Friday, August 31, 2012

September SOTM Blog Hop: Fall Favorites

Thanks for hopping over from the fabulous Judy Faye Garner's blog.

Okay, so fall might not be in the air here in Northern Virginia (it's 97 today!), but Close To My Heart's Stamp of the Month for September, Fall Favorites, will surely get you in a "fall" mood.

This stamp set is just waiting for CTMH's new alcohol-based exclusive inks markers.  Since mine hadn't come in yet (why oh why did I take my time ordering them!?), I used one of my favorite tools, the Blending Pen (3174) and my exclusive inks stamp pads to pick up color.  That Blending Pen makes me feel like a real artist!  Here's what I came up with:

I am just loving Close To My Heart's Cricut Artiste boxes. I cut out this box using the 3D Object feature, cut Fit to Page (2.5") .  Once folded up, I sponged the edges in Black Ink, added a strip of Goldrush Cardstock and a zip strip from the Moonlight Paper Packet.  I stamped the "fall" image on White Daisy Cardstock in Black Ink and trimmed around it.  I used Autumn Terracotta twine from the Harvest Assortment Baker's Twine to attach the tag.  The tag was cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, cut at 3".

The last thing I did was cover that little cut out shape on top of the box.  Funny story, actually.  I was sitting next to Melissa Laverty at her fancyCrop last weekend (so amazingly fun!) and held up the box and a muffin wrapped in plastic.  I didn't even have to say anything; she knew I was planning to use that muffin wrapper on my box!  Luckily, we stopped giggling long enough for her to hand me a plastic zip-top bag that our paper packets come in to use to cover the cut out shape.  So, I cut it into a square and used a little Liquid Glass to adhere it to the inside of the box top.  Much better than a used muffin wrapper!

Here are the supplies I used:
S1209 My Acrylix Fall Favorites Stamp Set, only $5 with a $50 order!
3174 Blending Pen, $3.95
Z2150 Black Ink, $5.25
Z2101 Autumn Terracotta Ink, $5.25
Z2191 Sunset Ink, $5.25
Z2153 Sweet Leaf Ink, $5.25
Z2137 Olive Ink, $5.25
Z2111 Chocolate Ink, $5.25
X7161B Zip Strip from Moonlight Paper Packet, $9.95
1243 Goldrush Cardstock, $14.50
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, $14.50
Z1751 Harvest Assortment Baker's Twine (Autumn Terracotta used), $4.95
Z1790 Cricut Artiste Cartridge, $99
Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, $99

Now, go visit the talented Jean McNulty's Stampin' Maui blog!