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)
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