Thursday, March 31, 2011

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop & H2H #49 Challenge

Welcome to the CTMH April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
April's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Blessed****

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 Judy Burger blog, "Making Time for Memories", then you are on the right track.

Have you ever sat down to create something and wonder "Where do I begin...what technique...what colors...how will I design the card?  Well, this is exactly how I felt when I sat down to create my project for this month's Stamp of the Month blog hop.  The only thing I was pretty sure I knew I wanted to do was to heat emboss the open lines.
Technique...check.
Next, I needed to figure out how I was going to design my card, so I sat down at my computer and started looking at challenge blogs for inspiration.  I ended up selecting the sketch for this week's Heart 2 Heart challenge...besides, it's been a while since I've played along, so why not shoot two birds with one stone?  (Don't worry, no birds were harmed in the making of this card...lol)  Here's the sketch...
I really liked the circle card, as I hadn't made one in a while...so I thought clear cards...it's been even longer since I made one of those.

Design...check.

Okay...I've got my design and my technique, but I was still stuck on the colors.  I really wanted to use CTMH's Bliss paper, but I had a big problem...I don't own it yet.  Well, not entirely true, I do own the bulk paper, but there's only two patterns and one of the two patterns is a tole pattern.  I just didn't think it would work with what I had in mind.  The other pattern is a pretty floral, but it was so...well...neutral, maybe a little boring?  But then eureka!!  I remembered seeing a gorgeous card that used Bliss paper with a "splash" of color.  I saw the card on Aaron Brown's blog, Booth 32.  I also remembered that she had suggested adding a splash of color to the muted colors of the Bliss paper pack.   I played around with some scraps in my Wings paper pack, but finally settled on a little strip of Vineyard Berry cardstock.  So now...
Color...check!
So here is what I came up with...
The very first thing I did was stamp the flower, but only after doing so and coloring in the leaves, I realized it was waaaaayyy to big for my little circle card.  However, I didn't want to toss it...after all, I had gone to all the trouble of stamping the image in black, then stamping the flower in Vineyard Berry, then stamping over the image again with VersaMark, embossing it with clear embossing powder and coloring in the leaves.  So yeah...too much effort to simply toss it. :)  So I ended up keeping it and making a simple little book mark.
I didn't add anything dimensional, as I wanted to actually be able to use it and felt that brads, bling or the like would make it too bulky for that use.
I stamped the flower a second time (except the very top portion) and cut it down.  On a scrap piece of cardstock, I stamped the bud portion, trimmed it and popped it over the end of the stem.  In the process of cutting the cardstock down to fit on the card, I ended up using an craft knife to cut the edges of the paper shorter than the image, but cutting around the image.  I love this look.  It reminds me of some stamps that I have from the Canadian company...Magenta...kind of like this one.

 
I used the sentiment stamp with Bamboo ink on the strip of bamboo cardstock.  On the strip of Vineyard Berry cardstock, I stamped the solid butterfly with second generation Vineyard Berry ink and the line butterfly with first generation Vineyard Berry.  I masked the "We are so" portion of the other sentiment stamp to create the "Blessed" sentiment strip.

I usually leave the inside of my cards blank, because I like to write little notes on the inside (though some would argue that they're more like letters...lol).  However, there are just so many images with this stamp set, I just couldn't help myself.  ;)  So, I stamped the flower (lined image) with second generation Cocoa ink and the flower bud with third generation Vineyard Berry.  I then stamped the sentiment (the same one that I random stamped on the bamboo cardstock strip on the front) using Vineyard Berry. 

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Blessed
Inks: Black StazOn, Black, Bamboo, Vineyard Berry, Cocoa, VersaMark
Pens:  Topiary Marker, Blending pen, Black (for bookmark)-EK Success

Remember, if you love what you've seen so far along your SOTM Blog Hop journey, and you want your own "Blessed" 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  Brae Montgomery blog, "The Brae-er" and check out her wonderful 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!

21 comments:

  1. I LOVE your circle card and bookmark - what a lovely understated color combo! What a brilliant idea to pair the SOTM hop with a Challenge entry, too! :-)

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  2. Very pretty combination of colors and details!

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  3. outstanding job T - Thanks for sharing it :))

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  4. Oh my gosh these are Jaw-Dropping gorgeous!! I sitting here saying "Those are part of Bliss papers? How come I didn't see them." AWESOME!

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  5. LOVE your circle card!!! Might just have to copy...

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  6. Love the designs, love the colors, love all the details! Thanks for sharing such great projects!

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  7. Very pretty! I love all the details you added to your card. ~Amy

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  8. Lovely card! Love the stitched details :) The inside is great, too. Just as an FYI, your entries on H2H don't link to this post; so you can link up again to be sure everyone can see & comment :) Thanks for joining us at H2H :)

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  9. Great projects and love the colors you used to create them.

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  10. Hi Tamytha,
    This a beautiful card, great way to use the stamp of the month. Thank you for joining us at H2H!

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  11. Great projects Tamytha! I love your take on the H2H challenge card! Thanks for sharing it with us! *Ü*

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  12. Beautiful projects. I love how you made good on the "too big" flower, and also love your technique on the round card. A nice little touch from the ordinary!

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  13. Really lovely card, Tamytha! I like how you made your oops into a pretty bookmark, too! Glad you could play along at H2H this week :o)

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  14. I LOVE your color combo and the details. Really beautiful!!

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  15. Congrats for making the H2H Top 10! Well deserved:)

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