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CTMH Product Spotlight – It’s all about the Bling!

By Helen | December 15, 2010

This month’s CTMH Product  Spotlight Blog Hop is all about the Bling!  Whether it’s Sparkles or Gems, you’ll find more ideas for how to use these fun embellishments.

If you’ve arrived here from Kristie’s blog, welcome!  Now, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back and enjoy the artwork.

Can sparkles be used for a masculine layout?  Absolutely!  This is one of the Magnifique scrapbook layouts that’s part of my Magnifique Kit of the Month.  As I was creating this layout, I kept thinking…it would be perfect for showcasing photos of two of my boys, Kenneth and Robert.

You can click on the layout to see a larger image.  Here are some close ups of the stamped images and blue/green sparkles.

The stamp set in the Magnifique Workshop Kit has these fabulous flowers…adding the sparkles to the middle makes them pop.  Tip: When working with sparkles, I find it’s easiest to pick them up off the carrier sheet with the Piercing Tool, place them where you want, then use your finger to hold them in place while removing the Piercing Tool.

The title is the combination of handwriting and stamped letters that are cut out.  The title reads “God made us BROTHERS Hearts made us FRIENDS.”

The heart gets it’s shading from a fun technique – ink the stamp in Pacifica, then…using a Sponge Dauber, gently tap around the outer edges to remove a layer of ink and you get the lighter edges.

More sparkles – I love adding a few in an arc, adds a nice touch.

Wouldn’t these flowers and hearts look adorable on cards too?



Plenty for Twenty

During December, when you place an order of $20 or more on my CTMH website, you’ll get a D-size stamp set FREE! That’s a $22.95 value!  WOW!

So let’s see…if you order the Magnifique Workshop Kit via my CTMH website, CTMH will select a random D-size stamp set to send to you…and you won’t have to pay shipping or tax on the bonus stamp set – how cool is that?!?  Oh, and Sticky Boy may be a stowaway in your box…wouldn’t that be fun!

Head on over to my website, where you can browse through the 2010 Autumn/Winter Idea Book online (right hand side).

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.myctmh.com or email me at helen@hookedonstamping.com.


Now…”hop” on over to my friend Melinda’s blog to see what she’s come up with for you.

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10 Responses to “CTMH Product Spotlight – It’s all about the Bling!”

  1. Haley D. Says:
    December 15th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Thank you for showing how handsome sparkles can be with guy pages too! Fabulous layout!

  2. Vicki Wizniuk Says:
    December 15th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Great layout! Love your title and how you used the sparkles. Perfect touch. :)

  3. Sheila Bennett Says:
    December 15th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Proof that ‘bling’ can be used for boys. :)

  4. Wendy K. Says:
    December 15th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    It’s great to see a layout in the hop! Thanks for the closeup pics, I wanted to see! Great use of Sparkles.

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  6. Luisa Says:
    December 15th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Love the way you use Magnifique papers and stamp set from the Workshop on the Go to create a masculine layout. Great use of the sparkles! TFS

  7. Debbie Says:
    December 15th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    What a great layout! Yes, bling can be used with guys! TFS

  8. Corina Mitchell Says:
    December 15th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I love your layout and I think it’s a very smart sassy way to implement bling to a layout for guys!!!


  9. TraceyJean Says:
    December 16th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Great layout. Love the man bling!

  10. Tamytha Jenkins Says:
    December 18th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Great layout. Love the stamped images and your use of sparkles. I also really liked the tip on removing some of the color to create a shaded look. I’ll have to try that.