Saturday, December 31, 2011

January Stamp of the Month BLOG HOP!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

We will be featuring January's SOTM, which is called “Little Reminder”.  This set includes 25 stamps.


If you have come here from Vicki Price’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 to see everyone’s creations.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here.

This month we have over 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM!  This Hop is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of each post to move on to see the next consultant’s creation!

Ready for some FUN? J
Here we go!
Jan 2012 SOTM 3x3 holder typeset
I chose to create a set of 3x3 cards AND a holder to place them in using the NEW January Stamp of the Month stamp set- "Little Reminder"! J 
In creating this project, I used the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge by Close To My Heart!! This cartridge has become a STAPLE in my craft room and I can’t quite image my room without this AMAZING cartridge!!!  I use it ALL the time!!

I had a LOT of fun trying to use this January stamp set in the “out of the box” way of thinking.  I often challenge myself to do this – and was pleased with the results!!!

The “box” that I used to hold these 3x3 cards is actually the DOORHANGER box that I cut out using the Art Philosophy Cartridge!! (font layer button, top row, shift key +5 buttons in from Left) I created some score lines on this door hanger and made a closure to create this box.

Here is a picture of the door hanger shape cut from the AP Cricut cartridge prior to new score lines.  Jan SOTM flat doorhanger

I also had a lot of FUN using the numbers in this stamp set in multiple ways. Can you see where and how I used the number stamps?  (I’ll have full details listed below)

The products I used to create this set are….
Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
X7139B Typeset level 2 paper pack
Z1686 Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Z1387 Wooden Designer Buttons
Z282 Black Hemp
Z1335 Licorice Opaque gems
Z1368 Metal Bitty Brads
Z1393 Black Mini-medley
Ink colors: Vineyard Berry, Juniper, Crème Brulee, Desert Sand and Black
Feel free to scroll on down if you’d like to see more PHOTOS and details about the items I created.  If you’d like to continue blog hopping J, please "Hop" on over to Karen Fullam's Blog to see her GREAT work!
Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the January SOTM is only available until January 31st! Don’t miss out on this AMAZING deal!!! 

How can you get this stamp set for your own?  You can purchase this EXCLUSIVE stamp set for $17.95 OR when you purchase $50 in Close To My Heart products – you qualify to receive this stamp set for ONLY $5.00!!!

Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here to go to my site) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

I will show you a close up of the box first…

This is what the door hanger looks like when it’s cut from the Cricut and then taping the sides together.  Jan SOTM doorhangerI folded the hanger part over the bottom box and created scored lines where the box part begins to make the lid for this newly created box. 
Jan 2012 SOTM door hanger boxI  then created a front for my “box”.  I cut out a scalloped circle (2nd row down from top, 1st shape on left) at 2.8” in the vineyard berry cardstock.  The colonial white circle was cut at 2 1/2” .  I used the #3 stamp for the black design AND the juniper design around the edge of the circle!  I was excited how this turned into a DESIGN!!! 

I cut out a butterfly with the AP Cartridge and used removable tape to tape it to the middle of the circle.  Then I sponged crème brulee ink around the butterfly, and removed the image to get the negative effect. I used Vineyard Berry ink to stamp “celebrate” and tied black hemp around the flap and added a wooden button as an accent to complete the outside.

Jan 2012 SOTM door hanger box_openInside I attached a velcro dot for the closure and then tucked the cards inside. 


Here are each of the cards I created…
Jan 2012 sotm 3x3 card_27
This was the first card I created and I had fun using the stamps in different ways. 
Jan 2012 SOTM doorhanger box_card lines detailJPG

I LOVE to use my VersaMat by CTMH, when creating stripes or any borders on a project.  Here’s a picture of how GREAT the grid marks on this VersaMat work when doing this!!!  Do you notice how I stamped the lines, every other grid mark?  So helpful!!!

Jan 2012 SOTM doorhanger box frame detailI also wanted a “flourish” look for the corner of this frame (cut from the AP cartridge)  I used the stamp number 3!!!  I thought a picture might help to visualize how this was done. J You only need to ink up part of the 3 (LOVE clear stamps) and ta-da!

Jan 2012 SOTM 3x3 card celebrate
The next card is a simple one.  I used the line stamp to create a grid background.  I also used the corner rounder to add a bit to the “2012”.

Jan 2012 SOTM doorhanger box_butterfly card
This card was a simple card as well!  I cut these butterflies from the AP Cricut cartridge and then stamped the numbers from this Jan SOTM stamp set onto the Typeset designer paper to add some more texture to the butterflies.  The solid line in this set made a great FRAME on this card, and the licorice opaque pearls added the final touch.

Jan 2012 SOTM 3x3 reminder
I enjoyed creating this card.  I wanted to have the circle off center on the card, and came up with this design.  I popped the middle circle (with the juniper numbers) off the page, and popped the #3 (cut out with cutting knife) too!  There is a lot of FUN dimension on this card!!!  Stamping the number 3 in desert sand (2nd generation) came as an afterthought…but I think I like it!

I hope you enjoyed the details J and didn’t get too bored!  I know I LOVE to know “exactly how it’s done” and I enjoy hearing how others create there projects too!!!

Make sure you check out the rest of the Consultant’s creations in this  Blog Hop as they use this AMAZING stamp set!!!  Please "Hop" on over to Karen Fullam's Blog to see what she has created with this January SOTM stamp set!!

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL 2012!!


  1. Oh my goodness...where do I start? I love everything about your creations! I am LOVING your idea with the door hanger. I've got to do that! All the cards are great, but my fave is the butterfly card and I also love how you let part of the circle stamp go off the edges of the last card. I'd like to lift your idea for the last card, too, if you don't mind. :)

  2. Wow!! What an adorable set!! Great ideas, too!

  3. What a fun card set! I love the creativity and uniqueness of each card. Happy 2012!

  4. Love your card set. Very clever box idea. Thanks for the inspiration and step-by-step.

  5. Wow, what a terrific set and great use of this SOTM! WTG!!!

  6. Wow! What a stunning group of cards and your box is fabulous. I'm in awe!

  7. What an awesome idea, thanks for sharing.

  8. OH How cute! I love all your 3x3 cards!

  9. Holy cow! I am really loving your project! Such a creative use of the stamp set. Very well done!

  10. Totally love your card set! The use of the 3 to put the design around the circle really had me.

  11. OMG! How cute and inventive. Love how you used the 3 to create a design. I'm totally inspired by your project.

  12. Oh

    These cards and the box are absolutely adorable!! Completely fabulous!! Definitely CASE worthy! Definitely 'out of the box' thinking for things!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  13. Beautiful Krista! Yes, you are right - great minds think alike!

  14. Love what you did with these...and Kraft is my all-time-favorite!!!

  15. :-) Great job Krista. So inspirational. Now I want this set. :-) -Sasha

  16. Thank you so much! Been looking for something to do cute with the January SOTM and this is perfect!!!!! Adorable!


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