I can’t believe it’s the first of the month again!  Before you know it, it will be Christmas – which is the theme of the October Stamp of the Month.  The set is called Holiday Warmth and contains 11 stamps including the one I used on the card below.  Enjoy the blog hop!

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Products used are all CTMH: Evensong B&T Duo Paper, Colonial White Cardstock, Cranberry Cardstock, Holiday Warmth Stamp Set, VersaMark ink, Gold Embossing Powder, Colonial White Ricrac, New England Ivy & Cranberry Markers, and Wishes Card Confindence Program.

Now go check out Jessica‘s Blog and see the layout she made with this stamp set!

This is the list of all the participants in case you get stuck along the way.  We are trying something different this month and have split into 3 groups.  Be sure to check out all of them!

ROUND 1
Jena DeVries – http://livelovelaughscrapbook.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-sotm-blog-hop.html
Helen Onulak – http://www.hookedonstamping.com/index.php/tutorials/october-stamp-of-the-month-blog-hop-tutorial/
Linda Shewchuk – http://www.awesomememories.blogspot.com
Kristie Herdener – http://goofyscrapper.blogspot.com/2009/09/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Sheila Bennett – http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com/2009/10/holiday-warmth-sotm-blog-hop.html
Cibele Glazer – http://flowerfoot.blogspot.com/2009/10/holiday-warmth-october-stamp-of-month.html
Barbra Otten – http://barbraotten.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Melissa Laverty – http://fancymelissa.blogspot.com/2009/09/october-stamp-of-month-holiday-warmth.html
Carla Ironside – http://carlacreates.blogspot.com/2009/10/ctmh-october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Nona Davenport – http://nonapearl.blogspot.com/2009/09/october-sotm-blog-hop.html
Deb Young – http://scrapbookczar.blogspot.com/2009/09/close-to-my-hearts-october-stamp-of.html
Terrie Dodd – http://www.my-life-in-real-time.blogspot.com
Alanna Moses – http://damoses.blogspot.com/2009/10/ctmh-monthly-blog-hop-featuring-holiday.html
Antoinette Herrin – http://godblessyourart.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Jamia Bankhead – http://papermadnessinc.blogspot.com/2009/10/its-time-to-get-hopping.html
Karen Norman – http://gettinscrappywithit.blogspot.com/2009/10/holiday-warmth-october-stamp-of-month.html
Beth Naumann – http://bethscreativeblock.blogspot.com/2009/09/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Brae Montgomery – http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-blog-hop-holiday-warmth.html
Kathleen Androlewicz – http://bowlofstamps.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Tanya David – http://scramperscorner.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-stamp-of-month-blog.html
Tammy Lea Pinchard – http://mycreativeclubhouse.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Chris Shouse – http://houseostamps.wordpress.com/2009/10/01/blog-hop-october-stamp-of-the-month/

ROUND 2
Debra Van Patten – http://memoriesoftheheartbydeb.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-sotm-blog-hop.html
Lori Leng – http://creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com/2009/09/ctmh-october-sotm-blog-hop_30.html
Nancy Brown – http://www.creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
Krista Ritskes – http://kristaritskes-simplycreating.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Katy Donaldson – http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com
Pamela OConnor – http://cherishyourmemories.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-sotm-blog-hop-holiday-warmth.html
Jen Rubio – http://jenrubio.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html 
Haley Dyer – http://inkyscrapper.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop_01.html
Michelle Nist – http://Michellenist.blogspot.com
Jen Patrick – http://roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com/2009/09/ctmh-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Kimberly Smith – http://verykimberry.blogspot.com/2009/09/october-sotm-bloghop.html
Sylvia Jacquot – http://stampinsylvia.blogspot.com/2009/09/october-sotm-blog-hop.html
Sarita Schraeder – http://blessedscrapper.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop-holiday.html
Dawn Ross – http://www.iamahappystamper.blogspot.com (currently no post)
Laurie Newton – http://scrapsfromthebeach.blogspot.com
Kami Welter – http://scrappin4memories.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Wendy Kessler – http://www.myscrapbookingblog.com     <—– YOU ARE HERE !
Jessica Booth – http://jessicabooth.blogspot.com
Lori Brown – http://savingmine.blogspot.com/2009/10/my-first-blog-hop.html  
Barbara Harris – http://paper-creations117.blogspot.com (currently no post) 

ROUND 3
Judy Burger – http://makingtimeformemories.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-blog-hop.html
Paige Dolecki – http://paigespaperparadise.blogspot.com/2009/09/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop_30.html
Nancy Ball – http://ballisticdesign.blogspot.com/2009/09/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Adeline E. Brill – http://adeline-brill.blogspot.com/2009/10/100109-holy-cow-its-october.html
Cindy Leek – http://paperspadsandpictures.blogspot.com/2009/09/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Miranda Kurz – http://craftycarol55.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-blog-hop-stamp-of-month.html
Carol Taggio – http://craftycarol55.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-blog-hop-stamp-of-month.html
Jody Gustafson – http://cre8nmemories.blogspot.com/2009/09/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Wanda Riley – http://creatingwithwanda.blogspot.com/2009/09/october-blog-hop_30.html
Jill Lucas – http://scrapwench.blogspot.com/2009/09/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Susan Brooks – http://stampingintheopen.blogspot.com/2009/09/october-blog-hop.html
Dawn Heuft – http://stamptildawn.blogspot.com/2009/09/october-sotm-blog-hop.html
Shannon Pelletier – http://mycolorfulworldinvt.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-sotm-blog-hop.html
Laurie Levnik – http://creationsbylaurie.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Caren Goldsein – http://scrappycaren.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Brenda Harmless – http://keepsakeswithheart.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Amy McVey – http://clearlystamping.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-stamp-of-month-blog-hop.html
Traci Godbee – http://createwithtraci.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-ctmh-blog-hop.html
Maricar Harris – http://www.maricarharris.blogspot.com (currently no post)
Pam Klassen – http://eimmap.blogspot.com/2009/09/october-sotm-blog-hop-with-twist.html
Misty Jackson – http://misstscraps.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-sotm-blog-hop.html

Welcome to the September Close to My Heart Consultant Blog Hop featuring the September Stamp of the Month: Treasures.  This set of 13 stamps definately fits in with the lately treads in scrapbooking!

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I normally don’t have much to say in my posts (I am a look-at-the-pictures kind of girl) but there is a lot of info here and if you take the time to read through you just might learn something.

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Boy oh boy, let me tell you – I really hit left field with this one.  I will admit that this is just not my kind of stamp set.  I’m more of a daisy girl.  Then for some reason I got this idea of fireworks in my head and I had fireworks pictures that needed to be scrapped.  I really thought it was a good idea, but it was harder than I thought to actually put it to paper.  For one thing I these are Disney photos and the traditional Disney colors did not fit with them.  Neither did a red/white/blue theme.  So I decided to go for it and match the colors in my photos.  Another obstacle I faced was fireworks on a white background.  It just doesn’t seem right but I wanted them to be colorful.  This just had to wait until the end when everything came together.  I really didn’t know if I would like it until then.  Another bump in the road was that I didn’t have any yellow cardstock!  SO…my solution was to use my brayer to apply yellow ink to white cardstock strips.  I could have made them a solid color but this worked out better in the end because I like to have some sort of patterned paper on my layouts and this solved that dilemma as well.  After putting my layout together I needed to add some embellishing.

Did you know that you can cut your acrylic stamps?  I suggest using a sharp scissors to make sure that they do not tear.  If you have a stamp that you would use more often as two pieces then don’t be afraid to do this.  I cut the Make a Wish…… stamp.  This one was a bit tricky because the stamped parts were so close together (normally I wouldn’t cut one this close and would just ink the part I want to use) but because I was planning to stamp a lot it was easier for me to cut it.  When I want to stamp them as one again I can simply piece them together on my block and stamp no problem!  Another thing I love about acrylic stamps that you may not know is you can bend or straighten the image to suit your needs.  You can see how I did this with the Make a Wish for my border.  Yet another trick to acrylic stamps that I like is when creating a title.  To make a word straight (or exactly how I want it) I will lay out the letters directly onto my layout.  When I have them in place THEN I press down on top of them with my block to pick them up.  They are in place and ready to stamp.  I usually ink and stamp on a scrap paper to see if it’s how I want it and move any letters if necessary.  Often times the CTMH alphabet stamp sets will come with multiples of the same letter.  This is so you can ink a word that has two of the same letter at one time (like the a in my Magical).  However, that was not the case for the stamp set I used but it is still simple because you can see through the letters to place the exactly where you want.  What I did in this case was pressed the word “Magic” on my block.  Then I removed the letter “A” (leaving the space) and moved it to the second position and added the L.  I stamped the word Magical missing the first A and when I went back with just that letter to fill it in there was a spot where it fit perfectly.  Sparkles were the perfect finishing touch to this Magical layout!

Now if you want another unusual idea for a stamp in this set….take a look at the smallest dandelion with the stem pointing up….looks like a spider hanging down if you ask me!

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Products used are all CTMH: Treasures stamp set, The Works Alphabet stamp set, Journaling Jots stamp set, Cherish, Sparkles, Hollyhock Organdy ribbon (retired) and Watermelon, Sunny Yellow, and Star Spangled Blue ink/cardstock.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the Fall Product Sneak Peak featuring a variety of new papers, stamps, and other products from the new Fall/Winter Idea Book.

Now hop on over to Beth’s Blog to see what she has created.  We have nearly 70 participants this month so it may take awhile to get through the entire blog hop but it will be worth it!

If you get lost along the way go to this post for a list of all the participants.

Go HERE to start the blog hop!  This is a reference list of all participants in case you get lost along the way:

Wendy Kessler http://www.myscrapbookingblog.com <<< You are here!
Beth Naumann http://www.bethscreativeblock.blogspot.com
Barbra Otten http://barbraotten.blogspot.com
Terrie Dodd http://www.my-life-in-real-time.blogspot.com
Judy Burger http://makingtimeformemories.blogspot.com
Jessica Booth http://jessicabooth.blogspot.com
Leisa Hubley http://www.bigredscraps.blogspot.com
Helen Onulak http://www.hookedonstamping.com
Debra Van Patten http://memoriesoftheheartbydeb.blogspot.com
Juli Clark http://www.thestampteacher.blogspot.com
Sarita Schraeder http://www.blessedscrapper.blogspot.com
Michelle Robinson http://www.amaizenbluelady.typepad.com
Maricar Harris http://www.maricarharris.blogspot.com
Antoinette Herrin http://www.GodblessyourART.blogspot.com
Kathleen Androlewicz http://bowlofstamps.blogspot.com
Cindy Leek http://www.paperspadsandpictures.blogspot.com
Dawn Heuft http://www.stamptildawn.blogspot.com
Barbara Harris http://www.paper-creations117.blogspot.com
Alanna Moses http://www.damoses.blogspot.com
Laurie Levnik http://www.creationsbylaurie.blogspot.com
Tanya David http://www.scramperscorner.blogspot.com
Karen Norman http://www.gettinscrappywithit.blogspot.com
Jan Moxey http://scrapandstamp4ever.blogspot.com
Tammy Lea Pinchard http://mycreativeclubhouse.blogspot.com
Paige Dolecki http://www.paigespaperparadise.blogspot.com
Kelly Triggs http://www.stampinallday.blogspot.com
Sherry Thompson http://www.picturespatternsandpaper.blogspot.com
Deb Young http://www.scrapbookczar.blogspot.com
Nancy Ball http://www.ballisticdesign.blogspot.com
Chris Shouse http://www.houseostamps.wordpress.com
Dawn Ross http://www.iamahappystamper.blogspot.com
Brae Montgomery http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com
Laurie R Newton http://scrapsfromthebeach.blogspot.com
Haley Dyer http://www.inkyscrapper.blogspot.com
Carol Taggio http://craftycarol55.blogspot.com
Amy McVey http://www.clearlystamping.blogspot.com
Carla Ironside http://www.carlacreates.blogspot.com
Jen Rubio http://www.jenrubio.blogspot.com
Kristie Horness-Herdener http://www.goofyscrapper.blogspot.com
Jill Lucas http://scrapwench.blogspot.com
Wanda Riley http://www.creatingwithwanda.blogspot.com
Miranda Kurz http://www.scrampinwithmiranda.com
Jody Gustafson http://www.cre8nmemories.blogspot.com
Susan Brooks http://www.stampingintheopen.blogspot.com
Kami Welter http://www.scrappin4memories.blogspot.com
Jennifer Patrick http://www.roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com
Julia Menssen http://www.ralphandjulia.blogspot.com
Shannon Pelletier http://www.mycolorfulworldinvt.blogspot.com
Linda Shewchuk http://www.awesomememories.blogspot.com
Brenda Harmless http://keepsakeswithheart.blogspot.com
Donni Alvarenga http://www.donniscreativetherapy.blogspot.com
Nancy Brown http://www.creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
Traci Godbee http://createwithtraci.blogspot.com
Pam Klassen http://eimmap.blogspot.com
Lori Miller http://www.clearlyfromtheheart.blogspot.com
Kimberly Smith http://verykimberry.blogspot.com
Caren Goldsein http://www.scrappycaren.blogspot.com
Misty Jackson http://www.misstscraps.blogspot.com
Jena DeVries http://www.livelovelaughscrapbook.blogspot.com
Nona Davenport http://www.nonapearl.blogspot.com
Katy Donaldson http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com
Cibele Glazer http://www.flowerfoot.blogspot.com
Laura Dame http://www.thecroppersconnection.blogspot.com
Lori Leng http://www.pinkcloudscrappers.blogspot.com
Jamia Bankhead http://www.papermadnessinc.blogspot.com
Melissa Laverty http://www.fancymelissa.blogspot.com
Pamela OConnor http://www.cherishyourmemories.blogspot.com
Sheila Bennett http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com
Adeline E. Brill http://adeline-brill.blogspot.com