Welcome to the CTMH August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
August's Stamp of the Month is called.....
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 Haley Dyer's blog, "The Inky Scrapper", then you are on the right track.
First of all, I want to tell you about the new pricing structure for the Stamp of the Month. As many of you already know, for a long time you've been able to get the SOTM at a discount with a qualifying purchase....spend $25, get 25% off, spend $50, get 50% off, spend $75, get 75% off and if you spent $100, you got it for free. Who doesn't love free? I love free, but sometimes I just couldn't spend $100 to get it for free. Maybe you can relate? Well, starting this month, Close To My Heart is once again, helping crafters get their hands on their stamps, by making them even more affordable.
One way they've done this is by lowering all of their stamp prices! I mean...really...who does that? It was announced in mid July at convention and I'm still having a hard time believing it. But it's true. Stamps that formerly cost $34.95 are now $29.95. Stamps that were $22.95 are now $17.95. Stamps that once cost $13.95 are now $9.95. Finally, stamps that cost $7.95 are now $6.95.
Well, CTMH didn't stop there. They also made the Stamp of the Month more affordable. Now, you can purchase the SOTM like any other stamp (but only during it's assigned month) for $17.95 or get it for only $5 when you make a purchase of $50 or more! Okay...now, I don't know about you, but I have a really hard time not spending $50 when I go to a scrapbook store, craft store, etc. LOL I really believe this pricing structure will allow more people to be able to obtain and play with the stamp of the month! Woo hoo! (Doin' a happy dance). :) Also, something new about the SOTM...it includes an insert with photos of ideas on how to use the stamp set, along with the link for directions. I swear...they just keep making it better and better!
So now for my card...
It was a bit of a challenge, because I don't celebrate Halloween and am definitely not into witches, ghosts, etc. However, I have to tell you I am in LOVE with the honeycomb image. I can't wait to get around to recreating an autumn layout I saw at convention that used the honeycomb image on the background paper . Once I get it done, I'll post it here...but it will probably be awhile. ;) (I have to return to school on Wednesday....good-by summer break.) Anyway, I do enjoy trying to use stamps in other ways then they were intended and that's what I tried to do with this stamp set. The swirls around the legs are from the witch's hat and the grass is from the broom.
Here's a closer look at the flowers. I cut these with the new Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, available only through Close To My Heart. It is the same flower, one cut at 3" and one at 2". If you look closely, you'll notice that I rolled the petals just a little differently. In the larger flower, I folded over the scallop part of the flower petal as I rolled and let each layer cover them. On the smaller flower, I rolled over the scallop part of the petal, but didn't let it get covered with next layer. I'm not sure my description makes any sense, but hopefully between the cryptic description and my photos, you can make sense of it. LOL Also, it's hard to tell in the photo, but I frayed the end of the striped grograin ribbon...love this ribbon.
Paper: Desert Sand CS, Colonial White CS, Roxy Level 2
Other: Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, Sponge, Micro-tip scissors, 3D Foam Tape, Mono Adhesive, Liquid Glass, Cricut Personal Cutter (Provo Craft)
Here's a look at the entire stamp set.
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", signing up to receive blog updates, 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 Nancy Brown's blog, "Creatively Artsy Card Gallery" 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.