Friday, October 18, 2019

CD 365 - Colourful For You

Welcome to Colour Dare Challenge #365! 


This week, we have an inspiration photo challenge - and it appears to be all about Halloween. The colours are typical of that event. However, your project does not have to be related to Halloween.

I chose to use the Spooktacular paper pack from Close To My Heart but my card is not Halloween-based at all. I selected some of the papers with patterns that I liked (excluding the main paper, which has Halloween images on it). The only paper here that is remotely like Halloween is the Thistle pattern, which is a cobweb. 

I used a stamp set with two images that can be die cut and I stamped them in green.  I added some purple flowers and seeds. Halloween paper doesn't have to look like Halloween - there are definitely other options! 


Come and join us at Colour Dare and show us how you use the inspiration photo above. 
You have two weeks 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: Spooktacular Paper Pack, Green Apple Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock, Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Stamps: Some Kind of Wonderful, Butterflies for You (Every Little Thing Card Kit)
Inks: Green Apple, Thistle
Accessories: Some Kind of Wonderful Thin Cuts, Butterflies for You Thin Cuts, Touch Markers (not CTMH), Yellow Sequins, Foam Tape

Enjoy,
Alyson

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Snowflake Tunnel Card

It's time to start preparing for Christmas and that means creating Christmas cards. 

This one is a tunnel card. The inside opens to reveal a window with something in the 
centre of the card. 

I chose to use some old patterned paper and a Mint, Lagoon and Silver colour scheme. 
The front was decorated with a sentiment and small bow and the base piece was stamped with Mint snowflakes to provide some added definition. The inside reveals another message and a stamped snowflake swirl. Both images on the inside are heat embossed. 



This card is not difficult to create and there are lots of tutorials available on the internet. It is hard to show the tunnel on the inside and my picture certainly doesn't do it justice. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Mint Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock, Silver Glitter Paper, Patterned Paper (unknown) 
Stamps: Merry and Bright, Snow Flurries, First Noel
Inks: Mint, Lagoon, Versamark, Lagoon Pigment Ink 
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Silver Glitter Gems, Turquoise Ribbon (unknown), Nestabilities Oval Dies

Enjoy,
Alyson



Monday, October 14, 2019

AH 338 - Holiday Cheer in Double Diamond Fold Style


Welcome to Atlantic Hearts Sketch 338! 

This is such an interesting sketch - so many possibilities...


I wanted to focus on the centre of a non-traditional coloured fancy fold card for Christmas (wow - that's a mouthful!) I chose to create a double diamond fold card. These cards are so cool because they sit closed but open up to reveal what is on the inside. I chose to leave the inside panels blank and will fill them in with more details when I give the card away.

The front panel is based on the sketch. I used the Multi-Window Thin Cut but cut just 4 squares out of it. I stamped reindeer images in all directions and then coloured those. It was hard to find a sentiment small enough that would still stand out and I found I had to mat it or it just got lost. That led to the snowflake die that fit the rest of the front of the 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 Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: Oh What Fun Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock
Stamps: Festive Trees, Santa's List (Your Next Stamp) 
Inks: Lagoon, Intense Black 
Accessories: Multi-Window Thin Cut, Frosty Border Die (Memory Box), Stitched Ovals Dies (GMD), Silver Glitter Gems, Touch Markers 

Enjoy,
Alyson

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

TSOT - Spooky, Spooky...

It's time for another Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge! 

Here is the sketch - and the optional twist is to use green, orange and purple. 



I don't create cards for Halloween but I have a friend whose daughter loves Halloween so this card will be for her. I did use the three colours for the optional twist 
and added black and white too. 

I only have one Halloween stamp set and that is the one I used. I love the critters or goblins - whatever you want to call them. I stamped each in two colours by rocking the image in the darker ink colour. I added googly eyes to each of them so they shake around a little bit. The circle to the right was die cut and I stamped the word "eek" three times. The sentiment was stamped using two ink colours - Pansy and Willow. This card came together really quickly. 


Come and join us at Try Stampin' on Tuesday
You have two weeks 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: Cats and Bats Paper Pack, Make Waves Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Neenah Solar White Cardstock 
Stamps: Monstrous Halloween
Inks: Pansy, Goldrush, Eggplant, Nectarine, Willow, Evergreen, Black
Accessories: Monstrous Halloween Thin Cuts, Basic Tags Thin Cuts, Stitched Circle Dies (GMD), Green Twine (unknown), Black and White Dots, Googly Eyes (unknown) 

Enjoy,
Alyson

Monday, October 7, 2019

Grateful Squares

I am honoured to be a Guest Designer for the Double Trouble Challenge Blog during the month of October. Double Trouble is one of my favourite challenge blogs - great variety for their challenges and they always get lots of participation! 

For this challenge, the requirements are as follows: 





         THING 1: Use your favourite masking technique 

         You can stop here OR choose to participate in the next two   
          components...







         THING 2: If you have created a Halloween or fall project, you can 
         link up with the Kat Scrappiness challenge. They want to see all 
         your creepy, spooky or cute Halloween or fall creations (ghosts, 
         witches, leaves, scarecrows, bats, pumpkins and skeletons are just 
         a few possibilities! 





        THING 3: Include an image you would find in a pumpkin patch. 
         This could possibly be a pumpkin, a scarecrow or even a 
         trick-or-treater! 






I chose to use the Multi-Square Windows Thin Cut to create my card. I chose several images to fill in the spaces, including a pumpkin, a scarecrow, leaves, a squirrel and a few other images. 

I masked the word GRATEFUL by stamping every second letter in one colour and the alternate letters in a second colour. I create a mask to do this, almost cutting out every second letter but leaving enough paper on top to keep them from being separated from the paper entirely. That way, I could lay out the mask and stamp on top of the letters that were showing without them being actually stamped on the paper. I then reversed the mask, stamping the second set of letters. 

I also masked the words "thankful, grateful, blessed", as well as the two small images on each side of the clip.

The colouring was done with a variety of markers, mostly Touch Markers. A thin border of Goldrush cardstock was placed behind the windows and it was all then mounted on Espresso cardstock. 


Come and join us at the Double Trouble challenge. Masking is a requirement but the other components are optional. This challenge is open for two weeks. 

I am also linking up my card at Kat Scrappiness as I have included fall images on my card (pumpkin, scarecrow, leaves, etc.)

We can’t wait to see what you create! 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, New England Ivy Cardstock, Espresso Cardstock, Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Stamps: Giving Thanks
Inks: New England Ivy, Fern, Goldrush, Espresso, Ruby
Accessories: Multi-Window Thin Cut, Binder Clip Label Thin Cut, Touch Markers, Sharpie Markers, Masking Paper, Red Shimmer Brush

Enjoy,
Alyson

H2H - Slider Card for Autumn

Welcome to this week's Heart 2 Heart challenge! 



It's all about fall this week - and in my area, the leaves are already well into changing colour. 
It is such a beautiful time of year - my favourite season. 

I recently learned how to create slider cards and they are really simple and fun to create! 

I have made a few thus far but this one is based around the autumn season, which is the perfect time to post it here. 

There is a slider on the front that opens a small card on which a message can be written. The neat thing is that the card also opens and there is an entire main section available as well. I learned after doing this a couple of times that placement of images on the slider part is VERY IMPORTANT as they can show through the slider section or not be visible at all if they are incorrectly placed. 

For this card, I used the Layered Leaves Thin Cuts and paper from the Hawthorn paper pack for the basis of my card. The smaller stamped images are from a few different stamp sets. I created a mixed coloured background using 5 ink colours and then cut the closed leaf shape. It is larger than the open leaf die so after it was adhered, I trimmed around the edges. The other leaves were created the same way - after a background was inked, they were simply cut out.

I added a couple of flowers and some sparkles that were coloured with markers. I brushed all the leaves with the Gold Shimmer Brush and that can be seen in the last photo, which is a close up. 





Come and join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us your fall (autumn) creations. 
You have until the end of October to link up your project. 
We can’t wait to see what you create! 

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

Paper: Hawthorn Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Sage Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, New England Ivy Cardstock
Stamps: Thanks & Giving, A Friend Like You, Grateful Hearts - Cardmaking, Blessed Beyond Measure 
Inks: New England Ivy, Fern, Ruby, Goldrush, Saffron
Accessories: Layered Leaves Thin Cuts, Stitched Flowers Thin Cuts, Silver Glitter Gems, Bitty Sparkles, Touch Markers (not CTMH), Orange Ribbon ( not CTMH), Foam Tape, Washer (not CTMH), Sponge Daubers, Gold Shimmer Brush, Clear Shimmer Brush

Enjoy,
Alyson




Friday, October 4, 2019

Christmas in Purple and Green

Welcome to this week's Colour Dare challenge!

It's another Tic-Tac-Toe board. This one uses many of the colours from the Every Little Thing paper pack, which is one of my favourite sets of papers in a long time!



I used the two diagonal grids: Wisteria, Silver and Evergreen plus Mint, Silver and Julep

I coloured in the open sections on the floral paper in the same style as what is already done - kind of a messy, watercolour appearance. That is really tough for me as I always colour exactly within the lines... 

Using the Multi Square Window Thin Cut, I cut out the centre section of that die, placed some white cardstock behind and stamped the images I wanted. They were coloured using the same colour scheme as the background paper. A large die with the word Holiday was cut and placed across the images. The word Wishes is on a small banner in the bottom corner. I used the Mint Shimmer Brush on the large word and a close-up of that can be seen below. A few gems and some embellishing thread finished off the card.




Come and join us at Colour Dare and show us how you use the grid shown above. 
You have two weeks 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: Every Little Thing Paper Pack, Evergreen Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock, Mint Cardstock, Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Stamps: A Dash of Joy, Birthday Joy, Merry Christmas to All (misc.)
Inks: Evergreen, Intense Black
Accessories: Silver Embellishing Thread, Silver Glitter Gems, Multi Square Window Thin Cut, Tri-Blend Markers, Touch Markers, Mint Shimmer Brush, Merry Christmas to All Dies (misc.) 

Enjoy,
Alyson

Thursday, October 3, 2019

You Rock - Say No More

This card is for my brother's birthday, coming up in a few days. I love the combination sentiment with mountains as it is fun but also great for a masculine card. 

This is an interactive card - when the tab is pulled, the card opens to reveal the interior. I chose papers that were outdoorsy as my brother is definitely that type of individual. 






















I hope he enjoys his card :) 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Into the Wild Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, New England Ivy Cardstock, Heather Cardstock 
Stamps: From Me to You, You're Awesome
Inks: New England Ivy, Charcoal
Accessories: Stitched Circle Thin Cuts, Hardwood Embossing Folder (not CTMH), Pewter Journaling Pen, Silver Sequins 

Enjoy,
Alyson

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month blog hop! 


The October Stamp of the Month - Autumn Air - is a perfect stamp set for the autumn season... open and closed leaf images and terrific sentiments that work for both cards and scrapbooking! 


You should have arrived here from Miss Carrie's Creations

This is a circular blog hop so following the links will get you back to where you began. 
If you get lost, a list of all participants can be found here

I chose to use one of the large sentiments and all of the open leaves to create my card. I stamped the leaves using three different ink colours and then coloured them using the new Tri-Blend markers. They were all fussy cut after they were coloured. I also used the border stamp to create a border for the bottom of my card. It is really easy to line-up to extend it if need be (I had to do that). 

The Flower Market Cricut cartridge provided the wreath and the additional branches that I needed. The assembly went very quickly - it was just layering the leaves and adding some Gold Embellishing Thread and ribbon to complete the card. I brushed the leaf veins with the Gold Shimmer Brush to add some interest. 



I hope you enjoyed my project. 
The next blog on the hop is Terry Metzger's blog.
I am sure she has something awesome to share with you! 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Hawthorn Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, New England Ivy Cardstock, Toffee Cardstock, Saffron Cardstock
Stamps: Autumn Air
Inks: New England Ivy, Fern, Ruby, Paprika, Versamark
Accessories: Flower Market Cricut Cartridge, Red Tinsel Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Gold Embellishing Thread, Gold Sequin Ribbon, Gold Shimmer Brush, Foam Tape, Tri-Blend Markers

Enjoy,
Alyson