CTMH – Birthday Sparkles, Documented and Beautiful Friendship, oh my!

CTMH Birthday Sparkles, Beautiful Friendship and Documented

CTMH Birthday Sparkles, Beautiful Friendship and Documented

I am busily getting ready for a cardmaking workshop next week and when I get in that mode I am on the look out for a beautiful card that uses a limited amount of designer paper so that I don’t run out! I tend to plan these events last minute … story of my life!

I was inspired by Close To My Heart consultant Nancy Ball’s card and I couldn’t stop looking at that focal panel using CTMH’s Beautiful Friendship for scrapbooking stamp set. I love this look of using just the detailed stamp from the 2-step stamping design for a clean and simple (CAS) look. I totally copied the colors Nancy used, used a sentiment from the retiring Birthday Sparkles stamp set from CTMH and then changed up the background some.

In this card my paper “frugality” comes into play and I’m sharing below a photo of what I often do. Since the focal piece is covering up most of the second row of designer paper, I just cut it shorter and the gap is covered up. That allows me to create a second card with the same amount of paper one card would have used! Not a big deal unless you are making 20 of one card and have one paper pack – tee hee…

CTMH Birthday Sparkles, Beautiful Friendship and Documented

CTMH supplies: Beautiful Friendship scrapbooking stamp set, Birthday Sparkles stamp set, Documented scrapbooking stamp set, White Daisy cardstock, Black cardstock, Basic Fundamentals paper pack, Beautiful Friendship paper pack, Bashful*, Canary, Tangerine*, Raspberry and Sweet Leaf inks, Versafine Archival Black ink

When I butt two papers up against each other I like to put a border down at the seam – that could be a ribbon, thin strip of contrasting paper, or as here – the scalloped border stamp from CTMH’s new Documented (for scrapbooking) set. This is one of three stamps that is carrying forward into the new catalog – otherwise, ALL stamp sets are retiring end of September! Now is a great time to stock up though during CTMH’s Stampaganza sale…where you buy 2 stamp sets and get a third (equal or lesser value) for free! LOVE this sale.

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*denotes retiring inks. There are 10 CTMH colors that are retiring – I shared that in yesterday’s newsletter. Don’t get my newsletter yet? It’s free and you can sign up in the left sidebar!