Thursday, December 31, 2009

Close to My Heart January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Happy New Year!

I'm so excited about the upcoming year and the blog hop! It is achieving two of my goals on my 101 List of Things I'd Like to Do in 1001 Days (blog coming soon - keep watching): write more and update my blog more often!

If you're following the CTMH Blog Hop you should have arrived from Shirley Ross's blog. Welcome! For those of you new to blog hopping, simply click on the link below to go to the next blog. If you started at Helen's blog, you've made it all the way through. Following each link will allow you to see over 60 different ways to use the January Stamp of the Month, True Friends (D1406). Below is my contribution to the hop (a total of 3 today!).


First is a Postcard Gift Pack. I purchased the vinyl cases from an online website for another workshop, but they are PERFECT for this project.

Inside the vinyl case is two slots. One is perfect for a decorated cover and the other is good for 4x6 postcards. To make the postcards, I simply random stamped one side of a sheet of 12x12 cardstock and trimmed it to the postcard size. You get 6 postcards from one sheet.

In addition to the January SOTM, I used the Grace Level II Paper Pack (X711B) and Copper Brads (Z1217).


(Vinyl case open)











(Postcards with open case)







The second project is a 4x4 Gift Card. The sayings on this stamp set was perfect for gift giving.

I like to try and use paper and color combinations that differ from the company suggested combinations. This card uses paper from the Tinkerin' Level II Paper Pack (X7113B) and the Designer Ribbon Rounds Sorbet (Z1123). I also added Just Blooms Paper Flowers White Daisy Variety Pack (Z1300) and Twinkle Brads Jolly Assortment (Z1220).














Finally, I altered a 2010 Planner that I picked up at my local Dollar General store for $1. The paper pack is retired now (Free Spirit Level II Paper Pack), but I loved the colors. I also used the Playful Flourishes set (D1212) and some brown ric rac I purchased when a fabric store was closing.
 

All of these current items are available to view on my Close to My Heart website. Click here and then choose the "Shop Online" button. You can search by item number for quick location of the products.

Be sure to join me again in February for the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. A listing of classes, workshops and crops will be available on my website shortly after the first of the year. Subscribe to my blog to receive updates when I post.

If you're continuing in the blog hop, your next stop is Helen Onulak's blog.

Here is a complete list of blog participants if you prefer the jump around method:
Helen Onulak http://www.hookedonstamping.com
Jena DeVries http://www.livelovelaughscrapbook.blogspot.com
Jessica Booth http://jessicabooth.blogspot.com/
Carla Ironside http://www.carlacreates.blogspot.com
Lori Miller http://www.clearlyfromtheheart.blogspot.com
Misty Jackson http://www.misstscraps.blogspot.com
Jen Patrick http://www.roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com
Susan Brooks http://www.stampingintheopen.blogspot.com
Kathleen Androlewicz http://bowlofstamps.blogspot.com/
Dawn Ross http://www.iamahappystamper.blogspot.com
Amy McVey http://www.clearlystamping.blogspot.com
Antoinette Herrin http://www.GodblessyourART.blogspot.com
Jill Lucas http://scrapwench.blogspot.com
Barbra Otten http://barbraotten.blogspot.com/
Lori Brown http://www.savingmine.blogspot.com
Brae Montgomery http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com
Wanda Riley http://www.creatingwithwanda.blogspot.com
Adeline E. Brill http://adeline-brill.blogspot.com
Kami Welter http://www.scrappin4memories.blogspot.com
Judy Burger http://makingtimeformemories.blogspot.com/
Pamela O'Connor http://www.cherishyourmemories.blogspot.com
Cindy Leek http://www.paperspadsandpictures.blogspot.com
Mary Eisen www.mestamp2.blogspot.com
Sylvia Jacquot http://stampinsylvia.blogspot.com/
Laura Dame http://www.thecroppersconnection.blogspot.com
Melissa Laverty http://www.fancymelissa.blogspot.com
Haley Dyer http://www.inkyscrapper.blogspot.com
Terrie Dodd http://www.my-life-in-real-time.blogspot.com
Katy Donaldson http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com
Chris Shouse http://www.houseostamps.wordpress.com
Tammy Lea Pinchard http://mycreativeclubhouse.blogspot.com
Krista Ritskes http://kristaritskes-simplycreating.blogspot.com/
Shannon Pelletier http://www.mycolorfulworldinvt.blogspot.com
Deb Young http://www.scrapbookczar.blogspot.com
Amy Edwards http://PaisleysPlayhouse.blogspot.com
Sheila Bennett http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com
Kristie Herdener http://www.goofyscrapper.blogspot.com
Jen Rubio http://www.jenrubio.blogspot.com
Jody Gustafson http://www.cre8nmemories.blogspot.com
Sarita Schraeder http://www.blessedscrapper.blogspot.com
Laurie Levnik http://www.creationsbylaurie.blogspot.com
Debra Van Patten http://memoriesoftheheartbydeb.blogspot.com/
Kimberly Smith http://verykimberry.blogspot.com/
Michelle Nist http://Michellenist.blogspot.com
Karen Norman http://www.gettinscrappywithit.blogspot.com
Traci Godbee http://createwithtraci.blogspot.com
Nancy Brown http://www.creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
Maricar Harris http://www.maricarharris.blogspot.com
Nona Davenport http://www.nonapearl.blogspot.com
Laurie Newton http://scrapsfromthebeach.blogspot.com/
Dawn Heuft http://www.stamptildawn.blogspot.com
Melissa Burch http://melissaburch.blogspot.com
Kim O'Rear http://kimorear.blogspot.com
Michelle Bourlet http://michellescreativeconnections.blogspot.com/
Angela Tutton http://www.tuttonstreasures.blogspot.com/
Jenifer Benner http://www.jensmessystudio.com
Shirley Ross http://www.momnmescrap.blogspot.com
Latisha Haag http://domestichomefrontcoordinator.blogspot.com

16 comments:

Karen said...

great variety of items using this stamp set! Love them!

Shirley said...

great projects --

Debra said...

Great projects! Love the postcard gift set!

Haley D. said...

Great projects! Wishing you the best in 2010!

Laurie said...

very pretty - love the gift set

Jen said...

Love the different projects!!

Krista Ritskes said...

Nice job! I love the postcards and the image on the front.

Terrie in AZ said...

Love the postcard gift set. Perfect stocking stuffer for next year. Thanks for the inspiration!

Terrie in AZ said...

Love the postcard gift set. Perfect for stocking stuffers for next year. Thanks for the inspiration!

Nancy said...

Beautiful Projects!!!

Kathleen said...

Oh my gosh, I love all the projects and gift set!

Helen Onulak said...

Random stamping with 1st and 2nd generation gives a very unique background - I could see this done for a whole sheet of paper then used as patterned paper....hmmmm...will have to play with that!

Michelle said...

Your postcard gift set looks like a good project to use up those little pieces of leftover scraps. Love it!

Cindy said...

Wonderful Projects....thanks for hopping along!

Carla said...

Great projects! Very creative!

Jena said...

What a great selection of projects - great use of this stamp set - TFS!