Fall Birthday

I always love when I can use a product for multiple uses – I want to feel like I’m getting the most value for my money. So, when I saw this cool technique using re-inkers, I decided to give it a try.


If you are not familiar with Re-inkers – they come in each of our exclusive colors and are used to add ink to your ink stamp pads. So, when your stamp pad gets dry & you aren’t getting the coverage you would like, you can just add more ink, rather than purchasing another ink stamp pad. You can get several re-inkings from a single 1 ounce bottle (I can’t tell you how many, because I haven’t used up a bottle yet – plus, I haven’t kept track).


Today, I paired up several colors of ink and a baby wipe to create a multi-colored stamp pad. This really was an easy and fun way to get multiple colors on my stamp. All you have to do, is put drops of different colored re-inkers on a fresh baby wipe. I didn’t overlap them, but they did touch. Then, ink up your stamp like you normally would and stamp on your paper.


I used the retired Lovely Leaves set, but the Falling For You Cardmaking set (C1686) would work great also.


You can see in this picture, that my stamped images aren’t always full of color. This is from errors on my part than with the stamping technique.  The next time I use this technique, I will fold the baby wipe so there is a more squishy surface and I will add more ink. I was pretty sparing with the ink because I was afraid the colors would run together and get muddy.

I would love to hear if you have tried this technique in the past or if you’re inspired to try it now. It is such a fun way to add more colors and mix things up.




Other products used can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com


Close to My Heart – National Scrapbooking Month Exclusives

I’m really excited to be a part of the Close to My Heart family.  Originally, I was just going to buy product at a discount, but the more I thought about it – the more I thought maybe, just maybe, I can help other women (or men) be able to create – like I’ve said – I don’t consider myself creative, but I do love to create things.  Today’s creations are using the exclusive National Scrapbooking Month paper pack and stamp set from Close to My Heart.  We’re in the middle of spring here in Utah, but with these bright and bold papers and fruit inspired stamps, you can be dreaming of summertime!  These two products are only available during May – so get yours before they’re gone!

The exclusive paper pack comes with 2 each of 6 different B&T Duo’s papers (double sided) for only $8.95.  I used 1 packet of paper to make all the creations on this page, and still have a few full 12 X 12” sheets left over.  The stamp set is a D-sized set with 15 yummy, fruity stamps for only $17.95.  This stamp set can be used with the Cricut Artiste cartridge for adding dimension.  Purchase either of these products from my website – gerri.ctmh.com – and I’ll send you directions for the scrapbook and card layouts that follow.

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Both layouts come from CTMH Corporate Office.  The “Life is Grand” layout uses just 1 each of 2 different patterned papers, white cardstock, white shimmer trim and white sequins.  Documenting Moments (D1647) is the My Acrylix stamp set used.  This layout leaves room for 2 X 2” pictures & journaling space.


Another Corporate Office layout – “You Make Me Happy” uses 1 sheet each of 2 other B&T Duos.  I like how the zip strips from the sheets peek out at the bottom (the little purple strip).  This layout has room for two 6 X 4” and three 3 X 4” pictures.  Again, we used the Documenting Moments My Acrylix set

Next we have some really cute cards – four of them are made mostly with the scraps from the above layouts.  The cards use both the Documenting Moments and the Taste of Summer My Acrylix sets.  These cards also use silver shimmer trim, some Bitty Sparkles, squares of pear cardstock, as well as canary, smoothie, and sunset exclusive ink pads.  The 4 cards on the outside are from CTMH and the two in the middle are my ideas.


Thanks for looking.  I hope you were inspired to create something.  If you would like the directions for these layouts and cards, order the Taste of Summer paper pack (CC1038) or the Taste of Summer My Acrylix set (CC1039) available during May 2015 and I will send them to you.  To order any of these products, just go to http://gerri.ctmh.com/.

Have fun creating!