Friday, May 31, 2013

June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello!  Happy June!  If you know me, you know I love flower stamps.  Lucky me, June is a flower stamp set!

Welcome to the June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  If this is your first time hopping, you read the blog posts and at the end of the post, there is a link to the next blog.  You can go around until you hit all 60+ ladies.  It's very fun to see what the different consultants have created with the same stamp set.  This month the Stamp of the Month is called A Flowering Bunch (S1306).

If you've arrived here from Krista Ritskes's Blog - welcome!  If you're just starting here, check it out, leave a comment if you like and have fun hopping around the blogs.  

My first thought was to stamp the word "Thanks" on top of the flowers in the same color (I used Topiary).  

I thought that looked kind of cool.  Then I colored in the flowers with the water color pencils and used different colors of Glitz Gel on the flower centers.

I used Topiary Ink, Cotton Candy Card Stock and B&T (patterned) paper from the Chantilly paper pack (X7163B).  I also like to use colored paper clips.  Lucky I had a Cotton Candy colored paper clip to tie my grosgrain ribbon on!

On this card I stamped the swirly flower design in Pacifica, then used the BACKSIDE of the same stamp and used it as a fill-in Sky.  That was pretty fun -- no coloring!!  I did use a Sky marker to make some swirlies on the petals.  I think gel pens would work great there, too.

I used a 3/4" punch with Buttercup card stock for the flower centers.  I tried the Gold Glitz Gel on some of them (didn't like it very well).  I did like the Goldrush sponged around the edges of the other centers.

I think it will look more finished with a Pacifica this.

Then I stamped the "Thanks a bunch" in Pacifica in the empty spots.  I actually think the words would have been better curved.  More fun...what do you think?

I also used a green and orange gel pen on this version of the card.  You can't tell in the pictures, but the subtle glittery ink is a nice effect.  Actually, Glitz Glitter Gel would be good here, too!  (can't have enough glitter, I always say...)

If you want to buy any of the goodies shown here, check out my CTMH website - you can even find some great deals under Shop and  "While Supplies Last."

If you want to hop onto the next blog - click here to go onto Kami Welter's Blog.  Happy Hopping!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I just got back from my Alaska Scrapbooking Cruise - so much fun!

I just got back from a week of crafting on my Alaska Scrapbooking Cruise!  It was so much fun!  (Actually, the best cruise I've been on in a long time.)

We ate, we drank, we crafted, we laughed.  All in our 24/7 dedicated scrap room!  :)  Fabulous!!

Every day we did a craft project.  Here are some of them

This is Close To My Heart's My Creations Craft Container.  I love how the Chantilly Cricut Flowers make it beautiful!

Supplies Used:  My Creations Craft Container (Z1833, $3.95), Chantilly paper pack (X7163B, $9.95), Chantilly Textiles (Z1819, $8.95), Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge (Z1686, $99, stamp sentiment is included with the Cricut Art Philosophy set), Hollyhock stamp pad, round sponge, Liquid Glass (for adhering the flowers together), Pearl Opaques (Z1336, $2.95), Glitz Glitter Gel (Stardust).  

Other:  Terrifically Tacky Tape

We did a 6-card workshop from 1 piece of B&T (Claire Paper Pack - X7166B)) patterned paper (plus a container for your finished cards).  I also used a Slate stamp pad. round sponge and Pearl Opaques (Z1336, $2.95)

We also made a little decorated post-it note cover.  I love making these at Christmas time for teacher gifts.

More soon!  We also made two mini-scrapbooks!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Love the new Dream Pop paper for National Scrapbooking Month!!

I absolutely LOVE the Dream Pop Paper Pack that Close To My Heart is doing for National Scrapbooking Month (which is happening NOW).

The bright colors - tangerine, banana, mint, grey, raspberry, strawberry (are you getting hungry??) are all really beautiful!

I was inspired by my downline Michele, who showed me this fun diagonal-foldy card style.  I decided to create a card with the Dream Pop and Pinwheel Stamp of the Month stamp set.

Take a 4"x11" piece of paper and score it diagonally (upper left to lower right corners).  (If you fold the opposite way, from right to left, the card doesn't work right.  Do a test run first on crummy paper before using your nice paper.)  

Then fold the card in half to form a 4" x 5 1/2" card (approximate).

I wanted to use Dream Pop paper for the solid sheet, but with the varnish on the page (makes it shiny), it was very difficult to score and fold.

I love how easy it is -- AND you could use up all your extra paper up this way!

I decorated it with the May Stamp of the Month's Pinwheels.  Love that stamp set.

The folds you create in the card make great pockets, too.  You could tuck some money or gift card in the inside pocket.  (I put a Glue Dot in the front side pocket, just to keep it it doesn't open.)

The green circle on the front is made with the Irresistibles (Frames).  I sponged with Pear.

All in all, a great, easy card to make (that uses up a lot of paper).  LOVE IT!

If you want to get your own pack of Dream Pop Paper, click here, start shopping and place at least a $35 order.  Did you know if you ordered $40 in (other) stuff, you could get the Dream Pop for just $10 AND you could get the Pinwheel Stamp of the Month for just $5

Supplies Used:
Cricut Art Philosophy & Artiste Cartridges (pinwheel and tags and stamp sets)
Dream Pop Paper Pack (only available until May 31) - Place a $35 order and get the Dream Pop pack (24 sheets of paper) for just $10!

Card Stock:  Lagoon, Pear, White Daisy, Creme Brulee
Inks:  Lagoon, Pear, Sunset, Slate
Irresistibles, Frames (Z1843, $3.95)
Brads:  Silver, Pear (retired)
Other:  Glitz Glietter Gel, Ric Rac, Toothpick, Sponge Dauber