Friday, February 28, 2014

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - March: Happy Place

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we’re featuring the March set Happy Place, a set of 7 stamps. If you have come here Dana Kessler’s blog, you’re in the right place! There are more than 50 independent Close to My Heart consultants sharing artwork made using the Stamp of the Month and other great Close to My Heart products. Hopping is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one.

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Off we go!

This month I was able to make one card for two projects – the Blog Hop and my team swap – as my swap assignment was to use the Stamp of the Month. The real challenge came in using the assigned paper pack, which was Skylark.

So how do you take organic patterned papers and mix them with a whimsical and cheery stamp set? You use a sentiment and some Cricut shapes, that’s how! I wanted to use the house shape from the Art Philosophy cartridge, but it was too squat to leave it as is so I used Cricut® Craft Room to elongate and change the width. 

Standard house shape

The result was three different houses in different colors. To make each of them more unique I used our awesome new embossing folders to create texture. I inked direct-to-paper with the Sweet Leaf ink pad on the white house.

Houses modified in Cricut Craft Room

Houses after embossing

I knew I needed to stamp my sentiment on something other than a rectangle to create more interest, which is why I went with an oval. I sponged the edge with Chocolate ink to add dimension between the houses (especially the white one) and the sentiment piece. The houses are attached with adhesive, but I used 3-D Foam Tape to attach the sentiment since it was already popped up due to the embossing on the houses.

Here is what I used. All products are Close to My Heart:

S1403 Happy Place stamp set
X7177B Skylark Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy cardstock
X5643 Chocolate cardstock
X5666 Twilight cardstock
Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z1960 Stripe Embossing Folder
Z1926 Quatrefoil Embossing Folder
Z1806 Green & Blue Epoxy Bubbles
Z1686 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

Now “Hop” on over to Michelle Loncar’s blog to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s blog to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas! Don’t forget, this exclusive stamp set is only available through March 31st! Click here to order yours today!


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Sheila Bennett said...

The three different houses are very cute!

Kathleen said...

Oh, now this is a CUTE idea!! Love it!!

Michelle Stewart said...

Another fabulous creation.

Susan Brooks - The Closet Stamper said...

Love it! So stinkin' cute!

Lori said...

This is such a great idea - love it!

Adeline E. Brill said...

You are so ready for the "Emboss It" blog hop this month! Great way to feature the embossing plates!

Haley D. said...

Super design & dry embossing!

Krista Hershberger said...

What a wonderful idea Vicki!!! Great job!!!