Saturday, February 28, 2015

Choose Happy - Stamp of The Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring March's SOTM, which is "Choose Happy", a set of 14 stamps.  If you have come here from Justine Hoovey, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants HERE.  

Oh how I adore the March SOTM Choose Happy!! The frames and sayings are so cute.  
 Here are the 3 cards I put together using the Brushed paper pack. In keeping with the theme "Choose Happy", Brushed paper was perfect to pair with this stamp as it is so bright it helps create the happy!

 I stamped the frame and used the masking technique to add some flowers using the A Little Note stamp set. I colored in the flowers using the Shinhan markers. I decided to add vellum over the paper to tone the color down a bit. I heat embossed the border using my crafting heater and white embossing powder. I offset my images to the left side of the card leaving room for the pretty paper to show through the vellum.

 I again used the vellum and heat embossed the border. I colored in the frame using the Shinhan markers and added another sentiment from the SOTM set. I like that the sentiments are encouraging. The heart is stamped from the You're the Bomb stamp set. I added a random drawn border with my journaling pen and used 3-D foam tape to pop the frame up for added dimension.

I really liked how this card came out. I used the frame and sentiment from the SOTM set. I again masked to add the flower and butterfly from the Hopping By stamp set. I felt like it was missing something so I added the banner in the corner using stickers from the Brushed complements. 

Now "Hop" on over to Darlys Recker to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the February SOTM is only available until March 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Products Used:
Brushed Paper Pack
White Card & Envelope Value Pack
March SOTM "Choose Happy"
Hopping By stamp set
You're the Bomb stamp set
A Little Note stamp set
Shinhan Markers
Brushed Complements
Craft Heater
White Embossing Powder
Bitty Sparkles
3-D Foam Tape
CTMH Micro Tip Scissors
Journaling Pen
Scallop Border Punch

Monday, February 23, 2015

"Celebrate" Die - Namics Fun

I have recently become "addicted" to dies. I had to try my hand at a technique I saw on Instagram inspired by Amy Rysavy and her use of the Celebrate MFT die. As soon as I received the die I had to play and make this super cute "Celebrate" card.

 Here is a side view. So cheery and has me ready for spring!! I used CTMH November and March SOTM. The inks are Pixie, Flaxen, Glacier, Topiary, Thistle and Black.

Once I stamped my background I ran it through my Big Shot with the Celebrate Die. I cut the bottom portion off and used pop dots to adhere it back inline with the top portion of the card. It gives it that dynamic raised 3-D look.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sponge Dauber Random Stamping Technique - I Love You Card

Have you visited the CTMH FB page? They posted a quick and simple technique using a sponge dauber in ink to make a random polka dot background. Check out the video HERE. I decided to do the same but use my sponge dauber using the heat embossing technique.

I used the same technique in the video however traded the ink for VersaMark and silver embossing powder. First you want to dab your sponge in VersaMark and make your random dots on your card. Then liberally sprinkle the card with the silver embossing powder. Use your craft heater to heat emboss the dots. There you have it so simple!! I used the Artiste cricut cart for the sentiment and the stamped heart is from the "You're The Bomb" stamp set. Just lovely!!

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Products Used:
White Cards & Envelopes
Artiste cricut cartridge
Black card stock
White Daisy card stock
Silver Embossing Powder
Craft Heater
Sponge Dauber
You're the Bomb stamp set
Holiday Red Ink (retired)
White Gel Pen (non CTMH)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hopscotch Mini Album Fun

I have to admit I am not big into mini albums. When I saw this one on Brenda Rose's blog it peaked my interest. Nothing is more exciting to me then making something that looks a lot more difficult then it really is.

Are you ready to make one of your own? Follow along with my picture tutorial......

You will need a base color card stock. Cut 2 - 6x6 pieces for your front and back panel, 3 - 6x12 pieces for your binding (Mountain, W, Mountain) score at 3, 6 & 9 inches and 2- 2 x 5 1/2 pieces for the binding.

Next step is selecting patterned paper. I used two different patterns. 2 for out side front and back cover and 2 for the inside front and back cover. You will cut them at 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches.

Select 2 more card stock colors. Cut 5 pieces at 4x6 inches (this will be the top) and 5 at 2 x 6 inches (This will be the bottom).

Take the 2 - 6x12 inch pieces we talked about in step one and score at 3, 6 & 9 inches.

Take the hinge pieces ( 2 x 5 1/2) we spoke about earlier and score in half.

Crease your folds using the bone folder and you should have pieces that look like this.

Form your pieces in the shape of M, W, M and attach the two inside panels making one long accordion piece of card stock. This will serve as the base.

Now take your front and back panels you cut and adhere one side of the hinge to the panel.

Once you have the hinge attached it should look like the above. Next you want to adhere the front and back panel using the hinge to the ends of the accordion binding.

Take your patterned pieces you cut for the front a panel and adhere it. Don't add the back panel just yet. We will cover in a different step.

Do the same for the inside from and back panels.

Now that you have the front panel on go ahead adhere apiece of ribbon across the back panel. You are now ready to add the back panel.

You should have the back panel adhered with the piece of ribbon secured and hidden behind the panel.

In step three you cut two different colored pieces of card stock. Get them ready.

Adhere the larger 4 x6 pieces of card stock on the front side of the binding panels as show above. You can get a better look below.

Take the smaller 2 x 6 inch pieces of card stock and adhere the the bottom portion using the back side of the binding. This will allow for the mates to go in opposite directions as you see above.

I decided to decorate some of my panels with patterned paper. I used 3 different patterns and cut them at 1 3/4 x 2 3/4, 1 3/4 x 5 3/4 and 2 3/4 x 3 3/4.

You can see how I started to add the pieces to the panels to jazz them up a bit.

Below are the pages as they came together. I kept it fairly simple however I could add more pics and embellishments at a later date if I wanted too.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. This would be great to make for Valentines Day for that special someone in your life!! Happy Crafting!! ~ Shalana

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Give Thanks For All You Have

Have you given thanks lately?! Thought it would be nice to use a stamp set I had in my stash that I have never used before and the sentiment was perfect!
This card was fairly easy and quick to make. I started off cutting the bow at 3/4 inches using the CTMH Artiste cricut cart. I lined a piece of colonial white card stock with the gold polka dot washi which allowed me to use washi at the bottom and top of the card. 

I stamped the flowers in VersaMark and then sprinkled with the white embossing powder. I heated the image with my craft heater. I then stamped the stems second generation in topiary ink. I took my sponge dauber and dabbed in the desert sand ink and used a circular motion to go around the flowers. As you can see the embossed images resists the ink and makes the flower really stand out! I then stamped the sentiment in chocolate ink and distressed the edge of the card stock with desert sand. I added a strip of washi tape to the card base then adhered the stamped mat. I then added the bow in the corner. All done!! 

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Products Used:
Happy Autumn Stamp Set
Colonial White Cardstock
Desert Sand Cardstock
Topiary Ink
Chocolate Ink
Desert Sand Ink
Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape
Craft Heater
White Embossing Powder
Sponge Dauber
Artiste Cricut Cartridge
White Cards & Envelopes 

Monday, February 2, 2015

"She Art".....She Did That with CTMH Products!!

Did you know you could use CTMH products to make Mixed Media items?? Well SHE DID THAT!! I had the opportunity to have a fellow CTMH sister Lisa Motta instruct me on how to get it done...Here is my "SHE ART"...

I used the CTMH My Creations Canvas and decorated a torn piece of paper fundamentals card stock. I started by creating my layout per say on this piece of paper. I used the Shreddin the Slopes stamp set for my little "SHE". I stamped it 3 times. Once on kraft, seaside and black card stock. I fussy cut out the pieces of her clothing and paper pieced it on the kraft stamped image. I added some of my favorite Gold Polka Dot Washi. and gold sequins. I used the background stamp from the hostess reward stamp set "A Thing Well Done" using juniper ink and the sentiment with black ink. The Uniquely You sentiment was stamped from a retired stamp set. I added some aqua dots. My "SHE" statement was typed and provided. I cut it into pieces and distressed the edges in desert sand ink. It reads, "She is dedicated to her dreams, team, family, business". I then brushed modge podge over the entire surface.

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