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

Paper Fundamentals – Tiger Tom

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The paper fundamentals are so easy to use!  If you haven’t tried them yet, I’d encourage you to get your hands on some.  One side of the paper is shiny with an embossed pattern on it and the reverse is matte, features the same pattern, but adds white to it.

If you like scrapbooking with solid colours you will love the subtle patterns of these packs.

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My layout today is one of the designs featured in the Simply Fundamental Bundle offer.

TigerI cried a little as I made this tribute to my beautiful cat, Tiger, who passed away this year. I love that my albums give me a place to record feelings as well as events.

The cat and ball of wool stamps come from Love My Cat (A1181).  I stamped them in black ink on plain cardstock, fussy cut and raised them on foam tape.

All the other embellishments came in my bundle from this month’s special.  It’s a great deal.  Choose any album you like and receive Enchantment Fundamentals Papers (Z3126), Enchantment Fundamentals Stickers (Z3164) and Peacock Fundamental Assortments (Z3098).  You also receive a pack of page protectors FREE.  That’s a saving of $29.50. We have 5 fab layouts you can make with your papers PLUS I will be offering a free class in January to each person ordering a bundle from me this month AND I’ll post you pre-cut pieces to make the fun UP! page I featured earlier this month. Click here to choose your bundle.

In addition, you qualify for this month’s Stamp of the Month, Cheers, 2016! for just $7.50

Order online for home delivery here or contact me to add your bundle to my next order on Nov 21.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Australasian National Stamping Month Blog Hop – Hello Life!

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Welcome to the National Stamping Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Denise’s Blog, Scrap Stamp Share,   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 fun Hello Life  stamp sets which are only available this month.

I used stamps from all 3 sheets for my layout.  A girl likes to have choice!

The small words and images on the Hello Life stamps are perfect for pages with LOTS of photos.

The small words and images on the Hello Life stamps are perfect for pages with LOTS of photos.

'Winter Sunshine" was repeatedly stamped around all 4 edges of the Desert Sand cardstock to create a border. One title on Glacier helps it stand out.

Repetition is always a fun design element

‘Winter Sunshine” was repeatedly stamped around all 4 edges of the Desert Sand cardstock to create a border. One title on Glacier helps it stand out.

The arrow and circular stamp, along with the camera on the opposite page teamed with a few Blue Dots (Z3122) are the only decorative elements on this layout.  These are my husbands photos and he doesn't like too much 'fluff' distracting the eye from his shots!

Use stamps as bullet points for journaling.

The arrow and circular stamp, along with the camera on the opposite page teamed with a few Blue Dots (Z3122) are the only decorative elements on this layout. These are my husband’s photos and he doesn’t like too much ‘fluff’ distracting the eye from his shots!

Available only during the month of September, these exclusive C-size My Acrylix® Hello, Life! stamp sets can be purchased for $21 AUD  each! Or, for an even better deal, you can purchase all three for only $53 AUD —a savings of $10 AUD. They also count toward your qualifying purchase to enjoy the Stamp of the Month for just $7.50. 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 Leah’s Blog, Cameron’s Corner, to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Learn while you play

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I had my first play with our new Water Colour Paint set today and it was FUN!    I have opened the lid of the paints several times but I’ve been too scared to have a go.

After chatting to a couple of consultants at our state training day yesterday I was encouraged to just try something small and easy.

A card is a good first project when trialling new products.

A card is a good first project when trialling new products.

I simply painted 3 shades of blue across a piece of white daisy cardstock, let it dry, stamped on top of it and then trimmed it down.  It’s not perfect but I quite like the effect.

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This is what I learned…
1. If the water colour paint isn’t drying fast enough for you, use your heat tool or hair dryer to hurry it along.
2. If you use said heat tool the paper will curl so you will need your Bonding Memories glue pen to stick the paper to front of the card.
3. Don’t move the wet brush over your project once you’ve stamped because a drip will land on your flower.

I used this month’s Stamp of the Month, Paper Garden (S1509) and 2 sets from the Hello Life special stamp sets (CC1040 & CC1041).  When you order any (or all) of the Hello Life stamps this month, they count toward your $75 total to receive the Stamp of the Month for just $7.50.  Start shopping here

Click here for details of the Hello Life stamps and here for the Stamp of the Month.

Check out the Watercolour paint set here.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

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Hanging Photos Scrapbook Layout

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A few weeks ago I participated in a Facebook Virtual Crop.  It was lots of fun ‘cropping’ with consultants all over Australia via the internet.  During the course of the weekend we were given page challenges to complete.  The lovely ladies who organised the event have given permission for me to share these challenges with you!  Big thanks to Bernadette Lewin, Karen Page and Lynda Yeadon.  Here is the sketch we worked from, “Hanging Photos”…

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And this is my page. I didn’t add the hangers but I think I will go back and do that.

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I Confetti Wishes is a fun collection to team with the Smokey Plum cardstock.  I loved this layout because it uses the zip strips up.  The frames are cut using the Artbooking Cartridge.

How will you interpret this sketch?  Have some fun with it.

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

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

* Place an order which includes at least $32.50 worth of stamps and you could choose the Jany current Hostess Rewards Set for just $6.50.  That’s a pretty awesome offer!

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Australasian April 2015 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop S1504 Typed Note

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Welcome to the April Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  If you have arrived here from  Maz’s Blog , Inky Fingers you are in the right place. This is a circular hop, click through to the blog mentioned at the end of each post and you will find yourself back here.  There’s a lot of inspiration and creativity shared in the cards, pages and projects created by 14 of my sister consultants using Typed Noted, Stamp of the Month (S1504). Enjoy!

This Layout is inspired by page 16 of CTMH's 'Cherish' How To Book  (9038)

This Layout is inspired by page 16 of CTMH’s ‘Cherish’ How To Book (9038)

My passion is scrapbook pages and this gorgeous stamp reminded my of typing classes at school.  I don’t have photos of me at a typewriter and I couldn’t find anything I had actually typed at the time so my photos are ‘representative’ rather than actual.  This page forms part of my “Book of Me” album.  It’s a project I’ve been adding to for years.  The first volume has the basics of my birth, family, early childhood and school but the second volume is filled with random pages like this.  I like to think of them as snapshots of my past.

I love the freedom that comes with making random pages.  It doesn’t matter that the events referred to are not in chronological order.  The aim is to share insight into my experiences, my passions and the people who have influenced and shaped me.  Something I hope my children and grandchildren will read and feel connected to in some way.

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I had a lot of fun making this page and memories of typing class came flooding back.  The OCD part of me LOVED speed & accuracy tests and the drills.  I downloaded a font called Moms Typewriter to my computer.  I found it on http://www.1001freefonts.com.  Next I made up a full A4 page of typing drills like mum’s book used to teach.  I printed this on to White Daisy cardstock and used it as my accent paper on the layout.  I also typed my  journaling in this font.

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I stamped the typewriter 3 times onto White Daisy cardstock and once onto Lagoon cardstock.  Each image was fussy cut as follows:

  • Lagoon cut just outside the stamped image;
  • White Daisy 1 – cut full image
  • White Daisy 2 – cut typewriter but not paper
  • White Daisy 3 – cut top section of typewriter only

Then I layered with Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060) before adding it to my layout. A few Aqua Dots (Z1853) finished the page off.

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Typed Note (S1504) is only available during April, 2015.  Full retail price is $27 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $5 when accompanied by a $75 order. Place your order with your CTMH Consultant.

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you move on to Wendy’s Blog, Expressions of the Heart, to see what she has designed for you.

Keep Smiling,

Shaunna

Australasian March 2015 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop S1503 Choose Happy

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Blog BadgeWelcome to the March Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  If you have arrived here from  Anne’s Blog, Mummy you made this?, you are in the right place. This is a circular hop, click through to the blog mentioned at the end of each post and you will find yourself back here.  There’s a lot of love shared in the cards, pages and projects created by my sister consultants using Choose Happy, Stamp of the Month (S1503). Enjoy!

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This layout is copied from page 123 of the Reflections How To Book.  I used a long stamp to create the border for the photo and a combination of a doodle line and the ‘choose happy’ sentiment for the top block.  The flowers were cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

march sotm 1Choose Happy (S1503) is only available during March, 2015.  Full retail price is $27 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $5 when accompanied by a $75 order. Place your order with your CTMH Consultant.

I’d love you to leave a comment before you move on to Meryl’s Blog, Mez’s Craft Room, to see what she has designed for you.

Keep Smiling,

Shaunna