Happy Canada Day!

It's a beautiful sunny day here in Port Alberni, BC.  We had fun this morning watching our local Canada Day Parade and now we are going to spend the afternoon in true west coast fashion enjoying our swimming pool and having a BBQ.  As many of you know it has been a real challenge since we bought this house last summer but today spending a sunny afternoon hanging out with my two very favorite people, in our own backyard, is a wonderful thing.
Now onto this weeks sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  Wow we are up to #62  already and if you are not aware they have put up the call for those who would like to join us on the Design Team.  I hope you consider applying, it really is a lot of fun.

For this weeks challenge I decided to try something a little different, NO patterned paper... typically I choose one of CTMH's lovely paper packets and create using it but this week I decided to use only Colonial White Cardstock and Kraft Paper.
Other products that I used for this card are the Pick a Posey Stamp Set and the 4 My Friend Stamp Set which is long retired but still one of my favorite "go to" stamp sets for sentiments.  I did see several sentiment stamp sets in the new Annual Idea Book (available August 1st) that looked promising.  For the stamping and sponge distressing I used Close To My Hearts Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pads in Sorbet, Sunset, Buttercup (which is retiring!) and Sweet Leaf.
To give my Kraft paper some character I used the Edge Distresser to really "chew up" the edges of the paper and then I carefully crumpled up the kraft paper to give it the worn, weathered look that you can hopefully see in the photo.  I think it gives a great background for my pretty flowers.  
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 might get voted as one of the top 3 cards of the week! 

Happy Crafting!


  1. This turned out really lovely. I like how you used the Kraft and Colonial White CS. Great job!


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