Monday, July 29, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #14


 

Whew! I am tired!  This past weekend I participated in a Street Fair on Saturday and on Sunday I had a small open house to showcase some of the new product that will be available in the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book from Close To My Heart.  At the street fair I made some wonderful new crafty friends and I look forward to meeting them all again this fall when my workshops begin but I was standing outside all day in the hot sun.  Thankfully I had a canopy and was next to a tree but I really, really do not do well in the heat. I do not think I will be a "snowbird" who spends her retirement years in Arizona!

Other big news for me... I had a new member join my Team!  Welcome Karen, we are going to have tons of fun.  It really is exciting to share my passion for paper crafting with others and I love that Close To My Heart makes it so easy! 

Onto this weeks challenge from AHSC.  As always, super cute!  I made my card several weeks ago and it turned out a little different from the sketch but in all honesty this sketch was the inspiration! 

I just realized that I do not have a photo of the finished card!  I made it for my neighbour who was going to a very special wedding anniversary, a 70th!  I just think it is amazing, 70 years together with the one you love!  I am a romantic...

So the finished card did have a small tag tied to the stem of the flower using a bit of bakers twine tied in a pretty bow.  I stamped "Wishing you a Happy 70th Anniversary" on the tag in Lagoon Ink and my apologies for not taking a picture of the card with the tag on it and I am unsure why I didn't.  It was several weeks ago and I was in a bit of rush to get the it done.

For this card I used  some of my horded "Dotty for You" paper, Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes Cricut Art Philosophy, and Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel

After I Cricut cut the flowers I inked the edges using Sunset, Smoothie and  Creme Brulee and then rolled them using the Quilling Tool! (love the quilling tool).  I then lightly inked the edges of the Garden Wooden Shapes, Sweet Leaf for the leaves, Smoothie of the butterfly and Sunset for the dragonfly.  I then added some accents using Bronze Glitz Glittter Gel and my card is done.  As mentioned before I did add some baker's twine and a small tag the stem of the flower.

Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments! Follow the link to check out all the great artwork submitted to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! I hope you get inspired and decide to come play along!  We would love to see what you create and you may be voted into the top 3 cards of the week.



Monday, July 22, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #13

Wow the weeks just keep moving on!  Seems like it was just a few days ago that #1 was posted at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and the fun began...

Like all Cricut fans I am super excited for Close To My Heart's new collection called "Artbooking" which will be available August 1st but in all honesty I feel that I have barely scratched the surface in all that my Art Philosophy and Artiste collections can do!  With that in mind I was flipping through my Artiste collection and came across the super fun images for "Movie Night".  I loved how the top of the popcorn box reminded me of this sketch from Michelle's at AHSC and the idea for this invitation was born!

All the images can be found on page 67 and I did cut out the 3D image for the popcorn box and then trimmed off what I didn't need.  Using my Embossing Stylus I made the lines on my popcorn box and then sanded them lightly with my sanding block to show the white core of the paper.  To create the "popcorn" I crumpled (really abused!) some scrap Colonial White Cardstock and then sponged it with Honey Ink for my "butter".  I then tore off pieces of the cardstock and further abused it by crumpling and twisting it into my popcorn shapes, I attached the popcorn to my card using liquid glass.

Have you tried the new glitter paper yet?  Currently we have Black & Grey and Brown &Tan, next idea book we also get Greens!  It goes through the Cricut just like regular cardstock and I love how my film strip is now all sparkley! Once the film strip was cut out I mounted it over a few pieces of Slate Polka-dot Washi Tape on White Daisy Cardstock and then attached it to my card with a few pieces of 3-D foam tape at the top to give it a bit of pop over my popcorn box. I then lightly sponged the edge's of "Movie Night" with Cranberry Ink to give them some contrast and my invitation is done!  Now I just have to decide when we are having movie night!

Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments! Follow the link to check out all the great artwork submitted to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! I hope you get inspired and decide to come play along!  We would love to see what you create and you may be voted into the top 3 cards of the week.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #12

Two blog posts in one day!!  Another great sketch this week from Michelle at AHSC!  I found this one (thankfully) not as hard as previous weeks to complete and really do enjoy trying to complete the challenges showing my own style while still staying within the sketch.

Compared to the past few weeks this card seems very busy!  Supplies I used to create are: the Clair Paper Packet (retired), flowers from the Just Blooms Paper Flowers and a few from my stash, Bitty Sparkles , Stardust Glitter Glitz Gel (of course), the ribbon and big bling button were both purchased from the While Supplies Last section several weeks ago. I inked the edges of my paper in Outdoor Denim Ink and this card came together quickly.  I did have to use a lot of Liquid Glass to get that big bling button to stay but I so wanted to use it on this card, it just seemed like the right embellishment.



Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments! Follow the link to check out all the great artwork submitted to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! I hope you get inspired and decide to come play along!  We would love to see what you create and you may be voted into the top 3 cards of the week.

Happy Crafting!

Cross Canada Blog Hop... July!


Welcome to our July Blog Hop featuring retiring items that you will want to have too.  You will see creations from our participants that will include many retiring items, from stamps, papers, and My Creations products, there is bound to be something that you will need to grab before it's gone.  Last day to order these products before they are going going gone is July 31st.  See your local consultant to place an order.

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 do....by 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 mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca. If you came from Famida of Get Scrappin with Fami then you are in the right place! 

http://cms.closetomyheart.com/~/media/ImageGallery/Time%20Sensitive/Medium/2013_Spring_Summer_IdeaBook/WOTG_ForAlwaysCards.ashx?w=400My apologies for missing June's blog hop but some times creative block happens, it almost happened again this month!

I think our theme of featuring retiring product is a great idea but as many of you already know much of what is retiring is already gone. Surprised me a little how fast some of it went but I understand that a good thing does go quickly! I was unsure what to do for this blog hop but then I had an epiphany (no not a seizure) The For Always Cardmaking Kit!  Now to be clear the For Always paper packet and it's compliments are NOT retiring BUT the Card Workshop On The Go is...


I will draw your attention to the stamp set which is retiring.  I have used this stamp set many times over the past few months and love it's versatility!  Thankfully I took a picture of it when it was still new so that you can get a good look at it (mine is now all pink for happy stamping!) and see many more uses for this stamp set in the years to come.

I did recreate the cards as per the instructions in the workshop and loved how they turned out.  I decided to use Close To My Hearts picture of the cards as mine look pretty much the same. 


I did make a few cards with some of the left over bits and pieces and this one was quick and cute.  The kit comes with Smokey Plum cardstock but I used a piece of Gypsy instead and sponged all of the B&T paper with Gypsy Ink as well as stamped the sentiment.

I would love to show you a few of the other projects that I used this stamp set on but unfortunately they are going to a few people who haven't seen them yet... but I will post them in a few weeks when the surprise has occurred.



Included in the kit:

1 – My Acrylix® For Always Cardmaking Workshop Stamp Set (C-size)
2 – For Always B&T Duos® Papers
4 – Cardstock Sheets (Slate, Smokey Plum, Whisper, White Daisy)
15 – White Daisy Cards & Envelopes
1 – Slate Satin Ribbon (5 yards)
1 – Purple Sparkles (72)
1 – Instructional Brochure


A great deal for $29.95 plus shipping & taxes. And only available until July 31st!




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 get creative using some of the designs, paper and techniques seen along the way. Join us again in August when we will be featuring our Kraft products.  We hope you will join us again on August 15th.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #11




Welcome to Week #11!  Another super challenging sketch from AHSC this week.  These challenges at first glance always seem so easy but then I have another look and think "What am I going to do with this?!" LOL it took a couple of days to figure that out! But once I made a few decisions this card came together in about 10 minutes!
As you know I love all things Close To My Heart but there are a few small companies out there that I love to support not only because they are a small company but because they produce a high quality product for a decent price.  One of these companies is "The Twinery" and I started using their twine back in 2011 when they only had 14 colours!  Now they have dozens of choices not only in the classic twine but shimmer and solid options!  (I am a fan!)

To make this card, I wrapped a piece of our silver glitter paper in Mandarin, Cantaloupe, Marigold and Buttercream twine and tied each into a pretty bow.  I then attached it to a piece of Pacifica cardstock using foam dots.  My sentiment is from the Casual Expressions stamp set and I stamped my Congratulations in Sunset Ink.  I then added a couple of blue bitty sparkles to finish it off. 

As I said this weeks challenge turned out to be quick and easy once I made a few decisions!

Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments! Follow the link to check out all the great artwork submitted to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! I hope you get inspired and decide to come play along!  We would love to see what you create and you may be voted into the top 3 cards of the week.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #10!


 

Happy Canada Day!  The sun came back this weekend and in the Alberni Valley (where I live) it feels like someone turned the heat way up!  It is currently 30'C and the weather network says it feels like 37'C.  We love it but it takes a bit to get use too especially when it was only 20'C a few days ago.  Hello summer... swim lessons and sunburns here we come!

We are already at week #10 for the Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge and as always Michelle created a super fun sketch for us to play with!  We have had a number of new babies recently and I have been trying to keep up with all the welcome cards.  This week I needed to make another hello baby card but this one needed to be a little divergent from the norm as it is for a co-worker of my husbands and well my husband is a little divergent. :)  LOL If I made him a flowery, cutesy welcome baby card I do not know if it would actually get delivered!


Using some of the awesome Later Sk8r paper (so sad that it is already sold out!) and the "Outta This World" stamp set this card came together quickly.  I stamped my robot on White Daisy cardstock using Pear and Outdoor Denim Pigment Inks and I then embossed the image using Clear Detail Embossing Powder.  I stamped my space ship and sentiment on Whisper cardstock with pigment inks and also embossed the images.

After several minutes of fussy cutting I decided my robot needed a little more colour so I used my Lagoon Alcohol Marker to fill in some of his details and I used the Pear Alcohol Marker on the large dots of my space ship.  I then added a few of the Blue & Green Epoxy Bubbles and finished my card off using the ever present and my very favorite Stardust Glitter Glitz Gel!

Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments! Follow the link to check out all the great artwork submitted to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! I hope you get inspired and decide to come play along!  We would love to see what you create and you may be voted into the top 3 cards of the week.

Happy Crafting!