Hello and welcome! I had a really low key, crafty weekend, and it was terrific! Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow, and if the flow is taking you on a wave of creativity, don’t fight it! I have four cards to share and they are all very different. First up is a card that uses the new CTMH Ariana paper pack, and the February Stamp of the Month – Wild About Love.This paper pack has a good mix of feminine and masculine patterns. Perfect for a Valentine card!
The next card was made in the wee hours of the morning, when I was having trouble sleeping. I kept it simple and used the CTMH Cloud Nine card making kit. LOVE that teal shimmer tape!My third card was inspired by a scrapbooking sketch I found on Pinterest. I liked the layout and decided to turn it into a card.The CTMH Jubilee papers work perfectly to give this card a summery, country feel. I paired it with the Take Note stamp set, which comes in the Artbooking Cricut Bundle. Makes me long for a summer picnic or a trip to the fairgrounds!
And for my last card, I give you the Unicorn….I bought this stamp set for my daughter. She loves animals and mythological creatures, and when she saw this stamp set, she immediately fell in love. This one’s for you Lauryn!
I hope you have a terrific week and find some crafty inspiration along the way. See you soon!
Hello all my long lost blog friends! Welcome, and thanks for stopping in. Can you believe we are at the end of September? This is my favourite time of year. I love everything about it – the colours of the changing landscape, the bounty of the harvest, the still warm, sunny days and crisp, cool nights – a feast for the senses, and so much to be grateful for. So, in honour of this delightful season I have some autumn cards to share with you.This was my first attempt at the ever so popular chalk board technique. The Poster Tidings stamp set from Close To My Heart is perfect for this. I also used the Count Your Blessings stamp set to embellish the card with a few tokens of autumn.This thank you card was inspired by someone who helped me out at work. When I jokingly offered to send them some chocolate for doing such a great job, they responded that they were trying to eat healthy, and would prefer a bag of apples!Next up is a simple card using CTMH’s Remarkable Wreath, Swirls Around, and Always Grateful stamp sets. The patterned papers are from the CTMH Huntington paper pack.I finally broke down this summer, and bought a pack of vellum. I know, I know… what have I been waiting for? I have seen so many beautiful projects using vellum, but I’ve just never gotten around to buying any. Here, I kept it simple with a strip down the middle of this country style card (don’t worry, I do plan to get fancier with it down the road!).This card is a mash up of all sorts of things – scraps of paper, die cuts, feathers, buttons, stitching – but it reminds me how lucky I am to have all these things at my disposal when I feel the urge to create.And finally, a card I created for a card party I ran last weekend. This was really fun, because we used Perfect Pearls to help create a background. If you look at the top of the card, you can just make out some shimmery writing. This was stamped on with Versamark ink, and the Perfect Pearls were spread over it with a paint brush. The PPs stick to the Versamark and create a gorgeous shimmery background. I learned this technique from the uber-talented Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink. It’s my new favourite technique, and I think it will make some beautiful Christmas cards this year.
So, as you can see, I have been busy in the craft cave. I’ve got a few other creations to share, but I’ll save those for another day. Have a great week, and happy crafting!
Hi there! The Out of a Hat Challenge this week is to create something to do with nature. Now that’s a pretty broad subject, and there are many things to choose from, but I am in Christmas mode and wanted to make a bunch of Christmas gift tags. So to incorporate the nature theme, I decided to make all my tags with birds on them. I made six in total and plan to make more, but here is what I finished this weekend…I cut all the tags out with the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge. On this tag, I used one of the Pear & Partridge Complements Glittery Rub-Ons and heat embossed the Happy Holidays with gold embossing powder.On this tag, I used a strip of Burlap Ribbon around the middle and added a poinsettia brad. The birds are at the top and are part of the stamped sentiment.My cardinal tag uses the To You and Yours stamp set and is coloured with the CTMH alcohol markers. The beautiful woodgrain B&T paper is from the Dakota paper packet.This bird was cut with the Artiste cartridge and the edges inked with Cocoa ink. The bird’s nest is made from a strip of the new CTMH Colonial White Rosette Ribbon. I used Antique Linen DI to give it a bit of colour. The edges of the tag were inked with a gold metallic pen and I heat embossed No Peeking in gold.Here is a super simple tag that is stamped using the rock n roll technique. I added the gems for a bit of sparkle and inked the edges with Bamboo ink.And finally, a kraft tag with more of the Pear & Partridge Glittery Rub-Ons and a few red gems. For these tags, I kept to a red, green and brown colour palette. I think for my next round of tags, I might go with blues and greens; maybe some snowflakes and silver???? Not sure yet, but that’s part of the fun!
All in all, making gift tags for your Christmas presents is fun and easy, and really adds a personal touch. Give it a try, and wow your friends and family this Christmas! Have a great week, and we’ll see you back here real soon! Happy crafting!
Happy Monday, and welcome to my first post as a guest design team member for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog! I’m super excited! Can you believe it’s October already? Where did the summer go? Before we know it we’ll be putting up Christmas decorations! But before we go there, I want to celebrate fall a bit more by using the rolling technique on a fall card, which is the theme of this week’s challenge.I started this card by cutting it out with the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge. I love the scalloped edge and the little holes down the side, which I threaded with chocolate baker’s twine. I used this gorgeous B&T paper from the Flirty paper packet for the background, and matted it with the Flirty Raspberry paper that comes with the pack. When I first saw this paper pack, I was not too keen on the colour combination, but I have to say it has really grown on me and is now one of my favourites.For the focal image, I stamped a tree base onto a piece of Colonial white card stock, using Chocolate ink and the swiping technique to get a bit of woody texture. I then added the leaves to the tree using the rolling technique. For those of you not familiar with the rolling technique, you can achieve it by inking up your stamp with one colour and then rolling the outside edges of it in another colour. This is perfect for getting that multi-coloured look on fall leaves. I also used it on the little circles I stamped down the side of the card.I cut the focal image into 3 even pieces and matted it onto a piece of Cocoa card stock. I stamped the sentiment in the bottom right corner with Cocoa ink and added the pink gems to the middle of each circle down the side of the card. I think my favourite thing about this card is the unexpected use of pink. I would not generally think of it as a fall colour, but it somehow works, and gives this card a little bit of pizazz!
So hop on over to the Heart 2 Heart blog and check out some of the other amazing inspiration pieces over there. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day everyone!
Artiste Cricut Cartridge
Flirty Paper Packet
Inks – Cocoa, Chocolate, Garden Green, Sunset, Sorbet
Chocolate Baker’s Twine
Stamps – Trees & Things, Dreamin Workshops On The Go C-size stamp set
Hi friends. Just a quick post today to show the card I made for My Time Made Easy’s Pretty Palette Challenge #62. The colour scheme is turquoise, hot pink and kraft.
I reached for my CTMH Dotty For You paper pack for this card. It has some really cute papers with these colours. I cut various sized strips of designer paper and glued them to the kraft background and added a kraft ready border between the blue and ivory layer. I cut out four butterflies from a Dotty For You designer paper and glued them to the ivory layer. The beautiful Thanks stamp was inked up with Baby Pink ink and then rolled in Lagoon to get just the outside edges. I then coloured over it with a glitter gel pen, cut it out and popped it up on the card. Finally a few pink and blue gems were added for extra sparkle.
That’s it from me today. Have a great day and happy crafting!