Wednesday, May 6, 2015

National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Taste of Summer Blog Hop!  In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, Close to My Heart has released the Taste of Summer stamp set and paper pack that are only available during the month of May.  This blog hop features artwork created using one or both of these items.  

If you have come here from Pam Trostle's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.
This month we have nearly 40 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the Taste of Summer products on their blogs. The hop is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

With two school-aged children, we needed several gifts this week for Teacher Appreciation.  We headed to our local Bath & Body Works to pick out some fruity scented soaps and candles to express gratitude for all the teachers' hard work and dedication this year.  Using this gift bag tutorial from Trinity Design Studio, and the Taste of Summer paper and stamps, I made gift bags and tags to go with the gifts for our teachers (scroll down for a tutorial on what I did)!
As you can see, this particular gift consisted of a sunshine & green daisy candle, lily & lime soap and a gift card.  These went perfectly with the lime/daisy paper!  Topiary chevron ribbon was used to tie off the bag and attach the tag, while green epoxy bubbles were used to accent the tag!
A closer look at the tag allows you to see the actual stamping.  For the lemon, the stamp was first inked in Canary ink, then I rolled the edge in Honey ink to make it a bit darker. The "You're" is actually from the "You're Berry Special" stamp, but only the first word was inked.  Purple glitter gems and Thistle ribbon were used to accent this tag.
We purchased a few smaller gifts for some of the other teachers my children see throughout the week.  This Strawberry shower gel was topped off with an adorable strawberry tag!  The strawberries were first inked in Cotton Candy, then rolled in Cranberry.  The stems were stamped using Topiary ink. The strawberries were cut out by hand (it didn't take too long) and popped up on 3-D Foam tape (the bigger one uses CTMH's thin foam tape and the smaller berry uses the regular foam tape - this allowed for them to be layered even more!).  Clear sparkles and Pixie Pink twine finished off this tag.
For the randomly stamped oranges on the background of this tag, the stamp was first inked in Goldrush, then the edges were rolled in Sunset ink.  A piece of Goldrush cardstock was stamped with the black flourish, then the top and bottom tips were accented with bitty sparkles.  The coordinating shape was cut using the CTMH Artists cartridge and popped up on 3-D Foam tape.
I am so pleased with how all of these gifts turned out!!!!  These would make fantastic hostess gifts as well.  Here is a tutorial on how to create the bag.
1.  Score your 12" x 12" paper at 2" and 9"
2. Rotate paper 90 degrees and score at 3" and 9"; repeat steps one and two for a second sheet of paper.

3. For one paper, cut out the 3"x3" squares in the two corners.
4. For the second paper, just slit along one of the 3" score lines.
5.  Fold along all score lines.
6. For added stability, add a 2 7/8" x 5 7/8" piece of scrap cardstock to the bottom section of one paper (color doesn't matter as this will be covered up).
7. Adhere the bottom  3"x6" rectangle from the second sheet.
8.  Carefully fold the two sides towards up and insert top folds into each other.
9. Glue down flaps for added stability (I also add a little glue to the corners of the outside flaps).
10. Before punching holes for the ribbon handles, I slid another piece of cardstock (1 1/2" x 5 1/2") under each top flap - just to give the handles some added stability.  Please message me if you have any questions regarding the tutorial!

While these projects showcase several of the stamps included in the Taste of Summer set, not all were used.  Here is a look at the entire stamp set.
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed my Taste of Summer creations.  Here is a list of Close To My Heart Products used to create these page:
CC1039 - Taste of Summer Stamp Set
CC1038 - Taste of Summer Paper Packet

Z1990 - Thistle Diagonal Striped Ribbon
Z1929 - Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon
Z3035 - Pixie Extra Thick Twine
Z1936 - Purple Glitter Gems
Z1263 - Bitty Sparkles
Z1752 - Clear Sparkles
Z2060 - Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z1151 - 3-D Foam Tape
Z679 - Liquid Glass
Z1806 - Green & Blue Epoxy Bubbles
Z1790 - Cricut Artist Collection
Z1686 - Cricut Art Philosophy Collection
CTMH Exclusive Inks stamp pads in Goldrush, Sunset, Archival Black, Sweet Leaf, Topiary, Canary and Honey
CTMH Cardstock in Sunset, Gold Rush, Honey, Topiary, Cranberry and White Daisy
Retired CTMH Sunset Baker's Twine
Now "Hop" on over to Peachy Lamb's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, this stamp set and paper packet are only available through May 31st! You can order yours here!


  1. Your teachers appreciation gifts are too cute!! Great tutorial also!

  2. Thanks for the instructions, these are adorable!

  3. Love the bags and tags, great job. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Love the bags and tags...lucky teachers!

  5. Love all the ideas...that tags & the bag are adorable! Thanks for the wonderful instructions on how you created the bag! :)

  6. So so cute and I am soooo trying this gift bag today! Thank you for the directions!

  7. Lisa, These are ABSOLUTELY adorable!! Beautiful work!!

  8. Oh my gosh! These bags are so cute! Your directions were much easier to understand than the ones in the link. And the TAGS! Super cute too!

  9. Beautiful..what a great gift!!

  10. Awesome. I will have to make these bags

  11. You will have some very pleased teachers. These are fantastic gifts. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  12. Wow wow wow! You have completely inspired me, great work!