Monday, August 22, 2016

SMILE!

It has been a long time since I could play and relax at my craft desk.  How I miss my craft goodies!

I started playing with coloring the flowers in the Hawaiian Hibiscus set.  I've tried different coloring mediums and I like this one done with watercoloring the best.  I've turned the images into a card:


It took me quite a while to arrange the flowers and the leaves.  Guess why?  There's a boo-boo in the lower left on the big hibiscus and I have to use the small one to cover that up.  Oops.

The pattern paper comes from the Florence paper pack.  It will retire after the end of this month.  Grab it while it's still available!  I purposefully wanted to use a more generic sentiment so I used Jennifer's Hand, an alphabet set to create my own sentiment.  We could always use more smiles on our face, right?  I used one of the card sketches in Make it from Your Heart - those patterns make my life A LOT easier.

I'm entering the card to the following challenges:
H2H - Florence
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Stempegarten - flowers/garden

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Halloween

Happy Monday everyone!

Today I'm sharing a Halloween card made with this months' Stamp of the Month Purr-fect Halloween.


I'm using one of my favorite sketches from Originals again.  See another one here.  The patterned paper came from the retired Taste of Summer paper from last year.  I used tone-on-tone stamping to create the pattern on the top orange panel.  Then I colored the cat using regular color pencils and fussy cut it out.

I love this set because you can mix and match the cat eyes and hats.  You can also fill the bracket shape with different sentiments.  Two step stamping is always fun.

Stamps

I'm entering my card to the following:
Crafty Awesomeness - coloring
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
One Crazy stamper - fall/Halloween

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Purr-fect Halloween

Let's take a look at the great Purr-fect Halloween stamp set, which is the Stamp of the Month of August:

Stamps

I love that you could mix and match the images to personalize it!  Imagine you could put the different greetings in the label, different hats and eyes for the cat.  How fun!

Let's look at these great examples made by Close to My Heart Corporation:



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Monday, August 8, 2016

For my mom

This is the card I made for my mom:

I've used the retired Happy Times paper from Close to My Heart, then I've used the tag dies and squre dies from Lawn Fawn.  The flowers are stamps from Altenew.  Boy, I can't tell you how many times I've practiced stamping those layered flowers before I finally found one that's acceptable.

They are fun to play with, and the end result is gorgeous but I needed a lot of practice.  I didn't have the Altenew inks that were designed to work with these stamp sets (its a set of inks of the same family, i.e. light to dark blue), so I have to see which combination of ink pads in my stash works well.  It took me a while to figure that out.

It's all worth it.  It's for my mom, who is my role model, my best friend, and also my biggest fan.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

More Magical and new Annual Inspirations

I've previously mentioned that the Magical paper is very versatile.  Today I'm sharing yet another project that is not theme park related.

My friend has a cat and a dog.  While he's away, I have done a bit of pet-sitting.  He's about to return and I think it will be fun to make a card for him from the pets' perspective:

Isn't that fun?

This card was extremely easy to make:  I followed one of my favorite patterns from the Originals book, then cut the Magical paper as instructed, then stamped the images to the main panel.  I added some red enamel hearts to the pets.  Finally I added a banner and stamped "Welcome Home" using Etched Alphabet and Jennifer's Hand.  I love these two alphabet sets - they have a lower price point yet the font are neutral.

So there you have it.  Magical paper is really fun and versatile!

The new Annual Inspirations 2016-2017 goes live today.  Click here to enjoy all the great new products!

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Magical

Today marks my first day of vacation.  Yay!

I'm flying out early but I'd like to share a great video done by Close to My Heart showing you the paper pack Magical is fun and versatile:




You can see the Magical papers here as well.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Throwback

Heart 2 Heart challenges is hosting a challenge themed Throwback, where we can upload our projects made with my beloved Close to My Heart products, such as paper, ink, stamp, etc.  I am so going to participate!  Woohoo!

I am proud to announce that I am slowly recovering from the disease where I called "saving the product for the perfect occasion".  I used to worry that if I cut that pretty paper incorrectly, I'll be wasting my project.  I used to think that some paper packs are just too pretty to cut.  I used to save many cute items for a project I don't really have a time frame for......

One of my 2016 resolutions is to use products.  I'm happy to say that I'm on the right track.  By that I mean I'm no longer afraid to cut the pretty paper or stick that embellishment on a card.  I still hold myself back a little bit, such as saving a few of those sequins or enamel dots, but I'm making progress because I no longer hold onto the entire pack of embellishments like I did before!

Years ago Close to My Heart released a paper pack called Topstitch.  That was one of those I thought I would never let go.  It had taken me years to finally use it.  And I'm making a scrapbook page, so it will be cherished:


I love blue, all shades of blue.  This paper pack had used a baby blue that's irresistible.  The baby blue matches perfectly with Chocolate and a baby pink.  Oh how I love those pinwheels, they are cute and tiny.  The voice in my head was telling me to keep it and save it.

Another resolution I had is to purge frequently.  Earlier this year I did a massive cleanup (and I plan to do another after my family reunion!) and while organizing, I came across this pretty Topstitch paper.  I thought to myself: I'd better use it soon, otherwise it will have to go to another home.  So I made a conscious effort to make something with it.  This challenge presented a perfect opportunity!

So glad I've made a page with it.  Not only because I've made use of it, but also because I have turned it to something I'll cherish together with my memories.

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