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Sunday, January 15, 2012

January CTMH Product Spotlight- Use Your Scraps

If you hopped on over from Elizabeth's Blog Welcome.

This month's blog hop is showcasing projects made with scraps. The goal is to use up all the scraps we have hanging around, to make room for the new products coming out in the Spring/Summer Idea Book on February 1st.

I'm participating in a birthday card swap. I'm making one for females and one generic. Since the swap is not for new products, I decided to go through my scraps to see if I could make my cards.

Here is my card for females. I made it using leftover pieces of Sophia papers. The focal image was stamped on White Daisy cardstock using Versamark Ink and black embosssing powder. Then I painted it using the Blush and Hollyhock ink and my waterbrush. I cut it out using my microtip scissors. Love how those tiny scissors fit my fat fingers and still let me cut those intricate cuts!

The pear accent was cut using the Cricut Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Bundle. I wanted to emboss using white embossing powder, but I found it was a little too thick, so I used a trick I learned from some smart person whose name I cannot remember. I ground the embossing powder in a coffee grinder I got just for that purpose. Well, to my thrill, it worked! I was able to get a much nicer detailed image.

I cut the right edge off 1/2" so the inside would show. Then I stamped the flower border stamp in Blush ink. I added a drop of Glitz Glitter Gel in the center of each flower. I also stamped the butterfly in 2nd Generation Blush Ink.

My second card was also done using scraps. I used paper left over from the Zipeedee
paperpack. My focal image was stamped in Honey ink, then colored in with watercolor pencils blended with the waterbrush. The center was stamped in Cocoa Ink. Again, I used my microtip scissors to make those petals come alive. The stem was stamped in Olive and cut out and layered between the ribbon folds and across the bottom of the card.

The ribbon was a section of off white satin ribbon I had that I folded and glued down to the card. This was a technique I learned from Tresa Black, another CTMH consultant.
The sentiment was cut from the Cricut Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Bundle cartridge on White Daisy cardstock. I brayered on Indian Corn Blue ink to match the small images on the paper. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and Cocoa Embossing powder.

All the layers were attached to a Kraft colored card base.

Now hop on over to Haley D. and see what she has in store for us.


  1. Adorable cards! And lovely butterfly...

  2. I'm so in love with that butterfly! Beautiful idea. :) I'm adding you to my blog list at ... and I think I am your 100th follower! Congrats!


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