Husbands beware…

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It’s hard to believe, but Mike volunteered to be locked in the stocks!  The lady tour guide at the Round House and I had a really good laugh about that.  Lucky for him we had a lunch date planned so I agreed to his freedom.

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This layout is copied directly from the Magic How To Book. (9040) You will find all the measurements and instructions on page 62.  The letters for the title were cut from an extra photo I had.  It was a close up of the limestone walls.  The papers and stamps used come from the Timberline Workshop on the Go pack.(G1070)  I have used this stamp set over and over in my album – it’s a firm favourite.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

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Fishing

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My husband only goes fishing once or twice a year.  This trip was ocean fishing with a group of industry colleagues.  He only caught the one fish but enjoyed his time on the boat.  The rows of reels caught his photographer’s eye as did the jetty boards. 8x4 Blog double page photos - Page 005 I used Timberline papers with Indian Corn Blue cardstock for this layout.  The design was super simple so it was a quick page to make.  When I scrapbook photos of Mike’s adventures I try to honour his belief that pages should be classic and moderately embellished, allowing the photos to pop off the page. 6x4 Facebook posts - Page 005 I had fun creating the title as one decorative element on the page.  The large letters were cut using my Cricut and then inked with a dauber.  Adding the longer words in Tiny Type Epoxy Alphabet meant the element wasn’t too large on the page.

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I couldn’t resit using this stamp from the Catch You Later stamp set (D1580)

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To soften the edges of the printed paper and make it look a bit like water, I used a simple technique of swiping the edge of the ink pad from a couple of centimetres inside the paper toward the edge.  You can be quite haphazard with this technique, the more irregular your inking the better it looks!  Swipe all in one direction or cross hatch for a different look.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

PS: Last days to take advantage of the Free To Be Me promotion.  Click here to visit my Pinterest page and see lots of great ideas featuring these papers. Place orders at http://shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

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I LOVE Flip Flaps

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Have you used Close To My Heart Flip Flaps on your album pages yet?  They are the solution scrapbookers have been seeking for years.  Check out the layout I made to hold 22 photos!

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“I can only see 9 photos, Shaunna”

Take another look now I’ve Flipped the Flaps!!

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Pretty cool, isn’t it?  Flip flaps come in many different sizes to hold single photos or multiples.  you can also use them for memorabilia.  I’ve used 12″ long Flip Flaps on this page.  They come in widths of 4″, 6″ and 8″ to increase their versatility.  Click here to see the other sizes available to you.  Each Flip Flap has a pocket for your photos or paper and an adhesive strip to secure it to the outside of your page protector.

I’ll be teaching a class next Wednesday, May 28, filled with tips and tricks for using Flip Flaps.  It’s being held in Duncraig, Perth.  Let me know if you’d like details.

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The paper behind the photos on the top Flip Flap was plain cardstock.  I really wanted it to go with the embossed cardstock I’d used elsewhere which came from the Free To Be Me Paper Pack so I stamped lines of stitching across it using Stitch Wonder (C1564).

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The central panel needed just a little lift and the fun Irresistibles were perfect for the job.  These pre-cut white cardboard shapes have an embossed pattern on them.  When I rubbed over them with my ink dauber, the colour  covered the white paper but not the embossing, allowing the textured pattern to show through.  Take a look at the other shapes you can colour this way by clicking here.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

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Mother’s Day

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I hope all the mums had a great day yesterday.  Mine turned out to be just so lovely… my family are so supportive of me and made sure I didn’t have to do a thing all day (except eat and sip champagne).  I wanted to make this page while the memories were fresh so my journaling told the complete story.  I don’t usually type my journaling, preferring hand writing (warts & all) but there was quite a long story to tell.

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So, I chose a very simple layout, based on a card I’d seen by Kimberley Thomas on Pinterest.  This gave me lots of room for the story.  The paper is from  the Ivy Lane papers and the embossing pattern is the Quatrefoil folder.  The gold shimmer trim came from the Ivy Lane Card Making Kit.

I love the silhouette ladies in this Mothers Day stamp set (C1577).  I didn’t use the full length of the ladies, preferring the cameo look  on the ovals.  I know I will use the other sentiments from this set on pages about my daughter and in my Book of Me when I get to the pages about my relationship with mum.

Love Ewe

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We stayed at a B&B on a farm just out of Narrogin last year.  The cottage we were in was an original building and was quite lovely.  Today’s page features some orphaned lambs that were in the paddock next to our accommodation and shots of the farm.

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My sister actually created this page using my photos. Isn’t she so very kind?  I love this layout.  She based it on ‘Magician’s Choice”, p116 of the Magic How To Book.  Can you spot how much cleverness went in to these pages????

  • Washi Tape over patterned papers – I’ve never thought to do that
  • Sanding around the orange hearts – doesn’t it give a lovely soft edge to them?
  • Using the KISS technique to stamp the floral hearts – such a subtle pattern.
  •  The stitching around the lighter border is actually stamped.  The Stitch Wonder Stamp set (C1564) has some gorgeous stich patterns.  Click here to see them all.

The papers are from the Timberline collection – perfect for our Australian landscape. We’ll have lots more Timberline pages on display at National Scrapbook Day on the 17th.  Registrations close this Saturday!

Happy Scrappin’,

Shaunna 

 

My clever team

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My team of consultants, known as the Dazzling Duchesses, get together once a month with consultants from another team to share creative ideas.  We participate in a 10 for 10 Swap.  Each of us brings 10 of the same thing ( a card, page, border or embellishment) and swap them for items made by others.  I find having a collection of samples to share with you, my lovely customer, is so helpful because our teams have great ideas that they teach me and I can pass on to you.

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The cards and borders pictured above all feature the Free To Be Me papers that are our promotional item this month in celebration of National Scrapbook Day.  Don’t you just love the versatility of them?  Savannah couldn’t be at the meeting but she has a blog today showing awesome pages and cards she’s made recently.  Click here to take a look!

If you are registered for National Scrapbook Day we’ll be sharing lots of ideas for using these papers on your pages and cards.  Not registered? My event is open to all my customers and members of the Dazzling Duchess team.  It’s held from 10 to 5 on May 17 in Kinglsey.  Registrations close in a week.  Book your place now by visiting www.directepay.com.au and entering the reference number 92742279.  Your $55 registration includes morning tea, lunch, How To demonstrations, and gifts a plenty along with lots of laughs and the fellowship of like minded women.

Hope to see you there!

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

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You’ve Got a Friend S1405A CTMH Australasian May Stamp of the month Blog Hop

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Yippee Yay!  Yippee  Yay!  It’s the first of May.  That means it’s time for another Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  If you arrived here from Patricia’s blog you are in the right spot.  If you happened upon us accidently, WELCOME to the hop.  Once you’ve checked out my post you can click on the link at the bottom to the next blog on the tour.  Eventually you’ll end up back here.  Enjoy!

I just love the fun designs of these stamps.  The sentiments are ones we use everyday and will suit so many of our papercraft projects.  I’ve been saving these photos for this post.  I have a wonderful group of friends amongst my sister consultants and my BFF amongst them is my real life sister too! A broken ankle didn’t stop here travelling to Melbourne for Creative Kick Off in October last year.

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The inspiration for this layout came from a Pinterest pin from Jeanette Lynton’s blog.  Rather than using circles as she had, I chose this stylised square from the Art Philosohy Cricut cartridge (p34 Tag 3″).  The beauty of having clear blocks and stamps is that I was able to centre my stamp on each shape.

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The CTMH Ruler (Z1471) is never far from my side when I am creating.  I used it to ensure the narrow strips were straight and that the photos and Cricut shapes lined up nicely. It is the BEST ruler I have ever owned.

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The feature rosette was stamped on Cranberry and fussy cut with CTMH scissors (Z1836) then layered on Colonial White to create a frame so it had a bit more pop.  The centre was stamped on Champagne and layered over the cranberry.

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The title was my final embellishment.  I cut it in Cranberry and Colonial White using a Cricut alphabet and then offset the letters to create a shadow.  This gives more depth to the title.

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You’ve Got a Friend (S1405A) is only available until May 30th from your CTMH consultant.

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I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Lauren’s Blog, CTMH Craftings

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

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