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CTMH June SOTM Blog Hop & Tutorial

By Helen | May 31, 2013

I love the whimsical feel of CTMH’s June Stamp of the Month: A Flowering Bunch.  I could totally see these images stamped on fabric and stitched with embroidery floss…or, make a bouquet of lovely flowers – it’s oh, so simple since these images work with the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  Take a close look and you’ll see the sizes and page numbers for easy reference.

I had an idea in my head of where I wanted this card to go…LOL…and as luck would have it, the designs just didn’t work the way I wanted.  So, I cut & played, and moved things around, and cut some more.  At one point, I had a card idea like this…

I think with some coloring of the stamped flower bunch and the addition of a few other embellishments, this would be a lovely card.  It still wasn’t quite what I had envisioned…so…I played some more and here’s my final version…

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 {Gina} 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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June Stamp of the Month: A Flowering Bunch

Order the June Stamp of the Month at full price…or get it for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  Create this collection of beautiful artwork – you’ll find the information on my website under Promotions.  The instructions will be available there through June 2014!

Start Shopping Now

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Tutorial

Cut a 7″ x 10″ piece of Outdoor Denim 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!

Using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge and the June SOTM stamp set carrier sheet, cut the following:

  • 1 large flower using Sunset cardstock
  • 1 small flower using Goldrush cardstock
  • 4 leaves using Olive cardstock

Stamp the large flower in Sunset ink on the corresponding Cricut cut-out.  Tip: Use a larger block than you think you need so you can see the edges more clearly.  Tip: Place the cut-out on the Versamat…the contrast helps to align the stamp easier.

Stamp the small flower in Goldrush ink on the corresponding Cricut cut-out.  Tip: I found the flower isn’t quite symmetrical and you may find you get a better image by turning the stamp until it lines up.

Stamp the lined leaf in Olive ink on two of the corresponding Cricut cut-outs.  Use the other leaf and Olive ink for the remaining leaves.

Now…it’s time to add some more interest to the stamped images.  Using the Creme Brulee markers, highlight different parts of the stamped flowers.  Note: You get two markers in the set – one is the matching tone to the ink, the other may be a ligher or darker hue (this varies by colors).  With the Creme Brulee marker, the accompanying marker is a darker hue.

Use the darker marker to add depth to areas.  Then, go in with the ligher marker to fill out additional sections.  Use the Alcohol Blending marker to soften the edges where the two meet – do this in feathering strokes.  Tip: Do not color in the full image – leave some of the base cardstock showing.

Repeat for the Goldrush flower, using the Creme Brulee markers.

Repeat for the Olive leaves, using the Olive markers.  Use only the lighter marker on the leaves.

Cut a 6.75″ x 4.75″ piece of the Cashmere Dot patterned paper.  Attach centered on the card base.

Using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, cut the following:

  • Using Colonial White cardstock, cut <Shape8>, page 47 at 3.25″.
  • Using Outdoor Denim cardstock, cut <Shape 8>, page 47 at 3.4″.  Tip: Changing the setting to 1/10ths of an inch helps in getting a thinner mat.

Stamp the flower garden on the Colonial White shape using Olive ink.  Mat with the Outdoor Denim shape.  Position this roughly 0.75″ from the top and trim what hangs over the edge of the card.

Cut a 1″ x 5″ strip of Cashmere cardstock and mat with Outdoor Denim cardstock – this is roughly 1/8th of an inch larger.  Attach to card, positioning it just under the flower garden.

Using scraps of patterned paper and the Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon, make small banners and adhere (tucking the top under the band).  The paper banners are roughly 1.25″ and 1″ wide.

Using 3D Foam Tape, attach the flowers and two leaves.  The other leaves are attached directly to the card front.

Using Non-Stick Microtip Scissors, cut apart the largest Sparkle Flourish – adding one part to the bottom left and the remaining two pieces at the top left.

Add a small piece of the Colonial White Rosette Ribbon to the center of the Goldrush flower and accent with a Mocha Opaque.

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

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Topics: blog hop, Cards, Claire, Stamps | 6 Comments »

CTMH June SOTM Blog Hop List

By Helen | May 31, 2013

Here’s the complete list of all the participants in the CTMH June 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.

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

By Helen | April 30, 2013

CTMH’s May Stamp of the Month: Pinwheel is fun and playful.  I can see this being so versatile for summer scrapbook layouts, birthday celebrations, 4th of July, Father’s Day and so much more.  It will really take on a different look as you change the colors.  This stamp set is designed to work with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.

I need a graduation card for my niece.  Since she’s brightly spirited, the Dream Pop papers fit her personality.

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 Pam’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.

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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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May Stamp of the Month: Pinwheel

Order the May Stamp of the Month at full price…or get it for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  Create this collection of beautiful artwork – you’ll find the information on my website under Promotions.  The instructions will be available there through May 2014!

Start Shopping Now

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Tutorial

 

 

 

Using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge, White Daisy cardstock, and the May SOTM: Pinwheel carrier sheet, cut the large pinwheel and small pinwheel (top two shown).

Using the large starred pinwheel and Pear ink, stamp the image on the Cricut cut-out.

Using the medium striped pinwheel and Honey ink, stamp the image on the Cricut cut-out.

Using the small dotted pinwheel and Hollyhock ink, stamp the image on a scrap of White Daisy cardstock and cut out.  Tip: When cutting curves, turn the paper instead of the scissors for a cleaner edge.

Using the small dotted pinwheel and Sunset ink, stamp the image on a scrap of White Daisy cardstock and cut out, trimming away the dark solid area.  Tip: When cutting in toward the point, leave a section so the pinwheel stays intact – this will be hidden later on.

Using 3D Foam Tape, attach the Honey pinwheel to the Pear pinwheel.

Using 3D Foam Tape, attach the Hollyhock pinwheel to the Honey pinwheel.

Apply adhesive to the center back of the Sunset pinwheel and to the tips of the spokes.  Using 3D Foam Tape under the center of each spoke, attach the Sunset pinwheel to the Hollyhock pinwheel.  Tip: If you find the spoke ends want to lift using regular adhesive…use Liquid Glass and hold briefly until set.

The arrow below shows the section of the paper I wanted – it has a nice stem with branches that would make my pinwheel look more like a flower.  The red lines indicate approximate cut lines.

  • Cut the paper along the yellow line.
  • Using the white half with the branch that we want, cut a strip 4″ x 12″.
  • Cut the 4″ x 12″ strip to get:
  • 4″ x 4.5″ piece with the branches on it – the white side will be showing.
  • 4″ x 5.25″ piece – this we’ll flip over & use the pink side – oooo look….elephants!
  • From the yellow piece, cut a 3/4″ x 4″ strip.

Cut a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece  and a 3/8″ x 4.25″ piece of the Tangerine glossy cardstock.  Attach the larger piece to the front of a card base.

Attach the 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Pink Elephant patterned paper to the center.

Trim roughly 1/8″ off the edges of the White patterned paper and the Yellow paper such that the Pink Elephant paper will be revealed along the edges.

Add the pinwheel, placing it so it looks like it’s a flower on the branch.

Using the pinwheel stick and Sunset ink, stamp the image on the smooth side of the 3/8″ x 4.25″ piece of Tangerine glossy cardstock.  Attach centered over the Yellow strip.

Using the masking technique, stamp the “Celebrate” in Hollyhock ink in the open area.  Tip: Stamp on scrap paper, then trim around the word Celebrate.  Position the cut-out portion so you can see where the word Celebrate would be, then put the mask around it.  This helps with getting the positioning correct.

Add the glitter gems as desired…and there you have it!

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

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Topics: Artiste, blog hop, Cards, Dream Pop, Pinwheel S1305 | 9 Comments »

CTMH May SOTM Blog Hop List

By Helen | April 30, 2013

Here’s the complete list of all the participants in the CTMH May 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
Kami Welter http://www.scrappin4memories.blogspot.com/
Lucy Kelleher http://www.love2createitall.com/
Jill Lucas http://scrapwench.blogspot.com
Haley Dyer http://inkyscrapper.blogspot.com
Beth Naumann http://www.bethscreativeblock.blogspot.com
Annette Green http://AnnettesCreativeJourney.blogspot.com
Lalia Harris http://www.craftylalia.blogspot.com
Lori Brown http://www.savingmine.blogspot.com
Wendy Coffman http://www.stampingrules.blogspot.com/
Angela Tutton http://www.tuttonstreasures.blogspot.com
Adeline Brill http://www.adeline-brill.blogspot.com
Wanda Riley http://Creatingwithwanda.blogspot.com
Pamela Ellison http://pamsclearlycraftycorner.blogspot.com/
Teresa Scrivens http://www.creatingwithinkypaw.com
Melinda Everitt http://www.ifyoublingit.blogspot.com
Angel Sawyer http://RunningwithScissorsDesignCo.blogspot.com
Michelle Loncar http://michelleloncar.blogspot.com
Brae Montgomery http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com
Tamra Pope http://tamrascraftypapercreations.blogspot.com/
Allisa Chilton http://rockymtnpapercrafts.blogspot.com/
Carla Ironside http://carlacreates.ca
Michelle Jones http://www.michellejonesva.blogspot.com
Gina Brandstetter http://gmbscrapper.blogspot.com/
Dawn Ross http://iamahappystamper.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Mindemann http://www.ejoym.blogspot.com
Dawn Heuft http://stamptildawn.blogspot.com
Sheila Bennett http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com
Tamytha Jenkins http://www.paperheartist.com/
Vicki Price http://priceofpaper.blogspot.com
Joy McHargue http://www.studiowowjoy.com/
Traci Pasqualone http://ScrapiTraci.blogspot.com
Nikka Geers http://www.nikkageers.blogspot.com
Mary Eisen http://mestamp2.blogspot.com
Jen Patrick http://roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com
Melissa Laverty http://www.fancymelissa.com/blog
Michelle Johns http://www.myflightsoffancy.com/blog
Jen Rubio http://JenRubio.blogspot.com
Maria Myers http://www.stampmomma.com/
Lisa Sargent http://www.lisasargent.net
Judy Burger http://www.makingtimeformemories.blogspot.com
Katy Taylor http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com
Krista Hershberger http://kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com/
Sarita Schraeder http://www.blessedscrapper.com
Susan Brooks http://stampingintheopen.blogspot.com
Shirley Ross http://www.momnmescrap.blogspot.com
Georgia Hauglid http://inkygeorgia.blogspot.com/
Maureen O’Sullivan http://somethingtoscrapabout-maureen.blogspot.com
Alyson Mayo http://createwithalyson.blogspot.ca/
Laurie R. Newton http://www.scrapsfromthebeach.com
Traci Godbee http://www.createwithtraci.com/
Kathy Corson http://www.kathycorson.blogspot.com/
Terry Ann Diack http://terryanndiack.blogspot.ca/
Misty Jackson http://misstscraps.blogspot.com/
Jean McNulty http://stampinmaui.blogspot.com/
Nancy Womersley http://nancysheart2heart.blogspot.com/
Priscilla Gotham http://www.priscillaspaperie.com/
Kim Schnoor http://www.creativehands-hearts.blogspot.com/
Karen Fullam http://www.enrichingmemories.com/
Judy Faye Garner http://judyfaye.blogspot.com/
Pam Jarrett http://www.pam-jarrett.blogspot.com/
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CTMH Dream Pop Blog Hop & Tutorial

By Helen | April 26, 2013

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, CTMH created this yummy Dream Pop paper pack.  With colors like Banana, Strawberry, Tangerine, Mint, Raspberry and more…you’ll be hungry for LOTS of ideas!  Follow the Dream Pop Blog Hop to be inspired on a variety of ways you can use these adorable papers.  You get 2 each of 6 different patterned papers and 2 each of the 6 colors of cardstock.  But wait!  These aren’t normal cardstock…these have a clear, resist pattern printed on them (each color is a different print).

Since it is National Scrapbook Month…I had to go with a Scrapbook Layout.  This is Pattern 3 from the Make It From Your Heart book.

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 {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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Dream Pop – a CTMH Special for May

There are a few different ways to get the Dream Pop paper pack – the choice is yours…

  • Get the Dream Pop paper pack for only $10 when you place a $35 order in May (valued at $19.95).  
  • Get the Dream Pop paper pack FREE as a Hostess when your May Gathering totals $400 or more (excludes shipping & tax).  Yes…you can do this as a Book Party or Online Gathering :-)
  • Get the Dream Pop paper pack FREE as a New Consultant.  When you enroll in May, you’ll get the Dream Pop paper pack as part of your kit.



Start Shopping Now

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Tutorial

This Scrapbook page uses Pattern 3, on page 10 of the Make It From Your Heart, Volume 1 how-to book.

I LOVE the OWL and wanted to feature it on a layout.  My friend, Dianne, absolutely loves owls and is moving :-(  So…I decided this would be a friendship page about the two of us.

I strategically cut the OWL paper as follows:

  • 1st piece cut at 7″ wide, with the Owl on it.
  • Then…turn that piece and trim 1″ off the end without the Owl.
  • I then cut a 2″ wide section from the middle of the remaining piece, such that the side of the Wise Ideas journaling space was left intact, with the frame around the edge.  I figure this can be used for a quote, bullets, or a verse.

The Banana wood-grain cardstock was a little bright for me…and the Slate zig-zag pattern a bit too dark…so I opted to INK the Banana wood-grain cardstock with Slate ink to help make the wood pattern POP.  I first tried rubbing the ink pad directly against the paper.  That’s the smaller piece in the photo.  That was a bit too dark still.  So, I grabbed the Foam Tool and used that instead – it was the perfect amount of ink.  Tip: To get the MOST ink on the Foam Tool – SWIPE it across the surface instead of pouncing.  Tip: To prevent SPOTS, start the Foam Tool at the outside edge and rub in circles…it takes patience and time…the results are worth it.

Cut 1″ x 4.5″ pieces of the Geometric Multi-Colored Print.  Dovetail the ends (see the March SOTM Blog Hop post for details on how to do this).  Create two of these.
Cut 0.75″ x 3.5″ pieces from the edge of the White Daisy Notebook paper – the edge has a Juniper looking print.  Dovetail the ends.  Create two of these.
Add the banner pieces to the lower left corner and top right corner of the layout.

Using the Art Philosophy Cartridge, cut the following using White Daisy cardstock (Note: With the new stamp sets, the size and page number is included on the carrier sheet!  These images are stamped using the Girls Rock stamp set C1538):

  • 2 large flowers
  • 2 medium flowers
Using Honey, ink up the large flower, then roll the outer edges in Sunset ink.  Stamp on the large flower cut-out.
Using Sorbet, ink the medium flower and stamp on the medium flower cut-out.
Add flowers to the layout as shown.
Add Pink Glitter Gems as desired.

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

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Topics: blog hop, C1538 Girls Rock, Dream Pop | 11 Comments »

CTMH Dream Pop Blog Hop

By Helen | April 26, 2013

Here’s the complete list of all the participants in the CTMH Dream Pop 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/
Helen Onulak http://www.hookedonstamping.com/
Michelle Loncar http://michelleloncar.blogspot.com/
Mary Eisen http://mestamp2.blogspot.com/
Pamela O’Connor http://reflectionsofmyartandsoul.com/blog
Katy Taylor http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com/
Priscilla Gotham http://www.priscillaspaperie.com/
Jean McNulty http://stampinmaui.blogspot.com/
Heather Schmuckal http://heatherjanedesign.blogspot.com/
Adeline Brill http://www.adeline-brill.blogspot.com/
Wendy Coffman http://www.stampingrules.com/
Maria Myers http://stampmomma.com
Elizabeth Mindemann http://www.ejoym.blogspot.com
Misty Jackson http://misstscraps.blogspot.com/
Gina Brandstetter http://gmbscrapper.blogspot.com/
Pamela Ellison http://pamsclearlycraftycorner.blogspot.com/
Michelle Jones http://www.michellejonesva.blogspot.com/
Melissa Laverty http://fancymelissa.com/blog/
Judy Faye Garner http://judyfaye.blogspot.com/
Karen Fullam http://www.enrichingmemories.com/
Pam Jarrett http://www.pam-jarrett.blogspot.com/
Sheila Bennett http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com
Kathy Corson http://www.kathycorson.blogspot.com/
Allisa Chilton http://rockymtnpapercrafts.blogspot.com
Kim Schnoor http://www.creativehands-hearts.blogspot.com/
Traci Pasqualone http://scrapitraci.blogspot.com/
Dawn Ross http://iamahappystamper.blogspot.com
Laurie Newton http://www.scrapsfromthebeach.com/
Joy McHargue http://www.studiowowjoy.com/
Melinda Everitt http://www.ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/
Krista Hershberger http://kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com/
Melissa Robinson http://www.mlisrobinson.blogspot.com/
Sheri Ballantyne http://sherisays-justscrapit.blogspot.ca/
Lucy Kelleher http://love2createitall.com
Jody Gustafson http://cre8nmemories.blogspot.com/
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CTMH April SOTM Blog Hop & Tutorial

By Helen | March 31, 2013

CTMH’s April Stamp of the Month: My Sunshine is a fun-filled stamp set.  This stamp set works with the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge…and if you look closely at the carrier sheet you’ll see:

  • Upper Left – it says “Artiste” – so you know what Cricut Cartridge it works with.
  • Sizes – that’s the size to CUT the shape to stamp on it.
  • Page Numbers!  Yep – that’s right…p. 51 for example, means you’ll find that shape on page 51 of the Reference Book – super simple to find & cut.

My friend, Kathy, went to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival.  When I saw the Hot Air Balloons, I immediately thought of her and wanted to make a page that could be used as the title page in her album for her trip.  I kept trying to come up with a Title…and this morning in Church, it hit me – RISE UP!  It will have double meaning…as a title that ties in with Hot Air Balloons & a tie into our faith.  I’m sure she’ll love it.

 

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 Pam’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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April Stamp of the Month: My Sunshine

Order the April Stamp of the Month at full price…or get it for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  Create this collection of beautiful artwork – you’ll find the information on my website under Promotions.  The instructions will be available there through April 2014!

Start Shopping Now

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Tutorial

This Scrapbook page uses Pattern 18, on page 40 of the Make It From Your Heart, Volume 1 how-to book.

Cut (4) 1/2″ x 12″ strips from the burlap patterned paper.  To make mitered corners, align the short end with the center of the Versamat.  Then, use the diagonal line as a guide for the ruler.  Cut using a Craft Knife.  Tip: I stacked all four pieces and cut them all at once.  Tip: When you cut the other end…BE CAREFUL to have the orientation correct.

Using the ROUGH edge of the Sanding Block, sand the edges of all pieces of paper.  Here you can see the difference between the piece that’s been sanded & one that hasn’t.

Using the Artiste Cartridge and White Daisy cardstock, cut the following:

  • 3 Balloons
  • 1 Sentiment
  • 1 Cloud at 2 3/4″ and 1 Cloud at 2″ (page 70, the Happy Birthday Key, Accent 2)

Using Crystal Blue ink and the Foam Tool, sponge the top half of the White Daisy Cardstock base with ink to create a sky look.

Using Crystal Blue ink and the Foam Tool, distress the edges of both clouds.

Stamp the Balloons, 1 each in Hollyhock, Honey and Sorbet.

Stamp the Sentiment using Honey, with the edges of the stamp rolled in Sunset.

Attach the 1/2″ x 12″ strips of Burlap patterned paper around the outer edge, with the mitered corners.

Attach the 10″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Lagoon cardstock.

Add photos…(in my case, placeholders for the photos), then add the Hollyhock Zipper Lace.  Tip: Cut the Hollyhock Zipper Lace between the zipper teeth.  I used mini Glue Dots to hold the Hollyhock Zipper Lace.  You could also use Liquid Glass behind the zipper teeth.

Using 3D Foam Tape, add the clouds and two Balloons, plus the Sentiment.

Using Chocolate ink and the Foam Tool, ink 3 small arrows from the Color-Ready Trinkets.  Tip:  Put a glue dot behind each piece and attach to a piece of waxed paper.  Makes it easy to color and prevents them from moving around…then just peel off the waxed paper & position on the page!

Add title of your choice.  Tip:  I use my ruler to keep the letters straight…and for the UP – start with the P…for the RISE…start with the R – makes spacing easier!

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

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CTMH April SOTM Blog Hop List

By Helen | March 31, 2013

Here’s the complete list of all the participants in the CTMH April 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
Annette Green http://AnnettesCreativeJourney.blogspot.com
Laurie R. Newton http://www.scrapsfromthebeach.com
Mary Eisen http://mestamp2.blogspot.com
Krista Ritskes http://simplycreatingtogether.blogspot.com/
Traci Pasqualone http://ScrapiTraci.blogspot.com
Angel Sawyer http://RunningwithScissorsDesignCo.blogspot.com
Shirley Ross http://www.momnmescrap.blogspot.com
Katy Taylor http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com
Joy McHargue http://www.studiowowjoy.com/
Gina Brandstetter http://gmbscrapper.blogspot.com/
Michelle Loncar http://michelleloncar.blogspot.com
Maureen O’Sullivan http://somethingtoscrapabout-maureen.blogspot.com
Sarita Schraeder http://www.blessedscrapper.com
Carla Ironside http://carlacreates.ca
Susan Brooks http://stampingintheopen.blogspot.com
Michelle Jones http://www.michellejonesva.blogspot.com
Krista Hershberger http://kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com/
Vicki Price http://priceofpaper.blogspot.com
Tamytha Jenkins http://www.paperheartist.com/
Sheila Bennett http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com
Traci Godbee http://www.createwithtraci.com/
Judy Burger http://www.makingtimeformemories.blogspot.com
Angela Tutton http://www.tuttonstreasures.blogspot.com
Wendy Coffman http://www.stampingrules.blogspot.com/
Jill Lucas http://scrapwench.blogspot.com
Lori Brown http://www.savingmine.blogspot.com
Allisa Chilton http://rockymtnpapercrafts.blogspot.com/
Maria Myers http://www.stampmomma.com/
Beth Naumann http://www.bethscreativeblock.blogspot.com
Dawn Ross http://iamahappystamper.blogspot.com
Jen Patrick http://roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com
Wanda Riley http://Creatingwithwanda.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Mindemann http://www.ejoym.blogspot.com
Michelle Johns http://www.myflightsoffancy.com/blog
Lalia Harris http://www.craftylalia.blogspot.com
Haley Dyer http://inkyscrapper.blogspot.com
Adeline Brill http://www.adeline-brill.blogspot.com
Dawn Heuft http://stamptildawn.blogspot.com
Pamela Ellison http://pamsclearlycraftycorner.blogspot.com/
Melinda Everitt http://www.ifyoublingit.blogspot.com
Nikka Geers http://www.nikkageers.blogspot.com
Alyson Mayo http://createwithalyson.blogspot.ca/
Georgia Hauglid http://inkygeorgia.blogspot.com/
Teresa Scrivens http://www.creatingwithinkypaw.com
Kami Welter http://www.scrappin4memories.blogspot.com/
Lisa Sargent http://www.lisasargent.net
Erin Schulte http://imcreaterin.blogspot.ca/
Brae Montgomery http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com
Jen Rubio http://JenRubio.blogspot.com
Melissa Laverty http://www.fancymelissa.com/blog
Tamra Pope http://tamrascraftypapercreations.blogspot.com/
Lucy Kelleher http://www.love2createitall.com/
Priscilla Gotham http://www.priscillaspaperie.com/
Nancy Womersley http://nancysheart2heart.blogspot.com
Judy Faye Garner http://judyfaye.blogspot.com
Kim Schnoor http://www.creativehands-hearts.blogspot.com
Jean McNulty http://stampinmaui.blogspot.com/
Pam Jarrett http://www.pam-jarrett.blogspot.com/
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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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Are you caught up on your scrapbooking?  If not, then give Studio J a try and SAVE now through March 15, 2013.  A 2-page layout is only $5.00!  Add some bling or embellishments and have a hybrid look.

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Tutorial

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.

Assembly:

  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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CTMH March SOTM Blog Hop List

By Helen | February 28, 2013

Here’s the complete list of all the participants in the CTMH March 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.

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