Monday, January 31, 2011

February SOTM Blog Hop: Friendship

Welcome to our February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!   

  If you have come here from Jean McNulty's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here on Helen's Blog.

We have bunches of Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. To keep on hoppin' just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!

Here we go!

February's SOTM, which is called Friendship, is a beautiful set of  8 stamps.

Here is what I made using this set.

Products Used:
February SOTM - Friendship
Mayberry Level 2 Paper Pack
Exclusive Inks in Olive, Smoothie and Chocolate
Chocolate Button Assortment
Natural Hemp
Techniques - Stamp Sponging and Rock and Roll

 Now "Hop" on over to Tamytha Jenkins' blog  to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants' blogs to see some awesome artwork and fun ideas! Share the love and leave some comments as you go.

Remember, the February SOTM is only available until February 28th! 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

More Valentines...and a sneak peek of things to come

This weekend I held three Valentine card workshops. Not sure what I was thinking when I scheduled them back to back to back. I started out on Thursday night with a bunch of lovely ladies from church. We made most of the cards from my previous post plus a couple more I didn't get pictures of.

Friday night was the first of my two CTMH Valentine workshops. We used some of the fun stuff that will be debuting in our brand new Idea Book in just a few days on February 1st.

These cards came out so cute. The stamp set is called Party Animal and it actually came out in our last catalog and as featured as a Halloween set, but I love these monsters and monsters need love too.
 These papers are all new! The red and blue (Cranberry, Pacifica and sky to be exact) is from the new Fanfare paper. It's great for boys, and summer and 4th of July. The pink and green (Blush, Hollyhock and Pear) is from Sophia. Great color combos. Sooo many possibilities with both of these new lines!

This next one features a brand new stamp set called The Game and the beautiful new Sweetheart paper.
I love the black with the pinks and reds, so pretty!

Finally, I decided to get a little more sophisticated. These use the brand new Bohemian Alphabet (possibly my very favorite CTMH alphabet EVER) along with the Rosy Regards stamp set and Wings and Amore' papers. 

My second CTMH workshop was this afternoon. When all was said and done I helped 24 ladies create nearly 200 Valentines this weekend. Time well spent on my book. Check back soon for more sneak peeks of what's new for 2011!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

My punny Valentine...

The holidays are over and I finally got my tree put away. So what's next you might ask...why Valentine's of course. As someone who is single with  no prospects for a Valentine this year I often wonder why I have so much fun making Valentines. I guess it is because it gives me a chance to show my sillier side. I love making "punny" Valentines. Here are some of the ones I have created this year.

 I kind of case'd this one from one Mary Gunn posted for the H2H challenge last week. Hers can be seen here, this is my version. I wanted to make it simpler because I will be doing it will a big group of ladies from church, some of which are brand new to card making.  The stamp set used is from CTMH and is called Howdy. I used Pear dots from the Olivia paper pack to make grassy hills , Sky background with white daisy sponged clouds, and a fun flocked sheep.Simple but  fun...Wool you be mine??

 When I saw the cover of last month's Card maker magazine I knew I already had the stamp set in my stash, a remnant from my days working at Archivers.

The fish stamp set is by Hero Arts and it is one I bought because it is so stinkin' cute but I don't think it had been used more than once. When I saw the magazine I knew it was time ti dig out those fishies. I couldn't find the paper shown so I went with this fun stripe by Doodlebug. I love the bright colors. So here is my version of the Card Maker cover card. I think it came out cute, I like it even better than the original.

This next one is based on another one I saw in Card Maker. Simple and sweet. 

The inside says...
I honestly have no idea who makes the stamp set with the branch and the birds. It is a leftover from a Valentine card class I taught at Archivers a couple of years ago. There are lots of tree and bird sets out there that would work. The sentiment is from the Love Birds set by CTMH.

This last one is a really easy one made with Coredinations paper (love that stuff) 
and a cuttlebug folder with the owl design.

The sentiment came from a totebag my daughter found with an owl on it and I recreated it here using the Chocolate alphabet set from CTMH and a dollar stamp that says "love". This one is super simple just emboss and then sand to reveal the color underneath.  As a huge Harry Potter fan I love that owls are so popular right now in the stamping and scrapbooking world.

Stay tuned I have even more Valentine creations to come but 
I hope you enjoyed my "punny" Valentines.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy Bloggaversary Lorrinda!

It is amazing the talented people you find in the bloggosphere. I have never met Lorrinda personally but I have enjoyed her creativity both on her blog and from what she posts over on the CTMH bulletin boards. She is one talented lady. To celebrate her bloggaversary she is giving away some amazing 

Tons of beautiful stuff, for more details check it out HERE

So if you want to win check it out...but seriously I know she is gonna pick ME!

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