Saturday, August 1, 2015

Card Workshop With Framed SOTM

Hello and welcome to the August Stamp of the Month blog hop! I'm super excited to see everyone's posts this month because we all have some brand spankin' new products available to use with these versatile stamps.  If you've come  here from  Pam Trostle's blog, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place. Just hop around the circle until you get back to where you started.

I had a lot of fun with this set of 12 stamps, and I didn't even use all of them. I have a feeling that most of my fellow consultants are using the new Zoe line this month, but I chose to focus on our new Cricut cartridge and one of the gorgeous new colors of cardstock that now comes in the Cricut collection. I used them along with a few existing accessories and the Wishes how-to book to make a beautiful set of 8 cards. I used one of the workshops in the book, but only made one of each card design instead of two.


Isn't that new Peacock cardstock gorgeous? I paired it with Lagoon CS and ink, black ink, and the Quatrefoil embossing folder for this card. I love how beautiful simple cards can be! I used some Thin 3-D Foam Tape on the central design, making it super easy to mail.

NOTE: While the new cardstock colors (8 of them all together!) are available as part of the Cricut Artistry Collection now, they are not available for separate purchase until September 1.  Coordinating ink pads are also not available until September 1.


For this card, I stamped the base with an image from one of the stamp sets that comes in the  Artistry Cricut collection. I used Lagoon ink and second generation stamping. I also added some Silver Shimmer Trim.


For this card, I used the Dot embossing folder and sanded the raised dots with the sanding block.  I used the frame stamp to make a background on my center panel. I used small Aqua Dots in the corners of the center panel.


For this card, I used the Chevron embossing folder. This time, I only lightly sanded the raised lines for a distressed look. The sentiment panel is again popped up on Thin 3-D Foam Tape.


Another card using the Quatrefoil embossing folder and Silver Shimmer Trim.


I again used the Dots embossing folder for this card, and layered Silver Shimmer Trim under the narrow strip of Lagoon CS.


This gorgeous Christmas card is my favorite! I love the alternative color scheme. I used the Damask embossing folder and Silver Shimmer Trim. Definitely a case of less is more.


This card shows you can make a card with impact even with scraps. I used the Chevron embossing folder and Silver Shimmer Trim. I popped the sentiment up with Thin 3-D Foam Tape and added some Aqua Dots for interest.

Click on the pic to see it bigger!

Here they are all together. This would make a fun gift set in any color, or an easy addition to your home card "store". You can make it on your own using the workshop in the Wishes how-to book, or if you live in my service area* I would be happy to teach this to your group!

If you would like to shop, the links below open in a new window so you can continue with the hop right here. Remember, when you spend at least $50 you can get this terrific stamp set for only $5 - don't forget to add it to your cart! When you're ready to move along, let's go see what Carol Horton has created this month.

*My "typical" service area covers most of Chicagoland, as well as the I-55 corridor to Bloomington and the I-80 corridor west to the Quad Cities area. I am also happy to visit NE Indiana, or other areas within approximately 60 miles of the 60442 zip code. Not sure if I can visit you? Just ask!

Framed - August Stamp of the Month
Artistry Cricut Collection
Stamp pads in Lagoon and Black
Sponge Daubers
Silver Shimmer Trim
Aqua Dots
Embossing Folders
Wishes How-To Book
Thin 3-D Foam Tape

They're Heeere!!

You may know by now that the new Close To My Heart catalog will not be live until September 1. However, they knew we would all be begging for new stuff already, so there are a couple of new products available beginning TODAY! Including a brand spankin' new Cricut Cartridge and a new My Reflections scrapbook line!  Here are the new items we have available (click the links to see all the info in a new window):

Zoe Paper Pack and coordinating products

Cricut Artistry with Stamps and New Cardstock Colors
Now, check out my first project using these new products!

Click on the pic to see it bigger!

I purchased the Zoe Workshop on the Go, which comes with a stamp set and embellishments, plus a pattern booklet to create a 2-page layout and inspiration for a possible second one. I actually didn't use any of the embellishments on this layout, but I did use the stamp set - in fact, the stamp set inspired my entire layout! I did, however, add a sheet of Canary cardstock, and some Black Arrow washi tape.


"Sunshine" and "makes me happy" are both from the stamp set. As soon as I saw them I knew what I wanted my title to say (thank you John Denver), and how I wanted to design my layout. I cut the sun and the word Shoulders with the new Cricut Artistry cartridge. I stamped the phrases from the stamp set directly on my layout, and I made "stickers" with the Keyboard Uppercase stamp set (I'm SO happy this stamp set was not discontinued after all!).


Here's that fun washi tape, along with the pattern paper from Zoe. The green stripe is actually the zip strip from one of the papers! I used the heart image from the stamp set and some foam tape to make simple embellishments, and I added the "fun" stamp here.

I also used the dashed lines stamp to make journaling lines, using a frame mask the size I wanted my journaling area to be.

I really can't wait to play with both of these new products more this month! I promise I'll share my projects with you here too. I would love to hear what you think of my layout before you go!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Make a Wish!

What kid doesn't love a birthday party? All three of mine love a party, and this mom loves to document them! I think the Confetti Wishes line from Close To My Heart is great whether you have a boy or girl celebrating. Here are a few examples of birthday layouts I made using the paper pack, complements, and assortment.



This layout is really just a large photo mat backed by strips of the various patterned papers. The title and embellishments are complements stickers.


I based this layout on a sketch from one of CMTH's Make It From Your Heart pattern books.  The title is cut from the Cricut Artbooking cartridge, the tag is a complements sticker, and the other embellishments are from the Confetti Wishes assortment. I added a fiber from my stash to the journaling tag.


This is a "boy" version using squares and strips of the pattern paper, a Cricut cut title from Artbooking, and complements stickers.


Here's another "boy" version. I used another title cut with the Cricut Artbooking cartridge, and more complements stickers.


I've shown this fun layout before. In addition to the paper pack, I stamped some pattern paper using a former stamp of the month set. I also added a title and embellishments made with the same stamp set. Note: while this particular stamp set is no longer available, there are several other sets perfect for birthdays on the website.  Look in the Occasions stamp category for ideas!

I did add a few sheets of cardstock from my basic supplies for page bases. But even after all of these fun layouts, I still have some decent scraps of paper left, as well as a few embellishments from the assortment and some complements stickers. Perfect for making any birthday cards we need in the next little while.

Monday, July 27, 2015

I Did a Bad, Bad Thing

But I'm going to make up for it!

I completely forgot to share with you my latest published layout. The July issue of Create magazine is online and free for download.


My layout uses papers and stickers from Pink Paislee, handmade paper, shapes and words cut with the Cricut, and more.  To see a better quality picture, more great Readers Gallery projects, free sketches, and more in 277 beautiful pages, head on over to Scrapbook Generation and download your free copy today. You can also download the sketches from the magazine free in their online store.

I even have a special offer for you today! You can save 10% on your first purchase with SG using this link. I highly recommend their sketchbooks, which you can purchase in hard copy or digital form.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jump On It!

Welcome to our Jump On It in July blog hop! If you've arrived here from Haley Dyer's blog, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place. Here's the scoop on Jump On It in July:

This month's special offer is a one-of-a-kind chance to get your favorite set of Hostess Reward stamps without hosting a party, for only $5. Or, you can choose July's Stamp of the Month for free. All you have to do is purchase $25 in current, retail priced stamps and the choice is yours!

There are a lot of great stamp sets to choose from, and I'm sharing two of them today. This first card uses the Hats Off stamp set along with the masculine Jackson papers.


My card design is from the Wishes pattern book, and I used the Happy Birthday stamp from the set on the inside. This is a great masculine set, but that clock could make some pretty feminine birthday cards as well.


My second stamp set is Happy Hexagons, and I chose to make this card using only cardstock to show you how to really take advantage of this special.


The sentiment and hexagon border images are from the Happy Hexagon stamp set. To get this set, you can buy the other two sets I used for this card, and there are tons of other possibilities for the three sets.

The single flower is from the Shower Flowers stamp set ($13.95).





The allover patterns are from the Botanical Backgrounds stamp set ($17.95).





The background patterns can easily be stamped tone-on-tone, like the pear panels in my card, or can be colored in, like my white panel. I used our watercolor pencils on my card, but you could also use our Shinhan markers with great looking results.


Remember, this offer is only good for the month of July 2015, so be sure to jump on this chance while you can!  If you are ready to shop, you can use my picture list below. The links open in a new window so you can continue on with the hop as soon as you're done. When you're ready to move along, let's go see what Pam Ellison has created for us!

Shopping List for Card #1:

Jackson Paper Pack
Wishes How-To Book
Kraft Cardstock
Stamp Pads in Glacier, Barn Red, and Cocoa
Hats Off - Promo appears in cart when you qualify!








































Shopping List for Card #2:

Cardstock in Pear and White Daisy
Make It From Your Heart - Vol. 2
Stamp Pads in Pear. Glacier, Sunset, and Canary
Watercolor Pencils
Shower Flowers Stamp Set
Botanical Backgrounds Stamp Set
Happy Hexagons - Promo appears in cart when you qualify!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Life is Wonderful! - July SOTM Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Stamp of the Month blog hop for July! This month's stamp set is Life is Wonderful, a set of 8 stamps that would be totally at home on a card, a scrapbook page, or home decor. If you've arrived here from Krista Hershberger's blog, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place! We'll continue around the circle until you get back where you started.

I particularly love the look of the chalkboard technique with these stamps, so I chose to use that on a scrapbook page. I used a sketch from the Reflections book for my design.


While you can certainly create a chalkboard look with other ink colors, I love the simplicity of the white. It also looks particularly striking on the black cardstock when used in a monochromatic project like this. I added two Cricut cuts from the Artbooking cartridge, and stamped a border using the arrow stamp and Topiary ink.


I used a masking technique to leave a gap in the frame, rather than have it stamp through the "wonderful" image.

Remember, you can get your set of stamps for only $5 with a $50 order. If you'd like to shop for any of the products I used, the photo links below open in a new window. When you're ready to move along, we'll go see what project Nancy Womersly has for us this month.

Products used:

July SOTM
Blossom Paper Pack
Cardstock in Topiary, Sweet Leaf, & Black
Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment
Stamp Pads in Topiary and Sweet Leaf
White Daisy Pigment Stamp Pad
Cricut Artbooking Collection
Round Sponge

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