Sending Lemony Smiles

It’s the last day of May and I realized I have not expressed my love of the May Stamp of the Month, Classic Summer Bash, nearly enough!

I invested in a Misti stamping tool and have been looking up techniques on Pinterest and found a great video on how to create a wreath template and my brain went to work.  I had seen that Atlantic Hearts Sketch #266 was featuring a wreath so combining the two,  then I stumbled upon the Heart to Heart When Life Hands You Lemons challenge and it all came together for me to participate in a couple of challenge and accomplish my goal of sharing one more card with this sweet stamp set.

Make sure that you don’t waste anytime getting the May Stamp of the Month – it goes away at midnight tonight!  You can click on the picture below and go straight to my shopping page where you can add the stamp set to your cart.

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ve enjoyed my card…my new motto is “when life hands you lemons – grab the Tequilla and Salt”


Update:  My card was selected to the Top 3 at Atlantic Hearts…beyond thrilled!!!


Holiday Love – Atlantic Hearts #236

Well, I think I’m on a lucky roll with the sketches for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  This week the fun challenge uses a stripe background and two images perfect for me to pair with the Gingerbread Friends stamp set that was sitting on my desk.


As soon as I saw the sketch I knew exactly which paper I wanted to use – this bold stripe from the Enchantment Fundamental pack.  The lines are a little wonky, but I felt it mixed with the whimsical gingerbread couple.  I stamped the sentiment directly onto the B&T paper.

I hope you enjoy my take on the sketch and will maybe even give it a try…you can find all the details for entering at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.




Toadally Awesome – Atlantic Hearts #235

Did you know that Close to My Heart donates $7 from the sale of each Punny Pals stamp set to Operation Smile?  And did you know that during the month of October you can get an adorable Card Kit with matching thin cuts for just $39.95?  Yep, all those things are true.

I stopped by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog this afternoon looking for something fun to do with the Punny Pals stamp set and lucky me I loved the sketch – what’s even better it allowed me to try a new technique that I recently saw on Jennifer McQuire Ink using a stitched rectangle die to make a unique card base.

Close to My Heart’s Two-Toned card stock works perfectly for this technique…you can see just a peek of the lighter shade on the edges.

Flowers just wasn’t the look I was going for so I added a couple of banners and a heart cut from the  Blossom Fundamentals and then popped up my frog.  The sentiment You’re toad-ally awesome was highlighted by a black dot.




Make sure you take a minute to stop by the Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge Blog this weeks sketch is so fun and would be a great combination with the new Color My Heart Color Dare challenge that will be posted tomorrow.



I appreciate you stopping by…hope you have a toad-ally awesome day.  I love to read your comments so if you have a minute please share your thoughts with me.


Football Girl

OK, I admit it I have become a football girl!  I knew NOTHING about this sport other than I wasn’t going to let me son play it when I started dating my Wrangler Wearing Sweetheart.  A few times watching his grandson on the grid-iron and I was hooked.  It probably helps that the Seahawks have had a few successful seasons lately too!

I decided to work on some fun invites today for a football themed party.  This would work great for a little boys birthday don’t you think?  Of course I used my favorite teams colors – Sapphire and Pear!

I loosely used the sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (sometimes you just have to make it your own) for my card.  I’m also entering my sketch in the Between the Folds Challenge #26B (to use a Cricut Cut)

Do you have a football lover in your life?  This fun stamp set is retiring at the end of July so you only have a few more days to add it to your collection.

Thanks for stopping by…go ‘Hawks!


I’m A Guest at Atlantic Hearts #152

I loved my time as a Design Team Member at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, so you can imagine how I jumped at the chance to come back and be a guest designer.  Michelle graciously asked us to take a look at future sketches and pick one we’d like to do.  I finally just put the numbers of the sketches I was interested in doing in a bag and drew one, sketch #152.

I absolutely adore the new complement packs that are available to match each new paper packet – talk about taking the thinking out of crafting!

I love these cute little birds from the Penelope Paper Pack.  The colors are bright and cheery.  I don’t make many get well cards, but a dear friend is recovering from Achilles surgery so I wanted to send her a little cheer.  I mixed a few vellum shapes with a Playful Puffies and a couple of silver sequins.  I also got our fun new mini stapler and that’s how I attached the accent strip.  I’m including a close up of the cluster where you can see it all up close.


I hope you’ll stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge on Wednesday and see what the  DT members are up to.  I’d love it if you took a minute to participate too!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ll take a minute and let me know what you think of the complements.


A Touch of Gold – AHSC #144

This is my last Design Team post for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I decided that I needed a little break to get some other things on track.  I’m increasing the number of classes that I will be holding and that takes a lot of prep work time so I’m giving myself a 6 month break from the DT, I’ll still be sharing artwork here as well as participating in challenges as time allows.

Sketch #144 was so much fun for me.  I needed a thank you card, wanted to play with Charlotte papers and it all came together with a little added help from the Paper Fundamentals Gold Assortment.


I love this Cricut Artistry flower cut out of the gold glitter paper – I wasn’t sure what I wanted to back it with, and finally decided a pop of smoothie was the look I was going for. This particular flower has a leaf which I just snipped off since it wasn’t the look I was going for.

Here’s a close of up the Fundamental Assortment in Gold.  I have gone absolutely crazy using the stickers that come in the pack, but this is the first plastic clip and wooden sticker that I’ve used, not because I don’t love them, just because I didn’t want to use them up.  I think they added just the right amount of pop to this card.

Thanks for stopping by I appreciate your comments and look forward to being back on the DT in August – in the mean time I hope you will stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog and take the plunge to create with the magnificent sketches that are available there.

I Love You – AHSC #142

If you attended my monthly $5 card class last Thursday you got a sneak peek at this card sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I love sketch #142 – OK who am I trying to kid as a DT member I have loved all but one of the sketches that’s been presented to me.

So here’s the sketch…

and here’s my card!

If you know my work, I’m not much into formal looking florals, but the January Stamp of the Month has me racing back to it time and time again.  I used some La Vie En Rose B&T with some Ruby C/S that although is not one of the featured papers works just great for this Valentine.

I hope you’ll hop over to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and give this sketch a try.  Participating in sketch challenges is really a great way to push your card making to the next level.

Thanks for stopping by…come back again real soon!