Tuesday, June 1, 2021

June SOM Blog Hop: Outdoor Borders

Welcome to the June SOM Blog Hop featuring Outdoor Borders. This is such a fun set! There will be lots of great inspiration as you travel from one blogger to the next. You should have come from Darly's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle, so 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 complete list of participants.

Here's a look at this fun set...

I follow a lot of different bloggers. One of them is Tenia Nelson over at Jazzy Paper Designs. A while back she posted this fun card. I decided to scraplift it for my contribution to the hop.

Don't hate me, but I'm not usually a fan of flamingos. This??? This floats my creative boat!

You'll notice that I used Outdoor Borders in two places, for the sentiment and as the background on the left side. I think I'll experiment a little and see if stamping the background wavy lines in Flamingo ink makes me any happier than the black. Here are the products that round out the rest of this card:

  • Leaf Layer Thin Cuts
  • Hexagon Thin Cuts
  • Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts
  • Hello Pumpkin Washi Tape
  • Crafty Sequins
  • Summer Vibes Cricut Cartridge
  • Black ink
  • Black cardstock
  • May-June 2021 Mix-in paper
  • Avocado Cardstock
  • Sanding paper

The flamingo comes from the Summer Vibes Cricut Collection. I used the print then cut feature by inserting the image, flattening it, then sending it to my printer before cutting it. I sized it to 2.5 inches tall for this. If you don't have a color printer, you could recreate this with Flamingo cardstock. Use the light side for the wings and full strength side for the body plus black for the base.

I sanded the lighter side of Avocado paper for two reasons. First, I wanted to make it even lighter, and second, to make it match the woodgrain background of the Mix-in paper used for the hexagon. 

Both the washi tape and sequins are from product lines introduced a long time ago, but they are still available for purchase. I don't tend to use up all of my supplies from prior purchases. However, I'm getting low on the Hello Pumpkin Washi tape because it's my FAVORITE! 

Now you're off to Krista's Crafty blog. Again, be sure to keep hopping until you see all the great projects.

Until next time,

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

May/June New Products Blog Hop

Welcome to the May-June New Products Blog Hop. You should have come from Darly's Crafty Happy blog, but it's okay if you started here. The hop is a circle, so keep going until you get back to where you started. Head over to Melinda's If You Bling It blog for a full list of participants if you get lost along the way.

I'm over the top in love with the new Hillside Cottage collection of products. I bought it all.


Yep. In love!! I debated whether or not to show you everything I've made and decided...why not? First up are some cards. 

I started by cutting a 4.25 x 5.5 piece of the background paper. I then used the new Circle Thin Cuts to create the window opening for this shaker card. I also used the largest Stitched Rectangle Thin Cut in White Daisy cardstock. I attached a full sheet of shaker window acetate, then used 3D foam tape around the entire circled area so my sequins didn't go everywhere behind my card. I glued a smaller piece of the pink background paper to my card base, piled some sequins in the space where my cut out was, then mounted the top panel over the card base, trapping the sequins inside. I topped it with the goose from Hillside Cottage-Cardmaking with Thin Cuts and then tucked the sentiment banner into the frame.

The circle here is my leftover piece from the first card. It was absolutely coincidental that it framed the watering can so well, but hey...you make enough cards and you're bound to get a happy coincidence once in a while! I added the sentiment in White Embossing powder. I backed it with the Scallop Circle Thin Cut then backed it again with the largest circle from the new Circle Thin Cuts in White Daise, mounted it to a panel of pink background paper with the piece of stamped Blue Belle cardstock already glued down. I then ran the whole thing through the largest Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts and glued it to my card base. Black Liquid Pearls finished off the embellishing.

While I had the Scallop Circle Thin Cut and Circle Thin Cuts out, I cut the background for this cut bird. I stamped her in Blue Belle then used colored pencils to fill in the flower image on her belly.

And then this happened...

I went to my daughter's house on the exact day her husband was bringing home a used playhouse she found online. Talk about a happy coincidence! The Paprika color of the playhouse, my granddaughter's black and white top, and the sentiment from the Hillside Cottage Cricut Collection were all perfect for scrapbooking this memory.

As you can see, I went to town embellishing with images from the Cricut collection, the wood shapes, the Black and White enamel dots and stamps from the Cardmaking Workshop, and a few peeking tabs from the Tags and Tabs Thin Cuts.

Like I said. Every. Single. Thing.

But I'm also in love with the new Mix-In Paper, the Leaf Layers Thin Cuts, and the Spot-On Sentiments, so here's the next batch of things I made...

Here's a process picture for you, because you might not recognized all the patterns of paper used here.

I love my tags. LOVE them, but I have to admit that there are a lot of them on that page with just tags. So...this! And then with the leftovers, I made...


and when I was all done, this is what my piece of paper looked like...

Now, there are two halves of this paper because I can only run a partial page through my die cutting machine at one time, so imagine another half sheet that looks like this. I think I still have some tags left!

On the scrapbook page, I also used Nursery Days stamps, Woodgrain Paper, and the Pennant Banner Alphabet with Thin Cuts. On the card, I added the scalloped circle from the Waterfall Card Thin Cuts along with the Spot-On Sentiments.

There's more. LOTS more. But I didn't photograph all of them. I just couldn't stop playing. I think I might need to get another package of the Mix-In Paper...and maybe some more of the Hillside Cottage Paper. And after I visit the rest of the blog hop, starting with Kim's Scrappin With Heart blog, I'm going to need some more...?

Until next time,

Saturday, May 1, 2021

May SOM Blog Hop: Flowers for You

Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month: Flowers for You. You should have come from Gina'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. Here's a look at this beautiful stamp set...

Here's my first card...

I white embossed the large circular image twice on paper from the new Mix-In Collection that just released today. Using the new Circle Thin Cuts that also released today, I placed the largest circle over the full image, then added the two smallest circles over the second image and die cut them all. I cut some white cardstock with the largest Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts and then dry embossed with the Cascading Dots Embossing Folder. I matted it over Blue Belle and Black cardstock before gluing it to the card base. I then sponged Black ink along the edges before adding them to the card. After white embossing the sentiment on black cardstock, I added it using foam tape. Some Black Liquid Pearls finished off the card.

After finishing this one, I thought it would be fun to try the same basic idea only with three different colors of background.

I followed the same process, starting with embossing the image twice on pieces of Glacier, Wisteria, and Blue Belle cardstock. I then cut them with the circle thin cuts, but instead of using the largest (3") circle, I went down to the 2.5" circle for the largest. The smaller two are still the 1" and 1.5" circles. I sponged the edges with the coordinating ink colors and backed them with the light side of the coordinating cardstock sponged with the coordinating inks. I then stamped the sentiment in the dominant color.

As I was considering which color to use as the background matte, I fell back on a color design principle I learned years ago: gallon, quart, pint. So... whatever color the largest circle was, I made that both the matte and the sentiment color for my gallon of one color accented with a quart and pint of the other two colors. Here's the predominantly Blue Belle card up close...

These colors are difficult to capture in photos, but trust me when I tell you that they are lovely in person.

Now you're off to Kim's blog. Again, keep hopping until you get back to where you started so you see all the great inspiration.

Until next time,

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

National Scrapbooking Day Celebration Blog Hop

Welcome to the National Scrapbooking Day Celebration Blog Hop. Close To My Heart (aka CTMH) pretty much thinks this day was named for them, so they go all out to celebrate. They released five, limited edition project kits, each with exclusive stamps and most with exclusive papers. Click here to view all of them. They come with downloadable guides to complete pre-designed projects. The Blog Hop ladies decided to show other things you can do with the same materials. You should have come from Michelle's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle. Just keep going until you've seen all the wonderful inspiration. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

I chose the Cheerful Humor project kit. Some of the sayings cracked me up! Here's a look at the full kit:

Aren't those fun???

Here's my card:

I wanted to show off all the various options for filling in the space between "I forgive you for being" and "than me. (Not really)." I used tape to mask off (Not really) and stamped it on the inside. I also used tape--lots of it--to mask off everything but the "and" in the sentiment that reads "Thanks for being OLDER than me (and happy birthday)."

My colors are Lagoon, Candy Apple, Lemonade, Clover, and Nectarine. I used the Fancy Border Thin Cuts to created my side border, which only required a small scrap of paper. I could have embellished with some of the puffy stickers which come in the kit, but I wanted to show that--even after those are used up--you can still created cute cards. In fact, you could reproduce this with any paper pack that has at least one pattern with lots of bright, bold colors. Just use coordinating inks and...voila!

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

Until next time,

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,