Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hello There!

"Are we there yet......" it was nice to only smile and think those words while my husband and I spent a glorious week on Pender Island. Now, things don't move that fast in Victoria, but they sure moved a lot slower on Pender. We didn't have a schedule to abide by other than the one I dictated regarding the hot tub! That schedule included a daily dip, so we did. Each time we did, hummingbirds came to slurp sugar water I made about 3 feet from us. I'm sure they knew I would not have my camera poised to shoot them, while I was in the hot tub!

So, while I have a ton of new CTMH product, I am showing you a card with sweet retired product, as I have yet to catch up!
I used retired Charlotte patterned paper on Slate cardstock, with some Coral Shimmer Trim. I cut a scalloped circle with Slate cardstock; 2 scalloped strips; and a circle from more Charlotte patterned paper. I accordion folded the strips and put them together for this fan style piece.

I stamped and cut this sweet froggy from retired Spring Critters and its coordinating Thin Cut dies. I coloured the frog with my water brush and some Pear and Lagoon inks. I stamped the arrow circle with the circle image from Doodled Designs. I added some Clear Sparkles to finish this card off.

All supplies are Close to My Heart.
Paper: retired Charlotte
Stamp: Doodled Desings; retired Spring Critters with coordinating Thin Cuts
Cardstock: Slate and White Daisy
Ink: Black; Slate; Pear; Lagoon
Embellishments: Clear Sparkles
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Sunday, July 10, 2016

A Happy Birthday

I just arrived home from a week's long vacation on Pender Island, with my husband. We enjoyed a peaceful week and discovered many beautiful beaches; trails; and nature places on both North and South Pender Islands. I am sunburned, exhausted, but relaxed and ready to get my CRAFT on!
This card used patterned paper from the lovely, Florence. I matted it with Flaxen cardstock on a Colonial White card base. I cut this amazing shape with Ornate Blossoms Thin Cuts and stamped the coordinating image from Ornate Blossoms. I used my Shin Han Markers to colour some highlights in then stuck it to a zip strip from retired Happy Times. I stamped the sentiment with Fern ink from May's stamp of the month, Celebrate with Cake. The banner is from the same set, stamped with Peacock ink.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Florence; retired Happy Times
Stamp: Ornate Blossoms with coordinating Thin Cuts
Cardstock: Flaxen; Colonial White
Ink: Peacock; Fern; Shin Han Alcohol Markers; Memento Black 


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

I love the name of this stamp set....Sunshine on a Cloudy Day! I need to just sit with that sometimes and all of the words in this set. I made this card for myself and for anyone struggling with something.
I used the GORGEOUS Florence patterned paper on a Flaxen cardstock base. I stamped the sentiment with Pacifica and the background with Glacier. I added some framing lines with my Black Journaling pen, then added some sequins from the Florence Sequins.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Florence
Stamp: Sunshine on a Cloudy Day
Cardstock: Flaxen; White Daisy
Embellishments: Florence Sequins
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge


Monday, June 27, 2016

Crazy Cats

Okay, I LOVE cats! Our family has 4 of them and I love cat images to stamp. When Tim Holtz released his Crazy Cats stamp and dies, I was online furiously searching how I could get this set fast. This is one of the first cards I made.
I used Black and Whisper cardstock for the first two mats. The patterned paper is from retired Charlotte, then I cut an image with new My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Squares die. I stamped and cut the kitty with my Tim Holtz stamp & die, then coloured it in with Copic Markers. I stamped the sentiment and paw image from, Love My Cat stamp set.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Love My Cat
Paper: retired Charlotte
Cardstock: Black; Whisper; White Daisy
Ink: Black
Other: Tim Holtz Crazy Cats; MFT Stamps Wonky Stitched Squares


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Coffee.....Right Meow!

Happy Father's Day!

Okay, on to business. I love cats and when they are intermingled with coffee, it is a total win! I created this card after purchasing this sweet set from, Your Next Stamp, called Coffee.....Right Meow! I am linking this card up to the Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop.
I started with Black cardstock, then added some Peacock cardstock from our Paper Fundamentals. I added a strip of retired patterned Crystal Blue from Lucy. I tied it up with some Slate Baker's Twine, then added a mat that had been created with our Scallop Border Punch.

I cut this word bubble from Artiste, then stamped the sentiments included in this set: No Coffee; No Workie; No Talkie in Whisper ink. I cut the word "Coffee" from YNS fancy die cut in Black cardstock. I coloured the sweet kitty with our Shin Han Alcohol Markers, then put this card together.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Paper: Paper Fundamentals; Lucy
Cardstock: Black; White Daisy
Ink: Whisper; Black Journaling Pen; Shin Han Alcohol Markers
Embellishments: Slate Baker's Twine
Other: Your Next Stamp - Coffee.....Right Meow! with coordinating dies and Fancy Coffee die

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I am Tickled Pink!

It seems everyone has pink flamingo images out these days. I am actually really tickled with ours, as this sweet bird can be used so many different ways. Even the wing can be used on its own. Plus, what goes better with our Tickled Pink flamingo than our Calyspo paper....oh my!
I started with a Black background then added this diagonal striped patterned paper from Calypso. I used my Scallop Punch to make the borders with Lagoon cardstock, then added them to another Black cardstock mat. I stamped the flamingos with Pixie; Cotton Candy and Hollyhock ink. I used a mask to cover each one after stamping the first with Hollyhock ink. I outlined the main flamingo with my Black Journaling pen.

I added Stardust Glitz to the wing on the Hollyhock bird, then stamped with sentiment with Black ink, also. I added Black and White striped sequins from the Calypso Sequins pack. I also added a dot of Stardust Glitz to the centre of each sequin.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Tickled Pink with coordinating dies
Paper: Calypso
Cardstock: Black; Lagoon; White Daisy
Ink: Pixie; Cotton Candy; Hollyhock; Black Journaling Pen
Embellishments: Calypso Sequins; Stardust Glitz
Tools: Scallop Border Punch

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Bunch of Love

Wow, it is June! I just need to sit with that for a minute.............
Okay, now  lots of things come to mind that I need to get done! 
I'm going to create this post first, then I hear my rhubarb, raspberries and strawberries calling, along with many other things.
A Bunch of Love is a wonderful and versatile new stamp set with coordinating dies, from our Seasonal Expressions.
I started with pretty patterned paper from Penelope on a Black mat. The border is more patterned paper from the pack and some Aqua Shimmer Trim. I cut this shape with Art Philosophy in White Daisy and Black cardstock.

The die cut image I coloured in with a waterbrush and Thistle; Pear; and Crystal Blue ink. I did stamp with Memento black ink first, so the image would not run once wet.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: A Bunch of Love with coordinating dies
Paper: Penelope
Ink: Thistle; Crystal Blue; Pear; Memento Black
Tools: Waterbrush; Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge