Saturday, December 5, 2020

Operation Smile Blog Hop: Every Bit of Wonderful

Welcome to the Every Bit of Wonderful Blog Hop. We're so excited to feature this special set because, with every sale, $7 is donated to Operation Smile. This organization goes around the world performing surgeries on cleft lips and cleft palettes, saving lives and giving smiles. You should have come from Haley's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle so keep going until you get back to where you started from. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog where she has a list of all the participants. 

I'm guessing that most of my fellow CTMH Makers will be featuring the beautiful floral images so I wanted to do something a little different. There are lots of great sentiments so I used all of them.

My colors were inspired by the Lovely paper pack, which is were the gingham on the right comes from. My original idea was to use the flip side of that paper. It has lots of flowers on it. As I was assembling the card, I realized there was too much pattern, so I used the flip side and...voila! Love how it adds some texture without taking away from my stamped words and cluster of flowers. I used Canary, Ballerina, Sage, and Blue Belle. I used foam tape to attach it to the card base with the gingham already glued down. To add extra interest, I stamped the Blue Belle sentiment on a separate piece of cardstock, cut it into a fishtail, then foam mounted it over the top of the column of sentiments.

I stamped the flowers in Sage ink and colored with alcohol markers. After cutting it out, I mounted it with two pieces of stacked foam tape on the far right and glued it directly over the banner on the left side. The final touch was dots of Ballerina Liquid Pearls. I am IN LOVE with this product. I've been adding little bits of shimmer to almost every card I'm making these days. 

I haven't decided if I would like this better if the background sentiments were in just Canary and Ballerina. The Sage sentiment feels a little bold for the background. But...

What do you think?

Now you're off to Brenda's blog to see what she has to inspire us.

Until next time,


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

December SOM: Happiness Never Grows Old

Welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Happiness Never Grows Old. You should have come from Haley's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you get back where you started from. If you get lost along the way, head over to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

I love pretty floral images, and this set certainly has those! 

I colored one of the large floral images plus the individual flower and some small leaves with alcohol markers then cut them out with Micro-tip Scissors. I layered them over the top of the Stitched Lattice Background and a sentiment stamped on a Hexagon Thin Cut. After everything was down, I added drops of Black Onyx Liquid Pearls. To create dimension, I used foam tape to mount the Stitched Lattice and central flower image.

Now you're off to Brenda's blog. I can't wait to see what everyone has created with this gorgeous stamp set!

Until next time,