Sunday, November 27, 2016

Season of Magic

This is the second card in the set of 3, that I created for a recent card class. I am using the wonderful stamp set, Season of Magic, again.
I started with a Desert Sand mat to coordinate with the scalloped circle cut with our Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. On top of the Sweet Leaf cardstock is a favourite cut from Art Booking from Pomegranate cardstock. I set the size to 5 1/4" for the cut, then just have to trim a little from the shape, to fit the card.

I stamped the wreath with Desert sand with first and second generation ink. I used the handle end of a paint brush, dipped in Pomegranate ink, to create the berries. The sentiment is also stamped with Pomegranate ink.

Finally, I cut the lovely glitter Poinsettia from Flower Market and retired Red and Green Glitter paper. I added a green clear bubble gem to the middle.

All supplies are Close to My Heart.
Stamp: Season of Magic
Cardstock: Desert Sand; Sweet Leaf; Pomegranate; Colonial White; retired Red & Green Glitter
Embellishments: Green bubble gem
Tools: Art Philosophy, Artbooking, and Flower market Cricut cartridges


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Christmas cards galore!

Wow, I have been very negligent with my blog.....eek....is anyone out there.....!
I have been toiling away with my craft fair crafts and Christmas cards for classes and to sell. I have completed 2 craft fairs with my final one on Dec 17. I installed the first rack of Christmas cards today and another, at a different location, on Dec 1st.
Then I will take a little excursion to Portland, Oregon for Close To My Heart's Seasonal Expressions Launch and some Christmas shopping.

Here is a card I created for one of my first Christmas card classes, using the fabulous, Season of Magic. I would like to add that often I am inspired by other CTMH Consultants and sometimes copy their work. I do like to give credit where credit is due, so if any of my art looks like something you originally created....Thank you for the inspiration.
For something a wee bit different, the scalloped circle and base mat colour is Desert Sand. Then on Pomegranate cardstock, I random stamped with coordinating ink and White Daisy pigment ink. One the Colonial White circle, I stamped the wreath with Desert Sand ink, then stamped the second generation ink to provide a lighter wreath behind. I stamped the berries with Pomegranate ink and the sentiment with Black ink.

I cut the poinsettias from Flower Market with retired Red and Green Glitter papers. I added some retired Green Glitter gel to the centre of the flower. I also drew a line, with my Black Journaling pen, around the main circle for a bit of focus.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Season of Magic
Ink: Pomegranate; Black; Desert Sand; White Daisy pigment
Cardstock: Desert Sand; Pomegranate; Colonial White; retired Red & Green Glitter paper
Embellishments: retired Green Shimmer Gel
Tools: Art Philosophy & Flower Market Cricut cartridges


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Lovely Leaves to make paper

I LOVE to make my own patterned paper with stamps. I also LOVE leaves. I used Lovely Leaves and covered a sheet of White Daisy cardstock, to make this paper. Then I had some fun colouring with three different marker palettes. I created a set of 6 cards, with 2 of each colour.
 For the above set I added Sangria patterned paper and Ruby cardstock. I coloured with my Shin Han Alcohol markers, then added some retired sequins. Below, I added some retired patterned paper and Sweet Leaf cardstock. The sentiments are stamped in Black ink from a set included with our Cricut Flower Market cartridge.
 For the last set of cards, I used turquoise and green with Fern cardstock. I used retired sequins on all and this card also received some retired patterned paper. 
These cards made a sweet set and the colours could easily be switched up or the leaves could be left uncoloured, too.


All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Lovely Leaves; Flower Market Cricut sentiment stamp
Ink: Shin Han Alcohol Markers; Memento Black ink; Black ink
Cardstock: Fern; Ruby; Sweet Leaf; White Daisy
Embellishments: retired Sequins

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you are having a wonderful and warm Thanksgiving weekend. We had some rain and a wicked wind on Thursday...but we are back to beautiful sunny Fall weather today.

I have been neglecting my blog, so I am going to try to get back on track!
This is one of my favourite Fall cards using Woodland Critters and some retired  Sangria paper.
I stamped this sweet owl with Pomegranate ink then added some glitter to her eyes with our Shimmer Brush. I stamped the Oak leaf in the background of the Fern cardstock, with 2nd generation, retired Autumn Terracotta ink. I added retired Sangria patterned paper and some Sequins.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Woodland Critters
Cardstock: Fern; Colonial White
Ink: Pomegranate; Black; retired Autumn Terracotta
Embellishments: Sequins; Shimmer Brush


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Beach Days

It feels like we have made a steep jump from Summer to Fall. I LOVE Fall, but still have some Summerish cards to show. I used recently retired Beach Days stamp set with has coordinated cuts with our Artistry Cricut cartridge.
I started with Eggplant cardstock, then added some watercolour like patterned paper. I stamped the shells from Beach Days with Poppy ink on White Daisy cardstock. I cut the crab shape, then stamped with coordinating stamp image with Eggplant ink. I matted the ribbon piece then added some Aqua Shimmer Trim and Sequins.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Beach Days
Cardstock: Eggplant; White Daisy
Embellishments: Aqua Shimmer Trim and Sequins
Ink: Poppy & Eggplant
Tools: Artistry Cricut cartridge


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

She sells seashells.....

Wow, we had a nice break from our hot weather, on Sunday and Monday. Seems things will be heating up again in the forecast for Wednesday. I heard someone say 30 degrees, which in Victoria, is not seen often....so here is hoping the forecasters are wrong!
Here are another 2 cards using Swirly Seashells patterned paper, that I made.
I stamped the main shell with Versamark ink, then embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder. I used our watercolour paints to colour it in, Since it was a small piece, I used our White Daisy cardstock, rather than watercolour paper. Then I cut our the shell image and popped it up on some foam tape. I added the shell over some White Twine I smooshed through Desert Sand ink, before fringing and tying it up.
 I used Crystal Blue cardstock and sanded it down. I covered Bambo cardstock with random stamped images from NEW, Swirly Seashells stamped with Cocoa ink. I punched a scalloped border on some Desert Sand cardstock, then added it as a mat. The sentiments are from sets, Way To Go on the top card and a sentiment set from our Flower Market Cricut package. Both were stamped with Cocoa ink. I added Mini Pearls to finish the cards.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Swirly Seashells; Way to Go; Flower Market package
Cardstock: Crystal Blue; Bamboo; Desert Sand; White Daisy
Ink: Cocoa; Desert Sand; Versamark; Watercolour Paints
Embellishments: Mini Pearls; Gold Embossing Powder; White Twine


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Swirly Seashells

I have been posting lots of cards on Instagram, then forgetting to share them to my blog. Here is one of the first cards I made with new product from our Annual Expressions.
I love shells, so Swirly Seashells was a must have for my first group of products bought. I random stamped with Cocoa ink on sanded Bamboo cardstock, using all of the shells in this set, to create my own paper. I matted with Desert Sand cardstock that I punched with our Scalloped Border punch.

I stamped the main shell in Versamark, then embossed with Gold Embossing Powder, on white cardstock. I used our watercolour paints to fill it in. I took some White Twine and rubbed it in my Desert Sand stamp pad, then tied it up and fringed it out.

The sentiment is from a retired set that I stamped with Cocoa ink on sanded Crystal Blue cardstock. I added some Mini Pearls to finish off this card.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Swirly Seashells
Ink: Cocoa; Versamark
Cardstock: Crystal Blue; Bamboo; Desert Sand
Embellishments: White Twine; Gold Embossing Powder