Saturday, November 30, 2013

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Special Care

Welcome to the December SOTM Blog Hop, featuring the punny set, Special Care, from Close To My Heart. Thanks for hopping over from Wendy's Stamping Rules blog. There are 55 artists sharing their treasures, so be sure to check them all out. If you get lost along the way, visit Melinda's blog.

Special Care is a set of six stamps that are perfect for those baby and kid events.

To be honest, I hadn't planned ahead and printed photos of my two handsome boys to create a layout with these stamps. But, I'm helping with an upcoming baby shower and thought these sentiments would look adorable making "Baby's Instruction Manual."

The idea is to have all who attend the baby shower give some words of advice to the new mommy. I used my Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge from Close To My Heart and cut out <Tag 5> at 5.5". Then, I stamped the images on the bottom or sides to leave room for writing. Quick, simple, cute and thoughtful!

Supplies Used:
  • Special Care SOTM, S1312 *available only in December 2013, $17.95 or just $5 with a $50 purchase!
  • Framework Alphabet, E1027
  • Hodgepodge Alphabet, D1301
  • Chocolate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2111
  • Bronze Shimmer Trim, Z1849
  • Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain, Z1617
  • Colonial White Cardstock, 1388
  • Sweet Leaf Cardstock, X5639
  • Buttercup Cardstock, 1271
  • Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, Z1686

Now, head on over to Jill's Scrap Wench blog to see what creativity she's ready to share!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Huntington Scrapbooking Layouts

The Huntington Paper Pack is one of my favorite of CTMH's fall paper packs ever! It's just a beautiful complement of colors. The papers are so versatile with unassuming patterns.. The stamp set that came with the Workshop on the Go is awesome! These first two layouts are from the WOTG and feature Rock and Roll stamping. First, dip a leaf in Goldrush ink, then roll the outside of the stamp in a darker color (Olive, Saddle or Barn Red). Tada, you've just Rock and Rolled your stamp!

Once again, I went to my CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge for the title on this bonus layout. And, using the CTMH "How To" books makes designing the layout so easy!

I'm looking forward to visiting my in-laws over Thanksgiving to get some great photos of my boys with their grandparents and cousins to complete these layouts. What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sarita Scrapbooking Layouts

Sarita is one of those paper packs that required me to work with it before I really liked it. Thanks to the fabulous CTMH Art Department and our Founder and CEO, Jeanette Lynton, the top two layouts were designed with the Sarita Paper Pack and Sarita My Stickease Assortment. I love stamping, but sometimes it's nice to just complete a super quick couple of layouts with My Stickease! The Sarita Assortment adds a little dimension and texture to the papers. Finally, the Art Department added in little bits of Silver Shimmer Trim to add a little glitz! I think they turned out beautifully!

Designing this final layout was so simple using the Cricut Artbooking cartridge and the leftover My Stickease and Assortment pieces.  What do you think?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Babycakes - Fall Edition

Babycakes is a sweet paper pack from CTMH that is perfect for baby layouts, cards and d├ęcor. But, most of my friends (and myself) are out of the "baby" what's a gal to do? Make Autumn layouts, of course!

This first layout I found on Pinterest, courtesy of the fabulously talented Brae Montgomery:

For the second and third layouts, I used Close To My Heart's awesome Make It From Your Heart books. The layout below, Autumn Harvest, is from Volume 2: Pattern 8.

This last layout is Volume 1: Pattern 9.

Here are the Cricut cuts for the first layout, use the CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge, set the dial size at 11" for all cuts (it cuts it all perfectly proportioned!):
Chocolate Cardstock, Overlay <b> p. 72 (keep the leaves)
Chocolate Cardstock, Border <b> p. 72 (cut the leaf flourishes off)
Sunset Cardstock, Photo Mat 1 <b> p. 72, cut 2
Sunset Cardstock, Photo Mat 1 <B> p. 72

Then, you're going to cover the leaves with Bronze Shimmer Trim before adhering them.

Layout 2, set at 11":
Chocolate Cardstock, Title <n> p. 73
Chocolate Cardstock, Title <N> p. 73

Layout 3, using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge:
Striped B&T, set dial to 9", <Square 4>
Striped B&T, set dial to 3.5", <Square 4>
Colonial White Cardstock, set dial to 3", <Square 4>

Other supplies used:
Babycakes Paper Pack, X7173B
Babycakes Assortment, X7173C
Bronze Shimmer Trim, Z1849
Color-Ready Midtown Cork Shapes, Z1863
Sunset Cardstock, X5758
Desert Sand Cardstock, 1273
Bulk Babycakes Paper, BULK304 (for consultants only)
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