Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sunny Thoughts CTMH SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the February 2018 SOTM Blog Hop featuring the stamp set Sunny Thoughts. This month there are approximately 25 bloggers sharing projects they created with the CTMH Stamp Of The Month. We try to keep our blog hop easy: just keep clicking on the link to the next blog (typically near the bottom of the post) to visit the next stop. Our blog hop is circular so visiting the next blog will take you back to where you started.

You should have arrived here from ***Gina's Little Corner of StampinHeaven by Gina Brandstetter***. If you get lost along the way, Melinda Everitt keeps a list of participants on her blog at If You Bling It.

Birthday cards are always nice to have on hand so I created this card and embellished it with flowers from the Flower Market cartridge. It is ironic that Alyson Mayo is the next stop on this hop because I used a variation of a trick that Alyson shared on the Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop.

I also recently needed a Thank You card. I stuck with an oval theme. Since I really like the fonts/scripts used to create the sentiments included with the February SOTM so I pulled it out and started creating.

Unfortunately my idea did not work with the largest of the Thin Cuts—Basic Ovals (Z3328), so I created the oval using a Basic Shape in Cricut Design Space. Before cutting the oval with the Make Waves paper, I used copy paper and stamped my images to be sure the images I wanted to use would fit on the oval and the oval would fit the card front. Then I duplicated the oval and made the copy a bit larger to create the Pansy mat.

Before you head to ***Alyson Mayo's Create with Alyson***, the supplies I used to create my project are listed below.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart except where noted:
  • My Acrylix™ Stamp Set: February 2018 SOTM: Sunny Thoughts (S1802)
  • Make Waves Paper Packet (X7227B)
  • 12" X 12" Cardstock: Canary (X5982), Emerald (X5969), Glacier (X5978), Lagoon (X5968), Pansy (X5966), Sorbet (X5983), Willow (X5970)
  • Specialty Paper: Vellum Paper (Z3367)
  • White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack (X254)
  • Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads: White Daisy (Z2863)
  • Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder (Z2068)
  • Craft Heater (Z555)
  • adhesives: Adhesive Runner (Z3372), Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)
  • embellishments: Grey Gems (Z3089)
  • Cricut® Collection: Flower Market Physical Cartridge (Z3285) or Digital Collection/no cartridge (Z3290); note ― flowers are listed > 1 time for those using an Expression 2 or older Cricut® machine
    • Violet Flower ― #MD381C8 ― page 3 ― various sizes ― Shift + Flower-1 <#>
    • Violet Flower ― #MD381C8 ― page 3 ― various sizes ― Flower-2 <3>
    • Violet flower ― #MD381FC ― page 3 ― various sizes ― Flower-2 <3>
    • Violet flower ― #MD381FC ― page 3 ― various sizes ― Shift + Flower-2 <#>
    • Violet flower ― #MD381FC ― page 3 ― various sizes ― Icon <3>
    • Buttercup Flower ― #MD40098 ― page 9 ― various sizes ― Flower-1 <9>
    • Buttercup Flower ― #MD40098 ― page 9 ― various sizes ― Shift + Flower-1 <Bracket>
    • Laurel Branch ― #MD42FDD ― page 19 ― various sizes ― Background <o>
    • Pine Flower ― #MD6ECB1 ― page 25 ― various sizes ― Shift + Background <B>
    • Leaf ― #MD71597 ― page 35 ― various sizes ― Shift + Container <G>
  • Cricut® Explore Air™ 2 (available at Level 3 of Hostess Rewards; see page 4 of Annual Inspirations 2017-2018)
    • my Design Space files are here (birthday card) and here (thank you card)
  • Supplies not from Close To My Heart: Cricut® Design Space
If you are not already working with a CTMH Independent Consultant, you may purchase all of the supplies I used at my Consultant website.

If you have a few moments, please leave a comment letting me know what you think of my cards. I hope you are enjoying the projects created with the February SOTM. Thank you for hopping with us!

So you do not have to scroll back up, the next stop on the hop is ***Alyson Mayo's Create with Alyson***.


  1. Pretty! I really like the dimension you give to the flowers in how they stand up. Fantastic cards!

  2. Love the cricut flowers in the bright colors, really catches the eye.

  3. Both of your cards are beautiful! I love the addition of the Cricut flowers.

  4. Love that you used it with Make Waves and added the embossing and dimensional flowers. GREAT!

  5. Great cards!! Love the bright flowers on the first one.


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