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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hearts of the West Blog Hop

Welcome to the Hearts of the West Team monthly Blog Hop!

In this blog hop today, we are featuring the very beautiful CTMH paper pack "Oh Deer".  
You will find this paper pack in the Holiday Expressions Mini Catalogue.

If you came from Corrina Murphy's blog , then you are on the right track. This is a circular blog hop so you can start anywhere. Just in case you get lost, the full list of participants can be found at the bottom of this post. 

To make this shaker card, I used the piece of sea glass patterned paper in the "Oh Deer" set, for the inside of the shaker.

Then I ran a piece of sea glass card stock through an embossing folder, lightly rubbed the top of it with White Shimmer Delicata ink, and stamped it in Golden Glitz and White Shimmer Delicata ink using  the A1190, All is Bright stamp set.  I finished the card stock mat by splattering it with watered down gesso.

The Poinsettias were cut on the cricut using a flower from Anna's Winter Wonderland cartridge.  They were sponged with Golden Glitz Delicata ink.  The pine needle branches are from the CTMH Flower Market cartridge.

The shaker itself was cut in several layers:  White daisy, "Oh Deer" sea glass, white foam, acrylic window, and finished off with the beautiful CTMH White Glitter paper.  The ornament shape of the shaker was made with the Sizzix Bigz Chandelier Ornament die.  "Joy" was cut out of  CTMH Gold Glitter paper using a Penny Black die from the "Greetings" set.  The card was finished off with a bow made from CTMH White and Gold ribbon

 "Oh Deer" has been a delight to work with... it is so bright and pretty.!

I am the last one on the hop, but if you started somewhere in the middle, head over to Nancy Klein's blog to see what she has created with "Oh Deer"!

I hope you enjoy yourself on this hop and find lots to inspire you.  Thank you for stopping by today!

Blog hop participants:

Monday, October 17, 2016

10 CTMH "City Sidewalks" Christmas Cards

Hi everyone,

I have made another set of 10 Christmas cards.  These ones were made using the CTMH "City Sidewalk" Workshop Your Way.

As I did in this post, I wanted to see how many cards I could make using the Workshop Your Way kits after first making the 3 double layouts.  I could have made more cards... but I stopped at 10.  There is a lot of value in these kits!

I explain how I glittered up the dark blue tree paper above, in my instruction PDF which you will get a link for below.

Thanks again Janice Gilhooley for the instructions for the snowman card!

If you would like the instructions for these cards, you will find them here. 


Sunday, October 2, 2016

10 Christmas Cards from CTMH Oh Deer WYW

Hi everyone!

Happy World Cardmaking Day!  I know the actual day was yesterday, but I am continuing on with it today!!

I used one of the CTMH workshops called "Oh Deer", cut the 3 layouts out and then went on to see how many Christmas cards I could get from it.  The answer is A LOT!  I finally stopped at 10 cards, but I could have made more and I probably will yet.

These cards are quick and simple, but very elegant.  I popped them up with a lot of layers and added extra glitter, crystal gems, and lots of shimmer to give them an extra dimension.  They are SO pretty in real life.  I hope I have been able to capture some of their sparkle and glimmer for you!

I have made an instructional PDF document on how to make these cards.  If you would like to have it to make your own cards, please go here.

This Peace card was inspired by Allisa at Rocky Mountain Paper Crafts.

And THIS one was totally designed by Janice Gilhooley.  (You will only be able to see this link if you belong to the Facebook page CTMH Artwork.)
I loved it so much I had to make one of my own!!

I hope you enjoy these cards!
Getting an early start on them now will help decrease the stress in December when there are so many things to do!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Smile through the tears.

Hi everyone!  

This week's layout was a labour of love.  We lost our much loved dog, Harley, a couple of weeks ago, and I have been looking at photos of him ever since.... wishing I could have him here with me again.


The challenge at More Than Words this month is to use this sketch and the word "Smile".  I liked this photo for the challenge because Harley is smiling and happy.

I'm also using this layout for a Round Robin challenge at Swirlydoos this month.

To embellish this layout, I did a lot of fussy cutting.  I had another page of this paper, and I cut out all the flowers and butterflies, added cardboard underneath to pop them up, and then used them to create my flower clusters.  In this cluster above, you can see a Spellbinders die cut called "Pawing Dog".  I love the image of the dog in the heart, and the paw print embellishing the flower.

Dangling down is a chipboard piece from Blue Fern Studios, which I sprayed with 
Iris Color Bloom mist and then added some beads, etc.

"Smile" was cut using my cricut.  Now I hope this doesn't creep anyone out, but if you click on the photo above and look closely, you will see that I used some of Harley's soft hair to tuck here and there in the flower cluster.  
There is also a little bottle of his hair tucked in as well.  
My 6 year old grandson gave me the idea for this when he asked me if I would collect 
some of Harley's hair for him so he could still pet him.  
(That seriously broke my heart all over again.)  

Before gluing anything on to this beautiful paper "Calling Cards" from the "Timeless" collection by Blue Fern Studios, I painted it with clear gesso, and then sprayed it with Pressed Petal and Iris Color Bloom mist.  You can see the water colour effect that was created doing this up in the right hand corner.

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing my memories with me.  Do stop by the 
to see some fabulous work done by other paper artists.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Magnolia Mini Album

Hi everyone!

Today I'm sharing a little mini album that I'm making for my mom.  My son was married last August and she and dad weren't able to attend, so I thought they would enjoy an album of fun shots from the day.

To embellish the front of the album, I used the darling Magnolia mini stamp set "Vintage Bridal Couple" combined with Close to my Heart embellishments and papers from "Charlotte". 

 The flowers were cut from the Charlotte paper and glitzed up with "Diamond" Stickles.  The album is another Close to my Heart product called the "My Creations Kraft Mini Book".

I made a cute little embellishment with another mini Magnolia stamp "Doo Bee Pops Bride Tilda".  To add color to the album, I have used a set of CTMH Picture My Life card sets called "Our Story".  It worked perfectly for a wedding album, however, it is now a retired product.  There are many other Picture My Life sets that are equally cute though.  You can check them out here.

Here I've used "Runaway Bride" (although fortunately Michael's bride didn't run away!!) and "Where is my Bride" Edwin.  A little "Diamond" Stickles on his bouquet and her shoes, makes these little embellishments sparkle.

My son and his beautiful bride.  :)

Magnolia Licious has a challenge on right now where "Anything Goes" so I am going to enter this project in the challenge along with the other beautiful entries. 

I am also going to enter this album in a challenge by Simply Magnolia "Anything Goes".  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Magnolias in the Springtime!

Hi everyone!

I'm here today to share a new found love ... Magnolia stamps!  I just adore these little girls - they are so much fun to colour and add to projects.

It's Spring and this little mini Tilda holding her goose, seemed to want to jump into my box of tulips... so I let her!

The Tulip Box Card is an SVG file I purchased from SVG Cuts.  I love their files, they are well done, with fabulous instructions and a video on how to put everything together as well.

I inked and added Diamond Stickles to all the petal edges and molded the flowers for some dimension.  I also added some glass bead gel to the leaves for texture.

I have a lot to learn about colouring the Magnolia's but I find it very relaxing and enjoyable!

I'm going to enter this card in a couple of challenges.  The first is one at Creative Carte Blanche.... the rules there were to add corrugated paper, lace and metal to a piece of art.  I decided to score my fence, as you can see below, to add texture to it and cover the "corrugated" requirement.... added some metal bling to my flower cluster and lace "grass" at the bottom of my fence.

The other challenge I'm entering is over at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog where the theme is "Anything Goes With Pearls."

This photo shows the card laying flat and ready to be boxed up for a pretty Easter gift!

Paper used for this project was a mixture of CTMH Penelope and Kaleidoscope, with a tiny bit of Doodlebug Springtime.
The bow die is from Spellbinders "Tiered Multiloop Bows"
And the star of the show is "Goosebump Tilda"!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you all a Joyous Spring!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Watercolour Background

Hi everyone!

I'm playing on the Round Robin team at Swirlydoos again this month and decided to go out of my comfort zone, and create my own background for my layout.  It ended up being great fun!

I was inspired by both my team-mate that I was following, who had done a lot of splatter painting on her layout, as well as a new challenge blog that started this month called Creative Carte Blanche.  Their challenge this month was "to try something you've never done before."

Soooo, taking a big breath.... I began with a piece of chipboard, some molding paste, and a 12x12 Prima stencil.

I added a few areas of crackle paste, then painted all over with gesso.

I picked my papers, "Secret Letters" by 13 Arts and used coordinating watercolours to paint my background.  It looked very grungy and cool.

To finish the layout, I followed the "sketch" of my previous teammates.  We also had challenge requirements of doing things in "twos", using the colour red, and having a heart on the layout... so that determined how I added my flowers and embellishments. 

This bow is a die from Tattered Lace that I painted here and there with 13 Arts Pink Glitter Ayeeda Ink.

The heart is the Spellbinders "Lovin' Diamonds" die.

The pretty doily die is the "Eastern Star" by Cherry Lynn.

The butterfly was cut from the 13 Arts paper and embellished with bling from my stash.

Thank you to the group over at Creative Carte Blanche for their inspiration to try something new!  
I would encourage you to check them out!!

Thank you also to my team mates Hanne, Jan, and Cheryl at Swirlydoos... I was so lucky to get to follow them all and be inspired by their creations!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!