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…


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.


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


It’s Been A While


It’s been a while since I participated in the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, it doesn’t mean I haven’t been stalking their blog for ideas and yesterday I had good intentions of getting a card entered, but the time difference doesn’t seem to compute inside my head.  I might show that card later in the week because I was really proud of my outside the box thinking.

Sketch 68 appears to something that would fit the floral category, but with a package of Scaredy Cat paper sitting on the corner of my desk how could I not choose to do something with a Halloween theme?


There is actually very little stamping on my card – just the sentiment!

The ovals were cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and the Haunted House is from Artbooking.  It reminds me so much of the haunted house from the Casper cartoon I watched as a child.

I hope you’ve enjoyed stopping by today and will check back again soon.


Celebrating A Year–AHSC #52

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is one year old and it’s one of my favorite places to go for inspiration!

I love Sketch #52 and instantly had lots of ideas running around my head.  I also knew that I had to step it up to be in the top 3 this week and HOPEFULLY win their prize package.   You can visit their blog and vote on the top 3 starting on Sunday and ending on Tuesday.

Living in the Pacific Northwest it seems that spring time brings more rainy days than sunny days so I wanted to bring some bright colors and deliver some sunshine of my own this week.  I also felt that it was important to have some fun texture.  I find that I’m using the embossing folders on most of the solid colored cardstock that I use on my card it really just adds some movement and dimension. (It will probably date me, but I still have my Fiskars crimper which got lots of use when it was the only option)



I started with Smoothie Cardstock and gave it a bright band of Twilight and layered a happy sunshine cut from the Cricut Artiste Cartridge and stamped from the Retired My Sunshine stamp set in Honey and Crème Brule, I then attached the Smoothie verse “You are the sunshine to light my day”  to the middle and added the pennant which was stamped from the retired Say It In Style set  in Twilight.  I’m not sure if you can tell that there is a bit of dimension on the center of the sun the Smoothie verse this came from adding additional Cricut shapes  (6 for the sun – 4 for the verse) which gives it a more solid look than using 3D foam tape.

I hope that you’ll stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and vote for your Top 3 Choices voting opens Sunday at midnight and runs through Tuesday at 11PM AST.

I’ll also be doing a drawing if you leave me a comment that you visited AHSC and voted you could get this card in the mail…ready for you to share with “your ray of sunshine”!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sketchy Birthday

You know when you see something and a creative thought comes right into your head?  That is exactly what happened with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #51 this week.

When I saw the break at the middle of the card I immediately thought this would be perfect for a gate card fold and attach the sentiment at the opening.

My niece is celebrating her 12th birthday on Sunday so I wanted to do something with her favorite colors and luckily I had some scraps of the Sarita Paper Packet left.  This card is cut 6 X 10 and scored at 31/2 and 7, the front is then cut using an Edgelit and the Big Shot.  I then cut down the bottom front panel so that it didn’t bind when it closed.  I stamped a Perfect Fit Frame in Gypsy Ink and then the It’s Party Time Sentiment from A Perfect Fit Birthday in Lagoon and mounted it with a piece of 3D Foam Tape.  The Purple Shimmer Trim is adorned with some clear sparkles.


If I’m using a base of colored cardstock, I always line the inside of my card with a neutral to make it easier to include a quick personal note.  Of course, it goes without saying that I love to make the inside as pretty as the outside too!  Here I stamped the Happy Birthday in Lagoon Ink and then added Purple and Teal Shimmer Trim for a little added pop of color.


I would really encourage you to stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  Next week is their one year anniversary and I can hardly wait to see what they have up their sleeve!!

Thanks again for stopping by!


Hello! Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #50


I have been on a card making frenzy this week.  I stopped by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and decided that this would be a great week for me to play along.  I loved the clean simple lines of this sketch.

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Of course I also reached for my favorite paper of the moment (Skylark).  As I looked over the papers I thought I’d go for a monochromatic look.  Lagoon is such a crisp color perfect for a cheery hello!


I started by embossing the bottom section of the Lagoon cardstock and then layered the B & T.  It’s hard to see the detail in the photo, but the striped piece has been scallop punched across the bottom edge.  I then layered a speech bubble from the Artiste Cricut Collection bundle with a piece of foam tape to give it a bit of dimension.  I finished it off simply with two Aqua Dots.

Thanks for stopping by.


AHSC #46 – Bring Your Sunshine

I was talking with my friend Betsy the other day and she asked “remember when we used to do the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge all the time?”

I did remember and I still go look at the ahh-mazing artwork there every week, but I just haven’t felt like doing any challenges lately.  Then today I looked and she had participated so I thought “what the heck, why not?”  I headed for the craft room as soon as I had my pizza dough mixing in the bread machine, printed the challenge and put my thinking cap on!

This is the sketch I had to work with and sunshine immediately came to mind – probably because we’ve had some  too many gray days here in the great Pacific Northwest!

I had recently reorganized my stamp room and remembered seeing some retired “Surf’s Up” paper and thought I’d start there!  I then located a sunshine image on the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and pretty soon I was on my way!


Lately, I’ve tried to kick up the inside of my cards by adding images and a little glitz!  Here I stamped the sun in Goldrush and the sentiment in Sky and added some Teal Shimmer Trim for a little pop!


Thanks for stopping by for a little sunshine – I hope you’ll also take time to visit the other challenge entrants over at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog!