Happy Times CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian Blog Hop featuring  our National Scrapbook Month Happy Times papers & stamps. We have a variety of projects to share with you which highlight the versatility of the Happy Times stamps and papers. This is a circular hop. If you have come from Maz’s Blog, Inky Fingers,  you are in the right place. Just click on the link at the end of each post to move on to a new idea. Keep clicking and you will end up back here!

I spent Mother’s Day hosting a baby shower!  Isn’t that perfect?  It was a wonderful way to spend this special day.  The mum to be and all her friends are from overseas and far from their mums and my own babes are living far from me so it made the day extra special.

Happy Times layout

This layout was inspired by pp26-27 of the Imagine How To Book.  It’s a layout we were challenged to use in a team virtual crop.  Using the beautiful zip strips from the Happy Times paper pack helped frame the photo gallery on the page.

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The flowers in the Happy Times Stamp set are really sweet.  I love that many different stems are offered too.  To create the large flowers shown above, ink with Honey first and then use a dauber to add Sunset ink accents to the blooms.  No two will be the same – just like in nature!  Poppy and Fern ink were used for the other flowers & leaves.

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The words on this stamp set are perfect for scrapbookers.  Our goal is to record the happy times and to share real moments and memories with our family and future generations.

Happy Times Papers (CC1063) and the co-ordinating stamp set (CC1064) are only available during May, 2016.    Be sure to order yours from your Close To My Heart Consultant. You can have the paper packet FREE if you order $85 worth of product this month – that’s a saving of $23.
Thanks for stopping to read my post, now you can hop over to Wendy’s, Expressions from the Heart blog to see the Happy Times idea she is sharing.
Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Taste of Summer – Cards

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I have LOVED using the Taste of Summer Papers and Stamps throughout May.  Here is your final bit of inspiration from me for the month.  Each of these cards is a little different to my usual and were lots of fun to make.

Spin cards (Z1866) are available to purchase through my website.  They are 7" x 5" and come in packs of 10. The grid on the strawberry card was inspired by a fellow blogger, laurenctmhcraftings.blogspot.com.au.  It uses May's Stamp of the Month, Just Sayin' .

Spin cards (Z1866) are available to purchase through my website. They are 7″ x 5″ and come in packs of 10.
The grid on the strawberry card was inspired by a fellow blogger, laurenctmhcraftings.blogspot.com.au. It uses May’s Stamp of the Month, Just Sayin’ .

I used the Taste of Summer stamp with the Rock 'n' Roll inking technique to create these lemons and oranges. The half slices make a nice frame

I used the Taste of Summer stamp with the Rock ‘n’ Roll inking technique to create these lemons and oranges. The half slices make a nice frame

The background grid was created with 1" squares and Topiary & Pear ink.  I used Liquid Glass Z679 to make my strawberries shine.

The background grid was created with 1″ squares and Topiary & Pear ink. I used Liquid Glass Z679 to make my strawberries shine.

Available May 2015 only

Available May 2015 only

Taste of Summer – Christmas Pages

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A Christmas page without a Christmas print?  I love this fun layout of our breakfast in the park on Christmas morning.  It’s another layout I made using leftovers from my Taste of Summer paper pack.

The Taste of Summer (CC1038) papers were perfect for our breakfast in the park on Christmas morning

The Taste of Summer (CC1038) papers were perfect for our breakfast in the park on Christmas morning

The red frame is made of 2″ strips with corners mitred.  I used the yellow 1/4″ Washi Tape from the Carnival pack (Z3067) to give the illusion of a layer of yellow paper.

The border strip is 1 1/2

The strawberry border strip is 1 1/2″ wide with 1/2″ strip of yellow centred on it. I folded and cut the yellow to create bows and added a splash of green for the extra ribbons.

I used May's Stamp of the Month, 'Just Sayin' to create my flags.  I stamped in Hollyhock ink onto the yellow and green printed papers.  The strawberries were cut from one of the zip strips in the pack.

I used May’s Stamp of the Month, ‘Just Sayin’ to create my flags. I stamped in Hollyhock ink onto the yellow and green printed papers. The strawberries were cut from one of the zip strips in the pack.

The rest of the strawberry zip strip made a nice border on my journal box.  I cut around the strawberries with my super sharp Micro Tip Scissors (Z1836)

The rest of the strawberry zip strip made a nice border on my journal box. I cut around the strawberries with my super sharp Micro Tip Scissors (Z1836)

Time is running out to get your pack of Taste of Summer papers.  They disappear from our shopping cart at the end of May.

Available May 2015 only

Available May 2015 only

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Taste of Summer – Seal of Approval

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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’

Shaunna

Taste of Summer – Triangle cards

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Messing around with small pieces of paper can be fun.  Once again I have dived in to the offcuts in my Taste of Summer papers (CC1038).

Card & Envelope Value Packs (50 of each for just $20) make card making super easy.  I've used White Daisy (X2540) here but you can also get Colonial white (X1410) if you prefer.

Card & Envelope Value Packs (50 of each for just $20) make card making super easy. I’ve used White Daisy (X2540) here but you can also get Colonial White (X1410) if you prefer.

I began with 1 1/2″ squares cut in half diagonally and played around until I had some patterns I liked.  I cut my Shimmer Trim in half lengthways so it is a subtle accent and then decorated with stamped fruit and captions from the Taste of Summer stamp set (CC1039).  Bitty sparkles finished the designs off.

I used Post It notes to mask off segments of the titles and I used the Rock ‘n’ Roll inking technique for the fruit.

Have a play with your scraps and see what you come up with.

Available May 2015 only

Available May 2015 only

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Taste of Summer – Debs & Duchies

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This layout gave me the opportunity to use up lots of the scraps from my Taste Of Summer papers (CC1038).

Group shots featuring a large number of people deserve being enlarged - especially when it's a dress up shot and we want to honour the creations everyone took time to put together.

Group shots featuring a large number of people deserve being enlarged – especially when it’s a dress up shot and we want to honour the creations everyone took time to put together.

I began with a Cricut overlay from the Artbooking Cartridge.  I cut an 11" square overlay and trimmed it down to fit the space.

I began with a Cricut overlay from the Artbooking Cartridge. I cut an 11″ square overlay and trimmed it down to fit the space. Then I added a bit to the side to make it cover the 12″ width of the page

I randomly punched circles from all my scraps and placed them face down on the back of the overlay.  My goal was to have no adjoining spaces covered in the same paper.  It was quite easy because there are 6 designs in the Taste of Summer pack.  I glued all of these in place with my Bonding Memories glue.

I randomly punched circles from all my scraps and placed them face down on the back of the overlay. My goal was to have no adjoining spaces covered in the same paper. It was quite easy because there are 6 designs in the Taste of Summer pack. I glued all of these in place with my Bonding Memories glue.

My journaling box was a 3" x4" piece of white cardstock with a strip of scrap paper down the side and a strip of 1/4 Boardwalk Washi tape(Z3066).  The Wavy Blooms (D1651) flowers were stamped on white daisy and fusty cut.

My journaling box was a 3″ x4″ piece of white cardstock with a strip of scrap paper down the side and a strip of 1/4″ Boardwalk Washi tape(Z3066). The Wavy Blooms (D1651) flowers were stamped on white daisy and fussy cut. This idea was adapted from one of Chris Lothian’s posts.

The page was finished off with the Lemons Zip strip from one of the papers and a Cricut cut title.  I made the title in Cricut Craftroom so I could weld the letters together.

The Taste of Summer papers and stamp set are only available during May 2015.  Visit my website http://www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au to place your order.

Available May 2015 only

Available May 2015 only

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Taste of Summer Gift Bag

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Available May 2015 only

Available May 2015 only

How cute is this little gift bag made by my friend, Rose Kendell?

The fruity prints of the Taste of Summer papers (CC1038) are perfect for gift bags.  This one stands about 5

The fruity prints of the Taste of Summer papers (CC1038) are perfect for gift bags. This one stands about 5″ high.

She used the Cricut Artiste Cartridge (p79 3D Object).  The Cricut cuts score lines making folding super easy.  Glue it together with Bonding Memories (Z553) for a strong hold.

The gift tag is made using one of our NEW CTMH Hostess Rewards Stamp sets.

The gift tag is made using one of our NEW CTMH Hostess Rewards Stamp sets.

Notice the purple bling on the tag?  It’s not in our catalogue!!!  Rose began with Clear Sparkles (Z1752) and coloured them in with a Shin Han Marker (Lavender Z2453).

I’d love to reward you with the Tagged With Love Hostess Rewards Stamp set.  Organise a gathering for a couple of friends or bring them along to one of my events and I’ll help you own this cute set.

The 'Tagged With Love' Hostess rewards stamp can be yours with an order of $200 or more.

The ‘Tagged With Love’ Hostess rewards stamp can be yours with an order of $200 or more.

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Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Taste of Summer – Simply Sublime

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Available May 2015 only

The Taste of Summer Papers are so bright and cheerful I just had to use them with my photos from this year’s Duchess Retreat.  Friday night is ‘Frock Night’ at the ‘Duchess Do’ and this year we had some awesome frocks on display.  Op shops were scoured, Nanna’s closet was raided and some even found their outfits lurking in their own wardrobes!!!

I felt I needed to honour each of our Debutantes and Duchies by displaying individual photos.

Team CTMH Taste of Summer Papers and Stamp set with Make It From your Heart Vol 1 & Wavy Blooms stamps for a fun layout.

Team CTMH Taste of Summer Papers and Stamp set with Make It From your Heart Vol 1 & Wavy Blooms stamps for a fun layout.

I began with Layout 1 from Make It From Your Heart Vol 1. This is a super easy layout.  Just trim your photos to 2 1/2″ and off you go.  The pattern has photos trimmed shorter than mine but it was easy to adapt.

Wavy Blooms (D1651) is a gorgeous stamp set.  All I did was stamp in black ink on the patterned papers and cut around them.

Wavy Blooms (D1651) is a gorgeous stamp set. All I did was stamp in black ink on the patterned papers and cut around them. Gold Bling Gems (Z2023) make lovely flower centres and Gold Sequins (Z2012) complete the clustered embellishment.

The Taste of Summer Stamp Set (CC1039) has gorgeous images and titles.  It is just $27 and only available during May 2015

The Taste of Summer Stamp Set (CC1039) has gorgeous images and titles. It is just $27 and only available during May 2015

My titles were cut using the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge (Z1906)

My titles were cut using the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge (Z1906)

The layout can be adapted to suit larger photos too

The layout can be adapted to suit larger photos too

I stamped the name of each gorgeous Deb & Duchie using the alphabet set that came with the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge. (Z3017)

I stamped the name of each gorgeous Deb & Duchie using the alphabet set that came with the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge. (Z3017)

This layout would suit ball photos, fancy dress party photos or garden snapshots perfectly.

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Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Circus Alphabet S1407A CTMH Australasian July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

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10001517_10152327088764808_982230598_nWelcome to another Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  If you arrived here from Denise’s Scrap Stamp Share 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!

This month’s stamp set is the whimsical, Circus Alphabet – a great accompaniment for any scrapbook page.

NSDThis is the first page of several about our National Scrapbook Day so I wanted the title to be really bold.  I cut the white letters on my Cricut and then stamped the same letter randomly over each.

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The Circus Alphabet Stamp of the Month is only available during the month of July.  Full retail price is $24 (S1407) but why pay that much when you can get it for just $5 with a $75 order?

This month is your last chance to purchase the paper collections in our Feb- July Ideas Book.  Take a look at our list of retiring product here to make sure you order all the items on your wishlist.

Now hop over to Mandy’s Hall of Indulgence Blog to see what she has created.

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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