Saturday, December 31, 2011

January's Stamp of the Month

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
January 2012's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Little Reminder****

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 Mary Eisen's blog, "mestamp2"then you are on the right track.

Before I started this project, I really wasn't sure what I was going to make, so I just stared at the stamp set (I seem to do that a lot). :)  After reading the sentiments and staring some more, it finally came to me to make a baby rattle out of the large circle stamp.  Once I developed the idea....the rest was just a process...not knowing where I was going with the card.  However, I am completely pleased with how the card turned out.  Now if only I knew someone who was having a baby...LOL.  (Yes..the date is completely made up.)

Don't you love the baby picture?  That's my baby girl...now 15. :(
After cutting out the center of the circle, I wrapped it with sweet leaf stitched grosgrain ribbon, leaving the month uncovered.  I didn't like the finish at the end of the ribbon, so I covered it with the button.  Happy accident, 'cause it added the perfect touch.  Also, I embossed the sweet leaf cardstock with an embossing folder and then sanded the raised portions to reveal the white core.
I adhered a piece of acetate to the back of the ribbon wrapped circle, applied foam tape and filled with beadazzles.  I then attached it to another circle that was stamped with the number background and date....so it really rattles. :)
 I stitched the ribbon to the card after piercing holes through the paper first, which makes it much easier to hand-stitch.  After putting the card together, I was unhappy with the right side of the card as there was too much empty white space for my taste (the card seemed off-balance), so I decided (after-the-fact) to stamp some flourishes there.  However, I hated how it turned out, and wanted to redo it, but I was too lazy to restitch the ribbon the paper again.  So I cheated and cut off the stitched bottom portion and added a restamped upper portion.  You can actually spy that in the photo above.  Finally, the scalloped edge was created by removing the guard on the corner rounder.  You just have to use the punch upside down, so you can line the scallops up correctly.
See the handle on the rattle?  It's actually the key shape from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  Cool, huh? 
 Wanna know why I love Close To My Heart's foam tape is the best foam adhesive?  Well, other than the fact that I like being able to cut the length that I want...rather than having to peel backing off a dozen lilttle pieces...and other than the fact that I like that there are two sizes in the package...narrow and wide), I like using foam tape for shaker boxes.  This card was no different...especially because of the round shape.

As you can see in the photos below, by simply cutting the tape every so often...but not all the way across...I could bend the tape to the shape.  And because I didn't cut the tape all the way to the edge, the inside edge is one continuous piece, which prevents glitter, tiny beads, sand, etc. from escaping the shaker box.
When cutting the last piece, I simply cut it a tad longer than needed, so that I could tuck/push the end against the beginning end so that there wouldn't be any space between the two pieces.  If you decide to try this, just be sure to add your filling BEFORE taking off the backing. ;)  
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Little Reminder, Love Life, Circle of Love
Inks: Chocolate, Baby Pink, Blush
Embellishments: Button Pink Assortment, Designer Ribbon Pink Collection, Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Sweet Leaf Gingham Ribbon (Retired), Chocolate Embroidery Floss, White Embroidery Floss, Opaque Pearl Gems, Bitty Sparkles, Disco Ball Beadazzles (Ranger)
Other: Art Philosophy Cricut CartridgeSanding Kit, Piercing Kit3D Foam TapePaper Trimmer, Corner Rounder, Glue Dots, Polka Dots Embossing Folder (ProvoCraft), Big Shot Die Cut Machine (Sizzix), Acetate (Gary M. Burlin & Co.), Tape Runner (3M - ATG)

Here's a look at the entire stamp set.

  
Remember, if you love what you've seen so far along your SOTM Blog Hop journey, and you want your own "Little Reminder" stamp set or want to get it for the amazingly low price of $5, 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", signing up to receive blog updates, 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 Coffman's blog, "Stamping Rules!" and check out her 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!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

December Stamp of the Month

Welcome to the CTMH December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
December's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Mad About You****

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 Michelle Loncar's blog, "Show and Tell, with Michelle"then you are on the right track.

When deciding what to create, I was inspired by the words in one of the stamps in this month's stamp set..."Over the moon in love with you".  It made me think of my kids, as I'm over the moon in love with them.  I then flipped through my Art Philosophy handbook for 3D project ideas, when I came across the pocket door hangers.  I thought it would be nice to create a little gift for each of my kids to remind them how much I love them.



I painted the corrugated (milepost) shapes with pearl paint.  After it was dry, I added silver glitz gel to the small star.  I also used the glitz gel to add little dots, rather than using pearls, gems, or brads.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):


 
One thing that is so much fun about clear stamps is being able to put more than one on a block and create your own background stamp. :)  That's what I did (as shown in the picture below) to create the background for this project.  After stamping it several times, I filled in any empty spaces with a small heart stamp.  The other "special" thing I did with this one, was to cut the wide dark chocolate ribbon down to about a half to two thirds its normal width and then frayed the edges.  I love the look of frayed ribbon.


Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):

Here's a look at the entire stamp set.
  
Remember, if you love what you've seen so far along your SOTM Blog Hop journey, and you want your own "Mad About You" stamp set or want to get it for the amazingly low price of $5, 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", signing up to receive blog updates, 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  Lisa Sargent's blog, "Stamp Happy" and check out her 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!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November's CTMH Product Spotlight Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Product Spotlight Blog Hop for November!
This month we are spotlighting.....
****EMBOSSING****

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 Haley Dyer's blog, "The Inky Scrapper", then you are on the right track.

I remember the first time I saw a heat embossing demonstration.  I was in awe.  It was like magic!  (Funny thing is...that feeling has never changed.)  It was at that point that I purchased my first rubber stamp...and of course, all the supplies to emboss.  That initial magic even led me to begin working in that store less than a year later.  One of my favorite things about working there was sharing the magic of heat embossing.  It was so much fun to watch a (new) customer's reaction as they witnessed the magic for the first time.  If you've heat embossed before, then you probably know exactly what I'm talking about.  If you have never heat embossed, you've got to try it.  All you have to do is contact your local Close To My Heart consultant and I'm sure she (or he) would love to show you how.  If you live in or near Brevard County, Florida, I hope you will consider calling me. :)

Another thing I learned at the stamp store was the resist technique I used in my card.  Our manager was playing around and sponged various ink colors over an embossed sentiment and I so loved the way it looked.  She used a clear embossing ink, poured white embossing powder over the wet image, tapped off the excess and embossed with a heat tool.  She then took sponges and applied different ink colors around/over the sentiment.  This is exactly what I did with the flowers, except I used VersaMark and clear embossing powder.  (Come to think of it, I worked at the stamp store when VersaMark first came on the market....more magic!  LOL)

I knew I wanted to keep the card CAS (clean and simple) and just wanted a pop of color on the mostly white card.  I must say the tone-on-tone effect at the bottom of the card was a happy "accident" of sorts.  I originally intended to sponge different color inks over each of the stamped border images, but really loved the subtle gray result I got, partly due to the VersaMark, so I decided to leave it alone.  For sponging over small areas, like the flowers, I recommend using sponge daubers for a little more control.  Also, you'll need to buff the excess ink off of the embossed images with a clean, dry tissue.

Next, I cut the sentiment with my Cricut using the Art Philosophy cartridge [Oval 5 in white daisy and the Layer in Sky cardstock (both on pg. 62)].  I then inked the layer/frame with VersaMark and embossed it with clear embossing powder two times.  The sentiment is also stamped with VersaMark and sponged with Sky ink.  I adhered them together and then adhered it to the card using foam tape.  I thought about stopping there, but if I don't have some ribbon or some bling on my project, it just doesn't feel complete.  I played around with some different gem arrangements and colors and finally settled on creating a subtle line along the top of the borders.

I used last week's color palette over at the Color Throwdown
to help decide my color choices for this card.  

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Other: Art Philosophy Cricut Cartrdige, Clear Embossing PowderVersaMark, Heat ToolSponge Dauber3D Foam TapeATG Gun (Scotch), 1 1/2" Create-a-Sticker (Xyron)

Here's a look at the complete stamp set I used.  I just love this set.

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  In fact, if you're interested I posted a photo tutorial a couple of weeks ago that featured using a brayer with embossing resist.  You can find that post here. (By the way, be sure to check out the information at the top of the page about the Art Philosophy Collection that I'm giving away at the end of the month or click here.)

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  Wendy Kessler's blog, "My Scrapbooking Blog" to see her creation.
Happy hoppin'!

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #107 & Freshly Made Sketches #10

I managed to squeeze in one more project before having to go back to work tomorrow.  Oh, how I wish I could  craft all day...LOL.

Anyway, I love color challenges and often want to play along at The Play Date Cafe, but often I'm just not able to due to time constraints.  This weekend though, I had a little time and went over to their blog, only to find a true challenge. Orange, black and white.  Those colors bring to mind Halloween and my high school mascot...a tiger, neither of which I find particularly inspiring, so I kept the challenge in the back of my head.  This morning, after "blurfing" (blogging + surfing; a term coined by my CTMH sister, and paper crafter extraordinaire, Vicki Wizniuk) for longer than I'd care to admit, I found a technique called embedded embossing and a blog called Freshly Made Sketches.  These got the wheels turning in my head and here's what I came up with...
It's difficult to tell in my photo, but the center panel is adhered with 3D foam tape.
You can kind of see here that the flowers look embedded into the background paper.   Cool, huh?
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Other: SpongeMicro-tip scissors, Paper Trimmer3D Foam Tape, Liquid Glass, Pearl Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Swirls Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), 1.5" Create-a-Sticker Adhesive (Xyron), ATG Adhesive (Scotch), Big Shot Die Cut Machine (Sizzix)

Here are the challenges used to inspire my card.

I took some pictures to create a tutorial for Tuesday, but the Product Spotlight Blog Hop begins on Tuesday, so I'll post the tutorial on Wednesday....that's the plan anyway. :)  
Until then...happy craftin'!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mojo Monday #214 & ColourQ #110

How I've enjoyed today...the second day of a three day weekend.  I mostly piddled around...doing a lot of nothing special.  However, I did manage to actually create a card today and I'm pleased with how it turned out.



Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Other: Art Philosophy Cricut CartridgeSpongeMicro-tip scissors, Paper Trimmer3D Foam Tape, Nestabilities Large Circles (Spellbinder), ATG Adhesive (Scotch), Cricut Expression (Provo Craft)


I decided to look to a couple of challenges to inspire me.  They include Mojo Monday and ColourQ.
 
I'd like to get another project made tomorrow, but I'll have to see if I can fit it in with the papers that need grading. (yuck)  If not, I'll be back on Tuesday with my Product Spotlight Blog Hop creation.  Until then...
Happy craftin'!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Happy Holiday Card Set: Project Inspiration



Like the cards?  Want to make your own?  Below is the list of supplies used to make them.  You can either click on the link to go to the item on my website, or you can enter the item number on the left side of the shopping page.
  • A1115 My Acrylix® A Holiday
  • B1381 My Acrylix®  Holiday Cheer
  • 1272 Cranberry Cardstock
  • X5926 Neutral Cardstock Combo Pack
  • X5924 Autumn Cardstock Combo Pack
  • Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks® Pad 
  • Z2137 Olive Exclusive Inks® Pad
  • Z1298 Texture Tools
  • Z2211 Chocolate Exclusive Inks® Re-inker
  • Z1039 Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint
  • Z1473 4 1/4" * 5 1/2" White Daisy Die-Cut Cards & Envelopes
  • Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
  • Z1615 Designer Ribbon Red Collection
  • Z1686 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

I'm honored...

to have been selected by two lovely fellow bloggers with the Liebster Award.  However, I'm not sure I deserve it.

Sonia Abrew of Scramping Tita left me this award a little over a month ago and Wendy Coffman of Stamping Rules! a couple of weeks later.  I won't go on to all the reasons why I've taken so long to acknowledge it, other than I was "planning" to do it, but was out of town, then needed to wait do to other scheduled posts, then time simply got away with me (as it often does), then the last two weeks (between illness and work) I simply haven't touched my blog until the last few days.  Pathetic, I know.  At any rate, I want Sonia, Wendy and all of you to know that even though my actions (or lack of action) say otherwise, I am truly honored that they selected my blog, especially since there are just so many out there that I know are so much more deserving.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Liebster Blog Award the goal of the award is to spotlight those bloggers with less than 200 followers and hopefully help everyone involved to increase their following.  The rules are fairly simple...
  • Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you. (Thanks to deadbeats like myself, maybe there needs to be a "deadline" to this rule. LOL)
  • Select five bloggers (with less than 200 followers) and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they were selected.
  • Copy and paste the award on your blog
  • Have fun!
I selected five blogs back in September and struggled selecting only five blogs.  Since I received two awards, I believe that I can select 10 blogs to award this to (5x2=10...See Ma!  All that edumacashun wasn't wasted...LOL).  In no particular order...
  1. Rema Grenet of Dragonflycre8tions: Rema is my first team member and she only recently started her blog, so there aren't a lot of posts. I hope she will do more, as I'd love to see her share her talent with the world. 
  2. Sherri Tozzie of Stampbooker: Sherri is my upline.  Sherri uses her blog to primarily communicate with her customers, but she is by far one of the most talented ladies I know.  You absolutely must check out her creations.  Each one of her creations is truly a work of art.
  3. Angie Highland of A Scrapper's Crazy Life:  I think her scrapbook pages are wonderful!
  4. Pam Korn-Eigenheer of Clearly Creative Pam: Love what she does.  Attention to detail.
  5. Jaclyn Miller of Designs by Jax:  Love her CAS style.
  6. Karen Day of Karen's Creations: Karen is often inspired by sketches. I'm inspired by how she interprets them.
  7. Susan Tomaino of Scrapbooking and Stamping with Susan: I love that Susan's art isn't complicated. Her art makes a statement without being overdone. (I'm not sure how else to describe her work, but you must check it out.)
  8. Melissa Hubert of My Paper Obsesson: Love, love, love her style.  Kind of a shabby chic style?
  9. Rachel Ricks of the little blue room:  OMG...talk about creative! Rachel is ubber creative.
  10. Kelly Triggs of Stampin' All Day: Always love her work.  Her work is always so impeccable.
I know we are all busy and often breeze through blog posts, but I hope you will take a few moments out of your busy life, to check out these blogs and choose to follow them....maybe even leaving a comment to brighten their day!


Happy craftin'!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday #2

What originally started as a weekly goal was quickly downsized to a monthly goal.  I have to remind myself sometimes..."baby steps".  LOL  If I only get one tutorial a month posted, that's still more than what I was doing, right?  If I get more than that done, then it's a bonus.

This tutorial features a resist technique.  I created a card for October's Sharing from the Heart Blog Hop using this technique.  You can also find a list of supplies in the same post.
I started with a 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" piece of Colonial White cardstock.
Inked swirl stamp from the Love Life Stamp Set with VersaMark.
Cover ink with Clear Embossing Powder, using a scrap piece of paper or craft tray to return the extra to the jar.
Heat the embossing powder until it melts and turns shiny.  I never get tired of the magic.
Using a rubber brayer, apply Buttercup ink to a portion of the paper.
Add Honey ink using the rubber brayer.
Add Sunset ink.
Finally apply Barn Red ink.  You can also see that I went back over the paper with Sunset and Honey.  I actually had wanted the transition between colors to be less harsh, and more random/messy, but I didn't hate it, so I went with it.  Glossy cardstock actually will give you a little forgiving as the dye ink dries a little slower and you can blend colors a little easier.
Buff the surface with a cloth to remove the ink that is on the embossing...
...to reveal the Colonial White cardstock beneath.
Sponge the edges with Cocoa ink.
Adhere to a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Colonial White cardstock.
Sponge the edges of a 2 1/4" x 3 3/4" piece of Mishief Paper with Cocoa ink. (The picture shows a slightly larger piece, but I ended up cutting it down some.)
Due to the darker color of the paper, I decided to also apply ink directly to the paper.  In reality, I hold the piece of paper in my hand as I do this.  I just couldn't take a picture doing that. :)
Use the Edge Destressor to rough up the edges.
Using your finger tips, rough up the edges more by rolling and tearing.  Adhere to the brayered piece.  (You'll need to add your scalloped piece before adhering it, though.  I did it backwards.) 
Use a corner rounder (with the guard removed) to create a scalloped edge on a 1" x 3 3/4" piece of Grey Wool cardstock.
Sponge Grey Wool ink on the edges of a 2" x 2" square of Grey Wool Cardstock.
I didn't take photos of the stamped images, but I cut two leaves and a scalloped oval on my Cricut Expression, using the Art Philosophy Cartridge.  I stamped the sentiment in Barn Red.  I inked one leaf in Honey, Sunset and Cocoa; and the other in Honey, Barn Red and Cocoa.  Finally, I added some Natural Hemp, a button and a little Bronze Glitz gel; adhered it to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Cocoa card and voila!
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and here's to hoping that I'll have another one ready before next month. :)  Until next time....Happy craftin'!

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