Sunday, June 17, 2012

My First Blog Hop!



and because Sheryl is a follower there will be an extra mini acrylic set.

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This is my first attempt at a Blog Hop, so I hope I don't dissappoint. Summer is the theme. For a lot of people summer is painted in pastels, for me, I always like warmer colors even in the summer.

So what I have done is create a series of cards using flower printed paper, matching solid paper, ink pads, stamps and a few extras. Most of the products are Close to My Heart and from the Pemberley series.

So let's get started, I hope you enjoy.

Five cards made from one set of Pemberley paper with lots left over. One of the things I find the hardest is the coordination of colors. Having a packet of matching paper really helped me I could spend time being createtive instead of finding color combinations. I still look for my own combos, but when I am struggling creatively this gives me a boost.

This was my favorite. The butterfly and set of 3 flowers were stamped and cut out. I stamped on patterned paper which was a new step for me. These items are also mounted on foam. One layer of foam tape for one flower and 2 layers for the other two, this really adds deminsion to the card. Save paper by attaching strips of blue to the outsides of the printed paper instead of overlaying the print on top of the blue.

You can use a tiny scrap to add layers as you can see the lighter blue strip. Always add a little demension, another 3d stamped flower with a little bling in the center.

This was also something new for me. I took a piece of patterned paper and cut around and used pieces. I liked using the tiny words, suttle but they make a statement.

Patterns, and patterns and stamps, oh my! I am learning to use different patterns together. I also think I am starting to like stamping an image and cutting it out. Unusually openings also add to the surprise element.

This card is a little more simple, but it makes a statement. The card is not made from printed card stock, the card stock was stamped. Love it. The other surprise, this size card is usually opened by lifting the bottom up, but this card is opened from left to right, a little different for a 4x6 card.

Here are most of the Pemberley supplies, I also used colored raffia, juke, and a few other sentiments.

I will be giving Blog Candy, if you leave a comment you will be entered into a random drawing to win. If you win and you are also a follower I will add a mini stamp set in the Blog Candy. The winner will receive a Close To My Heart my acrylics stamp set valued at 17.95.

Life is a Tweet! This CTMH acrylic stamp set has 15 stamps!

Since this is a SOC sponsored Blog Hop you also have a chance to win Blog Candy from the SOC, all you have to do is visit each of the 17 blog on the Blog Hop and leave a comment on each. Here is the list, have fun, enjoy these artist are amazing.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Outside the 12x12

Hello all,

I know it has been awhile. But hopefully I am back on track and can find more time. You have heard of thinking outside the box, well in scrapping I like to think outside of the 12x12.

As you know I am a CTMH Close To My Heart consultant, well part of my kit was the paper kit Stella. Well needless to say sometimes I'm a pattern just doesn't grab me. Stella was that paper. I thought the colors were interesting, but the paper and the pattern weren't peaking my creativity. It seamed to busy for a scrap page, so how could it use it?
This is Stella. This may work for you but I was having a hard time with it. So I decided to think outside of the 12x12. Make cards and not focus on the pattern.I made all of these cards with only one sheet of Stella! I used corresponding solids. Left the insides blank so I can either stamp or write a sentiment.

I love the CTMH stamp sets I used. So when ever your perplexed with a pattern, think outside the 12x12 and don't let the pattern control you, you control the pattern!

Please share your outside the 12x12 project.

Scrappingly yours,