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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Last Chance Blog Hop – Annual Inspirations 15/16

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Welcome to the Australasian Last Chance 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 products that are leaving the Close To My Heart range on July 31, 2016.  We’ve taken the time to create inspiring projects for you.  Hope you like them!

retiring colours, 20167 colours leave our range at the end of this month.  I’ve included all of them in the Carborders I have to share with you today.  Carborders serve a double purpose.  If you are a card maker, you simply fold them in half and gift them as a card.  If you are a scrapbooker, you add a photo, title or journaling in the unused half and place it to on album page.  The Reflections How To Book (9037) has many layouts that use a 4″ border.  Check it out if you need inspiration.

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These two Carborders feature the Friendly Pets stamp set.  I used Shin Han markers to colour the pets.  The embossing folder is Scallop (Z3021) – this one is also saying goodbye.  I used sponges and the 7 retiring inks for the background.

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Friendly Pets B1481

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These Carborders also feature the Love My Dog and Love My Cat stamp sets.  All 3 featured stamp sets are super versatile.  You probably know many pet obsessed friends who would love these as cards.  You may also be like me and take loads of photos of your own pets.  Why not put them in your album?

 

Hopefully, these Carborders have inspired you to play with CTMH’s cute furbaby stamps.

Friendly Pets (B1481), Love My Cat (A1181) and Love My Dog (A1178) retire from the CTMH catalogue at the end of this month along with the 7 colours featured in this post.  If you love fur babies, grab these stamps today.  If one of your favourite colours is retiring make sure you have spare sheets of cardstock and the re-inker for your stamp pad.  If you love all 7 colours, grab an Adventure pack of cardstock(X5935).  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website

Did you like these carborders? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’ Blog ,  Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

CTMH Thin Cuts Australasian Blog Hop

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I am so in love with Thin Cuts dies and their matching stamp sets.  No more fussy cutting with these stamps!  Because the dies save time I find I am using the stamps more.

Thin Cuts

Thin Cuts

This layout was inspired by pp104-105 of the Cherish How To Book.  It’s a layout we were challenged to use in a team virtual crop this month.  The small squares were the perfect place to showcase the Carnival Fun stamps and Thin Cuts.

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Carnival Fun Thin Cuts Z3229

Thin Cuts are an awesome addition to your tools collection.    You can stamp first and then use the dies in your Cuttlebug or Big Shot machine to cut around them or cut the shapes first and then stamp.  I prefer the second method.  The stamps are super easy to match up with the cuts.

If you haven’t seen Thin Cuts used before, you may like to watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrvRJepJHw0

Here is our current Thin Cuts range. You can view some bonus ideas on my Pinterest page. Click here to view them.

Thin cuts of all of them

Be sure to order yours from your Close To My Heart Consultant.
Thanks for stopping to read my post, now you can hop over to Kara’s, Creating with Kara Davies blog to join the Australasian Blog Hop featuring  Thin Cuts Dies and co-ordinating stamp sets. We have a variety of projects to share with you which highlight the versatility of the Thin Cuts.  Just click on the link at the end of each post to move on to a new idea.
Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

 

Happy Times CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian Blog Hop featuring  our National Scrapbook Month Happy Times papers & stamps. We have a variety of projects to share with you which highlight the versatility of the Happy Times stamps and papers. This is a circular hop. If you have come from Maz’s Blog, Inky Fingers,  you are in the right place. Just click on the link at the end of each post to move on to a new idea. Keep clicking and you will end up back here!

I spent Mother’s Day hosting a baby shower!  Isn’t that perfect?  It was a wonderful way to spend this special day.  The mum to be and all her friends are from overseas and far from their mums and my own babes are living far from me so it made the day extra special.

Happy Times layout

This layout was inspired by pp26-27 of the Imagine How To Book.  It’s a layout we were challenged to use in a team virtual crop.  Using the beautiful zip strips from the Happy Times paper pack helped frame the photo gallery on the page.

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The flowers in the Happy Times Stamp set are really sweet.  I love that many different stems are offered too.  To create the large flowers shown above, ink with Honey first and then use a dauber to add Sunset ink accents to the blooms.  No two will be the same – just like in nature!  Poppy and Fern ink were used for the other flowers & leaves.

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The words on this stamp set are perfect for scrapbookers.  Our goal is to record the happy times and to share real moments and memories with our family and future generations.

Happy Times Papers (CC1063) and the co-ordinating stamp set (CC1064) are only available during May, 2016.    Be sure to order yours from your Close To My Heart Consultant. You can have the paper packet FREE if you order $85 worth of product this month – that’s a saving of $23.
Thanks for stopping to read my post, now you can hop over to Wendy’s, Expressions from the Heart blog to see the Happy Times idea she is sharing.
Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Australasian December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop – Candlelight Garden S1512

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Blog BadgeWelcome to the December Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Leah’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 Candlelight Garden (S1512) stamp set which is December’s Stamp of the Month.

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This stamp set lends itself to watercolours perfectly and what better paper to blend with it than Kaleidoscope.  My layout today celebrates the relationship between my mother and my daughter.  It’s a very special bond they share.

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This design is from Magic (9040), one of my favourite How To Books when  a special layout is required. You will find it on page 110.

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The little heart on the stamp set is gorgeous.  Colour each one with watercolour pencils (3505) and cut them out.  The lagoon paper was dry embossed using the Stripe Embossing Folder (Z1960)

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I wanted to create a space for Kathryn to journal her own thoughts about Nanny so created these 3 pockets on the page.  The Gypsy print paper is mounted on Thin 3D Foam Tape (Z2060) so the journal tag can slide into it.

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Mount the bunch of flowers on Thick 3D Foam Tape (Z1151) so it sits over the pocket.

Candlelight Garden (S1512) is only available during December, 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 Vandra’s Blog , Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom, to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Best Day – Zoe Workshop on the Go

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I love this layout from the Zoe Workshop on the Go.  It provides a big canvas for photo placement.  The layout comes from the Magic How To Book (9040).  It’s called One Way Mirror.

These photos were taken when we were in Hawaii for the Close To My Heart Incentive Trip.  80 of us took a sunset cruise and got to watch the lights come on in Waikiki.  Everything had a lovely pink glow.  When we looked out the other side of the boat, the sun was putting on a show for us.

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I liked this layout so much I made it into a card too!

Zoe Papers and assortments make this a quick card to put together.

Using your scraps and the assortments you can whip up this card in no time.  I haven’t added a sentiment yet because I’m not sure who will be receiving this one!

The Zoe Workshop on the Go is just $44 and is valued at $63.  There is enough paper in the pack to make 4-8 pages PLUS 4-8 cards from the scraps AND you get to keep the stamp set forever.  That’s a bargain!

Visit my website www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au to order your Zoe Workshop on the Go.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Bunting Title Scrapbook Layout

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CASEing layouts is one of my favourite pass times! Why strain my brain when someone else has done a fine job?  What’s CASEing you ask?  C.A.S.E stands for ‘Copy And Share Everything’.  Whenever you copy someone else’s layout, you are CASEing it.

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This layout is copied from Pattern 9 in CTMH’s Make It From Your Heart Vol 1. (9035)

The flowers were cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut CartridgeKraft cardstock  (Z1375) was used for the large shape on the LH page and the journal box. The bunting title was fun to create using the Adventure Fundamentals (Z2032) Papers.  Cricut cut letters on hand cut flags were mounted with foam tape and I stuck the twine down with liquid glass afterwards.  The trusty Fork Bow technique made short work of the decorative ties. Not sure what a Fork Bow is?  Search it on youtube and be amazed!

At just $10.50 the two Make It From Your Heart How To books are a steal.  Each book features 16 double page layouts, 2 single page layouts and 12 card designs. I have used them over and over in my albums.  Each time I change the papers and embellishments and you would think it was a brand new design.

You can order your copy of this great book here.  Who knows, you may be lucky enough to earn a gift!  Every 5th online order this month will receive one.  I’ll let you know at the end of the month if you were lucky.

Happy CASEing!

Shaunna