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


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


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 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)


Monday, March 12, 2018

H2H - It's All About Green!

Welcome to another challenge at Heart 2 Heart! This week, we have a colour challenge for you. With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner (March 17th), it is time to show off your GREENS. Anything using green is this week's challenge. It certainly doesn't have to be related to St. Patrick's Day, but it can be if you want. 

I went back to my favourite paper pack - Chelsea Gardens - which is full of green shades. There are the following greens in this paper pack alone: 
                                               - Fern
                                               - Sweet Leaf
                                               - Juniper
I suppose some people might consider Glacier to be a shade of green although that might be pushing it a little... 

I used a Juniper base for my card and one of the B&T papers that contains all of the colours. The greys in this pack are also so versatile as they are greenish greys. I used Heather cardstock but stamped my images using a darker grey - Charcoal.

Since I didn't want green flowers, I coloured them in using a Glacier coloured marker. They were also brushed with the Shimmer Brush - better seen in the second photo. 

Come and join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us how you use green on your project. You have until the end of March to link up with this or any of the other March challenges. 

I am also linking up my card with the March Viva La Verve sketch challenge - the first time I have entered a challenge in many years :) 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Chelsea gardens Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Heather Cardstock, Sweet Leaf Cardstock
Stamps: Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking
Inks: Charcoal
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge (ret.), Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Thin Cuts, ShinHan Markers, Chelsea Gardens Dots and Gems (ret.), White Twine, Clear Sparkles, Journaling Marker, Foam Tape, Clear Shimmer Brush


Friday, March 9, 2018

Colour Dare 283 - Big Circle Birthday

Welcome back to another Colour Dare challenge! 

This week, it's an interesting combination of colours... at least, I thought so. These are not colours that I normally choose to create with, so this was a definite challenge for me. I had to pull out some retired papers (Cats and Bats and the retired Enchantment Fundamentals) for the Eggplant and Goldrush patterns. 

I chose to use a pattern from the new Make it From Your Heart guide - it is Pattern #10. I also layered some of the large circles which is an idea that Close To My Heart just recently showed on their blog. 

The sentiment is actually stamped in both Eggplant and Black although that is hard to see - it looks more Eggplant than anything else. Just the edges were rolled in Black ink. 

Come and join us at Colour Dare and show us how you use these colours on a project of your choice. You have until Thursday, March 22 at 10pm EST to link up your project. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Pewter Cardstock, Enchantment Fundamentals (ret.), Cats and Bats Paper Pack (ret.)
Stamps: Birthday Blooms (SU)
Inks: Eggplant, Black
Accessories: White Grosgrain Ribbon (ret.), Black and White Dots, Scallop Border Die, Circle Dies (Nestabilities)


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Die-Namite Blog Hop

Welcome to the Die-Namite blog hop. This blog hop features the dies and die and stamp combinations that are on sale during the month of March. There are several available and the consultants on this blog hop have chosen their favourites to highlight. Enjoy the tour!

You should have arrived here from Vickie O'Dell's blog.

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

I chose to create a card that focused on hearts. Laying out the hearts and then sewing them to the base page was the most difficult part - especially considering I got to the last row and my sewing machine decided to break down right at that time. I also have to mention that I NEVER leave projects to the last minute but due to some difficult news last week, I haven't been in a creative mood and left this until the very last minute (the evening of this blog hop...) So, I had to hand stitch the last row! 
The open hearts were created by die cutting a basic heart and then placing the smaller heart inside the larger one and cutting it out. 

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:

Paper: Gimme Some Sugar Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Juniper Cardstock, Bashful Glitter Paper
Stamps: none
Inks: none
Accessories: Basic Hearts Thin Cuts, Thanks for You Thin Cut, White and Gold Ribbon, Sewing Machine and Thread (not CTMH), Foam Tape


Monday, March 5, 2018

AH 254 - Happy Wishes with Gimme Some Sugar

Welcome to this week's Atlantic Hearts challenge! 

With so many birthdays coming up on my calendar, I really need birthday cards and it is such a great opportunity to be able to combine design team challenges and cards for occasions together! 

I decided rotate the sketch 90 degrees. I used the Gimme Some Sugar paper pack for my card - LOVE that wood grain paper for the background. Everything else was kept pretty much as the sketch shows except I kept the sentiment and the embellishments together at the bottom. I used a Stampin Up set for the flowers and coloured them using watercolour pencils and a blending pen. The Bashful background paper does have a diamond pattern on it but it is so faint that my camera barely picked it up. The sentiment was stamped on vellum using Juniper pigment ink and embossed using clear embossing powder.

Come and join us at Atlantic Hearts and show us your interpretation of the sketch shown above. You have until Sunday evening to link up your project. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Gimme Some Sugar Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Vellum
Stamps: Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking, Sending Smiles, Amazing You (Stampin Up)
Inks: Charcoal, Juniper Pigment Ink
Accessories: Chelsea Gardens Thin Cuts (ret.), Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Bashful Pearls, Watercolour Pencils, Blending Pen (ret.), Chelsea Gardens Dots and Gems (ret.), ShinHan Markers, Thin Foam Tape


Thursday, March 1, 2018

March SOTM Blog Hop - Birthday Time

Welcome to March's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month, we are featuring the stamp set "Birthday Time" - a set of 26 stamps. This is a perfect birthday stamp set for all ages, including the standard happy birthday sentiments, a well as an invitation component, each of the numbers from 0-9,  the st, nd, rd, and th (that follow numbers) that are often missing from sets like this... This set has it ALL! 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 Michelle Loncar'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 simple birthday card using the Gimme Some Sugar papers. I used the new Make It From Your Heart - Volume 4 (Pattern 1). 

For my dividing line where the tags begin, I originally had just the grey ribbon but I felt something else was needed so I added a strip of Bashful Glitter Paper on top of the ribbon. After adding the bow, it really needed the glitter paper on it as well. That was difficult to do... I had to add foam tape inside the bows to keep them apart and Liquid Glass to adhere the paper to the ribbon but glitter paper doesn't bend nearly as easily as ribbon does! Needless to say, that is a pretty stiff bow!
The stitching around the edge was done using a light pink thread. 

The next blog on this hop is Priscilla Gotham'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: Gimme Some Sugar Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Heather Cardstock, Bashful Glitter Paper
Stamps: Birthday Time
Inks: Versamark 
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Light Grey Ribbon, White Gems, ShinHan Marker, Foam Tape, sewing machine and pink thread (not CTMH)


Monday, February 26, 2018

Heart 2 Heart - My Favourite Papers with Lots of Layers

Welcome back to another challenge at Heart 2 Heart! 
This week, the title of the challenge is "Everything except the kitchen sink". That can be interpreted in several ways... it can be a kitchen or cooking theme, it can be a very busy card with lots of layers or embellishments or both, or it can be something else that you can justify, as long as you let us know. Make sure you explain in your comments, though, and don't leave us wondering! 

I chose to create a card with several layers and some embellishments - and I chose to use my favourite current papers - Chelsea Gardens. 

Counting the layers (excluding the foam tape), I came up with 19 in total. The ribbon counts for two layers because the bow is attached separately. I didn't count stamping or colouring as layers, nor the shimmer brush. If those are added, that makes 22 layers. 

I chose not to put a sentiment on this card - partly because it was already very busy - and I can always add it on the inside later. The second photo shows the gold shimmer on the flowers -it really is spectacular in person. 

Come and join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us how you interpret "Everything except the kitchen sink". This challenge ONLY runs until March 3rd. All other February challenges close on February 28th. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Chelsea Gardens Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Charcoal Cardstock
Stamps: Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking, Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking
Inks: Charcoal, Lagoon, Glacier
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge (ret.), Gold Glitter Gems, ShinHan Marker, Chelsea Gardens Dots and Gems, Gold Shimmer Brush, Foam Tape, Thin Foam Tape, Chelsea Gardens Thin Cuts, Whimsy Ribbon Pack


Friday, February 23, 2018

Colour Dare 281 - Tic Tac Toe and a Ton of Layers!

Welcome to another Colour Dare Challenge! Since it is the last week in February, it is time for another Tic Tac Toe board! This one is based on the colours from the Make Waves paper pack and there are a LOT of available colours in that package. 

If you are using that paper pack, the one paper that contains ALL of them is the mermaid paper. Some of the other papers have many of them - but not all. 

Here is the tic tac toe board. I usually post the colours at the bottom but this time, I think it is easier if you see it first. 

First - I used the the top line, the left line and the bottom line. I also added both Black and White. 
The only colours I did not include were Sorbet and Canary. 

I chose to step WAY out of my comfort zone for this challenge. My card has a ton of layers... the last time I counted, I was up to 22 layers! That doesn't include the foam tape between the layers. This is not my normal style but I wanted to try something different. 

The Emerald background was embossed and sanded only here and there. I hand stitched along two sections using black embroidery floss. There is a layer of vellum on top of some of the floral paper, just to soften the boldness of that paper and the vellum has been slightly torn to rough the edges. Using various Cricut images, I layered them until I had what I wanted with the flower and leaves on top. Some of the Make Waves flower embellishments form a sort of waterfall on the left side. A button with a gem holds the twine in place on top of the flower, which was brushed with the Clear Shimmer Brush. The Hello sentiment was stamped on a piece of Bashful patterned paper and again three times below on a banner. 

Come and join us at Colour Dare and show us how you use this Tic Tac Toe board to create a project. The possibilities are ENDLESS! 
You have 2 weeks to link up your project as the due date is Thursday, March 8 at 10pm EST

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: Make Waves Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Emerald Cardstock, Willow Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock, Bashful Cardstock, Pansy Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock
Stamps: Sending Smiles, Have a Happy Day (ret.)
Inks: Emerald, Pixie, Willow, Glacier
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge (ret.), Artiste Cartridge (ret.), Artbooking Cartridge, You Are Here Cartridge, Dots Embossing Folder (ret.), Sanding Kit (ret.), Black Embroidery Floss and Needle (not CTMH), Turquoise Twine (not CTMH), White Button (ret.), Make Waves Sequins and Gems, Clear Shimmer Brush, Foam Tape, Thin Foam Tape