Tuesday, May 31, 2011

June 2011 CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Time for the June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  If you just arrived from {Lisa's} blog, you are on the right path.  This month there are over 50 Close To My Heart consultants participating in our round-robin blog hop.  We are featuring the June 2011 Stamp of the Month Jubilation, a set of 24 stamps.

It is PCS season (that means "Permanent Change of Station", or moving season for all of you non-military types), so that means several of my friends will be moving in the next few weeks.  I used the stamp of the month to make a few "good luck" cards.  These cards were made using the pattern for card 1 of the greetings card workshop in the book Wishes by Jeanette Lynton.  Two sheets of cardstock and one sheet of B&T paper give you all the pieces you need to make 16 cards.   This stamp set is perfect with the greetings card workshop, because you can make a bunch of cards for a variety of occasions faster, simpler, and easier.  Three pieces of paper and one stamp set!  I LOVE easy!

Papers: CTMH Sweet Leaf and Juniper cardstock, CTMH Creative Basics Wings
Inks: CTMH
Cocoa, Juniper, and Sweet Leaf
Tools and Techniques: Wishes, Direct-to-paper ink distressing, sponging, 3-D Mounting Foam
Stamp Set: Piece of Cake

Remember, Jubilation is only available June 1-30, 2011.  Contact your Close To My Heart consultant, or click here, to order one for yourself.

Now hop on over to {Georgia's} blog to experience her Jubilation!

If you find any broken links along the way, Helen has the complete list of hoppers here.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop Featuring Buttons

Welcome to the May 2011 CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop featuring buttons.  If you've just arrive from {Luisa's} blog, you're on the right path.  If you are just starting here, you can still enjoy the whole hop.  Our hop is a circular hop, so just click on the link at the end of each post to take you to the next stop on the hop.

One thing I love about CTMH is that the accessories and embellishments match the inks and papers perfectly.  However, sometimes you want to do something a little different.  I wanted to incorporate a patterned button into my card, so I made my very own designer buttons using a patterned paper, Liquid Glass, and a few clear buttons.

 To do this, simply cover the back of your button with Liquid Glass, then place it on the paper.  Press it down to ensure no air bubbles, and every few minutes press down again to ensure it stays even (notice the one on the paper is raised up on one side, you don't want your final product like that).  Once it is dry, cut around the button, sand the edges if necessary, use your Piercing Tool or Embossing Stylus to poke through the holes, and then attach to your project.

I made my card following Mojo Monday Sketch 190, and the H2H Challenge (All Buttoned Up).   

 Now hop on over to {Nikka's} blog to see what she's put together!  If you find any broken links along the way, Wendy has the complete list of hoppers here.