Sunday, March 30, 2014

Atlantic Hearts sketch #48

Wow, the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge is almost up to number FIFTY!!!  Hard to believe, but it has been so inspiring to see the different sketches each week and hope that I would have time to play and enter.  This weeks challenge sketch #48 is to use this sketch:  to come up with out own creation.  And this is what I came up with:


I used the sketch a few times in a card workshop I led on Saturday.  Since we played with the ombre technique (I know it is hard to see but it is there) I created a few more cards using the same sketch.


I love this stamp set of Tweety, it is new to me, but sadly for you retired.  I used our new embossing folders as well, it was fun to play and create. Until next time....

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Atlantic Hearts sketch and colour my heart colours

Hi there, on the atlantic hearts challenge for sketch 47 we are challenged to use this sketch: 

and then on the color my heart color dare we are challenged to use these colours:
 Ponderosa pine, New England ivy and goldrush.  Not my first go to colours, but that is why we have challenges to challenge us.
And this is what I came up with, nice to spend an quiet hour or so creating.  Of course I check out the sketch at the beginning of the week and ponder it all week before I come up with what I can use. 
I enjoy the challenge of fulfilling the sketch and making it my own.  Sadly all the stamp sets used are retired, but great that I have them in my collection and on Evernote so that I can find what I am looking for when I want it.  Colours used are those requested, ponderosa pine, New England ivy and goldrush.  Stamp sets used: Washi wonder (a hostess stamp last idea book), the thank you is from D1375 Treasures and the bow is from C1473 remarkable wreath.  I was reminded about our blending pen from Brae Montgomery's blog post on Tuesday, I used it for the lines for the sentiment and the bow.  I used a EK success border punch for the piece of New England ivy.  You still have time to play along, so get playing!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sunshine and Warm Breezes March Blog Hop

Sunshine and warm breezes, I think we are all ready for some of that, esp. since tonight the temperature is expected to drop again. This blog hop was for CTMH consultants that are fed up with winter, and needed something to brighten their day and that of others by sharing.  If you have come from Michelle S at mycreationswithmichelle, you are at the right spot.  Yes, I know this is my second blog hop today, what can I say, I needed some creating time.

This past February we were blessed to be able to travel to Varadero, Cuba with friends, it was their first trip, our second to this wonderful spot on the earth.  A full week of nothing to do but what we wanted, rest and relaxation and a few (or more) pina coladas.
To help remember this wonderful week away I started my first layout to record the memories of the week: 

I made use of our Artbooking Cricut cartridge and played.  The sketch I used is this one from scrapysketches I had pinned it on pinterest a few weeks back and it kept niggling in my mind that this would be a fun one to do.



Here are the single pages, the white piece of paper is for journalling still to come.


Below is a close up of the palm tree that is 3-D, I cut the leaves out twice and popped them up to give them some dimension.  The suns shining on the banner are the same sun shape from the cricut cartridge cut at half-inch size and strung on white bakers twine.  I just love our camera cut out on the cartridge as well as the numbers for the year.  My title of CUBA was a photo of how the grass was marked on the resort at one location that I discovered by accident and then had to photograph.   The background paper is from our new Skylark paper pack.  The punched borders were done using my EK Success border punches in my tool box.

Your next stop on our hop is Chris Robertson from chriscreativelife, if you would like to start at the beginning you can go to Brae Montgomery's site here and she will have the whole list of hoppers.  Happy hopping and hoping that this will brighten your day as we wait patiently for spring and warmer temperatures.

Cross Canada hop

Welcome to our March Blog Hop featuring card boxes.  Did you know that you can create your own card boxes using CTMH products? Whether they are the My Creations Card Boxes, Journaling Boxes or cricut cuts, there is just so much more you can use these boxes for. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 

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 at mycreationswithmichelle.  If you came from Michelle's of  mycreationswithmichelle then you are in the right place! 

I had a hard time deciding what to make or create, since I spent part of my week off cleaning, I found a few things.  A long time ago I purchased a few faith encouragement cards, so I thought I would make a box to hold a few of them.


I used this sketch from atlanticheartschallenge for the front of the box.
And the colours from colormyheartcolordare to use Autumn terracotta, Barn red, Hollyhock and Olive.  
And this one of the back of the box: 
I used to different a sized stamp sets, A Tree and A garden to stamp and decorate my box, along with just a few bitty sparkles to give some shine and bling.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Sheri of sherisays-justscrapit.  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 get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. Join us again in April when we will be featuring creations from the third Cricut Cartridge, Artbooking. We hope you will join us again on April 15th, 2014.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Atlantic Heart sketch challenge #45 & colour Q challenge # 231...

Hi all, I have been enjoying being challenged and spending some time creating.  Our eldest grand daughter invited us over for her birthday dinner on Thursday night, I need a card!!  So as usual, I scan the various challenges I like to participate in and create.  Today's is the Atlantic Hearts sketch challenge #45 with this sketch: 
  And the colourQ#231 to use these colours:  which I translated into Close to my Heart colours - black, slate, olive, topiary and white.
This is what I created: 
I used our brand new embossing folder Quatrefoil Z1926 and slate ink on the one side of the folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug, love this technique and the effect.  Stamped the three dragonflies from the Skylark workshop set D1591, in the two different greens some rock'n'roll technique in there too.  Spread glue on the wings and sprinkled with glitter from Stampin up. Hand drew the flight paths in black glitter pen and stamped the sentiment from the Joyful Birthday B1419 stamp set in the topiary ink.  Matted the embossed portion on slate cardstock and the card is raised with foam tape on olive cardstock.  Hope she likes it!
If you would like to purchase any of the supplies used for your self, check out my shop with me button on the right.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

More SKYLARK happiness

After watching this video from Close to my Heart....

I was inspired to create my version of the featured Skylark layout.....

It was so nice to spend an evening creating and using the inspiration found on some of my favourite blogs and the Close to my Heart You Tube channel.  I hope this helps to inspire you to spend some time crafting your memories.