Monday, February 29, 2016

"Thank You" Card: Sketch #149

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge has a beautiful new sketch up-- it's awesome and was created by Michelle Stewart, and digitized by Brandi Robinson.
Just have a look! 

Sketch #149 
by Michelle Stewart
 Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge
Sketch #149 lends itself SO well to various types of cards! For my AHSC Design Team creation this week, I created a "Thank you" card following the sketch as closely as possible. Here you go!
"Thank You" card
Lovingly created by Ali MacDonald


Bazzil cardstock: from my stash (used as card base)
Gypsy cardstock: Close To My Heart (CTMH)
"Sangria" patterned paper (leaves were also cut from this)
Sunset water-based dye ink: CTMH 
Greeting: My Acrylix stamp set  B1471 "Variety of Thanks"
Flamingo dots: CTMH
Wood veneer flowers: CTMH
Liquid Glass adhesive: CTMH
Adhesive tape runner: AdTech

I also did a set of 18 Thank You cards for my daughter because she wanted to write TY notes to the caring folks who'd given her such thoughtful gifts at a recent baby shower.
Kate and her partner Nathan are expecting a baby girl in mid-March. :) 

Even though *I* made the cards, Kate wanted to add a little something of herself to them. So, she painted beautiful watercolor designs on white paper and I was able to incorporate them into the cards!! 

Here are a few of the cards I made with Kate's paper. You'll see that I took a bit of creative license with the cards I made, not following Sketch #149 exactly, but using it as inspiration. All of the cards were different but I've posted a few so you could enjoy them too. :)    

"Thank you" card inspired by AHSC Sketch #149
Lovingly created by Ali
Watercolour paper painted by my daughter, Kate MacDonald

"Thank you" card inspired by AHSC Sketch #149
Lovingly created by Ali
Watercolour paper painted by my daughter, Kate MacDonald

"Thank you" card inspired by AHSC Sketch #149
Lovingly created by Ali
Watercolour paper painted by my daughter, Kate MacDonald

"Thank you" card inspired by AHSC Sketch #149
Lovingly created by Ali
Watercolour paper painted by my daughter, Kate MacDonald

CTMH "My Acrylix" stamp set used for all cards: B1471 "Variety of Thanks"
Cardstock: CTMH
Cotton Candy,  Sorbet and Thistle water-based dye inks: CTMH 
Patterned papers included: Close To My Heart,  Basic Grey, Stampin' Up!, & Dollar Store. Pearls: Dollar Store
Flamingo Dots- CTMH
Adhesive tape runner: AdTech

Thanks so much for visiting today and remember to go on over to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog to check out all of the beautiful creations this week. We'd love to have you play along!   Be sure to try this sketch and let us see your creation! 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Inspired by old stash!

One of my favourite prompts at Whimsical Musings is an older one.
Prompt #33 "Inspired by Old Stash" always makes me feel eager to get a few things used up!   Click HERE to read the prompt over at Whimsical Musings.

I had these cute pics of our youngest boys in the backyard pool last summer, and some very old stash that was calling out to me, LOL.

Here are the two pages.

"Game on" 
Two-page layout using old stash
 based on a prompt at whimsical Musings challenge blog

Title letters: CTMH (retired) 
Patterned papers by: 
Close to My Heart
Crate Paper
Basic Grey
Stampin' up! 
Summer-themed embellishments: fussy cut/pieced from a sheet of Imaginisce paper
Cardstock: Dutch Blue- CTMH (retired)
Words were from a CTMH zip strip
Epoxy word:  "wet"- Creative Imaginations
Sun rub on: American Traditional Designs
Inks: Twilight, Indian Corn blue (both retired) Crystal Blue and Smoothie - all CTMH
Adhesive tape runner: AdTech
Liquid Glass Adhesive: CTMH
Computer font: Arial bold

Thanks so much for popping by today!
I can't wait to see you over at WM, where there are NEW prompts/challenges every week...  and to see what YOU will create with your old stash if you decide to use this particular prompt. Have a great hump day! 


Monday, February 15, 2016

AHSC Sketch #147

Today I'm sharing a layout I created with a sketch by Michelle Stewart over at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog. 

The sketch was beautiful, as you can see here-- and appealed to my somewhat linear "Virgo personality!" I felt it would lend itself very well to a 12x12" layout using Sangria paper  collection from Close To My Heart (CTMH).. 

Sketch #147
created by Michelle Stewart
Here is the layout I created. :) 
I turned the sketch 1/4 turn to the right and shifted the position of some of the embellies and title. :)
Lovingly created by Ali
 using AHSC Sketch #147

Patterned paper-  all from the Sangria paper collection: CTMH 
Cardstock: Champagne: CTMH
Circular hearts, tab, camera: Sangria Complements
Wood veneer birds: CTMH 
Title lettering: Nouveau font- "Sizzlits" by Sizzix
Computer font for journaling: Arial bold


In the summer of 2015, Noah went to Day Camp.  Argo, Noah's faithful Autism Assistance Dog Guide, went to camp with him. Because each kid had a counselor and Bryan was trained as a Dog Guide handler, he became Noah's camp counselor! What could be better than going to 2 weeks of summer day camp with your Dog Guide and your big brother?!! 
Day Camp- Annapolis Valley Chapter of Autism NS
July 28, 2015 

Hope you liked the layout created using Sketch #147. Would love to hear your thoughts! 
I'd be so happy to see you over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog- the friendly folks there would LOVE to see your creations using the AHSC sketches! 
See you soon!


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Whimsical Musings Guest Designer!!

I was so excited to have been asked to be a Guest Designer over at the Whimsical Musings Challenge blog this week! I have always loved the prompts over at "WM"- they're good for starting up my thinking process when it comes to telling a story with pictures, words and paper. (FUN!!)

I was asked to find a favourite WM prompt and create a layout  to share with other scrapbookers. It was my pleasure to create this layout, based on WM prompt #3- "Making Connections." When I really thought about it, I realized that so much of my scrapbooking is based on making the connections in our daily lives come to life, enabling us to remember them and understand a little more of their meaning and significance. I am struck at how often the "Making Connections" prompt is behind the pages I create, and that's why I chose it as the Whimsical Musings prompt that is most important to me as a SB'er. 

I was also excited to use a new paper collection from Close To My Heart for this layout! It's called "Urban" and is so perfect for a layout about a boy and his dog! 

 "You Two: In the Moment"
 Layout created
using WM prompt #3 "Making Connections"

 Embellishment clusters
  "You Two: In the Moment"
Title and sub-title, including embellishments

We were absolutely thrilled with how well this "at home photo session"  went.  Pete and I needed new pictures of this happy duo and Noah obliged with camera-worthy smiles; he and Argo snuggling up beside one another as though a photo shoot was an everyday occurrence. 

Pete snapped so many beautiful photos that it was difficult to choose just a couple to use on a scrapbook page. These were my choices.

We so value the teamwork between our son and his Autism Assistance Dog Guide, Argo. Our family is forever indebted to the incomparable Lions Foundation of Canada and the work they do in the Autism Assistance Dog Guide program.

Bravo Noah and Argo!

Photo by Daddy, Mar. 2015
Journaling by Mom, Jan. 6 2016


Peacock cardstock: Close To My Heart (CTMH)
Saffron cardstock: CTMH
Patterned papers- "Urban" Collection: CTMH
Slate water-based dye ink: CTMH 
Honey water-based dye ink: CTMH
Twilight water-based dye ink: CTMH (retired)
Natural hemp: CTMH (retired) 
"In the moment" wording: cut from zip-strip- "Urban " paper collection: CTMH
Enamel Dots: CTMH
Pearls: CTMH (retired) 
Chipboard embellies: Urban Collection  Complements
"Guaranteed Quality" badge button- "Urban" Collection Assortment: CTMH
Metal brads: from my stash
Wood Veneer star and heart shapes: CTMH (retired) 
Chevron border punch: CTMH 
Pop Dots: Forever in Time

Again, huge thanks so much for popping in. Be sure to check out the Whimsical Musings Challenge Blog. OH-- and there is even an AWESOME PRIZE for participation this week! It's well worth visiting the WM Blog... for the inspiration and camaraderie, especially...

We also have a WM FB page now, which you can find HERE. There is a celebration going on, and you'll want to check it out!  

See you there! 


Monday, February 1, 2016

A masculine card using sketch #145 at AHSC

I am sooooo excited to be designing for a sketch challenge blog again!! 

Here is Sketch #145,  created by Michelle Stewart over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog.
AHSC Sketch #145

I created a  card for this wonderful sketch- which was my DT assignment for this week! :) 

Here it is... A masculine card that I need for an upcoming birthday! I think it's a hit, 'cause two of my sons told me they liked the colours!  My Air Force hubby liked the plane, and so do I :) 

Masculine Birthday Card
based on a
Sketch by Michelle Stewart of AHSC
Stamped image: My Hero B1448 (retired) 
Birthday stamp: my stash
Peacock Cardstock: CTMH
Saffron Cardstock: CTMH
Patterned paper- "Urban" paper collection: CTMH
Yellow circle of textured paper- " Saffron" from Enchantment Paper Fundamentals 
Slate dye ink: CTMH
Indian Corn Blue dye ink: CTMH (retired) 
Grey Flannel dye ink: CTMH (retired)
Outdoor Denim dye ink: CTMH (retired)
Pop Dots: Forever in Time

Thanks so much for coming by and peeking. Would love to hear what you think of this card. Your comments always mean a lot. :) 

Hope to see you over at AHSC. We love visiting your blogs, and commenting on your creations! Chat soon!!