Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: Embossing Is Back!

Welcome to the April installment of the CTMH technique blog hop!  This month, we're featuring embossing.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Wendy's blog.  You'll visit Catherine after checking out my two cards and quick tutorials.)  Both of my cards use heat embossing with the Some Kind of Wonderful stamp set and the Brushed paper pack, yet they look very different!

The first card uses the "emerging color" embossing technique.  Begin by stamping your images all over your focal piece with dye inks in various colors. I used ALL of the colors of the Brushed paper pack except black: Cranberry, Hollyhock, Pixie, Canary, Flaxen, Pear, and Juniper.  I did work from top to bottom creating a rainbow effect.
Let that piece dry completely! Then take solid (or mostly solid) stamps- the larger the better- and randomly stamp the solid images (in this case the solid butterflies) with Versamark ink.  Sprinkle clear embossing powder of this second layer of stamped images.  Knock off the excess embossing powder and heat set with your embossing tool.
In the above picture, you can see the clear embossing powder before I heat set it.  Unfortunately either my Versamark wasn't very "juicy" or my clear embossing powder has lost some of its potency, because my heat tool blew some of it off before heat setting it.  I've never had that happen before!

The next step is to sponge or brayer ink over the entire piece.  You can go with a very dark color to completely (or almost completely) hide your random stamping, or you can do what I did and use a rainbow of colors.
After you've covered the piece with a top layer of color(s), grab a tissue or some toilet paper and burnish the piece: wipe off the excess ink so that the clear embossing really show through.

The second card uses a much simpler embossing technique: white-on-white with sponged color.  I stamped the butterflies with clear Versamark and then heat embossed them with white embossing powder.  (White-on-white didn't photograph well, but is actually pretty in and of itself.)  Next, I sponged color over the butterflies and then burnished them.  This time I used Canary, Pixie, and Hollyhock inks.
 To finish this piece, I sponged Juniper on the "sky" background and added pearls and a pretty bow from my stash.

Thanks for sticking with me so far!  I hope you've gotten some great ideas on using embossing in your crafting.  I'd love to know which card you like better.  (Thanks in advance for leaving a comment!)  Your next stop on the CTMH embossing blog hop is CATHERINE.  Thanks for leaving me a comment before visiting her blog! (Just click on her name.)  Enjoy embossing!

Monday, April 13, 2015

H2H Challenges: Sketch for April

Heart 2 Heart Challenges has a great sketch for you to try this week, courtesy of our own Design Team Member, Nikka!  Don't you want to give it a try?  If you need some inspiration before you begin (or are ready to link up your project), visit the H2H blog.  Here's the inspiration sketch:
My card uses the Brushed paper pack and the Some Kind of Wonderful stamp set.  I knew I wanted to use one of the butterflies and a sparkle "trail."  Because of the direction of the bling, I knew that I needed to flip the pennants.
To create the butterfly, I stamped it three times: twice on scrap paper (in Canary and in Pixie) and once in black on the focal White Daisy card stock with a wing tip going off the edge.  I think cut out both top wings and both bottom wings, then adhered them to the focal piece.
Thanks for "fluttering by!"  Be sure to check out how the H2H Team Canary interpreted this sketch, and link up your own before the end of the month.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop

Have you seen the gorgeous new products in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog supplement?  These items are available through August, and you are going to want to get your hands on some of them!  My blog hop group is featuring all new projects using products from this Idea Book supplement.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Lela's blog.  If you'd like to see more fabulous ideas with products from Season Expressions 2, go to Michelle's blog next.)
 For my project, I thought that the new Blossom paper pack was a great match with our Easter photos!  (Thank heavens for Walmart's 1-hour photo service in our small town!)  I used a sketch from the Cherish how-to guide to fit in all of my photos.
On this left page, you'll notice the cool new Boardwalk washi tape (3 coordinating tapes), Glacier extra thick twine, and Oceanside sequins.

To stamp my title, I used the gorgeous Vogue alphabet with Lagoon ink.  The pennants with my square photo use Blossom B&T, Boardwalk washi tape, and Teal shimmer trim.
Click HERE for the complete hop list!

Thanks for letting me share our Easter 2015 with you!  After leaving a comment, please go check out Michelle's amazing projecnext!

H2H Challenges: Checkerboard

This week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge is a checkerboard theme challenge.  You might think black & white, you might think squares, or you might think of a fun childhood game.  Whatever you think of, get busy creating and share your CTMH project with us!  I decided to make a card using the (retired) Lollydoodle Workshop on the Go card sketch.
Don't you love the new Blossom paper pack?!?  It is only available this spring and summer!  I used the April stamp of the month, Typed Note, for the birthday sentiment, and embellished the card with the NEW Glacier thick twine and Ocean sequins.

Be sure to check out all of the H2H designers and their checkerboard creations!  Happy crafting!  I am off on spring break, so I am not sure if I'll get more or less crafting done.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

No fooling, it's time for the April stamp of the month blog hop featuring the CTMH April stamp of the month, Typed Note.  I love this set!  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Lela's blog and will got to Donna's blog next.)

Here are two versions of basically the same card (using a sketch from Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 2).  The first uses the Brushed paper pack with pink shimmer trim and gray sequins.
My second card uses the Seaside paper pack, bronze shimmer trim, and gold polka dot washi tape.  These cards are easy to make and mail.

Which version do you prefer?
Click HERE for the complete hop list!
Thanks for hopping by!  Be sure to check out all the participants' creations by going to see Donna's blog next!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Musical Layouts

Last night we got to enjoy our younger daughter's jazz band concert.  They got to work with a professional jazz quartet all afternoon and then perform.  They were wonderful!  (She has to be at the high school at 7 AM every morning to participate, and then catches the last school bus of the morning with two other 8th graders to get to the middle school on time.)
 Because both girls participate in band and chorus (and Ansley takes piano lessons too), I grabbed pictures of them making music this past year and created a Studio J layout for each of them.  I love the musical B&T in the Yuletide Carol Christmas collection, so I used it and changed the red to Smoky Plum to tie into our school colors.  I love how this combo looks and how both layouts turned out.
Thanks for letting me share my girls with you!  We are so proud of them!

Monday, March 23, 2015

H2H Challenges: How Cute!

This week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge theme is how cute!  I made this adorable owl gift bag using the CTMH/Cricut Artiste cartridge.
It was so easy!  I used a piece of Canary card stock to cut out the bag itself.  I used two different pieces of Brushed B&T- one for the eyes and the other for the flower medallion.  I used some gold glitter gems to accent the eyes and the owl's "pin."  It truly couldn't be easier!

Be sure to go check out all of the H2H Team Thistle's adorable creations and then be sure to link up your own.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Eiffel Tower Card

In my effort to use up the last of my Heartstrings paper pack scraps (only available through the end of March), I made this card (with my Amour stamp set).
The book print pattern is my absolute fave from this pack.  I paired it with scraps I had left of the other side (hearts), teal shimmer trim, a tiny scrap of another Heartstrings B&T scrap, plus some Whisper and Lagoon card stock on a White Daisy card base.  Isn't the Heartstrings assortment badge a lovely finishing touch?  Thanks for letting me share l'amour francais with you!

Monday, March 16, 2015

H2H Challenges: Green with Envy

Since green is one of my favorite colors, this Heart 2 Heart Challenge isn't really challenging at all!  I decided to get in the festive spirit and make a little paper four-leaf clover using Pear card stock and B&T from the Brushed paper pack.
This idea came from Pinterest, of course!  Here are a few photos of the various steps.

I'll leave you with my cute niece and the clover she made.  Cute, right?  Be sure to check out the H2H blog if you can stand to be Green with Envy!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Try Stamping on Tuesday Top 3

This card was selected as one of the Top 3 for the Try Stamping on Tuesday challenge #207!
Thank you very much!  That one was my favorite of the two, also.

Friday, March 13, 2015

January Photo-A-Day Challenge & Skylark Picture My Life Layouts

In theory, the Picture My Life pocket scrapbooking line has sounded like a great idea to me, but I have had trouble implementing it until now.  During our snow days last month, I took all of my January photos and actually got them scrapbooked!   I am super stoked about this feat!  (First, I have been participating in a photo-a-day challenge just because I have wanted to record more of of the every day in my life.  Thanks to the Snapfish app, I have 100 free prints per month, so I printed all of my January photos.  A couple of days I needed more than one photo to tell our story, but most days have just one highlight photo.)  I used the Skylark Picture My Life collection to get me going.

If you have photos that don't fit the orientation of your pockets, cut them up and back them with cardstock, B&T, or PML cards.
{I love this picture of the Hubs and me!  I had to split it to make it fit, but I still think we're cute- and together!}

Thank you, Instagram, for helping me remember what I was doing each day!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ring Ring Card

Ring ring!  Here's a fun card to say hello!

This card idea was totally "stolen" from the talented Aaron Brown and uses the CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge.  I began with the Chalk It Up paper pack, and I taught my card class participants how to make a pop-up card without a Cricut cartridge.

Do you remember these? :)  Rather than cut the "hi" sentiment from the Cricut cartridge, we stamped it with a stamp set from the CTMH/Cricut Artiste collection.  I think this card would be a great way to brighten anyone's day.  I hope it has yours!  (And if you'd like to learn more about CTMH, feel free to give me a ring!  You can find everything that I used HERE if you'd like some of your own.)


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