Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - "The Long Way Home"

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This month, we will be featuring the EXCLUSIVE June SOTM stamp set called The Long Way Home.  

This blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here & work your way around to the many consultants on this "hop"!  

If you get lost along the way, you’ll find a complete list of PARTICIPATING CONSULTANTS by clicking HERE

This month we have 29 Close To My Heart Consultants that will be sharing items they have created using this month’s stamp set! So, sit back & enjoy your tour as you click on the link at the end of the post to see what EACH consultant has created!!

What does the June "The Long Way Home" stamp set look like? Are you ready?  

Take a look at this FUN, summer, traveling stamp set!!!J

This stamp set is so "groovy"!  I was excited to use this stamp set...and here's what I came up with. J 

I wanted to try a new technique I had seen recently...and this is how they turned out.  

The card on the right was inspired by fellow consultant, Karen Pedersen.  I actually wasn't going to show the right card, mostly because it got a little dark in color - but then I thought - why not show it?  You might want to see how that one looked too!! LOL!!

I used the CALYPSO paper pack (the featured paper pack this month at CTMH) and had fun with my NEW watercolor brush & the Honey, Lagoon & Pear ink pads!!! 

The bike in this stamp set is ADORABLE - and I just had to use it!!

I'll explain how I created these cards below, but if you'd like to continue on this hop without seeing these details, then please head over to Michelle's  to see  what FABULOUS item she has created using this stamp set!  J

So...DETAILS about the technique on my cards...

For the RIGHT card (the darker one - inspired by Karen)
  • I took a piece of acetate (plastic bag from an embellishment pack I had) and the INK PADS of Honey, Lagoon & Pear.  
  • I "smeared" ink directly onto the acetate.
  • Next, I took CTMH's spray pen, that was filled with plain water, and spritz the ink on the bag.
  • Because of the ink being on acetate - it bubbled up, and created this fun pattern.
  • I took my Calypso B&T paper, & "smooshed" the paper & inks together to get the final result. 
What a FUN pattern this created!!!  I finished off the card by using our soon-to-be-retired CHEVRON punch, and backed this strip with our BLACK shimmer trim.

For the LEFT card (my design)
  •  I did the same steps as above EXCEPT....instead of putting the ink pad directly to the acetate.  Instead I...
  • Squeezed my ink pad together BEFORE opening it.
  • Opened up ink pad, and made sure there was ink on the inside LID of the ink pad.
  • Used the lid of my ink (with the bubbled ink) and my WATERCOLOR brush to get ink & "paint" the acetate with my colors.
The darker the color I wanted, the more ink (less water from brush) I used. Then, I did the same as above - I sprayed it with spray pen, and "kissed" my watercolor paper (in this case) with the acetate watercolored inks. 

To finish the card...I used our Black/Gray Glitter Paper, the Calypso B&T paper for the lagoon colored mat and the words come from a ZIP STRIP in this paper pack too!  The sequins are from the Calypso sequin assortment, and I believe that's it!  A very simple card.J

I hope you are enjoying this blog hop & are getting LOTS of ideas for when you have your OWN May Stamp of the Month (SOTM) stamp set in hand! Don't forget to ask your consultant about the National Scrapbooking paper & stamp set special too!! Happy Crafting to EACH of you! J 

Now  its time to head over to Michelle's  to see  what FABULOUS item she has created using this stamp set!  J

Be sure to visit ALL the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!  We always love to hear any feedback you’d like to share as well, so feel free to leave a comment. J

****Remember, the June SOTM
~ The Long Way Home~

is only available until 
June 30, 2016J

It can be yours at the retail price of $17.95 OR pay $5 when you purchase $50 in CTMH items 

Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here if you need a consultant J) to see how you can receive these EXCLUSIVE items for ONLY $5 each!!!  

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!

Krista J


  1. Thanks for explaining your cool technique! I wouldn't have thought to put it over the Calypso dotted paper, but it was a great effect!

  2. These are such fun cards- I really love the one with the Calypso zip strip across it!

  3. Thanks for explaining the techniques! Can't wait to try it.

  4. Always great to see new techniques - and the cards turned out terrific. Well done :)

  5. Fun way to play with the watercolors. I need to try this.

  6. Great cards and love your background techniques.


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