Wednesday, February 15, 2017

AHSC #199

First off, I'd like to thank Michelle from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog for allowing me to join the design team again.  I was a design team member 3 years ago.  As I am on Team A; this is the sketch we are working with this week:


Here is the card I created using the sketch as inspiration:



This card came together quite quickly.  The design paper including the picture of the coffee cups is from the 6 x 6 Doodlebug paper pad - Cream and sugar.  I layered a piece of  Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue cardstock onto the kraft card stock.  The sentiment which is stamped on the kraft banner die is from Simon Says clear stamp set - Coffee and Tea.  I used Versafine Majestic Blue to stamp the sentiment and the 3 small hearts.  My daughter loves coffee almost as much as I do so this card will be going to her for Valentine's day.  I'm sure she will like it as she told me a long time ago that she is not into typical female images such as flowers and hearts.  She is a health food fanatic and enjoys running so I have some T-shirt stamps and sentiments as well as a running sentiment and image stamps for when I want to make a card for her.  


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #198

Starting this month I will be a design team member of Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I am on Team A so will be making a card for Challenge #199.  In order to get back into the groove, I decided to make a card for Sketch #198.

Here is the sketch:


Here is the card I made using the sketch as inspiration.



I really like this sketch.  White card stock base, Kraft card stock for the sentiment which was die cut using a stitched circle die.  I also used the kraft card stock for the banner tag.  I added some sparkly enamel dots by Your Next Stamp to the banner.  The design paper is from the Doodlebug 6 x 6 paper pad - Cream and Sugar.  I added a strip of gold shimmer tape and punched out a bow to finish off the card.  The sentiment was stamped with SU's Cherry Cobbler which just happens to be my favourite colour at the moment.  I used my Hampton Art Stamp Perfect to stamp the sentiment so it would be centred on the circle.  I bought the Stamp Perfect at Michaels using a 50% off coupon and am very happy with it.  It will make stamping so much easier especially when I want to center an image or sentiment onto a die cut.  I am happy with how this card turned out.  I bought the Simon Says Stamp January Card Kit.  The gold hearts are from the card kit.  The only drawback to this stamp kit is the fact that it only came with 3 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock papers - white, kraft and light blue and only a 1/2 pad of the design paper.  I have pre-ordered another pad of the 6 x 6 paper pad and some more of the embellishments which came with the kit.  I love coffee and usually drink at least 5 cups of this golden nectar a day so have been building up my stash with coffee sentiments and dies.
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Fusion card challenge

I really like the sketch on the Fusion Card Challenge blog so decided to play along.  What I really like about the Fusion card challenges is the fact that you can use either the sketch or the photo or use them both thus the name Fusion.   My card came together quite quickly and I enjoyed making it.  Here is the sketch & photo:



I chose to go with the sketch and here is the card I created using the sketch as inspiration:


The white card stock base has small butterflies embossed on it.  I bought several pieces of this particular card stock a long time ago and have made a few cards with it.  I love butterflies and I also love flowers.  I used a cuttlebug embossing folder with butterflies for the yellow panel.  The design paper is from a Doodlebug 6 x 6 paper pad called Springtime.  The yellow die cut butterfly is by Your Next Stamp.  I really like this card and the inside was stamped with a birthday greeting and will be sent to one of my best friends who I have been friends with since 1958!  I am sure she will like it just as much as I do.  
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Monday, January 30, 2017

AHSC #197

I used to be a design team member of the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog and I am happy to report that I will be joining them as a design team member again next month.  I decided to play along with this week's sketch as I really like it and I knew it would take me out of my comfort zone.  The majority of the cards I make start off with a sketch that I have pinned on pinterest.  The card I made for this sketch was time consuming and it took me about 1 1/2 hours to make it.  Here is the sketch:


Here is my card using the sketch as inspiration:


I started out with an ivory card stock called French Vanilla by Bazzill.  I then added a layer of Stampin' Up's Cherry Cobbler card stock.  I love the colour combo of Ivory and maroon and use it quite often on my cards and I also enjoy wearing them together.  I used a Martha Stewart leaf punch to punch out the leaves and stamped the flowers with Cherry Cobbler ink and then die cut them using the co-ordinating die.  The flowers are from Bloomin' Love stamp and die set by Stampin' Up.  The sentiment is from the clear stamp set Mug Hugs by Sunny Studio.  I die cut a circle heart die by Spellbinders and used the negatives of the hearts on my card.  The flowers were finished with a small pink pearl in the centres.  The flowers, leaves and hearts were attached using glue dots and the panel was then attached with 3D foam tape onto the cherry cobbler panel.  I am quite happy with how this card turned out.  In order to get a good circle, I traced around one of my circle dies with a pencil which helped a lot.  


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Sketch N Scrap # 90

When I saw the sketch at Sketch N Scrap, I really liked it and thought it would be a fairly easy sketch to follow.  It took me all of about 20 minutes to put this card together.  Here is the sketch:


Here is the card I made using the sketch as inspiration:


The card base is ivory and I used 2 shades of pink card stock as well.  The design paper is by Doodlebug Designs 6 x 6 paper pad.  I love the papers in this pad and have gone ahead and ordered another one.  The pink hearts were punched using a Martha Stewart punch and the flower was stamped using Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler Ink.  The flower stamp is from the Stampin' Up Bloomin' Love stamp and die collection.  I die cut the flower using the co-ordinating die.  I finished off the flower centre with an enamel dot.  The 3 enamel hearts are by Recollections which I bought at Michaels Craft store.  The sentiment was also stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink and is also from the Stampin' Up Bloomin' Love stamp and die collection.  I thoroughly enjoyed making this card and love how it turned out.  This card was easy peasy!




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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Try Stampin' On Tuesday #304

I thoroughly enjoyed making a card tonight for the Try Stampin' On Tuesday sketch challenge.  I just received some stitched circle dies which I knew would be perfect for the sketch.  Without further ado, here is the sketch:


Here is the card I made using the sketch as inspiration:  


The optional theme for this challenge is to use something old and something new.  The old is the flowered banner die cut and the papers.  The new is the stitched circles, sentiment and the enamel hearts.  I really like this card and even hubby gave it a thumbs up!  I haven't really decided yet as to who will be the recipient of this card, but I hope that they will like it as much as I enjoyed making it.  
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Monday, November 7, 2016

Christmas Card Challenge

It's never too early to start making Christmas Cards.  The Christmas Card Challenge blog challenges us to make a Christmas card a week all year long.  By the time December rolls around you will have enough Christmas cards made to mail to friends and family.  This week's challenge is a photo challenge but it is not mandatory to take part in the challenge.  The real challenge is just to make a Christmas card.  I got crafty this morning and made 2 cards.  I made a gift card holder following the photo challenge and also a Christmas card.

Here is the photo inspiration:


Here is the gift card holder I made using the photo as inspiration:


I used kraft card stock for the base, belly band and coffee cup.  The design paper is from a 6 x 6 paper pad by Carta Bella - Christmas Delivery.  The image, sentiment and die cuts are by Hero Arts - Coffee cup frame cuts.  The instructions for the gift card holder can be found here:  https://istampedthat.com/2012/11/18/super-easy-gift-card-holders/.  The gift card holder will have a Starbucks gift card tucked inside for my daughter for Christmas.  She loves Starbucks! 


I was inspired by a card that I saw on Pinterest to create my Christmas card:


The image is by Stampin' Up - Snow Swirled which I heat embossed using Stampendous Detail Gold embossing powder.  I added some tiny rhinestones from Couture Creations to decorate the tree.  The card stock base is by Bazzill - French Vanilla and the gold card stock I bought at Michaels.  I will be finding it very hard to part with this card as I really love how well it turned out!

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Freshly made Sketches #259

I have always enjoyed the sketches at Freshly Made Sketches and have played along several times, just not lately.  When I saw this week's sketch; I knew what I wanted to do with it.  Without further ado; here is the sketch:


Here is the card I made using the sketch as inspiration:


I used Brunswick Green card stock by Sue Wilson for the background and the wreath.  I added some red rhinestones by Couture Creations.  The Merry die cut is by Stamps of Life and the Christmas die cut is unknown as it was a freebie that I received.  They were both cut with Ruby card stock by Sue Wilson.  The holly design paper is from a 6 x 6 paper pad but I cannot remember which company it is by as I just had a few pieces of the paper in my stash.

I enjoyed making this card and am quite pleased at how it turned out.

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Another card for the

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge.  As I mentioned in my earlier post; I really like the Plaid Christmas 6 x 6 paper pad from Lawn Fawn.  I was going through my Christmas Dies and when I came across the Poinsettia Christmas Bell; I immediately knew it would look nice on a background of plaid paper.

Here is the card I made using the Christmas bell by Cottage Cutz along with the Merry Christmas Die by Yvonne Creations.



I really like both these dies and have already made several Christmas Cards with them.  The tiny rhinestones are by Couture Creations.  Once again the cardstock is by Sue Wilson designs - Ruby and Brunswick Green.  I am very pleased at how this card turned out.

I can see so many possiblities for cards using the plaid paper pads by Lawn Fawn.  I also have the winter plaid paper pad which has shades of blue which will be perfect for the snowflake dies I have in my stash.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Merry Monday Challenge

I've been meaning to play along with the Merry Monday Challenge for a long time.  Today I took the plunge as I really like the challenge which is to use plaid.  When I went to Scrapfest last month I got the Lawn Fawn 6 x 6 inch paper pad - Christmas Plaid.  Without further ado, here is the card I created:



I love the papers in this paper pad.  The stamp is by Stampin' Up - Snow Swirled.  I love this stamp and have used it a lot.  The cardstock is by Susan Wilson - Ruby and Brunswick Green which I bought at Ecstasy Crafts on my way home from my vacation last month.  I love the rich colours of this card stock.  The glittered enamel dots are from Your Next Stamp and I punched out the star out of some gold glittered card stock I had in my stash.  I love how this card turned out.  I am looking forward to making more cards using the plaid paper.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Global Design Project 046

I came across a "new to me" challenge blog this morning.  The name of the sketch challenge blog is Global Design Project.  I really liked the sketch and decided to play along.  Here is the sketch that caught my eye:


Here is my interpretation of the sketch:



The card stock is from Bazzill; the plaid design paper is from Lawn Fawn.  The sentiment is a die from the Stamps of Life.  The butterfly is a punch by Creative Memories.  The light jade sparkly enamel dots under the sentiment is by Your Next Stamp which is a Canadian stamp and die company.  The tiny blue rhinestones on the butterfly is from Couture Creations.  The stitched banner die is by Taylored Expressions.  I love how this card turned out and it will be going to someone special very soon! 


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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

I promised Michelle that I would make a card for this challenge as a past designer for AHSC.  Without further ado, here is the sketch:


Here is my interpretation of the sketch:


Design paper and card stock is from Stampin' Up - Party wishes.  The sentiment die cut is from Little B and the sparkly enamel dots are by Your Next Stamp.  I really like how this card turned out.  


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Thursday, March 3, 2016

House of Cards March Challenge

I love making clean and simple cards that don't take up a lot of time to make.   However; I also love classy and elegant cards.  When I saw the challenge at House of Cards; I knew I could make a classy, elegant and clean and simple card.  The March challenge was to make a card with the code word Silhouette.  I received a beautiful Tattered Lace Rose Die and also have a 6 x 6 paper pad by Joycrafts with gorgeous rose inspired papers.  Here is my card for this challenge:


I cut the rose die twice and layered the flower portion onto the green portion.  The card base is ivory and I added a layer of soft green and SU's Cherry Cobbler before adhering the design paper.  The hardest part about making this card was to adhere the flower portion but SU came to the rescue with their fine tip glue pen.  I also added a little bit of bling with Your Next Stamp's gumdrops in Candy Apple Red which added just the right finishing touch to this card.  I am very please with how this card turned out.

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Anna aka Oma

AHSC #149

I love the sketch at Atlantic Hearts Challenge this week, so decided to play along.  Without further ado, here is the sketch:


Here is the card I created using the sketch as inspiration:


I remembered that I had a sizzix present die so decided to add them to the inside of the card.  Here is the inside:


I have had the sizzix die for a long time and don't know why I don't use it more often.  It cuts and embosses at the same time so is very easy to use.  The design paper is SU's It's my Party which can be found in the Occasions Catalogue which ends on May 31st.  The co-ordinating stamp set is Party Wishes also from the same catalogue.  The card base is white with a layer of Crushed Curry, and I layered the design paper on black to make it stand out.  The small banners are Melon Mambo and I stamped the sentiment onto a Mint Macaroon banner with Stazon black ink.  All the banner dies   are by Taylored Expressions.  The sentiment inside the card was stamped with Melon Mambo and I cut the present dies using Melon Mambo and Mint Macaroon.  I could not get a very good picture of the inside of the card so the presents aren't quite as bright as they appear to be in the photo.  I really like this stamp set and paper pad.  I also got the mini punches which consists of a balloon, cupcake and candles.  I am very happy with this card and love the design paper pad, stamp set and punches and am looking forward to making a lot of birthday cards with this set.
  
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AHSC #146


I am a past design team member of Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and Michelle who runs it asked all the past design team members if they would like to be a guest designer.  I immediately jumped at the chance and chose this week's sketch to make a card.  After about 2 weeks with no snow and mild temperatures, winter has decided to visit us again in Milton ON.  We woke up this morning to 1 1/2 inches of the heavy white stuff but with mild temperatures.  I think hubby was secretly happy to see the snow as it gave him an excuse to get out of the house to shovel.  We have a very short driveway and a very small portion of sidewalk to clear so it did not take him very long.  I hate winter but do have to admit that the snow looked very pretty this morning.  My favourite season is spring and with that in mind, I made my card.  

Here is the sketch: 

Here is how I interpreted the sketch:


White cardstock base, the green & yellow cardstock is by Stamps of Life as well as the sentiment die with its matching shadow die.  The ribbon is also from Stamps of Life and is actually a light shade of yellow but appears to be white in the photo.  The flat back pearls are by Forever in Time.  The design paper is from a 6 x 6 paper pad - Sunkissed by Doodlebug Designs.  

I am happy with how this card turned out and it will probably be mailed out to one of my friends just to let her know I am thinking of her.  

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #144

It has been a long time since I played along with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I am a past design team member and I thoroughly enjoyed designing cards using their sketches.  Some of the sketches had me thinking outside the box and challenged my creativity.  This weeks' sketch was a bit challenging at first until I started looking at my heart dies, punches, embellishments, papers and embossing folders.  With Valentines Day coming up soon; I decided to make a Valentine card.  This card will probably be given to my husband of 43 1/2 years (Wow, has it really been that long?).  Once I decided which papers etc. to use, the card came together fairly quickly.

Here is the sketch:


Here is my interpretation of the sketch:



White card stock base, SU's Cherry Cobbler was used for the love sentiment from The Stamps of Life; heart banner die which is by Memory Box  and the scalloped heart punch which is from Fiskars.  I also added a small maroon colour button as well as a white heart and 2 tiny clear rhinestones.  All in all, I am very pleased at how this card turned out and at how quickly I was able to put it all together.  

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge

It has been a very long time since I posted on this blog!  A lot has happened but I will save that for another post soon.

When I saw the Merry Monday Challenge to make a card featuring White on White, I wanted to play along.

Without further ado; here is my card:


The die cut is by Poppy Stamps - Snowflake ribbon die.  The die was cut using my cuttlebug and some adhesive backed glitter paper.  I also added some white snowflakes from my stash and added some tiny rhinestone bling to them as well.  I couldn't resist adding the star.  The sentiment is from my stash and was  stamped with olive green ink onto a scallop circle.  As I didn't get the sentiment lined up properly, I added some tiny rhinestone bling underneath to balance it out.  The bling I used is from Couture Creations which I bought at my favourite store - One Crazy Stamper in Bolton ON.

I really like this card and am very happy with how it turned out.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches #192

It's been awhile since I played along with Freshly Made Sketches.  When I saw the sketch for this week; I had several ideas for it.

Here is the sketch:

Here is the card I made using the sketch as inspiration:


The design paper, card stock and image are from the Frames and Sentiments Card making kit from Gina K designs.  I love this kit and have made several cards with it.  The sentiment from Taylored Expressions was heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I love how this card turned out and can see myself making more cards with this sketch.

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