Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Life is Wonderful! - July SOTM Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Stamp of the Month blog hop for July! This month's stamp set is Life is Wonderful, a set of 8 stamps that would be totally at home on a card, a scrapbook page, or home decor. If you've arrived here from Krista Hershberger's blog, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place! We'll continue around the circle until you get back where you started.

I particularly love the look of the chalkboard technique with these stamps, so I chose to use that on a scrapbook page. I used a sketch from the Reflections book for my design.


While you can certainly create a chalkboard look with other ink colors, I love the simplicity of the white. It also looks particularly striking on the black cardstock when used in a monochromatic project like this. I added two Cricut cuts from the Artbooking cartridge, and stamped a border using the arrow stamp and Topiary ink.


I used a masking technique to leave a gap in the frame, rather than have it stamp through the "wonderful" image.

Remember, you can get your set of stamps for only $5 with a $50 order. If you'd like to shop for any of the products I used, the photo links below open in a new window. When you're ready to move along, we'll go see what project Nancy Womersly has for us this month.

Products used:

July SOTM
Blossom Paper Pack
Cardstock in Topiary, Sweet Leaf, & Black
Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment
Stamp Pads in Topiary and Sweet Leaf
White Daisy Pigment Stamp Pad
Cricut Artbooking Collection
Round Sponge

Monday, June 29, 2015

Ice Cream Dream and Confetti Wishes

I had some time this week to play with the Ice Cream Dream stamp set again. This time I made a fun layout from my son's birthday. (Just click to see it larger.)



I used the Confetti Wishes paper pack, and I made an additional pattern paper by stamping the various ice cream images in coordinating colors on white cardstock. I based my layout on a sketch.


I also used the ice cream images to create paper piecings with some fun added color. I then stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and created a banner for my title.


I also paper pieced the ice cream truck and the puppy dog, using pens to color in his tongue and nose. I added some 3-D Foam Tape on some pieces for added dimension.

Remember, Ice Cream Dream is the Stamp of the Month for June, so after the 30th it will no longer be available. You can get yours for only $5 with an order of $50 in Close To My Heart products, or purchase it alone for $17.95 (plus tax & S/H).

Products Used:

Confetti Wishes Paper Pack
June Stamp of the Month
White Daisy cardstock
Stamp Pads in coordinating colors
Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
3-D Foam Tape

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ice Cream Dream

Hello an welcome to June's stamp of the month blog hop! This month's stamp set is Ice Cream Dream, a set of 7 fun stamps that I can't wait to use on all kinds of projects.  If you've come here from Judy Burger's blog, or if you're just starting out, you are in the right place.  Just hop around our approximately 50 participating blogs until you're back where you started.

For my first project with this stamp set, I made a birthday card for my ice-cream loving 14-year-old daughter. It was perfect, since we planned to give her money this year.


I used the Bokeh technique for the background (more on that at the end), and simply stamped the sentiment in black on it. On a scrap of White Daisy, I stamped the ice cream cone twice using Black pigment ink. I gave it a quick blast with my heat gun to make sure it was completely dry before coloring it with my alcohol markers. (I used Copic markers, but if you are looking for a more economical option, our ShinHan markers are a great alternative!)

After coloring the ice cream of one image and the cone of the other image, I cut them out. I cut the entire image with the cone colored, and only the ice cream of the other image. I mounted the ice cream on the cone using thin 3-D foam adhesive.  I then applied Liquid Glass to the surface of the ice cream and, while still wet, sprinkled on some chunky gold glitter to make it look a bit like her favorite Drumsticks.

I mounted my background on a black mat, then a Gypsy mat, then on to the card base. Once the Liquid Glass on the ice cream cone was dry, I adhered it to the background using more thin 3-D foam adhesive.

If you'd like to shop, here are the supplies I used:

June SOTM
Stamp Pads in Gypsy, Thistle, and Cotton Candy
Basics Mini Pigment Ink Set
White Daisy Pigment Ink Stamp Pad
Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Liquid Glass
Sponge Daubers
Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
Cardstock in Black, Gyspy, and White Daisy






















































Bokeh Tutorial:

The Bokeh technique is super easy! All you need are a few items:
  • White Daisy cardstock
  • stamp pads in 2-3 colors for background
  • white pigment ink stamp pad
  • sponge daubers
  • circle templates in various sizes - you can make your own using stiff plastic from product packaging and some circle punches (or a Cricut, etc.)

Step 1 - use sponge daubers and your colored stamp pads to randomly place colors on  the white cardstock. Let dry or blast with a heat gun.

Step 2 - Using the circle templates and a sponge dauber, sponge the white pigment ink randomly on the background. Be sure to overlap some and run some off the edges for a natural look. Let dry or blast with a heat gun.

That's it! Can you believe how easy that is?!

I'd love to hear what you think of this project before you go. Now, let's hop along to Maria Myers' blog and see what fabulous project she has for us this month. I'm looking forward to seeing all the ideas this month!

Monday, April 6, 2015

This Is What Happened...

Hello and welcome to our new product blog hop! CTMH has just released the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, and it is full of some great new products.  If you've arrived here from Kelly Janes' blog, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place! Just continue hopping along until you end up back where you started, and prepare to be inspired by over 40 talented consultants.

The first set of items I couldn't wait to order from this catalog are the Jackson paper pack and complements. They have a nice rugged outdoor feel, and I couldn't wait to put them to work on pictures from last year's trip to South Dakota.


The adhesive complements make it super easy to create a fun layout in a short amount of time.


This title was whipped up quickly using two adhesive complements, stacked. Note that I trimmed the ends of the zip strip directly above it to mimic the banner shape of the title and tie it in to the rest of the layout.


I used one of the included complements to journal, and I used three small medallion complements to build some page accents.  I simply cut a coordinating shape from a shade of Teal Glitter Paper, using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, and a slightly larger one from Barn Red cardstock. I finished each accent off with an adhesive sequin from the Oceanside Sequins pack.

If you'd like to see details or shop for any of these items, I have a picture list below. Links open in a new window so you can come back to continue the hop any time. When you're ready to hop along, let's go see what Kathleen Androlewicz has for us on her blog.

New Products:

Jackson Paper Packet
Jackson Complements
Oceanside Sequins











Other Products:

Teal Glitter Paper
Art Philosophy Cricut Collection

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Just My Type!

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month blog hop! This month's stamp set is Typed Note, a set of 19 stamps with a vintage feel, and a message for any occasion.  If you've arrived here from Donna Digby's blog, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place!

I made a couple of different cards for this month:


I just love these stamps! I can't wait to use them on a scrapbook layout too, but they are perfectly suited to cards for anyone.


This monochromatic card has a slightly more masculine feel, which you can up even further by choosing a slightly darker color. I chose this Crystal Blue pattern from the Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment because the pattern has a slightly Art Deco feel that pairs well with the vintage stamp designs. The simple metal embellishments and black matting enhance the vintage and masculine look.


This more feminine version retains the black matting on the stamped image, with a much narrower border on the pattern paper made by drawing an alcohol marker along the edge of the paper. I used accessories from the Black Mini-Medley Accents, a Purple Glitter Gem, and some paper flowers from my stash.

If you'd like to check out any of the products I used, I have a picture list below. When you're ready to hop along, let's go see what Dana Kessler has in store for us this month.  I'm sure you'll have tons of ideas for this stamp set by the time we're  done!

Links open in a new window:

Black, White Daisy, Crystal Blue, Thistle, & Colonial White Cardstock
Stamp pads in Black, Crystal Blue, & Thistle
Sponge Daubers
Triangles Durable Studs
Mini-Medley Accents Black
Purple Glitter Gems
Shin Han Touch Twin Black Marker
How-To Books

Friday, March 27, 2015

Get Well Card With Mojo

I had a last minute request for a get well card, so I used this week's sketch from Mojo Monday to whip up a quick but pretty one.


I used the current Brushed paper pack from Close To My Heart for this card. Inspired by the design in the floral paper, I used a black Copic marker to line the edges of my papers, and created a black mat for my stamped image.


Since I was under the gun just a little, I didn't make test swatches to choose my  Copic marker colors like I normally would.  My image is a little brighter than I would have liked, but that kitty is super cute either way.  These particular stamps are discontinued, but I see that CTMH has some new ones, so check out those if you're a critter lover.

Products used in this card:

Copic Markers
Brushed Paper Pack
Cozy Cat stamp set (discontinued)
Dimensional Rose Ribbon  

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