February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. This month I am following Amy McVey's Blog, and we have over 60 Close to My Heart Consultants for the February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.

The February Stamp of the Month is entitled Thoughtful Tidings (Set of 11).  This stamp set is so cool because it coordinates with Close to My Heart’s Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge and actually cuts out the images. Then you can stamp on them.  Now how easy is that?  No cutting necessary!  Look at what you can make with these cute stamps.
And here are the stamps.
I accidentally turned this card for the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop into a challenge for myself.  I went down to Florida to visit my daughter and grandsons and packed everything that I thought I might need for this card.  Of course, I had no idea of what I wanted to do so I brought all of my inks and my new products and my tape and a few reinkers.  The reinkers were perfect matches for Cruisin, one of our super cute new paper packs.  Then when I started making the card, I decided I wanted to use Stella, another new paper pack.  I was in a bohemian kind of  mood. 

I had decided to use one of our Spray Pens (Z1380) to mist a white piece of cardstock so that it would have an uneven distressed look.  I did not bring the reinkers for Stella (I was traveling light – LOL)  I mixed a reinker I had with a little rubbing alcohol (my favorite misting solvent).  I was hoping the color wouldn’t be too far off.  SO, guess what color the piece of cardstock with the sentiment is.  Looks like Sunset, doesn’t it?  Well Sunset IS one of the colors in the Stella paper pack.  If you guessed Sunset, you are wrong.  It was Cranberry.  Who’d a guessed that Cranberry + Rubbing Alcohol = Sunset.  Too cool!!
feb sotm 2
I decided that I needed more going on on the now misted Sunset cardstock so I took the hatched stamp from the Rock the Block promotion and 3rd generation stamped Cocoa over it.  The card is one of our Kraft Die Cut cards and the border is one of the zip strips from the Stella Paper Pack.

Look at the cute butterfly.  The butterfly is from the Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes.  The shapes come plain - ready for you to decorate, sponge with ink, or stamp it like I did.  You will never guess what stamp set I used for the butterfly.  I was desperate and it needed something and all I had was new product…….  I stamped it with the flower stamp from the Pemberley Workshop on the Go.  Too funny huh?  It is amazing how creative one can get when they are desperate.  I was shocked that it actually looks like butterfly markings.

I am trying to get comfortable with clustering elements.  Can you see the green swirl?  It is from the Stella Complements package,  I wish that I had sponge distressed it before I adhered it.  Once it was down, it was down so there was no bringing it back up to distress.
close up of feb sotm
Now for the inside of my card.  I decorated the flat scalloped piece that normally fits over the front of the card to keep it closed.  Then I adhered it to the inside of the card to use it as decoration.  The sentiments on the outside and the inside of the card are from this month’s Stamp of the Month, Thoughtful Tidings.  I love large sentiments like these because you can use them as the main stamped image.
inside of feb sotm
Thank you for visiting my blog. Now please go on to the next stop, Wanda Riley's Blog and see what she has created for you!

This stamp set can be purchased or you can even get it for only $5 Between February 1 – February 29, 2011. If you do not have a Close to My Heart Consultant, you can purchase this stamp set on my website.

  • Inks: Cocoa (Z2114), Tulip (Z2166), and Cranberry Reinker (Z2216)
  • Paper: Stella (X7147B)
  • Stamp Sets: Thoughtful Tidings (S1202), Rock the Block Promotion Stamp Set, and C1491 Pemberley Workshop on the Go Stamp Set
  • Tools: Sponge Daubers Z726) and Spray Pen (Z1380)
  • Embellishments: Just Blooms Paper Shapes Paradise (Z1710), Complements-Stella (X7147C), Opaques-Mocha (Z1333), Bohemian Assortment (Z1687), Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes (Z1718), Die Cut Cards and Envelopes (Z1474), and Badge Buttons-Pewter (Z1704)


  1. Gorgeous! I love how it turned out.

  2. Your self-challenge ended up with a very pretty creation. Who would have thought - cranberry & alcohol...fun combo!

  3. I so love your card! Really cool!

  4. Beautiful card and I love the details!

  5. Fantastic card and I love all the stamping you've done!

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  8. I love your clustering! Love the card!

  9. Beautiful card. Love the sunset misted paper; great idea!

  10. That butterfly is especially gorgeous!

  11. I LOVE the butterfly!! I will definitely be lifting that idea...when I saw it I couldn't wait to see what stamp you used..so happy I have that WOTG.


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