Thursday, October 31, 2013

Illuminate (November SOTM Blog Hop)

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop which features the Illuminate stamp set from Close To My Heart.   When you place a minimum order of $50 during November, you will have the opportunity to purchase the Stamp-of-the-Month, Illuminate, for only $5!  This stamp set contains 15 images:  a light pole, several lanterns, a candle, 'glow rings' around the candle flame, and some nice sentiments.  

For some inspiration, I found the RetroSketches blog and used "retrosketches #87" as the template for this card.  It also qualifies for the "Lots of Layers" challenge on the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog this month. 

If you have come here from Jen's Roxybonds blog, you are on the right path!  Blog Hopping is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!  
Laughing Lola papers were used for this card, but the papers are completely different than the plaid and purple colors used for the Scandinavian Wishes and Poster Tidings cards created for the two previous SOTM stamp sets with the Laughing Lola papers.  The Laughing Lola paper pack has been very versatile for different projects.

The lamp post and lanterns from the Illuminate stamp set are fun stamps to play with.  A stamp from the Swirls Around set is used to add a bit of texture to the Gold cardstock strip.  In order to simulate the feeling of sparkling lights, some Glitter Paper in both tan and black are used as layers on the card.

A row of lights was stamped on the inside of the card and on the envelope flap to complete the "illuminate" theme.
Now "Hop" on over to Wanda's 'Creating With Inks, Paper, Stamps and Bling!!!' blog to see her work.  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas.  

For a complete list of Blog Hop participants for this month, visit Melinda's 'If You Bling It' blog.  

All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
Sheila Bennett
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
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