This month the Sketch with Stash Challenge #3 at Scrap Our Stash is to use this sketch using scraps only, then add a pre-made tag or journaling card AND twine or jute.


Puzzled Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: CTMH Paper Packet (retired), CTMH Journaling Spots (retired), CTMH Mini-Medley Accents Wooden Collection, CTMH Hemp, CTMH Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes, Two Busy Moms Crackle Alphabet Stickers, Siren Smooch, and Making Memories Notch Tool.

I was kind of surprised when I realized that the papers I picked out for this layout were Christmas but, hey, they work!  I am trying to use up my alphabet stickers and never thought that I’d be looking for ones with two letter z’s.  Luckily, I had these that worked (purchased 2 packages on a clearance sale).  This is the first out of the package of journaling tags I’ve used….better work on this…and even though the wooden buttons are not old I decided to use them because (1) they worked with the layout and (2) if I don’t use them now I am confident that they will become a permanent part of my stash.  I really wanted to add some Glitter Glitz for a bit more accenting but when I went to my drawer I changed my mind when I saw the Smooch.  I used it to color and accent the Wooden Shapes!  Lastly, I should note that I used my notch tool for the little indents on the sides to hold the hemp.  I am tempted to say that this may be the first time that I have used it (shhh!).

There is still time to submit your layout at Scrap Our Stash.  You have until June 29th.

(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.

The Victory Workshop Kit includes:
My Reflections Victory Paper Packet
My Acrylix Victory Workshop Stamp Set (stamp set is exclusive to this workshop kit)
Colonial White Cardstock (2 sheets)
Durables Square Studs
Natural Hemp
Instructional Brochure


Bonus Project:


Add these items to your order to create the workshop bonus project:
X5912 – Dark Neutral Cardstock Shade Pack
Z1719 – Color-Ready Evergreen Cork Shapes


Go to the posts on April 3rd & 4th to see the scrapbook pages that coordinate with this workshop.

Would you like to attend my Victory Workshop on May 18 ?  Order by April 13  to save on shipping.



The Roxie Workshop on the Go Kit includes:

Roxie Level 2 Paper Packet ($9.95)
My Acrylix® Roxie Workshop ($13.95) (stamp set is exclusive to this workshop kit)
Bling Assortment ($4.95)
Black Hemp ($2.25)
Colonial White Cardstock (2 sheets) ($.98)
Workshop Guide ($1.00)


Here are my pages:

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I used these layouts as one-pagers instead of two-pagers.  When I first got the new idea book I was disappointed that I didn’t like this workshop better, but now that I’ve done it I love the pages and all the bling on them.

Come back tomorrow to see the bonus project (bucket list box) that coordinates with this workshop.

Would you like to attend my Roxie Workshop on February 10?  Order by January 27 to save on shipping.



The Typeset Workshop on the Go Kit includes:

Typeset Level 2 Paper Packet ($9.95)
My Acrylix® Typeset Workshop ($13.95) (stamp set is exclusive to this workshop)
Milepost Shapes ($3.95)
Create-a-Shade® Pearl Paint ($2.95)
Colonial White Cardstock (2 sheets) ($.98)
Workshop Guide ($1.00)

Scroll down to yesterday’s post to see the layouts that I made with this workshop kit.

Here are the Bonus Project cards:


I switched out the wooden buttons and used regular basic colored buttons.  I used a mix of hemp and waxy flax.

Add these items to your order to create the workshop bonus project:

Dark Neutral Cardstock Shade Pack
Wooden Designer Buttons3

You can order this workshop kit on my CTMH Website through February 29, 2012 (while supplies last).