CTMH Jeepers Creepers Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian Jeepers Creepers Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from  Georgia’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 Jeepers Creepers Workshop Your Way Collection (G1110) from Close To My Heart.

g1110-jeepers-creepers-wywFor this layout Emerald cardstock was teamed with the bright zig zag pattern paper from Jeepers Creepers.  The lagoon stripe paper was ideal for a journal box and photo mounts.  Black and white photos against these bright colours work well.

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The title is created using the new Marker Alphabet Stamps (E1034). To get the 3 colour effect you first ink the top of the word in the one colour,  a small section of the bottom in a second colour and use a dauber to add the middle colour.  Do one word at a time. The stamped accents on the journal box come from the This & That stamp set (C1667).

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My second layout used the gorgeous Monstrous Halloween stamps (Z4006).  The lollies and birthday sentiments are super cute.  Once again Marker Alphabet was great for the main headings. Zip strips, scraps form making the Workshop Your Way pages and washi tape were used to frame the photo collage.

The Jeepers Creepers Workshop Your Way (G1110) kit and Monstrous Halloween Bundle are only available until the end of December.  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .  A list of products used in this project appears below.

Did you like these layouts? 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 the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

 

CTMH Australasian Penelope Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian Penelope 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 Penelope Workshop Your Way Collection (G1106) from Close To My Heart.

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Today’s layout celebrates the two loves in my daughter’s life – her gorgeous man and her cat!  Penelope is a perfect match for Kathryn’s vibrant personality.

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I love the look of pages with a solid colour as a border but I don’t always want the bulk of a second layer of cardstock.  Thank heavens for the 1/4″ rolls of Limeade Washi Tape (Z3198) that comes in the Penelope Workshop Your Way Kit.  It is super easy to frame your page this way.

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The Penelope Complements(X7207C) are just lovely.  The titles can be used twice!  Use the stickers on one layout and the negative space on another.  Complements are also part of the Workshop Your Way Kit.

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If you have ‘flat’ spots on your layout, reach for your scraps.  This cluster of flags was made from the offcuts left in the pack.  The heart vellum is one of the die-cuts in the Complements pack and that really cute starburst is from Playful Puffies (Z3205).  Puffies are raised a little bit but they are spongy so ideal for use in your albums.  They also come in the Workshop Your Way kit.

Do you like the journal boxes on this layout?  They are the PML cards that come in the paper pack.  All you have to do is cut them out and stick them down – it couldn’t be simpler.

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The Penelope Workshop Your Way kit suits any photo theme. They are only available until the end of April, 2016.   Place your order with your CTMH 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 Kara’s Blog , Creating with Kara Davies, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

CTMH Australasian March SOTM Blog Hop-Sunshine Birdies S1603

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Welcome to the March Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from  Tanya’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 Sunshine Birdies (S1603) stamp set which is March’s Stamp of the Month.

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Don’t you just want to smile when you see these stamps?

We have a beautiful wetlands near our home which we walk in several mornings a week.  Late spring is such a fabulous time to visit as the Rainbow Bee Eaters come to nest.  They are only 20cm long and they nest in burrows in the ground!  I’ve been saving these photos to use with this stamp set.  I hope you like it.  The Penelope Papers provide a happy backdrop.

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Each photo mount on the string is 3″ x 4″.  All the photo mounts on the page have been ‘wrapped’ in a 1/4″ border of Washi Tape.  I love this wide green tape from the Limeade Pack (Z3198)  I found the speediest way to use it was to stick it to two cards at a time, cut them apart and fold the excess to the back.  Glacier Thick Twine (Z3029) threaded nicely through the 1/8″ holes in the cards.

 

The top border had some pattern added courtesy of the CTMH Corner Rounder (Z1912).  If you slide the lower plastic guide off you can use it as a scallop punch.  I spaced mine out to make it look like blades of grass for the butterflies to rest on.  Use the markings on your Versamat to make the spaces even.

 

Sunshine Birdies (S1603) is only available during March, 2016.  Full retail price is $27 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order. Place your order with your CTMH 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 Lauren’s Blog, CTMH Craftings, to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Taste of Summer – Christmas Pages

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A Christmas page without a Christmas print?  I love this fun layout of our breakfast in the park on Christmas morning.  It’s another layout I made using leftovers from my Taste of Summer paper pack.

The Taste of Summer (CC1038) papers were perfect for our breakfast in the park on Christmas morning

The Taste of Summer (CC1038) papers were perfect for our breakfast in the park on Christmas morning

The red frame is made of 2″ strips with corners mitred.  I used the yellow 1/4″ Washi Tape from the Carnival pack (Z3067) to give the illusion of a layer of yellow paper.

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The strawberry border strip is 1 1/2″ wide with 1/2″ strip of yellow centred on it. I folded and cut the yellow to create bows and added a splash of green for the extra ribbons.

I used May's Stamp of the Month, 'Just Sayin' to create my flags.  I stamped in Hollyhock ink onto the yellow and green printed papers.  The strawberries were cut from one of the zip strips in the pack.

I used May’s Stamp of the Month, ‘Just Sayin’ to create my flags. I stamped in Hollyhock ink onto the yellow and green printed papers. The strawberries were cut from one of the zip strips in the pack.

The rest of the strawberry zip strip made a nice border on my journal box.  I cut around the strawberries with my super sharp Micro Tip Scissors (Z1836)

The rest of the strawberry zip strip made a nice border on my journal box. I cut around the strawberries with my super sharp Micro Tip Scissors (Z1836)

Time is running out to get your pack of Taste of Summer papers.  They disappear from our shopping cart at the end of May.

Available May 2015 only

Available May 2015 only

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Cornish Coastline

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Mike and I have had a fabulous time travelling in Cornwall.  It is such a pretty corner of the world.

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This layout is one I adapted a little bit from the Wanderful WOTG kit. (G1088)  Once again, we have taken far too many photos so I had to find a way to squeeze extras onto the page.  Not shown in this photo are the Flip Flaps I will be adding to the layout at home.  I’m really excited to have a pack of 15 3″ x 4″ Flip Flaps  (Z3027)in our range now.  I print most of  my photos in this size and I love how Flip Flaps allow me to include lots more photos on the page than I would normally.

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Here’s those trusty two stamps from the Wanderful WOTG  (G1088) again!  I just love how easy it is to find a space for journaling with these stamps.

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The border along the bottom of the page was created using the camera and flash icons from the World Traveller Stamp Set (C1592).  I used Flaxen ink on Flaxen cardstock.  This is one of the new colours in our range and I know it’s going to be a favourite for me.  The Black Arrows Washi Tape (Z2003) finished the border off nicely, I think.

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The sentiment on this stamp sums up how I feel!  I adore travel and I have a very long list of places I want to visit.  The thing I enjoy as much as the travel, is creating albums with my photos when I get home.  It’s like I’ve taken the trip twice!.  I stamped this image twice – once in Archival Black Ink (44751) and once in Crystal Blue (Z2117).  Next I cut the globe out of the Crystal Blue image and layered it over the black one.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

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When is an owl not an owl?

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When it’s a cat!

This clever idea is one shared by a fellow consultant, Doris Taylor, at a recent consultant crop day.  Having a tendency to crazy cat lady behaviours myself, I couldn’t resist making up a couple for this card.  I plan to send it to a lady I have recently met – I know we are going to become firm friends.

 

 

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To create the cat you need the August Stamp of the Month, What a Hoot (S1408).

This gorgeous stamp set can be yours for just $5 when accompanied by a $75 order or $27 full retail price and is available during August 2014 only.  To make the outline for the cat’s body I cut my stamp. “Ahhh!”, I hear you scream… but  it’s OK.  If I want to use it as an owl I can position the two pieces on my block and still have an owl stamp. (Or place another order for $75 and get a second stamp set  )

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Next I drew a tail and went over the lines a few times to mimic the doodle qualities of the stamp and then I fussy cut the whole cat, added face details with markers and they were purr-fect pussy cats.  The flowers come from the same stamp set as the owls.  I coloured them with my lovely NEW Shin Han Alcohol Markers.  The sentiment is from A Budding Friendship (D1602) The orange band at the bottom of the card is just 2 strips of our NEW Sunset Chevron Washi Tape (Z2005)

I have several other critter ideas I’ll be sharing at my Paper Picnic on Saturday Aug 16.  The workshop runs from 10am to 4.30pm.  Contact me for further details shaunnarichards@bigpond.com

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

 

 

 

D.I.Y. Birthday Decorations

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It is a long held tradition in our family that we try to avoid using commercial decorations for birthday parties. Since joining Close To My Heart and purchasing a Cricut machine, this task has been made so much easier!

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We celebrated my Mum’s 85th birthday over the weekend and I thought I’d share some of the items created by my sister and I.

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Firstly, the cake!  This was a delicious Red Velvet cake baked by my sister, Rhonda.  The flowers and bling on the top were made of paper cut on her Cricut.  The pattern for the cat was cut on the Cricut too and the cute cupcake wrappers were, you guessed it, cut on the Cricut.

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Next was the table.  The place settings were inspired by a post on Pinterest by Doodlebug Designs.  The CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge  (Z1686) has a gorgeous cup cake pattern and a co-ordinating stamp which made it really easy.  I created a wrapper for a lollipop and added the cupcake paper piecing to it, using the lollipop stick as the candle.  The flame was created using Honey Triangles Washi Tape (Z1931).  The flower napkin fold instructions can be found by clicking here.

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I wanted a simple centre piece for the table.  5 strips of satin ribbon and some fun coloured glasses did the trick.  I held the ribbons in place using Close To My Heart Glue Dots (1772).  Glue dots are brilliant for holding fabric on your cards too.  We filled the glasses with nuts, cherries and grapes.

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Our outdoor area has a mirrored wall panel as a feature and I decorated this as a focal point.  I cut the coloured yo-yos  using my Cricut and added CTMH chunky bling for the centres.  I can see me recycling these at other events!

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These few simple touches plus co-ordinating balloons in the pot plants turned our back yard into the party place.  Mum felt very special and we were happy to have created original decorations using papers from our stash.

Do you have a party coming up at your place?  I’d love to show you how easy it is to D.I.Y. your decorations.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna