Time to Celebrate SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the Time to Celebrate Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring a variety of projects using the May Stamp of the Month. 94335124_10157392407607686_3723470319004942336_nIf you have come here from Jen Rubio’s Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished reading my post, 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

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I decided that I would use up some of my scraps to make a simple stitched card.  The Time to Celebrate stamp set is chock full of sentiments and any one of them could be use on this design. 

To create the background of the card, I dug through all my paper scraps and cut diamond shapes using the Aurora Scrapbooking Thin Cuts.  This is one of our newest stamp sets with matching metal dies which are perfect for creating backgrounds. 

After I had created the background, I added a few lines of stitching with some light pink thread. I love the classic look of pink and blue together. 

The sentiment was stamped onto Vellum using Sapphire Pigment Ink, sprinkled with Clear Embossing Powder, heat set, and added to the card.  To frame the design, I added a Sapphire Blue Stitched frame.  The Time to Celebrate Stamp set has “build-able” sentiments to match your card. This one could say “Father” or “Mother” depending on who you are making it for. 

For those of you who are members of my VIP Group, you will be able to get a peek at how I made this card tomorrow, during our National Scrapbooking Day celebration. I can’t wait to show you how simple it was to make. 

Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’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. Remember, the Time to Celebrate stamp set is only available until May 31st.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

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To My Bestie ~ May SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the To My Bestie Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the April To My Bestie stamp set. MissCarriesCreations-BestiesBlogHopLogoIf you have come here from Michelle Stewart’s blog, you are on the right path!  When you are finished reading my post, 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.

As I prepared for this blog hop, I wanted to create something memorable that you could give as a gift to your “bestie”. With all of the new Seasonal Expressions Two products to choose from, it was difficult to decide what to make.  Instead of going “overboard”, I decided to stick with a personalized gift, a Bestie Bookmark, that is sure to bring a smile to your best friend’s heart. MissCarriesCreations-BestiesBlogHopSM.jpgI began by cutting a piece of Sweet Girl paper at 2½” x 6″ for the Bookmark then used a Fancy Tags Thin Cut to partially cut the top and bottom shape. I used the same Thin Cut to create a small decorative piece for the top.

By creating a stencil from an image in the Flower Market collection, I was able to add some designs with Opaque Texture Paste to the background. Once the Texture Paste had dried, I shaded each image with Sugarplum Shimmer and randomly stamped a flower image from the To My Bestie stamp set with Charcoal Ink.

The rest was simple.  I stamped the “Besties” onto Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper, shaded them with Watercolor Pencils, and added their image and a sentiment to the bookmark. The tassel was created with some frayed Mink Twine and Sapphire Crochet Thread with a Gold Bow Charm from the Clearance Section of my website. MissCarriesCreations-BestiesBlogHopBookmarkI didn’t stop there.  If you are going to create a gift for your “Bestie”, you might as well create a small card to go with it, so I made this simple 3″ card using a piece of Sweet Girl paper and Pebble Cardstock. The images were stamped onto some color washed Watercolor Paper that was randomly stamped with Pebble colored flowers. They are very faint, but make a beautiful background for the sentiment. 
MissCarriesCreations-BestiesBlogHopCard Simple, Sweet, and Ready to give as a gift to your “Bestie”.  Honesty, I think these would also make wonderful Mother’s Day Gifts.  I do suggest that you laminate them if you are planning to use them in a book.  That shimmer spreads on anything it touches.😁

Now ‘Hop” on over to Brenda Lapp’s blog to see her work! She always has something beautiful to inspire you. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the To My Bestie stamp set is only available until May 31st .  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Classic Summer Bash Blog Hop

Welcome to the Classic Summer Bash Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the May Classic Summer Bash stamp set.  This stamp set has so many possibilities with it’s mason jar, fruit, and festive summer images. 30708102_10155576295932686_2123340738633923416_nIf you have come here from Kirsten Jade’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Classic Summer Bash stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

This Classic Summer Bash stamp set reminds me of  lazy, summer days outside, so I chose make a card you can use to invite others to join you on the porch, avoid life, and sip some lemonade.  Along with the stamped images from the Classic Summer Bash stamp set, I chose to use items from the Postcard Perfect collection to create that lazy, summery feel.

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The Postcard Perfect collection was designed to celebrate National Scrapbooking month, but can surely be used for more than scrapbooks. I have enjoyed the Polka-Dotted Vellum so much that I have used it on multiple projects already, and I love how the Mint cardstock tones down bright shades of the images.  Not only does Postcard Perfect have  a wonderful collection of papers and cardstock, but there is a delightful page full of images, like this Hibiscus, that you can use to enhance your projects.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over twenty-four other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Classic Summer Bash stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs. I will be creating more projects throughout the month using both the Classic Summer Bash stamp set and the Postcard Perfect products, so make sure to visit often.

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