Thursday, February 15, 2018

Random Drawing Winner For AHSC #250

Wow!  A big thanks to all those who joined in helping the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge design team and our host, Michelle Stewart, for our milestone 250th challenge.  We had 14 submissions and let me say, they all rocked!  We traditionally vote for our top 3 choices and honor those the following week (in no particular order), and to celebrate our milestone Michelle will be sending a little happy mail to those 3 participants.  In addition, some members of the design team, myself included, have chosen to do random drawings from the remaining participants and provide a small prize to one lucky winner.  So here is what I chose to offer as a prize: 

 Prepping for the drawing.

 And the winner is #11, TERESA GREGORY at Red Obsession Cards!

Thank you for being a loyal follower and participant, Teresa.  I will get your email address and contact you to get your mailing address.

Thanks to all who played along and please help us reach our next big milestone. 

Happy crafting to all!  ~~  Annette

Friday, February 9, 2018

Congrats on #250 for AHSC

Here's a big shout out to Michelle Stewart and the gang at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge for reaching their 250th sketch this week, that's quite a milestone!  Woo hoo!  I don't know about you, but I've been both challenged and inspired by all the fabulous artwork the design team and participants have submitted every week.  BTW, let's not forget a big shout out to all of  you who visit, follow, or regularly play along with us at AHSC, as without an audience there wouldn't be a blog.  So THANK YOU to all the AHSC fans out there, keep playing along and sharing your amazing talents with us!  Also, stick around till the end of this post for the details for the give away I will be doing on Wednesday, 2/14/18, in honor of our 250th sketch!

So on to my project for this week.  I am rather late getting to the "party" but better fashionably late than to miss the big event!  While this particular sketch lends itself equally well to a variety of styles, I really wanted to go for something bright and festive.  To my way of thinking, primary colors and the contrast of lines against curves always lends a sense of energy to a project so that's what I was going for.

details:  I started with a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" card base and some scraps from the Prickly Pear kit which features Blossom, Emerald, Lemon, Poppy, Sapphire, Sea Glass (retired), Sorbet, and Tangerine.  I cut 3/8" wide strips of the striped paper for each side and adhered them to the base.  I used the template I made from the Confetti embossing folder (on clearance for $4.50 while supplies last!) from this post, the featured colored ink pads for this kit, and a sponge dauber for each to make this fun confetti-looking background panel on a 5 1/2 x 4 3/8" panel of White Daisy, adhered that to a panel of Sapphire that was 1/8" wider for a thin border to help separate the striped patterns from the dotted, and centered the combined panel on the card base.  I then used Poppy and Sapphire plus Tangerine ink and Lemon cardstock with the Way To Go stamp set to create these streamer images, which I then fussy cut and adhered.  I used the larger two of the Basic Circles Thin Cuts dies to create the 2 1/2" circle of patterned paper and the 2" circle of white CS.  I used the Sapphire ink with this sentiment (also from the Way To Go set), centered the circles, and then used my glue pen and Poppy thick twine (also on clearance) to add a little dimension and color to the center panel.  For the finishing touch, I dug through my stash and found this heart sticker in Sapphire from a retired style of fundamental stickers and popped it up with 3-D foam tape.  Once again, there were a lot of little steps for this one but hey, how often does your favorite challenge blog hit their 250th challenge milestone!

Now on to the prize!  I am offering this pendant in gold tone to one winner of a random drawing, which will be announced in THIS POST.  Good luck to all and THANK YOU for helping the AHSC blog to reach this fun and exciting milestone.  Don't forget, if you haven't entered a project yet, you have until 9:55 pm Eastern/10:55 pm Central on Sunday, 2/11/18, to do so and you can link your projects HERE.  Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

January SOTM Meets AHSC #248

Hello again, crafty friends!  I hope the beginning of 2018 is finding you happy, crafty and above all, healthy.  Luckily, I have been healthy but my tough-guy husband was sick for nearly 2 weeks so while I have been feeling creative, I haven't actually been able to spend much time actually crafting.  Between nursing my husband back to health, the bitter cold and the snowy weather we have been experiencing in the Midwest, it was a lovely change of pace to work with some light colors and floral-themed products for this week's sketch at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

details:  I started with a 7 x 5" base of Heather cardstock and topped that with a 6.75 x 4.75" layer of Bashful which I embossed with the rose embossing folder and lightly sponged Heather ink onto.  I then  used Fern and Bashful inks with this image from the January 2018 SOTM "Bloom & Grow".  I used multiple layers of stamping with the same inks to create these roses and leaves using the Beautiful You stamp set and coordinating Thin Cut dies.  Of course, no project is really complete without a little sparkle or bling so I added some gold glitter gems to the center of the flowers and the lower right corner, a gold ribbon and bow cut from gold glitter paper using the Thin Cuts ribbon border, and this lovely gray and gold ribbon from the Basics ribbon pack.  I thought it still needed a little something so I filled in the word "planted" with the new Bashful shimmer brush.  I will be submitting this card for the Fern-Heather-Bashful theme at the Color My Heart Color Dare #275 and the "tool time: Bashful shimmer brush" theme at the Heart2Heart challenge blog. 

Of course, this project started with the sketch from AHSC challenge blog.  We would love to see your take on this sketch too so if you find yourself with some crafty time on your hands this week, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central to link your projects HERE.  I hope you also take a minute or two to check out the fabulous creations brought to you this week by the rest of the design team

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Quilted Congrats

Hello again, crafty friends!  I hope you are all having as much fun this weekend as I am, which is in the middle of an annual 3-day crop, probably the biggest scrapbook event I attend all year.  So much crafting fun going on, and so much inspiration!

 So here is something I've been wanting to do forever and it was so much fun to put together!  I will be entering it in the Heart2Heart "something new" challenge as well as the Color My Heart challenge blog for their Bashful, Glacier, and Charcoal theme.  The beautiful quilted die cuts are from MFT Stamps, the sentiments are from retired CTMH sets "Cute Koalas" and "Expecting."  Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend!  ~~  Annette

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Valentine's Card for AHSC #246

Happy 2018 to all my crafty friends!  I don't know about you but every year the only resolution I  truly try to stick to is to get more organized, especially my craft area, and I am proud to say I have already made progress this year.  Yay!  So I'm happy to report this Valentine's card came together much more quickly and easily than usual since I could more readily access the supplies I was looking for.

I started with this week's sketch at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I used a base of Lagoon cardstock layered with this lovely small hearts-patterned paper from the retired CTMH "Heartstrings" kit.  I knew I would have to change the proportions of the horizontal stripes element somewhat, but I really wanted to incorporate this "love" stitching pattern for this one.  To do this, I used the We R Memory Keepers stitching tool and some Cranberry colored embroidery floss I bought ages ago, as that shade of red is one of the featured colors in this kit.  For the arrow-patterned horizontal stripes, I used the Heartstrings zip strips set on Whisper cardstock with a very narrow border.  I used the retired Thin Cuts hearts die on the patterned red paper (also from Heartstrings) and again on Bashful glitter paper, adhered both pieces on white cardstock for better stability and then fussy cut around them.  The "truly, madly" banner is a sticker that was available with this kit.  I thought I was done but then I felt there was just a little too much empty white space at the bottom so I added a couple of the negative-space hearts cut from another piece of Bashful glitter paper using the Thin Cuts hearts border.

And that's all there is to this one!  I'm not sure who I will give it to but I do know I had a lot of fun creating it.  I hope you will find some time to create a project with this week's sketch, and we would love to see it if you do!  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 1/14/18, to link your project HERE.  And don't forget to check out what the rest of your design team has created with this week's sketch, they are sure to inspire you!  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting in the new year!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Last Christmas Card of 2017 for AHSC #244

Hello again, crafty friends!  I truly hope everyone had a truly wonderful Christmas holiday!  Several of my family members got sick over the holidays so we haven't been able to get together with everyone just yet but maybe this will just help us extend the magic of the season.  At any rate, I procrastinated a lot less this season but I still found myself running behind for a couple of projects so I managed to get one more Christmas card put together and this week's sketch at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge worked out perfectly for what I had in mind. 

This card is for my best friend's daughter who happens to have Downs Syndrome, and she is one of the sweetest people I have ever met.  She is still a big believer in Santa and she has gotten into adult coloring books just lately (which is what we got her for her gift this year) so I thought it was only fitting to work in some watercolors on her Christmas card to show her I still like to color too!

details:  I started with the Christmas themed paper from the first year I discovered CTMH, which is called Believe.  I used black Memento ink to stamp this adorable Santa and reindeer images from last year's Reindeer Bells set, which I then filled in with watercolor pencils.  To frame the images, I ran pieces of white and Topiary (retired) cardstock through my Cuttlebug using this scalloped die with an embossed stitched border from My Favorite Things (MFT) and pieced them together.  For the sentiment, I used Versamark ink and white embossing powder with the retired Say It All stamp set.  Due to the stamped images I chose, I will also be submitting it to the Christmas Critters theme over at the Heart 2 Heart Challenge.

And now I officially done with the last of my Christmas cards and gifts and ready to get started on my goals for 2018, which definitely included more crafting projects!  I hope crafting continues to be in your future too, and that you find time to play with this week's sketch at AHSC.  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 12/31/17, to link your project HERE.

Thanks for stopping by happy crafting in 2018!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Silver and Gold Anniversary Wishes

Hello again, crafty friends!  I found inspiration from this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge to make a festive - and shiny - anniversary card for my husband.  I designed it so that it looks like a "happy new year" kind of card because we actually eloped on December 31st over 30 years ago.

There is also a Silver and Gold theme going on this month at the Heart2Heart challenge blog this month, and it's been a long time since I've played along with their challenges so it will be a fun bonus for me to add this card to their gallery.

details:  I started with an 5.5 x 4.25" base of gold foil paper.  I ran a 5.25 x 4" piece of black cardstock through my Cuttlebug with the retired CTMH confetti embossing folder, and then I used a handy little hole punch tool from the Martha Stewart collection to punch out each of those holes so I could back the black with the gold paper and hopefully the pattern would look like shiny champagne bubbles rising to the top of the glass.  I then cut strips of silver and gold foil paper as well as strips of silver and gold glitter paper, all at 5/8 x 4", ran the glitter papers through the retired scallop border punch, and adhered them onto the the foil papers to create a scalloped interpretation of the 4 horizontal lines element of the sketch.  I used gold embossing powder and Versamark ink to heat emboss this sentiment from the retired Say It All stamp set on black paper backed with more silver foil.  The image of champagne glasses is from the M-sized Good Cheer stamp set (you will need to mask or carefully "amputate" the image to get the glasses without the sentiment in the middle), stamped with black Memento ink on White Daisy cardstock backed with another layer of both silver and gold foil papers.  I couldn't resist adding one more touch of sparkle by filling in the champagne glasses and bubbles with the gold shimmer brush, one of my favorite embellishments!

There are so many possibilities with this sketch at AHSC and we would love to see your take on it.  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 12/17/17, to link your projects HERE.  You can also check out the rest of the design team's creations by following THIS link.  Happy holidays!  ~~  Annette