Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My layout for Sketchy Thursday Guest Designer Challenge and February's Scrap Club

I've been missing in action for a couple of weeks, but I'm alive and well.  I've just been real busy with school starting up again and preparing for my workshops and some other events coming up, like my Open House and 25 for $25 Card class.  Just busy, busy, busy with my CTMH business, but just not the blogging end of it.

Since the last time I posted, I was stunned, amazed, and honored to discover that one of my "CTMH Idols" (I hate that word...but you get the idea), Tresa Black, selected my layout as one of her favorites of her Inspirations Linky Party!  I feel so bad, as I was supposed to link back to my blog, but at the time I couldn't post and I had intended to go back and get it done, but got side-tracked with all the busy-ness I mentioned above. If you've never been to Tresa's blog, YouTube Channel, or UStream need to right that wrong, because you have been missing out!  Even though the Linky Party is closed, I have included the list at the bottom of this post.  So be sure to check out the incredible paper art!

Now...on to one of my latest scrapbook layouts for next month's Scrap Club.  My next Scrap Club will be on Saturday, February 12th at 3 p.m. and we will be using the Sweetheart Workshop-on-the-Go. This layout is actually a sneak peak into what's coming February 1st!  That's when Close To My Heart's latest Idea Book goes live.  If you're able to, you are invited to attend my Sneak Peak Party on January 29th and receive your own copy for FREE!  Be sure to check out the Schedule tab at the top of the page to find out more about these and other upcoming events.

I needed a sketch to help inspire me for next month's Scrap Club layout, so I checked out Sketchy Thursday's Blog.  While I was there I was inspired not only by a sketch for the February's Guest Design Team Member Challenge, but I was inspired to actually apply for the spot.   I've never been a Design Team Member for anyone (other then actual stores I've worked at), but then again, I've never applied.  I suppose it's kind of like winning the lottery.  You can't win if you don't play. lol  At any rate, I thought it would be fun, so I'm going to give it a shot.  I'm not really expect to be selected, as (at this time) there's over 60 entries and they're just so many incredibly talented ladies out there!  But as the saying goes, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained."  So here it is...
I know that most people wouldn't look at this paper and think "BOY", but I think it's fitting for the pictures. :)  My son found some of my stickers and found a new use for them.  This is one way to thin out the stash. :)
I actually stamped the sentiment twice, once with Tulip ink then with Black.
I sprayed the white cardstock with undiluted black reinker.  I used various techniques for the hearts, including first and second generation stamping, rock and roll, and sponging.
I started out with the title, "I (heart) U", but since he put hearts all over himself, that it would be cute to cross-off the "i" and add "u" for "U (heart) U"...because after all, he hearted himself....get it? LOL  You can also see the faux stitching here, as well, as creating a scalloped border using a circle punch.
This is a new stamp set available in February.  I inked in Key Lime and touched the edges to Pear.  I also used a white gel pen to add some highlights.  I used the bottom end of the stem to create the grass effect, cut the heart flower in half and used foam tape to adhere the two halves together to create a half flower, and (it's hard to see) added a gem to the center of the heart "tulip".
The black embellishments are part of a new mini-medleys accent assortment and is available in this month's Inspirations brochure.  I like the little extra touch the sparkles added, too.
This bracket is an epoxy sticker that will be available for sale February 1st, separately or with the Sweetheart Workshop-on-the-Go kit.  You can also see where I used the Stubble Tool with black re-inker to distress the edges of the black pattern paper.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Sweetheart Workshop-on-the-Go (available Feb. 1)
Stamps Used: Affection (available Feb. 1), Chocolate Alphabet Large, Sweetheart (only available with WOTG)
Embellishments:  Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems, Sparkles, Sweetheart Epoxy Stickers (available Feb. 1), Mini-medley Black Accents, Stardust Glitz Glitter Glue
Tools:  1 1/4" Circle Punch, Piercing Tool, Micro-tip scissors, Sponge, Stubble Tool, Spray Pen (available Feb. 1 or with Wings WOTG), Martha Stewart Score Board
Adhesives: 3D Foam Tape, Tombow Mono Adhesive, ATG Gun

The second layout is almost ready to post, but I've got to enlarge one of my pictures still and finish the title, so I'll post it in a few days when I get it finished.

Now find the links to all the participants in Tresa Black's Inspirations Linky Blog Hop for your viewing pleasure.  Thanks for stopping by!  Blog at ya' later! :)


  1. I totally love your two pager, loving your stamping and ink splattering! Thanks so much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays GDT challenge!

  2. Loveeeeeeeeeeee this!! LOVING the misting and all the hearts! Thanks sooooooooooooooooo much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)


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