Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Friend in Me with AHSC #144

This week's sketch is just so much fun, and I had a zillion ideas running through my head on how I wanted to use this sketch.....I went with my first design and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Here is this week's sketch:

Here is my card:

I started with Pomegranate cardstock and used the Confetti Embossing Folder and the sanding block to create the base of my card.  Then I used the Sangria paper to add a punch of color.  I love the gold foil tape and thought that really added to the design.  The flowers and sentiment are from the new stamp set Friend in Me C1640.  The sentiment is stamped in Outdoor Denim Pigment Ink and I added Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it.  The flowers are colored using the ShinHan Markers pulling colors from the Sangria paper....I layered colors and use the colourless blender to create the variations needed to match the colors.  There is a great color chart on the CTMH Blog that will help you create these exclusive colors.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you head over to AHSC blog to see what the Design Team has created.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Zoe meets AHSC #143

Wow, it's been awhile since I've found the time in my crazy full schedule to create something with my own sketches.  I always have a sketch book with me, so I'm always sketching out new ideas for cards and layouts, but lately my schedule has been so full I haven't been spending very much time crafting.

So with the New Year upon us, I decided that all needed to first goal to reorganize and rearrange my craft room so that it functions better for me.  I've got that accomplished!

My second goal is to start creating again, weekly for my Sketch Challenge.  I really feel bad that I've been away from it for so long.  There is alot of work that goes into running a sketch challenge, getting the blogs up, creating the links for the design teams and entrants. Luckily my team is awesome, and some of my members have stepped up and taken on rolls to help me make some time.

So ladies, this card design is for you, because I think you are all Fabulous!  Thank you for sticking with me and I'm excited to be creating again.

Here is this weeks sketch:

Here is my creation:

For my card I started with the Zoe paper collection...I really love the color pallet of this collection, and carried it through to the stamping.  The stamp I used is called So Many Smiles, and I layered the circle images from this stamp to create this flower.  The colors are Sorbet, Glacier and Canary.  The leaves are Sweet Leaf.  I added faux stitching to complete the card, and the sentiment is stamped in Black Ink.

I do think that this card came together quite quickly and lovely, don't you agree.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you will now continue over to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge to see what my amazing Design Team has created this week.

Friday, 15 January 2016

January Cross Canada Blog Hop - Creating with Watercolors

Welcome to our January Blog Hop featuring Watercolor Creations.  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, and I'm the first stop when hopping from the East Coast to the West Coast. If you came from Candra's blog then you are in the right place! 

This first image is painted first and then stamped, I did a gradual fade as I painted, letting my brush get dry.
This second image is colored with watercolor pencils, and then I used a damp paint brush to lightly go over the colored image.
For this final image, I stamped first and then painted the image, letting my brush go dry as I moved into the center of the flowers.

For my card, I used the the yellow flower from the first image set.  I used the gold foil tape and the pattern paper is from La Rose en Vie.  The stamp set used is January's SOTM, Beloved Bouquet, and I love this stamp.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Rosalynd.
 If you get lost along the way, just come back here as I've posted the complete list below:

1.    Michelle YOU ARE HERE!
2.    Rosalynd 
3.    Nicky 
4.    Arlene 
5.    Carol 
6.    Donna 
7.    Cheryl
8.    Kirsten
9.    Heather 
10.  Kirstin 
11.  Candra

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 feature Cardstock Creations .  So mark February 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Friday, 1 January 2016

January SOTM Blog Hop - Beloved Bouquet

Welcome to our Stamp of 
the Month Blog Hop!  

We will be featuring January's SOTM, which is Beloved Bouquet, a set of 14 stamps.  If you have come here from Nina'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 on Melinda’s Blog.

This month we have approximately 33 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 my project I really didn't know what I was going to create, it just sort of came together.  I first started with a sheet of Ruby Cardstock and used Versamark ink to randomly stamp the large bloom all over my the page.  Next I took the Ultrafine White Embossing powder and poured it over where I had stamped.  Next step is to heat set it.  I goofed in a few spots so I cut my cardstock into these 5 1/4" by 2 1/2" pieces and added some patterned paper from La Rose En Vie, some Black Carstock matted onto the scalloped White Daisy Cardstock and layered them all onto my cardbase.  I really wasn't sure which sentiment to choose, so I went with 3 and also heat set them in White Embossing.  My final touch was to add these 2 medium sequins just to dress it up some.

I love how clean and simple this looks, but really it was a long and tedious process. Now if I were too recreate these it would be a breeze, as it is a simple project. It's always great to have a great finished project when you start out stumped.

Now "Hop" on over to Melissa's Blog to see her fabulous artwork! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, that January's SOTM is only available until the 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!