Unabashadly Stamp Lifted – Color Dare #212

Happy Friday…it’s time for a new Color Dare and if purples are your thing this is your week!  Color Dare #212 challenges you to use White Daisy, Black, Eggplant, Thistle and Pansy…sounds like a fun challenge to me!

I was spending  wasting some time on Pinterest when I ran across this card which I fell in love with for several reasons #1 it uses hexagons, #2 it has a simple sentiment #3 I could easily duplicate it.

My hexagons are stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento and Pansy.  When stamping with solid stamps it’s best to have your Versamat turned to the spongy side so you get good coverage.  The sentiment was stamped with Eggplant – it’s such a nice deep purple and that sentiment love the combined script & print!!  The flower is stamped in Thistle – it’s probably my favorite of all our purples.  I wanted to keep the look clean and simple so I just added touches of purple accent (a glitter gem in the center of the flower and a glitter heart at the end of the sentiment.

Now hop on over to the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog where you will find some other wonderful cards from the Design Team.  I love that we all have such different ideas.  Won’t you take some time and play along?  It’s super easy to link up your creation – all the instructions are right there on the sidebar of the blog.

Thanks for stopping by…see you next week.

 

 

 

2 For 1 AHSC #138

I’ve decided that my mind works in mysterious ways.  First of all, when I looked at this weeks sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge all I could see was water – waves upon waves.  Maybe I need a vacation to the ocean!

I decided that I wanted to do something totally out of the box for me so I started thumbing through my Cricut guides and these glasses popped right off the page at me.  They have wavy lines – right?  Then I decided since I hadn’t played with my Operation Smile stamp set yet that this cute little mouse  with huge glasses would be just the stamp to use!  Totally goofy right?  But I wasn’t done!

  

I’d also seen a card in the Annual Inspirations Book that I have been wanting to recreate – Idea Book = Inspiration!!!  So, my Cricut got another workout this time cutting a background with lines and scallops.

Since I only wanted the bottom half of the card to have the design I cut part of the die cut piece off.  I then lined the card with shimmer trim (that was the hardest part making sure it showed where I wanted).  I then stamped the card with a soon to be released stamp “You’re One of a Kind”!  This card has a LOT of sparkle!

Thanks for stopping by – I love reading your comments so please let me know what you think.  Stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge to see what everyone else is doing with this sketch.

 

Gone Batty Again!

It seems ever since I found this Cricut cut on the Artiste cartridge every year it makes at least one Halloween card to fill my list.  This year I fell in love with the example in the Holiday Expressions catalog so I did my best at replicating it with the stamps I have.  I LOVE the new Little Monsters stamp set, however after doing a quick inventory of the Halloween stamps that I have on hand decided to pass (at least for now).

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I cut my bat twice – once in Black and again 1/4″ smaller in Thistle cut off the wings and mounted them to the front.  I then hand doodled on some stitching with my journaling pen.  I chose a stamp from Perfect Fit Halloween and mounted it over a piece of a Zip Strip from the Nevermore paper packet that was sitting on my desk and added a black swirl sparkle from my stash.

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For the inside I layered White C/S sponged with Pomegranate (it looked like blood to me) stamped Happy Halloween and the bat from Frightfully Fun.

I’m not sure if it’s just because he’s my husband, but he told me that he liked it better than the sample in the catalog.

Now to remember who got my bat card last year.

Nevermore Will Raise the Dead

Halloween just happens to be one of my favorite holidays to make cards for so of course the Nevermore Paper Packet was high on my list of wants.  I’ve also been revisiting using my Cricut cartridges.

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When I was looking for ideas on Pinterest I found a cute coffin posted from the Jeanette Lynton Blog back in October 2012.  I decided it would be a fun treat box for a sweet granddaughter!

I played around and cut a web and a spider along with the word Eek all with Artiste!  I was having issues cutting the small letters in eek and decided it could just as easily be layered on a pennant.  I even got to use my black tulle that I’ve had for a couple of years.

This coffin box will be part of a special Nevermore Class on September 17th.  You will need to register by Saturday, September 5th to allow cutting time.  Please call or e-mail me if you have additional questions.

Thanks for stopping by.

Pretty Petals – AHSC #99

I knew it was a lost cause to strictly focus on scrapbooking…making cards is definitely my first love.  It is so fun to focus on The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and since they are sneaking up on #100, I decided I better continue my streak of playing along.

This is the sketch for this week

I haven’t done much with the Pretty Petals stamp set so I thought it would be a nice chance to play along and I had some inspiration from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book for my color scheme of Glacier, Sorbet, Gold Rush and Slate.

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I stamped the Chicken Wire with White Pigment Ink to give just a little bit of texture.  I found a piece of Slate Ribbon in my stash and tied a bow (stop with the bows already Michelle, LOL!)  My flowers except the top one are popped up with some thin 3D foam tape (love this stuff).

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I snapped a quick photo of the inside where I repeated the color combo…now it’s time to get this off in the mail.

If you haven’t stopped by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog, I highly recommend that you do.  There are terrific sketches and the DT is magnificent.  Even if you don’t play along look for some inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

Seriously Fun Fold

Every once in a while I find it necessary to pull out some other company’s stamps and create!  My husband’s two nieces are both demonstrators for another company (I know what’s wrong with them?) so I have plenty of stamps to choose from!

I love cards with a fun fold so when I saw this Pop Out Swing Card I knew I had to give it a try.  Thankfully there was also a video tutorial :).

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When Miss B saw this stamp set, she wanted it for her birthday invitations.  I’m finding lots of fun uses for it and haven’t even started on those invitations yet.

Thanks for stopping by!

Inspired Designs

I love the new Annual Inspirations from Close to My Heart – not only is in chocked full of stamps, papers and assorted pieces of bling it is loaded with inspiration!

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Take this box for instance – it’s straight from page 15 using the November stamp of the month.  I’m not so much into the fussy cutting of all the flowers, but I think it would make the perfect place card at a Thanksgiving table or if you’re less formal a small gift for each of your guests.

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This next card was actually inspired by the Kraft 3 Ring Album on page 56.  I loved the layers of color from light to dark.

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I used another stamp from the Happy Autumn stamp set for the inside of the card.  I think the group of flowers actually look like dandelion blooms and I think I may try stamping them in white for a different look!  I will probably end up making a Thankful album as I’ve challenged my family to come up with one thing every day for the month of November.

My last card was inspired from one I saw on the Close to My Heart webpage.  It was done with a different paperpack, but I’m trying to use up the remainder of my Pathfinding paper.  I used the new Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge sleeve and lined it with a piece of B & T.

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I loved my day in the craft room!

Until later,

Tracey

Another Color Challenge

 

Since my schedule has freed up a little I’m back in the craft room between loads of laundry, vacuuming and running a child to the school bus and other assorted appointments.

This morning I stopped by the Heart to Heart Challenge blog where I found another color challenge posted.

Cranberry, Gold Rush, Lagoon and Dessert Sand

 

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I found my inspiration card on page 132 of the Annual Inspirations.  What a great place to gain inspiration and although it is not copied exactly the background stamp still provides the perfect backdrop for a cheery hello!

The card front is mounted on Kraft Cardstock which I felt coordinated with the addition of the Dessert Sand ink.  I finished the card by adding three Gold Gems in the bottom corner.

I’ll be giving this card away on my Facebook page so stop over there like my page and leave a comment.

Happy Stamping!

Tracey

Let the Coloring Begin!

 

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My new ShinHan Art Markers arrived yesterday and I can’t wait to start playing…just as soon as I finish some other projects.  My “to be finished pile” is getting under control so it shouldn’t be too long.

I have always loved coloring.  I remember sitting at the coffee table in my grandparents house with a big box of crayons and colored pencils coloring for hours.  That love was reawakened  when I started stamping. When I first started stamping over 20 years ago it was popular to emboss in black ink on glossy paper and then color in the image with markers.  Over the years dye based markers have evolved to alcohol ink with blending capabilities.  I have no art experience, but plan on teaching myself all I can by watching videos and getting hints and tips from other consultants.

So why am I still writing…let the coloring begin!

Tracey

Pinterest Inspired

 

Sometimes I feel that even though I’m inspired by things that I “pin” on Pinterest that I really don’t take the time in real life to make them.  It’s sort of like when I was playing Farmville on Facebook and my husband suggested that instead of watering the crops virtually that my own flowers were dying in real life.  So after my little inspiration search I decided that I’d pick a couple of the cards that really were going to challenge me.

I love playing with shaped cards so this Viva la Verve card inspired me to use up some scraps and think outside the square box.  The top card is the sketch I printed from the internet and the bottom card is mine.

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Here’s a close up of my card

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I started by cutting a Outdoor Denim card base using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  I love all the shaped cards that this cartridge has to offer and I had several circle cards to choose from.  I then pulled scraps from my Claire paper packet (I’m still on my journey to kill my stash).  When I was laying out the pieces for my card I really thought that if I embossed the square with the DOTS embossing folder that it would tie it in nicely with the dots in the large floral B & T.  My flower was also cut from Art Philosophy using Blush cardstock and another scrap of Claire B & T it was all layered and attached with a retired bling brad.  I added a clear sparkle flourish for some WOW factor.

The lesson I’d like to leave you with is that if you use Pinterest to get inspired, make sure you put that inspiration to work for you…get away from your computer and into your craft room.  There is no joy to crafting if you don’t craft!

Tracey