Enjoy Today!


Convention is one of the highlights in my CTMH year.  Consultants from all over Australia and New Zealand gather to share ideas and learn together.  This page was made at convention last October.  I learnt some nifty tricks for using stamps as page accents.  I love that I didn’t have to think them up myself to share with you!

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The papers are from a couple of different packs.  Don’t you love the way all the papers co-ordinate across the range?  Seaside (X7192B) and Wanderful (X7191B) work so well together.  The alphabet stamp is Handwritten Print (E1030).  It gives a really relaxed feel to the page.

Oodles of Doodle B1449

Happy Birds C1600

Here We Go D1600








Happy Birds (C1600) and Oodles of Doodles (B1449) blend beautifully with Here We Go (D1600) for the stamped accents.  Using Glacier and Flaxen inks kept the stamping subtle so the photos really stand out on the page.  Here’s the details of the stamping – enjoy creating your version of this page.

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Join our team and come to convention with us this year – you won’t believe how much fun we have!

Keep Smiling,


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A Lardhead Adventure


When my sister, Rhonda,  and I were young our family’s favourite TV show on Sunday Night was called, “Ask the Leyland Brothers”  It screened between 1976 and 1980, covering 153 episodes. The series followed the Leyland brothers, Mike and Mal, who traveled across Australia and New Zealand in response to questions posed by viewers.  Mike and Mal were slow talking Aussies who had awesome adventures with their wives and children.

Once I had my driver’s license, Rhonda and I would head off for short breaks around the South West of WA.  We had an old cassette recorder that sat on the bench seat between us and we would record our own ‘Leyland Style’ episodes of our adventures.  Being prone to wrong turns, forgotten tent poles and mishaps, we christened ourselves “The Lardhead Sisters”.  We thought we were hilarious!

When planning Rhonda’s 50th birthday travel in Italy we decided our two daughters need to experience a Lardhead adventure with their mummies.  They are two well travelled, super organised and self sufficient young women.  Rhonda and I will do our best to destroy that reputation and introduce them to our world of wrong turns and lame adventures.  We hope to have them collapsing in laughter over something quite inconsequential and record it all with photos…stay tuned for future posts!

Today’s layout marks the beginning our Lardheads in Italy Tour


This is my take on the Wanderful WOTG  layout without Cricut cuts.   I changed it a little so I could use 3″x4″ photos and I’ll be adding some flip flaps later!  The layout below is the one in the Wanderful Workshop on the Go Kit which uses Cricut cuts.  All the instructions to create it are contained in the kit.


Wanderful WOTG

I love how the same sketch can be used so many ways and look different each time.

Whilst this layout marks the beginning of our Lardhead adventures it is the last in my Travel Bug Challenge.  I hope you’ve enjoyed trying some of the ideas presented over the past 4 weeks.  If you have been part of the challenge, take a couple of days to complete your projects and then send your recording sheets to me so I can order your rewards. They need to be in my hands by October 6.

Happy Scrappin’


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Cornish Coastline


Mike and I have had a fabulous time travelling in Cornwall.  It is such a pretty corner of the world.

Cornish coast

This layout is one I adapted a little bit from the Wanderful WOTG kit. (G1088)  Once again, we have taken far too many photos so I had to find a way to squeeze extras onto the page.  Not shown in this photo are the Flip Flaps I will be adding to the layout at home.  I’m really excited to have a pack of 15 3″ x 4″ Flip Flaps  (Z3027)in our range now.  I print most of  my photos in this size and I love how Flip Flaps allow me to include lots more photos on the page than I would normally.

Wanderful WOTG

Here’s those trusty two stamps from the Wanderful WOTG  (G1088) again!  I just love how easy it is to find a space for journaling with these stamps.

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The border along the bottom of the page was created using the camera and flash icons from the World Traveller Stamp Set (C1592).  I used Flaxen ink on Flaxen cardstock.  This is one of the new colours in our range and I know it’s going to be a favourite for me.  The Black Arrows Washi Tape (Z2003) finished the border off nicely, I think.

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The sentiment on this stamp sums up how I feel!  I adore travel and I have a very long list of places I want to visit.  The thing I enjoy as much as the travel, is creating albums with my photos when I get home.  It’s like I’ve taken the trip twice!.  I stamped this image twice – once in Archival Black Ink (44751) and once in Crystal Blue (Z2117).  Next I cut the globe out of the Crystal Blue image and layered it over the black one.

Happy Scrappin’


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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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Bon Voyage


I am at a stage of life where so many of my friends or their young adult children are travelling.  I often give a small gift before they depart and thought having a few Bon Voyage type cards would be useful.  Here’s my first one made with some scraps left over from my Wanderful pages.

Wanderful Bon Voyage Card

The stamps on the card come from Here We Go (D1600)  I just love that globe!  To create a 3D look I cut out the globe and daubed the edges.  I also added a little daubing on the card base at the points the globe would affix to the frame.  Then I mounted the globe with Foam Tape.

Wanderful Bon Voyage Card


I like to dress up my envelopes too and the Passport stamp was perfect.  I stamped it over the join on the back of the envelope so it looks like an official seal.  You will find this stamp in the World Traveller set (C1592)

Wanderful Bon Voyage Card

Happy Scrappin’


Travel Bug Challenge 5

Who’s the boss?


When travelling in a hire car in a foreign country, do you have trouble deciding who is the boss?  Is it the navigator or the driver?  You know what I’m saying here, don’t you?  After several trips I have figured out the answer – the GPS Girl is the boss!  I just tell her where we want to end up and she bosses Mike endlessly throughout the drive.  “Perform a U-turn when safe to do so”;  “Make a left hand turn in 400m”;  “Re-calibrating route”.  I love her!  I have named this GPS girl Sally Seaside because most of this trip will be on the coast.  I know we are going to have a fab time together and at the end of each day’s travel, Mike and I will still be friends.  Our travel buddy bear is fascinated by Sally Seaside too!

Sally Seaside

This page is created using the Wanderful Workshop on the Go Kit (G1088) and Compliments stickers (X7191C).  I especially love the stamps in this kit.  I would actually buy the kit just for the 2 stamps featured in the lower right corner.  The little journal page stamp and the travel log stamp are invaluable when making travel albums.

Wanderful WOTG Stamp Set

The ‘This way, That way’ sentiments worked perfectly for the theme of this page.

Wanderful WOTG G1088

I just love the Black Arrows Washi Tape  (Z2003) and added it on the side of the page then finished off with a Triangle Border punch  (Z1997) along the edge of the cardstock.  Teal shimmer trim (Z1918) behind the border made it stand out.

Triangle Border Punch (Z1997)

Remember to scrapbook some of the ‘inconsequential stuff’ like hire cars – the stories you tell for years to come often involve these things more than the views you saw.

Happy Scrappin’


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Australasion Stamp of the Month Blog Hop Sept 2014 Family is Forever S1409



Welcome to the Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop for September 2014.  This is a circular hop – just click on the link at the bottom of each blog entry to take you to the next amazing creation featuring the “Family Is Forever” Stamp of the month.  You will eventually end up back here!  My fellow consultants have created some gorgeous artwork for you to enjoy.  If you’ve just hopped over from Natalie’s blog, welcome!

Whenever I get a new stamp set I like to take a good look at each stamp on it’s own and try to think outside the obvious theme of the set.  The gorgeous tree motif just jumped out at me with this Stamp of the Month.  I am currently travelling in England – happily spending the profits from my business over the past year!  One of the things I LOVE about being in the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year is the colours on the trees as they prepare for the transition to winter.  My garden in Perth stays green all year so autumn foliage is a feast for my eyes.  So, here is a page celebrating autumn leaves when we visited Croatia a couple of years ago.

Autumn Leaves

I chose the Wanderful papers (X7191B) for this page.  It is a travel themed collection and the colours were perfect for my stamps.  3 simple torn strips is all I needed for the backdrop.  I had a lot of fun creating the coloured foliage and you will see that each tree is a little different.

Autumn Leaves

All you need are 5 inks – Cranberry (Z2116), Cashmere (Z2175), Olive(Z2137), Goldrush(Z2123) and Honey(Z2162) – plus some daubers (Z1938). To create the effect of autumn colours you ink the whole tree in Cashmere and then turn the block so the stamp is facing up.  Using your daubers add small patches of colour to the stamp.  I began with Olive near the stems, then moved out with Goldrush and finished with Honey on the tips.  Finally, colour the hearts with Cranberry and stamp onto White Daisy cardstock.  Repeat this 3 times, fussy cut the trees and mount on foam tape (Z1151).

Autumn Leaves

Once I had put the page together I felt it was a bit flat.  Autumn leaves often catch the sunshine as they move in the breeze and I wanted to create this effect on my page.  If I had thought of this first, I could have used pigment inks and heat embossed the images but as it was an afterthought I found another solution.  I added Liquid Glass (Z679)  to the image and some Bitty Sparkles (Z1263) on the Cranberry elements.

Sept 14 SOTM

The Family is Forever Stamp Set is only available for purchase during the month of September 2014.  There are 2 ways you can own it – Purchase at full price of $27 or add it to an order valued at $75 for just $5 extra!  Can you guess which option I chose?  Visit your consultant’s website to begin shopping now.

I’d love you to leave a comment or share this post with friends if you liked it.  Now click on this link to hop on over to Denise’s Blog, Scrap, Stamp, Share .

Happy Scrappin’


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