S1711 Through The Year CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop



Welcome to the November, 2017 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 Through the Year (S1711) stamp set which is November’s Stamp of the Month.


This is a must have stamp set for a few reasons:

  1. There is a VERY cool calendar kit coming next month which uses it and you will kick yourself if you have to pay full price for the stamps in December.
  2. Having the months of the year in a fun font makes it easy to add information to pages to help remember when the photos were taken.
  3. The small illustrations are super cute.  You can add them to journaling, titles, borders and cards.

My first project today is a scrapbook layout using Cats & Bats papers.  The emerald dots paper is just divine!  We were travelling through Carnarvon in Western Australia and came across these gorgeous knitted tree scarves.  I love handcrafts being exhibited anywhere but in the street is so fabulous because everyone can enjoy it.

Create whimsical decorations for your pages using S1711 Through the Year stamps by Close To My Heart. www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Once the papers were down I used the small leaf from the stamp set to create the top border.  Mount it on a 1″ block and align the LH edge of the block with the inch marks on a ruler to make the spacing even.  I also used the horizontal line engraved on Close To My Heart Blocks to line up with the top of the spotted zip strip.  This helped keep my line of leaves level. (That’s a tongue twister of a sentence for sure!)

S1711 Through the Year CTMH stamp of the month available Nov 2017 www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Creating a tab with the month stamped on it is easy.  All you need is a scrap of paper and your corner rounder.

S1711 Through the Year CTMH stamp of the month available Nov 2017 www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

A flurry of circles sweeps across the layout.  These were cut with the Basic Circle Thin cuts and scraps of paper.  I used silver foil paper but it looks gold in this photo.  Stamp a few icons on the circles and add some colourful dots for fun.

S1711 Through the Year CTMH stamp of the month available Nov 2017 www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

My second project is to help you organise your printed photos.  Photos for the year I am scrapbooking are stored in a medium organiser (pull out one of the dividers) and I had all sorts of odd shaped scraps as dividers.  Now I have a professional looking system to separate the months and then divide the photos in bundles for layouts.

S1711 Through the Year CTMH stamp of the month available Nov 2017 www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The month dividers are cut 6″ x 4 1/2″ with top two corners rounded.  I offset the stamping of the months to make them easier to see once they were in the organiser.  The numbers are cut 3″ x 4 1/2″ and could be used for the days of the month if you had an extremely busy month of photo taking.  I use mine to separate groups of photos for layouts.  This way I can easily pull out the next bundle and be scrapping quickly.


Finally, here’s a look at how gorgeous the stamps are on a calendar.  I love those little icons that I can match to my events.  I’m being optimistic that we will have a couple of days sunshine in Melbourne!!!

S1711 Through the Year CTMH stamp of the month available Nov 2017 www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Your consultant will be sharing a fabulous calendar project with you for December- you are going to love it.

Through the Year (S1711) is only available to purchase for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order during November, 2017.  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Can you see yourself trying one of these projects?  I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Doreen’s Blog, Scrapping and More with Doreen, to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’


Products used on these projects:

S1711 Through the Year Stamp of the Month

Page Layout

X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Pack

Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots

Z3366 Silver Foil Paper Pack

X5948 Heather cardstock

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

1386 Black Cardstock

Z1912 Corner Rounder

Z3318 Basic Circle Thin Cuts

Z899 Black Memento Ink

X5974 Raspberry Ink

X5970 Willow Ink

X5971 Lemon Ink

X5969 Emerald Ink

Photo Dividers

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

Z899 Black Memento Ink

Z3396 Aluminium Rail Cut Trimmer

Calendar Page

Z3184 My Creations Calendar

Z2825 Mink Ink

Z2895 Lagoon Ink

Z2812 Raspberry Ink

Z2808 Lemon Ink

Z2817 Crystal Blue Ink


Cats and Bats/Falling For You CTMH Australasian Blog Hop



Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Cats & Bats/ Falling For You Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some amazing and talented women from across Australia.
If you arrived from  Doris’ 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 Cats & Bats and Falling For You collections!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

The Cats & Bats and Falling For You collections are available until the end of December 2017.  Buy them as  full kits or purchase individual items.

Today I am sharing a layout from each of the featured collections.  It is the same layout – copied form p20, Pattern 8 of Make It From Your Heart Vol 3. First up is the one using Cats & Bats.  These photos were taken in a very English garden in Halifax, Canada.  The willow print paper was perfect for the background. I’m sorry it doesn’t show up well in this photo.

Scrapbook layout created using CTMH Cats & Bats papers and co-ordinating stamps & dies. View the full collection at shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

That pretty border is made using the Scallop Border Thin Cuts (Z3348) – I love the way it softens the page.  The very cute row of blooms is made using the new Falling For You Scrapbook Stamps and co-ordinating Thin Cuts (Z4044).  Once you have stamped the images, pick up a little ink from the lid of the ink pad with your water brush and roughly colour the petals and leaves.  Don’t stress about perfection – the naïve style is ‘in’.

As always, there were more photos that needed to go on this layout.  Design 2 of the Pocket Plus Memory Protectors allowed for 3 extra photos and a journaling box. The 4″ x 6″ Flip Flap allowed room for an extra photo and more journaling.  I love that I can tell a really long story without compromising the beautiful design features of the layout.

CTMH Pocket Plus Protectors and Flip Flaps allowed me to use twice the photos on this one layout. Purchase yours at shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

Next up, I repeated the same layout using the Falling For You collection and photos taken in a maple forest in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

The soft colours and delicate patterns from CTMH Falling For You collection paired with the Cardmaking Stamps and Thin Cuts made the perfect accompanianment for these forest photos. Purchase supplies at shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The leaves in the stamp and thin cuts from the Falling For You Cardmaking set are just gorgeous.  The fine detail in the stamps helps them look life like.  These leaves are symmetrical so you can use the light and the dark side of the Toffee cardstock to get some subtle variation in the leaves.  Goldrush and Fern ink pair perfectly with these papers and the bronze sequins add a highlight.  The title was stamp using the Colorblock Alphabet (D1729).


Once again, the layout needed extra photos added – Design 2 Pocket Plus Protector to the rescue!

Design 2 Pocket Plus Protector was used to add 4 extra photos to this scrapbook layout. purchase yours at shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

The Cats & Bats and Falling For You collections are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant.  A list of products used in my projects 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 Rachel’s Blog , Creative Workshops By Rachael Stribling to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you. Rachel’s work is always gorgeous.

Happy Scrapping,

Products used in these projects

9043 Make It From your Heart Volume 3

G1136 Cats and Bats Workshop Your Way

G1135 Falling For You Workshop Your Way

Z3348 Scallop Border Thin Cuts

Z4041 Falling For You Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts

Z4044 Falling For You Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts

Z3243 Pocket Plus Protectors

Z3231 4″x6″ Flip Flaps

D1729 Colorblock Alphabet Stamps

Z3224 Small Round Watercolour Brush

Z28.06 Emerald Exclusive Ink

Z2907 Willow Exclusive Ink

Z2808 Lemon Exclusive Ink

Z2809 Tangerine Exclusive Ink

Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Ink

Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Ink

Z2850 Fern Exclusive Ink

Z2823 Goldrush Exclusive Ink

X5959 Toffee Cardstock