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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September Blog Hop: Treasures

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring September's SOTM, which is "Treasures," a set of 13 stamps. If you have come here from Pam Klassen's blog, you are on the right path!

This month we have over 65 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. "Hopping" 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!

Items used:
The card front was made separately then attached to the card base after the front was completed. I started by stitching around the bamboo cardstock with a sewing machine. Lightly distress the edges of the B&T paper with ink; adhere. Cut the circle and stamp the dandelion, going slightly off the circle. Stamp the sentiment, then place a mask over the sentiment before stamping the stem. (I didn't do this and wish that I had!) Distress the edge of the circle with bamboo ink; attach to the card using 3-D foam tape. Randomly stamp the smallest dandelion seed image in the upper right corner of the card. Place black bitty brads in the center of each seed. For the final step, I used a fun technique to make the stem on the dandelion: gathered ribbon. This is very simple to do for a great effect!

1. Start with a ribbon with stitching down the center:


2. Using a sharp tool like the paper piercer, pull out a few stitches from the end of the ribbon.


3. Pull gently on the threads while holding the other end of the ribbon.



4. Continue gathering the ribbon until you have the desired length. Tie a knot in each end of the threads to prevent unraveling.


I tucked one end under the popped-up image and tucked the other end under the cardstock front before adhering it to the card base. Easy!

Tie a knot in a 3" piece of ribbon and attach where the gathered ribbon meets the circle. Attach the card front to the card base -- you're done!

Now "hop" on over to Kimberly Smith'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 September SOTM is only available until September 30! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

If you get lost on the hop or find links that aren't working, click HERE for a complete list of participating blogs.

Remember - September is National Stamping Month, and CTMH has a gorgeous card kit to celebrate! See my post here for details and photos of the cards!

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