Friday, May 15, 2015

A Bit of Blot

Welcome to May!  This month we are featuring the "Bit of Blot" technique as shown on page 55 of the Annual Inspirations Ideabook.  Be sure to visit all our designers blogs to see their great interpretation of this technique.  The hop is a great big circle, so keep going!  If you get lost along the way or want to refer back to a particular designer you will find a complete list at the end of my post.  If you are coming from Tonya's blog then you are on the right track!!  I've been away from this blog hop for some time and it's great to be back - but I sure picked a doozie of a technique to start back on!
This technique might take a bit of practice to get it exactly like you want it.  Too much water and you'll get a gigantic blob, but not enough water will not get you much ink off the block!  I had the best results when I used a piece of foam from a stamp set under the paper where I was going to blot.  Use a very light touch to begin with.  When it looked like I had too much water I blotted the block on a scrap paper first then applied it to my layout.  I also found that you can continue to blot your block without adding more ink and you will get different blots until the ink is gone or dry!  I did use several different colors on my block at once to achieve some of the variations on the layout but in some places I used just one color on the block. I finished off the background of my layout with some splats of juniper reinker for a different effect.  I hope you are inspired to give this technique a try!
Now before you go on to Melissa's blog, I need your help.  This is a senior picture of my mom and my layout needs a title.  Please leave your suggestions in the comment section!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Today's layout is brought to you by Close To My Heart products:
Jackson Paper Packet
Barn Red Ink
Bamboo Ink
Juniper Ink
Mini Medley Accents - Antique Gold (Retired)
Mini Medley Accents - Rosewood
Glacier Extra Thick Twine
Cricut Artiste Cartridge
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This month's designers:
  1. debi barber -
  2. Melissa Robinson -
  3. Sheila Bennett -
  4. Catherine Nowak ~
  5. Darlys Recker -
  6. Melissa David -
  7. Michelle Loncar -
  8. Lisa Plummer -
  9. Belinda McLane -
  10. Aggie Peters-
  11. Tonya Whitehurst -

Monday, May 11, 2015

NEW Hostess Exclusive Stamp Sets

Welcome to our hop featuring all new hostess exclusive stamp sets from the Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2.  If you are coming from Melissa's blog you are on the right path! Be sure to visit all the designers' blogs for some great inspiration.
The Paper Bird set caught my eye immediately with it's worded shapes.
My card is created completely from cardstock so it would not distract from the stamp set.  I stamped the bird twice on different color cardstock (chocolate and cocoa) then fussy cut them using only the wing from the cocoa image and added a bit of twine for the nest.  The cute little leaves are cut from the Artiste Cricut cartridge and the ribbon looking piece is actually a strip of chocolate cardstock that I ran through a crimper then inked up with cocoa ink.  The lacey looking piece is actually punched from a border punch I've had in my stash for a very long time!
Thanks for stopping by today.  Now continue on to Terry's blog to see her inspiration for you.
To see the complete collection of hostess exclusive stamps click here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Heartfelt Sentiments Paper Focus - Jackson

Welcome to another Heartfelt Sentiments Paper focus Blog Hop.  If you are coming from Tonya's blog then you are on the right track!  This month we are featuring the Jackson Paper Packet from our all new CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 ideabook.

As you can see, this paper packet is all about the outdoors and is a bit masculine...which works just fine if you do alot of outdoorsy type things with guys.  I do neither, so had to find a way to adapt this paper to something I actually could scrapbook about.

Here is my layout I created for a picture of my favorite subject right now, my granddaughter.
I used several of the die cuts from the coordinating Compliments collection, a piece of the paper as my base and a tiny piece of the paper underneath the photo mat.  The spray and drips are created by mixing Barn Red reinker with water and spritzing/dribbling it on the paper while holding it upright.  The wording is stamped with various alphabet stamps while "wrapped" is cut from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge and coated with Liquid Glass so it will stand out.  I was so excited to actually have a photo to add to this layout, so was I ever disappointed to find that neither of my printers had ink in them! So, imagine if you will, this cute picture of my granddaughter in the photo well.
Notice that the color of her shirt matches the colors of the paper packet!!

I hope I have inspired you to step out of the box and try creating something different with this paper packet.  Now hop on over to Melissa's blog and see what she has created for your inspiration!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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