Saturday, February 6, 2016

Share The Love Blog Hop

Welcome to the Share the Love blog hop. There are approximately 25 bloggers sharing projects they created with the Share the Love stamp set. We try to make blog hopping easy; ours is a circle, click on the link (typically near the bottom of the post) to visit the next blog and you will be brought back to the blog where you started.

Share the Love is a special and exclusive stamp set that Close To My Heart released to benefit Operation Smile. CTMH will donate $7 of the proceeds from sales of this stamp set (except in two states, Alabama and Massachusetts, due to local regulations) to Operation Smile. Operation Smile is an amazing organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children all over the world. You may order as many of this stamp as you would like for $17.95 each.

The stamps in Share the Love are:

Recommended CTMH My Acrylix® Blocks for this stamp set are: 1" x 1" (Y1000), 2" x 2" (Y1003) and 3" x 3" (Y1006). This stamp set is only available during February 2016 so do not delay.

You should have arrived here from ***Michelle's Handmade World by Michelle Battitori***. If you get lost along the way, Melinda Everitt keeps a list of participants on her blog at If You Bling It.

I really struggled to create this card and I don't know why. I drew several sketches before I settled on this arrangement and after my first cuts I adjusted the size of the front and inside scalloped cuts.

card (front) created for CTMH Share The Love (CC1060) Blog Hop
For some reason I wanted a bit of the inside to be viable from the front. I just kept gravitating back to a card that allowed that. I stamped the front using Glacier ink on Glacier cardstock. Because some of the word bubble stamps are so "open", I did not worry about the bubble overlapping with other stamping because the words were still very readable. After stamping the hello bubble I used water colors, a mix of blue, green and gray, to paint it and then after the paint dried, I re-stamped the word hello to brighten in up a bit. Since our stamps are clear, it was easy to do.

card (inside) created for CTMH Share The Love (CC1060) Blog Hop
It is difficult to see in the photos, but I first stamped the telephone and typewriter with Black Memento™ Ink, then with VersaMark™ Ink and then I heat embossed with Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder. I wanted to give them a bit more of a real look. The other black images were stamped only with Black Memento™.

So the scallops on the square did not get too out of proportion when making the squares the size I needed them, I used the slice and weld features in Cricut® Design Space. I have a screenshot on a previous blog post to show this with an image because I am not sure my words explain this well. I lightly inked the edges of the scallops on the frame with Sorbet ink.

Before you head to ***Haley Dyer's The Inky Scrapper***, the supplies I used to create my project are listed below.
If you are not working with a CTMH Independent Consultant yet, you may purchase all of the CTMH products I used at my Online Business Address.

I love to get feedback on my projects so if you have a moment, please leave a comment. Thank you for visiting today. So you do not have to scroll back up, the next stop on the hop is ***Haley Dyer's The Inky Scrapper***.


  1. Very cute! I like how you colored in the speech bubble and let the back show through to the front.

  2. How sweet! Love the extra surprise inside the card :)

  3. Brenda, I love the stamped background and what a fun paper choice

  4. Great card! Love your random stamping.

  5. I love the water color speech bubble. Great idea!

  6. Love the inside and great watercolring!

  7. Great use of the random stamping technique. I love the card inside too. Thanks for inspiring me today!
    :) Marie


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