Tuesday, December 31, 2013

CTMH: January Stamp-of-the-Month Blog Hop

I'm back!  I feel like it's been a while since I participated in the SOTM Blog Hop and I was so excited to work with this month's set, Cross-Stitch Wishes.  Here's what it looks like:

If you arrived from Katy's blog, you're on the right track.  If you're starting here at my blog then just keep clicking to each blog until you get back here.

Here is the project I created:

I had fun with this layout.  It goes back to my days in university and theatre and tells the story of how I got into cross stitching as a hobby.  I still do it today, working while snuggled on the couch watching TV.  Back then I stitched while house managing different shows at Redeemer University College.  My roommate, Amy, taught me and I haven't ever really stopped.

I used a full page from the Dream Pop promotion pack.  I just laid out my photos in a way I liked, attached them and then stamped the arrows and title.  I used my embroidery floss, DMC #3813 matching the Juniper on the page, to stitch one of the arrows and the heart.  Here are some close ups:

I also used our Stitch Guide to stitch a circle around Amy and I in the cast and crew photo of the play during which Amy taught me. A tip for those who might want to do this sort of treatement with this set.  Use your piercer to poke holes where you will stitch before you try to run the needle and floss through.  It really makes things easier!

Then I just added some Aqua Dots and I was finished!  I love this layout.  I've challenged myself to scrapbook some of my university stories as well as others from highschool and younger.  This is the first of many, I hope.

Now, it's time to hop on over to my friend Alyson's blog.  I'm sure she'll knock your socks off with her talent. 

Happy Creating!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #36: Thank You

Hello everyone!  Welcome to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  What a wonderful week I've had, celebrating Christmas with family and enjoying my kids being home all day!  That hasn't left me much time for crafting, but I got some in yesterday.  :)

Here's the sketch:

And here is my 5"x5" card:

I decided to go back to a past promotion, Dream Pop, and use up some of the fabulous patterned paper and embossed cardstock.  I love the bright colours, especially when everything is white outside.  I also used some Glitter Paper on the base.  The grey satin ribbon is from Michaels and it's tied with some Black waxy flax.  Here's a close up of the Cricut-cut sentiment and the layers.  

It was a pretty quick card, once I decided on the papers.  No stamping on this cutie!

Now, get creating and be sure to link your card here.  You may be chosen for the top three!  And, we're looking for some more design team members, so be sure to follow the instructions if you'd like to be considered.

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #34: Let There Be Peace

I have to apologize for not posting on my blog in TWO weeks!  When life gets crazy and something has to give, it's usually my blog.  :(
Anyway, I'm here again with another fabulous Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  It's a super simple one, with lots of flexibility.  Here's the sketch:

I love that the sentiment is front and centre.  Here's my take on it:

I'm right in the midst of making Christmas cards to mail and hand out.  Yup, right down to the wire.  I used the Sparkle and Shine paper, Ruby Shimmer Trim and cardstock, Pink Glitter Gems, and Sparkle and Shine Complements Dimensional Elements for the main piece.  

Now it's your turn.  Create something, could be a card or a layout (or any kind of crafting) using the sketch and link it up at Atlantic Hearts.

Happy Creating!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #32: Happy Birthday!

Welcome to another sketch challenge at Atlantic Hearts!  This week's sketch is so incredibly verstile.  I couldn't wait to play with it.  Here it is:

Can you just imagine the possibilities with this one?  Here's my take on it:

This is one of the cards for my upcoming Cricut Birthday Cards workshop.  Want to see more?  Like my Facebook page for more information.  It'll be posted soon.

Here's what I used for this card: 
Artbooking and Art Philosophy Cricut Collections
Whisper, Slate, White Daisy, Juniper, Honey, and Sunset cardstock
Black Mini-Medley
3-D Foam Tape

Now, get creating and make sure to link up to Atlantic Hearts.  You may be chosen top three!
Happy Creating!