Serenity Australasian Blog Hop

Close To My Heart’s Serenity Cricut collection is available for purchase at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
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Elegant and classy, the Serenity Collection is a joy to work with.  The soft blues teamed with toffee and cream tones are easy on the eye and work with a range of photo themes.  Add in the co-ordinated Cricut collection and it is divine.

Close To My Heart’s Serenity collection is available for purchase until the end of December 2020. View the range at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Serenity Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.


If you arrived from Dannii’s Blog, Scrappy Chicks, you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop, simply read on and enjoy my creations.  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 several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Serenity collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Close To My Heart’s Serenity collection is available for purchase until the end of December 2020. View the range at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Make a Scrapbook Layout for a Frame

When you capture a smile and a twinkling eye that shows the woman your mum used to be before Alzheimer’s, it’s worth making a super special layout for a 12 x 12 frame on the wall.

You will want the Serenity Paper pack, co-ordinating cardstock, PML cards and Cricut collection for this project. 

Close To My Heart’s Serenity collection is available for purchase until the end of December 2020. View the range at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Begin in the centre of the page

There’s no need for complicated measurements. Start with a 4” x 6” photo.  Double mat it and centre on the base page.  My glitter piece is 4 5/8” x 6 5/8” but you could have a smaller gap between the photo and the first mount by cutting at 4 ½” x 6 ½”

Make the top and bottom centre panels the same width as the photo mount.  Make the left and right centre panels the same height as the photo mount.  Cut the top layers of each panel 1/8” smaller than the base of the panel.

Make 4 corner pieces to match the dimensions of your outer panels.  You want definite horizontal and vertical lines dividing your page into 9 segments.

Cut the Sapphire floral PML card in half lengthways and position on left and right panels.

Close To My Heart’s Serenity Cricut collection is available for purchase at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Cut your Cricut Embellishments

The serenity Cricut collection includes all these gorgeous layered elements.  You can manipulate them in Cricut Design space to change size, ungroup layers and hide some of the contour lines. 

My preferred adhesive for these small elements is the Dual Tip Multi-bond Glue

For this project I used:

  • 6 petal flowers 2” and 1 ½” high
  • Decorative flower is 2” high. 
  • Resize the leaves and berries sprig so they are proportional to the flower. Hide contour lines on the leaves
  • I love you is 2” x 5 ½”.  Use Micro Glue dots to attach this to the Glitter paper.
Close To My Heart’s Serenity Cricut collection is available for purchase at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Add Liquid Pearls to emulate heat embossing

Adding the Rose Gold liquid pearls in dashed lines on the leaves and as dots on the flower centres gives the illusion of heat embossing without the hassle!

Brush the Blue Belle Shimmer Brush over some flower petals to create a shine.

Close To My Heart’s Serenity Cricut collection is available for purchase at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

What to do if you don’t own a Cricut!

If you don’t own a Cricut, order the paper pack that comes with stickers and use those.  The look of the flower clusters will be similar but bolder. 

Colour the white borders around the stickers with Ice Grey TriBlend Marker or Bluebell Shimmer Brush to help them blend with the papers.

Order your supplies

The Serenity collection is available, while stocks last, until the end of December, 2020.   Choose papers, Cricut collection, stickers, co-ordinating cardstock, PML Cards and 2 stamp/thin cut sets individually.  There is also a lovely card workshop kit and a scrapbooking workshop kit.

 Check your consultant’s website.  If you’re an Aussie without a consultant, come shop with me by clicking here.

Next up is Doreen’s blog, Scrapping and More. I’m sure you will enjoy her creativity.

 Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Products used in this project

X7263B Serenity Paper Pack

X7263C Serenity Coordinating Cardstock (includes 2 sheets glitter paper)

X7263D Serenity Picture My life Cards

Z3891 Cricut Serenity Collection

Z3793 Rose Gold Liquid Pearls

Z3809 Blue Belle Shimmer Brush

Z3441 Dual Tip Multi-bond Glue

Z3372 Adhesive Runner

Z2089 Micro Dots

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

 

CTMH Australasian SE1 Last Chance Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian Last Chance SE1 Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Wendy’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 products from the Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalogue from Close To My Heart.  All the papers and stamps in this catalogue will retire on April 30 and may sell out before that date.  If you see something you like along the hop, place your order ASAP to avoid disappointment.

The Beach Days Stamp Set is a firm favourite for me.  We spend a lot of time on the coast of Western Australia and these whimsical critters and accents are perfect for my pages.

Beach Days (D1684) Retiring April 30, 2016

All the shapes outlined in red can be cut from the Artistry Cricut Cartridge (Z3190).  This made it a breeze to add lots of individual shapes to the first layout.  It was  fun to position the crabs and octopus playing with beach balls.  The retiring Regatta Papers (X7206B) were perfect for these photos.

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The second layout uses the title frame from the stamp set along with a surfboard cut from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge (Z3169) and floral accents from the retiring Regatta Complements (X7206C).  Whimsy Fundamentals helped the photos of this amazing sculpture ‘pop’ on the page.  Fundamentals are not retiring but you need them in your stash because they are soooo versatile ♥

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If you love the beach and coastline, check out the other products in the Regatta section of Seasonal Expressions 1.    Place your order with your CTMH Consultant.

Did you like these layouts? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Meryl’s Blog , Mez’s Craft Room, to see the gorgeous projects she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

 

CTMH Australasian Regatta Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian Regatta 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 Regatta Workshop Your Way Collection (G1105) from Close To My Heart.

 

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Today’s layout features photos taken on the Close To My Heart Incentive trip to Hawaii in 2015.  I love working for a company that rewards hard work with free travel for my husband and I.

 

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Do you like the journal box on this layout?  It’s a  PML card that came in the paper pack.  All you have to do is cut it out and stick them down – it couldn’t be simpler.

The gorgeous crab and starfish stamps come from Beach Days (D1684).  They have co-ordinating Cricut cuts on the Artistry cartridge which makes life really simple!

The Regatta Workshop Your Way (G1105) kit suits any photo theme. They are only available until the end of this month (unless sold out earlier).   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 Wendy’s Blog , Expressions of the Heart , to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Smile, Smile, Smile

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I was thrilled to receive this page and certificate in the mail this week.  Close To My Heart support the work of Operation Smile who help restore smiles to children living in poverty, born with cleft lip and/or palette.

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Operation Smile Fundraising Award

I can only imagine the heartache a mother feels when her baby  can’t nurse because his mouth can’t close properly.  I can only imagine the sadness felt by a child scorned and turned away from school because of this condition.  I can only imagine the joy felt by every family member when corrective surgery changes that child’s life forever.

That is why I support this charity.  In our country, this surgery is offered early and is commonplace  In other countries, families walk for long distances to mobile clinics manned by volunteers in the hope they will be chosen.  Each dollar we raise in my crafting room goes toward helping one more family realise their dream.

I want to thank all of the lovely ladies who join our Paper Picnics and purchase raffle tickets each month and those who make extra donations.  Together we raised almost $1500 last year, that is 5 surgeries!  You are wonderful.

Here are a couple of close ups of the lovely page made by the CTMH art department  It features  La Vie En Rose papers and the Regatta Workshop Your Way.  I look forward to taking a photo of my happy croppers next time we meet so I can complete the page.

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Click here if you would like to learn more about the work of Operation Smile.

Click here to make a donation on my team’s Everyday hero page.  A tax receipt will be sent to you.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

 

La Vie En Rose Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian La Vie En Rose Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Mez’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 La Vie En Rose Collection from Close To My Heart

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My layout today features my favourite scrapbook product – Flip Flaps!  The design is adapted from one shared on Pinterest which featured a birthday cake.  I don’t know the name of the original creator.  I loved that layout but it was a bit of a fiddle.  I’ve streamlined the process so it can adapt to any theme.

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The flower pot design comes straight from the CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  You make it up on a piece of 10″ x 6″ paper and when everything is stuck down you cut it in to sections ready for the Flip Flaps.  This idea can be changed up to suit any theme.

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I shared this layout at a class on the weekend and my customers came up with some fabulous variations.

Click this link  to download a copy of the instructions.  My Bunch Flip Flap Layout

The La Vie En Rose WOTG, papers, assortment and complements suit any photo theme. If you use only the black and white patterns you can team it with any solid colour for a real wow page.   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 Wendy’s Blog , Expressions of the Heart, to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Australasian Urban Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Urban Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Mez’s Craft Room 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 Urban collection which is available through until the end of August 2016.

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I love the textures and architectural elements featured in the designs of the Urban papers.  They are a perfect pairing for photos taken during our tour of the Sydney Opera House earlier this year.

CTMH Urban Paper CollectionThis photo looks a little different to the first one… this is my base layout and the photo above shows the layout with Flip Flaps added.  I wanted the layout to have strong clear lines, just as the Opera House does but, of course, we took way too many photos.  My favourite product solved that problem.

CTMH Urban Paper CollectionThis is what the LH page looks like with the 4″ x 6″ Flip Flaps open.  I love that I have lots of room for journaling now.

CTMH Urban Paper CollectionAnd this is what the RH page looks like with the long 4″ x 12″ Flip Flap open.

Adding a few stickers from the Complements Pack to the banners and journal boxes helped pull the layout together without making it too busy.  The titles were cut using the Artistry Cricut Cartridge.

Urban papers, assortment and compliments can be  ordered from your CTMH Consultant . It’s our featured collection all month so keep your eye out for more inspiration throughout November.

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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 Denise’s Blog ,  Scrap Stamp Share, to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Enchantment Fundamentals – Up Page

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One of the things I love most about being a consultant with Close To My Heart is the amazing support I am offered for my business.  I rarely have to come up with an original idea to share in my classes.  Today’s page was one we were given at our recent Convention.  I completed it over the weekend. (Note re the photo…Mike has taught me well, sometimes you have to lay on the floor to get the perfect shot!)

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This paper pack is part of the bundle on special this month.  It’s an absolute bargain.  An album, papers, stickers, blingy bits and FREE page protectors plus FREE patterns for 5 layouts.  Everyone ordering a bundle this month also receives a gift from me – all the pre-cut paper pieces to make this ‘Up!’ page and a FREE workshop in January to fill up that album.  Click here for all the details of the bundle.

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The theme of our convention was “Up!” and the opening session saw our executive team re-enacting the movie and cleverly introducing new products and promotions throughout their performance.  It was so much fun to see our US ‘Numbers Man’ Brian Holman, eating endless Ozzie sweet treats as he played the part of the dog.  Monica Wihongi’s badge sash was covered with Base & Bling and our own general Manager, Brian O’Callaghan, happily aged a few decades to play the main character.

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Do you have this much fun in your job?  Join our team and come to Adelaide next October for our annual convention.  All these gals are coming again.  Click here for details about becoming a Close To My Heart consultant.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Australasian Nevermore Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Nevermore Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom 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 Nevermore  collection which is only available through until the end of the year.

Here is my page. We were having so much fun at this dinner that I only remembered to take one photo!  When I printed it I was so thrilled to see the joy being shared as everyone looked at an album featuring the antics of the parents of our son’s footy team 14 years ago.  We had the best parties (without the kids) back then.

Celebrating the fact photo albums allow us to 'Live life twice'. #ctmhnevermore #ctmhartistry

Celebrating the fact photo albums allow us to ‘Live life twice’. #ctmhnevermore
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The stamps are from this month’s Special Offer Hello Life Scrapbooking stamp set (CC1040) .  The arrows were ‘kissed’ by the chevron stamp.

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All the Cricut cuts come from page 32 of the Artistry Cartridge (Z3167) Here are the sizes I used:
♦ Film strip 2″
♦ Lettering 1″
♦ Camera 3.5″
♦ Journal box 2.75″
♦ Journal box frame 3″

Nevermore papers, assortment and compliments can be  ordered from your CTMH Consultant until the end of December when they will retire.

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 Tanya’s Blog , Happy Papercrafting , to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Carborders – What’s that all about?

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I share a love of paper, stickers, bling, inks and stamps with card makers and album makers.  We are often all creating in the same room at a workshop.

One of the things I love to do for my customers is offer the opportunity to try new products via a Make and Take project.  I’m always in a dilemma about whether the project should be a card or a page border.

So, I put my thinking cap on and found a way to make something everyone can use!  It’s called a Carborder. We begin with a 4″ strip of cardstock and create a piece of art to decorate the right hand side.  Once completed, card makers can score and fold and album makers can stick it to a page.

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Scored and folded it is a card that will fit in a C6 envelope.

Scored and folded it is a card that will fit in a C6 envelope.

Added to a page the left hand side can be used for a photo, a title  or journaling.

Added to a page the left hand side can be used for a photo, a title or journaling.

We will be featuring Carborders for each of our NEW paper collections at this month’s Paper Picnic.  If you are local to Perth, why not join us?

We’ll have 7 stations set up – one for each new paper collection.  Click here to see them!

Each station will offer the opportunity to create one ‘Carborder’ that you can turn into a card or a page border. The photos above show our La Vie En Rose Carborder.  You will receive a kit with all supplies pre-cut and be shown a different stamping technique at each station.

Once you’ve made your Carborders, head back to the tables to work on your projects for the rest of the day.  We will have a sampler pack of new products and a handout of page sketches to use your Carborders in your albums.

Saturday 19 September   10am- 4.30pm
Warwick Church of Christ
$35 Registration (includes 2 Carborders) Ref: 51312228
$50 Registration (includes 7 Carborders) Ref: 35367804

All registrations include morning tea, supplies for Carborders, lucky draw prizes, page sketches and a table gift of NEW product.  Please bring a small plate of food to share for lunch

Click here to register

Enter the reference number for your class in the ‘Pay a Merchant’ section.  Complete payment using Visa or MasterCard.  A receipt will be emailed to you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna