Tuesday, January 31, 2012

February Stamp of the Month

Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month (SOTM) Blog Hop! This month's stamp set Thoughtful Tidings is a Limited Edition and contains 11 great stamp sayings!
If you came here from LeAnne Dudley's Blog you are on the right track. If you would like to see a complete list of SOTM bloggers click here.  We have over Fifty consultants who have projects to share with you for February.

Here is my project:

I cut out a variety of flower sizes using Art Philosophy flowers.  There are about 50 flowers on the heart shaped pocket.  I know, it sounds like a lot of work but I use a bamboo skewer to wind the flowers up and do this while I watch TV.  After I have about 10 wound, I go back and use liquid glass to glue them together.  Since I am watching TV, I don't even pay attention any more and can get 50 done while watching one movie.

Here is a detail shot:

This is a shot from the top left corner looking down to the top right side of the heart.  The flowers make the heart box very poofy!

I decided to put sparkles in the middle of each flower to add that extra bling, pearls would look great also.
Contact your consultant to learn more about our Stamp of the Month program.

Please keep hopping with Beth Nauman.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

NEW Product Blog Hop

Welcome to New Product Blog Hop!  This special hop will introduce you to new products that will be available February 1st as part of the new idea book!
If you came here from Vicki Price's Blog you are right on track. If you would like to see a complete list of bloggers click here. Almost thirty consultants have projects to share made with new products available from Close To My Heart on February 1st.

Here is my project:
The new products used include the following: 

Pemberly Paper packet.  The Flower and the butterfly are cut out from one background and texture paper (B&T paper).  To further enhance the flower a cutting knife was used to pop up the petals. 

The new Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon is awesome.  I used buttercup re-inker and applied the color using a sponge dauber.  I thought the color might be muted (as I have dyed white ribbon in the past and found this to be the case).  The new ribbon holds the true color and you can see I have a vibrant buttercup color on this card.

After I cut the entire card out (and before assembly) I ran the card through my cuttlebug to emboss.  Light sanding with our sanding block (medium side) adds a great pop of dimension to the overall card.  It also adds some stability for the card as it opens up.

The card opened up:

The inside of the card sports the soft yellow flower B&T along the edges and further cutouts from the large flower print B&T from Pemberly.  The label for We Can't Thank You Enough is made with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  This is a 2 1/4" label font cutout which was cut in half.  I colored the portion of the stamp that I wanted to print (leaving the border and the dots uncolored) with a Cocoa marker.  The stamp is from the February Stamp of the Month set Thoughtful Tidings. 

You may note the Baker's Twine on the bottom surprise message section of the card.  This is a custom color using the Neutral Assortment bakers twine which includes 20 yards of white.  You can customize the baker's twine color with a marker, in the preferred color, and some patience.  I love that we have some custom colors available and the flexibility to create twine that will perfectly match our colors!  I used Indian Corn Blue on the white to create a more custom twine.  There are two bitty brads to wind the twine together (I adhered the brads with a little space for the twine before putting the B&T on the back - I bury the brads by covering with paper, so you don't see the legs sticking out).

I am in love with bitty sparkles and you will see an offset row below the greeting.

And the final Thanks:
Another label made from the Art Philosophy cartridge at 2".  More sparkles and a section of blue B&T from Pemberly completes the thank you message.

Contact your consultant to learn more about our new idea book which launches February 1st!
Check out other projects and new products by hopping on to Karen Fullam's Blog.