Wednesday, June 15, 2011

June's CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop...It's a Race...Relay Race that is.

Welcome to the CTMH Product Spotlight Blog Hop for June!
This month we are doing a.....
****RELAY RACE!****

Now you may be asking, "What's a Relay Race?"  I know I did the first time it was suggested in the group.  However, after reading the details, it reminded me of Scraplift Challenges that I have participated in (sometime ago) at Two Peas in a Bucket.  Here's how it worked for our blog hop.  Nikka created a project and then emailed it to the Adeline.  Adeline then created her project based on inspiration from Nikka's project.  She then in turn emailed her project to Haley and so on.  Now normally, you could start here, or anywhere along the hop and make your way through all of the blog projects.  However, due to the fact that we're doing a Relay Race this month, you should really start at Nikka Geers' blog, "Create Your Vision" to make your way through this hop.  When you get to the end, you'll see all of the projects in this hop together side by side.  However, if you have already started and are coming from Terry Metzger's blog, "My Creative Imaginations", then welcome, you're on the right track.  

Terry sent me this beautiful and colorful layout using Close To My Heart Olivia papers and Sophia Workshop-on-the-Go stamps.
There was so much inspiration to be found on her layout, but the first thing that stood out to me was her cluster of flowers and bird stamp in the bottom right corner.  I also really liked the doily on her page.  Based on those two elements, here's what I was inspired to make...

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Sophia Workshop-on-the-GoChocolate Alphabet, Whooo Loves You (NLA)
Inks: Hollyhock, Pear, Blush, Goldrush
Embellishments: Filigree Charms, Rhinestone Flourish (unknown)
I created the doily background by cutting a large circle out of White Daisy cardstock and using my corner round with the guard removed to create the scalloped edge.  Note: If the last scallop doesn't line up with the first one the way you want, that's the part of the circle that you can let hang over the edge of the page and cut one will ever know. ;)  I then used a small hand-held punch to punch the holes in the scallops.  Taking the time to mark where you want punch the holes with a pencil will help you center the holes correctly. (You'd hate to spend so much time creating the scallop border, just to mess it up with off-centered holes.)  I used the stamps from the Sophia Workshop-on-the-Go to stamp the swirls behind the photo, as well as the words to the left of the photo and the bird.  

Instead of using the rock & roll technique to get the shading on the bird, which gave it a rather harsh edge, I removed some of the ink with a sponge (just lightly dab where you want to lighten).  I think it gave it a softer, more natural effect.  I also went over the legs and feet with a black marker.

I created each flower by punching four scalloped circles and folding each one as shown in the following photo tutorial.
Punch 4 - 2" scalloped circles and sponge edges with ink.  Of course, you can use plain circles, vary the sizes of the circles, leave uninked, tear the outer edges, distress the edges, etc.
Fold in half three times.  I've inked the folds strictly for visual reference.
Fold the side inward.
Fold the opposite side inward also.
The circle should now look like this.
You can see how it would come together here.  Just adhere the four folded circles on your page (or use another scalloped circle as a base) and insert a brad, glue a button or paper flower, etc.
Here's a close up of the three flowers on my layout.  I made the polka dot flower slightly smaller by trimming the edge with a pair of scallop scissors.  Of course, you could use a smaller punch or die cut, if you have one.

If you have questions, you can email me or leave the question in the comment section.

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  Jena DeVries' blog, "Live, Love, Laugh, Scrapbook!" to see how my creation inspired her.
Happy hoppin'!


  1. I like how you put the elements all together without pulling the focus away from the photo!

  2. Your layout is beautiful! Thanks for all the tips. I can't believe you made the doily yourself. You did a great job of taking the inspiration piece and making it your own.

  3. this is a great lo you did. you have a lot of details but its not overwhelming. thanks somuch for joining the relay race

  4. Love it!! - punching all of those scallops - you are a brave girl!!

  5. ha brave girl indeed. love the layout though:)

  6. What a gorgeous layout! I love your interpretation of the previous layout!

  7. Tamytha,
    You simply creative a gorgeous layout. It has so much detail but great balance. I LOVE IT!!!

  8. Your projects are just beautiful!!


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