Wednesday, December 31, 2014

January Stamp of the Month Bloghop - "This Moment"


Welcome to January's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month, we are featuring the stamp set "This Moment" - a set of 12 stamps. The obvious theme is love, but there are so many other things that this stamp set can be used for as you will see throughout this blog hop, I am sure, so sit back and enjoy as you hop through the consultants' blogs on this tour. You should have arrived here from Gina Brandsetter's blog. If you get lost, a list of all blogs can be found here

The stamp set looks like this.



I chose to complete three projects with this set. The first two are cards. The first is a standard card at 41/4" x 51/2". I also wanted to use the Heartstrings PML cards as I have not used any of those products for card-making yet and I really wanted to experiment with that option, so this is what I came up with.  


 The second card is a 3"x 4" card - very simple and easy with few embellishments. 


My last project is a fun one - I decided to create a set of "Love Notes" - 6 fun date night cards. I used a PML card for the front and stamped the Love Notes sentiment on the front and then added a few embellishments. The following photo shows three of the six date night cards. I simply printed them on cardstock and then mounted them on co-ordinating paper from the Heartstrings paper pack. Everything is held together with a clothes peg from the Ruby Mini-Medley Collection.



I hope you enjoyed my projects. The next blog on the hop is Kathy Burrows' blog. I'm sure she has something wonderful to share with you! 

You can get this beautiful stamp set for just $5 this month with only a $50 purchase. Visit my shopping site here. Remember this stamp set is only available until January 31st! 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Heartstrings Paper Pack, Picture My Life - Heartstrings, White Daisy Cardstock, Crystal Blue Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock
Stamps: This Moment
Inks: Lagoon Pigment Ink, Crystal Blue, Hollyhock, Lagoon
Accessories: Heartstrings Complements, Pink Glitter Gems, Ruby Mini-Medley Accents Collection, Sparkles - Clear Assortment, Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape, Junebug Puffies, White Shimmer Trim, Corner Rounder

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Thursday, December 25, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - Day 12 Christmas Day

Day 12 - Christmas Day - has finally arrived! Today, the final gift was sitting at their door. It is two gift certificates for a local coffee shop - Tim Hortons. Anyone from Canada knows that Tim Hortons in Canada, particularly this area of Canada, is HUGE. There is a Tim's at every rest stop, on every corner, just about everywhere! Everyone visits Tim Hortons - if not for coffee, for donuts, muffins, sandwiches, tea - for something at some point! These will definitely be put to good use!  

I had so much fun doing this - I will definitely consider doing this again in the future. 


Products used are all Close to My Heart

Paper: Snowhaven Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Cranberry Cardstock
Stamps: Magical Day, Home for the Holidays (ret.)
Inks: Cranberry, Glacier
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge, Harvest Baker's Twine (ret.), Snowhaven Complements, Foam Tape

Enjoy,
Alyson

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - Day 11

Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas brings a little box filed with Ferrero Rocher chocolates. I don't think I have met anyone who doesn't love these chocolates! And the ones in this box are a mixture of the types that are made by Ferrero Rocher - not just the standard ones... There are white chocolate ones, dark chocolate ones, and some of the regular ones as well... mmm, mmm good! 

The box was cut from the Artiste cartridge and came together so easily. To keep the top down, I put a hook and loop closure on the end, just so it wouldn't keep popping up. The tag was cut from Art Philosophy and the red ribbon was from my stash. 


Products used are Close to My Heart unless otherwise indicated

Paper: Cranberry Fundamentals Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock, Ruby Cardstock, New England Ivy Cardstock
Stamps: Magical Day, Snow Flurries (ret.)
Inks: New England Ivy, Ruby
Accessories: Artiste Cartridge, Art Philosophy Cartridge, Hook and Loop Closures, Red Ribbon (not CTMH)

Enjoy, 
Alyson


Merry Christmas to All!

Mika and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! It has not been the easiest year but we made it and we hope that the coming year will be filled with blessings, lots of creative time and continued opportunities for growth.

Have a wonderful holiday, filled with joy and hope of things to come. 



Enjoy, 
Alyson

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - Day 10

Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas is another offering of loose tea - this time it is Magical Mango tea. The smell of loose tea from Steeped Tea is simply beyond measure and if you have not had tea from this company, find a consultant and host a party because their teas are absolutely amazing (and they smell terrific, too!)
The Pillow Box was wrapped and decorated in a very simple manner - just once around with a piece of cardstock from the Paper Fundamentals Collection and then two layers of paper for the sentiment with piece of Baker's Twine wrapped around the bottom. 


Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Desert Sand Paper Fundamentals Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock
Stamps: Magical Day, Best Christmas
Inks: Lagoon, Desert Sand
Accessories: Neutral Metallic Baker's Twine, Pillow Box

Enjoy,
Alyson

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 87

The sketch at Atlantic Hearts this week comes so close to Christmas that I thought I would take a break from Christmas and start thinking toward spring! Yes, even with snow on the ground and mistletoe in the air, my mind is already on spring :) So, I pulled out a couple of my favourite stamp sets and went to work. The colour combination of orange and blue always works so I used the new Hopscotch Paper pack for my background paper and Sunset as the accent colour.



Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: Hopscotch Paper Pack, Colonial White Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock
Stamps: A Budding Friendship, Have a Happy Day
Inks: Sunset, Lagoon, Glacier
Accessories: Sunset Arrow Washi Tape, Scallop Punch (ret.), Circle Punch (not CTMH), Orange Twine (not CTMH)

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Monday, December 22, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - Day 9

Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas brings a little bag filled with a useful gift - although maybe not as "pretty" as some others - it contains 2 small laundry bags of all things! These bags can be used to contain socks and other small items in laundry loads and they are so useful to ensure that those kinds of small items don't go missing in the laundry. It is also a great way to help family members sort their own items before laundry day!
I had a tough time fitting them into this container - I had to roll and tape them together to get them to fit... and they finally did - just barely!


Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Yuletide Carol Paper Pack, Colonial White Cardstock, Ruby Cardstock
Stamps: Magical Day, Best Christmas
Inks: Topiary, Ruby
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge, Artiste Cartridge, Ruby Mini-Medley Collection

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Sunday, December 21, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - Day 8

Day 8 of the 12 Days of Christmas bring us a Ruby gift bag filled with hand cream and some little chocolates - a very practical gift in our Canadian winter (well, maybe not the chocolates... but certainly the hand cream!) The tag is from the Season's Tweetings set last winter and I just adore the little bird so I had him sit on top of the sentiment within the wreath. These little bags are so practical for so many things - I just love them :) 


Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Season's Tweetings Tag (ret.)
Stamps: Magical Day, Season's Tweetings (ret.)
Inks: Topiary, Black, Ruby
Accessories: Season's Tweetings Ruby Bag (ret.), Circle Punch (not CTMH), Foam Tape, ShinHan Markers

Enjoy,
Alyson

Saturday, December 20, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - Day 7

Day 7 of the 12 Days of Christmas is a Kraft Container filled with Piouline wafers and some little chocolates... mmmm! The decor on the container was taken from the Facebook site of Close To My Heart's 12 Days of Christmas suggestions, which I just loved. The adorable snowman set on two layers of paper, along with some shimmer trim and baker's twine was the perfect setting for this container. The top is shown below as well, with a snowflake decorated with sparkles. 



Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Snowhaven Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Honey Fundamentals Cardstock
Stamps: Magical Day, Flakey Friends
Inks: Black Pigment Ink, Lagoon
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge, Kraft Container, Neutral Metallic Baker's Twine, Silver Shimmer Trim, ShinHan Markers, Clear Sparkles

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Friday, December 19, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - Day 6

Day 6 of the 12 Days of Christmas brings a burlap bag filled with 10 individual packages of Wet Ones (pre-moistened wet cloths) for those times when you really need a damp cloth - accidents in the car, a dirty public restroom, etc. 
Rather than stamping directly on the bag, I chose to stamp candy canes and attach them to the bag instead. 


Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Pear Cardstock
Stamps: Magical Day, Merry & Bright (ret.)
Inks: Ruby, Pear
Accessories: Green Twine (not CTMH), Circle Punch (not CTMH), Burlap Drawstring Bag

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Thursday, December 18, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - Day 5

Day 5 of the 12 Days of Christmas brings a cupcake sock - one of my favourite little gifts to give at Christmas! It is such a warm, fuzzy way to say hello during the cold, Canadian winters! 
This little one is bright pink, wrapped in a paper from the Brushed Paper pack, along with one of the decorative papers from the Fundamentals Cardstock paper collection. 
The sentiment is from a retired stamp set called Season's Tweetings. 


Happy Owlidays to you! 

Products are all Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated

Paper: Brushed Paper Pack, Fundamentals Cardstock - Pear, White Daisy Cardstock, Pear Cardstock
Stamps: Magical Day, Season's Tweetings (ret.)
Inks: Black Pigment Ink, Cotton Candy, Pear
Accessories: Season's Tweetings Labels (ret.), Paper Crimper (not CTMH), Pink Twine (not CTMH), ShinHan Markers, Pink Sock (not CTMH), Gusset Bag (not CTMH)

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - Day 4

Today is Day 4 and a very simple bag with a simple gift. 
The Muslin Bags can be stamped using our Pigment inks and I used Glacier, Lagoon and Crystal Blue to stamp snowflakes on this little one. I realized after I took the photo that some of the Bitty Sparkles had already fallen out of place... such is life. They are almost impossible to keep in place on fabric, I find! 

Inside are three large clips that can be used for a variety of purposes - holding open bags of food tightly closed, keeping stacks of paper in place, etc. 


Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps: Magical Day, Snow Flurries (ret.)
Inks: Pacifica, Lagoon Pigment Ink, Glacier Pigment Ink, Crystal Blue Pigment Ink
Accessories: Muslin Bags, Bitty Sparkles, Circle Punch (not CTMH)

Enjoy, 
Alyson


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - Day 3

Today's gift is in the form of a decorative bag - with the Frosty Friends stamp! 
I love this stamp set... the three snowmen are so adorable and I couldn't decide which one to use but I think I will probably end up using all three at some point for these gifts. 

There are two cookies inside the bag. 


Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock
Stamps: Frosty Friends, Magical Day
Inks: Black Pigment Ink, Lagoon
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge, Liquid Applique (ret.), ShinHan Markers, Paradise Baker's Twine (ret.), Designer Creations Lagoon Paper Bags

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Monday, December 15, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - Day 2

Today's gift comes to you in the form of a pillow box (and it is shown empty as well). 


It was kept very simple - just some cardstock and patterned paper wrapped around the pillow box and a label cut from Art Philosophy and stamped - that's it. 
It was filled with loose tea from Steeped Tea - one of my favourite tea companies. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Yuletide Carol Paper Pack, New England Ivy Cardstock, Cranberry Cardstock, Colonial White Cardstock
Stamps: Magical Day, Best Christmas
Inks: Cranberry, Cashmere
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge, Quatrefoil Embossing Folder, Twine (ret.), Pillow Box

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Sunday, December 14, 2014

12 Days of Christmas

After reading a terrific post on the Close To My Heart Facebook page, I decided to do the 12 Days of Christmas for some friends of mine. The hardest part was figuring out what to put into each of the bags or containers since they are really not very large! That takes some creative thinking! 

I have already missed a couple of days so I am behind with my posts but here was the first day. 



I wanted to do cupcakes but no matter how hard I tried, I could not cut the box from the Artiste cartridge large enough to fit a reasonable size cupcake, even with a 12x24 inch mat. There was all sorts of space left over in the cutting diagram that I couldn't delete... So, I ended up going with a pair of tarts instead and creating these boxes that ended up being about 4x4 inches and approx. 2 inches in height. 

Tune in tomorrow for another idea - daily through until Christmas Day! 

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

Paper: Snowhaven Paper Pack, Cranberry Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock
Stamps: Magical Day
Inks: Glacier 
Accessories: Artiste Cartridge, Snowflake Embossing Folder (not CTMH), Clear Sparkles, Cranberry Ribbon (ret.), Twine (ret.), Ruby Mini-Medley Collection, Foam Tape

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 85

The sketch at Atlantic Hearts this week is awesome - every week's sketch for Atlantic Hearts is awesome! However, when I saw this one, I knew right away which stamp set I wanted to use and the colour scheme I wanted to use as well. It was to be a straight forward, simple card.  

I decided on a winter themed card - and one of my all time favourite stamp sets - Snow Flurries. The flourishes in this stamp set are simply gorgeous. I covered the lower half of the stamp with washi tape so it wouldn't show and stamped the remainder of the flourish. I used a sentiment from another terrific set called Adornable. 

Some retired embellishments in the same colours and that's it - simple but "snowflakey". Hope your day is filled with snow like mine is! 



Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Teal Glitter Paper
Stamps: Snow Flurries (ret.), Adornable (ret.)
Inks: Lagoon, Lagoon Pigment Ink
Accessories: Artiste Cartridge, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Blue and Green Sparkles (ret.)

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Sunday, November 30, 2014

December SOTM Blog Hop - Cutie Pie


Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring December's SOTM, "Cutie Pie", a set of 11 stamps.  If you have come here from Haley's Blog , you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. A complete list of bloggers can be found here. 
Just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!

The stamp set looks like this: 
I chose to create a slider card using the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge. This was my first time using this cartridge and it was hard to choose a card from the many, many MANY options available! After selecting the type of card I wanted, I chose to mask the cupcake stand so my cupcake would sit nicely and then I coloured it in using the ShinHan markers. The first photo shows the card inside the holder and the second photo shows the card on is own. 




 Now hop on over to Gina's Blog to see her awesome work! Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the December SOTM is only available until the last day of December!
Click here to see how you can get this stamp set for 
just $5 this month!

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

Paper: Confetti Wishes Paper Pack, Canary Cardstock, Pacifica Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps: Cutie Pie
Inks: Pacifica, Pacifica Pigment Ink, Black Pigment Ink
Accessories: Artfully Sent Cartridge, Blue Twine (not CTMH), ShinHan Markers

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Merry Christmas Candy Box Card

I saw this beautiful card box style on Facebook on a closed board that I follow - it was a result of a You Tube video tutorial. I have a really hard time following those types of instructions because I find that they tend to move too quickly for me. I had to watch it several times, writing notes as I watched until I had the information that I needed. Now, I have piles of sticky notes all over and at some point, I will sort them into readable instructions for myself so I can re-create this type of card again at a later date.  

I left the left inside section blank so I can write a message in that spot. The other challenge was finding WRAPPED chocolates that fit the height of the box - not too tall but the right height - and that was a real challenge!

This is a 5x7 card with a 3/4 inch spine. 


Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted: 

Paper: Yuletide Carol Paper Pack, Ruby Cardstock, New England Ivy Cardstock
Stamps: None
Inks: None
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge, Artiste Cartridge, Gold Shimmer Trim, ShinHan Marker, Ruby Mini-Medley Collection, Bling Gems Gold Assortment, Spellbinders Cutting Dies (not CTMH) 

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 83 - Noel Card

I love this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts. However, for my own reasons, it presented me with my own set of challenges, only because I just wasn't thinking clearly as I was creating this card.
To start with, I had the front of the card all adhered together and I realized that something just didn't look right to me... Being a trained musician, it didn't take long for me to realize that the music piece was upside down. The average person wouldn't even notice but I noticed and I knew that it would drive me crazy so I had to remove that and cut it properly.
Second, after I had stamped the horn and coloured it in, I realized that I had stamped it upside down! Now, how (again as a musician) did I manage to do that??? I noticed that after I had coloured the ribbon and the bow was upside down. I was not having a good day. The solution? Cut it out along with the sentiment and remount them on another sheet of cardstock - and they look just fine :) I chalk it up to being tired and just not paying attention to what I was doing... we all have those kinds of days...

So, here is the sketch and my card - the card that took me MUCH longer to create that it should have!



Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted: 

Paper: Yuletide Carol Paper Pack, New England Ivy Cardstock, Colonial White Cardstock, Olive Cardstock
Stamps: Yuletide Greetings
Inks: Black Pigment Ink, New England Ivy Pigment Ink
Accessories: ShinHan Markers, Foam Tape, Yuletide Carol Assortment, Green Ribbon (not CTMH)

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Peace on Earth Card... Freshly Made Sketches

Well, I thought I would try a challenge this week but I am a little off in my timing apparently. I had this card all ready to go, thinking I was actually ahead of the game and then I found out that I am actually a sketch behind... I did this for Freshly Made Sketches 161 and this week is actually sketch 162!
Oh well. Whatever the case, I have another Christmas card for my stash and that's a good thing, right? I have so much happening at the moment that I am not at all surprised that this happened... such is life. 

I prefer non-traditional colours for Christmas, so this is my card. 


Who knows - maybe I will get around to doing sketch #162 after all!

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Lagoon Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock, Patterned Paper (not CTMH)
Stamps: Snow Flurries (ret.), Snowflakes (ret.)
Inks: Lagoon, Slate
Accessories: Grey Pleated Ribbon (not CTMH), Memory Box Cutting Dies - Birds and Branch (not CTMH)

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 81 - Happy Birthday Card

The sketch at Atlantic Hearts this week was perfect for a birthday card with a specific individual in mind. Masculine, yet still gets the point across in a very pleasant way - just right. 

So, here is my card, along with the sketch.



Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted: 

Paper: Pathfinding Paper Pack, Glacier Cardstock, Cocoa Cardstock, Olive Cardstock
Stamps: Holiday Tags
Inks: Cocoa
Accessories: Chevron Border Punch, Gold Shimmer Trim, Cocoa Grosgrain Ribbon (ret.), Harvest Baker's Twine (ret.), Neutral Buttons (ret.), Leaf Punch (not CTMH) 

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cut Above Christmas Cards- with a Slight Twist

I finally decided to pull out my package of Cut Above Christmas Cards and see what I could do with them. I wanted to stay true to what was provided in the package and not add anything else to what was actually given AND use only one colour of ink plus the suggested stamp set. That meant trying to stay true to the original card without changing up too much of what was already there. 

The suggestion in the package was to use Ruby ink but I found Cranberry was a much better colour match. 

I ended up with 5 vertical and 5 horizontal cards: I used all of the twine but not the same length on each card. I did keep to the sparkle on the reindeer's nose on each card... I also did not raise the sentiment piece on every card - I found that there was simply not enough of the foam tape to do that - I cut each square into two pieces and used 4 pieces on each raised sentiment to keep it from falling in. 

I really wanted to use the scallop stamp from the stamp set but I found it SO difficult to line up no matter how many times I tried. I ended up completely ruining one of the sentiment pieces and had to turn it over and create my own background from an older stamp set as you can see in the top photo. I did manage to get it reasonably lined up on one card. 

This is a great kit for the quick creation of 10 Christmas cards for anyone - beginner, intermediate or advanced - who wants to create his/her own cards. Now I want to try the other set!



Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Cut Above Christmas Card Kit
Stamps: Merriest Christmas
Inks: Cranberry, New England Ivy (only because I messed up)
Accessories: none - all were included in the kit! 

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Birdcage Card - Just for You

This gorgeous card is one that I found on Facebook. It took me a bit to find the blog of the creator but it was created by Patricia Manhire and her blog is Patricia Manhire's Creative Corner.
I loved the idea of the card so much that I had to create my own version of it! 

It is made using the Artfully Sent Cartridge - and this is my first time using this cartridge! In addition, it also uses the absolutely adorable November Stamp of the Month, "It's the Little Things". Combining those two products, along with the Brushed Paper Pack makes for a simply beautiful card. 

I have a feeling more of these cards will be created in the future - I LOVE this :) 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Brushed Paper Pack, Flaxen Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock, Pink Glitter Paper
Stamps: It's the Little Things (Nov. SOTM)
Inks: Black, Flaxen, Canary, Pixie, Hollyhock, Pear, Juniper
Accessories: Artfully Sent Cartridge, Clear Sparkles, Foam Tape, Thin Foam Tape

Enjoy 
Alyson

Monday, November 3, 2014

Christmas Gifties

These adorable little gift bags go back to last Christmas season... they are from the seasonal catalogue that Close To My Heart put out last fall and I never got around to using them at that time. It so happens that I have a use for them now so I decided to pull them out and decorate them!


I think they are just so cute :)

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper/Bags: Season's Tweetings Gift Bag Set (ret.)
Stamps: Season's Tweetings (ret.)
Ink: all Pigment ink - Black, Topiary, Ruby
Accessories: ShinHan Markers

Enjoy, 
Alyson


Friday, October 31, 2014

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - It's the Little Things


Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring November's SOTM, "It's the Little Things", a set of 15 stamps.  If you have come here from Michelle's Blog , you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. A complete list of bloggers can be found here. 
Just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!

The stamp set looks like this: 

I chose to create a 5x7 card using a new technique for me - watercolours. This was surprisingly easy to do. I wanted to be able to use one of the patterned papers from the Brushed Paper Pack, so I chose three colours that co-ordinate with that paper - Canary, Pixie and Juniper. I used a large acrylic block and covered it with our dye inks, varying the locations of the colours. I then spritzed the block with water and turned it over to stamp it on the paper. This is the result. The stamp set was used to create the section inside the rectangle, using a lot of masking to overlap the stamps. For the sentiment, I used Canary ink in the middle and graduated to Pixie on the outside, although it looks like some orange ink was used, it is just the mixture of the yellow and pink. My camera seems to be a little "off" with my colours lately - have to see if I can remedy that... the pinks are not as pink as they should be! 




 Now hop on over to Dawn's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the November SOTM is only available until the last day of November!
Click here to see how you can get this stamp set for 
just $5 this month!


Products used are all Close To My Heart:

Paper: Brushed Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Juniper Cardstock, Canary Cardstock
Stamps: It's the Little Things
Inks: Juniper, Canary, Pixie
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge,  Pink Glitter Paper, Pink Shimmer Trim, Flamingo Dots, Pink Glitter Gems


Enjoy, 
Alyson

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AHSC - Sketch 79 - Love and Joy to You... Card

This week's sketch gave me an opportunity to create another of my soon-to-be needed Christmas cards! And I knew when I saw it that I had to create my own background paper as well. I looked for a poinsettia stamp but couldn't find one so I decided to go with a sprig of holly instead. I initially coloured an entire leaf in with marker and realized that it was far too dark so I opted to outline the leaves with markers and use watercolour pencils to fill in the interior instead. The Yuletide Paper Pack was perfect for the background as it is a basic pattern without being overwhelming. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Yuletide Paper Pack, Ruby Cardstock, New England Ivy Cardstock, Champagne Cardstock, Gold Glitter Paper
Stamps: To You and Yours
Inks: New England Ivy Pigment Ink, Ruby Pigment Ink
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge, ShinHan Markers, Watercolour Pencils, Yuletide Assortment, Green Ribbon (not CTMH)

Enjoy, 
Alyson


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Workshop Gift Card Holder

This year, for my Christmas Card Workshop, I am providing each of my guests with this cute little gift card holder filled with a Petite Perks stamp set. I love how this gift card holder can be cut in a size that fits whatever needs to go inside, using our awesome Artiste Cricut Cartridge! The stamp set fits just perfectly in the slot on the inside. 

I used the Season's Tweetings stamp set, a retired stamp set from last year, to stamp the owl and the sentiment on the front. Isn't it just adorable? I hope my participants will love these little goodies :)


Products used are all Close To My Heart:

Paper: Snowhaven Paper Pack, Cranberry Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps: Season's Tweetings
Inks: Glacier Pigment Ink, Black Pigment Ink 
Accessories: Artiste Cartridge, ShinHan Markers

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 78 - My Thoughts are Happiest... Card

Wow! I am amazed that I actually finished this on time! I have been so busy STILL unpacking and getting settled but my new craft space is almost complete now, so at least I am not having to dig for paper out of boxes any longer :) 

This week's sketch is one that can be simple or lend itself to many layers. I chose to add several layers to my card. I started out intending to use the Seaside Paper Pack but somehow ended up sidelined and found myself using Glacier, Lagoon and Colonial White cardstock with Glitter Paper instead... not entirely sure how that happened. The card took me quite a while to complete as masking images and 2nd and even 3rd generation stamping was necessary for the stamping component as well.

So, here is my final product, along with the sketch. 
For some reason, the colours seem to be "off" - they don't look like that in the photo on my computer and I am not sure why the photos appears so dull here on my blog. 



Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:

Paper: Colonial White Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock
Stamps: A Budding Friendship, Have a Happy Day
Inks: Lagoon, Glacier
Accessories: Dot Embossing Folder, Teal Glitter Paper, Scallop Border Punch, Colonial White Bigger Brads (ret.), ShinHan Markers, Clear Sparkles, Colonial White Button (ret.), Paradise Baker's Twine (ret.), Off-White Ribbon (satin and pleated - not CTMH), Turquoise Ribbon (not CTMH)

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 77 - Let it Snow Card

The sketch at Atlantic Hearts this week is one that I really enjoyed. I have to say, however, that it was a major challenge for me to complete as I am in the process of unpacking at the moment and I have boxes all over the place! It was not an easy task to find the supplies that I needed to do anything crafty and it won't be for the next while as I struggle to find space for my belongings in a smaller environment. 

Here is my card for this week's sketch: 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted: 

Paper: Snowhaven Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Cranberry Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock
Stamps: Be Jolly
Inks: Cranberry Pigment Ink, Black Pigment Ink
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge, ShinHan Marker, Branch Punch (not CTMH), Scallop Border Punch, Foam Tape, Black Button (ret.), Colonial White Waxy Flax (ret.), Red Polka Dot Ribbon (not CTMH)

Enjoy, 
Alyson


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