Thursday, April 12, 2018

Chelsea Gardens ROCKS

One of my all time favourite Close To My Heart paper packs, Chelsea Gardens, will retire soon. I have used it for so many projects and can barely get enough of it. I'm sure an all time favourite Sweet Leaf is in large part due to this love.
This is Chelsea Gardens patterned paper and the coordinating cardmaking stamp set that is another favourite. I stamped and cut flowers and leaf stem then used my CTMH inks as watercolours to fill them in. I used Glacier ink to create the patterned background. 

A little technique here, I used the back side of the small flower and stamped with Glacier ink. Then, I used the flower image and stamped over top of the shape, for a coloured image. I cut the oval and scalloped shapes from our Art Philosophy Cricut cart. I stamped the sentiment with one of our sweet M sized stamp sets, Happy Birthday.
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All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Chelsea Gardens
Stamp: Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking; Happy Birthday
Cardstock: Sweet Leaf; Glacier; Heather; White Daisy
Ink: Glacier; Sweet Leaf; Lagoon; Black; Black Journaling Pen
Tools: Cricut Art Philosophy

Sunday, April 8, 2018

It's almost time to say Goodbye.....

Our Spring Seasonal Expressions will be replaced by our Summer one, on May 1st. I will miss this one greatly, as it has been one of my all time favourites. I especially loved all of the greenery. This card came from Sunny Thoughts, our February stamp of the month.
I started with Heather cardstock and added some Chelsea Gardens patterned paper. Then on Pewter cardstock, I added my stamped piece. I stamped the vine with Juniper; Sweet Leaf; and Flaxen inks. I stamped the sentiment from our "Inspire" stamp set with Black ink. I added Peacock Stitched Ribbon; Clear Sparkles; and Black Journaling pen lines to finish this card.
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All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Inspire; Sunny Thoughts
Paper: Chelsea Gardens
Cardstock: Heather; Pewter; White Daisy
Ink: Flaxen; Sweet Leaf; Juniper; Black; Black Journaling pen
Embellishments: Peacock Stitched Ribbon; Clear Sparkles

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Back in Action.....

I have been sorely neglecting my I am going to try harder to post at least once a week! Here is a sweet card I made for my son, who had just been offered co-op or intern positions with both Relic Entertainment and Microsoft. He is currently at Relic until the end of April, then will start with Microsoft in June. Both are him living away from home for the first time!
This card was very simple but I liked this technique for the sentiment that I am pretty sure was a Tresa Black one. I stamped this sweet boy image from our Super Boy set, then coloured him with our Shin Han Alcohol markers. I added patterned paper from Stargazer to some Pacifica cardstock.

I sanded on the Pacifica cardstock where I wanted to stamp the sentiment, to expose the white core of our cardstock. I also added some new Blue Burlap Ribbon.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Super Boy w/coordinating Thin Cuts
Patterned paper: Stargazer
Cardstock: Pacifica; White Daisy
Embellishments: Blue Burlap Ribbon

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Super Girl

I am smitten with our new Super Girl stamp & Thin Cuts combo set, not to mention what I consider a coordinating stamp set, Comic Book Scenes background set.
I started this card by opening up our Volume 4, Make It From Your Heart How To pattern pages. This is the card pattern that caught my eye. I used patterned paper from Stargazer. Then I stamped with Comic Book Scenes with Blossom ink on White Daisy cardstock. I added lines to each piece with my Black journaling pen.

I stamped and cut out the strong Super Girl, then coloured her with my Shin Han Alcohol markers. After I stamped the sentiment with Ruby ink, I outlined it too, with my Black Journaling pen. Then I coloured the popped up POW with my Clear Shimmer Pen.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Super Girl w/coordinating Thin Cuts
Cardstock: White Daisy; Ruby
Ink: Memento Black; Ruby; Black Journaling Pen; Shin Han Alcohol Markers; Clear Shimmer Pen

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February is here already........

Happy February! I can hardly believe it is February already.....but, lets go with we have a choice! I have been creating with new products from our Seasonal Expressions from the moment they arrived. I think this is one of my all time favourite issues! Here is the first card I put together with Make Waves.
Mermaids are every where and I am happy to join in. I stamped this sweet patterned paper from Make Waves with the sea star image from the coordinating scrapbooking stamp set. 

*Technique Tip: I used the wrong side of the sea star stamp to make this solid image with Glacier ink. Then I turned it to the right side and stamped the proper image, over top, with Glacier ink.

**Tech Tip #2: I stamped the mermaid image on the lighter side of Bashful cardstock so I would not have to do any skin toned colouring.

I stamped the sentiment with Versamark, then embossed with Black powder. I coloured in the letters with our Clear Shimmer Pen afterwards.

The reeds are stamped with Willow and Emerald ink. My mermaid is coloured in with Shin Han Alcohol markers. I also added a sparkly amazing flower sequins from the coordination Make Waves Sequins and Gems pack.
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All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Make Waves - Scrapbooking
Paper: Make Waves
Cardstock: Crystal Blue; White Daisy; Bashful
Ink: Willow; Emerald; Glacier; Versamark; Memento Black; Shin Han Alcohol Markers; Black Journaling Pen
Embellishments: Make Waves Sequins & Gem pack; Clear Bitty Sparkles

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year + Seasonal Expressions

Happy New Year!

I was lucky enough to be at the launch of our NEW Seasonal Expressions in Portland, Oregon. I buddied up with Washington State Consultant, Amy Ulen again and enjoyed sitting with her and friend Karen. I declare that the 2018 Spring Seasonal Expressions is one of my all time favourites!

Here are the first 2 cards I created with products I was able to order in advance of the book's release. Just a huge perk of being a Consultant!
 This sweet set is the Making Waves - Scrapbooking stamp set. The Making Waves patterned paper pack is so whimsical with mermaids and ethereal colours. this set is simply FANTASTIC!

I did a little technique on these cards I call, Backwards Stamping! For the Sea Star, I used the wrong side of the stamp to stamp the star image with Glacier ink. Then I turned the stamp the way it was intended and stamped the sea star outline within the "backwards stamped" image! This stamping was done on 2 different patterns of paper in the Making Waves package.

I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and embossed it with Black embossing powder. Then I used my Clear Shimmer Brush to colour in the word "Stardust". I coloured the mermaid with my Shin Han Alcohol markers and added the DIVINE coordinating flower sequins to her hair.

All supplies are Close To My Heart:
Paper: Making Waves
Stamp: Making Waves - Scrapbooking
Ink: Willow; Emerald; Tangerine; Glacier; Versamark; Shin Han Alcohol Markers
Embellishments: Making Waves Sequins; Clear Shimmer Brush

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas cards in 3D

I have been neglecting my blog.....again! During my neglect, I have been creating some special 3D cards. Here is the 2nd one I posted, but with more of a description of how I made it.
For this card, I cut 3 trees from our 2017 Cricut cart, You Are Here, from Fern cardstock. Then I cut the decorations with Sea Glass Glitter paper. I scored down the centre of each tree and the decorations, then stuck them together to create this dimensional tree.

Behind the tree, on the White Daisy piece, I stamped the snowflake image from Christmas Borders in 2nd generation Sea Glass ink. The sentiment is from, Silver & Gold Cardmaking and is first stamped with Fern ink and then ghosted with Sea Glass ink. (Ghosting is stamping the same image a second time, a wee bit the side and above/below the darker stamped image.) I matted the White Daisy with Sea Glass cardstock.

I added various patterned papers on a Slate background and added a Silver Foil cardstock strip. This is a 5 x 7 card and in order to keep the tree three dimensional, it fits nicely in a clear plastic box, for mailing or presentation.
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All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Silver & Gold Cardmaking; Christmas Borders
Cardstock: White daisy;  Fern; Silver Foil; retired Slate; retired Sea Glass card & Glitter paper.
Ink: Fern; retired Sea Glass
Tools: You Are Here Cricut cartridge; Scoreboard