Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hooked on You

One of my favorite manly stamp sets is on the retirement list!  B1535 Hooked on You will retire in July and no longer be available to purchase.  The trout image is great for masculine cards and the set comes with a variety of sentiments as well.  Everyone knows of my fondness for burlap, so it was the perfect pairing.  I distressed the edges of my burlap panel with Cocoa pigment ink.  My trout image was stamped on White Daisy cardstock, but was a little too white for my liking.  I colored my image with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol.  I applied Liquid Glass over my stamped image for a just out of the water look.  Once my Liquid Glass was dry, I went back over my panel with Antique Linen distress inks by Tim Holtz to take away some of the whiteness from my image.

I finished out the inside of the card with one of the sentiments from the same set and added a strip of burlap ribbon for detail.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
B1535 Hooked on You
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Textured Brown Cardstock by AC Cardstock
Burlap Cardstock by DCWV
Z899 Memento Black Ink
Antique Linen Distress Ink by Tim Holtz
Prisma Color Pencils
Z679 Liquid Glass
Burlap Ribbon by Recollections
Resin Dots by Echo Park
Circle Die-Unbranded

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critters-Anything with a critter
Crafting with Dragonflies-Animals
Crafty Animals-Anything Goes
Kitty Bee Designs-Animals
Pile It On-Animals
Scrapbooking & Cardmaking-For the Men
Shopping our Stash-Use Fabric
Stamped Blessings-Animals
Stampavie and More-For the Men/Boys
Tuesday Throwdown-Texture

Thanks so much for stopping by!  You can check out all of the retiring items here.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mojo Monday #497

So excited to actually be able to enter the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge on MONDAY!  I am usually trying to get in just under the wire, sometimes by mere minutes.  I went with a monochrome of gold and white. My card features gold glitter, gold embossing and gold bling and is based on the following sketch-

My card is created with the gold embossed papers and flower stamps from the Live Beautifully Campaign.  This collection is only available in the month of May or while supplies last....get yours before they are gone!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Live Beautifully Stamp Set
Happy Happy Happy Stamp & Die Set by Lawn Fawn
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Live Beautifully Paper Packet
Z3238 Gold Glitter Cardstock
Z891 Versamark Ink Pad
Z2066 Ranger Gold Embossing Powder
Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Art Impressions Stamps-Dots & Stripes
Crafty Gals Corner-Bling
Creative with Stamps-Flowers
Daring Cardmakers-All that Glitters is not gold
Dragonfly Dreams-Monochrome
Monochrome Magic-Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge-Monochrome
Through the Purple Haze-Glitter
Use Your Stuff-Metallics

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to everyone....whether your children happen to be two legged or four!  I created this card with the Timeless Tulips stamps by Sunny Studios.  Sunny Studios was a new company to me.....but it was love at first sight!  I love the layers on these tulips and they have an awesome daffodil stamp set as well.  The daffodils are still on my wish list!  While Close To My Heart has always been my first love....I am an equal opportunity stamper....and collect the images that I love.  I give thanks to all of the crafters in blogland for the enabling!

I found my layers through trial and error.  I put all of my pink inks together and stamped away on scrap cardstock until I came up with a trio of colors that worked well for me.  The leaves were much simpler, as they only had two layers.  I originally purchased a set of inks for this set that were just for layering....but they did not work out well for me.  I have decided it works much better to just play with the inks you have and come up with a combo that works for you.  The Short & Sweet Sentiments set by Close To My Heart was perfect for making a tag to hang off of the jar.

Since my stamp collection is still recovering from my craft room loss.....I printed a sentiment from Word onto my cardstock and mounted to the inside.  I added a little burlap for some added texture.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Timeless Tulips Stamp & Die Set by Sunny Studios
Vintage Jar Stamp & Die Set by Sunny Studios
A1189 Short & Sweet Sentiments
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5773 Pixie Cardstock
Z2844 Pixie Ink
Green Inks by Hero Arts
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Burlap Ribbon by Celebrate It
Pink Twine by Ms. Sparkle & Co.
Rectangle Die-Unbranded
Chevron Embossing Folder-Retired

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge-Spring Fever
Cards in Envy-Motherly Love
Crafting with Dragonflies-Lots of Flowers and/or Mother's Day
Crafty Calendar Challenge-Flowers
Die Cut Divas-Flowers
Die Cuttin Divas-Mother's Day
Happy Little Stampers-Anything Goes w/Dies
Really Reasonable Ribbon-Mother's Day

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mojo Monday #496

It is so nice to have a little crafting is a much needed boost to my sanity!  I am on a mission to completely use up my paper this card was made with lots of scraps!  I knew I was saving them for a reason! My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at Mojo Monday-

My card is created with left over bits from the now retired Sugar Rush paper packet.  The scrap pieces worked wonderfully for making my banners and die cuts.  I love how all of the Close To My Heart products coordinate together.  I popped up my balloons for some added dimension and added a little bling.

My signature must be that I always finish out the inside of my cards as well.  It might be just a small stamped image or a bit of coordinating paper.  The little touches really finish out the card.  The One in a Million sentiment is great for any birthday card!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
A1201 One in a Million Stamp Set
B1537 Birthday Sparkles Stamp Set
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5780 Pomegranate Cardstock
Retired Sugar Rush Paper Packet
Z2854 Pomegranate Ink Pad
Z3274 Sparkles
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Balloon Die-Unbranded

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Come and Get it-Birthday
OLLCB-Something that starts with a B
Seize the Birthday-Birthday

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure and check out the retiring items to grab your favorites before they are gone!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #220

I think Spring has finally arrived in Wyoming...we went from snow one day to 70 degrees the there is hope!  I decided to break out the bright colors for a colorful thank you card.  My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at CAS(E) this Sketch.

My original plan was for a white on white card....but I could not resist adding the black layer for the added pop!  Then the black against the Raspberry just seemed fitting!  My card is created with flowers from the May Stamp of the Month, Live Laugh Love.  With the bold words in this set, I think the flowers could be easily overlooked....but they can stand out on their own!  I stamped the flowers in Memento Black and then added color with my Prismacolor pencils.  My shading is done with Gamsol.  I love shading with Gamsol.....I really am a novice colorer (is that even a word)....but Gamsol provides great results with very little effort. My "thanks" is from my favorite die that is cut multiple times, covered in black pigment ink and then heat embossed with black embossing powder. I love the added dimension the layers add to the card.  If you have yet to see the May Stamp of the Month, here is the full set.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
S1705 Live Love Laugh
X5788 Raspberry Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Textured Black Cardstock by AC Cardstock
Z899 Memento Black Ink Pad
Z2503 Basics Pigment Ink Set
Black Embossing Powder by Zing
Z3274 Clear Sparkles
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Prisma Color Pencils
 Z3259 Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts-Retired
Rectangle Pierced Die-Unbranded

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
AAA-Bright & Beautiful
Crafty Cardmakers-Add a Sentiment
Creative with Stamps-Flowers
Happy Little Stampers-Anything Goes with Dies
Make My Monday-May Flowers
Paper Creators-Bright & Bold

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Mojo Monday #495

I hope everyone is finding some crafting time today for National Scrapbooking Day!  Close To My Heart is celebrating all month long with the Live Beautifully Campaign.  We have released gorgeous new papers and stamps for National Scrapbooking Month.....they are only available in the month of May or while supplies last!  I decided the perfect pairing for the new products, was to create a card for the Mojo Monday Sketch challenge!

The Live Beautifully Paper packet includes 16 sheets of gorgeous pattern papers.  You get two sheets each of six designs and two sheets each of two gold embossed designs.  I went with a grey and pink tone for my card, with just a hint of gold.  After stamping my flower, I went back over the image with my gold Shimmer Brush to add a little bling.  Here is a close up of the papers that are included in the packet.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Live Beautifully Stamp Set
D1703 Nature's Wish (Thank You Sentiment)
Live Beautifully Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2850 Fern Ink
Z899 Tuxedo Black Ink by Memento
Rose Petal Inks by Altenew
Pierced Dies-Unbranded
Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems
Z3316 Shimmer Brush-Gold

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Always Fun Challenges-Flowers
Aud Sentiments-Flowers & Sentiment
Die Cut Divas-Flowers
Hiding in My Craft Room-May Flowers
Make My Monday-Flowers
Simon Says Stamp-Hint of Pink

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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