Friday, February 28, 2014

March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello friends!  It’s that time again!  As we wrap up a month, we get to say hello to the new and upcoming Stamp of the Month.  And with that, we have a blog hop!  A hop is a big chain of blog posts that are linked so you can hop from one to another.  All of us are posting artwork for this month’s stamp of the month.  If you’re already hopping you should have just come from {Katy Taylor’s blog}.
This month I used the Balloon Ride papers and the Rosewood Mini-Medley Accents to complete my card.  I also used on of the card designs from Make it from Your Heart Vol 2.  I love this How To book!  It has quick and easy sketches complete with measurements for making beautiful well balanced cards and layouts.  I used Balloon Ride papers because I like their old world feel and simply because I haven’t had a chance to play with them yet. 
I masked the rest of the words from “Home is our Happy Place,” so I could get the word happy.  I stamped on a scrap of paper and then cut a hole for the word happy. 
CTMH Stamp of the Month Card using Balloon Ride featuring a Matryoshka doll by Lalia Harris
I colored my little doll with our watercolor pencils.  I used Crystal Blue, Sorbet and Honey and then blended them to take out any pencil strokes with our water based blender pen.  If you blend too much, you’ll remove some of the color.  Please wait until the project is dry before coloring again.  The hard pencil tips will dent the paper rather than color it when the paper is damp. 
I embellished the doll with some of the tiny gems that are around the larger gem that I used in the top left corner.  I tore that little gem apart to use each individual piece.  I must note that it was already damaged and missing a piece or two.  I didn’t didn’t tear into a perfect one.  But I like the effect so much that I might do it again. 
Inside the card I have a little pennant bunting across the bottom and a strip of the sorbet balloon ride paper.  The bunting is the border from the sentiment “like mother like daughter.”  I CUT it from the stamp and then curved it on a block.  It’s super easy to do and I’ll be able to put it back together when I need to use the whole stamp.  Acrylix stamps are wonderful! 

Here’s the adorable stamp set we’re working with this month!  It’s just $5 with a $50 purchase or the standard D-sized set price of $17.95 when purchased separately which you can do!  Either way, it’s only available in March!  Click here to shop

Please hop on over to {Michelle Jones’ blog} and have a great day!


  1. Beautiful card! And a great idea with the stamp!!

  2. So pretty! Your pennant is very clever.

  3. I LOVE this card - cute design, great paper choice, and awesome job tying everything together with the ink distressing.

  4. I love the softness of the watercolor pencils. Really beautiful card, Laila!

  5. I totally love this!!! Your blog looks FANTASTIC! Way to learn some new tricks, my friend. High five! :)