Wednesday, December 31, 2014

This Moment - Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the January stamp of the month blog hop! If you've arrived here from the talented Vicki Price's blog, or if you're just starting out, you are in the right place. Just hop along until you come back to where you started. There is a complete list of hoppers right here that you can open in a new window in case you get lost along the way.

This month's stamp set is In This Moment, a set of 12 stamps that I will be using over and over again!  The overall theme of the stamp set is love, and I plan to use them for layouts, cards, little gifts, and more.  The trendy arrows and general phrases are useful for tons of other things too.

For today, I chose to scrapbook a two-page layout:

I combined the stamp set with the Heartstrings line from our Seasonal Expressions catalog to highlight these sweet pictures of my girls playing in our backyard when they were little. I also added an extra sheet of Hollyhock cardstock for the second page base.

Combining the stamped element with some sticker elements from the Heartstrings Complements pack makes a nice addition to the title area.

I used the target image on multiple size circles that I cut with the Artbooking Cricut cartridge. A 2.25" circle holds the entire image, as shown, while a 1.75" and 1.25" circles will frame a partial image.  I used a badge button from the Heartstrings Assortment in the center of the full sized circle, and a light pink heart from the Stuck on You Puffies in the smaller target.

I balanced the layout using another target image on the other side. In addition, I added the "XOXO" sentiment to the corner, and used several stamped arrows in my journaling area.

If you are ready to shop, the links below open in a new window. When you are ready to hop along, we'll head to Judy Burger's blog and see what inspiration she has for us this month.

Stamp of the Month
Heartstrings Paper Packet
Heartstrings Complements
Heartstrings Assortment
Hollyhock Cardstock
Stamp Pads in Lagoon, Hollyhock, and Cranberry
Stuck On You Puffies
3-D Foam Tape
Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
MyAcrylix Blocks
Artbooking Cricut Collection
Surecut Deluxe Paper Trimmer

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Masked Scrapbooker Saves the Day!

I'm not talking about a superhero, but rather a super ink technique! Masking tape backgrounds have become super popular in the cardmaking world, but why not use the technique in our scrapbooks too?

I used 2" wide painters tape and simply inked it up on a stamp pad, then lightly adhered it to my white cardstock. After peeling it off, the ink is transferred. Use a new strip of tape for each color, and you have a neat striped design. You could use different widths of masking tape, and cover more or less of your background. 

I love the graffiti style this gives to the background! Adding the doodle-y pattern paper and the casual title font is the perfect touch. I even allowed myself to get sloppy in my stamping, letting the black ink stay on the edges of my stamping blocks and transfer to the paper in places. The only thing I would change after looking at it some more is adding black ink to the edges of that pattern paper. Good thing there's Un-Do!

Want to see some more ink technique ideas?  I have the answers on my Ask CS Answers page! All of the products used here are from Close To My Heart, although some items are no longer available.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Fall is Fun - Scrapbook Generation December Blog Hop

Welcome to the Scrapbook Generation Blog Hop for December. If this is your first stop, you might like to start at the Scrapbook Generation blog and then hop through each link.

I chose a single page sketch this time. I love its clean and simple lines, allowing me to embellish to my heart's desire! I used the Pathfinding paper pack from Close To My Heart, along with the coordinating chipboard embellishments and decorative button assortment. The title and leaves are all Cricut cuts, from the Art Philosophy and Artbooking cartridges.  I inked the edges of all of my papers with coordinating inks, and I added some adhesive gold sequins for a sparkly addition to the Fall theme. Some of the elements are popped up using foam tape for added dimension.

You can find the SG sketches in their books and as downloads in the SG store, and there is a free one every month in case you wanted to try it out. Next on the hop is (enter the next blog in the list here, last person link back to SG), leave a comment on each blog and one lucky commenter will receive a free sketch bundle of their choice from the store.

The winner will be drawn on Monday, December 8th which leaves you one week to leave a comment.

In case you get lost at any point, here is the list all the blogs
Scrapbook Generation blog -
Ruth -
Steffanie -
Devra -
TinaGale -
Lori S -
Cicily -
Pamela -
Katy -
Laura -
Lyne -
Penny -
Laureen -
Casandra -
Sharlene -
Corrina -
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