Welcome to the Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring the October Stamp of the Month: Share the Magic.  If this is your first stop, just continue through the hop until you make it back here.  If you have already started hopping and came from Kami’s blog then you are on the right track.  See the previous post for a complete blog list.

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Supplies used are all CTMH: Share the Magic Stamp Set (October SOTM), White Daisy Cardstock, Prisma Glitter, Liquid GlassBlack Bitty Brads, Bonding Memories Glue Pen, Red Sparkles, Watercolor Pencils, Blending Pen, Markers (Holiday Red, New England Ivy, Sunny Yellow, Clover Meadow, Baby Pink, Pacifica, Tulip, Heavenly Blue, Sunkiss Yellow, Key Lime, Taffy, Amethyst, Pear, Desert Sand, Lagoon, and Sunset) and Inks (Black, Outdoor Denim, New England Ivy, Sky, Cranberry, Chocolate, and Brown Bag).

This stamp set is great for making tags.  I just grabbed my pile of scraps and stamped away!  I used markers, watercolor pencils, and a blending pen with inks to color the images.  To add some glitz and dimension I added sparkles to the Christmas tree, glitter to the snowmen, liquid glass to the Christmas lights, and bitty brads to the second snowman.  These would also make a fun and simple craft for your kids or a group.  The presents image works great for any occassion – Birthday, Christmas, or Baby!

Your next stop is Angela’s Blog.  Enjoy the hop!

Wendy Kessler <—You are here!
Wendy Coffman (sorry, no direct link)
Go to the next post to start the hop.

Welcome to the September 2010 Close to My Heart Spotlight Blog Hop.  For this month’s blog hop we are featuring Dimensional Elements (DE), also known as chipboard.  What I like about the Close to My Heart DE is that they are white which makes them so easy to color with ink and keep the true color!

Supplies used are all CTMH: Twitterpated Level 2 Paper Packet, Twitterpated Level 2 My Stickease Assortment, Chocolate CardstockDE Simple Alphabets (lowercase), Chocolate Ink, Journaling Jots stamp set, and Designer Ribbon Rounds Ricrac Collection.

Layout Challenge #71 of 210.

This was a quick and easy layout.  That is a great advantage to using the My Stickease.  They really dress up a layout without a lot of time and effort.  I sponged Chocolate Ink on my DE letters to add the color.  One trick I have learned is: when using a sponge or foam tool to add ink color to your DE – twist or rub!  It works so much better than dabbing the ink, which takes forever.  You will be amazed at how much quicker the color appears!

Many of the Dimensional Elements are on the retired list so if there are any of these listed below that you want I would recommend ordering them asap because they are only available while supplies last:
Z1115 Dimensional Elements Simple Numbers
Z1019 Dimensional Elements Fresh Shapes
Z1139 Dimensional Elements Perennials
Z1047 Dimensional Elements Simple Alphabets Uppercase (no longer available)
Z1048 Dimensional Elements Simple Alphabets Lowercase
Z1230 Dimensional Elements In Color Organic Buttons
Z1158 Dimensional Elements In Color Adventure

Click here for more chipboard ideas!

Jenifer’s Blog is your next stop!

For a list of participants go to the previous post.

Well, who would have thought when I set my goal at the beginning of the year that there would be so many changes this year and things that have taken my time away from scrapbooking.  I am quite a bit behind on my layout challenge but don’t count me out.  I may not meet my goal but I am still going to strive to get as close as possible.  My list says I am at 70 but I don’t have the last two posted.  I’m not sure where they are after the move but I will post them when they show up.  Watch for a new layout tomorrow and more to come in the near future!