Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Thinking of You Fox Card

I've been crafting like crazy lately, but nothing that I'm able to share on my blog...yet! I hope to be able to share more with all y'all soon. There's a new Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge up, so I took a break from my other crafting activities to make this sweet fox card using Some Kind of Wonderful.
That cool pink paper came from Hello Lovely. I sanded some Desert Sand cardstock for the center of the card. Then I stamped the 3/8" white cardstock strips using Whisper and Sorbet Ink. I gave the fox a sweet balloon using Happy for You. It's such a simple set of balloons, but it's so much fun.
I did some simple paper piecing on the fox image with Hello Lovely pink dot paper and white cardstock. I scattered a few more Sorbet heart images around the fox along with some adorably tiny copper mini sequins. I love that the fox has a matching Thin Cuts die (on sale this month), since I'm making a bunch of him for this weekend! 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Your Love is like a Cup of Tea

One of my favorite parts of this month's Stamp of the Month is the adorable sentiments.
That's why I decided to fill two parts of this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge sketch with this sweet two part sentiment. Drawing my colors from the Dreamin' Big papers as suggested in this week's Heart 2 Heart challenge, I filled the Slate cardstock background with the teabag label image using Whisper ink. I used Slate and Poppy inks to stamp the sentiments and cups.
There are only three teacups in the image, so I used a post-it to mask off the top cup so I could stack those teacups higher! I filled in a few details with Poppy and Goldrush inks using my trusty waterbrush, and then I went over those details with a gold shimmer brush. I like this one because the gold shimmer is suspended in a clear medium instead of yellow tinted. I'm making a bunch of these for my team swap next weekend. I hope you'll pop over to Atlantic Hearts and play along with us this week!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

You are Tea-riffic Card

I painted the watercolor background for this card at the beginning of last week...and I'm sharing it with you on Sunday because I couldn't quite get this card finished all week long.  
I was inspired to make the watercolor panel by the Muse Card Club challenge. Although I loved that soft blue background in the inspiration card, I knew I wanted my first March SOTM teacup card to be in pink. I embossed the flower images all over the background in clear embossing powder over Colonial White cardstock. Then I painted on pink using watercolor pencils and a waterbrush.
After the paint was dry I burnished the embossing with a tissue to bring the clear/white lines back up. I stamped the teacup at the bottom in Blush ink and overstamped that with the sentiment in black. I finished off the card with a bit of Sugar Rush paper, pink organdy ribbon, and a few sparkly gems. With my house full of boys, sometimes it nice to make something so unabashedly girlie!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Happy Spring Hexagon Card

So I was all proud of my self, because I made a bunch of these cards at the beach retreat I attended at the beginning of February, so I had my card for this week's new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge done totally early for once! Aaaaaand then I gave away every single on of these cards without taking any pictures. Luckily my good friend Amanda saved my bacon with some phone shots so I could share some more bunny cuteness with y'all.
When I saw this week's cute sketch I thought immediately of those pale blue robin's eggs with the brown speckles and so I set out to make that background. Here you are looking at the painful way - I spritzed the hexagons with brown shimmer spray and then lined them up, adhering them one by one to the background. Halfway through my mass productions my brilliant friend Cathy mentioned I should just spritz the background and use the hexagon frame scraps (The hexagons are a cricut cut, so the outlined of the hexagons were just sitting in a pile next to my piles of hexagons) as an overlay on the spritzed background. That was way easier, so I made a bunch for our swap and a few that said Happy Valentine's Day for the boys' teachers! That's how I ended up giving them all away.  
In any case, I love the little bunny peeking out from behind the sentiment, and they were fun to make even when gluing on a bazillion hexagons. The bunny and border images are colored with watercolor pencils. You can find the new Atlantic Hearts sketch HERE if you'd like to play along. You have just about another week to grab these cute bunnies before the hop away for good!

Monday, February 13, 2017

So Happy Hungry Caterpillar Layout

Happy Valentine's Day, Stampin' Friends! Today I'm sharing a sweet and scrappy project featuring my littlest dude. When I saw this sketch from Stuck Sketches, I immediately remembered these sweet pics of Max taking home his classroom caterpillar. I only had three pics, and my favorite one is kind of blurry, but I couldn't let sleeping caterpillars lie...
 I used papers from the Dreamin' Big line. I just love this woodgrain! I drew and trimmed out my rustic star. The edges of all the pieces are scissor distressed. 
Most of the embellishments came from the coordinating Complements. Some are cardstock weight stickers, but then there are these super cool acrylic pieces! I added black acrylic dots to the flower stickers.

This is my slightly blurry favorite picture. He gets that look when he thinks he's being funny or getting away with something, and he's had it since he was a tiny baby! to me, this is so Max. Also, can I just point out the ladybug? I mean, seriously. {Double heart!} Am I the only one with a thing for ladybugs? 
In honor of the sweetest day of the year, CTMH is offering an awesome flash sale from 2 p.m. on February 14th through 2 p.m. on the 15th. To see which items will be discounted during the sale, visit my shopping website at any time during the sale—the Sweet Sale items will be listed on that page. All the items included in the sale are only available while supplies last, and there is no grace period for placing orders, so be sure to get your orders in before the sale ends! 

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