Welcome to the October SOTM Blog Hop

This month, our team has twenty wonderful projects featuring our Stamp of the Month entitled With All My Love.118614968_10157792607342686_4140577875045841570_n This stamp set is full of some wonderful images and sentiments you can use all year long.  If you have come here from Katy Taylor’s Blog you are on the right path. When you are finished viewing my beautiful Fall Florals Card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog

There have been so many wonderful products arriving on my doorstep this fall, and it has been hard to choose which ones to use on a project.  It’s like information overload – or crafty goodness overload – in my craft space.  Today, I decided to pull out some new Thin Cuts dies that I purchased in August and showcase them behind some images I created using the beautiful With All My Love stamp set

The French Vanilla and White Glitter background for this card was created using our new Layered Floral Background thin cuts.  These metal dies come in a set of three and are designed to help you to create this beautiful layered background for your card. Isn’t it just stunning?

I love how simple this background was to make! All you have to do is choose the three colors of paper, cardstock, or specialty paper you want to use and the dies cut out perfect 4¼” x 5½” backgrounds that you can layer together for an incredible effect. 

After assembling the background, I added a strip of Floral Mix-Ins paper wrapped in Gold Embellishing Thread and tucked two leaves behind the paper strip.  The large Maple leaf was cut from Toffee paper using our Leaves Thin Cuts and stamped using the “heart” image on the With All My Love stamp set.  The second leaf was stamped in Cinnamon using the Textured Leaf stamp set. 

The flowers were also created using the With All My Love stamp set.  I stamped the images in Intense Black Ink, then used Desert Rose, Cinnamon, Sundance, and Avocado inks with a waterbrush to shade the images. I plan on showing this technique in my VIP Community Group this month.

After the ink had dried, I splattered the flowers with a Toffee Shimmer brush, cut them out, and layered them onto the card using foam tape. I had debated adding some stickles to the center of the flowers, but I am glad I chose to keep them as is. 

The sentiment on this card was heat embossed onto vellum using Clear Embossing Powder and Cinnamon Ink, then tucked behind the flowers. To finish the design, I placed a few loops of Gold Embellishing Thread behind the flowers and added some White Flower Sequins to the card.  Those little flowers have become a new favorite of mine. They are so sweet and delicate looking and add just the right amount of elegance to a project. 

I hope that this Fall Florals card inspired to to try something new and give a few of these techniques a try.  Now ‘Hop” on over to the talented Brandi Robinson’s Blog to see her work!   

Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  Don’t forget! The With All My Love Stamp Set set is only available until October 31st.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00 or free as a VIPwith a qualifying purchase.

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Welcome to the Stencil It! Technique Blog Hop

Today we will be showing you a variety of stenciling techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 93489974_10157352565497934_5733319884578750464_n If you have come here from Maz Wood’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished learning how I created my stenciled brick  background, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

When the new May/June catalog arrived, I feel in love with the Make a Splash stamp set.  I couldn’t wait to create something with those adorable polka-dot boots, so I decided to create a card where those boots were the focal point in front of a brick wall background. 

The background of the card was created using our Texture Paste mixed with a Toffee Shimmer Brush. I cut out a brick stencil design, using my Cricut, and applied the paste directly to the card. 

Here are a Few Tips for Using Texture Paste

  • A little goes a long way. You don’t need much for a project.
  • If you want a smoother finish, be sure to use a steady hand as you apply the paste.
  • Apply the paste with patting or even gentle slapping motions for an impasto effect.
  • Always close the lid right away with Opaque Paste. It can dry out quickly.
  • If you’re wanting a light, pastel hue, try mixing some watercolor paint into the paste
  • For a deeper, richer color, add a few drops of re-inker to the texture paste.
  • Add sparkle, like I did, with a little bit of Shimmer Brush ink.

After my Texture Paste had cured, I stamped the sentiment onto the card using Candy Apple Pigment Ink, then heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. The sentiment I used also comes from our Make a Splash stamp set.  Isn’t it the cutest set ever??

After stamping the boot image, I shaded them using our SpectrumNoir TriBlend Markers.  In my video tutorial below, I not only show you how to apply Texture Paste, but I also show you how I used the markers to create the shaded images you see here. 

Once I was done with my coloring,  I added some whimsical polka-dots with White Embossing Powder, then layered them atop some flowers. 

For those of you who would like to know more about how to use Texture Paste with Stencils and how to use our SpectrumNoir Tri Blend Markers, I have created a short video tutorial for you.  

I hope today’s project inspired you use some of your Stencils and give Texture Paste a try.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Darlys Recker’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using Stencils on your projects.  

Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Creating a Lilac Dragonfly Card

For the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge

Monochromatic cards can be fun to create, especially if you are able to add one of your favorite creatures to the design.  I enjoyed creating this card so much, that I have created a process video to inspire you to join our challenge.  This week, at the Color My Heart Color Dare blog, we are asking you to create a monochromatic card using only shades of purple.  

To be honest, purple is not a color I use very often, but I will admit that I have enjoyed using our new Wisteria color. It has just the right amount of blue and, paired with Eggplant, it creates an elegant design.  On my Lilac Dragonfly card, I chose to complement these colors with some grey and black die cuts and stickers from our Celebrate Today collection. 

I wanted to keep this card simple and make the dragonfly the focal point of the card. After all, it is one of my favorite creatures. This Country Dragonfly image has three layers and makes quite the statement. After stamping the image onto the circle, I created a second layer on a White Daisy cardstock die cut, then I created another layer on vellum. 

I used that same Country Dragonfly stamp to create a randomly stamped background on my Wisteria cardstock. At this point, I felt like I had used a little too much purple, so I balanced out the design with some Vellum Leaf die cuts and a sentiment from the Celebrate Today sticker sheet. 

This card is full of layers and layers of simple images and can easily be recreated for your purple-loving friends. To inspire you even more, I have created a simple how-to video for you to view. 

I hope that today’s project has inspired you to try something new and join us for the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.  Make sure to share your monochromatic creation with us before March 5th. 

Here is a List of the Supplies I Used on This Project