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Monday, May 1, 2017

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop -- Live, Laugh, Love

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month May Blog Hop!

If you came from visiting Melinda Everitt, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, simply start here and continue hopping until you return here -- our fun hop is one big loop for your viewing pleasure. 

The month's featured stamp set is S1705 Live, Laugh, Love (pictured below).  This set is only available until May 31st and is only $5 with a $50 Close to My Heart purchase.

When I first saw this month's SOTM, my mind was immediately filled with all sorts of fun projects to create, and as I sat down to create something for this hop, all those ideas started "battling" in my head and getting more and more complex.  So in the end, I decided to keep it super simple and make a card for my husband for our anniversary -- which is Saturday.

Do you ever have that problem?  You sit down to start creating and suddenly you feel overwhelmed by design details, paper selection, which embellishments to use, etc.  The project simply takes on a mind of its own, and you don't know what to do next.  What do you do when this happens?  How do you push through the creative block?

Like I said, I chose to keep the card simple.  I selected a simple sketch from a Pinterest board I  have dedicated to card sketches.  I used the gorgeous black and white floral from the Live Beautifully paper packet along with a simple Swiss dot design from the Enchantment Fundamentals.  Our wedding colors were red, white, and black.  Even though I was trying to keep the card a little more masculine, I felt it needed some bling so I used my gold shimmer brush on the sentiment piece before stamping.  The shimmer brush added a perfect layer of sparkle while still allowing me to stamp the "together" sentiment from this month's SOTM.

Supplies used:
*Live, Laugh, Love stamp set (May SOTM)
*Live Beautifully paper packet (NSM exclusive)
*Enchantment Fundamentals
*12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
*5 1/2" X 4 1/4" white cards & envelopes, value pack
*Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Shimmer brush - gold
*Foam tape

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Thank you for visiting me at jd designs and for hopping with us on the Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month May Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Michelle LoncarI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!


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