Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #96

We are having a beautiful early Spring here in BC, granted the nights are cold and we have super heavy fog in the mornings but the days are gorgeous.  The clouds will probably roll back in in a few days and we will have our typical winter deluge until April but we are so super happy while we've got it!

This weeks sketch from AHSC is so CLASSIC!  Love the simplicity that gives you a ton of ideas.  I decided to followed the sketch closely this week and deployed the Cricut to make this quick easy card. 

Products I used for this card are:
- Seaside Paper Packet which is so lovely and already has that distressed look to it.  I did sand distress the edges to bring out the white core and further the shabby chic look of the paper.
- Glacier cardstock which I also distress by sanding with the strongest grit on my sanding block.  I sanded it in a cross hatch pattern to really bring out the white core.
- Creme Brulee cardstock (retired CTMH colour) which I also sanded,
- Doodled Designs (A1170) I stamped the line circle several times in Glacier ink and then once in Lagoon to make the fun pattern and the Happy Birthday is from the You Mean the World to Me (B1467) stamp set.
- Cricut Artbooking Border pg 48 (cut twice)
- Cricut Art Philosophy Circle 3 pg 41

I waffled on adding any bling, glitter, twine or other embellishments to this card and might at a later date.  I am really liking it clean and simple with all the distressed edges...

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!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cross Canada Blog Hop...Cards, Cards, Cards!

Welcome to our February Blog Hop featuring Card Creations made using CTMH How To Books.  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 do....by 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 Kristine of @ Home with Studio K then you are in the right place! 

I love using the "How To" books from CTMH! I flip thru them often when I need some inspiration and looking at the patterns gives me ideas for the base of my projects and then they grow from there. For this hop I have made 3 cards using the beautiful Brushed papers and patterns found in the how to book "Make It from Your Heart Volume 1".  
Card #1 - Pattern 23
- Happy to Be Friends (C1605) 
- Pixie and Sweet Leaf Ink
- blue ribbon from my retired CTMH stash 
- Kraft paper

In person this card is so soft and pretty!  I cut all the pieces out following the pattern but the kraft paper around the squares is not listed. I found there was more than enough space to add the extra paper without taking away from the design.  For the ribbon I left the ends unglued so that it had some movement and showed off the ruffled edges.

Card #2 - Pattern 27

I love this bow! (I use it all the time) and it is cut out using Cricut Artiste. This bow can be found on pg 55, Accent 3. I used Pixie cardstock and it is cut at 1"

The green paper with the faint pattern (which is glossy in person) is from the Paper Fundamentals Assortment - Whimsy.  These papers all have a different pattern with one side being glossy and the other white. I find the glossy side to be a great way to add detail when you want it to be subtle. 

I deviated from the design just a bit in that it suggests a 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 box in the center to showcase a sentiment, etc. but I really didn't want to cover up the beautiful patterned papers so I made the bow instead.  I decided to use a cranberry brad in the center of the bow to draw your eye right to the center of the card making everything just pop! I also sponge distressed the bow, pattern paper and card base with cranberry ink to further pull out the reds in the pattern paper but I did not ink the green paper as I also wanted the eye to see the surprise pattern hiding there. Super simple card but so classic in my opinion.

Card #3 - Pattern 24

In person this card is not so bright!  The yellows are much softer.  I cut the layers of my flower out using Cricut Art Philosophy.  This flower can be found on page 50 and it is cut at 2.5, 2 and 1.75.  The center metal piece is from my retired CTMH stash. I sponge inked the edges of the flower using Canary ink and then went back over just the outside edge using Honey.

For Valentine's Day I got a Cuttlebug! (my Love knows me well) I have been wanting one for a very long time and it was delivered Friday morning.  The little flower pattern in the Canary Cardstock is from the embossing folder that came with the Cuttlebug and I am so looking forward to when the ones I now get to order from CTMH arrive.

The stamp is from Sincere Expressions (A1146) and I used Juniper ink to stamp the sentiment and sponge distress the edges. I do not typically stamp onto patterned paper but the example in the how to book had done it this way and I thought to give it a try. I do like the end result but would probably use a darker ink next time. In person the sentiment does show up better but in this picture the yellows are overpowering everything...  To finish off this card I added a butterfly from the Junebug Puffies and a few bitty sparkles.

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. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring Easter Fun creations.  So mark March 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #94

Two big Birthdays this last week!  My little man turned 7 and his Grampy turned 65. We have been busy partying it up!

With birthdays on my mind and one of Malcolm's buddies also having a birthday party over the weekend I made this super cute card for his friend.

I love the sketches from AHSC and how they get me started, as you know some weeks I follow the design very closely and other weeks my card takes a bit of a left turn. I love how this card turned out.  It is just so fun and perfect for a 7 year old boy.
Product I used for this card are:
- Confetti Wishes Paper Packet
- Love Ya Silly (B1470) Stamp Set
- Doodled Designs (A1170) Stamp Set
- Gypsy and Sunset Ink

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!