Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Blush and Gold Birthday Wishes for AHSC #240

Hello again, crafty friends!  Michelle Stewart has brought us another fabulous sketch to work with this week at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, which I used for inspiration for a birthday card for my daughter.  Before I get into the details, I want to encourage everyone to share their take on this week's sketch by linking your projects HERE by 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 12/3/17.  You can also view the rest of the design team's creations by following THIS link. 

My daughter's 23rd birthday was this week and I wanted to make her a card that was both a little more grown up than the cards I've made her thus far.  She has several blouses that are either pale pink or white with gold accents and they have become the favorites in her wardrobe, so that was the inspiration for this card's color scheme.

details:  All products are from CTMH.  In order to size the banner and medallion elements the way I wanted, I had to upscale to a 5 x 7" card base.  I used gold foil paper for the base layer and then I used my Cricut and the retired Art Philosophy cartridge to cut this scalloped rectangle from Bashful glitter paper.  The white paper with gold foil hearts is from the current Silver and Gold kit and the balloons were cut from white and gold glitter paper at 1.5" using the retired Artiste cartridge, tied together with white and gold twine, and popped up with thin 3-D foam tape.  The other half of the triangle was a little trickier:  I started with the lighter side of the Bashful cardstock and over that I layered this clear, gold dotted acetate "paper" from the All About the Gold fundamental papers from the 2016-17 Idea Book.  Since it's clear acetate, I ran the piece through my large Xyron so there was a fairly consistent, widespread adhesive coverage.  For the banner, I used Versamark and gold embossing powder to heat emboss this sentiment from the retired Card Chatter - Birthday stamp set on white cardstock, backed on another piece of gold foil paper.  The base of the medallion was punched from gold foil paper using the retired 2" scallop punch.  The smaller scallop was cut on the lighter shade of Bashful cardstock, again using the retired Art Philosophy cartridge, at 1.5" and a duplicate medallion (with a 1.32" circle sliced from it) was cut from gold glitter paper.  I decided at the last minute, once I had my Cricut put away, that the medallion needed another layer so I cut one from white cardstock using my Cuttlebug and the smallest die from the basic circles Thin Cuts set.  The numbers were cut from gold foil paper at 0.658" with the alpha from the retired Artbooking cartridge.

For the inside, I used Pixie ink to stamp another sentiment from the same Card Chatter - Birthday set.  I used Bashful glitter paper and gold foil paper with the retired gift Thin Cut die to create the present in the left corner, and Bashful glitter paper with the smallest of the retired hearts Thin Cuts dies (the thin heart is from the actual die shape and smaller, "solid" heart is the "negative space" piece that was left over).  And that's all there is to this one... except for the mess I made and now have to clean up, LOL.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Warm Winter Wishes for AHSC #238

Hello there, crafty friends!  Once again, Michelle Stewart has brought us another fabulous sketch to work with this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and our design team has come up with a great variety of projects to share with you.  For my project, I went "old school" and broke out mostly retired products for a snowman themed holiday card.  Let's get started!

details:  I have always loved this Wonderland paper kit and have been hoarding my last pieces.  However, one of my dearest friends is fond of snowmen and this was the prettiest snow-themed paper I had in my  stash.  The main colors for this kit were Crystal Blue, Spring Iris, Heavenly Blue, and Twilight so I tried to incorporate those colors as much as possible, starting with a base of Spring Iris CS.  I created the snowman from the Flakey Friends stamp set, starting with Slate ink on White Daisy CS.  I stamped the image twice so I could fussy cut, color, and layer parts of the image.  I sponged Spring Iris ink onto the scarf and hat sets and then used the same colored ink marker to darken some of the areas.  I used the Mahogany ShinHan alcohol marker for the arms and the Light Orange for the carrot nose.  I stamped the sentiment from last year's Cozy Christmas set in Crystal Blue and the banner in Spring Iris using this spring's Hello Lovely cardmaking set.  I used the smaller of the 2-piece snowflakes Thin Cuts set and white glitter paper for the large snowflake and the largest of the 4-piece basic ovals Thin Cuts to cut a piece out of the top layer of paper and another from a coordinating piece to inset.  For the smaller flakes in the lower left corner and framing the snowman, I used a mini snowflake punch from an off-brand called Studio G which I picked several years ago at Wal-Mart.  I punched some of the snowflakes from white glitter paper and last year's Sea Glass glitter paper.  Then I sponged and blended Crystal Blue, Heavenly Blue, and Spring Iris onto the slick white back of an off-brand silver foil paper, which I have done before as it gives an almost-pearlescent finish when inked, and punched some more mini snowflakes at random from those blended colors, which I also added to the sentiment banner.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the design team's creations and we'd love to see your take on this week's sketch too!  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central time on Sunday, 11/19/17, to link your projects HERE.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Navy, White & Gold for AHSC #236

Hello again, crafty friends!  Once again, Michelle Stewart has brought us another fabulous sketch to work with this week over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  As soon as I saw it, I knew it was time to challenge myself to something I'd been thinking about for some time.  Let's get started!

The holidays can be difficult for many of us, particularly after the loss of a loved one.  Some very dear friends have lost not one but two sons in recent years to a rare disease, Epidermolysis Bullosa or EB for short, and the children born with this condition are often referred to as "butterfly children."  So I've been trying to come up with butterfly themed cards to send them every now and then to let them know I'm thinking of them, and lately I've been thinking about how to best create an image of two butterflies flying out of a jar, and this week's AHSC sketch lent itself perfectly with what I had in mind.

details:  I needed some space to play with for this one so the white card base is 5 x 7" and the Sapphire blue paper with white lines (from last year's Enchantment fundamentals by CTMH) is 4.75 x 6.75."  I used the retired Art Philosophy cartridge for the butterfly images, using the gold-flower imprinted paper from the Live Beautifully kit for the base and gold glitter paper for the top layer.  I used another paper from the Live Beautifully kit (white with small gold dots) and a scallop border punch for the 3 horizontal stipes.  I chose white cardstock and gold foil paper with another cut from the AP cartridge to frame this sentiment from the retired "Say It All" set, which was stamped with sapphire ink.  I used the Flower Market cartridge and white vellum to create the jar, which was embellished with white and gold ribbon.  BTW, choosing an adhesive that looks good under vellum can be tricky but I liked the way the look I got after I ran the die cut through my Xyron adhesive applicator; it gave a uniform coverage that I thought made the vellum look even  more like a glass jar where it secured to the paper.
Bonus: for those that have both the Art Philosophy and Flower Market cartridges and want to create their own versions of this card:

So that's all there is to this one.  We would love to see your take on this sketch too!  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 11/6/17, to link your projects HERE.  You can also check out the rest of the design team's projects as well the top 3 from last week's sketch by following THIS link.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Halloween Monsters for AHSC #234

Hello and welcome back, crafty friends!  Michelle Stewart has another fun sketch for us to work with this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I miss celebrating Halloween now that there aren't any little ones at my house so I decided to have some seasonal fun with this week's project

details:  I started with the Jeepers Creepers paper pack, which was last year's Halloween kit from CTMH.  I used two of the patterned paper from the kit as well as two of the PML cards.  I broke out a retired alpha stamp set called Tiny Typewriter and Lagoon ink to create the sentiment I wanted in the word bubble.  I also used Lagoon ink to create the upside down monster from the Monstrous Halloween stamp set and Thin Cuts, which I positioned on Pansy cardstock.  I fussy cut some tiny monsters from one of the kit's zip strips for embellishments and added some light green glitter glue to create a "slime trail" under the purple monster.  I love these colors and the whimsical monsters so much, I think I'm going to have to make this card part of a layout of the various costumes my kids wore when they went trick or treating.

You can see what the rest of the design team came up with by following this link.  Of course, we would love to see your take on this sketch as well.  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central to add your projects HERE.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Ribbons of Courage for AHSC #232

Hello again, crafty friends!  Today's project is especially dear to me as every October I create a pink ribbon card in honor of my mother, who lost her battle to a rare form of breast cancer.  I have been planning this card for months and I was so pleased when this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge had the perfect sketch for what I had in mind.  **Please allow me a moment of your time for my annual public service announcement:  Early prevention is the best weapon in the fight against breast cancer so please schedule your annual mammogram and take a minute to remind your friends, the lives of our loved ones are worth fighting for!**
Before we get to the details of this card, I also want to remind you that you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 10/8/17, to submit your take on this sketch, which you can do HERE, and you can check out the rest of the design team's AMAZING creations here.

details:  Not only is this cause very dear to me, but this card incorporates several of my current favorite craft supplies.  As soon as I saw this Ribbons of Courage stamp and die set from Stampin' Up, I fell in love with it and knew it would be the centerpiece of this year's pink ribbon project.  I was so happy this week's sketch had those "ribbons" at the bottom so I could add these adorable Thin Cuts Hearts Border.  And I am totally in love with this Stronger Together stamp set; not only does this set contain 8 sweetly supportive sentiments that will forever be in style, but all proceeds of this set have been designated for Red Cross relief funds for our friends and neighbors affected by the recent wildfires and hurricanes.  Seriously, so much heart went into the elements of this card from so many sources, it truly touches my heart and I am so happy to share it with you!

COVER:  I started with a 6 x 4" card, which was actually cut at 6 x 12" as this is a tri-fold card.  I used this floral patterned paper from the Basics Fundamentals collection as the base layer , using the lighter "flip side" of Pewter cardstock (5 3/8 x 3 1/2"), and the lighter side of Bashful cardstock on top of that (5 1/16 x 3 1/4").  On the center panel (4 7/8 x 3 1/8"), I used Bashful ink for the "swipe" of color from the retired Brush Strokes stamp set.  The sentiment is from the Stronger Together, stamped with Pewter ink.

I used the Hearts Border Thin Cuts to create this two-layer border with the lighter shade of Pewter cardstock for the base and Bashful glitter paper for the delicate row of hearts for the top layer, using a glue pen for adhesive.  Then I used Pixie ink to stamp this floral ribbon from the SU Ribbons of Courage set on the lighter shade of Bashful cardstock, die cut the ribbon, and popped it up with bits of 3-D foam tape.

INNER FOLD:  The Pewter ink was a tad too dark for this sweet littler wreath from the retired White Pines cardmaking stamp set, so I went with Heather instead.  Likewise, the Bashful ink was a little too light to stand out when paired with the wreath image, so I used Pixie ink for this sentiment from the retired Here For You Workshop Your Way kit.  I used the glue pen and negative space hearts from the border cut on the cover to embellish the wreath with the tiny pink hearts.

INSIDE:  I purposely kept this inside of this card super simple, using Pewter ink with another sentiment from the Stronger Together stamp set, as I planned this card with plenty of room for lots of signatures so that a group (whether it's a group of coworkers, fellow church members, or a group of besties) to come together to show support for their newly diagnosed loved one.  After all, a great support team is invaluable in fighting any illness, particularly cancer.

 A lot of heart, and a lot of time and effort, went into this one but I'm very pleased with how it turned out.  And while I hope and pray it isn't needed for anyone I know anytime soon, it will be ready to round up support should that day come.  Until we find a cure, we have to fight cancer together.

In loving memory of my mother, Diane, who was and will always be my hero.  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

From The Heart for CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello again, crafty friends!  Welcome back to another edition of the Close To My Heart (CTMH) Featured Products Blog Hop.  This week's hop features CTMH's From the Heart stamp set and interactive card kit, which is available only during the month of September in honor of National Stamping Month.  It has been a busy summer and we are a small group of hoppers so we took a bit of a break and this week it's just Corinna and myself, but we are back and ready to go just in time to start gearing up for the holiday season!  Let's get started:

This is the photo CTMH gave provided of the stamp set and card kit together.  As you can see, it's stunning with virtually endless stamping possibilities.

And this is what I chose to do with the stamp set:

It took some trial and error to find the color combos I liked and then a little bit of practice with layering the stamps but it was totally worth it.  I will post the colors I used at the end of the post, but first I want to share a couple of tips I used in making this card:

1.  I found it easier to stamp the darker color first, regardless if that was the base layer of the "effects" layer.
2.  For the darker color of ink, I used the traditional stamping technique and firmly pressed the mounted stamp onto the ink pad once or twice to ensure full coverage.  Then for the lighter layer, I used a combination of the rock & roll method and lightly patting the stamp onto the ink pad so that there was less-than-full coverage which I feel lent a more dimensional, almost watercolor look to some of the images.

I really urge you to pick up this From the Heart stamp set, and perhaps the combined stamp and card kit, before they're gone.  Not only are the flowers gorgeous, but the images will give you a fun chance to stretch your stamping abilities and there is a set of sentiments in this set that you will be able to use in your cardmaking for years to come.

Don't forget to hop on over to Corinna's blog to see what projects she has created for you, you'll be glad you did!  I hope you will join us again on October 4th for the Beary Merry Christmas hop, too.  Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!  ~~  Annette

Purple flowers:  Eggplant & Pansy with Canary and Flaxen (for the dots) for the centers

Pink flowers:  Raspberry for both layers (I just patted or dabbed the stamp onto the ink pad for the lighter layer but you could also do a second generation stamp) and Canary for the centers

Yellow flowers:  Tangerine & Lemon

Blue Flowers:  Pacifica (first generation for the lines and second generation for the main flower) with Willow for the stems (hint:  stamp the stems first, it's much easier to line things up that way)

Leaves:  Sweet Leaf for the base (again, rock and roll it and/or tap/pat it for a lighter, variegated look) and Willow for the veins and darker half-leaf

PAPERS:  Willow for the card base, Pansy for the panel behind the sentiment, and Raspberry for the sentiment which was die cut using my Cuttlebug and the retired Hello & Thanks Thin Cut die set

Sweet Tidings for AHSC #230

Hello again, crafty friends!  I have been planning several Christmas cards but didn't intend to actually start making them for another week or two, but something about this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge just put me in a festive mood.  I tried several variations on this sketch but this is the one I kept coming back to and fine tuning, and I am finally happy with it... I think, lol.

We would love to see your take on this week's sketch, too.  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 9/24/17, to play along and you can link your project HERE.  Don't forget to check out the rest of the design team's projects too, you are sure to be inspired by what they've created for you!  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

details:  I started with the City Sidewalks papers (retired) and I chose to focus on 3 colors: WillowCranberry, and Glacier.  The 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" card base is on Cranberry cardstock; the 3 x 4" green patterned panel is from City Sidewalks and the diagonal striped piece is one of the zip strips from that kit.  The center panel and mini banners are cut from Cranberry, White Daisy, and Glacier cardstocks.  

All the stamped images are from a new set called Season of Sweetness.  I used Nutmeg ink to stamp the cookie images on Colonial White cardstock (retired) and then I stamped the images on White Daisy and fussy cut them - yes, even the TINY pieces of the Christmas tree cookie - and layered them onto the Colonial White pieces as I was trying to make them look like frosted sugar cookies.  I don't know how well I succeeded with that, but I can tell you I did succeed in starting a craving for sugar cookies!