, Colsies Scrappy Fusions, to see the project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

S1708 School Year NEW

D1751 Punny Pals NEW

Shin Han Markers

X5949 Almond Cardstock NEW

X7221B Prickly Pear Papers

Z2828 Toffee Ink NEW

Z2852 Poppy Ink

Z899 Memento Black Ink

 

Live Beautifully Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Live Beautifully Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from  Nell’s Blog you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Live Beautifully papers, Stamp set and/or Cut Above Kit from Close To My Heart.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Live Beautifully collection  is only available while stocks last until the end of May. A list of products used in my projects appears at the end of this post.  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .

I’d love you to leave a comment for me – do you prefer the first or second version of the layout? Then click on the underlined link and move on to Maz’s Blog , aMAZing Close To My Heart Creations  to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.  Maz has been crafting up a storm all month using these fabulous products.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

Products used in these projects

CC1212B Live Beautifully Paper Pack

X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock

Z2810 Blossom Ink

Z2813 Sea Glass Ink

X5779 Poppy Cardstock

X5775 Sapphire Cardstock

1292 Crystal Blue Cardstock

X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock

Z3290 Flower Market Digital Collection OR

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

9040 Magic Ideas Book

 

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S1611 New year’s Cheer SOTM Blog Hop

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Welcome to the November 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 New Year’s Cheer (S1611) stamp set which is November’s Stamp of the Month.

 

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There is so much goodness on this one carrier sheet of stamps.  Party invitation details, salutations for cards, that girlie bow  (super cute for pages and cards) and my favourites, the two lovely glasses with the little bubbles!

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I meet with 2 of my gorgeous friends once a month to spend the day scrapbooking together. The person hosting provides lunch and champagne.  The day has become known to us as “Bubbles Day”.  I am on a mission to record some of the regular everyday things I do in my ‘Book of Me’ Album.  This layout will celebrate our friendship and how much we love this monthly catch up.

 

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To create the title use the flag and bow stamps.  These were cut using the Cricut Flower Market cartridge but they are simple shapes easily cut by hand.  The font is also from Flower Market.  The papers used on the layout are scraps left over from creating the City Sidewalks Workshop Your Way (G1114) layouts and cards.  How cool that they don’t look Christmassy at all here.

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Working on a Sapphire cardstock background meant a journal box was needed.  Rather than a solid box, these strips provide enough room for a couple of lines each and the bows act as bullet points.

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The champagne flutes were stamped using Lagoon ink (Z2895)on Lagoon cardstock.  The Shimmer Brush (Z3293) was perfect to ‘fill’ the glasses and looks really fun in real life.

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

New Year’s Cheer (S1611) is only available during November, 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 Doris’s Blog , Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

S1611 New Year’s Cheer Stamp Set

X7213B City Sidewalks Paper Pack

Z3293 Shimmer Brush

X5762 Lagoon Cardstock

X5775 Sapphire Cardstock

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Ink

Z2808 Lemon Exclusive Ink

Z2809 Tangerine Exclusive Ink

Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Ink

 

Australasian October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop – Twinkle S1510

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Blog BadgeWelcome to the October 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 Twinkle (S1510) stamp set which is October’s Stamp of the Month.

At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking this is a Christmas stamp set.  But look closely and there are some cool ‘all occassion’ stamps hiding there.

S1510 TwinkleI’m up to date with my Christmas photos so I made a layout of the Chinese New Year parade in Sydney this year.  I chose the Sangria Papers for the lovely red shades which go so well with the theme of photos and stamps.

A Christmas stamp set is perfect for Chinese New Year photos! #ctmhsangria

A Christmas stamp set is perfect for Chinese New Year photos!
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Twinkle blog hop - Page 003The little frames were the perfect size for my title stamped with the NEW alphabet, Jennifer’s Hand (B1484)  The letters are just 1/2″ high.  The small cluster of stars made a pretty background and the ring of stars really popped when I heat embossed it with gold powder (Z2066).  The Campagne square was dry embossed with our new Confetti Stars (Z3119) Embossing Folder.

This really was such a fun parade and I took heaps of photos.  I loved this layout so decided to make it expand with the use of Flip Flaps.

12" Flip Flaps are amazing

12″ Flip Flaps are amazing

By adding 2 of the 6″ deep Flip Flaps I effectively added 2 pages to this layout without needing lots of extra decoration.  A 4″ x 6″ Flip Flap on the LH page was the perfect spot for the last few photos I wanted to include.

12" Flip Flaps line up with the edge of your protector.

12″ Flip Flaps line up with the edge of your protector.

Simply remove the white tape to reveal the adhesive.

Simply remove the white tape to reveal the adhesive.

Twinkle (S1510) is only available during October, 2015.  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 Merryl’s Blog , Mez’s Craft Room , to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna