Toadally Awesome – Atlantic Hearts #235

Did you know that Close to My Heart donates $7 from the sale of each Punny Pals stamp set to Operation Smile?  And did you know that during the month of October you can get an adorable Card Kit with matching thin cuts for just $39.95?  Yep, all those things are true.

I stopped by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog this afternoon looking for something fun to do with the Punny Pals stamp set and lucky me I loved the sketch – what’s even better it allowed me to try a new technique that I recently saw on Jennifer McQuire Ink using a stitched rectangle die to make a unique card base.

Close to My Heart’s Two-Toned card stock works perfectly for this technique…you can see just a peek of the lighter shade on the edges.

Flowers just wasn’t the look I was going for so I added a couple of banners and a heart cut from the  Blossom Fundamentals and then popped up my frog.  The sentiment You’re toad-ally awesome was highlighted by a black dot.




Make sure you take a minute to stop by the Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge Blog this weeks sketch is so fun and would be a great combination with the new Color My Heart Color Dare challenge that will be posted tomorrow.



I appreciate you stopping by…hope you have a toad-ally awesome day.  I love to read your comments so if you have a minute please share your thoughts with me.


Ho Ho Ho – AHSC #136

Do you remember Believe?  I was playing with Christmas papers when I remembered that I had a sketch to work on for the Design Team at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I also had a 10 year old hanging off my neck so I knew that a decent stamped image was not going to be an option.


I loved this weeks’s sketch.  It was really clean and simple and I had so many ideas for what could be those little strips of paper.



I love the fun and happy Santa of this retired paper packet, but what I loved more was the reindeer on the zip strip!

Won’t you join us this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge?



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Square Birthday – AHSC #134

Can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since I posted for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I almost went running for the hills when I saw this sketch and then suddenly it just hit me – scraps!!!

I had been using some retired birthday paper – I must have really liked it because there was not much left.  I did have enough to cut some various sized squares and I found the left over complements and decided to use a couple of them too.  There was also a loan zip strip that hadn’t been cut very straight (UGH).

Square Birthday  

I can’t wait to see what everyone else does with this sketch so make sure you come back on Wednesday to take a look at the creations by the other Design Team Members.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ll leave me a comment – I read them all!

Smile – AHSC #124

Waiting is the hardest part of being on the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Design Team.  Sketch #124 was the perfect excuse to pull out some more Zoe Papers and play.  I love the big bold flower in the lower corner, it is a from the Girls Rock C1538 My Acrylix Stamp Set and lucky for me it has a matching Cricut cut.

I sliced my Coral Shimmer Trim right down the middle and layered on the sides of the Smoothie Dot Paper and finished it with three triangles from the Green Enamel and Glitter Duos.  I think these are one of my new favorite accessories to play with.

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I stamped the flower in Canary and Smoothie ink and then sponged the edges of the cut as well.  The center is from the Zoe Assortment – a self adhesive faceted gem.

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I hope you’ll join us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week and maybe next week and the week after that too.  Make sure you check the blog on Wednesday to see what the other DT members created.  It’s sure to be a treat!

Lovely Birds – AHSC #108

I think I have a love/hate relationship with paper, when I see it in the idea book I either love it and can’t wait to get it or hate it and buy it anyway.  I’m not so much that way with stamp sets so it’s kind of a quirky thing I’ve discovered about myself.

The Brushed paper packet was one that I wasn’t sure what I’d do with it even though I’m a pink and glittery girl, I’ve actually found lots of uses for it including this fun card I did for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.


This is a bookmark card from a Stampin’ Up (gasp) demonstrators newsletter that I subscribe too.  Julie has lots of free PDF video tutorials so you should check out her blog.

After I had the front finished I thought it just lacked something and started fussy cutting flowers and a bird.  I’m pretty sure that my scissors are going to go into hiding.  The scalloped oval is cut with the cricut and layered in two parts giving that lacy doily pattern.  I tied the front with a piece of the Thick Twine and separated the ends once it was knotted.

This photo collage shows the inside of the card.  I stamped and colored flowers in opposite corners and stamped the sentiment then used my journaling pen to doodle some stitching on two sides connecting the flowers.  I was really happy how it turned out.  It also shows how the bookmark section just folds in as a flap and can be cut off for use.  I’m really proud of my flowers on the front adorning the sentiment, once they were colored and fussy cut I put my pencil eraser end down and ruffled up the petals.

If you have a reader on your mailing list, surprise them with this fun card and gift all in one.  I hope you’re inspired to try something new today.  Thanks for stopping by.

AHSC #91 – Honeycomb

My Sweet As Honey Hubby called me from Starbucks today…not to ask if I wanted a coffee brought home, but to tell me he was going to spend the day in meetings and I should craft to my hearts content…I giggled and told him I’d try and fit that in between loads of laundry!  Then I took a sip of the mocha that I had gone and picked up myself and came to the realization that I had just been given a free pass to the craft room.  No Miss B looking over my shoulder, no hubby to distract me (yes after almost 7 years together he still distracts me).  I’m not sure if I stopped before pulling out from the espresso stand.

I am participating in an upcoming blog hop with the You’re the Bomb Stamp set (you can order it here) cute as ever and $3.00 from every sale goes to Operation Smile, it’s a MUST HAVE for your stamp collection!

Anyway…I got those cards out of the way and decided to pop over to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge – it is probably one of my favorite challenge sites – the sketches are AMAZING and the design team is too!  Sketch #91 was posted and I looked at it and knew exactly what I wanted to do


I knew I wanted to use the Honeycomb shape instead of circles so I stamped them in Sorbet, Flaxen, Glacier and Chocolate and then punched them out.  I then laid them out on my Versamat to see what size base card stock I needed.  The Versamat is one of my favorite tools from Close to My Heart – the grid helps me line things up perfectly, flip it over an the foam side is perfect for stamping on!


I repeated the hexagon shapes in flaxen, sorbet & glacier to bring in a little punch to the inside bottom corner of the card.

Here’s a quick list of the items I used which you can purchase here or from your CTMH consultant:

  • Inks:  Sorbet, Flaxen, Glacier, Chocolate, Black
  • My Acrylix Stamps:  C1537 Honeycomb, B1471(Exclusive Hostess Set)  Variety of Thanks

Wild Card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch #28

I couldn’t wait to create again for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week after missing last weeks deadline.  I wanted to do something completely different!

You’ll notice that this sketch features a variety of flowers sprinkled at the bottom

and mine has a sprinkling of animals!


The Wild Wonders Stamp Set was one of my favorites on my first trip through the Autumn/Winter Close to My Heart Catalog and I haven’t even used it for a baby card yet!  I paired it with the Babycakes paper popped up the monkey with an adhesive spring and sprinkled on a few Aqua Dots!

Hope you’ll take the time to visit Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge for a little inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!


I Didn’t Make the Deadline, But I Love My Card

I’ve wanted to participate in this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch, but found myself horribly busy now I’m scrambling to meet the deadline so I guess I better not be wordy!

This was the inspiration

and this is my card


I reached for the Huntington paper and coordinating My Stickease.  A little chocolate Bakers Twine and 3 Mocha Opaque Gems finished it off.

Thanks for stopping by to look!

Happy Crafting,


Back To Action AHSC #26

After being gone for almost a week in beautiful Utah with three intense days of scrapbooking, I have to admit I’m happy to be home and back to my own papercrafting desk!  I have so many things to share that my blog should be busy as long as I can find enough time between loads of laundry to get them posted.

The first thing on my agenda was this weeks sketch for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I have a couple of ideas for cards this week with this sketch so we’ll have to see where my journey takes me.

AHSC #26


This card features the Laughing Lola paper packet from Close to My Heart, it is one of my favorites from our Autumn/Winter Idea Book.  Although it features Laughing Lola Purple, I felt that the Gypsy Colored flowers coordinated.  I popped each of the flowers up with some foam tape and actually double popped the two most inside for a little added depth.

Thank you again for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,


I did it! I did it!

OK, I know it’s a little over the top to be excited, but I made the top 3 of the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge for week #23!


I have entered multiple sketch challenges in my years of card making and have to be honest I never imagined that I would win, but when you do and receive comments from some amazing crafters (I am so impressed with the design team’s work) it truly is an honor!  I now get to display a badge on the side of my blog that I made the top 3!

This card is happily on it’s way to cheer a mailbox this week, but if you’d like to stop by my entry for this weeks challenge you have a chance to win it as well.

Thanks again Atlantic Hearts Design Team for picking my card and to you for stopping by my blog!