Thursday, June 30, 2011

CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

The last day of every month signals the time for a special event....the Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month it is a stamp set that celebrates the summer season...I say that because here in the United States our set is called "Celebrate America" and the Canadian Consultants have a special set just for Canada.  You can see a picture of the set on my previous post along with the full list of participants.

So without further ado, I bring you my little portion of the blog hop.  If you've arrived here from Susan's blog, you're on the right track.  I wanted to do something fun this month so here is my first project.
I stamped two of the large star images and the fireworks.  Then I triple heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  To do this, stamp your image.  After you are sure that the ink is dry, swipe your VersaMark pad over the image and cover with the clear embossing powder.  After it has cooled, repeat the process as many times as you like.  This process will make your image appear as if it has been enameled.  Each image was then cut out.  I set eyelets in the stars and attached a pipe cleaner to the fireworks.  The jar is an antique blue Mason Jar that I had in my garage.  I filled it with shredded paper and battery operated lights.  PLEASE if you try this, do not leave the jar unattended.  The lights might get hot and they are resting on paper.  Anyway, I tied the bow with "country" ribbon using my Bowdabra and added the stars and fireworks as I was making the bow.  I attached the bow to the jar and the project was done!  BTW - I tried several different ways to photograph the jar and this is the best I could do to get the lights to show.

My next project is a Christmas Card....yes a Christmas Card.  I wanted to show that just because the stamp set is for July, doesn't mean that you can't use it for other occasions!

The flourish and sentiment are from one of my all time favorite CTMH sets...Snow Flurries.  The star is from this month's stamp of the month!

It's now time to hop on over to Angel's Blog and see what she has created.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

13 comments:

Paige Dolecki said...

Love that mason jar idea - how fun! You could also use it (without the paper - LOL) for tea lights on your BBQ table. Hmmm - looks like I've got some more crafting to do....

Paige

Krista Ritskes said...

Very creative!!

Tamytha said...

Love the mason jar! Love the enamel look, the light, but I really love how you did the gingham bow! So cute!

I also like how you thought outside the box with the Christmas card.

Closet Stamper said...

Love the project and the Christmas Card is awesome!

Amy McVey said...

Very creative use of the stamp set! And your Christmas card is also wonderful!

Sheila Bennett said...

Great Christmas card. Love how you just rounded two of the corners.

Elizabeth said...

The mason jar is beautiful! I am going to try this and use a battery operated tea light without the paper. I LOVE the Christmas card idea - this SOTM is truly amazing!

Lela said...

Super cute project and fun Christmas Card!

Diana said...

Great projects. Love the christmas card!!

Nancy said...

Beautiful Projects Cindy!!!

Helen Onulak said...

Fun ideas! Nice way to think out-of-the-box on the Christmas Card.

Vickie Tagatz said...

Now I have an idea of what can be done with the mason jars I have saved! Really like the christmas card.

Haley D. said...

Your jar light has got to be beautiful at night! That bow is amazing. Your Christmas card is pretty too!