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,