Friday, January 31, 2014
I wanted to give a gift card to someone and include it in a card. This week's challenge with The Paper Players was perfect!! I hadn't played with the new Balloon Ride paper pack, so chose that along with stamps from the Ivy Lane Cardmaking Workshop on the Go (all CTMH). I embossed the phrase on the shape to make it stand out more, and just love the way the flower is used instead of the letter "O". Every card needs a little bling, and I used the Brown & Tan Sparkles Assortment - using all three colors in the set.
Paper Players Challenge Blog.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Dates for Stamp Club are:
Tuesday, February 4
Thursday, February 6
Saturday, February 8
Monday, February 10
Class begins at 9:30 in the craft classroom in my home in Prescott Valley. Cost of the class is $20 and includes everything to make all 8 of the cards shown. Please email me to reserve your spot!
I fell in love with this stamp set the moment I saw it in the new CTMH Spring/Summer Idea Book. It is one of the hostess reward sets - and the 2-step stamping is so easy. The sketch from Less is More worked very well for this card. The greeting is from "Joyful Birthday" (B1419), and the paper is from the new Ariana collection. The new items will be available when the new Idea Book releases on February 1.
Of course, the lilacs had to be purple (I used Gypsy ink, using a second generation technique for the background color and stamping over that with the top image full strength). I happened to pop over to the Timeless Tuesday blog and saw that purple was the focus of their challenge this week - how fun! The greeting on the inside of the card is from Card Chatter - Birthday, which is retiring at the end of this month.
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The sketch at RetroSketches this week intrigued me. It was a fun sketch to work with, and the new "My Hero" (B1448) hostess reward stamp set from CTMH worked very well with the opening in the design. In addition, Heart 2 Heart is having a Spotlight challenge this week, and nothing says spotlight like your image inside of a circle - even if it is only a partial circle!
Hop over to the RetroSketches Blog to see other cards made with this sketch, and don't forget to check out Heart 2 Heart to see other spotlight projects.
I appreciate you taking a look.
This card also works for the two-faced Heart 2 Heart Challenge, where we were encouraged to use both sides of a sheet of background paper!
This card is one that I am using in February's Birthday Extravaganza class for my Stamp Club groups. One of the goals for this class was to show how a single design could be adjusted and you can make multiple cards that don't look like carbon copies of each other. So here's the second card I made. While the orientation of the sketch remains the same, the papers are quite different. And instead of adding the sentiment on the tag as the sketch suggested, I added it to the bottom of the card to bring another focal point.
The paper is from the new Lollydoodle collection, and the stamp set is "Belated Birthday" (B1442). I love the way the little belated wish can be inserted into the greeting image if the wishes are being sent late. The inside sentiment is from the same set, but the balloon image is another new single stamp "Balloons" (M1037). Just the right thing to finish off the card!
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Monday, January 27, 2014
The Timeless Tuesday Challenge this week was In With the New. We had three weddings this month, and although I'm a little late getting the cards done for the happy couples, at least they are going to get them!
I love this wedding set from CTMH - appropriately named "The Happy Couple." (D1539) Since all of the cards are traveling a distance to get to the newlyweds, gift cards were the best option. The small paper pouches that I found on the While Supplies Last listing from CTMH fit the cards perfectly - and make sure that the gift card doesn't slip away when the card is opened.
Thanks for stopping by - and I hope you are enjoying this new year!
Friday, January 24, 2014
The paper is the new Ivy Lane - it will be available for everyone with the start of the new Idea Book on February 1st. I loved the stamped phrase, and so used the number overlay from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge for my focal image.
All products used are from Close to my Heart:
* indicates this will be available on February 1
Just a Number (D1514) - all sentiments
Inspiration Flourishes (C15810) * - inside flourish
Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (Z1686)
Ivy Lane background paper (X7178B) *
Pansy Purple (retired) and Blush cardstock
Blush and Black inks
Scallop border punch (Z1851)
Embossing folder (not CTMH, but we have one in the new Idea Book similar to this one!)
Check out the other projects with this sketch at the Mojo Monday blog, or hop over to Heart 2 Heart and see what others have done with double-sided papers!
Thanks for stopping by to take a look.
My Birthday Extravaganza classes are fast approaching, and I'm working to complete the projects. One of the goals for this class is to show how one sketch can be interpreted several ways. These two cards do just that. The card above definitely looks like the sketch from Crazy 4 Challenges blog. For the card below, I rotated the sketch, changed the shape, and moved the banner - but it's still the same sketch. As a result, I have both a female and a male birthday card created with only one set of measurements!
All products are from CTMH - * indicates available Feb 1
Mother's Day (C1577) * - woman with cake
Hello Wonderful (B1443) * - doily
Holiday Tags (D1560) - Happy Birthday
Inks and paper
Jubilee background paper (X7181B) *
White Daisy, Honey, Buttercup and Cranberry cardstock
Black and Cranberry inks
Doily from my stash
You're the Best (C1571) * - tools
Joyful Birthday (B1419) - Happy Birthday
Inks and paper
Timberline background paper (X7182B) *
Kraft, Whisper, Bamboo and Twilight cardstock
Cashmere and Twilight inks
Pewter brads (retired)
Be sure to stop by the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog to see other great cards made with this sketch!
Thanks for stopping by.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Below you can see what it looks like with actual pictures inserted, and below that, you can see the
8 X 12 flip flap opened to reveal more space for your photos.
The second layout will use the Huntington paper pack and two 4 X 6 flip flaps. The colors are those of fall, but you can use this layout for any theme you wish. The layout again was adapted from one in the Magic book. I chose a Thanksgiving through the years theme for my pages, but with the Cricut available during the workshop, we can cut any title that you wish. You can see the flip flaps opened in the second photo below.
More information about the photos needed and modifications that can be made to the design of these pages on the Project Workshops page of this blog.
But if you are interested in this workshop, please let me know.
Workshop dates are:
Thursday, January 23
Saturday, January 25
Cost is $20 and includes all of the materials needed to complete both layouts.
If you are unable to attend, kits will be available.
Additional fee will be added if the kit needs to be mailed.
We will begin at 9:30 a.m. and work until you are finished with your projects.
This is a workshop where you bring your photos and get them onto the page.
I will send you details of what you need to bring when you register.
Contact me to register:
Monday, January 13, 2014
Products used (all Close to my Heart):
5 X 7 hinged display tray (Z1838)
Huntington paper pack (X7174B)
Home Sweet Home stamp set (retired)
Chairs to You stamp set (retired)
Artisan Durable Studs (Z1816)
Mocha Pearls (retired)
Brocade Assortment (retired)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge (Z1686)
Black embossing powder (retired)
Check out the other projects celebrating new beginnings at these blogs:
Papertake Weekly Challenge Blog
Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog
Thanks for stopping by - and Happy New Year to all of you!