A tug on the Heartstrings


One of my favourite paper packs is retiring … I had to buy myself one last pack 🙂

Heartstrings has proved to be so very versatile for me.  I have used it on Wedding/love pages as it was intended but mostly it’s been used with photos relating to other themes.  Today I’ve used it with some Beauty School Dropouts I hang around with. (Apologies for the poor photo quality.  I left my camera at a function so had to use my dodgy phone camera)

Beauty School Dropouts

This was a 20 minute page.  A 5″ x 12″ strip across the bottom, 5″ x 7″ panel top right.  Mount 3 photos and add stickers from the Heartstrings Complements.

Beauty School Dropouts

I incorporated some journaling into the title block.

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This cool sticker allowed me to pay homage to a gorgeous friend who organised the weekend retreat my sister, our daughters and I were attending.

Time is running out to order the heartstrings collection.  It retires on March 31.  Click here to see the full collection and place your order.

Keep Smiling,


Mar 2015 Last chance to order

Mr and Mrs


I am so happy with the way these pages turned out.  I have loved using the Heartstrings Papers and these were the last scraps left in the pack!  I think that is one of the greatest joys of using CTMH paper packs… I actually USE it all and don’t have to store it.  I usually make 8-12 pages from one pack if I add in some extra card for page bases or, as in this case, work directly on a CM album page.

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The flowers are all from this month’s Stamp of the Month, A Happy Hello.  Some were stamped directly to the page and others were fussy cut.  If you have circle punches you could use those too.

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I cut the title using my Cricut and then added Liquid Glass to make it pop.

A happy Hello is available for purchase during February 2015 only.  It retails for $27 but you can have yours for just $5 when it is accompanied by a $75 order.

I had quite a bit to write for these photos so I made the journal box a bit special.  I used the Scallop Border Punch along the top and daubed ink around the edges.  The lines and arrow heads were stamped using the Year Noted Stamp Set that was January’s promotion.  I can’t tell you how helpful those little dotted lines are!

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A Special Offer from me to you to celebrate earning an all expenses paid holiday in Hawaii for my husband and I, courtesy of Close To My Heart.

As a way of thanking my loyal customers for supporting my business as I worked towards achieving this trip, I am offering the following bonus:

  • Place an online order of $50 or more this month and I will refund you $5 to offset postage.
  • If your order exceeds $100, your refund will be $9.50!Click here to start shopping.This offer is valid for all my customers ordering through my website www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au between February 1 and February 28, 2015.
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Keep Smiling,



This Moment – Girls night out


Here is the second layout for our Little Black Dress night.  It follows on from Friday’s post.  A large group of young women (I include myself here because I felt young that night) on the dance floor seem to spend more time taking photos of themselves than dancing!  Perhaps that is more a reflection on the quality of the music than the individuals.  Anyway, the result was a set of fun photos taken at awkward angles but filled with smiles.

This page features heartstrings papers, This Moment and You're the Bomb stamp sets.

This page features heartstrings papers, This Moment and You’re the Bomb stamp sets

The layout is based on Hocus Pocus, p56 of the Magic How To Book.  I liked the angles – they give more energy to the layout and reflect the feeling of the night.

The Stamp of the Month, This Moment (S1501), worked beautifully with the them.  I was really happy with my XOXO border.  I also used one word from the You’re the Bomb  (C1617) stamp set in my title.

This Moment, January 2015 Stamp of the Month. Yours for just $5 with a $75 order.

You’re the Bomb (C1617) – $3 US from the sale of each stamp set is donated to Operation Smile between now and March 31.











Keep smiling,



Heartstrings Birthday Page


The Heartstrings Workshop on the Go (G1090) is a card making kit but I have used the stamps on lots of my album pages.  The sentiments blend with so many of life’s celebrations.  Today my pages are all about my sister’s birthday breakfast which we celebrated on our balcony in Riomaggiore on the Cinque Terra in Italy last year.  It was a very special experience!

Rhonda 51

The layout is based on Card Trick from the Magic How To Book (9040).  It was very quick to make.

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I love the Hugs & Kisses stamp in the WOTG – Rhonda insists on REAL hugs and all the family gave her what she wanted.

Keep Smiling,