I am so very excited about the shiny new Annual Idea Book from Close To My Heart and being an independent consultant for this wonderful company has some perks, like being able to shop before it goes "live" on August 1st. (FRIDAY!) Many of my crafty friends have had sneak peeks at all the wonderful product that I ordered and their wish lists are now long! We are going to have a great year with this Idea Book and all sorts of workshops and ideas for our Monthly clubs are swirling around in my head.
BUT... For the month of August I have have decided to "attack my stash"! Compared to a few of my crafty friends, I know that my
horde stash is miniscule but to me it is out of control and I am going to do something about it. I have a "use it or loose it" policy for most things in our house, as I am not a big fan of clutter and I am going to make this apply to the many crafty items that are squirreled away in my craft room. For many of my crafty friends this will be a good thing as I will be having a retired product sale at some point in the fall so that I can get it out of my closet and into yours!(devilish laugh)
With this in mind I literally reached into that closet and grabbed a paper packet from the "retired" paper shelf and came out with "Lucky". This paper packet is at least 3 year old and still wonderful! Part of the theme in this packet was bicycles so I then looked at the Evernote app on my phone which has a list of all my stamp sets and after a quick tag search for "bicycles"... the first one on the list was, "It's Your Day". This was a special celebration stamp set created last year (I think) and it was only available for one month. I found this process of just picking the first thing kind of liberating and a whole lot of fun!
Now onto this weeks lovely sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. I created this quick card but I did sneak in a "brand new to Close To My Heart product" that is in the new Idea Book. Can you spot it?
For those who have a copy of the new Idea Book on page 182... yup, I got to use the new Chevron Border Punch! Can you spot it yet?? To add a little more fun to the punched strip of paper I punched out a border on sunset cardstock and used the "waste" pieces to fill in a few of the holes in the border. Oh the possibilities...
Other product that I used on this card are: sunset and colonial white Cardstock, sunset, olive and outdoor denim Ink and my Cricut Artiste for a few of the shapes. The sparkles are from a blue/green assortment that are now retired but I recently found out we can colour Clear Sparkles with our new Alcohol Markers! More info to come on that bit of information once I have had a chance to play.
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.
Oh! One last thing.... I remember to do inside the card! Again! Nothing super fancy but I remembered to do it. Feeling kinda proud of myself.