Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Happy Hello - February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! If you have arrived here from the fabulous Michelle Jones' blog, or if you are just starting out, you are in the right place! In case you get lost along the way, you can open this list of all of our particpants right here. This month, our stamp set is A Happy Hello, a set of 15 stamps sure to have you dreaming of Spring blossoms.

I decided to get another scrapbook layout under my belt for this year, and I love how it turned out!

I stuck with Smoothie, Crystal Blue, and Sweet Leaf as my color combo, adding White Daisy for my neutral.  I used Smoothie and Sweet Leaf patterns from the Paper Fundamentals Whimsy paper pack. (I used the tone-on-tone side of the Smoothie, so it may be a bit hard to see here.) I used a sketch pattern from the Magic how-to book to design my layout. I also used regular cardstock in Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf, and White Daisy.  I stamped everything with stamp pads in Smoothie, Crystal Blue, and Sweet Leaf.

The photo mat called for in the sketch was 7x7, but I don't generally care for using odd photo sizes like 6x6. Instead I used the leftover area to create a little floral accent with several of the stamps in the set. I used 3-D Foam Tape to pop the flowers up off of the stems.

The flower designs were a perfect fit for the circle elements called for in the pattern.  I hand cut the Smoothie and Sweet Leaf flowers, and used a circle punch for the Crystal Blue ones. I used Flamingo Dots for the flower centers on the blue ones. (The middle shade is a close enough match to Smoothie for this use and adds a little punch of interest to the flowers.) I used more 3-D Foam Tape to pop up alternating flowers all the way around.  The Cricut title is cut at 7" using the Artbooking cartridge.

I'd love to hear what you think of my layout before you go! If you'd like to shop, all of the links above open in a new window so you can stay here to continue the hop. When you're ready, let's go visit the talented Lucy Kelleher and see what she has for us this time.


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