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Have you been afraid to use Stencils?

Have you been scared to try stencils, because they might be hard?  Well, you shouldn’t be!  And with this Technique hop, we will give you more than a few reasons why you need to try them!

You should have arrived here from Danielle’s blog, (if you didn’t start here!) and she always has great ideas!  If you started here, no worries!  You will get back around to her blog, as it’s a giant circle!

So, let’s get started on what I have to show you, shall we?

Isn’t this just an adorable card!?!?  (I hope you leave a comment below to let me know what you think!!)  I loved coloring this little guy!  I used my friend’s son as my model for coloring!  (I’m not the best at it, but I think he’s cute!)


Now, the stenciling part.  I started with his hoodie!  I masked his hoodie first, so that I could get an ombre effect on it (which I looooove how that turned out!) and then masked off his arms and pocket, so I could add stripes from the stencil.  I used the card front 3 bundle for the stripes.  (these are all done in bluebird ink.)


Then I decided I needed to make it a bit more!  So, I grabbed the thanks stencil from the card stencil pack 1, picked the upper case A, masked off around it, and used texture paste and silver embossing powder to make an A on the front.  (my model’s first name starts with an A).  I let the paste dry, then heat embossed the A, it gives it some extra dimension!

I took some white daisy cardstock, and stamped the headphones, pizza, cup, donut, TV, and laptop in linen ink to make the background less boring!  I stamped and cut the headphones and cup with their thin cuts, and the pizza I fussy cut (no thin cut for that one!)  I popped up my model, and he is super cute!


I decided I needed a bit more blue, and a bit more silver, as well, so I grabbed a strip to heat emboss the word Awesome in the silver embossing powder, and then the ‘you are’ in sapphire ink just above it!


I used most of the guys stamps, because they are so easy to mix and match!  I even used one of the girls!

To finish off the card, I used the same stencil and same ink (bluebird) to create the stencils on the card base.  I think it ties everything in perfectly!  Now, after you leave a quick comment, head on over to Lauren’s blog!  She has some great stuff! 

Remember to leave a little love on everyone’s post!  We all love crafting, and we love to know that what we show you is appreciated!  

Thanks!  And see you next time!


H2H Product Challenge: Slimline Cards

Hey everyone!  Happy Monday!  Today over at H2H, our challenge is to use one of the new products that CTMH carries, Slimline cards!  Now, this card style is not new, but it has come around again in popularity.  They are so fun to make!  You may remember the one that I did some time ago, with the boy and his balloons?  I thought it turned out super cute!

Anyway, while this doesn’t necessarily give you more card space, it totally changes how and what you can do with it!  If you wanted to send a paper gift certificate or cash, this is the perfect style card for that, you won’t have to fold it or anything!

This card was sooooo fun to put together!  It uses a variety of different stamps and dies!  Can you guess what they are?  (before scrolling down to see!)  I will be doing a FB live to put this same card together at 5pm Pacific time over on my FB page.  Come and join me, and put one together yourself!

CTMH Products Used:

Do you have a Green Thumb?

Today’s challenge over at the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog is “Green Thumb”. I LOVE this! Each week there is a fun new challenge, that you can do ANYTHING with!

So, Green Thumb, obviously is going to be something green, and what would be more green than a bunch of (faux) plants? LOL!! I’ve got a 50% green thumb (and 50% black thumb…. soooo…). For the front of the card, I used the Born to Bloom stamp and Thin Cut set. According to the all-mighty google, this is the Monstera plant. (I don’t know about you, but I’ve now learned something new!) I used the Jade Green Tri Blend marker to color the plant and the Ice Blue Blend for the pot. I created the shadow underneath it with the Ice Grey blend and the colorless blender!

I used the label stamp (with Glacier Ink) and thin cut from the Joyful Sunflower set. I also used the sentiment from that set, stamped in Archival Black Ink.

I had seen a video that showed how to do this, and when I put it together, it didn’t quite match up, so I had to fudge a few things to make it work (otherwise I would share that video with you!) But, the overall look turned out GREAT!!

The papers that I used are the Wood Grain from Timber, White Daisy Cardstock, and Peacock Cardstock.

When you open up the card, you have two different little planter boxes! It is SUPER fun!!

I used the Monstera plant, the Calla lily, and the other plant (couldn’t figure that one out) on the inside of the card, and added the Citrus Blend Tri Blend Marker, Light Green Blend, and the Dull Green Blend markers to the mix.

I really liked how this card turned out! Tell me what YOU think! Then, make a project that shows YOUR green thumb, and play along at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!

CTMH Items used:
Born to Bloom stamp and Thin Cut set
Joyful Sunflower
Glacier Ink
Archival Black Ink
Jade Green Tri Blend Marker
Ice Blue Blend Tri Blend Marker
Ice Grey Blend Tri Blend Marker
Citrus Blend Tri Blend Marker
Light Green Blend
Dull Green Blend
Colorless Blender Tri Blend Marker
Timber Paper Packet
White Daisy Cardstock
Peacock Cardstock

Mini Layout – choose your own adventure!

Do you remember the choose your own adventure books from when you were a kid? I always loved them. Sometimes I would cheat, but not always! LOL Well, today Danielle & I have a “choose your own adventure” type of layout, again! So, we chose this page as our inspo page. The thinking is, you could use any 4 blocks either together, or not, to create your own little mini layout page. You could do it as one single page or you could do it as one of the 3×4 page protector pages.

I chose to use the 3×4 page protector, and go from there. I don’t know if I told you my theory last week (I could go back and check, but who has time for that??), but that I had decided that I was going to try to create a mini album for the trip that Hubs and I went to NYC on. So, I am going to use all of the prompts, and I will have a finished book (and probably more than one) by the end of the year! I think I will get some journaling throughout the process from hubs too, so that it isn’t just “my” book. I will have to incorporate some pics from him, too! (yaay! more pages!) LOL

So, I started with stamping the city scape from the “Fly-by Greetings” stamp set in intense black ink. It just screams NYC to me! Then I colored it with the tri-tip markers. I didn’t get the banner ropes quite masked off, but I still am very happy with it! (excuse the cat hair! I didn’t notice until after I posted!)

Then I needed the pocket for the top right, that will hold a 2×2 photo on top, then I can put some journaling on the little tag. I did cut the page protector so that the tag will pop out easily! I used a little 1/8″ punch for the hole and a bit of mink twine.

The bottom right will be for a photo that is either 3×4, or maybe slightly smaller, so that I can have the white border.

Then, the bottom left is a little pocket card. You can see the blue/white circles (it’s the same paper from the last page!) sticks out over the photo spot. It’s tucked in a vellum pocket! I know you can’t tell very well just yet, but when the journaling/photos are on there, you will be able to see the difference! The heart stamp is from the Love These People stamp set! I thought it fit perfectly!

I am so happy with how this turned out! (Even if I did have to remake the vellum pocket and tag, because I didn’t pay attention to how my page protector was laid out…) I hope you like it too, and that you are a bit inspired by it! Make sure to hop over to Danielle’s blog to see what she came up with! (A little birdie told me she used the same stamp set that I did!)

CTMH Items used:
White Daisy Cardstock
Mix In paper packet
Fly-by Greetings Stamp Set
Love These People Stamp Set
Intense Black Ink
Spectrum Noir Tri-Tip Markers
Raspberry Ink
Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts
Mink Twine
Foam Tape
Non stick Micro-tip Scissors
Paper Trimmer

Making Waves with H2H!

This week’s challenge over at Heart 2 Heart is all about making waves! There are so many things that we could go with on this one, but I went more crafty, than photographic!

I decided to create my own B&T paper with the wave stamp from the Escape to Paradise set. I used sapphire ink on sapphire paper, and a little bit of masking to make the fun paper!

I used the Make it from your Heart, Volume 1 book, pattern 22 for this card. The stars paper is from the Into the Wild paper pack. I stamped the ship and tree with Intense black ink, and the sentiment and envelope with the archival ink. I colored the ship with the Carmine Touch Twin marker, and the tree on the inside used the Vivid Green and Clay markers. I did use the matching thin cuts to cut both the ship and the tree out. Both the front and the inside are layered with some sapphire cardstock.

I really had fun coming up with this card! I hope you enjoy it as well! Let me know what you think!

Supplies used are all CTMH unless otherwise noted:

Escape to Paradise Bundle Z4085
Into the Wild Paper Pack
White Daisy Cardstock
Sapphire Cardstock
Intense Black Ink
Archival Black Ink
Sapphire Ink *photo shows old style pad
Carmine Touch Twin Marker
Vivid Green Touch Twin Marker
Clay Touch Twin Marker
White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
2 x 3 1/2 Clear Acrylix Block
1 x 3 1/2 Clear Acrylix Block
Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Thanks & Giving SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s SOTM blog hop! I know you will get a lot of inspiration from everyone! Today you should have arrived from Ronda’s blog. If not, thats ok, its a circle, and you will get back to her!

I try to find things to do with the stamp sets that are a bit different than what other people might do. Today I have this fun wreath type look for my card.

It turned out so fun!! I colored in the flower centers and buds with bonding memories glue, and then added the gold embossing powder and heat set it. I added color to the flowers and leaves with the shinhan markers.

I used one of the stitched thin cuts for the center and added the gather greeting that I had heat embossed with the gold powder o to some of our vellum, and cut out withthe micro tip scissors.

I couldn’t leave the inside blank, so I added some more of the same image, and did a bit more embossing and coloring.

I think it turned out great! What do you think? Let me know, and then hop on over to Krista’s blog!

Thanks so much for hopping by!!

Oh, and lest I forget, I am linking this up to this week’s challenge over at Heart 2 Heart challenges! It’s a photo and color inspiration challenge! You should hop over there and check it out, too!

Supplies Used:
White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
Black Cardstock
White Daisy Cardstock
Seasonals Mix In Paper Pack
October Stamp of the Month
Archival Black Ink
Carmine Shinhan Touch Twin Marker
Vivid Green Shinhan Touch Twin Marker
Gold Embossing powder
Versamark Embossing Ink
Anti-static pouch
Bonding Memories Glue
Mink Ink
Embossing Stylus
Stitched Circles Thin Cuts
3-D Foam Tape
2 x 3 1/2 Acryllic Block
Fiskars Trimmer
Liquid Glass
Non Stick Micro tip Scissors
Bone Folder
Martha Stewart Scoring Board

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