Sunday, August 31, 2014

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Family is Forever

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring September's SOTM, which is Family is Forever, a set of 7 stamps. If you have come here from Stefani Ewing'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 HERE.
This month we have 80, yes, 80! Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This 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!

I've had this project in mind for quite some time.  When I was working on the Haight Ancestry books ( see my post about that here ) I made plans to place my husband's grandfather's pocket watch in a shadow box.  This month's Stamp of the Month was perfect for this project.

I created a background cardstock by random stamping the sentiment 'family is forever' with tone-on-tone in whisper. 
 Then I stamped the tree in slate on the b & t papers and placed the Artiste cutout of 'Family' over it.  I tried to keep everything clean and simple because I knew I had a lot of items I wanted to include.
Along with the pocket watch, my mother in law gave me some buttons from grandpa's army uniform, and I wanted to somehow include the shoelace that grandma used to wear the pocket watch as a necklace.  I did a simple chain stitch to make it smaller and to make it easier to place on the page.

Here is what it looks like in the shadowbox:
(Sorry about the glare - glass is really hard to photograph!)
Supplies used: 
 Avonlea papers (retired, but you can find this pattern used in the Picture My Life program)
Cardstock & Ink:  Whisper, Slate Chocolate
Slate ribbon (retired)

Now "Hop" on over to Nikka Geers' Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas. Remember, the September SOTM is only available until September 30th! 
Find this and other great CTMH products HERE or go to:

Thanks for stopping by! 


  1. What a wonderful project and such an honor to your family.

  2. What a meaningful and special shadow box- love the way you have included memorabilia and that subtle background stamping really works for this theme.

  3. lovely project, very special keepsake!

  4. Just love the vintage feel to this project!

  5. You are so correct, this stamp set worked out perfect to showcase your husband's grandfather's pocket watch! Such a beautiful tribute!