Saturday, December 31, 2011

January 2012 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Here's a toast to the future, a toast to the past, and a toast to our friends, far and near. May the future be pleasant; the past be a bright dream; and may our friends remain faithful and dear......

Happy New Year and welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! What a way to start out a brand new year, by hopping through over 50 plus consultants' blogs and seeing all the fantastic creations they've made using this month's featured stamp of the month "Little Reminder", S1201. If you are coming here from Judy Faye Garner's Blog you're on the right path....and don't forget to check out all the consultant's this month for all their amazing ideas. 

Celebration is what I think of when I see this set....the celebration of life, new life.  This treat bag would make a great party favor for a baby shower, along with this coordinating gift tag.

Sometimes its nice to get back to the basics....I wanted to use an earth toned base cardstock, but I found the plain cardstock a bit to needed something.  A paint brush, an old shipping box (for a back splash), chocolate re-inker (Z2211) and colonial white cardstock (1388) and wallah....a chocolate speckled base cardstock.

First for the treat bag, after creating the cardstock, I turned to my trusty Cricut and the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge available only through CTMH (Z1686).  Using a 12x12 sheet of colonial white cardstock, place it on the cutting mat and load, then adjust the right/left to (R/L 2 1/4 inches) and the In/Out to (I/O 2 1/2 inches), select the Shape 7 and cut at 3 1/4 inches.  Once shape has been cut out with the cut out shape to the left side of the 12x12 cardstock, cut the cardstock to 10 x 11 13/16 inches.
From the top across the 11 13/16 inch side score at 1/2 inch and from the bottom of the 11 13/16 side score at 1 1/2 inches.  Score all the remaining measurements from the 10 inch side at 3/8; 1 3/8; 2 3/8; 6 1/8; 7 1/8; and 8 1/8.  At the bottom of the 11 13/16 side cut at score marks 3/8; 2 3/8; 6 1/8; and 8 1/8 up to the 1 1/2 inch score line.  Fold at score marks.  Turn the treat bag upside down, cut a piece of clear plastic ( I used an old protector from my Cricut cutting mats) and glue over the cut out shape on the inside of the bag.  

Once dry, about 20 minutes to be safe, stamp images directly on the bag.  One of the stamps was actually worded "Welcome Little One", I carefully cut the word "One" off the saying, so I could substitute the number 1 in its place.  Using Cocoa ink (Z2114) I stamped the words "Welcome Little" and on the excess scrap cut away from the 12x12 cardstock I stamped the number 1and five butterflies from an older stamp set from convention 2010 (Pictures This, one of my all time favorites).  Next, stamping with the same set I stamped a swirl pattern near the 1 1/2 inch score line at the bottom of the bag and four butterflies in Smoothie (Z2196).  Have fun cutting, that's really back to the basics after having the Cricut for a while.  Notice the Cocoa butterflies are all popped up and one smoothie butterfly is popped up.
  Next, the little embellished token at the top of the bag.  I used an oldie but goodie and still available, Colonial White Mini Medley Accents (metal tag) Z1276.
How about a tag too? 
 Products used are CTMH unless otherwise noted......
  • Kraft Cardstock Z1375
  • Cricuit Art Philosophy cartridge Z1686
  • January SOTM "Little Reminder" S1201
  • Smoothie Cardstock X5763
  • Metal Brads Z1366
  • Milepost Shapes Z1464
  • Cocoa Ink Z2114
  • Smoothie Ink Z2196
  • Art Philosophy Tags Z1686 (Part of the Cricut Bundle Collection)
  • An assortment of miscellaneous ribbons
  • Coarse gold glitter
 Now "Hop" on over to Jean McNutly's Blog and see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great ideas!   Enjoy.


  1. What's not to love able your creation!

  2. WOW! Thanks for all the measurements! I've got to try this myself. I also love, love, love the speckles Really looks like confetti paper. The attention to detail you give is simply amazing! As with all your creations...I love this!

  3. Super amazing information and artwork!! This is really going to be fun to try!!

  4. Your detail is AMAZING!!! Just Gorgeous!!!

  5. Now that's a twist on the center of the date stamp! Very creative!

  6. Wow! Great projects and instructions.

  7. What a gorgeous project, Tamra!!! Love how you speckled the base! Great visual for the instructions, too :) Now if I only had an Expression - lol! Happy New Year!

  8. What a great project and so nice to see something beyond our cards and pages. That is my challenge for this year...start thinking outside the box. :)


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