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CTMH October SOTM Blog Hop

By Helen | September 30, 2013

The October Stamp of the Month: Scandinavian Wishes is a pretty stamp set that would make lovely Christmas Cards.  I can see the decorative heart also being used on greeting cards and the border used on scrapbook pages.  Eliminate the sentiment, and the bracket shape is a great journaling square.

I’ve been swamped with a few other things and didn’t have time to play with this stamp set…but, that doesn’t stop you from enjoying all the other beautiful artwork!  So…grab a cup of your favorite beverage…sit back and be inspired by all the projects everyone has come up with.  Follow the hop to get LOT of ideas that YOU can take and duplicate with this wonderful stamp set. If you arrived here from Michelle’s blog you’re on the right path.

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Are you inspired by this blog? One of the ways you can help support this blog is by ordering your Close To My Heart products through me. You can order from me 24/7 at: http://heleno.ctmh.com or email me at helen@hookedonstamping.com.

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October Stamp of the Month: Scandinavian Wishes

Did you know that CTMH puts up the instructions to create the artwork shown below (the same that’s shown in the Idea Book for the SOTM)?  Yep!  You’ll find the information on my website under Promotions.  The instructions will be available there through October 2014!

Start Shopping Now

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Now “hop” on over to see what {Lori} has created.

 

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CTMH September SOTM Blog Hop & Tutorial

By Helen | August 31, 2013

Subway style quotes or posters are being seen all over the place…and with the CTMH September SOTM, putting a quote on a card, layout, bag, or…wherever you’d like is super easy!

I was drawn to the winter one and opted to go with something in jewel tones.  Some clear embossing, masking to add color, metallic edging and a twist wrap this all up…now to decide from all the gorgeous sentiments as to what to put inside…or maybe a family photo!

Here’s a detail shot so you can see the embossing a bit better…it shows up a lot more when you have it in your hands.

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage…or a tall cool drink if you’re in the sweltering heat…sit back and be inspired by all the projects everyone has come up with.  Follow the hop to get LOT of ideas that YOU can take and duplicate with this wonderful stamp set. If you arrived here from Lucy’s blog you’re on the right path.

Materials Used:

Tutorial follows…

For those that want to skip the tutorial “hop” on over to see what {Michelle} has created. 

If you get lost along the way…here’s the complete list of all hoppers.

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Are you inspired by this blog? One of the ways you can help support this blog is by ordering your Close To My Heart products through me. You can order from me 24/7 at: http://heleno.ctmh.com or email me at helen@hookedonstamping.com.

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September Stamp of the Month: Poster Tidings

Did you know that CTMH puts up the instructions to create the artwork shown below (the same that’s shown in the Idea Book for the SOTM)?  Yep!  You’ll find the information on my website under Promotions.  The instructions will be available there through September 2014!

Start Shopping Now

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Tutorial

Cut a 7″ x 10″ piece of White Daisy cardstock and fold to create a side-fold card base.

Cut a 7″ x 5″ and 3/8″ x 4″ piece of the Gypsy patterned paper.

Cut a 3.25″ x 6.5″ piece of the Multi-color Paisley patterned paper.

Cut a 2.75″  x 5.25″ piece of Black cardstock.

Using the Gold Metallics Marker, edge all patterned papers and the Black cardstock.  Tip: Put both arms against a table to help steady your hand…unless you want a more freeform, squiggle look…then, slide the edge of the marker along the papers.


Cut a 3″ x 5.5″ piece of White Daisy cardstock.

Tip: Take time to season your stamp first and test it out on a scrap before using it on your project.  For the stamp I used, I put it on a block, then rubbed the stamp over my arm.  You can also use the Rub & RemoveTM Eraser…but that take a little longer.

Stamp the sentiment using Versamark ink on the White Daisy cardstock.  Apply embossing powder, covering the entire image.  Tip: I have my embossing powder in a plastic container with a lid.  I can slide my cardstock, with the stamped image into the embossing powder, then shake off the excess.  Tip: Leaving a little extra cardstock on the edges helps with holding the cardstock while embossing…giving you a little wiggle room so you don’t get your finger in the image.

Using the Craft Heater, carefully heat the image until the embossing powder changes from a powdery look to a glossy look.  Tip: Keep the heat gun moving, and far enough away to prevent burning the cardstock.

Allow the embossed image to cool.

Using Crystal Blue ink, a Sponge Dauber and a piece of scrap paper, mask off a section of words as desired.  I had started with just the words Joy and Noel, then went back and added the smaller words above each of them.  Tip: After sponging, use a clean paper towel to gently wipe away any excess ink left on the embossing…being careful to not spread it onto other areas.

Using the Gold Metallics Marker, edge all patterned papers and the Black cardstock.  Tip: Put both arms against a table to help steady your hand…unless you want a more freeform, squiggle look…then, slide the edge of the marker along the papers.

Mount the sentiment on the Black cardstock.   Wrap the thin Gypsy patterned paper around the sentiment, securing on the back.
For the Twist Tie, cut a piece to wrap around the sentiment and secure to the back on the left, leaving the other end free..  Take a smaller piece, approx 2″ long, and tuck it under the free end, then secure the free end to the back.  Twist the ends together and angle cut the ends.
Add Aqua Dots as desired.  Now…all that’s left, is to add a sentiment or family photo to the inside and mail to your family and friends!

Now “hop” on over to see what {Michelle} has created.

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Topics: blog hop, Cards, Laughing Lola, Poster Tidings S1309 | 9 Comments »

CTMH September SOTM Blog Hop List

By Helen | August 31, 2013

Here’s the complete list of all the participants in the CTMH September Stamp of the Month (SOTM) Blog Hop. If you get lost along the way or want to refer to it over and over again – this is the place to come.

Melinda Everitt http://www.ifyoublingit.blogspot.com
Kathleen Androlewicz http://BowlOfStamps.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Mindemann http://www.ejoym.blogspot.com
Michelle Johns http://www.myflightsoffancy.com/blog
Wendy Coffman http://www.stampingrules.blogspot.com/
Kim Schnoor http://www.creativehands-hearts.blogspot.com/
Traci Godbee http://www.createwithtraci.com/
Allisa Chilton http://rockymtnpapercrafts.blogspot.com/
Susan Brooks http://stampingintheopen.blogspot.com
Beth Naumann http://www.bethscreativeblock.blogspot.com
Georgia Hauglid http://inkygeorgia.blogspot.com/
Lucy Kelleher http://www.love2createitall.com/
Helen Onulak http://www.hookedonstamping.com
Michelle Jones http://www.michellejonesva.blogspot.com
Dawn Heuft http://stamptildawn.blogspot.com
Tamra Pope http://tamrascraftypapercreations.blogspot.com/
Maria Myers http://www.stampmomma.com/
Vicki Price http://priceofpaper.blogspot.com
Judy Burger http://www.makingtimeformemories.blogspot.com
Laurie R. Newton http://www.scrapsfromthebeach.com
Carla Ironside http://carlacreates.ca
Teresa Scrivens http://www.creatingwithinkypaw.com
Melissa Laverty http://www.fancymelissa.com/blog
Maureen O’Sullivan http://somethingtoscrapabout-maureen.blogspot.com
Pamela Ellison http://pamsclearlycraftycorner.blogspot.com/
Michelle Loncar http://michelleloncar.blogspot.com
Jen Patrick http://roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com
Priscilla Gotham http://www.priscillaspaperie.com
Haley Dyer http://inkyscrapper.blogspot.com
Lisa Sargent http://www.lisasargent.net
Brae Montgomery http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com
Krista Ritskes http://simplycreatingtogether.blogspot.com/
Krista Hershberger http://kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com/
Jen Rubio http://JenRubio.blogspot.com
Nikka Geers http://www.nikkageers.blogspot.com
Shirley Ross http://www.momnmescrap.blogspot.com
Joy McHargue http://www.studiowowjoy.com/
Wanda Riley http://Creatingwithwanda.blogspot.com
Adeline Brill http://www.adeline-brill.blogspot.com
Sheila Bennett http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com
Sarita Schraeder http://www.blessedscrapper.com
Jill Lucas http://scrapwench.blogspot.com
Lori Brown http://www.savingmine.blogspot.com
Angela Tutton http://www.tuttonstreasures.blogspot.com
Dawn Ross http://iamahappystamper.blogspot.com
Kami Welter http://www.scrappin4memories.blogspot.com/
Katy Taylor http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com
Mary Eisen http://mestamp2.blogspot.com
Lalia Harris http://www.craftylalia.blogspot.com
Gina Brandstetter http://gmbscrapper.blogspot.com/
Karen Fullam http://www.enrichingmemories.com/
Nancy Womersley http://nancysheart2heart.blogspot.com/
Kristine Ponte http://kponte.blogspot.ca/
Jean McNulty http://stampinmaui.blogspot.com/
Judy Faye Garner http://judyfaye.blogspot.com
Pam Jarrett http://www.pam-jarrett.blogspot.com/
Terry Ann Diack http://terryanndiack.blogspot.com/
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CTMH Autumn/Winter New Product Blog Hop

By Helen | August 14, 2013

With the new CTMH Autumn/Winter Idea Book comes a New Product Blog Hop.  I’m excited to help share some of these great new products with you.

I love CTMH’s How-To Books…and the newest, Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 is awesome!

  • 48 pages
  • 16 two-page layouts
  • 2 single page patterns
  • 12 different card patterns.
All of the layout blueprints include cutting diagrams, full-color artwork and helpful hints for creating the projects.  Most of the layouts include two artwork samples.
Softbound, lightweight and easy to carry to crops, this is a must have addition to your tool box.  Oh…and at $7.95 retail, it’s super affordable.

I have a great layout in mind using this…however, my shipment was delayed in transit and didn’t arrive in time.  So…on to plan B.  What can I do with what I have on hand?  Ah…a card!

This card features the new ProPlayer Level 2 Paper Pack, the Tech Speak stamp set and the ProPlayer Assortment.

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back and be inspired by all the projects everyone has come up with.  Follow the hop to get LOT of ideas that YOU can take and duplicate with this wonderful stamp set. If you arrived here from Michelle’s blog you’re on the right path.

Materials for Yellow & Blue Card:

Tutorial follows…

For those that want to skip the tutorial “hop” on over to see what {Elizabeth} has created. 

If you get lost along the way…here’s the complete list of all hoppers.

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Are you inspired by this blog? One of the ways you can help support this blog is by ordering your Close To My Heart products through me. You can order from me 24/7 at: http://heleno.ctmh.com or email me at helen@hookedonstamping.com.

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August Stamp of the Month: A Chocolate Affair

Order the August Stamp of the Month at full price…or get it FREE with a $50 purchase.

Did you know that CTMH puts up the instructions to create the artwork shown below (the same that’s shown in the Idea Book for the SOTM)?  Yep!  You’ll find the information on my website under Promotions.  The instructions will be available there through August 2014!

Start Shopping Now

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Tutorial

Using the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2, cut the pieces for Pattern 23 on page 44.
Using the Foam Tool and Black ink, edge distress the edges of all papers.  Tip: Did you know the Texture Tools can be washed?  That’s right!  I like to use an empty yogurt container.  A drop of dish soap and about an inch or so of water.  Squish, squish, squish.  Then, rinse the container & the Texture Tool.  I put clear water in the container and squish the tool until the water is clear.  That way, there’s no ink hiding up by the handle.  If I need to reuse the tool again immediately, I just squeeze the tool with an old towel until the tool feels mostly dry.
Stamp the Game Controllers in Ruby on a scrap of White Daisy cardstock and cut out.  Tip: When cutting curves, turn the paper, not the scissors to get a clean edge.
Use 3D Foam Tape to attach the Pacifica square and the Game Controllers.  Tip: For the Game Controller on the right, there’s 3D Foam Tape under the edge that overhangs the Pacifica square and adhesive under the rest.  This way, the part that overhangs is supported.
Add one of the new self-adhesive Badge Buttons from the ProPlayer Assortment.
Now…how can this card be used?
  • Birthday card for a gamer
  • Invitation to come play
  • Congratulations card – especially for my son who recently got a new job :-)

Now “hop” on over to see what {Elizabeth} has created.

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Topics: blog hop, Cards, ProPlayer, Tech Speak C1566 | 7 Comments »

CTMH Autumn/Winter New Product Blog Hop List

By Helen | August 14, 2013

Here’s the complete list of all the participants in the CTMH Autumn/Winter New Product Blog Hop. If you get lost along the way or want to refer to it over and over again – this is the place to come.

Kathleen Androlewicz http://bowlofstamps.blogspot.com/2013/08/autumn-winter-new-product-blog-hop.html
Sheila Bennett http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com/2013/08/one-way-to-be-you-new-product-blog-hop.html
Jaime Llewellyn http://jaimellewellyn.blogspot.com
Melinda Everitt http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/2013/08/join-me-in-another-new-product-blog-hop.html
Wendy Coffman http://www.stampingrules.com/2013/08/ctmh-new-product-blog-hop.html
Michelle Jones http://michellejonesva.blogspot.com/2013/08/new-product-blog-hop-designed-decor.html
Helen Onulak http://www.hookedonstamping.com/index.php/cards/ctmh-autumnwinter-new-product-blog-hop
Elizabeth Mindemann http://www.ejoym.blogspot.com
Georgia Hauglid http://inkygeorgia.blogspot.com/
Heather Schmuckal http://www.heatherjanedesign.com
Terry Ann Diack http://terryanndiack.blogspot.com/2013/08/new-product-blog-hop-featuring-wotg.html
Misty Jackson http://www.misstscraps.blogspot.com
Katy Taylor http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com
Wendy Kessler http://www.myscrapbookingblog.com/2013/08/14/2013-fallwinter-ctmh-new-product-blog-hop
Laurie Newton http://www.scrapsfromthebeach.com/2013/08/ctmh-new-product-blog-hop-for.html
Karen Fullam http://www.enrichingmemories.com/
Vicki Price http://priceofpaper.blogspot.com/
Haley Dyer http://inkyscrapper.blogspot.com/
Michelle Loncar http://michelleloncar.blogspot.com/2013/08/new-product-blog-hop-autumnautumnwinter.html
Pam Ellison http://pamsclearlycraftycorner.blogspot.com
Melissa Laverty http://www.fancymelissa.com
Joy McHargue http://www.studiowowjoy.com/2013/08/autumn-winter-new-product-blog-hop.html
Maureen OSullivan http://somethingtoscrapabout-maureen.blogspot.com/
Beth Naumann http://bethscreativeblock.blogspot.com/2013/08/new-product-bloghop-party-is-on.html
Gina Brandstetter http://gmbscrapper.blogspot.com/2013/08/new-product-blog-hop-burlap-bags.html
Jean McNulty http://stampinmaui.blogspot.com/
Allisa Chilton http://www.rockymtnpapercrafts.com
Lucy Kelleher http://love2createitall.com
Dawn Ross http://iamahappystamper.blogspot.com/2013/08/ctmh-new-product-blog-hop-autumnwinter.html
Maria Myers http://stampmomma.com/
Adeline Brill http://adeline-brill.blogspot.com/2013/08/welcome-to-new-product-blog-hop.html
Tamra Pope http://tamrascraftypapercreations.blogspot.com/2013/08/new-ctmh-autumn-winter-2013-product.html
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CTMH August SOTM Blog Hop & Tutorial

By Helen | July 31, 2013

Chocolate – isn’t that one of the major food groups?  Well…it is in my book!  LOL.  CTMH has put together a yummy August Stamp of the Month – A Chocolate Affair.

I wanted something fun, and bright.  Adding the fabric makes me think of a candy box.



Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back and be inspired by all the projects everyone has come up with.  Follow the hop to get LOT of ideas that YOU can take and duplicate with this wonderful stamp set. If you arrived here from Judy’s blog you’re on the right path.

Materials for Yellow & Blue Card:

Tutorial follows…

For those that want to skip the tutorial “hop” on over to see what {Michelle} has created. 

If you get lost along the way…here’s the complete list of all hoppers.

***

Are you inspired by this blog? One of the ways you can help support this blog is by ordering your Close To My Heart products through me. You can order from me 24/7 at: http://heleno.ctmh.com or email me at helen@hookedonstamping.com.

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August Stamp of the Month: A Chocolate Affair

Order the August Stamp of the Month at full price…or get it FREE with a $50 purchase.

Did you know that CTMH puts up the instructions to create the artwork shown below (the same that’s shown in the Idea Book for the SOTM)?  Yep!  You’ll find the information on my website under Promotions.  The instructions will be available there through August 2014!

Start Shopping Now

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Tutorial

Cut a 2.5″ x 5.5″ piece of the Sweet Leaf patterned paper.

Cut a 1″ x 5.5″ piece of the Scalloped patterned paper.

Cut two 1″ x 12″ pieces of the yellow Chantilly textile.  Tip: You can use your paper trimmer to cut the textiles, even double folded!

Using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge cut the following:

  • <Circle 1> at 1 3/4″ using White Daisy cardstock
  • <Circle 2> at 2″ using Cotton Candy cardstock
Stamp the Strawberry on scraps of White Daisy cardstock.  Once each in Ruby, Cocoa and Topiary.  Cut out, trimming very close to the images.
Reassemble the Strawberry on the White Circle and mat using the Cotton Candy scalloped circle.  Note: See the smudge in the middle of my strawberry…ok…so, that’s why you shouldn’t have a drink that drinks water down the side at your work table…the water was on my fingers when I picked up the piece to photograph it…ugh…so, I redid that piece.
To attach the Chantilly textile to the back of the Sweet Leaf patterned paper, I used the new Base & Bling Adhesive Strips – these are super sticky and worked like a charm to hold the fabric in place.
Apply an adhesive strip to the back of the patterned paper, remove the backing, then gently pleat the fabric into the adhesive.  Tip: Using the piercing tool helps to get the fabric positioned where you want it.  Tip: The tape is forgiving…there were times I lifted and repositioned the fabric without the adhesive losing its grip.
Add the strip of Scalloped patterned paper and mount the strawberry using 3D Foam Tape.  Add a few Pink Glitter Gems and this is ready to send off to someone sweet!

Now “hop” on over to see what {Michelle} has created.

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CTMH August SOTM Blog Hop List

By Helen | July 31, 2013

Here’s the complete list of all the participants in the CTMH August Stamp of the Month (SOTM) Blog Hop. If you get lost along the way or want to refer to it over and over again – this is the place to come.

Helen Onulak http://www.hookedonstamping.com
Michelle Jones http://www.michellejonesva.blogspot.com
Sheila Bennett http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com
Shirley Ross http://www.momnmescrap.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Mindemann http://www.ejoym.blogspot.com
Haley Dyer http://inkyscrapper.blogspot.com
Michelle Johns http://www.myflightsoffancy.com/blog
Adeline Brill http://www.adeline-brill.blogspot.com
Maureen O’Sullivan http://somethingtoscrapabout-maureen.blogspot.com
Priscilla Gotham http://www.priscillaspaperie.com
Krista Hershberger http://kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com/
Dawn Heuft http://stamptildawn.blogspot.com
Jen Rubio http://JenRubio.blogspot.com
Lisa Sargent http://www.lisasargent.net
Tamra Pope http://tamrascraftypapercreations.blogspot.com/
Sarita Schraeder http://www.blessedscrapper.com
Kathleen Androlewicz http://BowlOfStamps.blogspot.com
Dawn Ross http://iamahappystamper.blogspot.com
Joy McHargue http://www.studiowowjoy.com/
Susan Brooks http://stampingintheopen.blogspot.com
Angel Sawyer http://RunningwithScissorsDesignCo.blogspot.com
Mary Eisen http://mestamp2.blogspot.com
Lori Brown http://www.savingmine.blogspot.com
Traci Godbee http://www.createwithtraci.com/
Georgia Hauglid http://inkygeorgia.blogspot.com/
Katy Taylor http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com
Gina Brandstetter http://gmbscrapper.blogspot.com/
Jill Lucas http://scrapwench.blogspot.com
Wendy Coffman http://www.stampingrules.blogspot.com/
Wanda Riley http://Creatingwithwanda.blogspot.com
Nikka Geers http://www.nikkageers.blogspot.com
Angela Tutton http://www.tuttonstreasures.blogspot.com
Laurie R. Newton http://www.scrapsfromthebeach.com
Allisa Chilton http://rockymtnpapercrafts.blogspot.com/
Beth Naumann http://www.bethscreativeblock.blogspot.com
Judy Burger http://www.makingtimeformemories.blogspot.com
Vicki Price http://priceofpaper.blogspot.com
Pamela Ellison http://pamsclearlycraftycorner.blogspot.com/
Alyson Mayo http://createwithalyson.blogspot.ca/
Maria Myers http://www.stampmomma.com/
Michelle Loncar http://michelleloncar.blogspot.com
Carla Ironside http://carlacreates.ca
Jen Patrick http://roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com
Lucy Kelleher http://www.love2createitall.com/
Lalia Harris http://www.craftylalia.blogspot.com
Krista Ritskes http://simplycreatingtogether.blogspot.com/
Teresa Scrivens http://www.creatingwithinkypaw.com
Melissa Laverty http://www.fancymelissa.com/blog
Tamytha Jenkins http://www.paperheartist.com/
Melinda Everitt http://www.ifyoublingit.blogspot.com
Nancy Womersley http://nancysheart2heart.blogspot.com/
Pam Jarrett http://www.pam-jarrett.blogspot.com/
Jaime Llewellyn http://www.jaimellewellyn.blogspot.com/
Jean McNulty http://stampinmaui.blogspot.com/
Kim Schnoor http://www.creativehands-hearts.blogspot.com
Terry Ann Diack http://terryanndiack.blogspot.com
Heather Schmuckal http://www.heatherjanedesign.com
Karen Fullam http://www.enrichingmemories.com/
Judy Faye Garner http://judyfaye.blogspot.com
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CTMH July SOTM Blog Hop & Tutorial

By Helen | June 30, 2013

Succulent peaches, tasty cherries and yummy artwork – that’s what you’ll have when you mix your creativity with CTMH’s July Stamp of the Month, the Sweet Life.  With a pencil, hand-drawn feel, these images are perfect for a variety of coloring techniques from markers, watercolors, pencils, chalks and more.  Or…emboss them in a silver or gold for an elegant feel.

 

I know this is a set I’ll use over and over again, so…I went ahead and cut a stencil (or mask) for the image.  I like to keep the stencil in the stamp set, so it’s always at hand when I go to use the stamp set.


Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back and be inspired by all the projects everyone has come up with.  Follow the hop to get LOT of ideas that YOU can take and duplicate with this wonderful stamp set. If you arrived here from Jean’s blog you’re on the right path.

Materials for Yellow & Blue Card:

Tutorial follows…

For those that want to skip the tutorial “hop” on over to see what {Kathleen} has created. 

If you get lost along the way…here’s the complete list of all hoppers.

***

Are you inspired by this blog? One of the ways you can help support this blog is by ordering your Close To My Heart products through me. You can order from me 24/7 at: http://heleno.ctmh.com or email me at helen@hookedonstamping.com.

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July Stamp of the Month: Sweet Life

Order the July Stamp of the Month at full price…or get it for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  Did you know that CTMH puts up the instructions to create the artwork shown below (the same that’s shown in the Idea Book for the SOTM)?  Yep!  You’ll find the information on my website under Promotions.  The instructions will be available there through July 2014!

Start Shopping Now

***

Tutorial

Cut a 4.25″ x 10″ piece of Champagne cardstock for the side-fold card base.  Tip: If you hold the paper in the center on one finger, you’ll see which way the paper bends easily…and thus, the direction where it will fold easier too!

Cut a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Olive cardstock.

I wanted a piece of paper with just leaves on it…okay, leaves and tiny flower buds…and using just part of the image does the trick.

Stamp the image on a piece of scrap paper and then cut around the section you want to block out.  Or…just take a piece of scrap paper and tear a gentle arc…that’s all I did.  Tip: Test on scrap paper to make sure you’re only getting the portion of the image you want.

Start in a corner and work across the paper.  Tip: Turn the stamp so the images go in different directions.  This makes it look like paper that you’d purchase – voila!  You’ve made your own patterned paper.

Gently tear the edges.  Tip: If you tear the paper toward you (from back to front), you’ll reveal the white inner core of the cardstock.  If you tear away from you (from front to back), the white core will not show.

Using a Sponge Dauber and Champagne ink, distress the torn edges of the Olive cardstock.

To color an image using a stencil:

  1. Stamp the image on a piece of scrap cardstock.
  2. Use a craft knife and the Versamat (or self-healing cutting mat), to cut out the portions of the image you want to color.  Tip: Cut out the leaf to the left of the buds as one leaf.  Save so you can use as a mask for adding a shadow under the leaf.
  3. Stamp the image on your cardstock.  I stamped the image in Saddle on a scrap of Colonial White (finished size 3.25″ x 3″).
  4. Place the stencil over the stamped image.
  5. Using Sponge Daubers and a feather light touch…add color to the image.  Tip: Start with light color…it’s easy to ADD more color if you need it.  Tip: Use a piece of scrap paper to mask off any parts of the stencil that may accidentally get color from a nearby area – for example, cover the peach when coloring the branch.

For this image:

  • Color the leaves in with Olive ink.  To get the “shadow” where the two leaves overlap, just put the leaf you cut out separate back into place and use it as a mask to add more color along the edge.
  • For the peach, start with a base of Honey ink.  Add Smoothie along the edges.  Add Sunset, pulling it into the peach a bit further.  Then, add a hint of Ruby.
  • For the buds, start with a base of Honey ink.  Add a bit of Smoothie & Sunset.
  • Use Saddle ink for the branch.

 

Use the Edge Distresser to rough up the edges of the Colonial White cardstock stamped with the peach.  Using a Sponge Dauber and Saddle ink, distress the edges.

Cut a 1.25″ x 4.25″ piece of Saddle cardstock.  Use a sentiment of your choice and Saddle ink to create your own patterned paper.  I chose the Friendship saying.  Wrap with a piece of Sunset Baker’s Twine.  Tip: To make my Baker’s Twine go further, think 3 small strips of Baker’s Twine tucked under the edge by 1″ versus completely wrapping behind the piece.

Add the bow, tying around the 3 strands.  Tip: Tie the bow at the end of the Baker’s Twine, leaving the end attached to the spool…this way, you can adjust the length and cut only what you need.

Add the stamped peach, tucking the edge under the Saddle cardstock.

Add two small Durable Square Studs and voila!

Now “hop” on over to see what {Kathleen} has created.

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CTMH July SOTM Blog Hop List

By Helen | June 30, 2013

Here’s the complete list of all the participants in the CTMH July Stamp of the Month (SOTM) Blog Hop. If you get lost along the way or want to refer to it over and over again – this is the place to come.

Helen Onulak http://www.hookedonstamping.com
Kathleen Androlewicz http://BowlOfStamps.blogspot.com
Nikka Geers http://www.nikkageers.blogspot.com
Alyson Mayo http://createwithalyson.blogspot.ca/
Angel Sawyer http://RunningwithScissorsDesignCo.blogspot.com
Jill Lucas http://scrapwench.blogspot.com
Wendy Coffman http://www.stampingrules.blogspot.com/
Michelle Jones http://www.michellejonesva.blogspot.com
Michelle Johns http://www.myflightsoffancy.com/blog
Traci Godbee http://www.createwithtraci.com/
Priscilla Gotham http://www.priscillaspaperie.com
Lalia Harris http://www.craftylalia.blogspot.com
Tamytha Jenkins http://www.paperheartist.com/
Annette Green http://AnnettesCreativeJourney.blogspot.com
Nancy Brown http://creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com/
Mary Eisen http://mestamp2.blogspot.com
Traci Pasqualone http://ScrapiTraci.blogspot.com
Dawn Heuft http://stamptildawn.blogspot.com
Angela Tutton http://www.tuttonstreasures.blogspot.com
Shirley Ross http://www.momnmescrap.blogspot.com
Georgia Hauglid http://inkygeorgia.blogspot.com/
Haley Dyer http://inkyscrapper.blogspot.com
Vicki Price http://priceofpaper.blogspot.com
Joy McHargue http://www.studiowowjoy.com/
Melissa Laverty http://www.fancymelissa.com/blog
Krista Hershberger http://kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com/
Maureen O’Sullivan http://somethingtoscrapabout-maureen.blogspot.com
Melinda Everitt http://www.ifyoublingit.blogspot.com
Sheila Bennett http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com
Allisa Chilton http://rockymtnpapercrafts.blogspot.com/
Brae Montgomery http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com
Maria Myers http://www.stampmomma.com/
Pamela Ellison http://pamsclearlycraftycorner.blogspot.com/
Tamra Pope http://tamrascraftypapercreations.blogspot.com/
Jen Rubio http://JenRubio.blogspot.com
Lori Brown http://www.savingmine.blogspot.com
Wanda Riley http://Creatingwithwanda.blogspot.com
Teresa Scrivens http://www.creatingwithinkypaw.com
Laurie R. Newton http://www.scrapsfromthebeach.com
Michelle Loncar http://michelleloncar.blogspot.com
Lisa Sargent http://www.lisasargent.net
Sarita Schraeder http://www.blessedscrapper.com
Susan Brooks http://stampingintheopen.blogspot.com
Judy Burger http://www.makingtimeformemories.blogspot.com
Katy Taylor http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com
Dawn Ross http://iamahappystamper.blogspot.com
Adeline Brill http://www.adeline-brill.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Mindemann http://www.ejoym.blogspot.com
Gina Brandstetter http://gmbscrapper.blogspot.com/
Kim Schnoor http://www.creativehands-hearts.blogspot.com
Nancy Womersley http://nancysheart2heart.blogspot.com
Pam Jarrett http://www.pam-jarrett.blogspot.com
Jean McNulty http://stampinmaui.blogspot.com
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Let’s Get Patriotic & Support Our Troops

By Helen | June 1, 2013

Three cheers for our troops!  And…three wonderful new stamp sets to show our love & support.  Click the image to see the full flyer.

Celebrate military service and promote patriotism with our new patriotic stamp sets – available only from June 1 to July 31, 2013.  Three dollars from each B-size My Acrylix®Courage stamp set and $5 from each D-size My Acrylix® Home of the Brave stamp set will be donated to the USO, the leading, most recognized military-support and services organization in the country. $5 from each D-size My Acrylix®Strong and Free stamp set will be donated to the Canadian Hero Fund which supports spouses and children of the fallen Canadian military troops by helping provide post-secondary education.  Show your support with your own patriotic stamp set!

 

These are available for a limited time…through July 31, 2013

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Make It a Banner Day

It’s going to be a “banner” day!  When you place a $25 order in June that includes one stamp set and receive a My Creations® Mini Banner for free!  The Mini Banner includes 10 chipboard pennants in 4 different shapes with 9 jump rings for hanging.  Decorate one side for the 4th of July, and the reverse side for Birthdays!  The Mini Banners are versatile and a great addition to your parties & get-togethers.

For more ideas, check out this video from CTMH.

 

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