Wednesday, January 10, 2018

AHSC Happy Thoughts & SU Card Class

After struggling with what to make for yesterday's Joyful Stars CTMH blog hop post,  the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge made today's card a breeze.  And, with the heart embellishments, this card will join the others I've been making for the 
Cards for Little Hearts current card drive.

Once again, I've used papers and zip strips from the 
new CTMH Chelsea Gardens paper pack. 
The sentiment is from CTMH, but is far from new.
Heart and dot embellishments finish off the card.

Here's the sketch I followed:

 

Challenges:
Shopping Our Stash Challenge # 336- Out with the Old (stamp, hearts) and In with the New (paper, dots)
Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #447 - Inspiration colors white, blue and gray

 
 
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Tuesday I attended Jan Hoyt's SU card class. 
Although we stay in touch, it was nice to see her again.
Her class focuses on fun and simple cards like these:
That's not dirty snow, just a coating of glitter pen that photographed badly.  Honest!

When in Florida, you can say this and know you won't be doing any shoveling!

I'm saving this one for my grandson who will be 18 in March.


Thanks for stopping by my blog. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Joyful Stars Close to My Heart January Blog Hop


Welcome to the January
Close to My Heart Joyful Stars Blog Hop.

Have some fun hopping between the blogs of this group of talented Close to My Heart consultants, and me, where we share creative projects using CTMH products.
Have you seen the new CTMH Seasonal Expressions Catalog?
Hop along with us to see some awesome projects using the new products.

It was a struggle to decide what to make for this month's blog hop.   My current focus has been on making Heart Themed cards for the Cards for Little Hearts February card drive, and switching gears was proving difficult.  I knew I wanted to use the new Cross-stitch Love stamp set with matching Thin Cuts, and I just love the new Chelsea Gardens paper.  
Stamping a bunch of the cross-stitched roses was a start.  (For me, it was much easier to cut the shape first and then stamp it.)   As I laid out the flowers on a piece of plain glacier blue cs, I spied the cross-stitched heart stamps in the set and began random stamping the cs.  Switching gears wasn't necessary, after all.  This will make a lovely card for one of the older girls in the hospital.



Now, since this is a blog hop,
you might have arrived here from Andrea Sherman's blog.
Your next stop is Marie Flayer's blog.   The hop is



circular.  So if you are just starting here, simply continue hopping until you find your way back, making the full circle.  If you get lost, the complete list of participants is on Joyce's blog.
Challenges:  
Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Winter Blues
heARTful stamping Challenge - Anything Goes 
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Winter Blues 
Allsorts Challenge #449 - Something New (stamps) 
Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Anniversary Card Shower

A lovely woman, with whom I used to work, is celebrating her 58th wedding anniversary.  To commemorate the occasion, her daughter has organized a card shower for her parents.  This is the card I sent.
 
The Chelsea Garden papers are new from CTMH. 
The sentiment stamp is from SU.
And the pretty dotted lattice embossing folder is from 
Taylored Expressions.
 
Challenges:
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #336 - Out with the old (baker's twine and ef) and in with the new (paper) 
Stinkin' Inkers Challenge - It's a Banner Year
Use Your Stuff Challenge #294 - Something New (paper)
Allsorts Challenge #449 - Something New (paper)

 
 
I hope you'll stop back tomorrow to see what I've made for this month's Joyful Stars Blog Hop. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Can't forget the boys

It's always seems easier to make cards for girls than for boys, especially when you need to have heart themed cards!  Here is one card I've made for the current card drive at Cards for Little Hearts, intended more for a boy.

Oh my, this computer is behaving badly today.
It is being just too testy to try and link this card into any challenges!



Sunday, January 7, 2018

Very Pink Cards

These cards will soon be on their way to Ohio, 
and the Nationwide Children's Hospital.
You can find out about the Heart Themed Cards
for Little Hearts card drive here.

 Both cards feature digital images colored with pencils and markers, a CTMH sentiment stamp, die cuts, embossing, baker's twine and lots of pink.

Challenges:
Just Us Girls Challenge #442 - Anything Goes 
As You Like It Challenge - Anything Goes  

Friday, January 5, 2018

Tweet Hello

Why didn't I get these double stitched rectangle dies sooner? 
 I love them!
They are from Our Daily Bread Designs.
It's time to make cards for the Cards for Little Hearts current card drive, to be distributed at Nationwide Children's Hospital in February for Heart Month.

Challenges:  
As You Like It Challenge - Anything Goes 
The House That Stamps Built DCC13 - Things with Wings 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Something New (dies) 
Die Cut Divas Challenge - Something New (dies)
The Alphabet Challenge - "U" Use 3 of something (3 frames)
Colour Crazy Challenge Week 1 - Anything Goes (the digi image was colored with pencils and blended with clear Wink of Stella pen) 



Thursday, January 4, 2018

Ice Skating

Ice Skating is a winter activity that I have never tried.
But, gee, if this cute little mouse can do it.....
The closest I ever came to ice skating was... 
One day, when I was a teenager I was headed to the bus stop and slipped on our icy sidewalk, landing hard on my bottom.  My books took off, sliding across the front yard in multiple directions.  My younger brother went running into the house to tell my mother, not that I had fallen but that I had said a 4 letter word when I did.

Getting back to the card...
The cute Ice Skating Mouse is a digital image from Gerda Steiner Designs.  I colored him with markers and added some clear Wink of Stella on the ice.  The sentiment and papers are from CTMH.  
The die cut frames are from MFT.

Challenges:   
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge - Winter Fun 4 Kids
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #384 - Dies and/or Punches