Tuesday, August 7, 2018

I HEART Crafting Card

Have you seen this month's Stamp of the Month yet? If you are a crafter, this is gonna be your jam!
I combined the SOTM with this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. I used some of the (retiring soon) Central Park and Beautiful Friendship papers. I used a lot of pieces from the included PML cards, fussy cutting the banner and Good Times sentiment. 
I added one of the sentiments from the SOTM, along with that awesome ampersand from one of the new Stacy Julian stamp sets (so adorable!!) to create my own custom sentiment cluster. 
I also stamped the typewriter multiple times on grey cardstock and Beautiful Friendship floral paper to piece together my sweet typewriter. I added extra sparkle "banners" and some red glitter gel to finish off this fun card. I hope you'll hop over to Atlantic Hearts and play along this week!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Get Whale Soon Card

There's not much to beat a cute punny sentiment for me. I like fonts and poems and all...but really I'm all in for the puns at heart. That's why this Make Waves Stamp set is one of my favorite sets available right now. 
I was working with this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge sketch, and it's so pretty and sweet. So I decided to combine that adorable whale with the Beautiful Friendship papers... I know it's probably not a standard pairing, but that line of paper has these beautiful navy tones prints. I stamped the whale onto the blue floral and added a nice coating of shimmer brush.  Instead of the oval I die cut some coordinating circles and Stitched circles to fill that area, and added in a lot of dots and die cut hearts as well. The hearts are from the inside of that heart border die, which is sadly retired, but remains a fast favorite of mine.  
I pooped up my little whale friend with thin foam tape, and gave him one big wiggly eye for a little whimsy. Here you can see how I coated each little heart with Liquid Glass for a puffy sticker effect, and also added tiny dots of Liquid Glass into the heart confetti, too. 

I hope you'll sail on over to Atlantic Hearts to check out this week's sketch and play along!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Just a Note to Say Thanks Card

I'm back from CTMH Convention 2018, and it was, as always, an amazing experience. My family came with me this year, so it was a two week road trip with lots of stops for fun and family along the way, topped off by the actual Convention and hanging with my fabulous team.  I've got so much to share with you, but I'm actually headed to Spokane tomorrow to camp (at a KOA...my nephew calls it Kamping with a "K") with my brother and his family, so I'm not quite ready to blog all of the fun stuff...plus the new book isn't available until this fall, so I'm going to be doing mostly peeks and having fun with the current goodies this summer...but before I go off to Kamp I'll share one card I made as soon as I got home. 'Cause I cannot resist...
I used this week's cute Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge sketch as a jumping off point. I cut into the new Grateful Heart paper packet I got at Leadership day of Convention. How much do you love that floral? We also got a new and totes adorbs typewriter stamp set which I totally love!
I stamped the typewriter three times, twice on Linen Cardstock and Once on some of the Grateful Heart patterned paper. Then I pieced the typewriter together and added some black shimmer to the key areas. I got the little grey daisies from one of the Grateful Heart packet's zip strips. My team made this card yesterday at our meeting, where we got to go over the Convention highlights and get started on fall planning. These ladies really fill my own grateful heart, and I feel so lucky to have each of them in my life. I am so grateful that my CTMH experience is made so much richer and even more fun because of my fabulous team!

The new AHSC sketch is adorable, and I hope you'll hop over there to play along this week!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Spaceman Birthday Card

Wow! June is just flying by this year. My oldest kiddo is a sixth grader and it has been a flurry of special activities, field trips, and his promotion yesterday.  I have been crafting...but mostly on some stuff I can't quite share yet. We also had a birthday party this weekend, so I whipped out a quick and easy space ranger card.
I started with this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge sketch. I added a panel of Central Park watercolor dot paper under the main white cardstock panel. I stamped the main panel around the edges with stars using the reds, blues, and yellows from the dotted paper, plus some pebble planetary sprinkles. I added the sentiment in the upper corner and popped up the birthday part on it's own little banner. Then I used my finger to dot on streaks of stickles glitter gel. 
The spaceman set is still available from the last Expressions book, but if you want him, hurry because my guess is he won't be around much longer. I'm keeping him and his matching Thin Cut dies in my permanent stash because as a mom of three boys he'll always be relevant for us.I added some alcohol marker colored sparkles and bitty sparkles to his space suit buttons, and wiggly eyes because who doesn't love wiggly eyes? I'm linking this guy up to the Seize the Birthday Challenge, even though I skipped the Beachy Toppings theme for this week.

The boys are in school through Friday, which hopefully will give me enough time to finish up all my getting ready for convention projects. Wish me luck!  

Monday, May 28, 2018

Freshly Squeezed Sunshine Card

Hello, Stampin' Friends! I wanted to squeeze in one more May SOTM project before this stamp set rolls away at the end of May. This week's Atlantic Heart's Sketch Challenge included a sweet wreath element, and I thought, "What about a wreath of lemons?" I'd already done yellow lemons, and this big pink Polka dot print from Beautiful Friendship caught my eye and I thought, "What about PINK lemonade?" Aaaaaand, then the sun just smiled down on this project!
I stamped a bunch of lemon clusters, which I colored in using Pixie Ink, Fern Ink, and my Bashful pink Shimmer Brush. After a satisfying session of fussy cutting (am I the only one who finds that soothing?) I trimmed a circle out of the pale pink dotted paper from Central Park and used the edge of the circle to adhere my lemons into a wreath shape. Before adding the lemons I stamped the dotted banner and tiny banner images from the SOTM across the circle. 
I decided I wanted to have this be a cheerful Friend card, so I got out the Central Park - Scrapbooking stamps and stamped the cool 2 step Sunshine sentiment using Pixie Ink. How cool is that dropped shadow? I painted over the SUNSHINE letters with more Pixie Ink picked up with the Bashful Shimmer Brush, and did a faint skinny outline with a pale gray Zig Clean Color brush tip marker for a bit more emphasis. I trimmed out the SUNSHINE sentiment and popped it up with thin 3-d Foam tape. I stamped the FRESHLY SQUEEZED label image and carefully trimmed out the two words I wanted to complete my wreath center and sentiment.
I decided to embellish the bottom banner from the AHSC sketch a bit with some ink rolled lemon slices. I used more Pixie Ink picked up with the Bashful shimmer brush to deepen the slice centers. The Just for YOU sentiment (and that teensy butterfly) is recently retired from Chelsea Gardensin the last Expressions book, and I outlined it using the delicate dotted line image from the SOTM set.  I love all the little extras in this lemony SOTM set, like the dotted lines and banners and the striped straw that makes an excellent border (not to mention that large mason jar - swoon!).

I'm linking this sweet card up to the Heart 2 Heart When Life Hands You Lemons Challenge. I hope it brought you some some of the Freshly Squeezed Sunshine I felt while making it! #craftingismytherapy


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