Blues Skies, National Stamping Month Australasian Blog Hop

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


If you arrived from  Dannii’s Blog, Scrappy Chicks, 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 Blue Skies 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 Blue Skies collection is available for purchase until the end of June 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
CC5208 Blues Skies Product Bundle

Blues Skies – Celebrating National Scrapbook Month

May is all about sharing and celebrating our love of scrapbooking.  This year, Close To My Heart has released a vibrant and upbeat collection which is sure to make your heart happy.  It’s called Blue Skies. There are papers, stickers, stamps and a Cut Above kit that all co-ordinated perfectly.  You can choose individual products or grab a bargain by selecting a product bundle. 

Close To My Heart’s Blue Skies collection is available for purchase until the end of June 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Make a quick scrapbook layout using bold patterns

I have chosen to work with two of the most dramatic prints in the paper pack.   I’ve used the opposite side of both these quite a bit but struggled each time I tried to add the full rainbow and the tile pattern to my pages.

Close To My Heart’s Blue Skies collection is available for purchase until the end of June 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

After some thought, I realised it was because I was trying to add too much of the paper and I felt it overwhelmed my photos.  For me, bold patterns need clean and simple designs and a little goes a long way!

Keep it simple, Scrapbooker

My top tips when working with bold prints

  1. Balance the bold print with plenty of neutral background.  This layout is built on White Daisy cardstock to help the patterns stand out but also to rest the eye as it views the entire layout
  2. Use small pieces of a bold print on your layout.  Cutting the paper into a hexagon shape creates interest but also breaks up the very strong design elements of a bold print.
  3. Remember the triangle rule to balance your design.  Adding 3 clusters across your layout helps frame it and draw the eye into the pages.

The details

The hexagons were cut with a thin cut that is part of the Aurora Scrapbooking set (X3711).  It has a variety of different shapes to choose from.  The co-ordinating stamps feature outdoor, woodsy kind of sentiments which didn’t suit this layout so I performed a little stamp surgery and cut out the centre part of the hexagon stamp, leaving just the border.  It’s amazing how that very simple, narrow outline enhances the design.

Close To My Heart’s Blue Skies collection is available for purchase until the end of June 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The title comes from the Blue Skies stamp set (CC5201).  The sun and clouds are from the Beautiful Day stamp and thin cuts set (CC5202). These sets have so many great elements on them– perfect for many different scrapbook themes.

Close To My Heart’s Blue Skies collection is available for purchase until the end of June 2020.  View the range on the promotions tab at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

This photo shows what the layout looked like in the planning stages – see the difference a few accents can make? Notice I changed the direction of the stripes a couple of times too.

Order your supplies

The Blue Skies collection is available, while stocks last,  until the end of June 2020.   Be sure to take a look at all the products and purchasing options available to you on your consultant’s website.  Simply click on the promotions tab and choose National Scrapbooking Month.

Is this something you could see yourself doing in your scrapbook? Let me know by liking or commenting on this post.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Doreen’s blog, Scrapping and More with Doreen, to see the project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

S2004 O-fish-ally Awesome CTMH Australasian Stamp of the Month 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 O-fish-ally Awesome (S2004) stamp set which is April’s Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.

Create your own ocean scene with O-fish-ally Awesome (S2004) – April 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during April 2020

This set is for everyone

Judging by the number of amazing projects being created with this set in our consultant community, I think you are all going to love it too.  So many realistic line drawings of undersea animals and plants with a little bit of whimsy thrown in.

Use O-fish-ally Awesome on a scrapbook layout

What a challenge it’s been to design a project different to all the others I have seen shared in our consultant groups!  My hubby is finishing up the editing of photos from Close To My Heart’s 2016 Incentive Trip to Tahiti.  We loved every minute of it and I’ve been waiting for just the right papers and stamps to use in the album.  This Stamp of the Month is a great start.

Create your own ocean scene with O-fish-ally Awesome (S2004) – April 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during April 2020

Use O-fish-ally Awesome to create a scene

With so many stamps on one sheet, it is easy to create and underwater scene.  Begin by clustering the seaweed images and stamping repeatedly across your 12” strip of cardstock.

Stamp the same cluster onto a Post-It note and cut out.  I use the Post-It notes with full adhesive backing.  Leave a little ‘grab tab’ at the base of each plant so you don’t get fingerprints on the adhesive side of the paper.

Create your own ocean scene with O-fish-ally Awesome (S2004) – April 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.  Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/  during April 2020

Cover the stamped images.  Stamp sand and the animal images over this cluster.  When you lift off the Post-It note masks, it will look like the fish are swimming behind the seweed.

Colour images with Tri-blend Markers

These have to be the easiest way to shade images.  3 tones of one colour are included in each marker.  Work from light to dark.  If you are not sure what colours to use, simply search ‘Tropical Fish Images’ and copy from real life.

Create your own ocean scene with O-fish-ally Awesome (S2004) – April 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.  Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/  during April 2020

Once your mages are coloured choose a light blue and fill in all of the background.

Three ways to use your scene

Now you have options!  Leave the scene as a strip and make it into page border; Cut the title from the scene using Classic Alphabet Thin Cuts and add a neutral colour to the background or use the individual letters as I have in the layout above.

Create your own ocean scene with O-fish-ally Awesome (S2004) – April 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during April 2020

The Port Hole is easy to make using circles of different sizes.  I cut mine on the Cricut but you could trace around plates or use a cutting system.

Order your Stamp of the Month

O-fish-ally Awesome (S2004) is only available during April, 2020.  Full retail price is $34 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $9 when accompanied by an $80 order. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Did you notice this page is created exclusively with cardstock?  No patterned papers were used.  That’s because this month we have a fabulous special called Cardstock Carnival – Close To My Heart’s full range of two-toned cardstock is heavily discounted during the month of April.  Stock up on your favourite colours and earn the Stamp of the Month at a great discount while you are there.

Thanks for visiting! I’d love you to give this post a thumbs up, leave a comment or share the post with a crafty friend before you click on the underlined link and move on to Lauren’s Blog , CTMH Craftings, to see the lovely project she has designed for you.

A list of the currently available products used on this project 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

Currently Available products used in the Project

S2004 O-fish-ally Awesome Stamp Set

X6027 White Daisy Cardstock

X5961 Black Cardstock

X5954 Pewter Cardstock

X5947 Mink Cardstock

X5978 Glacier Cardstock

Z2481 Coral TriBlend Marker

Z2494 Hydrangea TriBlend Marker

Z2491 True Blue TriBlend Marker

Z2486 Dull Green TriBlend Marker

Z2484 Citrus Green TriBlend Marker

Z2482 Citrus TriBlend Marker

Z2480 Orange TriBlend Marker

Z2478 Earth Brown TriBlend Marker

Z2476 Fair Skin TriBlend Marker

Z3271 Archival Black Ink

Yesterday & Today Australasian Blog Hop

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

If you arrived from  Lauren’s Blog, CTMH Craftings, 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 Yesterday & Today 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 Yesterday & Today 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 April 2020

Yesterday & Today – more than a heritage collection

This whole collection is in shades of brown and grey.  That can be a challenge for bright loving scrapbookers like me.  I have to confess, I wasn’t a fan when I first saw the preview images but I have now created many layouts I adore using this collection.

The neutral shades make the perfect backdrop for outdoor pursuits and photos of nature.  Today’s layout features the vibrant reds and greens of King Parrots.  If bright papers were also used on the layout it would be an assault on the senses.  Accenting with shades of brown allows the photos to shine.

Close To My Heart’s Yesterday & Today 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 April 2020

Keep the page design simple

You really can’t go past a border made up of strips of varying widths.  It’s a simple way to ensure you have a lot of real estate on your pages for photos.  This layout holds 14 photos without a flip flap in sight!

Working on page bases of toffee cardstock helps blend the printed papers with the backgrounds of the photos, adding warmth and texture to it.

Close To My Heart’s Yesterday & Today 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 April 2020

Highlight your layout with stamped & die cut images. 

The new Blossoming Friendship stamp/ Thin Cut set is a dream come true for me.  I love our Australian bush landscape and having 2 different eucalypt leaves featured along with closed and open gum nuts offers me endless opportunities to accent photos we take in our own country.

Create simple clusters by stamping on coloured cardstock.  The gum nuts are coloured with Tri-Blend markers and the leaves with Julep Shimmer Brush.

Close To My Heart’s Yesterday & Today 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 April 2020

Use what you’ve learned in the Story by Stacy Kits

This layout is a classic example of a Short Story.  It includes lots of images on one subject with a story that summarises the event and adds a reflection of the experience.  I really feel I am a far superior storyteller for having completed Close To My Heart’s Story by Stacy course.

Don’t be afraid to ask a friend for feedback on your design

Close To My Heart’s Yesterday & Today 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 April 2020

Our Sandy is never far away when I’m sitting quietly scrapbooking.  As I was completing this layout he popped up to check things out.  I think it was a thumbs up as he lay there purring for some time.  Writing my story was a challenge ‘cos he didn’t move and I didn’t have the heart to disturb him!

Order your supplies this month

The Yesterday &  Today collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant.  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 like this post or leave a comment for me before you go. (It helps my work get seen by more people) Then click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’s blog, Creative Inspirations, to see the projects she has designed for you. I love the way Doris creates.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this project

X7254B Yesterday & Today Paper Pack

X7254C Yesterday & Today Coordinating Cardstock

Z3707 Blossoming Friendship Stamp & Thin Cuts

X5950 Toffee Cardstock

X6029 Julep Cardstock

X5949 Almond Cardstock

X5960 Fern Cardstock

Z6511 Julep Exclusive Ink

Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Ink

Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Ink

Z3508 Julep Shimmer Brush

Z2478 Earth Brown Tri-Blend Marker

Z2477 Tan Tri-Blend Marker

Z3326 Permanent Adhesive Tape

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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Hop along to enjoy creative ideas using the latest Close To My Heart products. www.passionateaboutpages.com

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

S1904 Love So Sweet CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Tell your story using S1904 Love So Sweet- April’s 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbooks and cards. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during April 2019
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Hop along to enjoy creative ideas using the latest Close To My Heart products. www.passionateaboutpages.com

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Doris’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 Love So Sweet (S1904) stamp set which is April’s Stamp of the Month.

Tell your story using S1904 Love So Sweet- April’s 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbooks and cards. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during April 2019

How pretty do those flowers look?  The sentiments are great for scrapbookers and cardmakers.

Tell your story using S1904 Love So Sweet- April’s 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.  Perfect for scrapbooks and cards. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during April 2019

Today I have a one page layout for you.  It’s based on one of the designs in the Feels Like Home Deluxe Workshop Your Way Kit. These photos were taken at Alhambra, Granada last year. Don’t you just love that bench seat that was made to fit the slope of the walkway?

Tell your story using S1904 Love So Sweet- April’s 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbooks and cards. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during April 2019

Making the page was quick. I followed the pattern in the Feels Like Home Deluxe Workshop Kit for the base design and then added photo mats to suit my image sizes. I had an idea for the embellishment clusters but wasn’t sure the stamp proportions would work. By laying the stamps face down over the layout I got a feel for how it would turn out.

Close To My Heart Stitched Square Dies make it super easy to create scrapbooking photo mats with flair. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The two stitched square mounts were cut from the inside of the middle thin cuts in the Stitched Square set.

Tell your story using S1904 Love So Sweet- April’s 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.  Perfect for scrapbooks and cards. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during April 2019

Did you know Sugarplum ink comes in a pigment version too? That means you can use heat embossing powders with it. It covers well on coloured cardstock – it is stamped on Fern in the photo above and Charcoal in the photo below. All images are heat embossed with clear powder.

Tell your story using S1904 Love So Sweet- April’s 2019's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.  Perfect for scrapbooks and cards. Order yours from www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au during April 2019

The 3 leafy branches are different shades of green. One is stamped with Fern ink on the light side of Fern cardstock, one on the dark side and the middle one is stamped with versamark ink on the light side and heat embossed with clear powder. These subtle colour variations are seen in nature. A few White dots, complements stickers and leaves from the cut apart sheet in the pack completed this cluster.

It’s easy to confuse Pigment and Dye based inks so always mark your pigment inks clearly to avoid using the wrong ink on a project.

Love So Sweet  (S1904) is only available during April, 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. 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 Maz’s Blog , to see the lovely project she has designed for you – she always has something a bit spesh!.

A list of the products used for this project follows.  All items are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, the link above will take you to my website.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

PS The out takes!! My artistic director 🙂

Products used in the Project

S1904 Love So Sweet Stamp Set

Z4505 Deluxe Scrapbooking Workshop Instructions

X7243B Feels Like Home Paper Pack

X7243C Feels Like Home Complements

Z3314 Black & White Dots

Z4259 Stitched Square Thin Cuts

X5999 Charcoal Cardstock

X6003 Fern Cardstock

Z8006 Sugarplum Exclusive Pigment Ink

Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Ink

Z891 Versamark Ink

Z2088 Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder

Z1836 Non-stick Micro Tip Scissors

Z3372 CTMH Adhesive Runner

Z3341 Thin 3-D Foam Dots

Z1979 Le Pen Journaling Pen