Monday, November 11, 2019

AH 342 - Encouragement Card


Welcome to Atlantic Hearts Sketch #342!


Although the sketch is shown in horizontal orientation, I chose to create a card in vertical orientation instead. I used a variety of papers from both Graphic 45 and Bo Bunny to create the strips. The sentiment was stamped in black on Pansy Cardstock and then mounted on Teal Glitter Paper.  I went over the sentiment using the Black Shimmer Brush. A few pieces of twine were added along with some gems. This card came together easily. 


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: Peacock papers (Graphic 45), Teal Patterned papers (Bo Bunny), Back Cardstock, Pansy Cardstock, Teal Glitter Paper
Stamps: Rise Strong
Inks: Black
Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts, Black Shimmer Brush, Turquoise Gems (unknown), Turquoise Twine (unknown), Purple Twine (unknown), Nestabilities Circle Dies, Nestabilities Sharp Circle Dies 

Enjoy,
Alyson


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Silent Night Gatefold Card

I found this type of card on Pinterest - my favourite go-to site - and decided to recreate it using a stamp and die combination that I love. The inside of this card is a little different from a standard gatefold card - as you will see in the photos below. 

The only important measurements are the cutting and scoring of the base piece. After that, you can decorate it however you desire. 

I did this one in a 6"x6" format. The base piece for the card is 6"x12" and it is scored at 5-1/2" and 6-3/4" on one side. Flip the base over and score at 3" and 9" on the other side. That should help with the folding process. Beyond that, it is a personal choice for cutting mats for each piece. I also added mats to the reverse side for the purpose of writing a message. A belly band is easy to create and a 1-1/2" x 12" piece fits around this one as long as a larger piece is attached to the front to hold it together. 

The Cedar and Pine paper collection was perfect for what I wanted to do. Since there are some Toffee shades in that pack, it worked really well with the manger as it is a similar colour. I double matted all the front sections and then created the focal piece. The only important factor is that the centre piece cannot be wider than approx. 5-1/2" or the card will not close. I stamped and die cut the stable and manger, along with the dove. They were coloured as close to the colours in the paper pack as possible. I brushed the dove inside and the one on the front with the Clear Shimmer Brush.



I love how this turned out although I photographed it before I had added any embellishments... it was one of those nights - it was late and I was tired. Embellishments were added afterwards. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Cedar and Pine Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Candy Apple Cardstock
Stamps: Cedar and Pine Cardmaking Workshop (Holy Night), Hymns of Praise
Inks: Intense Black, Saffron, Evergreen
Accessories: Cedar and Pine Cardmaking (Holy Night) Thin Cuts, Tri-Blend Markers, Clear Shimmer Brush

Enjoy,
Alyson

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Nov/Dec Catalog New Product Blog Hop


Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop for the November/December catalog! 

There are so many fabulous new products in this catalog including two Christmas paper packs, a bunch of new stamp sets and some other goodies. I am sure you will see a little bit of everything as you progress though this blog hop. 

You should have arrived here from Michelle Loncar's blog
If you get lost a list of all participants can be found on Melinda Everitt's blog

I wanted to do something different for this blog hop. The vast majority of products in the catalog are related to Christmas but I wanted to create at least one project that was not Christmas related. 

This card uses the Birthday Greetings stamp set. There are terrific greetings for birthdays of all ages in this set. I chose one that would also work with candles as a border. I used one of the new SVG images to frame the sentiment - it was ungrouped as it also contains a Christmas sentiment and I only wanted the wreath part. The sentiment was stamped along with a background. The candle bases were coloured using one of the Tri-Blend markers, providing three shades on each candle. The candle tips were brushed with the Clear Shimmer Brush after they were coloured. 



My second card uses the other SVG file - the ornaments. I decided to create this in shades of blue. The Cricut cutting is very detailed, primarily for the hanging pieces. Merry & Bright is a mini stamp from this catalog and I embossed that using Sapphire Pigment Ink and Clear Detail embossing powder. The insides of the chevrons and the open circles without a Bitty Sparkle were brushed with the Clear Shimmer Brush. 


I hope you enjoyed my cards. 

The next blog on this blog hop is Michelle Johns' blog
I am sure she has something awesome to share with you!

Products used are all Close To My Heart 

Paper: White Cards and Envelopes, White Daisy Cardstock, Canary Cardstock, Julep Cardstock, Sapphire Cardstock, Bluebird Cardstock, Carolina Cardstock 
Stamps: Birthday Greetings, Strokes of an Artist, Mini Merry & Bright
Inks: Canary, Julep, Black, Sapphire Pigment Ink 
Accessories: Christmas Memories Digital Art, Ornaments Digital Art, Julep Velvet Ribbon, Tri-Blend Markers, Foam Tape, Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Clear Shimmer Brush, Bitty Sparkles 

Enjoy,
Alyson

TSOT - Masculine Forest Scene

Welcome to Try Stampin' on Tuesday's Challenge #433! 

This week, there is a choice - use the inspiration photo, the sketch or both!


Since I had to create a masculine birthday card, it made sense for me to combine the two elements. 

I created the nature scene with three different stamps and I masked the deer first. The trees come from two stamp sets and a few were stamped in second generation to make the background look more realistic. I coloured the deer as well. The three elements on the side are set up the same although the bottom one had to be extended so the sentiment would fit. I added a few wood patterned sequins to the ends of each small tab. 


Come and join us at TSOT and show us how you interpret the sketch and/or the inspiration photo. 
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: Falling for You Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Goldrush Cardstock, White Cards and Envelopes
Stamps: Nature's Wish, Always Grateful, Beautiful Things 
Inks: Espresso, New England Ivy, Goldrush
Accessories: Tri-Blend Markers, No Worries Sequins

Enjoy,
Alyson


Monday, November 4, 2019

H2H - Spirit of Christmas card

Welcome to this week's Heart 2 Heart challenge! 


It's all about the circle this time... one, two, three or multiples - you just need to use a circle in your project. 

I found a gorgeous card on Pinterest and decided to try the same idea. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to read the watermark to give credit to the original artist...  

I chose a white and silver colour scheme. I love white on white any time but it seemed to fit so well with this card. The pieces were all Cricut cut, including the circle base. However, this card took me a long time to create because I made error after error along the way. I embossed the sentiment on a piece of cardstock that I cut, rather than using the one that was Cricut cut... that meant I had to manually cut the circles from both the white overlay AND the card base. I suppose it would have been easier to just redo the sentiment but I thought it would be faster the other way. I was wrong! 

The holly leaves were cut in white and edged using a silver marker. I added a small die cut along the left side as well. After adding a bow, I then added silver gems where the berries are supposed to go. 

There is a silver foil piece mounted on the inside of the card to provide a backdrop for the open quatrefoil pattern. There is still room under that silver piece to write a message. 



Come and join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us you use circles.
You have until the end of November 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: White Daisy Cardstock, Silver Foil Paper, Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Stamps: Merry and Bright 
Inks: Versamark
Accessories: Cricut Basic Shapes Cartridge (not CTMH), Cricut Paper Lace Image (not CTMH), Cricut - Teresa Collins Dec.25 (not CTMH), Winterberry Sprig Die (Memory Box), Silver Ribbon (not CTMH), Silver Glitter Gems, Silver Embellishing Thread, Foam Tape, Silver Sharpie Marker (not CTMH)

Enjoy,
Alyson

Friday, November 1, 2019

November SOTM Blog Hop


Welcome to the November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 

This is a circular blog hop so you can follow the links from wherever you begin and when you reach the same blog where you started, you will have finished the hop. If you get lost, a list of all participants can be found on Melinda Everitt's blog

You should have arrived here from Michelle Loncar's blog

The November SOTM is one with three large sentiments (suited primarily to scrapbooking) and some smaller images.


I chose to use some of the smaller images and one sentiment that really is part of a larger one (grateful) - "for you" - to create my project. 

Believe it or not, I have enough Christmas cards created at this time so I wanted to do something else. I used some non-Christmas patterned papers from the Cedar and Pine paper pack along with the Mix-In paper pack. The flower is a two-step stamp so I stamped the base using Peach and the lines using Smoothie as it was the best colour match. I brushed the lines with the Gold Shimmer Brush. The Saffron strip at the bottom was stamped with one of the border images. The sentiment was rocked and rolled to use two contrasting colours and then mounted on an oval with some gold embellishing thread placed behind. All the flowers and leaves were fussy cut and then edged with appropriate ink to hide the white lines. 



I hope you enjoyed my card!

The next blog on the hop is Krista Hershberger's blog.
I am sure she has something amazing to share with you! 

Products used are all Close to My Heart

Paper: Cedar and Pine Paper Pack, Mix-In Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Saffron Cardstock, Evergreen Cardstock
Stamps: Family Time
Inks: Peach, Smoothie, Saffron, Evergreen
Accessories: Gold Embellishing Thread, Gold Glitter Gems, Basic Oval The Cuts, Stitched Oval Thin Cuts, Gold Shimmer Brush, Sponge Daubers

Enjoy,
Alyson

CD 367 - Birthday Shaker

Welcome to Colour Dare Challenge 367!


We have a mixed colour palette this week - very autumn-like colours. I don't tend to send autumn cards but a friend has a birthday coming up shortly so this was a good opportunity to create for that purpose. 

I wanted to use an unusual shaped shaker on my card so I went to my Cricut and did some slicing to get the shape I wanted. I had a birthday sentiment in mind that would fit running up and down instead of across. On the photo, you can’t see the end of the word "birthday" as the sequins are covering it up... 

I used my water brush and ink pads to splatter some ink on the card front. The Every Little Thing - Scrapbooking stamp set has a beautiful large floral image that was perfect for my card. I stamped and coloured it and then fussy cut it out. I also used two of the tiny images to stamp inside the shaker as well. The shaker was embedded into the card and the floral image and ribbon were added on top. A few sequins were placed randomly as well. The lines of the flowers were brushed with the Clear Shimmer Brush. 



Come and join us at Colour Dare and show us how you use the colour palette 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: Documented Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Goldrush Cardstock, Peacock Cardstock
Stamps: Happy Birthday, Every Little Thing Scrapbooking 
Inks: Intense Black, Goldrush, Peacock
Accessories: Cricut Artiste Cartridge, Teal Ribbon (unknown), Waterbrushes, Teal, Clear, Green and Orange Sequins (misc.), Acetate (Staples), Foam Tape, Clear Shimmer Brush

Enjoy,
Alyson