S1708 School Year Australasian Stamp of the Month 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 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 School Year (S1708) stamp set which is August’s Stamp of the Month.

S1708 CTMH Stamp of the Month, School Years. Perfect for school albums but look closely for some fab generic images on here too. www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Aren’t these school themed images  fabulous?  You could use the Back to School next to the annual class photo helping your album to flow from year to year.  I know lots of you take first day of school snaps but how fun would it be to also include a last day of school photo alongside it to show how your child has changed over the year?

Now before you say, “I don’t have any school photos to scrapbook”, take a close look at this set.  Half the images are generic – a great frame, speech bubble and arrow to go on any layout.  The pencil and hearts lend themselves to lots of themes too.

My layout today has nothing to do with school.  It is a tribute layout.  A tribute layout is all about celebrating your relationship with someone.  It’s a chance to record what you love about them and to document some treasured memories.  I am starting to add these layouts to my Book of Me album as a way to record those people who have meant a lot to me over the years.

S1708 CTMH School Year and D1751 Punny Pals create a tribute page for your album

School Year S1708 and Punny Pals D1751 stamps have many great images to compliment your scrapbook layouts. www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

 

The multi-choice box title is easily covered with a small piece of paper to change the theme from school to something new.

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

School Year (S1708) is only available during August, 2017.  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? Can you think of a few friends you’d like to honour with a tribute page in your album? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Colleen’s Blog, Colsies Scrappy Fusions, to see the project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

S1708 School Year NEW

D1751 Punny Pals NEW

Shin Han Markers

X5949 Almond Cardstock NEW

X7221B Prickly Pear Papers

Z2828 Toffee Ink NEW

Z2852 Poppy Ink

Z899 Memento Black Ink

 

Prickly Pear Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Prickly Pear Blog Hop.  This hop features 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 Prickly Pear collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

G1128 Prickly Pear Workshop Kit is available for purchase from www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

There are 3 co-ordinating stamp sets for this kit.  This month, you can buy 2 and get the third one FREE* (For stamps only, not available for Thin Cut & Stamp bundles.  Stamp of lesser value is the free one).  I have used stamps from all three sets in the layouts I’m sharing today.

CTMH Prickly Pear Collection - order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Tangerine and Sorbet cardstock look so pretty with a Sea Glass base.  The glitter strip is also Sea Glass.  The solid Oval Thin Cuts add a little interest to the border.

CTMH Prickly Pear Collection - order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The second layout used up scraps of paper, cardstock and embellishments.  The block design could also work on the outer edges of the layout but I liked the focal point it created in the centre.  The starburst border stamp worked well again along with the burlap ribbon and sequins to add some texture to the design.
CTMH Prickly Pear Collection - order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
Each piece of the central pattern is 2″ wide.  Each vertical strip contains 2 pieces 2″ high and 2 pieces 3″ high.  The last piece is trimmed to fit the space left.  The emerald pieces will be for journaling.  I liked the idea of using “Date” and “Place” as headings for journaling when they would traditionally form part of an invitation.  The cactus was cut from printed paper but you could stamp them if you’ve used all of the print in your pack.

 

The Prickly Pear 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’s work is always beautiful.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

Products used in these projects

G1128 Prickly Pear Workshop Your Way

X7221D Prickly Pear Co-ordinating Cardstock

Z3240 Sea Glass Glitter paper

X5751 Sorbet Cardstock

3505 Watercolour Pencils

Z2813 Sea Glass Ink

Z2805 Black Ink

Z3247 Simple Chevron Embossing Folder

S1706 Hello Foxy Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

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Welcome to the June Stamp of the Month Australasian 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 Hello Foxy (S1706) stamp set which is June Stamp of the Month.

S1706 Hello Foxy is CTMH's Stamp of the Month for July 2017. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

 

The foxes and flowers are petite so you can fit a few on a card or page border.  They all look great coloured with your favourite medium and the sentiments are fun.

The next card uses the Wood Slats embossing folder.  Once it is embossed, simply run the Desert Sands ink pad over the raised elements to create contrast.  Move the inkpad in the direction of the lines with a light touch for best results. The frolicking foxes were hand cut.  The wood panel paper is also from the No Worries paper pack.

S1706 Hello Foxy is CTMH's Stamp of the Month for July 2017. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

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

Hello Foxy (S1706) is only available during June, 2017.  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 these cards? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you 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.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

S1706 Hello Foxy Stamp Set

X7220B No Worries Paper Pack

X5751 Sorbet Cardstock

X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock

Z3086 Aqua Shimmer Trim

Z3248 Wood Slats Embossing Folder

Z3328 Basic Ovals Thin Cuts

3505 Watercolour Pencils

Z899 Memento Black Ink

Z2818 Desert Sand Ink

Z1979 Black Journaling Pen

X1410 Colonial White Cards & Envelopes

Z2060 Thin 3D Foam Tape

Z3022 E-Z Dots Tape Runner

Little Dreamer Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Little Dreamer Blog Hop.  This hop features some amazing and talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

If you arrived from  Megan’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 all the different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Little Dreamer collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Little Dreamer collection from Close To My Heart http://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9932&ci=8409

The Little Dreamer collection is available until the end of August 2017.  Buy it as a full kit or individual items.

When you purchase the Little Dreamer WYW Kit, you can download instructions to make 3 layouts and 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs).  You do have paper and embellishments left over.  Today I’ll share how I use the left overs along with one each of the card fronts to make 3 more layouts!  All I then had left were a few small paper scraps and stickers that I will give to a crafty little girl I know.  I have nothing to store – the whole kit is gone.  That means I can buy another collection – guilt free!!!!

 

These are the layouts and cards we have instructions for:

CTMH Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way layouts http://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9932&ci=84091705-se-little-dreamer-wyw-layout-021705-se-little-dreamer-wyw-layout-01CTMH Little Dreamer Collection http://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9932&ci=8409

Place layouts in this order and work on the backs of the papers.  If you look at my layouts below, the left and right pages have different background papers.  Use plain cardstock in Thistle, Glacier, Lagoon and Daisy White to blend the colours of the designs.

CTMH Little Dreamer Collection http://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9932&ci=8409

Can you spot the card front? It is layered on two of the Cut Apart PML cards that come in the pack.  Glacier Cardstock provides the mat for the enlargement.

Little Dreamer Bonus Pages - 2

The lagoon cardstock strip has been embossed with the Confetti Stars folder.  Feed the strip into the folder from both ends to create the design with more stars on the outer edges.

Little Dreamer Bonus Pages - 3

As this is the final layout, you will need a full sheet of Glacier cardstock for the base of the RH page.  Don’t the card fronts work beautifully as page embellishments?

Now, if you are wondering why there are no photos on these layouts… it’s because, after 15 years of furious scrapbooking, I have run out of photos!!!!  So, if you are one of my friends, send me some snaps to use and I will gift the pages to you when I’m finished teaching them 🙂

The Little Dreamer 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 Doris’ Blog , Creative Inspirations to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.  Doris always comes up with something clever.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

Products used in these projects

G1126 Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way

Z7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet

X7219D Little Dreamer Co-ordinating Cardstock

X7219C Little Dreamer Complements

Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon

Z3321 Little Dreamer Glitter Gems

Z3335 Little Dreamer Cardmaking Stamp & Thin Cuts

Z3119 Confetti Stars Embossing Folder

Z2840 Thistle Ink Pad

Z2892 Lagoon Ink Pad

Z2872 Whisper Ink Pad

S1705 Live, Laugh, Love Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

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Welcome to the May 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 Live, Laugh. Love (S1705) stamp set which is May’s Stamp of the Month.

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Doesn’t this stamp set just make you want to grab some snaps of your smiling family and friends and make a gorgeous page?  I sure did!  I have a collection of happy snaps we took disembarking at each port on a cruise and when I look at them I laugh at the sweet memories we made together living life and loving being together.

Once the layout is complete, embellish with the bright Prickly Pear sequins.  Double the number of photos on this layout by adding Flip Flaps.  The layout remains clean and uncluttered and the Flip Flaps provide a fun interactive element for your album readers.

Live, Laugh Love (S1705) is May 2017 Stamp of the Month. Perfect for scrapbookers. I've added Flip flaps to include extra photos. www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Live, Laugh Love (S1705) is May 2017 Stamp of the Month. Perfect for scrapbookers. I've added Flip flaps to include extra photos. www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Before you move off to the next blog in this hop, let me share a little tip if you make a mistake like I did.  I cut one of the smaller yellow pieces the wrong size and had it glued down before I realised.  Rather than waste the paper, I used the Rub & Remove eraser to take the adhesive off and popped the paper back in my packet.

Rub & Remove Eraser - great for taking unwanted adhesive off paper. www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

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

Live, Laugh, Love (S1705) is only available during May, 2017.  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 Wendy’s Blog , Expressions of the Heart, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

  • S1705 Live, Laugh, Love
  • X7221B Prickly Pear Paper packet
  • Z3324 Prickly Pear Sequins
  • Z2806 Emerald Ink
  • Z2809 Tangerine Ink
  • Z2810 Blossom Ink
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z3022 E-Z Dots Tape Runner
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1207 Rub & Remove Eraser
  • Z1386 Non-Stick Micro-tip Scissors
  • Z3230 3″ x 4″ Flip Flaps
  • Z3231 4″ x 6″ Flip Flaps

Hello Lovely Stamps & Thin Cuts

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Hello Lovely Congratulations CardOne of the best parts of managing a team of consultants with Close To My Heart is recognising them for achievements within their business.  For some it is acknowledgement of amazing sales or recruiting and for others it is recognising their first tentative steps in the business.  I like to make cards each month to send to team members.

As women, it is so rare to have someone tell us we are doing a great job.  I know that receiving happy mail in the post gives my team members such a buzz.  I was particularly happy with this month’s batch of recognition cards and thought I’d share the idea here as this one actually came from my own head and wasn’t copied.

The Hello Lovey Cardmaking Bundle (Z3301) includes stamps and co-ordinating thin cuts.  This makes it so easy to cut around the flowers and the banners.  I was sooo grateful for this feature as I had LOTS of cards to make!

Hello Lovely Congratulations Card

Cut your shapes first and then stamp – it’s faster for bulk making.

Hello Lovely Congratulations Card

Stamp the flowers using Sweet Leaf ink.  Next outline the flowers with water colour pencil.  This does not have to be exact at all and is very quick to do.  Keep the point of your pencils sharp.

Hello Lovely Congratulations Card

To blend the pencil, use your clear Shimmer Brush (Z3293).  Begin on the outside of each petal and drag the colour to the centre.

Hello Lovely Congratulations Card

Trim 1/4″ from the long side of card base.  Stamp small flowers at outer edges of arrangement directly to the card and then add Thin Cut flowers using foam tape.  Let the flowers hang over the right hand edge of the card by 1/4″.  It will still fit in the envelope because you trimmed the base earlier.

Hello Lovely Congratulations Card

The final step is adding Gold Shimmer Brush (Z3316) to the leaves, stamping the banner and sentiment (which came from another stamp set in my stash) and adding a few Gold Glitter Gems (Z3312).  Need some of the supplies used for this project?  Visit my website to shop online.

We have a great joining offer this month (Feb 2017).  Have you ever thought about joining our team of Dazzling Duchesses?  We are a supportive and encouraging group and I know you would love being part of it.

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Happy Scrapping

Shaunna

 

 

 

 

S1702 Easter Bunny CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Doris’ 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 Easter Bunny  (S1702) stamp set which is February’s Stamp of the Month.

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Aren’t they the cutest little bunnies?  You can colour the bunnies or paper piece their clothes for a bit of fun.   My favourite sentiment on this set is “ There’s nobunny like you”.  How lovely would it be on a page about one of your family members or friends?

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Today’s layout design is one of my Go To Basics that I use when I only have landscape photos.  Strips top and bottom vary from 1/2″ to 1″ and usually come from my off-cuts stash.  I didn’t have enough photos for 2 pages of either event and decided to combine them.  The Cut Apart journal boxes and PML cards from Some Kinda Wonderful (X7217B) create a division to help the reader identify the photos as separate experiences.

It is lots of fun to make your bunny’s outfits match your photos.  The edges of the journal box were inked by running the edge of the paper across the top of the Willow ink pad. The little stamped flower border comes in the set too.  Just repeat it across the 2 pages and colour as desired.

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

Easter Bunny (S1702) is only available during February, 2017.  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 Georgia’s Blog , Georgia Creates  to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

  • 1385 Daisy White Cardstock
  • S1702 Easter Bunny Stamp Set
  • Shin Han Markers – various
  • Z899 Memento Black Ink
  • Z28017 Willow Ink
  • Z1836 Non-stick Micro Tip Scissors
  • Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals Paper
  • X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Pack
  • Z3022 EZ Dots Tape Runner