Sunday, August 31, 2014

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring September's SOTM, which is called Family is Forever, a sweet set of 7 stamps. This month we have 80 (!!) Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this lovely SOTM and other great CTMH products. If you have come here from PAMELA'S BLOG, you are on the right path! You can find a complete list of participating consultants HERE

So I've already done a number of projects using this stamp set (linked at the bottom of this post), because I am in love with this sweet tree image. So I knew I still wanted to use that image, but I wasn't sure how I was going to do it. I browsed my favorite sketch blogs, but I kept coming back to the current Mojo Monday Tall and Skinny Sketch. I kept telling myself that this tree was too large for a tall and skinny card, but apparently I won't listen to myself! I masked a circle using a post-it Zindorf style, and sponged on my clouds and grass sticking to the Color Throwdown challenge colors. I used Pacifica, Olive, and Canary/Creme Brule, plus a bit of Colonial White Pigment ink sponged where I needed to lighten the clouds. Then I stamped my Tree over the top using Memento Tuxedo Black
I hit up my stash bowl, where I drop all my odds and ends from previous projects to create my embellishment cluster at the bottom corner. I colored some metal words with alcohol markers. Then I used my Stardust Gelly Roll to dot across the words and blended that with my finger. I topped that off with some Platinum Stickles, also blended with my finger which really added some depth to the colored metal. I used the same combo around the edge of my moon for a bit of shimmer.

Now hop on over to JEN'S BLOG to see more fabulous September SOTM goodness! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set for just $5!
Here are a few more projects I have made using this Stamp of the Month...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Practical Scrappers Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Sometimes I don't know where the time flies. It's time again for our monthly Practical Scrappers Scrapping Our Stash Hop! You can find the complete list of scrappers HERE. You should be arriving here smiling from all the crafty goodness of CHRISTINE'S BLOG
Believe it or not, I actually put my hoop project on the back burner and did a layout this month. I have a set of six IKEA RIBBA Frames that I bought just before we moved from Portland. I made my hubby hang them in the entry way...where they have hung, empty and neglected all summer long. Now that I'm hitting the boxes with family photos, I decided it's time to fill those 10 x 10 frames. I used some of my hoarded and retired Timberline Woodgrain paper and a bunch of washi tapes to scrap my first frame. I want to put a heartfelt saying about family and home in each frame along with a picture of my sweet family.
So...the stamp image I used is actually a sneak peek at a stamp set that's not coming available until September - but I've had it since July! I inked the tree up with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink, swiping the pad down to take off most of the ink I had applied. Then I went all around the edges and all over the hearts with my favorite shimmery Stardust Gelly Roll Pen to make that tree something special behind my quote.
I used a bunch of different washi tapes from my stash.The red chevron, silver geometric, and slate polka dot are CTMH.  The others I've had in my stash a while, and I think I got them at Michaels. I should write the manufacturer inside the washi rolls so I can remember who makes them. I ran a double line of stitching all around the layout and across my washi tape Banner. I had to bust into a new package of my favorite Keyboard Alpha stickers, and I'm gonna cry a little when my stash finally runs out! I think I've got plenty to finish all six frames, though. I'm planning to bring the colors, woodgrain, and kraft letters through all six frames to make a nice display in my entry. 

Next up if the fabulous craftiness of Bobbi at Vintage Muse Designs. Have fun! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 70

Wow! The last week just slipped by me between my little guys getting sick (just glutened, but ugh!) and canning tons of peaches and plums. I'm hopefully getting my paws on tomatoes this week...hooray for salsa!! I managed to fit in a bit of stamping this weekend, and it felt oh so good to get inky!
I grabbed some of the new Seaside papers to fill in the sketch. I wrapped the card base in both hemp and baker's twine. The pearls I used in the bottom corner are retired, but I colored them with a couple colors of Shin Han markers so they would be variegated in color. I outlined the main focal area with Stickles.
I was inspired by a card I saw on Facebook by Kathy Valunas - she did such pretty things with the new Shin Han Markers and this stamp set called Treasured Memories that I had to give it a try myself. I colored each shell carefully, using the blender pen to smooth out my colors and lighten the centers. I just followed the sketchy shading in the image to decide where to place my lighter and darker colors. Then I went back over the shells with a glitter gel pen to add a bit of sparkle. 

I hope you'll pop over to Atlantic Hearts and play along with this week's challenge!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 69

I'm back with another September SOTM sneak peek! This time I'm playing with the new sketch over at Atlantic Hearts. Being the lazy but picky stamper that I am, I wanted to play with ways to bring color to this pretty tree image faster, simpler, and easier!
My color inspiration came from the current ColourQ challenge. I chose Cocoa, Lagoon, Sunset, Sweet Leaf, and White Daisy to match the colors. I inked the tree with Sweet Leaf Ink, then used a corner of my Memento Rich Cocoa pad to ink up the trunk and drag the brown off into the branches. I love to use the pad texture to add texture to stamped images. Here a dragged and pulled the pad corner as I inked so that the tree would be textured.  
Here's a closer peek at the swiping ink technique. For the sentiment I swiped the pad over the LOVE image for texture, and then I pressed firmly across the bottom for more of a textured ombre effect. I wanted clouds for the background, but I haven't yet managed to find stencils in my lengthy (and hopefully accelerated as soon as the boys return to school) unpacking process. So I grabbed the flower image from the same set and stamped it all over the background in 2nd and 3rd generation to get a wisp of pattern. I'm loving all the colors of Stickles I nabbed at the last CK. On this card alone I used Turquoise, Cinnamon, and Orange Peel. I'll have to put my glitter gel drawer on Instagram for you!

I hope you'll hop out to Atlantic Hearts and play along this week!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sept SOTM Sneak Peek

I'm getting ready for my team meeting next week, so my table is filled with September SOTM right now. I wanted to something with heat embossing, so as I was browsing through the CASE Study Blog Hop I was excited to come across Heather's pretty embossed card. Here's my take on Heather's card, so I can link up to the CASE Study Anniversary hop!
I used the new Chalk It Up papers, which were a perfect fit for the Color Throwdown combo this week. I used the sketch over at Freshly Made to define my layers. I used B&T for the base just like Heather, but I chose a bright Sorbet for my card base and embossed it with the cute new Arrows Embossing Folder. I wrapped the card base in Lagoon Hearts Washi tape.
Since I didn't have watercolors at hand, I grabbed sponges instead. I heat embossed the tree using White Daisy Ink and Clear embossing powder. Then I sponged in rings using Sorbet, Sweet Leaf, Lagoon, and Slate Inks to get the watercolored look the Heather had in her card. I stamped the banner sentiment from Lifetime of Happiness (which might just be my favorite set right now) in Slate, cut it out, and popped it up with 3-D Foam Tape. I hope my team likes this as much as I do when we make it at our meeting!


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