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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Highlight the Details – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Highlight the Details Technique Blog Hop where we will be Highlight the Details Blog hop.jpgfeaturing a various techniques that highlight the details of Close to My Heart products.   If you have come here from Darlys Reckerr’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 ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

For this week’s Blog Hop I decided that I would feature our Love So Sweet stamp set and show you how I used a masking technique to “highlight” those delightful butterflies. This double easel card was a simple one to make, but in it’s simplicity it truly calls attention to those stamped images. MissCarriesCreations-LittleThingsCardSMBefore I begin to explain my Masking Technique, let me first list the measurements for the card. You will find the complete list of supplies I used on this project at the very bottom of this post.

Now that you have the pieces for the card, let me show you how I created the background.  I began by stamping the Butterfly image with Intense Black Ink onto the 5¼” x 4″ White Daisy cardstock.  Our Intense Black Ink is the best to use for Watercolors and Alcohol Markers because it is waterproof, non-smearing, fast-drying AND acid-free 

After stamping the images, I stamped a single Butterfly onto a stack of five Full-Adhesive Sticky Notes then cut out the stack to create five masks. These masks were placed onto each of the stamped images on my cardstock. MissCarriesCreations-LittleThingsCardButterfliesMaskedI then used Fern Ink to stamp the Leaf images randomly onto the cardstock overlapping the butterflies and making sure that some went off the edge. Before removing the masks, I stamped a few Sugarplum flowers between the leaves and “behind” the butterflies. MissCarriesCreations-LittleThingsCardLeavesStampedAfter removing the masks and painting the butterflies, the rest of the card was simple. I added the remaining paper layers, stamped the sentiment using our Wordfetti stamp set, and added some Sugarplum Flowers and another Sapphire butterfly.

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To “highlight” the flowers, I added a few strokes from the Sugarplum Shimmer Brush to the centers. I feel that this added some dimension to the images. This card was so simple to make that I decided to create a short “How To” video for my Create with Miss. Carrie’s Creations VIP Facebook Group. I will be posting it later this week for each of you to view. MissCarriesCreations-LittleThingsCardHeader.jpgNow ‘Hop” on over to Terry Metzger’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 Love So Sweet stamp set is only available, while supplies last, until April 30th. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to order yours.

♥ I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Love So Sweet Stamp Set

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Wordfetti Stamp Set

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Feels Like Home Paper

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Watercolor Pencils

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Intense Black Exclusive Inks

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Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Pewter Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Sugarplum Glitter Gems

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Small Round Waterbrush
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All Purpose Mat
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Sugarplum Shimmer Brush
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Bone Folder
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Thin 3D Foam Tape
Art Glitter Glue Designer Dries Clear Adhesive 4 oz with Ultra Fine Metal Tip
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Full-Adhesive Sticky Notes
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Micro-Tip Scissors
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3D Foam Dots
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White Cards & Envelopes

February SOTM Blog Hop – Heartfelt Sentiments

Welcome to the Heartfelt Sentiments Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the February Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set. Blog Badge.jpgIf you have come here from Lauren Moore’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 ideas using our beautiful Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

When I first spied this stamp set, it reminded me of an old world tattoo like the ones you often see on faded vintage posters advertising to military personnel. That vision is what inspired my card for this blog hop.

heartfeltsentimentssotmbloghop-misscarriescreationsTo keep with the “faded” feel, I chose to stamp the image in Charcoal ink, then use my Black Journaling Pen to fill in part of the sentiment. The rest of the card was simple.  I used Watercolor Pencils to shade a small portion of each image, then used a variety of Shimmer Brushes to pull the color onto the rest of the image.

I backed my sentiment with Gold Foil and Red Glitter paper to add to that vintage feel.  This month’s, Heartfelt Sentiments stamp of the month defiantly has an old-world feel and is full of possibilities.

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Now ‘Hop” on over to Brenda Lapp’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 Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set is only available until February 28th.  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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