Wednesday, February 29, 2012

March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Potential

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Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring March's SOTM, which is called "Potential," a set of 8 beautiful stamps. If you have come here from Susan Brook's Blog, 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.

This month we have Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This 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!

Here are the cards I made using the Stamp of the Month.  The swirls and the sayings are beautiful!

March Stamp of the Month: Potential
Cardstocks: Baby Pink, Sweet Leaf, Craft, Chocolate
Inks: Stazon Brown, White Daisy, Blush (2nd generation), and Sweet Leaf
Paper Butterflies - Love these!
Brown Striped Ribbon
Mocha Opaque Gems
All can be ordered from your consultant or CLICK HERE!

Please leave a comment and then "Hop" on over to Jill Lucas 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 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 or even free!
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Monday, February 27, 2012

Florentine Spiral Flower Card - Plus TIPS!

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These spiral flowers from the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge are so much fun!  They were the theme of my team's meeting this month and this was my swap card.  I've certainly learned some do's and don'ts after making 12 of these cards.  Here are my discoveries:
  1. Try to roll them up with just your fingers.
  2. Just leave the cardstock plain - a little color around the edges makes all the difference!
  3. Leave the cardstock stiff
  1. Try rubbing two different colors on the spiral before rolling it up. For this card I rubbed Bamboo ink over a flat Colonial White spiral flower cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge. After that, I used a sponge dauber and Creme Brulee ink to sponge a little warm yellow around the edges.
  2. MIST the spiral flower ONCE on both sides before rolling it up.  This makes it more pliable and allows you to roll the petals back, creating a more natural looking rose that lays more flat on your card. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP!
  3. Use a skewer to start on the outside end and roll it toward you. Once you get toward the center, the skewer might get in your way so you may need to set it aside and finish with just your fingers.
  4. Once it is completely rolled up, LET IT GO!  Don't hold it tight! (Oops, that was a "don't.") It will naturally stay rolled, but if you take your hands off of it then it will look more natural and open a little bit.
  5. Use a generous amount of Liquid Glass on the center circle to hold the "petals" down. Just hold it together for a minute and it will dry enough to move on to the next one.
Featured Supplies:
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge
Florentine Level 2 Paper Packet
Card Chatter - Sympathy

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Florentine Mini Cards

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We made these cuties at our team meeting this month.  We used the beautiful Florentine papers and ribbon that come in the Workshop on the Go Kit. The ribbon is so much fun!  I just laid it on scratch paper and turned the stamp pad upside down on it.  The more you swipe the ribbon with the ink, the darker the color gets.  I used the Desert Sand pad and it produced a beautiful pewter color.  We also used the Stippling Brush with a tiny bit on Create-a-Shade Paint to add an iridescent sheen to the flowers.  You can see it a little bit in the second picture.

All supplies can be found on MY WEBSITE:

Card Word Puzzle Stamp Set
Florentine Paper Packet
(3) 3 1/2 x 5 Colonial white Cardstock
1 x 2 1/2 Creme Brulee patterned B&T
1/2 x 2 1/2 twilight b&t
2 x 2 1/4 Sm Floral w/cream background B&T paper
1 3/4 x 2 1/4 Cream Brûlée B&T
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 Light Simple pattern B&T
2 x 3 1/4 Twilight B&T
9" Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon
Antique Copper Brads
Create a Shade Paint
Stipple Brush
Empty My Accents Jar
Small Scissors
Piercing Tool
Stamp Pads: Cocoa, Twilight, Desert Sand
Foam Tape
Acrylic Blocks: 1x1 2x2, 1x3 1/2
Stamp Cleaner/pad

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Stamping Funny

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Workshop Cards

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These are a few cards that we made at my workshop yesterday. The first two use the February Stamp of the Month.  Here are the ingredients in case you would like to duplicate them.  The blue font indicates that the product is new.  All products can be ordered HERE

Many Thanks Card
 Item #      Description               Pg    Price
S1202         Thoughtful Tidings SOTM         139  5-17.95
Z1738         Colonial White Die-Cut Cards    123        6.95
G1038         Florentine Workshop on the Go  55         29.95
D1704         Pewter Bedge Buttons               125  4.95
1301            Bamboo Cardstock                      8     14.50
Z2114          Cocoa Ink Pad                           8     5.25
Z2103         Bamboo Ink Pad                          8     5.25
Z1471          CTMH Ruler                             134 9.95
Z1114          Piercing Tool Kit                       133 5.95

Thanks Card
A1125          Thanks Stamp                   93   6.95
Z1686         Cricut Art Philosophy Collection 13     99.00
Z2105         Black Ink Pad                   8     5.25
1301            Bamboo Cardstock           8     14.50
1388            Colonial White Cardstock    8     9.50
1386            Black Cardstock                   8     14.50
Z1151          3-D Foam Tape                   134 5.95
Z1707         Bitty Opaques Pearl Gems 126 2.95

You Touch So Many Lives Card
S1202         Thoughtful Tidings SOTM  139  5-17.95
Z1686         Cricut Art Philosophy Collection 13     99.00
X5906         Dark Green Shade Paper Pack          9                   7.95
X5754         Crème Brulee Cardstock    9     14.50
1388            Colonial White Cardstock    8     9.50
Z1617          Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain 124 6.95
Z1333          Mocha Opaque Gems 126 2.95
Z1151            3-D Foam Tape 134 5.95

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

February Workshop Reminder

Pin It The new Idea Book has arrived and I hope you will join me while we make some fantastic new projects and paw through the pages at my next workshop! Here are just 3 of the 5 cards we will make on Saturday.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Valentine's Day Gift to You

Pin It Happy Valentine's Day! As my gift to you, if you order the 5 for Free Studio J special for your loved one (or love yourself too!) then you will get the Red Glitz Glitter Gel for FREE!*

Have you had a chance to try Studio J Online Scrapbooking? I love being able to click and drag my photos onto a scrapbook page and have the beautiful professional-looking pages mailed right to me! This month Close to My Heart is offering an excellent deal where you get 5 layouts FREE when you purchase a 5-Pack. It's a $55 value!

Order Today!

5 for Free Dates: Offer valid February 1, 2012–February 29, 2012.

*The Glitz Glitter Gel offer is only available from me, Angela Tutton, and is available until 2/18/12 at 11:59.

Let me know if you have any questions. Have a "love"ly day!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Treats

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Valentine's Day is almost here and my kids and I made these fun treats for their classmates! If you missed the directions on how to make these you can click here for my previous post.

Let me know if you have any questions and enjoy!

Close to My Heart April Stamp of the Month "You Are..." (available this April!)
Red and Black Waxy Flax
1x8 Plastic Bags
Black and Cranberry Ink Pads
White Cardstock
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge ( Close to My Heart exclusive!)

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Valentine Garland

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I have to brag. My team is SO FANTASTIC!  Aren't these little cards the cutest?  At my last team meeting we did a 3x3 swap using the NEW Stella paper packet and we added them to some NEW twine to create this adorable garland.  I don't seem to have any Valentine decorations around my house, so this is perfect!

Thank you to Cindy Kleinfelter, Sharon Esau, Brandee Pittenger, Kelly Wittner, Joyce Glass, Anna Murray, Mina Bingham, Dee Blackburn, and Linda Holliday! I am blessed to know you!
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Another Faux Stitching Card

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Here is another Faux Stitching Card that we made at my last team meeting.  I love this technique!  For my previous click here.

Stamp Set: Remarkable Wreath

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Make Your Sayings Pop!

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Do your stamped sayings look boring or flat? Then try this shadowing technique!

Stamp your saying in black. I used Gray Flannel Cardstock, but any color will work.

Now ink up the same Close to My Heart My Acrylix(tm) stamp with Gray Flannel ink:

Line up the stamp over your previously stamped saying, but move it slightly down and to the right or left. Now you've added a shadow and it really helps your saying POP!

Give it a try and leave a comment as to how it worked for you! Check back soon to see this banner added to a fun project! Pin It