Wednesday, July 19, 2017

School Kids Retirement Card for CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back to another installment of the Close To My Heart (CTMH) Featured Products Blog Hop.  July is Stampaganza! month which means it's time for our month-long Buy 2-Get 1 Free special on our fabulous My Acrylix stamps, which makes this the perfect time to use STAMPS as the theme for our hop!  It's a short hop this week, just me and Tara Hendrickson from Tara's Treasure Trove, so don't forget to hop on over and see her *adorable* project and FYI, it's her  first time joining our little hop so be sure to leave her a comment to welcome her aboard!

BTW, you'll have to pardon the blurry photos for this project.  It was specially commissioned by just about the dearest, sweetest lady I know: my sister-in-law's mother who also happens to be my neighbor, Erma.  She wanted a unique and humorous retirement card for a lifelong friend who just decided to retire from being a paraeducator in our school district for many years.  As soon as Erma and I talked, I knew what stamps I wanted to use but then time got away from me and I was cutting it really close to the surprise party friends had planned for the retiree, and I nearly forgot to get a photo after my hard work so I had to settle on snapping a hurried pic with my tablet.

 details:  I started by using this lovely watercolor-patterned Crystal Blue paper from the recently retired Whimsy fundamentals pack for the sky.  I used my journaling pen to draw "hills" on this Emerald patterned piece from the Prickly Pear kit.  I needed a lot of words in a little space for this sentiment so I printed it on White Daisy cardstock on my computer, trimmed it to size and rounded the corners, and backed it with this flowered piece that's also from the Prickly Pear kit.  All the stamps the card front are from the School Kids set and were colored with a variety of ShinHan markers

For the inside, I used the ruler image from this set and Black Memento ink on this gray woodgrain patterned paper from the Rustic Home Fundamentals paper pack (isn't it great how CTMH sized that to fit so perfectly on an A2 sized card?!?!).  I used markers and the other two childrens' images from the School Kids set along with these adorable heart-shaped balloons from the Happy For You stamp set, which also provided the sentiment I used here.  I am happy to say Erma was thrilled with this card and I was so glad to help make a little something for two dear friends.

This card was just a little bit "simpler said than done," that's all there is to it but I loved how it turned out.  Don't for get to hop on over to see what Tara has in store for you, and please come back on Wednesday, 8/2/17, when our next theme will be the Jack paper kit and/or the coordinating stamps.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting! ~~ Annette

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Flowery Thanks for AHSC #220

Hello again, crafty friends!  I took a week off from crafting to get my home in order so we could host a family dinner for my husband's 50th birthday, and it feels like I've been gone forever!  And while I dearly love celebrating holidays and occasions with family and friends, I am ready to get back into my old, familiar routine again.  So I thought it was only fitting to create a thank you card for my sweet sister in law who was a big help, and this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge was perfect for the occasion!

All products are from Close To My Heart:
New England Ivy cardstock was used for the 7 x 5" card base.
Pink variegated paper was from retired Happy Times (HT) kit cut at 6 3/4 x 4 3/4."
Flower patterned paper was also from HT, cut at 6 1/2 x 4 1/2."
The banner was cut at 5 1/2 x 3 1/4" using the same pink variegated paper.
The Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge was used to cut the scalloped oval from NE Ivy cardstock using at 2."
The center oval was from White Daisy cardstock using the Thin Cuts - Basic Ovals (largest of 4).
The sentiment was stamped with New England Ivy ink using the Scripty Thank You stamp and colored using the following ShinHan alcohol markers:  Sap GreenLeaf GreenTender PinkCherry PinkLight OrangeMarigoldGolden Yellow, and Clay.
The rolled flower was cut using the AP cartridge using the   setting at 3" and held together with Liquid Glass adhesive, and a retired medium sized pearl was added to the center.  The leaves were cut freeform from a zip strip from the HT kit.

We would love to see your take on this fabulous sketch.  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 7/16/17, and you can link your projects HERE.  You can also follow this link to view the other design team members' projects.  FYI, the AHSC team is recruiting new members so if you have an interest is creating a sketch-based project every other week for a 6-month term, you can find out how to apply by going to THIS PAGE.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting! ~~ Annette

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Friendly Fun with AHSC #218

Hello again, crafty friends!  I hope your summer is off to a wonderful start.  Even though my youngest is 22 years old, summer is still a busy time.  There is more yardwork to do, more housework as we live on a gravel road so dusting is an endless chore, and there are lots more things we want to go do.  And if you live in the midwest like we do, summer is also fair time, whether that means county, state, or both!  So when I needed to whip up a quick thank you card for my best friend, it was no surprise I ended up using this fair-themed paper with this week's sketch at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog.  Let's get started!

details:  All the things I used for this project are retired CTMH products.  I started with the Jubilee paper pack for all three panels of patterned paper and a piece of Honey cardstock to back the middle layer.  The yellow button is from the Honey collection of embellishments, the crocheted flower is from a White Daisy collection, and I swear the buttons were from a large assortment of buttons I got when I first got started as a consultant.  The "friend" sentiment is from last year's National Stamping Month campaign, using Cranberry ink.  Ok, I guess at least one product is a current one, LOL.

This is another fun sketch and we would love to see your take on it, too!  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 7/2/17, to play along and you can link your project HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy, crafty summer!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Camping Fun for AHSC #216

Hello, crafty friends!  I hope your summer is off to a great start.  We're in a hot, stormy weather pattern here in the midwest so I've been very appreciative of air conditioning while I craft.  Once again, Michelle Stewart has brought us a fabulous sketch to work with this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I admit, I found this one a bit of a challenge at first but once I got started the ideas were flowing and I kept changing my mind as to what theme I wanted to go with.  Ultimately, though, I couldn't resist making this camping themed piece to serve as a cover page for one of those inexpensive, clear pocket 4 x 6" photo books you can pick up just about anywhere.  I have collected almost everything camping related that CTMH has put out, even though we don't go camping.... yet. I'm trying to talk my husband into getting a small camper someday as I'd like to do some traveling when he retires in 10 years or so,  but I'm already partially disabled and I think having a camper will make it easier for us to take trips.

At any rate, I hope this sketch gets your creativity going and that you find time to share your creations with us.  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 6/18/17, to link your projects, which you can do HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting! ~~  Annette

cardstock:  Slate, black, and watercolor paper
inks;  Memento black ink
markers:  warm grey 7turquoise bluecherry pinkmetallic silver
patterned paper:  all 3 papers used were from the Jack kit
stamps:  Adventure USA and Camper Crazy (both are retired)
embellishments:  Slate Twist Ties, Enamel Hearts (red), and Timberline Assortment (all retired)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

No Worries for CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to another Close To My Heart (CTMH) Featured Products Blog Hop, where this week the spotlight is on the No Worries paper kit, it's color palette, along with the cardmaking and/or scrapbooking stamp and coordinating die cut sets.  The soothing colors and tropical beach themed images are sure to put you in the mood for a getaway at the beach... or at least for a margarita!  If you came here from Corinna's blog you are in the right place but hops are circular things so you are welcome to jump in anywhere along the way and simply follow the links to make the rounds.  A complete list of this week's participants is included at the end of this post in case you get lost along the way.  Let's get started!
Even though it's very unlikely my family will ever vacation on the beach, I couldn't help but fall in love with this No Worries kit!  For this double layout, I used my favorite pattern, #15, from the Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2 how-to book.  I used the "FAMILY" chipboard letters and several stickers from the complements pack, and if you look in the bottom left corner you will notice that I took the outline of the "together in the sun" sticker, placed it on white cardstock, and cut it out to make a photo mat for a 3" circular photo.  All the papers and zip strips are from the No Worries kit with the addition of one piece of Sapphire cardstock behind the title, and I sanded the cardstock to fit in with the distressed style of the chipboard letters.  I like my layouts fairly flat with but a bit of texture, so I added a strip of blue burlap ribbon to each side of the center panel and then I also added some of the white burlap ribbon to a 5 x 7" piece of cardstock to make an additional photo mat.  I'm not sure exactly what I'm going to do with this layout, but I'm really pleased with how it came together and I can't stop looking at it.  My husband has always wanted to see the ocean... maybe if I leave it out for him to see, it will inspire him to start planning our first real get away!

And that's all there is to this one.  Now it's time to hop on over to Lauren's blog and see the awesome artwork she has created for you.  Don't forget to stop by again on Wednesday, 6/21/17, when our theme will be stamping techniques.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Complete list of this week's participants:

1.  Lauren Moore

2.  Corinna Murphy

3.  Annette Clark (here)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Watercolor Farm Scene for AHSC #214

Hello, crafty friends!  Michelle Stewart has brought us another great sketch to work with this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge that has multiple layers and tons of possibilities.  I played around with several different ideas with this sketch but this is the one I kept coming back to, so this is the one you get to see, lol.

First, a little backstory.  Several years ago, shortly after the death of our son, we began what has become an annual tradition of spending the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend with my stepbrother on his farm.  Fast forward a few years, I was nervous but honored to have a little bit of a hand in getting him together with his second wife.  He had two daughters and she had three, and now two of their daughters have gotten married and one has had a baby, so our annual traditions continue but have gotten a bit noisier and more crowded, which makes them even more fun.  Truly, it is a blessing to see their family so happy and enjoying their get togethers back on the farm and we love being a part of it all, and I wanted to drop them a note - or a card, in this case - to thank them for continuing to include us and give us something to look forward to in what is otherwise still a rather sad holiday for us.

details:  I have quite a mixed collection of long-retired patterned papers CTMH used to sell based on individual color, and I'm tired of these lovely papers sitting around collecting dust.  Since I knew I planned on going with a brightly colored farm scene, I decided to dig through these old B&T's for some primary colors for the base layers.  In this case, I used Outdoor Denim, Sunny Yellow and a solid piece of Cranberry.  I used Black Memento Ink to stamp this farm scene  from the Homegrown set on one piece of  watercolor paper and the fence on another, and then used my watercolor paints to bring color to the scene.  I fussy cut the fence and glued it onto the panel in place of the ribbon shown in the sketch.  I chose this sentiment from a retired stamp set called "Country Born" and layered it on this gingham-tablecloth stamped image from the "Summer Days" set which coordinated with the Mayberry paper kit from several years ago.

And that's all their is to this one.  Our design team has come up with quite a variety of projects for you based on this week's sketch, and we would love to see what you come up with too!  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 6/4/17, and you can link your project HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Patriotic Card for BTF #47B

Hello, crafty friends!  We are in the second week of our "Favorite Thing About Summer" theme at the Between The Folds Bi-Weekly Challenge Blog.  I had several ideas I was playing around with for this theme but a touching project and video were pointed out to me last week and I knew I had to share my version as well as pay tribute to the card maker and her inspiration.  Let's get started!

First off, I want to pay tribute to my inspiration for this project, Michelle Wright.  She is an SU Demonstrator and, more importantly, a Gold Star mom and I urge you to take a few minutes to watch her video all the way through.  For my Close To My Heart version, I used Sapphire and Cranberry inks with the Brushstrokes stamp set to create this flag image on White Daisy cardstock.  I then used the Stars Thin Cuts and white glitter paper to create the star.  I used a retired stamp set "A Thousand Thanks" and Sapphire ink to stamp the sentiment in the slightly darker area of the longer "stripes" where I had to overlap my stamping, which I am hoping gives a highlighted effect to the words.  So simple but very visual, and a very powerful message of thanks to the men and women who protect our country and our freedoms - and the families who sacrifice so much to support their loved ones who serve!

Summer can a very busy season, full of many of our favorite holidays and happenings.  I hope you will find time to share a project inspired by your favorite thing about summer and share it with us at BTF this week.  As always, your project needs to include some CTMH product(s) and you have until 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time/10:59 pm Central to share your project HERE.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette