Friday, May 22, 2015

Teacher Appreciation and the Last Day of School

Can you believe that today is the last day of school?!?  This year has absolutely flown by!  I have got to find the brakes for this crazy train called life!  Today is the final day that my daughters will be a junior and 8th grader.  (They will both be in high school together next year, so that is something to look forward to.)  In light of the end of school, here are teacher appreciation cards that I made using the Teacher Appreciation stamp set and the Chalk It Up paper pack (based on a sketch from Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 1).
 One version uses a Flaxen card base and the other uses Sorbet.  Also, for the music teachers I used a retired music staff stamp for the background.
 To color the owl, I used two of my watercolor colored pencils sans water.
 A little teal shimmer trim and a black star finished off the cards nicely.
I hope that the teachers like their cards.  It has been a great year!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Taste of Summer Thank You Sunburst Card

Last week one of my sweet kiddos brought me this jar of "sunshine": inside was a towel, sunscreen, lemonade mix packets, and nail polish!  Isn't it adorable?  So so thoughtful!

This year has been such a great one, and I am so thankful for all of my darlings.  I can't believe that this is our last week of school.
To show my appreciation, I made this "orange you sweet" sunburst card using the Taste of Summer stamp set and paper pack.

Monday, May 18, 2015

H2H Challenges: Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

The latest installment of Heart 2 Heart Challenges is the theme challenge, Extra! Extra! Read All About It!  The project that I came up with is not at all where I thought I would go when I first read about this theme challenge.  I definitely like how all the versions of my card came out, though.
It is so hard for me to believe that this is our last week of school and that graduation is Friday night!  Since our school colors are purple and gold, I grabbed my Gypsy and Honey inks and papers to create this fun graduation card.  (It is based on the sample with the Diploma Day stamp set in the Seasonal Expressions 2 on page 17.)  The main sentiment is stamped in Gypsy on a piece of White Daisy card stock cut with the CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  To create the tassel on the mortarboard, I first stamped it in Honey on the sentiment frame and then in Gypsy on scrap that I then cut out.  I snipped away the tassel on my Gypsy piece and then adhered it over the top of the stamped Honey image.  My embellishments are white and gold shimmer trim plus white epoxy stars.
 This second version uses purple glitter gems as embellishments.
 Another young friend's school colors are black and gold.  Can you see the shine on the Basics Paper Fundamentals embossed card stock?
 Here are two "generic" versions in case I need a few more graduation cards and don't know the correct colors to use.  You can't go wrong with black and white for graduation'1

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my Extra! Extra! H2H challenge submission.  You have all month to join us!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Prom 2015

Just a few weeks ago, our daughter attended her junior prom.  Here is the layout that I made to commemorate the special event.
The Blossom paper pack coordinated well with her dress and photos.  I designed the layout based on the pictures.  I used silver shimmer trim and sparkle flourishes and flowers from my stash to embellish the layout, along with two white flowers from the Blushed Assortment.

 For the right page, I created a flap with White Daisy card stock to hold a picture and hidden journaling.

The stamp sets I used were the Taste of Summer National Scrapbooking Month special and the Vogue alphabet.  Thanks for letting my share my big girl with you!  I'm not sure how she got to be this old already!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

National Scrapbooking Month: A Taste of Summer Blog Hop

Close To My Heart has an incredible offer for National Scrapbooking Month!  A Taste of Summer is a fresh and pretty paper pack and an optional stamp set available this month only.  My fellow blog hop consultants and I wanted to give you lots of ideas to use with the paper pack and stamp set.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Wendy's blog.  You'll hop next to Catherine's blog when you're ready to leave here.)
For this quick and easy card, I started with a White Daisy card stock base and stamped the sentiment from the Taste of Summer stamp set in Pixie, then the flourish in Pear, followed by the dots in Canary.  I tried to make the pink lemon look a bit like lips blowing a kiss by folding it in half and then popping up the top and bottom edges only with 3-D foam tape.  I love the combination of gold and pink shimmer trim with the Pear washi tape.  I also used a piece of the Taste of Summer B&T with the lemon zip strip for the bottom.

What do you think of my pink lemonade twist with the addition of Pixie to the Taste of Summer mix?  I think it's pretty refreshing.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you're ready now for a Taste of Summer.  Be sure to check out what Catherine has created with this great collection!  {Click on her name after you leave me a comment.  Thanks!}
Click HERE for all the hop participants & their blogs.

Monday, May 4, 2015

H2H Challenges: Mum's the Word!

With Mother's Day right around the corner, Heart 2 Heart Challenges has issued a "Mum's the Word" challenge.  Of course you don't have to use mom for this challenge.  Maybe you've got a little secret that it's time to share?  Or maybe you need to scrapbook some beautiful blooms?  No matter how you interpret the challenge, we are looking forward to seeing your creations.
My take on the challenge is (obviously) Mother's Day.  This card began with a sheet of Pear card stock and my CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge.  Because I needed two Mother's Day cards, I set my dial at 5.5" for a standard size card and was able to cut two from the one sheet.  For this first card, I paired my card base with pieces of the Brushed paper pack (although the tiny green leaves are from Blossom).  I pieced paper scraps behind the cutouts to fill in the background, even using pink shimmer trim on the "ribbons."  (Then I cut a piece of White Daisy card stock as a liner to hide the "mess" on the inside.)  The front is embellished with the Brushed assortment and various glitter gems/sparkles.

The second card is so similar to the first, but this one is paired with the Blossom paper pack and embellished with blue shimmer trim and blue and green epoxy bubbles.  If you look really closely, you can see how I used the "rainbow" diagonal striped zip strip to decorate the flower/leaf spray.  Finally, I also found a retired Pear button that I layered with a big clear sparkle for extra dimension.

Before you get check out how the H2H Design Team has interpreted the "Mum's the Word" challenge, I would love to know which card you prefer.  Thanks for visiting!

Note to Mom: Act surprised when you get your card! ;)  XO

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Taste of Summer

There might be a little nip in the air this morning, but summer is definitely around the corner!  I don't want to rush through spring by any means, but Close To My Heart has a really fun (and cute) special offer in May in honor of National Scrapbooking Month: the Taste of Summer paper pack and coordinating stamp set!

The paper packs are $8.95 each, there is no minimum purchase requirement, and you can purchase as many as you like.  The adorable stamp set is only $17.95.  If you purchase either (or both) through me, I will email you the directions that Close To My Heart designed for these two following gorgeous layouts AND the cards too!

Come back Wednesday evening for a blog hop featuring the Taste of Summer special for tons of ideas!  If you're ready to get your own set, click HERE.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Just Sayin'

The CTMH May stamp of the month, Just Sayin', has lots of possibilities, and my CTMH consultant blog hop group is here to show you some great ideas!  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Lucy's blog.  From here, you will click to go see CAT next!)

When I saw the polka dotted triangle stamp, I knew I wanted to use it to make some banners.  I grabbed my Wanderful paper pack and coordinating inks and designed this card.  I first stamped the banner in Flaxen, Sunset, Crystal Blue, Gypsy, and Honey onto my card front.  I then used my journaling pen to "tie" the banner together.  After I made the "This Is Cool" sentiment, I thought it would be fun to have Just Sayin' peeking out above it.  I like how that turned out!

Next, I am "recycling" this layout that also uses the Just Sayin' May stamp of the month.  Although the Heartstrings paper pack is no longer available, you can still order the Picture My Life card set.  (Click HERE to read more about this particular layout.)  Notice how I random stamped my Whisper and Slate pieces with the Just Sayin' stamp set and embellished with several of the sentiments.
Just sayin', thanks for hopping by!  Go check out Cat's creation next!
Click HERE for the entire hop list.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Just a Quick Note to Say Hello

Tomorrow is the last day to get the April stamp of the month, Typed Note!
The Blossom paper pack, Boardwalk washi tape, and Ocean sequins will be around a lot longer though!  (You can find everything HERE.)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Welcome Baby Card

A friend recently had a baby boy, and I made this quick card for them.
If this card looks familiar, it's because it uses the same basic materials as my H2H Wonderful Word challenge card.  It is a swing card with a Colonial White base and pieces of Seaside and Blossom paper packs plus the New Arrival stamp set.  Does the heart sentiment look like a balloon to you?  I hope so!  I am loving the thick Glacier twine!
To color the elephant image, I just grabbed my blending pen and inks after stamping in Cocoa.  This was a fun way to welcome a sweet baby boy to a sweet mom and dad!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Masked Torn Frame Technique & Butterfly Cards

Are there any Pinterest fans out there?!?  This card is CASEd from a gorgeous card that I found on Pinterest, and it uses a masked torn frame technique.  You'll also see several other cards here that I made in this "series."

To begin, create a frame with torn card stock and washi tape.
Then begin sponging ink onto your card panel, working from the lights color to the darkest.  I used Glacier, Lagoon, and Thistle.

Here is a one-layer card that I made which is very similar to the original.
The ladies in my card class opted for another version of this technique: sponge the panel first (without the framed mask) and then tear the edges to expose the white core.
 For this one I decided to stamp the butterflies in the same color as the background instead of using black ink.
 Finally, here's a quick card that I made using the same materials but without the sponging.
I'd like to link all of these up to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge, Anything Goes.

Monday, April 20, 2015

H2H Challenges: What a Wonderful World

Just in time for Earth Day this Wednesday, Heart 2 Heart Challenges has issued the "What a Wonderful World" challenge.  (Anybody else hear Louis Armstrong in the background?)  I really thought that this was going to be an easy one, but then when I carved out time to create, I was stumped.  My mind drifted, and this hot air balloon card made me think of floating over the Earth.  It might be a lame connection, but it's the best I've got this week!
This card uses three different paper packs: Blossom (new), Seaside (current), and Hopscotch (retired).  They share enough of the same colors that I thought they looked nice together.  I taught the ladies at my recent card class how to make a swing card without a Cricut cartridge, although the hot air balloons are cut with the CTMH/Cricut Artiste cartridge.
To give them a little perspective, I cut the balloons at 3", 2.5", and 1.75".  This quick card is embellished with new Ocean sparkles.

Since I don't have a specific use for the card (yet), I left off any sentiments.  I think it would be a great "just because" or thinking of you card, but what about a new baby, graduation, birthday, or even get well?  What other ways would you use this card?

Are you ready to share our wonderful world?  Hop on over to the H2H blog to see our design team's inspiration and to link up your worldly creation.


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