Monday, January 30, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #197

Today I'm pleased to share a new sketch with you from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

AHSC Sketch #197
Created by Michelle Stewart
 (Digitized buy Brandi Robinson) 

I found this a tough sketch so decided to use it as a basic "jumping off point." I made the card below and I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out! 

Card created by "Yours Truly"
 using AHSC Sketch #197

I decided that I'd use this card as a Valentine's Day greeting and I placed the sentiment 
"Happy Valentine's Day" inside. This one will be for my parents-in-law!
I was very excited that I was able to use a few items from my BasicGrey hoard stash  supplies in creating this card. :)     

Cardstock: Glacier- CTMH
Patterned paper: Regatta collection (retired)- CTMH
Water-based dye ink: Glacier - CTMH
Border sticker: Urban Prairie collection- BasicGrey (from my stash)
Large flourish/heart sticker: Urban Prairie collection BasicGrey (from my stash) 
Large butterfly- punched and sent to me by my dear friend Lois in BC
Small butterflies punched w/ a small punch purchased from Regal many years ago
Bitty sparkles : CTMH

Thanks for peeking at my latest card for Atlantic Hearts!

The sketches at this site are really useful, so why not visit and try one on for size? 
The AHSC DT would enjoy seeing what you create and will pop by your blog to leave you some love! That's always so much fun! 

You can find the guidelines for joining in right HERE

This is my final card for Atlantic Hearts. I have really enjoyed my time on their Design Team for the past two terms! 
See you soon!!


Monday, January 16, 2017

Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge: Sketch #195

It's always fun when it's time to create a new card with one of the wonderful sketches at Atlantic Hearts!  Just look at the great sketch we have to work with this time! 

AHSC Sketch #195
created by Michelle Stewart
 (Digitized by Brandi Robinson) 
The card I created for this sketch is below. :)  I had so much fun with it! 
 "Love You" card
created with AHSC sketch #195
I made two of them, very similar to one another, but not identical, of course.  One is a  "Love You" card, the other, a "Thank You" card. I'm going to send the "Love You" card to my parents for Valentine's Day. :) 

I love the birds flying off into the distance... so soothing! 


Florence paper collection (retired) - CTMH 
Saffron cardstock- CTMH
Poppy ink- CTMH
Wood Veneer birds (retired)- CTMH 
"Love you" die cut- from a swap, from my stash
Permanent adhesive runner: Ad Tech 

Thanks so much for joining me today! Please give the new sketch over at Atlantic Hearts a try! It's a good one! 

The guidelines for playing along at AHSC are right HERE.

See you soon!  


Sunday, January 15, 2017

A new Christmas card!

 This month, the challenge at Christmas Cards All Year 'Round was to create a card with  snowflakes on it!

I loved the idea of  snowflakes... What better thing to include on a card made in January here in Nova Scotia than SNOWFLAKES!! We have already had lots of snow. We're about due for another big storm, I think! (I love snowstorms, as long as everyone is here with me, safe and warm.)

 Anywhoodles.. here's what I created in response to CCAYR's January challenge!!  :) 

Christmas card created
 for January 2017 Challenge
Most of you know I love a clean look for my Christmas cards. I kept it very simple this month and used my Big Shot, too! (I haven't told you this yet, but one of my SB'ing goals for 2017 was to use my tools more-- and to get into the habit of reaching for them as I worked!) 

I am very happy with the way this turned out and love the clean and simple look, too!  I made a trio of these cards, and it was very satisfying to have them all done and put away for Christmas in December!


Snowflake: Thin Cuts (retired)- CTMH
White Daisy cardstock: scrap from my stash- CTMH 
Black snowflake patterned paper including zip strip: Snowhaven collection (retired)- CTMH
Cranberry cardstock- CTMH
Merry Christmas stamp- unknown brand (from my stash) 
Black archival ink- CTMH
Red faux gemstone- Dollarama


Big Shot die cutting machine
Snowflake Thin Cuts ( retired) 
Fiskars trimmer #Z7183 -  purchased from my CTMH "store" 

Hope you like my card: I had so much fun creating it! I absolutely LOVE working on the DT at CCAYR. Why not stop by Christmas Cards all Year 'Round before the end of January, and play along!? Here are the simple guidelines for joining in. There are prizes to be had, of course! ;) And, wouldn't YOU love to have a few Christmas cards made ahead of time? 

Really looking forward to seeing you soon over at CCAYR!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #193

There is as wonderful new Sketch up over at Atlantic Hearts this week! Have a peek! 

AHSC Sketch #193
 created by Michelle Stewart
(Digitized by Brandi Robinson)

I SOMEHOW had the wrong date written on my Design Team assignment and almost didn't make the deadline for this sketch!! I was horrified at the mistake I'd made on the due date! With a little encouragement from Michelle, (bless her) I was on my way. 

I created a card using some very special paper from the BasicGrey "Oh Baby! Girl" collection, which I have had in my stash forever. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the paper I used as a background for this card and decided to really let it shine. It's one of the last pieces of this collection that I had left over, just a scrap, but... Oh, I just love it so much!! There is still a teensy bit of it left, and I will use it on something special-- probably a scrapbook layout that tells yet another family story. (I actually used a larger piece of this beautiful paper on a very special LO right before Christmas. I promise I will show that to you soon-- in another post!!)

Here's my card!
"Thanks" card
 created by Yours Truly
using AHSC Sketch #193 as inspiration
I used the sketch as my "jumping-off point" for this card. As you can see, I didn't follow it exactly. But that's what sketches are "for"-- to act as inspiration!

I decided to create a "Thanks" card as I was in woefully short supply of those. They're very handy... Plus I got to use a brand new CTMH stamp!

Glacier cardstock- CTMH
Patterned paper for background- BasicGrey: Oh Baby! Girl collection 
Orange patterned paper strip- CTMH: Hopscotch collection (retired)
Strip of sparkly trim- CTMH Shimmer Trim: Aqua
Thanks stamp-  "All The Thanks" CTMH: B1536
Ink- CTMH: Lagoon, Crystal Blue (retired) and Indian Corn Blue (retired)
Flowers- various types: all from my stash
Flower centres- CTMH: Enamel and glitter duos- "Blue dots"
                          Echo Park:  "Fall is in the Air" enamel dots
Adhesives- CTMH: Liquid Glass
                   Ad Tech: Permanent Crafter's Tape 

And there you have it! Another fun card created with an Atlantic Hearts Sketch! 

Why not pop on over to AHSC and join us? The guidelines for joining in are simple and easy to follow. Love to see you there! 


Monday, December 19, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #191

Sketch #191 by Michelle Stewart
 digitized by  Brandi Robinson

Just look at the wonderful sketch that Michelle Stewart created for us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week! 
As soon as I saw it, I thought it'd be an awesome sketch to use for a layout! 
I was creating two albums for my parents and parents-in-law as a Christmas gift. In them, I displayed photos of their first Great-Grandbaby, Lilia, and I wanted them to have a place to display a pic of Lilia on her first Christmas: Dec 25, 2016.

So... here's what I created using this wonderful sketch: 

Layout created using AHSC Sketch #191
I flipped the sketch 1/4 turn to the left to create this layout.  I used CTMH's beautiful Glacier cardstock and a CTMH ink called Crystal Blue. These pair up beautifully with CTMH's Cranberry cardstock and ink!  
The paper collections I used on this layout are retired now. They are Snowhaven and White Pines. 
The red hearts were from CTMH and so were the shiny silver puffy stickers. The red gemstones came from Dollarama ages ago. I used my Nouveau font and Big Shot to cut out the title lettering for "BABY's". 

I will mail the photo of Lilia out to them so they can complete to layout. :) 

Thanks so much for coming by to see my creation. I really hope you like the page I designed using this sketch and can come play along at AHSC this week! Here are the guidelines for joining in

See you over at AHSC! And... Merry Christmas!! 

Monday, November 21, 2016

AHSC Sketch #187

Good day everyone! 

Hope you are gearing up for another amazing week! Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge has a beautiful new sketch up for you to play with this week, so why not join in? 

Here it is:
AHSC Sketch #187
created by Michelle Stewart
(Digitized by Brandi Robinson) 
I created  a couple of cards with this sketch but the CTMH 'Sparkle and Shine' paper collection with its beautiful shimmer doesn't capture well in photos. One of the cards I created does give a fairly good impression and you can discern the overall 'look' of the card, if not every BIT of the shimmery shine!
Here you go! 
 Card created by Yours Truly
using AHSC Sketch #187
I used CTMH papers from the "Sparkle and Shine" collection for this card. The cardstock used is Ruby. I added an angel from my stash and a lovely single pointsettia flower that I found hidden away. It already had a pearl centre-- so pretty! 
Some CTMH shimmer trim in Aqua  and a silver "Playful Puffie" flower helped complete the look. :) The greeting that I used is a brand new mini stamp set from CTMH (M1148). I think the "Merry Christmas" looks perfect on the Slate cardstock. Kind of a pretty, classic greeting- I love it. 

I have three more cards to finish that are along the same lines as this one. Each is a teensy bit different though. I just can't make the same card twice! LOL For those cards, I used the more classic side of the Christmas paper. 

I really hope you like the card and can come play along at AHSC this week! Here are the guidelines for joining in

 Seen you soon! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Christmas Cards All Year 'Round!!

I'm on the Design Team at "Christmas Cards All Year 'Round"  and it's so much fun! This month, our assignment was to create a card or project that included Santa Claus or an elf!!

OK,  how fun is that!? I love Deanne's challenges at CCAYR. She is our leader and owner of the blog, and she always sets up such great challenges! 

I am first and foremost a scrapbooker, and since ALL types of Christmas projects are encouraged on the CCAYR blog, I'd wanted to create a layout that had Santa on it. Darn it, though, time got away from me a bit!! As an alternative, I created a four new cards instead, all similar in design to the Christmas card below: 
"Merry Christmas" card 
created for the November 2016 CCAYR challenge
This card features almost entirely CTMH products. 

The patterned papers came from the new "City Sidewalks" collection, and the decorative zip strip on the left side of the card also came from this paper collection. :) 

The cardstock is Sapphire. What a gorgeous blue!! 

I used a stamp set which is a retired Stamp of the Month set from August 2015 called "Framed" (S1508). I've used it a lot as it's so versatile!

CTMH water-based dye inks used are:  Cranberry and Indian Corn Blue (retired).

The sparkly blue dots are from CTMH as well: part of a package of Enamel and Glitter Duos.

I decorated the strip on the left with  "Diamond" Stickles from Ranger. Sure wish you could see the shimmer! 

The sweet Santa Claus you see here is a royalty free image from The Graphics Fairy

Hope you've enjoyed this card! I made 3 others that are similar-- but each has it's own "look". I am so happy with the way they turned out. Four more cards all made for this Christmas!  Awesome! 

Are YOU getting in the Christmas spirit? Why not harness that feeling and try the November CCAYR "Santa or elf" challenge? There are prizes to be won! Guidelines to enter the CCAYR challenge can be found HEREWe'd sure love to see you!

Thanks for popping by!! Until next time- Happy scrappin'!


Monday, November 7, 2016

AHSC Sketch #185

Things have been a li'l crazy around here, but I managed to get a card made with this wonderful sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.
 Here is the new sketch: 

 Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge
Sketch #185 created by Michelle Stewart
 (Digitized by Chris Lothian)

I have created  something that could be used as a classy anniversary or wedding card. I decided to use something "iconic" as an embellishment rather than having a sentiment on the front. This way, I could add the sentiment on the inside when the need for a card came up. As you can see, I chose to use three puffy hearts on the front of the card. 

Card created with AHSC Sketch #185
I'm really happy with the way this card turned out!! 

was able to use up some snazzy gold Bazzil cardstock and a small piece of CTMH's Laughing Lola collection patterned paper for the card itself. I used a piece of gold shimmer trim, some gold heart-shaped Treasured Puffies (both from CTMH), and  some black and gold lace from my stash to accent the card. The red circle was punched from patterned paper I'd saved/hoarded from an old (2004?) scrapbooking calendar. The gold circle framing the red was from a set of "Irresistibles" frames (CTMH) and I used some gold "Smooch" ink (Clearsnap) on the white frame to give it the golden colour I needed. 

You can't see it, but inside the card is a small  glittery gold heart from the CTMH Fundamental Assortment. (I just loved this beautiful Assortment and I bought it in too many colours to count!!)

Hope you enjoyed this card. I had fun using the AHSC sketch to make it!

Please feel free to try the sketch and link up your creation so we can see it too. 
The guidelines for entering the AHSC Challenge are really simple. You can check them out HERE. 

Thanks for popping by-- see you over at AHSC soon! 


Monday, October 24, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Challenge: Sketch #183

Hi there!

It's so nice to see you.

This week at  Atlantic Hearts, Michelle has created a new sketch for us to play with. 
Here it is:

Sketch #183
created by Michelle Stewart
at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge
 (Digitized by Brandi Robinson)
I must say, I thought this would be a hard one, but as soon as I decided to create a horse-themed card, the process flew like the wind. LOL! Gotta love that! I also got to use some of my fave CTMH paper collection to make this card. It's called "Urban", and I love how the paper has such a textured look to it!

Here is what I created: 

"Thanks" card
 created using

  AHSC Sketch #183
This was the final card I needed to add to our Autism Centre's current supply of Thank You cards. I volunteered to make all the cards they needed, and asked them to give me a "number", which they did. :)  Our communities here in the Annapolis Valley have been awesome and there are many people who deserve to be thanked for supporting our Centre's work. What better than a handmade card? It's been a pleasure to do it, and I hope they ask me again!

I absolutely LOVE how this card turned out! I popped up the oval with the horses on it to give it some dimension.

Bronze Shimmer Trim- CTMH (this colour is retired but others are available
Durables Antiqued Gold Studs- CTMH (retired)
"Urban" Paper Collection- CTMH (retired) 
Chocolate cardstock-CTMH
Colonial White cardstock- CTMH
Chocolate Exclusive ink- CTMH
"A Variety of Thanks" stamp set B1471- CTMH
Horse trio digital image:  The Graphics Fairy
Corner punch
Foam squares

I also created a "With Sympathy" card using this sketch.
Supplies are similar, except the following:

Cashmere cardstock- CTMH
Champagne cardtock- CTMH
Saffron Exclusive ink- CTMH
Piper image- The Graphics Fairy
"Sincere Expressions" stamp set A1146- CTMH (retired)

Here's the card. Hope you like it! 

 Sympathy card
created using
AHSC Sketch #183
Hope you get a chance to come by Atlantic Hearts and play this week~ we'd love to see what you can create with Sketch #183!

Thanks for popping by! :)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

A new Christmas card!!

I am on the Design Team at the Christmas Cards all Year 'Round blog. 
This month, our fearless leader at CCAYR, Deanne, asked us to create cards using a "little or a lot" of orange! (Orange is her favourite colour.)

What a true challenge, but perfect for a fall month like October, but WOW- Orange!!? For Christmas??

Here is what I came up with!! I am so pleased with this card. I actually made two for my card stash, with each a tad bit different from the another. I cannot create two cards the same, you know! **wink** LOL 

October Challenge at Christmas Cards All Year 'Round
 "use a little or a lot of orange"
Goldrush cardstock: CTMH
Colonial White cardstock: CTMH
Goldrush Exclusive Ink: CTMH
Saffron Exclusive ink: CTMH
Honey Exclusive ink: CTMH (retired)
Blue enamel dots: CTMH
Patterned papers; Pathfinding, Sarita and White Pines: CTMH (all retired) 
Microtip scissors used for fussy-cutting: CTMH
Angelic Blessings stamp set: C1507 CTMH (retired)
Mary and Babe stamp set:C1562 CTMH (retired)

Thanks so much for looking at this latest card for my DT work at CCAYR. We all LOVE having you with us ---  and we'll keep on making Christmas cards together!

Having some cards already made when Christmas arrives makes a big difference in a busy season, doesn't it?  

Be sure to join in the challenge over at CCAYR. Love to see what you come up with! The challenge guidelines are simple. 

See you there! :) 

Monday, October 10, 2016

My creation for AHSC Sketch #181

Thanks for coming by! It's wonderful to see you! 

Grab a cup of your favourite beverage and lets have a peek at what I made with the "latest and greatest" sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

This sketch was created by Michelle Stewart and digitized by Brandi Robinson over at AHSC.
I love everything about it!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge
Sketch #181

 (by Michelle Stewart)
I decided to create a card for Pete's parents in New Brunswick cause it's their wedding anniversary later this month. 
I have been so busy the past few months, I'd barely gotten ahead with my family cards, but this one is ready with over a week's notice. AT LEAST I managed that! :) Off into the mail it goes later this week! 
Here's what I came up with-
 Anniversary Card
created with
AHSC Sketch #181


The card uses some beautiful paper from the "Curio" collection by BasicGrey. "Curio" was released in 2010, so that's more "old" patterned paper being USED UP in my collection! YAY!   (I am so sad that BasicGrey is gone... many scrappers are.) :(
I will miss BasicGrey. Will you? 

The cardstock I used is "Saddle" by CTMH. Such a versatile colour! It is available HERE.
The banners were also small scrap pieces of the "Curio" paper. Gotta love scraps! 
The cream lace I used for the top banner was from a lace pack by Kaisercraft.

Inks- all CTMH. They were:
New England Ivy
Creme Brulee (retired)
Ponderosa Pine (retired)

Stamped greeting was the D1283 "Say it in Style" stamp set from CTMH (retired) 

The beautiful little cottage image, which I popped up with foam tape, was a freebie from the Graphics Fairy. She has posted both a birthday greeting cottage and a plain cottage. So sweet. I just LOVE the Graphics Fairy! My MIL loves vintage and I have hit the jackpot for images to use in making cards for her! Perfect site for vintage , IMHO. 

Hope you liked my card! We also hope to see you over at the AHSC blog. There's always a challenge going on! It'd be fun to see you visiting and playing along! 

Chat soon!!!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #179

Hi everyone! 
It's great to see you! 
Over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, Michelle has created a brand new sketch for us to try on for size! :) 
Have a "gander" at this one...
Atlantic Hearts Sketch #179
created by Michelle Stewart
(digitized by Chris Lothian)
Well, I made two cards for this challenge and realized after I'd made the first one and taken the pics for my blog that there was an ink splotch on the card. It really isn't "bad" but it just bothered me so much! So, after helping my second son (third child), Daniel, work on his driver's ed chapters, I created another card. It was much more fun than studying  ROAD SIGNS! LOL 

And luckily, the AHSC card sketch sure was an easy one to work with.  

For the sake of sharing, I will post both cards here, though. 

Here is the second card I made with this wonderful sketch. (This is the one WITHOUT an ink splotch! )

Thank You card created using AHSC Sketch #179 
I popped up the central pennant with foam tape and placed the greeting on top, supported on each side of the pennant- again, with foam tape. 

Inside of card (Photo taken before I inked the edges- OOPS! LOL) 
CTMH's Huntington and Ivy lane patterned papers
My Mind's Eye "Bloom" patterned paper
Small "unknown" scraps of CS and patt. paper
CS: Colonial White- CTMH
Inks:  Fern, Pixie and Ruby- CTMH
Faceted gemstones- CTMH  
Green epoxy bubble- CTMH
Greeting- via computer

The plan for this card is that it will be added to those that I am donating to the Autism Centre in our little town. It serves the entire Annapolis Valley and our community members have been so wonderful that lately, LOTS of TY cards have been needed! 
So this is how I am helping. :)  I love doing it.

 Thank you card created using AHSC Sketch #179
So sad about that ink splotch, 'cause I LIKE this card! Will have to get creative again in camouflaging the oops! I know it can be done. 

I really love those wood veneers. These are shaped like chevrons! LOL! (I coloured mine with "Smooch" ink in a lovely glossy pink colour called "Taffy".) The packs of the wood veneer shapes are now discontinued, but I LOVE them. All the shapes are wonderful and I have used and used them! 

Thanks to everyone for stopping by today to see my creations. 
Why not try this sketch on for size and create something wonderful? We'd sure LOVE to see what you make! 

Hop on over to the AHSC Blog and check out the guidelines for entering the challenge! (No worries- they're simple.) It's a neat place and the DT will pop by your blog to see and comment on your work. Come have fun with us!! 
See you there! 


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Christmas Cards All Year 'Round Challenge

The Christmas Cards All Year 'Round Challenge blog has a very flexible challenge posted this month! 
It is to create a Christmas card, layout, or other papercraft item in a Shabby Chic OR Monochromatic OR Vintage style. 

Yes-- even though the CCAYR blog's title references Christmas cards, ALL types of Christmas papercrafted items are welcome, as long as they fit into the challenge!  

So, create a card or a paper craft following the monthly challenge and upload your creations to your blog, a gallery, or photo bucket.

With the CCAYR September challenge in mind. I decided to go toward the shabby chic/vintage end of things, and created this card:

Christmas card by 'Yours Truly'
created for
September 2016 Challenge at CCAYR
The image of the bearded man carrying a small tree while riding a horse always reminds me of an old fashioned Father Christmas. The wooden block stamp I used for this card was made by Magenta, which is a Canadian company. It was gifted to me by another crafter who knew I loved stamps related to horses and riding, and knew I always had a hard time finding them! She purchased this one as part of a bulk stamp buy she'd made at a yard sale. When I asked if I could buy it from her. She gave it to me! I just love this stamp.  One year, I made ALL my Christmas cards using it! :)  I love the way the stamped image has that "dreamy " quality. 

I found the link for the stamp after searching a few minutes (the wonder of Google!), and it's actually called St. Nicholas! :)  Guess I was right. 

The patterned paper (including the zip strip), cardstock, and scroll-work stamp I used were ALL CTMH items.  
All inks were from CTMH, including the Sapphire ink I used to stamp the elegant scroll-work.
I accented the card using some tiny blue crystals I'd had left over from another scrapbooking project.  
I popped up the matted St. Nicholas image using foam squares. 

I really like the way this turned out. Another Christmas card for the "December pile".

Thanks so much for coming by to visit! I'd love to see what you'll create using this fantabulous CCAYR September Challenge! 


Monday, September 12, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #177

This week, Michelle created a wonderful sketch for us over at the AHSC blog. 
Here it is: 
 Sketch #177
by Michelle Stewart
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge
 (Digitized by Chris Lothian)

Congratulations card
My daughter's friend is getting married in November, and there was a wedding shower this weekend! Kate needed a card for this event, so I offered to make one for her. I flipped the sketch 1/4 turn to the right and here's what I came up with...
This card used a variety of items from my stash, both new, and older!
The paper is from CTMH's "Flirty" collection.It's really an old favourite of mine and I am hoarding the last wee bits of it. Oh how I WISH I had bought more! LOL 
Except for the card's base, the cardstock pieces were all scraps of CTMH CS in various shades. 
The card base is made of Grey Flannel cardstock. That colour has been retired. I love the softness of it. :) 
Two stamps were used for the flowers & leaves:
Rosy Regards: B1369 (retired) 
Happy to be friends: C1605 
Several of CTMH's beautiful water-based dye inks were used to make this card: 
Cotton Candy (also  used to ink edges of card)
Pansy (retired)
Smoky Plum (retired) 
Leaves and ferns:
Ponderosa Pine (retired) 

I fussy cut the floral sprays, leaves, roses and apple blossoms using my CTMH micro-tipped scissors in addition to my Cutterbee scissors.
The  "Congratulations" sentiment was from a wooden block stamp by Anita's Sugarloaf Designs that I purchased in 2008. (This is an older stamp: it says 2002 on the label).

Additionally, I popped up the main floral accent on the bottom floral grouping. I think it adds more interest.

I really hope you like this card. It was a little labour intensive on the fussy-cutting end of things, but it was well worth it for my daughter's friend. (I find it very relaxing to fussy-cut!) 

:)  Why not try this sketch on for size? 

The AHSC Design Team would love to pop by your blog and see your work. Guidelines for entering the AHSC Challenge are simple and can be found HERE.
This has been such a versatile sketch to work with.Play along with us , It's fun and well-worth the trip to AHSC!
Thanx for coming by. See you really soon, I hope!