Thursday, July 2, 2015

Heart 2 Heart Challenges Design Team!

Just popping in to say how excited I am to once again be part of the wonderful Design Team at Heart 2 Heart Challenges! Each week H2H posts fun challenges for CTMH fans to participate in and share the love of Close to my Heart products.  I've had the honor of being on the Design Team before and I'm pleased as punch to be back with them and sharing the inspiration and the fun! I'm on the Slate Team so I'll be posting every other week with wild and crazy things I've created in my Cave of Wonders (aka my craft room)! It's a messy Cave but full of fun! 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Life is Wonderful

Welcome to our July SOTM Blog Hop featuring our exclusive Life is Wonderful stamp set!  If you have come here from Terrie's blog you are on the right track.  This hop is one big circle so if you keep going you'll eventually head back here but if you get lost along the way, you can find the complete listing of participating CTMH Consultants by clicking HERE.

I wanted to create a birthday surprise card with this set so I used a bit of masking technique to make my sentiment read "something wonderful is about to happen".  
The smaller words on the right side are actually snipped from the Zip Strip and mounted on some coordinating CS.
On the inside I created a pop up surprise by mounting some Artiste cut balloons on strips of transparency.  
Our Confetti Wishes Paper Pack perfect for bright fun birthday cards!  The balloons and the Happy Birthday were cut with our Artiste cartridge and use a bit of retired Dream Pop CS.

If you'd like to order any of the products used to make this card and get your July SOTM for just $5 with a $50 order, visit my shopping site at:

Now hop on over to Nikka's blog and see what she has created for us!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Use Your Stash Blog Hop - June Watercolor Fun

Welcome to the June Use Your Stash Blog Hop!  This month we have been challenged to use our Watercolor mediums on a project of our choice. If you have come here from Priscilla's Blog you are on the right track! If you get lost along the way, a full listing of participating hoppers is at the bottom of this post.

Today I'm sharing a bright and colorful 8x10" multimedia canvas I made for this challenge. I absolutely LOVE the way this one turned out with the watercolor shading and the bright pops of colors. It shouts summer time and is totally a "me" thing!
I stamped a bunch of flowers from our Wavy Blooms D1651 stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored in with our Watercolor Pencils and some Inktense watercolor pencils all blended with our Blending Pen. All the flowers are popped with various levels of foam tape to give a nice dimensional look.
I added a couple of lines of our Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape and then stamped the sentiment directly on the canvas with Memento.  The vase is cut from Art Philosophy but modified to make it wider.  The leaves are cut from Topiary and Pear cardstock.

If you'd like to purchase any of the items mentioned you can click on the links above or visit my shopping site for more CTMH goodies at:

Now hop on over to Sharesa's Blog and see what she has created to share!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

My Crush Blog Hop

Welcome to the My Crush Blog Hop - celebrating the June Special where you can get a free My Crush coordinating stamp with the purchase of a book and the accessory pack!  If you've come here from Lauren's Blog you are on the right track!  This hop is one big circle so eventually you'll come back here but if you get lost along the way you can find the complete listing of participating CTMH Consultant Bloggers HERE.

The My Crush line of books are perfect for quick memory keeping, creating a day planner or even taking apart to create artwork with the fabulous printed heavy weight papers inside.  Today I'm sharing a fun 5x7" card that I made by removing the papers from the Modville Book and using them as a card base and layers.  The My Crush book is sized 10x7" so the papers make perfect 5x7" bases when folded. 
I added a bit of stamping in Whisper ink with the Reel Life coordinating stamp set and a few of the stickers from the My Crush Best Day Ever Assortment.  I popped the stickers up to give the card some dimension by putting them on scrap paper and cutting around them. 

Through the end of June you can get the coordinating B sized stamp set ($9.95 value) when you purchase a My Crush book with the matching assortment! To see the selections visit my shopping site HERE:

Now hop on over to Chris's Blog and see what she has created for us!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Ice Cream Dream

Welcome to the June SOTM Blog Hop featuring the adorable Ice Cream Dream stamp set!  If you've come here from Alyson's Blog you are on the right track. This hop is one big circle so if you keep going you'll eventually come back here. If you get lost along the way you can find the full list of participating CTMH Consultant Blogs by clicking HERE.

With Father's Day just around the corner I decided to create a card for one of my kiddos to give their Dad using the fun popsicle image and bright, summery colors.  I love the way this one turned out!

The yellow paper is the shiny side of a piece of Honey Paper Fundamentals in the Adventure Collection.  Because this is such a simple card I wanted to focus on adding texture so Paper Fundamentals and Liquid Glass on the popsicles were just the ticket!
This cut is from our Artiste cartridge which is also the cartridge I used for my Explore to write Coolest Pop Ever on the front of the card.
Close up of the fun texture on our Paper Fundamentals.

To get your own adorable Ice Cream Dream SOTM for just $5 with a $50 purchase or any of the products used in this post, visit my online shopping site at:

Here is the Explore Design Space File if you'd like to cut one of these cute cards for yourself!

Now hop on over to Tracey's blog and see what she has created for us!

Thanks for stopping by today! Stay crafty my friends!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Use Your Stash Blog Hop - If You Stamp It They Will Love It

Welcome to the May Use Your Stash Blog Hop!  If you've come here from Shelia's Blog you are on the right track!

Today I am sharing a project I made for my son's music teacher. He plays in the jazz bands at his middle school so he spends about 2 hours a day with her.  I heard through the grapevine that she was out of her personal stationary so I purchased the Delightful Ditty stamp set so I could make her some note cards with instruments to reflect what she does.  I bought this set several months ago and have been meaning to get around to making the gift for her and since the last concert of the school year is next week I thought I'd better get cracking at making them! 
I wanted a clean and simple look for these cards so I stamped one image per card plus her name using The Works Alphabet in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
I stamped a set of music notes on the inside of the card as well as on the envelopes.
I made 20 cards with matching stamped envelopes and needed a box to put them in. My trusty Cricut helped me cut this custom sized box from Bags, Tags, Boxes and More which I random stamped to match the notecards.
Back of the box.

Confession time - I am a huge stamp addict which is why I named this blog Stampologist.  Okay, maybe it should be Stampologist/Cricutologist - LOL!  The long and short is that after being a CTMH consultant for 7.5 years I have a HUGE stamp collection - as in about 780 sets last count.  That is a LOT of stamp sets to try and remember which one has a specific phrase or image that I want to use. A couple of months ago I took the plunge and created a One Note searchable database with an image of the set along with any words on the stamps, what the images on it are and any tags I could think of - so like Father's Day, Guy Cards, Male, etc.  I pulled the pictures from my online shopping site if the set was current or from googled images online and then went to town creating an entry for each set.  If I couldn't find an image I took a quick picture and uploaded it to my computer.

Now I can look up Birthday and every single set I own with a Birthday tag or Birthday as one of the words in the set will come up for me to scroll through and pick out which stamp I want to use!  This has been a GREAT tool for me to use in my crafting.  It took me about 4 days to complete the database but doing new entries is a snap as I purchase new sets.  Anything in a tag is searchable so if I want to see all stamps with balloons or clouds, this is one of the sets that will pop up. Here is a sample page of one of my stamp sets so you can see how I am using it.

Benefits of using One Note - it is free, stores in the cloud, no charge for large database storage (I knew my database would grow over the years), it has OCR technology meaning it can read them via typing), you can share your database, you can access via you computer OR via the IPad app, and it was very easy to learn how to use.

How do I physically store all those sets?  Currently I have three large stamp towers that holds about a third of my collection and holds only retired sets.  These drawers have labels I created like Animals (sets with birds, critters, bugs, etc.) Nature (trees, rainbows, etc.) Alphabet, Sentiments, Background and Texture, Inchie, Birthday, Holidays, etc.  They were all categories that made sense to me.  I have some stand alone stamp boxes (our smaller totes and the new large stamp totes) that hold the rest of my collection.  I have three or four boxes with only Christmas sets in them, a box for our old Alphabet and Number solos, the stamps that focused on each of the 12 months, etc.  I also have large totes that hold my current non-retired stamps so I can browse through the boxes and find recent sets that I want to use.  Eventually I'll number each of the boxes and put the assigned number into the One Note database so I can find exactly where each stamp is located and then put that number on the stamp envelope as well.  Right now I'm pretty good at knowing where each of the sets are generally located but eventually I'll need to organize and number the physical sets as well.  I do like to keep current separated from retired product but that may change in the future.

Retired Stamp Sets sorted by Category (I slip silica packets from purchases into my drawers - I heard that tip years ago for keeping down moisture in long term storage of stamps.  No idea if it helps but all my stamps are in great shape!)
 Current Sets stored in large organizers - LOVE these!

Now hop on over to Michelle's Blog and see what she has created for us!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all my fellow Moms out there!  Today I have all my babies under one roof - my daughter is done with her first year of college and is BACK HOME for the summer!  I couldn't be happier spending today with all my kids and my wonderful hubby who quite literally made me the Mom I am today - LOL!

Enjoy your day and stay crafty my friends!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Taste of Summer Blog Hop

Welcome to the Taste of Summer Blog Hop!  If you've come here from Nikka's Blog you are on the right track!  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete listing of participating CTMH consultants HERE.  

I was in the mood to create some home decor today so I made this adorable summery citrus themed 12" wreath for the inside of our front door with our Taste of Summer stamp set and paper pack!
I started with a 12" base covered with white ribbon and then stamped up a storm creating lemons, oranges, limes and strawberries all using a rock and roll technique to get a bit of depth. I'll add the Dye Ink color pairs at the end in case you want to give it a try. 
I added a few rosettes I had sitting on my desk from a Christmas project, edged them to match my theme and cut a huge bow from our Artiste Cricut Cartridge
After I laid down the bow and created groupings for the fruit I decided to add some 3-D cricut cut flowers (Artiste again) to add a bit more dimension and texture.
The last touch was adding some of our Gold Sequins to the centers of the flowers and adding a hook to the back for hanging.

I love how easy and fun it is to create all sorts of projects with our papers and stamps - not just cards and layouts!  Later this week I'll share some adorable EARRINGS I made with this stamp set too!

You can purchase your own Taste of Summer Paper Pack and/or Stamp Set from my shopping site.  If your order reaches $50 you can also get our Stamp of the Month for just $5 too!

Now hop on over to Kathleen's Blog and see what she's come up with for us!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stay crafty my friends!


Rock and Roll Technique Ink Pairs - ink in the lighter color and then roll the edge in the darker color:
Lemons - Canary and Honey
Lime - Pear and Topiary
Orange - Sunset and Autumn Terracotta
Strawberries - Hollyhock and Cranberry

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May SOTM Blog Hop - Just Sayin'

Welcome to the May SOTM Blog Hop featuring the new Just Sayin' stamp set!  If you've come here from Kathy's Blog you are on the right track. This hop is one big circle so if you keep going you'll come back here but if you get lost along the way, the list of all participating bloggers can be found HERE.

Today I'm sharing a pretty little birthday card I made for my son to give to a friend at her party this weekend.  I mixed the Just Sayin' stamp set with some stamps from our Your Own Kind of Wonderful set and Blossom papers to create a fun bright birthday card perfect for a 13 year old girl!

The black outline butterflies were stamped with Memento Ink then colored in with our Shinhan Markers and topped with Liquid Glass to make them pop. Look at that gorgeous shine!

You can get the May SOTM through the end of the month for just $5 with any $50 purchase.  To get your own set or any of the other materials used to make this card, visit my shopping site at:

Now hop on over to Nancy's Blog and see what she's created for us! Thanks for stopping by today!


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