Saturday, May 24, 2014

new school colors for graduation

This is the first graduating class of our recently combined high school and the school colors are teal, black, and silver.  It took me a while to get something worked up (considering graduation was last week, lol) BUT I did come up with something I'm happy with just in time for the reception of my daughter's best friend.  I was also inspired by this week's sketch at Mojo Monday.

details:  I made my own background paper for the main portion of this card.  To do that, I stamped using the BACK side of the cross stitched border stamp from the January '14 stamp of the month, Cross Stitch Wishes, in Lagoon.  I then stamped the stitched looking lines in black using a stamp from the same set and I used CTMH's metallic silver marker for the thin solid lines.  I must say, using the Versamat and our ruler to line up and space everything.  I embellished with the teal, black, and silver shimmer trims and aqua dots and the silver glitter gems from the Frosted card workshop on the go in the last catalog.  I punched a 2" scalloped circle with a punch and used black ink and the Congrats Graduate stamp set for the focal point.  I also used the metallic silver marker again to hand-draw a faux stitched border around the scallop and inked the edges in black.

Happy crafting and best wishes to all the new grads out there!  Annette

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

some get well hugs

Oh, life can get so busy sometimes!  What projects I have been working on lately have been for my own enjoyment so I have not taken time to post them here but I will soon have more free time on my hands to catch up on posting those projects.

At any rate, this week's color combo at the Color My Heart challenge was to use Buttercup and Hollyhock.  My best friend Kathy's daughter, Jackie, is an incredibly gentle and caring soul but the necessity of having a 2nd major surgery in less than a year has even her disheartened.  Her favorite color is currently bright pink and so when I saw these colors, I knew I had to make a special get well card to try to put a smile back on her face.

Although I have yet to get her mom to join me in scrapbooking, as a good friend Kathy listens patiently and sometimes looks at my current projects and pattern books when she comes by to visit, and she really liked the "hugs" card (pattern 19) in Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 1 so naturally I used that pattern for Jackie's card.  I used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the letters at 3/4", the Artiste cartridge for the shape (p.61) at 1", and I colored a set of (retired) color ready borders with markers in the appropriate colors.  I recently purchased some old patterned B&T papers from another another consultant so it was fun to find and play with some papers in the CTMH palette but with different patterns than what we currently have.  What can I say?  I am totally addicted to CTMH and papercrafting!  I can't wait to bake a batch of strawberry bread (a little tradition between Kathy and me, we always share a batch when times get tough) and pay a visit to my besties when they get back home!

Happy crafting!  Annette