Friday, March 27, 2015

Birthday Balloons Typed Note

Another Typed Note card for you today. This awesome Stamp of the Month will be available at a discounted price in just 5 days!! I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week and cut some balloons on the Cricut to add to the Birthday theme.

So many good things are coming April 1st! Visit back here soon to see all the specials and new products.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Disneyland Birthday Confetti Wishes

My daughter wished to celebrate her 16th Birthday at Disneyland this year. She took her best friend who had never been to Disneyland before. They made some unforgettable memories and I had the task of preserving those memories!

I chose to use the Confetti Wishes paper and complements collection. All of the bright colors were perfect for the Disneyland rides and attractions. These girls are obsessed with social media like Instagram that I wanted to incorporate the same feel to the pages. I framed each photograph like an Instax picture. This allowed me to do several smaller pictures on one layout and also gave me little white spaces to journal. I used some of the complements to title and embellish. I also cut some new Washi tape and  used them like tags on the page. (you will see more of these in April!) I ended up using a total of 8 different stamp sets, new & old, to add little sentiments and images!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Quick Note: Hello

Freshly Made Sketches had a simple, clean sketch this week that I had to give a try. I also got a head start on creating some fun cards using April's Stamp of the Month, Typed Note. {come back April 1st for more details} I even dragged out my dusty old typewriter to use as a photo prop!

BTW~ You might just see something else on this card that is brand new!! Look closely!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Watercolor Butterfly

Last week I decided to get out some really old watercolor paper. I wanted to experiment with some water coloring using our stamps and re-inkers. After a couple attempts I liked one of the images and created a card with it.

I am submitting this card to Heart 2 Heart Challenges this week for their "green with envy" theme! Be sure to stop by their blog to see all the fabulous green artwork! I chose to feature Pear for my green! It's so bright and happy!

To make the butterfly I lightly misted my watercolor paper with water. Then I put a few drops of Lagoon and Pear re-inker on a plastic saucer and gently mixed them so they were touching. Then I stamped the butterfly image in the ink and stamped it on the watercolor paper. The inks will bleed into the paper. I then dried it with my heat tool. Lastly, I stamped the butterfly in black ink and cut it out.

I'm sure there are all sorts of ways to achieve a "watercolor look". I was simply just playing and experimenting and I suggest that you try whatever you like. Who know what you'll discover and the best part is you'll have fun!

Monday, March 16, 2015

March Crate Card Club with a Summer Preview

Spring truly arrived this weekend bringing wonderfully warm weather. At my Crate Card Club meeting this Saturday I had all the windows open allowing the fresh air and sunshine in, as well as my talented CCC members! Our cards included a few Birthday themes, Easter and St. Patrick's day. As always it was a mix of colors, embellishments, papers and stamps!

Participants were also given their very first look at the new Seasonal Expression 2 publication and some of the new products inside.

This first card is my own. I wanted to show them how to paper piece this cupcake card cut out on the Artfully Sent cartridge. I went with a Birthday theme as March is a big month for Birthday's in my family. I also showed them how quick and easy it is to color silver sequins with our Shin Han Touch Markers. Such a cool technique, making a great product even more versatile!

I had the new Seasonal Expressions 2 book on display with some strawberries inspired by the front cover. These cuties are cut on the Artiste cartridge as is the basket they are in. I cut them smaller than shown on the book which made it a little tricky to assemble. They still look cute and made the display complete.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sweet Hopscotch

I have a couple of really sweet treats for you today. I was playing with an upcoming stamp of the month that was just asking to be inked. I eventually put some of the stamped images with scraps of Hopscotch paper that I had laying around. What a sweet combination this turned out to be! Check it out~

This first card is just dog gone cute!! I don't make enough long cards, they are so much fun and unique! I used the waterbrush and some inks to color in the pooch. Isn't that extra thick Pixie twine awesome....wait until you see the new colors coming soon!

I purchased this stamp set for the cute images, but mostly I had to have this sentiment! I water colored the ice cream, but it just wasn't enough. The glitter was perfect....not that I would actually eat glittery ice cream, ewww!

You can get the stamp of the month Ice Cream Dream {S1506} in June, however if you want to create adorable cards with the Hopscotch paper you need to purchase your Hopscotch collection before the end of March. Remember the paper collections and other time sensitive items will only be available until March 31st. Order with me or shop online here.

Happy creating and be sure to save room for ice cream!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Confetti Wishes Zip Strip Card

I saw this idea online, but can't recall the originator. It was just such a simply brilliant idea that I locked the inspiration in my mind and finally sat down to create it. This card contains all the papers found in the Confetti Wishes paper collection. It also uses one of the zip strips with catch phrases that are all about celebrating Birthdays! You can practically make this card from your scraps, just be sure to save those zip strips, they are so useful!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Brushed Beautiful Layout and Box

The Brushed paper collection features some gorgeous vivid colors and floral patterns. I think what I like the most about the papers are the black outline which lends itself to additional stamping in black ink. Here is a layout option I created from a workshop and added in a little box cut on the Cricut. What a cute little addition to the ensemble!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

She Art ~ Teen Style

I warned you that this She Art is addicting! It didn't take long to head back to my craft room to create another project. This time the creative driver was my soon to be 16 year old daughter. She loved my canvas and immediately started thinking of a quote she wanted. We decided on a sketch for the girl that we found through Pinterest. I printed it out then my daughter cut all the individual pieces. She also chose her own papers which came from my stash as well as a DCWV stack. It really fit her style of colors, floral, whimsy and a bit of sparkle!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My First "She Art"

I have seen various "She Art" projects floating around the internet. I saw them posted on Pinterest and some Blogs which made me curious and even found some You Tube videos showing how to create them. I was pleasantly surprised to find some Julie Nutting stamps at Hobby Lobby and purchased some canvas and Mod Podge along with them. Even with the materials at hand and lots of researching I was still nervous to try my hand at this type of art project! So everything sat there in my craft room for a couple of weeks.

Then, last Friday I said, "What the heck, just try it, it's only paper and glue!" I had so much fun just 'building' the girl and piecing together an assortment of patterned papers. In the end it may not have been perfect, but it was freeing, and fun, and sort of addicting!

So here is my very first "She Art" or should I say She Heart!

My papers are from new & old collections like For always, Heartstrings, Frosted and La Bel Vie.

I love the idea of choosing a quote or sentiment that really means something to you. This is the one I chose for this first project, it just kept ringing in my head and my heart that day.

At first I was super nervous to free hand all of the outline, not sure if it would just look messy. After a few strokes it became relaxing and even a bit meditative! I even squiggled some curls in her hair!

Besides piecing paper and doodling an outline, I also stamped a sentiment of love and left a flower popped up off the canvas. I simply sealed some mod podge on the surface, but as you can see in the photo it is not completely glued down to the canvas. I love that there are no strict or confining rules. What a great way to use left over pieces of paper too. I have so many ideas for more She Art!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Think Pink Bicycle

The challenge this week on Heart 2 Heart Challenges is to think pink!! What is your favorite Close To My Heart pink? This could certainly be a tough choice. CTMH offers a wonderful variety of pink hues, but my favorite has to be Cotton Candy.

I choose this color in my clothing too, even down to my saucony running shoes. My beach cruiser is even this color. I think that is why I love this card so much! This pop up bicycle card is made from the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge. I added in some banners and clouds to the inside of the card. On the outside I used some polka dot Washi tape and glitter paper.

For the outside of the card I cut a PML card on the cartridge to fit the 5x7 base. I layered some glitter paper behind the image to make the bike pop! Just a few banners and embellishments finished the front.

As you open the card the bicycle pops out in the center. I also popped the little cloud and the bike and banners were cut on fundamentals paper giving them a little bit of a shiny texture.

Too much pink you think?!! Yeah....I don't think so either!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Peek~a~Boo Washi Tape

This card contains lots of on-trend products, especially the Washi tape! I made it in response to a creative challenge from the CTMH team to use Washi tape in a creative way. I liked the idea of cutting out a sentiment and having patterned paper and Washi tape peeking through from behind.

To make the banner I simply chose the shape on my Cricut and then in Design Space I chose my font for the hello and cut it out on the center of the pennant shape. For the background I chose random papers from various collections and grouped them with some gold dotted, lagoon heart and arrow Washi tape. Include the twine, gold shimmer trim and mini clothespin, this card is absolutely trendy!!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Confetti Cake

This is my first time playing with the Confetti Wishes paper. What a fun, vibrant collection of patterns and colors! I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week. It was a simple design that lent itself to making the Birthday cake the center of attention!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Get EnTWINEd with H2H

The challenge this week on Heart 2 Heart Blog is to be enTWINEd. This can be interpreted in so many ways, however I liked the idea of birds entwined in love. That thought led me to feathers and the older Free to Be Me paper collection.

I was in need of more 3x3 mini card sets for my customers and one of them in particular loves feathers on projects! I bundled the set of 4 cards with some Olive twine, adding to the theme. Look close and you will see the cute feathers I cut out on the Cricut with some special shiny paper that was included in the paper collection. The simple sentiment "hello" is one of the stamp sets included in the Artfully Sent Cricut collection.

Be sure to visit H2H Blog to see how the design team members got enTWINEd!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

February Crate Card Club

This past weekend I held my Crate Card Club. As always the participants are free to make any themed card {or special project} as they wish. The only thing I ask is that they use mostly Close To My Heart products on their creation, especially the stamps! There is always a great variety and seeing how others create is so much fun. We all inspire each other with our techniques and choice of papers, colors or stamp sets. Take a look at our art this month!

Here are all the projects displayed on a shelf just above our work table. We had a few that were Valentine inspired, but we also had, Birthday, Thank You and an everyday sentiment too.

As you can see they are all beautiful cards and even a darling, humorous candy wrapped "You're the Bomb" treat.....which has me thinking of dropping the "card" word in the name of my club. What do you think about just "Crate Club"? These ladies are so crafty and talented I'm sure they would surprise me with their creations each month!