Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hello Lovely



Super excited to announce that I am doing a Guest Designer spot over at Try Stampin on Tuesday!  I won their Birthday Challenge with my Moose card that was recently posted.  I have totally changed gears for this one and broke out the flowers!  My card is mostly created with supplies from the Hello Lovely line from Close to My Heart.  My card is based on the following sketch design:

My first thought when I saw this sketch was to create a wedding card with bells in place of the tags.  I was all set to complete my card with tons of layers and frilly lace.............until reality set in that I did not have any wedding bells stamps and the late hour meant that free handing was out of the question.  I am in serious withdrawal from my die collection.  Hand cutting banners is about my limit!  I decided to skip the wedding idea and do a fun spring card instead.


I created my flower cluster with the Hello Lovely Complements.  I added foam for dimension and layered multiple images together to create my cluster.  The details are hard to see in the photo...and we all know it is all about the details!  I added a bit of shimmer to my flower arrangement and to my embossed background with the new gold shimmer brush.


Another attempt to show you the depth and detail of my card.  I added lots of texture!  After embossing my fern cardstock, I used my shimmer brush on the raised image.....leaving a golden shimmer on the embossed image.  Sadly, you do not get the full effect with the photo! 

All Supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

G1119 Hello Lovely Scrapbooking Kit
Timeless Tulips Stamp Set by Sunny Studios (hello sentiment)
Z3316 Gold Shimmer Brush
Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks
Z1994 Floral Embossing Folder-Retired

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Craft for the Craic-Green & Glittery
Great Impressions-Spring or Easter
International Art & Soul-Embossing
Simon Says Stamp-Bit o Green
Simon Says Stamp-Layer It Up
Simply Create Too-Lots of Green
Southern Girls-Pop it up with Foam

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Masculine Deer Birthday Card


I have numerous guy birthdays in March.  I created another masculine birthday card with the Nature's Wish stamp set.  You will rarely see me create the exact same card.  All of my cards tend to be original.  The rare exception is gift sets and mass production of Christmas cards.  This card utilizes all of the same supplies as my Moose card shown here.


I added a scrap of burlap and more distressing to the inside.  The papers are once again White Daisy cardstock washed in watercolors.  I let dry and then stamped my sentiments in Cocoa pigment ink.


Supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1703 Nature's Wish
B1535 Hooked on You
Z2503 Basics Pigment Ink Set
Z3132 Watercolor Paints
Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
Burlap Cardstock by DCWV
Plaid Paper, Boy Oh Boy by Carta Bella
Enamel Dots by Echo Park
My card is based on the sketch challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.


I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Dream Valley Challenges-Lots of Layers 
Just For Fun-Happy Birthday

Friday, March 10, 2017

Nature's Wish Moose Birthday

My crafting time and crafting supplies have been very limited lately. Long story short in my roller coaster life, I have become separated from my crafting supplies. Crafting has kept me sane over the years, so I am slowly rebuilding.  For those of you who have known me for some time....you know I could not live without burlap for long! I have been known to add burlap to any project...but it is the perfect texture for a masculine card. In the past I was the crafter with every color of cardstock and coordinating ink.....now not so much!  So, you will be seeing a lot of improvising as I rebuild my craft room. My card was created with one of my favorite stamp sets from Close to My Heart, D1703 Nature's Wish.  This set features great outdoor life images and a selection of versatile sentiments.  Here is a look at the complete set-

http://rockymtnpapercrafts.closetomyheart.com/retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9479

My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at Try Stampin on Tuesday.


I wanted my card to have an earthy feel to it.  While the burlap was a great start....I only had bright pattern and White Daisy cardstock.  Watercolors to the rescue.  I simply diluted my watercolors and washed the White Daisy cardstock and the pattern paper with watercolors to remove the harsh white finish.  I love that my white panel has an almost wood look to it now.  I stamped my images and distressed the edges of all layers with Cocoa pigment ink.  I love the end result, though it did take some a little outside of the box thinking to accomplish it.  

Supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

D1703 Nature's Wish
B1535 Hooked on You
Z2503 Basics Pigment Ink Set
Z3132 Watercolor Paints
Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
Burlap Cardstock by DCWV
Plaid Paper, Boy Oh Boy by Carta Bella
Enamel Dots by Echo Park

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Dream Valley Challenge-Lots of Layers 
Little Red Wagon-Plaids & Polka Dots
Simon Says Stamp-Make Your Own Background
Stamping Sensations-Close to Nature


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cut it Out! All Dies 25% off in March!


March Madness is upon us!  All Thin Cut dies are 25% off this month!  This includes our fabulous stamp set/die bundles!  A great time to add to your collection!  You can view all of the current dies here!

March SOTM-Tea-rriffic

http://rockymtnpapercrafts.closetomyheart.com/retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9866

So hard to believe we are in yet another month of 2017!  This year seems to be flying by!  We have an adorable new Stamp of the Month for March, S1703 Tea-rriffic.  This set is perfect for Mother's Day or a quick pick me up card.  If tea is not your thing, you could easily use the mugs for coffee as well! You can add this stamp to a qualifying order for only $5 during the month of March.  All of our great Thin Cuts dies are 25% off this month as well!  A perfect time to add to your stash!

http://rockymtnpapercrafts.closetomyheart.com/retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9866

Thanks so much for stopping by!  New artwork is coming soon....

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