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!

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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

 

Sugar Rush CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Sugar Rush 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 NEW Sugar Rush  Workshop Your Way (G1118) from Close To My Heart.

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The Sugar Rush collection is  from the Seasonal Expressions Jan-Apr 2017 Catalogue.  The soft hues and whimsical patterns are such fun to work with.  Today I’ve used Sugar Rush on a layout all about my quirky husband.  I snapped these photos whilst travelling in Germany over Christmas and New Year.  The photos highlight Mike’s personality so well and the Sugar Rush Scrapbooking Stamp Set (D1715) summed him up perfectly!  He really is the sprinkles on my ice cream of life!

 

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This layout was created using leftovers after completing the Workshop Your Way layouts.  The strip on the left hand side is 4″ wide and each of the squares are 2″.  The co-ordinating stamp set lends itself to lots of themes.

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Here are some close ups of the way I used the stamps, complements and sparkly dots on the layout.

The Sugar Rush Workshop Your Way (G1118) kit is only available until the end of April. 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 click on the underlined link and move on to Maz Wood’s Blog , aMAZing Close To My Heart Creations,  to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

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

 

S1611 New year’s Cheer SOTM Blog Hop

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Welcome to the November 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 New Year’s Cheer (S1611) stamp set which is November’s Stamp of the Month.

 

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There is so much goodness on this one carrier sheet of stamps.  Party invitation details, salutations for cards, that girlie bow  (super cute for pages and cards) and my favourites, the two lovely glasses with the little bubbles!

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I meet with 2 of my gorgeous friends once a month to spend the day scrapbooking together. The person hosting provides lunch and champagne.  The day has become known to us as “Bubbles Day”.  I am on a mission to record some of the regular everyday things I do in my ‘Book of Me’ Album.  This layout will celebrate our friendship and how much we love this monthly catch up.

 

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To create the title use the flag and bow stamps.  These were cut using the Cricut Flower Market cartridge but they are simple shapes easily cut by hand.  The font is also from Flower Market.  The papers used on the layout are scraps left over from creating the City Sidewalks Workshop Your Way (G1114) layouts and cards.  How cool that they don’t look Christmassy at all here.

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Working on a Sapphire cardstock background meant a journal box was needed.  Rather than a solid box, these strips provide enough room for a couple of lines each and the bows act as bullet points.

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The champagne flutes were stamped using Lagoon ink (Z2895)on Lagoon cardstock.  The Shimmer Brush (Z3293) was perfect to ‘fill’ the glasses and looks really fun in real life.

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

New Year’s Cheer (S1611) is only available during November, 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 Doris’s Blog , Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

S1611 New Year’s Cheer Stamp Set

X7213B City Sidewalks Paper Pack

Z3293 Shimmer Brush

X5762 Lagoon Cardstock

X5775 Sapphire Cardstock

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Ink

Z2808 Lemon Exclusive Ink

Z2809 Tangerine Exclusive Ink

Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Ink

 

Swan Lake Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian Swan Lake 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 Swan Lake Workshop Your Way Collection (G1112) from Close To My Heart.

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I completed the 3 layouts following the instructions for the kit (which you can download from your Consultant’s website).  If you don’t have a consultant you can click here for my website.

Using the leftover papers and embellishments I created 2 extra double page layouts.  Once these were done, I only had a few scraps left and they were tossed in the bin.  How fabulous is it to use EVERYTHING in a collection – no storage required.

 

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The title is created using the Swan Lake Complements. (X7212C)  All the flowers were created with the Thankful for You thin cuts and stamps bundle (Z4007).  The flowers vary in sizes and can be layered.  A photo will cover the swans cut apart card, just leaving a thin border of sapphire showing.  The narrow strips of light blue paper are zip strips cut in half.

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My second layout used the last of the complements and a few more stamped flowers. Both these pages will feature photos of my lovely mum with her carers.  They make her very happy and I want to acknowledge their role in her life, in her album.  Here are some close ups from each page.

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The Swan Lake Workshop Your Way (G1112) kit and Thankful for You Bundle are only available until the end of December.  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .  A list of products used in this project appears below.

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 Lauren Moore’s Blog , CTMH Craftings, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used in these layouts:

  • X7212B Swan Lake Papers
  • Z7212C Swan Lake Complements
  • Z4012 Black Shimmer Ribbon
  • Z4007 Thankful for You Bundle
  • Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Ink
  • Z2852 Poppy Exclusive Ink
  • Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems

 

 

 

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