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.

 

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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!!

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.

Coffee with a Friend

Want to invite a friend to coffee or just send them a note to say hello?

This fun-shaped coffee cup card cut on the Cricut with the Artiste cartridge will bring a smile to all coffee lover faces.

A Sapphire base with a band made from the Grateful Heart B&T Papers will deliver a cheery fall feel to a mailbox near you!

im linking up to the Three Anigos Fun Fold Cards Challenge…today’s the last day, but it’s early so come play along!

 

 

 

September SOTM meets Color Dare #311

It’s Color Dare Friday and here’s the 3-1-1 actually it’s challenge #311, but I’m feeling a tad giddy after struggling with these colors to get a card that I’m really in love with.

If you’d like to create with us this week, reach for all things Saffron, Peacock & Ballerina with an option of adding Gold.

If you haven’t added the September Stamp of the Month to your order yet this month, don’t wait a minute longer – if this is the only stamp set you buy this fall you will still be set to create all the way up to Christmas!

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Now it’s your turn to create…all the information on how to join is located on The Color My Heart Color Dare Blog Post that you’ll find here.   When you visit the home page, make sure you are leaving comments for each of the Design Team members – we work hard each week to bring you lots of different inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!

Some More Inspiration

I hope by now you’ve managed to ink up the Boutique Card Making Stamp set and put your card kits together.  As I promised I’d post inspiration using this stamp set throughout the month of September.

I still had the Boutique paper packet sitting on my desk and there is just something about these papers that I really love.  I chose to use one of my favorite patterns from Make It From Your Heart Volume 4 and instead of stamping my sentiment on the white panel I stamped in on a Ballerina Thin Cut Heart.  I layered that heart on top of some silver embellishing thread for a little interest.

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Remember when you add the Boutique Card Making Stamp Set to your order during September you’ll receive an exclusive kit to make 2 featured cards.  If you have questions or need help placing your order.  Leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to reach out to you.

 

Sending Love

Lately I’ve been exposed to things that really resonate with how I’m feeling about life.  I think the world needs to slow down just a bit and people need to take time to let others know you care.

I have a friend that was needing a little extra love and I wanted her to know that I cared.  I think a card is like a paper hug.  Is there someone that you could send some love to?

Be the Mr. Rogers of your neighborhood.  I challenge you to drop a card in the mail – it’s the best 50 cents you’ll spend all day.  It will make you feel better and the person receiving it will too!