June 2012 CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop – using stamps to create your own patterned paper

Welcome to the June 2012 Close to My Heart Spotlight Blog Hop!  This month we will be showing you examples of how you can use your stamps to crate your very own personalized and unique patterend papers.  This is such a great use for your stamps and a great way to customize your layouts.

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 Haley D.’s Blog, you are on the right track!

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted: American Celebration Stamp Set, Wings Stamp Set (retired), Black ink, Lagoon ink, Cotton Candy ink, Lagoon CardstockCotton Candy Cardstock, Black Cardstock, White Daisy CardstockVineyard Berry Reinker, Create-a-Shade Paint, Spray Pen, Art Philosophy Cricut Collection stamp set, Ranger Liquid Pearls, and DCWV vellum quote.

Tip: To create my background I chose 1 large, 1 medium, and 1 small stamp.  I random stamped with Lagoon (second generation), Cotton Candy, and Black (second generation).  Second generation stamping is when you ink your image, stamp first on scrap paper, and then without reinking stamp on your project.  It gives you a shade lighter than the original color.  To soften the bright white, I sprayed with a mixture of Vineyard Berry reinker, Create-a-Shade Paint, and water in a Spray Pen.  Last I added some stamped words.  A few more tips: when creating backgrounds like this is to stamp off the edge of the page and start by first stamping the largest image and then fill in from there with the smaller images.

Closeup of stamping:

With the June Buy 2 Get 1 FREE special now is the best time to purchase those stamp sets on your wishlist !  Check it out on my website!

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

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


CTMH Dotty For You Blog Hop

A bunch of Close to My Heart consultants have gathered together once again to bring you a blog hop featuring the papers in the brand new Dotty For You Paper Packet.  The hop makes a circle so if you are starting here, continue until you make your way back.  If you are coming from Haley Dyer’s Blog you are on the right track.

The Dotty For You paper packet includes 24 specially designed, coordinated B&T Duos sheets (2 each of 12 patterns) and an artwork idea insert to get your creative juices flowing.  Spread the word and help us celebrate National Scrapbooking Month in May with this exclusive Dotty For You paper packet promotion.  Available April 17 (9:00am MST)- May 31 (11:59pm MST), while supplies last.  Get yours today!

Here’s what I have created for you today:

Supplies used are Close to My Heart unless noted: Dotty For You Paper Packet, Colonial White Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Colonial White RicRac from the Colonial White Designer Ribbon Round Collection, Basic Buttons Assortment, Bamboo Waxy Flax, Dimensional Elements – HeartsHeavenly Blue ink, Smoothie ink, and DCWV Quote Stack.

I just love all the different colors that this paper pack has in it.  You can do many layouts and they will all look so different!  I really don’t care for the cloud paper and thought for sure it would be one that I would use the backside of but what do you know here it is showing up on my layout and it is perfect for these baby pictures!  My layout is also a copycat from the Studio J layout below.  I noticed the row of stitching and substituted it with ric rac.  I really like the mix if it with the line of ribbon.

Your next stop is  Elizabeth Mindemann’s Blog.

Love Layout

This is my layout for the October Quote Challenge at Scrap Our Stash.  I used a quote from a DCWV Quote Stack.  I cut it into strips to add more detail.  Because it was vellum, I used brads to attach it to my background.  They match the Decorative Brad in the top right corner.  For the LOVE title, I used the Oxford Color-Ready Alphabet stickers.  I inked them in my first color and then stamped them with the flourish pattern, creating beautiful, original letters for my layout.  Near the bottom of my page you will see a stamped border.  To add more detail, I outlined some of the hearts with Liquid Glass, covered with Prisma Glitter, and let dry.  I just love Prisma Glitter because it works over an color and it is so sparkly!