CTMH Australasian Regatta Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian Regatta Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from  Georgia’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 Regatta Workshop Your Way Collection (G1105) from Close To My Heart.

 

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Today’s layout features photos taken on the Close To My Heart Incentive trip to Hawaii in 2015.  I love working for a company that rewards hard work with free travel for my husband and I.

 

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Do you like the journal box on this layout?  It’s a  PML card that came in the paper pack.  All you have to do is cut it out and stick them down – it couldn’t be simpler.

The gorgeous crab and starfish stamps come from Beach Days (D1684).  They have co-ordinating Cricut cuts on the Artistry cartridge which makes life really simple!

The Regatta Workshop Your Way (G1105) kit suits any photo theme. They are only available until the end of this month (unless sold out earlier).   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 Wendy’s Blog , Expressions of the Heart , to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

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Smile, Smile, Smile

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I was thrilled to receive this page and certificate in the mail this week.  Close To My Heart support the work of Operation Smile who help restore smiles to children living in poverty, born with cleft lip and/or palette.

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Operation Smile Fundraising Award

I can only imagine the heartache a mother feels when her baby  can’t nurse because his mouth can’t close properly.  I can only imagine the sadness felt by a child scorned and turned away from school because of this condition.  I can only imagine the joy felt by every family member when corrective surgery changes that child’s life forever.

That is why I support this charity.  In our country, this surgery is offered early and is commonplace  In other countries, families walk for long distances to mobile clinics manned by volunteers in the hope they will be chosen.  Each dollar we raise in my crafting room goes toward helping one more family realise their dream.

I want to thank all of the lovely ladies who join our Paper Picnics and purchase raffle tickets each month and those who make extra donations.  Together we raised almost $1500 last year, that is 5 surgeries!  You are wonderful.

Here are a couple of close ups of the lovely page made by the CTMH art department  It features  La Vie En Rose papers and the Regatta Workshop Your Way.  I look forward to taking a photo of my happy croppers next time we meet so I can complete the page.

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Click here if you would like to learn more about the work of Operation Smile.

Click here to make a donation on my team’s Everyday hero page.  A tax receipt will be sent to you.

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

 

CTMH Australiasian Share The Love Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian Share The Love Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Lauren’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 Share The Love Stamp Set (CC1060) from Close To My Heart.  This stamp set is only available THIS month.

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Mike and I had the great pleasure of attending an evening of A capella singing by 3 university groups.  Our nephew came from Melbourne with his group – it was the first time we’d heard him sing and it was wonderful.  As I looked around the packed room, filled with people of all ages, focused on young adults singing joyfully and having the time of their lives, I was reassured that there are still plenty of young people who are amazing.  The media has it wrong when they spread their doom and gloom stories – the youth of today do share our values… we just need to give them the vehicle to exhibit it in.  So, this stamp set was perfect for the photos!  They did make me smile – all night and all of the next day.

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This is a pretty simple layout.  One tip is to decide your photo placement before you stamp.  You can mark the spaces with pencil and then you don’t have to stamp over the entire page.

My second tip is don’t cut the paper before you stamp – my cameras didn’t line up where the two pages meet and that bothers me a little. (But not enough to make me re-do the page!)

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Once you have all the photos and journal box stuck down add a couple of stamped images on foam tape so they pop off the page across other elements.

I also had fun making cards and a gift box with this stamp set.  I designed 3 cards and made them up in Charlotte, Penelope and Regatta.  The cards are super easy to make and I can’t wait to gift the whole set to a friend for her birthday.

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The Share The Love (CC1060) stamp set is only available during February, 2016. $7 from each set sold will be donated to Operation Smile – isn’t that a beautiful way for you to share the love a little further?  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 Denise’s Blog , Scrap Stamp Share, to see the gorgeous projects she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna