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!