Tuesday, October 13, 2015

First time entry for Craft Your Passion challenge blog

Good morning, all!  I am a big fan of fall and while I have enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather we've had so far this month, I have to admit I'm ready for a few crisp evenings and the upcoming holiday season.  So when my daughter requested a card for a college friend who prefers a spring palette, I found it a little challenging to switch gears.  I also wanted to come up with something especially pretty as this young woman is an art major, but after a few days' thoughts I finally came up with something I'm pleased with.  Plus, I got to ink up several stamps I hadn't used yet as well as break into a new paper pack, AND this will be my first entry over at the Craft Your Passion challenge blog (where the theme is always 'anything goes') so this project was a win-win-win for me!

details:  All products are from Close To  My Heart.  I used patterned paper and cardstock from the Kaleidoscope kit which features Pear, Canary, Pixie, and Gypsy.  One of the papers has this pretty striped pattern which starts out green, transitions to yellow and then to pink.  I love playing lines against curves so I rounded the corners on each of the layers/banners and chose a sentiment stamp, Wavy Blooms, that features cursive writing.  The small butterfly images are from a set called Your Own Kind of Wonderful.  I used this set again for the sentiment on the inside of the card which I positioned within one of the images from the Frame Flair set.  This stamp set is Cricut compatible but I chose to fussy cut it this time because I wanted the stamped image to be as close as possible to the edge of the paper since I was using tone-on-tone.  I used the rock and roll stamping technique for the butterfly in the corner, and that stamp is from the retired Brushstrokes Workshop On The Go set, which lends itself really well to the colors and patterns in the Kaleidoscope kit.

I think that's it!  Happy crafting, Annette

Saturday, October 10, 2015

"Positive-ly" perfect sketch

Don't you love it when a project comes together?  This week my daughter asked me to make a card for her friend who was just named the head of the chemistry club at their college.  I knew I had the perfect stamp in the new supplies I got on Thursday and I had hoarded several scraps of a very fitting paper, but I wasn't sure just how I was going to pull the various elements together as I had them pictured in my mind.  Then I found this darling sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches which is one of several challenge blogs I follow, but I  had not posted to this one yet.  Anyway, after a little tweaking on my measurements to be able to use as much of the designer paper as I could, this is what I came up.  The actual stamped image of the proton had 1 large and 3 small dots and I was over the top when I dug through some more of my stash and found these very complimentary gems that were a perfect fit, both in size and color!

details:  All products are from Close To My  Heart.  The "periodic elements" patterned paper is from the retired Superhero set.  The stamped images in the sentiment panel as well as the blue panel were from the Positive Chemistry stamp set.  The card base is on Cranberry CS and the blue is a retired shade called Sky.  I hope my daughter's friend enjoys receiving the card as much as I enjoyed making it!

Happy crafting, Annette