Welcome to the CTMH July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the July Stamp of the Month, Happy Forever, a set of 9 stamps, that is only available during the month of July.

If you have arrived from Andrea's Blog, you are on the right path.  This month we have over 70 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the July Stamp of the Month and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.  Following the Blog Hop is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one.  So, here we go!

I must admit that I was a bit intimidated about coloring in this stamp set.  I have a hard time coloring in large areas of a stamp with a marker.  Then I remembered the technique for using a sponge dauber and glossy card stock to sponge in areas of a stamped image.  

What you do is stamp the image twice (in two separate places) on the glossy cardstock with a waterproof ink such as our Archival Black Ink.  I let it dry and then, with a craft knife, I cut out the hedgehog's face and legs from one image and the furry coat from the other.  I then stamped the hedgehog onto my cardstock I was using for my card.  I placed the glossy cardstock over my stamped image and using a sponge dauber, I sponged Desert Sand ink onto the face and legs.  I then placed the second image stamped onto the glossy cardstock over my stamped image and sponged Brown Bag Ink onto his fur.  Wow did this make it easier!

For the flowers, I mixed reinker and 91% Isopropyl Alcohol into a small squirt bottle and sprayed the flowers.  They were ready to use within 30 minutes.  I am just loving all of the ways that I can use my reinkers.  Plus I get flowers that perfectly match my paper and inks!

I found a card pattern that worked perfectly.  It was a Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge that you can find on Karen Giron's Blog. I knew that I wanted to use the CTMH My Reflection's Animal Cookies paper pack because it is so fun and playful, just like my Hedgehog!  

Products Used
  • Stamps: July Stamp of the Month, Happy Forever (D1423)
  • Pattern:  Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #74
  • Paper:  Animal Cookies My Reflections Level 2 Paper Pack (X7112B) and Glossy Cardstock
  • Inks:  Desert Sand (Z2118), Brown Bag (Z2108), Archival Black (4475-1), Bamboo (Z2103) and Black (Z2105)
  • Markers:  Dutch Blue (Z2139), Sunflower (Z2350), Clover Meadow (Z2313), and Tulip (Z2366)
  • Reinkers:  Sunflower (Z2250) and Dutch Blue (Z2219)
  • Embellishments:  Just Blooms Spring Blossom (Z1266) and Splendor Designer Brads (Z1317)
  • Other Products:   Adhesive, sponge daubers, Clear Embossing Powder (Z671), Versamark Ink Pad (Z891), Craft Heater (Z555),  and 91% Isopropyl Alcohol
Now "Hop" on over to Wendy Fording's Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all of the Consultant's blogs to get some great ideas on how to use this versatile stamp set.  

Remember that the Happy Forever Stamp Set is only available from July 1-July 31, 2010.  Contact your CTMH Consultant or click here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free.

Here is the complete list of all of the Consultants participating in our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop in case you get lost.

Helen Onulak  
Kathleen Androlewicz                              
Wanda Riley
Shannon Buck
Cindy Leek 
Antoinette Herrin
Barbra Otten 
Shannon Pelletier
Kimberly Smith
Chris Shouse    
Nancy Brown
Kim O'Rear
Tammy Lea Pinchard
Jen Rubio    
Kristie Herdener 
Nicole Griggs
Melissa Robinson
Katherine Schmitt


  1. Such great colors! Wow! Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. oh... so pretty with that paper... very nice!

  3. Cute Card!
    I look forward to meeting you at the team meeting at convention :)

  4. Love all the bold colors, and you did a fantastic job coloring in the hedgehog. No intimidation necessary!

  5. Very fun with that paper pack! Pretty flower too!

  6. Super colorful, your cards are great! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Adorable! Love the textures on this card

  8. love how you did the card and got the flower colors!

  9. This is so cute! I just love the colors, really makes the little guy pop!


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