Monday, February 29, 2016

Heart2Heart Challenges - Three Challenge

Heart2Heart Challenges is hosting a "Three" challenge this week in honor of the third month of the year.  When we had a "Two" challenge I used the actual number in my project so this month I wanted to shake things up and represent the number instead.

My project uses three panels and the same balloon stamped three times giving it movement across the card. The paper, balloon and confetti images are from our adorable Kaleidoscope Cardmaking Workshop.
I swiped my balloon across my Pomegranate ink pad and then lightly rolled the edges and stamped off on scrap for a second generation impression.  I knew I wanted to add tone on tone confetti and I like the way it makes the balloon seem almost transparent in the sunlight.
I sponged a bit of Crystal Blue ink around the balloon panels for a hint of sky and used a scattering of silver and gold sequins finishes off this simple card. The sentiment is from our awesome February SOTM Balloon Animals which I masked off to make it read across the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my project and if you'd like to purchase any of the items used you can click on the links below!  Don't forget you have a whole month to play along at Heart2Heart Challenges so get crafty and link your projects!

Stamps:  Kaleidoscope Cardmaking Workshop. Balloon Animals (Feb SOTM)

Friday, February 26, 2016

My Dad is Rad Birthday Card - Artistry and Artiste with FREE DS link!

My older son designed this card for his Dad's birthday using My Dad is Rad from Artistry as the focal point and building a background with some cogs cut from Artiste. He is a pretty artistic guy so watching him pick out pieces and colors to create the design he wanted to make was a lot of fun!

My younger boy isn't very artsy so he just picks a pre-made card from one of my cartridges and maybe gives a color that he wants on the card before he leaves my craft room for me to make it - LOL. He picked this one is from Classically Modern Cards cartridge for his Dad.
I jazzed this one up with some tone on tone background stamping with an older retired set called Gear Up.  You may notice a mechanical/robotic theme to their selections - my husband was involved with my both the middle school and high school Robotics teams that both went to the state competition this year!  It was really awesome having that moment with both my boys as this is my older son's senior year and the last possible time that both boys would be eligible for state competition.  They didn't win but just being invited to the competition was awesome.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stay crafty my friends!


Friday, February 19, 2016

Birthday Box Card with ProPlayer

I'm trying to do a bit more stash diving to make a dent in the many boxes of paper I've collected over the past 8 years of being a CTMH Consultant.  This one is from a year or two ago called ProPlayer.  It was an awesome video game/computer themed paper pack that was perfect for my husband's birthday card this year.
I added a dash of Ruby and Topiary cardstock plus some Silver and Gold Glitter paper to help make this tonal paper pack pop for a birthday card. I added the little white balloon highlights with our Chalk Marker.

Thanks for stopping by today! Stay crafty my friends!


Monday, February 15, 2016

Heart2Heart Challenges - Shades of Red

This is my Design Team project for Heart2Heart Challenge's "Shades of Red, Black and White" challenge this week.  I had one last Valentine to make today - one for my 14 year old son.  His primary interest is video games so I altered a meme from the Skyrim franchise.  I thought I'd explain it because if you don't have a gamer in the house the sentiment on this card probably seems really, really weird!
I used our La Vie En Rose paper pack for all the lovely black and white papers on this card and mixed it with Ruby cardstock.  The arrow card base is from our Artfully Sent cartridge and I had my Explore write the font from the Artiste cartridge so I could fill in with Shinhan Touch Twin markers and empahsize certain words. I outlined the arrows with our Journaling Pen and added some fun Silver Foil Tape to pop things up a bit.
The inside of the card has a fun heart border from Artistry layered with black underneath the stripes to give it a fun 3-D effect.
Hopefully my kiddo will like this one (I know he'll like the chocolate I bought him)! Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you'll hop on over to the Heart2Heart Challenges blog and join the fun in our "Shades of Red, Black and White" challenge!

Stay crafty my friends!


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day! Mad Scientist Love Potion Z Fold Card

Happy Valentine's Day to all you crafty people out there!  Here is the card I made for my teen science guy this year using our Positive Chemistry stamp set along with the mad scientist from "A Frightful Affair" cricut cartridge. The font is from our Artistry cart.
This one is a Z fold card - basically you take a regular card and fold the front back on itself to create a Z shape. 
I used second generation Whisper ink to stamp the background of the paper with the ion stamp.
This shot shows the shine from the Liquid Glass I applied over the Shinhan Touch Twin Marker colored beakers.

I hope you all have a wonderful day full of love and laughter!  Enjoy your Valentine's Day!


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

3-D Pop Up Image Based Valentine's Day Card - Dementia friendly card series with free Cricut Explore File!

This one is part of a new series of "dementia friendly" projects I'll be posting on my blog - these cards will be based mostly in images with very few words used.  Images are universal and while people may not be able to register written words anymore, images and shapes can still spark something in the mind.  I made this one for my Mom who has advanced dementia and doesn't register written words anymore. I'm hoping the 3-D images will also appeal to her and give her something to play with rather than a flat piece of paper.  She is the inspiration for this new series.
I used a pocket card from Artfully Sent and combined it with the cupid image from Artiste.  Our Heart embossing folder adds a bit of texture and I highlighted the heart cut out with my journaling pen and a bit of Metallic Marker.
I used more of the Gold Metallic Marker on the inside to highlight the 3-D pop up heart (Artfully Sent Cartridge) and more of the Gold Glitter paper for the center heart.  I used my Explore to write the Happy Valentine's Day sentiment (Artbooking Cartridge) and then filled it in with our Warm Gray 4 Shinhan Touch Twin Marker.  I didn't want a whole lot of extra pieces that could be picked off so writing the sentiments directly onto the card inside works great.

The card base is retire Ivy Lane with some very old Jingle accents (cupid and arrow). Using up a bit of stash as I have some serious over flow in that department.  

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy my new "dementia friendly" series.  If you have any suggestions for what you've found sparks interest for friends or family that are affected by dementia I'd love to hear from you!  

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If you have a Cricut Explore and would like to re-create this card, here is the file:

Monday, February 8, 2016

How Do I Love Thee Valentine's Day Card

A couple of months ago I used my Cricut points to get a Circle Membership and the Crazy Cool Cards Circle Membership cartridge.  This cutie is one of the 30 or so fun shaped or folded cards on the cartridge.  I did use all CTMH Cardstock on this one so I am using our products too - LOL!  Cotton Candy, Ruby and White Daisy are perfect Valentine's Day colors!
The arrow wraps from the top of the front to the back and tucks into a tiny slit to hold the folded heart card closed.
This is the inside of the card - those numbered red hearts are just tucked in behind the paper slats.  I'll write a brief note on each of them and send this off to my daughter for Valentine's Day this weekend.
I'm pretty sure she'll get a kick out of this one when she opens it up.  It almost reminds me of the cootie catchers she played with as a kid! 

I've been having fun getting back into crafting again over the past couple of weeks.  The last couple of months have been really, really hard and I finally feel like I'm getting my equilibrium back.  It's nice to feel the urge to create pretty things again!

Thanks for stopping by and stay crafty my friends!


Monday, February 1, 2016

March SOTM Blog Hop - Sunshine Birdies!

Welcome to the March SOTM Blog Hop featuring our Sunshine Birdies stamp set!

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Balloon Animals!

Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we are featuring the new and adorable Balloon Animals stamp set!  If you've come here from Nancy's Blog then you are on the right track.  If you get lost along the way you can see the full listing of all participating CTMH Consultant Bloggers by clicking here.

I created a "party in a box card" using our Kaleidoscope papers, matching inks and strips of various colored Shimmer Trim.  I love how the shimmer trim looks like exploding streamers coming out of the box!

To purchase the items used to make this card, including the adorable Balloon Animals Stamp of the Month (just $5 with $50 order OR pay full price of $17.95) you can visit my online store at:

Additional products used to create this card:

Now hop on over to Krista's Blog and see what she has created to share with us!  Thanks for stopping by today!
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