Monday, December 15, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Color Throwdown

I'm having a super busy December which is really keeping me out of the stamp room. Well, actually, not out of the tamp room, just not stamping. We've re-arranged over half the house to give our oldest his own room while retaining a guest room for our beloved visitors and a stamping space for me. Much moving and unpacking has been happening, plus all the cooking and daily mom stuff, a Joann's Open House, and of course lots of holiday hoopla for the boys, too, so not much time for blogging lately. I was so glad to see this week's super cute Atlantic Hearts Sketch.
After busting out almost 100 Christmas cards in one weekend, I was ready to do something non-Holiday related. I saw the happy, bright color combo over at Color Throwdown and thought it would make a beautiful birthday card. I used Lagoon, Topiary, Cranberry, and Pixie. 
 I grabbed some Seaside dotted paper and my Have a Happy Day stamp set. I cut out the simple rose shapes and topped them with silver sequins and clear sparkles colored Red with an alcohol marker. It was fun to get my fingers inky again for a moment before I need to get back to more unpacking and rearranging. I'm linking up to the Seize The Birthday Anything Goes Challenge 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Creative Blogger Blog Tour!

Today I'm double posting after a slow November because the super sweet and talented Dawn Ross nominated me to the Creative Blogger Blog Tour! I love Dawn's Blog, I Am A Happy Stamper, because she does a fabulous job with clean and simple stamping, something I'm working hard at trying to understand. I love to see how she makes such fabuous simple cards and projects. Thanks, Dawn!

Here is a list of some of the recent Creative Blog Tour alumni. It is SUCH a talented bunch of artists and super duper nice people! A bunch of my artistic heros are on this list, so I am super honored to be nominated. By clicking on the artist's name you will be able to visit their blogs and read more about each artist and their creative process.

Here are the questions each Creative Blogger gets to answer:
1.  What are you currently working on?
What am I not working on? After moving last spring, most of the house is under control, but my stamp room is a disaster dumping ground for all things undetermined or sparkly. 
I've got this card for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. I love the sketches and am so happy to be included on their DT - if you love sketch challenges, come check them out! 
I've also got 4 cards going for my annual Stamp A Stack holiday card makers. 6 pages of Yuletide scrapping sketched and waiting to be finished. A PML mini album workshop to publish. Open House hands on project to cut for my first official Joann's duty this next weekend. The 3-D rose wreath that may never be finished. Craft fair boxes to unpack and reorganize for the next go around. Batman themed invites to Max's birthday party to design and make. A Christmas tree to decorate. Turkey Soup bubbling in the crockpot, with GF biscuits to be made this afternoon. A little boy's tuxedo to clean and more grocery shopping. A box of cards for sale to mail to my favorite bookstore in Portland, Jacobsen's Books. And a partridge in a pear tree. 

2.  How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Golly, I think that's a mighty deep question for a gal with no coffee in her system! I guess I like stuff. Bling. Flowers. Glitter. I love the idea of clean and simple...I admire those that can pull it off...but what Imma really gonna do is add some glitter and maybe a few sequins or some distressing...I just craft and pile it on until my heart is happy. 

3.  Why do I create what I do?
Boy howdy, what a great question! I live in a house with an engineer husband and three little boys, ages 8, 6, and 4. It's a three ring circus and I'm the one in the center twirling the flaming baton (if you know where that quote is from, message me and I'll send you a little stamped goodie, soul sista). My home is a shrine to all things Batman and Star Wars. My youngest child goes everywhere dressed as either Robin, Batman, or Bruce Wayne (i.e. his beloved tuxedo). 

CTMH and papercrafts is my saving grace, my outlet for all things girly and fun that I do not have a good audience for in my daily life. Pinterest pin about making fancy shaped pancakes? Wolfed down with the same speed normal, non-pain-in-the-rear circle GF pancakes are consumed. Set the table with a cloth and nice dishes, maybe some flowers? Expect every inch including the flowers to be coated with gravy/ketchup/syrup. Pants must be purchased in khaki, navy, or denim. No glitter. Only Legos. 

But in my stamp room, surrounded by glitter paper, shimmer trim, sequins, and 3-D flowers...everything is pretty and fun. The ladies I've had the pleasure of crafting with do not want to discuss the merits of padawan Luke vs. Jedi Luke. Papercrafting is like my raft of sanity and civilization in the lovely but rowdy world of boys that surrounds me everyday. 

Plus I just really like glitter. Like a whole lot.

4.  How does my creative process work?
I wish I had something inspirational to write here...but let's get real. I have a very limited time to spend in my craft space after the demands of my lovely but needy little guys. They are on a strict GF diet and we don't buy much in processed foods which means I'm cooking and baking a good portion of every day to keep up with feeding them. Laundry? Good luck with that. I'm trying to train the kiddos to take it over on threat of going naked, lol. There's rarely time to craft or blog during the day right now. So it goes like this... "Oooh! Atlantic Hearts challenge card is due tomorrow? Awesome - it's only 10 p.m., so I've still got time." Commence staring at sketch blankly until inspiration strikes based on whatever materials are currently on my desk. I should've called my blog Midnight Scrapper, lol.

I will occasionally go across the room to retrieve something sparkly. But my big project each month is a 6 page scrapbooking kit, and my cards tend to be made from those papers and whatever embellies are in my bowl of goodness. I have a big clear bowl that catches all scraps of anything cute, sparkly, or awesome. When I make a card that the first place I know, 'casue it's the closest. 

I have an IKEA Raskog cart next to my seat. The top is my current paper pack materials, the bowl of goodness, a pad of postits, a ruler, plus black and brown Memento Pads. The middle holds a glass jar of washi tape and my CTMH paper samplers and 6x6 pads of papers. The bottom holds my trimmer, any tools I'm too lazy to get up and put away after making something, a small bin of the latest ten or so stamp sets and extra adhesive refills. 

So basically I sit in my oasis of craftiness and get it done. If I am working on a workshop I clear the table and only have the materials I'm using for the project in front of me so I won't be distracted by other goodies. I try not to look around because I'm completely overwhelmed by the amount of unpacking and sorting still to be done in my catchall space of a room, Instead I just focus on the pretty in front of me and try not to get up to move about the cabin. Glamorous, right? Still, once I make the time to get in there and get my paws inky, I come out a much happier and sweeter person. CTMH and stamping is like a mini vacation for my soul!

Now I'd like to nominate one of my favorite artists, the fabulous Tina Lovell at My Scrap Happy Life. Tina has 4 boys at home and still finds the time to make some of the cutest cards and pages like ever. She manages it all with a huge smile and I just love her to pieces! Grab a warm cuppa something and go check out her blog today for a treat, then peek into her creative process next Monday. Thanks a bunch for hanging out with me today!

Cyber Monday Only!

I am so addicted to the CTMH Cricut cartridges. They are the first thing I reach for when I cut, so much so that the rest of my cartridges are pretty much dusty and unused (except for Mickey and Friends). But that's Mickey. And I believe that CTMH just makes the best cartridges!

Monday only CTMH is offering an unprecedented
20% off any and all CTMH Cricut Collections!
CTMH has never done this before!
Let me tell you why I love our cartridges more than the average Cricut cartridge.

1. Each cartridge has 700 images. That's like getting multiple cartridges all in one. They fill every key and every feature key with cricut goodness. The average cartridge has anywhere from 50-70 images I've read. Even at full price they are an amazing cricut value!

2. They come with 3 coordinating stamp sets. Look at the cuteness of that font and the comprehensivness of that sentiment set that comes with the newest cartridge, Artfully Sent. It's like never-need-another-card-sentiment set again goodness. Not that THAT will stop me from buying another stamp set. But I won't need one. You know.

3. They are bundled with coordinating cardstock or chipboard images to use with the cartridge and stamps. Since the stamps are clear, it's easy peasey to line up the images and go to town! 

4. With as many images as the cartridges hold, the stamps and papers are seriously like free bonuses. You're already getting triple or more images than you would if you bought a normal cartridge, but here's some bonus goodies worth another gob of $$ to make the deal even sweeter. This is one reason why I heart you, CTMH!
5. The images on these cartridges are unique and interesting. it's not 200 new images and 500 repeats. Because there's so much good stuff they include an images guide and often an assembly guide. 'Cause otherwise how you gonna glue that baby bootie together? 
Art Philosophy is my go to for scrapbooking and card making shapes. Like I seriously need it to function when designing now. And for the 3-D flowers. I HEART 3-D flowers.

Artiste is amazing for gift bags, 3-D items, cards, and generally cool craftiness that is way easier to make than it looks. And even more 3-D flowers!
Artbooking makes my scrapper's heart swoon with amazingly intricate overlays and details for pages and mini books.
And the newest cartridge is called Artfully Sent. It's got a bazillion super cool fun cards that you can just choose, cut, glue, and go!

Ok, enough gushing - if you've been on the fence, today is your day, sista!
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Merry Cyber Monday!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

December SOTM Blog Hop

Good morning, Stamping Friends! I almost can't believe it, but it's time for the December SOTM blog hop! December's Stamp of the Month is a super adorable set of 11 cuppie themed stamps called Cutie Pie. If you've arrived here from DONNA'S BLOG, you're on the right path!
I've made two cards this last week with good intentions of getting them posted, but instead I had a bunch of acupuncture to help with the migraines that have been plaguing me for the past month or so. Blogging, laundry, and lots of other things slid to the wayside while I rested a bunch and worked on getting healthy. So this first card I'm sharing is based on a Retro Sketches sketch from last week.
 I masked and stamped the cuppies across the background cardstock, then colored them with my Shin-Han markers. I was inspired to try coloring them in candy colors by a instragram I saw from the ever fabulous Karen Pederson. I lightened mine up by stamping the cuppies in Blush ink (I know, it's not colorfast with the alcohol markers, but it worked well enough). I thought I was stamping and masking because I didn't want to be fussy cutting any little cuppies...
Then I saw last week's Mojo sketch and I thought, "oooh, that cuppie would be so cute popped up..." and we were off. I did my coloring and fussy cutting while watching Max play at the local children's museum. I masked the frame image from one of the Artbooking Cricut sets. Then I stamped over it with second generation lagoon ink to fill it the outer frame with cuppie outlines, I titled the frame banner image on Kraft CS for the background, and trimmed the card with a bit of Lagoon washi tape and sparkly baker's twine.

I'm linking up to the Heart 2 Heart No Rules Challenge. Next up on the hop is JILENA'S BLOG. I can't wait to hop through all 60+ SOTM ideas for this adorable set! If you are ready to get your set now, you can ask your consultant or CLICK HERE to order. Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!  

Monday, November 17, 2014

Baby Cards with Atlantic Hearts

Sometimes a sketch is so versatile, yet so simple to use you gotta make more than one card...
I started out making simple and quick baby cards using this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge card sketch, I was just gonna make one...then I found these little 2x2 blocks (the good things quote, BABY blocks, and the smaller "to the moon") in my Simple Stories 6x6 pad, so I was gonna make three. I was done in like 10 minutes. I did not feel creatively fulfilled - that was too easy! I made another with the teensy baby pictures. And another where I trimmed out the baby Banner from a border page. Now I'm 5 cards in and 20 minutes down, and just getting started.
So I flipped that cute sketch on it's side. Grabbed this focal point from the pile of double sided scraps and did some fussy trimming. All the buttons and doo-dads for all six cards came from a bowl of random goodness where I toss things I'm too lazy to put away to save for later just in case I need a bit of something.

I used the same washi tape on all six cards, and a bit of stardust glitter gel.  I even added coordinating banner strips and washi tape to the inside of each card! I'm linking these up to the Heart 2 Heart No Stamping Challenge...'cause Six cards, 30 minutes, no stamping at all.

When a sketch is good, it's good. Hop over to Atlantic Hearts and play along. This sketch would be awesome for mass producing holiday cards!


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