Tuesday, January 31, 2012

February SOTM Blog Hop!

Welcome to our CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring February's SOTM, which is called Thoughtful Tidings, a stylish set of 11 sentiment stamps! 

If you have come here from MELISSA'S BLOG, you are on the right path! This month we have 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their 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!

This month I made these delightful pages using the Roxie Paper Packet for my Monthly Memories club that meets on Friday. There's a lot of love and detail on these pages, which I've expanded on below, but here's a close up of the embellishment cluster I created using three of the images from the February SOTM. First I cut Colonial White CS to fit each image using my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. I stamped the Hugged sentiment onto the ticket in Cocoa Ink, then distressed twice, first with Tulip ink on a sponge, then with Cocoa Ink on a dauber. It gives a bit more dimension to the inking and sharpens the edge of the Tulip sponging.

For the Main frame image I inked the stamp in Tulip Ink, then I used the leafy vine image form the Roxie WOTG stamp set inked in Cocoa ink to "Kiss and Twist" over the surface of the inked stamp to create that pretty tapestry effect. Just keep inking, then pressing the stamp and twisting across the surface of the bigger stamp until you're happy with your marbling. Then "huff" warm air over the marbled stamp before stamping it onto your surface, in this case a Cricut diecut that matches perfectly! I pierced holes all around the diecut stamped image and detailed the line of holes with a Cocoa marker to create the faux stitching. I layered the pieces together using 3-D Foam tape and popped a heart Rolled in Tulip/Cocoa inks behind my frame along with a sparkly Bling Assortment beaded pin!

I put more pics and explanations below if you want to see more of the layout details and techniques, or you can  "Hop" on over to KRISTA'S BLOG to see her crafty work! Be sure to visit all of the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! 

Remember, this SOTM is only available until the end of February. Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set for just $5!

Here's a close up of the left page.  I cut the big frame on my Cricut using my Art Philosophy Cartridge. The butterflies are also from my Art Philosophy, cut as a solid and as a decorative layer. I cut the deco-layer apart so I could  make each butterfly be a bit more unique. I attached the butterflies with bling pins that are bent in half and tucking into the page elements.


 I stamped the title using the new Keepsake Alphabet debuting in the new catalog on February 1st! I stamped it in Cocoa ink, then double stamped it without reinking to get a slight shadow to my scripty text. It also comes with a plethora of tiny alphabetized sayings, so I added one of those right below my bigger title, accented with a couple of Bitty Sparkles

See that lovely wide stitched red ribbon at the bottom? It's actually just cardstock!! I was so pleased with how well this technique worked. I embossed a line right along the edge of my Cardstock Strip.  I did it just 1/4" inch in from the edge on each side. Then I flipped it over and sanded it with the fine grit side of the sanding block. The embossed line turns white. Next I used my CTMH piercing Ruler to pierce the holes along the embossed line, which makes the CS looked stitched along the sides! A bit of a notch on the ends and I have faux stitched - faux ribbon! 

Here are some other projects I have made using the February Stamp of the Month...


And I'm linking this to the Paper Issues All We Need Is Love party - go check out the adorable love projects going on there too!!

11 comments:

Krista Ritskes said...

Wow, Wendy, this is stunning!

Susan Brooks - The Closet Stamper said...

Love your embellishments! Great layout.

Pamela O'Connor said...

Love everything about this layout! Scraplift worthy! =)

Maureen said...

Everyone stole my words-- stunning, beautiful and scrap lifting worthy! Thank you for sharing. Maureen CTMH

Amy Callaway said...

Add me as another fan - beautiful layout!

Kristine Ponte said...

Ditto! on all counts, also, I really appreciate the time and detail you've put into this creation and this post! It really makes it worth the stop on your blog and the potential of future followers and admirers :) thanks so much for your inspirational work :)

Judy said...

Beautiful layout!

Terrie in AZ said...

Very pretty Wendy and I love that sentiment you used from this months set. Your little one looks very Huggable!

Mary Eisen said...

WOW! Great details and layouts! love the colors too! Thanks for sharing!!!

Haley D. said...

Your layout is terrific! I love how you clustered the stamped images, especially covering the big frame with a different sentiment.

Patti said...

Wow I loved everything about your layout and use of this SOM Wendy!

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