Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Little Dreamer for CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back, crafty friends!  I'm so glad you could join us for this week's Close To My Heart (CTMH) Featured Products Blog Hop.  This time we are presenting projects from the new Little Dreamer paper kit, the coordinating card making stamp and die set, the scrapbooking stamp and die set, or the color palette of Black, Blossom, Glacier, Lagoon, Emerald, Lemon, Tangerine, Thistle, and White Daisy.  Not only are the colors beautifully vibrant, but the images in this kit are absolutely adorable!  If you came here from Lauren's blog you are in the right place and your next stop from here will be Corinna's blog, but hops are circular so you are welcome to jump in anywhere along the line and simply follow the links until you've made the rounds.  I have included a complete list of this week's participants in case you get lost along the way.


details:  I am not sure of the "official" name for this card pattern but it's the first step card I learned to make, and I just love using it.  Using the Little Dreamer papers, I used the Artistry cartridge to cut this Earth image and another circle at 3" height and I made sure to align the patterned lines of the blue paper with the rainbow stripes.  Once I had those layers glued together and positioned where I wanted them (making sure the Earth went off the top of the card by about 1/4"), I had to fussy cut the edges of the central part of the card so the rectangular corners weren't sticking out.

I used Blossom and Thistle inks with the Little Dreamer scrapbooking stamp and thin cuts to create the banner, and then I used the smallest heart from the Basic Hearts thin cuts with the Blossom flower-patterned paper and stamped the "you" in Thistle ink.  I stamped the "colorful" sentiment multiple times on white cardstock and fussy cut each letter out (I had planned ahead to use the C and U in white as those letters were basically reversible so once I stamped and cut them I could flip them over to use the unstamped side) and glued them along the bottom of the card.  Once the letters were in place I could position the heart and banner and add a little sparkle from the Little Dreamer glitter gems.  I plan to use this as a graduation card for a lovely young lady from our church who is graduating high school this week and is very into fashion and modeling, and whose mother scrapbooks with me.  I sure hope she likes it!

And that's all there is for this project I'm just getting started with this kit and the possibilities are endless.  Don't forget to stop by Corinna's blog to see what she has in store for you, too.  I hope you will join us again on Wednesday, 6/7/17, when we will bring you projects featuring the No Worries kit. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Complete list of this week's participants:

1.  Lauren Moore

2.  Annette Clark (here)

3.  Corinna Murphy

No Worries Card for AHSC #212

Hello again, crafty friends!  We have a super fun sketch to create with this week at the Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge blog and I have had a ton of fun getting my fingers all inked up and breaking out new products.  So without further ado, let's get started!








details:  I decided the No Worries scrapbooking kit would be perfect to use for a birthday card for my husband's upcoming 50th birthday as he's a very laid back kind of guy who loves the water.  I also knew I wanted to use one of the PML pieces for the inside of the card so I planned this card for a 4 x 6" size to accommodate that.  For the front of the card, I used sponge daubers to blend CashmereGlacierLagoon, and Sapphire inks for a custom background to frame this panel of white-and-Cashmere colored paper.  Per the sketch, I cut and wove pieces of Blue and White Burlap Ribbon on the left side.  For the large cluster of images in the bottom left corner, I used a combination of stickers and printed pre-cut images from the No Worries complements:  the smallest heart is a preprinted sticker adhered to the back of one of the pre-cut pieces; the medium sized heart is another sticker adhered to a 1" circle of Cashmere cardstock; and the large heart is a preprinted die cut image placed on a 1 1/2" piece of Sapphire cardstock.  The sentiment is from the No Worries scrapbooking stamp set which was inked in Glacier, Lagoon, and Sapphire using the rock and roll technique.  For a little extra fun, I added 3 embellishments in the upper right corner made from the No Worries sequins combined with pieces from the gold glitter gems and blue enamel and glitter duos dots.

I am still fine tuning the inside of the card so I will share a pic of that at a later date, but I can tell you it will feature the "Good Times" PML card with the bokeh background, but I need to alter it a bit to fit my plans.  I have to say, if my husband actually watched me go to all the effort I've put into this card so far he would laugh at me, but I want this birthday to be as special as he is so it's totally worth it!

We would love to see your take on this week's AHSC sketch too!  Don't forget, our challenges are open to any type of brand of products of your choosing so long as you basically follow the sketch.  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 5/21/17, to add your project HERE.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Little Dreamer for BTF #46

Hello, crafty friends!  Have you checked out the beautiful colors in the Little Dreamer kit yet?  If not, you are in luck because that's the kit we're working with this week at the Between The Folds Bi-Weekly Challenge Blog.


I am hoping the colorful rainbow and hearts will cheer up a friend and former neighbor who is battling spinal stenosis, a medical condition that causes chronic pain and pinched nerves.  For this card, I started with a 4.25 x 5.5" card base of Lagoon cardstock and this printed hearts panel from the Little Dreamer kit.  I then used Thistle, Glacier, Lemon, and Blossom inks with the coordinating scrapbooking stamp and die cut to create the rainbow.  I cut two clouds from the same kit and flipped the first one over and sponged the entire thing with Glacier.  For the second cloud, I used Glacier to ink the edges but then stamped this sentiment within the cloud outline in Lagoon so it would really stand out, and I raised that cloud with pop up tape.

We would love to see what you're making with this adorable kit.  As always, you have until 11:55 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time/10:55 pm Central on Monday, 5/22/17, to link up your project HERE.

Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Live Beautifully for CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello, crafty friends!  Welcome back for another edition of the Close To  My Heart (CTMH) Featured Products Blog Hop.  In honor of May being National Scrapbooking Month, CTMH has brought us this stunning beautiful Live Beautifully kit to enjoy, available only in the month of May.  There are two levels of kits to choose from as well as a coordinating stamp set, so there is truly something for everyone in this one!  As you can tell, we are really excited to share our projects with you so if you came here from Corinna's blog you are in the right place but, as always, hops are circular things so you are welcome to jump in anywhere along the way and simply make the rounds.  I have also included a complete list of this week's participants at the end of this post in case you get lost along the way.  Now on to my project:

The project I want to share with you is a layout of my in-laws very unique wedding that took place in 1939, so of course I wanted to do it justice but it is took a little longer than expected while I tinkered with preserving the original documents and newspaper clippings that go with it.  I ended up making a sleeve to hold the correspondence and memorabilia, attached that to a long strip of cardstock cut to the same width, and then cut slits in the page protector so that contents of the sleeve were still accessible.  The final touch was to decorate the sleeve so that it looked like a fancy envelope with an embossed monogram.  I still plan on doing a second page to go along with this one, but I really wanted to get this one up.


So now it's time for you to hop on over to Lauren's blog to see what loveliness she has in store for you.  We hope you will join us again in two weeks on 5/17/17 when our theme will be the new Little Dreamer kit.  Until then, happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Complete list of participants:

1.  Lauren Moore
2.  Corinna Murphy
3.  Annette Clark (here)

You Are Not Alone for AHSC #210

Hello and welcome back, crafty friends!  I couldn't resist using this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, some new paper, and a mix of old and new stamps to create a special card for a young woman in our community who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
I used an 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" card base cut from Blossom cardstock and a 4 x 5 1/4" panel of this heart-patterned piece from the new Little Dreamer kit.  I cut a 1 x 5" piece of white cardstock, covered it in a strip of washi tape that is Lagoon with white hearts (retired).  I then cut a 2 3/4 x 2 1/4" piece of white cardstock and used a second generation stamping with Lagoon ink and the ribbon image from the retired Always Remember set.  On top of that, I stamped the sentiment in black Memento ink from the stamp included in the WYW Here For You kit.  For a little added dimension, I inked the edges of the center panel in Glacier and then added these two heart brads that I've had for years.

We would love to see your take on this sketch.  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, 5/7/17, and you can link your projects HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Complements Theme for Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back to another installment of the Close To My Heart Featured Products Blog Hop, where this week we are bringing you projects using a variety of  our Complements.  There is a coordinating Complements set for each current paper kit in the Seasonal Idea Book as well as multiple stand alone sets with their own individual themes.  If you came here from Corinna's blog you are in the right place but as hops are circular, you are welcome to jump in anywhere along the way and simply make the rounds.  A complete list of this week's participants is included at the end of this post in case you get lost along the way.  Let's get started!


I chose the Hello Lovely paper and complements for this layout celebrating my mother.  Her life was too short and I have very few pictures of her, so naturally the ones I do have are very precious.  It has taken me several years of "playing" at scrapbooking and paper crafting to build my skills so that I feel I can finally give those photographs and the memories behind them the love and credit they deserve. Not that my work will ever be "perfect" because our art and our skills, just like our lives themselves, are ever changing and growing but I am happy with what I have created from these photos *today.*

details:  I used the Hello Lovely paper kit and coordinating Complements.  The "my beautiful" and hearts are in part of the complements (the word "family" is also included but I chose not to use it), as well as the heart stickers by the word "mother" and at the edges of the smaller photos.  The Sea Glass piece in the middle with the year on it is also one of the stickers from this kit, as is the small banner by the top picture.  I used Rose Gold foil tape along the edges of the corner pieces, and then I used Cricut Design Space and Flower Market cartridge to cut "mother" at 1.75" high in both Colonial White and Desert Sand and layered them slightly off centered for a shadow font.  The year was cut using the Cricut font.  I layered the bottom 3 photos with Fern, Sorbet, and Desert Sand and for the top photo, I fussy cut one of the 4 x 6" PML pieces from this kit so I could use it to frame the main photo.

And that's all there is to this one.  Now it's time for you to hop on over to Lauren's blog to see what she has in store for you.  We hope  to see you back in two weeks on May 3, 2017, when our theme will be the gorgeous Live Beautifully kit, a special collection of papers, stamp set, and/or Workshop Your Way kit.  Until then, thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette


Complete list of this week's participants:

1.  Corinna Murphy

2.  Annette Clark (here)

3.  Lauren Moore

Mother's Day Cameo for AHSC #208


Hello, crafty friends!  There are so many possibilities for this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge but from the very first time I saw it, I knew what I wanted to do with it.  I even made a couple of variations and had a little trouble figuring out which I liked best, but in the end this is the one I went with:








details:  All products for this card are current or retired Close To My Heart.
Hello Lovely patterned paper
New England Ivy, Fern, and Colonial White CS
Sorbet and Desert Sand inks
White and Gold Ribbon
Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge cuts
Sweet Moments stamp set (retired)

We would love to see your take on this sketch, as well.  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time/9:55 Central  on Sunday, 4/23/17, to play along and you may link up your projects HERE.

Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette