Monday, March 30, 2015

CASE-ing Hayley's Paper Garden

Hi Everyone,

Well, it's Monday again.  Did you make it through the weekend?

Here on my blog, Monday's usually mean it's time for a fun sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and today is no different.  Here is this week's sketch:

I encourage you all to head over the the blog and check out the other Design Team members creations.  They will be posted on Wednesday and are awesome!  Please also take some time to play along, we would love to have you! :)

This week I decided that I wanted to CASE one of my good friend's creations.  I loved her idea and knew that I had to do something with my spin on it.  I am CASE-ing my friend Hayley over at Hayley's Paper Garden this week and here is her original card:

I loved how she embossed all of the flowers with different colours and then fussy cut them all out - I had to do the same and it was such fun.

Here is my creation for this week's sketch:

Card Recipe (all products used are Stampin' Up! products unless otherwise indicated):

Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Stamp Sets: Everything Eleanor, Feels Good
Inks: Versamark, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi Blendabilities
Tools/Techniques: Heat Tool, Basic Pearls, Blushing Bride Embossing Powder, Calypso Coral Embossing Powder, Pool Party Embossing Powder, Crushed Curry Embossing Powder

Thanks for dropping by, I'm so glad you did!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Happy 100th Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!!

Hi Everyone,

It's Monday again and I'm sure you can guess what that means!!  That's right, it's time for another awesome sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.'s a super special week this week - it's our 100th sketch!!  Time to celebrate!

Here's a little note from our team:

Can you believe it; we have reached Sketch 100! Everyone at Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge is so excited to celebrate this milestone with all of our followers and participants.

To celebrate Sketch 100 we will be giving our some blog candy and all you have to do is visit our fabulous design team members blogs and leave a comment on their design for Sketch 100 and you are entered. We will be drawing several names at random from the comments. To increase your chances of winning, leave comments for all of the design team members! And to be fair, you can only win 1 time! Please invite your friends and family to join the fun!

Thanks again for being part of our challenge community and we are all looking forward to the next 100 fabulous sketches and your awesome creations!

Happy Crafting!
The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Design Team

So guess what?  I will be offering up some blog candy to celebrate!  Comment on this post and you will be entered to win...

But please, also head over to the rest of the Design Team and give them some love as well.  And, as always, we would love for you to play along!!

Here is this week's fabulous 100th sketch:

And here is my creation for the sketch:

Card Recipe (all products used are Stampin' Up! products unless otherwise indicated):

Card Stock: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Paper
Stamp Sets: Butterfly Basics, Flower Patch
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Wisteria Wonder, Coastal Cabana, Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities, Wisteria Wonder Blendabilities, Coastal Cabana Blendabilities, Wild Wasabi Blendabilities
Tools/Techniques: Big Shot, Flower Flair Framelits, Deco Labels Framelits

Thanks so much for stopping by, so glad you took the time!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy Birthday Balloons

Hi Everyone,

I'm a little late posting this but yesterday was Monday so that means another fabulous sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!!  I do hope you will take the time to swing by the blog, check out the other Design Team creations and play along.  We love seeing our favs but also new players!!

Also, tune in next week for something very special as it will be sketch #100 for AHSC - you won't want to miss out!!

Here is this week's fantastic sketch:

And here is my card for this week:

I love the colours that are used in the DSP from Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-bration catalogue - they are just so fun and cheery!  I also fussy cut the balloons and sentiments - I don't often like to fussy cut but it was worth it for this look.  I also used a strip from the Birthday Bash Specialty DSP in the Occasions Catalogue - I love these sheets as they have flecks of gold foil in them although it is hard to see in the pictures.  It just adds such a lovely effect to the card.

As always, I'm playing along with a few challenges to get the mojo going.

1. Just Us Girls

This week is a trend week  over at Just Us Girls and they are looking for "Splatters".  I chose to use this splattered DSP as the background for my card.

2. Addicted to Stamps and More

It's a photo inspiration week over at Addicted to Stamps and More.  The photo reminded me of a birthday party setup and I used some of the colours from the photo as well in my card.

3. Seize the Birthday

I chose not to use the toppings option this week at Seize the Birthday but rather to go with the Anything Goes option.  I love that they have the Anything Goes option each week and it gives a great opportunity to build up your Birthday stash any way you like.

Card Recipe (all products used are Stampin' Up! products unless otherwise indicated):

Card Stock: Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Best Year Ever DSP, Birthday Bash Specialty DSP
Stamp Set: Balloon Bash
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry
Tools/Techniques: Best Year Ever Accessory Pack - 1/4" Polyester Ribbon - Crushed Curry

Thanks so much for stopping by, I'm so glad you did!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Calm Sea....

Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday!  I do hope you all had a fantastic weekend - I did.  Movie and dinner with some lovely friends on Friday, wine and a book on Saturday and crafting with a wonderful friend on Sunday night - I don't think it gets much better.

During crafting last night, I decided to get inspired by some fun and fantastic challenges - I know, I know, big surprise!!

Here are the challenges I will be playing along with:

1. Stampin' Celebration

I have been wanting to use the Adventure Awaits stamp set for some time now and the sketch from Stampin' Celebration this week was a great one that would be wonderful to showcase the stamps.  So very fun.

2. Color Throwdown

I loved this week's colours for the Color Throwdown.  I interpreted them to be Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake and Real Red and thought they would be perfect for a nautical themed card.

3. Just Us Girls

This week is word week over at Just Us Girls and the word is "masculine".  I thought it would be fun to add to my guy card stash and for once, create a card that wasn't a birthday card that screamed masculine.  I think the colour combination and nautical theme works here.

4. Stampin' Royalty

I love having a chance to try new techniques or ones that I don't use that often.  This week over at Stampin' Royalty the technique to be used is embossing.  I both wet embossed the stamped image on the Adventure Bound DSP stack and dry embossed on the Real Red accents.

Wear Our Badge

Here is my card tonight:

Card Recipe (all products used are Stampin' Up! products unless otherwise indicated):

Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Adventure Bound DSP Stack, Maritime DSP
Stamp Sets: Adventure Awaits
Inks: Versamark
Tools/Techniques: Big Shot, Arrows Embossing Folder, Black Embossing Powder, Little Labels Framelits, Heat tool

Thanks for dropping by, I'm so glad you did!

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Treat Bag Card

Hi Everyone!

So I don't know about you but ever since I saw the Treat Bag Framelits in the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalogue, I have been dying to use them!  This past weekend we had a surprise party for a friend's 50th birthday so I thought it was time to break out the treat bag and have a little fun.

Here is what I created:

In the treat bag I put a little note card in Blushing Bride and Whisper White card stock with a "Happy Birthday" sentiment but I forgot to actually take a snap of that...oops!  In order to let the "celebrate" portion of the sentiment pop more, I embossed it using Blushing Bride embossing powder and fussy cut the banner out.  I think it adds a little more depth to the creation.

As per normal, I was inspired by the following challenges:

1. Create with Connie & Mary

I was just in love with this week's colour challenge - Rose Red (this is fast becoming one of my favourite colours!), Blushing Bride and Blackberry Bliss (another of my favourites!).  How could I not play along?!?!


2. Seize The Birthday

I love building up my stash of Birthday cards and playing along and being inspired by the ladies over at Seize the Birthday certainly helps in this area.  This week I chose to play along with the "Anything Goes" portion of the challenge.

Card Recipe:

Card Stock: Crisp Cantaloupe, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Painted Blooms DSP
Stamp Sets: Balloon Bash, Age Awareness
Inks: Crisp Cantaloupe, Rose Red, Versamark
Tools/Techniques: Big Shot, On Film Framelits, Gold Sequin Trim, 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon - Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride Embossing Powder, Mini Metallic Clothespins, Treat Bag Framelits

Thanks for stopping by, I'm so glad you did!

Springtime Birthday Butterflies

Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday!!  Seeing as it is Monday, it's time for another fantastic sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  This week's sketch is awesome and so versatile, I just know you will love all of the DT creations and will want to play along as well.  Drop on by and check us out!!

Here is this week's sketch:

For my card today, I decided to use Stampin' Up!'s gorgeous new stamp set - Butterfly Basics - and the coordinating Butterfly Thinlet dies.  I have been seeing both of these items everywhere as of late.  It seems that everyone is in love with these items and I am no different.  

Here is my card:

I wanted to add some depth to the butterflies so I first die cut one in Crisp Cantaloupe and then cut a second using the Calypso Coral page of the Best Year Ever DSP in the Sale-a-bration catalogue.  I just recently received this DSP and it is so much more lovely in person than I thought it would be.  I guess it's true, pictures don't often do things justice.

I will also be entering my card in this week's challenge over at Stampin' Royalty.  I love the Springtime colours of this week's challenge.

Finally, I will be entering this card in this week's "Anything Goes" portion of the Seize The Birthday Challenge - what a fun way to build up your birthday card stash!!

Card Recipe:

Card Stock: Always Artichoke, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Best Year Ever DSP
Stamp Sets: Butterfly Basics
Inks: Pear Pizazz, Momento Tuxedo Black
Tools/Techniques: Big Shot, Butterfly Thinlet Dies, Labels Collection Framelits, Basic Pearls

Thanks so much for stopping by, I'm so glad you did!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Bright and Bold Thanks

Hi Everyone!

How are ya?  Hope you all have enjoyed your weekend...I certainly did!!

Tonight I had a chance to craft with a lovely lady - crafting is just so much more fun with someone else.  Don't you agree?!?!

I decided to play along with a couple of challenges tonight:

1. Colour Me...! 

This week's challenge was a tough one for me.  Once I get past 2 or 3 colours, I find it super hard to find a way to incorporate more colour.  So tonight, I thought I would put my Blendabilities to use and colour the black and white side of the Stacked With Love DSP Stack to create a bold and colourful DSP of my own.  I also ended up using a darkest shade of the Coastal Cabana Blendabiltiies to try to match more to the Tempting Turquoise colour.

2. Case This Sketch

This week's sketch over at Case This Sketch was just too much fun not to play along with!

My card:

Card Recipe (all products used are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise indicated):

Card Stock: Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Stacked With Love DSP Stack
Stamp Sets: None
Inks: Blendabilities - Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana
Tools/Techniques: Hello You Thinlits, Big Shot

Thanks so much for stopping by, I'm so glad you did!