Wednesday, June 23, 2021

You Are Enough Layout

Right before our world locked down in March of 2020, my husband and I had an epic date night at a fundraiser, "The Big Prom," for our local college scholarship program.  I decided the You Are Enough collection had the perfect papers to coordinate with our photos from that fun evening.

I decided that this cute banner pattern from the NEW Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 5 how-to guide.  Here are close ups of the pages:

I used a variety of the rose-gold-foil-embossed cardstock and patterned papers (plus zip strips) along with several of the stickers from the You Are Enough collection.  I also added Blue Belle glitter gems.

The great thing about our how-to guides/recipes is just like in cooking, you can adjust elements to fit your taste.  I really like how these pages turned out from our super-fun night!  Be sure to check out all of our how-to guides HERE!  

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

June Stamp of the Month & Just a Note Cards

The June stamp of the month, Outdoor Borders, is such a fun one to play with!  (Maybe because it's summer and therefore time to play?)  No matter what, I want to thank my talented friend and Heart2Heart design team member, Cat Nowak, for the inspiration for these cards.

I practically copied her card with the card on the bottom.  For both, I stamped tone-on-tone on the lighter side of Candy Apple, Nectarine, Lemonade, Green Apple, Bluebird, and Grape cardstock with the matching inks.  I cut the White Daisy sentiments from with my Stitched Fancy Brackets Thin Cuts.  They both use the Just a Note stamp set in black with black bursts as embellishments.
I'm curious to know if you prefer the sentiment offset or centered.  Please leave a comment!  Thanks!

Remember, the June stamp of the month, Outdoor Borders, is only available until the end of this month!  Get yours before it's gone!

Monday, June 21, 2021

H2H Challenges: Let's Hear It for the Boys!

 Heart2Heart Challenge's second June challenge is a timely one for Father's Day, but you can celebrate any of the boys or men in your life with this theme, Let's Hear It for the Boys!

I used the All-Star Birthday stamp set and the Stars and Sparklers collection to create this shaker card for my Dad for Father's Day.  (He hasn't seen it yet since he was gone for the weekend.  We are getting together tonight to celebrate him, which also allows my hubby to get his own day of celebration, although he doesn't mind sharing.)  My dad is such a blessing to our entire family.

Here's a close up of the shaker window.  I used our star shaker Thin cuts and acetate/foam kit, plus added Blue Belle sequins and mini gold star confetti.  (If I were to make this card again, I would add in some Scarlett stars in the shaker window.)  I stamped the central star/sentiment with Carolina ink.  I stamped the star border with Sapphire and added some gold shimmer trim to make this card a little extra festive.

Be sure to celebrate your boys and men at H2H Challenges!  You can link up until the end of June for this one!  Happy Father's Day to all the amazing dads out there!

Friday, June 18, 2021

Layered Butterflies and You Are Enough Cards

To say that I love the Layered Butterflies Thin Cuts is an understatement!  Here are two cards I've made with them and the You Are Enough paper collection.  (These are only available through the end of the month.)

Let me know if you have any questions!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

June Technique Blog Hop: Sunburst

Here comes the sun!  (How many of you are humming or singing along already?)  It's time for a very cheerful blog hop, the June Technique Blog Hop, featuring fun sunburst techniques.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrive from Michelle's blog.  From here, you'll click on her name to visit Danielle's blog next.)

I used the Starburst Thin Cuts background to create four of these cards (two shown here)!  The "stamples" in the May/June Idea Book showed four different pieces of paper for each burst, so I chose four of my favorite Sapphire and Blue Belle papers from the You Are Enough paper collection and cut each one with the Sunburst Thin Cuts.  You could make your own sunburst with rectangles cut in half to make triangles, but seriously, the Thin Cuts die makes it super easy!  

I used the You Are Enough stamp set and Thin Cuts to cut and stamp the medallion on the lighter side of Blue Belle cardstock.  (For the first card, I stamped the medallion with Sapphire ink but the second one uses Blue Belle ink.)  I stamped the sentiment for both with Sapphire ink and embellished them both with Blue Belle sparkles.

Please leave a comment before continuing the Sunburst Technique Blog Hop by visiting Danielle's blog next.  Thank you!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Graduation 2020 (At Last!)

Our older daughter finished her undergraduate degree from home last May and got her cap, gown, and diploma in the mail.  She was thrilled that Oglethorpe offered the Class of 2020 a traditional graduation on the Sunday after the Class of 2021 traditional graduation.  Here's the 5"x7" card that I made for her to celebrate this milestone.

For the background, I spread Solar Flare stickles glitter gel across the top and bottom and set aside to dry.  The black polka dot paper is from the current Mix-In collection, with Canary and gold shimmer trim.  The stamp set is retired but worked perfectly for her card.  Here are some close ups:
I used the circle shaker Thin Cuts for the frame and the Canary star confetti, plus I added silver loose sequins and mini gold star confetti to the shaker window.

Four black enamel dots finished it off!  Thanks for letting me share this milestone!

She graduated Magna cum Laude with Honors!

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Outdoor Borders

 Can you believe it's June already?!?  Time for the stamp of the month blog hop featuring Outdoor Borders!  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Miss Carrie's Creations blog.  From here you'll visit Darlys's blog next.)

For my project, I created a 6"x8" title page for a mini album to celebrate our travels in our new (to us) motor home!  We have loved our 5th wheel, but it was time to upgrade for many reasons.  I had always wished that I had a mini album of our camper travels, so I am starting this adventure off right.  I used the Mix-In collection, Outdoor Borders stamp set (in black) to create the three "tags" and the mountain range, plus my CTMH/Cricut You Are Here collection to cut the highway and the license plate.  I embellished the page with strips of Blue Belle glitter paper and pearls.

Here are all of the border stamps in this set (so don't you see so many great possibilities?):

Thanks for letting my share!  I'm looking forward to creating several pages with this set prior to our first trip.  Please leave a comment before continuing on to Darlys's blog next!

{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

Monday, May 31, 2021

Sending You Hugs Llama Card

 The National Scrapbooking Day specials are ending today, so be sure to get yours if you haven't already!

This cute llama card uses the Sending You Hugs stamp (only available in the bundle) with the Lovely paper collection.  I used markers to color her with a little shimmer brush accents.  This stamp set includes a koala and zebra also.  Wish you a whole llama love and hugs!

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Slimline Cards Blog Hop

Hey, crafty friends! Slimeline cardsare such fun cards to make!  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Miss Carrie's Creations blog.  From here you'll visit Darlys's blog next.)

My slimline cards uses the You Are Enough collection: cardstock, patterned paper, and butterfly Thin Cuts, plus the May stamp of the month.  I used Blue Belle shimmer trim and glitter dots as embellishments.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

May/June New Product Blog Hop

Close To My Heart just keeps knocking it out of the park with each new two-month Idea Book, and the May/June Idea Book is no exception!  This blog hop will feature CTMH Makers' favorites from the latest and greatest. (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Maureen's blog.  From here, you'll visit Miss Carrie's Creations next.)

I am showcasing the Hillside Cottage Cardmaking stamp set, coordinating Thin Cuts, and paper collection.  (I can't wait to scrapbook some travel photos with this collection and share with you soon!)  One perk of being a CTMH Maker is early access to new products and Maker-only workshops, which is where these lovely cards came from.  I can only take credit for following directions, so thanks CTMH Corp for these cute cards.

My first card features the adorable fox stamped on its Thin Cut and a wooden heart from the Hillside Cottage (wooden) shapes. 

Who knew that Flamingo and Paprika would be so pretty together?  This card features a mix of stamped images, wooden shapes, and stickers from the Hillside Cottage sticker sheet.  The first two cards both use scissor distressing on the focal image panels.

For this third card, I changed out the patterned paper but still think the card is cute.  I used a journaling pen to doodle the border on the sentiment panel.  The black wooden flowers are also part of the Hillside Cottage wooden shapes.

I am looking forward to scrapbooking with this collection and of course more cardmaking.  Please leave a comment before you visit Miss Carrie's Creations next to continue the May/June 2021 New Product Blog hop!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

Monday, May 17, 2021

H2H Challenges: Sponging

Heart2Heart Challenges is offering up a technique challenge, sponging!  My first card uses a wedge cut from our round sponge and Glacier ink.

This card features the May stamp of the month, Flowers for You, with cardstock and stamping with New England Ivy, a piece of Hillside Cottage patterned paper, and sponging with Glacier ink.  I colored in my stamped image with TriBlend Spectrum Noir markers.  The sentiment was stamped with Flamingo and New England Ivy.

I've also been have a LOT of fun sponging with distress oxide inks:

Thanks for letting me share.  Now it's your turn to give sponging a try and join us at Heart2Heart Challenges!

Saturday, May 15, 2021

May Technique Blog Hop: Just Distress Oxide It!

The May 2021 Technique Blog Hop is featuring distress oxide inks.  They are so much fun to play!  They have a really creamy texture and react to water (hence the oxide in the name).  You are going to love all of the techniques you will learn on this hop.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrive from Michelle Loncar's blog.  From here, you'll click on her name to visit Darlys Recker's Craft Happy blog next.)

I wanted to create a Mother's Day card featuring pink (or coral), yellow, and green.  Using my mini ink blending tool, I began by sponging Tattered Rose distress oxide ink in the top middle of my White Daisy card panel.  I added Mustard Seed below and then overlapped a little Tattered Rose.  I sponged Mowed Lawn on the bottom and Abandoned Coral on the top, blending the colors together across the cardstock and overlapping each color as best I could.  (While I have seen tutorials recommending a circular sponging application, I think mine looked better brushing ink across the cardstock.)  Here's a peek at the first step:
After sponging the ink on my card front panel, I misted water with a squirt bottle and then dripped random splotches onto the front with water dripping from my fingers.

To finish the background, I flicked Peach, Gold, and Candy Apple shimmer brushes onto the card front panel.

For my focal image, after stamping in Black ink, I used my Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend markers to color in the floral images and foliage.  I rimmed the edge of my circle with my black marker.  The Happy Mother's Day circle is from a retired stamp set (stamped in Black and Smoothie), and the Canary gingham circle was cut from the Lovely collection.

Here's a similar card that I've already featured on my blog that uses the same basic techniques.  (You can learn more HERE.)

Here's a peek at a new card I just made also using the same techniques but with Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, and Sapphire distress oxide inks.

Thanks for letting me share some different versions of the same distress oxide technique.  Please leave a comment before you hop to Darlys's Craft Happy blog next!


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