Monday, March 18, 2019

AHSC #308 - Rosy Thanks


Today's design team card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge uses Sketch #308 and doesn't have much stamping on it but instead makes good use of this gorgeous patterned paper from Close To My Heart.


I love using textured cardstock when I want a solid color to make more of a statement, which I did here with the two shades of gray. 


The two lighter colors of the patterned paper are very subtle and hard to capture on camera, but in the top left corner is a thick, pale pink stripe and in the lower right is a light gray polkadot.


That's it for me until next time,



Monday, March 4, 2019

AHSC #306 - Pink Peony Birthday



Welcoming March and the coming of spring using soft, pretty colors and lovely peonies this week! Designed using sketch #306 from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge , I made this card for my Grandma's upcoming birthday... 



My card differs slightly from the sketch in where I placed my bow, but that's only because I had to hide a mistake I made while embossing (at the last minute) in the bottom right corner of the card, lol.


I kept it simple on the inside but loved being able to showcase the shade differences in Close To My Heart's (CTMH) colored cardstock...man, this cardstock is brilliant! One side is the darker shade and the other side is the lighter shade...it's like having 2 pieces of co-ordinating cardstock in one and I am loving using it! It's quickly becoming my "go-to" cardstock!


Fine Detailed gold embossing powder is the key to capturing all the gorgeous details in these peony stamps (also from CTMH). A little bit of sparkle pen traced over the charcoal grey sentiment and just 3 mini gold pearls completed the look.


Come join in the fun with us over at Atlantic Hearts and until next time~



Monday, February 18, 2019

AHSC #304: CAS Die Cut Birthday Wishes


Today's card creation for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Design Team uses only diecuts on the front and a single sentiment stamp on the inside. 


I went for springy shades of blue-greens since we're still seeing piles of snow and gray skies where I live, lol. 


Sweet and simple inside too...


The tiny pearls added the perfect finishing touch!


That's it for me today ~ Happy Monday!



Monday, February 4, 2019

Welcome Back!


Hello and welcome back! The last 4 months of  packing, moving, unpacking and getting settled here in our new home state of Illinois just flew right on by. I am happy to report that we survived the Polar Vortex of January 2019 and I am finally getting back into a creative groove in my new craftroom!


I am happy to say that I am starting back up as a member of the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Design Team and for my first card created from scratch in 4 long months, I used the sketch you can see below...


This card will be my hubby's Valentine and uses two stamp sets that I got from CAS-ual Friday along with hearts I diecut from Spellbinders.


I repeatedly stamped "smooches" in 3 ink colors to make my own decorative paper. I had fun adding Liquid Glass to the hour glass figure, but then tried to adhere it to my card before it was completely dry, so the top cracked and the bottom smudged...I must remember patience the next time, lol! 


I made use of the "scrap" I cut off for the front and adhered it to the inside of the card -pretty way to tie it all together.


That's it from me for today, but I hope to be back here to share with you regularly again at least 2 times a month. Until next time~




Thursday, October 4, 2018

Very Merry Ribbons


For this month's design team project with Happy Little Stampers, the optional theme is "Ribbon", so I dug out an old ribbon stamp set from CTMH and started getting crafty! Sadly, this will be my last post with Happy Little Stampers as my design team tenure there has come to an end, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them and love that I got a jump start on my holiday cards!!!




While I wasn't completely thrilled with the end result -hey, they can't ALL be our favorites, right? -I did definitely achieve success incorporating both ribbon stamps and actual ribbon in my design, lol.


In preparation for our upcoming big move several hundred miles away, (Yikes -it's only 6 days away now!!!) my stamp room is more than half packed up and I get very frustrated not having everything right at my finger tips! So I think this will be my last post for awhile...just until I can regroup in my new craft room, in a new state. If you still want to follow along on my crafty adventure, I have been able to post a few cards and/or planner spreads at least once a week on my Instagram account @create.365. See ya on the other side of the move~



Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Christmas Tree Bear


Today's design team project with Happy Little Stampers is all about the tree...a Christmas tree, that is. 


This teddy bear stamp from my stash is an oldie but goodie that I got from The Angel Company. I colored him up with water color pencils and fussy cut him out to pop him up on to the card front.


The background I sent through my embossing/die cut machine with the circle tree embossing folder and then swiped a green ink pad across the top. I couldn't decide on where to put my sentiment and which one I wanted to use, so I just left that part for the inside of the card at a later date and time.


That's it for me today -I'll be back next month for another holiday card to add to my stash. 



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Looking Ahead...Happy New Year!




Today's design team post is my last collaboration with Lemon Shortbread Digital Stamps. I had a lot of fun working with their images these last few months! But my hubby and I have a big relocation move coming up and I don't have a lot of time for creating and blogging right now. So I am taking a step back and hopefully will be back in the full swing of things later this fall. 


I loved this image from the first time I set my eyes on it last winter. She is called Bohemian Winter Girl and you can find her in the Etsy Shop. She comes with the image full sized and also cropped -like I used here.


I embossed vellum using a snowflake embossing folder for a subtle textured background layer...hard to see good here, but it's very pretty in person! I colored her using colored pencils and highlighted her earmuffs and the circle layer under the sentiment using the clear Wink of Stella glimmer pen. The punched snowflake was cut from holographic paper for added glitz.


That's it for me today...I'll be back next week with my September  Christmas card for Happy Little Stampers.



Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Crafting Forever - Housework Whenever!!!


Today's design team post for Lemon Shortbread Digital stamps was made on a 5" x 7" white card base and uses Painter Artist Girl from the Lemon Shortbread Etsy Store. I will be entering her for "Anything Goes" @ the following challenges...Dare2BArtzy, Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends, Catch the Bug, Creative Fingers,  and Polkadoodles


To make the background, I used a splatter stamp set from Close To My Heart along with some Sparkle Silk from Fun Stamper's Journey. 


The sentiment is from Stampin' Up and I sponged on some blue ink around the edges after cutting it apart. The holographic oval behind the artist is from a paper pack made by Die Cuts with a View. I colored her up first with Spectrum Noir markers and then layered in some depth and shading using Prismacolor Pencils. 



Until next time...