Keep Your Head Up Australasian Blog Hop

Support Close To My Heart’s ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/
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Help Close To My Heart Raise Funds for Australian Bushfire Relief

Welcome to the Keep Your Head Up blog hop. Today I have teamed up with 2 sister consultants to share creative inspiration using Close To My Heart’s fundraising stamp set. This is a circular hop. You may have arrived from Dannii’s blog, a link from my Facebook page or stumbled upon us by accident. Regardless of how you got here, you are welcome! Simply read through my post, click the link to the next consultant and continue through until you find yourself back here. Then it’s time to head to the crafting table for some stamping fun times.

Support Close To My Heart’s ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

This stamp set is titled Keep Your Head Up (W1202).  It was designed especially to support the Red Cross (Aust) fundraising appeal to help those impacted by recent bush fires.  All proceeds from the sale of these stamps will be donated to the Australian Red Cross.

Isn’t it beautiful? The sentiments share the message we all send to those impacted by the fires. I LOVE the heart and have been experimenting with designs for my albums and cards.

Create a Birthday Celebration Layout

Today’s project is a 2 page layout that will showcase photos taken at my niece’s 21st next weekend.  She is the youngest of my nieces and the first one who’s celebration we have been able to attend – hence the title.

Support Close To My Heart’s ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

One of the best things about being a crafter is constantly learning and trying new techniques.  This is the first time I’ve ever sewn on my pages.  It was way easier than I thought and lots of fun!  If you are a sewer, have a go.  It’s a great way to add texture to your page without adding bulk.  Be sure to pull the threads through to the back and hold in place with a piece of washi tape.

Mix Ins Paper packets offer a range of background papers. The Juniper Shimmer Brush ‘scribbles’ add an accent to the stitch line.

Support Close To My Heart’s  ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

Hearts were stamped repeatedly to create the border panels.  Set them aside to dry completely before watercolouring.  This is a very detailed stamp so colouring with the paints would be quite tricky.  Adding a wash over the whole design is fast and easy.  Use watercolour paper for best results and wet the image with clean water before adding the colour.

You can go over the hearts with your journalling pen if you want the shape to stand out a bit more. A flower stamped in Sangria ink, fussy cut and popped up on Thin Foam finishes each heart nicely

Support Close To My Heart’s  ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

Pops of black add strong contrast to this pastel layout.  The complements are from the Every Little Thing collection.  Painting with a shimmer brush gives the flowers a lift.  A narrow strip of shimmer trim frames the borders and unifies the design. Do you love the frilly circle die-cut? It’s the spinner part of Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts set.

Support Close To My Heart’s ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

Order your stamp set today

This is a B-size stamp set that would normally be priced at $20, but Close To My Heart have decided to make it available for just $10. When you purchase the set all proceeds from its sale will be donated to the Red Cross, with the donations designated to the relief efforts for the Australia bushfires.

In order to maximise the donation amount, this set will be non-commissionable, meaning it does not count to Hostess Rewards and SOTM totals. This way all proceeds—including the amount that would normally go toward paying commissions—will be donated.

If you would like to support this fundraiser, simply place an order with your Close To My Heart consultant  

Let’s keep the stamp department flat out making these beautiful sets for us!

Time to Hop

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. A cheeky like, a comment or subscription shows me you enjoyed what I shared. Next stop on the hop is Doris Taylor’s Creative Inspirations . Enjoy!

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used on this layout

W1202 Keep Your Head Up Stamp set

X9011 Mix Ins Paper Packet

Z3626 Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts

Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Stamp Pad

Z6516 Sangria Exclusive Stamp Pad

Z6511 Julep Exclusive Stamp Pad

Z3225 Waterbrush – Medium Round

Z3132 Watercolour Paints

Z4243 Watercolour Paper Pad

Z3517 Black O.5 Journalling Pen

Z3508 Julep Shimmer Brush

Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush

Z3341 Thin Foam Dots

Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim

Spruced Up Australasian CTMH Blog Hop

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Hop along to enjoy creative ideas using the latest Close To My Heart products. www.passionateaboutpages.com

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

If you arrived from  Lauren’s Blog you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on and enjoy my creations.  If you like what I show today, please subscribe to my blog, leave a comment on this post or share it on social media. 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 several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up 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 Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020
Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

The Spruced Up Collection is versatile

Don’t be fooled by the wintery, woodsy feel to this kit.  It is brilliant for lots of everyday photos down under too.  The earthy colours team well with many landscapes and add a subtle backdrop for images featuring brighter colours.  I’m sure you will be impressed with the variety of ideas shared on this hop.

The Spruced Up collection is available until the end of February, 2020.  Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.  Ask your Close To My Heart Consultant for details.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Make use of your scrapbooking scraps

I have enjoyed using this collection so much that I only had very small scraps leftover when it came time to make my sample for today’s blog.  I had just watched a sewing video about creating new fabric from lots of skinny strips and decided to try it with my paper and sticker scraps.  My first instinct was to reach for Basic Shapes Thin Cuts BUT my order arrived as I was experimenting and this gorgeous set, Mandela Vibes, was in the box!

Close To My Heart's Mandela Vibes (Z3640) Stamps & Thin Cuts adapt brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

I love the scallop shapes of the two large dies and cut several to use as bases.  Then it’s simply a matter of laying narrow strips (¼”up to ¾”) over the shape.  Begin near the centre, adding glue to the base and work out.  Liquid glue ensures all strips are stuck right to the edges of the base shape.  Then, flip the shape over and fussy cut the overhanging paper away.  Your die cut machine may be able to cut through both layers if you make a piece of striped ‘paper’ first – I just didn’t think about that at the time.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Create a free flowing border for your page

The shapes made were quite ‘heavy’ on the page.  To lighten the look of the design, I stamped the co-ordinating Mandela Vibes stamp directly to the base page using Sangria Ink. The base paper comes from the Jan/Feb Mix In paper packet.  As the name suggests, these packs are designed to blend well with the other collections featured in the catalogue, making it easier to use up your leftovers.

Finish off this border cluster by adding the small flower shapes from the Mandela Vibes set with Gold Glitter Gems for centres. The Julep flowers are mounted with Foam Dots

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Create a scrapbook title in two parts

It is fun to mix sentiment stamps with alphabets to create interesting titles.  This page is the title page for my 2020 album.  There are exciting times ahead for us this year and I wanted to express that in the title.  First up, the date was created using a shadow stamping technique.  Stamp first in Mink Ink and then in Espresso ink, moving slightly to the left and up so the Mink looks likes a shadow.  Love is in the air this year so … was replaced by 3 little hearts from January’s stamp of the month, Everyday Magic.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

The second part of the title appears in the bottom right of the page.  This creates visual balance with the Espresso cardstock border I added to the top and left of base paper.  The sentiment, “be excited for all good things to come” is ideal for a new year.  The corner design and hearts around this sentiment come from Everyday Magic and Mandela Vibes.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Make your photo mat stand out

This group photo shows the first of many celebrations we will enjoy this year.  It was wide and narrow so I need to jazz up the photo mat to help it stand out on the page.  A double mat of printed paper helped and printing the photo with a white border makes it stand out but it still looked too narrow.  Another look at the Mandela Vibes stamp set, gave me my solution – the beautiful scalloped edge stamp adds depth to the photo mount and completes the page.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Order your supplies this month

The Spruced Up collection, January Stamp of the Month and the Mandela Vibes Stamps & Thin Cuts  are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant until the end of February when they retire. A list of products used on my layout appears at the end of this post.  Place your order on my website or with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Dannii’s blog, Scrappy Chicks, to see the project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this project

X7253S Spruced Up Paper & Sticker Pack

X7253C Spruced Up Coordinating Cardstock

X9011 Mix In Paper Pack

S2001 Every Day magic (Stamp of the Month)

Z3640 Mandela Vibes Stamp & Thin Cuts

Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

Z6516 Sangria Exclusive Ink

Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Ink

Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Ink

Z3441 Dual Tip Multi Bond Glue Pen

Z1836 Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors

Z3341 Thin Foam Dots

Z3326 Permanent Adhesive Tape

S1901 Card Captions – CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the our first Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop for 2019.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Doreen’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 Card Captions (S1901) stamp set which is January’s Stamp of the Month.

S1901 Card Captions is January 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au.

At first glance this stamp set appears to be only for cards but as a diehard scrapper I could see potential for use on celebration pages too.

Create a fun birthday scrapbook layout using S1901 Card Captions - January 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Today’s page features photos of a birthday celebration.  I took inspiration from the placement of sentiments on the carrier sheet and arranged all the birthday-ish stamps along one edge of the 5” x 6” block.  The little line drawn images fill any spaces beautifully.  I stamped in Pebble ink as I didn’t want the words to dominate on the page.  Once completed I felt these sections needed a little ‘pop’ so I stamped ‘Happy’ onto scraps of the yellow stripe paper, fussy cut and glued over the original stamping.

Create a fun birthday scrapbook layout using S1901 Card Captions - January 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

This layout design was featured on Close To My Heart’s Make It From Your Heart blog during December.  I loved the simplicity of it and printed the pattern.  The newly released Mix-in papers suited my photos beautifully.  Once completed I played with two new stamp sets for the decorative elements. 

Create a fun birthday scrapbook layout using C1749 Something Fierce Cardmaking Stamps and S1901 Card Captions - January 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The balloons and streamer clusters come from the Something Fierce Cardmaking set.  My tip for stamping the string is to stamp on the background first, then stamp the bow on the balloon and layer over the image on the background.  Pop the front balloon up on foam dots.

Create a fun birthday scrapbook layout using D1827 Years of Sweetness and S1901 Card Captions - January 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The cupcakes are from Years of Sweetness.  I love the effect of shading the icing with two different stamps and ink colours.  There is a matching Cricut cut for this cupcake but I fussy cut it quite easily.

Card Captions  (S1901) is only available during January, 2019.  Full retail price is $29.50 AUD but you can have this gorgeous set for just $8.25 AUD when accompanied by an $82.50 AUD 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 Nell’s Blog , Nelliebligh, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

A list of the products used for this project follows.  All items are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart Consultant.  

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used in the Project

S1901 Card Captions Stamp Set

X9003 Mix In Paper Pack

C1749 Something Fierce Cardmaking Stamp Set

D1827 Years of Sweetness Stamp Set

Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Ink

Z2824 Linen Exclusive Ink

Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Ink

Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Ink

Z3341 Thin 3-D Foam Dots Z3341