Engagement Party Photo Prop Frame

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase
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Love is in the air

Mike and I had the great joy of hosting an engagement party for our daughter and her fiancé recently.  Many of their close friends, family members and some of Kathryn’s scrapbook aunties joined us.  I had a lot of fun creating this frame for photo opportunities.

It’s not difficult to make a decorative frame but it does take some time.  Start early so you can enjoy the process and play around with placement of elements before you commit to gluing them down. The proposal happened at the beach so seashell stamps were an obvious choice and a couple of nice big Cricut cut diamonds were essential.  Twine and some leftover packaging added texture.

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

Find a sturdy frame

This one came from an Op Shop.  It had a very dated picture in it and was only a few dollars.  It was easy to pop the picture out and use pliers to bend the metal thingies that held it in so no fingers would be harmed during the photographs.

Begin making LOTS of small elements

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

You will be amazed how many small pieces you will use to achieve a balanced look to your frame. The seashells on this one come from two stamp sets.  The smaller shells are from a retired set called Swirly Shells and the largest shells are a stamp and thin cut set called Beach Treasures, available for 30% off as part of this month’s Stamptacular sale.  Stamp the shells onto the light side of almond cardstock and heat emboss using Copper Tinsel, Gold Tinsel or Clear powder.

Then pull up some images of real shells on your phone or laptop and use them as a guide to add colour and patterns to the largest shells using watercolour paints.  I was fortunate to have an artist visiting who took over this part for me 😊

Create focal elements

The large and medium size diamonds were cut from white glitter paper using Close To My Heart’s Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  The largest seashells were a free download from Cricut and were cut in julep glitter paper.  Cut two layers for the base of each Cricut shape to strengthen them.  In this frame, the gorgeous Holographic paper shows through the pattern of the shell overlays and a solid cardstock forms the bottom layer. See how the play of light changes the colour of the holographic papers?

‘Love’ was cut 4 times from cardstock and layered to make it really robust.  It isn’t attached to anything firm so needs to be able to stand up to some handling. 

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

Layer all your elements

This part does take some time.  You will find you move pieces around quite a bit until your design is balanced and pleasing to your eye.  Work in opposite corners with the lower cluster taking more space than the top one.

You need an anchor to build your design on.  I had some brown paper packaging that came wrapped around bottles.  I’ve had it in the craft cupboard for 2 years not knowing how I would use it.  This was the perfect project for it!  Attach your largest elements to this base.  I used liquid glass because it gives a strong bond and filled the gaps in the brown paper.

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

The trickiest part was attaching this base cluster to the frame.  My final solution was to cut 1” strips of cardstock.  Liquid glass one end to the back of the brown paper, coat the strip with more liquid glass and wrap it around the frame.  You are working from the back so it doesn’t have to be neat.  Once all the decorative elements are in place you can come back and cover the ‘workings’ with a sheet of cardstock cut to fit.

The final stages are attaching the smaller elements and adding some texture to the clusters.  A mixture of glue dots and liquid glass holds everything in place.  Shells are overlapped and tucked behind other elements.  The twine is caught in a couple of places so it can loop and provide dimensionality.  Some chunky bling added contrasting colour.

Choose your theme and start creating

What theme could you use for a photo prop frame?  Have a look through your supplies and re-discover hidden treasures in your craft cupboard. 

A list of supplies used in this project appears below.  Order yours on my website.  All Stamp Sets and Stamp/Thin Cut bundles are discounted by up to 50% during February 2020.  Look for the Stampaganza link.

Happy scrapping,

Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this project

Z3611 Cricut Artistry Digital Collection

Z3367 White Glitter Paper

Z3506 Julep Glitter Paper

Z3635 Dreamy Holographic Paper

Z3636 Oasis Holographic Paper

X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock

X6030 Peacock Cardstock

X5949 Almond Cardstock (Light side)

Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad

Z4250 Tinsel Embossing Powder

Z4248 Silver Embossing Powder

Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder

Z3132 Watercolour paints

Z3225 Medium Water brush

Z679 Liquid Glass

1772 3/8” Ultra Thin Glue Dots

S1906 It’s Your Day To Sparkle Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the 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 It’s Your Day To Sparkle (S1906) stamp set which is June’s Stamp of the Month.

Tell your story using It’s Your Day To Sparkle (S1906) – June’s 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during June 2019

That cake looks good enough to eat!  Colour some or all of it, leave it as a line drawing, heat emboss it – the choice is yours.  Take a close look at all the sentiments on this set too – perfect for many celebrations.  What will you use it for?

Make a birthday banner

Tell your story using It’s Your Day To Sparkle (S1906) – June’s 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during June 2019

My darling mum turns 90 in a couple of weeks so I decided to make a banner for her room at the Aged Care Residence where she lives.  I’ve used the colours from the True Love Collection because I plan to scrapbook photos of the day using it – I may even organise an outfit to match too!

The banner is simple in design.

Tell your story using It’s Your Day To Sparkle (S1906) – June’s 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during June 2019
  • Cut 17 3” x 4” pieces of Sugarplum cardstock
  • Cut 2 or 3 each of Lace Border Thin Cut.  Cut each one in half.
  • Cut 13 hearts from Linen cardstock using the largest die in the Basic Hearts Thin Cut set.
  • Cut the letters for “Happy Birthday” from Sugarplum glitter paper using Block Alphabet Thin Cuts
  • Adhere Lace Borders to 3” sides of cardstock using a glue pen
  • Punch holes for ribbon to thread through on each piece of cardstock
  • Add hearts and letters to 13 pieces.

Stamp and heat emboss your cakes

Tell your story using It’s Your Day To Sparkle (S1906) – June’s 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during June 2019
  • Stamp 4 cakes onto Linen cardstock using Versamark ink
  • Sprinkle each image with Gold Tinsel Embossing powder
  • Heat set, being sure to warm your heat tool thoroughly before starting and heating from underneath the design so the tinsel doesn’t blow off.
  • Colour the flowers and cake plate with ink and a waterbrush using Sugarplum, Mint and Sage inks.
  • Fussy cut and mount to banner pieces with Foam Tape.
  • Add numbers using foam tape

Order your Stamp of the Month

It’s Your Day To Sparkle (S1906) is only available during June, 2019.  Full retail price is $29.50 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $8.25 when accompanied by an $82.50 order. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Did you like this project? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Doreen’s Blog , to see the lovely 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. If you don’t have a consultant, this link will take you to my website.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used in the Project

S1906 It’s Your Day To Sparkle Stamp Set

Z4060 Lace Border Thin Cut

Z3317 Basic Hearts Thin Cut

X5989 Sugarplum Cardstock

X6021 Sapphire Cardstock

X5986 Mint Cardstock

X5993 Sage Cardstock

X6000 Eggplant Cardstock

X6009 Linen Cardstock

Z891 Versamark Ink

Z4249 Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder

Z3225 Medium Round Waterbrush

Z3440 Dual-tip Permanent Glue Pen 

Beautiful Friendship CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Beautiful Friendship Blog Hop. This hop features the artwork of some talented consultants from across Australia and New Zealand. If you arrived from Doreen’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 what you liked about them 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 Beautiful Friendship collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the craft room for some paperific fun.

Beautiful Friendship collection from Close To My Heart. Available to purchase at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The Beautiful Friendship collection is the first featured collection in our NEW Seasonal Expressions catalogue.  It is available for purchase until the end of August 2018.  It is my absolute favourite in this catalogue.

Beautiful Friendship collection from CTMH is available to purchase at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au until Aug, 2018
Today I am sharing a layout created from Pattern 21 in Make It From Your Heart, Vol 3.  It’s all about my husband’s surprise 60th birthday celebration.  Pink is his favourite colour to wear and he loves a good floral print shirt so this collection was perfect for the photos.

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I had quite a bit to tell and reverted to a tried and true technique of adding journaling behind a photo in a flip flap.  Scrapbooking for me is as much about telling a story as it is about the pretty papers.

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I love creating a focal point of embellishments tied in with my journaling on a page.  Basic Numbers Thin Cuts cut in a print and a plain began the title in the top left hand corner of the page which was then continued in the lower right hand corner.  The two elements framing the photos and drawing our eyes inward.

Beautiful Friendship collection from CTMH availalbe at shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au until Aug, 2018

I love working with the Workshop Your Way Kits, making the layouts and cards.  My aim when working on the cards is to use the basic design elements but change them up in some way so each card looks a little different.  This photo shows what the original designs look like.

Beautiful Friendship WYW Card - supplies and full instructions available at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au until Aug 2018

And here are two of my variations which I love!  Adding a teapot window to the first card made it more playful . The second card has an embossed front created with the Rose embossing folder.  I LOVED painting the teapot and cups with my watercolour paints.

Beautiful Friendship WYW Cards - supplies and instructions available at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au until end of Aug 2018

 

Are you ready to have a beautiful friendship with this gorgeous collection?  Place an order with your consultant.  If you don’t have a CTMH consultant, you can head over to my website to place an order for delivery within Australia.

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go. Then click on the underlined link and move on to Vandra’s Blog , Vandra’s Virtual Craftroom , to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

 
Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

 
Products used in these projects

G1153 Beautiful Friendship Workshop Your Way

Z4180 Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking Stamps & Thin Cuts

Z3386 Block Alphabet Thin Cuts

Z4159 Block Numbers Thin Cuts

Z3314 Black & White Dots

Watercolour Paints

Z3188 Paintbrush Set

Z899 Memento Ink