Saturday, May 26, 2018

Happy Birthday - Watercolor Butterflies

Here's one last card (for now, he he) using the now retired Chelsea Gardens papers and Chelsea Gardens - Cardmaking stamp set. 

It had been a really long time since I'd used the Close to My Heart watercolor pencils.  I forgot how much I like using them.  They blend so nicely with the Water Brush.  And in case you're wondering, the larger butterfly is the same one I embossed a few posts back (HERE).

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Cherish the Good Thymes - Chelsea Gardens Diagonal Double Pocket Card

Surprise surprise, it's another Chelsea Gardens card.  This is a fun card to make when you have pretty, double sided patterned papers.  It's called a Diagonal Double Pocket Card.  

I've made several of these in the past and I like to use THIS tutorial from the Splitcoast Stampers website.  For this card I only used one pocket.  I suggested to my class attendees that they might put a flower seed packet in the other pocket.  Wouldn't that be fun to receive?

I used the now retired January Stamp of the Month "Bloom & Grow" and "Chelsea Gardens - Cardmaking" stamp sets. I colored the flowers and leaves with my Shin Han markers.  I just love the colors in the paper pack.

I hope you liked this card.  As always, thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Diagonal Stripe "Thanks" card with Chelsea Gardens

Here's another card made using the now retired Chelsea Gardens paper.  The floral paper on this card is really the star of the show.  It's so very pretty all on its own.  I told you I really liked this paper.  
*Sorry about the bad lighting on my photo.

This card was inspired by the wonderfully talented, fellow consultant Lisa Stenz.  You can see her card HERE.  

This is the same stamp I used on the card I posted yesterday, the one with polka dots and pink flowers.  No Rock 'n Roll technique this time.  I stamped the flowers just like normal using Juniper and Glacier inks.  I fussy cut the flowers and leaves, layered them up, added some sparkles and voila, easy peasy.  

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Polka Dots and Pretty Pink Flowers - Thanks Card

Here's another card I made using the Chelsea Gardens paper pack.  I opted for two of the more neutral papers so I could add in some pink.  Don't you just love those polka dots?

For the flowers and leaves I used the now retired Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking Stamp set.  I also used the now retired "thanks" thin cut for the sentiment.  I'm getting a little bummed about all this "retired" talk, lol.

Here's a close up of the flowers.  I used the "Rock 'n Roll" technique with "Bashful" and "Pixie" inks.  I think they turned out pretty cute.  The leaves are  done with "Sweet Leaf", still one of my all time favorite greens since I've been with CTMH.

I added a couple strips of Sliver Glitter Paper between the b&t papers and some Sparkles in the center of the flowers for a little extra bling.  The fishtail banner looked a little plain to me so I added some polka dots with my journaling pen.

THIS card on Pinterest was my inspiration.

Here's a little side story.  I had a Close to My Heart event to go to at the end of March and I was in charge of name tags for the attendees.  I loved this card so much I used it as inspiration for the name tags.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Chelsea Gardens - Thinking of You vellum butterfly

Hello.  Here's pretty card I made for my class way back in January.  Yikes, not very timely.  It uses the now retired Chelsea Gardens paper and Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking stamp set.  This was my favorite paper pack from the previous catalog.  

Here's a close up of the butterfly and leaves.  I heat embossed the images on vellum using silver embossing powder and then colored them on the reverse side with Shin Han markers

The card layout was inspired by THIS card I found on Pinterest.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Have a Sweet Birthday - May SOTM, Classic Summer Bash

Hi everyone!  Boy oh boy, I am really not doing well with my posts.  I guess I need to quit my day job so I have time to take photos of my cards and update my blog, lol.  And I wouldn't mind having more time to craft, too.  :)

Here's a fun card I made using the May 2018 Stamp of the Month, "Classic Summer Bash".  I think the jar and straw are so cute.  

I used papers from the pretty new set called "Beautiful Friendship".  For the sentiment I used the stamp set called "Sweet Birthday", located in the Annual Catalog. 

This stamp of the month is only available until the end of May!!!  Here's the link: S1805 Classic Summer Bash

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

"Christmas Tunes" stamp of the month card - a shimmery ornament.

Oh my, the holidays are fast approaching!  It's not too early to start making your Christmas cards.  Close to my heart has a great stamp of the month for October called Christmas Tunes.

I used one of those images in a Stamp of the Month Card Swap I participated in.  Here's the card I created.

I didn't have the actual Christmas papers yet when I created this so I used some of the Enchantment Fundamentals papers and I think they worked just great!

It's not easy to capture on camera but the "ornament" image is stamped on shimmer cardstock.  I started out with plain White Daisy cardstock and colored over it with our Clear Shimmer Brush.  Once that was dry I stamped the image and colored it in with our Shin Han markers.

It's a fun effect and very pretty in person.  Also, instead of using the bow image that came with this stamp set, I used our new Thin Cuts Ribbon Border and cut just the bow portion out of our Red Glitter Paper.  I love how it sparkles along with the Silver Glitter Paper accent in the background.

I hope you enjoyed my card and are inspired to hand make a Christmas card yourself.  I will be using some of the other images in this set for more cards this year.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hello - a fun card to color

Hello!  Here's another card from my latest "Dreamin' Big" card workshop.

Although this card does not use any "Dreamin' Big" papers, I still stuck with the color scheme of the paper pack.  The stamp set is called "Dreamin' Big - Scrapbooking".

As you can see I only colored part of the flowers in each of the letters.  I mainly did this because this was for my class and there were 10 people sharing my markers.  The coloring takes a bit of time, so I thought only highlighting some of the flowers was a great solution.  What do you think?

Since this is a card with lots of flowers, I've entered it in two challenges:
The "April Showers"challenge over at the "Heart 2 Heart" blog.  You can find it HERE.  
The "Spring" challenge over at the "Between the Folds" blog.  You can find it HERE.

I hope you enjoyed this card, I had fun making it.  Come back soon.  

Paper: Glacier, PoppyWhite Daisy cardstock

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Butterfly Thanks

Here's another card from my "Dreamin' Big" card workshop.  I pinned a card on Pinterest a long time ago and finally used it as my inspiration.  You can see that card HERE.

Isn't it fun?  I just love these colors in the "Dreamin' Big" paper pack.  It reminds me that flowers and better weather are just around the corner, right?

The "thanks" is a Thin Cut.  I cut the word twice in black and layered them on top of each other.  I think it gave the word a bit more depth in person.  I also added two strips of black & white "Jeepers Creepers" washi tape.  The tape is not currently in the catalog but it is still available on my website under the "Going Soon" tab.

I also used inspiration from a fellow consultant Nancy Ball and used a black journaling pen on my butterflies.  I think it makes them pop more, especially with this "Dreamin' Big" paper.

Isn't this a cute set?  I'm looking forward to making many more cards with this set.  I especially like that I have the matching Thin Cuts to make cutting those bugs out just that much easier.

Well, that's all for now.  Stop by again soon to see more of the cards from my workshop.  Ciao!

Paper: Dreamin' Big, White Daisy cardstock

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I think you are Tea-rrific!

Oh my, I've been MIA on my blog since October!  Yikes!  Life goes by so quickly sometimes.

Well, March is almost over and I wanted to share a card I created using the March Stamp of the Month called "Tea-rrific".  It's such a fun set.  It's great for Mother's Day or for a friend that loves tea.  It's great for coloring or paper piecing.

Many of my regulars in my card class do not need Mother's Day cards so I opted for one of the other sayings for this card.

Fun, right?  I paper pieced the teacup and saucer and used our Shin Han markers on the flower and tea bag tag.

The scalloped circle was popped up and the teacup was popped up on top of that as well.  The tag was attached with a little piece of baker's twine and a couple of bitty sparkles were added for a little bling.

I hope you enjoyed this card.  Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Dreamin' Big, Poppy & White Daisy cardstock
Stamps: "Tea-rrific" March 2017 Stamp of the Month
Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Shin Han Markers: 
Embellishments: Bity Sparkles
Other: Baker's Twine, White Daisy Cards & Envelopes