Friday, August 31, 2012

September Stamp of the Month Bloghop

It's hard to believe school is beginning next week.  The kids are ready (sort of), and I am SUPER ready!

Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  If you've arrived here from {Wendy's blog,} you're in the right place!  I hope you take the time to hop from blog to blog and check out the great cards, scrapbook layouts and 3D items the 50+ consultants have created for your enjoyment.

The September Stamp of the Month, Fall Favorites, is perfect for fall cards and scrapbook pages.  

I really like the small strip of vegetables.  I made a border and colored it with watercolor pencils, and blended it with the Blending Pen.  I love how the Blending Pen makes the colors pop!  I've been seeing lots of people use the Burlap Ribbon.  Such a great addition to the CTMH lineup!

The  new Antiqued Gold Mini-Medley Accents are pretty neat, too.  

The paper is from Flirty, which is the paper with the big pink flowers.  It works great for fall!

Front and back sides of the Flirty paper pack

At first I was disappointed there was no "official" fall paper this time.  But I think these Flirty papers and colors work nicely for fall-themed cards!

The bright pink color is called Flirty Raspberry and the yellow colored paper is Flirty Yellow (catchy names, aren't they?)  They are trendy colors, which are currently only available in this paper pack.  No stamp pad, card stock pack or markers are available separately.  This allows Close To My Heart to incorporate great trendy colors, without the long-term commitment that a full complement of products requires.  It's better for us, because we can incorporate and use the "hot" colors, and it keeps costs down (they won't have to stock the color after it's gone out of fashion.)  It's kind of like putting semi-permanent hair dye in your hair.  It washes out after 5 shampoos.  (or one or two Idea Books)  haha!

Supplies Used:
Fall Favorites (September Stamp of the Month) S1209, $17.95 or $5 with your $50 purchase
Casual Expressions (D1525, $17.95)
Cricut Artiste Cartridge (Z1790, $99)  (I cheated and cut my shape out by hand, but it IS a Cricut shape)
Flirty Paper Pack (X7160B, $9.95)
Card Stock:  Chocolate, Colonial White
Burlap Ribbon  (Z1760, $7.95)
Inks:  Autumn Terracotta, Cocoa for sponging
Watercolor Pencils
Blending Pen
Mini-Medley Accents - Antiqued Gold (Z1786)
Foam Mounting Tape
Glue Dots

But you don't have to use a fall theme for this stamp set, "country" works, too!  To make the "quilty" background, I just cut 1" squares in half, into triangles, and arranged them in a quilt pattern.  I think it would work to make a entire quilt background, but it was 1:00am, and I didn't feel like it.

Supplies Used:
Fall Favorites (September Stamp of the Month) S1209, $17.95 or $5 with your $50 purchase
Casual Expressions (D1525, $17.95)
Pemberley Paper Pack (X7148B, $9.95)
Inks:  Outdoor Denim, Cocoa for sponging
Markers: Buttercup, Vanilla Cream (retired), Bamboo, Lilac Mist (retired), Dutch Blue (retired), Tulip (retired), Smoothie, Chocolate. Desert Sand, Olive
Mini-Medley Accents - Antiqued Gold (Z1786)
Foam Mounting Tape

If you're loving this stamp set, you can shop now on my website.  You could also come to a card class if you're in my neighborhood.  Don't forget, you can still get the It's Your Day stamp set for $5 with your $35 order - now through the end of September!

Now, hop on over to {Sheila's blog}.  Thanks for hopping by!


Sheila Bennett

Cute cards. Really like how you used the strip of images on the burlap.

Sharon Chapman

I've been wondering how to use the paper clips-Now I know. I'll be scrap lifting this card! Thanks so much for sharing this!

Wendy Coffman

Gosh I love that burlap ribbon. Thanks for sharing!

Marg Van Patten

I agree, Flirty is a nice Fall paper! Lovely projects ...I'll be pinning!


Cute Cards!

Gina Brandstetter

Very Nice!


Love how your cards have such different feels to them, both are cute in their own way!

Haley D.

Such striking differences with the different paper packs! Great cards!

Krista Ritskes

Gorgeous work!

Michelle Jones

So cute, love that you used Flirty!



I especially love the Flirty card! Just looks like Thanksgiving to me! Nice job on both cards!!