S1707 Storybook Alphabet Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop


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Welcome to the July Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Collen’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 Storybook Alphabet (S1707) stamp set which is July’s Stamp of the Month.

S1707 Storybook Alphabet is CTMH Stamp of the Month for July 2017. Order yours this month at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

How pretty are these letters?  Do you remember reading storybooks where the first letter in each chapter was all fancy like this?  That is known as historiated initials.  You could do that with your journaling in your albums.  Of course these letters will also be fabulous for creating titles.

When I looked at this stamp set the letters reminded me of embroidery samplers.  I happened to be talking to some customers about re-visiting some old techniques and running a patchwork pages class next month and that got me thinking about using these letters to create an alphabet quilt page.

S1707 Storybook Alphabet is CTMH's Stamp of the Month for July 2017. Purchase yours at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au

You will find a list of the products used on the layout at the end of this post.

Storybook Alphabet (S1707) is only available during July, 2017.  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 Close To My Heart Consultant.

Did you like this title page? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’ Blog Creative Inspirations , to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’


Products used on this layout:

S1707 Storybook Alphabet

Z899 Memento Ink

Shin Han Markers – Various colours

Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Pack

Z1979 Journaling Pen


Thin Cuts – Moroccan Feast


We have friends who are as devoted to good food and wine as we are.  Recently we had a Moroccan themed dinner party.  Having never been to Morocco, I have no table accessories to suit. I needed my trusty CTMH supplies to create the illusion!

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I used Glitter paper and the Cricut Artiste Cartridge to make the placemats.  They were perfect and everyone was very careful not to spill anything so I can use them again!

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The Ornate Blossoms Stamps (D1687) and Thin Cuts (Z3227) teamed nicely with my Shin Han markers to make napkin rings.  I gold embossed the stamp before colouring.

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Six plain water glasses were transformed into a candle centrepiece with the aid of  gold glitter wraps cut on the Cricut.

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One final decorative touch were the glass keepers made from Ornate Blossoms Stamps and Thin Cuts.  The decorations didn’t take long to create but they certainly helped set the mood for a fun filled night of feasting.  The photos below show some of the yummies we enjoyed.

The Ornate Blossoms Stamps and Thin cuts retire at the end of this month.  Order yours today if you have had your eye on them – they may sell out before August 31.  Order online for home delivery at http://www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com

Happy Scrappin’



CTMH Australasian March SOTM Blog Hop-Sunshine Birdies S1603


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Welcome to the March 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 Sunshine Birdies (S1603) stamp set which is March’s Stamp of the Month.


Don’t you just want to smile when you see these stamps?

We have a beautiful wetlands near our home which we walk in several mornings a week.  Late spring is such a fabulous time to visit as the Rainbow Bee Eaters come to nest.  They are only 20cm long and they nest in burrows in the ground!  I’ve been saving these photos to use with this stamp set.  I hope you like it.  The Penelope Papers provide a happy backdrop.

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Each photo mount on the string is 3″ x 4″.  All the photo mounts on the page have been ‘wrapped’ in a 1/4″ border of Washi Tape.  I love this wide green tape from the Limeade Pack (Z3198)  I found the speediest way to use it was to stick it to two cards at a time, cut them apart and fold the excess to the back.  Glacier Thick Twine (Z3029) threaded nicely through the 1/8″ holes in the cards.


The top border had some pattern added courtesy of the CTMH Corner Rounder (Z1912).  If you slide the lower plastic guide off you can use it as a scallop punch.  I spaced mine out to make it look like blades of grass for the butterflies to rest on.  Use the markings on your Versamat to make the spaces even.


Sunshine Birdies (S1603) is only available during March, 2016.  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 Lauren’s Blog, CTMH Craftings, to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’


Word of the Day Travel Bug Challenge


Travel Bug Challenge 2015Are you up for a challenge?

Beginning today, I will post a Word of the Day on my Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/PassionateAboutPages

Your challenge is to use that word as the inspiration for a page or a card.  You can make a literal interpretation or be a bit creative!

For instance, if the word was ‘Dog’ you may include photos of your dog, a stamp of a dog, use a doggy pun in your title or put photos of Yoga on the page!  (Downward dog is everyone’s favourite pose)

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Now I’ve given those great ideas, I’ll let you know Dog isn’t one of the words.  Each word relates to travel in some way but your pages and cards don’t have to be in a travel theme.  I’m keen to see where you take this.

Once you have completed a challenge, take a photo of it and add it to the comments under that word on my Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/PassionateAboutPages  .  It’s Ok if it takes you a few days to get it done.  On Saturday July 11, 18,  25 and August 1, every person who has posted a photo during the preceding week will go in the draw for a shopping voucher in my shop!  One entry for each photo you put up.

Happy Scrappin’


Starburst Scrapbook Page


I have seen many of these Starburst layouts made by other consultants and I have loved everyone of them.  I decided it was high time Ito have a go myself!  You can make yours using a monochromatic colour scheme like this one, use all the papers from one pack or do something bright and daring!  All options work.

Starburst pageHere’s how to do it…

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Mount your feature photo and add it to the page.

Starburst (1)The sentiment is stamped using July’s Stamp of the Month Life Is Wonderful (which you can get FREE this month*).  Heat emboss the sentiment with white embossing powder and then colour over the embossing with Shin Han Markers.

Use shells from Treasured Friendship (C1594) and heat emboss with Gold Embossing Powder.  The papers used were the scraps cut off the starburst earlier.

Order your supplies at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com .  Every 5th online order this month will receive a gift.  I’ll email the winners at the end of the month.

Happy Scrappin’


* Place an order which includes at least $32.50 worth of stamps and you could choose the July SOTM as your FREE gift.


Classic Doily


I fell in love with this stamp as soon as I saw it in the catalogue.  It’s called Classic Doily (B1424) and it does remind me of hand embroidery.  I was playing with our new heat embossing powders and thought this stamp embossed with gold would look pretty special.  It does!  But you will have to believe me because I forgot to photograph it before I did the next step… colouring it in.  I had planned to keep one plain but the colours of the Shin Han Touch Twin Markers are so gorgeous I couldn’t stop colouring.

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I began with 3 blue markers and then chose 2 neutrals to go with them plus the red for a highlight.  I just used straight colouring – no shading or fancy stuff.  I also left a few sections white for contrast.

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For each card I used a different colour scheme.  The doily has the look of mosaics and I love how it appears a little different in each colour way.  To make the cards I used Black from the Basics Paper Fundamentals pack(Z1939) to frame the doily and then a co-ordinating cardstock.  The red, green and purple are from Paper Fundamentals and the Blue & Pink are plain cardstock dry embossed using the Floral Embossing folder (Z1994).  Gold shimmer trim (Z1985)  and Bling Gems Gold Assortment (Z2023) added a bit of pop.

Shin Han Markers

Shin Han Markers used:                                                                                                                                  Red Card:  Barely Beige, Pastel Green, Golden Yellow, Marigold, Carmine                                                         Blue Card: Pastel Peach, Turquoise Blue, Cerulean Blue, Marine Blue, Warm Grey 4,Carmine                    Pink Card: Barely Beige, Pastel Peach, Mahogany, Black, Carmine                                                          Green Card:   Pastel Green, Leaf Green, Vivid Green, Sap Green, Bronze, Carmine                                 Purple Card: Barely Beige, Tender Pink, Peony Purple, Lavender, Clay, Carmine

Click here to see all the colours in our range of Shin Han markers.

This design would adapt beautifully to a scrapbook page.  I have some photos from a mosque I need to print to use with this stamp.  What photos would you team it with?

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I’ve missed these faces!


YAY! Reunited with our gorgeous daughter and her boyfriend after 3 months apart.  They have been having the time of their lives volunteering with a group called Soft Power Education in Uganda.  We’ve followed their blog and chatted on Skype but it’s just not the same as having a hug!  I plan to make the most of  my time with them over the next 2 weeks we have together.


Here’s those little journal box and travel log stamps again from the Wanderful WOTG kit.  I added the cute heart cluster from the Family is Forever SOTM.  The Candy Cane Cardstock was dry embossed using the Arrow Embossing folder (Z1993)

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I had a lot of fun playing with our NEW Heat Embossing powders.  I used the Silver Embossing Powder for my title block, the ‘Happy’ on the banner and for the little birds.  These adorable birds can be found in the Happy Birds stamp set (C1600)

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I wanted to practise blending with the Shin Han Markers and the birds were a nice small project to do it on.  I found a useful video created by a North American CTMH Consultant, Brae Montgomery, on YouTube which helped me a lot.  Click here to watch it.

Happy Scrappin’


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