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*Coming Soon* Check back this Saturday, January 21st for the 1st CTMH Use Your Stash Blog Hop.  This hop is made up of a group of Close to My Heart Consultants who we to use up some of our old stash.  We will showcase products that we have in our stash and have never used and are just taking up space.  Maybe they are the same things that you have sitting in your stash?  Let us inspire you to use them up!

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 12 of us highlighting the Original Argyle Technique as shown on page 91 in the 2011 Autumn/Winter Idea Book!  With this technique you use stamps to create original backgrounds with stamps by repeating the same stamp to create a pattern.

This blog hop is a circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.  If you are coming from Debi’s Blog, you are on the right track!

I couldn’t decide on embellishments for this card so I made three different versions.  I think I like the pearl one best which was my first instinct.

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All supplies used are Close to My Heart: White Daisy Cardstock, Crystal Blue  & Cotton Candy ink, Designer Ribbon – Pink Collection, Badge Buttons (sneak peek from the new Idea Book coming out in February), Designer Brads – Rhinestone, Sparkles – Red, Pink, & Purple Assortment, Opaques – Pearl, and Card Commentary stamp set.
This card also qualifies for this week’s Heart to Heart Challenge to pull out a stamp set that you haven’t used.  I really like this word set but just haven’t use it yet.

I realized that I am about out of cards so it is time to start making more and getting organized for 2012.  I created my stamped pattern with one stamp using second generation stamping for the lighter shade.  After you go through this hop I hope that you will begin to look at your stamps in a new light.  This is just one of the many creative techniques that we can use with our stamps.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue on to Sheila’s Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

For a list of all the blog hop participants, scroll down to the previous post.


Welcome to the January 2012 Close to My Heart Spotlight Blog Hop!  This month we are focusing on SCRAPS.  Ever have scraps of paper or pieces/parts of embellishment packages leftover from your original project that you don’t know what to do with?  Hopefully this blog hop will inspire you with new ways to create with these pieces!  And it comes at just the right time because we all want to use up our supplies before buying more and the new Close to My Heart 2012 Spring/Summer Idea Book is just around the corner – release date is February 1st, 2012.

This blog hop is a circle so if you are just starting, continue until you make your way back here.  If you are coming from Laurie’s Blog, you are on the right track!

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Supplies used: Roxie Paper Packet, Roxie My Stickease, and square-shaped gold brads.

This layout was so simple to put together and I am very pleased with the result.  There were not many scraps left by the time I finished the Roxie Workshop layouts and bonus project (come back to my blog on Thursday to see more) but this just goes to show how you can stretch those last scraps to create just one more layout. 🙂  I was looking for additional embellishments and at first I chose the brads because they are my stash buster for this month….I liked the gold but I only had the square ones which I don’t normally use.  If it hadn’t been for this I never would have picked these but I love them on this layout.  The picture is blurry, yes, but I just love this photo of my daughter who rarely wants her picture taken anymore.

Thanks for stopping by!  Your next stop is  Luisa’s Blog!

For a list of all the blog hop participants, scroll down to the previous post.