Welcome to the September SOTM Blog Hop

This month, we are featuring a variety of projects using our Stamp of the Month entitled Here for the Memories.118602165_10157782161227686_898844977529488597_n This stamp set is perfect for celebrating National Stamping Month!  If you have come here from Darlys Recker’s Blog you are on the right path. When you are finished viewing my Fall Crop Gift Bag, 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

This weekend, I am hosing a Labor Day retreat in the Rocky Mountains and, when I saw the September stamp set, I knew that it would be ideal for creating some gift bags to treat the ladies who are attending. After all, who wouldn’t want a beautiful monogram stamp with some coveted hand-sanitizer at their weekend crop??

The bag was a Hobby Lobby purchase that I stamped using Sapphire and Espresso Ink then splattered with a Toffee Shimmer Brush.  It was a bit difficult to stamp onto this bag and a few of the images appear uneven and faded, so the addition of some random arrows and splatter added to the worn look of the design. 

Since this is a fall retreat, I chose to add a few leaves that were cut using our Leaves Thin Cuts dies. These new dies are so much bigger that I thought they would be and they are essential for your upcoming fall projects. I can’t wait to create with them again. 

I cut out each one of the leaves from White Daisy cardstock then shaded the each one by blending some red, yellow, green, and orange Distress Oxide inks. These inks are a new product I have never used before and I am HOOKED.  Unfortunately, we are out of stock on the website and hope to have a few in the warehouse soon. 

After creating the leaves, I designed a tag with a heat embossed sentiment on a Sapphire cardstock circle. The phrase was stamped onto the circle using VersaMark Ink, sprinkled with White Embossing Powder, then heat set with a heat tool. 

To embellish the gift bag, I added some burlap ribbon from my stash, a little jute twine and a wooden button.  I think that this bag is simply adorable and I hope that the ladies at my retreat do also. 

I had so much fun making these! I hope they inspired you to create a few gifts for your friends during National Stamping Month. Now ‘Hop” on over to the talented Katy Taylor’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 Here for the Memories Stamp Set set is only available until September 30th.  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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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Out of This World Cards with Shimmer Brushes

Earlier this week, I showed you some simple tricks to help you with your Shimmer Brushes and promised you a tutorial showing a few techniques you could use on your projects.  Well, it took me a little longer than I hoped to finish the video, but it is complete and ready for you to enjoy. 

For those of you who would like to know more about how I created each of these cards, you can continue reading about my project after you view video. 

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My original goal, was to show you how to use our Shimmer Brushes to create a single card, but there are just so many techniques to share, so I chose instead, to create three cards and share just a few of those techniques with you today.  

Each one of these cards was created using the Aurora Cardmaking Kit. If you are a member of my VIP group or you follow CTMH on Facebook, you were able to join a live event showing how to make the cards in this kit. Well, I decided that since I already have the kit, I would make a few more cards using those wonderful little globe die cuts and my Shimmer Brushes. 

Let’s start out by taking a look at the backgrounds I created on each of the cards.  All three have a splatter pattern in the background, but each one was created a little differently using a Shimmer Brush. 

On two of the cards I created a simple diagonal splatter pattern. One card has more of a condensed pattern while the other is a little larger and more random. 

To create the condensed pattern, I removed some of the ink from the Julep Shimmer brush, held it close to the cardstock, and forcefully tapped the brush causing more ink to fly off the brush. On the second card, I removed the excess ink, held the brush a little higher above the cardstock, then lightly tapped the Charcoal Shimmer brush. 

On the third card, I chose to add some paint swishes and create a much larger droplet on my splatter pattern.  I light brushed the Toffee Shimmer across the cardstock, then loaded the brush with ink and tapped it lightly in a diagonal direction across the cardstock. 

Each of these techniques creates a slightly different look to your background pattern.♥   Now let’s take a look at the globes I created and how I used the Shimmer Brushes to create those beautiful blended colors. 

The first globe was shaded using a mix of Mint and Lagoon Shimmer ink.  I shaded the entire globe in Mint, then allowed a large amount of Lagoon ink to soak and blend into the edges of the die cut. 

On the second globe, I used watercolor pencils that I blended with a Clear Shimmer brush.  After I shaded the die cut with the green and blue watercolor pencils,  I used the shimmer brush like a waterbrush to blend the colors. 

Wasn’t that fun?! Now you have a few new techniques you can use when you are creating your projects with Shimmer Brushes.  I hope today’s project inspired you to create something new and that you give a few of these techniques a try. 

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Here is a List of the Items I Used Today