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.


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.


Nevermore – AHSC #126

It’s Monday so that means it’s time to reveal a new sketch at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  Next to Christmas, Halloween is probably one of my favorite holidays to make cards for.  I’ve never been into the “scary” side of things…more cutesy with a few bats and spiders thrown in along the way.

The first thing I did with this sketch is give it a twist. I’ve kept my packet of Nevermore paper on my desk for creating since the first of the month.  I’m finding if I focus on one paper each month it is nearly completely gone by the end of the month.  It also challenged me this month to make non-Halloween items with this terrific paper packet.


I wanted to get a good stash of Halloween cards ready to go in the mail next month so I looked at the new Halloween themed keys on the Artistry cartridge and found this terrific bat overlay – doesn’t it look like they are flying in front of a moon?

Items I used:

  • Nevermore Paper Packet X7198B
  • Magic Potions My Acrylix Stamp Set C1509
  • Artistry Cartridge Z3167
  • Green & Black Shimmer Trim Z3087/Z1809
  • Shin Han Markers
  • Enamel Stars – retired (you could purchase white and color them, which is what I’ll do when I deplete my supply)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ll take the time to participate in the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and on Wednesday you can visit the blog to see all the terrific artwork from the Design Team that is sure to keep you inspired.

Taking Paper Pumpkin for a Spin on AHSC #112

A little over a month ago SU! was having a sale on their Paper Pumpkin boxes, I thought it would be the perfect thing for Miss B in the mail and since they were so discounted I thought I’d order myself one too.  I’m not sure why I do that because I am never happy with kits.  I want to do my own thing so mine set unopened until Wednesday evening.

The kit came with all the things to make birthday cards and bags and a page of instructions.  This first picture is how the card should look… cute but simply boring!









Then the AHSC #112 popped into my head.  What could I do to dress up this card?  Lucky for me nothing was glued down in that first photo (I knew I wanted a better card).  I moved the band, added a couple of card stock strips in yellow and orange and then reached for a packet of Project Life accessories that was close by.  The middle strip is Washi Tape over a piece of white paper cut to size and the “so happy” is a sticker.  The balloon was in my kit to be used on the envelope and gift bags, but it worked perfectly for this card.

I know the sentiment is in the wrong place, but the sketch is supposed to be a jumping off point for creativity and mostly I wanted to challenge myself to use the stuff that came in the kit in a new way – sort of like two challenges in one, if you will.

I’m glad you decided to stop by and hope you’ll leave me a comment.  I take the time to read them all 🙂


Before Riding off into the Sunset

I told you I’d be back with a happy card and you can’t get much happier than one filled with pink and polka dots.  I decided to take two of my favorites for one last spin and the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #112 gave me a jumping off point.

Our 5th anniversary is just around the corner and I’m always the one caught without a card…not this year!


The Happy Camper stamp set is perfect to remind my Wrangler Wearing Sweetheart of our trailer honeymoon at the family reunion!  I had just a little Lollydoodle left and since I’m trying to eliminate as much paper from my stash I decided it was the paper of choice.  It also matched the pink polka dot washi tape that was sitting on my desk.

You can almost see the Wink of Stella that I covered this camper with.  It kind of reminds me of an Airstream.  I think I’d probably even be talked into buying a camper/trailer if it looked like this 🙂

I stamped some trees and clouds on the inside of this card before adding the Happy Anniversary sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lifetime of Happiness Coming to an End

Wow that title really seems drastic…I didn’t even think about it until I was looking at it while I’m writing my post, LOL!  This time of year is both a happy and sad time for me.  The Close to My Heart Convention is just around the corner, a new idea book is about to be released and unfortunately the list of retired items has been posted.

I decided that I would play with each of the stamp sets that are soon to leave my collection (I’m keeping some of the retiring items so you’ll see some appearing in future posts as well)  while participating in the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #111 this week.


I also decided to play in the Color Dare, but my last minute decision was to late for the posting.  There’s always this week, right?

Here’s a close up of the flower grouping it’s hard to see in the photo, but I stamped the sunflower in honey ink – once on the card then again on a scrap that I fussy cut around and layered with thin 3D foam tape and then I stamped it in Desert Sand and fussy cut out the middle of the flower and layered it on.

You can find the stamp set on my webpage along with all the other retiring items.


Thanks for stopping by…come back again soon!

Treats of Friendship – AHSC #109

There is nothing like an empty house that enhances my mojo…it also helps that there are sketch challenges out there like the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge to motivate me!

I thought I knew exactly what I was going to do with this sketch, but then I reached for my Chalk It Up paper pack which I found nearly empty.  I guess I liked it a lot more than I realized…it was also perfect for recording Miss B’s 4th grade memories.

I finally pulled together enough pieces to put my card together.  It seems like I’m always showing my sweetie all the cards I make and send to other people, but rarely make him a card anymore, so this one is going to be tucked into his truck as a surprise.  Good thing he doesn’t subscribe to my blog, LOL!


There are several things I LOVE about this card…the punched out detail on the front, the fact that I stayed in the lines with the Shin Han markers, the direct to paper swipe on the little banner and the speech bubble from the Documenting Moments stamp set on the inside.

Have you taken the time to remind someone close to you how they make you feel?  Take a minute today and let that someone know you like them a latte!

Hijacked Blog for AHSC 101

Hi my name is Brooke and I live with my grandma Tracey and I will be 10 on Saturday!

I’ve been watching my grandma stamp for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge sometimes and I wanted to play along too!

This is my card, I used Cranberry, Black and Whisper Inks with the Hexagon stamp set.  For the little in big hexagon shape I put it on the block backwards.  For the Sweet As Honey sentiment I didn’t get more ink the second time (grandma said it’s called second generation stamping)  I hope you like my card!