Tuesday, June 30, 2009

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Close To My Heart consultant Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring July's SOTM, which is You've Got Flair, a set of 8 stamps. If you have come here from Traci's blog, you are on the right path! If this is your first stop, you may want to go back to Jena's blog and start from the beginning!

This month we have 43 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. We have made it simple to see all of the fabulous artwork - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

My card was made in 8 X 3 1/2 inch size following the Mojo Monday Week 91 sketch. I used the Perfect Day paper pack, along with cardstock in Juniper, Sorbet and White Daisy. I stamped the paisley on the Sorbet patterned paper in Cocoa ink, then stamped it twice on the red patterned paper and once on Juniper cardstock, also in Cocoa. I then cut out the image, and paper pieced the pattern at the large end of the paisley and mounted using 3-D Mounting Foam (of course!). The oval was cut using a Nestabilities die, and shaded with Sorbet ink while still in the die to give the white border to the oval. The sentiment was then stamped in Tulip ink. The ribbon is the white-stitched Sorbet ribbon. Hope you enjoyed it!

Now "Hop" on over to Amy's blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the July SOTM is only available until July 31st! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A sketch for you to try

So, while avoiding algebra taking a break from college work, I came across another fun challenge on Jen's blog. It just so happened that the base caught on fire today and it took me 85 minutes just to get off base (2 hours and 45 minutes for my entire commute). So I had to get my neighbor to pick up K from camp. I couldn't believe that I was going to be late picking him up on the first day of camp. Luckily, she was able to pick him up on time, saving me a dollar for every minute late I would have been (45, by the way). So I decided to make her a quick thank you card. I followed the Sketch for You to Try (SFYTT) 19, and used some of the Basic Grey papers I picked up at CKC this past weekend. I was DYING to break in some of my new stuff!! And of course, the butterfly is mounted with 3-D Mounting Foam.

Papers: Bazzill cardstock, Basic Grey Eva
Stamps: Unity Stamps, CTMH (Thank You)
Inks: Memento, CTMH, Copic

Friday, June 12, 2009

She calibrates. She shoots. She runs. She...

...crochets. This is the second baby blanket I made this year. I made it for my friend Chris, whose adorable son was born in January (yes, I'm a little slow). I FINALLY got it finished, and in the mail. Okay, I finished it several weeks ago, but that whole getting to the post office, and knowing WHICH post office I am going to ship from (I regularly deal with post offices in four different zip codes) thing tends to be a problem. I actually bought the yarn back in November, then decided to wait to start the blanket until after the baby was born (since she chose to be surprised instead of finding out the gender ahead of time). I was worried that it might be too much blue for a girl. I realize that brown in a baby blanket is somewhat odd, but she liked the most adorable bedding set, and I was hoping that this would coordinate well with it. I'm not sure if you can make it out, but the pattern has raised lines crocheted, running the opposite direction of the solid blue stripes.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Bird Basics Christmas Card

Well, I'm procrastinating about getting my math homework done. I know, bad Jill, but I am just NOT into doing math right now. So I decided to get the Mojo Monday sketch completed before the week was up. While I was busy wasting time surfing the net being inspired by other bloggers, I came across Sparkle's Christmas Card Challenge for the week (use a non-Christmas stamp). So, being a good multi-tasker, I combined the two challenges.

Non-standard Christmas colors? Check. Multiple techniques? Check. 3-D Foam Mounting Squares? Check check.
Cardstock: CTMH Black and White Daisy
Patterned Paper: CTMH and Heidi Grace Designs
Ribbon: CTMH (flowered) and miscellaneous (dotted)
Stamps: CTMH Bird Basics and Christmas Scripts
Ink: CTMH Cranberry, Olive, and Black
Dies: Nestabilities Labels One and Petite Scalloped Circles Large
Other: CTMH Bitty Brads, CTMH embossing powder (Clear Detail and Black)
I guess maybe now I should get back to my math. Or, maybe I can go out in the garden and plant the tomatoe and herbs that I bought last weekend...

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Butterfly congratulations

We will be attending the wedding of G's cousin at the end of the month, so I thought I'd be proactive and make the card now. I followed the sketch at Our Creative Corner to make this card. I chose the colors Grey Flannel, Grey Wool, Indian Corn Blue and White Daisy. My choice of colors came from the invitations, which were blue print on white paper with a silvery-white embossed pattern.

I began by making two sheets of random stamped cardstock. I used Grey Flannel for the base, and Indian Corn Blue for the rectangle layer. Stamp sets used for the random stamped paper were Legendary Moments (the larger fleur-de-lis) and Tender Tags (the June '09 Stamp of the Month). The Indian Corn Blue panels were mounted on slightly larger White Daisy panels.
I used my Nestabilities Labels One to cut and stencil the panel for the butterfly. I sponged the panel with Indian Corn Blue and Grey Flannel ink while the paper was still in the die. I used Butterfly Wishes (the March '09 Stamp of the Month) for the butterfly and the sentiment. I used the rock and roll technique for the butterfly, first inking up with Indian Corn Blue ink and stamping once on scrap paper, then rolling the edges of the stamp on the Indian Corn Blue pad and stamping on the panel. I guess that technically, that means I also used second-generation stamping. The sentiment was stamped in Grey Wool. The panel was mounted using 3-D Mounting Foam (I love that stuff). White Organdy ribbon came from my stash. Now let's hope I remember to pack it for the trip to Florida.