Monday, June 30, 2014

July's Stamp of the Month..."Circus Alphabet"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
July 2014's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Circus Alphabet****

With around 40 participants, you are surely to find wonderful inspiration through this blog hop.  It 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 Melissa Laverty's blog, "Fancy Melissa", then you are on the right track.

It's that time again. Time to check out Close To My Heart's latest stamp of the month. Normally, with a set like this month's, I try to think outside the box and create something less obvious than the stamp's intentions.  However, I just stuck with a basic layout, because I'm getting ready to go to to the annual CTMH Convention at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California and I thought it would be great to prepare a Disney themed layout to which I could just add pictures when I got home.



I used the Cricut Mickey and Friends cartridge to create Mickey.  I also used a blender pen with the soon to be retiring blush ink to add some color to his cheeks.
 I used this months stamp of the month to create a background paper. To help "CTMH" stand out a little more, I colored in the letters using a blending pen and coordinating inks. I then stamped CTMH on scrap white daisy paper and colored in the letters with the blender pen and inks before cutting them out, trying to concentrate more color along the bottom half of the letter. Next, I used my black journaling pen to doodle a frame around the highlighted CTMH. Finally, I attached the cut out letters with foam tape.
I adhered a strip of red glitter trim to a piece of white daisy cardstock and used my scallop border punch to scallop the trim. I created the dash and dot border above the red trim using the lower case I sideways.  Fun, huh?
I created the dots on the photo mat using the period in the SOTM set and white daisy pigment ink.

I added the soon to be retiring Midtown Cork Shapes throughout my layout, including the stars and arrows, along with some grey epoxy bubbles.
I used the lower case letters of the SOTM set for the name of this year's convention.  The harlequin border, as well as overlays were created using CTMH's Artiste Cricut cartridge.
 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: Proplayer B&T, Jubilee B&T, Cranberry CS, Pacifica CS, White Daisy CS, Honey CS, Black CS, Kraft CS
Stamps Used: Circus Alphabet SOTM
Inks: Archival Black, Black, Pacifica, Cranberry, Honey, Desert Sand, White Daisy Pigment
Emellishments: Red Shimmer Trim, Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles, Midtown Cork Shapes
Other: Cricut Artiste, Cricut Mickey & Friends, Scallop border punch, Black Journal Pen, Blender Pen, 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars),  ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Here's a look at the entire stamp set...

Pick up your own Stamp of the Month for only $17.95 OR this month only you can get it for FREE with a $50 purchase!  Be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant to get yours.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours.  You can find details on the "Stamp of the Month" by clicking on the "Promotions" tab at the top of the page or purchase your SOTM here.  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 my fellow consultant, Pamela Ellison's blog, "Pam's Clearly Crafty Corner" and check out her project.

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!


1 comment:

  1. Great page! Love your idea of using the CTMH letter and highlighting one set of them. And the artistic adventure looks great on the black diamonds.

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