Basics Fundamentals CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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blog-badgeWelcome to the CTMH Australasian Basics Fundamentals 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 Basic Fundamentals collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

The Basics Fundamentals collection includes papers, two toned cardstock,  ribbons and inks.  It is the collection featured in this month’s Through the Year Calendar Bundle.

CTMH Basics Fundamanetals co-ordinate with any other colours you have on hand. a little pop of Willow green brings this crafter's layout to life. Purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Today I am sharing a layout featuring photos of a video shown at the CTMH Annual Inspirations Launch this year. The video shared Jeanette Lynton’s story of building Close To My Heart from inception to the international company it is today.

I love to use black cardstock as a base with the grey toned papers in the Basic Fundamentals prints.  Black provides a strong contrast.  A little pop of Willow brought the layout to life.  Those strips are just 1/8″ wide.  Cutting them with our new Aluminium Rail Trimmer was a breeze.

CTMH Basics Fundamanetals co-ordinate with any other colours you have on hand. a little pop of Willow green brings this crafter's layout to life. Purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The layout just had to have hearts on it somewhere and the Heart Border Thin Cuts were perfect for the job.  The solid hearts are cut separately to the frames so you can layer them as I have here.

CTMH Basics Fundamanetals co-ordinate with any other colours you have on hand. a little pop of Willow green brings this crafter's layout to life. Purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The Ribbon Border Thin Cut offered another opportunity for a pop of Willow green cardstock to be added.  It is a delicate embellishment that stands out nicely on the neutral tones of Basic Fundamentals.

CTMH Basics Fundamanetals co-ordinate with any other colours you have on hand. a little pop of Willow green brings this crafter's layout to life. Purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

I finished the layout off with two stamps from the We Are Makers set. This stamp set sums up all we do as paper crafters. I have used it on several layouts. The Brene Brown quote is closely aligned with Jeanette’s mission for our company.

The Basic Fundamentals 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 Doreen’s Blog , Scrapping and More with Doreen to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you. Doreen always has something special to share with us.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna
Products used in these projects
Z3353 Basic Fundamental Paper Packet

D1732 We Are Makers Stamp Set

X5970 Willow Cardstock

1386 Black Cardstock

Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots

Z3396 Aluminium Cut Rail Paper Trimmer

Z3349 Ribbon Border Thin Cuts

Z3347 Heart Border Thin Cuts

S1712 A Little Bit of Pun SOTM Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the December, 2017 Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Doris’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 A Little Bit of Pun (S1712) stamp set which is December’s Stamp of the Month.

CTMH December Stamp of the Month is 'A Little Bit of Pun'. Super cute for cards. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The cute line drawings teamed with funny puns are perfectly suited to card making.  Something to make the recipient smile for sure.  The first thing I did was cut the sentiments away from the drawing so I could use them in a wider variety of ways.

Recognise a person's achievements with a card made using 'A Little Bit of Pun by Close To My Heart. December's Stamp of the month can be ordered at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au
These recognition cards were sent to members of my team who have been working hard and growing their businesses over the past month.  Enchantment Fundamentals provided the spot paper and the rest is plain cardstock.  Stamping the sentiment repeatedly creates the look of a patterned paper.  You can see now why I cut the sentiment away from the drawing.

The pattern on the red Cricut cut shape was made using a background stamp that comes in the You Are Here Cricut collection.

Cut gift tags made using 'A Little Bit of Pun' stamps, Basic Tags and Basic Banners Thin cuts. All available to purchase at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au.

 

I have been making all my Christmas gifts again this year and these tags will be part of a collection I am gifting to a friend.  They were so quick to make using cardstock scraps.  The tags are cut using the largest dies in the Basic Banner and Basic Tags Thin Cuts sets.  You could colour them but I think they are fine as they are.
A Little Bit of Pun (S1712) is available to purchase for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order during December, 2017.  It can also be purchased for $27 as a single item. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.  If you don’t have a consultant, you are welcome to visit my website to place an order.
Can you see yourself trying one of these projects?  I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Maz’s Blog, , to see what she has designed for you.
Happy Scrappin’
Shaunna
Products used on these projects:
S1712 A Little Bit of Pun

Z3345 Basic Banners Thin Cuts

Z3344 Basic Tags Thin Cuts

Z3389 You Are Here Cricut Collection

Z3095 Whisper Extra Thick Twine

Z899 Memento Black Ink

Z2832 Pewter Ink

Z2848 Sapphire Ink

X5943 Enchantment Cardstock Combo

Z3353 Enchantment Paper Pack

Z3089 Grey Gems

 

S1612 Thoughtful Flowers SOTM Blog Hop

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Welcome to the December 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 Thoughtful Flowers (S1612) stamp set which is December’s Stamp of the Month.

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This is a beautiful set of diverse blooms, ideal for those of you who enjoy colouring.  My favourite sentiment on this set is “You’re a whole lot of wonderful“.  I have so many awesome women in my life who deserve a card with that phrase on it.  I also love the little Forget-me-nots to the left of ‘Thank You’.  Did you know they are the symbol for Alzheimer’s suffers?

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Today’s layout keeps the flowers as outline drawings.  The photos of my friend Tanya’s gorgeous shop, Cotton Rose, were so vibrant I didn’t want the stamps competing with them.

A subtle hint of colour around and on the stamps was achieved as follows:

  • Cut 2″ circles from White Daisy cardstock and add sponging around the edges using a dauber and Lemon Ink.  Working on the All Purpose Mat makes clean up easy.
  • Stamp flowers using Memento Black ink.
  • Using dauber again, add a ‘smudge’ of colour to flower centres.
  • Bitty Sparkles also add some dimension.
  • Sprinkle a few Green Triangles between the circles to give a hint of foliage.

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

Thoughtful Flowers (S1612) is only available during December, 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 , Lauren Moore CTMH Craftings, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

S1612 Thoughtful Flowers Stamp Set

Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals Papers

X5785 Lemon Cardstock

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

1386 Black Cardstock

Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Z3123 Green Triangles

Z899 Black Memento Ink Pad

Z726 Sponge Daubers

Z2045 All-Purpose mat

 

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

S1609 Blessed Beyond Measure Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Australasian 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 Blessed Beyond Measure (S1609) stamp set which is September’s Stamp of the Month.

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At first glance this stamp set appears limiting but once you start playing all sorts of fun stuff magically appears!  As an Aussie, I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but I am very thankful for many things in my life.  Today I’ve focused on the awesome women in Close To My Heart’s Australasian Leadership team.  We share so much between us – supporting and encouraging one another.  Twice a year we spend a full day together learning and creating.  These days also include a beautiful lunch, recognition and the company of our Home Office staff.

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Today’s page and card features a Recessed Panel.  This is a strip of card, the same colour as your background that you have stamped and adhered behind a gap in the design. It saves having to mask off areas and is super quick to do.

Left Hand Page:

  1. To create the page trim a 1 1/2″ strip from  one side of your base cardstock and random stamp on this.  I used the NEW Willow and Raspberry inks.  Oh my goodness!  These inkpads should come with a warning – you will want to replace all your existing ink pads once you’ve used them.
  2. Next cut a 1 1/4″ strip from one long side of the base cardstock (this cut should run in the same direction as your previous cut).  This piece is the one shown on far left of layout.
  3. Cut 2 strips 1/2″ x 12″ from contrast paper.  Adhere these to the BACK of the base card pieces, either side of the gap that will be filled by the random stamped piece.  You want just 1/4″ of each strip showing on the front.
  4. Using your Versamat for sizing, glue the stamped strip behind the 2 base cardstock pieces so the finished layout measures 12″ x 12″

Right Hand Page:

  1. Repeat step 1  above but your strip will be 2″
  2. Repeat step 2 above but you will cut off 2″
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This is what it looks like from the back.

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You can also use this technique on cards.  For the card, you stamp directly on the front of the card in the area that will be recessed and cut panels to cover left and right of the stamping.  Coloured strips are narrower and you can raise the panels on foam tape for a more recessed look.  I added extra little berries on the panels as they looked a bit plain.

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Blessed Beyond Measure (S1609) is only available during September, 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 card and 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 the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

 

S1608 Purr-fect Halloween Australasian 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 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 Purr-fect Halloween (S1608) stamp set which is August’s Stamp of the Month.

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I love this set because it has a cat on it – I will be sure to use it with photos of my gorgeous fur baby, Sandy.  Today however, I want to share a layout that has nothing to do with cats or Halloween. I love to take a themed stamp set and turn it into something different so I had a really good look at all the gorgeous small stamps in this set.  Here’s what I came up with as I played one night.SOTM 0816 - Page 002

 

I can see so many possibilities using these small stamps as accents and borders on your pages.  Here’s how I used a few of them.

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It’s a very simple layout because the photos are quite busy.  I have used two of Close To My Heart’s NEW cardstock colours, Tangerine (X5786) and Sea Glass (X5789) along with one of the totally delicious sheets the NEW All About the Gold Fundamentals (Z3246).  These are 12″ x 12″ clear overlays with gold foil designs – so pretty!  Hold them in place with micro glue dots (Z2089).

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The pretty frame in Purr-fect Halloween made a purr-fect title box when I heat embossed it with gold powder and stamped using the NEW Pen Pal Alphabet (B1539)

Did you spot those cat eyes used as a frame for my journaling?  Check out the lovely black ribbon too – it has pretty gold threads on the edges and is part of the 3 roll set of NEW ribbons called Uptown Ribbon Pack (Z3289).  These are sure to become your go to ribbons this year.

Purr-fect Halloween (S1608) is only available during August, 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 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 Doris’s Blog ,  Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

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

 

Australasian April SOTM Life In Pictures Blog Hop

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Welcome to the April 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 Life In Pictures (S1604) stamp set which is April’s Stamp of the Month.

 

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I think everyone of us needs this set in our craft room.

Our fridge door photo gallery was looking very tired.  Mismatched magnets holding photos and covering some of the image, fingerprints and smears on some photos and no sense of how important the photos are to us.  So!  I created my own magnetic fridge frames.

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Use Paper Fundamentals because the paper is decorative and heavy weight so it won’t curl or tear easily.  Cut a piece 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ and cut a 4 1/4″ slit 3/4″ down from one short end.  Use the measurement guides on your 12″ trimmer to make this easy.

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Take a 4″ x 6″ Flip Flap (Z4114) and trim off the adhesive strip.  You want the side that had the adhesive strip to be higher than the other side of the pocket.

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Centre the flip flp on the front of the Fundamentals Paper, making sure the lower edge side of the Flip Flap is glued to the paper and that this edge lines up with the slit you cut.

Slide your photo into the Flip Flap.  Use Shimmer Trim around the edges of the Flip Flap to hold it in place and highlight your photo.  Add decorative elements as desired.  Corner round the frame if that takes your fancy.

When you want to update your photos you can slide the orignal out and replace it with a new one.

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In these samples, watercolour paint was used on watercolour paper.   The paint was allowed to dry and then the images were stamped using Memento Black ink (Z899) for all the sentiments and some of the cameras.   Other cameras were stamped first and then painted with a watercolour wash afterwards.  Each gives a slightly different effect.

Your last task is to recycle those magnets you were using and stick them to the back of your frame.  Liquid Glass (Z679) is perfect for the job!

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Super easy and lots of fun.  This would make a great holiday project to do with the kids.  Why not make a set for a Mothers Day Gift?

Life In Pictures (S1604) is only available during April, 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 CTMH Consultant.

Did you like this idea? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you leave.

Kay was next on our hop but we are having some technical issues so fo now, plese leapfrog over to Wendy’s Blog by clicking here.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Paper Fundamentals – Tiger Tom

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The paper fundamentals are so easy to use!  If you haven’t tried them yet, I’d encourage you to get your hands on some.  One side of the paper is shiny with an embossed pattern on it and the reverse is matte, features the same pattern, but adds white to it.

If you like scrapbooking with solid colours you will love the subtle patterns of these packs.

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My layout today is one of the designs featured in the Simply Fundamental Bundle offer.

TigerI cried a little as I made this tribute to my beautiful cat, Tiger, who passed away this year. I love that my albums give me a place to record feelings as well as events.

The cat and ball of wool stamps come from Love My Cat (A1181).  I stamped them in black ink on plain cardstock, fussy cut and raised them on foam tape.

All the other embellishments came in my bundle from this month’s special.  It’s a great deal.  Choose any album you like and receive Enchantment Fundamentals Papers (Z3126), Enchantment Fundamentals Stickers (Z3164) and Peacock Fundamental Assortments (Z3098).  You also receive a pack of page protectors FREE.  That’s a saving of $29.50. We have 5 fab layouts you can make with your papers PLUS I will be offering a free class in January to each person ordering a bundle from me this month AND I’ll post you pre-cut pieces to make the fun UP! page I featured earlier this month. Click here to choose your bundle.

In addition, you qualify for this month’s Stamp of the Month, Cheers, 2016! for just $7.50

Order online for home delivery here or contact me to add your bundle to my next order on Nov 21.

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