Monday, April 24, 2017

Sweet 16 Double-Z Fold Birthday Card

How my baby can be 16 today is beyond me!  To celebrate her birthday, I created this Double-Z fold card just for her with the Sugar Rush collection.  All of the "fancy" cuts were made with the CTMH/Cricut Artistry cartridge
You can't help but notice the addition of Sea Glass glitter paper for the "16."
 Can you tell how the Sea Glass washi tape extends across the entire width of the card?
I used the Pomegranate washi tape to "fill in" the heart in the balloon.

If you'd like to make your own Double-Z fold card, just search for directions (& let me know if you can't find them).  It's an easy card to make and is fun with all its layers and dimensions.
 Here she was at 8 months and a little more recently.  Happy Sweet 16, baby girl!  Your Daddy and I love you!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Spring Card

The daffodils may have faded, but this card (that  I sent to my aunt) is still pretty in its own right.
This card features the Dreamin' Big paper packet plus Canary card stock and silver shimmer trim.  the daffodils and watering can were cut with the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge. The sentiment is included in the Flower Market collection.  I think the yellow sequins make pretty buds, don't you?

I'm entering this card in the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #299, Spring.  Thanks for letting me know what you think of this quick and easy card. Happy spring!  I hope flowers are blooming wherever you are!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blop Hop: Vellum Makes Everything Better

This month's CTMH Technique blog hop is focusing on vellum, that beautiful sheer paper that (I think) makes your crafts look so fancy.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Melissa's blog.  From here, you'll visit Tammy next.)  I have three different cards to share with you today.
As you can see, I have two different versions of the same CTMH/Cricut Flower Market calla lily cut.  You will have to look closely to see the pretty striped vellum from the Uptown Fundamentals collection because the White Glitter Paper sort of steals the show.  The first version uses Whisper card stock for the sentiment panel (stamped in Slate with the Happy To Be Friends stamp set) with silver sequins and shimmer trim.
 Here's a close up where you can see the vellum layer better.
 The second version adds Canary ink sponged on the main panel and on the calla lily flower itself.  Gold sequins and shimmer trim complement the yellow.  Fern ink was sponged onto the stem.
 This card uses the same elements plus Slate ribbon from the Rustic Home collection.
My third card has already been featured on my blog, but I LOVE making vellum "mason jars" to hold flowers!  (You can read more about this particular card HERE.)
Thanks for stopping in and checking out my vellum projects.  I hope you'll give this pretty paper a try!  I'd love for you to leave a comment before you hop on to Tammy's blog.  Thanks!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Princess Baby Card

A friend's third grandbaby is on the way, so I made this pretty princess card for her baby shower.
The card base was cut with the (retired) CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge on Canary card stock.  The front panel uses pieces of the Sugar Rush collection (available until the end of the month, while supplies last).  I embellished it with a heart from the Sugar Rush complements, pink epoxy gems, sparkles, and gold shimmer trim.

Best wishes to the new momma-to-be and their little princess!

(I couldn't resist sharing this on H2H Challenges' April Showers challenge!)

Monday, April 3, 2017

H2H Challenges: April Showers

You know the saying about April showers, right?  Heart 2 Heart Challenges' first April challenge is April Showers.  I knew that I wanted to try to pair the April stamp of the month, Flock Together, with the umbrella from the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge.
To begin, I stamped the hen and chick with Momento black permanent ink on my Glacier card front and again on White Daisy.  Then I took the cut out umbrella and laid it on my card to see where to stamp the hearts upside down to simulate raindrops.  (I stamped the "rain" with Glacier ink.)
The next step was to color the White Daisy birds with my Shin Han Twin Touch markers to coordinate with the Some Kinda Wonderful paper collection and then cut them out.  (By stamping them on the card base first in black, I didn't have to try to cut out the little feet!)  I don't know if you can tell how I split the umbrella so that it looks like it's tucked under Mama Hen's wing.  All of my embellishments except the silver shimmer trim came with the Some Kinda Wonderful Workshop Your Way collection.

Be sure to check out all of the Heart 2 Heart Design Team's inspiration for April Showers.  The month has just started, so you'd be a fool not to join us!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

April Stamp of the Month: Flock Together

The April Close To My Heart stamp of the month is the adorable Flock Together featuring a set of adorable birds and some cute sayings.

My card paired the stamp of the month with the with Some Kinda Wonderful Workshop Your Way collection.  It includes the pretty paper pack plus the white twine and black epoxy gems featured on the card.  After stamping the birds with Momento ink (for its permanency) I colored them with our Shin Han Twin Touch markers to match Some Kinda wonderful.  The hearts were stamped with Raspberry ink.

If you'd like to follow the monthly Stamp of the Month Blog Hop, click HERE to get started.  (Unfortunately I missed out on this month's sign up, but I plan to join May's.)

Monday, March 27, 2017

H2H Challenges: Tea Time

This week is the final Heart 2 Heart March challenge, Tea Time.  This challenge is the perfect opportunity to use the March Close To My Heart stamp of the month, Tea-rrific.  (Of course if you don't have the stamp of the month, you can make any kind of tea-inspired project.)
This weekend I offered these five cards as a 15-card workshop (3 each of the 5 designs) with the March stamp of the month, Tea-rrific, and the Dreamin' Big paper pack.
 We used waterbrushes and the inks to march the Dreamin' Big palette to color each card.  (The top left card also uses paper piecing to make the polka dot cup.)
Be sure to join H2H and the Tea Time challenge- or any of the other March challenges!

Friday, March 17, 2017

So Lucky Card

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  When I created my Marker Madness card, I went ahead and made a St. Patrick's Day card for my college daughter using the same marker technique: adding dimension to die cuts.
To begin, I used this pretty shamrock bouquet cut from the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge on Willow card stock.  I then added color with two different ShinHan Touch markers (Leaf Green and Pastel Green) to add interest and depth.
To make my card, I added a panel of Pansy B&T (from the Adventure collection) and a panel of White Daisy that I stamped with Willow ink in first and second generation.  The "so lucky" sentiment is part of one of the three stamp sets that comes with the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market collection.  In order for that piece to stand out a bit, I inked the edges in Willow ink.  The Canary horseshoe was cut with the same Cricut key as the shamrock.

To finish the card, I used a piece of Pansy ribbon from the Adventure ribbon collection and three gold sequins.

Have a happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: Marker Madness

Close To My Heart offers a beautiful selection of alcohol markers in a rainbow of colors plus some specialty markers (chalk and metallics, anyone?).  This month's technique blog hop is focusing on our markers.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Melissa's blog.  From here, you'll visit Darlys next.)  I don't consider myself a coloring expert, so I decided to try to use them in a different way.
This card front of the pretty Canary daffodil with Willow foliage on a Glacier base was cut with the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge.  (You're not crazy if you're thinking you don't see any markers here.  You're not.)  I wanted to show how you can take a rather flat die cut and jazz it up with some marker highlights.
 Here is my finished card.  I added veins and texture with easily with the fine tip of our ShinHan Twin Touch alcohol markers.  For the daffodil's "cup," I colored the smaller piece again to add dimension.
To create the background panel, I colored the Glacier card stock with Turquoise Blue stripes from left to right.  I then flicked some rubbing alcohol on the panel to create the "raindrops."
 To finish off the card, I matted my original piece onto a piece of Lagoon Adventure 5"x7" B&T and then added an Adventure ribbon bow and sequins from the Dreamin' Big collection.

As you can see, markers aren't just for coloring in lined images.  Try adding a little extra depth, dimension, and texture to your next project.  Thanks for sharing in my marker madness today!  Now go see what craftiness Darlys has in store for us!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Dreamin' Big Blog Hop

Welcome to the Dreamin' Big blog hop!  A lovely group of CTMH consultants are highlighting this spring-y paper collection for you today.  (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Darlene's blog.  Visit Carol's blog next!)

This layout is based on a PageMaps sketch that I found.  I used the Dreamin' Big Workshop Your Way paired with the Tea-rriffic March stamp of the month set.  All of the embellishments are from the Dreamin' Big Workshop Your Way collection.  (When I add my pictures, I will probably also add some of the Whisper twine included in the collection.)
The lacy doily cuts were made with the retired CTMH/Cricut Artiste cartridge.  On this left page, I used one of the 4"x6" journaling cards from the collection.  On the right page, I cut one of the 3"x4" cards down to 3"x3".
To color the tea cup stack and flower, I used my thin waterbrush and ink from this palette: Sorbet, Poppy, Saffron, and Juniper (after stamping with Archival Black ink).  The larger tea cup is paper pieced with a Complements sticker flower on top.

Thanks for hopping by!  Please leave a comment before clicking on over to Carol's blog!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Tea-rrific

The March Close To My Heart stamp of the month is my cup of tea!  This adorable set truly is Tea-rriffic, and I can't wait to see all the great ideas shared along this blog hop.  (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Alyson's blog, and you will head to Jean's blog next.)
This card came together quickly using the Tea-rriffic set and the Dreamin' Big Workshop Your Way collection.  I stamped the tea cup stack with black archival ink and then used my small waterbrush and Glacier, Canary, Sorbet, and Poppy inks to paint the cups.  The waterbrush is super easy to use and will be featured in my upcoming Tea-rriffic card workshop.

All of the embellishments came with the Dreamin' Big Workshop Your Way: Whisper twine and these pretty sequins (along with Complements that I haven't used yet).  Using one of these kits is a great way to have a variety of papers and embellishments that go together beautifully.

Thanks for hopping by!  Brew yourself a cup of tea and then go see Jean's sweet project to continue the hop.
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fundamentals Creative Collection Blog Hop

Close To My Heart's Fundamentals collections are the core of our paper collection.  They are available all year long, and you're going to see lots of great ways to use them on this hop.
(If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Cat's blog and you'll visit Maureen from here.)
Ever since I got my Cricut Flower Market collection, I have wanted to play with some of the fun cuts!  I was thinking spring (and inspired by the late Debbie Reynolds) to create this cheerful "Singing in the Rain" card.  All of the patterned paper is from the Adventure Fundamentals collection (in Lagoon, Lemon, and Willow) on a Lagoon card stock base.  My "rain" was stamped with the Charming Cascades stamp set.  I used a piece of Adventure Fundamentals ribbon, blue glitter gems, and gold and green shimmer trip for embellishments.

Thanks for hopping by!  You've got to give our Fundamentals a try if you haven't already.  Now continue the hop and skip on over to see what Maureen has created!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}


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