Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Day 38: April SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we have over 60 consultants sharing awesome ideas using the April SOTM, Typed Note. Typed Note is a set of 13 stamps with lots of sentiments and a vintage flair. You might be arriving here from MELISSA'S BLOG. Let's Hop!
I made this layout using the SOTM and (mostly) the new Jackson paper packet (released April 1st). I was working on a #PICrop challenge to use 6 or more patterns in a page, so the only CS on the layout is the sanded Glacier base. I used an April SOTM sentiment to stamp a line of text across the layout base. 
I stamped the pointing finger and my one line of journaling onto a smidge of Blossom B&T (also available April 1st). I used the Hopscotch alphabet stamps on the Jackson B&T to make my title - these are super easy to fussy cut. I popped those up with foam tape. The flair is from the HeartStrings assortment - you got yours before March 31st, right?
I used almost two sheets of Silver Sequins to build my circle and a lot of sorbet puffy hearts. Then I stitched around the circle of bling with 4 strands of grey sewing thread. I used the stitch guide to guestimate how far apart my holes should be while following the curve of the circle I'd placed.

Don't forget that Typed Note will only be available until the end of April. Click here to order yours or ask your consultant how you can get yours for just $5! Next up on the hop is CAT'S BLOG. Have fun checking out all the Hop goodies!

Here's a few other April SOTM projects I've done:

Monday, March 30, 2015

Day 37: Best Friend Typewriter Card

I had the chance to crop all day with Scrapper's Attic on Sunday, and whip out a few more #PICrop projects. I love getting to spend the day being crafty - thanks for being super dad, honey!
One of the projects I finished was a swap card for Karen Morris's SOTM card swap. This is the April SOTM, and it blows my mind that April is in just a couple of days! I used this cute sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the new Blossom paper pack that's going live on April 1st. I love the colors, so springy and bright! I used an April SOTM sentiment to stamp that Glacier background. I think my fav piece on this card is that rainbow zip strip. 
I used a post it to mask off the sentiment so I could stamp it in two colors. I just stamped it on the post-it once and carefully trimmed out the word BEST. Then I inked the words except the word best in Lagoon ink and stamped it onto my project. I cleaned the stamp and inked only the BEST and stamped that in Sunset, using the post-it mask to protect my lagoon stamped sentiment.  I finished off the card with a few silver sequins, some turquoise glitter gel, and liquid glass on the typewriter keys. 

I'm lovin' this new SOTM - check back tomorrow for the SOTM blog hop to see even more ideas and fun projects with this set.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Day 36: Big Heart Layout

Today I have another layout to share. This one focuses on one of our favorite Preschool teachers ever.
It was. of course, a #PICrop challenge that got me going on this layout. I had this cute pic of Max and Tyra for such a long time. But I only got one pic of that Valentine's Party that was even remotely usable, possibly because it was just before we moved and I was a little weepy so all the pics were blurry. When I saw Jen Chapin's sketch using 3x4 pocket scrapbooking cards I knew just which pic I'd scrap!
I used up some super duper old B&T - on the front it was a creamy yellow with Hollyhock dots, but it's so old the name is totally escaping me. It's old enough that the backside was printed in a monochrome of the front print, instead of the full color double-sided prints CTMH does now. Luckily for me, that pink went beautifully with some of my Heartstrings PML cards. I cannot believe this line is going away in just a couple of days. I'm tempted to order more and hoard it! 
These canvas letters are also from my stash. I surrounded them with extra Liquid Glass and some glitter pen, and stamped the subtitle letters veeeery carefully with Momento Tuxedo Black ink. Because the pocket scrapbooking cards helped the page come together so quickly, I felt like I had plenty of time to stitch these hearts using the stitch guide. Then I added the punched border accent backed with glitter paper and some red glitter dots.

To all you teachers and caregivers out there, a big thanks from me and my boys. We {heart} your big hearts!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Day 35: Mojo Awesome Card

Did you see the Mojo Monday sketch this week? Simple, but cute!
I started out by building a grid of 1x1 woodgrain paper squares for my card base, working off a #PICrop grid challenge. I added a strip of Smoothie striped washi and some Seaside B&T to fill in the sketch.

Then I used the zip strips from Chalk It Up (that's the part you usually just cut off) for my sentiment, backed with some teal glitter paper.  I love that paper grid!
I fussy cut some swirls out of the Chalk It Up paper, and added some shimmer with a clear glitter gel pen. I couldn't resist adding that chipboard smiley face to finish off the card.
So much cuteness to share - back tomorrow with more #PICrop projects to share!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Day 34: Celebrate Your Day Card

I'm working as hard as I can to try to finish all the #PICrop challenges by the Monday due date...we'll see if I can make it.
Today I'm sharing this card for a #PICrop challenge to use two different stamp set on one card. I chose the April SOTM, and Happy Everything, two sets that will be released on April 1st. I thought it was cheeky to tie a cheerful Hopscotch balloon onto this sort of retro steampunk kind of finger. This is my first card for the Fab Friday sketch challenge.
I stamped the balloon onto an extra Hopscotch flower sticker, trimmed it our and added some glitter gel pen for extra sparkle. It makes me a little sad that it's the last chance for Hopscotch, since it's gone at the end of March. I entered this card into the #jrlcreativechallenge this week, too. 


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