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Hi Folks! Happy All Saints Day! The younger set in our house is still in a sugar coma from last night. I hope your family is faring better! Welcome to a new Die Cut Challenge from Stuck on U Sketches. This time, we’re creating banners. Now I like banners, but I’m never sure where to put them. So for this challenge I decided to incorporate a little banner into a new autumn-flavored welcome wreath for the front door. Let’s take a look:

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To make this wreath, I covered a styrofoam form in 2-inch wide burlap ribbon (from my local craft store) and then fashioned a large bow at the top from the same ribbon and copious amounts of hot glue. I accented the bow with Slate Polka Dot ribbon from Close To My Heart.  The patterned paper used in the flowers and banner are from Close To My Heart’s new Huntington Collection, which is perfect for celebrating autumn. The flowers, leaves and banners are all cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. The banner is cut at 1 1/4 inches with a 1-inch layer of Kraft Cardstock. “Welcome” is stamped in Barn Red Exclusive ink using the “You Are My Happy” alphabet stamp set, which is retired. Here’s a close up:

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The flowers and leaves are cut in a variety of sizes. I inked around the edges of the flowers with Barn Red Exclusive ink and the edges of the leaves with Olive Exclusive ink to give them both extra definition. I then added Slate-colored pearls to the center of the flowers for a little extra bling. Here are a couple of close-ups:

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Finally, I added some sparkle flourishes for a little extra…well…sparkle. I really like the juxtaposition of the burlap and gems.

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I hope you enjoyed my little welcome banner! For more inspiration be sure to visit my amazingly talented co-designers at Stuck On U Sketches.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to create something beautiful today!

Cheers!

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Taking up the Rose Blossom Garden Challenge


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Hi folks! The ladies over at the Rose Blossom Garden have another challenge for the month of April. The key of choice this time is the Mother’s Day key from the Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut Cartridge. I was privileged to design a project for this challenge, which you can see on the Rose Blossom Garden blog here.

I had a lot of fun thinking outside the box for this month’s challenge, so I thought I would use the key to make a shaped card. Here’s what I came up with:

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The supplies on this card, unless otherwise noted, are from Close To My Heart. The base of the card is cut at 4 inches using the “real dial size” setting. I cut 2 bases from White Daisy cardstock, and scored one at 3/4 inches. I adhered the two together above the score line, and covered the card front with patterned papers from the Chantilly paper pack. The pink patterned layer is cut at 3 3/4 inches, and the doily is cut at 3 inches from White Daisy cardstock. The tulip is made from 3 tulip shapes cut at 1 inch from Chantilly patterned paper. (For a brief tutorial on making the tulips, see this post at Violets & Sunshine. I used diamond stickles around the edges for a little sparkle. The leaves are cut at 2 inches and I hand cut a little stem, all of which were cut from the green patterned paper in the Chantilly paper pack. I added Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon and tied a bow. I then added a bling button (retired) with a Lagoon sparkle in the middle. The pins are also Close To My Heart but have been retired (much to my dismay). I added a little tag to the card for the Hello sentiment, which is from the “A Garden” stamps set. The tag cut is also found on the Mother’s Day key! I used a little crochet thread to add a different texture to the project.

Here are some close-ups:

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And here it is again in full:

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I hope you enjoyed my little hello. And to all those who are still dealing with frigid weather, I hope this brings you a little taste of spring! Don’t forget to drop by the Rose Blossom Garden and play along!

Cheers!

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30 in 30 Memory Works Card Challenge: Day 28

 

Happy Wednesday Everyone! Can you believe November is almost over? (Me either!) Even harder for me to believe is that my youngest niece turned 16 on Monday! Happy Birthday, Anna! Hope your card arrived safe and sound!

Okay, so today is Day 28 of the Memory Works 30 Days, 30 Cards challenge. If you haven’t been to the Memory Works Blog yet, be sure to check it out. There’s a ton of inspiration to be had from a fantastically talented group of designers! Today’s challenge is brought to us by the wonderful and incredibly talented Cathie Hollins.  Be sure to visit Cathie over at That’s No Scrap (that name always makes me smile) for more fabulous inspiration! Cathie’s challenge sketch is from one of my favorite challenge blogs, Mojo Monday (2010). (As always, you can see the actual sketch on the Memory Works Blog.)

So on with the Mojo:

For this card I’ve used a variety of papers. The music paper in the back is from Teresa Collins’ Christmas Cottage collection, and the Olive cardstock is by Close To My Heart. The bottom panel (with all the ornaments) is from the 6×6 pad in Bo Bunny’s Rejoice collection. I added a little Silver Shimmer Trim to tie it all together. The 3-inch ornament was cut from Colonial White cardstock using the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge. The stamp is from the CTMH October Stamp Of The Month set, and is stamped in Cranberry Exclusive ink. The brad and “joy” tag are from the Christmas Cottage brad set. Finally, I added some silver and Christmas red stickles for a little extra sparkle.

Here’s a close-up:

 

Love that shine!

Hope this gives you a mid-week boost of inspiration. Have a beautifully creative day!

Cheers!

30 in 30 Memory Works Card Challenge: Day 26

Happy Monday everyone! So it’s Day 26 of the Memory Works 30 in 30 Christmas Card Challenge. Hop on over the Memory Works Blog and take a look at the Operation Write Home sketch brought to us by the über-crafty, oh-so-talented Lynn Darda. For a HUGE dose of inspiration, you definitely want to visit Lynn at From My Bungalow.

So here’s my take on the challenge:

The background strips of patterned paper are from the 6×6 pad in Bo Bunny’s Rejoice collection. The huge bling-of-a-brad on the bow is from Teresa Collin’s Christmas Cottage collection. The bow is made from Cranberry grosgrain ribbon from my stash. “J” “O” and “Y” are stamped in Cranberry Exclusive ink using Close To My Heart‘s Vintage Type stamp set. The rays behind the letters are stamped in Olive Exclusive ink using a stamp from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge collection by Close To My Heart. I cut the little snowflake-like shape using the Artiste cartridge and then stamped it in Cranberry Exclusive ink using a stamp  from CTMH‘s October Stamp Of The Month Set.

Here’s a couple of close-ups:

I love the simplicity of this card. I hope it inspires you to create something beautiful today. 😀

Have a wonderful Monday.

Cheers!

 

30 in 30 Memory Works Card Challenge: Day 24

Hey Folks! Hope everyone survived Black Friday. It’s Saturday now. Time to kick back, relax, and make a Christmas card or two. 😀

Today’s card (and tomorrow’s actually) is a mixed up a bit like yesterday’s. So for the correct sketch for this card, see the talented Sheri Feypel‘s post on the Memory Works blog for Day 17. For my card that corresponds with Sheri’s Page Maps challenge on the Memory Works blog today, see my post here. Be sure to visit Sheri at The Desperate Scrapper for more inspiration.

So here’s my card for today:

 

The pattern paper is from the 6×6 paper pad in Bo Bunny’s Rejoice collection. The music washi tape and red gem brad are from Teresa Collins’ Christmas Cottage collection. I cut the scalloped edge using the Deco Scallop edger by ek success. The Christmas ornament was cut at 3 inches from Colonial White cardstock using the Artiste Cricut cartridge, stamped in Olive Exclusive ink using the Close To My Heart October Stamp of The Month set, and popped up with dimensional adhesive. I added gold and Christmas red stickles for a bit of bling and some gold ribbon from my stash. The sentiment also is from the CTMH October Stamp Of The Month set, and is stamped in Cranberry Exclusive ink.

Here’s a close-up:

Have a relaxing Saturday and don’t forget to create beautiflul things this weekend!

Cheers!

30 in 30 Memory Works Card Challenge: Day 18

Hi All! Welcome to Day 18 of the Memory Works card challenge. I hope you’re having a great weekend!

Hop on over to the Memory Works blog to see today’s Page Map challenge brought to us by my hugely talented co-designer Sharon Hill. Be sure to visit Sharon at A Day in the Life of a Scrapbooker for more inspiration.

Here is my take on Sharon’s challenge:

For this card I returned to Teresa CollinsChristmas Cottage collection. The double-sided pages in the 6×6 paper pad give no end to creative inspiration. The first two pattern papers are cut at 1 3/4 and 2 x 5 1/4 inches. The 2-inch piece was edged with the deco scalloped edger punch by ek success. It is layered atop a 1 x 5 1/4-inch piece of green paper that was edged with the same punch. I tied the paper together using a 5/8-inch piece of Colonial White cardstock that I scalloped and then ran though my Cuttlebug using in the D’vine Swirls embossing folder. The Colonial White piece in the embellishment was cut using the Artiste Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart and embossed to match the scalloped strip, and popped up using dimensional adhesive. I then added a layered flower made using the Blossom triple layer punch [retired] by Stampin’ Up to which I added a brad from the Christmas Cottage collection. I popped this piece up with dimensional adhesive as well. The sentiment is from the Pear & Partridge Card Workshop by Close To My Heart and is stamped in Cocoa Exclusive ink.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

 

Have a wonderfully peaceful Sunday!

Cheers!

30 in 30 Memory Works Card Challenge: Day 17

Woo Hoo! The weekend is here! Time to get crafty with another Memory Works blog challenge. The Page Maps sketch was chosen by designer par excellence Sheri Feypel. (Sheri is also the one that does such a great job coordinating all our challenges and blog hops for Memory Works! Yep, she’s one impressive designer!) To be further inspired by Sheri, visit her at The Desperate Scrapper.

Here’s my take on the today’s sketch:

The pattern paper is from Bo Bunny’s Rejoice Collection. (6×6 pad, of course.) The background is cut at 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches. I then added a strip of pattern paper cut at 2 5/8 x 3 3/4 inches and edged with the deco scallop edger by ek success. I then cut a 2 x 3 3/4-inch strip of Colonial White cardstock and ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Polka Dots embossing folder. I wrapped a little Maraschino bakers twine from The Twinery around it and left the strings long enough to add the mittens. Using the Artiste Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart, I cut out four mittens. I stamped two in Cranberry Exclusive ink and hand cut the cuffs off them. Then I used the second-generation stamping technique (sometimes referred to as “stamping off”) to create a lighter shade of Cranberry. I then attached the darker cuffs and adhered the two together. I punched a little hole at the top of the mittens, added a snowflake brad from Teresa Collins’ Christmas Cottage collection and tied them to the card with the bakers twine. I used a little dimensional adhesive to hold the mittens where I wanted them on the embossed cardstock and then used more dimensional adhesive to pop the whole piece up on the base. I created a little banner to hold the sentiment and tucked it under the cardstock. Both the mittens and the sentiment stamps are from the Close To My Heart October Stamp Of The Month set.

Here’s a close-up:

Have a great Saturday, and don’t forget to create something beautiful!

Cheers!

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