Archive for September, 2012

September 2012 CTMH Use Your Stash Blog Hop – Embossing Powders

WELCOME!  I’m so glad you are joining us for our “Use Your Stash Blog Hop”.  If you have already started, you should be coming from Rachel Ventura’s Blog.  If this is your first stop, continue through until you make your way back here.  This month we are using embossing powders.  Embossing is a technique that I don’t use as often as I should.  It is so pretty.

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Adore stamp set, Cotton Candy pigment ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Sweetheart Paper Packet (retired), Grey Wool cardstock (retired), Unity stamp set (retired), and Black & Grey Sparkles Assortment.

Overall, I am not a big fan of pigment inks, however they are the go-to when it comes to embossing.  If you are new to stamping, I consider this a more advanced technique.  If you start out with pigment inks and embossing you may very easily be disappointed in the results.  I do love the look of embossing though, and should really do it more often.  It just takes a bit of practice.

I don’t know if it is the difference in ink or the added embossing but I was surprised at the difference in color I ended up with.  I like the brightness of the Cotton Candy color but the pigment was much softer, closer to Blush.  Here is the dye ink and then my embossed pigment of the same Cotton Candy side by side:

Now hop on over to Judy Faye Garner’s Blog for more ideas on using up your stash.

Here is a list of participants:

  1. Shirley Ross
  2. Joy McHargue
  3. Rachel Ventura
  4. Wendy Kessler
  5. Judy Faye Garner
  6. Tabbi Fritz


Stamp Sunday #37 – The Works Alphabet

D1195 The Works Alphabet $17.95

Brookings Children's Museum Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: CTMH The Works Alphabet stamp set, Die Cuts With a View papers, CTMH Pacifica ink, Making Memories felt flowers, and American Crafts Elements Medium Glitter Brads.

This is a great size alphabet set for longer titles, subtitles, or when you only have a small space on your page.  I also love that it includes uppercase, lowercase, numbers and punctuation for just $17.95.

I have to admit that I started the title on this layout straight and for some reason couldn’t see the letter “o” correctly.  So I’m sharing a secret with you…even though the clear stamps are AWESOME for lining up exactly where you want them, sometimes that doesn’t work or we are plain lazy.  I love to move my letters around so they are intentionally not straight.  That way there is no messing up and look how cute and playful it looks on this layout!  It is also a good option if your title is a tight fit on the page because you can arrange the letters to take up less room.  Note that I stamped on textured cardstock and it stamped very clear, just make sure your ink pad is not dry so you get the good coverage.

This was actually a 4-page layout.  This is something I will do when I have a lot of pictures for a particular event.  I will scrapbook them in the same papers/embellishments so they are easily recognized as one event.  Here are the other pages:

Product Highlight – Sparkle Flourishes

I have to admit that this is another one of my favorite products.  These Sparkle Flourishes make it so easy to add beauty to a page in a snap!  You can also cut them to suit your needs.

Z1708 Sparkles Flourishes $4.95
3 assorted flourishes, clear, 3½” – 6″.

Z1745 Sparkles Black Flourishes $4.95
3 assorted flourishes, 3″ – 6″.

Z1744 Opaques Pearl Flourishes $4.95
3 assorted flourishes, 4″ – 6″.

Make Yourself at Home Layout

This is a very simple layout that I’ve had from way back when.  The doghouse is Jolee’s, the paper is old Close to My Heart, and the alphabet stickers are unknown from the bottom of my stash!

Clearly the Best Stamping Video

Clearly the Best, Stamping with Close To My Heart: “Bend It, Curve It, Stamp It” features a stamping technique to manipulate the stamp images for personalized designs.  This is a great way to get the most out of your acrylic stamps!

Visit my website to check out all the different acrylic stamp sets that Close to My Heart has available.