Monday, September 10, 2018

BOO! AHSC #281

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Good Morning, Monday!  Time for a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 
And time to start crafting autumn themes!

I pulled out some new and old Halloween themed items: great old set from CTMH 'Spook Alley' for the central panel. I colored with Copics, highlighted with wink of Stella and some Nuvo Jewel drops.
Paper is from Echo Park.
The sentiment was cut using Altenew Fine Alphabet die.

I cut the scallop oval, but it was just too big and covered the cute I cut a smaller one from it, and then decided to just use the outline piece so the colored images would show through.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Just a Note! AHSC #279

The last days of has been so much cooler and the days shorter.  It is autumn I'm feeling in the air.  The garden has been bursting with tomatoes, and it's all I can do to keep up with canning them. Roasting and pickling beets, also. My grandsons were excited to see blue jays jumping around in the yard, and listening to them.  They make a lot of noise and are fun to watch. I guess they inspired this card for today's new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

I used
Happy Birds,  Close To My Heart
Sheet Music, Kaiser Craft
Splits sentiment, Papertrey Ink
Copic markers and Intense Black Ink, Simon Says Stamp

Monday, August 13, 2018

Atlantic Hearts #277

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Hurray!  It's my first card back as part of the Design Team at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.
They have such fun, versatile sketches-posted every Monday morning.  The DT inspiration cards post on the AHSC site Wednesday. But you get to see mine today 😉

My card is made with CTMH Penelope papers, and an Avery Elle stamp and die set.  The 'hugs' part of the sentiment was
cut three times from CTMH Honey card stock and stacked for dimension. I brushed it with the Wink of Stella pen for a bit of shine. The rest of the sentiment was stamped and heat embossed. Enamel dots from my stash.
I wish I had popped the embossed strip with a bit of foam tape, but was afraid to ruin everything by pulling it off.

Check it out, and make a card today. Happy crafting!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Winner! Send a Smile 4 Kids Hop Comments

Good Morning!  

Time to announce the winners of Christmas in July Blog Hop Comments.  All the prizes and winners are listed on the Send a Smile 4 Kids blog. Go there to check out that full list.

The winner randomly selected from all the lovely comments on my blog:

Congratulations, Jerrie!  You can claim your prize - the Beautiful Butterflies set by contacting Karen.
You must contact Karen at BEFORE August 18th at midnight CST with your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS AND MAILING ADDRESS. If you do not contact Karen before August 18th at midnight CST, your prize will be forfeited.

The new challenge is posted there as well.

Thank you for all the comments, and the encouragement for kids.

Friday, August 3, 2018


A new to me challenge blog Hand Stamped Sentiments had a very CAS sketch #295, and so I created two cards.  On the first, I embossed the front panel with a Swiss dots folder before adding the strip and a double cut die to create a 'shadow' sentiment. Hard to see those dots in my photo. The second used a piece of coordinating paper as the back panel.

Paper: CTMH
Die: Hero Arts

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Atlantic Hearts

I've been busy yesterday and today organizing, labeling, and making cards for my local children's hospital.  I am working with Send a Smile 4 Kids.  I realized that I need some cards that are for younger children and gender neutral.  Nothing fits that bill like cute animals, right?

So I took the inspiration of the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #275 and found some Babycakes  paper from Close To My Heart, and lion and sentiments from Life's a Jungle set (also CTMH from long ago).  The monkey is a Simon Says stamp/die set called Baby Animals. I colored with pencils.

Because I cut the paper on the angle, it made two cards. Even better!

Another happy announcement for me - I have rejoined the Design Team for Atlantic Hearts.♥ I had dropped out with my shoulder and knee surgeries, but am excited to be on the team once again starting next week. 

Saturday, July 28, 2018


Whoa, we have had LOTS of sun. It's been hot and dry for weeks. Not our usual PNW weather.
So a sunflower seemed appropriate.  I used a very old rubber/wood background stamp for the square, and a new stamp from Papertrey Ink for the flower and sentiment.  I inked up in my Misti and was so pleased with the flower using a dauber and a few different colors...then realized the die is solid...and I couldn't place it properly on the stamped image. I have been spoiled using open dies. It is much more difficult to stamp on the cut piece, and you can't do multiple stamping very easily.  I am going to try lightly tracing the die on the paper before stamping next time and see if that will work.  So this flower isn't as cute as my first. My crafting friend Stephanie and I were moaning about not being able to get perfect dots with our liquid drops.  We think there must be a teaching video on this!!

Sketch from Freshly Made Sketches 347