Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy Canada Day!

A few weeks ago Paper-Garden.ca invited me to participate in their Canada Day Cards event and sent me a wonderful sampler pack of some of their red and white papers. 

I have been playing with the paper and a few observations about the samples that I got are:
- they came in Cover Weight (which is a medium weight cardstock), 105lb cover weight (a heavy cardstock) and Text Weight (which is a light weight cardstock).  
- All cut nicely on the Circut and go thru the Cuttlebug with ease
- A few of the samples are Metallics! with a light sparkly sheen to the paper.
- Names of the paper samples I received are Curious Metallics Ice Silver, Stardream Crystal, Aura Solar White, Curious Metallic Red Lacquer, Aura Scarlet Linen, Basis Red, Aura Red, and Pop-Tone Wild Cherry
- My only complaint about the paper is the Metallics do not hold ink well. I tried stamping in both Dye and Pigment inks and both took a considerable length of time to dry. I checked the dye ink over a few days and it took at least two for it to be dry and touchable without smudging. Being a "stamper" this is a bit of a concern for me but not a huge problem as I just have to be prepared to put my stamped pieces aside of a few days.

Using Pop-Tone Wild Cherry and Stardream Crystal paper I came up with this quick Canada Day Card.  The stamps are from the Vintage Canada (retired) Stamp Set from Close to My Heart and I stamped on White Daisy Paper (CTMH) using Cranberry Ink.

The little background banners are from the Cricut Artfully Sent Collection from Close To My Heart, they are part of a bigger card that I trimmed out for this project.

A bit of Cranberry Twine, White Shimmer Trim and a few bitty sparkles (Close To My Heart) and my Happy Canada card is done.



I hope you like my card and please find below other entrants  into the Canada Day Card Challenge!

Happy Crafting!


Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #114

Happy Summer!  Here on the "wet coast" we are in the middle of a heat wave and drought... going to be a long summer. I have been so busy with end of the school year activities with Malcolm and all the outdoor projects we have going on, I feel like I get about a half hour in the craft room a week. I plan to change that and hopefully will start posting a whole bunch of completed projects using up some of my old (ahem, horded) supplies as I get ready for the new CTMH Idea Book that will be available September 1st!

Fun sketch this week from AHSC and I struggled a bit trying to figure out what I wanted to put on it.  I literally shuffled a bunch of my stamps sets and picked one at random.  The stamp set I picked is Hello Summer (C1595) and I decided to use the paper packet already sitting on my workbench, JacksonCardstock I used are Glacier, Sunset, Canary and Colonial White.  I used Cocoa and Sunset inks for stamping.  A few pieces of the skinny green washi tape from the Boardwalk Washi Tape Pack and my quick card is done!

Thank you for stopping by, I truly appreciate your comments.  Please 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, June 16, 2015

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #112

So in late April the husband and I started a long list of projects centering around our back deck, the pool, yard, shop, etc. and while many of the projects are well underway and/or completed it has been so frustrating that every single item has been a "snowball" project, meaning that they all just kept getting bigger and bigger mostly due the to the previous owners of our house being idiots who should never, ever, EVER be allowed around power tools or any type of construction. I remember our realtor telling us they were selling with plans to build their dream home and I sincerely hope that they hired a really good contractor because anything they build will most likely fall down and promptly burst into flames like in the movies.  

How did our house pass inspection you ask??  The original construction of our house is really good and it is only things that the last owners "touched/added" that are proving to be poorly constructed and cheaply done with a really good "coat of paint" over top to hide the flaws. Why am I telling you all this you ask??? All this outside work has kept me out of my craft room! Oh how I have missed it in here and I set aside a bit of time today to make a card for AHSC.
This card went thru a few changes as I originally had planned to closely follow the sketch but as I played it became something a little different.

Products I used to make this card are: 
- Creme Brulee Cardstock (which is a retired colour), 
- Dizzy Circle (C1610) stamp set, 
- stamping done using Lagoon, Glacier, Juniper and Sunset Inks
and I finished my card off with some Oceanside and Coral Reef Sequins and a few coloured bitty sparkles from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by, I truly appreciate your comments.  Please 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!