Tuesday, January 31, 2012

February's SOTM Blog Hop - Thoughtful Tidings

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
February 2012's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Thoughful Tidings****

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 Sheila Bennett's blog, "Sheila's Stamping Stuff"then you are on the right track.

My first card was inspired by this week's challenge over at CASE Study Challenge (Challenge #75) and the color combo at The Play Date Cafe (#PDCC116) of plum, pear and....moldy cheese?  I skipped the moldy cheese and used Indian Corn Blue instead. ;)

The sentiment "Consider Yourself Hugged" kept calling me.  It brought to mind how people use parenthesis around the word "hug" to convey a digital embrace, like in an email or message board.  So inspired by the clean and simple design at CASE Study, I decided to try one myself.  Here's what I came up with.  What do you think?

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Thoughful Tidings, Polka Dot Alphabet
Inks: Black, Smokey Plum, Garden Green, Indian Corn Blue
Embellishments: Bitty Sparkles
Other: 3D Foam TapePaper Trimmer, Bone Folder, Tape Runner (3M - ATG)


I wanted to make an additional card since the first was so simple.  Besides, when looking for inspiration for the first card, I came across some other past challenges that inspired me.  The first one was the color inspiration at CR84FN Color Challenge and a mixed pattern paper challenge at Embellish Magazine.   
I had intended for the card to also be clean and simple, but like so often, I just have to add one more thing, or maybe two or three. :) So I don't think it's very simple, but I think it would qualify for clean, as I managed not to ink anything other than the butterfly. LOL   


Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: White Daisy CS, Grey Wool CS, Lucy B&T, Sweetheart B&T (Retired), Zippidee B&T (Retired)

I also used this stamp set in my Heart 2 Heart design team inspiration project.  It's a pail that has been altered into a teacher appreciation gift container.  Imagine it filled with chocolates and a gift card.  You can find additional photos and details about it here.  

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 "You Touch So Many Lives" image, it reads 2 1/4".  So when you cut the coordinating shape, you simply cut it at 2 1/4" 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 "Thoughful Tidings" 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  Angel Sawyer's blog, "Running with Scissors Design Co." 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!

February's Paper Trail Blog Hop

Welcome to the February's Paper Trail Blog Hop!
This month's theme....
****Anything Goes****

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 are coming from Terri Howard's blog, "My Frame of Mind"then you are on the right track.

I only discovered this blog hop a few months ago (don't ask me where I've been), but I can tell you this, the caliber of work these ladies produce and share each month is always impressive.  So when I was informed that this group of ladies had voted to accept me as a guest artist this month....well, to say I was honored would be an understatement.  I only hope I can do their group justice.

And to Betsy, Vickie, Karen, Terri, Lynne, Pam, Linda and Connie....THANK YOU for letting me join you this month!

This month...anything goes.  So I decided to make something that I don't make very often...card sets.  I love card sets, so I'm not sure why I don't do them more often.  I also decided to use Sonoma papers for this set.  Also not sure why...but I noticed I've been making a lot of things with Sonoma papers lately.  I think I just enjoy the tones of this paper line...subtle, sophisticated, and vintage-e.  I hope you like it.










Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):

The fringe was a happy accident.  I actually had put the Cocoa grosgrain on all four cards.  When I created the box and used the striped grosgrain, I decided that I wanted to tie the box and cards together (visually) by using the striped grosgrain on a couple of the cards.  My first attempt I didn't care for...too big.  So I decided to cut the ribbon in half length-wise.  I wanted to fray them slightly, because I just love frayed ribbon.  But one thing lead to another and after a few minutes of playing, I really liked the result and thought "I've got to use this!"  Kinda' cool, huh?  Here's a photo tutorial to show you how I did it.







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 hop on over to  Linda Taylor's blog, "The Paper Taylor" and check out her creation.

Happy hopping!

Final day....

Today brings an end to quite a few things and I just wanted to send out a reminder....

1.  Lots and lots of things are retiring at the end of the day today.  Check out this blog post for a list of retiring papers, embellishments and more.






2.  Today is the final day of the Rock the Block promotion.  When you purchase $25 or more of items in the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book, you will receive a 8 1/2 x 11 E-size stamp set and a set of Collage Cubes for only $15 (a nearly $45 value!).  Check out this blog post for more details.

3. The Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book is retiring today!  Scroll through the idea book here, one last time.

4. Today's also the last day to get the "Little Reminder" Stamp of the Month.

5. Today is the final day to take advantage of this month's Studio J special.  For every 9 Studio J layouts you buy, you will receive the 10th layout for free.  For more information on this offer, click here for the flyer.

6.  Finally, today is the last day to enter for my blog candy that I'm giving away.  Check out this blog post for details on how to enter.

There's is definitely a lot of things ending, but this makes room for a lot of new things.  Starting tomorrow, the new Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book goes live offering stunning new products.  There will also be a new stamp of the month and a new special.

The Idea Book will be in effect until July 31st and I have plenty of them, so if you want to receive a copy of your own, simply use the Paypal button below.  The idea book is free, but there is a $5 shipping charge.  However, I will include a $5 coupon good towards your first purchase of $25 or more.  (You know you will want the new stuff.) ;)
Until tomorrow...when there will be THREE posts.  Crazy, huh?  Not as crazy as getting ready for three blog hops. LOL

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sonoma and Elemental Gathering Projects

Only 1 day left before the new Close To My Heart Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book is available to the general public! I love when new idea books get released!  New papers, new embellishments, new stamps, new paper packs, and more!  Love, love, love it!

Yesterday, I showed you two paper lines that will be carried over into the new idea book, Roxie and Typeset.  There are two other packs that are being carried over, Sonoma and Elemental.  The projects below are the final two home gathering projects that I will be sharing at my open house.


This last week or so, I showed you little peeks at the new papers that will be available for purchase starting in a little over 24 hours.  I've also shown you the four paper packs that will continue on into the new idea book.  However, whenever there are new paper packs, old paper packs must go.  So keep in mind that tomorrow (January 31st) is the last day you can purchase Dreamin', Mischief, Believe, and Wonderland.  True, they could show up on the While Quantites Last section of the website, but there is no guarantee.  So if you want to guarantee that you won't miss them, I suggest you grab them now.  You can contact your CTMH consultant or go to my website to pick them up.  Also, remember that the 31st is the final day to take advantage of the Rock the Block promotion, as well as the last day to get the products that are retiring.  If you want to see the list of retiring items, just click here or click on the slide show in the side bar.

Remember, I'll be giving away an Art Philosophy Cricut Collection to one lucky person who hosts a home gathering between January 1 and March 31st.  If you are interested in hosting a home gathering, just let me know.  

Want to receive a copy of the new CTMH Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book?  Simply use the Paypal button below.  The idea book is free, but there is a $5 shipping charge.  However, I will include a $5 coupon good towards your first purchase of $25 or more.
Until tomorrow...when I'll share another sneak peak.


H2H Challenges: 3D Projects

The third challenge of the year at Heart 2 Heart was somewhat of a challenge for me.  The challenge is to create a 3D project.  I don't do too many of these and often avoid them.  I think the main reason I don't do them is that I have a hard time giving away my creations and 3D items take up too much space to hold on to them all.  LOL  I need to learn to let go of my creations.  After all, when I do manage to send one of my cards or make a gift album, the reception is always warm and appreciative. 

I could equate my feelings towards my creations to having children.  I want to keep them, so I could enjoy them, look at them, admire them, appreciate them, and think "Look what I made."  After all, if I let them go, someone might not appreciate the hard work that went into them.  They may even...dare I say...damage them, or throw aside like yesterday's garbage.  (((gasp)))  But like children, there eventually comes a time when they need to leave.  A time to allow others to enjoy "what I made."  

When deciding on what to make, I remembered that teacher appreciation week is coming up next month.  Oh...this would be easy to give away.  I had a purpose now.  Recently a friend asked me if I wanted a couple of empty cans that were once product packaging for some paper flowers.  I hesitated, but thought, "What the heck.  They're too cute to throw away."  I'm glad now that I didn't pass on them.  I'm going to make a second one and fill them both with chocolates and a gift card from Office Depot and have my son give them to his two teachers for teacher appreciation week.


It was real simple to make.  I first removed the label with some Undo, washed the inside of the can well (since I'm putting food inside) and let dry.  The can is roughly 4 1/4" tall, so I cut the new Lucy B&T paper (available Feb. 1) to 3" x 12", sponged grey wool ink on the long edges, wrapped the paper around the can and adhered the edge of the overlapping paper to the paper on the bottom (closest to the can).  Does that make sense?  In other words, I did not adhere the paper to the can itself.  Next, I stamped the name of the teacher on Colonial White cardstock with sweet leaf (pennant) and grey wool (letters) and sponged the pennant with grey wool ink.  I adhered the pennant to the paper with a single mini glue dot, as I didn't want the pennants to be completely stuck to the paper....leaving some dimension.  I then placed a clear sparkle inside the glitter buttons and adhered them with a mini glue dot between each pennant and on the ends.


The top label was created by cutting the Shape 5 Label (pg. 66) from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge at 2 1/4" and stamping the sentiment from February's Stamp of the Month "Thoughtful Tidings"(available Feb. 1) in sweet leaf ink. (Come back on Feb. 1 to see this month's SOTM blog hop).  I then cut the layered shapes out in 1/4" larger increments.  By the way, I didn't want to cut up a large sheet of creme brulee cardstock for one little ol' label, so I just took a piece of colonial white cardstock (I have lots of scrap pieces of that) and rubbed my creme brulee ink pad all over it (2nd layer).  The third layer is the opposite side of the floral Lucy paper that I used on the body of the can.  The last layer is grey wool cardstock that I sponged in grey wool. The entire label is adhered to the lid with foam tape, as well as the sentiment to the creme brulee layer.  Finally, I added stardust glitz gel on the sentiment and added a couple of double layered paper flowers and clear sparkles.  Lastly, I cut lots of pieces of ribbon, tied them on to the handle and trimmed the ends.


BEFORE
AFTER
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Lucy B&T (Avail. 2/1/12), Grey Wool CSColonial White CS
Stamps Used: Thoughtful Tidings (Feb. Stamp of the Month),  Pennant Alphabet
Inks: Grey Wool, Sweet Leaf, Creme Brulee
Embellishments: Clear Sparkles*, Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel, Glitter Buttons*, Paper Flowers*, Sweet Leaf Grosgrain Ribbon, Pink Designer Ribbon, Creme Brulee Ribbon Rounds (Ret.), Colonial White Ribbon Rounds (Ret.), Sweet Leaf Ribbon Rounds (Ret.), Colonial White Grosgrain Ribbon (Ret.)
Other: Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, Micro-tip ScissorsSponge3D Foam TapePaper Trimmer, Mini Glue Dots, Tape Runner (3M - ATG), Can (Recollections Packaging for Paper Flowers)


*Note: these items are available as linked, but I used the bulk versions available to consultants only.

Now...I challenge you to play along.  I look forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with.  Will it be something you will keep?  Or will you share it with someone else?  


You have until the end of the month to submit your creation...plenty of time, right?  Just click on the H2H link to link up your project.  It's important to remember the rules of the challenge.  1)  3D projects 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.

I, along with the rest of the Design Team, will be checking out your work to help pick the Top Ten creations, so play along with one challenge or all of them this month!

Before you go, be sure to enter for the blog candy I'm offering this month.  There are only two days left!
Have fun and until next time...
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Roxie and Typeset Gathering Projects

Only 2 days left before the new Close To My Heart Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book is available to the general public!  I don't know about you, but I'm super excited!  I can't wait to share the new idea book at my open house!

Even though you've had a sneak peak of all the new paper packs there are still some paper packs that will continue on into the new Idea Book.  Two of those paper packs are Roxie and Typeset.  Here are the home gathering projects using those two paper lines.


Remember, I'll be giving away an Art Philosophy Cricut Collection to one lucky person who hosts a home gathering between January 1 and March 31st.  If you are interested in hosting a home gathering, just let me know.  

Want to receive a copy of the new CTMH Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book?  Simply use the Paypal button below.  The idea book is free, but there is a $5 shipping charge.  However, I will include a $5 coupon good towards your first purchase of $25 or more.
Until tomorrow...when I'll share another sneak peak.


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