Wednesday, September 20, 2017

From The Heart for CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello again, crafty friends!  Welcome back to another edition of the Close To My Heart (CTMH) Featured Products Blog Hop.  This week's hop features CTMH's From the Heart stamp set and interactive card kit, which is available only during the month of September in honor of National Stamping Month.  It has been a busy summer and we are a small group of hoppers so we took a bit of a break and this week it's just Corinna and myself, but we are back and ready to go just in time to start gearing up for the holiday season!  Let's get started:

This is the photo CTMH gave provided of the stamp set and card kit together.  As you can see, it's stunning with virtually endless stamping possibilities.

And this is what I chose to do with the stamp set:

It took some trial and error to find the color combos I liked and then a little bit of practice with layering the stamps but it was totally worth it.  I will post the colors I used at the end of the post, but first I want to share a couple of tips I used in making this card:

1.  I found it easier to stamp the darker color first, regardless if that was the base layer of the "effects" layer.
2.  For the darker color of ink, I used the traditional stamping technique and firmly pressed the mounted stamp onto the ink pad once or twice to ensure full coverage.  Then for the lighter layer, I used a combination of the rock & roll method and lightly patting the stamp onto the ink pad so that there was less-than-full coverage which I feel lent a more dimensional, almost watercolor look to some of the images.

I really urge you to pick up this From the Heart stamp set, and perhaps the combined stamp and card kit, before they're gone.  Not only are the flowers gorgeous, but the images will give you a fun chance to stretch your stamping abilities and there is a set of sentiments in this set that you will be able to use in your cardmaking for years to come.

Don't forget to hop on over to Corinna's blog to see what projects she has created for you, you'll be glad you did!  I hope you will join us again on October 4th for the Beary Merry Christmas hop, too.  Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!  ~~  Annette

Purple flowers:  Eggplant & Pansy with Canary and Flaxen (for the dots) for the centers

Pink flowers:  Raspberry for both layers (I just patted or dabbed the stamp onto the ink pad for the lighter layer but you could also do a second generation stamp) and Canary for the centers

Yellow flowers:  Tangerine & Lemon

Blue Flowers:  Pacifica (first generation for the lines and second generation for the main flower) with Willow for the stems (hint:  stamp the stems first, it's much easier to line things up that way)

Leaves:  Sweet Leaf for the base (again, rock and roll it and/or tap/pat it for a lighter, variegated look) and Willow for the veins and darker half-leaf

PAPERS:  Willow for the card base, Pansy for the panel behind the sentiment, and Raspberry for the sentiment which was die cut using my Cuttlebug and the retired Hello & Thanks Thin Cut die set

Sweet Tidings for AHSC #230

Hello again, crafty friends!  I have been planning several Christmas cards but didn't intend to actually start making them for another week or two, but something about this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge just put me in a festive mood.  I tried several variations on this sketch but this is the one I kept coming back to and fine tuning, and I am finally happy with it... I think, lol.

We would love to see your take on this week's sketch, too.  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 9/24/17, to play along and you can link your project HERE.  Don't forget to check out the rest of the design team's projects too, you are sure to be inspired by what they've created for you!  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

details:  I started with the City Sidewalks papers (retired) and I chose to focus on 3 colors: WillowCranberry, and Glacier.  The 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" card base is on Cranberry cardstock; the 3 x 4" green patterned panel is from City Sidewalks and the diagonal striped piece is one of the zip strips from that kit.  The center panel and mini banners are cut from Cranberry, White Daisy, and Glacier cardstocks.  

All the stamped images are from a new set called Season of Sweetness.  I used Nutmeg ink to stamp the cookie images on Colonial White cardstock (retired) and then I stamped the images on White Daisy and fussy cut them - yes, even the TINY pieces of the Christmas tree cookie - and layered them onto the Colonial White pieces as I was trying to make them look like frosted sugar cookies.  I don't know how well I succeeded with that, but I can tell you I did succeed in starting a craving for sugar cookies!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Falling For You, So Blessed and AHSC #228

Hello again, crafty friends!  Autumn is my favorite season and it's fast approaching, but I couldn't wait any longer to break out some fall themed craft supplies and this week's sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge provided the perfect opportunity.  Let's get started!
details:  I started with the Falling For You paper pack and I chose to focus on three particular colors from the kit:  Fern, Goldrush, and Nutmeg.  I cut the green orange leaves from one of the patterned papers in this kit, and the green stripe and brown banner are also patterned papers from the same kit.  I used black Memento ink to stamp this feather image from the September Stamp of the Month, Feel So Blessed.  I used sponge daubers to layer AlmondToffee, and Nutmeg inks.  To add a little more dimension to the colors, I used the Clay ShinHan marker to fill in some of the lines.  I also used the Feel So Blessed stamp set for the sentiment which was stamped in Nutmeg.  For a little shine, I used a scallop border punch and a strip of gold glitter paper for the bottom border strip, punched a heart shape out of the same paper.  I had some retired puffies sets lying around and discovered there were some tiny gold glittery leaves so I added a trio of those in the upper corner as well.  Have I mentioned that autumn is my favorite season?

Don't forget to check out the design team's projects, you are sure to be inspired!  We would love to see your take on this sketch, too!  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central to link your project, which you can do HERE.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Thinking of You for AHSC #226

Hello again, crafty friends!  Michelle Stewart has provided us with another fabulous sketch to work with this week at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog.  There are endless possibilities with this one and we would love to see your take on it.  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 8/27/17, to enter your project HERE.  Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

details:  I recently came across these pretty papers from the long retired Sophia kit from CTMH and I thought they would be a great choice for this sketch.  I used washi tape to line up the largest two basic circles dies to form the circular frame for this "thinking of you" sentiment from the new Sending Prayers set.  I finished the card up with a white paper flower, various brads, and the smallest size of the Bashful pearls.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Birthday Roses for AHSC #224

Hello and welcome back, crafty friends!  I am so excited to finally share this post, as not only has Michelle Stewart given us another fun and fabulous sketch to play with but this is also the start of a new term with new Design Team members at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog, but this is also my first project featuring new product from CTMH's new Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  It's like Christmas in August!

details:  CTMH has introduced Bashful as their Color of the Year and I thought it would be the perfect starting point for this  card.  I started with a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" card base in Bashful and a 4 x 5 1/4" layer of White Daisy.  I used the rose embossing folder on the two side panels and ran a thin strip of this retired dark pink glitter paper through the scallop border punch.  The rose was created with the Beautiful You layered stamp and coordinating Thin Cut die set using BashfulPixie, and Pomegranate inks for the flower and Fern and New England Ivy for the leaves.  When the flower was complete and I had it placed where I wanted it, I also went over it with the clear shimmer brush and added one of the smaller white pearls.  I used Pomegranate ink with the A Bunch of Love stamp set for the sentiment and the Hello Lovely stamp set and coordinating Thin Cut for the frame (both of which are retired now).

We would love to see your take on this week's sketch, too!  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central to share your creation, which you can link up HERE.  Also, I hope you take time to check out the rest of the Design Team's projects and maybe stop by their blogs and show them some love and welcome our new members.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  Annette

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Jack Meets CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back to another installment of the Close To My Heart (CTMH) Featured Products Blog Hop.  This week we are bringing you inspiration from the Jack paper kit and/or its coordinating stamp sets.  While this was supposed to be part of a hop, life gets busy sometimes so I'm the only one officially participating this week but make sure you check out the whole post as I have included a fabulous Guest Designer project from a talented CTMH Consultant named Kim Wolff - you will definitely want to check it out!

In case you aren't familiar with it, Jack is a fun, outdoorsy collection with lots of possibilities.  It's great for masculine cards, which I never seem to have enough of, so I came up this this retirement card for our favorite auto mechanic.  Not only has he been a friend of the family for over 20 years, but he is a good mechanic and honest businessman, and although he has hasn't actually announced his retirement yet he has been talking about it more and more and we will be lost without his work and professional advice!

All products are from CTMH.
papers: Black cardstock & Jack kit
stamps/ dies:
Wreath and coordinating Thin Cut,   Hooked On You, and the No Worries stamp and coordinating Thin Cut, Basic Circles Thin Cut (2nd largest one in the set)
ink:  Black Memento ink

And now, as promised, here is an absolutely adorable Christmas card recently shared HERE by Kim Wolff:

Isn't it fabulous?!?!  Please make sure you take a minute to visit her Facebook business page to show her some love and encouragement.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will visit again on 8/16/17 when our theme will be Back To School.  Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wild Things for AHSC 222

Hello again, crafty friends!  Michelle Stewart has come up with another great sketch for us to play with this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and I can't wait to see what everyone makes out of this one.  A few weeks ago I was gifted with a cute little stamp set by a young crafting friend and this sketch gave me the perfect opportunity to ink it up.  Let's get started!

details:  I don't have a name or manufacturer for the stamp set that the monkey, vines, and boy and girl came from, but the sentiment is from CTMH's retired Wild Wonders set.  The card base is cut from Topiary CS, the patterned paper is from the Calypso kit, and I used Sunset CS to back the sentiment piece.  The monkey was stamped using Chocolate ink on Cashmere CS, and the boy/girl images were stamped on watercolor paper with black Memento ink and colored with a variety of ShinHan markers.  Although you can't really see it in the picture, I popped the girl image up with 3-D tape for a little added dimension and visual interest.

This was a fun sketch and we'd love to see your take on it, too!  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central to link up your projects, which you can do HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting! ~~ Annette