Thursday, June 30, 2011

July SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to our CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring July's SOTM called American Celebration, which is a wonderfully patriotic set of 12 stamps. Of course you can whip up beautiful Americana projects using the images in this set, but how about some Christmas in July?
If you have come here from CARLA'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 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing wonderful 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!

When I looked at the beautiful star collage making up the main star image of this set I thought it would be beautiful for a Christmas tree! So I stamped the star on White Daisy Cardstock using Petal Ink. Then, since you can see right through My Acrylix stamps, it was a cinch to use on of the points of the star to fill in the bottom of my star, creating a purple Christmas tree!

I snipped out my tree shapes (easy fussy cutting for once!) and added sparkle with a bit of Glitter Glitz on the dots and Bitty Sparkles on the bigger stars.
I also did a brayered background on the pleated paper ribbon. I inked the big star in Petal Ink, and Picked up the image with my brayer by rolling the brayer across the star. Then I rolled it back and forth, changing the angle on my brayer on a 2 x 5 piece of White Daisy CS. I repeated this purple star brayering 2 or 3 more times to fill the cards with an airy soft starry background. 

Then I Brayered on a second generation image of the starbust with the trialing dots image in Moonstruck ink - second generation because 1st was way too dark. I added that on with the brayer here and there, maybe 2 times to deepen the textured of the brayered background.

Finally, I direct stamped a couple of the small starburst image I'm using as a snowflake in Petal Ink. Then I cut off three 3/4" chunks of my newly brayered starry night sky and created the pleated ribbon effect on my card front, complete with a pierced stitch-line along the edges of the "ribbon". 

I used that image randomly across the card background too, each time filling the center with Glitter Glitz and topping it off with a Bitty Sparkle. I topped off hte card with part of the Celebrate banner, trimmed out and attached with foam tape on one side for dimension.

Whew! Writing it out it sounds like a lot, but it actually came together pretty quickly. To make this card en masse for Christmas, I'd just brayer a whole 12 x 12 sheet of CS and cut it apart all at once. Same for the random stamped snowflake background - no need to stamp each card front. Sweet!

Now "Hop" on over to LISA'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 July 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).
I'm heading off to Convention in 12 days!! Friend me on FB if you want to see my Convention highlight updates - can't wait! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Studio J Free for All and FREE Stamps too!

If you haven't gotten your FREE Studio J Layout this month, what are you waiting for?! It's fast, easy, fun, and FREE - just pop out to my website and click on Studio J Online Scrapbooking. You can do least for 2 more days, then the free offer is over!

Here's what I made for free this month, a Layout of John and the boys for Father's Day. I turned all the photos Sepia in the Studio J tool, and they let you do Black and White too - so handy!

I added the stitching along the left page using the button hole stitches under the Embellishments category. The new Snap in place guidelines made lining up the tiny stitches pretty easy!

I also resizes the star StickEase to better fit my title area. I love that in digital scrapping you aren't limited to the original look of the product. I added a lot of digital distressing too: Sanding in cocoa to most layers. Just click and BAM! You got sanding, Baby! So easy and no mess to clean up later!

Now get out there and make a scrapbook page! Show me your free Studio J Layout by Friday to be entered in a drawing for a FREE June Stamp of the Month!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Mojo Monday 195

Squeaking in under the wire, this will be two weeks in a row I managed to get my Mojo on! I know it's not Monday anymore, but this week has been nutty with the allergies, so I'm glad I got some major card stamping in today: 55+ cards completed - woo hoo!!

To play along, just make a project using the provided sketch and upload it to your blog or online gallery. Then leave a link to your project on the Mojo Website using the linky widget at the bottom of this post HERE.

Here's my Mojo for this week. I used the Fanfare papers as I am in a birthday card making kind of mood. For someone who makes a gob of cards, I seem to have trouble actually getting to the post office to mail them, so I'm gonna try to be better about that! I swear a birthday card is coming to you, Dayna!

On this card I used my spellbinders scallop die combined with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing folder to create my focal piece. I lightly swiped over the embossed CS with Pacifica Ink on a sponge dauber to bring out the dots and create more texture. The stars are fussy cut out of the Fanfare paper - loving those easy multi colored stars! A little paper banner hung from some waxy flax (using one of my FAVORITE stamp sets from the last year, C1429 Party Pennants ), and a sentiment from the new Card Chatter Birthday and I'm done with this one lickety split! OK - Maybe I spent a few minutes indulging in my love affair with the glitter glitz, but really, who can blame me? Glitter glitz is awesome!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mojo Monday 194

Hello, stampers! I'm back on the Mojo Monday resolution. I lost track of weekly stamping time what with moving into the new house, but this week's sketch was just what I needed to inspire me to get my Mojo back. Click on the sketch to go check out to Mojo fun!

What I was really needing this week was a cute but not too girlie card for my niece's birthday. I used the blue circle print from the Lucky Paper Packet - I love the fading in-and-out circles. I built the card on our new Kraft Cardstock, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite CS choices.

I added some of the (Lucky) Alphabet print on the monochromatic backside to lighten up the Outdoor denim color scheme, and crossed that with Outdoor Denim Organdy and some (retired) adorable flower print grosgrain. I love printed grosgrain ribbon!

I stamped my starburst "scallops" and the flower center pieces with stamps from the June Stamp of the Month, Jubilation. It's such a versatile little set - I remade this card with alternate images for Father's Day and my other Niece's graduation...three birds with one stone! On the Father's Day version I did do a paper ruffle instead of the flower though.

Speaking of my Flower embellishment, it's actually 2 of the medium sized Big Blooms folded in half to create more depth. It made a nice shape to adhere over the knots in my ribbon without 3-D foam tape too! this one Starts "Hip Hip Hooray..." on the outside, and "It's your birthday!" on the inside - still loving that new Card Chatter- birthday set!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

You & Me: Stronger Together – Disaster Relief

This is exactly why I LOVE Close To My Heart & Jeanette Lynton so much! Look at what we can do together to help the victims of the recent tornadoes and flooding in the midwestern and southeastern United States!

News Release from Close To My Heart Corporate Office…
Many of you have asked us if there is something we could do to support those affected by recent severe weather in the US, and we’ve also had requests to extend the availability of the You & Me scrapbooking kit offered during the month of May. We’ve combined those two aims into a single campaign called You & Me: Stronger Together, to raise funds for the survivors of the severe storms that have pummeled the Midwest and Southern states.
During the month of June, order a You & Me kit for only $15 US/ $16.50 CAN (a retail value of $34.95/$38.95), and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross 2011 Floods and Tornadoes relief operations. Simply use item number CC1012B to place your order for this sensational kit and help those in need at the same time. The You & Me: Stronger Together campaign will continue until June 30 at 11:59 pm (MDT) or while supplies last.
Offer valid June 2–30, 2011, or while supplies last. No qualifying purchase required. Tax and shipping/handling charges apply. The placement of the donations is prioritized by the American Red Cross, with all money earmarked for disaster relief from the tornadoes and flooding in the midwestern and southeastern United States.

Click Here to Shop Online Now for the You & Me: Stronger Together Kit or Contact Me to place your outside order.
Even if you’ve already purchased a You & Me Kit in May…couldn’t you use one or two more to give away as gifts!?! It’s a GREAT price for an amazing cause!


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