Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring February’s SOTM, Thoughtful Tidings, a set of 11 stamps.  If you have come here from Nicole’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 over 60 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!

Thoughtful Tidings is a set of eleven stamps.  Six of the stamps have coordinating Cricut images.  The coordinating Cricut images make matting a breeze! This card was created with a variety of Close To My Heart products, which will all be available to order 2/1/12!  The new Spring/Summer catalog goes live on 2/1/12!  I can’t wait to share all of the new products with you.  All supplies by Close To My Heart:

Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy
G1033 WOTG Pemberley Kit
S1202 Thoughtful Tidings SOTM
C1494 Card Word Puzzle
Z2118 Desert Sand Ink
Z2130 Indian Corn Blue Ink
Z2140 Outdoor Denim Ink
Z1732 Seam Binding Ribbon
Z1708 Sparkles Flourishes

Design Tips-The top pattern paper was created by stamping the floral stamp from the Card Word Puzzle set with Desert Sand Ink onto Vanilla Cream Cardstock.

The seam binding ribbon was colored by sponging on Outdoor Denim Ink.

The flower is from page 70 of the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.  I cut the flower at 3 5/8”.  I sponged on Indian Corn Blue ink and inked the edges of the flower.  The flower was rolled with a quilling tool.  The leaves are fussy cut from a piece of B&T that is included in the WOTG Pemberley Kit.

The saying was cut with the shape from page 67 of the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  The top layer was cut at 2 ¼”, the mat was cut at 2 3/8”.

This card is based on this week’s Mojo Monday Sketch #226. I chose the square version at 5" x 5" for my cardbase.

Here is a sampling of other projects by Close To My Heart-

Now "Hop" on over to Tamra’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas! Remember, the February SOTM is only available until February 29, 2012. 

I have also entered this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments  -Punches &/Or Dies
Creative Craft Challenges –Bingo (Ribbons, Flowers, Gems, Blue)
Die Cuttin' Divas - must include a Die-cut -#50 Anything Goes

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3-D Valentine's

Time for a new Challenge at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  The challenge this week is to complete a 3-D project.  I completed this door hanger with the help of the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.  The Art Philosophy Cartridge has many 3-D projects to choose from.  I chose the heart box and added 3-D flowers.

All supplies by Close To My Heart.

Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy Collection
D1283 Say It In Style
D1482 Love Life
1272 Cranberry Cardstock
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
X5918 Topiary Cardstock
Z2116 Cranberry Ink
Z2155 Topiary Ink
Z1732 Seam Binding Ribbon (avail 2/1/12)
Z1708 Sparkles Flourishes (avail 2/1/12)
Z1326 Sparkles Assortment

Design Tip-The flowers were cut with Colonial White cardstock and then sponged with Cranberry Ink.  The Chipboard banner was also sponged with Cranberry Ink.  I layered the Seam Binding Ribbon on the top of the heart to get the ruffled look.  Folded small loops and glued them overlapping on the inside of the heart.

I have also entered this card in the following challenges:

Delightful Challenges- Valentine's Anything But a Card
Exploring Cricut-Use at least 1 Ribbon, 2 Cricut Cuts, and 3 Brads, Jewels, Buttons
Just Us Girls- 3D Valentine Project
Paper Sundaes-Valentine
Penny Black and More-Love & Hearts

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Pemberley Birthday Card

The DT at Freshly Made Sketches has come up with another great sketch this week.  Their sketches are so versatile.  If you happen to be in a card making slump…I highly recommend looking through their archives!  Here is the sketch my card is based on-

This card is going in my Birthday Card stash, so the inside has been stamped as well.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted.
G1033 Pemberley Workshop Kit (avail 2/1/12)
C1494 Card Word Puzzle (avail 2/1/12)
D1283 Say It in Style
D1475 Card Chatter-Birthday
Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
X5925 Honey Cardstock
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
Z2111 Chocolate Ink
Z1707 Bitty Opaques Pearls (avail 2/1/12)
Z1367 Bitty Brad Assortment
Ribbon by Offray

 Design Tip-The flower is part of the Card Word Puzzle Stamp Set.  I stamped the flower twice on the Pemberley B&T paper.  I then cut the images out.  I cut out the layers on one image with an Exacto knife and then mounted the cut image on the other pre-cut flower.  This gives some added dimension to the flower.

 I have also entered this card in the following challenges:
Critter Sketch- Create a project using 3 Embellishments
Stamptacular Sunday-Diamonds or Pearls (I prefer Diamonds)

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CASE Study-Birthday Card

My interpretation of Case Study #75.  A whole new look for the Pemberley Workshop stamp set!  The border stamp is included in the Pemberley Kit. All supplies by Close To Heart, except where noted.

1385 White Daisy Cardstock
1388 Black Cardstock
G1033 WOTG Pemberley Kit (avail 2/1/12)
D1514 Just A Number Stamp Set
Z2192 Pacifica Ink
Z2155 Topiary Ink
Z2162 Honey Ink
Z2138 Orange Ink
Z2116 Cranberry Ink
Tuxedo Black Ink by Memento  

Here is the inspiration for the card-

I have also entered this card at Just Inspirational Challenges-Photo Inspiration.  Here is the photo inspiration-

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Black & White

The challenge this week at CAS-ual Fridays is to make a CAS card with black and white only.  I think this is the first card I have ever made in just black and white.  I love the results.  Simple but striking!  This card was made with the stamp set that comes with the Pemberley Workshop Kit.  The kit will be available in the Spring/Summer catalog.  All products by Close To My Heart except where noted.

G1033 Pemberley Workshop Kit (avail 2/1/12)
1386 Black Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Tuxedo Black Ink by Memento

Here is a sample layout by Close To My Heart made with the Pemberley Workshop on the Go Kit.

If you are seeking bargains, check out the While Supplies Last Section!  The Black Ribbon Set used on my card is on clearance for $4.00.  There is a wide assortment of items on clearance for up to 80% off!  You can view them here.  The website will only allow shipping to the US.  If you need items shipped to another location, please contact me directly.

I have also entered this card in Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes Challenge.

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Sending My Love...

I received a lot of feedback on my previous Baby Button card, so I made a Valentine’s version.  I have a tendency to hoard buttons, so the button cards are great for making a dent in my button supply.  This is a super simple card that has great impact.  I cut the heart image with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  I then used the negative image as my top mat.  The buttons were randomly applied to fill in the heart image.  The stitching was completed with the help of the Close To My Heart ruler which has a stitching guide.  It is hard to tell from the photos, but the whole card has a nice shimmer thanks to Smooch spray.  All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted.

D1283 Say It In Style Stamp Set
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
1272 Cranberry Cardstock
Z2116 Cranberry Ink
Z1369 Red Assortment Buttons
Z1471 Ruler
Z1114 Piercing Tool Kit
Generic Embroidery Thread

I have entered this card in the following challenges:

Cupcake Craft Challenge-All  You Need is Love
Paper Pretties-Valentines Project
Poodles Parlour -Valentine
The Pink Elephant-Photo Inspiration
There She Goes-Love Is IN the Air

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Find Your Style...

I have spent the weekend re-organizing my craft room…still a work in progress.  I will show pics when I finally have everything back in its place.  I managed to clear off some space to complete a card for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  Here is the original sketch-

While my first love is Close To My Heart products….I am an equal opportunity stamper.  This card is made with a wide variety of products.  Since I am in the middle of re-organizing, I found all sorts of goodies to play with! Products by Close To My Heart except where noted.

D1452 Find Your Style Stamp Set
C1491 Pemberley Workshop Stamp Set (avail 2/1/12)
X5642 Cocoa Cardstock
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
Everyday Enchantment DSP by Stampin Up
Everyday Enchantment Brads by Stampin Up
Z2114 Cocoa Ink
Z2196 Smoothie Ink
Ribbon by Pebbles

 Design Tip-I inked the bird in Cocoa Ink and then sponged on Smoothie ink.  I inked Soar in Smoothie Ink and then rolled the edges in Cocoa Ink.  For the bird image on the inside of the card, I stamped the bird in second generation Cocoa Ink.

I have also entered this card in the following challenges:

Moving Along with the Times-Things with Wings
(DSP & Brads)

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Quick V-Day Card

I spent some time on Pinterest the other day looking at craft ideas.  A person can get lost there quickly.  While browsing I saw numerous cards make with negative images from die-cuts and punches.  While I have made a few cards with negative images from my Cricut, I had not yet done this with my punches.  This card came together in mere minutes.  I highly recommend this style of card when you need multiples in a hurry!  All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted.

D1283 Say It In Style Stamp Set
1272 Cranberry Cardstock 
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2116 Cranberry Ink
Z1103 Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Vanilla Smooch Spray by Clearsnap
Heart Trio Punch by Stampin Up

Design Tip-I masked off my cranberry cardstock with post it notes and sprayed the Smooch spray for added sparkle inside the hearts.

I have entered this card in the following challenges-

Crafty Creations-Valentines
Scrapbook Sisters-Sweet Valentine

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