Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #78!

Christmas Cards!  I have been very busy working on my big Christmas Card Workshop and it never sounds like much work until you do the math, 10 designs done 2 times each x 20 people = a whole lotta paper being cut and embellishments being counted out and everything being triple counted because I would hate for anyone to be missing anything! The first of 3 classes starts on Friday and I am in the home stretch for getting it all ready but the last card always gives me trouble, thankfully this weeks sketch from Atlantic Hearts came to the rescue. 

As always, super cute design and I decided I to do a retro Christmas type of card. I wanted to use these wonderful 6x6 Kraft Paper Cards that have a scalloped edged flap, they are a retired product from Close To My Heart but oh so fun! On this card I also used the retired Olive Mini Medley that can still be found on While Supplies Last. I love Mini Medley's and I am glad we still have several options available, they make it so easy to embellish.
For my retro theme I decided to only use Olive and Cranberry Cardstock (a very Christmas combo) with a bit of patterned paper from the Snowhaven Paper Packet and Colonial White for stamping. The super cute bear is from October's Stamp of the Month Home for the Holidays (S1410) and the Christmas greeting is from Be Jolly (B1455) which is a Hostess Rewards Stamp Set. (ask me how you can get yours!) I stamped the images and inked all the Kraft paper with Barn Red Ink.  This is not a "go to" colour for me but I find I really like how it turned out on this project. (In person it is way more red than brown) Seems like an unsung hero... 

The true hero of this card is my Cricut and the Art Philosophy Cartridge, five cuts were used for this card and the scalloped edge on the bottom was done using my scallop border punch. As a final touch I heavily sanded all the cardstock pieces with the heaviest grit on the sanding block.  I love how it gives that well aged, distress look to my retro-ish card.

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! 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #76

What a weird day!  And I am so relieved that I got my card done because I wasn't sure if it was going to happen...  my mojo and decision making skills were not working in tandem today.

I LOVE this sketch and I know I will be using it again in the future.  So simple and yet not.  I found it surprisingly hard to find stamps that were small enough to do a collage on a card.  I honestly tried several variations that just didn't work out for me today.  I think it is also all the white space which can be a challenge to leave "blank" and a big part of me always wants to add something.

Once I finally started making decisions that my mojo liked, I decided that this card would be very "clean and simple" and I would try to only use one neutral with one or two added colours.

So, keeping that in mind I used only Colonial White Cardstock, Thistle Ink and Glitter Paper from the Teal and Purple packets.  The Happy Holidays sentiment is from the Perfect Fit - Holidays stamp set (B1412) and I used the 1st and 2nd generation stamping technique to get the light and dark shades.  

The Christmas ball shape is from page 56 of Artbooking and the gift is from page 60 of Art Philosophy.  The blue ribbon is from my stash.  I attached the Christmas ball only using one foam pop dot as I wanted to make it an option to remove it and make it into a real Christmas decoration.

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! 

So this morning I was looking at my picture and I was unhappy with it.  Beyond the colour being too yellow something wasn't  right on the card and I realized that I had put the bow too high on the Christmas ornament and you couldn't see that it was one.  So I moved the bow down a bit and retook the picture.  A little better.