Monday, October 31, 2011

November Stamp of the Month Bloghop!

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Bloghop!  This is where 50+ Close To My Heart consultants all use the same stamp set (Cherish the Day, S1111), they post their creations, and you get to see a grand circle of creativity, as you hop to and from blog to blog.  It's fun!  If you've arrived here from {Debra's blog}, you've come to the right place!

In case you haven't seen it yet, here's the stamp set, Cherish the Day (you can click on it to see it larger):

The first project I had was in an inspiration I had last night to make Shrinky Dink earrings.  I know, it's a little weird, but, hey, why not!?

What I Used:
Cherish the Day (S1111, $17.95 or $5.00 with your $50 CTMH purchase)
Shrink plastic (available at your local craft store)
Permanent Ink (I used Staz On Purple)
Sanding Kit (Z1294, $3.50) I used the fine grit sand paper
A Fine Tip Sharpie (I wrote the date by hand, but you could stamp it, too)
Heirloom Assortment (Z1635, $5.95) 
Earring thingys (yes, I don't know what these are really called)

So first, I gently sanded one side of the shrink plastic.  I sanded diagonally both ways, then across, to make sure that I did a good job "roughing up" the plastic.  (I'm not sure you really need to do this if you are using permanent ink.  I do know if you're using regular CTMH markers you need to rough up the surface so the water-based ink has somewhere to go, instead of just sitting on top the plastic, where it will rub off.)

Before and after shrinking

After decorating the plastic, you put it in the oven to heat up (you can also use a heat gun).  The shrink plastic gets super small, like 1/2 the size...and the plastic gets thicker.  So fun!  Be sure to punch any holes you want BEFORE shrinking.

I decorated with the Heirloom Assortment.  I have to get copper colored earring thingys to put in the top.  I only had silver, so that's what I took a picture of.

 I also made this card with the Elemental paper pack.  I stamped each month on a 1 1/2" x 4" strip in a color that seemed to "go" with the month.  On each strip I am going to write funny memories from over the months (years) and/or what I love about her.  I was inspired to make this card because one of my best friends (since 2nd grade) was here last weekend.  Every time we see each other, it's like no time has passed, even though it may have been years.  I love that!  Everyone needs a friend like her.  :)

Supplies Used:
Elemental paper pack (X7141B, $9.95)
Card Stock:  Sunflower, Colonial White
November Stamp of the Month (S1111, $17.95 or $5.00 with your $50 order)
Harvest Happiness (C1463, $13.95)
Mocha Opaques (Z1333, $2.95)
Stamp Pads:  Autumn Terracotta, Sweet Leaf, Chocolate (leaves)
Stamp Pads:  Sweet Leaf, Sky, Holiday Red, Cotton Candy, Sunset, Pear, Topiary, Dutch Blue, Spring Iris, Cranberry, Sunflower, Chocolate (months)
I just typed the words "You're a friend for all season" on my computer

Hope you had fun looking!

Now HOP on over to {Melinda's Blog} to see what kind of fun she has for you!



Cute, colorful card!

Krista Hershberger ---- Krista's Crafty with CTMH

Cute ideas :) Great job! I really like the once a month journaling idea too!! Thanks for sharing! :)


neat idea on the earrings, and I LOVE that card!


I like the frienf for all seasons-- that would be a cool card.


Hi Lisa,
I love the Friend for all Seasons card, it's a great idea. I made some earrings from the Heirloom embellishments, but yours are very original.


Melinda Everitt

Absolutely adorable projects! Your earrings are so cute. I would absolutely wear these!

Arlene Bonsma

Love the friend for all seasons card, great idea!

Krista Ritskes

Ha! Earrings, ingenius! Your card is super cute, too.

Haley D.

Your card is absolutely precious!

life documented

Cute earrings and what a wonderful card for your will be able to laugh over the memories I'm sure!