Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Day 38: April SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we have over 60 consultants sharing awesome ideas using the April SOTM, Typed Note. Typed Note is a set of 13 stamps with lots of sentiments and a vintage flair. You might be arriving here from MELISSA'S BLOG. Let's Hop!
I made this layout using the SOTM and (mostly) the new Jackson paper packet (released April 1st). I was working on a #PICrop challenge to use 6 or more patterns in a page, so the only CS on the layout is the sanded Glacier base. I used an April SOTM sentiment to stamp a line of text across the layout base. 
I stamped the pointing finger and my one line of journaling onto a smidge of Blossom B&T (also available April 1st). I used the Hopscotch alphabet stamps on the Jackson B&T to make my title - these are super easy to fussy cut. I popped those up with foam tape. The flair is from the HeartStrings assortment - you got yours before March 31st, right?
I used almost two sheets of Silver Sequins to build my circle and a lot of sorbet puffy hearts. Then I stitched around the circle of bling with 4 strands of grey sewing thread. I used the stitch guide to guestimate how far apart my holes should be while following the curve of the circle I'd placed.

Don't forget that Typed Note will only be available until the end of April. Click here to order yours or ask your consultant how you can get yours for just $5! Next up on the hop is CAT'S BLOG. Have fun checking out all the Hop goodies!

Here's a few other April SOTM projects I've done:

Monday, March 30, 2015

Day 37: Best Friend Typewriter Card

I had the chance to crop all day with Scrapper's Attic on Sunday, and whip out a few more #PICrop projects. I love getting to spend the day being crafty - thanks for being super dad, honey!
One of the projects I finished was a swap card for Karen Morris's SOTM card swap. This is the April SOTM, and it blows my mind that April is in just a couple of days! I used this cute sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the new Blossom paper pack that's going live on April 1st. I love the colors, so springy and bright! I used an April SOTM sentiment to stamp that Glacier background. I think my fav piece on this card is that rainbow zip strip. 
I used a post it to mask off the sentiment so I could stamp it in two colors. I just stamped it on the post-it once and carefully trimmed out the word BEST. Then I inked the words except the word best in Lagoon ink and stamped it onto my project. I cleaned the stamp and inked only the BEST and stamped that in Sunset, using the post-it mask to protect my lagoon stamped sentiment.  I finished off the card with a few silver sequins, some turquoise glitter gel, and liquid glass on the typewriter keys. 

I'm lovin' this new SOTM - check back tomorrow for the SOTM blog hop to see even more ideas and fun projects with this set.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Day 36: Big Heart Layout

Today I have another layout to share. This one focuses on one of our favorite Preschool teachers ever.
It was. of course, a #PICrop challenge that got me going on this layout. I had this cute pic of Max and Tyra for such a long time. But I only got one pic of that Valentine's Party that was even remotely usable, possibly because it was just before we moved and I was a little weepy so all the pics were blurry. When I saw Jen Chapin's sketch using 3x4 pocket scrapbooking cards I knew just which pic I'd scrap!
I used up some super duper old B&T - on the front it was a creamy yellow with Hollyhock dots, but it's so old the name is totally escaping me. It's old enough that the backside was printed in a monochrome of the front print, instead of the full color double-sided prints CTMH does now. Luckily for me, that pink went beautifully with some of my Heartstrings PML cards. I cannot believe this line is going away in just a couple of days. I'm tempted to order more and hoard it! 
These canvas letters are also from my stash. I surrounded them with extra Liquid Glass and some glitter pen, and stamped the subtitle letters veeeery carefully with Momento Tuxedo Black ink. Because the pocket scrapbooking cards helped the page come together so quickly, I felt like I had plenty of time to stitch these hearts using the stitch guide. Then I added the punched border accent backed with glitter paper and some red glitter dots.

To all you teachers and caregivers out there, a big thanks from me and my boys. We {heart} your big hearts!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Day 35: Mojo Awesome Card

Did you see the Mojo Monday sketch this week? Simple, but cute!
I started out by building a grid of 1x1 woodgrain paper squares for my card base, working off a #PICrop grid challenge. I added a strip of Smoothie striped washi and some Seaside B&T to fill in the sketch.

Then I used the zip strips from Chalk It Up (that's the part you usually just cut off) for my sentiment, backed with some teal glitter paper.  I love that paper grid!
I fussy cut some swirls out of the Chalk It Up paper, and added some shimmer with a clear glitter gel pen. I couldn't resist adding that chipboard smiley face to finish off the card.
So much cuteness to share - back tomorrow with more #PICrop projects to share!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Day 34: Celebrate Your Day Card

I'm working as hard as I can to try to finish all the #PICrop challenges by the Monday due date...we'll see if I can make it.
Today I'm sharing this card for a #PICrop challenge to use two different stamp set on one card. I chose the April SOTM, and Happy Everything, two sets that will be released on April 1st. I thought it was cheeky to tie a cheerful Hopscotch balloon onto this sort of retro steampunk kind of finger. This is my first card for the Fab Friday sketch challenge.
I stamped the balloon onto an extra Hopscotch flower sticker, trimmed it our and added some glitter gel pen for extra sparkle. It makes me a little sad that it's the last chance for Hopscotch, since it's gone at the end of March. I entered this card into the #jrlcreativechallenge this week, too. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Day 33: Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Welcome back to another Scrapping Our Stash blog hop, where the only rule is it's got to come from your stash. You might be arriving here from Jennifer's blog. This month, instead of my typical Hoop Art, I'm sharing an actual layout. I know you are shocked, right?  If you're looking for my next hoop installment, you'll find my latest hoop art here.
One of the #PICrop challenges last weekend was to scraplift this amazing layout by Leah L'Orange. I was so down for that. I grabbed another sheet of my hoard of Timberline woodgrain paper and machine stitched it to a Whisper Cardstock base. Twice. Then I added layers of paper (Simple Stories The Story of Us), PML Cards (For Always), and some washi tape that I think maybe perhaps I bought at Michaels but it's been so long I can't truly remember. You know how that goes, right?
I had a set of these Canvas letters that I'd opened but used like 2 just sitting in my alphabet bin. I added a bit of stamping from You're The Bomb (which is going away forever on Tuesday - sob!). I mounted one of my favorite Baby Max pics under an old cork polaroid frame, then I tucked some cricut leaves under the corner.
I used a Paper Issues free download printable for my tag. I love that movie! More leaves, and little touches of clear glitter pen and bitty sparkles help make this layout sparkle like his adorable baby smile! I really cannot believe that this adorable boy is 5 years old now and addicted to his tuxedo. Like it simultaneously thrills me and breaks my heart. Thank goodness for scrapbooking to remind us how far we've come, and of all the good things in our lives.  

And here's the whole hop list, just in case you need it!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Day 32: I Have Paper Issues

One of the #PICrop challenges asked us to use one of the awesome free downloads from the Paper Issues Store. There are cute cut files and printables. I chose to download a few of the printable files and put them to good use.
I've always loved their motto/logo, so I figured this sassy Paper Issues printable needed to join the other giggles on my hoop wall. I prepped a hoop by filling it with Teal glitter paper. Then I painted the hoop a glossy black. I trimmed the sentiment from the printable, turned it into banners, and mounted it onto Black Cardstock.
I added gold glitter gel to the scissors and mounted them with foam tape. And here you can see the nailpolish I added to the black hoop (Sally Hansen Pixel Perfect), a white and black hexagon matte glitter. 
 Normally I'd be doing a hoop for the Scrapping Our Stash Hop this Friday...but instead I've got something else to share for that hop. As soon as the glitter dried I popped over and mounted my new hoop to the wall! 

I have Paper Issues...and I'm so glad that I do!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Day 31: 15 Minute Happy Birthday Card

One of the cards I made during last weekend's #PICrop was this fifteen minute birthday card challenge. Now, I don't know if you've noticed this about me...but I'm not a fifteen minute project kind of girl. Totally admire folks who do the quick but adorable thing, but it's not usually me. 
I knew I'd need a place to start, so I grabbed the CAS(E) this Sketch #115, set the timer on my phone (and thank goodness that time didn't count - it took me a while to find that function), and decided that I had to use what was already on my desk, because there's no time to go browsing. I had a pile of cardstock scraps under the table from previous crop projects, so I grabbbed a bit of Cranberry cardstock for my card base and sanded it up. Then I grabbed a page of my new Simple Stories Say Cheese II pad (they carry that line at Paper Issues...but don't buy it all, I think I need more - I'm using it too fast!) I inked a panel of that awesome kraft dot with black ink. Then I popped on the balloon diecut.
I sweated a bit knowing that the challenge rules said NO STAMPS and I was trying to turn a Disney paper into a birthday card. Ack! But then I grabbed some Queen and Co star washi to base my sentiment group, and some mickey washi and tore off just the happy. I had some old winter rub-ons in my box - yup, it had a happy in it, too. Then I turned to my old friend, Keyboard Kraft Alpha to save my goose and finish the sentiment. I still missed my stamps though. So I added a row of sparkles and felt better.
You can imagine my surprise to discover I still had 5 minutes left! So I hit the inside with a bit of washi and a Simple Stories sticker...and then I added a few "snowflake" rub-ons to the front and inside of the card. Topped each with a dab of orange stickles and a sparkle...then blew and blew hopping they'd dry before 15 minutes was up. Luckily I applied very sparingly, so I finished at 14 minutes. It took me longer to set up my backdrop and photog/edit the card than it did to make it!

Hop you are having a magical day, Stampin' Friends!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Day 30: Atlantic Hearts Sketch 100 plus Blog Candy!

Can you believe it? We have hit the 100-sketch mark! Everyone at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is so excited to celebrate this milestone with all of our followers and participants.
For Sketch #100 I chose to combine the sketch with a #PICrop challenge to use the color orange. I found a teesny bit of Chalk It Up arrow B&T left in my stash - yay! I added a swath of Gold Dot Washi Tape, lining up the dots to make the overlap less obvious. Then I stitched on a sanded panel of Sorbet Cardstock. The sentiments are again from a stamp set that's coming in April - I am in love with this set!
The glasses are a piece of Chalk It Up chipboard I embellished with a ton of glitter gel and sparkles plus puffy hearts (I know - there's only one heart in the assortment - bulk packs of accessories are one of the coolest perks of my job. Sorry not sorry). I went over the FABULOUS word in the sentiment with a jelly roll glitter pen. The flair button is from the Hopscotch assortment, which is going buh-bye in just about a week.
To celebrate Sketch 100 we will be giving out some blog candy! All you have to do is visit our fabulous design team members' blogs, leave a comment on their design for Sketch 100, and you are entered. We will be drawing names at random from the comments on all the blogs. To increase your chances of winning, leave comments for all of the design team members! (And, to be fair, you can only win 1 time.) Please invite your friends and family to join the fun!
Thanks again for being part of our challenge community. We are all looking forward to the next 100 fabulous sketches and your awesome creations!
Happy Crafting!
The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Design Team

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog
Wendy Coffman - That's me!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Day 29: Happy Everything Card

I was SO SO SO very crafty yesterday hanging out online at the #PICrop with Paper Issues. There are tons of fab challenges to complete, and they aren't due until March 29th, so it's not too late to join in the fun!
I made this card for Dona's Stitching Challenge. The background built out of 1" strips of Black cardstock on a white CS base with tiny 1/4" strips of washi tape. I trimmed a polaroid out of a PML card for the main card element. I was using the MUSE challenge #109 as a kind of sketch, and the JUGS Color Challenge of Black, White, plus one color as inspiration.
I hand-stitched around the polaroid with two strands of teal sewing thread. Then I stamped the sentiment and the balloons (from a set that will be released in  April). I stamped the balloons again on scraps of glitter paper and trimmed them out to fill the balloons. Then I tacked the edges of the polaroid with more skinny washi and washi tape arrows.

I've got so many projects to share from the crop this weekend, and I'm still working on more challenges - 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Day 28: 40 and Fabulous Layout

Today I'm supposed to be puttering about taking care of business, like gift wrapping for a birthday party, laundry, taxes...you know, just stuff. But now I'm working on those things around the #PICrop for Paper Issues. They are hosting a super fun online crop this weekend through their Facebook page. I've played Bingo (badly), worked on my scavenger hunt which I may nevereverever finish, and I've made this page so far, using the new sketch over at Scrap Much?
The best part of the crop is there's a ton of challenges, which are perfect for distracting me from what I should be doing getting my mojo going. Ahem. This was a selfie challenge, and I was all, "Oh! But I just did a selfie page. How many pages of my own selfie do I really need?" The answer to that might just be none...except that someday my kiddos might really appreciate pics of their mom that she actually likes, as opposed to me rushing about their parties like a madwoman or my elbow in the background. So, more power to the selfie pages.
Since my selfie was from Instagram, I dragged it over to PicMonkey and built it onto a 4x6 canvas to allow space for my journaling too. Like that green stripey washi? It's digital from Pic Monkey too. I mounted my freshly printed photo/journaling onto some Blossom paper (coming next month) and wrapped it above the scallop punched border with some...wait for it...1/4" washi tape! My scrap kit gals are now squealing with delight that I won't be making them cut 1/4" pieces anytime soon, Can you hear them? I mounted this over a floral spray I fussy cut from a PML card because I wanted a doily but I can't find the doilies I'm sure I bought and, well, flowers. That calendar card is also PML. You also spy some Smoothie Striped washi and a beautiful floral washi tape I bought some time ago from none other than Paper Issues. Seriously, could go broke over the cuteness they carry over there. Go now. No wait! First this, then go.
For my title I used a precious few of my remaining cork alpha stickers. There's not a lot left I can spell with these. Even less with the Pink felt stickers, lol. Those were, as some of you might remember, a very, very bright shade of pink. So I colored them with an alcohol marker to tone down the pink. I actually use the 'y' from that sticker set as a sponge to do the inking you see on this layout. I dab on color with a marker, then dab the swoopy all over to get my splatters. Then he goes back onto the liner until next time I need him. The & is a leftover from Hopscotch (expiring in just days!) and the fab star wood veneer came from Um Wow via the Paper Issues blog.
I cut apart a big, pretty frame from the Blossom StickEase to get my quote here, but I liked the flow of this better than having a big chunk of frame there. You can see the stamped (February SOTM) and pierced background I did on the glacier cardstock here. The base CS is sanded, but the upper layer is just stamped, then pierced using a stitch ruler.  

Whew! Is it any wonder I only got one page done so far? I'm working on some more challenge stuff right now though, so I'm sure my taxes can wait another day. Right?  Your's can too - come crop!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Day 27: Just Because You're Perfect Card

Today I'm sharing another version of the special custom card order from Jacobsen's Books, The request was 5x7 in blues and greens with perfect friend in the sentiment. I think this fits the bill!
I combined a bit of Snowhaven B&T with some Simple Stories Story of Us music print, mounted onto Whisper and Sky Cardstocks. I embossed the wreath image from Happy to Be Friends, which is also where I got the sentiment. I literally created the YOU'RE by inking individual letters of the small fonts in the set to build the word I needed that was missing. 
I colored each rose by hand using Spectrum Noir markers BT 2 and BT 4 plus DG2 for the leaves, which I cut by hand. I filled the flowers with green stickles. I hit up my ribbons stash again. I've been on a washi tape kick, but sometimes you can't beat the extra dimension and shimmer of real ribbon. I'm linking my stampy card up to the Paper Issues Painting By Numbers Party.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Day 26: For My Perfect Friend Card

I've been working on a custom card order this week for a special customer at Jacobsen's Books. He needed some 5x7 cards for his friend in tones of blue and green, so here's one of the cards I worked up for him.  
I started with the Midpoint sketch (pg. 77) from CTMH's sketch book Wishes. Since I usually work in the standard A2 size, 5x7 was a stretch for me. I have to admit, it was fun to have more space to fill! I chose Crystal Blue and Sweet Leaf for my colors. I embossed the Crystal Blue CS with the dot embossing folder. The doily background is a 4x6 Project My Life card I trimmed down and stitched to the card front. I added a strip of washi tape and a scalloped border.   
I added two butterfly from the Brushed WOTG. A bit of clear glitter gel and some brown sparkles finished off the butterflies. I used foam tape to pop up the butterfly wings after I rolled them over the handle of my piercing tool. I'm linking this up to the Heart 2 Heart Favorite Sketch Challenge.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Day 25: Hello Friend Card

The FMS Photo a Day Instagram challenge prompt today was "text". So I wanted to make a card using a font for my sentiment instead of a completed stamp image. I grabbed my Hopscotch alphabet set and got to work.
I used the new Freshly Made Sketches sketch to whip up this quick card. My color combo came from the Color Throwdown 334.  I added strips of Outdoor Denim cardstock down the sides of the card. I stitched the panel in place by hand. Then I added a Pixie pink doodle swirl and a couple of flowers in Outdoor Denim ink.
I stamped the Hello onto White Daisy CS with Outdoor Denim ink, which I quickly colored with a Shin Han Golden Yellow marker and the blender. I trimmed it into a banner and inked the edges with Sunset ink. I topped the flowers with pink stickles. Easy peasy, lemon squeasy!


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