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

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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.

Enchantment Fundamentals

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

Australasian November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop – S1511 Cheers, 2016!

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Blog BadgeWelcome to the November Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Anne’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 Cheers, 2016! (S1511) stamp set which is November’s Stamp of the Month.

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I know we have 2 full months to go of 2015 but it’s time to start thinking about your goals and dreams for the new year.

I recently attended the Close To My Heart Australasian Convention.  We talked about goal setting for our business and were set some challenges for the next 3 months.  I have set my own, much higher goals and wanted a way to keep a visual reminder of these goals for the next 12 months.  Here it is.

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If I meet the goals I’ve set myself, Mike & I will earn an all expenses paid trip to Tahiti.  I loved going to Hawaii this year – Close To My Heart sure know how to spoil a girl.

I used the Paper Fundamentals for this layout.  There are 4 packs – Enchantment (Z3126), Adventure (Z3125), Whimsy (Z3127) and Basic (Z3128).  I love that one side of the paper is embossed and shiny while the other side is matte and features a subtle pattern.

The tags you can see are tucked behind the challenge cards we received at convention.  I used 3″ square Flip Flaps to make a pocket for the tag to slide in and out of.  The “I Can” phrase is heat embossed with silver and the Base & Bling charms are attached with Thick Twine.

Here’s how I made the hidden pockets…

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Begin with a 3″ x 3″ Flip Flap from the Small Assortment pack (Z1747).  Cut off the tab with the adhesive strip.

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Attach the Flip Flap firmly to the back of your challenge card (or photo).  Add adhesive around all edges of the Flip Flap and attach to your photo mount.

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You now have a pocket made of plastic for the tag to slip into.

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I stamped the lines and the banner from the Cheers, 2016! stamp set and hand wrote my title.  The letters are for each month.  At the end of the month I will record my final figures and see if my goal was achieved.

Cheers, 2016! (S1511) is only available during November, 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 Lauren’s Blog , CTMH Craftings, to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

‘Four Squares’ Scrapbook Layout

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Creating texture with embossing folders is so easy!  It transforms plain cardstock into something wonderful.  In this layout I started with 3 plain cardstock colours (Whisper, Bamboo & Lagoon) and one Paper Fundamentals (Bamboo) sheet. I cut 4, 2″ squares from each piece and used a variety of embossing folders on the plain cardstock.

Trim your photos to 2", 4" or 6" and they will work with this design

Trim your photos to 2″, 4″ or 6″ and they will work with this design

The Chevron Border Punch created a line to hold it all together and I kept the embellishments simple in the top left corner of the page.  My journaling will go under the BFF Cricut cut.

What photos and colours will you use to duplicate this pages?

Check out the range of CTMH embossing folders here and our Fundamentals Paper range here.  Remember every 5th online order this month receives a gift!  I’ll email the winners at the end of the month.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Small Squares Scrapbook Layout

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A few weeks ago I participated in a Facebook Virtual Crop.  It was lots of fun ‘cropping’ with consultants all over Australia via the internet.  During the course of the weekend we were given page challenges to complete.  The lovely ladies who organised the event have given permission for me to share these challenges with you!  Big thanks to Bernadette Lewin, Karen Page and Lynda Yeadon.  Here is the second sketch we worked from, “Small Squares” by Karen Page…

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Paper Fundamentals and Heartstrings papers worked well together for this layout. Adding a shape between the squares makes your page more personal.

Paper Fundamentals and Heartstrings papers worked well together for this layout. Adding a shape between the squares makes your page more personal.

I was excited to win a prize for this entry and really happy with the way it looked.  You will love the simplicity of this layout.  It gives you lots of freedom for photo placement.

Order your supplies at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au Every 5th online order will recieve a gift.  I’ll email winners at the end of the month.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Place an order including $32.50 of stamps and you can add an exclusive Hostess Rewards set for just $6.50.  Normally you would have to host a gathering to qualify for one of these stamp sets.  How cool is that?

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Classic Doily

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I fell in love with this stamp as soon as I saw it in the catalogue.  It’s called Classic Doily (B1424) and it does remind me of hand embroidery.  I was playing with our new heat embossing powders and thought this stamp embossed with gold would look pretty special.  It does!  But you will have to believe me because I forgot to photograph it before I did the next step… colouring it in.  I had planned to keep one plain but the colours of the Shin Han Touch Twin Markers are so gorgeous I couldn’t stop colouring.

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I began with 3 blue markers and then chose 2 neutrals to go with them plus the red for a highlight.  I just used straight colouring – no shading or fancy stuff.  I also left a few sections white for contrast.

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For each card I used a different colour scheme.  The doily has the look of mosaics and I love how it appears a little different in each colour way.  To make the cards I used Black from the Basics Paper Fundamentals pack(Z1939) to frame the doily and then a co-ordinating cardstock.  The red, green and purple are from Paper Fundamentals and the Blue & Pink are plain cardstock dry embossed using the Floral Embossing folder (Z1994).  Gold shimmer trim (Z1985)  and Bling Gems Gold Assortment (Z2023) added a bit of pop.

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Shin Han Markers used:                                                                                                                                  Red Card:  Barely Beige, Pastel Green, Golden Yellow, Marigold, Carmine                                                         Blue Card: Pastel Peach, Turquoise Blue, Cerulean Blue, Marine Blue, Warm Grey 4,Carmine                    Pink Card: Barely Beige, Pastel Peach, Mahogany, Black, Carmine                                                          Green Card:   Pastel Green, Leaf Green, Vivid Green, Sap Green, Bronze, Carmine                                 Purple Card: Barely Beige, Tender Pink, Peony Purple, Lavender, Clay, Carmine

Click here to see all the colours in our range of Shin Han markers.

This design would adapt beautifully to a scrapbook page.  I have some photos from a mosque I need to print to use with this stamp.  What photos would you team it with?

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna