Thursday, April 20, 2017

Photo Inspiration

Hey Everyone!  This month the Blog Hops with Heart are using a photo for inspiration.  If you came from Amie's Blog, you are in the right place.  We are using this beautiful rustic photo from Funky Junk Interiors as our inspiration.

I used the photo for inspiration, and adapted it to my style which is not very rustic, lol!  I actually made two cards to share for this blog hop.  For my first card, I tried really hard to use only CTMH products.  I've been looking at the CTMH stamp and Thin Cut set (Sugar Rush Cardmaking Bundle) as I've been feeling a bit guilty for not using it yet.  So, I decided to use the dies to make flowers for my card.  I went through my stash of CTMH sample packs, and found rustic papers from old CTMH paper packs.  I mounted them all on some new woodgrain CTMH paper that is gorgeous.  Then I caved and pulled out dies to cut the hearts from a Neat and Tangled.  The sentiment stamp is from Wplus9.  This was a super easy card, thanks to the Thin Cuts and lots of foam tape.  Here is the first card I made:

For my second card, I used the super cute stamp and die set Otterly Love, from My Favorite Things.  I combined it with the So Jelly stamp set from Lawn Fawn, and some hearts cut from Lawn Fawn dies as well.  I colored all the images with Copics, and made it into a shaker card.  The woodgrain background is paper from CTMH.

Next on the hop is Becca's Blog, you won't want to miss her take on this photo!

Thanks for joining me!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Anniversary Blog Hop~Spring Flowers

Hey everyone! The Blog Hops with Heart celebrated our first anniversary in January...but we are celebrating a bit late!  This month everyone has an anything goes project to share!  If you came from Jayma's Blog, you are in the right place.  I've been searching my craft room for flowers, as I seem to long for spring every January 2nd...

I recently picked up a few new stamp sets from Altenew, and used Wild Hibiscus for my card today.  I did a bit of stamping, masking and watercoloring which is my favorite technique lately.  It is so simple using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens (I call them Ziggies) and the CTMH shimmer brush.  I added some stickles and few sequins.  The sentiment is That is All stamp and die set from Wplus9.  Here is my card:

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Thanks for joining our hop!  I hope you found a ton of inspiration!  If you started here by chance, the hop runs in a circle.  So hop on over to Amie's Blog, so you can see everyone's amazing project from the beginning of the hop!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Blog Hop with Hearts

Hey everyone!  Welcome to this month's blog hop.  If you came from Amie's Blog, you are in the right place.  This month we are featuring hearts!  My birthday is the day before Valentine's of course I love hearts!  My family just returned from visiting Monterey, CA for Whale Fest...and we had the best time!  Spending time at the coast with my family makes my heart happy, and was just what I needed to get some crafty mojo back!

For my card, I started by coloring the sweet images from CTMH Easter Bunny.  I chose a pastel pink sheet of paper from Sugar Rush, I thought the No-Line Coloring technique would compliment the colors.  I stamped the card with Memento Desert Sand ink, and used Copic markers to color the bunny.  I wanted to make her have a cute fuzzy tail, and decided a spinner card would be fun...So, I did a bit of masking to make the bunny's backside.  Then I attempted to make her a tail out of the White and Gold Twine.  I used Lawn Fawn Stitched Heart dies, to cut a window out of the card base.  Then I added a die cut heart from Whimsy Fundamentals for the back panel.  To finish it off, I added a few tiny hearts cut from the Mama Elephant Confetti, which were cut from Whimsy Fundamentals and retired gold and white paper (Happy Times).  I stamped out the sentiment with gold pigment ink, and VersaFine pigment ink.   This was a super fun card to make!

When the card opens, the bunny spins!  Here is a quick video showing the card in action:


Next you will want to hop on over Jayma's Blog!  Be sure to visit each of the fabulous blogs on the hop, you are sure to be inspired!

Thanks for joining me!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sparkling New Year Hop


Hey everyone!  I hope you had a fun New Year!  This month the Blog Hops with Heart team are sharing all things that sparkle!  If you came from Becca's Blog, you are in the right place!

I LOVE to add a little sparkle on my projects.  My favorite go to's are usually glitter paper, perfect pearls, sequins, Wink of Stella, and lately my favorite is the CTMH Shimmer Brush.

This time a year, I really struggle creating much of anything.  We have snow here in Reno, and it's cold and gray.  The gray days usually seem to take away my crafty mojo, so I need extra color and sparkle!  (I really need spring the 1st of January...but the color and sparkle help, lol!)  I decided to make a new dashboard for my planner, combining some old and new CTMH products.  Last summer, I discovered the CTMH Shimmer Brush is the most amazing combination with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers (which I call Ziggies).  They blend beautifully, and add a clear sparkle without changing the colors.  I use it like a sparkling waterbrush, with ink pads and my Ziggies.

I used an old (and much loved) stamp of the month set, Paper Garden.  I colored the stamps with my Ziggies and the Shimmer Brush.  Stamped them out, and then blended the colors a bit more with the shimmer brush.  After it was dry, I stamped the sentiment with Black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  The new stamp set is Journaling Prompts.  I also added the Hello sentiment from the Some Kinda Wonderful Compliments for even more sparkle.  So, to be honest...I'm not too thrilled with my creation.  I think I will keep playing with it, but as of now this is what I came up with.  I find if I start playing, my mojo usually comes back eventually!  ;)

Now you are off to see what the super talented Wendy has made!  I hope you enjoy the hop, and get tons of sparkly inspiration!

Thanks for joining me!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

CTMH Swirly Seashells

Hey everyone!  I have been really lazy about posting my cards...since I joined Instagram this summer!  So here's another card I made last August, that a crafty friend said I should really put on my blog!  I used some CTMH Woodgrain paper that I was obsessed with to create a frame for my card.  On the front panel I stamped the sentiment from CC1147 Create Kindness-Beautiful.  This was a stamp set only available a short time, which is why I hadn't shared this card.  I stamped the shells from the Swirly Seashells stamp set, with gold pigment ink.  Then embossed with clear embossing powder.  That made it super easy to watercolor with Gansai Tambi watercolors.  I loved the pearly look this gave!  The picture really isn't doing it justice.  I cut the images out with my ScanNcut, but the dies have been recently be sure to pick them up before they are gone!  After everything was dry, I went and added some detail with a white gel pen.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

CTMH~A Child is Born

Hey everyone!  I just wanted to pop in and share a care I made a long time ago, and forgot to share on my blog.  I've been really lazy, and only shared most of my cards on Instagram!  So, make sure and follow me there.  I made a simple card using the CTMH stamp set A Child is Born, one of my favorites from the new Holiday catalog!  I colored the images with my Ziggies, and blended them with the Shimmer Brush...So pretty!  I stamped the Nativity roof on some CTMH woodgrain paper, and then cut all the images out with my ScanNcut.  I used some different CTMH B&T paper for the background, making it appear as a night sky...and keeping this a simple card.  I popped the roof, the lamb, and Baby Jesus up on foam tape.  That made it much easier to nestle the family together under the roof.  I used the die from Woodland Wishes, as the banner, using some gold paper behind it.  

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Neat and Tangled~Little Baby Jesus

Hey everyone!  Today I'm sharing a card I made using one of my very favorite stamp sets of this year.  It is the Little Baby Jesus stamp set from Neat and Tangled.  I couldn't wait to play with it, as I have several here is the first.  I made a CAS card, so I could play along for the first time with The Little Tangles Challenge.  I used distress inks on Neenah Solar White CS and blended it very lightly for a night sky.  I added a few splattered of distress inks mixed with perfect pearls, as well as plain water to make the background look more like a starry night sky.  I colored all the images with Copic markers and added Wink of Stella, and then die cut all of the images.  I love that the dies let you cut the baby out if you would like.  So I nestled it a tiny bit below the manger hay.  Then I heat embossed the sentiments with gold embossing powder.  Then I placed the banner and popped up the Baby Jesus on foam tape.  This was a very simple card to make, but I love how it turned out.  I can't wait to use this stamp set again, I just love it so much!

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