Tuesday, August 23, 2016

She sells seashells.....

Wow, we had a nice break from our hot weather, on Sunday and Monday. Seems things will be heating up again in the forecast for Wednesday. I heard someone say 30 degrees, which in Victoria, is not seen often....so here is hoping the forecasters are wrong!
Here are another 2 cards using Swirly Seashells patterned paper, that I made.
I stamped the main shell with Versamark ink, then embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder. I used our watercolour paints to colour it in, Since it was a small piece, I used our White Daisy cardstock, rather than watercolour paper. Then I cut our the shell image and popped it up on some foam tape. I added the shell over some White Twine I smooshed through Desert Sand ink, before fringing and tying it up.
 I used Crystal Blue cardstock and sanded it down. I covered Bambo cardstock with random stamped images from NEW, Swirly Seashells stamped with Cocoa ink. I punched a scalloped border on some Desert Sand cardstock, then added it as a mat. The sentiments are from sets, Way To Go on the top card and a sentiment set from our Flower Market Cricut package. Both were stamped with Cocoa ink. I added Mini Pearls to finish the cards.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Swirly Seashells; Way to Go; Flower Market package
Cardstock: Crystal Blue; Bamboo; Desert Sand; White Daisy
Ink: Cocoa; Desert Sand; Versamark; Watercolour Paints
Embellishments: Mini Pearls; Gold Embossing Powder; White Twine


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Swirly Seashells

I have been posting lots of cards on Instagram, then forgetting to share them to my blog. Here is one of the first cards I made with new product from our Annual Expressions.
I love shells, so Swirly Seashells was a must have for my first group of products bought. I random stamped with Cocoa ink on sanded Bamboo cardstock, using all of the shells in this set, to create my own paper. I matted with Desert Sand cardstock that I punched with our Scalloped Border punch.

I stamped the main shell in Versamark, then embossed with Gold Embossing Powder, on white cardstock. I used our watercolour paints to fill it in. I took some White Twine and rubbed it in my Desert Sand stamp pad, then tied it up and fringed it out.

The sentiment is from a retired set that I stamped with Cocoa ink on sanded Crystal Blue cardstock. I added some Mini Pearls to finish off this card.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Swirly Seashells
Ink: Cocoa; Versamark
Cardstock: Crystal Blue; Bamboo; Desert Sand
Embellishments: White Twine; Gold Embossing Powder


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Way To Go and Hello!

Well, seems I have really been neglecting my blog......eeeep! Since the 24th of July, we have been becoming familiar with recovery from a sewer back up. Our outside yard replacement and repair is finished and next week we start reconstruction in our  home. Luckily, I have had new products to make me happy during this "shitty" time!
I started with a new border stamp set, Way To Go. I stamped with: Poppy; Pomegranate; Gypsy; Peacock; Canary; and Lagoon inks.

I then cut some Black cardstock and Purple Glitter paper with our new, Hello, thin cut die. I adhered the three die cuts together to add some dimension to the word. The really great thing about this new die, is it comes in a set with the word "thanks", too.

I added some Pomegranate and Gypsy cardstock  along with a line with my Black Journaling pen.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Way To Go
Thin Cut: Hello
Cardstock: Colonial White; Pomegranate; Gypsy
Ink: Poppy; Pomegranate; Gypsy; Peacock; Canary; Lagoon
Embellishments: Purple Glitter paper


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