Thursday, May 21, 2015

Day 89: Thinking of You Smile Card

I've been percolating an idea for the Mojo Monday sketch for a few days now, but I didn't have time to make it until tonight. It came out just like I pictured it in my mind!
I used the Blossom papers and the Have a Happy Day stamps, still a favorite after stamping with them almost a year now. I sanded the edges of all the patterned papers, and used post-its to mask off that little white edge when I was stamping the SMILE sentiment across the top repeatedly. I'm linking this up to the Heart 2 Hearts Extra! Extra! Challenge. 
 For my solid circle image I inked it in Sunset ink, then stamped it off and rolled the edges back into the ink for a textured look. I added a little banner with my sentiment and some skinny yellow washi topped with Bitty Sparkles. I'm going to link this to the Paper Issues Let's Get This Party Started Linky for my mad stampin' skills.  'Cause that 1/16" post-it masking was crazy fun! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Day 88: Oh Snap Graduation Card

I'm getting ready to ship off a graduation gift for my niece. The fact that I'm doing this before her graduation alone is a small miracle. I'm notoriously bad at going to the Post Office for anything. Tonight I whipped up a quick but snappy graduation card to include in the package. (I love puns. I'm sorry...but not. Mostly I'm chortling all by myself in the basement stamp room. Ahem.)
I didn't have a lot of stamping time today, so I used the new Freshly Made Sketches #187 as a shortcut to a cute card fast. This week's Friday Mashup Challenge was to make a card for a celebration using orange, navy, and teal. Check and check!

I thought that this Artbooking Cricut cut was perfect for my niece, since she's a bit sassy herself. I colored each piece with Shin Han markers for an ombre fade. I painted the back with some Clear Wink of Stella, then I mounted the top layer with foam tape. I used this tutorial and a fork to create the mini tassel for the "hat". I added the metallic stripes in the background using nail striping tape, which is fast becoming one of my favorite things! I'm linking this grad card up to the Paper Issues Let's Get This Party Started linky.

Now the package is ready to hit the Post Office... 
tomorrow...right...tomorrow. Or soon anyways, I'm sure, right, sis? 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Day 87: Happy Retrosketches Card

So I'm home from the Heirloom Pro show, and the first day back my littlest guy got sick. Tonight my middle guy just got sick, so I'm rushing this blog post a bit. 
Before my middle guy went down I did manage to whip up a fun June SOTM version of the new RetroSketches sketch card I'm planning to send in for Karen Morris's monthly swap. I used the Taste of Summer papers with some Chocolate and Colonial White cardstock. I stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black before coloring with my Shin Han markers. 
I used the wide end of my Shin Han Cherry Pink marker to add the "strawberries" to the ice cream. I meant for the sentiment to read "Berry HAPPY", but I'm not sure if it does. I'm needed elsewhere, so I'm going to be berry happy with my Red glitter gems and call it a night. 
Keeping my fingers crossed that tomorrow will be a better day!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Day 86: Atlantic Hearts Sunshine Card

While I was working on those boards I produced quite a few Cricut cuts for items I just couldn't fit onto the boards. With 700 awesome cuts on each CTMH Cricut cartridge, it was hard to choose what to feature and what to leave off.
I had this cute owl leftover when I finished my Artiste Board. I had cut him too big for my board, and also too large for a standard A2 card, so hes on a 5x7 card. Which, if you know me, you know I rarely make a 5x7 card, but he was just too cute to relegate to the odds and ends bin. I paired him with a sunshine I made by embossing a medallion with the chevron embossing folder. I filled the embossed lines with glitter gel, and added a sweet sentiment from a long retired stamp set. 
Normally I'm a big fan of googly eyes on owls, but I just couldn't get them to look right on this guy. I think maybe I needed bigger ones than I normally keep in my stash. I added these black sparkle gems instead. I stamped his wings with Smoothie ink. His feathers are Canary cardstock, Smoothie stripe washi tape, and some black chevron tape I got from this cute Etsy store, SpiegelMom Scraps. 

I used this week's card sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. The challenge is open now, so hop on over and join the party!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Day 85: Artfully Sent Board

Today is the last day to come visit us at the Heirloom Pro Stamp show in Puyallup. And this is the last of my four Cricut boards, featuring the newest CTMH cartridge, Artfully Sent.
Just as Artbooking was slanted towards scrapbooking, Artfully Sent is abundant in card making projects. Of course, I tend to use whatever I want on any project I want, so I think the hardest challenge for me in making these boards was sticking to one cartridge!
While Artfully sent has literally hundreds of projects to choose from, I think one of my favorites are the tiny card pockets. They are adorable, and perfect for cards or pocket scrapbooking. I made these in minutes - just cut, fold, glue, and pop some paper inside! I had to add some bling too, but even still the pockets come together so quickly!
I'll be driving home across the state of Washington this evening after the show. I'll share some pics of the actual booth later this week, after I get my fill of little boy snuggles and family time. Hope to see you in Puyallup today! 

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