Thursday, October 31, 2013

November SOTM Blog Hop! ~ Illuminate

Welcome to our monthly
Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

Today we will be featuring November’s Stamp of the Month (SOTM), which is called “Illuminate”.  Oh, the possibilities! J
This set is beautiful, and I can’t wait to see how my fellow consultants use this stamp set!!!  J 

So, let’s get right to the Blog Hop…

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 all around. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here HERE

This month we have
over 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's stamp set!!
So, sit back and enjoy your tour as you click on the link at the end of the post to see what EACH Consultant has created!!
AS much as I liked this stamp set just as it is…when I started creating - I wanted to use this stamp set in a “non-normal” way.   Fun-  FUN!!! 
So, on went my thinking cap…and out came this card!!!

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I love the Frosted paper pack and the colors in this kit…so that was my go to paper.  I had a lot of fun deciding which lantern to use to create my flower…and decided to go with the lantern above. 

Here is a picture of a couple of the other lanterns included in this stamp set…stamped in similar fashion. 
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When I first stamp with a brand new stamp set…this is what I do!! 
Stamp, stamp and stamp some more and use the entire stamp set randomly throughout the page!  I am AMAZED at how often a new way to use the stamp set comes into my mind!! 

Anyone else’s scrap paper look like this when you “play” with a new stamp set??? J Isn’t it amazing how different they look, and what other ideas come to mind as you see the stamps stamped in this pinwheel fashion?

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After coloring in my “flower” (lanterns) with our wonderful alcohol markers, I decided to cut out a dimensional flower to create a more real like flower. 

Of course, adding some almond glitz glitter gel, glitter paper and a brown & tan sparkle, added an extra touch of sparkle to this winter flower card!!  One of my favorite twines, comes in our Wooden Mini-Medley collection…I LOVE this hemp baker’s twine!!!
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The “Winter Wishes” wording comes from a favorite winter stamp set of mine - To You & Yours.  Here is a picture of this festive stamp set! 

I hope this card idea has inspired you and challenged you to look at your stamp set in a different way!! J

Products used on this card
Frosted paper pack
Illuminate - Nov SOTM stamp set
Crystal Blue Cardstock
Ink Colors: Twilight & Champagne
Alcohol Marker Colors: Light Slate, Dark Twilight, Crystal Blue

Now head on over to  Katy Taylor’s Blog  to see what she has created using this stamp set!

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

****Remember, the November SOTM is only available
until November 30th! J

Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here if you need a consultant J) to see how you can get this EXCLUSIVE stamp set FOR ONLY $5!!   

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!
Krista J


  1. WOW! I so totally did NOT see your idea in this stamp set! Awesome!

  2. this is SO CREATIVE!!!!! I can't wait to try this

  3. WOW... you really know how to think outside the box! I love your card!! So pretty!

  4. Interesting to create a "flower" with one of the lantern images.

  5. Very creative, I would of never thought about playing with the stamp set like this, fabulous!!!!!

  6. This is super creative - I am inspired!

  7. what a fun technique!! I can't wait to try it myself

  8. WOWZERS...never would have thought of that!!! Excellent way to show the versatility of the stamp set!

  9. Oh my goodness! I thought you had gotten your stamp sets mixed up. Your turned it into a beautiful piece of artwork.

  10. Krista, this is genius! I love the patterns all the different lampshades make. Beautiful card!

  11. Love this, Krista!! Way to stretch this stamp set! :)

  12. My favorite with more than half of the hop gone through!

  13. Awesome card! I like the use of making flowers with the lanterns. I need to play with my stamps some more!

  14. Love, Love,Love it! Great thinking outside of the box!

  15. Wow is right! Have to try this!

  16. Are you kidding me? You made a snowflake with the lanterns! So awesome!!!

  17. This is an awesome way to use the stamps. I just love your creativity!

  18. Love this - what a great idea!

  19. Fabulous job, Krista. Thank you for the inspiration!

  20. WOW! What a GREAT ideas(s)!!!!


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