Thursday, June 30, 2011


Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! I'm so glad to be back in the swing of things and back to the hop! This month's featured stamp of the month is "American Celebration", D1458. If you have come here from Sara Harrington Blog, you are on the right path! 

What a way to celebrate America with this banner I can place in my home each year. I started with this napkin in my home, I wanted to use this on my project, but it was too light of a material to use, so I went in a different direction.

First, I used our banner chip board and cut out each piece with bamboo cardstock.  Then I stamped 4 with
the large star from the set with embossing ink and clear embossing powder, next I distressed each piece with outdoor denim. 

For the remaining three pieces I stamped with a wood grain stamp using desert sand ink.

Using 12x2 inch stripes of paper, I stamped each piece with Barn Red ink with the Noted Backgrounds stamp set, scoring every 1/4 inch to create the medallion center.

Using this great alphabet stamp set "Token Alphabet" I stamped the word America to place on each banner piece.

Punch sizes used are 1 inch, 1 1/4 inch, and 1 1/2 inch circle punches and a 2 inch scalloped circle punch.
Assembly of each medallion was made using our Foundry Bookplates to give it some sparkle.

Before adhering I stamped the wood grain pieces with other words to celebrate my patriotic spirit.

Not sure if any of you have the same problem as me, but I find it very hard to use only one stamp set to create a project.  I find myself using many, many sets at one time.  Check below to see all the sets I used.

Here are the products I used:

July SOTM " American Celebration" D1458
Hero Stamp Set D1474
Noted Backgrounds D1412
Card Chatter Birthday D1475
Wishing Star D1333
Token Alphabet E1020
Bamboo Cardstock 1301
Desert Sand Ink Z2118
Outdoor Denim Ink Z2140
Barn Red Ink Z2104
Foundry Bookplates Z1147
My Creations Banner Z1378 

Now, until today, I did not own our Universal Backgrounds D1477, which should be used for the desert sand pieces, I actually used a wood grain stamp that I had.

Since I've been out of the loop for as while I decided to make another project using this months stamp set.
I found this wonderful Uncle Sam on a website for coloring images for kids.  I printed it on barn red, bamboo, desert sand and outdoor denim card stock and paper pieced this wonderful figure for this next project.

I found this great box at Target for a $1 and covered it with stamped cardstock. 

Again, I used my wood grain stamp and stamped the outdoor denim, barn red and bamboo cardstock with Cocoa ink.

I found these great paint samples at Lowes that are textured and stamped the samples with Wishing Star stamp set with Cocoa ink, then stamping the smaller stars with the SOTM and created the layered effect.  Then, stamping the flag from the SOTM in barn red and outdoor denim.  Continuing with Wishing Star to create the clusters of stars.

For the fireworks I used outdoor denim embossing powder and cut out each piece, and stamped again with the Token Alphabet set and punches previously mentioned and layered.

Once done, adhere lollypop sticks colored with outdoor denim to the back of each stamped image and place in the box.  For the stuffing, I used Easter basket stuffing, which was colored with desert sand ink in our spray pen.

Here are the products I used:

July SOTM " American Celebration" D1458
Wishing Star D1333
Token Alphabet E1020
Bamboo Cardstock 1301
Desert Sand Ink Z2118
Outdoor Denim Ink Z2140
Barn Red Ink Z2104
Outdoor denim embossing p
Desert Sand Reinker Z2218
Spray Pen Z1380

Recommend to use Universal Backgrounds D1477

Now "Hop" on over to Debbie Little's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, July's SOTM is only available July 31, 2011! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

I really hope this all made sense, I've had a few rough days in a row and waited to the last minute to put this post together.  Enjoy.

Stuck on the blog check out everyone here.

Helen Onulak 
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Judy Burger 
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Angela Tutton  
Jen Patrick  
LeAnne Dudley  
Susan Brooks  
Cindy Leek  
Angel Sawyer  
Jen Rubio  
Doreen Guilfoyle  
Paige Dolecki  
Sarita Schraeder  
Teresa Scrivens  
Wendy Fording  
Kami Welter  
Melissa Laverty  
Haley Dyer  
Shannon Beck  
Traci Godbee  
Tamytha Jenkins 
sheila Bennett  
Traci Pasqualone   
Wanda Riley  
Adeline Brill  
Pamela O'Connor 
Terrie Dodd  
Jill Lucas  
Nicole Griggs  
Mary Eisen  
Carla Ironside  
Wendy Coffman 
Lisa Sargent  
Carol Harris  
Debra Van Patten  
Melinda Everitt 
Beth Naumann  
Nancy Brown 
Georgia Hauglid 
Melissa Robinson  
Michelle Loncar  
Dawn Ross  
Tammy Lea Pinchard  
Katy Donaldson 
Dawn Heuft  
Annette Green  
Vickie Tagatz  
Krista Ritskes  
Shirley Ross  
Lori Brown  
Vicki Wizniuk  
Karen Fullam  
Sarah Harrington 
Gina Brandstetter 
Lisa Schaefer 
Jean McNulty 
Tonya Whitehurst 
Amy McVey 
Diana Soling  
Judy Faye Garner 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Just Having Fun

Quick post tonight. I wanted to share this amazing Consultant from CTMH who has mastered the art of ribbon. While blog hopping the other day I watched a video on her blog and decided to give it a try. I must say, I was quite proud of myself that my flower came out this good. Check out Connie MacFarlane's blog here.

Once the flower was done I had fun trying different ideas while making this card. Since I'm going on the Tim Holtz scraping cruise in September, I decided to use some of his products and techniques.

Have a great weekend.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Home Decor

A few months ago while I attended a Quarterly consultant meeting a fellow consultant taught us how to stamp on candles and for months I've been wanting to try it on my own. On Friday, I finally did it, I found the perfect candle and over the weekend I picked out a few stamp sets and ink colors and brushed up on the techniques on the web.

What a wonderful piece for my living room. Just click on the picture to see more up close. Check out the supplies I used below.

First you will need some tissue paper, plain white, and some wax paper from the kitchen cabinet. Cut pieces of the tissue paper to the size of the images you're going to stamp. I used a green colored candle, so when picking my colors I needed to go darker than usual so the images would show up.

Next, stamp images on tissue paper and cut out, leaving very little tissue paper as possible around the images. I started by placing the lace doily images. Once I determined where the images where going to go, I then cut pieces of wax paper large enough to wrap completely around the candle with extra to hold on to. Carefully, place an image on the candle and wrap it with the wax paper. Turn on and let the heat gun warm up, then quickly go over the stamped image with the heat gun, making sure you do not melt the candle, otherwise you will remove the glossy finish on the candle. While heating you will notice the edges of the image disappear, once completely set remove the wax paper and throw away. Each time you place a new image on the candle you will need to use a new piece of wax paper.

Repeat until the candle is decorated.

Products used for this project are all CTMH unless noted.

Stamp Sets:

Find Your Style D1452
Happy Journey D1428
Simple Memories D1472


Buttercup Z2310
Blush Z2306
Goldrush Z2323

Ink Pads:

White Daisy Z2163
Desert Sand Z2118
Cocoa Z2114
New England Z2135
Vineyard Berry Z2157

I also used a stamp set from SU for the flower images.

Join me Sunday, July 24, 2011 from 1:00 to 4:00 to create this project. Project cost just $15.00.

Have a great day.......

Monday, June 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom

I just love this picture of my mom. May 1, 1971, second wedding anniversary and all that baby weight is gone, I came into the picture on January 4 that year. This Sunday was my mommy's birthday. We did our normal routine and went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast, we do this every Saturday and Sunday morning. Now, what do your give a woman that has everything she could ever need or want in life? A handmade card.......Mom says she can never get rid of my cards now, since I started making them over 3 years ago. Mom loves cats and she loves Red Lobster, so I combined the two together with this Birthday Card and gift card holder in one.

Mom has a chair in her yard where she sits with her cats. So this stamp from SU worked great. All other products used are CTMH from our current catalog. The chair and pillow are paper pieced.

Inside view, on each side of the card are tags that pull out with gift cards attached.

Lots of cutting done here around the flowers.

Have a great day.