Monday, May 27, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #5

Super fun sketch from AHSC this week!  Oh the possibilities...

The first thing my husband said when he saw this sketch was "it looks like a patio deck", I think he was actually drinking a beer at the time which may have influenced his words as we would love to have a home with a back deck... and using that for  inspiration I dug thru my horde ahem, stash of papers and came across the very retro Surf's Up.

This paper packet is just so much fun and groovy!  I'm looking forward to going to the beach this summer just so that I can create layouts with it.

This last weekend I did two card workshops and for my workshops I always try to teach something new.  So for this workshop I decided we would try heat embossing, many of the ladies who attended had not tried embossing in the past and neither had I.  Thankfully I did a little R & D a few weeks ago and worked out the kinks and now that I have really  played with this technique I love the results!

So for this weeks card, using Pear Pigment Ink I stamped my stitched image from Stitched Together and then coated it with the clear embossing powder, a few minutes with the craft heating tool and viola!  shiny Pear stitches! I also, stamped the "hello sweet summer" (found in the Chantilly WOTG stamp set) in buttercup pigment ink and then used white daisy embossing powder on it.  I see a lot of heat embossing on future projects!  Think about it, all 40 pigment inks with the clear embossing powder, no need to buy any other powders!  The pigment inks are so vibrant and the clear embossing just makes them shine.

To get the pretty border on my surf board paper I used my Cricut Artiste, the image can be found on page 31 and it cuts out as a circle (like a doily).  I cut my circle at 6" and then trimmed it down to fit my card and give me the border I needed for this sketch.   I finished off my card by adding a few of the green and blue epoxy bubbles and a few dabs of my favorite Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel (this always seems to be just the right thing needed to finish off a project...) in the holes of my border to give a little sparkle and highlight the cuts.

And here is this weeks creation...

Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments! Follow this link to check out all the other great artwork submitted to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! I hope you get inspired and play along!

June 4th - Heart 2 Heart Challenges for June is If You like Pina Coladas - Let's Go Tropical!  I have decided to submit my card as I think mine is feeling the summer vibe...

Monday, May 20, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #4

Happy Victoria Day to everyone!  We just got back from a great camping trip to Horne Lake Caves Regional Park located here on Vancouver Island.  It was a great weekend, still a little cold and damp but we made do with all the other crazy campers!
This weeks sketch was once again fun and simple!  It also gave me inspiration to finish off that last card needed for an upcoming card workshop.  (I had a bit of creative block getting that last one done!)

You could call this a "retired" card in that I created it using retired Stella Paper, with retired taffy card stock and some of the fabulous (soon to be retired)  colour ready Canvas Badge Buttons.  These things are amazing and I am surprised there wasn't more discussion about them when they were in regular stock, they can currently be found in the while supplies last section and a great buy at $1.70!  They take the pigment ink so beautifully and as you can see the stamped images are so clean and clear! The stamps are from "A Garden" (A1119) and the I used ruby, lagoon and sunset pigment inks. Close To My Heart does have several colour-ready canvas products available and I definitely look forward to trying more of them out! 

I mounted all the pieces onto some basic brown card stock (not sure of the source) and as you can see I choose to use the Canvas Badge Buttons instead of a star and as my sentiment.  I loved the Stella papers they had a great vintage vibe, so I distress all the edges with a bit of sanding to give it that little bit extra "vintage".  I think this card turned out fun and simple, just like Michelle's sketch!

Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments! Follow this link to check out all the other great artwork submitted to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Cross Canada Blog Hop.... May!

Welcome to our May Blog Hop featuring our Canvas Display project.  We have 2 sizes available to purchase, the larger one comes in a WOTG Kit and measures 12x12.   The kit is $39.95 (G1062), it comes with directions, an exclusive stamp set and Embellishments to decorate your canvas, you can find this on page 23.  The second size available measures 6x6, it can be found on page 126, and is $4.95(Z1818).
We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle at If you came from Karen of  Karen's Clearly Precious Impression  then you are in the right place!

Photo taken with back lighting to show detail
I choose to do the 6x6 canvas and once I made some decisions this project finally came together.  Those pesky decisions!  I like dragonfly's and my family loves to give me them to me.  My mum-in-law gave me this wonderful necklace pendant a few years ago but I find it too heavy to wear.  I hate that it has been sitting in the jewelry box and it just seemed like the perfect time to show it off.

To create the project I used the honeycomb stamp for the Distressed Backgrounds stamp set and covered the canvas using Pear Pigment Ink.  The flowers are from the Love Blooms stamp set and stamped in Hollyhock, Blush and Cotton Candy with pear/sweet leaf leaves.

Using a few pieces of Dakota (love this paper and will miss it when it retires!) to create the wooden frame and some Durable Square Studs to nail it together.  I used a stick pin for a retired packet of Bling Assortment to attach my dragonfly to the canvas and a few opaques finished off my roses.

I really like how this project turned out, I love that the stamping is uneven and not quite perfect (which for those who know me will attest... this can be an issue.)  This canvas will now proudly hang with the lovely little dragonfly print that my mum-in-law just got me for my birthday!

I am the very last "stop" on this hop across Canada but if you are still completing the circle your next stop is back at the beginning in Nova Scotia with Michelle of  My Creations with Michelle.

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own Canvas projects using some of the designs, paper and techniques seen along the way. Join us again in June when we will be featuring party themed projects.

I am going to submit this project to the Heart 2 Heat Challenge: Let's See Those May Flowers and  Color My Heart: Color Dare #42.  Challenges are so much fun!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #3

Week #3! and I am so excited to have been chosen to be part of the design team.  Thank you Michelle and Darla, I hope I live up to expectations...

Once again Michelle gave us a "simple" design that is soooo NOT when it comes time to create!  I think my card this week may have turned out a little "bollywood"...

Using some of the delicious Dream Pop Paper with it's embossed card stock.  I used the grey with chevron pattern as my base and cut out the flower petals using my Cricut Art Philosophy (pg. 23 ). I fussy cut the little pink elephant and using some alcohol markers (pear, honey, gypsy), stardust glitter glitz gel and a few bitty sparkles gave him a little personality!

The sparkle flourish across the card tied it all together and gave my little elephant something stand on.  The "hello" is cut out from the top zip strip on the elephant paper.

I hope this happy little hello makes the friend who is going to get it in the mail smile!

Have you had a chance to check out Dream Pop yet??  It is only available for the month of May in honor of National Scrapbooking Month! You can get the yummy Dream Pop paper packet for only $10 when you spend $35 in May (valued at $19.95 retail)! This exclusive paper packet includes 12 cardstock sheets as well as 12 B&T Duos® papers that were specifically designed for this promotion only—you can’t get these sweet colors and patterns anywhere else! Contact me today to find out how you can get yours.

Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments! Follow this link to check out all the other great artwork submitted to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #2

This weeks sketch has proven to be very challenging!  Such a simple design but not simple at all.  I decided to make this sketch into a card and at first glance all I saw was Santa's belt!  but I did not want to make a Christmas card...
I have been wanting to use some of the Tommy Papers and looking thru my stamp catalog (on evernote!) I came across a very retired stamp set called "Ticket for All".  I stamped the image in Archival Black and then got to play with some of my alcohol markers (honey, pear and ruby to be exact) and I sponged the sky blue.   Using archival or pigment inks for stamping your image allows you to then colour in the image with alcohol markers without fear that the stamped image will bleed or smudge! Once it was all dried I used some stardust glitz glitter gel on the clouds and a few dots of almond glitz glitter on the sand.

Now came the challenging part.  How to recreate this awesome sketch without over doing it!?  After several false starts I decided less is more and keep it simple! 
A small strip of Tommy paper mounted onto Outdoor Denim cardstock,  a piece of Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon, Cranberry Baker's Twine to attach my ticket and a little hand written Bon Voyage banner (in pear to match the bucket).  I then mounted it all onto the white card base to give it a frame.
I like that this card turned out so clean and simple (CAS!) and it is keeping with my own personal challenge to try and create more "manly!" cards.  Like so many others I find it easy to create "girly" and the men in my life get left out...  
Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments! Follow this link to check out all the other great artwork submitted to this sketch challenge!