Monday, April 16, 2018

AH 260 - PURRfect Cat card


Welcome to Atlantic Hearts - Sketch 260!

I decided to pull out the Punny Pals stamp set for this week's sketch. I love the sentiments that go along with these adorable little critters. The PURRfect little cat trio fit just nicely in the top right corner for the image on the sketch. I used Cricut Design Space to create a cutout similar to that on the sketch and I used the Basic Fundamentals to stay with a grey colour theme, just adding a bit of red to highlight the tags that the cats are wearing. 



Come and join us at Atlantic Hearts and show us how you interpret the sketch shown above. You have until Sunday night to link up your project. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart 

Paper: Basics Fundamentals, Charcoal Cardstock, Linen Cardstock, Ruby Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps: Punny Pals
Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Accessories: Artbooking Cartridge, Art Philosophy Cartridge (ret.), Punny Pals Thin Cuts (ret.), ShinHan Markers, Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Foam Tape, Thin Foam Tape

Enjoy,
Alyson


Monday, April 9, 2018

H2H - Out of this World


Welcome to another challenge at Heart 2 Heart! 

The theme this week is Out of this World! Close To My Heart has an awesome paper pack called Stargazer that is perfect for this challenge - but I didn't have a need for that particular paper pack so I didn't purchase it. Consequently, I had to think a little bit outside the box for this challenge. Astronauts, spaceships and other out of this world items weren't options for me. 

However, I have always loved the northern lights. They way they can light up the sky and create such gorgeous patterns and appear in various colours simply amazes me. There is a technique to create this effect on cards. I found a great tutorial on You Tube and used that. I have to credit the artist whose card I pretty well copied - her name is Debbie Henderson and the link to her video is here. I loved how she added the trees and I happened to have the same stamp... It added so much more to the card. 


Come and join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us your Out of this World projects! 
You have until the end of April to link up your creations. 
Be sure to use at least some Close To My Heart products in your artwork. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock
Stamps: Inspired Words, Lovely as a Tree (Stampin Up)
Inks: Pansy, Raspberry, Lagoon, Tangerine, Fern, Pacifica, Charcoal, Black, Versamark
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, White Gel Pen (not CTMH)

Enjoy,
Alyson


Friday, April 6, 2018

Color Dare 287 - Friend Wreath Card


Welcome to Colour Dare Challenge #287! 

I LOVE this week's colour challenge... Blossom, Bashful, Silver, Black and White. It would be pretty hard to do anything masculine with those kinds of colours but I suppose it is possible if you think hard enough... anyone can do anything with colours these days :) 

I decided to go the absolute feminine route - flowers and pearls on a wreath. Like I said, totally feminine. I designed this first in Cricut's Design Space and then put it to paper. The flat flowers are from the Hello Canada cartridge - one of the province's flowers although I did alter the colour scheme. 

Even though my photo shows varying shades of pink, the cardstock is ALL either Blossom or Bashful and I didn't even use the reverse side of any of the papers. Sometimes, photography can be difficult to get the correct shades... The only white is on the background paper - lines separating the Bashful pattern.




Come and join us at Colour Dare and show us how you use the palette of colours shown above. 
You have two weeks to link up your project. 
Entries are due by Thursday, April 19 at 10pm EST

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Gimme Some Sugar Paper Pack, Bashful Cardstock, Blossom Cardstock, Silver Foil Paper, Silver Glitter Paper, Black Glitter Paper
Stamps: Beautiful You
Inks: Black
Accessories: Flower Market Cartridge, Hello Canada Cartridge, Artiste Cartridge (ret.), Cricut Shapes (not CTMH), Scallop Border Punch (not CTMH), Bashful Pearls, Pink Gems (ret.), quilling Tool, Silver Sharpie Marker (not CTMH), Bashful Shimmer Brush

Enjoy,
Alyson




Monday, April 2, 2018

AH 258 - An Abundance of Tulips!


Welcome to another sketch at Atlantic Hearts!

Spring is all about tulips - and multi-coloured tulips are the best kind of tulips! I knew right away what  was going to do when I saw this sketch... The surrounding edge was going to be a stitched die with a collection of tulips as the focus. These tulips are from an Altenew stamp set and are triple stamped. The background was stamped with a retired CTMH stamp called Beloved Bouquet and the sentiment is also from an Altenew stamp called Beautiful Inside. 


I brushed the flowers with the Clear Shimmer Brush and took a second photo that shows that so much better. I also finished the inside of the card and that is also posted below. 


Inside of card



Come and join us at Atlantic Hearts and show us how you interpret the sketch shown above. You certainly do not need to use flowers for the sketch image - that happens to be what I chose :) 
You have until Sunday evening to link up your project. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Raspberry Cardstock, Pansy Cardstock, Fern Cardstock
Stamps: Beloved Bouquet (ret.), Tulip (Altenew), Beautiful Inside (Altenew)
Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Lemon, Saffron, Pixie, Raspberry, Thistle, Eggplant, Fern, New England Ivy
Accessories: Artiste Cartridge (ret.), Little Dreamer Glitter Gems (ret.), Tulip Dies (Altenew), Stitched Rectangle Dies (Gina Marie Designs), Clear Shimmer Brush, Thin Foam Tape

Enjoy,
Alyson


Sunday, April 1, 2018

April SOTM Blog Hop - Colour Your Life


Welcome to April's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month, we are featuring the stamp set "Colour Your Life" - a set of 12 stamps. This stamp set has three large words, perfect for colouring in with markers, watercolour pencils or another medium of your choice. There are also great connecting words to connect the larger words to create sentiments, perfect for scrapbooks or cards. The bloggers along this blog hop will certainly show you many ways to use this stamp set, so sit back and enjoy the tour. 

You should have arrived here from Shelly Mendenhall's blog

If you get lost, a list of all participating bloggers can be found on
 Melinda Everitt's blog.

The stamp set looks like this.



I chose to create a card using the large word KIND from this stamp set. I wanted to pair it with a couple of other connecting words so I chose "always" and "be". I stamped all three words using Pigment ink so they could be embossed for greater emphasis. 
The surrounding flowers were cut from the Flower Market cartridge. Some were flipped and pieces were cut and placed in other areas to accommodate their location better. I wanted them to frame the sentiment. 

I had to colour the parts inside the word KIND using Sharpie markers as the ShinHan markers were just a little too thick and the colouring sections were just so tiny... A quick brush of the Pansy papers and the inside flower edges with the Clear Shimmer Brush and this card was finished!



The next blog on this hop is Darlys Recker's blog.
I am sure she has something wonderful to share with you. 


Products used are all Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Thistle Cardstock, Pansy Cardstock, Willow Cardstock

Stamps: Colour Your Life
Inks: Pansy Pigment Ink, Willow Pigment Ink
Accessories: Flower Market Cartridge, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Clear Shimmer Brush, Sharpie Markers (not CTMH)


Enjoy,
Alyson

Monday, March 26, 2018

H2H - Cut it Out!


Welcome to another challenge at Heart 2 Heart! 

This week, the title of the challenge is "Cut it Out". It's all about cutting - using Thin Cuts (dies), Cricut cuts or fussy cutting (old-fashioned scissor cuts), we want to see your cut designs in your project! 

Considering that the March promotion at Close To My Heart is all about the sale of Thin Cuts (our die cut line) this is a very timely challenge! 

I chose to create a card using a sketch that I have had in my Pinterest file for some time - and I stayed true to the sketch as you will see as I posted the sketch under my card. I love the sketch design and I found that it worked really well as I was deciding what I wanted to do so I didn't have any need to change it at all. I was able to find a flourish on the Artbooking Cricut cartridge where I just trimmed off the ends to fit on the right side. I actually built my card in Design Space to make sure the everything fit perfectly first (except the leaves and flowers). 

The size of the card is 6x6 inches. The flowers are from the Beautiful You stamp set and the leaves are from Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking. Both have coordinating Thin Cuts. 



Come and join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us how you cut your way to happiness! You have until the end of March to enter this challenge or any of the other March challenges. Be sure to use some Close To My Heart products in your project. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: Adventure Fundamentals, Blossom Paper Pack (ret.), White Daisy Cardstock, Pewter Cardstock, Raspberry Cardstock, 
Stamps: Beautiful You, Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking, Create Kindness - Special (ret.)
Inks: Peacock, Lagoon, Eggplant, Pansy, Raspberry, Blossom, Pixie
Accessories: Artbooking Cartridge, Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Thin Foam Tape, Clear Shimmer Brush, Sharpie Markers (not CTMH)

Enjoy,
Alyson


Friday, March 23, 2018

Colour Dare 285 - All About Pink!


Welcome to another Colour Dare Challenge! 
This week's palette is about pink - lots and lots of pink (well, a little bit of light grey thrown in for good measure, and of course black and white if you desire). 

I decided to go back to a retired stamp - A Budding Friendship, for my flowers. I love the two-step stamping process and the ability to use second generation stamping to make the inside of the flowers a lighter shade. This set is terrific in that the inner stamp makes the flowers look quite realistic because it doesn't completely fill them in with colour - it has some bare spots and I really like that look. I fussy cut the flowers and stamped the centres using Pebble ink. 

I used Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking for the "greenery", which I coloured in using a marker that is the same colour as the grey shade, Pebble. 

The arrangement is set on a background of black glitter paper and then on Raspberry cardstock and finally on a white card base. 




Come and join us at Colour Dare and show us how you use the palette shown above. 
Use all and only the colours shown - you may also add Black and White if desired but do not add any other colours. 

You have until April 5 at 10PM EST to link up your project. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Raspberry Cardstock, Black Glitter Paper
Stamps: Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking, A Budding Friendship (ret.)
Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Raspberry, Bashful, Pebble
Accessories: Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Thin Cuts (ret.), ShinHan Markers, Clear Shimmer Brush, Pink Gems (ret.), Flamingo Dots (ret.)

Enjoy,
Alyson


Monday, March 19, 2018

AH 256 - An Extra Special Friend Card


Welcome to another sketch at Atlantic Hearts! 

This week, I decided to play around with the orientation of the sketch (rotated it 90 degrees) and also added a few elements to it. It is still obviously the same sketch, just enhanced a little bit. That's what I love about sketches - there is so much you can do with them! 

I used all Close To My Heart cardstock and inks but other stamps, dies and embossing folders for this card. On the embossing folder, I sanded ONLY the leaves to provide some added interest. That can be seen in the detail photo under the main photo, along with the shimmer on the flowers. Since I needed fairly tall flowers, some of them didn't reach very high so I stamped and cut out clusters of circles to cover the "ground". I love the sentiment - and I split it into two sections - part at the top and part at the bottom. The ribbon just seems to add a nice finishing touch.




Come and join us at Atlantic Hearts and show us how you interpret the sketch shown above. You have until Sunday night to link up your project. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Willow Cardstock, Raspberry Cardstock, Bashful Cardstock
Stamps: Extra Special (Altenew), Artsy Flower Parts (Simon Says Stamp)
Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Raspberry, Willow
Accessories: ShinHan Markers, Sanding Kit (ret.), Clear Shimmer Brush, Embossing Folder (not CTMH), Artsy Flower Parts Dies (Simon Says Stamp), White Grosgrain Ribbon (ret.), Stitched Border Dies (Gina Marie Designs), Foam Tape

Enjoy,
Alyson




Friday, March 16, 2018

HAPPY Eclipse card

I started creating this evening with a completely different intention in mind - and then ended up with this. 


I have seen many eclipse cards and have always wanted to try one, so here is mine. I used a retired stamp set to stamp the flowers - Adore You - and after I had everything cut out, I decided to emboss it. That was a lesson in itself... trying to keep all the pieces together in the folder was quite a task! 

I think perhaps the card looks like it has the measles... but I still like it. I did stamp and decorate the inside as well as it is intended to be a birthday card, so happy birthday is stamped on the inside as well as a few floral images. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Raspberry Cardstock
Stamps: Adore You (ret.), Birthday Sparkles
Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Accessories: Block Alphabet Thin Cuts, Cascading Dots Embossing Folder (ret.), ShinHan Markers, Foam Tape

Enjoy,
Alyson


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Layered Thinking of You Card

A friend of mine recently suffered a medical issue and I wanted to create a special card for him. Masculine cards are always a challenge for me so I went searching on Pinterest. When I saw the card on which I based mine, I KNEW I had made the right choice! The inspiration for my card came from Wendy Lee's website at creativeleeyours.com. She provided complete instructions as to how to create this card and I used her gorgeous design except I chose a different stamp and different colours. 

I chose a Sapphire Blue background and embossed it using a leaf embossing folder. I used 4 inks on the panels - Sapphire and Peacock at the bottom and Crystal Blue and Glacier at the top. The image and the sentiment were stamped in Sapphire to match the background. The butterflies were Cricut cut in 2 sizes and had some Bitty Sparkles added to them. 
The inside of the card also had some of the branches stamped and a butterfly added as well.


Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: Sapphire Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock, Black Cardstock
Stamps: Sending Love (ret.), Inspired by Nature (Stampin Up)
Inks: Sapphire, Peacock, Crystal Blue, Glacier
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge (ret.), Bitty Sparkles, Leaf Embossing Folder (not CTMH)

Enjoy,
Alyson