Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our New Holiday Expressions catalog.  Close to My Heart has outdone themselves this year with all of the gorgeous fall and winter holiday products in this2017HEBadge.jpg catalog.   If you have come here from Kathy Burrows’ blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the products from the New Holiday Expressions catalog.

If you get lost , you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, so naturally, I was drawn to the autumn themed products in the New Holiday Expressions catalog.  My favorite stamp set, so far, has been the Falling For You Cardmaking set with the matching Thin Cuts.  This set is full of possibilities.  You can shade the images with markers or pencils, cut them out and layer them, use them for a background, and more. On this card, I chose to use the stamp set many different ways, including heat embossing the images.  As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 4½” x 3¼” Watercolor Paper, 1″ x 6″ Vellum Paper

Techniques Used:
• Since Fall is so full of color, I used our Watercolor paints to create a background on the 4½” x 3¼” Watercolor paper.  HolidayBlogHop_WatercolorBaseWhile is was still partially wet, I stamped the leaf images onto the cardstock using Flaxen & Saffron inks.  This is what mine looked like when I was finished.
• The larger leaf images we created using our Gold & White Embossing Powders. Once the watercolor paints were dry,  I stamped the White Embossed Leaf image first, heat it to set, then stamped the Gold Embossed Leaf image.
• The sentiment was created by taking the phrases and placing them in a line on a 3½” x 2″ Acrylix Block, then stamping them onto the watercolor paper with Black Ink.
• The smaller leaf images were heat embossed with our Gold & White Embossing Powders on the 1″ x 6″ piece of vellum.  I used the matching Thin Cuts to cut out the images, then layered them behind the watercolor paper.

Now “Hop” on over to Lucy A Marino’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to see all of the amazing Holiday Expressions products.

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Vellum Paper

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Flaxen Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix Stamp Scrubber

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Craft Heater

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2 x 3½ My Acrylix Block

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My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner
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2 x 2 My Acrylix Block
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White & Bronze Twine

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Bronze Sequins

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Gold Super Fine Embossing Powder

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Watercolor Paints

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White Super Fine Embossing Power

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All Purpose Mat

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3D Foam Tape

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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NonStick MicroTip Scissors

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So Blessed & Grateful Card

I love the creating projects with all of the beautiful tones of fall and our Feel So Blessed stamp of the month makes me want to make even more projects this year.  You will enjoy using the sentiments of gratitude for both cards and scrapbook pages, as well as the simple, yet, elegant images that Close to My Heart chose for this stamp set. This week, I created a easy-to-assemble thank-you card using some of our  products from the NEW Holiday Expressions catalog.

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Paper Needed: 11″ x 4¼” Cardstock (Almond),  5½” x 4¼” Cardstock (Almond), 1¾” x 4¼” B&T Paper (Cats & Bats),  1¼” x 4¼” Cardstock (Fern)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Fold the 11″ x 4¼” cardstock in half lengthwise at 5½” to create the card base, then using a Corner Rounder, round the corners of the card base. Set aside.
2. Using a Corner Rounder, round the two bottom corners of the 5½” x 4¼” cardstock. Using Watercolor Paints, splatter warm brown onto the  cardstock. Let dry.
3. Using Nutmeg Ink, stamp a “Feather” image onto the lower right side of the 5½” x 4¼” cardstock.
4. Create a mask from a sticky note to cover the stamped image, then stamp the second “Feather” image using Nutmeg Ink.MaskedFeather
5. Shade both “Feather” images using Watercolor Pencils and a Small Round Watercolor Brush. (I used Olive and Autumn Terracotta).
6. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Grateful” sentiment to the left of the feather images.
7. Create an ombre look by placing Goldrush Ink on half of the “Everything” sentiment and Saffron Ink on the other half.  Stamp the image onto the card below “Grateful”.
8. Adhere the 1¾” x 4¼” B&T paper strip horizontally across the top of the card.
9. Using the Leaves Embossing Folder, dry emboss the 1¼” x 4¼” cardstock. Adhere the cardstock to the card horizontally in the center of the B&T paper strip.
10. Gently pull apart a 6″ piece of White Burlap Ribbon into separate strands.  Wrap three stands BurlapRibbonRippingaround the 1¼” x 4¼” cardstock and attach to the back with tape.  Use two of the remaining strands to create a decorative knot on the left side of the card. Trim as needed.
11. Adhere the 5½” x 4¼” cardstock to the card base.
12. Add a sentiment to the inside of the card if desired.

 

Don’t forget that the Feel So Blessed stamp of the month is only available until September 30th.  Visit the “Promotions” tab on my website to learn how you can purchase this stamp set for only $5.00.

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Feel So Blessed Stamp Set

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Cats & Bats Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Almond Cardstock

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12 x 12 Fern Cardstock

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Watercolor Paints

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Watercolor Pencils

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Small Round Watercolor Brush

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylix Block

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Corner Rounder

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Nutmeg Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Leaves Embossing Folder

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive
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Aluminum Cut Rail Paper Trimmer
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Microtip Scissors

 

Paper Bird Watercolor Card

It’s time for the weekly Color My Heart Dare project and this week was quite the challenge for me.  I rarely combine cool and warm colors, yet this week we were required to use Poppy, Tangerine, Willow, Glacier, Slate and White Daisy with optional Gold. My solution was to create a “cool” look to the color palette by using our Watercolor paints and keeping the accents simple.  Using the Paper Bird stamp set allowed me to create accents with simple, uncomplicated details.  This stamp set is only available during the month of July for our Buy Two Get One FREE Stampagaza event.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” Slate Cardstock, 5¼” x 4″ B&T Paper (Script Uptown Fundamental), 4½” X 3¼” Watercolor Paper

Techniques Used:
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The “Paper Bird” image was stamped onto the Uptown Fundamental Vellum using Black Memento Ink then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.
•  The “Paper Heart” was stamped with VersaMark Ink onto State Cardstock, then heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.
•  The striped background was created with Watercolor Paints onto the 4½” X 3¼” Watercolor Paper, then was cut 1″ from the bottom after it dried.
•  The edges of the Watercolor paper and Heart Image were distressed with the Edge Distresser.


Many of the products shown here are retiring this month.
If you are interested in purchasing them, please
visit my website before July 31st.

They are available while supplies last. 

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Paper Bird Arcylic Stamp Set

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Uptown Fundamentals 

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12″ x 12″ Slate Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Watercolor Paper

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Watercolor Paints

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Paintbrush Set

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Ranger Gold Embossing Powder

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Ranger Clear Embossing Powder

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Edge Distresser

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4″ x 5″ My Acrylic Block

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Bonding Memories Glue

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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All Purpose Mat

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Micro-Tip Scissors

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Craft Heater

Storybook Puppy Love

For all those fur parents out there, here is an adorable layout you can create using our Storybook Alphabet acrylic stamp set.  Over three years ago, we decided to adopt a dog that was found starving, sickly, and tattered along the roadside. She was so frightened when she came into our home and often hid whenever someone came into the house. Well, not only was she tattered, but we found out soon that she was pregnant. We made the decision to continue the pregnancy, assuming that nothing would survive, but a few months later we had six healthy puppies and , OF COURSE, we had to keep one.  God had a plan because six months later our two other dogs (ages 16 and 17) passed away.  We are true dog lovers in this home and I felt this layout is a perfect display of our love for those fur babies.

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Remember, the Storybook Alphabet set in available until July 31st.  
Visit my website to and learn how you can purchase the
Stamp of the Month for only $5.00!

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Storybook Alphabet Stamp Set

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12″ x 12″ Black Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Thistle Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Pixie Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Canary Cardstock

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Watercolor Paints

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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Jennifer’s Hand Stamp Set

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Paintbrush Set

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12″ x 12″ Watercolor Paper

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Ranger White Embossing Powder

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Bonding Memories Glue

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Craft Heater

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

Hello Foxy Baby Layout

The June Stamp of the Month, Hello Foxy,  has three cute little foxes and I found them to be perfect for creating a page for my son’s baby album.  I have been using our Whimsy Fundamentals papers for his album and this page will be a wonderful addition.  I designed this entire layout using  Cricut® Design Space, so, to make your lives easier, I am sharing the file with you!    Be sure to read to the bottom of this post for a link to the file.  You will need to own the Close to My Heart Cartridges I used in order to cut out the file. As always, I’ve included a list of the products I used to create this layout at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12” x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock, 10″ x 7″ B&T Paper (I used Glacier Diagonal Stripe), 1″ x 8″ B&T Paper (I used Canary Stripe),  11¼” x ½” B&T Paper (I used Crystal Blue Hashmark), 11½” x ½” Canary Cardstock, 11¼” x ¼” Sea Glass Glitter Paper, 11¼” x ¾” B&T Paper (I used Canary Stripe), 6½” x 4½” B&T Paper (I used Crystal Blue Hashmark)

Techniques Used:

  • The background was created by spattering Light Blue Watercolor Paint onto the 12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock.
  • This layout was created using Cricut® Design Space.  You can find the file here.  You must own the Artistry Cricut® Cartridge and Art Philosophy Cricut® Cartridge in order to be able to cut out the images.
  • The “Fox” image is from the Hello Foxy Acrylic stamp set. The image was stamped using Black Ink then shaded with Watercolor Pencils.

Remember, the Hello Foxy Acrylic stamp set is available until June 30th !  Contact me or visit my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00!

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12″ x 12″ Canary Cardstock

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Watercolor Paints

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Black Exclusive Inks Ink Pad
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Cricut® Artistry Collection

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Watercolor Pencils

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block

Live, Laugh, Love with Watercolor

I love the look of watercolors, and though I have not perfected this medium, I do love that it is very forgiving.   This week’s Color My Heart Dare challenge gave me the freedom to experiment with my  watercolor palette and use lots of colors on the flowers from the Live, Laugh, Love Stamp of the Month.  This stamp set is available for purchase until May 31st , so make sure to get your’s before it is gone.   As always, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.MaySOTM_WatercolorCard

Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5½” x 4¼” Watercolor Paper

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the “Flower” images vertically onto the left side of the Watercolor paperMaySOTM_WatercolorCardMASK. NOTE: I stamped the center flower first, created a mask with a sticky note, then stamped the remaining flowers. 
2. Create a mask to cover the stamped flower images, then splatter a variety of Watercolor paint colors onto the right side of the Watercolor paper.  Allow the paint to dry before continuing.
3. Remove the mask, and use Watercolor paints to shade in the flower images. NOTE: I used a Clear Shimmer Brush on my flower images after the paint dried. 
4. Once the images have dried, add Bitty Sparkles to the center of the flower images.
5. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp a sentiment onto the Watercolor paper.
6.  Adhere the Watercolor paper to the front of the Card Base, then stamp a sentiment inside the card.

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Live, Laugh, Love Acrylic Stamp Set

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Watercolor Paper

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Watercolor Paints

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Paintbrush Set

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All-Purpose Mat

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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Bitty Sparkles

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Clear Shimmer Brush

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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5½” x 4¼” White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack

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Micro-Tip Scissors


SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block


3L EZ Dots Adhesive

Laugh Together Layout

I typically stick with very simple, muted layouts.  This probably stems from the fact that I am a mother of multiple boys, but this week I decided to make a lively scrapbook page for my only daughter.   For the weekly Color My Heart Dare challenge, I  use a variety of bright colors from the Whimsy Fundamentals along with the Live, Laugh, Love stamp set.  This stamp set is available for purchase for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase from my website.   As always, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this layout at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Cardstock (I used Juniper), 11½” x 11¾” Cardstock (I used White Daisy), 7″ x 5½” B&T Paper (I used Juniper), 7″ x 5½” B&T Paper (I used Juniper), 7″ x ¼” B&T Paper (I used Juniper), 1½” x 1½” B&T Paper (I used Canary), 4½” x 3″ B&T Paper (I used Glacier), 1¼” x 2¾” B&T Paper (I used Canary), ¼” x 3¾” B&T Paper (I used Juniper), ¼” x 3¼” B&T Paper (I used Canary), ¼” x 3″ B&T Paper (I used Glacier), 2½” Circle B&T Paper (I used Thistle), White Daisy Cardstock for Stamped Images

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Techniques Used on this Layout: 

  • I have a added a layout guide to show paper placement. If you click on the this link, you can see a larger photo with measurements.  All my scrapbook guides that I sell have photos like this to show placement and measurement.
  • The “Flower” images on the bottom left corner were done using theLaughTogetherLayout_Flower.jpg Live, Laugh. Love stamp set. I used Black Memento Ink to stamp the images, then used a Blending Pen with Glacier, Thistle, Canary, and Juniper ink to shade the images.
  • The layered “Flower & Leaf” images were created using the Live, Laugh. Love stamp set. I used Black Memento Ink to stamp the flowers, then used a Blending Pen with Thistle, Canary, and Juniper ink to shade the images. I cut out the flowers and leaves, layered them on top of each other, then adhered them to the layout with Thin 3D Foam Tape.
  • The “Laugh” title was created using the Live, Laugh. Love stamp set. I brushed Purple Watercolor paint onto some Watercolor Paper, then, after it was dry, stamped the “Laugh” image  using Black Memento Ink. I shaded in the flowers with a Silver Metallic Marker, then cut out each individual letter so that I could have the staggered look to my title.LaughTogetherLayout_Title.jpg

Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding this layout, the guide or the products used.

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Live, Laugh, Love Acrylic Stamp Set

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Whimsy Fundamentals

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Juniper Cardstock

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Whimsy Ribbon Pack

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Thistle Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Juniper Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Thin Cuts Basic Circles

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Watercolor Paper

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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2″ x 6½” My Acrylic Block

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Corner Rounder

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Metallics Markers
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Watercolor Paints
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Bitty Sparkles
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Paintbrush Set
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Micro-Tip Scissors
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Thin 3D Foam Tape

SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

3L EZ Dots Adhesive
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Tweezers

 

Tea-rriffic Party Layout

The Tea-rriffic Stamp of the Month can be used to create some sweet scrapbook layouts.  On this week’s project, I used  the stamps to create a border and title, then used watercolors on the images.  The layout is bright and cheerful just like my daughter when she had her weekly tea parties. (Now I need to get those photos printed.)    At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this layout.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Pixie Cardstock, 12″ x 10″ White Daisy Cardstock ,  12″ x 6″ Watercolor Paper, 12″ x 6″ Black Cardstock, 12″ x 3″ Crystal Blue Cardstock

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Here are a few techniques I used on this layout:

  • The Pixie Cardstock background was splattered with White Watercolor Paint. I used a medium watercolor brush, lots of water, and tapped the brush to create splatters.
  • The Teacup Border was created by randomly stamping the “Teacup” and “Flower” images with Black Pigment Ink onto Watercolor Paper, then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  I used Watercolor Paints on each of the images, then splattered Black Watercolor Paint onto the border with a medium watercolor brush. The image was hand-cut, placed onto Black Cardstock and hand-cut again to create the matting.
  • The photo mat was created by welding an Art Philosophy border onto the top and bottom of a 12″ x 4½” rectangle. TeaPartyLayoutTitle.jpg
  • The “Tea Party” title was created on Cricut Design Space using the layering and
    flattening techniques. I used a system font called Curls MT, so the file can’t be shared. I will be teaching this techniques to make titles like this at my summer Cricut classes.

Stamps

Tea-rriffic Acrylic Stamp Set

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Pixie Cardstock

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Crystal Blue Cardstock

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Black Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Watercolor Paints

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Paintbrush Set

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Watercolor Paper

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Basics Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Pads Set

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Ranger Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder

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3″ x 3″ My Acrylic Block

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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Craft Heater

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Micro-Tip Scissors

SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

3L EZ Dots Adhesive

Cup of Tea Card

The Tea-rriffic Stamp of the Month can be used to create some adorable cards for any occasion.  On this week’s card, I used  watercolors to create a simple background with the Teabag image.  I’ll be sharing project ideas throughout the month with this stamp set, so be sure to visit often.  At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this card.

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Paper Needed: 5¼” x 4″ Lagoon Cardstock, 5″ x 3¾” Watercolor Cardstock,  3″ x 3″ Watercolor Cardstock,  3½” x 1¼” White Daisy Cardstock, 3¾” x 1½” Lagoon Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere the 5¼” x 4″ Lagoon Cardstock onto the center of the white card base.
2. Using Desert Sand Ink, randomly stamp the Teabag image onto the 5″ x 3¾” Watercolor Cardstock.
3. Using a small round brush, paint the Teabag images with watercolor paints. Since the Desert Sand ink is a water based ink, make sure not to touch the outlines of the images.
4. Using a medium round brush, splatter dark brown ink onto the Watercolor Cardstock.  Allow the paint to dry.  Adhere the Watercolor cardstock onto the center of the 5¼” x 4″ Lagoon cardstock.
5. Using Desert Sand Ink, stamp the Teacup image onto the 3″ x 3″ Watercolor Cardstock.
6. Using a small round brush, paint the Teacup image with watercolor paints.
Since the Desert Sand ink is a water based ink, make sure not to touch the outlines of the image.
7.  Allow the paint to dry. Cut out the Teacup image.
8. Using Lagoon Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the center of teacupthe 3½” x 1¼” White Daisy Cardstock. Cut a Chevron to the right of the sentiment.
9. Layer the White Daisy sentiment strip onto the center of the 3¾” x 1½” Lagoon Cardstock, making sure the left edges are flush with each other. Cut a matching Chevron a little larger than the Chevon on the White Daisy strip. Place the sentiment onto the card, as shown.
10. Adhere the Teacup image below the sentiment using Thin 3D Foam tape.
11. If desired, stamp a sentiment onto the inside of the card.

Stamps
Tea-rriffic Acrylic Stamp Set

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5½” x 4¼” White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack

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Watercolor Paper

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12″ x 12″ Lagoon Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Watercolor Paints

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Paintbrush Set

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Desert Sand Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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3″ x 3″ My Acrylic Block

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Micro-Tip Scissors


SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer


3L EZ Dots Adhesive

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Thin 3D Foam Tape