(If you are looking for my usual Stamp Sunday, check yesterday’s post.)

Welcome to the July 2012 Close to My Heart Spotlight Blog Hop!  This month we are spotlighting the different tools that can be used for distressing.

Distressing is a very popular scrapbooking technique.   Close to My Heart offers many tools to help you to create the effect you are looking for.

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 Lori Brown’s Blog, you are on the right track!

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Superhero Paper Packet, Happy Clusters stamp set, Moonstruck & Black ink, Edge Distresser, Sanding Kit, unknown black brad, and Black Hemp.

I am surprised to see this stamp set on the retired list already.  I’ve used many different distressing techniques on this card.  I used the edge distresser on the dark blue cardstock.  I embossed with my ScorePal on the light blue cardstock and used the Sanding Block to distress, bringing out the white core in the cardstock.  Then, using the stipple brush and black distressing ink, I added more to this piece, and finished it with the stamped image.  I used the Distressing Tool on the edges of the star too but did it lighter so they were not ‘roughed up’ as much.  I added stamped stars to the red paper by lightly tapping it on my ink pad so it wasn’t completely covered with ink for a more distressed look.

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

Here is a list of participants:

Wendy K.
Haley D.
Lori Brown

Here are some wonderful tools for distressing by Close to My Heart:

Z1294 – Sanding Kit – Use to sand your overall paper or just the edges.  This works great with our cardstock which all has a white core.

Z1296 – Distressing Inks – Includes one Black and one Chocolate.  These are wetter than a regular ink pad.

Z1297 – Edge Distresser – Great tool for roughing up the edges of papers.

Z1298 – Texture Tools – Set includes one foam brush, one sea sponge tool, one black stubble tool, and one stipple tool.  I love the flat bottom design of these brushes so they stand up between uses.

Z1039 – Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint – Can be mixed with reinker for any color.  Also works in the Spray Pens.

Z1380 – Spray Pen – Mix water and reinker for a spritzer.  You can also add Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint for some shine.

This layout was created for the Use it or Lose it Challenge.  The challenge this time is Paper Piecing.  I used to do paper piecing all the time.  It’s a lot easier now that we have the Cricut but I still just haven’t used this technique much.  It is a bit time consuming but always worth it in the end.

For my layout I pieced together some stamped images as you can see in the closeup picture above.  My base was created using an image from the Life’s Creation stamp set (retired).  I stamped and cut out the image 3 times and placed them in a circle.  My next layer is a flower from the Sweet Home Workshop-On-The-Go stamp set (retired) and the top flower is from Life’s Creation.  Paper piecings look even more amazing if you add some type of embellishment to them like I did with the Opaque Pearls.

Supplies used are all CTMH unless otherwise noted: paper, Life’s Creation stamp set (retired), Sweet Home stamp set (retired), Colonial White Ribbon, Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems, Irresistibles Eclectic Chipboard Die-Cuts Alphabet, Chocolate/Juniper/Tulip/Sunset inks, and Zig marker.

The layout was one I received in a swap at convention a couple years ago, created by Anna Peterson.  I added the title, journaling, and stamped embellishments.

To join in on this challenge visit Use it or Lose it Challenge.

This is a layout from the retired Lucky Workshop Kit.  I’ve had it together and it just needed pictures.  With such a versatile layout I just couldn’t decide what pictures to use.  The ones I ended up choosing are from a family/game day.

Christine thought it was neat that Miranda fit on her American Girl scooter.  It was a fun ride.  This layout was from a Close to My Heart consultant swap but it doesn’t have a name so I don’t know who to give the credit to.

The Elemental Workshop on the Go Kit includes:

Elemental Level 2 Paper Packet ($9.95)
My Acrylix® Elemental Workshop ($13.95) (stamp set is exclusive to this workshop kit)
Just Blooms® Flutter Paper Shapes ($5.95)
Antiqued Copper Designer Brads ($3.95)
Colonial White Cardstock (2 sheets) ($.98)
Workshop Guide ($1.00)


Here are my pages:

Come back tomorrow to see the bonus project that can also be made with the Elemental Workshop on the Go Kit.

This kit is available thru January 31, 2012 and February 29, 2012 (while supplies last).