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.

Playing Match Maker – Mojo Monday 394 meets Color Dare 138

I loved the colors from this weeks Color My Heart Color Dare and couldn’t resist playing along with the Mojo Monday # 394 sketch, so since I had other things on my “to do” list today I combined them.

One of my favorite stamp sets is the Charming Chevrons and I love to match them with the Chevron Sparkles…I paired it with the Life Is Sweeter M size stamp, it just looks like those Chevrons are pointed right at the sentiment.  I used a little more of the Brushed Paper Packet and separated the papers with two strips of the skinny washi tape from the Carnival Washi Tape in the new Seasonal Expressions 2.  I think it’s one of my favorite embellishments from the new catalog.

I’m really enjoying playing in the Color My Heart Color Dare, it’s taking my stamping out of the box you should follow the link and play along too.

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To Late to Color My Heart

Well my idea for a last minute color date at Color My Heart was too late to hook up to the link challenge, however it made for a pretty card to add to my stash!


I used the Brushstrokes stamp set to make a fun pallet of colors, Juniper, Pear, Canary, Pixie, Hollyhock and Cranberry…all colors found in the Brushed Paper Pack which I used earlier in the week and then when looking at the color dare again I thought what a great rainbow, hence my card!  I then used the stamps from the new Operation Smile stamp set stamped in black over the top of the rainbow base.  I then mounted the entire card to a base card of black.  The rainbow was sprinkled with bitty sparkles.

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The inside was finished off with two strips of another rainbow stamped sheet cut into banners.  They remind me of paint chips from the hardware store.

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you get the chance hop over to the Color My Heart Color Dare  and see what inspiration you can find!

Happy Anniversary – AHSC #103

The Brushed paper pack is really growing on me…thanks to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and the Color My Heart Color Dare, I might just get it used up!



This card was inspired by the AHSC #103 and my neighbor down the street who started talking to me about cards with belly bands, since I had the Brushed Paper still sitting on my desk I decided to play with it some more and make an anniversary card to put into my stash.

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The first thing I did was grab my envelope punch board and of course since it was on the bottom of a pile made a HUGE mess in the process.  Then since I haven’t used it in forever I promptly cut the envelope the wrong size so it’s not a standard card size, oh well all is not lost in crafting.  I layered black and colonial white cardstock to the inside stamped two groups of flowers which I colored with the Shin Han markers and popped up the little anniversary banner.  I also wanted to give the belly band some texture so I ran it through the Big Shot and tied it with a piece of thick twine.  The LOVE is centered on colonial white and black circles and that is layered on additional piece of Brushed B&T which was cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.

I’m really quite pleased with how everything came together…thank goodness Spring Break is over and I can enter some challenges without someone else grabbing paper and stamps over the top of me!

Switcharoo Sunday #1

I follow several blogs on the internet and recently one of the Stampin’ Up Demonstrators started a new feature called Makeover Monday.  She shares a card made by another demonstrator and “makes it over”.  It has been fun to watch over the past few months and I decided that I’d like to do something similar…so if there’s another CTMH Consultant out there that would like to participate in something like this…leave me a comment with your e-mail and I’ll get in touch!

For now, I picked a Stampin’ Up card that I would make over with Close to My Heart Products and I’m going to call it Switcheroo Sunday.

Painted Blooms Origami Shadowbox Card Fun Fold HSDT video series by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinupThis card was made by Dawn Olchefske you can find her blog here where she also provides a quick video instruction.



and this is my card:  I used the Brushed Paper Packet so I could enter it in this weeks Color Dare over at the Color My Heart Challenge Blog.

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This is a close up of the front fold and the inside…don’t forget to include something to make it pretty inside – beauty doesn’t have to just be skin deep!Mothers Day Brushed Collage




I hope you like my switcharoo.

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A Little Note – AHSC #95

I have Daffodils on my mind and with a bright sunny day and a granddaughter entertaining herself in the cow pasture I took a minute to see what the sketch was at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog.  My first thought was
“a bow?!”  I am seriously bow challenged – love them, but can’t tie one to save my life (except on my sneakers).

With Miss B still outside I decided to go to work with this sketch…so the base spoke square to me (my new favorite size 4.5 X 4.5)  Polka Dots?  My brand new Brushed paper packet was sitting on my desk – hmmm, yep Polka Dot B&T.  Now for the image?  Since I’m thinking Daffodills, I guess A Little Note will fill that bill.  I also grabbed some contraband ribbon and a button (Vicki at the Wizard’s Hangout has a great little tutorial on how to tie a bow).  OK, with all my supplies prepared here’s what I came up with.


It just seems so cheery, now I need to get out my “Happy Mail” list and spread a little cheer.  Would you like to be added to my Happy Mail List?  Leave me a comment with your contact info and I’ll get you added.

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