Monday, August 26, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #18

When you read this post Monday morning we will hopefully be all moved into our new house!  We are in the last stages of packing and as with every move have decided that we have way too much stuff!  I am so thankful this is our last move for years and years to come.  Don't get me wrong we wouldn't change the adventures of the past seven years for all the tea in china but we are so very excited for this next stage in our lives.  Home ownership... all I can say about it a this point in the move is that it better be worth all the worry and trouble it has put us thru.

Now onto this weeks sketch from AHSC!  So adorable! So many possibilities. I think this sketch is going to be used many, many times in the future.  For my card I decided to use a super cute stamp set call "Buttons, Bits and Bobs" to stamp my sentiment and make most of my buttons.  I did add a few "real" buttons from my stash and tied all of the buttons with bakers twine.

Using the great colour combination of Outdoor Demin, Hollyhock, Blush, Ruby and Sunset from the now retired Claire Papers for my buttons, cute as a button and background paper. This card came together quickly despite the fussy cutting out of the smaller buttons and the threading of all the bakers twine. I did pop up my Outdoor Denim "cute as a button" with 3-d foam tape and lightly sponged the edges of the Clair paper to add a bit more dimension and framing for all those buttons.  So adorable!



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, August 19, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #17

It is the week before moving house and oh what a mess our current home is!  Going to be a very busy week but we are so excited to finally move into our very own home.   This weeks sketch for AHSC is wonderful and uses the very popular hexagon's that are so fun to play with.  For my spring card workshop I did a hexagon card and have decided to submit it to this weeks challenge.  I had wanted to blog about all the cards from the Spring Workshop but time got away from me.  So I am glad that I can share this one.
This card is fun in that it is all stamping.  Stamp sets used are Honeycomb and Quick Cards- Bumble Bee.  I stamped that Bumble Bee in Archival Black Ink so that I could go back and add yellow touches of colour using my Honey Alcohol Markers. 

When I made this card I didn't have the true hexagon shape available to me via Cricut or punch so looking thru my Art Philoshopy and Artiste Cricut Collections I found this "fancy" edged hexagon in Artiste. I thought perhaps this fancy edge would give this card that little something extra that it needed. I then stamped the various patterns onto my hexagons in Honey ink and adhered them to my black cardstock base.  I used 3-D Foam tape on my large center hexagon to give it a bit of pop.   As I like to say quick, cute and done!
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, August 12, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #16


As always AHSC has given us a great sketch for this weeks challenge!  This week I decided to try and follow the sketch as closely as I could.  It's fun to interpret sketches and make them my own but sometimes the fun is in the recreation of the sketch!

Using Pacifica Cardstock as my base, I cut the Tommy B&T in the pattern shown, for my embellishment I did go a little off sketch and made a pinwheel  from May's Stamp of the Month instead of a flower.  It is wonderful that life can be so busy but it does make it challenging to play with all the cool product I have been getting  I feel very far behind! The pinwheels are adorable and I know I will be using this stamp set again when I finally get back to creating layouts of my son when he was a toddler.  I am so looking forward to this move being over and I have tons of room to spread out and create! 


I cut the pinwheels out using my Cricut Artiste and stamped them using Pear, Lagoon and Sunset Ink.  For the sentiment I also used Sunset ink and stamped it directly onto the Tommy paper, I don't typically stamp directly onto the "pretty paper" because I always worry about messing it up but it seemed like the right thing for this card.  I literally held a my breath while I stamped it! Whew, glad it worked out and I do need to challenge myself to so do this more often!  I lightly sponged the edges of the Tommy paper in Sunset to soften the edges and then sanded the edges of the Pacifica cardstock to show the white core and give it a bit of a distressed look.

I put my pinwheel together with 3D foam tape between the layers and put a Pacifica brad in the center.  I finished it off with some Stardust Glitter Glitz Gel accents and a couple of bitty blue sparkles.

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, August 5, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #15

Happy BC Day, I hope everyone has had a wonderful long weekend!

It is very sad to say but I have spent the last week or so trying to get this sketch done...  Don't know why but every version I came up with I just didn't like.  Not even a little! I literally have a basket full of bit and pieces and half finished cards or cards that I tore apart.  Granted I have been under a bit of stress with all this house buying stuff but wow it really needs to stop affecting my creative mojo! That being said, earlier today I sat down at my desk and said "MAKE SOMETHING!" and this is what I came up with in about 10 minutes.  This one I like... cute, quick and done!


To make this card I cut out all the pieces using Art Philosophy (pg 43), Chantilly B&T papers and White Daisy Cardstock.  I stamped the "Thank You" in Twilight Pigment Ink and once it was dry coloured in the "You" using Buttercup Alcohol Makers.

I then inked the edges of the Chantilly B&T with Twilight ink and put my card together.  I finished it off with 3 bitty sparkles. 

Quick, cute and done!

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!




Thursday, August 1, 2013

Base & Bling!


Blog Hop time!  (I love blog hop time!)  This hop is all about the new products that can be found in the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book & Catalog from Close To My Heart!  Which is available as of today!!!!

With this new Idea Book comes some surprises... we still have our amazing stamps, papers and inks (that will never change) but now we also have a new Cricut Collection called Artbooking, new additions to our Designed Decor, Crush Books and Jewelry!


The Jewelry line is called Base & Bling.

When I first heard "Jewelry" I think my reaction was like most peoples... "WHAT?!?" but with all things new I try to reserve my final judgement until I have seen it for myself.  So I ordered the "Fabric Necklace Kit"  that can be found on page 77 and got to work.  First impression... love the embellishments!  If I decide not to make jewelry with them they are the perfect size for scrapbook pages, cards and many other crafty projects!


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I did have some concern with the jewelry in that I have a sensitivity to metals. My usual fix is to put a light coat of clear nail polish on the metal where it will touch my skin.  Unfortunately I didn't have any clear polish so I used Liquid Glass!

My suggestion is to wait until your project is complete and using a small disposable paint brush (because the liquid glass will destroy it) put a very, and I mean very! light coat of liquid glass on the back of the metal disks where they will touch your skin.  I also lightly painted the chain of the necklace with the liquid glass to add some protection without putting so much on the chain that it will not move. The goal is a very thin protective barrier not a shiny liquid glass project! I have worn the necklace and had no reaction to the metal!  So hooray! Another use for liquid glass!


http://cms.closetomyheart.com/~/media/5C13B2E3461F4B46B658ABCC921ABA2D.ashx?w=400Following the directions included with the kit I recreated the necklace as it is shown in the picture and had a TON OF FUN!  I love paper crafting and have been very busy making layouts and cards but I truly enjoyed creating something new and different.  I hope you also give Base & Bling a try and I think my next project will be the cuff, maybe in red...

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the "Close To My Heart new product blog hop". Click on the links below to check out more of the new products to be found in the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book and Catalog.

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