Well, it is that time again, time for another blog hop!   The hop makes a circle so you can start anywhere and continue through until you make it back to the blog you started with.  If you have already started and came from Karen’s blog then you are on the right track.

This month we are doing something a bit different and showcasing a technique rather than a specific product.  We will all be using our stamps to create backgrounds. You can use any stamps for this, they do not have to be specified as “background” stamps and you will see that as you go through the hop.

For my project I have created 2 cards with the same basic design, same color scheme, and same stamp set for 2 different looks.

Once I chose my colors and stamp set, I cut my papers using a card pattern from Wishes.  For my stamped background I started by “coloring” my piece of White Daisy Cardstock with Sunflower ink.  To do this, I just rubbed the ink pad directly on the paper.  Next, I random stamped in my 3 colors of ink and added embellishments.  Tip: when random stamping do not worry about creating a pattern, simply stamp each image 3 times making a triangle.  It is important to stamp off the paper for a natural look.

For this first card I chose the star stamp and if you look close there is also a star pattern stamped in the sunflower color.  I used mini brads in the felt button shape.

For my second card I used the same pattern as my first card but rotated it and swapped out the stars for flowers and dots.

Supplies used are all CTMH unless otherwise noted: Heartfelt Whimsy Felt Die-Cut Sheets, Circle Around Stamp Set, Dutch Blue, Sunflower, and Tulip Inks and Cardstock, unknown ribbon, White Daisy brads, and Wishes.

Your next stop is Tracy’s blog!

If you get lost along the way, see the previous post for a list of all blog hop participants.

I hope you enjoy the hop.  Come back next month on September 15th when we will be spotlighting Dimensional Elements!

This kit includes inks, stamps, albums, and pre-cut accents for stamping – all the supplies you need to create three beautiful albums.  Available August 15 – September 30, while supplies last.  There are many ways to get this kit:

–          Buy the Triple Play kit for $29.95.

–          Purchase $25 in stamps and get the kit for $15.

–          Spend $40 in stamps and get the kit for $5!

–          Host a Gathering with sales over $300 or more and get the kit FREE!

–          Join CTMH as a Consultant and get the kit FREE! (valid Sept. 1-30)

Contact me today to get your kit or order directly from MyCTMH website!

The challenge over at Scrap Our Stash this month is to use flowers on your project. Today I’m going to show you how to use stamps that you may already have in a new way to create some flowers and make the most out of your stamps!

The first stamp I chose was a butterfly. It is very easy to transform butterfly wings into flowers. For those of you who are more visual learners , I took step-by-step pictures.
1. Stamp multiple butterfly images on scrap paper.

2. Cut out the butterfly wings, you can already see how they look like flower petals.

3. For this project I used another stamp for my stem. Flourish stamps also make great stems or bases for flowers.  Next, I added some adhesive (a glue dot works well) to the top of my stem and added the petals. Just rearrange them until they are how you want and remember – flowers are not perfect so don’t sweat trying to make it look that way! Also notice that I inked the edges of each of the petals for more distinction. I chose to add both the small and large wings to my flower for a layered look but you could use them to create two flowers, a larger one and a smaller one. One tip when making your flowers is that it is important to work with an odd number of petals, guaranteed that they will look nicer that way. I used 7 for my large flower and 5 for the layer inside.

4. Last, I added some finishing touches and made a card. See those leaves? Did you guess that those are leftover butterfly wings? I just flipped them over and inked them green!

Supplies used are all CTMH: Embrace Life Stamp Set, Crystal Blue and Sweet Leaf inks, Crystal Blue and Colonial White Cardstock, Crystal Blue Waxy Flax, Sponge Dauber, and Clear Sparkles.

Other stamps that work well to create flowers are hearts and I’ve get an Easter Egg stamp set that is fun to use.  If your not a stamper, diecut shapes and punchies work well too!