Monday, November 20, 2017

H2H - Do Be Bashful


Welcome to another challenge at Heart 2 Heart. This week, it is all about Bashful! Bashful can be a lot of things - it can be shy, timid or easily embarrassed. It can be Bashful, one of the Seven Dwarfs - he was always my favourite! Or is can be Close To My Heart's Colour of the Year! 

I chose to go with the last option - the colour option. The cardstock is now double sided so you have TWO shades of Bashful to work with in addition to the Bashful Glitter paper! 

As I was looking through my doggie's scrapbook album, I realized that I don't have a layout done for when I first brought her home - that very first evening! She was just so adorable - and just under two pounds. I chose to journal on the back of this layout which is why you don't see any writing on the front. I also used the lighter side of the Bashful cardstock for the base of the layout. The flowers are stamped with Bashful for the first layer and then Pansy for the second layer. The glitter paper is very close in shade to the cardstock... and can be hard to see in the photo. 


Join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us how you interpret the Do Be Bashful theme. You have until the end of November to link up with this or any of the other November challenges. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Bashful Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Pansy Cardstock, Willow Cardstock, Bashful Glitter Paper
Stamps: Framework Alphabet, Flourishes, Ink Blot (ret.), Hello Lovely Scrapbooking (ret.)
Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Black, Willow, Pansy, Bashful
Accessories: Artbooking Cartridge, Artistry Cartridge, Art Philosophy Cartridge (ret.), Artiste Cartridge (ret.), Black Shimmer Trim, Clear Shimmer Brush

Enjoy,
Alyson


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Just for Fun Blog Hop


Welcome to the Just for Fun blog hop. This blog hop features products from the Fundamentals line as that is the featured special in the month of November! There are Paper Packs, Complements and Ribbon packs available in 4 different combinations - Adventure, Enchantment, Whimsy and Basics. Each has its own distinct flavour. Some are bold while others are more subdued. The consultants along this blog hop will present a wide variety of projects using these products - and I am sure you will see all 4 palettes represented as well.

You should have arrived here from Krista Hershberger's blog.

If you get lost along the way, there is complete list of participants on Melinda Everitt's blog.

On the last blog hop, I was so inspired by a card made by a friend of mine, Brenda Lapp. Her Christmas card was just beautiful - so I contacted her to check if she would be ok if I used her basic idea for this bog hop but with different colours. Her original card can be seen here. I chose to use the Thistle dotted page from the Whimsy Fundamentals for the base of my card and the striped Pansy piece from the Adventure Fundamentals to create my poinsettias. The leaves and branches are Cricut cut using Charcoal cardstock and Silver Glitter paper. I coloured in the Bitty Sparkles with the Lavender ShinHan marker.


I hope you enjoyed my project.

The next blog on this hop is Darlys Recker's blog.
I am sure she has something terrific to share with you.

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Whimsy Fundamentals, Adventure Fundamentals, White Daisy Cardstock, Charcoal Cardstock, Silver Glitter Paper
Stamps: Beary Christmas
Inks: Pansy, Eggplant, Black
Accessories: Flower Market, Corner Rounder, Sponge Daubers, White Pearls, Bitty Sparkles, ShinHan Marker, Clear Shimmer Brush

Enjoy,
Alyson


Monday, November 13, 2017

Atlantic Hearts 238 - Joy Wreath


It's time for another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. This one is in the shape of a wreath - one of my favourite designs! 

I decided to pull out a stamp set that I have had since last year but have only used a couple of times. It is a triple stamping set - the base of the wreath is stamped in one colour, the the second set of leaves is stamped over the first set in a second colour and the berries are added on top of that in a third colour. The stamps are designed to line up with each other. 

I wanted to mount the finished wreath on a piece of patterned paper that looked like wood so I went back to last year's Rustic Fundamental papers. That meant that Heather was the colour of choice for the base of my wreath. Lagoon was the second colour and Ruby made up the berries. Some stray ribbon in Lagoon was used to hang the wreath. The silver JOY sentiment was die cut four times for thickness and layered on top of each other. 



Come and join us at Atlantic Hearts and show us how you interpret the sketch shown above. You have until Sunday night to link up your project. 

Product used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Rustic Home Fundamentals (ret.), White Daisy Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock, Silver Glitter Paper
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath (SU)
Inks: Heather, Lagoon, Ruby
Accessories: Wondrous Wreath Dies, Turquoise Ribbon (not CTMH) 

Enjoy,
Alyson


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Hello Lovely for Christmas

I have had this Hello Lovely stamp for some time now. There are lots of pictures of it coloured in various ways - partially coloured, completely coloured, done with watercolours... and it is beautiful every single time. 

Why not colour it for Christmas using red and green? I embossed the stamp using gold embossing powder and then selected various ShinHan markers in red and green shades. I was left with the smallest flower after exhausting most of the red markers that I have so I decided to colour those in yellow. 

I like how this turned out... it took a while to do, though. I am not experienced with blending colours but I did my best. I didn't add any shimmer or anything else to the card - it is simply coloured. I stamped a sentiment at the bottom and here is the finished product. 


Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Emerald Cardstock
Stamps: Hello Lovely (Concord and 9th), Christmas Love (ret.)
Inks: Emerald, Versamark
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, ShinHan Markers, Foam Tape

Enjoy,
Alyson

Friday, November 10, 2017

CTMH Christmas Card Blog Hop


Welcome to the CTMH Christmas Card Blog Hop. This is a special blog hop where we are featuring Christmas cards made with Close To My Heart products. It is time to sit back, relax and enjoy the cards made by several consultants. You will see a wide variety of cards and ideas as you follow this bog hop around the circle because there are terrific products available this season, along with very talented consultants!  

You should have arrived here from Krista Hershberger's blog.

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

I have always been partial to non-traditional colours at Christmas. For this blog hop, I wanted to do something along those lines and stay away from the traditional red and green. I chose to use the Basic Fundamentals along with Bashful. Some people will say that this doesn't look like Christmas but I disagree. Christmas can be whatever you choose to make it. More and more people are choosing to go the non-traditional route and decorate in a thematic colour instead of red and green.

I love how this turned out. I used one of my favourite sketches to create this card. It is 5x7 in size. The lighter banners are stamped in Charcoal using the In the Background stamp set and the tiny leaves are coloured with our Silver metallic marker and a pink ShinHan marker. To prevent the background from being too stark, I used Linen instead of White Daisy for my card base. 


This close-up shows the shimmer on the poinsettia a little better. 


I hope you enjoyed my card. 

The next stop on this blog hop is Darlys Recker's blog.
I am sure she has something festive and wonderful to share with you. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Linen Cardstock, Charcoal Cardstock, Bashful Cardstock, Basics Fundamentals, Silver Glitter Paper
Stamps: In the Background, First Noel
Inks: Charcoal, Black, Bashful
Accessories: Flower Market Cartridge, Art Philosophy Cartridge (ret.), Basics Ribbon Collection, White Pearls, Foam Tape, Clear Shimmer Brush, ShinHan Marker, Silver Metallic Marker, Sponge Daubers, Corner Rounder

Enjoy,
Alyson


Colour Dare 269 - Flowering Christmas Tree


Welcome to another Colour Dare challenge. It's a beautiful combination of colours this week - perfect for a flowering Christmas Tree! 

I decided to pull out a die that I haven't used for a few years. I paired it with a retired embossing folder that sort of looks like snow falling in the background. I cut the die twice - once in Glacier (blue) and the second time in Bashful (pink). I cut out the flowers from the second one and placed them on top of the first cut. I had a hard time with the Toffee colour in this combination but decided to colour some Bitty Sparkles in that colour and add them to the centre of the flowers. All of it was matted on a couple of rectangular mats and it was an easy to create card. 



Join us at Colour Dare and show us how you use this colour combination to create a project. You have two weeks to link up your project as the closing date for entries is Thursday, November 23 at 10pm EST. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock, Bashful Cardstock
Stamps: none
Inks: none
Accessories: Flowering Christmas Tree Die (Memory Box), Bitty Sparkles, ShinHan Marker, Cascading Dots Embossing Folder (ret.)

Enjoy,
Alyson


Monday, November 6, 2017

H2H - Enchantment Abounds


Welcome to another challenge at Heart 2 Heart. This week, the challenge is Enchantment Abounds. Since this is a Close To My Heart based challenge site, Enchantment relates directly to a line of papers, inks and related products that are carried by Close To My Heart. There are 10 colours in that colour group: Saffron, Goldrush, Poppy, Ruby, Pomegranate, Eggplant, Sapphire, Peacock, Fern and New England Ivy.
Enchantment can also relate to something enchanted such a a magical forest or something similar.

I chose to go with the Enchantment colour palette.

My card is for a male friend who is celebrating a birthday. I created the background in Design Space by cutting out the triangles from a rectangular base piece. I used three inks on a large block to create the background. I just tapped the ink pads (Goldrush, Ruby and Sapphire) in various places until the block was covered and then let the ink bead with small drops of water added. I turned the block over and pressed it onto the cardstock. The Ruby ink turned much darker than I expected. I backed that piece with some retired embossed cardstock.

The sentiment is from a retired stamp set called Tagged with Love. A few ribbons and embellishments were added to finish off the card.


Join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us how you interpret the Enchantment Abounds challenge. You have the entire month of November to link up your project.

Products used are all Close to My Heart

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Pomegranate Cardstock, Enchantment Fundamentals (old stock - retired), Cats and Bats Paper Pack, Gold Glitter Paper
Stamps: Tagged with Love (ret.)
Inks: Pomegranate, Ruby, Sapphire, Goldrush
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge (ret.), Enchantment Ribbon Collection (old stock - ret.), White and Gold Ribbon, White Twine, Blue Burlap Ribbon, Cats and Bats Dots, Foam Tape, Corner Rounder

Enjoy,
Alyson



Monday, October 30, 2017

AH 236 - Peace Poppy Card


My card for Atlantic Hearts this week has a very special purpose. Remembrance Day in Canada is on November 11th and that is the day that we honour our war veterans. World Wars I and II were horrible, awful events, as are any wars, but those two in particular were of a magnitude that the entire world hopes never to experience ever again. My father was a World War II veteran so this day holds special significance for me. 

Last year, while out shopping, I encountered a very special gentleman at a local drugstore. He was  holding the poppy box where people can donate to the poppy fund for our veterans. I always drop in some money and pick up a poppy. This fellow was exceptionally friendly. We began chatting and I found out that he was 98 years young (as he put it). He didn't look nearly that old - no assistive devices at all! He said he was there every single day from mid-October though until November 10th as the ceremony downtown was on the 11th. Sure enough, I saw him at the (very crowded) ceremony. And he is back again this year - same place with his poppy box - and a year older at 99 years young! We have already had a few conversations. He is so kind and gentle. 

I wanted to do something for him, just to let him know how much I appreciate him and his service. So, this card is for him. I flipped the sketch 90 degrees. I purposely chose poppies for the significance of the day and the word PEACE. 




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: Basic Fundamentals, Charcoals Cardstock, Pebble Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps: Scandinavian Christmas (ret.), Painted Poppy (Altenew)
Inks: Black, Fern, New England Ivy, Poppy, Cranberry, Ruby
Accessories: Painted Poppy Dies (Altenew), Grey Enamel Gems, Basic Ribbon Collection (last year - ret.), White Twine, Clear Shimmer Brush, Thin Foam Tape

Enjoy,
Alyson




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Friday, October 27, 2017

Colour Dare 267 - Have a Beautiful Day card


Welcome to another challenge at Colour Dare. This week, we are featuring the colour palette from the Falling for You paper pack - and it has a LOT of colours! If you want to use the papers from the paper pack, that makes it easy. If you don't have the paper pack, then please use the following colours - or as close to these colours as you have:

Fern
Saffron
Goldrush
at least ONE of the neutrals 
(but you can use as many neutrals as you wish)

I chose to use the Falling for You paper pack as it contains so many of these colours and I also used one of the co-ordinating stamp sets, along with a couple of other stamps that fit really well. I wanted layers and layers of fall flowers and leaves that looked like those on the patterned paper... It was hard to get them all to fit on the left side so I pulled them together in a group. Some were die cut and some had to be fussy cut, depending on which stamp set I used. 
I used some retired twine to separate the papers and then ran some bronze and white twine along the side. I can't tell you how many times I lifted adhesive as I had placed items down and then realized the something had to be adhered underneath something else... that's the problem working with multiple layers when you are tired! 

SO, the finished product (with many layers)... 


Join us at Colour Dare and show us how you use the colours this week to create a project for this challenge. There are a LOT of colours and it can be overwhelming, so we have divided up the colours a little bit. 
Be sure to use all three colours in the top palette and at least ONE neutral but you can use as many neutrals from the second palette as you want. 

You have until Nov. 9 at 10pm EST to link up your project. 



Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Falling for You Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Fern Cardstock
Stamps: Falling for You - Scrapbooking, Thoughtful Flowers (ret.), Lovely Leaves (ret.), Happy Birds (ret.)
Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Espresso
Accessories: Falling for You Thin Cuts, Bronze and White Twine, Basics Ribbon Collection (last year - ret.), Gold Pearls, ShinHan Markers, Foam Tape, Thin Foam Tape

Enjoy,
Alyson

Monday, October 23, 2017

Heart 2 Heart - Vines and Twine


Welcome back to another challenge at Heart 2 Heart. The title for this week's challenge is Vines and Twine. This challenge is more flexible than it seems. If you aren't into vines as in flowers and greenery, then you can pick up the twine aspect from the title and use some twine on your project instead. 

I decided to go with the vines aspect and create a Christmas card with a vine-like wreath. It is sort-of vines with branches poking out here and there. That's why I added the holly berry branches as well. I used one of the papers from the Silver and Gold paper pack for the background - it just repeats Fa La La and made a perfect backdrop for my card as it had simple repeating pattern on it. The poinsettia was cut from the Flower Market cartridge, although I did play with the original pieces to get what I wanted. The Clear Shimmer Brush was used on the poinsettia and on all the tiny berries. 


Come and join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us how you interpret the Vines and Twine challenge. You have until the end of October to link up with this or any of the other October challenges listed below (the link will take you directly to the challenge in question).




Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Silver and Gold Paper Pack, Ruby Cardstock, Cranberry Cardstock, Fern Cardstock, New England Ivy Cardstock, Silver Glitter Paper
Stamps: First Noel
Inks: Versamark, Ruby, New England Ivy
Accessories: Flower Market Cartridge, Red Enamel Gems, Sparkles - Large (ret.), Bitty Sparkles, Clear Shimmer Brush, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Foam Tape

Enjoy, 
Alyson





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