Thursday, September 10, 2020

September/October New Product Blog Hop


Welcome to the New Products Blog Hop for the September/October Seasonal catalog from Close To My Heart. Fall is my favorite season and sunflowers are my favorite flower. CTMH put them together for me, so I'm a happy girl. I can't wait to see all the artwork on this hop. You should have come from Brenda's blog, but it's no problem if you started here. The hop is a circle so just keep going until you get back where you started. If you get lost along the way, hop over the Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

I made two "over the edge" cards for the hop. Both use the Bloom with Grace-Scrapbooking stamp set. Here's the first card.


The card base measures 4 x 5.5, which a quarter inch smaller in width so I could hang a leaf over the edge. I used my Versamat to measure because I want this to fit in  a standard envelope.


Here's a close up to show you the dimension on the flower. I stamped two in Desert Rose on French Vanilla cardstock, cut one flower around the whole outline, then cut the second one so only the petals that were "in front" showed. Any petal that was tucked behind or overlapped by another went away. I then glued the two flowers together, offsetting them so it looks even more dimensional, and added Bisque Liquid Pearls to the center. 

Other products used on this card include Lovely Borders with coordinating Thin Cuts, Mini-Envelope Thin Cut, and Seasonal Borders stamp set. The paper all comes from the Bloom With Grace suite. The Mini-Envelope Thin Cut is so fabulous! It's in the seasonal catalog, but I sure hope it lives a long time after October in the Online Only section of my CTMH website. 

I went super easy on the coloring, using only two markers in a light green and sunny yellow. I stayed away from the edges to create a little bit of shading in the coloring.

Here's the second card.


I used colored pencils and really went to town on this. I was in a coloring mood and just kept adding shadows and shading. This was also stamped in Desert Rose. The background matte and sentiment banner were cut from Blue Belle, which is the new color of the year. LOVE it! The sentiment banner was cut with one of the dies in the Waterfall Thin Cut. It's designed to make a specific kind of interactive card, but all the accompanying thin cuts in that set are marvelous to use on their own. Like the first card, the off the edge element goes to the 4.25" mark so it will fit in a standard envelope. 

I'm sending this card to my writing partner to celebrate finalling in the Spur Awards again. We won in 2018, then finalled in 2019 and 2020. All the books come from the same series, so it's truly an accomplishment to celebrate. I had to finagle a spur for the other cards, this time I just colored it in because CTMH gave me the perfect image. 

Now you're off to Maureen's blog. Again, the hop is a circle so keep going. You don't want to miss a single bit of inspiration from this new, beautiful catalog!

Until next time,

Becca

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Here for the Memories: Blog Hops with Heart

 


Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring Here for the Memories. 


You should have come from Brenda's blog, but the hop is a circle so you can start anywhere and just keep going. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

A few years ago, I decided guilt over my backlog of pictures needing to be scrapbooked no longer applied. Today's project is a perfect example of why.


Although the picture was taken ten years ago, I absolutely LOVE how it turned out with these brand new products. The photo doesn't quite do this layout justice. The colors in the picture perfectly match the sunflower paper. I used a variety of new products which are available as of today. The background paper and "2010" are from the new Woodgrain Paper (Core Catalog), the sunflowers and green matte are from the Bloom with Grace collection (Seasonal Sept./Oct. Catalog), as is the "stand tall and face the sun" and all sunflower images in the top right corner. 


Here's a close up of that, because I also want you to see the new Liquid Pearl product I used. The color is Bisque. I intentionally did a haphazard job of adding some small, some bigger, and some overlapping so it looked more realistic on the flower centers. I also added touches all around the layout almost like gems. I love how I can create large and small dots and never run out of the right size.

I let the pearl dots dry overnight, and they are completely dry to the touch. No sticky residue. Now that I know how well they work, I'll be rounding out my collection of colors.

All images were stamped in either Fern or Espresso ink. I stamped three sentiments from the Here for the Memories set. Two of them are pretty easy to spot. Can you find the third?

Now you're off to Maureen's blog. Be sure to get all the way around because these consultants are always inspiring, and they have a ton of new things to show you in addition to the stamp of the month.

Until next time,
Becca

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Blog Hop for August 2020 SOTM: Floral Celebration


Welcome to the August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Floral Celebration. You should have come from Lauren's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you get back to where you started. If you get lost along the way, head over to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants. Here's a look at this fabulous set.


I made two cards for you today. Here's the first:


To dress this up, I added Clear Shimmer Brush over the flowers and leaves then added Liquid Glass to the flower centers for extra dimension and shine.

Here's the second card:


I cheated on my coloring. Notice how far outside the lines the color is on the leaves. After I stamped them in black, I turned my stamp over and inked up the back side in Fern or Glacier and stamped over the top. I did the same thing with the medium-sized flowers. I just turned the stamp over to color the main image. To create the red centers, I turned over the small flowers and stamped them inside the centers of the medium-sized ones

Honestly, I wasn't a huge fan of the Summer Vibes paper collection when it first came out, but it's growing on me. I particularly love this stripe. On the second card, I cut it with the Multi-Circle Frame thin cut. I three pieces of plain cardstock with the same thin cut and glued all of them together to create a solid base.

Now you're off to Gina's blog. I'm sure it's fabulous! Be sure to visit all the blogs for plenty of inspiration with this fun floral set.

Until next time,
Becca

Monday, July 20, 2020

Happiest Place Blog Hop


Welcome to the Happiest Place Blog Hop. If you came from Darlys' blog, you're on the right path. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you get back where you started from. Melinda's blog has a complete list of all the participants if you get lost along the way.




For my project, I wanted to go a little outside the box. I know...big surprise. But I'm certain my fellow consultants are giving you lots of inspiration using the product line as it was originally designed.

Here's the "Happiest Place" stamp set. Anything shaded in light blue shows you the shape of the coordinating Thin Cuts.


I decided to pair it with the "Gnome Matter" stamp set. Again, the light blue shaded areas show you the shape of the coordinating Thin Cuts. As I'm typing now, the stamp set alone is available the the stamps with the coordinating Thin Cuts is on back order.













Here's my card:


We just got back from a trip to West Point where my son married the daughter of a dear friend. There were lots of wonderful moments to celebrate, but the first one was walking into what used to be "my son's house" and seeing how it had become "their home." She's decorated in blue and brown, which is why I chose the colors I did. I stamped HOME in Glacier rolled in Sapphire, stamped everything else in Espresso, and used colored pencils on the center image. I also added some shading on "Home sweet" with the Melissa Esplin calligraphy pens. The paper is the current Mix-In paper suite. I didn't think I was going to like that Toffee colored print, but I keep using it. The Sapphire piece is from a Zip Strip in the same paper pack.

Notice the row of little hearts under HOME. That's also from the Happiest Place stamp set. I'm trying to be better about using all the little accent stamps that come in sets. They add so much to the overall project.

The only altering I needed to do to the original HOME stamp and thin cut was to trim off some of the castle flags at the very top.

Here's another card I made using a bit of Happiest Place paper combined with one of the current Hostess Only stamp sets.


The bottom square is Pixie paper stamped in Pixie and Candy Apple inks. I embossed the sentiment banner using Black Pigment ink and Clear Embossing Powder then cut it out using Micro-tip Scissors. The donut is stamped in Ballerina and accented with Red Stickles. I used a hole punch to create a center hole in the donut then widened it using Micro-tip Scissors.

Now you're off to Jen's blog. I'm right behind you. I can't wait to see all the wonderful inspiration!

Until next time,
Becca

Friday, July 10, 2020

July-August 2020 New Product Blog Hop


Welcome to the July-August 2020 New Product Blog Hop. You should have come from Gina's blog, but if you started here that's no problem. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you get back to where you started. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

The first thing that went into my cart when I saw the new catalog was "Joyful Sunflowers." I love sunflowers! And this set is beautiful.



I made three cards with it. Here's the first:


My upline challenged us to use Paprika. I'm not sure why it's not a listed color in the new Timber paper pack because it matches that small stripe in the plaid perfectly. I stamped the flower in Black and colored with alcohol based markers. I stamped the sentiment panel in Mink and the sentiment in Sapphire. I used the coordinating Thin Cut to cut out both the flower and sentiment panel.

For this next card, I used the sentiment panel in a different way.


I stamped in Espresso and Fern inks. Since they aren't archival quality, I used colored pencils on the flowers instead of alcohol markers. I'm in a shaker card kick, so it was fun to "shake it up a bit" with a different cut out other than a circle. I used lots of foam squares to border the shape of the sentiment panel.

For this next card, I went "outside the box" on my colors.


I had created another card which left me with that tiny piece of Candy Apple. Instead of throwing it out, I played with it. I paired it with Ballerina cardstock because I wanted to do something very non-traditional for sunflower images. I think this works.

I thought I was done with this post, but then the new Cricut collections went live so...here are a few more cards:


The picture didn't capture it, but I used the Clear Shimmer Brush on both ice cream cones. It really adds a fun touch. I love that our cardstock is two-toned. I used it to good advantage here (and with the Ballerina cardstock on the last sunflower card) and on the following card.

On these next two, I used this bowling themed stamp set to add decorative elements.




You can see the Clear Shimmer Pen a little better on this card. The diamond border and stamped "this is how we" both come from the bowling set. The woodgrain on the popsicle sticks comes from Joyful Sunflowers because that's what was on my desk, but you could use the bowling set for the woodgrain the same way I used it for the flower petals on this card...



Here's a close up of the flowers so you can see the detail a little better. I used the light side of Smoothie on the main flower which is why the stamped lines show up so well. The orange flower on the far left uses both the light and dark side of Nectarine. I used the same lined image to stamp in Nectarine ink over top of the darker side of the cardstock. It doesn't show up as well. The center of the Smoothie flower shows you what Nectarine ink over top of the lighter side of the cardstock looks like. I used the smallest star image (just to the left of "Let's go Bowling") and stamped it several times, rotating just a bit to create more lines.

I cut the leaves, tag, border, and "Happy" panel from the new Mix-In papers. The "Happy" comes from the Artistry cartridge. The top cluster of flowers included another leaf. I didn't want that, so I just cut it off with my scissors.

The "anniversary," as well as the Happy Birthday on the ice cream cone card above, are from stamp sets in the Core Catalog. I could have used the frame from Strike Up Some Fun for my sentiment. The "happy" from the same set that I used for "anniversary" fits right inside it.

The tags I used on both this card and the Happy Birthday one were released in the May-June catalog. As I'm writing this, the tags are on back order. Hopefully, they will be available soon and (crossing my fingers) maybe show up in the new Core Catalog which will be coming in September.

I bought the bowling set because, in addition to being on a shaker card kick, I'm on a scrapbooking kick for my son and his fiance. As this post goes live, we're at West Point getting ready for the big day. My son and met his future wife met while bowling, so I bought this set to scrapbook a single layout. I'm so glad I found fun new ways to use it.

Now you're off to Krista's blog. Again, be sure to visit all the blogs. I always find tremendous inspiration from these incredibly talented ladies. And with so much new goodness to work with, you're sure to find something that makes you go, "Ahhh!"

Until next time,
Becca

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July SOTM Blog Hop - My Beautiful Friend


Welcome to the July 2020 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring My Beautiful Friend. You should have come from Gina's blog, but you can start anywhere and just keep going until you get back to where you started. If you get lost along the way, head over to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participatns.  Here's a look at this lovely stamp set.


I have so many beautiful friends! I'll be using this a lot. My first card is going to a friend back in Virginia. Before I show you the card, let me tell you just a little bit about Sabrina. When I met her about two-and-a-half years ago, we clicked right away. I asked if she wanted to host an army spouse coffee. The plan was to do it at the chapel, but I had to switch things up at the last minute and do it at her home. We were setting out all the food when I asked, "How do you normally host?" She said, "I've never done it before." I felt horrible. I'd basically forced her into co-hosting with me then made her open her home. And then--a week ago--I found out this shy, retiring woman had agreed to be president of a large group of women on post. I'm so proud of how far she's come!! I wanted to send a card to celebrate her.


I chose colors that are prominent in her home. She has such an artistic flair. I started by embossing the focal image using black pigment ink and clear embossing powder. I then watercolored, including some shading around the image and grass at the bottom. After I added the sentiment, I ran the image through the largest Stitched Rectangular Frame then mounted it to Sangria cardstock before attaching it to my card base.

Here's another card with a completely different feel.


I stamped the background using just the flowers from the same image as the first card. I stamped in both Peach and Ballerina inks. I then ran it through the Multi-Circle Window Thin Cut.I stamped the sentiment, highlighted "My Love" using the bar in peach around the edges then overstamped in Ballerina for a two-tone effect. I colored the stamped images and the Acrylic Hearts with alcohol markers then topped them with Liquid Glass. I'm not sure I'm happy with that, but it looks much better in person than in the photo.

Now you're off to Kathy's blog. Be sure to make it all the way through the hop to see lots of inspiration for this fun, versatile set.

Until next time,
Becca

Monday, June 1, 2020

Blog Hop for June 2020 Stamp of the Month-Garden Tags


Welcome to the June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring Garden Tags. You should have come from Michelle's blog but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you get back to where you started. If you get lost, head to Melinda's blog for a full list of participating consultants.



I have to be honest with you...I had a hard time with this set and I love tags. LOVE them. But I still struggled, so I'm excited to see what everyone else has done. Here's my offering...



I really like all the images, so I wanted to capture pieces of them all together. I stamped in black ink, colored with alcohol based markers, then cut each with the smallest size of the Stitched Square Thin Cuts. I mounted them on a square of black cardstock then added foam tape to the back. I cut my banners from the current Mix-In Paper collection, Julep cardstock, and a thin piece of black which was leftover after cutting down my square behind the main images. As a final touch, I used my alcohol markers to color Silver Gems.

Now you're off to Katy's blog. She always inspires me, so I'm heading there right behind you!

Until next time,
Becca