Keep Your Head Up Australasian Blog Hop

Support Close To My Heart’s ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/
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Help Close To My Heart Raise Funds for Australian Bushfire Relief

Welcome to the Keep Your Head Up blog hop. Today I have teamed up with 2 sister consultants to share creative inspiration using Close To My Heart’s fundraising stamp set. This is a circular hop. You may have arrived from Dannii’s blog, a link from my Facebook page or stumbled upon us by accident. Regardless of how you got here, you are welcome! Simply read through my post, click the link to the next consultant and continue through until you find yourself back here. Then it’s time to head to the crafting table for some stamping fun times.

Support Close To My Heart’s ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

This stamp set is titled Keep Your Head Up (W1202).  It was designed especially to support the Red Cross (Aust) fundraising appeal to help those impacted by recent bush fires.  All proceeds from the sale of these stamps will be donated to the Australian Red Cross.

Isn’t it beautiful? The sentiments share the message we all send to those impacted by the fires. I LOVE the heart and have been experimenting with designs for my albums and cards.

Create a Birthday Celebration Layout

Today’s project is a 2 page layout that will showcase photos taken at my niece’s 21st next weekend.  She is the youngest of my nieces and the first one who’s celebration we have been able to attend – hence the title.

Support Close To My Heart’s ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

One of the best things about being a crafter is constantly learning and trying new techniques.  This is the first time I’ve ever sewn on my pages.  It was way easier than I thought and lots of fun!  If you are a sewer, have a go.  It’s a great way to add texture to your page without adding bulk.  Be sure to pull the threads through to the back and hold in place with a piece of washi tape.

Mix Ins Paper packets offer a range of background papers. The Juniper Shimmer Brush ‘scribbles’ add an accent to the stitch line.

Support Close To My Heart’s  ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

Hearts were stamped repeatedly to create the border panels.  Set them aside to dry completely before watercolouring.  This is a very detailed stamp so colouring with the paints would be quite tricky.  Adding a wash over the whole design is fast and easy.  Use watercolour paper for best results and wet the image with clean water before adding the colour.

You can go over the hearts with your journalling pen if you want the shape to stand out a bit more. A flower stamped in Sangria ink, fussy cut and popped up on Thin Foam finishes each heart nicely

Support Close To My Heart’s  ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

Pops of black add strong contrast to this pastel layout.  The complements are from the Every Little Thing collection.  Painting with a shimmer brush gives the flowers a lift.  A narrow strip of shimmer trim frames the borders and unifies the design. Do you love the frilly circle die-cut? It’s the spinner part of Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts set.

Support Close To My Heart’s ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

Order your stamp set today

This is a B-size stamp set that would normally be priced at $20, but Close To My Heart have decided to make it available for just $10. When you purchase the set all proceeds from its sale will be donated to the Red Cross, with the donations designated to the relief efforts for the Australia bushfires.

In order to maximise the donation amount, this set will be non-commissionable, meaning it does not count to Hostess Rewards and SOTM totals. This way all proceeds—including the amount that would normally go toward paying commissions—will be donated.

If you would like to support this fundraiser, simply place an order with your Close To My Heart consultant  

Let’s keep the stamp department flat out making these beautiful sets for us!

Time to Hop

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. A cheeky like, a comment or subscription shows me you enjoyed what I shared. Next stop on the hop is Doris Taylor’s Creative Inspirations . Enjoy!

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used on this layout

W1202 Keep Your Head Up Stamp set

X9011 Mix Ins Paper Packet

Z3626 Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts

Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Stamp Pad

Z6516 Sangria Exclusive Stamp Pad

Z6511 Julep Exclusive Stamp Pad

Z3225 Waterbrush – Medium Round

Z3132 Watercolour Paints

Z4243 Watercolour Paper Pad

Z3517 Black O.5 Journalling Pen

Z3508 Julep Shimmer Brush

Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush

Z3341 Thin Foam Dots

Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim

Make It From Your Heart

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I attended Close To My Heart’s annual convention last weekend.  It was such a happy and information packed weekend.  I’ll share highlights over the coming weeks but today I wanted to show you the prize winning layout made!

All consultants attending the event were invited to enter this page layout contest.  Our brief was to use products from our current range and include the phrase “Make it from your heart” in the title.

With Spring well and truly sprung my gorgeous hubby has been busy in the garden and that got me to thinking.  I love pulling in to our driveway.  The garden Mike has created is just beautiful – so welcoming and an oasis in our dry climate.  I am so appreciative that he creates beauty in this way.  He loves gardening.  It is a work of heart for him.

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The actual layout is pretty simple.  Just a 6″ strip of Kaleidoscope paper (X7202B) across the middle of the page, stitched borders either side with Whisper Twine (Z3095) and the stitch ruler (Z1852) and photos on cardstock mounts.  The fun part comes when you add the hearts!

I began by cutting a full sheet of 1.5″ hearts from White Daisy Cardstock.  I used the Art Philosophy cartridge (Z3171) with my Cricut.

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I arranged about half the cut hearts in the Confetti Embossing Folder (Z3118) and put it through my Cuttlebug.  Before embossing the other half of the hearts, I ran the Pixie inkpad (Z2644) over the inside of the embossing folder (the piece with CTMH logo on the front).  When I opened the folder the ink had transferred to the flat parts of the design and left the dots white.

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Lastly, I arranged the hearts as shown in the layout, keeping the pink ones centred on the layout and following the design of the confetti folder with densely spaced dots lower on the page.

My title was stamped with two alphabets – Jennifer’s Hand (B1484) and Inked Alphabet (E1033).

There were around 50 entries in the competition and I was chosen as one of 10 people to win a $100 product bundle!  I was pretty excited I can tell you.

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Look at all the goodies I won!

If you would like to order any of the products featured on this layout just hop on over to my website , comment below or contact me directly.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna