Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mary Ellen's Artwork

This past summer when I went back East, I visited with my sister in the Nursing Home, and this is some of the artwork she made while in their workshops....I was impressed and told her I would put them on my Blog.  





While there we also worked on a couple of Christmas Cards which I'm waiting for some pictures of them so I can post them as well.   

Monday, August 22, 2016

Autumn Wishes - AHSC #174

 

My card this week as Design Team Member for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #174 combined with the Watercooler Wednesday Color Challenge #WWC81.  Please check out the other Design inspirations, and join us at AHSC...you have until Sunday, August 28th to enter your project, and hop on by the Watercooler to see future challenges.  


My neighbor told me about this challenge and when I saw the colors I thought of the beautiful Fall leaves back in New York.  So I pulled out the leaf stamp set and started on my card.  Stamped a variety of images on white cardstock, with ink colors closest to this challenge and adhered to a stitched die-cut frame at different heights using 3D Foam Tape. 

Used some of the left-over images for the inside of the card, leaving an area for a note or sentiment.  

Also submitted to the following challenges
Addicted to Stamps "Make a Mark" Stampin' - Your entry MUST contain the use of anything that can make a mark - Stampin' Write, Copics, Promarkers, Painting, Chalks, Watercolours, Sponges, Stencils, Masks etc etc






CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
Design Paper 
     Zoe
Stamp Set
     D1181 Autumn Splendor
     B1530 Autumn Wishes - Seasons & Nature
Dies 
     Pretty Pink Posh Twine & Bows
     Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles
Cardstock 
     CTMH Colors Substituted for Stampin' Up Colors
     Canary, Poppy, Goldrush and Green Leaf
Inks 
     Canary, Poppy, Goldrush and Green Leaf 
Other
     3D Thin Foam Tape 


     



Friday, August 19, 2016

Sunflowers - Color Dare #207

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #207: Join us in this week’s challenge combining Canary, Saffron, White Daisy and Gold (all and only)...looking forward to seeing your inspirations for this color challenge. We encourage you to use CTMH products; however you may use any products to participate using closest to colors...and still join in the fun. You have until Thursday, August 25 to enter your project.  




My Color Challenge was combined with the MoJo Monday Sketch Challenge #461 with no sentiment, a future any occasion card. Hop on by these challenges to see the DT's inspiration and many entrant projects.  

Made a personalized background using the "Sunflower" embossment folder on wax paper, ironed wax-paper image on white cardstock and then sponged saffron and canary inks on image.   

Focal Point is a die-cut doily from Cricut Design Space with a small floral bouquet of sunflowers adding "clear" Wink of Stella for a little glitter and gems in the center of each flower.  Decorated the inside of the card with more flowers and a  doily.  


  

EXCELLENT TUTORIAL:  I had done a previous card with this technique, but since there were questions on the Facebook I took time to look through You Tube and found a very nice tutorial Crafting My Style with Sue Wilson - Embossed Wax Paper Resist Technique for Creative Expressions CLICK HERE. I did not use glossy paper and I didn't re-emboss, but it does make a more stunning card. I'll try that next time because I like this technique.    



Also submitted to the following challenges:  
HLS August Anything Goes
The Outlawz Sunday CAS "Embossing" 
As You Like It "Favorite Flowers" - Sunflowers...so many memories as a kid back East...we would see fields of Sunflowers, get out of our car, run through the aisles of these gigantic flowers....amazed on how tall they were. 
Addicted to Stamps-Challenges "Make Your Mark" - Sponging  



CTMH Products Unless Otherwise Specified
Design Paper 
     Paper Fundamentals - Saffron
Cardstock 
     White Daisy, Canary, Saffron and Gold
Die-Cuts from Cricut Design Space 
     Circle Doily #M3CB4B Cartridge "Edge to Edge"
     Sunflowers - Not sure of cartridge, was in my stash
Embossing Folder 
     Darice "Sunflowers" 
Inks 
     Canary and Saffran
Embellishments 
     Bling Gems Assortment - Gold 
     Zig Wink of Stella "Clear" 
Other 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 


      

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Let's Hang Out - AHSC #173

My card this week as Design Team Member for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #173. Please check out the other Design inspirations, and join us at AHSC...you have until Sunday, August 21st to enter your project.  

Had no idea what I wanted to do with this sketch, banners are not my favorite thing except for sentiments.  Again this week, I wanted to do something different and go out of the box; but still keep some resemblance to the sketch. Sooo many ideas were formed in my head but just didn't materialize...so went back to my drawing board and came up with a Halloween theme.   


No fussy-cutting on this card; however a lot of Cricut cuts...sizes modified and double layered using black cardstock and some design paper.  Foam back on background paper for dimension and all other cuts were either glued or adhered using 3D Foam tape. 

Used the additional die-cuts on the inside with a triangular strip of design paper along the corner and the right-hand side.  

Also submitted to the following challenges: 

All CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
Design Paper 
     Scaredy Cat
Cardstock 
     Colonial White and Black 
Die Cuts from Cricut Design Space 
     Spider and Web #M3A8E6 "Happy Hauntings" 
     Let's Hang Out #M3C7526 "Creepy Critters" 
     Shapes "Circles" 
Embellishments
     Opaques - Licorice Adhesive Gems


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Comfort Pillows for Physically Challenged

My daughter-in-law has worked many years as a Teacher's Aide for the Mentally and Physically Challenged children, one-on-one and in a class setting.  Last year she worked in a class setting and asked if I could make some rice pillows, known as Therapy Lap Pads used for people with ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Alzheimer's Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Autism, Anxiety Disorders and Insomnia. These rice pillows are placed on their laps and they find comfort in these.  

Had no problem finding materials, just needed to make the first experimental pillow to see how I would put them together.  First made an insert to contain the rice, but when rice was put in the sack it would fall to the end.  Removing the rice, I stitched the decorative pillow at one of the ends, then stitched a line approximately every 3 1/2", leaving an area open on each stitch line so I could easily pour in the rice with a funnel, one section at a time, and then stitched the balance of the stitch line.     

Pulled the design pillow over the rice filled pillow and stitched them together.  



Friday, August 12, 2016

Happy Is As Happy Does - Happy Birthday

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #206: Join us in this week’s challenge combining Flaxen, Peacock, Poppy, Ruby, Saffron and Whisper (all and only)...these are the colors in the Florence PaperPak.  Looking forward to seeing your inspirations for this color challenge. We encourage you to use CTMH products; however you may use any products to participate using closest to colors...and still join in the fun. You have until Thursday, August 18 to enter your project.  

My Color Challenge was combined with the Heart2Heart Challenge "Copy This".  Hop on by these challenges to see the DT's inspiration and many entrant projects.  


"COPY THIS" Simply flip through your new Annual Inspirations (like you haven't done that a million times already!) and find some artwork you especially love. Then COPY THAT artwork! Of course you can put your own spin on the projects and tweak them any way you'd like.  My Selection was on Page 46 of the Annual Inspirations...however instead of stamp set I used gear die-cuts in my design.  


Love the Florence Paper Pack...so this was an easy decision for my color challenge...I could have chosen the design paper which included all the colors; but decided to use the other papers instead for a more masculine card.  

However, three changes and photos later, finally finished (all and only) colors on my card. My first mistake was using White Daisy for the first layer of the gears and my sentiment...only to find when I went to write my blog White Daisy was not one of the colors...so Whisper was added as a layer on the card panel, changed the Sentiment with one of the other design papers and colored the daisy white gear layers with a grey ShinHan alcohol-based pen.  2nd mistake, didn't have poppy on the card, so cut another gear and layered over the ruby gear at the corner of the sentiment.  3rd mistake, didn't have flaxen on my card...so another gear was cut and put next to the poppy gear.  So...three sets of Photos later...this was the final answer (I mean card).   

Close up of gears showing dimension and colors.  Warning: If you don't use the floral sheet, make sure you have (all and only) colors on  your card...don't make the same mistakes I did.  
Added a few more gears in design papers on the inside of the card and left room for a personal note.  
Also submitted to the following challenges
Between the Folds - 27B "CTMH Florence Paper Pack"


CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise

Design Paper 
     Florence 
Cardstock 
     Whisper and inside Daisy White 
Stamp Sets 
     CC1014 Pair-a-Phrase 
     D1653 Happy Everything Operation Smile 
Die-Cuts 
     SpellBinders "Sprightly Sprockets"  
Inks/Pens 
     ShinHan Alcohol-based Pen "GG3 Green Grey" 
Embellishments 
     Florence Sequins 
Other
     3D Thin and Regular Foam Tape 


     







Monday, August 8, 2016

One of a Kind - AHSC #172

My card this week as Design Team Member for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #172.  Please check out the other Design inspirations, and join us at AHSC...you have until Sunday, August 14th to enter your project.  

Heart2Heart and Between The Folds #24A Challenges were both featuring the CTMH "Florence" Paper Pack, so my choice was to use the design papers for this Sketch.  Hop on by both of these challenges for their DT inspirations and other entrants.  



The sketch reminded me of either a ship or a bird, so I thought I would look for a bird in flight in Cricut Design Space and selected a Bird in "Florals Embellished" Cartridge.  Had some difficulty trying to think of how I could make this look like the sketch...

For the left-hand side of the card the zip strips from the design paper were cut similar to the sketch and extended the zip strips to the other side of the card.  The bird was placed using its head to represent the shape on the right-hand side of the sketch, and the rectangle piece was the wing of the bird.  Hope you can see the sketch in my creation...I said it was out-of-the-box, but it worked for me.   

This photo is a close-up of the all the different design papers used for the die-cut...which really created a great whimsical image.  And even the sentiment was a part of one of the zip strips from the paper pack. Amazingly, the cut of the red design paper even put the white dot in the eye for me, couldn't have done that if I had tried.   

All CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
Design Paper 
     Florence 
Cardstock 
     Peacock and White Daisy
Cricut Design Space 
     Bird #M43955 - "Florals Embellished" Cartridge 
Embellishments 
     My Mind's Eye - Jubilee Enamel Dots 
Other 
     3D Thin Foam Tape    



Friday, August 5, 2016

Hello

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #205: Join us in this week’s challenge combining Juniper, Thistle, Eggplant, Crystal Blue and White Daisy (all and only) ... Looking forward to seeing your inspirations for this color challenge. We encourage you to use CTMH products; however you may use any products to participate using closest to colors...and still join in the fun. You have until Thursday, August 11 to enter your project.  





This challenge was combined with using the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #459.  

Hop on over to Color Dare and MoJo Monday and see all the great inspirations from the Design Teams, along with the many participants. 





This week my neighbor and I attended the National Coloring Book Day at Scraps of Love in Pioria, AZ and met Jean Chaney, who shared talent with us in different coloring medias... and for one of the water coloring techniques introduced only required a purchase of a water pen... and I was on my way.  

After stamping and masking several flowers on white cardstock for my focal point, and using the CTMH inks in the challenge, I nervously put the water pen in hand and started coloring the flowers.  It felt comfortable using the water pen because there was better control of the amount of water used on the images.  There was no warping of the cardstock...plus I didn't even use special water coloring card stock.   

The rest of the card was pretty easy to put together, just needed to select a pretty combination of design papers.  The die-cut sentiment was added to the tag, and a butterfly stamped on design paper, fussy-cut, adhered to tag with 3D thin foam tape, and rhinestones added to the body of the butterfly.  




Photos above are a closer view of the butterfly and decorated the inside of the card with the same flowers and butterfly in the bottom corner.  

All CTMH Products Unless Otherwise Specified

Design Paper 
     Penelope 
Cardstock 
     Paper Fundamentals - Eggplant, Thistle and Crystal Blue
     Cardstock - White Daisy
Inks 
     Eggplant, Thistle, Crystal Blue and Juniper 
Stamp Set 
     B1432 Love This - Seasons & Nature 
Embellishments 
     Rhinestones 
Other 
     Zig "Wink of Stella" Clear 


Monday, August 1, 2016

"Happy Birthday" AHSC Challenge #171



This is my first Card as a Design Team Member for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #171, which was combined with the challenge Between The Folds (BTF Challenges) "using a CTMH die-cut, thin die-cut or hand-cut". Viewing the sketch...this was not a hard decision for which die-cut I was going to use.  

Please check out the other Design Team Members inspirations, and join us at AHSC...you have until Sunday, August 7th to enter your project.







Die-cut on Cricut using the Design Paper from Happy Times...and also used the Design Paper piece wherein I cut the frame, sized the background to card size and adhered to white cardstock. Cut a couple more frames for layering, added lagoon cardstock behind the corner flairs, adhered frames to each other and used thin foam to adhere to card.  

Using the center oval from the frame...stamped the floral bouquet assortment, distressed the edges and sponged oval with lagoon ink, adhered to card base in frame.  

Sentiment was stamped in lagoon ink, fussy-cut, layered with lagoon cardstock and fussy-cut.  In my stash I found a butterfly previously cut and added  on oval instead of a bow.  

The inside of this card was stamped with the same flowers on the front of the card and added some screening along the side border.  


CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
Design Paper
     Happy Times 
Cardstock 
     White Daisy and Lagoon 
Stamp Sets 
     S1509 Paper Garden SOTM - Flower Bouquet
     D1667 Balloon Wishes Occasions - Sentiment 
Die-Cuts - Cricut Design Space 
     CTMH - Art Philosophy "Frame"
     Cricut Home for the Holidays-Spring "Butterfly" 
Inks 
     Pear, Sorbet, Smoothie, Lagoon and Glacier 
Embellishments 
     Opaques - Pearls
     Rhinestones "Basics" by Kaisercraft
Other
     Foam - Dollar Store 
     3D Regular Foam Tape   






Sunday, July 31, 2016

Special Delivery



This Any Occasion card was made using the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #170 using the design papers from CTMH "Blossom".


Stamped the floral arrangement from Candlelight Garden SOTM on vellum, heat embossed with fine white embossing powder, colored with brush using the same colors as in the design papers, fussy cut and used the reverse side of vellum because it accented the white better.

Chose a background design paper, layered with cardstock and used zip strips from "Blossom" and adhered to background paper.  Cut a square frame, layered and adhered the vellum flower on base with 3D Thin foam tape. Stamped sentiment with Lagoon, fussy cut, layered and adhered with 3D regular foam tape.  Added embellishments.   

For the inside of the card same stamp was used with a leave flair along the sides.  














CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
Design Paper
     Blossom 
Cardstock 
     White Daisy and Glacier 
Stamps 
     Floral Bouquet - S1512 Candlelight Garden SOTM 
     Sentiment - D1667 Balloon Wishes Occasions 
     Leave Border - B1432 Love This Seasons & Nature 
Inks 
     Lagoon, Pear, Glacier, Lagoon, Sunset and Smoothie
Embellishments 
     Rhinestones Basics By KaiserCraft
     Verve Sequins 
Other
     3D Thin and Regular Foam Tape