Sunday, July 31, 2011

August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We are featuring the August Stamp of the Month (SOTM), "Wicked", a set of 9 images.


If you have come here from Traci'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.

This month we have approximately 61 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

If you have been reading my blog much, you know I have loved our Clear Cards but I have a renewed love for them now because of Close To My Heart's exclusive Cricut cartridge, Art Philosophy!  I always wanted a more decorative card, using the Clear Card as my base, but didn't want to spend the additional time to create them as so.  With Art Philosophy...this dilemma is no more! 


By pushing one button on the Cricut, and adjusting the size to 4 1/4", I was able to cut this cute scallop background!  It took only as long as the Cricut cutting it!  Gotta love that!  I also used the Cricut to cut the 2" circle - no more Coluzzle or other "trying" cutting systems!  And...check out the cube "frame" around the saying... Yep!  You guessed it!  Cut from the Cricut!  I didn't have to worry about tracing a template, cutting neatly around it..  Again just a push of a couple of buttons and I was able to stamp this staying on it and use 3-D Foam Tape to attach it - for added dimension.


I am thrilled that this stamp set, which could be seen only as Halloween-themed, can be used for many other things as you see here.  Because I do not already own "Mischief", the paper pack that would coordinate with this stamp set, I solely used cardstock.  I stamped the "honeycomb" image in Black ink on Desert Sand cardstock and then stamped the cat in Black on Sunset cardstock.

But to add a more striking presence to the cat, I re-stamped the image using Versamark and then poured clear embossing powder and heat set it - for a glossy effect.  This may be difficult to see through the photo but it did add to the overall appeal.

Thanks for stopping by.  If you would like to check out my supply list and source of information, read below.  Otherwise, "hop" on over to Doreen's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the SOTM is only available until the end of July, 2011!

Artwork created based on the "Up in the Corner" card design in our "Wishes" how-to program.
 
Supply List:  Wicked SOTM (S1108), Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy Collection (only available through CTMH Consultants), Black Ink, Versamark Ink Pad (Z891), Clear Detail Embossing Powder (Z821), Black Brad Buttons (Z1393), 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151), Cardstock colors - Barn Red, Black, Desert Sand & Sunset, Cricut.

Happy Hoppin',

23 comments:

  1. Don't you just love the cricut? It's really taking our art to the next level. I love how you made your own pattern paper. Love the card!

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  2. Such a cute card Melissa! Love the scalloped background. =)

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  3. Love it! I can't wait for my Art Philosphy to get here!

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  4. Adorable card! I really need to break out my clear cards... :)
    ~doreen
    http://whereisyourhappyplace.blogspot.com

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  5. Lottsa WOWSA! Great card. Love the honeycomb stamping.

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  6. isn't that little black cat a bundle of joy goodness...so stinking cute card.

    Peggy Lee
    (Creative Scraps)

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  7. I am so in love with clear cards... yours is so cute! Hope you don't mind, but I pointed my blog to yours for the hop :)

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  8. I'm loving the clear cards. What great inspiration! :)

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  9. Ver nice. I haven't tried the clear cards but now you are inspiring me to do so.

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  10. hmmm clear cards and cricut, now you got me thinking

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  11. Thanks, everyone! I am humbled by your thoughts! And "yes!" to those of you who have yet to try a Clear Card! :0) At first, I wasn't so sure what the excitement was all about but I tried my first one...and I loved them! So did my customers when I showed them how to use them! Give it a try! With the Cricut cartridge it is easier than ever to decorate them! Have fun!

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  12. I love Halloween and all of these papers and stamps!! Can't wait to make this card Melissa sooo cute :)

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  13. So loving the clear cards on this swap...I also love how clean and simple your design is, mind if I lift?

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  14. I love fall and halloween. This stamp set is perfection! :) Love your card!!

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  15. Creative work i appreciate you for your fantastic job....
    Plastic cards
    Plastic card printing

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