Mar 1, 2015

Choose Happy- CTMH March Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our CTMH March 2015 Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Doris Taylor's  Creative Inspirations, then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post

Today, I would like to share with you a card project that features the March Stamp of the Month 'Choose Happy'.  This stamp set is available only in March 2015 for $27, or for just $5 when you spend $75. It is the latest of 12 glorious, exclusive Stamp of the Month stamp sets featured in our CTMH 2014- 2015 Annual Inspirations Idea Book!

This is such a cute stamp set, perfect for creating embellishments for page layouts, gift bags and cards.  The fun doodled borders are perfect for framing pages and cards and the fun frames are great for enhancing these adorable sentiments.

I just love the Heartstrings Paper Packet from the Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book.  The papers are so fresh and feminine! I particularly love the rose B&T paper from this Paper Packet.  I wanted to use the paper to create a set of decorative cards featuring the March Stamp of the Month.


I started with two sheets of the rose B&T paper from the Heartstrings Paper Packet and used my SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer to cut each sheet of paper into six (6) pieces measuring 3 3/4” x 5”.  You can see that there are two different ways that you can cut the 6 pieces from the paper- landscape and portrait.   There will also be small off-cuts left over to play with later! 

I then used my SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer to cut Hollyhock, Cranberry, Whisper and Slate Cardstock into pieces measuring 4” x 5 1/4”.  I cut three of each to make a total of 12 pieces of Cardstock.

I mounted the rose B&T paper on the Cardstock and adhered them to the White Daisy card bases.    Don't you love how the decorative paper creates these beautiful card fronts so quickly and easily?  This is a lovely way to use our gorgeous B&T paper to decorate cards and you might like to try it yourself.

I stamped the frames and a range of sentiments from the March Stamp of the Month and the Artfully Sent   'Just to Say' Stamp Set onto White Daisy Cardstock using the Slate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad.  

I then coloured them using our gorgeous ShinHan Touch Twin Markers in co-ordinating colours.  You'll notice that I didn't colour all of the white space on the stamped image.  Instead, I chose to highlight particular features on the image with colour and left parts uncoloured as the rose B&T paper I was putting the images on was already very colourful and I didn't want it to be too busy.

Even though the frames have some quite intricate decorations on them, they are very quick and easy to colour in if you use the fine tip end of the ShinHan Touch Twin Marker and a light touch.  I fussy cut around the outside and added 3-D Foam Tape to the back of each framed sentiment.  My Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors came in very handy when I was fussy cutting these out, let me tell you! I love the way these amazing little scissors get into the smallest spaces and around the tightest corners.  I would be lost without them! 

I then added a strip of Silver or Teal Shimmer Trim to each card (because who doesn't LOVE a bit of shimmer) and adhered the frames to the front of the cards.

I made a total of 12 cards from these two sheets of the rose B&T paper from the Heartstrings Paper Packet! How great is that?  And so quick and easy too!

Products used in this project include:

Well I hope you like my set of 12 cards featuring the March Stamp of the Month.  Please do leave a comment below before you hop onto the next stop on our Australasian Blog Hop, Vandra's Virtual CTMH Craftroom to see more creative ways to use the March Stamp of the Month.

Remember, the March Stamp of the Month 'Choose Happy' is available throughout March 2015 from your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant for $27, or for just $5 when you spend $75.  And sadly our Heartstrings Paper Packet will only be available until the end of March too, so get in quick if you would like to use this gorgeous Paper Packet to create your own cards and page layouts!

Warmest crafting wishes,
Denise :) 


Doris Taylor said...

Beautiful cards

Kay Sutcliffe said...

Love how you have shown just how much you can get out of the pages.
So effective!

Kat Chapman said...

Absolutely stunning (as always!)
you are such an inspiration, thanks so much! x

Meryl Cheetham said...

Love your idea and thank you for the instructions to cut the cards.

Lauren Moore said...

Thank you so much for providing detailed step by step instructions! These cards are all gorgeous and look fabulous.

Maz Wood said...

Great instuctions & the cards look fab

TRACEY RAY said...

Denise they are all so stunning, it never ceases to amaze me how a card can be interpreted in so many different ways. Thank you so much for the cutting guides and for sharing your wonderful effort

Doreen Watkins said...

Beautiful work, as usual, Denise. Thank you for sharing.

Jane Molloy said...

I just love these cards Denise. Beautiful for Mother's Day coming up too. You are so clever

Vandra said...

Thanks so much of the instructions. I love making bulk cards like this and they look so pretty. I am going to miss this paper pack when its gone next month too :)

Leah said...

I love these cards so much, I can feel some CASE'ing coming on. Thank you so much for the great instructions and ideas.

Shaunna Richards said...

I'm a big fan of 'production lines' to save time. Thanks for sharing the process you used.

Anne Patterson said...

So effective! I am saving for future use :) just love these.

Lalia H. said...

My favorite SOTM post of this month! I'm in love!