Monday, June 17, 2019

Perfect Popsicles

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Here with my take on the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #321.  This is a great sketch that is beautifully versatile. It will be very fun to see how crafters create with this!  Go here to link up your version, or to check out inspiration of the design team. We post on Wednesdays on the AHSC site.

I used Distress Oxide inks on the popsicle and sun burst, CTMH inks on the stick. Card stock is CTMH and Nina Solar Crest. The images and sentiment are from a new to me set Perfect Popsicles, by Sunny Studio. The sun behind the image is a Simon Says Stamp stencil, Solar Burst. Embellished with some enamel dots from CTMH.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

AHSC #319

Wow, things have been busy and I totally lost track of time. 

So here is my card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge design team.  This challenge was posted Monday and will close Sunday June 9th.

Go check it out and play along.  My card will post on their blog this morning with the design team inspiration.

I used a favorite older CTMH set,  Remarkable Wreath, stamped in CTMH chocolate and Distress Oxide Spun Sugar. Card base and paper used for the die cut sentiment are CTMH. The sentiment stamped and die cut from Hero Arts. Ribbon a serendipity find in my stash. I added some Liquid Pearls to the flower centers.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Watercolor Birthday

Wonderful day crafting with a best buddy. We got so much accomplished, played with new product, and we experimented with techniques, too. ♥

So I used my new Altenew set.  It arrived just before I left for Japan, and I was surprised to see how large an image it is!  I inked it up with Versa fine on some cold press watercolor paper.  I used my Daniel Smith card and my friend's boxed set to watercolor.  I'm am not good at this, but I LOVE doing it.  I used the coordinating die to cut it out.  I was going to put it on a pale gray card base, but my friend said white looked much better. She's smart. I brought it home and wasn't sure about a sentiment ...die cut? heat embossed?  Should have done it at her house while I had access to her inspiration and decisiveness :-) Decided on gold heat embossed with a Paper Trey sentiment. Then I tied gold thread and splattered shimmer watercolor.  I have many splatters on the table...celebrate the mess!

Here it is. I am linking to Watercooler Wednesday "Occasions" challenge.

Monday, May 20, 2019


Back in the craft room!  It's been over a month...while I was in Japan I bought some water colors and did some painting. I'll be making some of them into cards soon.

Image may contain: textBut it is with pleasure I return to my Design Team at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  The sketch is #317.  My card will be posted there Wednesday with the rest of the team's inspiration.  You can go there now and link up your card for this sketch!  At least check in and see what some talented crafters are doing.  A sketch design is a great way to get started, and Atlantic Hearts posts one every Monday.

I used an Avery Elle stamp and die set for the sentiment. The flowers are from Fab Flowers, stamps and die set from Lawn Fawn.  All inks are Close to My Heart. The dots were made with the blue ink, and then I added some Nuvo Jewel drops over them for a bit of shine. The blue flowers and sentiment strip are popped with foam tape, as is the panel cut with Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle.

Monday, April 22, 2019

AHSC #313

My card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #313
Wonderful sketch there this week - go check it out and play along!

I am posting from Iwaki, Japan!
I made this at home and brought it with me...but left my camera at home. So once again, I'm having to post a poor phone photograph.

This card used a favorite stamp set from Stamplorations - the butterflies are so pretty. This one was colored with Zig Clean Brush markers, and hand cut and popped up with foam tape. The triangle die cut is from Birch Press, backed with card stock. I used an edge trimmer for the scallop. The sentiment is from Close To My Heart.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Cherry Blossom Time

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #311

I am eagerly preparing for my trip to Japan. Leaving tomorrow, and hoping there will be a few cherry blossoms left to view in Northern Honshu!  The stamp set is retired CTMH , 'Fabulous You,' and I tried some water coloring on the image using Distress Oxides.  I stamped the diamond pattern from the set several times using CTMH Champagne ink. I stamped the image twice again, colored some of the flower images, fussy cut them and popped them up with a bit of foam tape.  I also added some highlights on the flowers with a black and white gel pens.

This is a wonderful sketch - hop on over to AHSC and play along. If you need a little more inspiration, my card and the rest of the Design Team will post there on Wednesday.

I apologize for the poor color...I seem to have lost my regular camera, and this was a phone photo...It is a soft, muted card. Very peaceful.  The close up shows the colors a bit better.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Have More Birthdays


I used a variety of Close To My Heart  stamp sets and inks to random stamp the background. The sentiment was popped up with some fun foam. The balloons were covered with the shimmer pen.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #309