July SOTM Blog Hop - Life is Wonderful

Welcome to the July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 

This month I am following {Michelle Stewart's Blog.}   We have 47 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.   If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

The July Stamp of the Month is entitled Life is Wonderful (S1508) (Set of 8).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:

I am working on a scrapbook for a young man and his fiancée.  He has not yet given me a picture for this page but he really wanted this quote to be on it.  This will be the title page of his albu,

Do you like the patterned paper with the hearts?  That is from our Paper Fundamentals line.  One side has the white hearts and the other side has the red on red embossed hearts.  The black on black chevron is another patterned paper from the Paper Fundamentals.

Also on this page is some Black Glitter Paper, and some Ruby buttons from our Ruby Mini Medley.  The frame and the big flower is cut from the Close to My Heart Cricut Artiste cartridge.  The small flower in the middle of the big flower and the font used in the writing is cut from the Close to My Heart Artbooking cartridge.

I want to show you how I made my flower.  I cut the flowers at 3.5", 3.2", 3" and 2.7".  The Ruby flowers are all edged in Black Ink.  The White Daisy Flowers are edged with Ruby Ink and after assembly are lightly edged in a tiny bit of Black Ink to give them some definition.

Then I spray them liberally with water.  Sitting the cut flowers on my Close to My Heart All-Purpose mat keeps the water off of my table and allows the flowers to soak up all of the water.

Then I crumple the damp flowers, one at a time, in my hand.

I open up the flower carefully.

And then stack each flower on top of each other, offsetting them slightly as shown below.

Then all I do is let them dry a little and place a dab of Liquid Glass in the middle of each flower and place them on top of each other.  Once dry, I take my paper piercer and shape the flower petal over the piercer to make them look more realistic.  When the flower is dry, it becomes hardened and won't lose its shape.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Melissa Robinson's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

Our June Promotion is called Jump on It July.  During the month of July, when you purchase $25 in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month (Life is Wonderful) FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5!

The Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you’ve had your eye on! To get your FREE stamp set or your $5 Hostess Rewards stamp set, simply place an order for $25 of any current, retail priced stamps. This offer is available only during the month of July and applies only to the July Stamp of the Month and current Hostess rewards stamp sets, so spring into action and jump on this deal before it’s gone!

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed below on my website. 

Supplies Used
(Coming soon)


  1. Fabulous layout! I love the flower and the color combinations.

  2. What a gorgeous layout! Love all the details and the colour palette is gorgeous.

  3. Stunning layout! Thanks for sharing how your created that beautiful flower! :)

  4. Outstanding! Just love it! Thanks for sharing your flower technique.

  5. Melinda, this is beautiful and thanks for sharing how you make flowers.

  6. Love your page!! Great color combo.

  7. Thanks for the instructions! Love your project.

  8. Wonderful layout. They will be sure to treasure it. Thank you for sharing how you created the flower. I am always looking for tips to make mine better.


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