Thursday, March 31, 2011

April SOTM Blog Hop - Blessed

Welcome to our April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!   

  If you have come here from Angel Sawyer'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!

April's SOTM, is called Blessed, and it is a beautiful set of 12 stamps,
including two part images.

Perfect for spring, Easter, weddings etc.
I have to admit that when I first saw this set I wasn't in love with it. That's OK,  I don't have to LOVE every set CTMH comes out with (in fact my budget is glad when I don't). Since I participate in both a SOTM swap and this blog hop I knew I needed to play with this set anyway. 

Here is what I made using this set.

I wanted something elegant for a wedding, so I took another look at this set and decided to play around and see what I could come up with. I love the elegance that can be created with embossing so I pulled out the heat gun. The colors of the wedding were pink and silver so I thought the Bliss paper would go well too. I added a scalloped punch flower and just a little bit of bling and ta-da!

In the end I LOVE how simple and elegant this came out.

Here is a closer image of the embossed image.

Usually I would painstakingly brush away all of the extra spots of embossing powder that stuck on the bird image, but in this case I liked the "speckled" effect it gave so I left it. 

Products Used:
April SOTM - Blessed
Bliss Level 2 Paper Pack
Grey Flannel Cardstock
Silver Embossing Powder
Exclusive Inks in Blush
Versamark Ink
Craft Heater
Sparkles - Pink/Red Assortment

  Thanks for looking. Now "Hop" on over to Melissa Laverty's, 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 April SOTM is only available through the month of April! Contact me to see how you can get yours at a discount or even FREE.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Do you have ribbon chaos????

I love ribbon. It seems to be one of the embellishments I tend to collect. I just love all of the colors and designs that are available. What I don't love is trying to organize my ribbon so it is 
easily accessible, looks pretty and doesn't end up a knotted mess.
I have tried several systems with limited success but still haven't found the PERFECT solution.

Then I saw this

It is a brand new product created by a fellow crafter to solve our ribbon woes. And guess what, you can win one! Find out how by going to THIS POST.

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