Monday, May 17, 2021

DT 84 - You are Beautiful!

Welcome to Double Trouble Challenge 84!

The week, the challenge is all about "girly stuff"... The small image is below but please visit the Double Trouble website for detailed information for this challenge. 


Flowers - almost always a girly thing... I used a woodgrain background on which to set my stencilled wreath. After the wreath was stencilled (5 separate layering stencils), I stamped the outline and then die cut it. I cut it in half so I could place a sentiment piece between the two sections. 

The woodgrain paper was mounted using thin foam tape on green and then pink cardstock. I brushed the flowers with the Clear Shimmer Brush and then added Stickles in the centre of each flower. Finally, some white sparkly gems were added around the card. 



Come and join us at Double Trouble and show us how you interpret this challenge. 

I am also linking my card with the Stinkin' Inkers challenge. 

You have two weeks to link up your project. 

We can’t wait to see what you create! 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Woodgrain Textures Paper (SU), Green and Pink Paper (scrapbook.com), Neenah Solar White Cardstock 

Stamps: Known and Loved (Pink Fresh Studios) 

Inks: Archival Black, Pink Fresh Studios - Grassy Knoll, Key Lime, Olive, Sparkling Rose, Bubblegum, Candy Violet, Regal Kiss

Accessoires: Known and Loved Layering Stencils and Die (Pink Fresh Studios), Clear Shimmer Brush, Stickles - Pink and Tiara), Thin Foam Tape, Gumdrops (Your Next Stamp)

Enjoy,

Alyson


H2H - Love Your Crazy Side Diagonal Stripe Card

Welcome to this week's Heart 2 Heart challenge! 

The theme this week is sponging. There are a lot of ways that sponging can be done - I chose to sponge the background of my card. 

I started by using three widths of washi tape and masked off the entire card. I pulled every third piece off and sponged on the first colour. Those sections had to be covered and then the next sections were peeled off and sponged. Finally the last colour was done. I added a mixture of water and Perfect Pearls to the card to create a shimmery effect. That piece was die cut using the Stiched Rectangle Thin Cuts. 

The sentiment was stamped and die cut. "I Love" was die cut in black and the other three sections were stamped in black on Lagoon cardstock. Those were also die cut and then a piece of twine was tied in a small bow and attached to the edge of each piece. I added some Black Bursts and a coloured sparkle in the centre of each one. 

Come and join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us how you use sponging on your project. 

You have until the end of May to link up your project. 

We can’t wait to see what you create! 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock, Neenah Solar White Cardstock 

Stamps: Moments with You

Inks: Archival Black, Lagoon, DO Inks - Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed

Accessories: Moments with You Thin Cuts, Fancy Tags Thin Cuts, Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts, Yellow, Pink and Turquoise Twine (misc.), Perfect Pearls (Ranger), Black Bursts, Bitty Sparkles, Sharpie Markers, Foam Tape

Enjoy, 

Alyson

Saturday, May 15, 2021

You are Enough PML Cards

The Picture My Life (PML) Cards that come with the You are Enough Collection from Close To My Heart can be used for more than just scrapbooking. There are sentiments on several of them that are perfect for cards, along with backgrounds and other images.

I created a set of 13 cards - I meant to make a set of 12 but somehow ended up with one extra card... I used the PML cards, coordinating cardstock and inks and the May Stamp of the Month (Flowers for You). A handful of other products were used for decoration. 

The cards have various sentiments and images on them - they make a great set of cards for various occasions. 



Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: You are Enough PML Cards, White Daisy Cardstock, Sapphire Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock, Blue Belle Cardstock, Sangria Cardstock, Peach Cardstock, Ballerina Cardstock, White Cards and Envelopes 

Stamps: Flowers for You

Inks: Sapphire, Sangria, Blue Belle, Glacier

Accessories: Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Shaker Foam and Acetate, Blue Belle Loose Sequins, Basic Circle Thin Cuts, Stitched Circle Thin Cuts, Tri-Blend Markers, Sharpie Markers, Clear Sparkles, Clear Shimmer Brush

Enjoy,

Alyson

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Sunburst Card Set

I am really enjoying playing with the sunburst die from Close To My Heart. It cuts both the outside frame and all the inner pieces. 

This set of cards was inspired by Jayma Malme - I loved her black and white cards with a pop of colour. 

The frame was die cut in Black Glitter Paper and several pieces of black and white patterned paper were die cut as well. The patterned paper pieces gave me several frames and I used those to piece the cards together. The glitter paper was laid on top to provide a bit of dimension. 

I cut six coloured daisies on my Cricut and brushed each of them with various Stickles. That preserves the 3-dimensional shape of the flowers even when placed in an envelope. I stamped various sentiments using the same colours as the flowers and after dovetailing the ends of each, I placed them so they were peeking out from under the flowers.

These were so much fun to create!


Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Various Black and White Patterned Papers, Black Glitter Paper, White Daisy Cardstock, Wisteria Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock, Lemonade Cardstock, Carolina Cardstock, Raspberry Cardstock, Nectarine Cardstock, White Cards and Envelopes 

Stamps; Card Captions, Flowers for You

Inks: Archival Black, Nectarine, Lagoon, Wisteria, Carolina, Raspberry

Accessories: Flower Market Cricut Collection, Various Stickles (not all CMTH), Sunburst Thin Cut

Enjoy,

Alyson

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Tulip Hugs

A friend of mine posts a sketch challenge every week on her Facebook page and I always like to participate. The details for the sketch this week are below. 

I used the exact measurements on the sketch for my card. A combination of Mint, Lagoon and Peacock were my colours of choice along with orange tulips. 

The Peacock background was stencilled using Peacock ink - just to add some interest - as it was very plain without anything. I stamped and die cut the tulips and added them to the card using thin and regular foam tape. A small sentiment was stamped and placed just under the tulip stems. A ribbon was placed at the base of the stamps and the tulips were brushed with the Clear Shimmer Brush. The inside of the card was decorated using the leftover tulips that I had stamped and die cut. 



Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Morning Dew Patterned Paper (Kaisercraft), Lagoon Cardstock, Mint Cardstock, Peacock Cardstock, Neenah Solar White Cardstock

Stamps: Tulip (Altenew), Word Up (Reverse Confetti)

Inks: Peacock, Lagoon, Pink Fresh Studios Inks (Tidal Pond, Aquamarine, Apricot, Clementine) 

Accessories: Artbooking Cricut Collection, Tulip Dies (Altenew), Mint Ribbon (misc.), Clear Shimmer Brush, Foam Tape, Thin Foam Tape 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Baby Congratulations

A friend of mine recently had a baby - always a good occasion to create a card! 

I used the new Make It From Your Heart - Volume 5 for the card pattern. 

I used several retired Mix-In papers for the card and I also hand stitched two lines along the left side. The sentiment was stamped and die cut using basic and stitched circle dies. I pulled out some old stamp sets for this one - Cute Koalas and Ink Blot. The Ink Blot stamp was used on the sentiment piece and also along the right side panel. The koalas (there is one inside the card as well) were stamped, coloured and fussy cut.  I added a few Glacier holographic sequins to finish off the card. 


I hope my friend will like it! 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Papers: Mix-In Paper Packs, White Daisy Cardstock, Canary Cardstock, Neenah Solar White Cardstock 

Stamps: Cute Koalas, Ink Blot 

Inks: Intense Black (SSS), Pewter, Mink, Glacier 

Accessories: Basic Circle Thin Cuts, Stitched Circle Thin Cuts, Tri-Blend Markers, Holographic Sequins, Embroidery Floss (not CTMH)

Enjoy,

Alyson

Monday, May 10, 2021

Seas the Day Card

Welcome to Make the Cards Challenge! The theme this week is "Beach". 

I am honoured to be the Featured Creator for this week's challenge. 

Beach life is not something that has ever particularly interested me so this theme was definitely a challenge. I didn't have any stamps or dies to reflect that theme so I turned to my Cricut. I was able to find several beach-related images there and created a scene with them. 

The clouds were stencilled onto the white cardstock and the sand and water pieces were inked for a little more interest. I added the umbrella, chair and a few other items scattered along the beach front. The sun was stamped and die cut but everything else was Cricut cut.

Come and join the Make the Cards Challenge - you have until Saturday evening to link up your project. 

We can’t wait to see what you create! 

Products used are all Close To My Heart: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Bluebird Cardstock, Carolina Cardstock, Smoothie Cardstock, Flamingo Cardstock, Canary Cardstock, Mint Cardsock, Lagoon Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock, Toffee Cardstock, White Cards and Envelopes 

Stamps: Beautiful Day

Inks: Canary, Toffee, Glacier, Carolina 

Accessories: Cricut Collections - Basic Shapes, You are Here, Beautiful Day Thin Cuts

Enjoy,

Alyson



AH 420 - Delightful Day

Welcome to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 420! 

I stayed true to the sketch this time and added a few extra elements on my card. 

The background was die cut with a stitched rectangle die and mounted on the card base. The flower is a 4 step stamped flower (same with the leaves) and that was added in the place of the hexagon on the sketch. I embossed the word "delightful" in white just under the cross piece and added the smaller parts of the sentiment to the left side. A thin ribbon covers the edges of the smaller pieces. A few gold sequins were added and the darkest parts of the flower were brushed with the Gold Shimmer Brush. 

Come and join us at Atlantic Hearts and show us how you interpret the sketch shown above. 

You have until Sunday evening to link up your project. 

We can’t wait to see what you create! 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Blossom Paper Pack, Frosted Floral DSP (SU), Neenah Solar White Cardstock 

Stamps: Japanese Mum (Altenew), Camelia Japonica (Altenew) 

Inks: Archival Black, Versamark, Altenew (Firefly, Grass Field, Shadow Creek), Pink Fresh Studio (Sparkling Rose, Bubblegum, Raspberry Bliss)

Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Dies (SSS), Japanese Mum Dies (Altenew), White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, White and Gold Skinny Ribbon, Gold Loose Sequins, Gold Shimmer Brush, Thin Foam Tape, Sharpie Marker 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Friday, May 7, 2021

CD 443 - Love Your Smile

Welcome to this week's Colour Dare challenge!

This is a fun challenge - essentially leading to a monochromatic (or very close to that) project. Using the colour wheel, you are to choose 3 colours that are side by side on the wheel. 

I chose yellow (Canary), yellow-orange (Sundance) and orange (Nectarine) for my card. 

I used several small scrap pieces from various paper packs to create the background. I cut them into 1" wide strips and then cut them on an angle. They were placed side by side to fill the font of the card. I bordered that in black and then die cut the words "I love". The bottom part of the sentiment was stamped with Intense Black and then I used 3 markers to create an ombre effect inside the letters. A few black bursts were added with a coloured bitty sparkle in the center of each. 


Come and join us at Colour Dare and show us how you interpret the challenge guidelines above. 

You have two weeks to link up your project. 

We can’t wait to see what you create! 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Paper Packs - Daisy Meadows, Mix-Ins, Falling for You, Happy Times, Blue Skies, White Daisy Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Blue Skies Cardstock, White Cards and Envelopes

Stamps: Moments with You

Inks: Intense Black, Sundance

Accessories: Moments with You Thin Cuts, Black Bursts, Bitty Sparkles, Various Markers 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Happy Bird-Day Magic Slider Card

I posted a different magic slider card a few days ago... this one was created using a different stamp set. 

The little birdie develops colour when the top of the card is pulled out. There are 3 photos to show the progression. I love this effect so much! Everyone always marvels at how it works and it is especially of interest to kids. 



Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Fresh Air Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Toffee Cardstock 

Stamps: So Tweet

Inks: Black Staz-On, Archival Black

Accessories: White and Gold Skinny Ribbon, Acetate (not CTMH), Tri-Blend Markers, Gold Glitter Gems, You Are Enough Butterfly Sequins, 1" Circle Punch (not CTMH), Standard Hole Punch (not CTMH)

Enjoy,

Alyson