Monday, April 30, 2012

May SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring May's SOTM, which is Friendship Bouquet, a set of 8 stamps.  If you have come here from Lori'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: Kathleen's Blog.

This month we have 57 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. 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! Here we go!

I created this card using the Dotty For You Paper Packet (April-May Special), the Wishes How-To book along with some ruffled ribbon, and some liquid glass to fill in the middle of the flower.

I will be featuring this technique in a step by step instructional guide later in May. So be sure to check back once you have received your stamp of the month ;-)

Now "Hop" on over to Judy's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the May SOTM is only available until May 31st!  Shop Now

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Just a quick Hi!

I am still alive and kicking here in Chicago. I'll have lots of posts ready in May and I promise I will finish my trip to HI recaps! I hate when life gets super busy but I hope you all understand. In the meantime, here is a cute project I did a while back. I also have a gorgeous card coming up for the Stamp Of The Month Blog Hop at the end of the month...
The stamps say "I thought of you today... and smiled" So true! ~Happy Scrappin' :)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

2012 Earth Day Celebration

Day 5 Hawaii Recap - Hilo Garden

 These were planted to repair ship masses


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Use Your Stash Blog Hop - April Ribbon

WELCOME! If you are joining us for the "Use Your Stash Blog Hop" you are right on track. You should be coming from Cherri's Blog.

There are 12 participants this month. If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers here:
  1. Rachel Ventura
  2. Bethany Harlan
  3. Michelle West
  4. Theresa Morrow
  5. Wendy Kessler
  6. Joy McHargue
  7. Tabbi Fritz
  8. Tonya Whitehurst
  9. Ann-Marie Trammell
  10. Judy Faye Garner
  11. Shirley Ross
  12. Cherri Hardcastle
Let's get started. Instead of creating a card or layout I want to show you how to create a hair headband using left over ribbon. For this project I used a 1" Sweet Leaf Grosgrain Ribbon, Bling Assortment, Glitter Buttons from the Bohemian Assortment, Clear Sparkles, and the Durable Studs. I also bought a plain white headband and cut a circle of plain felt for the bottom of the flower.

To start you'll notice a little white string stitched into the ribbon. You'll want to pull that out on one side. I did NOT cut my ribbon yet but you will need about 20-25" of ribbon depending on how large you want your flower. Since the string can pull completely out if you cut it early I wait until the end to trim my ribbon.

So you'll want to continue pulling the strings out of the one side of the ribbon. You'll notice that the ribbon will start to curl and spiral. You'll want to encourage this. Continue going around and begin layering the flower.

When you start the second row use glue dots or hot glue to secure the shape. You can add in extra folds and creases by adding dots too.

When you have finished the shape you'll need to secure the ends of the string as soon as you cut the ribbon. I even pull a little out as soon as I cut it and then tie several knots and secure with glue dots. Then hot glue the top part of the head band to the bottom side of the flower and add a patch of felt to the bottom part. Be careful NOT to place glue on the bottom part of the band (only on the flower & felt) because you don't want it to rub on the head and hurt.

Lastly you can decorate with top with the bling, button, sparkle, and stud.

Now hop on over to Bethany's Blog for more ideas of using up your stash.

P.S. Would love to hear your comments on this project!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Day 4 Hawaii Recap - Hilo



Read Hawaii Recap - Day 3
Read Hawaii Recap - Day 2
Read Hawaii Recap - Day 1