Monday, December 25, 2017

AHSC # 244 - Merry Everything!

The sketch this week is a simple one with lots of possibilities, I choose to make a simple card that has a diagonal strip of paper and cut out a printed image from a PML card, then stamp a sentiment. And I think this turned out real cute! I hope I've inspired you to create something this week, click here for a link to the AHSC BLOG.

Here is the sketch...

Monday, December 11, 2017

AHSC # 242 - Beautiful

As soon as I saw this sticker I knew I wanted to make a card with it! So for my image part of the sketch I decided to use the sticker. I've just finished and mailed my last Christmas card today and was ready to make something not holiday. I wanted my card to sparkle to I used strips of glitter paper for the horizontal pieces behind the image.
I hope you'll be inspired to join Atlantic Heart's Sketch Challenge this week, you can click here to find their blog.
Now here's the sketch...

Friday, December 1, 2017

December Special - Through the Year Scrapbook Calendar

This is a very special project. Each month is a new scrapbook page created by you from a kit full of paper, embellishments and creative tips. Each month instead of just flipping to the next calendar page, you trim off the past month page and add it to an album. At the end of the year you have an album full of beautiful memories.

To purchase your kit just click here, thank you.

Monday, November 27, 2017

AHSC # 240 Joy

This sketch has so many possibilities for using the diagonal center. I kept mine simple and stretched a thin piece of ribbon across the card. Then I used some matching Cricut cuts for my corner pieces. Here is the sketch for this week, I hope you'll decide to join the AHSC.

Monday, November 13, 2017

AHSC # 238 - Joy

This week I wanted to make a holiday card with the sketch and ideas were just not coming to me until I saw this embossing folder. Then I knew exactly what I was going to do! I used the new Espresso paper for my pinecones but it just wasn't giving me the dark color I wanted so I took the ShinHan Bronze (BR99) marker and traced over the pinecone cutouts.

I hope you'll decide to join AHSC this week, here's the sketch to get you started...

Monday, October 30, 2017

AHSC #236 - Yappy Birthday!

This card was so much fun to make! I love the Punny Pals stamp set! And the sketch make this card quick to put together because all I did was cover my card base with the black check paper then add the strips of shimmer trim. I cut a pentagon for a dog house to put behind the puppy and added the sentiment.
I hope you'll join AHSC this week and submit something you create, it doesn't  have to be a card, anything the sketch inspires is welcome.

Here is this week's sketch...

Monday, October 16, 2017

AHSC #234

Sketch is a little challenging but a lot of fun! Sitting on my craft table I had some leftover vellum leaves that I decided to use for my image. Behind the leaf with the gold overlay are 2 smaller vellum leaves I decided to attach with my Xyron. I'm not sure if I would use this technique again or not. I love the new CTMH bow die cut! This has been attached with mini glue dots.
I hope you'll decide to join AHSC this week.

Here is the sketch...

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tips for using vellum...

Tip #1..cut your images with a fine point blade.
Tip the gold overlay through your Xyron and adhere to the vellum.

Tip #3... for the card you see below I used mini glue dots at the bottom and top if each leaf to attached them to the card front.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sometimes a birthday card becomes a book!

This week my nephew Jason celebrated his 21st birthday. Sensing this may be my last chance to be sure I've shared all the wisdom and encouragement I want him to always remember I decided to make him a little book. By design there are 21 pages. These are the times I'm grateful for my stash of stamps I've accumulated over the past 11 years!
From now until Feb there will be 3 more young birthdays ranging in age from 12 to 19, this book was so much fun to do I'm going to make one for the other 3 kids too!
My cover was inspired by this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch and was the perfect design. I left the chipboard "raw" for the casual guy look I wanted and choose the red stripe paper since red has always been Jason's favorite color.
Happy 21st Jason!
Aunt Patty

Monday, October 2, 2017

AHSC 232

I really love the sketch this week so I decided to follow it exactly. In my stamp stash I found a border stamp that matched perfectly. I used the shamrock on the Flower Market cartridge but only cut the pop up leaves. I cut them from the new 2 tone cardstock so I could layer them for the alternate dark / light effect. To finish it off I punch a circle from silver foil paper and stamped my sentiment.

I hope you will be inspired to join this week's AHSC, here is the sketch...

Monday, September 18, 2017

AHSC 230

This week I need a masculine birthday card. The woodgrain paper and the banner pieces from the sketch gave me just the look I wanted.
Here is this week's sketch...
I hope you'll be inspired to join us this week at AHSC

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Take Ten Autumn 2017

Stampington's Take Ten Magazine has published my set of Halloween cards! Click the Take Ten Autumn banner above to see them.

Monday, September 4, 2017

AHSC #228 With Graditude

I really like the Sept Stamp of the Month! My card was inspired by the stamp set and  week's sketch even though it doesn't match the sketch perfectly. I used Fern ink to stamp the sentiment on the Kraft paper but I think New England Ivy might have been a better choice.
I hope you'll decide to use the sketch and join us this week, your art can be a card, a scrapbook page or anything else that follows the sketch.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Holiday Expressions is here!

I think  you're going to love all the holiday crafting possibilities offered in this new catalog! See it now on my website!

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Stamp of the Month - Feel So Blessed

This stamp set is perfect for so many projects - below is a card that can be used for a man's birthday.
You can get this stamp set for only $5 when you make a $50 purchase.

I stamped borders of the card then added a piece of black cardstock. the feathers are stamped on one of new basics stripe papers and cut out. The arrow is cut from silver foil paper with an image from the new You Are Here CTMH Cricut cartridge.
I plan on making several projects with this stamp set so please check back often to see what else I've created.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Hello - AHSC # 226

I love the new CTMH You Are Here Circuit cartridge because it appears to be designed for scrapbooking vacation travels but it has so many images that can be used in different ways. I also wanted to use this sticker for the sentiment on my card. So I opened up Design Space and started choosing images to cut. Here is how I laid them out on my screen...
The circle was a little larger than the sketch intended but I really didn't want my smallest flower to be much smaller. I've learned that the thin overlays are best adhered to the base image with a glue pen. The white space in the corners was a little too plain so I stamped some flourishes with Linen ink to finish my card.

Here is this weeks sketch. I hope you'll decide to create something and share on the Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge.



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Created to Create

It's so fun to make a card that I get to deliver in person because I can decorate the envelope too!
The roses you see here are from the Beautiful You stamp set. Each flower is a layer of 3 stamps and they come in 3 sizes. The stamp set comes with a set of thin cut dies and there are also 3 different leaf stamps.
My final touch was to use the shimmer brush on each rose.
The Created to Create stamp is new too. I plan on experimenting with this as a background stamp in my next project.
The colors I used for the roses are Bashful, Pixie and Raspberry
The colors I used for the leaves are Fern and New England Ivy

D1741   Beautiful You
A1210   Created to Create

Monday, August 7, 2017

AHSC #224 Hello Darling

Hello Everyone, this is the card I made for this week's AHCS using one of my favorite old stamps. I've paired the stamp with the new Bashful cardstock and used the new Espresso ink to stamp.
I hope you'll be inspired to create something for this week's challenge.
Here's the sketch we are using...

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CTMH Basics Makeover !

The Close to My Heart basics colors have all had a make over! and! now there is foil paper in both silver & gold! and! the beautiful Bashful pink has been made available, in cardstock, ink, pearls, and glitter paper. The pretty shell you see on this card, was cut from the new You Are Here CTMH exclusive Cricut cartridge.

Monday, July 10, 2017

AHSC # 220 Thanks so much

For this card I decided to use neutral papers and a sticker instead of a flower stamp, it's fun to use up that last sticker on the sheet! Sponging would have been a nice touch on the banner piece and the scalloped oval.

I hope you'll visit the AHSC blog and join this week's challenge.
Here is this week's sketch..

Monday, July 3, 2017

July Special Free Stamp Set!

During the month of July, buy 2 stamp sets and get the 3rd one Free! Click here for details

Monday, June 26, 2017

AHSC # 218 - Happy 4th of July!

My card doesn't follow this week's sketch perfectly but you can see it's inspired by the sketch. I'm actually not sure if Canada celebrates anything this time of year so to all my Canadian friends Happy Summer and to my American friends Happy 4th of July! Stay safe & have lots of fun!

Cardmaking tip: to attach trim easily use your tiny stapler like it did here.

Visit the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog by clicking here

I hope you'll decide to make something from this week's sketch...

Hugs to all,

Monday, June 12, 2017

AHSC # 216 - Paris!

Seems every time I decide I need to clean up my room I discover something I'd forgotten about. Today's discovery was this stack of embossed cardstock. I was already thinking about the next design team challenge and this quickly became my inspiration.

I love how this card turned out!
I hope you'll find some inspiration and create something for the challenge this week.
Here's the sketch to get you started...

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Don't forget about Dad!

I think Father's Day is sometimes one of the biggest card making challenges.I know for me, every year I want my card to look completely different than previous years. This year was easy with the No Worries papers.
To all the dad's everywhere, Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Summer is almost here!

and Close to My Heart has the perfect summer collection of crafting supplies! See them on my website now.

Monday, May 29, 2017

AHSC # 214 - Congratulations to the Graduate!

This is my 2nd card as a Design Team member for AHSC. I am having so much fun doing this!
I've used Peacock and Glacier cardstock layers to dress up the wood grain paper for this card, it's always fun to use school colors. Please click here to visit the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog to see all what everyone else creates this week.
Hugs to all the graduates!

Here is the sketch...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I've been published!

It was so much fun to find a complimentary copy of the June issue of Stampington & Co Take Ten magazine in my mail yesterday, I never know when I'm being published or which of my cards have been selected. But this time my card is featured as the sketch for the We Challenge You feature! How exciting!

This is actually an ice cream cone wrapper featured on my card. Seems I'm always saving silly things that remind me of a fun day. Small indulgences should be treasured, these silly reminders usually end up on my craft table and sometimes they become part of my art. I hope you take time to indulge yourself, we all need a little joy in our days.

I can't wait to see the cards readers submit in future issues.

Thank you Stampington & Co!