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.

Welcome to the 2013 Spring/Summer New Product Blog Hop where you will get a great view of many of the new things that have recently been released from Close to My Heart.  Not only will you see the new product but you will be inspired with a variety of ways to use it!

The hop is a circle so if you are starting here, just continue until you make your way back.  If you have already started, you should be coming from Heather’s Blog.

The product I chose to feature today is the My Creations 6×6 Canvas Display.  It is a 6×6 canvas sheet mounted on a wood frame and has a sawtooth hanger.  I challenged myself with this project because I have never worked with canvas before.  At only $4.95, this is an inexpensive project to make for yourself or as a gift.

Canvas Art by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: 6×6 My Creations Canvas Display, D1506 Family Love stamp set, C1503 The Best Things stamp set, Indian Corn Blue pigment ink, Black Pigment Ink, Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes, Ruby Pigment Ink, Smokey Plum Pigment Ink, Flutter Paper Shapes, Clear Sparkles, Bitty Sparkles, Black & Grey Sparkles Assortment, For Always Textiles.  I also added a pin from the Bling Assortment which is retired.  I just couldn’t resist but it could easily be left off or add one from the For Always Assortment.

Things I learned from this project:
* I put an acrylic block under the canvas when I stamped so I’d have a solid surface.
* If stamping, use images that are forgiving (not small words).  I figured this but had to try it and see.  The flourishes stamped pretty good but there seemed to be an area around the wood that I just wasn’t able to press the image enough to get it to stamp onto the canvas.  I covered this up on the right corner with the butterfly.  You could still use words like I did but stamp them first to cardstock so you have a nice clean, crisp image, then attach to the canvas.
* I used Liquid Glass as my adhesive.  The fabric is thin so if you use a liquid adhesive, do so sparingly.
* I used pigment ink for the entire project.  It dried well on the canvas, probably because it could soak in.  I was lazy and left the wooden pieces overnight to dry but they didn’t.  Even heat setting them took longer than normal.  So just be aware of this.  You could use the dye inks for the wooden pieces however I wanted the bright, vibrant colors that the pigment inks provide.

Now hop on over to Beth’s Blog to see her wonderful creation!

Here is a list of all the blogs in the hop:

Helen Onulak
Kathleen Androlewicz
Lucy Kelleher
Maria Myers
Joy McHargue
Maureen OSullivan
Jen Patrick
Traci Pasqualone
Melissa Robinson
Priscilla Gotham
Judy Faye Garner
Haley Dyer
Heather Schmuckal
Wendy Kessler   <-- You are here.
Beth Naumann
Allisa Chilton
Pamela Ellison
Jody Gustafson
Terry Ann Diack
Tamytha Jenkins
Georgia Hauglid
Krista Hershberger
Dawn Ross
Wendy Coffman
Laurie Newton
Traci Godbee
Elizabeth Mindemannn
Mary Eisen
Melinda Everitt
Michelle Johns
Nikka geers (no post)
Michelle Loncar
Gina Brandstetter
Sheila Bennett
Misty Jackson

Chantilly Cards

The Chantilly Cardmaking Workshop Kit includes:
My Acrylix® Chantilly Cardmaking workshop stamp set (C-size)
Chantilly B&T Duos® Papers (2 sheets)
Cardstock (4 sheets, various)
White Daisy Cards & Envelopes (15 each)
Wooden Badge Buttons (32 pieces) one size in kit, variety available here.
1/4″ Lagoon Satin Ribbon (5 yards) (exclusive to kit)
Instructional Guide ($1.00)

Required Tools:
z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks Pad $5.25
Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks Pad $5.25
Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks Pad $5.25
Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks Pad $5.25
Z697 Sponge $1.25
Y1000 1″ × 1″ My Acrylix Block $3.95
Y1002 1″ × 3 1/2″ My Acrylix Block $5.95
Y1009 2″ × 3 1/2″ My Acrylix Block $7.50
Y1010 2″ × 6 1/2″ My Acrylix Block $9.95

When you place an order of $50 or more, you get the Stamp of the Month set for only $5.
The Stamp of the Month is:
(January) Happy Valentine’s
(February) Home Sweet Home
*The Stamp of the Month may vary depending on your purchase date.  If you order online, it will be the month in which you are purchasing.  If you order by contacting me, it will be Home Sweet Home.

The current Constant Campaign is:
(January) Whooo’s Your Valentine
(February) Studio J $5 Layouts
*The Constant Campaign you qualify for may vary depending on your purchase date.  If you order online, it will be the month in which you are purchasing.  If you order by contacting me, it will be the February Special.

Here is what I did with the cards:

Chantilly Cards by Wendy Kessler

I made a total of 33 cards by adding a few things to this kit:
* additional White Daisy Cards & Envelopes
* 1 sheet of 12×12 cardstock (or scraps) Many colors will work for this.  I used Outdoor Denim.  Other choices could be Kraft, Chocolate, Buttercup, Champagne, Cotton Candy, Pear, Ruby, Sunset, or Twilight.
* ribbon and embellishments (again this could be any you have around).  I used Blush stitched ribbon (retired).  You could use buttons in place of the Wooden Badge buttons.  You could cut circles and stamp them, or you could omit this all together.  I left them off my extra cards and they look just fine and will be flat for mailing.

Other tips:
* Flip the B&T Papers to the opposite pattern for a complete different look!
* Cut the Lagoon 3×12 (6×12 if doubling) and random stamp the large sheet before cutting.  This will save a lot of time, just keep the stamped images fairly close envisioning that they will be cut into 1 1/2 inch squares.
* Card 3: Line up the bottom of the ribbon at 2″ from the bottom of the card and adhere first.  This will make it easier to line up all the squares.  Then when you get to the squares, if you line up the right side of the middle one at the 2-inch mark it will be centered.

I really loved this kit!  The cards were fun and easy to make and I go through a lot of birthday cards.  As much as I liked them, I liked the reverse (girly) cards even better!  Because I am always low on male cards, I made 12 of Card 3.  I had enough of the provided ribbon to complete all the kit cards plus 7 more of Card 3.

Closeups of my cards:

Chantilly4 by Wendy Kessler

Chantilly1 by Wendy Kessler

Chantilly2 by Wendy Kessler
Chantilly3 by Wendy Kessler

Chantilly5 by Wendy Kessler

Chantilly6 by Wendy Kessler

E1002 Rustic Alphabet

This layout is part of the Footloose Workshop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit.  If you like this kit it is only available through July 31, 2012 while supplies last.  I will try to post more of the kit later today.  I used rock-n-roll stamping for the letters: First I inked the stamp in Creme Brulee, then I “rolled” the edges on the Sorbet ink pad.  I cut the letters out and used my Edge Distresser for a fun look.  You can see these details in this closeup:

There is also a number set to go along with this alphabet.  I just love these for big titles.

D1267 Rustic Numbers


This month the Challenge over at Scrap Our Stash is “Mother May I”.  Go to one of your favorite blogs and find a layout to case or get inspiration from.  Visit Scrap Our Stash for all the details.

I chose this beautiful layout from Sherri Tozzi’s blog:

Here is my layout:

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Silhouette Paper Packet (retired), Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes, journal tags (retired), Opaque Pearl Adhesive Gems, Black Ribbon Round (retired), Pink Sparkles, Black ink, and Desert Sand ink.

This was a fun challenge and helped me scrap pictures that I was struggling with because they had both pink and red in them.  The neutral papers solved this problem.