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Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year Sparkle Blog Hop

To ring in the New Year, Blog Hops with Heart decided on the theme of "Sparkle."  Here's my card using a brand new stamp set that's part of the Here for You Workshop Your Way featured in the new Seasonal Expressions catalog from CTMH.

I started by cutting a card base plus a top panel.  The top panel is 5.5 x 4.  I laid down a strip of Gold Shimmer Trim along the side of the card base then set it aside.  I stamped the flowers in Cranberry and Black, the leaves in Topiary (small) and Fern (larger), and the background greens in Flaxen (solid) and Topiary (outline). All but the background greens were done on White Daisy cardstock then trimmed out with scissors.  I arranged the flowers and leaves on my top panel to figure out the layout, snapped a picture with my phone to help me remember the placement later, then stamped the background greens to fill in blank spots. To add extra interest, I mounted a couple flowers with foam tape and glued the small leaf that hangs over the right edge underneath the top panel.  Before mounting the top panel to the card base with foam tape, I stamped the sentiment in Black.

I both love and hate this card.  The actual card...LOVE it.  I will use this over and over again for everything from wedding to sympathy.  I hate the card because it's going to my sister-in-law who was just told her cancer has returned...and it doesn't look good.  The Here for You Workshop Your Way has the "Always know..." for the front sentiment and the option of "I'm Here for You" or "You're not Alone" for the inside of the card.  I'll use both during the coming year as a tangible way to encourage her as she battles.

Like always, this month's hop is a circle.  You should have come from Amie's blog, and now you are off to Stephanie's blog.  Keep hopping until you get back to where you started to see all the fabulous projects our talented crew has for you.

Until next time,

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Birthday Bling

My sister-in-law is turning 50 soon.  I decided to get a head start on her card since I'm leaving for a long trip at the end of the week.  I also decided to use a few older paper colors from CTMH because I really need to use some of them up...and then I only used scraps. Still, I think I'll tag Karen Day because we have this competition going to use up old paper.  This puts me ahead for the entire year!

I used Cricut Design Space to weld together a cake stand and cake from the Artistry cartridge.  I then created a overlay by welding that image with a frame I made from the basic shapes included in DS. I added a bow from the Artbooking cartridge.  If you have DS, here's the link to the cutting file.

I pieced in Sunkiss Yellow, Key Lime, and Cherub Pink, then glued the whole overlay to a piece of plastic. Next came foam tape along all four sides to create a barrier for the sequins. To make sure I got my overlay lined up evenly with the card base, I peeled the backing off (all but the top piece) and stuck it down.  I then poured sequins through the top opening.  Fitting the sequins inside was...interesting.  Alaska gets lots of static, so the sequins stuck to my hand, the paper, and the plastic.  But it got in there.

The sentiment is from a retired set, Kaleidoscope Workshop on the Go.  I stamped it in Cherub Pink ink, trimmed it out with scissors, and glued it down.

I took the inspiration for this card from this post.  Such a fun, sparkly card...perfect for my fun, sparkly sister-in-law!

Until next time,

Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Favorites from 2016

As we look forward to the new year, it's always fun to review the past year.  On this blog, that means picking my top ten projects of the year.  Under each picture, I've provided a link to the original post if you'd like more information.


If you want to see some new projects, head on over to Stampin' Buds for four new cards.

Wishing you and yours many blessings in the New Year!

Until next time,

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Anniversary

Wednesday was my thirty-second anniversary.  THIRTY-SECOND!  As in 3-2.  Mind-boggling, and yet we are having more fun than at any other time in our married lives.  It truly keeps getting better and better.

I made him a card that says, "Home is wherever I'm with you."  It's an appropriate sentiment since we are running around the country doing this Army adventure together. 

If you want to see complete instructions, or get the Cricut Design Space cutting file, head on over to Stampin' Buds blog.  Oh...and it also has a link to my novella "Letters from Santa" which is FREE on Kindle today and tomorrow.

Merry Christmas from our house to yours,

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Celebrating with Free!

Today is my 32nd Anniversary and Winter Solstice (which, in Alaska, is a very big deal because we now start gaining light). To celebrate, I've put my novella, "Letters from Santa," up for free on Kindle from now through Christmas Day.  Please enjoy...and review it if you feel so inclined. 

Until next time,

Sunday, December 11, 2016

December Anniversary

Now that my Christmas cards are mailed (from North Pole, AK no less!), it was time to get a few anniversary cards done. 

I white embossed the flower and three leaves on watercolor paper using traditional colors from the Altenew Inspiration challenge.  I threw a little brown into the leaves because one of the things I've learned about watercoloring is to use a mix of colors and let the water blend them.  After the paint dried, the coordinating die cuts made cutting the flower and leaves easy!

To create the background, I stamped the pinecone and fir boughs with Versamark on Kraft cardstock. The sentiment is from CTMH stamped in Cocoa ink. I mounted the flower over top with foam tape and then decided I wanted to add a border with a white gel pen.

Chocolate sequins and white pearl accents finished the card.

I've seen so many beautiful things done with this stamp set, both in traditional colors and non-traditional ones.  I almost hate to put it away for the season.  Maybe I'll keep playing to get a jump on Christmas cards for next year. 

I also need to make one more December anniversary card for my husband.  December 21 marks our 32nd.  To celebrate, I'll be putting my novella "Letters from Santa" up for free between the 21st and 25th.  If you need some cozy reading sooner than that, this same story is part of a boxed set that includes seven stories for a dollar.  Love and Christmas!!

Until next time,

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Making Patterned Paper Pop-Sous Chef Saturday

I'm frantically working to finish up the last few Christmas cards so I can mail them from North Pole, Alaska this year.  I hope you'll come join me over at Stampin' Buds to see what I whipped up in a hurry.

Until next time,