Wednesday, August 31, 2011

September "Stamp of the Month" Blog Hop: Limited Edition

Welcome back to "My-Life-In-Real-Time"....

Join me and 60 or so of my closest friends as we show you some creative and fun way to use the awesome September Stamp of the Month, Limited Edition, to amp up your creativity now that the kids are back in school!

If you have come to my little corner of the blogosphere from Doreen's Blog, you are on the right track...just check out my items for this month and then click on the link at the end of this post to continue on the hop....Have fun!

For my project this time I created my annual calendar update using this fun set. Each year, I transition to a new calendar/planner as the new school year starts.

To create the front cover, I used Colonial White cs to mat some Typeset Designer cs, then I went to town matting and double matting the images from "Limited Edition." I also added a stamped canvas button badge and one of our new Complements canvas accessories. I distressed most of the pieces with our distressing tool and also with some chalk to make it look more antique, (although within several months it always looks a little antique anyway!)

Remember this layout from a few years back? Check out the back which I stamped with 3 of the stamps from "Limited Edition" in a little cluster to personalize my original creation. I know these will eventually make their way into my kids scrapbooks and I want them to know who did the journaling.

Ok, that's all for me this time...Head on over to Tamytha's Blog to check out what she has created this month!

See you soon, and happy autumn to you all ....


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Bonus Blog Hop!!! Pair a Phrase

Welcome back again and it's bonus time!!! Yep, to celebrate "National Stamping Month," Close to my Heart is offering a first....a set of 2 D size stamp sets called "Pair a Phrase" that has virtually every image and sentiment to complete any type of card you could ever need, really, it is that good!!!

If you have come to my blog from LeAnne's Blog, you are on the right track, just check out my card set I created and then click on the link at the bottom of my post and "hop" on over to the next blog to complete a big creative circle!

Here is what I created this month:

This cute set of 3 by 3 cards was so easy...I cut the bases out of White Daisy cs, layered a coordinating color cs, stamped the images and sentiments inside with archival black ink and then used my chalks with a pointy Q-tip to color in the images. Then I stamped the sentiment inside and another coordinating image and colored it in. I use our 3 by 3 envelope flats and stamped the matching image on the outside and also colored those in. Here are pics of the individual cards and their insides.

After they were all done, I placed them in a clear top tin and tied them up all pretty with some tulle ribbon. They will make such a cute gift for the upcoming holidays!

Well, that is my contribution this time....I can see hundreds of ideas bouncing around in my head, but if you want to see some more great idea for this awesome stamp set, head on over to Deanne's Blog and see what she came up with.

The details on this great promotion starting tomorrow include this great "double D" stamp set free with your $75 purchase and if you include the so cute SOTM "Wicked" for $5, you will also receive a free mini alphabet set in your order.....Lots of free stuff and so many new products and papers to choose from, you will be in paper heaven! Click here to order your "Pair a Phrase" set today, or give me a call to come over and see the new product first hand and get your hands on a new Idea Book and Catalog!