Thursday, July 14, 2011

July CTMH Blog Hop

Welcome to the very first CTMH Blog Hop!

This 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 Tammy Smith's blog, "Closer 2 My Heart", then you are on the right track.  (If you're in a hurry, you can skip down to third blog hop creation and then on to Ann's blog.)

If you happened to read my sneak-peak post from a few days ago, I mentioned how that I had found a new hobby.  In all honesty, it's not really a "new" hobby, but rather a resurrected hobby.  When I was a kid, I used to doodle all of the time...on my folders, on notepads, paper bag book covers, etc.  For example, I remember sitting in a high school math class (can't tell you which math, or even who the teacher was...sad to say), and instead of listening to the instruction, I began drawing/doodling one of my classmates name in big, block-like letters and then interlacing her boyfriends name through hers.  When I was done, I gave it to her and then she ended up showing it to her other friends, and next thing I know, I'm getting requests from other students to make one for them.  If I had been more business savvy, I should have done so for a fee.  LOL.     
About 10 years later, I was fortunate to have a job at the Stamp Cabana, a local rubber stamp store (my favorite job ever), and I taught a creative lettering and doodling class.  In fact, here's a picture of the class description book I had made (using colored pencils) to keep by the register for customers to view.

About another 8 years later,  a new scrapbooking style was emerging...Freestyle.  When this style was first hitting some of the major scrapbooking sites, the Yahoo Swap Group I was in, issued a "Freestyle Challenge".  You can read about it here, in one of my first few blog posts, but you can see the layout here...

Recently, however, I was inspired to not only doodle again, but to maybe take it even further.  To maybe to even start Art Journaling.  I MUST give credit to two A-M-A-Z-I-N-G ladies that have rekindled my love of doodling and have sparked a new interest in the world of Art Journaling...two of my newest blog discoveries...Joanne Sharpe and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (see "I don't know much about art" in the sidebar for links). 

For the month of July, we had the option to create something for either a picnic or party theme, or to use this month's Stamp of the Month, "American Celebration".   Since I had already participated in a blog hop highlighting the stamp of the month, I considered my other two options and decided to go with the party theme.  I instantly thought of some pictures I had of my daughter when she was a little girl, having a "party" with all of her stuffed animal friends on the living room floor and the title, "Carpet Party" came to mind.  

So, for this layout, I started with a PageMaps Sketch, but then decided that I wanted to incorporate my recent inspiration to doodle again.  It was something that I worked on over a few days.  I started with just the names of the various stuffed animals at my daughter's "Carpet Party", but then the next day, I added some of the doodles, and then another day I colored in some images with colored pencils and watercolored some of the images with watercolor pencils and with CTMH markers and waterbrush.  I really love how it turned out and I'm excited to share it with you.  I hope you like it. (Click on the picture to enlarge it.)

 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Pennant Alphabet, Building Block Alphabet (NLA) 
Markers: Blush, Sweet Leaf, Lagoon, Honey, Sunset and others...just can't remember them all) 
Embellishments: Dimensional Elements Borders, White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon 
Other: Micro-tip scissors, Sponge, 3D Foam Tape, Tombow Mono Adhesive, Scallop Edged Decorative Scissors (All Night Media),  Journaling Pens (Zig Millennium), watercolor pencils (Faber Castell)

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  Ann Bacon's blog, "November Rose" and check out her creation

Happy hoppin'!


  1. Gorgeous! I have zero drawing ability, so I am in awe of your doodling!!

  2. great ideas! your project is cute. Gonna have to give it a try!!

  3. Beautiful LO Tamytha! You really have a wonderful talent with doodling! your daughter will surely cherish your artwork

  4. Great layouts! I like seeing the progression from one style to the next.

  5. That is a great story plus what a great layout. Very fun and Colorful.

  6. I LOVE your layout--or should I say artwork! Crazy--but just this week, I've had images in my head of incorporating doodles with a layout! I'm off to visit the blogs you mentioned!

  7. Oh my gosh I just love what you did with the "doodles". Very creative!! Beautiful pages!!

  8. Love your carpet layout! Love how you did the title with the alphabet and banner style. Great job!

  9. This is beautiful!! I love the doodle effect. I am reminded of my first CTMH party where I drew a "stamped" image on my card because the stamp was not there at the house :-) This would be great with cards. I'm going to have to give it a try - thanks for the inspiration!


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