Hope – Atlantic Hearts #286

When I saw this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch I knew exactly what I was going to do.  I love it when an idea just pops into my head and I can run with it.

As I mentioned in my previous post the Ribbon Warrior campaign is hitting me close to home and I’m a firm believer that support from friends & family makes a huge difference.

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I chose a color palette from the Love of Color – Mint, Linen and Ballerina.  The mint background was embossed with the rose embossing folder and a stitched circle was added in Linen – I then stamped the ribbon and cut with the matching thin cut – I made a banner and stamped Hope as my sentiment.  I finished the card with some sparkles.

I have a dear friend in breast cancer treatment so this card is on it’s way to hopefully cheer her along her journey.

 

Hedge Hugs Love

I just can’t seem to get enough of the cute little Hedgehog in the Hedge-Hugs stamp set.  I’m sure if you purchase it you’ll find yourself reaching for it over and over again.  All the cards I’ve made with him have just put a smile on my face (and hopefully of those that receive them)  Remember when you purchase the stamp set during the month of October I will give you two kits to make a couple of adorable cards with.

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As I promised last week, I have a fun new technique for coloring this little guy and I’m going to show you step by step just how easy it is.

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First you stamp your Hedgehog on your desired piece of paper – here I used Espresso on a linen square.  I love the linen as it’s not quite as stark white as our white daisy cardstock.

 

 

 

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Next you’ll flip your stamp over on your block (clean it first) so that the textured side is towards the block.  He doesn’t stick very well so really squish his tummy onto the acrylic block.  I then inked it up with Almond ink and stamped right over the top of the Espresso.

 

 

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This is the colored hedgehog…isn’t his little white tummy just the cutest?

 

 

 

 

 

And finally – here’s the finished card…because that’s really the part you came for right?

The season’s mix-in’s papers include this fun Ballerina plaid paper – it’s so soft and girly!!!  I stamped the little hearts and confetti in Ballerina, Sugarplum and Carolina Blue and then die cut a heart to mount over the string.  It turned out just how I wanted!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this new technique for coloring the hedgehog.  It doesn’t hurt the stamp at all!!

Double Trouble #12

Double, Double, Toil & Trouble Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble!

Can you believe Halloween is just around the corner…I seriously wonder where this year has gone…ok, seriously the last two weeks because it’s already time for another Double Trouble posting!  I’m late and I’m going to be in more trouble than I already am!!!

I think Halloween is one of my favorite holidays…we have a large pumpkin carving party and I love to decorate for fall.  I tend to like the cute things about Halloween and not the scary so I was thrilled when Trouble Maker challenged us to “Skip the Tricks and Share the Treats of Halloween”  Share the cute and cheerful side of Halloween or Fall with cute pumpkins, witches & ghosts.

 

As usual…my partners have “Framed Me” and I need your help! My optional twist is that you include a frame somewhere on your card to help me get out of “trouble”.

 

 

Finally…Double Dare has asked up to link up to the Paper Girls Challenge – I hope no one goes cutting them apart – they seem like a nice group of crafters!!!

Well, now all that is out of the way…would you like to see what I’ve been up to?

That’s right, it’s a spooky cute Halloween Card.  I started with a Nectarine Base and then added a B&T from the Hello Pumpkin paper packet – I layers on some Willow and Lagoon onto which I had stamped a fence – over the fence I layered a black frame which although you can’t see it well in the picture I painted with my new black shimmer pen!  I then layered my sentiment over the top of that.  I knew I wanted to include the ghost because the faces of the B&T paper reminded me of a scene in a Casper cartoon where you could only see the faces of the ghosts.  Although most ghosts are typically white I stamped mine in Mint and colored it with the clear shimmer brush which has given it the look of being “glow in the dark”

I hope you’ve enjoyed my take on “cute” Halloween and that you’ll pop over to our design page and link up a project…and don’t forget to add a frame!!!

Be A Ribbon Warrior

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month – this pink promotion has a special meaning in my life, but being in October makes it doubly special to me.

My mom had breast cancer, not once, not twice but three times.  She had a masectomy after her second diagnoses and had been years cancer free before it snuck up and snatched her from our life on October 4, 2012.  Cancer does that…just BOOM and someone you love is gone!  She was such a brave fighter!

I was pretty excited when Close to My Heart brought back the retired Ribbon Warrior stamp set and thin-cuts for the October special.  The bundle is offered at a 20% discount and I want you to know it can be used for way more than just pink ribbons.

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I always schedule my mammogram in the month of October – as a way to honor my mom.  I certainly don’t like it, but while changing in the dressing room I always think my mom would be so proud of me.

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As a special thank you, when you purchase the Ribbon Warrior Bundle from my website I will gift you this exclusive Your Kind Heart Stamp Set.  I will also donate all of my commission from the sale of this set to the American Cancer Society.

Let’s turn the world pink together!!!

 

 

Happy Birthday Handsome – Color Dare #314

Happy Friday! It’s time for a new Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge.  This week we are creating with the Colors: Clover, Lagoon & Nectarine and Kraft is optional.

I just finished a custom order for assorted birthday cards and this was one of the cards I came up with, most of the cards were for women, but my customer wanted a few masculine cards too!

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The retired Jack Stamp Set is still available on the clearance section of my website here.  The stamp set WITH matching die cuts is only $9.50 is a steal of a deal!  The panel behind “Jack” is embossed with the plaid embossing folder.  This was my customer’s FAVORITE card!

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So now it’s YOUR turn to play along…you’ll find all the details on how to enter on the sidebar of our homepage, you’ll also find inspiration in artwork provided by other members of the design team.  Make sure you visit their sites so you can show them a little love.

I always appreciate that you stop by and read the comments that you leave.  Tell me what your favorite masculine card includes.

 

Cute Factors into the Coop

I was recently asked how I decided to pick the stamp sets for my Featured in the Coop series.  The real answer is it has to be a stamp set that I LOVE and am willing to create with regularly and that I think has potential for being overlooked in the Holiday Expressions.  Of course the cuteness of Hedge Hugs factored into my decision making this month.  Seriously – how can you resist?

This card doesn’t feature a sentiment, just this cute little guy beckoning you to open the Gate Fold Card.  I used two of my favorite papers from the Grateful Heart paper packet.  The scalloped circle is only attached on one side of the panel and the pomegranate burlap ribbon holds the entire card closed.  I colored his little body with markers, but I’ve learned a fun technique that I’m going to share next week.

Don’t forget when you purchase the Hedge Hugs stamp set from me I will include a kit to make two cards featuring this little guy.

If you’d like to suggest a stamp set for “Featured in the Coop” leave it in the comment section here and I’ll see what I can arrange.

Hello Pumpkin – Atlantic Hearts #285

Wake up – feed a calf – drink coffee – create…that was my agenda today and I had my favorite niece to keep me company so we accomplished lots in the Craft-Coop – she even swept the floor!!!

Before she came I knew I wanted to steal a few minutes to make a card for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I always look at their sketch on Monday morning – I don’t always participate, but sometimes I just can’t resist the urge!

Michelle’s sketches are always top-notch and I love that she adds things like little banners and most of them also include where to place the sentiment.

I grabbed the Hello Pumpkin Papers & Cardmaking Stamp Set to line up a row of jack-o-lanterns.  Since I didn’t have a solid color background I added an additional banner with my Hello Pumpkin sentiment.

I encourage you to take a look at some of the fabulous challenge blogs when you are looking for some inspiration.  Whether it’s a color challenge, a sketch challenge or theme challenge there’s something out there to get your mojo flowing!