Still Dreamin’

Have you got your June Stamp of the Month yet?  It’s been a LONG time since I’ve been so in love with a stamp set, but Ice Cream Dreams captured my heart as soon as I got the idea book almost a year ago.  I promised myself that I wouldn’t ink it before it’s release because I knew I’d want to share all these cute creations.

I have three grandkids getting ready to start their summer vacation from school so I made them each a card and put a gift card for Baskin & Robbins so they could treat themselves to a successful year of school behind them.

You might have noticed that I’ve been missing from the Color Dare Challenge for a couple of weeks and I’m happy to say I’m back playing today.  The colors are those of the Jackson Paper Packet – Barn Red, Juniper, Glacier, Cocoa & Colonial White.  This card is a slight 4.75 X 3 and made with the Jackson papers.  My Fudgecicle is made using the retired CTMH Alcohol Markers in both shades of Barn Red.  I’m so glad I don’t ever get rid of things because it was just the perfect color.  The stick was Juniper and although it appeared dried up I got enough color out of it for the stick.

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This next card is for our little Princess graduating from Kindergarten.  I haven’t seen her for a couple of years, but know that she loves bling and sparkle as much as her grandma does.  I used retired papers from the Dream Pop collection and I colored the truck with the Shin Han Markers…it seemed pretty whimsical and just the look I was going for.  I still wanted more bling so I added rhinestones to the tire centers and then decided to cut the canopy out of some Teal Glitter paper – that was a challenge as you can’t stamp on it very well.

My final card is for our sweet Miss B! I sure miss her being underfoot, but I’ve managed to send her at least one card a week since she went to live with her dad.  I know that she’s saving them so I went a little extra special on her card.  Shame on grandma!!!  I thought the Spin Card (which are retiring boo-hoo) would fascinate her.  I used some Chalk It Up papers and Teal Shimmer Trim on the front and popped up the sentiment with some thin 3D foam tape.  One side of the spinner has the Sundae and the other side has that cute Puppy.  Miss B has done very well in 4th grade and I’m so proud of all her accomplishments after not being in school since a few weeks in the 1st grade.

  

I think it’s really important to celebrate our grandkids accomplishments even though we don’t see them on a regular basis so they know how much they are loved.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to get your Ice Cream Dreams stamp ordered you only have until the end of June!114

Persistence with AHSC #24 Pays off

If you talk the talk you have to walk the walk…even if the path seems a little rocky!

The Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge #24

did just that…challenged me!  

Don’t get me wrong, I love the sketch, my card just didn’t come together as easily as I’m used to.  

I think after sleeping on it, I pulled it together.  The Celebrate Today stamp is from the Hostess Rewards Stamp Sets “The Party Is On” I have used it several times and just love it!    It’s such a good reminder to Celebrate Today!  I also used the new Stitch Guide for my swirl which I sewed with Smoothie Bakers Twine from the Paradise Assortment.  I soon remembered why I chose papercrafting over quilting!  I finished the card off with three small buttons.

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I provided a close up of my stitching – I would recommend separating the Bakers Twine or perhaps using Embroidery Floss. 

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my sketch today and will take a minute to sign up as a blog follower.  This week I will again be doing a drawing on Friday for my card of all that sign up to follow my blog by e-mail.

Happy Crafting!

Tracey

Continuing My Quest

Birthday cards seem to be something that I am in constant need of so I try to make one or two each time I sit down at my craft table.  I started keeping a box of finished cards so I have a quick go to place each month when I’m readying my mailings for the month.

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I love the 3 1/2 X 8 cards Colonial White Die Cut Cards.  You’ll notice that the “B” on birthday just seems to stand out a bit, I added a retired Dimensional Element letter that had been applied directly to the Pear stamp pad for color with a little liquid glass and it just added an extra “pop”.   The Chantilly paper is one of my favorite paper packets with the whimsical birds combined with  the fun patterns of paisley.

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My next card is again the 3 1/2 X 8 orientation but folded from a piece of the “Dream Pop” paper available for the month of May in honor of National Scrapbook month.  One side of the paper has a resist pattern which is perfect for giving the card some dimension while the other side is plain cardstock which is perfect for the inside of the card.  I added three banners sponged in Whisper Ink and stamped Happy Happy Birthday from the Joyful Birthday set in Juniper.

One of my favorite things about My Acrylix stamps is the ability to see and ink what you are wanting to use.  Knowing that I needed “HAPPY” for two of my banners I folded the “Birthday” away from the block and inked up only “Happy”  Since the stamp is clear I knew right where my stamping would go…a perfect image every time!  Try that with a wood mounted block!

Rubber Hugs!

Bright and Sunny

One of the best things about being a Close to My Heart Consultant (besides the opportunity to meet fellow crafters) is the chance to play and create with new product before it is released!

Just in time for National Scrapbook Month the Dream Pop Paper Packet which will be released May 1st is no exception!  I instantly fell in love with its bright cheery colors and patterns and what’s best…it has card stock with a resist pattern!  The packet consists of 12 sheets of cardstock and 12 sheets of B & T duo’s…2 of each pattern and what’s better you can get it for just $10 with a qualifying order.

I needed a little sunshine in my life yesterday so I grabbed the new papers, the April Stamp of the Month and the Original’s Card Making Book and set out to make a card for a consultant swap that I’m in.

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The pattern inspiration for this card can be found in Originals p89 “Always Right”

You’ll notice that the only stamp I used was the sweet sentiment a quote by Bob Marley.  It reminded me of a phase my son went through listening to all his music in junior high.  The sunshine was cut from the Artiste cartridge and instead of stamping I chose to use the resist cardstock.  To bling it up a bit I added our glitter paper which works so nicely with the Cricut – no shedding like a lot of other glitter papers.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my sunny day card.

Tracey