White Pines – Trim the Tree


If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I LOVE Flip Flaps!  Today I have a super cute way to display photos of some of the decorations you use at Christmas time.

Trim the Tree Flip Flap Page

I’m not happy with the centre bottom photo but have to wait until Dec 25 to re-shoot it 🙂

All the Flip Flaps come from the Small Assortment pack (Z1747).  They are attached to the OUTSIDE of the page protector.  Begin at the bottom and work your way up.  I found the easiest way to do this was to place the empty page protector on my Versamat so I could see the gridlines through it.  This helped to centre the design and keep the rows even.

Trim the Tree Flip Flap Page

When all the flaps are flipped you see my beautiful family enjoying last Christmas.  The photo of the tree is stuck to the White Pines paper (Z7200B)  inside the protector.  I created the photo mat & title using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.

Super easy and lots of fun.  No-one can resist the urge to flip those flaps and discover what they are hiding.

Order your Flip Flaps here.

Like a kit with the Flip Flaps, page protector, White Pines paper, pre cut photo frame and a BONUS tree cut you can place behind the main photo?  I can do that for you – just $12 plus postage.  Email shaunnarichards@bigpond.com and we’ll get it organised.

Happy Scrappin’



Australasian October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop – Twinkle S1510


Blog BadgeWelcome to the October Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Vandra’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 Twinkle (S1510) stamp set which is October’s Stamp of the Month.

At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking this is a Christmas stamp set.  But look closely and there are some cool ‘all occassion’ stamps hiding there.

S1510 TwinkleI’m up to date with my Christmas photos so I made a layout of the Chinese New Year parade in Sydney this year.  I chose the Sangria Papers for the lovely red shades which go so well with the theme of photos and stamps.

A Christmas stamp set is perfect for Chinese New Year photos! #ctmhsangria

A Christmas stamp set is perfect for Chinese New Year photos!

Twinkle blog hop - Page 003The little frames were the perfect size for my title stamped with the NEW alphabet, Jennifer’s Hand (B1484)  The letters are just 1/2″ high.  The small cluster of stars made a pretty background and the ring of stars really popped when I heat embossed it with gold powder (Z2066).  The Campagne square was dry embossed with our new Confetti Stars (Z3119) Embossing Folder.

This really was such a fun parade and I took heaps of photos.  I loved this layout so decided to make it expand with the use of Flip Flaps.

12" Flip Flaps are amazing

12″ Flip Flaps are amazing

By adding 2 of the 6″ deep Flip Flaps I effectively added 2 pages to this layout without needing lots of extra decoration.  A 4″ x 6″ Flip Flap on the LH page was the perfect spot for the last few photos I wanted to include.

12" Flip Flaps line up with the edge of your protector.

12″ Flip Flaps line up with the edge of your protector.

Simply remove the white tape to reveal the adhesive.

Simply remove the white tape to reveal the adhesive.

Twinkle (S1510) is only available during October, 2015.  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 Merryl’s Blog , Mez’s Craft Room , to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’


Taste of Summer – Seal of Approval

Available May 2015 only

Available May 2015 only

I love my customers!  Our annual Duchess Retreat is my opportunity to spoil them with inspiration, time to work on albums, no cooking, no cleaning, lots of girl time and some prezzies.  My sister is my straight man, side kick, go to girl and gopher throughout the weekend.

Over the course of the weekend customers and consultants ‘work’ together:
We laugh til our jaws hurt – usually over silly little things.
We help each other out – teaching scrapping tricks we’ve learnt along the way.
We stretch each other – trying new techniques and layouts which are sometimes out of our comfort zone.
And we go out of our way to positively affirm each other.

At the close of the weekend a ‘Crowning Ceremony’ is held.  When this finished this year my sister and I were presented with a gift and beautiful card each.  The cards were filled with beautiful words of thanks and our gifts were a royal seal each!!!!

The gorgeous Sue Kennedy presented the gifts which had been purchased by our delightful Alison Kirkwood.  As Sue was thanking us she remembered the cards!  We froze as she ran to find them and then enjoyed reading them and checking out our gifts.

Tammy Anderson caught it all on the camera and this page is a fun layout to remember how special I was made to feel by the ladies I was supposed to be spoiling.  Thankyou Duchies for my Royal seal.  I love it.

Taste of Summer papers (CC1038) and Stamp Set (CC1039) team perfectly with Canary, Cotton Candy and Pear cardstocl

Taste of Summer papers (CC1038) and Stamp Set (CC1039) team perfectly with Canary, Cotton Candy and Pear cardstock.

The layout is simple.  3 strips 11″ x 3 1/2″.  Stamp in the same colour ink as the cardstock.  Have the images close together at the bottom.

Flip Flaps allow you to add extra photos without having to cover your pretty design elements.

Flip Flaps allow you to add extra photos without having to cover your pretty design elements.

The photo mats are 3″ x 4″ – you will want 9 of them. 3 go on the cardstock strips and the rest go inside 3″ x 4″ Flip Flaps(Z3037) with 3″ square photos mounted.  When you lift the flip flaps you see 6 more photos.

Have some fun with this layout – it’s great for all sorts of photo sequences. Remember the Taste of Summer collection is only available this month.  Visit http://www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au to place your order.

Happy Scrappin’


25 photos on a layout


I love Flip Flaps!  Belonging to a family who believe 6 photos are better than 1, I always have such a dilemma culling photos for my scrapbook layouts. Since discovering Flip Flaps my task has been made so much easier.

The Artbooking cartridge gives a WOW factor to your pages

The Artbooking cartridge gives a WOW factor to your pages

This was a magical day out with https://www.rockinghamwildencounters.com.au/ where we saw dozens of wild dolphins and snorkelled amongst them.  I wanted my page to feature as many photos as possible so I designed a layout that would accommodate 4″ x 12″ Flip Flaps on either side and printed most of the photos as 3″ x 4″.  The flip flaps come with adhesive already in place and you can stick it to a base page or the outside of a protector.  I would advise using the CTMH protectors as they are strong enough to cope with the extra weight.

Memory Protectors™ Flip Flaps™ 12″ Assortment ( Z1325) allow you to slide your photos or journaling into the pocket, attach with the adhesive strip, and you’re done! It’s a fun interactive element for your pages. 8 protectors in the pack: 4 – 6″ x 12″, 2 – 4″ x 12″, and 2 – 8″ x 12″, each with strong adhesive attachment strip. Click here to order.

Here is the page with a 4" flip flap on each side.

Here is the page with a 4″ flip flap on each side.

The decorative elements in the centre of the layout were created using the CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  The Sorbet sunray is an overlay found on p52 (Overlay Shift 9.5″).  I used the cut overlay on the LH page and the cut outs on the RH page.

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The photo mats were from p 67.  I ‘modified’ them a little with my scissors to fit my 6″ x 4″ photos.  Look closely at the photo below and you can see where I cut and overlapped.

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Those lovely waves are also on p 67.  I used different shades of blue and a bit of White Daisy daubing to give the effect of waves.

I hope you like this fun layout.  Remember, you are welcome to use my Cricut anytime you attend a workshop.  CTMH consultants also have the opportunity to purchase a  Cricut Explore Bundle which includes $120 of bonus product.  Find out more about joining our team by clicking here.

Keep Smiling,


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Cornish Coastline


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

Cornish coast

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.

Wanderful WOTG

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’


Travel Bug Challenge 8

Kaboom S1406A CTMH Australasian June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop



It’s the first of June.  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 have been hanging out for June to come around so we can play with this gorgeous set of stamps.  It has something for everybody. Photos of fireworks, super heroes, theatre productions, movie nights and Australia Day will all work with this stamp set.  Today I’ve used it on a birthday party page.


Begin by cutting LOTS of Cricut shapes in 3 colours.  I love that the stamp carrier sheet tells me which Cricut cartridge to use and what size to cut my shapes at.  Art Philosophy (Z1686) is the one you want for this set. Next have some fun stamping the shapes – use the stamps that correspond to the shapes but also some of the other ones fit nicely too and add variety.

Whisper cardstock is the base sheet with Silver Shimmer Trim (Z1799) added around all 4 edges.  Centre a 10″ x 10″ piece of Black cardstock on this and fill the space between the black and the shimmer with all your lovely pre-stamped shapes.

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Bitty Sparkles (Z1263) add a nice bit of glitz to the design.  The easiest way to apply these tiny sparkles is using the tip of the Piercing tool (Z114).  It slides under the sparkle and grabs onto the adhesive and then you can move it to your page.

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The journal box was created from a 4″ x 6″ piece of card.  Random stamp the large firework stamp in a light colour and then add the Party title in a strong colour over the top.  The little stars are a single stamp repeated in a row.

Tracey 1

It looks like all this work was for just one photo on the page but the fabulously versatile Flip Flaps (Z4114) mean it actually has 5 photos on it – one photo is adhered to the page and then 2 of the 4″ x 6″ Flip Flaps hold another 4 photos.  I can’t show you these… what happens at Karaoke stays at Karaoke!

The Kaboom Stamp of the Month is only available during the month of June.  Full retail price is $24 (S1406) but why pay that much when you can get it for just $5 with a $75 order.  PLUS… this month you can double dip and purchase one of six collections valued between $65 and $85 for just $30 as Close To My Heart celebrates it’s 30th anniversary.  Check your consultant’s website for more details.

Thanks for stopping by on this hop.  I’d love you to leave a comment before you head over to Savannah’s blog.

Happy Scrappin’




I LOVE Flip Flaps


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!

Flip FlapsWhat’s that you say?

“I can only see 9 photos, Shaunna”

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

flip flap open

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’


Free to be me