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,

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Taking It All In

Back in May, CTMH hosted an album retreat centered around the five senses. They apparently didn't sell out because the exclusive stamp set called Taking It All In is now available for purchase (click HERE). 

Here's a look at this versatile set.

I popped that in my cart right away because, in addition to the unique sentiments, there are some fun icons. My favorite is the large flower. 

Let's take a minute to talk about those sentiments...

The album retreat was centered around the five senses. It's a different way to document life which is why the sentiments aren't found in other scrapbooking stamp sets. And for me, I have two new grandbabies. That means lots of discovery of sights, sounds, and smells. 

This will be one of the sets I never allow the movers to pack. I have a handful of them that, should they get lost in a move, would break my heart. I have so many ideas for both cards and scrapbook pages!! I'm thrilled that the stamp set became available, but I'm guessing there's a limited supply. Once again, here's the shopping link for this set.

Additional supplies used for this card are:

  • Flamingo Ink
  • Evergreen Ink
  • Raspberry Ink
  • Nov/Dec 2020 Mix In paper (retired, striped paper at top)
  • July/August Mix In paper (leaf pattern paper at bottom
  • Ballerina cardstock
  • Evergreen cardstock
  • Circle Shaker Thin Cut
  • Stitched Rectangle Thin Cut
  • Shaker Window Foam and Acetate
  • Leaf Layer Thin Cut
  • Julep Loose Sequins (retired)
Off to make more pretty things!

Until next time,

Thursday, July 1, 2021

July SOM Blog Hop: Strong Roots


Welcome to the July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring Strong Roots. Here's a look at this lovely set.

 The hop is a circle. You should have come from Brandi's Crzy4Scrapbooking blog. You'll head to Gina's blog next. If you get lost along the way, head over to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

I went very simple on this card. I embossed the images in gold on Distress Watercolor cardstock then used watercolor pencils to color. Once it was done, I ran it through the largest Stitched Rectangle Frame and mounted it on card base with foam tape. That's it! he hardest part was being patient enough to let the watercolor paint air dry.

Now head over to Gina's blog, and be sure to keep hopping until you make it back to where you started so you see all the inspiration provided using this beautiful stamp set.

Until next time,