Sunday, February 14, 2016

You're My Type Card

Happy Valentine's Day!  Neither Hubby nor I put a lot of stock in Valentine's Day, so I thought I would share this friend card that I made with the Share the Love stamp set paired with the Charlotte collection.  (This one is going to my daughter.)
This card was for my watercolor class.  You can see that I painted the background of my focal image with watercolor paint.  I also stamped the typewriter a second time on a scrap of White Daisy (in Slate) then stamped the message in black.  I cut out the typewriter paper and adhered it to the stamped watercolor background.  This card is design is a sketch from Make It From Your Heart.  I had fun stamping the arrows on the background.

Have a very happy Valentine's Day, friend!

Saturday, February 13, 2016


Our niece turned 15 last month, and she finally got to celebrate with a quinceanera party last Saturday.  (Her original date got snowed out!)  I quickly made her this card to go along with her party.  (You may remember her family party HERE.)
This card went together sooo quickly because I already had these supplies out while make my sister's birthday card.  It is a 3.5" square with La Vie en Rose B&T papers layered on top.  The stamp set is the Kaleidoscope Workshop on the Go stamped in Ruby, Hollyhock, and Pixie.  Can you tell that the Celebrate banner is actually raised up in the center?
Here is the beautiful birthday queen with one of her lovely attendants.  Happy birthday (again), Lil Haley!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Celebrating Lots of Birthdays This Month!

This month my family and friends have several birthdays to celebrate!  First up is the card that I made for my cousin's 50th birthday.  (Happy birthday again, Debby!)
Because she was turning 50, I knew that I wanted to use black on her card, so I grabbed the new Charlotte paper pack.  I paired it with the pretty Kaleidoscope Workshop on the Go stamp set.  The cake is stamped in Sorbet and Champagne on a Slate cake stand.  The balloons are Black and Slate. (For the 3rd balloon, I stamped the balloon on the back of the B&T and then cut it out.)  The candles are stamped in Whisper and Canary.  Embellishments include black shimmer trim, silver washi tape, and black & grey gems.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Share the Love Blog Hop

Close To My Heart is offering a great campaign this month to add extra support to Operation Smile through the Share the Love stamp set.  (Did you know that $7 of every purchase of this stamp set will go to Operation Smile?  What a great way to help a child!)  If you're already hopping, then you've arrived from Brenda's blog.  You'll go to Michelle Rowley's blog next.)  I decided to have fun with my watercolors in conjunction with this fab stamp set.  I made two similar cards to share with you.  The first measures 3"x6".
The second card measures 3.5"x8.5".

Both cards started with a green watercolor wash to the card base background.
Then I splattered a darker shade of green and then black watercolor paint.

The letters were cut with the CTMH/Cricut Artbooking cartridge at 2.25".  I outlined the letters with my journaling pen.  The "o" is a stamp from the Share the Love stamp set.  Both cards have a gold puffy heart from the Charlotte Workshop Your Way.  Both cards feature our new gold ribbon (the white & gold is in the Regatta collection and the black & gold is in the Charlotte collection).

Share the love by leaving a comment and then click on to MICHELLE'S BLOG next.  Thanks for stopping by!
Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Stamp of the Month: Balloon Animals

Welcome to the February stamp of the month blog hop with Balloon Animals!  (If you're already hopping, you've arrived from Terrie's blog.  From here, you'll go to Michelle's blog next.)
My first card is a stair-step card for a special little one's upcoming birthday.  I actually used scraps from my Regatta Workshop Your Way scrapbooking kit.  I did add a white enamel gem for the bunny tail, some white shimmer trim, and blue gems.

My second card uses an easy pattern from the Make It From Your Heart sketch guide.

For both cards, it was pretty quick and easy to fussy cut around the stamped balloon critters.
Now see what cuteness Michelle has in store!  (Click on her name to go to the next stop on the hop.)  Thanks for hopping by!

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Monday, January 25, 2016

H2H Challenges: ABCs

Last week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge was to use numbers in your project, so this week we're wanting to see your letters!  I needed a gift for our niece so I decided to personalize a little tin for her new bedroom makeover.
 Can you believe that this is the Georgia paper pack?  It doesn't look anything babyish at all, which is a good thing since she is now 15.  I cut her initials from the Artfully Sent CTMH/Cricut Cartridge.
 All the other elements were cut with the CTMH/Cricut Artistry cartridge.
 I used silver shimmer trim and sequins to embellish the tin.
 The slate ribbon was the last scrap of that pretty retired pattern.
 The tin include this little 3.5x3.5 card (also cut with Artistry) and a little birthday cash inside.
I think she liked it!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Beloved Bouquet Layouts

The La Vie en Rose paper pack perfectly coordinates with the January stamp of the month, Beloved Bouquet.  I wanted to try two different techniques on my background, so I created two layouts to try them both.
For the firsts layout, I used watercolor paint spattered onto the background.

For the second layout, I stamped the spray across the bottom in first, second, and third generation black ink.  Then I random stamped the large blossom on both pages.  (I may go back in and add a few of the small flowers, but I want to wait until I have my pictures.  Otherwise, the layout could become too busy.)

Which layout background do you prefer?  The both use La Vie en Rose paper pack and complements, gold foil tape, and pink enamel gems.  (I will finish embellishing the second when I add my photos.)

Also, here is a handy guide I created to help me decide how to stamp my flowers.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop

Have you seen all the cool new products in the Seasonal Expressions Close To My Heart Idea Book supplement?  I am not sure that I can choose a favorite!  You won't have to either as you follow this blog hop for tons of great ideas!  (If you're already hopping, then you've arrived from Brenda's blog.  If you're starting here, thanks!  You'll visit Tammy next.)
When I saw the new Regatta Workshop Your Way scrapbooking kit, I knew it would be perfect to scrapbook our recent cruise photos.  I began by creating the three scrapbook layouts and pocket page basically according to the workshop directions.  The kit includes Complements, Puffies, and ribbon!  Then, I began using the rest of the kit for more pages.  The title page, above, is on the back of the "happy place" layout below.

 The "Adventure at Sea" pages use the back of the page above and the pockets from the pocket layout spread.

My pocket layout is almost identical to the guide.

For the "You Are Here" layout, I customized my photos to the basic design.

To make my photos fit the "explore" layout, I added flip flaps to the left page.  Also, I added White Daisy card stock to stretch the pack even further.

Layouts aren't the only thing you can make with the Regatta Workshop Your Way kit!  It includes instructions for 8 cards (requiring additional card bases), and I added a 9th with my scraps.  I used the cute new Beach Days stamp set with the Regatta kit.  For most of the pairs, I created one according to the guide but added watercolor paint to the other.

The Beach Days stamp set coordinates with cuts on the CTMH/Cricut Artistry cartridge.

 Here's my bonus card.  I had to use that cute octopus!

Thanks for stopping by and hanging with me through the end!  Be sure to leave a comment and then continue on to TAMMY'S BLOG to continue the hop to see more great ideas.
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