Monday, January 27, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #40!

Can you believe we have been at this for 40 weeks already??? So fun!  I so enjoy seeing everyone's take on the sketches from week to week.  I am hopefully going to have a bit more time to get back to doing the challenges weekly.  Life is just busy sometimes, does it not know that I have creating to do?

Now for this weeks sketch from AHSC! I love to make flowers and right away I knew I wanted to make a layered flower with inked edges.  I have made a ton of these types of flowers in the past but have only shown them on a few projects here. 

For this card I used a piece of the crazy patterned paper from Laughing Lola, Sparkle Flourishes, Gypsy Ink and the sentiment is from the 4 My Friend (D1510) Stamp Set. 
This type of flower is super simple to make, using my Cricut Art Philosophy I cut out the flower shape in a variety of sizes, I then take a sponge and ink the edges in whatever colour I want.  The secret to making these flowers really pop is not only the layering but that you need to "mess with them"... what I like to do is take my bone folder and curl the edges, giving them shape.  I have also been know to crinkle, scrunch, fold and generally manhandle the petals to give them dimension. The rounded end of the CTMH piercing tool is also really good at shaping petals.  So the trick?  Mess with them!

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!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Cross Canada Blog Hop... January 2014!

Welcome to our January Blog Hop featuring creations that using products that will be retiring at the end of the month.   To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact 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 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 My Creations with Michelle. If you came from Nancy Klein's Blog then you are in the right place! 

On pages 54 & 55 of the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book are the 4 paper packets that were carried forward from the Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book, they are Chantilly, For Always, Surf's Up and Tommy.  While I always LOVE getting the new Idea Books and seeing all the wonderful new product we will get play with I always feel a little sad that other product will be retiring.  Apart of me always wants to say "Why do you have to go...?" Silly but true!   For this blog I was going to showcase a new project using one of these paper packets but have decided to repost my very favorite projects from 2013 using these papers instead.

For Always. Such a versatile collection of papers and I used Lagoon for the bow and accent shadow on the Mr. & Mrs.  I found that all of our Exclusive 40 Colour Palette worked beautifully with these papers.  The Cricut Art Philosophy and Artiste Collections made this project quick and easy!

Chantilly!  So pretty!  So glad I have a stash of these papers as I have several future projects in mind.  I just need to find the time to do them!

Have I mentioned before that I love the My Creations Bracket Frames??  I am very happy that this frame has been carried forward to 2014 and I am super excited to try out the new My Creations Pennant Frame.

Once again the Circut Art Philosophy and Artiste Collections made this project come together quickly.  For this Frame I used Slate Washi Tape, buttons and  Grey Velvet Rub-ons to add a ton of subtle accents to a very beautiful, bright paper.  Love how my little man just pops out!

This card was one of the very first that I made for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge that started up in April of 2013.  Sketch #2 to be exact.  I so enjoy being apart of the AHSC design team and look forward to each weeks design.  This card uses just a bit from the Tommy papers as well as Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon and Cranberry Twine.  The stamp set is VERY, very retired and was called Ticket For All Season's.  

Like many I often struggle with layering elements and have found my style to be very CAS (aka Clean and Simple). I really liked how this card turned out, to me it's still very clean and simple but also has lots of layers and draws the eye.

Surf's Up is a truly fun paper collection that I really haven't had a chance to play with much yet.  This card is also an Atlantic Hearts Sketch and I was playing with the pigment inks and clear embossing power.  I love how vibrant our pigment inks are and how they really pop when you emboss with them.

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, products and techniques seen along the way. Join us again in February when we will be featuring some of our favourite products. We hope you will join us again on February15th, 2014.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #38

Welcome to January!  It is going by quickly which for me is a good thing because most years January seems to last for about 8 weeks!  Let's have a look at this weeks challenge from AHSC!  As always Michelle and Darla have given us a great sketch that leaves lots of room for interpretation.   I had wanted to start making more scrapbooking pages for the these challenges but (sigh) not this week!  I went with a card and decide to use the totally boy ProPlayer Paper Packet.  I made all my embellishments using the Tech Speak stamp set and this one uses the Cricut Artiste Collection for some of the shapes.  Other product I used on this card are Pacific, Ruby and Slate Ink and my micro-tip scissors to fussy cut out the "hand and game controller".

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!