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,

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,

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 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,

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,

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,

Sunday, May 10, 2020

New Product Blog Hop: May-June CTMH Catalog

Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop featuring the new May-June 2020 Seasonal Catalog from Close To My Heart. 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.

This might be my favorite catalog ever. Like EVER! Combine that with #quarantinelife, and you get a lot of cards. Like A LOT!

These first two feature the Stitched Together-Cardmaking set with coordinating Thin Cuts.

I did a video with my Crafty Friends Facebook Group on color theory. I intentionally did green over red to show that "complimentary colors" are great side-by-side but create brown when you sponge one layer over the top of the other. However, I still think this makes a fun card. The colors here are Bluebird, Lemonade, Candy Apple, and Green Apple.

For this card I layered .5x3 inch strips on a scratch piece of paper, cut my "happy" with the larger die then cut the smaller one out of the bigger one. The colors here are Saffron, Thistle, Lagoon, and Paprika.

These next two cards feature the Aurora Cardmaking Workshop.

Both cards feature a cut from the Hello USA Cricut Collection.

The first card features Aurora Paper. I cut the background with Stitched Rectangular Frames Thin Cuts then cut two US maps from plain white cardstock and one from another piece of Aurora paper, glued all three together for some dimension, and then layered the banner over the top. I added the red heart with Liquid Glass and then topped it with more Liquid Glass for some shine.

The second card was done by slicing the map from a 4x5.25 rectangle on my Cricut. I cut two of them from Julep cardstock. The top one I stamped in Julep and Peacock using the Build-a-Plaid set. I then used Liquid Glass to glue a thin piece of plastic on the back. I ran it through my Stitched Rectangle Frame then adhered the second piece of Julep with the US map cut from it to the back. I added foam tape to create a shaker which I filled with Julep and White sequins and Silver Star Confetti. The banner is Peacock cardstock embossed with White Powder.

If you want to see another card using the Aurora Cardmaking Workshop, please link to my post for the Blue Skies Blog Hop.

These final four all use the A Million Little Things stamp set and the mid-sized Rectangle Stitched Thin Cut. The first three also use the Strokes of an Artist stamp set.

Colors here are Lemonade and Sweet Leaf.

The colors here are Wisteria and Sweet Leaf. I cut apart the stamp that says "Friendship isn't one big's a million little things" to make stamping the two separate images on the side and bottom easier.

These last two use sentiments from the current Stamp of the Month: Time to Celebrate.

The colors here are Ballerina and Sweet Leaf. I also have a piece of Sweet Leaf paper from the Mix-Ins Paper suite.

This card features Pebble. I white embossed the rose image on the cardstock then sponged Pebble ink at the edges to create shading. I then embossed the sentiment from Time to Celebrate. If you plan to recreate this card, I encourage you to use the Anti-static Pouch, particularly if you sponge before adding the embossing.

I added Clear Shimmer Pen over the top and then decided my sentiment was getting lost, so I used the gray pen from the Melissa Esplin Calligraphy set to shade around some of the edges. I also used the largest  Rectangular Stitched Thin Cuts to create the frame around the outside edge of the card.

Whew! I hope I didn't overwhelm you, but again...#quarantinelife + my favorite catalog!

Now you're off to Miss Carrie's blog. I can't wait to see what she and everyone else has done with these new products.

Until next time,

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

National Scrapbooking Month - Blue Skies Blog Hop

Welcome to the Blue Skies Blog Hop. You should have come from Lauren's blog, but if you started here just keep going. The hop is a circle so you won't miss any of the projects. If you get lost, head over to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participants.

I am going to trust my fellow consultants to give you wonderful inspiration about how to use this paper and coordinating stamp set as it was intended because I went - hm, how shall I put this? - a little sideways with my project. Actually, I stole this idea from somewhere else, and I wish I'd kept the link because whoever thought this up deserves all kinds of credit. I combined the Blue Skies Coordinating Cardstock with the Aurora Cardmaking Workshop kit (new as of May 1) to create this card...

Isn't that just fabulous?!?! Again, I totally stole the idea. I'm tempted to keep this card for myself because I giggle every time I see it and can't stop myself from shaking that sequins around.

My letters were cut with the Block Alphabet Thin Cuts. I laid them out on a 4.24 x 5.5 piece of white cardstock to figure out placement of the large circle. Once I had the circle cut out, I cut the coordinating globe from the light side of Mink cardstock. I placed my top panel over my card base, glued my globe, then carefully fit it through the hole of the top panel to adhere to the card base. I used the Shaker Window Foam & Acetate which is a bit larger than this opening, but it worked well enough. The filler is a combination of Crafty Loose Sequins and Silver Star Confetti. A stamped the banner in Pewter ink then carefully inked only "You" and stamped it on the far left of the banner. I then carefully inked just "my world" and stamped it on the far right of the banner. I then cut the banner in between the words, placed them where I wanted them to go, and re-ran my top panel with the circle die through my die cutting machine. Once all my pieces were in place, it was a matter of assembly. I decided to add a few more of the Crafty Loose Sequins to draw some of that color to the rest of the card and because, let's face it, sequins is fun!

Now you're off to Stefani's blog. Be sure to visit all the consultants who are participating in this hop so you don't miss any of their fabulous projects.

Until next time,

Friday, May 1, 2020

May SOTM Blog Hop - Time to Celebrate

Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring "Time to Celebrate." You should have come from Katy's blog, but if you started here just keep going. The blog is a circle so you won't miss anything. If you get lost, you can always head to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participants.

Here's a close up of the set.

I absolutely love this font mix!! It's great for cards, but it also works great on scrapbook pages.

My son met the love of his life back in December...of 2011. The met again this past December and have commenced a whirlwind romance. They are planning their wedding already, which is fine with us and her parents because our families have been great friends for ten years. Except for one weekend, their entire romance has taken place over Skype. I started a "Love in a Time of Pandemic" scrapbook for them, and this is the title page.

I used my ink jet printer to print out maps of both Grand Rapids, MI and West Point, NY in color. I then printed out the West Point map again, this time in black and white. I cut a heart into some White Daisy cardstock then trimmed down my color maps to center their two cities inside the heart. A great deal of scotch tape was used in this process.

The banner was created by using the Draw and Cut feature on my Cricut. I used the font from Flower Market and slightly altered a banner from Artistry with Carolina paper. I tied some white crochet thread around the left side of the banner to take up some space because her name is shorter than his. Once everything was glued down, I stamped the sentiments and hand wrote "est. 2020" in the bottom right. A few silver glitter gems in the top right, and I was done.

I'm thrilled with how this turned out. I showed it to Kayla the other day, and she was thrilled too. Frankly, I don't care what my son thinks because this is my gift to his bride-to-be.

Now you're off to Jen's blog. Be sure to visit all of the stops along the way for fabulous inspiration using this great set.

Until next time,

Sunday, April 12, 2020

These Are My People Blog Hop

Welcome to the "These Are My People Blog Hop." You should have come from Darlys' blog. If you get lost along the way, go to Melinda's blog for a full list of this hop's participants.

Here's a close up of the top left cluster. All the images are from the coordinating sticker sheet. The only doctoring I did was to sponge some Saffron ink in the center of the flower.

I used the Pattern #34 from "Make It From Your Heart, Volume 3." I added the white background behind the Saffron photo mats. I cut them to 10x9 inches.

The only other change I made to the pattern as shown in the pattern is to change up the border between the Saffron and Bluebird patterned papers.

I recently went to the Grand Canyon with a fellow author friend. We did lots of research for her upcoming three-book series set there. We also had time to do some personal sight-seeing. It's impossible to capture the grandeur of this natural wonder. But my pictures will include several photos of us together because the best part of the trip was celebrating our friendship.

I think the combination of Bluebird and Saffron is perfect for Grand Canyon pictures.

Now here's a layout with an entirely different feel using this exact same paper pack plus one cut from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.

In addition to the cricut cut, I added some sponging to the house rooftop and stamped the small flower from the coordinating "Love These People" stamp set on the bottom right and added sponging to it. Everything else is just paper and stickers from the These are my People" special.

Now you're off to Michele's blog. Be sure to hop all the way around to see everyone's great artwork with this fabulous special.

Until next time,

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April SOM Blog Hop - O-fish-ally Awesome

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: O-fish-ally Awesome. You should have come from Kim's blog. If you get lost along the way, head over to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

I love this stamp set. I had a great time coloring all the little images then clumping together to create this deceptively simple card.

Here's a close up so you can see the shimmer on the images. I used both the Sapphire Shimmer Brush and the Clear one.

I started by stamping the images in black and coloring them with pencils. I then cut them out. I layered them, continuing to add as many as it took to create the collage. I didn't glue it down though, because I wanted to stamp the sand in Toffee ink first.

After everything was glued down, I flicked the shimmer pen over the top. I decided to add clear shimmer over everything except the sign.

Whenever I make a Clean and Simple card, I try to create as much interest as possible. On this card it was with lots of coloring. I used at least three colors on every image. On the seaweed, I used two colors of green and a bit of brown for the fun of it. Adding the shimmer was another way of creating interest without adding "weight" to the overall card.

FYI, if you decide to recreate this card, you'll want to stamp your sentiment on the sign before you color it. The waxy finish on the colored pencils will resist your ink.

Now it's time to move on to Michelle's blog. Keep clicking through to all the stops so you don't miss any of the fabulous inspiration from these talented crafters.

Until next time,

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

March/April New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop featuring products in the March/April catalog. You should have come from Darlys' blog. The hop is a circle, so if you get lost, head to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participants.

I fell in love with the new Operation Smile set, You Make Me Happy, as soon as I saw it. Of course, part of that might be that my granddaughter is arriving any day now, and my daughter is decorating her nursery with foxes. I adore all the little animals in this set. I chose to use the owl for this card.

I went pretty simple because I was heading out the door for a trip to the Grand Canyon and needed something fast. I love how the stitched frame thin cuts dress this up in such a quick, easy way. I used some paper from the new Mix-Ins paper package. I colored the image with pencils which - after taking a class recently - have become my current favorite coloring medium. I added small flowers from the stamp set to fill in all around. It's great plain as used here, but has the added bonus of being stampable as I did on this card.

The best part about this stamp set is that a percentage of the sales goes toward providing cleft palette surgeries, saving lives of children all around the world.

Your next stop is Kim's blog. Be sure to hop all the way around to glean all sorts of inspiration.

Until next time,