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CTMH March SOTM Blog Hop & Tutorial

By Helen | February 28, 2013

CTMH’s March Stamp of the Month: Floral Happiness contains 3 different size flowers along with leaves and sentiments.  The flowers are a two-step technique.

I wasn’t really sure how I was going to use this stamp set…then inspiration struck & I used the Buzz & Bumble scrapbook layout as a starting point.  I love the addition of the Glitter Paper.

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 Kathleen’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 {Jen} has created. 

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


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March Stamp of the Month: Floral Happiness

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Cut the following:

  • 4 1/4″ x 5″ Champagne Cardstock
  • 1 1/2″ x 5″ Honeycomb Patterned Paper
  • 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ Stripe Patterned Paper
  • 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ Sunset Cardstock
  • 1 3/4″ x 3″ Glitter Paper (I used the darkest one)
Using Cocoa ink and a Foam Tool, distress the edges of all papers.  Tip: I’m often asked…how do you distress so quickly?  I believe it comes from how I load my Foam Tool.  I like to swipe the tool across the surface of the ink pad.  I find this picks up more ink.  Tip: If you distress a lot…then, invest in reinkers!   These will keep you ink pads juicy & fresh, extending their life.
Using Sunset ink, stamp 2 Medium Flowers.  First stamp the Flower Base on Colonial White Cardstock in 2nd generation with the edges rolled.
To stamp 2nd generation:
  • Fully ink the stamp.
  • Stamp off on scrap paper, this removes a layer of ink.
  • Now, stamp on the cardstock to get the faint image.
For 2nd generation with rolling:
  • Fully ink the stamp.
  • Stamp off on scrap paper to remove a layer of ink.
  • Take the stamp and gently roll the edges of the stamp on the ink pad…think the ride Twist & Twirl.
  • Now, stamp on the cardstock to get a faint image in the center with dark edges – like the image on the right.
Finish the Flower by using Sunset ink and stamping the Flower Lines directly on top – like the image on the left.
 Tip: Use plain paper for stamping off…nothing gridded…LOL, if you look closely you’ll see the grid lines from my desk pad.  This happened because the lines on the desk pad absorbed ink at a different rate than the rest of the paper.


Using Sweet Leaf ink and the Leaf of your choice, use the same process to stamp 3 leaves.

Cut out flowers & leaves.

I think flowers & leaves look best when they have dimension & movement…this must come from my years of being a florist.  To give paper flowers dimension, use the handle of the Micro-Tip Scissors and gently curl the paper, up, down, up – it’s flexible, you can shape it as you desire.  Same for the leaves.

To cut the pennant ends, I find it’s easiest to use the CTMH Versamat.

  • Divide the width in half.  In our case, this strip is 1 1/2″ wide.  Half of that is 3/4″.
  • Place the bottom edge of the strip 3/4″ down from the center line (horizontal yellow arrow) and centered side to side.  Remember, the 3/4″ was half of the width.

  • Align a ruler with the angled lines.
  • Using a pencil, mark the angles to the midpoint.  Tip: Align one of the cross-hatch marks on the CTMH Ruler with the angled line.
  • Repeat for other side.
  • Cut along lines.
Repeat for each pennant.


  1. Cover card front with 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Champagne Cardstock
  2. Honeycomb pennant placed 1/2″ from left edge.
  3. Stripe pennant placed 1/4″ from left edge.
  4. Sunset pennant touches edge of Stripe pennant.
  5. Glitter paper, 1/2″ down from top & 1/2″ in from right edge.
  6. Attach flowers using a combination of 3D Foam Tape (to keep areas raised) and regular adhesive (to secure low spots).
Using Cocoa ink, stamp Happiness is… such that the “is…” falls off the right side of the card.
Place a piece of scrap paper aligning with the “p” in Happiness.  Using Cocoa ink, stamp “is…”, making sure the “Happiness” part lands on the scrap paper.
Add Bitty Sparkles to the dots in the sentiment.  Tip: I like to use the Piercing Tool to help pick up and place these little gems.
Now…we can’t forget the inside of the card.  Using Cocoa ink, stamp the sentiment of your choice.  Using Sunset ink stamp the tiny flower as we did before.

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

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Topics: blog hop, Buzz & Bumble, Cards | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “CTMH March SOTM Blog Hop & Tutorial”

  1. Judy Faye Garner Says:
    February 28th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Nice tutorial, TFS

  2. Sarita Schraeder Says:
    February 28th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Love the glitter paper! It really complimented it nicely!

  3. Dawn Ross Says:
    February 28th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Such a very pretty card, Helen!

  4. Kathleen Androlewicz Says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 1:31 am

    OMG Helen, I just love this — especially the glitter paper and color combo!!

  5. Wendy Coffman Says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 2:11 am

    Such a lovely card. The glitter paper is a nice touch!

  6. Angela Tutton Says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Beautiful Helen! Love it!

  7. Karen Clark Says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Love the way your stamp turned out!! So feminine. Beautiful card!!

  8. cnyscrapper Says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Great cards! Thanks for the distressing and banner tips too.

  9. Nancy Brown Says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Gorgeous card Helen!

  10. Hansi Says:
    March 2nd, 2013 at 12:41 am

    I love this! I would not have thought of making such a feminine card with Buzz and Bumble. I love how you have given your roses more dimension with your stamping technique and curling. Thank you for sharing your technique and for sharing how to cut a banner. I have always had trouble with that if I was not using my Cricut.

  11. Karen Clark Says:
    March 5th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS on winning the Paper Panic from Jeanette!! You Lucky Duck!!!! :D ENJOY and show us what you make!!!!