Life In Pictures – April SOTM

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Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring April’s SOTM, which is Life In Pictures, a set of 13 stamps.  If you have come here from my friend Darlys’ Blog, you are on the right path!    If you started here, 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 on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

 

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This month we have over 20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Blog Hopping is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I’ve been meeting with some sister consultants monthly to create with the Stamp of the Month.  The inspiration and challenge they bring to push me to another level is so much fun.  My buddy Darlys (mentioned above) is one of those consultants!

When I saw the camera stamps I immediately thought film strip – my first passion in life is photography and I spent many years developing my own film and printing the pictures.  Now I just take them…100’s of them every month, but I digress.  Back to my card…I couldn’t help including the Operation Smile promotional stamp set Animal Greetings.  I kept them simple stamping in black to preserve the look of a negative.  I finished off my card simply with a purple glitter heart from the Enamel and Glitter Duos Purple Hearts.

Now “Hop” on over to Michelle’s Blog 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 April SOTM is only available until the last day of the month!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount

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Penelope PML Cards

Wondering what to do with those 2 sheets of Picture My Life cards that now come in the Paper Packs?  They can be used on traditional layouts, are perfect for pocket scrapbooking and as I’ve used here…CARDS!

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With a few extra pieces of paper, a few complements, some Playful Puffies and Silver Sequins in no time I had 4 bright cheerful cards.

I love that these cards are in both portrait and landscape orientation.

I can’t wait to see what you do with the Picture My Life Cards.

 

I’m A Guest at Atlantic Hearts #152

I loved my time as a Design Team Member at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, so you can imagine how I jumped at the chance to come back and be a guest designer.  Michelle graciously asked us to take a look at future sketches and pick one we’d like to do.  I finally just put the numbers of the sketches I was interested in doing in a bag and drew one, sketch #152.

I absolutely adore the new complement packs that are available to match each new paper packet – talk about taking the thinking out of crafting!

I love these cute little birds from the Penelope Paper Pack.  The colors are bright and cheery.  I don’t make many get well cards, but a dear friend is recovering from Achilles surgery so I wanted to send her a little cheer.  I mixed a few vellum shapes with a Playful Puffies and a couple of silver sequins.  I also got our fun new mini stapler and that’s how I attached the accent strip.  I’m including a close up of the cluster where you can see it all up close.

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I hope you’ll stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge on Wednesday and see what the  DT members are up to.  I’d love it if you took a minute to participate too!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ll take a minute and let me know what you think of the complements.

 

Featured Friday #4

Happy Friday!

It’s good to be back home in my own Craft Studio the lighting is TONS better and I have more things to use 🙂  Today I have another easy fun fold card for you.  I like a card with an unusual fold because I think it packs a little more fun into the envelope, they don’t necessarily need to be difficult, just give a little surprise.

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This Easter card just looks like a normal card wrapped up with a little twine, but open it up and you have a little surprise.  The right little panel folds under the left larger panel.  Did you expect that extra pop of color from a second piece of B&T?

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This card was super easy to make – it has a cardstock base and a couple of extra panels of B&T and cardstock mats.  I mounted the little chick on a 2 1/2″ circle of Pixie so that he didn’t get lost amongst the other birdies.  I want to share a little trick I have learned using the thin cuts.

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First of all I stamp my image, then I line up the thin cuts over the image on my Big Shot (I use a Magnetic Platform and those little thin cuts don’t go moving all around – I’ve also seen Washi Tape used, but in my opinion that magnetic platform is worth it’s weight in gold) and tada a perfectly cut image every time.  No more lining up your stamp to hit your die cut piece of paper.

Here are the measurements:
  • B&T  4 x 3 1/4″ and 4 x 1 1/2″
  • Mats for B&T  4 1/8 x 3 3/8″ and 4 1/8 x 1 5/8″
  • Card base is 10 1/2 x 4 1/4, scored at 1 3/4″, 3 1/2″, 7″ and 8 3/4″
  • If you want to add an optional layer to the inside:  4 x 3 1/4″
Have fun!  Any questions, give me a shout!
Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Friday #3

Welcome back to Featured Friday.  This week I’m coming to you from a temporary studio in soggy Oregon 🙂  As we were packing to leave town I grabbed my Penelope Paper packet and Complements, my Shin Han Markers, the March Stamp of the Month Sunshine Birdies and a few other supplies to keep myself occupied while my Wrangler wearing sweetheart was in his business meetings.

I knew I wanted to share this cute Quarter Fold Card with you as it is simple and done with limited supplies.  Closed the card resembles a flat box with the tops folded in and secured.  Open it has a place to write a note, stamp a sentiment or in my case just give a canvas for some additional artwork.

  

Before I give you the instructions I wanted to share a close up of the complements cluster.  Both the Flower Stickease and the Vellum Hello are from the Penelope Complements and the little silver arrow is from the Playful Puffies, they coordinate quite nicely with the silver accents on the vellum.

Instructions:

  • Cut your cardstock bases  4 3/16 X 11 and 5 7/16 X 8 1/2
  • Score the 4 3/16 piece 2 3/4″ from each end.
  • Score the 5 7/16 piece 2 1/8″ from each end.
  • Adhere one card inside the other with a strong adhesive (it doesn’t matter which is inside)
  • Cut your inside piece to 3 3/4 X 5 and decorate as desired and adhere to the inside.
  • Fold the corners of the card in so that each has a corner showing (like you would to secure a box closed)
  • Adhere B&T paper 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 to the corners of your card front.
  • Decorate the outside as desired.

I hope this has given you inspiration to try a new card fold.  I’d love to see what you do, so leave me a link to your creation in the comments section.

See you next week.

 

Hopping’ Down The Bunny Trail

Our power went off for 2 1/2 hours yesterday while I was in the middle of preparing for my upcoming $5 Card Class.  I wasn’t too worried because my craft room has plenty of light, but it did put a stop to my Cricut cutting.

I have recently become enamored with the monochromatic look it just seems like it gives a card such a fresh clean feeling.  I love the Dots embossing paired with the seersucker pattern from the Penelope paper packet.  The bunny is from one of my favorite sets Spring Critters and it has a Thin Cuts to match – no fussy cutting for this girl.  Mine is colored with our Shin Han markers and popped up on 3D Foam Tape.

Thinking about joining my $5 card class – it’s the first Thursday of every month – you’ll go home with three cute cards (in my opinion of course).

Thanks for stopping by…leave me a comment what your favorite animal is from the Spring Critters Set.  Don’t have the set yet, just click on the link and it will take you right to the stamp set in my store.

 

Zoe Meets Penelope

I’m really trying to get my birthday stash replenished and with a little push decided to take a gander over at the Close to My Heart Color Dare – I was pleasantly surprised with the Pixie, Glacier, Thistle and White Daisy that I found waiting for me.  Now for a sketch…I wanted to try something new so I took a turn at Freshly Made Sketches, once more I hit the jackpot!

I had a lot of fun pairing the Glacier Houndstooth paper from Zoe with the Thistle Floral from Penelope – now for that Pixie!  I used the Brushstrokes stamp for a big base of Pixie, stamped the sentiment in Thistle and started adding embellishments from the Penelope Complements.

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Here’s a close up!

 

 

This card was lots of fun and fairly quick to put together.  I challenge you to take a look around the web for inspiration and stop by the Close to My Heart Color Dare.  It’s really fun to make a project when all the hard parts are figured out for you!

Thanks for stopping by!