Monday, April 12, 2021

Stamp-tacular Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stamp-tacular Blog Hop. This is my FAVORITE blog hop of the whole year. I can't wait to see what all the Makers have created. You should have come from Michelle's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle so just keep going until you've seen all the fabulous inspiration from these incredibly talented ladies. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

Most of the time when I make a card, it needs to be one I can create quickly. But sometimes I need to slow way down and do something that takes extra time. Usually that's for the sake of the recipient; once in a while it's for me because art is my therapy. For this card, it was both.

I've recently realized just how much winter and the pandemic has taken out of me. I'm suffering from mild depression. Art, as I said, is therapy--and the more time I take to create something beautiful, the more I get lost in it and the better it is for my soul. I also have a friend whose teenage daughter committed suicide a few months ago.

You don't send a quick and easy card for something like that.

One of the greatest fears of parents who lose a child is that they'll be forgotten. I plan to keep sending cards to my friend throughout the year--and for years to come--to let her know I remember.

I combined Where Happiness Blooms with Thin Cuts, on sale for $20, and Sweet Fruit with Thin Cuts, on sale for $25, for this card. I also used eight different ink colors and some sponge daubers to create my shading. Here's the list of colors:
  • Linen with Mink shading (watering can)
  • Avocado with Fern shading (all leaves)
  • Peach with Desert Rose shading (tulips and grapefruit slice)
  • Lemonade and Sundance (two-tone lemon)

Everything was cut using the coordinating thin cuts except the leaves around the fruit and the solitary tulip on the bottom left. I hand cut those using Micro-tip Scissors. The only extra coloring I did was to add some colored pencil lines for the tulip stems. The background paper is from the Eat Play Love collection cut with the largest Stitched Rectangle Frame Thin Cuts. After everything was cut and assembled, I accented with White Liquid Pearls

The whole saying is "Where flowers bloom, so does hope." I can't think of a better sentiment to send a grieving mom when spring is in the air.

For more artwork featuring the Sweet Fruit stamp set, click here. For more featuring the Where Happiness Blooms set, click here and here, but be aware that not all the supplies used are still available.

Now you're off to Gina's blog. I'm right behind you because over twenty ladies contributed to this hop, and I can't wait to see what they have created to inspire us!!

Until next time,

Thursday, April 1, 2021

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Scandinavian Folk Art Greetings


Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month: Scandinavian Folk Art. You should have come from Alyson's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle. Just keep going until you get back to where you started. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

My heritage has some Swedish in it, so I was immediately drawn to the images in this set. However, I needed a jump start for inspiration on what to do with them. I went to Pinterest and searched "Scandinavian Handmade Card" and "Folk Art Card." The images inspired a couple of cards and a scrapbook page.

My colors here are Lagoon. Sundance, and Candy Apple. The background paper is from the current Mix-In collection. I think this pattern is perfect for the Scandinavian theme. I created my colored, scallop bordered mattes by running cardstock through the Stitched Lattice Background Thin Cut. I ran a piece of White Daisy cardstock through the largest Stitched Rectangle Thin Cut, layered all of them together, then glued it at an angle over my cardbase, careful to line it up so the top and left side showed no stitching, before trimming it down. 

For this card, I used the Eat Play Love Digital Image set. The images have some fancy, swirly cuts to them. I used the "Hide Contour" feature in Design Space to get rid of almost all of them so I could White Emboss the images I wanted. The background paper is from the Eat Pray Love paper suite which I also ran through the larges Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts then backed with a piece of Lagoon cardstock. The idea of decorating with these image inspired me to do a little more white embossing in non-traditional way...

As soon as I went through the March/April Seasonal catalog, I thought the Scandinavian images coordinated well with the Eat Play Love suite of products. Colors here and for the above card are Lagoon, Candy Apple. Lemonade, Fern, and Toffee.

Here are some close ups of the wood shapes which I colored and then white embossed for this page.

I added some acrylic stars and Rose Gold Liquid Pearls, which I felt would hold up on a scrapbook page because they are nestled close to thick wood and acrylic shapes that will keep the dots from getting crushed. To keep the white powder from clinging to the wood shapes I liberally patted the Anti Static Pouch after coloring them with alcohol markers. 

The border on the right side of the page was cut with the Fancy Borders Thin Cuts on the light side of Lemonade.

I'm excited to add pictures to this page. Our family has a tradition of Christmas cookies. This year we added a daughter-in-law who'd never done cookies. We had such fun! Sure...this isn't technically Christmas paper, but it's my scrapbook and I can do what I want. 

Now you're off to Lauren's blog. Again, keep going until you get all the way through the blog hop to see lots of great inspiration using this fun set.

Until next time,


Thursday, March 18, 2021

March-April New Products Blog Hop

Welcome to the March/April 2021 New Products Blog Hop. You should have come from Michelle's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you get back where you started. If you get lost along the way, pop over to Melinda's blog where she has a full list of participants and links.

I fell in love with the Sweet Fruit stamp set as soon as I saw it. I kinda went a little crazy, so...yeah. Bear with me as I take you through my various creations.

The first two cards were created with just the images from Sweet Fruit. My first card pairs it with paper from the new Mix-Ins pack.

The lemon was stamped in Lemonade and Sundance. The cherries and the left apple were stamped with Peach as the solid base and overstamped with Candy Apple. The apple in the right was stamped with Lemonade as the base then overstamped with Candy Apple. The leaves are Fern with Toffee, and the cherry and apple stems are Toffee. I used the coordinating thin cuts to cut out the images, although I also used an exacto knife to cut a triangle between the cherry stems. And I think I stamped the apple stem the wrong way, but it worked well enough. 

I white embossed the sentiment on Candy Apple paper that was cut using one of the dies from the Waterfall Thin Cut. 

The white stitched border between the patterned paper and the card base was cut with the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cut. It's leftover from this next card.

Again, the stamped images are only from the Sweet Fruit set, but this time I paired it with the Floral Background Thin Cut. The base color is Sage, which is also the color of the sentiment. I used the Rectangular Stitched Frames, which cuts both a panel (which I used here) and a frame (which I used on the first card). The leaves on this card are Sage outline with a second generation stamping of Sage for the solid base.

For my third and fourth cards, I added fun sentiments from the You're My Jam stamp set.

Here I went very clean and simple. I cut a stitched rectangle background panel, backed it with a piece of Candy Apple cardstock a smidge larger, then glued both to my card base. I added the cherry and lemon images (same colors as the first card) and then stamped the sentiment in black...except I stamped it katywumpus, so I stamped it again on a piece of white cardstock and die cut it with the smallest square stitched thin cut. I love it when I can fix and oops by just covering it up!

Here's my fourth card:

I really love this card. It's my second favorite of this post. I die cut the lemon from Sundance Mix In paper and the leaves from Sage cardstock. The leaves are part of the die cut for the cherries, so I partially cut the image and trimmed off the excess so I only had a leaf left. I then repeated the process to get the second leaf. I sponged the edges in their coordinating ink colors then glued them to the stitched rectangle panel. I added a piece of black paper behind the stitched panel. I don't remember the exact measurements (and I'm away from home so I can't just grab a ruler and reach 2000 miles to figure it out), but my best guess is that it's 5.25x2.75. I finished by adding the sentiment in black in and a small gold bow, which means I can enter it in the current Heart2Heart Challenge: A Midas Touch.

Here's my favorite card of the bunch...

For this card I added the Cherry Blossom stamp set as well as some Distress Oxide Ink to create my background.

I started by sponging Chipped Sapphire over white cardstock. I left a few patches with a little less ink, then added Mowed Lawn and Seedless Preserves to those spots. I thin spritzed water to activate the distress ink. I also flicked some Clear Shimmer Brush over it before drying it and running it through the rectangular stitched thin cuts. 

I white embossed the sentiment, which comes from the Cherry Blossom set, but only after pouncing the Embossing Buddy over my distressed background to remove all static and be sure my surface was dry for the embossing powder. I didn't want flecks of white anywhere after creating such a cool background.

I stamped my flowers in Toffee and then sponged a bit of Flamingo ink in the centers with Sponge Daubers. The leaves are Sage and Toffee, while the lemon is Lemonade and Sundance inks. I fussy cut the images because the edge left by the thin cuts would take away from the contrast between that dark blue background and the yellow lemons. 

In case you were wondering, the small duo of Cherry Blossom flowers in the bottom left corner is the same image as the flowers with the branch at the top of the lemon. I just cut off everything but the two flowers.

Now you're off to Alyson's blog. I can't wait to see what she and the other talented CTMH Makers have created to inspire us!

Until next time,


Monday, March 1, 2021

March SOM Blog Hop: Winged Masterpiece

Welcome to the March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring Winged Masterpiece. You should have come from Haley's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle. Keep going until you get back where you started so you see all the fabulous inspiration. If you get lost along the way. head to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

Here's a look at this beautiful set.

I made two cards for this hop, one is fairly straightforward for the included images and one is...let's just say it's a little outside of the box. 

Here's card one:

I started by cutting apart the sentiment that says "forever wouldn't have been long enough." I am a huge fan of cutting apart stamps, particularly sentiments. It really stretches their usefulness. I then cut my panel using one of the Fancy Border thin cuts. 

I stamped my dragonfly and "forever" in Toffee ink. I also stamped the Toffee background paper with the small flower from the stamp set. The paper is from the March-April Mix-In collection. 

My final touch was to use Moon Dust Glitter gel through a stencil I created with the CTMH USA Cricut Collection. I angled the stencil over my dragonfly and the added the gel, making sure I didn't go to the edges. That gave it a more organic feel.

For my second card, I used the CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridge. I also stole a couple ideas from other CTMH Makers, namely Trina Wirihana and Jean Johnson. This one features the Garden Gnomes stamp set, which is in the Core Catalog.

Cute, right? I just love these gnomes!! 

The sentiment is from Winged Masterpieces. That's it. The paper is from the same Mix-In collection as the first card, this time in Canary and Fern colors. I did some paper piecing on the gnome's hat an clothes, using plain Fern cardstock stamped with the new Charming Backgrounds stamp set. I surgically removed a few of the lines in the Multi Square Window thin cut (also part of the Core Catalog). It changes up the look in a really fun way.

When the card was done, I went back in with some of the Moon Dust gel. I added it to the sentiment, behind the gnome, and a couple other places. I thought it gave my card a bit of leprechaun magic.

Now you're off to Kim's blog. I can't wait to see what she and the other talented Makers have created for us!

Until next time,

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Bold Declaration of Love

 It's been a while since I participated in some of my favorite challenges, so I decided to check them out before making my husband's Valentine's Day card. Let's hear it for the Color My Heart: Shades of Pink + One and Heart2Heart: All You Need is Love challenges.

I completely copied this idea from someone else. Unfortunately, there was no information on the inspiration picture for me to find a link for you. To create it, I started by cutting 1/4 inch strips of cardstock in Candy Apple, Flamingo, Ballerina, and Mint. Then I die cut the sentiment and heart shape. The "you" was stamped in Candy Apple (which I'm counting as a shade of pink for the Color My Heart challenge). The final touch was adding two white enamel dots. For the sake of design, I did line up the top and bottom Candy Apple strips, but otherwise, I kept it random. 

I hope the hubby likes his card!

Until next time,


Friday, February 5, 2021

Bring Back My Pack - Blossom Blog Hop


Welcome to the Bring Back My Pack Blog Hop. You should have come from Gina's blog. The hop is a circle, so just keep going. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

I used Shower Flowers with the Hexagon thin cuts. I also pulled out the banner from the Waterfall thin cuts set for the sentiment. The blue rectangular frame is from the Stitched Rectangular thin cuts. I love my thin cuts!

Now you're off to Kathy's blog. I can't wait to see what she and all the other talented CTMH Makers have created.

Until next time,


Monday, February 1, 2021

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Doodled Borders


Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring Doodled Borders. You should have come from Gina's blog. The hop is a circle, though, so it doesn't matter where you started. Just keep going until you've seen all the posts. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog where she has a list of all the participants.

Here's a look at this set. 

Oh my goodness, I cannot tell you how much I love these kinds of sets. They allow me to dress up die cuts, create backgrounds, add fun elements, or - as the name suggests - make borders. If you've been to my blog much, you know that I'm a huge fan of tags on cards. These borders fit the Tags and Tabs Thin Cuts perfectly! Yes, the stamp images are designed so you can make looooong borders if you want, but sometimes I need a "one and done" thing. 

I used four images from the Doodled Border set on this card, three of them to create the bottom border along the tag, but I also "kissed" my pink flower with the circle of dots to get a little bit of pattern on my petals. The floral images and sentiment come from Stitched Flowers, which was the first stamp set that went in my cart with the Core Catalog was released back in August. 

My colors here and for the next card are Blue Belle, Flamingo, Nectarine, and Green Apple. I don't know about you, but I'm ready for Spring! I added small dots of Liquid Pearls to the centers of the flowers in Ballerina and White Opal.

For my second card, I used the exact same layout. I have several "go to" card designs because I often need a card in a hurry. It saves me SO MUCH TIME if I already have a basic layout.

The background panel is Ballerina (dark side) stamped with Flamingo. For my tag, I deliberately chose the bold, graphic arrow to contrast with the soft hydrangea image (it comes from the Rewards Your Way program which you can only get through your CTMH Maker). I added a touch of color using pencils before cutting it out and foam mounting over the tag. The sentiment comes from the Seasonal Borders stamp set, which was the second thing that went into my cart when the Core Catalog released. I also used Liquid Pearls on the flower centers, this time in Sage. I thought about using Bisque but didn't want to add a new color to my palette, especially when I didn't have yellow anywhere else.

One of the great things about this card design is that I can substitute the icon (floral images) for anything I want. Think animals, gnomes, cupcakes, or hearts. The possibilities are limitless. Plus you can leave off the sentiment for a completely generic card. I try to keep at least five cards without sentiment in my stash so I can quickly stamp one to fit the occasion. Saves me a great deal of stress.

Now you're off to Maureen's blog. Again, the hop is a circle so keep going. You don't want to miss a single project from these incredibly talented Makers.

Until next time,