Wednesday, February 29, 2012

March's SOTM Blog Hop - Potential

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
March 2012'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 Wendy Coffman's blog, "Stamping Rules!"then you are on the right track.

Okay...I have to admit, my creation...or at least the use of the Stamp of the Month in my creation...came about quite by accident.  I decided that I wanted to apply to teach at Extravaganza this year.  (Classes taught at CTMH's convention in July).  One of the things that I needed to send in with my application was an altered project.  Let's just say, I soon learned something about myself....I don't do a lot of altered projects. :(  Fortunately for me though, one of my newest and becoming one of my dearest friends, Tamra, is the queen of altered projects.  After she let me go through her numerous cabinets of boxes, cans, frames, tins, etc., I settled on a cute little pail.  Not too different from the one I did here, but without the pink.
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When I sat down to create my altered pail, I suddenly knew that I wanted to do a beachy theme.  It was definitely a project that grew during the process.  At one point, I stamped the wave stamp in the Under the Sea set sideways and trimmed to create seaweed.  I then wanted something more...some more seaweed...then I looked over at my SOTM set and saw one of the flourishes as SEAWEED!  So I stamped the flourishes a few times on the background paper (behind the trimmed "seaweed" images).

From the beginning of this project, I contemplated a "title".  Do I do something cutesy like the sayings in the Under the Sea set, or like something Tamra suggested, "Bucket of Paradise" (with some chocolates inside)?  But after finding the flourish in the Potential set, I knew that "We're in this Together" would be perfect.  I thought it was kind of fitting with all the little sea creatures in an aquarium-like environment. :)

The next thing I had to decide on was the lid.  It was plain and recessed.  I wasn't sure how I was going to decorate it, but I recalled having some beachy findings in my stash and one thing led to another and here's what I came up with for the lid.

Now for the inside.....
I'm going to put salt water taffy inside.  How appropriate, huh? :)

Here's a look at the entire stamp set.

You'll notice red lines around some of the images.  These indicate coordinating shapes on the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  What you don't see here is something else that is on the set's carrying sheet...the size of the image.  For example, next to the large circle image, it reads 2 3/4".  So when you cut the coordinating shape, you simply cut it at 2 3/4" and the stamped image will fit perfectly.  How great is that?!

Remember, if you love what you've seen so far along your SOTM Blog Hop journey, and you want your own "Potential" stamp set or want to get it for the amazingly low price of $5, 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", 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  Katy Taylor's blog, "An Inside to My Heart" 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 Kathleen's blog.

Happy hopping!

Monday, February 27, 2012

H2H Challenges: Photo Inspiration

There's a photo inspiration challenge over at Heart 2 Heart this week....and let me tell ya'...there's inspiration exploding all over this photo!
I was so inspired that it took me quite some time to settle on just one idea.  If I had more time, I could have made several projects based on this photo.  I think it's just stunning.  In fact, I wouldn't mind living there. :)  The main inspiration for my card came from the big and bold striped curtains and the colors (of course).  I was also quite drawn to the chalk board, the natural elements (like baskets, wood legs and log table), and the shiny  items (like the glazed items and table top).  

Even though I was highly inspired by the photo for the elements of my creation, I wanted a little help with the layout, so I found this sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.

Using the sketch and photo for inspiration, this is what I came up with......
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It's difficult to tell in the photo, but the squares behind the raffia were created using Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, and have a glass-like appearance in real life.

Now...I challenge you to play along.  I look forward to seeing how you were inspired!

You have until 10 p.m. EST this Saturday to submit your entry.  Just click on the H2H link to link up your project.  It's important to remember the rules of the challenge.  1)  use the photo for inspiration AND 2) you must use mostly Close To My Heart products in your project, but it doesn't have to be 100% CTMH.  If you don't have Close To My Heart products and would like some, simply contact your Close To My Heart consultant or click here.

To celebrate the end of February - the month of love - we want to show our love to you! A surprise package of goodies will be heading to one lucky player, randomly chosen from ALL players in the month of February. The more you played along with our challenges, the more chances you have to win! And there's still time! Be sure to get your entries (to this and any other February challenge) added to the challenges by Saturday, Mar. 3rd at 10:00 pm EST to be eligible! This is also the final date to be eligible for February's Top Ten so get that artwork posted!

Have fun and until next time...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Stella Layouts

Unfortunately, this month, I wasn't able to get my workshop layouts completed and posted to my blog prior to the workshop. However, I thought I would share the layouts we did last night. We usually only create two layouts, but this month, since we used stickers, we created three two-page layouts. I used the workshop-on-the-go cutting guide (with a few embellishment adjustments) for the first one, a sketch from the book "Sketches for Scrapbooking, Vol. 8" by Debbie Sanders and Allison Davis, and recreated the layout on page 16 (with a few sticker and photo adjustments) of the Spring/Summer 2012 idea book.

Note: Some areas of the layouts appear smoky or blurred in the photos, but it's because of my inability to get my scanner to scan of the problems with dimensional layouts.

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