Saturday, March 31, 2012

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

We will be featuring April's SOTM, which is “You Are…”, a set of 15 stamps.

If you have come here from Amy McVey's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants HERE.

This month we have approximately 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM!!

This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Have FUN and happy hopping! J
When I saw this stamp set I thought of earth tone colors right away. 
Here are the two cards I created…
April 12 SOTM - You Are...2 cards 
Let’s talk about the “FUN” card first…
I used our new Victory Paper pack that includes the colors Outdoor Denim, Olive, New England Ivy, Bamboo and Chocolate.  This paper packet can be used for so many events! 

You Are...April SOTM FUN card
I decided to look at my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge booklet and found JUST what I was looking for!!  I used the feature key “card” and than cut <shape8> at 5 1/2” from White Daisy Cardstock.  I then used that card base as a template to cut out the frame from the middle of the card onto the 2 different designer papers and inked the cut pieces.  Next, I stamped the Bamboo cardstock with the argyle background design in Outdoor Denim and then heavily dragged this piece through my Bamboo ink pad.  I LOVE the distressed look that gives!!

You Are...April SOTM fun close upFor the border, I simply used Olive cardstock and stamped the star images in New England Ivy ink.  I LOVE clear stamps Jand because of that, I was able to use just the dotted line off the one border stamp in this set to finish my border!!!

Other items I used for this card…
Enjoy Life stamp set
3D foam tape- my STAPLE in creating!

  April SOTM 12...You Are inside

I thought I would do a little bit to the inside of the card, so here is a shot of how simple that is. J

Now "Hop" on over to Carla’s Blog to see her talented work! I can’t wait to visit myself! 

OR…if you’d like to learn some more…here are details on my other card!

The second card I have to share is so COOL! J  LOL!!!
You Are...april sotm cool card 
Our children are often saying the word “Cool!” so this is the word I decided to use from this stamp set.  I used my neutral tones from the Victory Paper Pack and had fun creating with the stamps in this set. 
You Are..April 2012 cool post it noteFor the Cool frame, I did some masking!  I haven’t done this technique in a while, so I got out my post it note, stamped the word “Cool!” on it and cut out around it.  Then after stamping “Cool!” in the middle of the frame, I placed the pre-stamped post it note over top and inked up my argyle stamped image in bamboo ink.  I stamped on top of the frame, removed the cool post-it note and wa-la!  My own designed frame!

You Are...April sotm 12 cool card borderI love the little images that come with this stamp set and decided to try and create a double border with it!  I really liked how it turned out, but felt I needed to fill in the spaces, so I pulled out the opaques – mocha colored.  I think this helps give it a finishing touch.
I also LOVE to do dry embossing…so I used the lined stamp in this stamp set that to create my own lined paper!  After stamping on the one side, I turned it over and used my scoring tool to score every other line.  Then, I turned it over and sanded so that our white cored paper shown through – giving us a patterned papaer!!!  I LOVE the option we have with our white cored paper!!!!
You Are...April SOTM 12 cool post it note
       You are...April SOTM 12 dry emboss linesJPG
I hope you enjoyed these details and were inspired to try something on your own! 

If you haven’t done so already, feel free to "Hop" on over to Carla’s Blog to see her talented work!

Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!

Remember, this Stamp set “You Are..” is only available until April 30th!!!

Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at an amazing discount!

Blessings to you!
 Krista Hershberger J
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
359 Warwick Road, Elverson, PA 19520

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  1. Love your cards Krista! I especially love the cut out window on the Fun card and the stamped border on the Cool card.

  2. I haven't bought victory yet - but you're making me wish I had!

  3. Both cards are great! Love the grungy, masculine feel of them. I also appreciate the photos on how you created some of the features.

  4. Hi Krista love the details and techniques in your cards. You reminded me of some things I haven't done in awhile too, like masking and dry embossing. It's been awhile since I've seen you are you going to leadershare in NJ? If so see you then!

  5. Both cards are super fun and full of fantastic detail!

  6. Hey there Krista! Love your cards - you are super uber talented. Rocked this one like always :)

  7. I love all the layers and distressing you've done. Gorgeous!


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