Thursday, March 31, 2011

Blessed Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - April SOTM

Welcome to April's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We are featuring D1455 Blessed, a set of 12 elegant outline stamps!

If you have come here from Jean McNulty's Blog, you are on the right path!  I am the first stop for this month's hop! You can find a list of all the partipant's in case you get lost here:  This month we have just over 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this beautiful set. The hop is simple to follow - just click on the link provided in the post to move to the next blog!
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My item is a standard-size card created with the Bliss Paper Pack (Workshop on the Go).  I had planned to do a few more items but I guess you'll just have to come back later this month.  :-)

Supplies used:  D1455 Blessed Stamp Set; Bliss Level II Paper Pack; Chocolate, Taffy, Colonial White Cardstock; Chocolate, Grey Flannel, and Taffy Exclusive Inks; CTMH Watercolor Pencils; Blending Pen; Mocha Opaques; Chocolate Designer Ribbon Rounds (retired); taffy bigger brads; Liquid Glass; Spellbinder rectangle die.

And here is another picture....

The last picture is a close up that shows the liquid glass dots a little better.

Now "Hop" on over to Helen Onulak's Blog to see her beautiful eye candy! Be sure to visit all the Consultants' Blogs to get some great crafting and other fun ideas! Remember, the SOTM is only available until April 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free! Here we go!

Easter Basket Workshop & Tutorial

This was such a fun workshop.  We started with the basket (video instructions can be found at StampTV where the videos are Gift Basket Part 1 and Gift Basket Part 2).  The flowers ideas are the brain child of a wonderfully creative consultant Michelle Auten.

Bunny Close-up in the picture below.

Back side of basket is shown below.

The picture below is showing a closeup of the back side of the basket.

Supplies include:  Sophia Paper Pack; Circle Together & Sensational Seasons stamp sets; Retired spring buttons; hollyhock, white daisy, pear cardstock (CS); pear, hollyhock & blush inks and markers; CTMH Watercolor Pencils; blender pen; new 2" scallop circle punch; 1-1/4" circle punch; other circle and scallop punches; border punch; oval & scallop oval dies.

Below is the pattern for the sizes I used (which is different from the video I referred to earlier).  You can click on the picture and it will show you an enlarged version. 

Basket:  8" x 8" square piece of cardstock;   Pear CS layer: 4 squares 2"x2" and 4 rectangels of 3-1/4" x 2; next layer:  4 squares 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" B&T#1 and 4 rectangles 3"x1-3/4" B&T#2

Handle:  1.5" x 12" piece of cardstock; next layer 1" x 12" B&T paper and 1/2" x 12 border
This is so darling in the CTMH papers, but the other thing is that once the Easter candy is gone, you have a place to put your beautiful CTMH paper flowers!

My new Q code:  qrcode

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hope for Japan and Charitable Fundraiser

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused untold devastation and heartache.Our hearts and prayers go out to the Japanese people.  We are all eager to help.  CTMH is raising money for the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund by promoting the "Hope for Japan" stamp set.
From now until April 30, you can purchase the exclusive “Hope for Japan” A-size stamp set for the special price of only $5 US / CAN (retail value $7.95 US / $8.75 CAN), and Close To My Heart will donate 100% of the profits to the American Red Cross efforts in Japan.  This beautifully designed stamp set reminds us of how our hearts are hopeful for those who are in need.

Keep Japan in your prayers!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Workshop Spring-Easter Basket

I was having so much fun figuring out what my March workshop is going to be. It was now or never because this coming Saturday is the workshop. Well, we will be working with the SweetHeart Paper Packet. See below:

Don't you just love this paper pack!  I can't wait to start working with it.  I found this great video on StampTV for making these darling Easter/Spring Baskets.  I think they will look so cute with the Sophia papers.  Anyway, because I have lots of this paper around, I made the proto-type for the workshop but instead of Sophia, I used the Sweetheart papers.  Here's my little basket full of goodies for Easter:

Above, this is the front of the basket.  Below is a closer look at Peter Rabbit who is colored using CTMH markers and CTMH watercolor pencils.

He is just SO adorable.  I am loving this set more and more!!  Next picture below is the back side of the basket.

The next picture captures the sides of the basket.  I think my granddaughters will love it!

And, a final picture.  I just love how our papers look so super on this basket!!  I've been thinking about it, and I think the only thing I seem to be missing is ribbon.  I just may add a ribbon.  After all, wouldn't a satin ribbon just top this off?

Supplies:  Sensational Seasons (March Stamp of the Month); Sweetheart Level II paper pack; Black CS & EI; Gypsy, Petal, Baby Pink Markers; CTMH Watercolor Pencils; Pearl Opaques; Black Polka Dot Ribbon (maybe from Michaels; SU Scallop & Circle Punches; Spellbinders Scalloped Circle, Oval & Scalloped Oval.

Well, here's to loving the Sweetheart papers.  My next love will be with the Sophia papers!  But we'll see....

Blessings today to all....

Friday, March 11, 2011

Perfect Pinwheels with Miracles Workshop Stamp Set

The My Acrylix® Miracle Workshop stamp set, exclusively available in the Miracle Workshops on the Go™ kit, includes two stamp images that make it easy for you to create darling pinwheels. Watch the video to find out how!

Wasn't that fun? and easy too!

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