Friday, December 31, 2010

January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
December's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Find Your Style****
The blog hop makes a circle so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all.  If you have already started and are coming from Kami Welter's blog, "Scrappin' 4 Memories!", then you are on the right track.

The last SOTM blog hop, I wrote about not always being immediately inspired by a stamp set.  This stamp set is soooo not in that category.  The first time I saw it, I was in love (if you could really be in love with a stamp set...lol).  It took me back to the time that I worked in a rubber stamp store (one of my favorite jobs ever).  There was one of my co-workers who loved to work with a line of stamps called "Me & Carrie Lou".  They had a very feminine, Victorian quality and she did some amazing work with that line.  However, they were pretty expensive...even then.  One large stamp was roughly $16!  Now I think...ONE stamps for $16?  If you were to buy this stamp set outright, you would get 9 stamps for $22.95!  Big difference!  However, you can actually get this stamp set absolutely FREE!  If you want to find out how, simply click on the tab at the top that reads, "Stamp of the Month" to get the details. 

I was reading my January issue of Creating Keepsakes when I was inspired by two different layouts.  On page 27, there was a layout created by Grace Tolman, where she journaled on strips of paper.  I've seen this before...heck, I've done it before, but for some reason her placement caught my attention.  I also loved the layout on page 72 by Deena Wuest.  I loved how she placed the scalloped circle to the right, but over both pages.  Deena actually used CTMH's Circle Dimensional Elements. Unfortunately, I didn't own any at the time when I created this layout, so I had to use what I already owned from Fancy Pants.  I also liked how she ran her title along the curve of the circle, as well as her flower clusters.  The flower clusters also brought to mind CTMH consultant and paper crafter extraordinaire, Tracey Mason, and the stunning paper flowers that she creates.  Combine these ideas, along with this month's absolutely gorgeous SOTM and what do you get?  You get a layout that is one of my all-time favorite layouts (of mine, that is).  Even though I still haven't mastered Tracey's technique, I'm still pleased with how they look.  I am truly excited how beautiful this layout turned out...if I say so myself...and so happy to be able to share it with you.

The two hams in the pictures are my daughter, Hannah and her best friend Jade.
Dress form was stamped twice.  I cut out one, removing the stand.  I then applied liquid glass to the dark area of it and then poured the beads to cover the liquid glass, using a craft tray to catch and return unused beads.  After it dried, I popped it with 3D foam tape on to the whole dress form.  I used opaques for the flower centers.
I used 3D foam tape under the right side of each strip, adhering it so that the strips would buckle.
I used the satin edged ribbon to create a flower by twisting the ribbon.  There are many, many tutorials on YouTube showing how this is done.  Real simple...but really nice look, especially with the satin edged ribbon.
Stamped the letters on colonial white cardstock two times, cutting one set out closely with micro scissors and a craft knife.  The other set, I trimmed to create the various square sizes.  I used a sponge to ink each square with black ink.  I then cut out one of each letter and adhered them to the squares for more dimension.  Finally, I added the bitty sparkles wherever there was a white spot or flower center on the letter.
I cut various strips of paper, cutting the ends into a V-shape.  I layered them, along with strips of various ribbons (also cutting the ends).
I created two butterflies.  I inked each butterfly with Juniper ink and then inked the edges with Black ink.  However, on one of the butterflies I inked the antenna with black, trimmed it out and used it as my base butterfly.  Next, I cut out the second butterfly, trimming off the antenna and then applying liquid glass and clear beads just as I did with the dress form.  I also repeated the same process for the body, but using black microbeads.  Finally, I adhered the beaded butterfly to the base butterfly and placed 3D foam tape under the wings (closer to the body) to give it even more dimension.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Wings Level 2
Stamps Used: Find Your Style, Bohemian Alphabet
Inks: Black, Vineyard Berry, Sweet Leaf, Juniper
Embellishments:  Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems, Opaques Licorice Adhesive Gems, Bitty SparklesSatin Edged White Organdy 5/8" Ribbon, Colonial White Grosgrain, Colonial White Ric Rac, Black w/White Flowers Grosgrain, Sweet Leaf Floral Grosgrain, Black Micro Beads (Gary M. Burlin & Co.), Clear Beads (unknown), Chipboard Scalloped Circle (Fancy Pants), Stardust Glitz Glitter Glue
Tools: Sanding Block, Edge Distresser, Micro-tip scissors, Sponge, Craft Tray, Corner Rounder, Cutting Knife, VersaMat, Euro Personal Trimmer
Adhesives: 3D Foam Tape, Liquid Glass

Photo courtesy of Beth Naumann
Remember, if you love what you've seen so far along your SOTM Blog Hop journey, and you want your own "Find Your Style" stamp set at a discount or for FREE, be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours.  You can find details on the "Stamp of the Month" here on my blog, or by clicking on the "Stamp of the Month" tab at the top of the page or by clicking on the "Shop with Me" link near the top right.  Of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me" and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to  Wendy Koffman's blog, "Stamping Rules" and check out her beautiful creation....
If for some reason you get lost along the way, you can always find a list of all this month's CTMH SOTM Blog Hop participants on Helen's Onulak's blog.

Happy hopping!  :)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Look at what one Level 2 kit made...

Okay...well, I did use maybe three or four additional pieces of cardstock, but considering I have more than that in B&T (pattern) paper still left...I figure I broke even. LOL  By the way, the Level 2 kit I used is CTMH's newest My Reflections Scrapbook Kit called "Wings".  Oh so pretty!  Unfortunately, it's not available to customers until January though.  Fortunately, January will be here before you know it.  There are other brand new products debuting in January, as well as some AMAZING...and I really do mean AMAZING deals in January, too!  You won't want to miss them, so be sure to check with your CTMH consultant.  If you don't have a CTMH consultant...I would be honored to be yours.

As I was saying...
The first thing I made were the first two layouts for next month's Scrap Club projects (though I may do a different layout, instead of the second layout). 


Then I made 12 cards, two each of six designs.  I made a few changes between each style, like base card color and sentiment.





I then made the Wings Home Gathering Project.  Actually, I made two of these.
I then assembled the new My Creations banner project...another January debut!  This was fun!  I've got a couple of more ideas for this great new My Creations item.  I'm going to start working on one of those ideas (maybe both ideas) tomorrow.   (You gotta love Winter Break!)
I'll be posting additional photos of the banner tomorrow, because I did make a couple of additional embellishments.  Well, later today...I'm thinking I should maybe go to bed now. LOL

Saturday, December 18, 2010

December's Scrap Club Layouts

There were two Workshops-on-the-Go (from this quarter's Idea Book) that my Scrap Club ladies preferred not to do, so they requested that I create a couple of layouts using older paper packs.  Last month, we used Grace (with a little Silhouette) and this month we used "You Rock".  Since I just became a Close To My Heart consultant last May, I had missed doing both these Workshop-on-the-Go kits and was willing (and eager) to make some layouts using these fabulous papers.  In addition, I had been wanting to use the puddle pad technique as I had seen on an Art & Soul "Live Your Dreams" episode.  Unfortunately, once an idea book ends, the WOTG kits are no longer available. :(  Therefore, I only had a picture to go by on CTMH's consultant website, which meant I didn't have any cutting measurements OR the "Just Be You" exclusive stamp set.  That's okay, though.  I just used the Star Power set, which I wanted an excuse to get that set!  LOL
Overall, it's a pretty simple looking layout, but I think there are some techniques that make it a little more interesting.  First of all, when I stamped the title/photo background, I used several post-it notes to create a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" mask.  However, after selecting my photos for the layout, I really didn't want to cut the picture that small.  After all, I want to be able to look back at those pudgy little arms and fingers, and how would I do that if I cut them off?  Actually...a little side note...when I showed my husband the layout, he said to me, "I remember that shirt."  Don't ask me why that's the first thing he noticed, but he did.  Next he commented on how pudgy our son was back then...now he's wearing a 10 slim.  My son definitely didn't get that from me...pudgy, yes; slim, no.  ;)  At any rate, I just extended the mask, so I could create a frame (almost) all the way around the photo.  Of course, it isn't necessary to do it that way.  You could just stamp as you normally would.  After all, the photo will cover it up.  However, I did it this way, primarily for the purpose of the club...to show where the photo would go.  Here you can see what I mean.
This is how it was done for Scrap Club.
Here's how I altered it for my photo.  I also used stamped and cut out the letters and popped them with 3D foam tape, primarily because I needed to cover up a mistake I made. (Ssshhhhh!  That will be our little secret.)
Another little fun thing that I was pleased with, was how the middle photo on the right page turned out.  Again, I just couldn't bear to cut off his sweet little legs, so I thought I'd cut around them.  What's funny to me, is when I first started scrapbooking many moons ago, we did this sort of thing all the time.  The one thing I've learned over the years, which is something that we didn't do such a great job at back then, is that it's okay to cut out the photos this way...but just make sure the picture is "grounded".  What made our silhouette cuts look so bad a decade ago was that they often were just floating aimlessly in the air (if you will).  For example, if I had cut him and the swing out entirely and added it to the page, it would look best if I grounded the chains to something overhead, so it looks attached.  (I hope this is making sense.)  Anyway, I absolutely love how it looks as if he is coming out of the page.  Very cool...I think.
Something different I did, that wasn't done on the WOTG layout, is that I stamped the swirls with Daisy White pigment ink, rather than using the Mini-medley accents outdoor denim collection and Top Coats Rockin', neither of which I owned when I made this layout.

Here's the second layout I made for Scrap Club.  The sketch is from Cherish and is called Top Ten.  Now you know where I got the inspiration for the title.  It's a great title for a club, because scappers can alter it to fit just about anything.  For example, "Top Ten...reasons I love you."  "Top Ten...things about me." "Top Ten....favorite ____________."  I was actually thinking I might do a "Top Ten Favorite Bands" and put pictures of some of the concerts I've been to.  I also thought about using it for "My Top Ten Loves" and include people, animals, and various inanimate things I love, like....hmmmm....I don't know....maybe scrapbooking and stamping?  Anyway, you've got the idea.  I'm not going post details about this layout yet, as I plan on changing it up and I want to add photos first.  Of course, though, when I finish it, I'll post it here.
Supply list for "Be You" 
Techniques used: Puddle pad, Masking, second generation stamping, sponging, random stamping, rolling, distressing
My Acrylix Stamps used: Building Block Alphabet, Star Power, The Works
Papers Used: You Rock Level 2 Packet
Tools used: Micro-tipped Scissors, VersaMat, Edge Distresser, Piercing Tools, Fiskars Paper Trimmer, sponge
Exclusive Ink Colors used: Sunflower, Goldrush, Outdoor Denim, Olive, White Daisy (pigment)
Exclusive Inks Markers: Outdoor Denim
Embellishments used: Dimensional Elements Booksmart, Brads (unknown brand)
Adhesives used: 3D Foam Tape, Scotch ATG
My Acrylix Blocks I used: 1 x 1, 1 x 1 1/2, 2 x 2, 2 x 3 1/2, 2 x 6 1/2, 3 x 3
Other: Baby wipes,  Post-it notes

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop & Mojo Monday Sketch

Welcome to the CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop for December!
This month we are highlighting.....
****Sparkles & Pearls****

The blog hop makes a circle so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all.  If you have already started and are coming from Wendy Kessler's blog, "My Scrapbooking Blog", then you are on the right track.

When I was making this card, I wasn't really thinking about what I had made last month for this hop.  If I had, I would have probably tried another "theme" other than snowflakes.  However, in the past month or so, I discovered somewhere in my blog travels an idea where pearls were used to create a snowflake (I'm sorry, but I have no idea where I saw it or to whom to give credit).  I was so focused in my mind on a similar idea, that I didn't think about the fact that I made a snowflake card last month.  I guess, too, that maybe there's something going on subliminally.  Last week a cold front came through and we were less than prepared for it.  Then we got news that another, even colder, front was coming in on (last) Sunday, so I had to take the kids and myself shopping for some cold weather clothes.  Don't you love unexpected expenses?  I guess some who read this might think, "Unexpected?  You didn't know winter was coming?"  LOL  Keep in mind though that I live in central Florida and we just don't get this kind of cold in December.  In fact, we're usually raking leaves in January and maybe getting a few "cold snaps" in February.  Anyway...the cold front is here and with the wind chill, it's expected to drop below freezing.  I guess it's fair to say, another snowflake card seems appropriate...even in Florida.
I decided to use this week's Mojo Monday Sketch 169 for inspiration as well.


If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me" and/or leave a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to  Haley Dyer's blog, "The Inky Scrapper" and check out her beautiful creation....

Happy hopping!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Inks:  Heavenly Blue and Grey Wool (with second generation)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CTMH December SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
December's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Amore****
The blog hop makes a circle so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all.  If you have already started and are coming from Wendy Coffman's blog, "Stamping Rules!", then you are on the right track.

This is my first CTMH SOTM Blog Hop, and only my second blog hop ever!  I am so excited to have you visit my blog and I truly hope you enjoy my creations.

You know some stamp sets call to you as soon as you see them.  Some stamps you have to see them used before you think, "Now, I've got to have that stamp!"  Some stamps surprise you in that they don't call to you and, you either haven't seen them used in a way that inspires you, or maybe you've never seen them used at all, but once you get to playing with them, the creative juices get to flowing and there in lies the surprise.
The latter is how I would describe this stamp set for me.  It didn't call to me right away and I stared at it for a good 10 minutes or so before I actually took an image off the sheet and started playing.  I embossed my first few images and then soon trashed them.
But here's the key...don't stop playing!  Sometimes when you get a creative block, it helps to walk away and return later.  Sometimes it helps to check your idea books or favorite blogs and web sites for inspiration.  However, sometimes all you really need to do is just dive in and keep playing.
My goal was to make one card.  After all, that's all the hop requires me to do.  However, once I kept playing, the creative juices started flowing and I ended up making three different cards and I mean "different". 
I hope you enjoy them and are able to find inspiration from them. :)
CARD 1: "LOVE":  Have you ever started a project with an idea in your head, but once you're actually IN the project, you have the thought..."What was I thinking?" That pretty much sums up this card.  I spent a couple of  (collective) hours working on this project.  Even after I finished, I still wasn't sold on the final project, but it has since then begun to grow on me.  
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Tulip CS, Chocolate CS 
Inks: Tulip, White Daisy Pigment, VersaMark
Embellishments:  Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems, White Organdy 5/8" Ribbon
Other items:  Gold & White Ultra-thick Embossing Enamels (Ranger), UTEE Flex (Ranger), Melting Pot (Ranger), Non-stick Craft Sheet (?), Silver Pearl Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder, Craft Heater, Red Russet & Sparkle Gold Pearl Ex (Jacquard), Score Board (Martha Stewart), Sanding Block, Edge Distresser, Micro-tip scissors, Sponge, Craft Tray, Bone Folder, Tweezers, Euro Personal Trimmer


CARD 2: "AMORE":  My lack of enthusiasm for the last project, led me to create this next card. I really enjoy scouring over blogs for inspiration.  In my cyber travels, I'm always taken with the cards that are so clean and simple, yet have so much power.  So, especially after the time put into the last card, I wanted to try my hand at a clean and simple design.  I have to say...I just LOVE how this card came out.  Sometimes less is definitely more. 
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: White Daisy CS
Inks: Hollyhock, Grey Wool
Embellishments:  Bitty Sparkles, Mulberry Paper Ribbon (?)
Other items:  "Diamond in the Rough" Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Big Shot (Sizzix), Prisma Glitter, Craft Tray, Water Brush, Glue Pen (Sakura), Bone Folder, Euro Personal Trimmer


CARD 3: I LOVE YOU:  This card is pretty straight forward and simple to make.  The colors are taken from this week's Color Me Monday Inspiration Challenge on Jeanette Lynton's blog. 
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Desert Sand CS, Cocoa CS, Juniper CS
Inks: Cocoa, Juniper, Tulip


Remember, if you love what you've seen so far along your SOTM Blog Hop journey, and you want your own "Amore" stamp set at a discount or for FREE, be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours.  You can find details on the "Stamp of the Month" here on my blog, or by clicking on the "Shop with Me" link near the top of this page.  Of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me" and/or leave a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to  Angel Sawyer's blog, "Running with Scissors Design Co." and check out her beautiful creation....

If for some reason you get lost along the way, you can always find a list of all this month's CTMH SOTM Blog Hop participants on Kathleen Androlewicz's blog.

Happy hopping!  :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

(Would-be) Quadruple Challenge

Ugh...what a frustrating experience I've just had.  I was intrigued with the Play Date Cafe's challenge for this week (now last week's).  It wasn't a color combo that I would have selected on my own, so I wanted to try my hand at it.  I haven't been feeling well the last couple of days, so I didn't finish making the card until this evening.  Actually, with just enough time to take a quick photo, load it to my blog and then load it to Play Date Cafe blog before the deadline.  Things were going well, until I tried to upload the photo to my blog.  Blogger didn't like the file type...QuickTime.  Why was it saving my pictures with this file extension?!  Even ALL of my other files that had been saved prior to tonight...a week ago, a month ago, a year ago! were displaying as QuickTime files!!!  I opened up my pics in my photo editing program and "Saved as..." a JPEG file, but every time I would open up the picture file, it was still in a QuickTime file format!  UGH!  I restarted my computer several times, tried deleting QuickTime from my computer, did a system restore, and everything else I could think of.  I left-clicked and right-clicked everything I could.  I'm not sure what I did...couldn't tell you, or even repeat it, even if my life depended on it, but I opened up my files and lo and behold, everything was listed as JPEG files.  More than two hours later, I'm able to load my pictures, but I missed the deadline for the Play Date Cafe.  So frustrating!  Oh well, I'll still entered my card into this week's H2H and Paper Playtime Challenges as they are both "Thank You" challenges and I'm also entering it into Taylored Expressions, as this card is also based on this week's sketch.
Anyway...here's my card.



 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps:  Hot Diggity, Cherished Flourishes, Hit the Spot, A Huge Thanks

Embellishments:  Clear Sparkles, Ribbon (Webster's Pages), Flowers (Prima & CTMH)


 
Here was the color challenge from Play Date Cafe
And here's the sketch from Taylored Expressions

Monday, November 22, 2010

Working slowly...

I started adding photos to the layouts I made for Scrap Club.  Of course, I can't just simply add photos and be done, I had to add more to it.  I still need to take photos, but I haven't been feeling real well, especially today.  I slept most of it away and am getting ready to head back to bed.  I sat at the computer to enter the order for last week's scrap club and check emails, including retrieving the assistant principals cell phone number...just in case I wake up in the morning too ill to go to work.  I hate calling in sick.  For one, the kids lose out on meaningful instruction (most of the time, anyway) and the timing couldn't be worse.  I've never called in sick when I wasn't truly sick and goodness knows, I've showed up many times, when I should have probably stayed home.  However, with only two days of school this week, how suspicious would it be to call in?  Hopefully, people know me better than that.
I had also hoped to enter the H2H challenge and/or the Mojo Monday challenges, but it just didn't happen this time.  So since it's been a while since I posted to my blog and I don't have any new projects to add, I figured that I would post my pages from last week's Scrap Club...which I guess technically makes it "new", since I never posted them here.  Both designs are from CTMH's latest How-to book "Magic".  The second layout is an identical lift, as this month's hostess loved it and asked if we could make it.  How could I say "No"? :)
Thanks for looking!

Note: The bulk of the embellishments caused some shadows on the pages when I scanned them.
  • Stamps: “Post Card - Travel Series” (D1357), “Live Inspired” (C1408), “Building Block Alphabet” (E1009), “The Works Alphabet” (D1195)
  • Ink Colors: Twilight, Honey, Cocoa, Barn Red
  • Paper: Grace My Reflections Level 2 Paper Pack
  • Embellishments: Dimensional Elements Perennials (Z1139), Basic Craft Buttons (Z1206), Brads Metal Assortment (Z1217), Natural Hemp (Z280), 3/8" Cocoa Grosgrain Ribbon (Z1100),
  • Tools: Round Sponge (Z697), Piercing Tools (Z1114), Euro Personal Paper Trimmer (Z338), Micro-tip Scissors (Z534)
  • Other: 4" X 6" Memory Protectors® Flip Flaps™ (Z4114), 3D Foam Tape (Z1151)
 
  • Stamps: “Post Card - Travel Series” (D1357), “Building Block Alphabet” (E1009)
  • Ink Colors: Twilight, Black, Bamboo, Colonial White
  • Paper: Grace My Reflections Level 2 Paper Pack, Silhouette My Reflections Level 2 Paper Pack (NLA)
  • Embellishments: Clear Craft Buttons (Z1155), Basic Craft Buttons (Z1206), Black Hemp (Z282), Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Black Collection (Z1034), , Brads Metal Assortment (Z1217)
  • Tools: Round Sponge (Z697), Piercing Tools (Z1114), Euro Personal Paper Trimmer (Z338), Micro-tip Scissors (Z534), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (Z1311)
  • Others: 3D Foam Tape (Z1151)
I'll repost these pages once I get the pictures added and get around to taking pics of the layouts and uploading them.

Monday, November 15, 2010

November CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop for November!
This month we are highlighting.....
****Christmas Stamp Sets****

The blog hop makes a circle so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all.  If you have already started and are coming from Tracy Oleksak's blog, "Cut It Out", then you are on the right track.

This is not only my first CTMH Product Spotlight Blog Hop, but it is my first blog hop EVER!  I am so excited to have you visit my blog and I truly hope you enjoy my creation.  Even though I'm a Christian, I don't personally celebrate Christmas, so I don't own any stamps that are specifically for Christmas.  However, I love winter-themed things, like snowflakes.  Maybe that's because I live in Florida and the leaves don't start falling until December or January and our "winter" is only a few weeks...if that, and our summer's are so loooooonng and so HOT!.  I know if you actually live where it does snow, digging your car out of the snow, or even getting out of your door or driveway can be a pain, and you want to live where it doesn't snow.  However, I still wish I lived where it would snow every once in a while.  I guess I'll just have to settle for some snowflakes on a card. :)  I decided to create a card using Background and Texture papers from one of our newest Level 2 Paper packs, Magnifique, and "Ice Crystals" MyAcrylix stamp set. Let me tell you, playing with this stamp set was so much fun.  The possibilities are nearly as endless as real snowflakes.  I had snowflakes everywhere.  Well, that's just a wee-bit of an exaggeration, but I did have my table paper pad covered and several sheets of cardstock.  Anyhoo, I ended up selecting just one of the many snowflakes I made...though I'm saving the rest for another time. ;)

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me" and/or leave a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to  Melinda Everitt's blog, "If You Bling It, They Will Come" and check out her beautiful creation....

If for some reason you get lost along the way, you can always find a list of all this month's CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop participants on Wendy Kessler's blog.

Happy hopping!  :)


Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Magnifique B+T; White CS
Stamps:  Ice Crystals
Inks:  Sky, Lagoon (with second generation)
Embellishments:  Bitty Sparkles and Clear Sparkles, Ribbon (? and SU!)
Other items:  Prisma Glitter, Micro-tip scissors, Glue Pen, Sponge, Euro Personal Trimmer, Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Play Date Cafe Challenge & Let's Scrap Sketch

I think this is the first time I've ever played along with this challenge and it was a challenge.  Limiting a scrapbook layout to just three colors, one of which was white, wasn't easy.  However, I'm really pleased with how it came out.




Here's a layout that I made using the 11-3 sketch from Let's Scrap.

I also combined it with the Play Date Cafe Color Challenge #54.
To create the three round embellishments, I used the "Hot Diggity" MyAcrylix Stamp Set.  For the frog, I stamped it on White Daisy cardstock two times using Sweet Leaf Exclusive Ink.  I punched out one frog with a 2" Marvy circle punch and then trimmed away the back legs of the other frog and threw them away.  I then used 3D foam tape to adhere the top of the frog to the frog on the circle base.  I sponged Sorbet Exclusive ink on the edges of the White Daisy cardstock circle and then distressed the edges with a distressing tool.  I added the pen detail along the edge of the circle.  I stamped the bee in Chocolate Exclusive ink, cut it out and adhered to the circle base.  I added Glitz Stardust Glitter Glue to the wings and some additional bug trail penning.  I then adhered the completed circle to the Sorbet B+T paper from Close To My Heart's "Perfect Day" My Reflections Level 2 paper pack (no longer available) that was also punched out with a 2.25" Marvy circle punch and sponged the edges with Sorbet ink and lightly edged with Black ink.  The sentiments were stamped with Cocoa  Exclusive ink on White Daisy cardstock, cut out, and inked with Sweet Leaf  Exclusive ink.  The sentiments are from three different stamp sets: "Ticket to Ride" (NLA), "Hot Diggity", and "Treetops".  You can see a little of my journaling block in the bottom left corner.  I used the stitch stamp from the "Lifetime" MyAcrylix stamp set (from the Passages Workshop-on-the-Go kit-no longer available) and Sweet Leaf Exclusive ink to create the lines on the journaling block.  I then inked the edges with Sorbet Exclusive ink and used the distressing tool to distress the edges before adhering it down to a piece of B+T paper from the "Emporium" My Reflections Level 2 paper pack (also no longer available). 

I basically repeated the same process for the other two circle embellishments, except the bird was stamped twice on White Daisy cardstock, once in Sorbet Exclusive ink and again in Black Exclusive ink.  I trimmed out the Sorbet-colored bird, except for the feet and beak.   I edged the Daisy White cardstock circle with Sweet Leaf ink and adhered it with foam tape onto Sweet Leaf cardstock.   The fish was also stamped twice, but one was rolled in two ink colors, first with Sweet Leaf and then in Sorbet.  As you can see, I then cut out the fish minus the fins.  I stamped both the music notes and worm in Cocoa Exclusive ink.



I think this picture is fairly self-explanatory...just stamping twice in Sweet Leaf and Cocoa Exclusive inks and layering one on top of the other.  I love this stamp set...just the coolest looking trees.  The stamp set is fittingly called "Treetops".

This paper is actually a 2" x 12" White Daisy cardstock strip that was embossed with my Big Shot and a new SU! Embossing Folder, called Vintage Wallpaper.  After embossing the paper, I sponged it with Sorbet Exclusive ink all over, then sanded it moderately.  I then sponged Sweet Leaf Exclusive ink, concentrating primarily on the white areas created from sanding.  I then sponged Sorbet Exclusive ink along the edges and then lightly edged it with Black Exclusive ink.  Finally, I put Glitz Stardust Glitter Glue on my finger and smeared it along the paper, trying to allow some to catch along the raised areas.  I repeated this until the glitter had been applied along the length of the paper. 

I created the title by stamping letters from the "Friendship Alphabet - Large" MyAcrylix stamp set in Cocoa Exclusive ink onto White Daisy cardstock and trimming them out into squares.  Then I sponged Sorbet Exclusive ink along the edges and lightly edged the blocks with Cocoa Exclusive ink.  Each one of the letters, except the "L" is adhered with 3D foam tape.  The "Dartmoor" strip below is simply handwritten on White Daisy cardstock, edged with Sweet Leaf Exclusive ink, embellished with two pewter mini-brads and adhered to the base.

The "L" is actually adhered to the first of two 4"x6" Memory Protectors Flip Flaps...making room for SIX pictures!


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