S1907 Bear Hugs CTMH Stamp of the Month 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 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 Bear Hugs (S1907) stamp set which is July’s Stamp of the Month.

Themes to go with “Bear Hugs”

S1907 Bear Hugs stamp set available July 2019 only. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au
  • Babies
  • A Mother’s Love
  • Cuddly Toys
  • Animals and their young
  • Miss You
  • Sending Hugs

Project 1: Mama Bear & the Love of her Toys Scrapbook Layout

Tell your story using Bear Hugs (S1907) – July’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 July 2019

My first project today is copied straight from the Story Starter chapter in our newest How To Book, Storyteller.  The bear and cub image in this stamp set reminded me of how much my daughter loved (still does love) hugging a soft toy.  I went back through some old photos and found a couple of her with early favourites.  Then I remembered a couple of bunnies who had retired hurt, were still in our garage.  I got them out and took a photo.  I will add more images and stories to this layout later to create what Stacy Julian calls a ‘Connected Story’

Using the Bear Hugs stamp set on this layout

Tell your story using Bear Hugs (S1907) – July’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 July 2019
  • Stamp the bear in Charcoal ink.  Colour the cub with pink Shimmer Brush.  Fussy cut and mount with foam tape. 
  • Add small hearts in Charcoal ink, near bear image.
  • Use both flower images and Sweet Leaf ink to create the borders on pink paper.
  • Stamp butterflies onto black base page using Daisy White pigment ink
  • Create title using “Mama Bear” stamp and a mixture of alphabet stamps – Solid & Outline Classroom Alphabet, Stitched Alphabet and Modern Typewriter Alphabet.

Tell your story

Become a better storyteller in your scrapbook albums by following the lessons in CTMH Storyteller How To Book by Stacy Julian. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Following Stacy Julian’s tips in the Storyteller book, you can write more meaningful and fuller stories to go with your photos.  In the past a layout such as this would have had one brief comment added to it about my daughter’s love of her toys.  Now, it is becoming a rich treasure chest of very individualised memories shared.

Project 2: Sending you a bear hug card

A lovely friend is recovery from major surgery – a Bear Hug was needed so I made this card for her.

I used Sweet Girl papers and the Share the Joy Thin cuts and stamps along with the Stamp of the Month.

Tell your story using Bear Hugs (S1907) – July’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 July 2019
  • Cover the front of your card with a subtle print paper
  • Cut the Multi Circle Window using the Thin Cut from this month’s Share the Joy Special promotion to make the raised panel. Sponge edges with Sapphire ink for contrast.
  • Stamp the hearts BEFORE gluing the panel in place.
  • Add foam tape to the back of the circle window panel. Left over pieces from shaker card kits are perfect.
  • Once the panel is in place remember to add foam inside the circles that will be covered by the bear and the banner.
  • Cut the Banner Thin cut that comes in the Share the Joy bundle and stamp with “Sending you a”
  • Stamp inside the card to complete the sentence.
  • Stamp and fussy cut the Mama Bear. Colour the cub with clear shimmer brush. Glue to front of card, sliding banner underneath the bear image.
  • Add white pearls at intersections of stitched lines between the circles.
  • Pieces of thin twine wrapped around the fold of the card and tied together, complete it. I had no pink twine so coloured grey twine with a Shin Han marker.

Order your Stamp of the Month & Share the Joy Bundle

Bear Hugs (S1907) is only available during July 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.

Share the Joy thin cuts and co-ordinating stamps are available until July 31. Order yours early just in case they sell out 🙂 Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Did you like these projects? Which one can you see yourself creating? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Danielle’s Blog , Scrappy Chicks, to see the lovely project she has designed for you.

A list of the products used for these projects 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 Scrapbook Layout

S1907 Bear Hugs Stamp Set

E1043 Solid Classroom Alphabet

E1042 Outline Classroom Alphabet

C1738 Stitched Alphabet

B1638 Modern Typewriter Alphabet

Z4241 Decorative Borders Thin Cut (Scallop)

Z4305 Fancy Tags Thin Cuts (Scallop Circle)

X6028 Black Cardstock

X6027 Daisy White Cardstock

X9005 Mix In Paper Pack

Z2831 Charcoal Ink

Z2863 Daisy White Pigment Ink

Z2853 Sweet Leaf Ink

Z2844 Pixie Ink

9043 Make It From Your Hear Vol 3 (Pattern 2)

Z4079 Story by Stacy Storyteller (Story Starter)

Z1979 Mary Uchida LePen Journalling Pen

Products used in the Sending Bear Hugs Card

S1907 Bear Hugs Stamp Set

X254 White Cards & Envelopes

CC61912 Share the Joy Thin Cuts

X7246B Sweet Girl Paper Pack

Z4221 Mink Twine

Z4255 Light Orange Shin Han Marker

Z3370 White Pearls

Z2831 Charcoal Ink

Z2858 Sapphire Ink

Sweet Girl Australasian CTMH Blog Hop

The Sweet Girl collection adapts beautifully to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of August 2019
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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Sweet Girl  Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

If you arrived from  Doris’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 your response 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 Sweet Girl collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Sweet Girl Scrapbooking Kit

The Sweet Girl collection adapts beautifully to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of August 2019

The Sweet Girl collection is available until the end of August 2019.  Buy it as a full kit as shown above, or purchase individual items.

The Sweet Girl collection adapts beautifully to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of August 2019

Don’t be deceived by the name of this collection.  Whilst it is perfect for photos of baby girls and all things feminine, there is a masculine set of papers hidden within it!  The photos above show two of the ways you can group the papers for different looks.

Travel Photos Layout

The Sweet Girl collection adapts beautifully to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of August 2019

Today I am sharing photos that have nothing to do with babies or little girls.  My photos were taken at King’s College in Cambridge.  The soft pinks and weathered greys of the sandstone work perfectly with a few prints in the Sweet Girl collection. The lighter side of New England Ivy Cardstock for the base creates contrast to the softer tones of photos and papers without overpowering them.

Adding Embellishments

The Sweet Girl collection adapts beautifully to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of August 2019

First up, create the frame by trimming the woodgrain paper. Mitre the corner for a realistic look. See how the prints match nicely at the join?

The Sweet Girl collection adapts beautifully to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of August 2019

Trim your background papers using a 12″ trimmer. Cut the peach photo mounts to fit your images. The foam ABC stickers make a bold heading for your page. If you would like a different colour you can colour with Shin Han markers over them whilst still on the carrier sheet. A narrow strip of woodgrain paper anchors the title and links it to the border.

The Sweet Girl collection adapts beautifully to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of August 2019

Use complement stickers and die cuts along with the Stitched Quilt Shape Thin Cuts to embellish your layout. The 2 shapes I used from the thin cut set are designed to emboss another shape but I chose to fussy cut them as stand alone embellishments.

Order Sweet Girl today

The Sweet Girl collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant.  A list of products used in my layout appears at the end of this post.  Place your order on my website or with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

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 Classroom, to see the project she has designed for you. I’m sure it will love it ‘cos she is so talented!

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this projects

X7246B Sweet Girl Paper Pack

X7246C Sweet Girl Complements

Z4088 White Alphabet Foam Stickers

X6011 New England Ivy Cardstock

X5988 Peach Cardstock

B1638 Modern Typewriter Alphabet Stamps

Z2826 Heather Exclusive Ink

Z4258 Stitched Quilt Shape Thin Cuts

Z3341 Thin Foam Dots

Z1979 LePen Journaling Pen