Sunday, October 31, 2010

November SOTM Blog Hop!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring November's SOTM called  A Little Thanks, a set of 16 stamps.

If you have come here from Wendy's Blog, you are on the right path! If this is your first stop, you may want to go back to Helen's Blog and start from the beginning!

This month we have over 70 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I just love this SOTM! I always want to keep my cards fresh with new sentiments, and this set is packed full of cute new Thank You stamps. I used Bamboo Textured CS for the background, swiped with Chocolate ink. This card is great for using up the little scraps of patterned papers that seem to accumulate - you don't want to toss them, but there's not enough for another page. I cut out the big "Thanks" and popped it up with foam tape. I used my CTMH Eyelet tool kit to punch the dotted border across the red striped paper at the bottom, letting the bamboo CS show through. A quick and easy adorable card!

Now "Hop" on over to Kathy's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the November SOTM is only available until the last day of November! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

Road trip!

I got a creative block tonight while working on my swap for Leadershare next week. I finished my sample card and I just couldn't decide if I was done or not...waffle...waffle...

Finally I decided I needed to work through my block on Studio J.  I whipped out 5 layouts in no time, a big mood booster for me!

Here's one of the new layouts available in the Members Only area. I don't usually do tipped layouts like this, because I like things to be fairly symmetrical, but here it was so easy, since all the layout is done for you. I really like the new feature where you can drag photos into adjoining photo wells to make the photos switch spots. I tried out the new red eye removal tool too - super easy! The kit papers I chose are called Expedition - a retired kit that I've always loved. Going on this road trip felt a little like an adventurous expedition, so I thought it was only fitting!

Check back on November 1st for the November SOTM blog hop!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Late night papercrafting!

OK - this is an oldie but goodie project. I while back I bought some of these wooden paperclips from Oriental Trading Co - painted white laready nice and sturdy...and affordable! I added some B&T papers (from Sonata...old school CTMH!) ribbons and a big Just Blooms flower and voila! Gabe's teacher birthday gift for tomorrow is born. 

I wanted him to make a card too but he was totally wiped after school today, so I adapted this neat flippy chirstmas card frame we made last year into a card that wasn't too overwhelming for him to finish off. His picture is on the front, and when you flip it open inside, he stamped a border around the middle and drew pictures with glittery gel pens.  He wrote "Love to Teacher Gina" across the top plus his own name a gob of times in sparkly purple gel pen. Not bad for an overtired and cranky 4 year old!


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