CTMH February 2016 SOTM Blog Hop: Balloon Animals

FebSOTM2016Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the February Stamp of the Month, which is Balloon Animals, a set of 13 stamps.

If you have come here from Michelle Stewart’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.  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! 

Balloon Valentines by Wendy Kessler

Balloon Valentines by Wendy KesslerSupplies used are all Close to My Heart: Balloon Animals Stamp Set (February 2016 SOTM), Cardstock, Ink, Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape, and Marvy Uchida LePen Journaling Pen.

This is such a fun stamp set!  I used it to create Valentines for my preschooler.  I also made enough so that she can use them next year for Kindergarten.  It will be so nice to have these done and just go buy balloons to attach.  This design can easily be changed up with a different animal of your choosing and any number of color combinations!  I printed “Float Away With Me!” on cardstock and added at the end.  I just wrote “from” on the back and had my daughter sign her name.  It was easiest to do this first before attaching the yellow cardstock.

Balloon Valentines by Wendy Kessler

Now “Hop” on over to Darlys Recker’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 Balloon Animals Stamp Set is only available through the end of February!

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



More artwork (by corp):
5½” x 4¼” Balloon Animal Card
S1602 My Acrylix® Balloon Animals
X7207B Penelope Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment
Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2649 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
12″ x 12″ Party Animal Page
S1602 My Acrylix® Balloon Animals
X7207B Penelope Paper Packet
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet
X5770 Glacier Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5779 Poppy Cardstock
Z2649 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
X7207C Penelope Complements
Z3165 Fundamental Stickers Whimsy Pack
Z3164 Fundamental Stickers Enchantment Pack
Z3163 Fundamental Stickers Adventure Pack
Z2010 White Enamel Stars
Z3024 White Shimmer Trim
Z3132 Watercolor Paints
Z3188 Paintbrush Set
Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen
Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection
Cricut® Shapes:
1¼” <Font> “Party Animal”

Pen Pals Stamp Set


5½” x 4¼” A Note For You Stationery Set
A1175 My Acrylix® Pen Pals
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5929 Whisper Cardstock
Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z3093 Fern Thick Twine
Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems


Everything ABC’s Blog Hop (C)

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


If you came from Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings then you’re on the right track!

Be Happy Card by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Charlotte Paper Packet, Charlotte Complements, Live, Laugh, Love Stamp Set, Treasured Puffies, Ink Pads (Black, Sorbet), and White Daisy Cards & Envelopes Value Pack.

I chose the CHARLOTTE collection to make a CARD for the letter C.  This paper is so pretty and I have used up the entire packet.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Darlys Recker -~ Crafty Happy.

Layering with the Cricut® Artistry Cartridge

The Cricut® Artistry cartridge from Close To My Heart offers shapes that, when layered, give your artwork depth and dimension.

Penelope Workshop Your Way Scrapbooking Kit

02 – Sarita L3
On March 4, we will be creating the Penelope Workshop.  If you are in Club, this is the time to order.  You need to order by February 5 by contacting me or joining the correct gathering on my website to receive it by the scheduled workshop date.

The Penelope Workshop Your Way Scrapbooking Kit includes:
1  – Penelope Paper Packet
1 – Penelope Complements
2 – Cardstock Sheets (2 White Daisy)
1 – Limeade Washi Pack
1 – Playful Puffies

Download Instruction Guide: On my website

With this kit, you will be able to complete three 2-page layouts (shown above).

Additional Picture My Life Layout: To create the Picture My Life layout for this workshop, simply purchase the Memory Protector designs of your choice, Picture My Life cards, and Complements as desired.

Additional Cardmaking Project: Make 8 cards, 2 of each design, using your remaining workshop materials and just a few extra supplies!
C1638 My Acrylix Spring Critters Stamp Set
Spring Critters Thin Cuts
Watercolor Paints
Paintbrush Set
Watercolor Paper
Archival Black Exclusive Inks Pad
Mini Stapler
Thin 3-D Foam Tape
White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

Coordinating colors for this paper (cardstock and inks): Crystal Blue, Honey, Pear, Pixie, Thistle, White Daisy

When you place an order of $50 or more, you get the Stamp of the Month set for only $5.
The Stamp of the Month is:
January – Beloved Bouquet
February – Balloon Animals
*The Stamp of the Month will vary depending on your purchase date.  If you order online, it will be the month in which you are purchasing.  If you order by contacting me, it will be Balloon Animals.

The current Constant Campaign is:
January – Live Your Day
February – Share the Love (available after February 1)
*The Constant Campaign you qualify for will vary depending on your purchase date.  If you order online, it will be the month in which you are purchasing.  If you order by contacting me, it will be February – Share the Love.

My completed projects: I just love how these layout bases make it so easy to adapt the pages for the photos that I have on hand.

All Smiles Layout by Wendy Kessler

Make Today Fun Layout by Wendy Kessler

Spring/Easter Layout by Wendy Kessler

I will post my version of the cards at a later date.