Feel So Blessed SOTM

 

I usually use the Stamp of the Month to create one card in my card class. This isn’t always easy – but this month’s Stamp of the Month is so great I used it twice!

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This is such a perfect time of year to remember what you’re thankful for (seriously – the kids are back in school!!!) As we’re coming to the close of another year and with Thanksgiving upon us it really is a great opportunity to think about gratitude. But the great thing about gratitude is sharing it!

Whether you’re creating a layout….

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Or a mini-album…..

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Or spreading some love with cards

This stamp set is sure to meet your needs. These two cards are made with the Cats & Bats creative collection (see – it’s not just for Halloween!), but if you search #CTMHfeelsoblessed – you’ll see lots of great artwork using our other featured collection for this month – Falling For You (we’ll be playing with that next month).

This set is only available through the end of September. You can get yours at gerri.closetomyheart.com for $17.95 or pick up a few crafting goodies while you’re there (check out the September From the Heart Kit and Workshops Your Way kits) and get this fantastic set for just $5 with a $50 order.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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School Year SOTM

It’s that time of year again – the kids are heading back to school. We have the perfect stamp set for your back to school crafting needs!

School Year

I love that this set touches on both the first & last day of school (I have visions of one day creating a layout showing pictures of my boys’ on their first & last days).

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This set is also great for teacher gifts and cards.

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I’m thinking maybe this card is better suited for parents than kids! I used a design from the Miss You cardmaking Workshops Your Way kit. The background piece and ink are Peacock and the hearts are stamped in Ruby.  The patterned B&T paper is from the Jack collection. Here are the dimensions for the pieces:

  • Peacock cardstock – 3 x 5
  • Ruby diagonal plaid – 3 x 4 1/4
  • Whisper cardstock (retired) – 2 1/4 x 3 1/4
  • White Daisy cardstock – 2 x 3

Here’s a great layout from the CTMH artists

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If you’re sending your kids back to school – I hope you take some time to enjoy the last few weeks you have with them before they start a new chapter!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

 

Storybook Alphabet

Back in the day – I never seemed to have too many alpha sticker sets.  These days, I find I never seem to have too many alpha stamp sets! The July Stamp of the Month is adding another option to my stash! Storybook Alphabet is great for layout titling or making cards.

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These letters are just under 1″ tall and have designs – flowers, hearts, dots, leaves. You can color these with markers, water colors or colored pencils or leave as they are – they look great either way.

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This card design came from Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 pattern book (watch for Volume 3 in August!!). This is an quick, easy & cute card anyone can make.

  • Cut four 1 1/4 x 4″ strips and dovetail the bottom of each.
  • Layer each piece with a piece of ribbon (I used Blue Burlap) before attaching to the card base (You can also add a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 piece to create a background if you’d like)
  • Use four 1 1/8″ squares in White Daisy to stamp the letters H, O, P, E – LOVE works too!
  • Mat the stamped letters with 1 1/4″ squares in the darker color.
  • Attach the squares with a bit of 3D foam tape (this adds dimension and helps prevent unevenness over the burlap).
  • Add an embellishment to the lower portion for balance (I added a little sentiment banner – but you could easily add a bow or other embellishment)

Another option is to create a solid piece for the stamped word – then you could include a longer word like THANKS or LOVE U.

Hope you’re having an amazing week!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Products used (these can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com):

 

Live, Love Laugh!

I tend to shy away from stamps that I need to color in because that takes extra time.  But recently I’ve been adding these to my collection and just using basic techniques to color.  Some of the techniques I’ve used to keep my coloring quick and easy include:

Watercolor Pencils  – Ink Stamp Pads – Watercolors – Colored Pencils – Water Brushes

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This stamp set looks great even without coloring!

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For this picture, I used Momento Black Ink and then used water colors and a water brush to color in just some of the flowers & leaves. To keep everything balanced, I focused on one color or type of flower across all the letters.

Here’s some great artwork from our home office –

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Since this is a Stamp of the Month – it’s only available during May 2017! You can get yours for just $5 with any $50 order from gerri.closetomyheart.com – or if you prefer you can order it separately for $17.95.  Don’t forget to add your copy of the Seasonal Expressions II idea book that just became available this month!  AND – check out the Live Beautifully collection – it is also only available during May!!

Enjoy!

Gerri

Here are some of the other products I used for my artwork – You can find all this and more at gerri.closetomyheart.com

Flock Together

OK – spill it – how many of you are old enough to remember The Partridge Family?  A bunch of singing kids – brightly painted bus – ring a bell?  Well – I’m old enough – and this Stamp of the Month reminds me of that show – with a little bit of The Turtles thrown in (So Happy Together)!

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Don’t worry if you don’t have a house full of singing kids or a bright bus – this stamp set is great for other layouts, too. How cute would pictures of your flock be in this layout?

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How about some cards?

This is another versatile set for fun paper crafts. With 11 images you can mix & match for just what you need. This set is only available in April 2017.  It’s a $17.95 stamp set – but with any $50 order – you can get it for just $5 – what a steal!! Check it out at gerri.closetomyheart.com

 

You’re Tea-rrific!

The March Stamp of the Month is just in time to create some Mother’s Day fun or just to let someone know you care.  The teacup images are great to use with a sentiment inside or color them in with water colors, Shin Han markers, or colored pencils.  With hearts & flowers, this is the perfect girl friends stamp set.

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Here are some fun ways to use the set:

 

 

 

The card on the left was an easy make – I just used three 1 1/2 inch strips, evenly spaced on a Colonial White card.  The I stamped the tea cup in Cocoa and Poppy on a 3 X 2 3/4 piece of Colonial white and the additional sentiment on a 1 3/4 x 1 1/2 piece.  I distressed the edges by sponging with Poppy ink.  Then backed them with Poppy (3 1/4 x 3 and 1 7/8 x 1 5/8).  Embellish as you prefer.

As the SOTM, this set is only available through March 31, 2017.  You can get this stamp set for the regular price of $17.95 – or spend $50 and get it for just $5.

Here are some things you can purchase to get the stamp set for $5 AND be ready to make some fun cards –

Dreamin’ Big paper packet ($9.95)

Card Value Pack (14.95)

3L E-Z Dots Adhesive tape runner (7.95)

Acrylic block 2 x 3 ½ (8.95)

Ink Stamp Pad (7.95) (Juniper, Poppy, Glacier, Sorbet & Slate go great with these papers)

Dreamin’ Big Sequins (3.95) – add a little bling!

You can order directly on my CTMH web site (gerri.closetomyheart.com) or if you’re local – just give me a call (801-920-4681)!

There’s No Bunny Like You…..

This month’s Stamp of the Month is just in time to get ready for Easter – or Spring.  With this cute Bunny Family – you can make a little scene of bunnies in the grass or in a field of flowers.

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This is another stamp that you can color in with colored pencils, alcohol markers, watercolors (pencils or pots) – or just keep the outlined image.

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For my card, I used the blush & gold patterned paper for the background, layered with a piece of Juniper cardstock and then the grey patterned paper (looks like columns to me).  I started by distressing the edges of the grey piece with Desert Sand ink.  Then I stamped the grass across the bottom with black ink, followed by the line of flowers on the left side – leaving room for the ‘child-bunny’ on the right.

I originally stamped the bunny in Chocolate (yes – I was thinking about eating a chocolate bunny!) straight on the patterned paper, but then decided it needed a little more dimension – so I restamped it on White Daisy in Desert Sand and fussy cut the image.  I colored in just the ears and the flowers with colored pencils.

I cut the banner using the Artistry Cricut cartridge – stamped in Sorbet.  Last I stamped ‘Happy Easter’ in Juniper.  After layering everything, I added some White Shimmer Trim to the Juniper cardstock.

Here are some other examples of how this stamp set can be used…

 

As a Stamp of the Month – this set is available during February for the regular D-sized stamp set price of $17.95 – or you can get it for free – here are two ways –

  • Purchase $50 of regular priced product (check out the Workshops Your Way Hello Lovely Scrapbooking Kit (G1119), add some White Shimmer Trim (Z3024), Black, Cocoa, Juniper and Sorbet Inks)
  • Join my team! During February’s Sign Me Up special – if you become a CTMH consultant you’ll get
    • a box of amazing product to start hosting gatherings or further your hobby (valued over $200)
    • $50 in Select Product Credit to choose items YOU want
    • February, March AND April Stamps of the Month ($53.85 retail value)
    • Future purchases at 22% discount PLUS hostess rewards and monthly SPC based on your sales

Do you send Easter or Spring Cards?  Do you have any Easter memories to scrap?  I’d love to see!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Other products used (you can find these at gerri.closetomyheart.com):