Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Three Amigos February 2016 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's theme of "3" is to use three Background and Texture Papers on our project. I used papers from three different paper packs, Zoe, Georgie, and Charlotte to create a one-page layout. I think that's a first for me! You'll notice I also used a few retired products. I've been in the process of relocating my studio for the third time since our move back in August (third time's a charm, right?) and decided I really need to start using up a lot of my embellishments.

My layout design was inspired by a quilt I made for my mom a little over five years ago. The quilt is actually the subject of my layout. Mom loved the quilt and used it every day. Every time I snuggle up in the quilt, I think of my mom. On the days when I miss her most, I wrap the quilt around me, and it's like she's giving me a hug from heaven. Cappi and Truffles seem to be drawn to the quilt as well.

The border of the quilt has a chocolate colored background with large polka dots on it. I decided to mimic the look on the base of the layout with Chocolate Cardstock, a polka dot stamp from a retired stamp set called Hit the Spot (C1406), and embossing powder. I also wanted to give the layout the same feel as the quilt, so I ran the Background & Texture papers in strips down the page. I added a few penned stitch lines as well. The empty spot next to the small picture of the quilt is for journaling.

The title letters are from two retired sets we carried years ago. I inked the polka dot resits letters and the edges of the canvas letters with chocolate ink. I used the "You Are Here" wooden accent piece from the gold Fundamentals Assortment to point to the quilt to go along with the "Close to You" title.  I kept the embellishments simple since the quilt design was a little busy.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hop over to Lisa's blog and Donna's blog to see what they have created for you.

X7197B Zoe Paper Packet
X7203B Georgie Paper Packet
X7205B Charlotte Paper Packet
X5643 Chocolate Cardstock
X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock
Z2111 Chocolate Ink Pad
Z891 Versa Mark Ink Pad
Z3105 Fundamental Assortment- Gold
Z3102 Fundamental Assortment- Glacier
Z2068 Ranger White Super Fine Embossing Powder
Z555 Craft Heater
BULK364 3-D Hearts Sorbet (retired)
Z3041 Oceanside Sequins (retired)
Z1777 Canvas Alphabet (retired)
Z1261 Irresistibles Lots of Dots Alphabet (retired)
4206 My Legacy Writers Set (brown) (retired)


  1. LOVE!!! This is awesome! and I was wondering where that polka dot paper came from! Love it too! Maybe I can get some :) ... awesome!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! My original plan was to cut dots out of colonial white cardstock and adhere them to the chocolate. Then I ran across this stamp set and thought embossing might be the look I was after. I agonized over embellishments, wanting to add more, but the more I added, the busier the page became.

  2. You stamped all those dots? It looks too perfect to be stamped! So where is your scrapbook room located now?

    1. Not individually, Donna. The stamp has two rows of four dots. Lining them up with the Versa Mark was a bit of a challenge, especially after turning a corner. I finally caved and moved my studio to the basement. We have a finished daylight basement with two nice sized Windows and a full bathroom. My studio space is about double what I had before.

  3. Sweet layout Sue... I wish you were here. I'm going to make more pinwheel cards and you always know which papers look best together. Ito use. Miss you

    1. Thank you, Betty. I miss you too! We will have to find a way to Skype or FaceTime at the crop. I think the pinwheel card was one of my favorites...right up there with the bee card!

  4. a special layout
    a special post
    by a special gal
    about a special woman.