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November SOTM Blog Hop – It’s the Little Things

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring Novembers’s SOTM, which is It’s the Little Things, a set of 15 stamps.  If you have come here from Michelle Battitori’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 on Melinda’s Blog.  This month we have over 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s SOTM and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs. To visit each blog for some great ideas just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go! 

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It's the Little Things Layout by Wendy KesslerSupplies used are all Close to My Heart: Colonial White Cardstock, Dotty for You Paper Packet (retired, could easily replace with Lagoon Cardstock), It’s the Little Things Stamp Set, Inks (Pear, Glacier, Lagoon, and Pixie), Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape, and Sparkles Flourishes.

The first thing I thought of when I saw this stamp set was random stamping.  Random stamping is a great technique to use when you have a variety of different size stamps like in this set and it gives you the ability to match colors to any pictures that need to be scrapped.  When I pulled out this set of photos, I knew that it’s the little things” was also the perfect title.  The key to random stamping is imperfection – start with the largest stamp and fill in with the smaller ones, be sure to stamp off the edge of the paper, and turn your stamp like I did with the leaf.  As you can see in the picture below, I didn’t waste my time stamping the middle as I knew I would be covering that part up anyway.  I also tried doing something a little different (for me) by placing the title cluster in the center of the page when my first instinct was to put it in the lower right corner.

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Now “Hop” on over to Adeline Brill’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 It’s the Little Things Stamp Set is only available through the end of November!

This set is available on my website for only $5 with a $50 purchase.  Shop now!

Everything ABC’s Blog Hop (V)

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!  For this hop we will be featuring the letter V. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their V element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda Norman- Scrappy Therapy.  If you came from Carol-Anne Grenier then you’re on the right track!

Family Football Layout by Wendy Kessler

I chose the Vogue Alphabet Stamp Set for my letter V.  This was a layout from a workshop way back and I can’t remember the name of it but is just took me while to finish.  I really like this alphabet!

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Darlys Recker.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

1. Linda Norman- Scrappy Therapy

2. Catherine Nowak – Catscrapbooking

3. Dominique Groulx – Fun2Cre8

4. Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings

Use Your Stash Blog Hop – Chipboard Everywhere

This hop is a circle; if you have just started simply continue until you make your way back here; if you have already started, you should be coming from Janet McCormick.

Monogram Layout by Wendy Kessler
Supplies used are all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted: Key to My Heart Paper Packet (retired), Cardstock (Sunset and Juniper), Dimensional Elements Monogram “S” (retired), Natural Hemp (retired), Opaques Mocha (retired), Paper Flowers, and ShinHan Barely Beige Marker. Very roughly followed at sketch from 52Sketches52Weeks.

I really dug into my stash for this one, notice all the retired items I used!  I haven’t used chipboard in awhile but one of my favorite things used to be to embellish monograms on a page so that’s exactly what I did here.  I still like the look.

Now hop on over to Terry Morrow!

List of participants:

1. Janet McCormick

2. Wendy Kessler

3. Terry Morrow

4. Katy Taylor

5. Casandra Bennett

6. Shirley Ross

CTMH Technique Blog Hop – Handmade Hues

Welcome to this month’s CTMH Technique Blog Hop.  If you have already started the hop, you should be coming from Sheila Bennett.  This month you will see us using the new ShinHan Touch Twin Markers!

Sweet Layout by Wendy Kessler
Supplies used are all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted: Key to My Heart Paper Packet (retired), Juniper Cardstock, Artbooking Cricut CartridgeSilver Shimmer Trim, ShinHan Markers (Light Orange, Barely Beige, Carmine), Marquee Enamel Shapes (retired), Sparkles Flourishes, and Irresistibles Eclectic Die-Cuts (retired).

I used the ShinHan Markers in a number of different ways.  I used the to color accents.  This works great with a number of embellishments.  For my layout I colored the Silver Shimmer Trim and the Marquee Enamel Shapes.  I also used the ShinHan Markers to color and shade the Irresistibles Eclectic Die-Cuts chipboard letters.  To do this, I first added “stripes” of each color onto the letters, then I colored and blended with the lighter color from it’s color into the darker color to blend them together.

Tip: The ShinHan Markers work well to color a number of things, including the White Enamel Stars, Silver Shimmer TrimSparkles, Dimensional Elements, and more!

Now hop on over to Melissa Robinson!

List of participants:

  1. Sheila Bennett
  2. Wendy Kessler
  3. Melissa Robinson
  4. Michelle Loncar

Everything ABC’s Blog Hop (U)

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!  For this hop we will be featuring the letter U. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their U element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda Norman – Scrappy Therapy.  If you came from Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings then you’re on the right track!

Flower Layout by Wendy KesslerSupplies are all by Close to My Heart: Elemental Paper Packet (retired), Unity Stamp set (retired), Sorbet ink, Cardstock (Pacifica, Colonial White, and Sorbet), Sparkle Flourishes, and Cricut Collections.  MLSB Sketch

For the letter U, I have chose the Unity stamp set and some Unused/Useless paper.  How often do you cut a large diecut and throw the “scrap” from the outside away?  I used that scrap as the base for this layout!  I’m not sure if it was Art Philosophy (most likely) or Artbooking that I used.  I added the stamped flowers in the scallops to unify it with the page.  The flowers are Cricut-cut and popped up for dimension.  The center of the flowers are stamped and fussy-cut.  I also added a bit of doodling around the sorbet flowers for some extra detail.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Jenny Gilbert – Jen’s Creative Classroom.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

1. Linda Norman – Scrappy Therapy

2. Catherine Nowak ~ Catscrapbooking.com

3. Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings

4. Wendy Kessler – My Scrapbooking Blog