Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #27

I stumbled upon this great new (to me!) sketch challenge yesterday, and immediately wanted to play!  The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge has lovely sketches that come out on Mondays, and a wonderful design team that posts on Wednesdays.  This is my first time cutting into CTMH's holiday Sparkle & Shine papers, and it is also (gasp!) the first time that I've ever used Ruby??  It really is a lovely holiday red, so is on my list to add to my order today:
The stamped images look a little pale in the photo, they're a bit darker in real life.  The deer are stamped in Whisper, the sentiment in Slate, and the swirly snow in Heavenly Blue.  I wanted to pick up the pale blue a little more, so the zigzag stitching is blue also - hard to see, though.  I added chunky glitter to the snowflakes and swirls for a little extra sparkle.  Here was our sketch:
Patterned papers are Sparkle & Shine; Cardstock is Slate, Ruby & White Daisy; Inks are Slate, Whisper & Heavenly Blue; Stamp sets are Nature's Gift, Snow Flurries & Peace on Earth; -all Close To My Heart; Martha Stewart punch; Baker's Twine, The Twinery.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


It's my day on the Art Impressions I am sharing a card with one of the lovely Golden Oldie gals, Eunice (Sku#K1619).
To me, Eunice looks like a no-nonsense office manager.  Or maybe a nearing-retirement teacher?  A librarian who is about to shush you?  So many possibilities...

I am using the pretty At Last papers from Ruby Rock-It, along with some metallic gold chipboard corners, and a gold banner from the At Last Collection.  I popped Eunice up on pop dots, and tied an organdy bow underneath her.

I kept the inside blank (without a sentiment), but jazzed it up a little with a peacock feather.
That's it from me today - happy stamping everyone!


Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Sweet 16 Birthday

Today is my daughter's 16th birthday :o)  She's a girl through and through... and loves nothing better than a little shopping excursion.  This little gift bag die is a favourite of mine, so I knew she'd love it on her card.  Here's what I came up with:
Patterned papers are Dolled Up, My Mind's Eye and Dakota, CTMH; Cardstock is Colonial White & Smoothie, CTMH; Stamp sets are Say it in Style & Let's Shop, CTMH; Ink is Slate; Shopping Bag & Labels die, Taylored Expressions.

And now to show you the sweet cupcakes she made to give to her friends as a thank-you for coming to her birthday dinner.  The cupcakes were simple - vanilla with a vanilla icing swirl; a few flakes of colour and a royal icing flower on top.

She placed them into petal wrappers, and dropped them into clear plastic cups:

Then she put them into clear cello bags, and tied them with little tags we cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge on our Cricut - they have little cupcake cutouts on the bottom:

It made transport to the restaurant very easy, and the girls could easily carry them home.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

May Your Days Be Filled

...With a whole lot of Merry!  I love this Christmas quote from Verve's Merry & Bright set... so I made a second card while I had all the product out on my desk last weekend.  No sketch today, just a simple card with some embossed snowflakes:
Patterned papers are Winter Fun, Carta Bella; Cardstock is Kraft, Vineyard Berry & Colonial White, CTMH; Inks are Crystal Blue & Champagne, CTMH; Vineyard Berry organdy ribbon, CTMH; Stamp sets are Glad Tidings & Merry & Bright, Verve; Snowflake Tidings dies, Verve.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


 It's my day to post over on the Art Impressions blog today!
I have a square card for you, featuring Dotty (Sku#U2778) along with the gorgeous, shimmery At Last paper pack from Ruby Rock-It:
Dotty is a fairly large image, and I wanted to show off the pretty floral collage background paper, so instead of cutting her into a large rectangle, I used my old Coluzzle circle template to cut her in a circle shape, leaving her hands, feet and skirt hanging off the edge:

I paper pieced her outfit using two subtly patterned papers, and cut out a rolled flower with my Cricut:

The sentiment is Fabulous (Sku#F3563). 
 There is still plenty of time to play along with our Pretty Papers challenge - you can link up your creation here.   Happy stamping everyone!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Diva Dare & Retro Sketches

I was very productive on the Christmas card front this weekend... so I'll have a few to share this week.  First up is a card using some lovely Verve products for their October Diva Dare challenge which is "Tag You're It" to use a tag on a card.  This just happened to work perfectly with this week's Retro Sketch, so here's what I came up with:

Patterned papers are Winter Fun by Carta Bella; Cardstock is Kraft, Vineyard Berry & Colonial White, CTMH; Inks are Crystal Blue & Champagne, CTMH; Ruby Chevron ribbon, CTMH; Stamp sets are Merry & Bright and Glad Tidings, Verve; Sweet Scallop die and Snowflake Tidings dies, Verve.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Frosted Deconstructed Sketch

I'm on a roll getting some Christmas cards made this weekend (yay me!), and made several using the Frosted Card Workshop on the Go papers & stamp set while they were out on my desk.  I really love the subtle rustic look of using kraft with Slate, and I stamped several of the large snowflake images on my patterned background paper using Champagne ink to continue the subtle trend...  I've used the current Deconstructed Sketch for my layout:

Patterned papers and stamp set are Frosted Workshop on the Go; Cardstock is Kraft, Slate & Colonial White; Inks are Champagne & Slate; Tan and Brown Sparkles - all Close To My Heart.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Frosted Freshly Made Sketches

This week's Freshly Made Sketch is designed by Narelle Farrugia who is well known for the lovely layers that she uses on her cards.  I reached for the Frosted papers and stamp set to make a soft, rustic looking Christmas card with the addition of a little burlap:
Patterned papers are Frosted; Stamp set is Frosted Card Workshop on the Go; Cardstock is Frosted Turquoise, Champagne & Colonial White; Ink is Champagne & Slate; Burlap ribbon - all Close To My Heart.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Art Impressions/Ruby Rock-It Product Swap!

The Art Impressions Design Team has teamed up with the Ruby Rock-It Design Team today, to bring you a blog hop showcasing products from both companies!  I was fortunate to be able to use the At Last Collection from RRI, so I've paired it up with the Ai Beauty in Progress Set (sku#4240) to make a Spa-themed bridal shower invitation and a couple of matching party favours:

The At Last papers are gorgeous, double sided papers with the most amazing shimmer to them!  It doesn't pick it up in the photos very well, but they all look like they've been sprayed with a shimmer mist.  The colours are mint, a warm peachy tone, and touches of black, taupe and a goldy yellow.

The At Last line also includes Die-cut Borders, so I've used one of the pennant strips to decorate the top of my card.  I cut a pinwheel rosette using a shimmery taupe paper, and added a double organza bow (Bella! Trims) & a button to finish it off.  Here's a closeup of the Spa gals:

I used my Cricut to cut out a cupcake wrapper (okay, it's actually a pumpkin muffin in there...) and another pinwheel rosette on a pick:

Hiding under the sentiment, and wrapped around the cupcake holder are two of the Wedding Die-Cuts and an organdy bow finishes it off.

I cut another little "pie-wedge" box with my Cricut and trimmed it with the At Last papers, a die-cut and a little button & bow.  That's it for me today! Your next stop on the hop is the talented Kerry Kung.  Here is a list of all the hoppers, be sure to leave them all some love:
  Don't forget to enter to win the fabulous prize pack below:
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cliff - Two Masculine cards

 I am posting on the Art Impressions blog today!
I'm still on a masculine card kick these days... so I'm sharing a couple of cards using Cliff (Sku#J1553).
We all know that masculine cards can be harder to do... and arrows & stars are a couple of my go-to motifs to use when jazzing up a card!  Art Impressions has ALL KINDS of wonderful male images that make your card making for men a breeze.  Here are a few other favourites for you to check out:
 And that's just the tip of the iceberg...head on over to the Art Impressions website and you'll find dozens of great male images.  Here are a couple of close ups of Cliff:

Don't forget that our Fun Folds Challenge is still going on - you can find that post here.  There is also a great promo on the Art Impressions website, so head on over and find some of those great male images, or maybe a cute Halloween stamp, or a Girlfriends set, or....
Happy Stamping everyone!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Shabby Tea Room & Inspired By

This is my first time playing with the Shabby Tea Room gals... using a sketch by the lovely Lesley Croghan.  I've used Laurel's Inspired By photo as my inspiration:
I tipped the sketch up on it's end:
And Laurel's pretty inspiration pic:
Patterned papers are Fiddlesticks, by My Mind's Eye; Cardstock is Slate, Cotton Candy & Colonial White, CTMH; Slate organdy ribbon, & rosette ribbon CTMH;  Stamp set is Gracious Greetings, CTMH; Inks are Slate & Whisper, CTMH; Spellbinders Labels 14 die;

Gordon Golfer cards

It's my day on the Art Impressions blog, so I am sharing a couple of fun cards for the men in your life using the Gordon Golfer Set (sku#4325).
I stamped Gordon several times on Cream cardstock, then coloured him up with Copic markers.  For my first card, I also paper pieced his Plus-fours, added some pennant trim, and split the sentiment (the other half is on the inside):

For my second card, I added a pop of red, some buttons and another pennant die cut to the card, and I cut up some bingo cards that were also part of this paper pack to peek out behind Gordon:

Do you know why they are called Plus-Fours??  It's because this style of golf pant is the length of the outseam from waist to knee, +4"!  There are also Plus-Sixes and Plus-Eights as well.  (Just a little golf clothing trivia for you :o)  Happy stamping everyone!


Monday, October 7, 2013

Grey is the new Black - Mojo #314

What a fabulous sketch this week at Mojo Monday!  My first card came together quite easily, so I turned around and promptly made a second one.  Both cards use the Echo Park T'is the Season papers which feature a lot of grey, and I really like the look for holiday cards.  My first one is scissor distressed with some chunky irridescent glitter on the snowflakes, and the second is lightly edged in grey ink, and uses the new Tim Holtz distress glitter:

Patterned papers are T'is the Season, Echo Park; Cardstock is Grey Wool & White Daisy, CTMH; Stamp sets are Glad Tidings & Merry & Bright, Verve; Verve Snowflake dies; Black Ink, CTMH; Martha Stewart chunky glitter; Tim Holtz Distress Glitter.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sleepy Santa Try-Fold card

We have a new challenge up on the Art Impressions blog "Fun Folds" so I am sharing two cards that I've made using the newly released "Sleepy Santa TF (sku#4341)".

Caution!  Multiple photos ahead... There are a few (easy) steps involved in making a tri-fold card, so I took photos at every step of the way to give you a clear idea of the process.  The packaging that comes with your stamp set contains all the measurements you'll need to stamp it accurately.  I started with a piece of 11" x 5 1/4" white cardstock, scored in 3 5/8" from each side:
I've stamped the fireplace image in the middle section, about 1/2" down from the top.  The tree and Santa are done on the backside of the paper, 1 3/4" and 2" down from the top - you might see my pencil marks that I used as a stamping guideline.

I've used Copics to colour my cards, here's a close-up of the tree:

After colouring, I cut down the score marks, and around the images, leaving a halo of about 1/16".  I applied adhesive to the center rectangular panel, and glued it down to my base:

Copic markers bleed through cardstock, so I've cut white backings and glued them to the backsides of the tree & Santa, and I stamped my sentiment under the fireplace:

I wrapped two pieces of twine around the card and tied them in a bow to hold my card shut:
The wonderful thing about the Try-Fold stamp sets, are that the images stand on their own - so here is a regular folded card using just the Santa image:

 Any card using a 'different' fold works for the challenge, so hop on over to the Ai blog and enter - there are always great prizes to be won, and there is a free stamp with a $30 purchase until October 20th:



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