Sunday, March 31, 2013

My Sunshine - April Stamp of the Month

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring My Sunshine, a set of 8 stamps.  If you have come here from Joy McHargue's Blog you are on the right path!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.   If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultant's HERE 

We have over 60 consultants participating in the hop. Following the hop is easy, just click on the link at the end of the post and it will hop you right over to the next blog!

I had so much fun with this set!  Maybe because I'm so hoping that our spring-like weather will come soon!  This set has 5 stamps that coordinate with our Artiste Cricut Cartridge!  I created three different cards with this stamp.  I can't decide which one I like the most!  

I created this sun-shiny breezy card with Chantilly paper (X7163B).  I used two shades of buttons from the Buttons Blue Assortment (Z1371) and layered them to get a two toned look.  The ribbon is from my stash of older CTMH ribbons and is retired.  Using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge for the sun, cloud and hot air balloon made this easy!

My 2nd card was created using another piece of Chantilly paper.  I love this little bird!  I cut the bird and the wings on Hollyhock cardstock using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and then stamped them with Hollyhock ink.   One of my favorite products is the Opaques Pearl Flourish (Z1744).  I used a portion of one on this card.  My final touch is the Hollyhock Zipper Lace (Z1826)

My final card is a ray of sunshine!  I used only cardstock on this card -- Creme brulee, Honey and Sunset.  I rolled these inks onto the stamp to get the three different colors starting with the lightest color of ink.  I inked my Color Ready Ribbon (Z1732) with Sunset ink and then added bitty sparkles from the Brown and Tan Assortment (Z1753) to each cardstock sun ray.  Even though these sparkles are brown and tan, they worked great with these colors of cardstock!  My sentiment "Sending Warm Wishes" is from the A Garden (A1119) stamp set.

So what do you think?  Which card is your favorite?

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Now, hop on over to Michelle Loncar's blog and see what she has created for you!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Thinking of You in Colors For Spring!

Boy does my little corner of StampinHeaven miss me!  Luckily I've got a few cards in my stash I haven't shared, so although I've been sitting at softball fields and NOT in my craft room I still have a few things to share so my poor little blog is so lonely.

Here is a card I created a while back.  I was inspired by this sketch from Paper Trey Ink - 

My card didn't quite come out with the angle I intended like the sketch above.  When I saw the sketch I knew immediately that I wanted to use our new Chantilly textiles (Z1819) and the Hollyhock Zipper Lace (Z1826).  I used Chantilly paper (X7163B) for this card because it reminds me of Spring! (Which I wish would come SOON!).  

To create my layers I cut the fabric in 1/2" strips.  Then I pressed them in half which created a 1/4" strip.  I covered the raw edge of the fabric with the next piece of fabric then used the Hollyhock Zipper Lace to cover the 2nd strip of fabric.  To cover ALL the edges that meet in the middle I used a fabric covered button from the Chantilly Assortment (Z1814).  I used the Frame Flair (D1546) stamp set layering two different styles of frames.  This is one of my favorite set in the new Spring Summer Idea Book.  The frames coordinate with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (Z1686)  making it so easy to cut and stamp!  I added the new Pink Glitter Gems (Z1807) to my frames.   The "Thinking of You" sentiment is from Casual Expressions (D1525)

I'm entering this card into Heart 2 Heart's Challenge for Easter Colors!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Thanks So Very Much

It's been almost another whole week and nothing new from my little corner of StampinHeaven.  I tell you, that little corner has been lonely lately.   I sat at a ball tournament all weekend and into the wee hours of the morning on Sunday.  After six games on Saturday the girls got 2nd place in the Championship Game.  It was a long long day and I had no motivation on Sunday to do much.

I did eventually find my way into the room though.  I needed to make a card for an upcoming gathering I'm doing on Sunday for a friend.  I prefer to call it a mini-workshop though, as no one really likes to go to parties much anymore.   When I design a card for a gathering such as this, I try to   think of my audience.  Are they seasoned crafters, new to the stamping world or just dabblers here and there.  I wanted to design something that wasn't too labor intensive and scare off potential crafters but yet detailed enough to inspire even a seasoned crafter.

Here is the card I came up with:

I used a piece of Chantilly paper (X7163B) along Cashmere and Twilight Cardstock.   Stamps used:
Girls Rock (C1538) and For A Friend (D1542).  Both of the stamps have coordinating images on the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (Z1686).  I accented the card with a Foundry Metal Pin Clip (Z1612) tied with Sunset Baker's Twine from the Paradise Assortment (Z1702)
Ink Colors Used:  Cotton Candy, Sunset and Twilight

Thanks for stopping by!  
Maybe tomorrow night I'll get back to my little corner and do some creating!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Chantilly Fabric and Zippers

Ah!  I've neglected my blog for over a week!  That is so unlike me!  I went to our annual retreat at Petticoat Junction last weekend so you would think I'd be sharing tons of creations!  I did get some things done but I was working ahead preparing for upcoming club projects and Stamp of the Month Artwork.  So, those things I will share a bit later.  I like to use the retreat time - especially the one in the Spring to get ahead because starting this week, my evenings will be filled with softball games for the next 2 months!  We had our first home game last night and it was pretty darn windy and cold!  

I do have a card to share that I made a few weeks ago.   I have been using our new textiles lately trying out different techniques.  I couldn't wait to try a ruffle with the new Hollyhock Lace Zipper.  I used the lace zipper to hide my stitching for the ruffle.   

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 White Daisy Card
Stamp: For a Friend (D1542)
Chantilly Paper (X7163B)
Chantilly Textile (Z1819)
Hollyhock Zipper Lace (Z1829)
Pink Glitter Gems (Z1807)
Hollyhock Ink (Z2128)


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Sympathy Card - Be Still

I needed to make 2 sympathy cards tonight.   It seems that I never have these on hand when I need them but I guess maybe that's ok.  When I am making a specific card for someone I think about that person or that person's family and friends as I'm making the card.  So maybe something a little extra special goes into the card as I'm creating the card.

I used my new Be Still (A1141) stamp for this card along with the Mojo Monday sketch.

5x7 Card
Buzz & Bumble paper (X7164B)
Cocoa Cardstock stamped with In the Background (D1540)
Creme Brulee Cardstock stamped with Universal Background (D1477)
Be Still (A1141)
Art Philosophy Cricut <Circle 4>
Flutter Paper Shapes (Z1463) inked with Creme Brulee ink
Crocheted Flower and buttons from Antiqued Gold Mini Medley (Z1786)

Mojo Monday Sketch:

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Stitching a "A Note for You..."

I've been working all weekend on my artwork submission application to teach at convention this year.  I taught last year and it was a wonderful experience.  Not sure I could be so lucky to get picked two times in a row but it would be great if I did!  I've finished my artwork, now I just need to pack it up and get it shipped.  I'll be sharing those things a little later.

When I finished today I wanted to make a quick card for a couple of challenges.   Sometimes I get so caught up in new product that I don't have to time to go back and use some of my old favorite stamp sets.  Today, I did!  I pulled out one of my all time favorite sets and it's still available today!

I used the sketch #17 from CASe this Sketch and colors from Dynamic Duos for this card.

The colors are Close To My Heart colors of Topiary and Honey.  My stamp is Just For You (B1398). I used <Flower 3> on the Art Philosophy Cricut to cut the matching stamp.  Since the flower and leaves had a stitching print around the edges, I used a black pen and ruler to create faux stitch around the card and the cardstock pieces.  My finishing touch is the green bubble from the Green & Blue Epoxy Bubbles (Z1806)

Here is the sketch and colors I used:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges for 'stitching'!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Deconstructing New Horizons

I almost forgot about this card I created the other night. I was looking through challenges this morning on the hunt for some inspiration and I came across the Deconstructed Sketch blog. The sketch was posted on Thursday and when I saw it, I thought it would be perfect for the our new Tommy paper.   It was about 9 pm when I finally got around to creating the idea I had in my head all day!

Here is the sketch:
                                    Deconstructed Sketch No. 91

And my interpretation:

This card could be used for someone graduating, moving, starting a new job or even someone retiring!  It was very fast and easy to create - no stamping at all on this card!  The sentiment "New Horizons" is from the zip strip from one of the B&T papers in the Tommy paper pack.

Tommy Paper Pack (X7169B)
Natural Hemp (Z280)
Chevron Ribbon (Z1808)
Red Buttons (from retired Holiday Assortment)

Thanks for stopping by!  I'm off to create!  
It's a cold cold Saturday so it's a perfect day for some crafting!

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