Saturday, March 31, 2012

April SOTM Blog Hop!

Welcome to our CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring April's SOTM, which is called "You Are..." , a awesome set of 15 cool stamps!

If you have come here from KATY'S BLOG, you are on the right path! This month we have over 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's original 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 created a Lego Wall hanging for my super particular oldest boy. He create all kinds a ..well...hmmm...interesting mini men combos, and gets very upset when his younger siblings (ages 4 and 2...not the gentlest of lego handlers) break his creations.

I used a silver Ikea frame that I bought ages ago for like $10. I used a 5-minute epoxy (pheew!) to adhere the Lego blocks I stole from Gabe's stash to the front of the completed frame. After an overnight cure, the blocks are super sturdy and he can attached and detach his mini-men creations easily!



Here's a close up of the stamping on the mat that came right in the frame. I randomly stamped all the images in the set using his favorite Lego colors: Cranberry, Pacifica, Sunny Yellow, and Pear. Then I overstamped with the grid image (my favorite) in second generation Grey Wool. I went back through and stamped with the actual lego blocks as well, so there are little pear colored Lego logos and block outline shapes as well. Finally I added dots of sparkle with Silver Glitter Glitz.  The lining paper is the backside of some retired Fanfare star print paper that I stamped repeatedly with the line image in Sunny Yellow ink.

And I'm linking this to the Moxie Fab Household Items Challenge - they've got a gob of super fun challenges posted right now! I'm also linking to a fab new blog recommended to me by the awesome Julie from local scrapbook store Whimzee's: Today's Creative Blog Get Your Craft On Linky Party. Really amazing projects - go check it out!


I also wanted to use the April SOTM stamps in a more girlie way - so I made a flower card! I used Sketch 159 from the Card Patterns Blog - they always have the cutest sketches! I chose the Color Throwdown #185 scheme - in this case, Grey Wool, Blush, Pear, and Black. I am a big Sweet Leaf gal, so Pear was a bit of a stretch for me. That why I love color challenges - makes you reach for a pad you are neglecting! Finally, since I am also a super flower loving gal, this set was a little butch for me (says the woman with three boys)...so I took heart from the Moxie Fab DIY Your Own Embellishments Challenge and made some fun 3-D flowers using my Art Philosophy Cartridge! I cut them in three sizes starting at 3/4", curled the petals on each layer, attached them in the centers with white eyelets (remember those? I think I forgot how to use my crop-a-dile, lol) and topped the eyelets with self adhesive sparkles. The ribbon I got with a Groupon at my local scrapbook store, Life's a Scrapbook, so I don't know who makes it - but I loved it enough to buy 5 yards for my stash...in two colors...just in case...

Finally, I did two embossing treatments on the background for the Heart 2 Heart Embossing challenge. I inked my Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder with Powder Puff Black ink I picked up at the Quick Quotes booth at CK this year. Then I debossed the background with the inked folder! For the bottom half I used the cleaned folder to emboss the dots, which I sanded to expose the fabulous white core of our cardstock! There - girlier than I thought possible...and that grid stamp is going to be living on a block on my stamp table for a while!

Now Hop on over to HAYEY'S BLOG to see what wonderful craftiness she's got up her sleeve! Be sure to visit all of the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great SOTM  and other fun ideas!

Remember, the SOTM is only available for one month, so contact your consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set for just $5!


Here are some other projects I have made using the March Stamp of the Month...
You Rock! You Rule! Card (ruler lines)
Monday Motivations Team Card
Spring Floral Card
Super Hero Thank You card





21 comments:

Pamela O'Connor said...

Both your projects are fabulous! Really like the girly card. =)

Elizabeth said...

Oh My Word I totally love the Lego Man Display and so would both my boys! Great idea :)

Sarita said...

I LOVE THAT CARD!!!!

Dawn said...

Wow! Way to show how versatile that stamp set can be! Great projects!

Lori said...

love both projects! the lego man display is ingenious.

Tamytha said...

Ok...where do i start? First of all, your lego display project is FABULOUS!! My son was disappointed though, that he couldn't see ALL of your son's mini figures. LOL
Your "girlie" card is absolutely beautiful! Great projects, great use of the SOTM, and great post! So glad you were able to joing us at H2H this week!

Patti said...

LOVE both your SOM creations Wendy!

Haley D. said...

Your son's lego frame is such a cool idea! He is going to love that. Your card is beautiful! I like how you show boyish and girly ways to use the same set.

Broni said...

What a great wall hanging for your son and your card is just beautiful! Thanks for playing along in our Color Throwdown challenge this week!

Jen Rubio said...

Wow Wendy!! Your Lego frame is so neat (very original idea!) and your card is beautifully stunning as well. THANKS for inspiring me with your creativity! :)

Kristine Ponte said...

Wow! what a lot of stamping! way to go girl :)

Allisa said...

Love your card! Thanks for playing with us at H2H!

JulieChats said...

Great job, Wendy! That is SO cute! :) You should definitely link it up to Today's Creative's Tuesday link party too!!!

Cath said...

Hey Wendy! Thanks for linking this up to the Household Items Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Krista Ritskes said...

This is just incredibly creative! And your card is just adorable.

Katy said...

My son LOVES Legos and my soon-to-be-born daughter's room is pink, black and grey...what a great post!

Mary Gunn FUNN said...

Great post - great idea for your little Lego guy and a gorgeous card for the H2H embossing challenge! thanks for sharing!

Cath said...

Hey Wendy! Thanks also for linking this up to the DIY Embellishments Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Christina said...

What a fun Lego project! I'm sure your son loves it.
Your card is just so pretty, Wendy. Love that gorgeous ribbon and the flower embellishments. Thanks for joining us this week at Card Patterns!

Eva Friesen said...

Love that card!!! Beautiful work

Lalia H. said...

My boy recognized the skeleton Lego mini fig and got sooo excited. I'm loving the idea of your frame even more these days!

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