Saturday, April 30, 2011

May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
May's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Chairs to 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 Sarita Schraeder's blog, "Blessed Scrapper", then you are on the right track. (Wasn't her sentiment clever?)

I believe it was December (maybe January) when I first saw this stamp set, therefore, CTMH may have had plans for this set in late 2009 or early 2010.  When I purchase craft magazines, it's usually for scrapbooking, but lately, I've been purchasing card making magazines instead.  A month or two ago, I purchased a Paper Crafts magazine.  The cover of the January/February 2011 issue displayed a card with a chair and their March/April issue had several cards inside their magazine that used chairs.  I'm always amazed at how CTMH always knows what the trends are going to be nearly a year out (not to mention the they plan their magazines around 6+ months out).

At any rate, I was inspired by ideas in those magazines for two of my cards and my third card was inspired by Katy Donaldson.  I really love her simplistic design and I love it even more that the cards take very little time to make.  Especially lately....there just seems to be so little time to make cards for gifts and such.  However, with so many supplies on hand, I just can't bring myself to purchase a store card, so a couple of these designs are perfect for quick, but meaningful cards.

So here's a look at my cards...

This card was inspired by Katy's cards.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Chairs to You, For Every Occasion

This card was inspired from a card made by Tina Gloer on page 76 of Paper Crafts March/April 2011 issue.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Chairs to You

This card was inspired by the card made by Diana Slaughter, which was featured on the front cover of the January/February issue of Paper Crafts, as well as page 70.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Chairs to You, Friendship (February SOTM - NLA)
Inks: Cocoa, Honey, Smoothie
Embellishments: Pewter Brad, Natural Hemp, Cocoa Grosgrain Ribbon, Mocha Opaque Gems
Other: Micro-tip scissors, 3D Foam Tape, Sponge, Scoring Board (Martha Stewart), White Embossing Powder, Tombow Mono Adhesive

Remember, if you love what you've seen so far along your SOTM Blog Hop journey, and you want your own "Chairs To You" 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  Mary Eisen's blog, "MeStamp2" 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!


  1. What a great set of cards! I love the bright honey one the best :)) TFS!

  2. You have a very sweet style! I love all your cards!


  3. Oh my gosh, CUTE, CUTE, CREATIVE!! You are just full of ideas!!

  4. LOVE the simple card *wink, wink*....this is the PERFECT stamp set to do those with! I'm gonna have to post mine since you've inspired me!

  5. LOVE your cards! :)
    ~ doreen at

  6. I love the simplicity of the first two, but that third card just takes the cake! LOVE them all!

  7. I totally adore your first card! So simple and so perfect.

  8. These are all gorgeous! I love the simplicity of the first ones, and then your embossed damask background on the last is stunning.


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