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Happy Canada Day!

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For this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge I had every intention of creating something fun and cute to celebrate Canada Day using the very fun  Celebrate with a Bang (B1680) and Happy Canada Day (M1256) stamp sets but Close To My Heart released a new "bring back my pack", and it is SEASIDE! I loved this paper collection when it was available a few years ago and can't wait to get my mitts on the updated version that they have released for this special.
I was so excited that I pulled out the scraps from my original stash of Seaside and decided to make a quick Picture My Life card with some of the goodies. I love to scrapbook and now do a mix of traditional layouts and Picture My Life which many people know as "pocket scrapbooking" it's quick and easy but still allows you to get creative! The Picture My Life Cards that CTMH create are lovely, but I also love having the option to create my own to really compliment the traditional layouts that I have also cr…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #321

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A speedy card for this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  I bought the Party Balloons Stamp & Thins Cuts from CTMH with plans to use it in my Spring Card Workshop, and it got cut from the lineup due to "too many ideas and not enough cards!"  But it seemed like the right choice for this weeks AHSC.

Using the pretty watercolour striped paper from the True Love Paper Packet as my background I thin cut the balloons, string, bow and sentiment banner in White Daisy, Ballerina, Sage, and Mint cardstocks.  All stamping was done using Sapphire Ink.  A bitty sparkle for my bow and a few careful swipes of Clear Shimmer Brush on my balloons finished my cards.  I say careful swipes because both the Shimmer Brush and Sapphire Ink are waterbased which will make the ink run, so I only painted the cardstock and not the ink!

Close to My Heart really does make it quick and easy!  Thank you for stopping by, and I appreciate your comments, I hope I have inspired you to come to play alon…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #319

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Hello Crafty Friends!  For this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge I was all ready to create something new, but a card that I created for my Spring Card Workshop just had to be shared instead!
Products I used for this card are Pansy and Lilac cardstock, Silver Heat Embossing Powder, Pansy Ink, and a Sugarplum Glitter Gem for my flower centre.  The Thistle Extra Thick Twine is retired but a perfect addition to the "purple card!.  The stamp set is from the Seasonal Expressions 1 and is called Dandelion Wishes (B1653).  
The embossing folder is called Playful Scallops (Z4231) and can be found in the "Going Soon" section of on my CTMH website, I lightly sanded the ridges to bring out the white core of the cardstock (love this effect!).  The lilac tag was cut out using one of the Thin Cuts from the Fancy Tags collection (Z4305).  This super simple card was definitely a favourite of the workshop, and I am going to keep this design in my stash as I think a Christmas versio…

Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge #317

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My family and I went to our friends' wedding last weekend, and I decided to use this week's sketch from Atlantic Hearts as the inspiration for the card.  It was a lovely outdoor wedding and the card I created really worked well with the clean and simple style of the event.  (whew!)

Using the so very pretty Feels Like Home paper collection (now retired but still available!), this card went through a few variations before I was happy with it. I did deviate from the sketch a bit, but I did use it as my starting point, and I think the main elements still shine through.

For this card, I used June's Stamp of the Month - It's Your Day to Sparkle (sneak peek!), and I stamped the image onto the patterned paper using Pewter Ink and then fussy cut it out.  I hand coloured the flowers and leaves and then went one step further and stamped the image onto Ballerina Cardstock which I then fussy cut out the base so that I could paper piece it onto my project.  It is difficult to see in…