English Markets


There is something about fresh produce markets that just draws Mike and I in.  We love the smells, the colours, the banter of the stall holders and the opportunity to see foods we haven’t experienced before.  The English Markets in Cork did not disappoint.  We went back a second time too!  The cold meats, cheeses and marinated mushrooms were delicious – we enjoyed a beautiful picnic back in our B&B (because it was raining again) and washed our treats down with some bubbles.

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This layout came from Make It From The Heart Vol 1 (page 36) and was perfect for using the last few scraps of my Pro Player paper pack.  I LOVE the fact that I really only have bitty scraps left of the 7 collections from our first catalogue.  The Workshop on the Go packs are just perfect for making 4-10 pages.  I am guilt free to splurge on the 7 NEW collections launching February 1st because I have consumed rather than collected this past 6 months.

Be sure to check into my website on Saturday to view the NEW Ideas Book & Catalogue online.  You are going to love the new collections.

I also have an extra blog post coming this week.  Saturday is the beginning of a new month and that means a NEW Stamp of the Month.  I have joined 7 other consultants from around Australia and New Zealand to create a blog hop to get your creative juices flowing ready for when you own this new treasure.  So be sure to check in here on the 1st Feb as well!

Happy Scrappin’


HIgh Tea


I just love the way new ideas you happen upon so often fit with photos you are ready to scrapbook.  A cute folded dress card was shared on Facebook and I thought, “That’s nice but I have nothing to use it for” and scrolled on past.  Then I found my daughter’s High Tea photos and thought of this card.  Fortunately for me, a colleague showed me how to make it.  We found a template  on Pinterest. (I’ve made it the cover photo for my Cards board on my Pinterest page if you want to download it.)

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The layout for this page began with the RH page given to me in a swap by the lovely Michelle Koppl.  I love Babycakes and the colours toned in nicely with Kathryn’s dress.  I love the zip strip as the accent ribbon.  I cut a decorative journal box using the CTMH Artiste Cartridge on my Cricut ( Page 65, Accent 3, Shift).  I didn’t want anything too fancy to detract from the dress on the other page.

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The base for the dress using the CTMH Artiste Cartridge on my Cricut ( Page 41, Accent 2, Shift) rather than hand cutting the bodice as shown on the handout.  To make the skirt, cut the pattern piece and then fold to create pleats as desired.  I inked the folds to make them stand out a little bit.  The join between skirt and bodice needed a little something so I went back to my trusty CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge and found a bow on page 55.

Happy Scrappin’


Butler House – Washi Stamps


Our visit to this beautiful house in Kilkenny, Ireland last year was an absolute treat.  It was right next to the castle and had been lovingly restored.  When we travel we mainly stay in modest hotels or apartments but do like to ‘splurge’ once or twice along the way.  Mike picked this place and it did not disappoint.  If you are heading to Ireland I thoroughly recommend Butler House.

Butler houseI wanted a simple layout so I could fit lots of photos onto it.  I have very rapidly fallen in love with Washi Tape but at the time of making this page I only had a couple of rolls so was limited in my colour choice.  The perfect solution was to use the Hostess Rewards stamps, Washi Wonders.  Did you know that as a hostess you can purchase exclusive stamp sets for half price?  Check them out at the front of your CTMH Ideas Book.  These ones retire on Jan 31st so you have a week to get some friends together!  Next week I can show you the NEW ones… you are going to love them!

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I used Laughing Lola WOTG stamps for the flowers.  The border stamp curves nicely for stems and the flowers can be stamped directly onto the page or onto cardstock and fussy cut with scissors.  I used a sponge dauber to add some colour to the centre of the flowers.

If you have the Sarita WOTG (G1066) and All the details (D155) stamps you have some Washi Tape stamps too.  An adaptation would be to use flag stamps that you can find in lots of the stamp sets.

CTMH has a variety of Washi Tape so you can make this layout using the real stuff too!  That would be even better.  Remember this month’s great Cloud Nine promotion includes gorgeous Gold Dot Washi Tape.

Happy scrappin’,


Craft Room Makeover


Many of you would have followed the posts about my craft room makeover on my facebook page and now you can see what I did with some of the photos.

Craftroom pagesI created my own background paper with a pen and a hole punch!  Begin with a full sheet of 12″x12″ paper in a plain or subtle pattern.  When you lay this on your Versmat (Z1279) you can still see the measurements and markings around the paper.  Use the Ruler (Z1471) and a pigment ink pen to draw diagonal lines across the page.  Start in a corner going from 1″ to 1″ and work towards the centre.  Do the same from the opposite corner and then you can rule the final central lines (which are longer than the ruler) by matching the grid lines on the ruler to previously drawn lines.  Turn the paper 90º and draw another set of lines to create the diagonal grid shown above.

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Using a standard hole punch create lots of dots to glue over each line intersection.  I used Bonding Memories Glue (Z553) and a pair of tweezers for this job.  HINT: trim paper to fit your layout and place on page along with photo mounts BEFORE adding the dots and then you don’t need so many.  I distressed the edges of my photo mounts to add a bit of texture.


A final touch was the paper ribbons.  These were just 1/2″ strips of paper with a short segment dovetailed and twisted to create the bow.


This technique could be adapted by increasing the spacing between lines and using larger shapes over the joins or by substituting strips of paper for pen to create the lines.

Happy scrapping!



2014 Title Page


As a kid I just loved the start of a new year.  One of the best bits was making title pages in all my school books!  I know, “Nerd alert”.  I always make a title page for my photo albums too and was keen to experiment with a stamping technique I’ve seen about the place.

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This layout is taken from the Half & Half tags design on page 86 of Reflections How To book.  I love the ideas in this book – the basic designs are very simple and you can dress them up anyway you desire.  My sponge daubers got a work out on all the plain cardstock elements of the page.  I just love the soft edge this creates. The final touch was some faux stitching created with ink and the Stitch Wonder Stamp Set (C1564)

The tags on the left were cut using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge and Glamour Uppercase (D1537) & Glamour Lowercase (D1522) alphabet stamps.  The papers and compliments are from the Chantilly range.  The camera comes from the On Holiday stamp set (C1572)

The strip of sentiments on the right was created using phrases from 10 different stamp sets I own.  Start with a 4″ x 5″ block and arrange the sentiments to fill it.  Stamp the complete design onto scrap paper,

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Remove two thirds of the sentiments and stamp what’s left onto the cardstock.

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Add some sentiments back onto the block and remove the ones you’ve already stamped.  Use your first stamped image as a reference for placement and spacing.  Change inks and stamp again.  Repeat for a third colour.  Then create a new 4″ x 5″ arrangement and repeat the process to create a unique design that reflects the content of the album.

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Co-ordinating pages for unrelated themes


Sometimes we only have enough photos for a single page.  “WOW!” I hear you say, “Does that actually happen?”  The answer is , “Yes, occasionally.”  When it does it brings the problem of needing to find a way to co-ordinate the two layouts so it remains pleasing to the eye when you turn to this page in your album.

Here are my tips for this situation…

  •  Keep the layouts simple
  • Use the same papers on both pages
  • Choose generic images or shapes for your decorations
  • Keep headings in the same style

These two pages are quite unrelated.  The left hand side is a brief summary of what happened in our house on the 11.12.13 (an auspicious date with the numbers running consecutively) and the right hand page features a fun gift my daughter found for my mum in the lead up to Christmas.


I decided plain cardstock was the go and just chose 3 bright colours I liked – I wouldn’t be able to match colours to all the photos anyway.  The colours reflect my mood more than the subject matter of the photos.  I had just got my hands on this month’s Stamp of the Month, Cross Stitch Wishes, so it was a done deal that they would provide the embellishments.  A girl just has to play with her new toys!

I loved using the string stamp as my journaling lines and the little Keyboard Kraft Alphabet stickers ($6.50) are an absolute favourite for me at the moment.  They just seem to fit with most layouts.

Get your Cross Stitch Wishes Stamp of the Month for just $5 with any $75 purchase during January or pay full price of $24 (S1401).  Visit http://shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au to order online or email me at shaunnarichards@bigpond.com

Family time is the best time


As our kids grow the opportunities to just hang out together become fewer.  They are just so busy living life and being the well adjusted, social & opportunity seeking individuals we raised them to be!  I loved this afternoon stroll on our local dog beach.  We chatted and laughed and even touched on some D&M topics.  It’s this everyday stuff that I cherish most and so it needs to be in my album.

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The inspiration for this layout came from a Flip Stand Album project taught to us at a consultant training in October.  I just love the sentiments on the Family Love stamp set (D1506).  They express perfectly how I feel.  I stamped the sayings directly onto the background in three different colours.  This layout is copied from Layout 15 in Make It From Your Heart Volume 1

I stamped the decorative elements on cardstock and fussy cut with my scissors.  I love the super fine point on the Micro Tip Scissors.  It makes it so easy to cut delicate shapes.  The circles can be cut on the Cricut or using a cutting system of your choice.

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