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Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #221

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My son has been doing a vision therapy program for the past several months and next week is his last session!  He has come a long way and I wanted to make a special card for the therapist who has been so kind and patient with him.  Granted I have a pretty great kid but still, an hour a week of one-on-one therapy with a very active 9-year-old has got to try anyone's patience!

Cue this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and I have the perfect inspiration for my Thank You card.  I decided to use the Prickly Pear Papers for their bright happy colours and paired it with Tangerine and Blossom Cardstock.

I wanted to stick with the design but also wanted to go a little outside to box and started searching through my Cricut images...  I decide on the flower overlay and ended up cutting it out slightly smaller a second time in the patterned paper so that I could do a bit of paper piecing. (Yay! for old school techniques!) Both the thank you and flower cutouts are from the Cricut Artist…

Cross Canada Blog Hop - July!

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Welcome to our July Blog Hop featuring Masculine themed artwork. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.
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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 Michelle of The Right Hughes then you are in the right place!
I printed these photos of my son a very long time ago and finally! found the inspiration to scrap them. I can honestly say I love these photos, it was way back in 2010 when my son first …

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #219

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With all the Canada 150 celebrations, house guests, and lots of time spent outside I almost forgot about this weeks challenge from Atlantic Hearts! Thankfully it is a super cute and easy sketch.
I created my banners from the Little Dreamer Paper Packet and mounted them on Lemon Cardstock. Using the Little Dreamer Cardmaking Stamp & Thin Cuts I quickly cut out my unicorn and stamped him in Glacier, Lagoon, Lemon, and Tangerine Inks.  I did add a little of the Clear Shimmer Brush forgetting that it can change the ink colours slightly but it did add some shimmer!  I stamped my sentiment in Lagoon and added some retired extra thick twine in Thistle to finish off my card.

Like I said super cute and easy!  Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments.  I hope I have inspired you to come play along with us at Atlantic Hearts!

Happy Crafting.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #217

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This month is just marching on and it seems to be doing double time! End of the school year for us is next week and we have been doing tons of activities (I love our little school) BUT it makes for a very busy schedule.

For this week's sketch from Atlantic Hearts, I decided to flip the design and instead of using a variety of paper's I choose just one.  This super cute cactus paper is from the Prickly Pear Paper Collection and I used Poppy cardstock for my base.  I felt in a fussy cut kind of mood and cut out the cacti that I used for my embellishment from the cactus paper.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from a retired stamp set called Card Chatter and I stamped it in Saphire Ink.  I made the bow is from the baker's twine found in the Enchantment Ribbon Pack.  I added some sparkle using the Clear Shimmer Brush and a few of the sequins from the Prickly Pear Collection.  Quick and done!

Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments.  I hope I have inspired …

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #215

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A classic sketch from AHSC this week and I felt it went perfectly with CTMH's No Worries paper packet.  At my son's request, I had a very special card to make and this sketch helped me fill the order.

The principal at his school is retiring at the end of the school year and the teachers and children are starting to say their goodbyes. This is a very loved and respected man and he will be greatly missed.

My son is having a hard time with the thought that Mr. Selva will not be at the school next year. Change can be so hard for children and so we have been having lots of talks about it being okay to feel sad and yes, it is totally normal to be worried about missing him.  Thankfully the new principal is the current vice-principal and he too is wonderful, so hopefully, a familiar face in the office next school year will help the kids like my son cope.

As mentioned, I used the No Worries paper collection for this card and paired it with Lagoon and Cashmere cardstock.  For the stampin…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #213

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I think in celebration of the sunshine finally arriving on the West Coast (we have had a very long, wet, Winter and Spring)  I instantly saw "sunshine card" when I looked at this weeks sketch from AHSC.  Using my trusty Cricut and all the great images from the CTMH Cricut Collections, I choose the sunbeam overlay from Artbooking and the Hello is from Artiste (retired) and the Sunshine is from Flower Market.

I used the wood grain paper from the Rustic Home Fundamentals, the yellow stripe paper is from the Whimsy Fundamentals and the words are cut out using Emerald and Tangerine Cardstock. The cut little butterflies are from the Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Bundle (which is unfortunately now retired).  I stamped the butterflies using Emerald and Tangerine inks and lightly sponged the edges with the opposite colour for contrast.  A few bitty sparkles and my tribute to the sun is complete!

I love quick, simple cards and CTMH really does make it easy.  Thank you for stopping by an…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #211

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So I tried to follow this weeks sketch from Atlantic Hearts, I really did, but kinda veered off a little but just a little bit.

Wanting to keep this card clean and simple I decided to use the Cricut Flower Market Collection for my key elements. I debated adding more flowers and layers but decided to keep it simple as I didn't want to overwhelm the pretty heart paper.  Other products I used for this card are the new Little Dreamer Paper Packet, lagoon, thistle, saddle and sweetleaf cardstocks, the blossom polka-dot paper from the Adventure Fundamentals (pink flowers), and from my stash a piece of thistle striped ribbon and a bow made from thistle extra thick twine.  A few swipes of the Clear Shimmer Brush to my flower centers and a few Bitty Sparkles and my card is complete.

Thank you for stopping by I truly appreciate your comments and hope that I have inspired you to come play along with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Happy Crafting!






Seasonal Expressions 2!

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It is finally May 1st and I get to share!  Of course, the products featured in this catalog are fabulous and I can't wait to create with them and you.  Contact me today if you haven't received your copy yet and here is a link to the online catalog on my shopping website for those who might be a little impatient...  Enjoy!


DIY Wall Hangings Featuring Dreamin' Big Paper Collection

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Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 207

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For this week's sketch from AHSC,  I was trying to go "outside the box" again and I am mostly happy with the results.  The Artfully Sent Cricut Collection (retired) has lots of cards that have cutout sections and I thought to try that with this card but ended up cutting the cutout section out and mounting it on Sorbet cardstock which I heavily sanded to bring out the white core of the paper.  I then decided to mount all of that onto a Kraft Paper card base.  Following the sketch, my card than needed flowers and a sentiment...

The flowers are from the new Cricut Flower Market Collection and I used Sorbet, Canary, Glacier, Sea Glass, and New England Ivy Cardstocks cut out at 2 and 2.5 to create these clusters.  The Happy Easter sentiment is from March's SOTM and I stamped it onto one of the pattern papers from Hello Lovely.  To add a bit of sparkle and draw attention to the cutouts that are in the Hello Lovely Floral paper, I painted the leaves with the Clear Shimmer B…

Dreamin' Big

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I have been very busy creating over the past few months and haven't had enough time to blog!  Over the next few weeks, I plan to share some of the cards that I have created for my monthly creative clubs and my "Big Spring Card Workshop".
Using the Make It From Your Heart, Volume 2, Pattern 23 as my design inspiration, this card came together quickly.  Products I used are the Dreamin' Big Paper Packet, the Dreamin' Big Thin Cuts Bundle (unfortunately the Thin Cuts are now sold out but the coordinating Stamp Set (C1674) is still available until April 30th!).  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Birthday Sparkles (B1537) stamp set and I used Poppy, Saffron and Slate Inks for my stamping.  A gold sequin with a clear sparkle in the center finished off my card.
I am going to submit this card to the Between the Folds Challenge 43A - Spring Theme and the Heart 2 Heart Challenge - April Showers because this card is pretty spring to me!
Happy Crafting!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #206

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Last week I was asked to make a special Birthday card and it needed to be "masculine"! Looking through my paper options I picked out the Rustic Home Fundamentals Collection that is found in CTMH's current Annual Inspirations.  When this catalog came out last summer and I initially saw the changes from the normal "paper packets" to the "Fundamental Creative Collections" I wasn't sure about them. But, of course, I have been pleasantly surprised by how versatile these collections are and because they are created around our four exclusive colour palettes they work beautiful with all of our paper collections both past and present.  I love having the option to mix things up and add layers to my projects that I just won't have thought or been able to do in the past!
Using this weeks sketch as inspiration for AHSC, I decided to create this (hopefully) masculine 5x7 card. 
I mounted the barn wood paper onto Pacifica Cardstock and the trees are from Cri…

Stamp of the Month

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Close To My Heart has a great program called Stamp of the Month and each month they feature a special stamp set that they have created just for that month. To make it even nicer they offer this stamp set at a huge discount during it's featured month.  This program has been going strong for years and if you are with a group of "CTMH girls" when they get a new catalog you will see most (not quite all but most) of them automatically race through the book looking for the upcoming Stamps of the Month!
I was at a Close To My Heart event last Saturday where we got a sneak peak of the new Seasonal Expressions catalog that will be available May 1st!  It is full of gorgeous products that I cannot wait to show including some really great Stamps of the Month.
The current Stamp of the Month is called Tea-rrific and I love it!  I used this stamp set on one of my favorites cards that I created for my current Spring Cards Workshops.  
For this card I used paper from the Hello Lovely Pa…

Cut Above™ Layout Kit by Close To My Heart

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Victorian Hello Lovely

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Looking at this week's sketch from AHSC I saw a card that was very girly with flowers and layers and a bow. I have been trying to go outside my creative "go-to box" and thought this week I would try to go a little Victorian.  To me "Victorian" is busy but with hidden surprises and layers.  I think I achieved that with this card!
Using the very lovely floral design paper from the Hello Lovely collection as my base, I then added the pretty frame found in the Cricut Artiste Collection.  I cut it out on Glacier Cardstock and then decided to accent it first by sanding lightly and then by sponging with Crystal Blue and then Peacock inks.  For my flower and bow collection, the flower cut outs and leaves are from the Cricut Flower Market Collection and the bow is from the Artbooking Collection.  The sentiment is from the Flower Market Collection Stamp Set "Sending Smiles". Also, this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, the challenge is "Tool Time" an…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #201

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When I first saw the Hello Lovely Papers from CTMH I thought pretty but (ugh) more flowers!  I have a son so I am always wishing for more masculine/boy papers.  Anyways, once you look a little closer at this collection you are gifted with some amazing Art Deco designs straight out of the Great Gatsby!  My mum-in-law loves art deco design and I can't wait to show her this card, I am really happy how it turned out.
Following this week's sketch from Atlantic Hearts, I stuck very close to the sketch but did opt to leave the sentiment off as I really didn't want to cover up the paper.  For an added design element, I cut half an inch off the front of my card base and put the seafoam patterned paper on the inside of the card base.  
Other products I used on this card are the Seaglass Cardstock, Rose Gold Foil Tape and a couple of gold sequins.  The flowers are from the Cricut Art Philosophy (retired) and Artiste (retired) Collections and the leaves are from the new Cricut Flower…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #200!

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Woo Hoo!  We hit 200 lovely sketches from AHSC.  Seriously where does the time go?  I remember when I did sketch #1 way back in April 2013 and applied to become part of the design team.  Little did I know that 4 years later I would still be part of this amazing team (LOL maybe they just can't get rid of me). 
As always we have been provided with a great sketch this week and I really wanted to make this card clean and simple and try the white-on-white background that I have seen on other projects recently.
I did decide to turn the sketch during the creative process and used the lovely papers from CTMH's Hello Lovely Paper Packet.  The sentiment is from the Heartfelt Thoughts (C1661) stamp set stamped in Fern Ink. The pretty frame with the leaf cutout is from the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection (retired).  The white daisy cardstock background was embossed with the Simple Chevron embossing folder and I finished off my card with a few pieces of the Blush Shimmer Ribbon which has…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #199

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My house is slowly recovering from the Flu.  It always sounds like you are "under the weather for a few days and then right back to normal".  Wrong.  It was a full week of extreme illness and now a week later everyone still has very low energy, coughing, and a generally feeling of "off".  My poor husband is definitely the worse, I think this is due to him rarely getting sick whereas my son and I get the school sniffles all the time.  Maybe we built up some sort of resistance??
Anyways,  this weeks sketch from AHSC is a classic!  And a great way to showcase a few different patterned papers at the same time. I choose to work with the Dreamin' Big paper packet and the Dreamin' Big - Cardmaking (Z3303) coordinating stamp set that has really lovely sentiments and it that comes with thin cuts for super cute bugs like these butterflies.
Other products I used on this care are the Dreamin' Big Sequins, White & Gold Twine,black ink for the stamping, and junip…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #196

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Quickly headed towards the end of January and my little man's birthday!  Time goes way too quickly.  Just saying.
Fun sketch this week from AHSC.  I wasn't sure what to do with it at first but as I dug through my stash I decided to finally play with the Jeepers Creepers Paper Packet and the Monstrous Halloween Thin Cuts Bundle both of which technically retired with the Holiday Expressions book at the end December but I noticed are still available on my shopping website under "Going Soon",  when is soon??  I'm not sure when they will be taken off the website so if you have been thinking about it now is the time to shop!  


Other products I used on this card are:
Inks - Willow, Lemon, Pansy, Tangerine, and Lagoon Shimmer Trim - Blue, Purple, Green, and Teal Enamel & Glitter Duos Blue Dots  Cardstock - Carnary and White Daisy 
Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments.  I hope I have inspired you to come play along with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch …

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #194

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The holidays are over and I feel like I finally have all the dishes done!  With the chores getting caught up, I am getting more time back in the craft room and spent some time today playing along with AHSC. This week is a super cute sketch (as always) and I decided to try and recreate it as close as possible.
Close To My Heart recently released the new Seasonal Expressions (love) but I decided to use the Whimsy Fundamentals Collection from the Annual Expressions for my paper choices on this card.  I really like the washed out, watercoloured look of this paper collection.  It is very soft, gentle.  I found pairing the soft, water coloured blue tones of Crystal Blue and Glacier with the bright pop of Smoothie and Peacock really brought this card to life for me.  
I used Peacock Ink to ink all the edges of my patterned paper and the card base, I also used this ink to stamp my sentiment and the super cute scribbled hearts from the Happy Heart Stamp set (A1192).  I embossed the Smoothie card…

DIY Succulent Wreath Kit from Close To My Heart

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