Beary Christmas CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Beary Christmas 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 Beary Christmas collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.
This gorgeous Christmas themed kit from Close To My Heart will make 8-12 scrapbook pages. Purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au       This adorable Christmas themed stamp and die bundle is availalbe from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The Beary Christmas collection is available until the end of December 2017.  Buy it as a  full kit or purchase individual items.  The scrapbooking stamp and thin cuts are too cute for words.

Today I am sharing a layout featuring some of my favourite Elf on the Shelf snaps.  I can’t wait until Razzle makes an appearance again this year.

The ‘Oh What Fun’ title was too long for my available space so I cut the stamp to break it into 2 parts.  This doesn’t affect the quality of your stamping and if you want a long title next time you can position the 2 pieces together on a block and no-one will know!

Having some Beary Christmas fun with Close To My Heart papers, stamps and dies. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au before Dec 31, 2017

I do love using stamps with coordinating dies to create embellishments on my pages.  You can cut through 2 layers of cardstock at a time so it didn’t take long to cut enough presents for the layout.  This also used up some of those pesky small scraps that clutter my paper organisers.

The Beary Christmas stamps and co-ordinating dies from Close To My Heart are just delightful. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au by Dec 31, 2017

Close To My Heart’s, clear and gold shimmer brushes were made for Christmas.  Add them to the lights and gifts for some extra sparkle.  It is so hard to photograph sparkle!  You can see it on the Christmas tree star.

Close To My Heart's Beary Christmas stamps and co-ordinating dies make scrapbooking a breeze. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The Beary Christmas 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 Nell’s Blog , Nellie Bligh to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you. Nell always uses the collections in really interesting ways.
Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna
Products used in these projects
G1137 Beary Christmas Scrapbooking Workshop Your Way

Z4047 Beary Christmas Scrapbooking Stamps & Thin Cuts

Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush

Z3316 Gold Shimmer Brush

Z2448 Carmine Shin Han Marker

Z2463 Sap Green Shin Han Marker

Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

Z2835 New England Ivy Ink

Z2850 Fern Ink

Z2816 Cranberry Ink

Z2841 Glacier Ink

X5978 Glacier Cardstock

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

X5960 Fern Cardstock

X5950 Toffee Cardstock

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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

 

 

Oh Deer! CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian Oh Deer! 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 Oh Deer Workshop Your Way (G11146) from Close To My Heart.

This collection is my favourite from the Holiday Expressions Catalogue.  The soft hues and patterns are a delight to work with.  The layout I’ve created could be used for Christmas Day photos at the beach, in park or in snow (which I’m hoping for as an Aussie travelling to Germany this year!)

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Sponging the edges of each cut piece with Cocoa Ink (Z2814) helos define the pieces and give a more dimensional look to the layout.  Two Cut Apart PML cards were used – one for journaling and one as a title box.

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This PML card had a row of reindeer on the bottom, which was easily covered by a strip of the Sea Glass patterned paper.  The white and Gold Twine (Z4014) is included in the WYW kit and helps draw your eye to the title box.  The letters and decorative elements are all from the Oh Deer Compliments.  (Z7214C)

Have some fun creating a title box to suit you photos.  Just keep adding little bits until you are happy with the overall look.

The Oh Deer! Workshop Your Way (G1116) kit is only available until the end of December. It may sell out before then so order yours today.  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 Kara Davies Blog , Creating with Kara Davies,  to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Merry Christmas and I look forward to sharing more CTMH artwork with you in the New Year,

Shaunna

 

 

City Sidewalks CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian City Sidewalks 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 City Sidewalks Workshop Your Way Collection (G1114) from Close To My Heart.

 

city-sidwalks-wyw-g1114I have a confession to make.  I spent quite a bit of time creating a lovely layout for today’s blog and then wrote the post.  Doing a final check of the links the night before this post went live I discovered I had used the wrong collection!!!  The good news is, I’m all set for next month’s hop.  The bad news is I didn’t have time to make a layout, photograph it and write a post.   Check back later in the month and I’ll make it up to you with a City Sidewalks layout.

I have a cute card to share with you though that uses one of the patterned papers in City Sidewalks!

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This card has been extremely popular at my card buffets and I am happy to share the instructions with you today.  Just click the underlined link to download them.

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The City Sidewalks Workshop Your Way (G1114) kit is only available until the end of December.  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .

Hope you make one of these cards – they are lots of fun and super easy.  I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Lauren Moore’s Blog , CTMH Craftings, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

 

S1610 Yuletide Joy Stamp Of The Month Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the October 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 Yuletide Joy (S1610) stamp set which is October’s Stamp of the Month.

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Who can resist these gorgeous Christmas shapes with their intricate designs?  Stamp and colour them to really personalise each design or do as I have and keep them uncoloured. Today’s layout features non-traditional Christmas colours.  I just love the Adventure Cardstock colours with Christmas stamps this year – so fun and a bit different.

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This layout will feature photos of our first Christmas gathering to include my son’s girlfriend.  How fabulous it is to have 6 in our family to celebrate with now.  I used versamark ink and white embossing powder to really make the stocking and star designs pop.

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All About The Gold Fundamentals are clear 12″ x 12″ overlays with gold patterns printed on them.  A strip of the diagonal stripe provided the anchor to hang my stockings on.  The title is one of our new Thin Cuts – Christmas.  I love this font.

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The star is also gorgeous in this stamp set and made a nice focal point for this embellishment cluster placed diagonally opposite the title to help frame the page.

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

Yuletide Joy (S1610) is only available during October, 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 , CTMH Craftings, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

S1610 Yuletide Joy Stamp Set

X5790 Adventure Fundamentals

Z4004 Christmas Thin Cut

Z3246 All About the Gold Fundamentals

Z3129 Gold Foil Tape

Z2068 White Embossing Powder

Z891 Versamark Ink

White Pines – Trim the Tree

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If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I LOVE Flip Flaps!  Today I have a super cute way to display photos of some of the decorations you use at Christmas time.

Trim the Tree Flip Flap Page

I’m not happy with the centre bottom photo but have to wait until Dec 25 to re-shoot it 🙂

All the Flip Flaps come from the Small Assortment pack (Z1747).  They are attached to the OUTSIDE of the page protector.  Begin at the bottom and work your way up.  I found the easiest way to do this was to place the empty page protector on my Versamat so I could see the gridlines through it.  This helped to centre the design and keep the rows even.

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When all the flaps are flipped you see my beautiful family enjoying last Christmas.  The photo of the tree is stuck to the White Pines paper (Z7200B)  inside the protector.  I created the photo mat & title using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.

Super easy and lots of fun.  No-one can resist the urge to flip those flaps and discover what they are hiding.

Order your Flip Flaps here.

Like a kit with the Flip Flaps, page protector, White Pines paper, pre cut photo frame and a BONUS tree cut you can place behind the main photo?  I can do that for you – just $12 plus postage.  Email shaunnarichards@bigpond.com and we’ll get it organised.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

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