Friday, August 16, 2013

1st CTMH Festive Friday Blog Hop

Welcome to our 1st CTMH Festive Friday Blog Hop. Thank you for hopping with us. You should have arrived here from The Sassy Scrapper - Theresa Miller; if not, our path is circular so just keeping going to the next stop until you reach the blog where you started. The next stop on this hop is Be"hoot"iful Scrapbooking - Scrappin' with Ash - Ashley Denny (the entire list of stops is at the bottom of this post).

For this month's hop I created two projects; a gift box and a card.

Festive Friday August box

I had the idea for the ring box first. I was partly inspired by projects that used punches to create a decorative strip of paper. I stamped the edge of a piece of cardstock then trimmed it off with my paper trimmer. This was much easier than cutting the strip then stamping. I used glue dots to hold the strips of paper in place. Since I knew the back of the paper would show on my bow, I stamped the reverse side as well. The bow was created from one 12 inch strip of paper. I cut it in half and then I loosely folded the ends into the middle and used dots to secure them, then repeated with my other 6 inch piece. I used my fingers to softly manipulate the paper to look like loops. Another dot was used to secure the bow to the top. I was going for a primitive look, but if you wanted a more elegant bow, you could add a sparkle to the center of the bow.

Products used to create the ring box:
FYI, if I had them on hand I would have used the Memory Book Mini Glue Dots® (Z341) because the Memory Book Glue Dots® (1772) were a little wide for my strips of "ribbon". The non-mini dots would have been fine if I had used a wider My Acrylix® Washi Wonder stamp. How I accommodated for the slightly wider glue dot size was once the dot was on my strip of paper use my fingers to "squish" the dots in so they no longer hung off the sides of my paper.

My second project is this primitive tree card.

Festive Friday August card

I am not really sure why the idea of this card popped into my head. I got the idea about a week ago, before I saw the CTMH Corporate video, Hostess Rewards: Better than Ever! (shared on my New CTMH Hostess Rewards Options post earlier this week), but seeing that video changed my approach to creating the card. Instead of trying to stamp right on the card front, I stamped on cardstock then cut around those images using the Micro-Tip Scissors. I then cut those pieces in half  to create a branch for each side of the trunk. After laying the branches on the card to get a feel for how it would look I trimmed some of them so the branches got shorter as they reached the top of the tree.  I used Liquid Glass to adhere the branches so I had a few seconds to wiggle the paper around until I liked how they looked. I used 3-D Foam Tape to attach the tree trunk.

Edited to add: I forgot to mention that 1/2 of the branches were stamped 2nd generation.

Products used to create the card:
Here is a photo I took of the My Acrylix® Washi Wonder Stamp Set (D1558) so you have a better view of all 24 stamps in the set:

D1558 Washi Wonder

This stamp set is one of seven Hostess Rewards My Acrylix® Stamp Sets that were introduced in the Autumn/Winter 2013 Close to My Heart Idea Book. These stamp sets are only available until January 2014. You can only "purchase" this stamp set when you are a hostess of an on-line or in-home Gathering using the Hostess Rewards you earn based on your Gathering sale.

I really hope that you enjoyed the projects I shared with you today. I would love to know what you think. Your next stop on this hop is Be"hoot"iful Scrapbooking - Scrappin' with Ash - Ashley Denny.

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      1. These are great! I love the clean and simple designs!!!! Awesome work!

      2. Your projects are great. I love how you used the washi tape stamp set.

        Mary Ellen

      3. Cute projects! I really like your washi wonder tree card!


      4. These are both great, Brenda! Love the little box and how you made your own custom 'ribbon'. Very clever. And your card is adorable. Do you mind if I lift it for my card club? I just love this washi stamp set and can't wait to get one for myself. I never would have thought to use it for the tree branches but this would be a great way to make a whole set of Christmas cards for this year! ~Mrs. Bag Lady

      5. Thanks for your kind comments. Sure, use the ideas for your Clubs or for your cards this year.

      6. You make we want to get that Washi tape stamp set out and play. The box is so cute. I love simple done well and you did it very well. I'm probably going to scraplift your tree card. I love how you gradually lightened the colors "Ombre" style.

      7. Never thought to use the Washi stamp set as a Christmas tree!! Thanks for sharing!!

      8. Great job Brenda! I love the way you decorated the box. And you lil' tree is adorable!

      9. WOW--really great!! I especially like those stamps! wow!


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