Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #14

I love clean and simple sketches and this week's sketch is a good example.  It didn't take me long to choose my papers and embellishments.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on it:

Card stock and ribbon is from my stash.  The circle butterfly die is from Tonic Studios and the butterfly die and matching angel wings are from Memory Box.  I popped it up with foam pads. I love butterflies and have several butterfly punches and dies. The design paper is from Docrafts Papermania line - Lucy Cromwell - 6 x 6 paper pad.  There are 48 papers in this paper pad - 24 double sided and 24 glittered papers.  I love this paper pad so much that I bought 2 of them!  It has shades of pink, blue, purple (lilac) and turquoise.  The sentiment which was stamped with Versamark and then heat embossed with white embossing  powder is a free gift I received from Verve Stamps when I placed an order with them.  I am really happy with this card and it will be sent to a very special person.

I am looking forward to seeing your take on this sketch and if you're lucky, you might be able to display our Top 3 badge on your blog!
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #13

I'm late with this week's sketch challenge.  My husband's younger brother passed away last week Tuesday quite suddenly.  He was an awesome husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and to say that he will be missed would be putting it mildly.  The funeral service on Sunday was very emotional.  Stew was very fond of one of his granddaughters and she of him.  Taylor is 9 years old and as far as she was concerned, her grandfather was her best friend.  When she tried to speak about him on Sunday, she fell apart and her uncle (Stew's son) finished her dedication to him.  I don't think there was a dry eye in the chapel.  My husband and I are still trying to come to grips with his sudden passing.  This picture was taken Christmas Eve 2011 which was the last time all 4 of my husband's siblings were together.  From L - R - Bernice who is 76 years old.  She has dementia and is in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease.  Stew who would be celebrating his 62nd birthday next month, Jan who will be 64 2 days after my 64th birthday next month and my husband Herb who will be 66 in December:

I managed to cut and emboss the card stock on Monday but as far as putting it all together; took a bit longer as I just was not motivated at all!  Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

Everything I've used on this card is from my stash.  The butterflies were punched using a Creative Memories punch.  The embossed card stock is actually light blue in colour although it looks white in the photo.  The embossing folder is from Provocraft.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 12

I really like this week's sketch and had fun making a card for it.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

Card stock and ribbon is from my stash.  The design paper is from a My Minds Eye 6 x 6 paper pad - The Sweetest Thing.  The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions Delightful Day.  The Rose and leaves are from Taylored Exression Rosy Posy stamp set and was stamped with Majestic Blue Versafine Ink and then cut using the matching Taylored Expression Rosy Posy Dies with my Cuttlebug.  I really like this card and hubby likes it too.  I know I've made a nice card if my hubby likes it.  

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Happy Anniversary Herb!

It was 41 years ago today that I married my best friend.  I have never regretted it and even though we have had our ups and downs, I would marry him all over again.

Here is the card I made for him yesterday morning:

I got the idea for this card from one I saw on an Etsy site.  The original card was done all in white but I thought it needed a bit of colour.  I did not do anything with it on the inside except to write him a personal note.  Cardstock is from my stash, Martha Stewart heart punch, 3 step bird punch and tulip embossing folder are from Stampin Up, sentiment which was stamped in Majestic Blue Versa Ink is from Taylored expressions and the scallop punch is also from Stampin Up.  I thought the blue flat backed rhinestones added just the right amount of bling.  I was afraid that this card was too feminine but  Herb loves this card and has it displayed on the end table beside the side of the chesterfield where he sits.

I had barely finished making this card when we got a call from Herb's niece to tell us that her father who is Herb's younger brother had been admitted to ICU with pneumonia.  His brother also has leukemia and when he took a turn for the worse, the doctors put him into a drug induced coma.  We left right away and picked up his sister and drove out to the hospital to see him.  When Herb saw him, he was very upset and told me today that even though he and his brother used to fight a lot as brothers do, it wasn't until he saw him lying helpless in a hospital bed hooked up to monitors with IVs that he realized just how much he loves his brother.  They transferred his brother to Toronto General hospital from the hospital in Brampton as the doctors wanted to do a heart lung bypass procedure to oxygenate the blood and remove the carbon dioxide.  He is not out of the woods yet.  They are trying to increase his blood pressure to a more comfortable level.  The next few days are critical but I am confident that he will pull through.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 11

In case you didn't read my previous post; I am now a design team member of the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

On to this week's sketch by Michelle Stewart:

Here is my interpretation:

The white card base was layered with a piece of Bazzill Powder Blue card stock.  The design paper is from a 6 x 6 paper pad from Recollections - Blue Christmas which I bought at Michaels last year.  The sentiment from CTMH - A Very Merry Christmas which I bought from my niece Krista - a fellow design team member and a CTMH Consultant was stamped in Majestic Blue Versafine Ink.  The bling is by Prima - Say it in Crystals.  I am very happy with how this card turned out.  

This sketch would be an excellent way to use up some of your scraps; so go ahead, don't be shy - play along and who knows, you might be chosen as one of the Top 3 and get to display a Top 3 badge on your blog!

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

I am super excited to let you know that I have been chosen to be a design team member of the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!!  Whoo Hoo!  I will be joining my niece Krista who is a CTMH Consultant along with 15 other talented ladies.  I am excited about this new venture and wish to thank Michelle and Darla on choosing me.  It has always been a dream to one day becoming a design team member.  The late Annette Funicello once said, "A dream is a wish that your heart makes" and now my wish has come true!

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 10

It is no secret that I love butterflies and flowers.  I have several dies for both and love to incorporate them onto a card.  When I saw this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, I knew I could use both a butterfly die and some flower dies.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

Card stock is all from Bazill.  The embossing folder is from Nellie's Choice - Small Flowers.  The strip of design paper is from Echo Park - 6 x 6 paper pad Sweet Girl.  The square die is a Spellbinders Nestibility - Decorative Labels One.  The butterfly and flower dies are both from Your Next Stamp - Spring Fling - Garden.  The bling which is in the shape of flowers are from K & Company.  The sentiment which was stamped with Versafine Majestic Blue is from Penny Black.  I am quite pleased with how well this card turned out and I am hoping to make it onto the design team for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenges.  

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Mojo Monday 300 and Embroidery on Paper

Mojo Monday is celebrating their 300th challenge.  I have taken part in quite a few of their challenges over the last 2 years or so, just not lately.  To celebrate they are giving away quite a few prizes from 23 paper crafting companies.  Not only that but 6 companies are also offering discounts on their sites.  After looking at my entry; please go to the Mojo Monday site to check it out.

Without further ado, here is the sketch:

This is how I interpreted the sketch:

Card stock is from my stash.  The flowered design paper as well as the embroidered square were part of a card kit.  I didn't care for the card so decided to use some of the elements to make this card.  I embroidered the flowers and leaves and if you look carefully you can see where I used some gold thread for the smaller inside square.  I have had this card kit in my stash for a very long time and am finally getting around to doing something with it.  The other design paper is from Bo Bunny 6 x 6 paper pad - Sweet Tooth.  The sentiment is from Verve.  It was sent to me as a thank you gift when I placed an order with them.  The button is from one of my Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients kits.  The banners were cut with dies from the Taylored Expressions Banner Stacklets die set.

 I used to do a lot of counted cross stitch embroidery but after becoming a grandmother; my interests turned to card making.  I used to go to a twice yearly show and sale called the Creative Festival.  It started out as the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival with an emphasis on the fiber arts and I would usually go in the fall and stock up on floss, needles, and material.  Several years ago, they changed their name to the Creative Festival and it has now evolved into a show with something for everyone including paper arts.  It was at this show that I first became acquainted with a company by the name of Ecstasy Crafts who import a lot of paper crafts from The Netherlands where I was born.  I was  happy to see that they sell embroidery on paper books and card kits.  I am anxiously awaiting for a 3D kit that I ordered from them last week to arrive. 

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