Monday, March 31, 2014

April 2014 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the April 2014 Stamp of the Month blog hop, featuring artwork from over 50 Close To My Heart consultants using Balloon Talk, a set of 24 stamps.  Whether you've arrived here from {Sarita's} blog or are just getting started, simply click on the link at the end of each post to go to the next blog in the hop.

So I know what you're thinking.  A bubble text stamp set is PERFECT for creating scrapbook layouts.  It absolutely is.  But, I found another cool use.  I LOVE to read, and between fun reading, school reading, and work reading, I often find myself looking for another bookmark.  Sometimes, I'll grab a Post-it note when I can't find a bookmark, and those things are boring and expensive.  This bookmark makes perfect use of the "START HERE" bubble, providing a perfect little pointer right to the line you want.  By using magnets, this bookmark will stay on the page and can be placed wherever it needs to be in order to point at your next sentence (photos were taken before laminating in order to reduce glare).  I did the 'emboss resist" technique of loading the stamp with Versamark and then my color of choice, then covered with Clear Detail embossing powder and heated with my heat gun.  Then I sponged the white text with Pear ink.  This allowed me to get two colors, and to keep them both true.  I cut a patterned piece of paper to the width of the text balloon and scored the middle, and then cut Blush cardstock to allow a 1/8th inch border.  I mixed Blush Re-inker with Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint, and brushed it onto the Blush cardstock.  After everything was dry, I assembled the pieces, adding magnets to the inside to allow the bookmark to grip the page, though it would also work without the magnets.  Laminating the bookmark after applying the magnets will ensure they stay attached to your bookmark.

Papers: CTMH Blush cardstock, CTMH Chantilly
Inks: CTMH Pear and Twilight, Versamark Watermark
Tools and Techniques: CTMH Clear Detail embossing Powder, sponging, CTMH Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint, CTMH Blush Re-inker, Basic Grey Magnets
Stamp Sets: CTMH Balloon Talk

Remember, Balloon Talk is only available April 1-30, 2014.  Contact your consultant, or click here to get one for yourself.  Now hop on over to {Lucy's} blog to see what she is talking about!

Friday, February 28, 2014

March 2014 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the March 2014 Stamp of the Month blog hop featuring Happy Place, a set of 7 stamps.  This month there are more than 50 Close To My Heart consultants participating in the hop.  Whether this is your starting point or you've arrived here from {Nancy's blog}, just click on the link at the end of each post to hop along to the next blog.

I couldn't resist the matryoshka dolls, and I was inspired to try to replicate the nesting.  I stamped the images in different colors of ink, and then colored them in with colored pencils.  The dolls were cut out, with the largest mounted on Blush cardstock (which was sponged with Ruby ink) and then mounted on Pear cardstock.  The main paper, coordinating cardstock, ribbons, and buttons were attached to the card front, and the large doll was mounted, centered on the front of the card.
Papers: CTMH White Daisy, Blush, Crystal Blue, and Pear cardstock, CTMH Sophia
Inks: CTMH Outdoor Denim, Ruby, and Sunset
Tools and Techniques: CTMH Cotton Candy and Colonial White ribbon, CTMH buttons, sponging, 3-D Mounting Foam, CTMH colored pencils, Terrifically Tacky Tape, 3M Write-on Transparency Film

For the inside of the card, I made another card from an overhead projector transparency film, and mounted one side of it to the back of the cardstock card front using Terrifically Tacky Tape (a must-have for adhering anything to the overhead transparency film).  Now the card has a front cover, a clear middle page, and a back cover.
I put a piece of patterned paper on the inside back and mounted the smallest doll.  The medium doll was mounted on the center of the clear page (using Terrifically Tacky Tape), and another piece of patterned paper was placed on the inside of the card front to provide a clean look.  Another tip when using transparency film:  because the material is thick, it won't lie flat when folded.  When scoring for the fold I find that perforating the score line allows the fold to lie flat.

Remember, Happy Place is only available March 1-31, 2014.  Contact your consultant, or click {here} to purchase one for yourself.

Now hop on over to {Beth's blog} to see her happy creation.

If you find any broken links along the way, the complete list of blogs can be found here.

Friday, January 31, 2014

February 2014 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Whether you just started here or landed here from {Krista's} blog, I hope you're enjoying the February 2014 Stamp of the Month blog hop featuring Wild About Love.

Sorry for no new artwork, but between a major inspection at work this week and losing 25% of our crew to pre-deployment training I've been working extended hours all week.  Semper Gumby.  Hop on over to {Pamela's} blog to see her project.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Studio J Layouts

I am horribly behind on my scrapbooking, but I actually managed to get this year's Christmas photos scrapped before New Year's Eve using Studio J.  There are SO many advantages to using Studio J, and the price is hard to beat.  You can choose from current papers or retired papers, and there are tons of layout options to accommodate your photos.  Plus, the embellishments and Stickease are available for every pack and color, making it possible to embellish your pages without spending a bundle.

Here are my Christmas 2013 Layouts.

Oh yeah, did I mention the free jpg files you get when you order Studio J layouts?

Visit my {website} and look under "Products" to find out how to get started with Studio J.

Friday, January 10, 2014

2013 Crafting Totals

Well, another year has flown by.  I didn't realize how quickly it passed until I went into my garage in December to get my Christmas tree, and realized that I never did get it put away on the top shelf of the garage when I took it down last year.

I wasn't very productive in terms of crafting, but I did accomplish a lot at work, completed my junior year of college (and made the Dean's List in the spring and fall), and did a little bit of volunteer work.

I remember that there were a few occasions when I had trouble updating the count gadget, but these numbers are fairly close.

Pages complete: 1

Cards complete: 7

Altered Items: 5

Digital Pages complete: 20

Sewing Items: 0

Crochet Items: 4 (one VERY INVOLVED in progress, about 75% complete)

Miscellaneous Items: 2 (a shadow box for a co-worker's retirement that I really must blog, a super cool geeky Christmas tree decoration that I also must really blog)

Once again, my expenditures far exceeded my production for the year, but I plan to do a better job of scheduling craft time into my schedule in 2014.  What are your crafting goals for 2014?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

January 2014 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the January 2014 Stamp of the Month blog hop featuring Cross-Stitch Wishes, a set of 13 stamps.  Whether you've arrived from {Michelle's blog} or your just starting here, simply click on the link at the end of each blog to follow the hop and see the creations of over 40 Close To My Heart consultants.

My card was made following the sketch at Mojo Monday and using the retired Magnifique paper pack.  It's been a while since I've done a Mojo Monday sketch early enough in the week to post it to their page.

Papers: CTMH Colonial White cardstock, CTMH Magnifique
Inks: CTMH Chocolate, Pacifica, and Sky
Tools and Techniques: CTMH Dark Chocolate and Colonial White ribbon, CTMH Pacifica brads, direct-to-paper ink distressing, cross-hatch edge distressing.

Remember, Cross-Stitch Wishes is only available January 1-31, 2014.  Contact your consultant, or click here to get it for yourself.

Now hop on over to {Sheila's blog} to see what she's created.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

December 2013 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the December 2013 Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month blog hop featuring Special Care, a set of 6 stamps.  Whether you've just arrived from {Michelle's blog} or this is your starting point, just click on the link at the end of each post to go to the next blog in the hop.

This month's SOTM is a great set of tags that have potential for so many different projects:  gift tags, cards, layouts, or a wide variety of altered items.  I chose to make a small shadow box that would be perfect for a child's bathroom.  The image was cut out using the Art Philosophy cartridge, stamped in Pacifica, and mounted using several layers of 3D mounting foam to give it depth (the deep shadow box allows for lots of variation in layers).  The box was painted with Create-a-Shade paint in Pearl, and lightly brushed with Pacifica while the paint was still tacky.  Buttons and ribbon add a little bit of bling to the inside without detracting from the adorable kiddo or the overall project.

Remember, Special Care  is only available December 1-31, 2013.  Contact your consultant, or click here, to get this set for yourself.

Now hop on over to {Shirley's blog} to see her special creation.

If you find any broken links along the way, Melinda has the complete list here.