Thursday, June 29, 2017

Live Beautifully Birthday Card (with a Pocket)

Did you know that the Live Beautifully May special (paper pack, stamp set, and Cut Above layout kit) are still available while supplies last?  (You can find them HERE if you'd like to get yours before they are completely gone!)  I am still in love with the collection and thought it would make a pretty card for a sweet young lady who just turned 19.
The front features a stack of presents.  For the center one, the white gold-embossed card stock did not stand out against the background, so I sponged it with a little Lemon ink.  The gold-and-white ribbon bow makes it more festive (and less like a wedding cake).
The inside shows you both sides of the pretty Live Beautifully paper pack.  I used the Happy Thoughts stamp set (available HERE in English, French, or Spanish) on the inside panel, stamping the sentiment in Eggplant and the flowers in Sea Glass (which is also retiring soon!)
The pocket is embellished with white shimmer trim along the edge.

Here is a quick tutorial of how I made my pocket card.  I began with a piece of 5.5"x12" double-sided patterened paper.  I folded it onto itself at 4" and 8" with both the left and right sections folding into the center panel.  While this makes your card a little skinnier than usual, I don't think anyone will notice, and you can make make the card out of one piece of paper.
Unfold the card and turn it so that the BACK of the center panel is facing up.  (You folds should be folding the outside panels DOWN.)  Line up the top of your card and the left fold on your paper cutter and cut down 2.5" (see picture, above).
Then turn the card base 90 degrees.  You want to cut this piece at an angle to make your pocket.  (I kept about an inch of the outside edge at the bottom and lined that up with the point where I can cut the slit in the fold, and then cut that off.

If any of the tutorial doesn't make sense, please post your question here or send me an email (info at my CTMH website).  I'm linking this card up to the Heart 2 Heart June Pretty Pockets challenge. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

H2H Challenges: Watercolors

The final June Heart 2 Heart Challenge is watercolors, and there are so many ways to interpret this one!  I used a "watercolor smoosh" for my technique and card.
 To begin, lay a piece of plastic wrap at least twice as big as your project onto your work space.  (My "work space"/canvasw was a piece of 4"x5.25" piece of watercolor paper.  Begin by adding drops of clean water to the area that your card panel will cover.  Next, add drops of color onto the plastic wrap wher eyour card stock piece will go.  I used two shades of blue and two shades of purple.  Finally, place your watercolor panel onto the plastic wrap.  Wrap the edges around the card stock and then flip over.  Smooch and spread out as many wrinkles as possible.
My watercolors best matched Crystal Blue (card stock base), plus Thistle and Pansy.  The sentiment (from Happy to Be Friends) was stamped in Pansy and the flowers (from the same set) was stamped with Thistle.  I embellished my flowers with some pretty sparkles.

If you haven't played around with CTMH's watercolors, then you should give them a try!  Google a few videos and then get started!  This is the last H2H challenge for June, so be sure to play along!  Thanks!

Happy 19th Birthday!

Our oldest turned 19 this month, so I had to make her a special card.  I decided to use the Little Dreamer collection and the (retired) Kaleidoscope Workshop on the Go stamp set.
(If you'd like to know how I made this card, you can find more info HERE with the card that I made for my aunt's birthday.)

It was much easier to put 19 candles on her stamped cake than on the real one!
We were blessed to have lots of family come over to help celebrate!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

No Worries Blog Hop

The No Worries collection is my favorite in the current Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book!  (The other 3 are cute too, but honestly this one's my fave.)  I was super excited to join this blog hop featuring this summer-y, nautical collection!  (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from my friend Melissa's blog.  From here, you'll visit Elly's blog next.)
For this blog hop, I am featuring a card that I made for my aunt's 80th birthday! This collection is perfect for her as she lives in the Sunshine State and chose to meet in our hometown (in Georgia) to be central to a lot of her family.)
To make this collection more feminine, I added Smoothie to the tropical No Worries palette.
To have matching shimmer trim (on the cake and on the second panel of the card), I started with silver shimmer trim and colored it with the Marina Blue Shin Han Twin Touch alcohol marker. All of the cuts were made with the CTMH/Cricut Artistry collection.  All of the embellishments (sequins and burlap ribbon) are part of the No Worries Workshop Your Way collection.
This cool card style started with a piece of 8" tall by 10.5" wide B & T.  I scored this piece at 3.5" from both ends, one a mountain fold and the other a valley fold, to create this cool card design.  Keep the back panel at its complete height and width, but trim the other two at an angle.  I then added in all of my elements.  (Keep the piece that you cut off to help guide the mattes that you might like to make.)
Hopefully my aunt will love this card, because I had so much fun making it for her!  Please leave me a comment before you head off to Elly's blog next.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop

It's that time of year!  Close To My Heart has announced their retiring list of items that are only available through July, while supplies last, to make room for tons of new product that will be unveiled in August.  (Click HERE to download a PDF of the retiring list.)  This blog hop features many of the stamp sets that are retiring.  (If you're already hopping, then you've arrived from Priscilla's blog.  From here, you'll go to Brenda's blog next.)  I've chosen to feature our state stamps, and specifically my home state of Georgia.  (CTMH offers all 50 states and all of the Canadian provinces through the end of July.)
Both cards feature Sorbet (for the Peach State) and Sweet Leaf with patterned paper from the Whimsy collection.  I used both green and coral shimmer trim on these cards.  (The adorable heart shimmer trim was cut with a hand-held punch that is not from CTMH.)
This first card measures 4"x4" and also features a retired greetings sentiment.
This standard-sized card uses a pattern from Wishes with an added Sweet Leaf polka dot background and green epoxy triangles (if you look closely).

Thank you for hopping by!  Be sure to get your must-have stamp sets before they retire!  I'd appreciate a comment before you head off to Brenda's blog next!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Hello Foxy

The CTMH June stamp of the month, Hello Foxy, is absolutely adorable, and we have a great blog hop showcasing it.  (If you're already hopping, then you should have arrived from Judy Faye's blog.  From here, you'll visit Krista next.)

For my card set, I challenged myself to use a current paper pack in a different way. Can you guess which one it is? I did add Fern and Smoothie for my florals. Did you guess No Worries?   Not a nautical design in sight!  I did use the embellishments from the workshop your way kit: the sequins, the burlap ribbon, and even a few Complements.

All of my cards are based on sketches from Make It From Your Heart, Volume 2. I also used a water brush to color all of the images.  As adorable as those foxes are, I wanted to show how pretty the set was if you did not include them.
Can you see how I popped up the center of the sentiment banner?  I bent it first and then attached the ends with glue dots.  Glue dots also hold the burlap ribbon well!
This card combines a mix of the Complements (hearts) and sequins.

Since those foxes are so cute, I couldn't resist a Hello Foxy card to round out the set.

Thanks for visiting!  Please visit Krista's blog next!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}


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