Friday, April 21, 2017

Hello - Color Dare #240 (Cinco de Mayo)

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #240: This week’s colors shown in the Photo are from Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Pack - Glacier, Lemon, Pacifica, Raspberry, Whisper, Willow, White Daisy and Black (Use at least 4 of these colors).  Love all the colors and the design papers so not a difficult color challenge if you have the paper pack.  

We encourage you to use CTMH products; however you may use any products to participate using closest to colors or paper packet ... join in the fun.  

You don't need a blog to submit your entry...if you are a member of Pinterest you can set up a Folder and link your entry to our Challenge. You have until Thursday, April 27th to enter your project. Please hop on by to see the DT member inspirations and other entrants.  

If you do share a Some Kinda Wonderful project with us you may also share it in these two other Close to My Heart themed challenges:


The paper I liked the least in this paper pack has turned out to be one of my favorites...first a theatre, then the colorful stamped flowers, and now an Arizona Cactus Bed with Quail. And I've had suggestions that the design looks like popsicles and tombstones...so you'll know what's next.  



Started out selecting a PML card from the packet and tried to work around just that....but that crazy design paper was calling to me...so I cut around several of the colored cacti and adhered it to one of the other design papers.  Decided to cut the Hello PML card and adhered to the corner...that was going to be my finished card.  

I've been wanting to use the quail stamp as well...so I dug out the grey ones that I had made for another card (because that's the color of quail, plain ole grey).  Well they looked kinda boring, so back to my daughter's advice on paper crafting..."There are no rules, you can do whatever you want in paper crafting".  Soooo...stamped a family in pacifica ink and started coloring with the many pretty colors in the paper pack. 


Then I got to thinking about the cactus again and decided to stamp three cacti and then put faces on them.  Cinco de Mayo is coming up soon, which is a big celebration here in Arizona, so I put a Mexican hat on the one, but couldn't stop there.  Stamped a couple of flowers, colored and then put on the two other cactus. 

Around this time of year we have a family of Quail that nest in our back yard, or you can see them walk across the golfing greens as mother strides along slowly, but the little ones feet go a mile a minute to keep up. They have 8-10 babies following them.  


On the inside added a die-cut cactus that I had in my stash and another Mexican Hat, and left the sentiment inside open to any occasion "Party-Cinco de Mayo" but I will be using for a May 5th "Birthday Card".  





Also being submitted to the following Challenges
:  

Three Amigos - Some Kinda Wonderful Inspiration 
Between the Folds "Some Kinda Wonderful" paperpack 
Seize the Birthday Challenge #238 "Twist: 2 design papers" or "Anything Goes" with no Topping
Addicted to Stamps #238 Holiday - Cinco de Mayo


CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
Design paper 
     Some Kinda Wonderful 
Cardstock 
     White Daisy
Stamp Sets 
     S1704 Flock Together SOTM
     Crafton Desert Diva "Prickly"
Inks/Pens
     Black Ink 
     ShinHan and Copic alcohol-based pens 
Other 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 

     

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Love - AHSC #208

My card this week as Design Team Member for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #207. Join this challenge...you have until Sunday, April 23rd to enter your project.

The design team reveal for this sketch will be on Wednesday, so be sure to stop by to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team and other entrant inspirations for this challenge...and stop by every Monday for new sketches.  Don't wait for the DT post to create your project...show us up with your artwork.

The PML card that was chosen for the sentiment did not fit in the oval so I turned the sketch so the sentiment would fit in the oval sideways.  



Trying to use up some of my stash before the new papers come out and this particular set had ordered two packets because it was a favorite of mine.  

Pretty much followed the sketch but instead of a bow chose a bouquet and feathers from the complements packet.  


The inside of the card a fussy-cut of a bouquet from the PML card and then added the arrows from the Complements Packet. I usually use a sentiment that can adapt to any occasion, and the personal note on the inside will determine the occasion.    



Also submitted to the following Challenges:  
Seize the Birthday "Twist: 2 Design Papers"  The sentiment was a PML Card and the diagonal strip was a zip strip, so you could say it has two Design Papers Only, or Not.  
   


CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
Design Paper
     Charlotte
Cardstock 
     Sorbet, White Daisy and Black 
Die-cuts 
     Scalloped Edge - Poppy "Tailored Stitches" #1788 
     Pretty Pnk Posh - Scalloped Stitched Oval (Frame and Insert) 
Embellishments 
     Chalotte Complements 
Other 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 




Monday, April 17, 2017

Have A Beautiful Day - H2H April - Wk #3


Team Emerald - Jennifer K

April Week #3 - "What a Wonderful World"

This was the song chosen to dance to at my son and daughter-in-laws wedding and what a wonderful and beautiful day it was.   Please join us this week and other challenges in April... Remember you have all month to create to be eligible for recognition as one of the Top 10 "Darlings".  


AND if you create a project for each challenge in the month of April, you will earn a badge as an H2H Addict for Perfect Attendance. 


For additional inspiration on this Challenge hop on by to see what other Design Team members have created. Hope this gives you some inspiration and enthusiasm to link your artwork as a participant ... we look forward to your creativity. 



Well I dug out this paper pack again and used the same design paper; but this time I didn't make it into a theater (Check here to see previous card and design paper).  This card gave that design paper another whole look...all the flowers and birds were stamped on the design paper, fussy-cut, curled and added to card with 3D thin foam tape.  


Also submitted to the following challenges:
The Three Amigos - "Some Kinda Wonderful Inspirational Picture"
Between the Folds "Some Kinda Wonderful" "What a Wonderful World"

CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
Design Paper 
     Some Kinda Wonderful 
Cardstock 
     White Daisy
Stamp Set 
     C1600 Happy Birds 
Inks
     Black 
Embellishment 
     Flourish was given to me by a Friend 
Other 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter Egg Baskets

I don't color Easter Eggs or make baskets any more...I leave it up to each of the families.  However, I will color and make a basket to hold a Gift Card.  



While I'm in the Kitchen preparing for Easter Dinner, I am running back and forth to my Scrapbook Room so that I can make a Gift Card Holder for each of the Family coming to dinner tonight. Picked a simple die cut, modified the cuts and was done within a couple hours...not bad.  

Used a lot of my glitter paper for the egg decoration and then a paper with a light blue weave on one side and floral on the other side...something I have had for three years at least.  On the one side I cut a full egg shape and had the Cricut print the names, and then used it for the pocket in the back.  Stamped, used my Brother Scan and Cut, colored and then adhered to the pocket.  Added the Gift card.  



Easter Dinner was enjoyed by all...Ham, Au Gratin Potatoes, Green Been Casserole, Green Salad and Dinner Rolls and Ice cream Cake for desert, all enjoyed their Easter Egg Basket which will be enjoyed at a later time.  

Submitted to the following Challenges
The Outlawz - Monday Greetings "Easter"


CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise:  
Design/Specialty Paper 
     Fancy Pants Designs 2011 "Be You/Gardening" 
     Glitter Paper - Pink, Purple, Green, Green Leaf and Blue 
Cricut Design Space 
     CTMH Art Philosophy - Egg #M404C8 
Stamp Set 
     S1702 Easter Bunny SOTM 
Pens/Inks  
     Copic alcohol-based pens 
     Cricut Thin Black Pen 
Other 
     Gift Cards - Red Robin, Panda Express and Cabela's




Friday, April 14, 2017

Together - Color Dare #239

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #239: This week’s colors are Slate, Canary, Eggplant and White Daisy (All and Only). We encourage you to use CTMH products; however you may use any products to participate using closest to colors ... join in the fun.  

You don't need a blog to submit your entry...if you are a member of Pinterest you can set up a Folder and link your entry to our Challenge. You have until Thursday, April 20th to enter your project. Please hop on by to see the DT member inspirations and other entrants. 

This color challenge is definitely a challenge for me...not comfortable with the slate color...certainly not very springy.  Finally decided on a flower that was a purple and yellow...either an iris or pansy  Off to Cricut Design Space...the Flower Market . . . Perfect iris cut.  




First went to my Inventory spreadsheet to see what paper packs had Eggplant...other than Paper Fundamentals there was only one paper pack with that color and I chose that to give some texture to the flower and the canary yellow was not difficult because it's in several paper packs.  

Cut design papers for the flower and the slate for the stem.  Didn't particularly care for the grey stem ... so cut another stem with the same yellow design paper, layered the pieces using the slate piece as a shadow for the stem.  Cut another slate piece for the flower and layered also as a shadow.  Layering the flower and stem with the slate for a shadow met the challenge of using slate (see photo below).  Tried to include a slate frame but that just didn't give me the result I wanted either so used cardstock in the two primary colors.  






On the inside added a strip along the border of canary design paper.  


Also submitted to the following challenges
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #298 "Easter"
The Outlawz - Sunday CAS "Birthday Milestone"

CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
Design Papers 
     Paper Fundamentals - Whimsy "Canary" (Background)
     Sangria (Eggplant Design Sheet) 
     Happy Time  (Yellow Design Sheet) 
     Sentiment - Sangria Complements 
Cardstock 
     Canary, Eggplant and Daisy White 
Cricut Design Space 
     CTMH - The Flower Market - Iris Flower #MD718DF
Other 
     Enamel Hearts - Purple Collection 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Together Is the Best Place to Be




Welcome to the very first Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge ever! I am particularly fond of this Challenge because my daughter has put it together and hope that some of my followers will participate in this challenge.

The first challenge is using the Close to My Heart Paper Pack "Some Kinda Wonderful" or this color pallet as inspiration. This challenge will be here for the full month of April. Check out the Three Amigo's Blop Hop and Challenge, leave a little love, and don't be shy about entering a project.




Well my decision for entering into this Challenge wasn't too difficult because I happen to have "Some Kinda Wonderful" Paper Pack ...and when I saw the Design Team's inspiration I thought I can do this.  Wanted to challenge myself to the 2nd design sheet and had no idea what I was going to do with it, however cut the background panel so that I would commit to it.



Looking at my other choices in the Pack one of the PML cards was adorable and appealed to me. Many times have trouble working with PML cards but it was too cute to pass up.  Of course when placing the card on my background, the background disappeared ... a stamped sentiment on that PML card and I would have been done ... again reminded myself ... no, no you're committed, don't back away.  I didn't and here's my finished card.



Cut the PML card around the adorable critters and added a zip strip which reminded me of lights along a stage and adhered to bottom of card.  Knew where my theme was going so went to Cricut and found a theater ticket, added text in cricut using the sentiment from a stamp set and ahered with 3D thin tape.  Something missing ... popcorn of course, so went back to Cricut wherein I purchased popcorn and modified the box.  Put a little butter (yellow) on the popcorn and added liquid glass.



Also sent to the following Challenges:
The Outlawz - Saturday Paper Ala Mode "Celebrating Animals" 








CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
Design Paper
     Some Kinda Wonderful and PML Card
Cardstock 
     Raspberry and White Daisy 
Ink / Pens
     Cricut Black Pen
     ShinHan Pale Yellow alcohol-based Pen
Cricut Design Space
     CTMH Art Philosophy Ticket #M3F46E Modified w/Stentiment
     Cricut "Movie Night" - Popcorn #M3E0ED - Modified
Other
     3D Thin Foam Tape 
     Liquid Glass





  




Love - AHSC #207

My card this week as Design Team Member for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #207. Join this challenge...you have until Sunday, April 16th to enter your project.

The design team reveal for this sketch will be on Wednesday, so be sure to stop by to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team and other entrant inspirations for this challenge...and stop by every Monday for new sketches.  Don't wait for the DT post to create your project...show us up with your artwork.  


I combined this with April 2017 Paper Smooches Inspirational Photo, and chose to make a rainbow.   






Also submitted to the following Challenges
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Die
The Outlawz - Thursday "Anything Goes" Twist: Oval 


CTMH Products Unless Otherwise Specified:
Design Paper 
     Happy Times - Background 
Cardstock 
     Raspberry, Lemon, Tangerine (oooh, how fruity) 
     Glacier, Lagoon, Emerald and White Daisy 
Stamp Set 
     Paper Smooches - Blossom
     D1660 Ink Blot 
Dies 
     Paper Smooches - Rainbow 
     Paper Smooches - Dies for Blossom 
     Peachy Cheap - Valentine Dies (Sentiment Love)
Ink / Pens
     Raspberry 
     Variety of Copic and ShinHan alcohol-based pens 


     














Monday, April 10, 2017

Tu Tu Cute - H2H April - Wk 2

Team Ruby - Hostess Brandi 
April Week #1 "Whimsy"

Could be anything you find to be whimsical or funny, it could also be the CTMH Whimsy color palette or paper pack. Please join us this week and other challenges in April... Remember you have all month to create to be eligible for recognition as one of the Top 10 "Darlings".


AND if you create a project for each challenge in the month of April, you will earn a badge as an H2H Addict for Perfect Attendance.  

For additional inspiration on this Challenge hop on by to see what other Design Team members have created.  Hope this gives  you some inspiration and enthusiasm to link your artwork as a participant ... we look forward to your creativity. 


This card was made using MoJo Sketch Challenge #491, but it will not be submitted because challenge will have been closed when this is published.  For the Whimsy, I chose a retired Paper Pack which contained a lot of the "Whimsy" colors and a whimsical stamp "Safari Ballet"...How whimsy can you get? 

Pretty much followed the Sketch, added borders around each of the pieces in Sweet Leaf cardstock and adhered panels to background paper.   On the banner actually stamped sentiment before adhering that piece to card.    

Couldn't decide which image to use so stamped, layered and colored both.  After a half hour trying to decide which one to use, as well as again seeking my husband's help, which was no help...I made an executive decision.  Being the hippo alone was too much pink, the giraffe alone was too skinny and yellow...so why not both?  Done. 



CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise:
Design Paper 
     Zoe 
Cardstock 
     Sweet Leaf and White Daisy 
Stamp Set 
     A1180 Safari Ballet 
Inks / Pens 
     Black Ink 
     ShinHan and Copic alcohol-based pens
Other
    3D Thin Foam Tape


  


Friday, April 7, 2017

Thank You - Color Dare #238

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #238: This week’s colors are Peacock, Willow and White Daisy (All and Only). We encourage you to use CTMH products; however you may use any products to participate using closest to colors ... join in the fun.  

You don't need a blog to submit your entry...if you are a member of Pinterest you can set up a Folder and link your entry to our Challenge. You have until Thursday, April 13th to enter your project. Please hop on by to see the DT member inspirations and other entrants. 




Went to our monthly crop and we share a lot of ideas, techniques, stamps, dies, etc...so my focus for this color challenge was due to our sharing at the Crop.  

The technique for the background was shared and I had many experiments until I got what I was happy with.  I'm not sure what it is called, but you use either an embossing folder or you do diagonal scoring on cardstock (I did both) and then just run the ink across the embossed /scored card.  And if you want to stamp something on the embossed item you can do that and then swipe/smudge the ink across the cardstock. 

For my card I decided to use the color challenge and swiped the Willow first, and then took the peacock and did the same.  I still need to practice on this; but the results are always different and fun...and if not what you wanted for a particular card, put it in your stash for another time.  

The stamped image was also shared at the crop and I used Willow and Peacock inks with a brush water pen.  Used a die cut to frame it, brushed peacock around the image and then added the frame.  All it needed was a sentiment and the card was finished.  

The inside of the card was one of the other experiments...the one side was really goofed up so I chose the good side, cut and placed in the upper corner of the inside and I actually through out the bad side after looking at it to determine if it was still going in my stash.  







CTMH Products Used Unless Specified Otherwise
Design Paper
     Personalized Background Smudging
Cardstock 
     Willow and White Daisy 
Stamp 
     Stamped Image From a Friend 
Die 
     Craftin' Desert Diva's "Inside Scalloped Circle" 
     Sentiment - Lawn Fawn "Words" #LF1055
Inks 
     Peacock and Willow 
Other 
     Embossing Folder - Darise 


     

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Chairs to You - AHSC 206

My card this week as Design Team Member for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #206. Join this challenge...you have until Sunday, April 9th to enter your project.

The design team reveal for this sketch will be on Wednesdays, so be sure to stop by to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team and other entrant inspirations for this challenge...and stop by every Monday for new sketches.  Don't wait for the DT post to create your project...show us up with your artwork.  

Wow, where do I start with this sketch ... because the focal point was so strange I wanted something that really represented it but all I saw was a silhouette or Profile of someone.  Needed some help so sought out my husband and asked him what he saw.  I was shocked when he came back with an answer ... he must be catching on to what a sketch means ... he said a dog or chair.  CHAIR, of course, and I had a chair stamp set I never used.  The dog was a good choice too...but I don't have a good dog stamp currently.



Since he was now completely involved with my creation (LOL) I thought he should participate in the selection of design papers for a good masculine card and chose Jackson paperpack. First...stamped chair on three different design papers and had him choose which one.  Did several cuts for the focal panel and background in the same design papers, plus reverse side and we played around with many combinations.  He really didn't know how much goes into planning and creating a card, but he found out and made his final decisions. 

Since he was so overwhelmed on the many decisions, thought it best that I complete the card with the banners and sentiment.  What goes with my husband's chair?  That's a no brainer...a remote control.  And a Front Row Seat Ticket from the Jackson Complements fit right in.   Stamped on Sentiment from same stamp set...done.  

It's no wonder we've been together for almost 50 years...we compromise ... well, he might not call it that.  





Also sent to the following Challenges



CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
Design Paper 
     Jackson 
Cardstock 
     Chocolate, Juniper, Black and Colonial White 
Stamp Set 
     D1456 Chairs To You 
Inks 
     Chocolate 
Other
     Jackson Complements 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 



Monday, April 3, 2017

By Simple Means - H2H April - Wk 1

Team Emerald - Hostess Melissa 
April Week #1 "April Showers"


Please join us this week and other challenges in April... Remember you have all month to create to be eligible for recognition as one of the Top 10 "Darlings" 

AND if you create a project for each challenge in the month of April, you will earn a badge as an H2H Addict for Perfect Attendance.  For additional inspiration on this Challenge hop on by to see what other Design Team members have created.  Hope this gives  you some inspiration and enthusiasm to link your artwork as a participant ... we look forward to your creativity.    


For my H2H DT card "April Showers" chose a Digital from Craftin' Desert Divas...Inspiration was "Spring".  

The image was printed on two of the Design Papers in Happy Times and adhered to white cardstock.  One of the design papers was used as the base (full umbrella); and the second design paper was fussy-cut alternating panels and then glued to the full umbrella base. 

The same image was printed on white cardstock and full Umbrella was adhered to this image with 3D foam tape to add dimension.  The legs and hands were colored with Flesh Pen, and the boots and raincoat were fussy-cut from the design papers and glued directly on printed image.  

The completed image was glued to the floral background design paper.  I chose this paper because it framed the umbrella with the small flowers making it appear as a shower of flowers.  Sentiment added, paneled and glued to background.  




Also sent to the following Challenges


CTMH Products Unless Otherwise Specified
Design Paper 
     Happy Times 
Cardstock 
     White Daisy 
Digital Image 
     Craftin' Desert Divas "Rainy Day Girl" 
Stamp Set 
     C1597 Rainy Day 
Other 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 



Friday, March 31, 2017

Sunshine, Freedom and a Little Flower


Sad Day, Final Day (Card 2) of the 2017 Spring Coffee Lover's BlogHopbut you may still have time to get one more project in.  But for me in Arizona, this will be my final card today and Good-bye until the next Season. Now I can breath and take closer looks at all the beautiful cards and projects everyone made and drop a few comments.  If you didn't get a chance to join this Season make sure you hop on by to see what it's all about.  Sooner than you think it will be Summer and another BlogHop in the works...just around the corner.  


This card was shared with the following Challenges
Paper Sweeties 

Products Used: 
Design Paper 
     CTMH Paper Fundamentals - Adventure "Lemon" 
Cardstock
     CTMH Lemon and white Daisy 
Stamps
     CTMH M1060 State of Arizona 
     CTMH W2028 Delicate Wings
     CTMH D1629 Just to Say 
Inks 
     ShinHan and Copic alcohol-based Pens 
     Black and Lemon Inks 
Other 
     3D Thin Foam Tape