Monday, January 15, 2018

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Blushing Backgrounds

So happy Monday to you!

I don't know how the weather is where you are but here in East Texas, people who know about such things have said we might get a few flakes of snow so things are a little crazy here! If we are blessed with snow tonight, I might get to actually use some of those many snow embellishments and papers I've been holding on to for years! That will be fun!



So welcome hoppers to the CTMH Techniques Blog Hop for January 2018. This hop's theme is *Blushing Backgrouds*. That's right. We are featuring ways to use stamps to create fabulous backgrounds. Whether you use a regular stamp or a stamp that is designed to be a background, you know you'll always have many options for creative stamping with your Close to my Heart stamps! 

The previous stop on the Hop is the fabulous work of  REBECCA COOMBS

Below is my contribution to the Hop. I used alphabet stamps to make a bold, statement background. This particular alphabet is MARKER ALPHABET and includes letters, numbers and punctuation. 
MARKER Alphabet Here



This is the Marker Alphabet. In my opinion, nothing say "cupcake" more solidly than Bashful Pink, so I paired the bold black and white background with the softness of Bashful Pink cardstock. Have you seen the Bashful Pink cardstock, ink, ink refill, pearls, shimmer brush, albums and glitter paper? 
SEE ALL THE BASHFUL HERE.




In the lower left, you'll notice the circle tag. This is a new item in the Seasonal Expressions catalog but we've already been told it will carry forward to next year. I'm glad because circle tags are universally usable! This tag set includes Dies in four sizes--this is the largest one. I used the cupcake from the Sweet Birthday set and the flower from Chelsea Gardens to build this tag embellishment. 



You may have noticed a little bit of patterned stamping on the lower portion of the cupcake. I used the texture pattern on the seed envelope stamp in this month's Bloom and Grow Stamp of the Month to add some delicate texture to the frosting. 

This is Bloom and Grow, which you can purchase for $5 this month, with a $50 order. 



I hope you will continue to join the Hop as you move to ANNEMARIE JULIAN'S Blog. She has fabulous artwork for you to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by,
--Sarah


Friday, January 5, 2018

Start with the Story - January Chelsea Gardens

More than the paper, more than the pretty, more important than even the pictures, scrapbooking for me, is about the story.  In this new year, I want my stories to be the focus and it's my personal goal to do a few pages each month that feature stories I want to preserve. 

Every month, Close to my Heart consultants from around the world focus collectively on the uses of a single product suite. If you are a user of Instagram, you definitely want to go to Instagram and search for #ctmhchelseagardens to see a world of fascinating projects featuring January's Chelsea Gardens product suite. 

As you know, each product collections comes with a pack of Compliments. Complements are diecut cardstock stickers and light chipboard diecut shapes and words, all intended to be used as embellishments. The Chelsea Gardens Compliments look like this: 


I am forever looking for ways to mix up the words in the Complement packs to make them say more (they tend to be somewhat generic) but today I went with cutting out the word "portrait" and incorporating just the diecut word Family onto my page. I like this font because it's easy to read (but still scripty) and I like the color--it's a deep gray instead of the standard black. 

Here's my page--





There are quite a few gray patterns in Chelsea Gardens--I'm loving these. 

So I made a list of possible titles that can be used with the prominent words in the Chelsea Gardens Compliments...



I encourage you to look beyond the obvious with these titles and dig down to the heart of the story. Preserve that. 



Remember, the story doesn't have to be 7 superbly-written highly-detailed paragraphs. Sometimes the story is just a simple thought.

If you want to see the Chelsea Gardens Workshop Your Way pack, 
CHECK IT OUT HERE!

 Stay warm, my friends!
--Sarah