Tuesday, May 31, 2011

June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

Welcome to our CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring June's SOTM Jubilation, which is a super versatile set of 24 stamps. This is a stamp set loaded with possibilities!

If you have come here from SHEILA'S BLOG you are on the right path. If you get lost, you may want to go back to Helen's Blog to find the entire list of blog hoppers!

This month we have over 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their artistic creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Hopping 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!

Since this month's set can be used for so many special occasions, I wanted to make a simple, quick card that could be adapted for any occasion. Here I used Bamboo cardstock, dry embossed on a angle to create an elegant diamond background. I added a stripe of Bliss B&T (the floral and the stripe), plus a bit of Colonial White Crochet ribbon. Topped off with the Cake from the Jubilation set and the Celebrate fireworks sentiment (see tip below), this would be a nice birthday or Wedding card (if you chopped off the candles). I accented the dry embossed background with Opaques self adhesive pearls, and added some Glitter Glitz to the cake frosting.

One quick tip on marker masking - the sentiment I used here is the word "celebrate", but in the set that word is embedded in an image of fireworks. I simple colored just the word with my Cocoa Marker and stamped it without the fireworks background. Sometimes I feel like my Cocoa marker just isn't as dark as I'd like when doing a marker masking technique like this, so I like to dab the brush tip of the marker onto my freshly inked Cocoa Pad to make sure that my markered image will be as dark as I like it to be. You could also trim the image apart to use the word separately, but since this one is so small, marker masking seemed the way to go!

You could easily adapt this card to any of the images in that set, subbing in B&T patterns for the dry embossed CS - there are loads of possibilities, all in this quick 5 minute card!

Now "Hop" on over to LEANNE'S BLOG to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants in the hop to get some great crafty ideas for more fun projects! Remember, the June SOTM is only available until the last day of the month. Be sure to ask your CTMH Consultant how to get yours FREE (or click here) - and don't forget to order your absolutely FREE Studio J jpg file, this month only! 

Monday, May 30, 2011

June SOTM - thank you, Marry Gunn!

I have to share this super card idea from a fabulous fellow CTMH Consultant, Mary Gunn. Clever Mary used the adorable June SOTM to create this BATMAN card! I had to make one of these as soon as I saw it, of course. Gabe has flipped over this card, and I can't stop humming the theme song - thank you Mary Gunn!
To make my version of Mary's awesome idea, I cut a strip of 1 1/2" by 5 1/4" Grey Wool CS. I put that in my trimmer and made some cuts into the strip every so often, randomly spaced, but always double cutting by shifitng the paper jsut a smidge between cuts to create a bunch of tiny slits. I trimmed those off with my Micro-tip scissors and snipped the resultant "buildings" into multiple heights. To add a bit more color I used some of my hand punches to pop out "windows" in my buildings and backed those with Sunflower CS. A bit of Glitter Glitz for a starry sky and our call for superhero rescue is complete!

Come back tomorrow Wednesday for more June SOTM ideas - the Blog hop is coming!
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