Welcome to the April 2012 Close to My Heart Spotlight Blog Hop!  This month we are spotlighting Word Stamps.

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 Luisa Morgan’s Blog, you are on the right track!

I chose the Card Chatter – Sympathy stamp set:


I made this simple card:

Supplies used: Card Chatter-Sympathy stamp set, Colonial White Cardstock, Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, Stella Paper Packet, and Timeless Charms.

I am working at using up the last little bit of scraps of some of the recent paper packs and Stella is one if them.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how well the Timeless Charms coordinated with these papers!

Thanks for stopping by!  Your next stop is Haley D.’s Blog!

Since we have such a small group this month, I’m just posting the list of participants here:

Wendy Kessler   <–You are here.
Haley D.
Nikka Geers
Luisa Morgan (currently no post)

WELCOME!  I’m so glad you are joining us for our “Use Your Stash Blog Hop”.  If you have already started, you should be coming from Judy Faye Garner’s Blog.  If this is your first stop, continue through until you make your way back here.

This month we are all using Dimensional Elements (chipboard).

Supplies used are all CTMH unless otherwise stated: Florentine Paper Packet, Family Love stamp set, Timeless Charms, Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, Dimensional Elements Mixed Shapes, Cocoa Collection Ribbon(retired), Opaques Pearl Adhesive GemsOlive and Chocolate inks, and Zig marker.  Sept. 2011 Page Map.

Well, I’m struggling with my mojo today so I wasn’t very creative when it came to using chipboard.  The only piece I used was the piece for the title.  I have to say that I do love how these dimensional element (chipboard) pieces coordinate with our Art Philosophy cartridge.  I just cut the shape I need (in the size indicated on the dimensional element packaging) and it fits perfectly.  This makes it super easy to add paper to the top of the chipboard.

The Family Love stamp set is a new one for me and you will be seeing more of it.  It is great for those family pages and has some nice decor images too like the one in the corner of my page.  I first inked my stamp in Olive, then I used a sponge dauber to add Chocolate ink to the center.  It was a simple way to add multiple colors to the stamped image.

Now hop on over to Shirley Ross’ Blog for more ideas on using up your stash.

If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on my previous post.

Supplies used: Papers by Close to My Heart, Daisy Hill Metal Accents, Making Memories Charmed Photo Corner, unknown alphabet stickers, Making Memories charms, CTMH hinge, CTMH brads, and Bazzill Ribbon.

The Scrap Our Stash Challenge this month is to do ANYTHING!  I learned that with the business of the holidays that is exactly what we should strive for, just get done whatever you can and consider it an accomplishment!  Go check it out and take the challenge for yourself.

It’s hard to believe that Miranda will be one year old soon.  She was the only child of ours who sucked her thumb and it was just so stickin’ cute!

For a standout title, try using large monogram letters for your entire title.  I used Basic Grey undressed chipboard monograms for these layouts.  (Note: chipboard that is plain and unfinished is often called undressed, bare, or naked.)  For extra letters, you can trace on chipboard and cut them out.  Next, I traced the letters on cardstock, cut out, embellished, and glued to the chipboard.  Be sure to embellish the letters before adhering to the chipboard.  The ways to embellish these monograms are endless.  You can use buttons, brads, eyelets, snaps, rivets, charms, ribbon, fiber, clips, staples, tags, diecuts, etc.  You can also use techniques such as stamping, stitching, inking, distressing, doodling, etc.  My favorite adhesive when using chipboard is Liquid Glass by CTMH.  There is a bit of drying time involved but it will hold forever!