Sunday, August 31, 2014

Family Is Forever September Stamp Of The Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the September Stamp Of The Month Blog Hop!

This month I am following [[[ Kathy Corson ]]]. There are about 80 Close To My Heart Independent Consultants participating in the September hop. If you are starting the hop here continue to visit the next blogger until you get back here. If you get lost somewhere along the hop, a complete of of all participants can be found here.

When you purchase the September Stamp of the Month Family Is Forever (S1409) you receive a set of 7 stamps:

This month I created a layout in honor of connecting with some cousins I had not seen in over 30 years (that seems so weird to say since I do not think I am old enough not to have seen someone in that long). This is the first layout I created using Pathfinding.


My layout is loosely based on Front & Center−Focal™ and Front & Center−Main Idea™ in the Reflections™ Scrapbooking Program, but as I work on a project, things tend to evolve.

Then I decided I should create three additional, similar yet slightly different, so my aunt and each of my cousins can have one. I will make one to keep and one for my dad. And my maternal family may see something similar at our 2015 Family Reunion Auction so if you are checking in, put aside some money for bidding.

Here are how the additional layouts turned out (click on any photo to open a larger image in a new tab).

Florentine (retired) Option 1

Florentine (retired) Option 2

Chalk It Up
Thank you for participating in the hop. Before you move on to the next stop on the hop I would be thrilled if you left a comment letting me know what you think of my layout(s). Our next creative participant is [[[ Pam Jarrett ]]].

Supplies Used
Stamps used on each layout: September 2014 Stamp Of The Month - Family Is Forever; D1222 Tiny Typewriter Alphabet (retired)

Die cuts used on each layout (if you use Cricut® Design Space you can easily find the image by placing the number in the search field):
#M472AACTMH/Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection (Z1686)taghide contour
#M475BCCTMH/Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection (Z1686)labelhide contour
#M3D25ECTMH/Cricut® Artbooking Collection (Z1906)"Together" Bannerno special feature used but
I did cover the letter opening
with cardstock to make the letters pop
#M4078DCTMH/Cricut® Artbooking Collection (Z1906)"Cherish"no special feature used
#M58111CTMH/Cricut® Artbooking Collection (Z1906)"Family Vacation"ungroup and delete "vacation"

Pathfinding Layout
overlay - #M4281F - CTMH/Cricut® Artbooking Collection (Z1906) - Square Grid
12" x 12" cardstock used: Lagoon (X5762); Champagne (X5931); Autumn Terracotta (1270); Chocolate (X5643); Olive (1245)
Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads usedChocolate (Z2111), Olive (Z2137) and Autumn Terracotta (Z2101)

Florentine Layout Option 1 (paper is retired)
overlay - #M41EBC - CTMH/Cricut® Artbooking Collection (Z1906) - Criss Cross Rectangle
12" x 12" cardstock used: Twilight (cardstock is retired); Bamboo (1301); Crème Brulee (cardstock is retired); Cocoa (X5642); Florentine (retired)
Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads used: Cocoa (Z2114), Twilight (retired), Crème Brulee (retired)
Exclusive Inks™ Re-Inker used with Spray Pen (Z1380): Twilight (retired)

Florentine Layout Option 2 (paper is retired)
overlay - #M4489C - CTMH/Cricut® Artbooking Collection (Z1906) - Fence Background Small
12" x 12" cardstock used: Twilight (cardstock is retired); Bamboo (1301); Crème Brulee (cardstock is retired); Cocoa (X5642); Florentine (retired)
Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads used: Crème Brulee (retired)
Exclusive Inks™ Re-Inker used with Spray Pen (Z1380): Twilight (retired)

Chalk It Up Layout
overlay - #M3E3AA - CTMH/Cricut® Artbooking Collection (Z1906) - Stars Stencil
12" x 12" cardstock usedFlaxen (X5771);  Champagne (X5931); Black (1386); Lagoon (X5762); Sorbet (X5751)
Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads used: Lagoon (Z2195); Sorbet (Z2164)
Exclusive Inks™ Re-Inker used with Spray Pen (Z1380)Lagoon (Z2295)

You may purchase the stamp set and all of the supplies I used to create this layout at my online business address.


  1. Great job combining the stamp set with the Cricut cuts!

  2. Also love how you combined the sets with Artbooking-- very creative!

  3. Love how you combined stamping with cricut cuts to create new sentiments!

  4. You do such beautiful work, Brenda. I wish I had the time to use my supplies more. I love how you combine the cricut cuts with your stamping and layering. Great job on all of these.

  5. This is fantastic- I love the curved sentiment and banner!

  6. Thanks for your kind words. Lauren, thanks for noticing I curved the "Love" stamp - I forgot to mention it.

  7. great use of the stamping and cricut cuts...

  8. Love your layouts!! I did different layout & posted it after this blog hop and it is of our family with in-laws & grandparents. Guess what they will be receiving as gifts also!

  9. It is so fun seeing how one thong (or layout) can lead to another!


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