Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring October's SOTM, which is called Home for the Holidays, a cheerful set of 7 stamps.  If you have come here from PAMELA'S BLOG, you are on the right path...Here we go!

I've got two cards to share today, because I simple cannot stop making cards with this adorable stamp set. I've got a bunch of cards I've made over that past few weeks linked at the bottom of this post. For my first card I started with the new RetroSketches sketch.I wanted to do a simpler treatment of the house image, so this time I stamped it in Whisper ink and detailed it with a couple alcohol markers.

I added a darker grey color, then took off ink using the blender pen to create texture on the door and chimney. A generous helping of glitter gel snow finished off this scene nicely. I'm linking this up to this week's  Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge.
I wanted to share a closer look at my button treatment. I adhered clear buttons to Lagoon Heart Washi Tape with Liquid Glass. Then on the rimmed buttons I added a ring of green with an alcohol marker. Each button got a silver sequin topper and a baker's twine bow. Swap cards for next weekend - done!
I was all set to post my blog hop card, when I saw the Mojo Monday sketch...and I apparently had one more card in me this morning! I grabbed my scraps of Snowhaven B&T to build the background, highlighting the B&T patterns with my favorite gelly roll clear stardust gel pen.
I stuck to my favorite technique for this stamp set, paper piecing, and I'm linking this card to the H2H Favorite Technique challenge. I've done quite a few cards with this set, all paper pieced in some fashion. I don't know that I've used many of the images whole in my projects. I absolutely adore this polar bear, and I can't believe I've waited so long to add some wiggly eyes onto him. I altered his paper pieced scarf with markers and sparkly gel pen. I grabbed that sentiment from the Trick or Treat Sweets stamp set.
In the top corner of the card I couldn't resist adding my last sparkly black button from my stash bowl. I tucked in a few sequins topped with bitty sparkles, and cut that red heart by hand from shimmer trim to finish off my cluster.

Now "Hop" on over to MARIA'S BLOG to see her festive work! Be sure to visit all 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 October!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set today! If you get lost hopping along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here

Here are some few more projects I have made using this Stamp of the Month...it's been like Christmas in September this last month!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Monthly Memories: Chalk It Up

Patiently waiting scrapbook club ladies - the Chalk It Up pages are finally done! Yay! Instructions will be hitting your inboxes ASAP. I heart you - thank you for your patience!

I was going for a cheery (but not totally school) vibe. Hope you love them as much as I do!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Retro Sketches Bear

As I was making yesterday's card I knew I wasn't quite done with that adorable bear. I saw the RetroSketches sketch for this week and I knew where we were heading next!
I pieced another combo, this time simplified to have just three layers instead of five like yesterday's post.  I stamped him twice in black, and once in cranberry to get his little scarf. 
I gave him bitty sparkle eyes, colored with a black alcohol marker. His nose is Liquid Glass for a raised and shiny look. I used a red alcohol marker to color an old grey button and a random sparkle gem for the center of a glitter button, all of which I had just hanging around in my stash bin, Finally I ran an array of mini staples across the bottom of the card. I'm kind of still on the fence about the staples...sometimes when I look at it I LOOOOVE it... and sometimes I think I went too far. Oh well, one more adorable gift card holder done!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 74

I don't know what's up with me and the holiday cards lately, but I've got a couple more for you this week. Today I'm playing with the October SOTM (coming soon!) and the Atlantic Hearts Sketch #74.
I stamped the background repeatedly with the tag image in Cranberry ink onto Cranberry cardstock, then paper pieced a tag to bring out the image on the right side of the card. The bear is paper pieced in 5 layers, which sounds like an absolute pain, but was really quite simple, ad most of the fussy cutting was simple rectangles. There's a coordinating cricut cut for the postage stamp shape too! I stamped him twice in black, once in Cranberry, and once in Sky ink to get all the pieced I needed. His little scarf has some touches of color with a turquoise marker. 
I loved how his eyes and cheeks turned out too. I just added a dot of Liquid Glass over his eyes for a teensy wiggly eye effect. For his cheeks I dotted the circle with a red marker, then tapped it with the alcohol blender to fade out the color. Some mini staples on the ruby shimmer trim and black baker's twine were the final touches...on the outside...
On the inside I added a little embossed Cranberry CS pocket to hold a gift card.
Here's the original sketch - hope you'll pop over to AHSC and play along!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Warm Wishes Card

I love this little house in the October SOTM (coming soon!), so I knew I wanted to do a sweet little card using that image.
I used the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch, but turned upside down so my snow could be like the banner swoosh. I drew my color inspiration from this week's Color Throwdown. I stamped large snowflakes from Best Christmas onto Whisper Cardstock and sanded it heavily. That's where the sentiment came from too.
Then I stamped the house four times in Sky, Crystal Blue, Pear, and Slate Inks so I could piece it together. I added some stardust glitter gel to the edges for snow and smoke from the chimney. The tree is also October SOTM, trimmed out of the center of the large ornament.  I popped the house and one of the trees up with foam tape to add a bit more dimension to the scene.

Now we're off to the circus - have a great weekend!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mojo Merry Christmas

Sometimes when you see a blog challenge hit your inbox you just know exactly what you want to do. That was the case when I saw this week's Mojo Monday Sketch - and my card idea went perfectly with the Merry Monday Prompt, too! Then I just had to find the time to create.
I embossed the background Cranberry CS panel with the Dots folder. The Glacier stamped panel is a sneak peek of next month's SOTM, and that bit of Black snowflake paper is quite possibly my favorite holiday paper in the whole idea book . 
How cute is this moped?  I colored the moped using Shin Han twin touch markers, then coated with with stardust glitter gel. I took this shot at a big angle so you can really see the glitter! 

I guess I was in a holiday kind of mood, so I've got another holiday card to share tomorrow too. Happy Friday!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 72

Here we go with another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Card
For this card I used one of my favorite new paper patterns in the whole idea book, this fabulous purple and orange polka dot from the Scaredy Cat papers. There's also a smidge of notebook paper from Wanderful that I stamped the globe on if you can see that. CTMH gave us this Here We Go stamp set at convention and I wasn't sure I'd really want to use it, but I'm loving the little bits and bobs included like this arrow border. This black arrow washi tape is fast becoming a favorite fgo-to of mine!
I stamped the globe stand in Slate ink, then ran over it with my favorite Gelly Roll stardust pen. I love that it only took two pens to color my variegated globe, just Turquoise and a blender. I used Lavender to color my sparkles purple to match. There's a bit of Stickles on my wooden star charms.
Here's the sketch. Just pop over to Atlantic Hearts and play along!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Holiday Happenings Mini Album Kits

I know it's just barely September, but if you're planning to get craft for your holiday gifts, it's time to start the projects! This pretty 6 page mini album brimming with cheerful inserts might just be your ticket to holiday joy!
You can order up your Holiday Happenings Kit to be shipped to your home. With full color, picture filled instructions (and no cutting!) you'll be whipping up these beauties lickety split! The more kits you order, the more you save, and shipping right to you is included in the price. You supply the adhesives and optional glitter. Everything else you need is included in the kit!
Adhesives used: Tape Runner, 3-D Foam Tape, and Liquid Glass

Get your Stamping Rules Holiday Happenings Album shipped right to your home!


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