Thursday, December 31, 2009

January 2010 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Happy New Year!!!  I am amazed that 2009 has come and gone so quickly.  We have arrived at the first blog hop for 2010.  If you just arrived from Antoinette's blog, you are on the right path.  This month there are over 50 Close To My Heart consultants participating in our blog hop.  We are featuring the January 2010 Stamp of the Month True Friends, a set of 11 stamps.  This set consists of cute frames, brackets and sentiments, and will be fantastic for making cards for friends.

I decided to use this set to make an anniversary card for my husband.  I followed the sketch from Mojo Monday Week 119.  Something I tried for the first time was using re-inker and rubbing alcohol to dye the crocheted flower to match the card (the Vineyard Berry flower, while lighter than the paper, matches much better in person.  It just didn't photograph well).  I mixed 15 drops of re-inker with about a capful of alcohol, mixed and then dipped the flower in the mixture.  I set the flower on paper towels and squeezed most of the liquid out, and then finished drying it with my heat gun.  You can adjust the color by using more or less re-inker.  I used alcohol instead of water simply because it dries faster.

Papers: CTMH Colonial White and Sweet Leaf cardstock, CTMH Emporium
Inks: CTMH
Sweet Leaf, Cocoa, and Vineyard Berry
Embellishments:  CTMH Crochet Flowers, CTMH Twilight Corduroy brad
Tools and Techniques: Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Rectangles Small, 3-D Mounting Foam, Re-inker dying of Crochet Flower
Stamp Sets: True Friends and From Me to You

Now hop on over to Barbra's blog to see what she has created.

If you find any broken links along the way, Jena has the complete list of participants on her blog.