Tuesday, August 13, 2019

TSOT #421 - Birthday Wishes

Welcome to this week's Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch! 

I stayed true to the sketch again this week - only pulling my long strips all the way to the left side as I thought my card looked more finished that way than with them sort of hanging in the centre. 

I chose to use a Close To My Heart paper pack called True Love - the background paper is very busy so the other patterns I chose were more subtle in nature. I backed all the patterned paper with cardstock to help set it apart from each other. The sentiment was stamped on a patterned piece of paper that is very light so it shows up well. I used two stamp pads - Eggplant and Sapphire - and rocked and rolled the sentiment so both colours would appear on the image. Some twine was added along with gems that were coloured to match the papers. 










I am also entering my card in the Double Trouble challenge this week. The main challenge is a recipe challenge: to use at least 3 colours, 2 design papers and 1 sentiment. 
I used more than 3 colours, more than 2 design papers but just the one sentiment. 




Come and join us at Try Stampin' on Tuesday and show us how you interpret the sketch shown above. 
You have until Sunday, August 25 to link up your project. 
We can't wait to see what you create! 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: True Love Paper Pack, Sage Cardstock, Sapphire Cardstock, Eggplant Cardstock, White Daisy Cards and Envelopes
Stamps: Card Captions
Inks: Sapphire, Eggplant
Accessories: Sapphire Crochet Thread, Black and White Dots, Basic Circle Tag Thin Cuts, Foam Tape, Touch Marker (not CTMH), Stitched Circle Dies (not CTMH) 

Enjoy,
Alyson



Monday, August 12, 2019

H2H - Adventure Awaits

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


The theme this week is Adventure Awaits. Since summer is here in Canada, all sorts of adventures are possible, along with the adventures that can occur during vacations. 

I chose to create a card using the Close To My Heart Multi-Circle Window die. I love that I was able to place all sorts of elements related to adventures in the windows. 

Adventure to me makes me think of outdoor activities - camping, hiking, trail-walking, exploring, etc. I chose everything from a mountain to a tent, a marshmallow on a stick, leaves, flowers, evergreen trees, a tree background... all outdoor-related items. I coloured some of them and others just needed to be stamped and that was it. The background piece is from the Into the Wild paper pack and was mounted on White and then New England Ivy Cardstock. The sentiment "Live in the Moment" is so true - if we don't do things now, we never seem to get around to them! 


Come and join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us how you interpret the theme of Adventure Awaits. You have until the end of August to link up your project. 
We can't wait to see what you create!

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Into the Wild Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, New England Ivy Cardstock
Stamps: Lifetime of Happiness, Grateful Heart Cardmaking, Bunches of Joy, Camping Life
Inks: Ruby, New England Ivy, Toffee, Black, Pewter, Sage
Accessories: Multi-Circle Window Thin Cut, Touch Markers (not all CTMH), Sharpie Markers (not CTMH) 

Enjoy,
Alyson


Friday, August 9, 2019

CD 355 - Stitched Flower Birthday

Welcome to Colour Dare Challenge #355!

This week, we have a colour palette taken from the Love of Colour Book. Please note the neutrals that are included on the palette plus Black and White are also allowed. 


I decided to pull out some old Fundamental paper since it had the Espresso background on it. I coloured in the remaining parts using markers in four of the colours from the palette - Candy Apple, Goldrush, Fern and Glacier. 

Using a background of Candy Apple and Glacier, I cut apart the coloured background and placed it on the Glacier checkered paper. Then it was time to create the flower. This was an idea that a fellow Design Team member did a couple of weeks ago. Miss Carrie's Creations showed how to create these gorgeous multi-stacked flowers using vellum and a fringe at the top. I added a small sentiment and bow that finished off my card. 


Come and join us at Colour Dare and show us how you use the colour palette shown above. 
You have two weeks to enter your project. 
We can’t wait to see what you create! 

Products used are as follows: 

Paper: Basic Fundamentals, Central Park Paper Pack, Candy Apple Cardstock, Goldrush Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock, Fern Cardstock (all CTMH), Vellum (Misc.), Neenah Solar White Cardstock 
Stamps: Short and Sweet (CTMH)
Inks: Goldrush, Espresso, Fern
Accessories: Stitched Flowers Thin Cuts, Decorative Border Thin Cuts, Glacier Twine, Basic Circle Thin Cuts, Stitched Circle Thin Cuts, Clear Shimmer Brush (all CTMH), Touch Markers, Foam Tape 

Enjoy,
Alyson


Monday, August 5, 2019

AH 328 - Life is Better with Friends


Welcome to Atlantic Hearts Sketch #328!

This is an interesting sketch with a lot of possibilities. 


The image can be whatever you want it to be so I chose a partial shaker and some leaves 
coming from the shaker. 

I used a standard circle shaker and cut it off at the 3/4 point - easier said than done as additional foam tape had to be added and the edge had to be cut evenly which isn't easy when taping is involved. I stamped the leaf images inside the shaker as well. The leaves are from an Altenew stamp set called Leaf Canopy - involves two step stamping. I took it one step future and added some darker ink on the edges of the leaves. 

I chose a border from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and placed silver glitter paper underneath as I wanted to emboss the sentiment in silver so it would be a good match. I used some silver glitter gems and silver embellishing thread to add some extra detail to my card. 


Come and join us at Atlantic Hearts and show us how you interpret the sketch shown above. 
You have until Sunday evening to link up your project. 
We can't wait to see what you create! 

Products used are as follows: 

Paper: Happy Times Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Bluebird Cardstock, Silver Glitter Paper, White Cards and Envelopes (all CTMH)
Stamps: Leaf Canopy (Altenew)
Inks: Bluebird, Carolina, Sapphire, Versamark (all CTMH)
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Silver Glitter Gems, Silver Embellishing Thread, Loose Silver Sequins, Shaker Window and Confetti Thin Cuts, Shaker Window Foam and Acetate (all CTMH), Leaf Canopy Dies (Altenew), Blue Sequins (Unknown), Rectangular Stitched Dies (GMD), Foam Tape

Enjoy,
Alyson


Thursday, August 1, 2019

You & Me Layout

A good friend has a birthday coming up and I wanted to do something special for her. She and her daughter spend a lot of time together and I just adore the two of them. The photo that I chose for this layout is one that was posted on Facebook - and she has no idea that this gift is coming her way! I am hoping that she will hang it in a special place in her home. 

I chose to use the Sweet Girl paper pack from Close To My Heart to create the layout. The papers coordinate perfectly and to avoid any conflict with the photo, I changed it to black and white. I also softened it slightly. 



The flowers were cut from the Flower Market Cricut cartridge, as was the title. Those roses... they take a long time to assemble! They were brushed with the Clear Shimmer Brush after being edged with Ballerina ink. It's a little difficult to differentiate between the Peach and Ballerina colours in this layout - since I hand stitched all around the edges, the layout didn't lay perfectly flat for me so it was easier to photograph it when it was mounted in the frame. The roses are Ballerina (very light pink) and the daisy tops are Peach, as is the background. 

There is twine running above the banner although that is almost impossible to see as I added silver glitter gems between each piece. I also went way back to find the sparkle flourishes to place beside the flowers as they add such a great finishing touch. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: Sweet Girl Paper Pack, Sapphire Cardstock, Peach Cardstock, Ballerina Cardstock, Fern Cardstock, Heather Cardstock
Stamps: none
Inks: Ballerina, Peach, Sapphire, Heather, Fern
Accessories: Flower Market Cricut Cartridge, Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, Cricut Basic Shapes (not CTMH), Silver Glitter Gems, Mink Twine, Silver Sparkle Flourishes, Foam Tape, Clear Shimmer Brush, Blue Embroidery Floss and Needle (not CTMH), Stitching Guide, Sponges, Sponge Daubers, Sharpie Marker (not CTMH) 

Enjoy, 
Alyson