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CTMH November SOTM Blog Hop & Tutorial

By Helen | October 31, 2012

It’s all about the date…whatever the date may be!  With CTMH’s November Stamp of the Month: Capture the Date, you’ll be able to quickly add dates to just about anything – journals, scrapbook pages, invitations, and so much more.

I’ve seen some fun home decor elements using dates and thought that would be a fun project.  I chose to put my boys birthdates on it.  I also thought it would be fun to have one with my husband’s birthday, my birthday and our wedding date.  Since it’s so easy to change out the back with the CTMH My Creations Bracket Frame, I could make a variety of inserts and change them out throughout the year!

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 paper pack. 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 {Gina} has created. 

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


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Select the paper for the front of the Bracket Frame.  I used the large decorative print from Avonlea.  Flip the paper over and flip the Bracket Frame over and position on the reverse of the paper.  Use a pencil to trace the shape of the Bracket Frame.  Note: Yes, there is a very similar shape on the Art Philosophy Cartridge.  If you cut it at 10 3/4″ it is just a bit too small.  I didn’t try, but suppose you could cut it at something like 10.8″ or 10.9″ and it may overlap in some places.  Instead, I went with the tried and true trace & cut.  Tip: Mark one tip on the paper and one tip on the Bracket Frame to make it easier to line up later…just in case the Bracket Frame isn’t completely symmetrical.

Cut the traced shape just inside the lines.  This will make it closer to the shape of the top.

I opted to use Modge Podge to adhere my papers.  I first applied a layer of Modge Podge to the Bracket Frame.  Then, lined up my paper, and worked section by section to fully secure the paper to the surface.  Tip: Small dabs of Tombow help keep the paper lined up while working in smaller sections.

Using Modge Podge, I applied 1″ x 9.25″ strips to the sides of the Bracket Frame.

Using the Slate Pigment Ink, distress all edges of the Bracket Frame.

Cut the following:

  • 3 strips of Colonial White cardstock at 1.5″ x 5.5″.
  • Cut 3 strips of Slate cardstock at 1.75″ x 5.75″.  Using Slate ink and a Foam Tool, distress the edges of the Slate cardstock.
  • 9″ x 9″ piece of patterned paper for the inside back.  I used the Teal Geometric print.

Stamp the dates using Olive ink.  With three dates, I wanted to align them vertically…how to do that?  Create a guide on scrap paper, or a desk pad.  Here you can see where I marked the periods and also divided the paper in sections.  Tip: Start with the date in the middle, then the periods, then the month and year.

Mat each date panel with Slate cardstock.

Now the FUN begins!  Decorating the Bracket Frame.

Cut the following using the CTMH Artiste Cartridge (page numbers are from Artiste’s reference book):
Note: Information in braces<> refers to the Key, Creative Function if any and Shift if required.

  • Flower – <r, Accent 2> at 2″ using Teal Diamond print, see page 44 (Cut 2)
  • Flower Center – <r, Accent 3 shift> at 1.25″ using Avonlea Green print, see page 54 (Cut 2)
  • Flower – <f, Accent 3 shift> at 1.75″ using Small Circle print, see page 54 (Cut 2)
  • Flower – <f, Accent 3 shirt> at 1.25″ using Small Circle print, see page 54
  • 3D Flower – <f, Accent 1> at 2.5″ using Slate cardstock, see page 54
  • 3D Flower – <f, Accent 2> at 3″ using Teal Geometric print, see page 54
  • 3D Flower – <f, Accent 2> at 2.5″ using Teal Geometric print, see page 54 (Cut 2)
  • Leaves – <f, 3D Object shift> at 1″ using Slate cardstock, see page 54 (Cut 6)
  • Pinwheel – <Halloween, Accent 2> at 1.25″ using Teal Diamond print, see page 77

Using the Foam Tool and Slate ink, distress the edges of all papers.  Tip: To speed up distressing, ink the Foam Tool by rubbing it across the surface of the ink pad, instead of pouncing it on the ink pad.  Rubbing it across the ink pad picks up more ink and makes short work of distressing.

Tip: For added dimension, I use the handle of my Micro-Tip Scissors and pull it under the petals of the flower, this makes the bend and have shape.  Use 3D Foam Tape to help keep the shapes.

Create the pinwheel following the instructions on page 23 of the Assembly guide.  Tip: Use a 1″ x 1″ piece of scrap cardstock or paper to use as a backing to hold the Pinwheel’s shape.  Apply Liquid Glass to the 1″ x 1″ piece and then push the Pinwheel down onto it and hold or put a book a top so the Liquid Glass can dry….oops, mine moved, not dry yet…LOL.

For the center of the Pinwheel, use Liquid Glass to attach the Filigree Charm on the front.

A few other helpful tips for putting things together:

  • For the Colonial White Rosette Ribbon, use a Glue Dot and tuck the edges under and onto the Glue Dot.
  • For the Olive Green Ribbon Roses – there are a number of ways to make twisted ribbon roses, for mine, I just put a Glue Dot on the end of the ribbon and twisted.  Add Glue Dots as needed.  These are fairly small, so I didn’t go through the trouble of backing them with cardstock.  Strategic Liquid Glass holds them all together and attaches them to the Bracket Frame.
  • Use a Piercing Tool to place the Opaques.

Here’s are some close ups…the top left corner….


And the bottom right corner…

And…hung up on the wall!

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

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Topics: Artiste, Avonlea, Capture the Date S1211, My Creations Bracket Frame Z1797 | 6 Comments »

6 Responses to “CTMH November SOTM Blog Hop & Tutorial”

  1. Tamytha Says:
    October 31st, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    This is gorgeous! Love how you used the dates…what a fun idea.

  2. Jen Rubio Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Wow!! So stunning Helen!! Such a beautiful project and I found your tips for centering the numbers so helpful also! THANKS so much for inspiring me!! :)

  3. Kathleen Androlewicz Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Helen, I never cease to learn something from your tutorials. But right off the bat, I loved how you used the solid circles. Also the ribbon roses were something I have had problems with but I like your tutorial and will try your suggestions. Beautiful frame!!

  4. Traci Pasqualone Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Love the beautiful detail on the frame. Neat idea!

  5. Helen Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Thank you, Kathleen! Have fun with the ribbon roses. Would love to see what you create with them.

  6. Leslie Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for the detailed tutorial!!!