September Stamp of the Month

Here is another creation with the September Stamp of the Month.

September 2014 SOTM

I designed this card which I though would work well for a special occasion or anniversary.  I realized there are quite a few anniversaries in my family this time of year and I am in need of restocking my card stash.

SOTM 09-14 Family is Forever Card I wanted to let you know about CTMH’s new All-Purpose Mat Z2045.  I have to admit I was very exited initially about this mat but when it came I was not  as sure about it.  I was thinking it would be thick and solid sort of like the Versa Mat but larger.  Well the All-Purpose Mat came rolled up and was very thin.  One side was grippy and the other side is a dull finish – I was a bit perplexed how was I suppose to use this mat.  I decided to give it a go as CTMH would not steer me wrong(check out the video below as it will help explain about the mat).  Once I started using it all I can say is WOW!!! I really love it.  I used the dull/non glossy side to place the hearts I was heat embossing.  It was awesome as I could use a stylet to hold the heart then applied the heat while it is on the mat.  Yes you read that correctly you can apply the heat directly to the mat and it does not damage anything!  I have also used the glossy side which is sort of sticky to hold small items so they don’t get lost all over my work space.

Items used for this card:

  • Embossing Folder ~ Floral Z1994
  • Cardstock ~ Whisper, Thistle, Lagoon & Daisy White
  • Embellishments ~ Thistle Diagonal Striped ribbon Z1990, Purple Glitter Gems Z1936, Silver Shimmer Trim Z1799
  • All-Purpose Mat Z2045


Happy Crafting!
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Stamp of the Month Blog Hop ~ Family is Forever

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!!  This month we are featuring September’s Stamp of the Month ~ FAMILY IS FOREVER (S1409) a set of 7.

Sept SOTM Blog Hop Badge 2014

If you are coming here from JEAN MCNULTY‘s  blog then you are in the right spot ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.  This month we have 80 consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

September 2014 SOTM

This stamp set works well for both cards and scrapbook layouts.  Here is a layout I designed using this stamp set.

SOTM 09-14 Family is Forever Layout_5068For this layout I chose the Pathfinding paper pack as it really fit the time of year for my layout.  I have always loved seeing layouts with some doodling so I decided to be be brave and add a border around the layout.  One of the things I like about this stamp set is the words are a great size to work as a tittle for your layout.  I also really like the heart and decided to add a little texture and color to the image.

SOTM 09-14 Family is Forever Layout detail

After stamping the heart in Chocolate pigment ink I then added Clear embossing powder to the stamped image.  If you a re not aware when you stamp with pigment ink it takes a little longer to dry as the ink stays on top of your cardstock instead of being absorbed into the paper.  This works to your advantage when you want to heat emboss and image.  Normally you would need to stamp over the image with a versa mark pad to get embossing powder to stick but since I was using the pigment inks, I was able to get the embossing powder to grip to the pigment ink.  Once it was heat embossed I used our new Shin Han markers to add a little color.

CTMH Supplies used for this project:

  • Pathfinding Paper Pack
  • Cardstock – Champagne, Glacier & Chocolate
  • Stamp Set ~ Family is Forever
  • Shin Han Markers ~ Turquoise Blue, Leaf Green & Sap Green
  • Embelishments ~ Bronze Shimmer trim, Clear Embossing powder, Brown and Tan Sparkles

Your next stop is JILENA PASKETT‘s Blog.  Hop on over and see what she has crate for you today.

Happy Crafting!
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