Monday, April 29, 2013

a few more challenges....

HI again, life is busy as it is for everyone, not sure why we keep or make ourselves so busy, but it is what it is...Today I was feeling a little low or low energy, so I browsed for a few challenges to see if I would find some inspiration... and I did :) !!
On the colourq-challenge-186 we are challenged to use certain colours, I adapted them to Close to my Heart colours of desert sand (kraft), pear (lucky limeade), Hollyhock (melon mambo) and Sunset (pumpkin pie).  Hmmm what could I create with these bright cheery colours....
Also on the One Layer Wednesday challenge hosted on the Snippets blog this week we are challenged to recreate or remake a card or project we had made before.  So I browsed through my card photos and thought I would try this remake...
And since this is also very close to the sketch used on the BRAND NEW challenge blog Atlantic Hearts Challenge I thought I would create this:
a cute cheer up someones day card....
Close to my Heart inks - pear, hollyhock, sunset and desert sand
Workshop on the go stamp set from Pemberly C1491 (retired)
and the sentiment is from D1476 Card chatter - sympathy.
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Monday, April 15, 2013

April Cross Canada CTMH Home Decor Blog Hop

Welcome to our April Blog Hop featuring a Home Decor project of our choosing. 

I will quite often frame one of my scrapbook pages to display out of the album for more to enjoy it. However this time for a home decor item and am featuring a item that uses one or our Cricut cartridges, twine and embossing powder. Hmm what did I make....

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If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle Stewart at If you came from Nicola of timelesscottagenb then you are in the right place!

I created a reversible birthday banner! We have five grandchildren with birthdays in a six week stretch, so lots of birthday parties. The first one was hosted at our home for grand daughter #2 that also included a personalized banner with her name that she took home for her bedroom. I used gypsy and cotton candy cardstock for the first banner. The second photo is for the combined birthday party for grand daughters #1 & 3 and grandson #2, so we flipped it to the lagoon and pear side with the silver embossing. I cut all the scalloped banner flags with the Art Philosophy cartridge (Z1686 on page 15 of the idea book); on page 59 in the guide booklet, then I also used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the letters. I then used versamark ink on the letters and embossed them with the silver embossing powder Z669 on page 131 in the idea book. Tied them all together with the grey bakers twine from the neutral assortment (Z1701) on page 121. Now I have a reusable birthday banner for future birthday parties. :)

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Krista Ritskes of simplycreatingtogether.
 If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, mycreationswithmichelle, as she has the complete blog list.
Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own projects using some of the designs and paper seen along the way. Join us again in May when we will be featuring some Canvas projects.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Color my Heart #36 and Mojo Monday 287

Two more challenges in this creation, loved the sketch from mojomonday, I keep looking at them and never get around to playing with them.  This week was different, took time to play.  The color combination is from the colormyheartcolordare a challenge I have played with before.
Here is my creation, a special thank you card for special people in our church congregation who made the council retreat breakfast and other refreshments, last month.

A1125- Thanks
Claire paper pack
Old navy cardstock
Sunset mini medley brads
Cuttlebug Geometri rings folder
Spellbinders nestabilities labels nine
Blush and Hollyhock inks.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

CAS #18 and OLW #133

Two more challenges filled with this card.....This week's One-Layer Wednesday challenge is to use a shape repeatedly on a card. The shape can be any geometric shape: circle, square, triangle, oval, hexagon, diamond, 
etc.  The sketch on CAS #18 is this:

And this is what I created:
I used a variety of different circle stamps to create this card and four colours of ink in an attempt at another colour challenge, but I am not sure about that one yet.   The gray circles are from the Avonlea Workshop on the Go (retired) along with the solid beige one.  The other beige circle is from our 'Rock the Block' set last year (also retired) and the Thank you is from the also retired D1361 Thank you set.  I find our stamp sets do not go out of style and can be used over and over again for  many different creations.  The inks used are Slate, Whisper, Cashmere and Saddle all current colours.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Seize the birthday #11 & dynamic duo

I know it has been a bit since I have posted, but life keeps going on at it's crazy pace, so I treasure any time I get to "play" in my craft room.  When I play I like to fill challenges, it sparks some of my creativity to try and think of how I can use Close to my Heart products to fill this challenge and then get the word out about what an amazing company this is..  So, I was able to spend some time this afternoon "playing";  after searching for a colour challenge that was not springy, pinks and greens I found the Dynamic Duos challenge.  They provide one colour and you pick one colour to make your creation, the colour provided this time is "Primrose Petals", not sure what company has this colour, but I thought it looked very close to our Hollyhock.  I paired with with our retired Grey Flannel and the sketch from Seize the birthday #11 for a masculine card, and this is what I came up with:

For this masculine birthday card I used two colours of ink, Hollyhock and Grey Wool.  Stampsets used are the Tommy Workshop on the Go scrapbooking kit C1546, Joyful Birthday B1419 for the Happy birthday and the clouds are from A rainbow A1129 (discontinued).
Watch for more posts this week for other challenges, I told you I played ;)