Saturday, August 1, 2009

Welcome to the August Blog Hop!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring August's Stamp of the Month, which is "It's Your Day," a set of 26 stamps! If you have come here from Helen Onulak's Blog, you are on the right path! If this is your first stop, you may want to go back to Jena's Blog and start from the beginning! This month we have 63 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month and other great Close to my Heart 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!

This card is 6 x 6 so cut yourself a card base that's 12 by 6 out of a light colored paper. For this set I used Abundance paper, it's retired but I was in a fall colored mood so this paper was perfect! Cut a piece of New England Ivy cardstock 6 x 6 and use your trimmer and dry embossing tool to make lines in it every 1/2 inch. Turn your card front and make lines the other way so you have a very nice grid pattern.

Sand it using a sanding block on the raised side.

Now cut a piece of Autumn Terracotta cardstock 5 x 5 and do the same thing but this time, diagonally on the paper. Use your sanding block to make the white core of our paper stand out.

Cut off the corners with your corner rounder.

You'll need these color inks. You can see I use mine a lot!!! Autumn Terracotta, Cocoa, Goldrush and New England Ivy.

Cut a piece of the Abundance patterned paper 2 by 4 1/2. Cut another pattern 2 by 2, distress all with the Cocoa stamp pad and a foam tool.

Attach the Autumn Terracotta paper to the New England Ivy cardstock right in the center.

Glue the long patterned piece 1/2 inch from the left hand side of the Autumn Terracotta square centered between the bottom and top.

Using your It's Your Day stamp set, use the "party" stamp and stamp it directly on the small patterned paper square towards the top.

Glue that piece 1/2 inch from the top of the Autumn Terracotta cardstock, 1 inch in onto the long patterned piece.

Cut a piece of Colonial White cardstock 2 1/4 by 3 1/2. Take the different pieces of the birthday cake and the "flame" of your choice and stamp each one of them in a different color to make the pieces of your cake and the plate. Use New England Ivy for the candles and Goldrush for the flames. Distress with Cocoa.

Glue cake on card 1/4 inch from right hand side of the Autumn Terracotta and 1/4 inch up from bottom of the card. I found the Colonial White color a bit bright so you might want to dab on it with a brush and one of the ink colors you are using to darken it a bit if you think so too.

Turn card over and attach a matching ribbon to the back about one inch in from the left hand side of the card. I used Tombow to glue it down.

Glue ribbon down in front and tie in know, trim the ends.

Put small glue dots on the middle of the flames.

Pour Prisma Glitter on them. Let dry for a minute then pour excess glitter back into the jar.

Take two buttons and thread them with Waxy Flax. Use Glue Dots to attach to card as shown. What fun! Hope you enjoyed, now on with the hop!

Now "Hop" on over to Haley Dyer'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 August Stamp of the Month is only available until August 31st! Contact your Close to my Heart Consultant (or ME if you don't have one) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

Blog Hop List:

Jena DeVries
Kristie Horness-Herdener
Carla Ironside
Deb Young
Alanna Moses
Paige Dolecki
Wendy Kessler
Heather Painchaud
Helen Onulak
Barbra Otten
Haley Dyer
Nona Davenport
Michelle Robinson
Cindy Leek
Melissa Laverty
Katy Donaldson
Amy McVey
Tammy Lea Pinchard
Leslie Markland
Judy Burger
Laurie R Newton
Kami Welter
Tracy Oleksak
Karen Norman
Chris Shouse
Cibele Glazer
Debra Van Patten
Terrie Dodd
Jamia Bankhead
Anne Beck
Jennifer Patrick
Laurie Levnik
Lori Miller
Brae Montgomery
Dawn Ross
Dawn Slipcevic
Barbara Harris
Carol Taggio
Jill Lucas
Chris Green
Nancy Ball
Dawn Heuft
Kelly Triggs
Beth Naumann
Antoinette Herrin
Jessica Booth
Jen Rubio
Misty Jackson
Adeline E. Brill
Lori Leng
Pam Klassen
Pamela OConnor
Jennifer Royal
Caren Goldsein
Shannon Pelletier
Sherry Thompson
Maricar Harris
Traci Godbee
Laura Dame
Miranda Kurz
Leisa Hubley
Julia Menssen
Jan Moxey
Jody Gustafson


  1. Barbra, that is a great card. I really like all of the elements and your instructions are wonderful, too.

  2. So very clever. love the color theme and the tut.

  3. Love your color choices, you have such nice ideas.

  4. Love your step-by-step instructions and photos!

  5. I love your step by step instruction and your pictures are so good with showcasing what you're doing :)

  6. Love the step by step tutorial you did. Really shows how easy it is to put a card together. Lots of detail!

  7. Great job Barbra! Love the color combo!

  8. A lot of steps, but the card was worth it! Very pretty...

  9. What a perfect card for a fall birthday!

  10. Love your card! I also wanted to say that I am enjoying following your blog! You post great tutorials!!!!! Great work!

  11. What a great masculine card, awesome color combo!

  12. Great card - love your tutorial! Thanks for hopping with us!

  13. Nice card - thanks for the tutorial! I love the colors too!

  14. Barbra - Great tutorial! Love that this stamp set is so versatile.