Friday, February 23, 2018

Colour Dare 281 - Tic Tac Toe and a Ton of Layers!


Welcome to another Colour Dare Challenge! Since it is the last week in February, it is time for another Tic Tac Toe board! This one is based on the colours from the Make Waves paper pack and there are a LOT of available colours in that package. 

If you are using that paper pack, the one paper that contains ALL of them is the mermaid paper. Some of the other papers have many of them - but not all. 

Here is the tic tac toe board. I usually post the colours at the bottom but this time, I think it is easier if you see it first. 



First - I used the the top line, the left line and the bottom line. I also added both Black and White. 
The only colours I did not include were Sorbet and Canary. 

I chose to step WAY out of my comfort zone for this challenge. My card has a ton of layers... the last time I counted, I was up to 22 layers! That doesn't include the foam tape between the layers. This is not my normal style but I wanted to try something different. 


The Emerald background was embossed and sanded only here and there. I hand stitched along two sections using black embroidery floss. There is a layer of vellum on top of some of the floral paper, just to soften the boldness of that paper and the vellum has been slightly torn to rough the edges. Using various Cricut images, I layered them until I had what I wanted with the flower and leaves on top. Some of the Make Waves flower embellishments form a sort of waterfall on the left side. A button with a gem holds the twine in place on top of the flower, which was brushed with the Clear Shimmer Brush. The Hello sentiment was stamped on a piece of Bashful patterned paper and again three times below on a banner. 

Come and join us at Colour Dare and show us how you use this Tic Tac Toe board to create a project. The possibilities are ENDLESS! 
You have 2 weeks to link up your project as the due date is Thursday, March 8 at 10pm EST

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: Make Waves Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Emerald Cardstock, Willow Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock, Bashful Cardstock, Pansy Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock
Stamps: Sending Smiles, Have a Happy Day (ret.)
Inks: Emerald, Pixie, Willow, Glacier
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge (ret.), Artiste Cartridge (ret.), Artbooking Cartridge, You Are Here Cartridge, Dots Embossing Folder (ret.), Sanding Kit (ret.), Black Embroidery Floss and Needle (not CTMH), Turquoise Twine (not CTMH), White Button (ret.), Make Waves Sequins and Gems, Clear Shimmer Brush, Foam Tape, Thin Foam Tape

Enjoy,
Alyson





Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Think Pink Blog Hop


Welcome to the Think Pink blog hop. This blog hop features all PINK products by Close To My Heart, to go along with the February PINK campaign. You will see cardstock, glitter paper, patterned paper, inks, stamps, embellishments and possibly even more pink items along the way! Enjoy the tour!

You should have arrived here from Haley Dyer's blog.

If you get lost, a complete list of participating bloggers can be found on Melinda Everitt's blog

I chose to create a card using primarily the Gimme Some Sugar paper pack. Although it isn't entirely pink, the majority of it is pink. I wanted the flowers from that paper pack so the best idea was to simply cut them out from the hero paper and use them right on my card. I liked the tangerine ones so I wanted to include three of those as well. All the flowers were brushed with either the Bashful Shimmer Brush or the Clear Shimmer Brush - that can be seen better in the bottom photo. The ribbon was gathered and the scallop border was cut using the border die. The banner was purposely offset for interest, as were the pages. 
I worked on this card when several of the CTMH Cricut cartridges were down in Design Space so I had to create the pages and the ovals using free and basic shapes and manoeuvre them by slicing and welding until I had what I wanted...



The next blog on this hop is Vickie O'Dell's blog.
I am sure she has something wonderful (and PINK) to share with you.

Products used are all Close To My Heart:

Paper: Gimme Some Sugar Paper Pack, Bashful Cardstock, Blossom Cardstock, Peacock Cardstock, Bashful Glitter Paper
Stamps: Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking
Inks: Peacock
Accessories: Cricut Basic Shapes (DS), Peacock Stitched Ribbon, Bashful Pearls, Scallop Border Die, Foam Tape, Bashful Shimmer Brush, Clear Shimmer Brush

Enjoy,
Alyson


Monday, February 19, 2018

AH 252 - Lavender Birthday Greetings


Welcome to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! 

I have a lot of friends' birthdays coning up in March and April... perfect for using these sketch challenges! 

For the focus of my card, I chose to use a stamp that kind of frustrated me a little... it is actually a watercolour approach and so it it not designed to fit exactly in the outline, which rather annoys me. I spent some time with a photo editing program erasing some of the sections outside the lines and finally stopped - asking myself WHY I was doing that when it is supposed to have that kind of appearance.... 

Nonetheless, I finished it off with a die cut border and a ribbon with a few sparkles. So simple. I also brushed several of the individual buds with the Gold Shimmer Brush - that can be seen in the second photo below. It really stands out when the card is held on an angle. 




Come and join us at Atlantic Hearts and show us your interpretation of the sketch shown above. You have until Sunday evening to link up your project. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Whimsy Fundamentals, White Daisy Cardstock, Canary Cardstock, Eggplant Cardstock
Stamps: Tulip (Altenew), Lots of Lavender (Stampin Up)
Inks: Thistle, Eggplant, Fern, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Accessories: White and Gold Striped Ribbon, Little Dreamer Gems (ret.), Stitched Ovals (not CTMH), Gold Shimmer Brush, ShinHan Markers

Enjoy,
Alyson



Monday, February 12, 2018

Heart 2 Heart - True Love


Welcome to another challenge at Heart 2 Heart. The theme this week is True Love. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, the theme is perfect for this time of the year. 

Your True Love may be your significant other, a friend, a relative, a pet, or it may even be an object! For example, I know MANY people cannot get through a day without their coffee! 

I chose to do a generic card that I can give to just about anyone. The sentiment is pretty simple - just "You Make My Heart Happy". I love it because it can be used for any purpose. I dug out an older stamp set for the floral collection at the bottom. It was embossed in silver and coloured using ShinHan markers. The hearts were cut from Silver and Bashful Glitter Paper and entwined with each other. A few Bashful Pearls were added to the coloured flowers and the flowers were brushed with the Clear Shimmer Brush. 


Come and join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us your interpretation of "True Love". Be sure to use some Close To My Heart products in your project - if it isn't obvious, please list your products in your description. 
You have until the end of February to enter this or any of the February challenges. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart:

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Bashful Cardstock, Silver Glitter Paper, Bashful Glitter Paper
Stamps: Adore You (ret.), Happy Heart
Inks: Versamark, Raspberry Pigment Ink, Bashful, Raspberry
Accessories: Hearts Thin Cuts (ret.), Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Clear Shimmer Brush, Bashful Pearls, ShinHan Markers

Enjoy,
Alyson


Friday, February 9, 2018

Colour Dare 279 - Birthday Flower Card


Welcome to another Colour Dare challenge! 

This week, we are challenging you to use the Primary colours - but specific shades of them. They are Pacifica, Cranberry and Canary. Of course, you can always add Black and White and gold is optional but no other colours, please. 

I chose to focus on the blues and yellows with very little red. The black and white were extras but I needed them because using two colours is very difficult, especially when working with multiple layers. 

I cut my flower using my Cricut and then stamped a design on both layers using Canary ink. That's hard to see in the original photo so there is a close-up photo of just the flower further down. I coloured some clear sparkles to create a ring in the centre. The black glitter paper was wrapped with red twine. I always use a small hole punch to keep my twine in place even though I secure it on the back. By punching a half circle in the edge of the paper where the twine will sit, it keeps it in place and no-one ever sees those tiny little half circles because the twine rests perfectly there and it won't slide around :)

I used a Hostess Reward stamp set to stamp the background on the flowers and also to stamp the lines on the tags (which are also Cricut cuts). The birthday greeting is from an old campaign stamp - I also used it to finish the inside of the card. 




This is the inside of the card. 


Here is the close-up of the stamped flower. 


Come and join us at Colour Dare and show us how you use this colour combination! You have two weeks to link up your project as the due date is Thursday, February 22 at 10pm EST

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: Adventure Fundamentals, Whimsy Fundamentals, White Daisy Cardstock, Pacifica Cardstock, Canary Cardstock, Black Glitter Paper
Stamps: Background Essentials, Happy Everything (ret.)
Inks: Pacifica, Canary
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge (ret.), Artiste Cartridge (ret.), Clear Sparkles, ShinHan Markers, Foam Tape, Thin Foam Tape, Red Twine (not CTMH)

Enjoy,
Alyson




Monday, February 5, 2018

Atlantic Hearts 250 - Crafty Friends


Welcome to another challenge at Atlantic Hearts! 

This week's sketch has string, twine, ribbon or perhaps thin strips of paper involved, depending how you interpret those very thin lines... I chose to use twine on my card and braid three pieces of it together. I love the end result! 
I used a stamp set that I have had for a couple of months but just broke out for the first time. The sentiments are so perfect for crafting - all about creative friends! How can you not LOVE this sentiment? The white background is embossed with a dot folder to keep the dotty theme to match the paper that I used from the Make Waves paper pack. And old button provided the perfect centre under the sentiment and I used four coloured twine strands to create a bow, for which I slightly pulled the bows ends apart to create different loop sizes. 



Come and join us at Atlantic Hearts and show us your interpretation of the sketch shown above. You have until Sunday evening to link up your project. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Make Waves Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Emerald Cardstock
Stamps: Crafty Friends (Altenew)
Inks: Emerald, Pansy
Accessories: Nestabilities Dies (not CTMH), Green Twine (Stampin Up), Purple Twine (Stampin Up), White Twine, Dot Embossing Folder (ret.), White Button (ret.), Foam Tape

Enjoy, 
Alyson




Thursday, February 1, 2018

February SOTM Blog Hop - Sunny Thoughts


Welcome to February's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month, we are featuring the stamp set "Sunny Thoughts" - a set of 13 stamps. There are 5 perfectly spring-like sentiments as well as florals and leaves to adorn those sentiments - such a great way to start thinking about spring! The bloggers along this blog hop will certainly show you many ways to use this stamp set, so sit back and enjoy the tour. 

You should have arrived here from Brenda Lapp's blog. 

If you get lost, a list of all participating bloggers can be found on Melinda Everitt's blog.

The stamp set looks like this.



I have seen these gorgeous Start Effect cards in various places over the past month and wanted to try them for myself. They are remarkably simple to create. 
The link is here if you want to try making one.

I used the Gimme Some Sugar paper pack for the decorative background. I learned that the small slit to cut in which to place the front piece needs to be very narrow or the top piece can seem to be top heavy, no matter what is placed on it. 


I varied the front and back papers along with the sentiments. I also brushed the main part of the sentiment using the Bashful Shimmer Brush. The flowers and greenery were all fussy cut and placed around the sentiment. It's tough to photograph light coloured papers without losing the details in the patterns. 

Which do you like better? 




The next blog on this hop is Jean McNulty's blog.
I am sure she has something wonderful to share with you. 


Products used are all Close To My Heart: 

Paper: Gimme Some Sugar Paper Pack, Juniper Cardstock, Tangerine Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps: Sunny Thoughts
Inks: Heather, Juniper, Bashful
Accessories: Artistry Cartridge, Bashful Pearls, Gold Pearls, Bashful Shimmer Brush, Clear Shimmer Brush, ShinHan Markers

Enjoy,
Alyson

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Love One Another

The two stamp sets on this card are two that have been sitting in my stamp drawer since the summer and haven't really been used yet... I wanted to do SOMETHING with them. 

I also wanted to try lattice folding so after trying a sample along the edge of a card, I decided I wanted my fold somewhere else other than along the edge. That took some doing because I had to make sure that the top and bottom were completely finished. I put a piece of the Make Waves patterned paper behind the finished fold but with the dots on the paper, I realize now that it looks kind of strange - a solid piece of cardstock probably would have been a better choice. 

After stamping and fussy cutting the flowers and leaves, they didn't look right just mounted on the ombre paper so I decided to add a silver doily underneath them. In the photo, this really washed out the leaves but on the actual card, they are still very noticeable. The smallest flower is raised with foam tape. I brushed all three flowers with the clear shimmer brush - that can be seen in the second photo. 

The card is based on Pattern #14 from Make it From Your Heart - Volume 4. 




Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Make Waves Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Emerald Cardstock, Silver Glitter Paper
Stamps: For You Darling, Inspired Words
Inks: Pansy, Emerald, Pixie
Accessories: Clear Shimmer Brush, Foam Tape, Little Dreamer Gems (ret.), Silver Doily (not CTMH)

Enjoy,
Alyson




Monday, January 29, 2018

Heart 2 Heart - Fine and Dandy


The challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is "Fine and Dandy". This was a difficult one for me as this tends to be a saying that is used (I think) far more in the south than it is here in the north. I had to really think about an image that comes to mind for me when I thought of this phrase... The first thing that came to mind was the sarcastic use of it - when someone is angry and they use it in frustration. However, that isn't easy to use on a card or scrapbook page, so there had to be another alternative! 

A distinguished (or tiny man) wearing a bowler hat with a moustache was another thought that came to mind so that is what I decided to use. That is also difficult to do... Relying on some Cricut images and a Cricut pen that I knew would write from dark to light (as it was getting short on ink) to provide sort of an ombre effect, I made a greeting phrase on the right side of my card. The left side was reserved for an almost Potato-Head sort of face, with a bowler hat and moustache. I added some googly eyes, just for fun. 


Come and join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us how you interpret "Fine and Dandy". Be sure to use some Close To My Heart products in your project. 
This challenge ONLY closes on February 3. 
The other January challenges close on January 31st. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: Linen Cardstock, Charcoal Cardstock, Bashful Cardstock, Bashful Glitter Paper, Silver Glitter Paper
Stamps: none
Inks: none
Accessories: You Are Here Cartridge, Artfully Sent Cartridge (ret.), Silver Cricut Marker (not CTMH), Googly Eyes (not CTMH), Light Grey Ribbon, Grey Gems

Enjoy,
Alyson





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Friday, January 26, 2018

Colour Dare 277 - Birthday Banner card


Welcome to another challenge at Colour Dare! 

This week, we have an extra special challenge - it is a Tic Tac Toe board! You can choose any three colours in a line - across, up and down or diagonally - we just ask that you let us know which line you have chosen by identifying the colours you are using. 

I am placing the Tic Tac Toe board at the top of my post this week so you can see it before my project. That way, you can see exactly the colour scheme I chose. 


I decided to go diagonal and use Juniper, White Daisy and Mink. I also added Black to my project as that is allowed. 

I used two of the patterned papers from the Chelsea Gardens paper pack as they fit both the Mink and Juniper colours. One of the new Hostess stamps in the catalog is this gorgeous monogram crest. Inside, I used an old happy birthday stamp because I couldn't find anything else that fit other than a monogram... and I really needed a happy birthday sentiment. The colouring was done with ShinHan markers and I had some old juniper ribbon from CTMH from years and years ago that I attached to the bottom of the banner. The pattern is from Make It From Your Heart - Volume 4. 


Come and join us at Colour Dare for this challenge - there are so many possible colour combinations that can be used! 
You have 2 weeks to link up your project so the due date is 
Thursday, February 8 at 10pm EST.

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Chelsea Gardens Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Black Cardstock
Stamps: Monogram Crest, Happy Birthday (ret.)
Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Juniper
Accessories: Black Shimmer Trim, Juniper Ribbon (ret.), ShinHan Markers, Chelsea Gardens Dots and Gems, Foam Tape, Black Journaling Pen

Enjoy,
Alyson