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Friday, January 2, 2015

January Three Amigos Blog Hop

Welcome to the Three Amigos Blog hop.  We are three Close to My Heart Independent Consultants with a love for stamping and scrapping and would like to share our creative ideas with you.  On the 3rd of each month we feature a different CTMH product and create a card, layout, or other project.  There are only three stops on this hop so it will only take a few minutes to hop through.

This month we chose to use any type of embossing on our projects. Since I used embossing folders and heat embossing on my projects last month, I decided to show something a bit different this month by combining the two.


Several weeks ago, I saw a tutorial for a gift card/candy box here and thought it would make a cute valentine. I pulled out my Heartstrings Paper Pack (again) and the January Stamp of the Month, This Moment, and got to work.



The base of the belly band is whisper cardstock punched with the scallop border punch. The stamped images, ribbon, and a few glitter gems are all attached to the belly band. The box opens by sliding the belly band down a bit (no need to remove it completely).



Opening the box reveals a pocket that slides up and holds a gift card. I embossed this piece using the heart embossing folder. I added a small amount of Bonding Memories Glue to each heart, sprinkled clear embossing powder on, and heat embossed. As a result, the hearts look like they've been frosted.


A candy bar will fit behind the gift card pocket. Here's a picture with the pocket pulled out. Just slip a candy bar inside and slide the gift card pocket in front of it.


A tag could be placed in the pocket in lieu of a gift card, or even in addition to it! 


Thank you for stopping by today. Now hop over to Lisa's blog and Donna's blog to see what they created for you.

Supplies Used:
X7193B Heartstrings Paper Pack
S1501 This Moment
C1604 Forever in My Heart
Z2172 Whisper Ink Pad
Z2170 Ruby Ink Pad
Z2644 Pixie Ink Pad
Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems
Z1987 Striped Twill Ribbon
Z3018 Heart Embossing Folder
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z553 Bonding Memories Glue Pen
Clear Embossing Powder (Retired, but you can use Z2088 Ranger Clear Super Fine)

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I was all set to post yesterday, but I got distracted by this beauty...



Over the last two weeks, my husband has been upcycling a piece of furniture that was given to us years ago. He completely refaced the front and customized it for my paper and stamp storage. I was so excited when he moved it into my studio yesterday!


The paper storage units slide in where drawers used to hide behind the doors. Brian is finishing up the final unit that will go in the upper left space. Once completed, I'll have 46 slots for paper! I plan to store complements and dimensional elements in the spaces next to each paper storage unit.


There was a space between the doors and the drawers when we removed all of the original molding, so Brian added a hidden shelf.


Each drawer will hold about 150 stamp sets! Brian added a divider between the rows so they don't slide around. Are you ready to see what we started with? Unfortunately, I didn't get a before photo of the Armoire, but I do have pictures of what the drawers and doors looked like.



I would say the finished product is one thousand times better! I can't wait to fill it up!

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Three Amigos Blog Hop!