Spruced Up Australasian CTMH Blog Hop

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

If you arrived from  Lauren’s Blog you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on and enjoy my creations.  If you like what I show today, please subscribe to my blog, leave a comment on this post or share it on social media. 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 several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020
Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

The Spruced Up Collection is versatile

Don’t be fooled by the wintery, woodsy feel to this kit.  It is brilliant for lots of everyday photos down under too.  The earthy colours team well with many landscapes and add a subtle backdrop for images featuring brighter colours.  I’m sure you will be impressed with the variety of ideas shared on this hop.

The Spruced Up collection is available until the end of February, 2020.  Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.  Ask your Close To My Heart Consultant for details.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Make use of your scrapbooking scraps

I have enjoyed using this collection so much that I only had very small scraps leftover when it came time to make my sample for today’s blog.  I had just watched a sewing video about creating new fabric from lots of skinny strips and decided to try it with my paper and sticker scraps.  My first instinct was to reach for Basic Shapes Thin Cuts BUT my order arrived as I was experimenting and this gorgeous set, Mandela Vibes, was in the box!

Close To My Heart's Mandela Vibes (Z3640) Stamps & Thin Cuts adapt brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

I love the scallop shapes of the two large dies and cut several to use as bases.  Then it’s simply a matter of laying narrow strips (¼”up to ¾”) over the shape.  Begin near the centre, adding glue to the base and work out.  Liquid glue ensures all strips are stuck right to the edges of the base shape.  Then, flip the shape over and fussy cut the overhanging paper away.  Your die cut machine may be able to cut through both layers if you make a piece of striped ‘paper’ first – I just didn’t think about that at the time.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Create a free flowing border for your page

The shapes made were quite ‘heavy’ on the page.  To lighten the look of the design, I stamped the co-ordinating Mandela Vibes stamp directly to the base page using Sangria Ink. The base paper comes from the Jan/Feb Mix In paper packet.  As the name suggests, these packs are designed to blend well with the other collections featured in the catalogue, making it easier to use up your leftovers.

Finish off this border cluster by adding the small flower shapes from the Mandela Vibes set with Gold Glitter Gems for centres. The Julep flowers are mounted with Foam Dots

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Create a scrapbook title in two parts

It is fun to mix sentiment stamps with alphabets to create interesting titles.  This page is the title page for my 2020 album.  There are exciting times ahead for us this year and I wanted to express that in the title.  First up, the date was created using a shadow stamping technique.  Stamp first in Mink Ink and then in Espresso ink, moving slightly to the left and up so the Mink looks likes a shadow.  Love is in the air this year so … was replaced by 3 little hearts from January’s stamp of the month, Everyday Magic.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

The second part of the title appears in the bottom right of the page.  This creates visual balance with the Espresso cardstock border I added to the top and left of base paper.  The sentiment, “be excited for all good things to come” is ideal for a new year.  The corner design and hearts around this sentiment come from Everyday Magic and Mandela Vibes.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Make your photo mat stand out

This group photo shows the first of many celebrations we will enjoy this year.  It was wide and narrow so I need to jazz up the photo mat to help it stand out on the page.  A double mat of printed paper helped and printing the photo with a white border makes it stand out but it still looked too narrow.  Another look at the Mandela Vibes stamp set, gave me my solution – the beautiful scalloped edge stamp adds depth to the photo mount and completes the page.

Close To My Heart’s Spruced Up collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Order your supplies this month

The Spruced Up collection, January Stamp of the Month and the Mandela Vibes Stamps & Thin Cuts  are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant until the end of February when they retire. A list of products used on 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 Dannii’s blog, Scrappy Chicks, to see the project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this project

X7253S Spruced Up Paper & Sticker Pack

X7253C Spruced Up Coordinating Cardstock

X9011 Mix In Paper Pack

S2001 Every Day magic (Stamp of the Month)

Z3640 Mandela Vibes Stamp & Thin Cuts

Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

Z6516 Sangria Exclusive Ink

Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Ink

Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Ink

Z3441 Dual Tip Multi Bond Glue Pen

Z1836 Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors

Z3341 Thin Foam Dots

Z3326 Permanent Adhesive Tape

Punny Pals CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Punny Pals 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 Punny Pals stamps and thin cuts!   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 Punny Pals stamp set is available until the end of July 2018 but the co-ordinating thin cuts are a special offer for October 2017 only.  Be sure to order yours today so you don’t miss out. This month we also have a really cool card kit called Share A Smile, that comes with instructions for making 32 little cards you can use as ‘Just because’ cards to brighten someone’s day!

Today I am sharing a title page for one volume of my 2016 album.  When our extended family gather it can be loud and a little crazy… like a room full of excited critters!  So, the Punny Pals were perfect for this family photo.

CTMH PUnny Pals Stamps help raise funds for Operation Smile while bringing joy to the crafters who use them. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.auI went a little crazy with the Thin Cuts on this page – not just the Punny Pals but also circles and the Block Alphabet.  They really do make creating a layout so easy.

 

 

CTMH Punny Pals Stamps and dies make short work of creating multiple images. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

I began by loading my cuttlebug with 2 layers of white daisy cardstock and all the Punny Pal thin cuts.  Next I stamped them in lots of different colours.  I was going for fun rather than realistic on this layout so Cranberry monkeys and Emerald otters were perfectly acceptable.  I didn’t use all of these on my layout but now they are all ready for other pages or cards.  You will notice I haven’t done a lot of colouring – just one tiny feature on each punny pal.  This is because the page is pretty busy and I felt too much colour could over do it.

Layer CTMH Punny Pals on circles in random arrangements for a fun look. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Have you ever been in the situation where you spend a bit of time arranging all the pieces for your layout only to get confused when you start turning them over to apply adhesive?  My tip is to snap a photo like this one to use as a reference when you are gluing everything down.

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I wanted some Willow green in my title but not a solid block of it.  This striped scrap from the Adventure Fundamentals was perfect.  I just squished all the letter thin cuts on randomly and hoped for the best!  It turned out pretty cool once stuck onto the page.

The Punny Pals stamps, thin cuts and Share A Smile Kit are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant.  A list of products used on my page 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 Scrapping and More with Doreen to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you. Doreen always has something gorgeous to show us.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Products used in these projects
D1751 Punny Pals Stamp Set

CC1340 Punny Pals Thin Cuts

Z3396 Block Alphabet Thin Cuts

Z3318 Basic Circles Thin Cuts

Z3351 Adventure Paper Packet

X5944 Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

Adventure Palette Inks

Shin Han Markers in several colours

Z3314 lack & White Dots

Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots

Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots