Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Holiday Sparkle/Season of Joy Blog Hop


Welcome to the Holiday Sparkle/Season of Joy Blog Hop. This blog hop features the Cut Above Holiday Sparkle card kit - and ways that it can be altered and/or projects created using the new Season of Joy Cricut Cartridge. 
I am sure as you progress through this bog hop that you will find holiday inspiration in the creations along the way!

You should have arrived here from Kimberly Bower's blog.

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

I wanted to use the Holiday Sparkle Card Kit items to create my own shaker card from the cards within the kit. 

Here is a photo of the kit.



I cut apart one of each of the cards. Using pieces from each, I reworked another card (making a standard size card instead of a 5x7 card). I lined up the borders from one of the cards and put a piece of White Daisy cardstock behind them to set them apart from the background. I prefer the shakers to be embedded within the card rather than on top so I cut into the base of the card and also cut some Raspberry stars at the same time. They were added to the shaker. I chose a sentiment from the Love with all the Trimmings stamp set to stamp on one of the original circles. A Raspberry stitched frame was added and this card was finished! 



The next blog on the hop is Darlys Recker's blog.
I am sure she will show you more creative inspiration in her artwork! 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Holiday Sparkle Cut Above Card Kit, White Daisy Cardstock, Raspberry Cardstock
Stamps: Love with all the Trimmings
Inks: Clover
Accessories: Raspberry Twine, Shaker Thin Cuts, (Loose Silver Sequins, Foam Tape - Shaker Window Foam and Acetate - all contained within the Holiday Sparkle Cut Above Card Kit) 

Enjoy,
Alyson

Monday, October 15, 2018

AH 286 - Shining Tree


Welcome to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #286!

This week's sketch is an interesting one... it lends itself to a lot of possibilities. A circle in the background can be open to a shaker card of some sort and the image in the forefront can be interpreted in several ways. 

I took some liberties with the sketch - I moved the circle (which doesn't HAVE to be a circle...) up on the page and chose to make it a moon or a sun, depending how you interpret my card. I then added a Christmas tree in the foreground. I sponged the entire background using several colours of ink. The snow at the bottom was created by using an embossing folder and then the "hill" was cut using a decorative die.

It is a simple card but it makes a statement - exactly what I wanted. 



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. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps: Christmas Love (ret.)
Inks: Lemon, Canary, Saffron, Carolina, Bluebird, Sapphire
Accessories: In the Woods Thinlets (SU), Circle Dies (Nestabilities), Cascading Circles Embossing Folder (ret.), Decorative Borders Thin Cuts, Foam Tape, Gold Glitter Gems

Enjoy, 
Alyson




Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Cross Canada Blog Hop - Grateful Heart

Welcome to the Cross-Canada Blog Hop!

This month, we are featuring the Grateful Heart Paper Pack. 

You should have arrived here from Diana's blog. This blog hops runs from East to West across Canada so if you want to start at the beginning, go to Michelle's blog and she has the entire list of bloggers on her blog. 

I am working on Christmas cards at this time and I love non-traditional colours for Christmas. This was the perfect opportunity to continue with my Christmas cards and showcase the side of Grateful Heart that most people don't see... 

I love the blues in this paper pack. Paired with silver, they make an awesome colour combination. I created a poinsettia and then used the Fancy Tags thin cuts to cut out the sentiment that was stamped from the Wonder of the Season stamp set. I cut another of the tags to go behind it. I love the intensity of this card. The pattern is from MIFYH - Vol 4 (Pattern 9). 



The next bog on this hop is Terry Ann.
I am sure she has something fabulous to share with you!

Be sure to join us again on November 10th when we will feature 'Tis the Season from the Holiday Expressions catalog! 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Grateful Heart Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock, Mink Cardstock, Silver Glitter Paper
Stamps: Wonder of the Season
Inks: Sapphire, Glacier, Heather
Accessories: Flower Market Cartridge, Fancy Tags Thin Cuts, Decorative Border Thin Cuts, Blue Burlap Ribbon, White Pearls, Clear Shimmer Brush, Foam Tape

Enjoy,
Alyson

Monday, October 8, 2018

Heart 2 Heart - Holiday Expressions Feature



Welcome to this week's Heart 2 Heart challenge! 

The theme this week is to feature new products from the Holiday Expressions catalog! You can create something yourself or choose to imitate something that is already in the catalog. 

I don't do this very often but I chose to imitate something that is found in the catalog - and that is a card found on p.33. The original card is created using the Boutique collection. My brother is celebrating a birthday in a few days so I wanted my card to be more masculine in nature. I chose to use the Grateful Heart paper collection. The blues in that collection were perfect for what I wanted to do. 

I didn't have a current birthday stamp set so I used an oldie but goodie - and he tends to have a rather cheeky attitude so this stamp was perfect for him. It looks like sections of it are wet in the first photo but they are actually brushed with the Gold Shimmer Brush. The second photo shows that better. 



Come and join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us which products you love from the Holiday Expressions catalog - there are SO many from which to choose! You can create something brand new or imitate a project that is already there. You have until the end of October to link up your project. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart 

Paper: Grateful Heart Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock
Stamps: Birthday Funnies (ret.)
Inks: Sapphire
Accessories: Stitched Circle Thin Cuts, Basic Circle Thin Cuts, Gold Shimmer Brush, Black Journaling Pen, Gold Glitter Gems, Thin Foam Tape, Foam Tape, Blue Burlap Ribbon

Enjoy,
Alyson


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Wishing You... Oval Shaker Card

I decided to try my hand at an oval shaker card - after using Close To My Heart's new shaker card pre-designed shaker windows and kits, this was not nearly as easy as I remember! It took me a number of tries on my Circuit to shape and cut the front of the card and then to cut the outline. I chose to use a scallop oval and that made it all the more difficult as lining that up is difficult, to say the least! And I wanted it embedded within my card as well! 

After a few attempts, I finally figured out what I was doing and then things started to move a little faster... I sponged the background but then FORGOT to adhere my glitter words to that background so they ended up going on the top of the acetate. Sometimes you do what you have to do, right? At least the sequins made it into the shaker part! 

The flowers and leaves were stamped, coloured and die cut. Eventually the flowers were brushed with the clear shimmer brush and had a silver gem added in the centre of each. 



This card will be signed by many people so it has two additional pieces of cardstock in the centre to allow for 10 pages of writing in total. It is 5x7 in size. 
I bound it at the side using a flexible piece of cord. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Oh What Fun Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Mint Cardstock
Stamps: Wild Rose (Pretty Pink Posh), Sending and Wishing (SSS)
Inks: Intense Black, Lagoon, Mint, Raspberry
Accessories: Artiste Cartridge (ret.), Foam Tape, Thin Foam Tape, ShinHan Markers, Silver Glitter Gems, Loose Silver Sequins, ShinHan Markers, Acetate (not CTMH), Silver Cording (not CTMH), Pool  Party and Silver Twine (SU), Wild Rose Dies (Pretty Pink Posh), Wishing Die (SSS), Clear Shimmer Brush

Enjoy,
Alyson




Monday, October 1, 2018

October SOTM Blog Hop - Thanks & Giving


Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. This month, we are featuring the stamp set Thanks & Giving, a set of 16 stamps. There are fabulous sentiments and images in this set of stamps - not only for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday (which we celebrate very shortly here in Canada - next weekend as a matter of fact), but for the entire year. 

You should have arrived here from Jean McNulty's blog
If you get lost, a list of all participants on this blog hop can be found on Melinda Everitt's blog

This is what the stamp set looks like. 


The Grateful Heart paper pack is such a perfect paper pack for the autumn season with its rich colour scheme. I wanted to use that paper pack to create the same card, but showcase two completely different sides of that same paper pack.

The floral swag is my favourite image in the stamp set, so I wanted to focus on that, along with the word THANKFUL. I did have to cheat a tiny bit because there was no word "be" in the stamp set so I had to go back a few years to find that word in an old, retired stamp set. 

For the first card, I chose the blues and greys in the papers pack and coloured the swag accordingly. The greenish-blue leaves and flowers were highlighted with the Mint Shimmer Brush. 


The second card was created using the bolder papers in the same pack and the Gold Shimmer Brush was used on the flowers and the large leaf. 


I love the differences between the two cards - exactly the same card but completely different looks! 

The next blog on the hop is Kimberly Bower's blog
I am sure she has something terrific to share with you. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Grateful Heart Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Sapphire Cardstock, Fern Cardstock
Stamps: Thanks & Giving, Feel So Blessed (ret.)
Inks: Sapphire, Mink, New England Ivy, Pomegranate
Accessories: Mink Twine, Pomegranate Burlap Ribbon, Black Journaling Pen, ShinHan Markers, Mint Shimmer Brush, Gold Shimmer Brush

Enjoy,
Alyson


AH 284 - Joy Wreath


Welcome to Atlantic Hearts Challenge 284!

Although it is just the beginning of October, it is starting to get chilly where I live. That also means that Christmas isn't far away and it is time to work on Christmas cards. This was a perfect sketch for that purpose. 

My wreath was created using a Cricut cut from the new Season of Joy cartridge from Close To My Heart. I just layered it over and over to create the wreath (I used Seaglass and Peacock cardstock).  The JOY sentiment inside was cut twice - once using silver foil paper and second time using Seaglass glitter paper. The patterned paper is from several years ago - old SU paper - but it fit perfectly with what I wanted here. 



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. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Peacock Cardstock, Seaglass Cardstock (ret.), Patterned paper (SU), Silver Foil Paper, Seaglass Glitter Paper (ret.)
Stamps: none
Inks: none
Accessories: Season of Joy Cartridge, Glacier Twine (ret.), Wondrous Wreath Thinlets (SU)

Enjoy,
Alyson


Friday, September 28, 2018

Cultivate Kindness - Double Diamond Fold

I saw this card fold a while ago and thought it was simply gorgeous! A friend of mine made one and she was kind enough to share the instructions on her blog. Please visit Susan Fogel's Paper Menagerie for complete and awesome detailed instructions for how to create this beautiful card! 

I used the Boutique collection to create this one. I have to say that I loved the card that Susan created so much that I actually recreated the same one that she did as well. I also loved the layering that she did on the front of her card that I replicated that on mine. It was such a beautiful way of using the new Fancy Tags and the Decorative Borders.


I did add a little bit of detail on the bottom of the Decorative Border piece and that is shown below. Those borders are so cool - you can add extra detail without actually cutting through the paper! 


My butterfly was coloured using ShinHan markers and then I used three shimmer brushes on top of the colours - Bashful, Sugarplum and Mint. 


Here is the other card that I created - the same one that Susan did originally - isn't it gorgeous?



I am entering my first card into the Three Amigos fun folds challenge this month.

Products used are all Close To My Heart (products listed for first card only) 

Paper: Boutique Paper Pack, Peacock Cardstock, Sugarplum Cardstock, Saffron Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock, Ballerina Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps: Thanks & Giving, Grateful Heart - Cardmaking, Boutique - Cardmaking
Inks: Peacock, Glacier
Accessories: Bashful Shimmer Brush (ret.), Sugarplum Shimmer Brush, Mint Shimmer Brush, ShinHan Markers, White and Gold Skinny Ribbon, Foam Tape, Decorative Borders Thin Cuts, Fancy Tags Thin Cuts

Enjoy,
Alyson




Monday, September 24, 2018

Heart 2 Heart - Shaking with Comfort and Joy!


It's another Heart 2 Heart challenge and it's Sweet Treat time! That's the theme of this week's challenge and it is also the final challenge in the month of September. 

Sweet Treats just happens to be the title of Close To My Heart's September Stamp of the Month and it is a fabulous stamp set - 4 terrific sentiments for the autumn season plus little stamps that can be added to cards or scrapbook pages for embellishments. But that's certainly not the only option for this challenge. Sweet treats can be interpreted in other ways and if you have another way, be sure to show that to us as we would LOVE to see your creations! 

I chose to use the September SOTM to create my card and I made a shaker card. I also used the Oh What Fun Cardmaking stamp set to stamp the trees. The tiny trees inside the shaker are from the Sweet Treats stamp set and I love how they add some extra interest. I coloured the sparkles with Sharpie markers and wrapped some silver cord under the trees. My shaker is set within the card and not on top as many people like to do. This way is a little more difficult but I like that it sits flat with the front of the card. 


Come and join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us how you interpret Sweet Treats. You have until the end of the month to enter this or any of the other September challenges. Remember to use some Close To My Heart products in your project!

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Oh What Fun Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Raspberry Cardstock
Stamps: Sweet Treats, Oh What Fun Cardmaking
Inks: Clover, Lagoon
Accessories: Silver Cord (not CTMH), Sharpie Markers (not CTMH), Clear Sparkles, Foam Tape, Raspberry Twine, Mint Shimmer Brush, Shaker Window and Confetti Thin Cuts, Shaker Window Foam and Acetate, Loose Sequins - Silver

Enjoy,
Alyson

Monday, September 17, 2018

AH 282 - O Holy Night


Welcome to Atlantic Hearts Sketch 282! 

I stayed true to the sketch this time - I liked the design and I also wanted to create a Christmas card - among my first this season, so I am WAY behind. 

Non-traditional colours for Christmas are my preference and blue is one of my favourites so I decided to cut the wreath and sentiment using shades of blue. A grey background along with silver glitter worked well. The photos don't show this card nearly as pretty as it looks in real life. It sparkles so much. 

The wreath and attached stars are from a new CTMH Cricut cartridge called Season of Joy - there are so many great images on that cartridge! 




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. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Charcoal Cardstock, Pebble Cardstock, Carolina Cardstock, Sapphire Cardstock, Lemon Cardstock, Silver Glitter Paper
Stamps: Woodland Wishes (ret.)
Inks: Lemon
Accessories: Season of Joy Cartridge, Basic Stars Thin Cuts (ret.), Silver Foil Tape (ret.), Clear Shimmer Brush

Enjoy,
Alyson


Monday, September 10, 2018

HE New Product Blog Hop


Welcome to the Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop. This blog hop features the new products that are available in the Holiday Expressions catalog that was released on September 1st. There is so much goodness available - five exciting new paper collections, new colours plus all sorts of stamp sets as well as some other new and exciting products.
I am sure that as you cruise through this blog hop, you will see a wide variety of projects that highlight the many new products that are available, and hopefully it will stimulate your creative spirit to get going to create your own awesome projects! 

You should have arrived here from Gina Brandstetter's blog.

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

One of the new products available is texture paste. I was very hesitant to start playing with this as it was completely new to me. However, once you start using it, there are SO many things that can be done with it! It can be used alone as a white paste, it can be coloured using a variety of mediums (ink, markers, reinkers and even the shimmer brushes), and since there are three type of it available, they create varying effects as well. 
I used the opaque matte texture paste here - and I created my stencil by cutting it on my Cricut from a pattern found on the Artbooking Cricut cartridge. I mixed the texture paste using 3 reinkers - Saffron, Fern and New England Ivy (each separately). I kind of blended them together down the stencil, going from lightest to darkest in colour. 
The wreath and pieces are cut from the Flower Market and Artistry Cricut cartridges. They are simply layered multiple times on top of each other. The sentiment is brushed with the Gold Shimmer Brush. 
A couple of extra pieces were inserted at the bottom and a ribbon with a bow was added.  


Although I did cut most of the wreath pieces from patterned paper from the Grateful Heart paper pack, that's hard to see. It looks like the only patterned paper used on this card is the zip strip at the bottom.

The next blog on the hop is Haley Dyer's blog.
I am sure she will show you more terrific new products in her fabulous project! 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Grateful Heart Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock, Goldrush Cardstock, Saffron Cardstock, Pomegranate Cardstock, New England Ivy Cardstock
Stamps: none
Inks: Saffron Reinker, Fern Reinker, New England Ivy Reinker
Accessories: Artbooking Cartridge, Artistry Cartridge, Flower Market Cartridge, Stencil Sheets, Opaque Matte Texture Paste, Palette Knives, White and Gold Ribbon, Foam Tape, Gold Shimmer Brush 

Enjoy,
Alyson


H2H - Banner Day


Welcome to this week's challenge at Heart 2 Heart! 

The theme this week is Banner Day. That can be interpreted in a couple of ways - a great day or you can chose to add some sort of banner(s) to your project. Then again, there may be something that we haven't considered that fits this challenge. 

I chose to use banners on my card - and I did that in two different ways. I used the obvious banners for my sentiment but I also used rounded banners to create the background for my card. They extend from the top of my card base to almost the bottom where they have been rounded to ft exactly beside each other. 
The floral grouping was stamped, coloured and fussy cut. I brushed the flowers with the gold and clear shimmer brushes. These papers are from the Boutique collection but they are probably the lesser used papers so I wanted to do something with what I think of as the secondary colour scheme within that paper pack. 



Come and join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us how you interpret "Banner Day". 
You have until the end of September to link up with this or any of the other September challenges. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: Boutique Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Linen Cardstock, Peacock Cardstock, Gold Foil Paper
Stamps: Bunches of Love
Inks: Intense Black
Accessories: Oval Stitched Dies (Gina Marie Designs), ShinHan Markers, Sugarplum Glitter Gems, Gold Pearls, Glacier and Gold Ribbon (ret.), Scallop Border Punch (ret.), Corner Rounder, Clear Shimmer Brush, Gold Shimmer Brush, Foam Tape

Enjoy,
Alyson


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Birdy Splattered Birthday card

A good friend of mine has a birthday coming up shortly - and it calls for a masculine birthday card. I struggle so much with masculine cards... 

I decided to pull out the Thoughtful Bird stamp set. I love that the bird is triple stamped as it provides so much dimension. I used Smoothie ink for the first layer, Pomegranate ink for the second layer and Nutmeg ink for the top layer. In the end, Pomegranate is the most dominant colour which is really what I wanted for the colour scheme as I used papers from the Grateful Heart collection. 

Using a waterbrush and two ink pad colours just pressed down on my splatter mat, I picked up some of the ink (separately) and tapped on the brush to create the splatters in the background.


The card pattern is taken from Make It From Your Heart - Vol. 4 and came together so easily. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Grateful Heart Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Pomegranate Cardstock, White Daisy Card Base and Envelope
Stamps: Thoughtful Bird (ret.), Short and Sweet (ret.)
Inks: Toffee, Sapphire, New England Ivy, Smoothie, Pomegranate, Nutmeg (ret.)
Accessories: Thoughtful Bird Thin Cut (ret.), Waterbrush, Oval Thin Cuts, Stitched Oval Thin Cuts, Thin Foam Tape, Pomegranate Burlap Ribbon

Enjoy,
Alyson


Monday, September 3, 2018

AH 280 - Amazing Day with Texture Paste


Welcome to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #280! 

I deiced to turn the sketch sideways and consequently turn around some of the elements with it. 

Close To My Heart has a brand new catalog out as of September 1st and one of the new products available is texture paste. This is new medium for me and this was my first attempt with it. I actually didn't use a stencil but a metal die instead. That gave a lot of depth as a result but that's not a bad thing - just different. When the paste had dried, I inked the entire paper with Glacier ink and then I used a small makeup brush to edge the leaves with Peacock ink. I spritzed it all with a bit of water and then did the same thing again. I love how it turned out. The hardest part was cutting the sheet as the paste dries so hard. I had to go to an old trimmer with a super thick blade and even then, it took multiple tries to cut through the paper. 

The patterned paper is from the new Boutique collection and the leaf dies are from various sources. 




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: Boutique Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock, Peacock Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock
Stamps: Boutique Cardmaking
Inks: Glacier, Peacock
Accessories: Leaf Stem Die (Melissa Frances), Rose Garden Thinlets (SU), Flourish Thinlets (SU), Open Leaves Die (Gina Marie Designs), Sponges, Lagoon Ribbon (ret.), Button (ret.), Thread (not CTMH), Foam Tape, Thin Foam Tape, Opaque Matte Texture Paste, Palette Knives

Enjoy,
Alyson



Saturday, September 1, 2018

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop


Welcome to September's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month, we are featuring the stamp set "Just Treats" - a set of 22 stamps. This stamp set features 4 main stamps that highlight the main celebrations during the autumn and winter months, along with a friendship stamp. There are also lots of little images to go along with those celebrations. 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 Vickie O'Dell'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 really wanted to use the new Shaker Thin Cuts to make a shaker card. I LOVE the new Boutique papers so combining the two seemed like a perfect idea. 
I also wanted the shaker part of the card to be inserted within the card rather than having it sit on top, so I cut the circle into the card front. That way, the shaker is actually part of the card itself. The package containing the circular adhesive pieces and acetate sheets make it SO EASY to create these cards now! And you even get a bunch of leftover adhesive pieces to use on other projects... I masked the sentiment so I could stamp it in both Peacock and Sugarplum. 
I added a few too many sequins inside my card so they don't shake quite as nicely as I would like - it has been a while since I have made one of these so I know for next time! 



I hope you enjoyed my card. 

The next blog on this hop is Michelle Loncar's blog

I am sure she has something wonderful to share with you. 


Products used are all Close To My Heart: 

Paper: Boutique Paper Pack, Glacier Cardstock, Sugarplum Cardstock, Peacock Cardstock

Stamps: Just Treats
Inks: Peacock, Sugarplum
Accessories: Thin Cuts - Shaker Window and Confetti, Shaker Window Foam and Acetate, Mink Twine, Silver Shimmer Trim, Basic Hearts Thin Cuts, Stitched Hearts Thin Cuts, Clear Shimmer Brush, Loose Sequins - Silver, Sugarplum Glitter Gems, Scallop Border Thin Cuts (ret.), Foam Tape


Enjoy,
Alyson