Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Happiness and Sunshine AHSC #51

Wow, we are 1 week away from our Anniverary. Currently we have over 1040 creations made from the 50 sketches already posted, and they are fabulous.  You can find all the creations here, and all the sketches can be found here.

Next week all our entrants will be put in for a chance to win a prize package valued at $50.

Here is this weeks sketch:
Here is my card:

Supplies Used:

Sorbet Cardstock
Sorbet Ink Pad
Give a Lift StampSet
Artbooking Cricut Cartridge
Saddle Ink Pad
Bling (non CTMH)

I hope you will pop over to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and see the amazingly talented Design Team and the creations that they have slaved over to inspire you to get creating with our sketches.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

My Favourite Things Blog Hop

Team Brae-er introduces "My Favourite Things Blog Hop"

If you came here from Brae's Blog then you are in the right spot.

Today we are featuring our favorite CTMH "Things".....hmmm where do I start?

I have so many favourite things, but if you want to know what my favourite thing to do with my CTMH products is to color.

What I will do is stamp out a whole sheet full of images and just start coloring. I love to color, it is very relaxing, and it just washes my troubles away. 

My products of choice for these projects are:

Archival Black Ink
Micro-tip Non-stick Scissors
Exclusive Alcohol Markers
Blending Pen
Alcohol Blending Pen
Ink Pads
White Daisy Cardstock
Balloon Ride Paper Pack
Embossing Folders
Scallop Border Punch
Sanding kit

Your next stop on this hop is Lucy, so keep hopping along and continue to be inspired.

Cross Canada Blog Hop - Artbooking in April

Welcome to our April Blog Hop featuring creations made with our latest Cricut Cartridge, Artbooking.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop.  I am also the first stop on your hop across Canada, we hop from East Coast to West Coast, so I hope you will hop along with us. There are 15 participating in this month's hop. If you came from Candra's Blog Paper Dragon Fleur then you are in the right place! 

This layout is super super cute and easy and with a change of colors will fit a boy or girls birthday.  All the cuts were found on page 87 of the Artbooking handbook. Just 5 simple cuts,and add your photos and BAM, layout complete.  You can choose to embellish it further or leave it plain. What is great about this cartridge is that once you set you dimensions to 11" all cuts will cut to coordinate for that page. How awesome is that, this cartridge takes all the guess work out of figuring the sizes.  My pattern paper is from the Balloon Ride paper pack, and all my colors were chosen from the colors in this paper package.

For this cute Easter card, I used a Photo mat found from the same page to add a border.  This just goes to show that the Artbooking cartridge can be used for everything from layouts, to embellishments, borders and tags.....I could keep going on....but I think you get the idea. So continue to hop along and get more inspiring ideas from the creations from our Creative Canadian Consultants.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Nicky of Timeless Cottage.
 If you get lost along the way, you can head back here to my blog, as I have provided the complete list of our participants.
  1. Michelle ~My Creations With Michelle
  2. Nicky ~ Timeless Cottage
  3. Arlene ~ Arlene's Creative Space
  4. Krista ~Simply Creating
Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring Home Decor projects.  So mark May 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Mother's Day Cards for Sketch #50 @ AHSC

I've been asked to design some Mother's Day cards by some of my friends, so I really need to get rolling. What better way than to use my own sketches to create these cards. Here is this weeks sketch:

It's a pretty basic card, but there is so much you can do with this sketch.  I chose to keep it pretty simple.

Here is my card:


Embossed Ruby Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Silver Shimmer Trim
Scallop Border Punch
Square Bling
Ruby and Black Ink
Cuts from Artiste
1 1/4" Circle Punch
Holiday Tags(D1560)
Perfect Fit - Frames 2(D1536)

I hope you will now head over to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and check out the amazing creations from our very talented Design Team.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

My daughter's creation for Sketch #49

Over the weekend my oldest daughter and I had a chance to craft together.  I was working on my card for this week's sketch and she wanted to try her hand at making the sketch too.

I wasn't happy with how my card turned out, so I'm showcasing my daughter's card today. She actually did a great job putting this together.

Jaymee started with a Hollyhock base and added a layer of Blush Cardstock for a two-tone pink.  She carried that on with the flowers. After cutting out the flowers to place on the stem, she used the cut out as a stencil and drew flowers right on the card.  Then she stamped the sentiment in Black Ink.

I hope this shows you that even a 10 year old can create amazing cards, we hope that this card inspires you to try your hand at this week's sketch.

Now head on over to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and see what our Design Team has created to inspire you.

Monday, 31 March 2014

SOTM Blog Hop - April - Balloon Talk

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuringApril's SOTM, which is Balloon Talk, a set of 24 stamps.  If you have come here from the talented Jen Patrick's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here

This month we have over 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!
For this first card, I used the sample artwork by our CTMH designers as inspiration. I needed a few thank you cards and this is what I came up with.  I used some strips of paper and cardstock from Balloon Ride, and pulled the colours Juniper, Sorbet and Crystal Blue for my inks.  I stamped the empty balloons in 1st and 2nd generation, and the sentiment in Crystal Blue.

My second card starts with a Hollyhock base, and I stamped the Balloon with LOVE all over with Hollyhock Ink, we call this technique tone on tone.  This also creates a background pattern.  I used some left over zipstrips from Balloon Ride because it worked with my color scheme.  Using "Hey There" I stamped in 2nd generation Hollyhock. Awesomeness is stamped in Topiary ink.  I stamped "LOVE" onto some scraps of Balloon Ride to add some texture, and did the Same with "You", stamping the balloon and the sentiment in Gyspy Ink on scraps of Ivy Lane.  The empty word balloon was just some extras I had pre-cut and I took a black journalling pen and drew in the outline.

Now "Hop" on over to Judy Faye Garner's Blog to see her incredible work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!
Remember, the Balloon Talk is only available until  April 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount of only $5.00 when you place a qualifying order.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Sketch #48 AHSC meets Balloon Ride

Wow, I had to pull this creation out of my stash, can't believe I remembered that I had made this one a few weeks ago, and forgot all about it.  Here I was struggling to make a card last night, as my weekend got away from me.  My husband looked at the sketch, and says to me, didn't you make that card a few weeks ago, and sure enough I did.

Here is the sketch:

Here is my card:

I used Balloon Ride to create this card, along with a piece of Sky Cardstock and Chocolate Ink to distress the edges.  The sentiment is from Greatest Love(B1444) and is stamped in Chocolate Ink.  I hope you love my card, I love how CAS it is.

So if you like the sketch, and you love my card, head on over to Atlantic Hearts and check out what our Design Team has to offer you for creative inspiration.

If you would like to purchase Balloon Ride paper or Greatest Love stamp set, you can head over to my website and start shopping now, or contact me to set up a party where I can help you earn them for FREE.