Monday, October 24, 2016

Atlantic Hearts #183 NOEL

Even a beautifully simple sketch can really stretch your crafting muse!  I adore CAS cards, but know they are usually more complicated to get 'right.'  My attempts one this one created a small pile of trash in my paper recycling! lol   But I am so happy with the final result. It's shiny and festive...and pretty CAS.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #183 - play along and have some fun!  You can go there Wednesday to see what the other Design Team members have created. Lots of inspiration there for you.

The ornament was cut twice with the Artbooking Cricut cartridge, p. 56, once on gold paper, again on white. I used the smaller Winter Snowflakes die (Savvy) to cut the center of the white ornament, and again on a separate piece of gold. The snowflake was inset in the white shape and backed with another circle of white. I trimmed off the ornament cap from the white one as well.

I cut a piece of Fundamentals- All About the Gold acetate on an angle, and adhered it to the card base with Glue Dots behind the 'trees'. The rectangle is 2x3". The sentiment is from a retired CTMH set, Christmas Love, and was heat embossed. Both the panel and the ornament were popped with foam tape.  See the Less Is More challenge to use acetate or vellum here.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Gift Card

Jennifer McGuire's blog is one of my absolute favorites. She never fails to teach and inspire.  Recently she had a post about using some new Pretty Pink Posh dies for making a pocket gift card holder. She also said you could use a craft knife or other frame dies to achieve that kind of flap as well. You can watch her video here.

Since I had learned how to do a partial cut from her as well, I used one of my Spellbinder dies to cut the top flap using that technique.  The stamps are from an older CTMH set, Sweet Music. The ink I used is Memento Tuxedo Black. The thanks die is from Hero Arts STAMPtember, Simon Says Stamp cut from a snippet of shiny gold paper. The twill design paper is CTMH, La Vie en Rose. Ribbon also CTMH.

The card is for a thank you for the person providing the music for a program Thursday for my P.E.O. group.  It is very cool!! This was easy to put together and is very unique.  Check out Jennifer's blog link and try it.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Fabulous Fall

Windswept tress and rain. Love the movement in this older CTMH stamp.  I did a wash with some watercolors, and then stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black.  The panel was cut with stitched shapes die from Simon Says Stamp.  Inspired by and linked to CAS(E) this Sketch. I did rotate the sketch.


Eight is Great!

Hard to believe how quickly time flies by...but my little grandson was eight yesterday.  This is the shaker card I made for him.  I used my Cricut to cut the 8 from patterned paper at 3", and then again from solid card stock at 31/2".  The sentiment 'Big Birthday Wishes' Simon Says Stamp was heat embossed with Hero Arts white.  All papers are from Close To My Heart.  I seem to be having color issues with my photographs.  Looks better in my file view than this washed out version. Anyhow, I chose these colors for him because the gift was a Minecraft set- lots of bright green and brown.

Linking to Seize the Birthday Anything Goes challenge.


Saturday, October 15, 2016


This card was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches #258

The random stamped panel was cut with a die. The sentiment was cut four times - the top one was from a glittery gold paper. I glued them together and then applied Versamark on the top and heat embossed with clear powder twice. So it is shiny and dimensional.

Paper: CTMH, Pathfinder; Goldrush, Champagne and Olive  card stock
Inks: Champagne, Versmark
Stamp: CTMH, Dandy
Dies: Simon Says Stamp,Stitched Panel; HeroArts, STAMPtember set (SSS)


Monday, October 10, 2016

Kindness + AHSC #181

Life has been incredibly busy...helping a friend with a large party, and having the grandsons and grand-dog here while parents have a much deserved adult trip.  It has been quite a long time since I have done the breakfast, pack lunches, drive to school, pick up from school, help with homework, play, serve dinner, nighttime routine!! It is enormous fun and also exhausting.

But I put together this card that has a very graphic feel to it.  I've used the CTMH Enchantment Fundamentals for card base, mat, and banner, with a snippet of La Vie en Rose.  The white panel was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, Twill Stripe. It repeats the design in the banner and adds some dimension to an otherwise flat card. The enamel dots are from my CTMH stash. The sentiment is one of the new CTMH Create Kindness set. I added a swoosh of color using my water brush.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #181  Please hop over and play along!


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Trick or Treat Mini Cups

Started on the grandchildren's Halloween treats today.  These mini coffee cups are so much fun to decorate!  Becky Roberts designed a sweet little carrier that holds two cups (found on Pinterest, I think.)  I was inspired to begin by the current challenge at My Time to Craft #330, which is "Anything But a Card".

Products Used:
Stamps: CTMH Perfect Fit- Halloween
Papers: Doodlebug, Boos & Brews; CTMH Black, White Daisy, Goldrush card stock
Cricut: Artiste cartridge (CTMH) for spider and skull
Inks: CTMH Black, Thistle
Foam tape, punches, chenille wires, tulle, stash ribbon
Filled with fun-sized M&Ms and mint patties


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Snowman Shaker

It was love at first site with this little Memory Box snowman die  (Mini Snowman Collage #99553)!!  I purchased some blue snowy paper ( Me&My Big Ideas) for the back of the window. So fun and simple.  I used some black card stock and scraps of plaid paper in the stash for the hat and scarf.  White beads and a few sequins inside the shaker.  The sentiment is from a very old CTMH holiday sentiment set. I used a water brush to swoosh a bit of color at the snowman base.  The panel was cut with a Simon Says Stamp stitched die.  
CAS-ual Fridays has a shaker card challenge going.  So many darling cards there for inspiration. If you love shakers, go see them now!