Friday, October 1, 2021

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Wildflower Friendship

Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring the adorably on-trend set called Wildflower Friendship. If you've been out shopping for home decor at all, you've seen similar items everywhere.

A little blog hop business before we get to my card. You should have come from Darlys'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.

Now if you've been around my blog at all, you know how much I love using tags on cards. The new Buildable Tags Thin Cuts came to my new house, and I just had to use it with that cute fox.

I started by stamping the library card image from the "Date Stamp" stamp set in Mink ink, but instead of using the thin cut that's part of that set, I used one from the Buildable Tags to cut it out. I then added some splatters using my Black Shimmer Brush and set it aside to dry. 

I also a couple other thin cuts. The background is As You Grow paper with the Stitched Rectangles thin cuts and the sentiment is Ballerina paper through one of the banners that's part of the Waterfall thin cut. I also made the tag hole from Ballerina and looped Gold Embroidery Thread through the hole.

The fox was actually really easy to color. I just picked a handful of colors that matched the background paper and started coloring. There's no shading because the images are too small. I only did a little shading on the fox. Once I had her colored, I built my card up in layers, adding foam tape behind the fox to give her a little more dimension. Gold Loose Sequins were added with Liquid Glass to tie in the gold from the tag top.

Honestly, I wasn't completely sold on this stamp set when I first saw it, but it's really growing on me. I can't wait to hop over to Wendy's blog to see what she and everyone else has created to inspire us.

Until next time,

Friday, September 17, 2021

September/October New Products Blog Hop


Welcome to the Sept/Oct 2021 Seasonal Catalog Blog Hop. This catalog is full of Fall and Christmas goodness. This is my favorite time of year, so I'm to see all the wonderful projects by these talented CTMH Makers. You should have come from Krista's Crafty blog. The hop is a circle; you can keep clicking on links 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. 

I'm using the Pumpkin Spice-Scrapbooking set for the most part, but I've stretched them from Fall into other seasons. Here's my first card:

I added a sentiment from the Pumpkin Spice-Cardmaking stamp set as well as some background texturing from the Perfectly Imperfect stamp set with Shortbread and Black inks. Someone recently asked me what the difference was between a "scrapbooking" and "cardmaking" stamp set, and really, the only distinction is the sentiments. But the images--and often times the sentiments--are interchangeable.

If you look closely, you'll see that the coffee cup is checked like the scarf. That's because I cut the scarf so it fit behind the sweater and, as I looked at my leftover piece, I saw that I could get the coffee cup out of it. I love how it looks! I also added polka dots with White Gel Pens, a new product in the Core Catalog that went live on September 1.

This next card is almost identical to the first one but takes us into Winter and Christmas with the addition of an M-sized stamp (only $3.95 US) called North Pole Post.

I sponged a background lightly with Distress Oxide ink then splattered Harbor ink by squeezing the lid of my ink pad together to pick up ink in the lid. I then wet a paint brush and swirled it around in the lid before flicking the brush over my paper. Once it was dry, I stamped the postage images in Candy Apple and Harbor, making use of first and second generation stamping. The sweater and cup were colored using the same watercolor method of a wet paint brush and ink squeezed into the lid. I used Candy Apple, Harbor, Mink, and Toffee inks. The background patterned paper is from the new Mix-In paper, which is my FAVORITE thing about this catalog. Love, love, LOVE that paper!!

And this next one takes us into Spring with other patterns from the Mix-In paper. Told you I love it!

On this card, I used paper piecing for the boot bottoms and lid ink water coloring for the tops. The sentiment was stamped in Clover ink then rolled in Harbor ink. I didn't have and Clover paper, so I swiped the ink pad on plain white cardstock until it was solid, before cutting out the banner. I used one of the dies in the Waterfall Thin Cut set for both banners. The flowers coming out of the boots are stamps from the Pumpkin Spice-Scrapbooking set in Clover and Harbor inks (first, second, and third generation stamping--which basically means you ink up and stamp for first generation, don't reink and stamp again for second generation, and don't ink up again and stamp a third time for third generation). I accented with White Liquid Pearls for my flowers.

And then, just because I love all things fall and pumpkin, I also made this one.

This card uses the Pumpkin Spice paper in addition to the Pumpkin Spice - Cardmaking stamp set. If you visited the Core Catalog Blog Hop that went live last week, you saw that my first purchase was the new Embroidered Borders and Embroidered Circles stamp sets. They add so much to everything they touch! I stamped them in Harbor ink, but my main images are gold embossed. To round out the gold, I added a couple Gold Loose Sequins beneath the sentiment. The circles were cut with the Circle Thin Cuts which "just happen" to be perfectly sized to fit around the Embroidered Circles images. It's almost like they planned it! LOL!! I actually cut the circle with Papaya paper and hand cut the white circle close to the scallops to created a double mat.

I'm still working out of an emergency crafting suitcase that I carry with me every time the army moves us. My household goods don't arrive for another two weeks. Yeah... Soooo glad I have at least a few things to keep my fingers inky. I created this last card using one of the patterns from Make It From Your Heart-Volume 5, but I can't remember which one and can't look it up. I made it in New York at my DIL's house and--as it's HER book--I thought I should leave it there when we headed down to Kentucky. 

Now you're off to ScrappinKaty's blog. Again, be sure to hop all the way through to be completely inspired!

Until next time,

Friday, September 10, 2021

New Core Catalog Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Core Catalog Blog Hop. This is always a fun hop because there is SO MUCH to play with. The Core Catalog products stick around all year long, so I tend to go a little crazy when the new one releases. This year was no different. But before I get carried away, let's take care of some blog hop business. The stop before me is Michelle's Show and Tell with Michelle blog. I'll give you the link to the next one at the end of the post, but if you ever get lost, you can always head over to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participants.

If you follow my blog, you'll notice that the upcoming pictures are a little different. I'm crafting on the road. I packed--and I do mean PACKED--an emergency crafting suitcase because, once your household goods are picked up by military movers, sometimes you don't get them back for a good long while. 

Which is the case here.

I said goodbye to my crafty goodies on August 9 and won't see them again until September 29 if we remain on schedule. So...all of that to say, my pictures look a little different because I don't have my pretty light box to stage things in.

Now I want you to notice something about these two cards. Aside from the cute images, note the small stitch lines. Yes...the girl and the library images from "In a Book" and "Date Stamp" are fabulous, but even as an author--so books are an automatic purchase--these weren't the first items in my cart. That honor goes to the "Embroidered Borders" and "Embroidered Circles" sets because they enhance everything they touch. So does the "Imperfectly Perfect." which looks like spills, splotches, and splatters. (See what I did there? Had to show off the author in me by using alliteration!)


When I open a new Core Catalog, I look for the things that I'll use over and over and over again to enhance the gazillions of cute images that CTMH releases in the course of a year, be it bibliophiles or babies.

Now you're off to Katy's Scrappin' Katy blog. I'm right behind you because--let's face it--these ladies come up with incredible ideas that I can't wait to try.

Until next time (which is hopefully after I get my craft room set up again),

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Grateful for this Life

Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring Grateful for this Life. You should have come from Show and Tell with 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 along the way, head over to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participants. 

As this post goes live, I'm in New York after traveling from Washington State. We're visiting our son, daughter-in-law, and grandson for a week before heading to Kentucky. Yes, it's a circuitous route, but my husband has been tied up with a class and has yet to meet the grandson named after him. So...we go the circuitous route!!

My craft room was packed up about a month ago. I had to work way ahead in order to participate in this month's hop. I decided to go very clean, simple, and straightforward to make sure that my supplies were all current. Here's what I came up with...

I used Ballerina and Flamingo cardstock colors to go with my black stamping. The focal point sentiment was stamped in black, cut out with an xacto knife (centers) and scissors. I added Black Shimmer Brush to it to jazz it up a bit. "for YOU" was stamped in Flamingo after I had the circle and sentiment attached with foam tape. My scissors got a real work out between cutting around the sentiment and creating itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny pieces of foam tape to pop it up, but I think it was worth it!

I had SOOO many ideas for this, but alas, the craft room boxing put a kabosh on my ability to execute them. However, now that the new September/October catalog is live with its plethora of Fall and Thanksgiving themed stamp sets, I have a whole new set of ideas. Hopefully the craft room gets set up soon so I can get this gorgeous set inky again. Like you, I'll be hoping over to Scrappin' Katy's blog and then on to the rest to glean even more ideas from these talented Makers.

Until next time,

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

August Stamp of the Month: Tutti Fruiti


I usually participate in the stamp of the month blog hops. This month I had my project ready but failed to sign up. My brain is in about six different places as we're in the middle of a move. I'm literally typing this as there's a guy behind me packing up my kitchen. Even though I missed participating in the hop, I wanted to post my project.

I had a terrible time photographing this, so please accept my apologies for that up front. The base images were stamped in Pebble, Ballerina, and Lemonade. I then cut three panels at an angle, the bottom one in Lemonade using the Stitched Lattice Background Thin Cut (retiring soon, so get it fast), a plain piece of White Daisy, and then Ballerina stamped in Pebble. I then stamped the lemon image in Pebble on a small piece of Lemonade, cut it out and glued it down. I added the second sentiment in Flamingo over the top.

I think it turned out so cute! I you want to see the other projects, start by visiting Melissa Robinson's blog and click through all the links.

Until next time,


Sunday, July 25, 2021

Christmas In July Blog Hop

Welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Hop. You should have come from Maureen'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 complete list of participants. 

I decided to feature the White Pines paper from the Bring Back My Pack promotion. I loved this paper so much the first time around, and I'm loving it even more with the updated colors and new sticker sheet. 

Before I show you my scrapbook pages, here's the backstory. My husband is in the army and we're getting ready to move for the seventh time in twelve years. In my efforts to organize and purge, I came across some pictures and memorabilia from when my son was a baby. He turns 35 next month, so it's about time I scrapbooked his baby pictures, don'tcha think? Here's page #1...

Cute, right?! I used the downloadable workshop guide at the top of the White Pines Promotion page and altered it for my photos. Some of you are old enough to remember the joys of film cameras. You took a hundred pictures, developed them, and hoped you got a couple of good ones. Well...these ones came out great but I only had the two. I decided to follow the basic layout design, particularly my sticker placement, with a few minor alterations.

This next layout is also with White Pines and my son, but it has a completely different feel.

I used a number of retired products on this, the sequins, gold photo corners, "hello" thin cut, and Creme Brulee pigment ink to be specific. However, the blue paper comes from White Pines and the yellow gingham comes from the Lovely paper suite. The images are from Nursery Days and the name banner was created with Classic Alphabet Thin Cuts. The souvenir birth certificate and birth announcement were things I found in my tub of scrapbooking things. I love how French Vanilla cardstock is the perfect color to pair with these 35 year old items. I decided to show this to you despite the retired products because I wanted you to see how a Christmas themed paper collection doesn't limit how you use it.

Interesting note, the blue pigment ink is actually Blue Belle. It, however, is the perfect Glacier color. While I was somewhat disappointed about that when I first received it, I will get far more use out of the color as is.

Next stop on the blog hop is ScrappinKaty. I can't wait to see what she and all the other amazing Makers have created. Again, the hop is a circle, so be sure you visit everyone to glean lots of great inspiration.

Until next time,

Sunday, July 18, 2021

July August 2021 New Products Blog Hop


Welcome to the New Products Blog Hop for the July/August 2021 Seasonal Catalog. You should have come from Maureen'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 complete list of participants. 

As soon as I saw this catalog, I fell in love with the Doodled Florals stamp set. I stamped a bunch of images and colored while watching TV. When I was done, I had a large pile of images ready to go. I went a little wild, so strap in and hang on...

Here I paired the floral images with a sentiment from Every Bit of Wonderful, which is this year's Operation Smile stamp set. I stamped it in Charcoal on the largest Stitched Scalloped Brackets. I glued it to white paper cut with Floral Background Overlay backed with Linen cardstock. Have I mentioned recently how much I love Linen??? It's so classy! 

For these next four cards, all sentiments come from the Seasonal Borders stamp set.

The background paper on the above card is from the new Mix-In paper. I cut it down using the largest Stitched Rectangle Thin Cut. The sentiment is white embossed on black paper and foam mounted. I also foam mounted some of the flowers for added dimension.

I used Linen paper again, this time running it through the Stitched Lattice Overlay Thin Cut. I flicked Black Shimmer Brush on it before adding it to the card base and layering the flowers over the top. I made liberal use of foam tape to add dimension to the flowers and sentiment banner. 

This one also uses Stitched Lattice Overlay (Kraft) and Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts (Peach), but I cut them down to create my wide and thin bands which I glued to a piece of white cardstock cut with the largest Stitched Rectangle Thin Cut. I stamped my sentiment then sponged lightly with Peach ink to shade it. Then I flicked Peach Shimmer Brush over the entire background. When it was dry. I mounted it to another piece of Kraft paper cut to 4 x 5.25. Before gluing it to my card base, I stamped around the edges of the card in Almond ink. The flowers come from Seasonal Borders as does the sentiment. Once the flowers were glued or foam mounted, I went over them with more Peach Shimmer Brush.

I've had this tag sitting in a pile of "I had a plan for this but it didn't happen and now I don't know what to do with it but I sure don't want to throw it a way" stuff. The tag is cut from Tags and Tabs Thin Cuts and overlayed with a scrap of Canary cardstock I ran through the Stitched Lattice Overlay Thin Cut, glued to the tag, and trimmed with Micro-tip Scissors. I added the flowers, then used a sliver of Black Glitter paper over the top. After threading some white embroidery thread through the tag hole, I secured ONLY the top to my Kraft card base. Then slid the black band underneath to line the top edge with the bottom edge of the Black Glitter paper. It creates a cool offset look. Then I glued down the bottom of the tag and added the frame made with the middle size Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts around it.

I happen to love that there aren't any sentiments in this Doodled Florals set. I have plenty of those, the Seasonal Borders stamp set being the tip of that particular iceberg. 

Speaking of Seasonal Borders... We're nearing the end of the current Core Catalog. Every stamp set, including Seasonal Borders, is retiring. So are all of the overlay thin cuts. The Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts are staying (thank heavens!), but any of the ones that cover a card front are retiring. Also retiring are the Stitched Scallop Bracket Thin Cuts (first card). All retiring items are now available only while supplies last, so if you see something you have to have, get it quickly!!

Next stop on the blog hop is Brandi' R's crzy4scrapbooking. Again, the hop is a circle, so be sure you visit everyone to glean lots of great inspiration.

Until next time,