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!

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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!

Another Hijacked Post

It’s Brooke again with a post for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

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I used a butterfly set to match the sketch with just a little silver shimmer trim.

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!

Atlantic Hearts Turns 100

No, not 100 years old, but they have produced 100 amazing sketch challenges!  To celebrate they are awarding prizes…now that’s how a birthday should be celebrated (except mine of course).

So, what are you waiting for…scoot on over to AHSC and enter to win a prize and get some amazing artwork for your eyes to feast on.  While you’re at it take a look at their sketch and participate, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

It’s always an honor…

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I was so excited this morning to pull up the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and see that I made the Top 3.  The artwork submitted is always so absolutely gorgeous and I feel honored to be among the three that took the top spots!

My challenge to you is to grab some ink, stamps and paper and pull up this weeks sketch and enter the challenge…you just might be in the TOP 3 too!

Thanks for stopping by today!

A Note for You – AHSC #96

Wow…three weeks in a row, I’m pretty sure the moons have aligned!

With my crazy schedule adjusting to a full time 9 year old in my life, I stepped away from Social Media back in October.  I miss the connection that I had with my friends through Facebook, but also realized that there are other ways to keep in touch.  I did however catch the Instagram bug and have been enjoying posting pictures of my art at Papercrafting_Princess.

This past week Close to My Heart posted a #colorcrush to use Pixie/Smoothie/Sorbet/Goldrush so I thought I’d do a little combining of two challenges bringing some color to Sketch #96 at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

I had fun playing with this design.  I embossed the Pixie cardstock base with the dots embossing folder, then cut a scalloped design with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  I loved the X pattern in the strip and after looking at it mounted on the pink decided to add a  Smoothie piece behind it that would bring out the texture a bit more.  The flower is from a stamp set that has got a lot of use (I made 100 invitations for a ladies tea at church a few years ago with it).  The center of the flower is stamped with Pixie and unlike the larger flower it is not two stepped so I drew over the pink stitch line with my black journaling pen.

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Yes, that’s real honest to goodness sunshine streaming through the window onto my card.  You can see in the second photo that I took a second strip and sponged some ink on the inside.  I started with just smudging Smoothie with a sponge and then went back and added Sorbet and Goldrush to give it a gradient look.

I’m excited to get this in the mail and surprise someone with a little cheer…my Happy Mail Campaign is well underway!

Thanks for stopping by.

Keep Your Chin Up – AHSC #94

The Fed Ex driver showed up just in time…when I saw the Atlantic Hearts Sketch #94 Challenge this week I knew I wanted to play and I knew what stamp set I wanted to use!

I wanted this card to be cheery, but not overwhelming with color.  I chose to use a base of Flaxen layered with Sweet Leaf which I embossed with the Diamond Embossing Folder.  I then cut a shape from the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge and added my sentiment and stamped the tree in the lower corner.  Both of these papers were distressed with Flaxen ink around the sides and mounted with thin 3D foam tape.  For just a touch of bling, I added Gold Bling Gems at the end of the Colonial White sentiment piece.

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Thank you for stopping by and if you get a chance – pop over to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and get some inspiration.