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Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #271

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Life has a funny way of making you take a break even when you do not intend to take one.  The past several months have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride and well, I had to step off for a few weeks and just concentrate on family and other commitments. Happily, it is summer and school is out for my son and in between all the summer fun we have planned, I am spending time in the craft room!

For this week's sketch from Atlantic Hearts I decided to use the super bright and fun papers from the Central Park paper packet and after playing around for about 10 minutes I realized I was recreating the beautiful artwork from page 39 of the Seasonal Expressions 2!  Inspiration can come from so many places!

The hot air balloon and it's sentiment are from the PML cards that are found in the paper packet and I did trim it down to better fit my card.  I decided to keep this card really clean and simple adding just a bit of gold shimmer trim and a few of the small Central Park Sequins, I LOVE t…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #263

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May!  This year is just flying by and the newest Seasonal Expressions from CTMH has been released.  It is full of crafty goodness (of course) and I am in love with one of the collections called Fresh Air.  It is just full of a West Coast Woodsy vibe and I cannot wait to make a ton of projects with these papers. 

I know I typically make cards but I also like to create "pocket cards" for Picture My Life Scrapbooking.  This is a quick fun way of getting those memories and pictures off the computer and into your scrapbook without the labour of creating full scrapbook pages.  It is a ton of fun and very satisfying...

So for this weeks AHSC I decided to make a quick pocket card to go with some of the bazillion  "walk in the woods and camping" photos that I have to yet print!

I made this card on a 4x6 base of Kraft Paper using papers from the Fresh Air paper packet, the stamping was done in Espresso Ink and yes, that is second generation stamping with the trees! and the st…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #261

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I'm back!  Sorta...  I was in a car accident just shy of a month ago and well, it has really impacted my life.  I didn't think I was that injured etc but my poor knees and hips are just not happy.  I have spent a ton of time lately literally laying in bed with ice packs on the angry joints and watching TV.  I AM SO BORED but sitting/standing/and walking are not very fun and pain is so distracting, it really makes your brain not work!

Anyways, today.  Today I am spending a few hours in the craft room and creating something!  With the current Seasonal Expressions booklet finishing at the end of the month I wanted to create something quick and pretty with one of the paper packets that is retiring.  I choose Chelsea Gardens, this pack is just so lovely and has been so popular!  I loved this watering can (which is on one of the PML cards from this collection) and I cut it down so that I could mount it on the patterned paper and  Sapphire Cardstock.  The pretty blue/green watercolou…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #255

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Spring! We had a sunny weekend and living on the wet coast that means Spring has rolled in in all its allergy-inducing glory!  People were outside gardening, riding motorcycles, and firing up the BBQs while little kids learned how to ride those Christmas bikes in the beautiful if slightly chilly sunshine.  It's totally raining today but we had a great weekend. 

For this week's sketch from Atlantic Hearts, I knew I wanted to use the very pretty Make Waves paper packet and try to work a little outside the box, just a little.  So picking up on the flower and sea star theme I found this super cute seastar/starfish border from the Cricut Artistry Collection which I cut out in Lagoon Cardstock.  I then added a few sea stars from the Cricut Flower Market and You are Here Collections.  I love that the center of the "pine flower" cut (which I cut out on Bashful Glitter Paper) totally looks like a seastar and I could use it as an accent on my border.  The "Happy Birthday&…