Boutique CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Boutique Blog Hop. This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

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

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The Boutique collection is available until the end of December 2018. Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.  Today I am sharing a layout and a card. The layout was made using the leftovers after completing the 3 layouts from the Standard Workshop Your Way.

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It’s a super simple layout! I took all the full 12” strips I had, divided them into 2 unequal widths and stuck them to the edges of the pages. The triangular zip strip was needed for a bit of interest.  Base pages are Linen cardstock

 

Next up was photo mats – the majority of these are cut apart PML cards. They are either 3×4 or 4×6 so I just trimmed my photos a little and I was in business.

The multicoloured striped journal box is also a PML card. It was a fun way to add interest without effort. The puffy stickers that come in the workshop kit are so fun to use.

Lastly, I stamped the titled using the new Brushed Letters Alphabet Set. I love that they are tall and narrow so you can fit a longer word into a small space.

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This card was lots of fun to create. I mixed Boutique prints with Mint, Peacock and Sugarplum cardstock. The tag was created using the Fancy Tags Thin Cuts – a MUST HAVE in your kit for sure. The stamp set is from the More Magical collection which is only available until the end of this month. I heat embossed the images with white powder. And those little dots on the right-hand side? That’s texture paste applied through a stencil. I’m having such fun learning how to use this new product.
The Boutique 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 projects she has designed for you. I’m sure you will love them – she’s so talented.
Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna
Products used in these projects
G1159 Boutique Workshop Your Way
E1041 Brushed Letters Stamp Set
Z6540 Sugarplum Exclusive Ink
Z4305 Fancy Tags Thin Cuts
Z4500 Boutique Deluxe Bundle Texture Paste, Palette Knives and Shimmer Brush
CC8183 Dreams Stamp Set
Z2068 White Embossing Powder
Z891 Versamark Ink

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Documented CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Documented Blog Hop. This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

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 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 Documented collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

The Documented collection is available until the end of August 2018. That’s just 2 weeks away!!! 

Documented Sweet Friends card kit availalbe until the end of Aug, 2018 from www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
Today I am sharing the Sweet Friends Documented Card Workshop Your Way Kit(G1158).   Here’s what the cards look like if you follow the printed instructions that come with the kit.  Aren’t the sentiments lovely?  Creating the ombre colour effect is super easy and fun too.

Documented Sweet Friends card kit availalbe until the end of Aug, 2018 from www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

As you would know from past posts, I also like to take a kit and change things up a bit.  The cards in this kit are really classic designs just begging for some of the lovely stamps from my stash to adorn them.  The card design is the same as the ones above, only the stamps used have changed.  The first three variations use the Documented Cardmaking stamps and thin cuts

The Documented collection of papers, stamps and thin cuts are avilable until the end of Aug, 2018 from www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.auThe Documented collection of papers, stamps and thin cuts are avilable until the end of Aug, 2018 from www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.auThe Documented collection of papers, stamps and thin cuts are avilable until the end of Aug, 2018 from www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

 

 

The Documented collection of papers, stamps and thin cuts are avilable until the end of Aug, 2018 from www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Next up I used the beautiful Ribbon Warriors set of stamps and co-ordinating thin cuts.

The Documented collection of papers, stamps and thin cuts are avilable until the end of Aug, 2018 from www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
Z4184 Ribbon Warriors stamps and thin cuts availalbe until end of August, 2018 from www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The Documented 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 Kara’s blog, Creating with Kara Davies, to see the project she has designed for you. I’m sure it will pique your interest.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Products used in these projects
G1158 Sweet Friends Card Making Workshop Your Way

z4184 Ribbon Warriors Stamps & Thin Cuts

Z4172 Documented Cardmaking Stamps & Thin Cuts

Shin Han Markers

Memento Black Ink

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

S1802 Sunny Thoughts Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog

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Welcome to the February 2018 Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop. This is a circular hop. If you arrived from Megan’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 Sunny Thoughts (S1802) stamp set which is February’s Stamp of the Month.

S1802 Sunny Thoughts is CTMH's Stamp of the Month for February 2018. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
The sentiments and images on this stamp set are perfectly sized for pages AND cards. The circular sentiment, “You are the sunshine in my pocket” can be cut with the 2 ½” Basic Circles Thin Cut.

S1802 Sunny Thoughts is CTMH's Stamp of the Month for February 2018. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
My layout today features a photo of my daughter with my mum. They don’t get to see each other often and this is such a lovely snap that I wanted to have it on display in my craft room. I decided to print the photo in Black and White so it stands out on the page.

S1802 Sunny Thoughts is CTMH's Stamp of the Month for February 2018. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

First up, trace around a bowl to get the circular shape for the leaves. Then trim the Daisy White Cardstock down to an 11”” square.

 

The hearts in opposite corners are sponged and stamped. Cut templates using the Basic Hearts Thin Cuts and scrap cardstock. Be sure to erase the section of pencil line before sponging or you will see it through the ink in the finished layout.

The large hearts are sponged with Sweet leaf ink and the small one is in Blossom ink. Keeping the templates in place, stamp over the sponging in the opposite colours using the hearts image from the Banner Love stamp set.

S1802 Sunny Thoughts is CTMH's Stamp of the Month for February 2018. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Once the hearts are complete you can stamp the vines. To get the right curve of the stamp, simply place your block over the pencil line and shape the stamp on the block to match the curve. You have to put the stamp with top of vine image where you want the bottom of the image because once you turn the block over the curve is the opposite. The is hard to explain but once you try it, you will see what I mean. Again, be sure to erase the sections of pencil line before you stamp each time.

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To complete the page, stamp small flowers in Versamark Ink and heat emboss with Gold embossing powder. A few blooms in Blossom ink give the cluster a lift. Stamp the ‘Love’ sentiment from the What Matters Most stamp set over the lower heart. A small section on the Hearts Border Thin Cuts provides the heart strip accents and the tiny hearts near the flowers.

Finally, layer the base page and photo on Blossom and Gold Foil cardstock. If you cut the centre from both sheets you will have enough for the photo mount without needing a second sheet. Reverse the Blossom to the lighter side for the photo frame as the dark side dominates a Black and White photo too much. It’s such a bonus having two toned cardstock at times like this!
Sunny Thoughts (S1802) is available to purchase for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order during February 2018. It can also be purchased for $27 as a single item. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you are welcome to visit my website to place an order.
The Blossom, Gold Foil and Gold Glitter Cardstock, along with Blossom Ink, Banner Love & What Matters Most stamp sets are all on special this month as part of our Pretty In Pink promotion.   Visit your consultant’s website for details. If you don’t have a consultant, click here.
Thanks for joining us today. A full list of products used in this project appears at the end of this post. I hope you are inspired to try some of the lovely ideas showcased in this hop. 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 what she has designed for you.

 

Happy Scrappin’
Shaunna

Products used on these projects:

S1802 Sunny Thoughts Stamp of the Month
D1728 What Matters Most Stamp Set – 25% off in Feb, 2018
B1572 Banner Love Stamp Set – 25% off in Feb, 2018
Z3317 Basic Hearts Thin Cuts
Z3347 Hearts Border Thin Cuts
Z3365 Gold Foil Paper – 25% off in Feb, 2018
Z3238 Gold Glitter Cardstock – 25% off in Feb, 2018
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5973 Blossom Cardstock – 25% off in Feb, 2018
Z891 Versamark Ink
Z2066 Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder
Z2810 Blossom Ink – 25% off in Feb, 2018
Z2853 Sweet leaf ink

Chelsea Gardens CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Chelsea Gardens Blog Hop. This hop features the artwork of some amazing and talented women from across Australia. If you arrived from Maz’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 Chelsea Gardens collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the craft room for some paperific fun.

The Chelsea Gardens collection is available until the end of April, 2018.  You have the choice of 2 kits – one for scrapbooking and one for cards – OR you can purchase papers, complements, ribbon  and gems separately

Today I am sharing 3 cards and a layout created from the Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit.

This is one of the 2 card designs featured in the kit.  You receive printed instructions with your kit that detail cutting, placement, stamping and embellishment information.  The kit has enough supplies to make 12 cards.

The Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit (G1150) from Close To My Heart makes 12 cards with leftover supplies for some scrapbook pages. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
The original design uses Heather ink for the wreath but I wanted to make it more colourful so I stamped in Sweetleaf ink.  Then I coloured the centres of each flower with the ocean watercolour pencil and blended it using the Clear Shimmer Brush.  I also added shimmer to the printed flowers and blooms on the background paper.  It is soooo pretty!  The next photos shows a bit of the sparkle.

The  Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit (G1150) from Close To My Heart makes 12 cards with leftover supplies for some scrapbook pages.  Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Next up I swapped out the ink colours and used the Welcome Baby sentiment from the For You Darling stamp set.  I also used part of the border stamp that comes with the Sending Hugs kit to decorate the edges of the wreath element.

The  Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit (G1150) from Close To My Heart makes 12 cards with leftover supplies for some scrapbook pages.  Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

For the third variation, I made the card portrait and dropped the striped piece lower.  I used the border stamp to create my own design on the white cardstock and then used the small flower and leaves from the stamp set to create my own decorative element.

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The leaves were coloured with Citrus Leaf watercolour pencil and the flowers were simply filled in using the NEW Bashful Shimmer Brush.  I used masking on my stamping and fussy cut the grouped images.

The Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit (G1150) from Close To My Heart makes 12 cards with leftover supplies for some scrapbook pages. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

I decided to use this card design to make a layout too.  It was super easy – I just extended each piece to be 12″ long.

The Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit (G1150) from Close To My Heart makes 12 cards with leftover supplies for some scrapbook pages. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

I wanted to pick up on the pink in the photographed flowers so I used the Bashful Shimmer Brush to colour the white flowers on the floral print.  The floral wreath provide space for a title.  Pen Pal Alphabet stamps are only 1/4″ high and worked perfectly for the small space.

The Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit (G1150) from Close To My Heart makes 12 cards with leftover supplies for some scrapbook pages. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Every layout needs journaling.  These photos were all from the same weekend but not all taken at the same time or event so I numbered the photos and bullet point journaled to give the information about them.  I wrote the wrong name for the hotel so just stuck a correction over the top of it – it’s not perfect but you really don’t notice it when looking at the full layout.

The  Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit (G1150) from Close To My Heart makes 12 cards with leftover supplies for some scrapbook pages.  Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The Chelsea Gardens 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 Wendy’s Blog , Expressions of the Heart to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you. Wendy always comes up with something very special for us to enjoy.
Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna
Products used in these projects
G1149 Sending Hugs Workshop Your Way Kit

Z3348 Scallop Border Thin Cuts

Z3293 Shimmer Brush

Z3400 Shimmer Brush

Z899 Memento Black Ink

Z2826 Heather Ink

Z2853 Sweet Leaf Ink

 

 

Basics Fundamentals CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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blog-badgeWelcome to the CTMH Australasian Basics Fundamentals Blog Hop. This hop features the artwork of 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 Basic Fundamentals collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

The Basics Fundamentals collection includes papers, two toned cardstock,  ribbons and inks.  It is the collection featured in this month’s Through the Year Calendar Bundle.

CTMH Basics Fundamanetals co-ordinate with any other colours you have on hand. a little pop of Willow green brings this crafter's layout to life. Purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Today I am sharing a layout featuring photos of a video shown at the CTMH Annual Inspirations Launch this year. The video shared Jeanette Lynton’s story of building Close To My Heart from inception to the international company it is today.

I love to use black cardstock as a base with the grey toned papers in the Basic Fundamentals prints.  Black provides a strong contrast.  A little pop of Willow brought the layout to life.  Those strips are just 1/8″ wide.  Cutting them with our new Aluminium Rail Trimmer was a breeze.

CTMH Basics Fundamanetals co-ordinate with any other colours you have on hand. a little pop of Willow green brings this crafter's layout to life. Purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The layout just had to have hearts on it somewhere and the Heart Border Thin Cuts were perfect for the job.  The solid hearts are cut separately to the frames so you can layer them as I have here.

CTMH Basics Fundamanetals co-ordinate with any other colours you have on hand. a little pop of Willow green brings this crafter's layout to life. Purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The Ribbon Border Thin Cut offered another opportunity for a pop of Willow green cardstock to be added.  It is a delicate embellishment that stands out nicely on the neutral tones of Basic Fundamentals.

CTMH Basics Fundamanetals co-ordinate with any other colours you have on hand. a little pop of Willow green brings this crafter's layout to life. Purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

I finished the layout off with two stamps from the We Are Makers set. This stamp set sums up all we do as paper crafters. I have used it on several layouts. The Brene Brown quote is closely aligned with Jeanette’s mission for our company.

The Basic Fundamentals 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 always has something special to share with us.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna
Products used in these projects
Z3353 Basic Fundamental Paper Packet

D1732 We Are Makers Stamp Set

X5970 Willow Cardstock

1386 Black Cardstock

Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots

Z3396 Aluminium Cut Rail Paper Trimmer

Z3349 Ribbon Border Thin Cuts

Z3347 Heart Border Thin Cuts

Gingerbread Friends Christmas Banner

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How cute is this little Gingerbread banner? One of my sister consultants, Laura Beachum, gifted a kit to me at a recent retreat and I loved it so much I just have to share with all of you.

Oh Snap! (D1743) is a super cute stamp set from CTMH. Available until Dec 31, 2017. Snap yours up at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au
Instructions for making the banner follow. Read right to the end to discover how you can receive a pre-cut kit FREE.

The banner can be made using all Close To My Heart stamps and Thin Cuts. A full list of all items used appears at the end of this post.

Here’s how:

  • Cut 16 gingerbread people from the light side of Almond Cardstock
  • Cut 14 2″ banners from the dark side of Toffee Cardstock using the Basic Banners Thin Cuts
  • Cut the letters for Merry Christmas from Red Glitter Paper using the Block Alphabet Thin Cuts (NB This is a different font to the one Laura cut on her Cricut for my banner)
  • Stamp and decorate your gingerbread people using Toffee, Cranberry and Espresso inks
  • Layer letters on banner shapes
  • Punch small holes in gingerbread hands and top corners of banner shapes.
  • Thread all shapes onto 6 feet of twine. Begin and end each word with a gingerbread person.

Do you love it? Would you like a pre-cut kit for FREE? Simply be one of the first 8 people to order the Gingerbread Friends Stamp Set (D1743) or the Gingerbread Friends Stamp and Thin Cuts Bundle (Z3378) from me and I will gift you a kit ready to stamp and assemble.
As an added bonus, every person ordering the stamps or thin cut bundle will also receive instructions to make the cute little storage box. This is perfect if you are gifting the banner to a friend and will also keep it safe when Christmas is over.
You have two ways to order:

  1. Visit my website and place an order for home delivery
  2. Email me at shaunnarichards@bigpond.com.au to have your stamps added to my next order. You can collect from me once they arrive.

Happy crafting,
Shaunna
Products used in this project
D1743 Gingerbread Friends Stamp + Thin Cuts
Z3386 Block Alphabet Thin Cuts
Z3345 Basic Banners Thin Cuts
Z4014 White & Gold Twine
X5950 Toffee Cardstock
X5949 Almond Cardstock
Z3241 Red Glitter Paper
Z2828 Toffee Ink
Z2829 Espresso Ink
Z2816 Cranberry Ink