Good Morning Bloggers!! (And do I ever mean morning!! For some reason I woke up and have been wide awake since 4:30am! Rather than just lie in bed trying to go back to sleep, I decided I should get something done, so here I am!)
The ladies over at Creative Accents have a program called Stamp of the Month. It's free to sign up, and every month they choose a stamp that you are required to purchase, but here's the great news...if you're in that club, you get 35% off that stamp!! Plus there's other perks and bonuses to being in SOTM! So, for April, they've chosen this fabulous Hero Arts stamp, and they asked me to play with it and make a couple cards! I so love the versatility of this stamp!! As a scrapbooker, my main function of a stamp is that it has to be able to be used on layouts, but this one works for both and I love that you can use the whole stamp, or cut it up for a few different sentiments! Soooo much fun!!
For both of these cards I used the new MME Boy Crazy line...holy!! Do I ever LOVE this paper!!!!
For the first card, I stamped just the last sentiment. I inked it with Tim Holtz's new Distress Paints and I freakin love the way this stamp and those paints work together!! The background sunburst is actually another Hero Arts stamp for Studio Calico and I stamped it with the Distress Paints too, and then cut it out and glued it onto a kraft background.
I just love how the Distress Paint raises the edges of the stamp and gives it such great texture!!
For my second card I wanted to use the whole stamp and make a fun birthday card. I stamped with 3 different colours of ink creating a fun Ombre effect. It was kinda funny, because the first time I inked it, I guess I hadn't cleaned it from the last time I used it, and it turned out orange, and purple!! It actually still looks kinda cool though, so I will definitely be using it for another birthday card...probably my son's...he'll be three in May! Anyway, I pulled out some Doodlebug twine and wrapped it around the card a few times and joined it together at the bottom with this cute little embellie I made. I cut out the "oh boy" from my 6x6 paper pack and die cut it with Tim Holtz's new bottle cap die. I also die cut the same shape in grunge board. Now that I've done this once, I would definitely recommend cutting the paper and the grunge board at the same time, because what I didn't realize is that the scalloped edges aren't uniform, so I had to twist the paper around a bit to find where it matched up...not a big deal, but it would've been a lot easier if I would've glued the paper and grunge board together before cutting!! Lesson learned lol
So there you have my cards for SOTM! If you would like to sign up to be a part of that super awesome cool club, then just give the ladies over at Creative Accents a shout! You don't even have to live in Williams Lake...they'll ship too! yay!!
I'm going to enter this last card into the challenge over at Simon Says Stamp. They're having a birthday celebration, so their theme is....Birthdays of course!
Well, I think now that I've done a load of laundry and done up my blog post, I might just try to go back to bed and see if I can't get another hour of sleep before the rest of the family wakes up!! I must say, aside from the fact that I am totally NOT a morning person, it is nice to be up while no one else is to have a little quiet time to do what I want ;)