Monday, March 20, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #204

Welcome to this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  This week, I decided to play along with the Stamplorations Monthly Theme And Sketch Challenge (I'm playing along with the theme, Spring!), as well as the Cutplorations Challenge for March which has a beautiful floral theme and the Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge! 

Aside from being inspired by this month's AHSC sketch and all of the other challenges I'm participating in... my main inspiration was my former Lessology Design Teammate Lizzy Hill.  If you've never checked out her blog before you must (just click on her name).  She makes the best, most yummy stuff including lots of scrapbook pages.  I was reading her latest blog post yesterday and then thought of the awesome handmade pocket letter she had sent me with all kinds of goodies handmade and not so I set out to find my inner Lizzy by using some of that stuff and a few other items... she sent me that jar with the flowers chipboard piece, the cute little word tags peaking out, and the doily that is behind them, and the pretty jewels I've scattered around... so pretty right.. and there's lots more for future projects so you'll be seeing those!  

I was going to use one of the pretty word die cuts that she sent and they really would have fit this perfectly, but then I remembered I hadn't played along with Stamplorations in a while so I checked out the March challenges and decided to use one of the awesome new coffee dies and stamps that I got over there recently... Coffee Hop starts Friday!  I'm ready! I'm ready! Iiiiii'm ready! (as Spongebob likes to sing).  I also pulled out some pretty floral fabric tape that fit the themes (and of course after I adhered it I found the floral washi Lizzy had sent... oh well... guess I have to make!)

And since what got me started anyway was Lizzy's kraft layout with the awesome stenciled embossing paste background, I used a Stamplorations stencil and some gold texture paste and proceeded to splatter some stuff around... little gold and pink raindrops I think... and for my steam that pretty little heart cluster from Paper Sweeties.. I'll be using that a lot during the Coffee Hop for sure!

So here's this week's sketch!  Come and play with us!

And here's the inspiration photo for the Cutplorations challenge and I used the theme for the Theme and Sketch challenge which is Spring... perfect, right?!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cutting Cafe Easter Inspiration!

It's time for some Cutting Cafe Inspiration!  This time around we're sharing our projects made with of the adorable and cool Easter themed sets in the shop!

Did you know that Regina has bunches of digital stamps in the shop?  I'm using the Egg Wreath Digital Stamp and you can find it here if you must have it!  And it would be quite easy to have Regina make a custom stamp using this image in the size you wanted it if you so desired!  And if you do desire you can get more info about that here!

The set comes with two of the same image in two different sizes.  I cut them both and used them in different ways.  This one I printed and then had my Brother Scan N Cut2 cut it out for me with a border.  Isn't that paper cute??  It's from the Echo Park Spring Paper Pad which you can get at the Cutting Cafe Shop here (if you so desire)...

Look at the cheeks on this cutie!!  I love that you can color the egss any colors you want.  I played up the black in this one by using the paper with a little black in it and...

I also used it for my sentiment banner... love the look of a black banner with a white sentiment!

The smaller of the two images I printed and then used one of my scalloped circle dies to cut it out that way... if you don't like to fussy cut and don't have a brother this is a great alternative... still adds much interest without the bother!

I used all of the same colors in these eggs but changed the locations of the colors a bit... just 'cause... that's how I roll...

The sentiments I used are from the Happy Easter From Your Peeps stamp set available in the Cutting Cafe Shop here (you know... if you want it...) and that paper is also from the same Echo Park pad as the first card.

I had much fun with these printable stamps and making these two cards similar yet different... LOVE this image... thinking about having it made into a clear stamp... just because I can!

Be sure to check out the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 21st for links to all of the Design Team projects!  And if you comment on the main post on the Cutting Cafe Blog, you could win some free files!

Come back soon... Monday starts a new week Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and we'd sure like it if you played along!

Going Green With Paper Smooches!

So there's an awesome color challenge over at Paper Smooches this month, Greenery!  I LOVE green so I decided to make a yummy watercolored background for it using my distress inks, my Gelli Gel Printing Plate, some Ken Oliver Colorbursts and a little Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spray.. it was fun and I made a full sheet so I've got some more to play with...

Love the March TAM (Thanks A Million) set that includes this adorable dinosaur and the adorable sentiment below... and a bunch of other cuties and sentiments you'll be seeing more of at a later date... I used some Paper Smooches (The mountains, the tree, including the clouds that I used to add dimension to my tree) and CDD (the green hills, the grass and the circle window) to create the background.  Popup tape is my friend... here I'm popping out of my window a bit, but I don't mind.

Isn't this sentiment adorable... love the adorable critters and many punny sentiments that Paper Smooches has over at the shop.. you should check it out!  I have the hardest time choosing when I'm there ... I want it all!  In fact I've started a cart right now!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'll be back tomorrow with some Cutting Cafe Inspiration and later this week with some more fun.. don't forget to play along at Paper Smooches!  You have 'til March 29th and the prize.. is pretty awesome!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tiki Hawaiian Vacation-Sounds About Right Right Now

Today's the day!  This adorable and fun stamp set will start shipping today and you still have a little bit of time to get it shipped for free!  Order Tiki Hawaiian Vacation Featuring Brentwood by midnight and save on shipping!  And if you've been checking our our projects and have seen the beautiful cards Jeanie has been sharing using the Mason Jar set and you must have it too, order these two sets together and you can get them both shipped free!

This Doodlebug paper pad has been perfect with these tropical images... today for Mrs. Brentwood and her hula dance, I wanted something really feminine so I used that pretty floral that has pinks and greens and just a touch of orange in it....

And I used these pretty lilies from the Easter set again as well... they are so pretty and go along with the tropical look...

It certainly can be.... love the fun sentiments on this one as well...and isn't she just so pretty?  I love her pretty flower in her hair and her beautiful foliage wristlets...

And what's a luau without a Tiki... I mean... he's having a good time!

And love that I thought of this raffia that a co-worker gave me from a gift she got... and that I could find it!  The colors were perfect.. but I needed something bold for the center and picked out a wooden butterfly I had and colored it with the same color of the flowers... 

So thanks for stopping by... there are a few more projects to be revealed today so be sure to not miss it... and here are links to all my teamies blogs in case you haven't seen them all so far and want to hop around:

Lisa Bzibziak (You Are Here)

And yay!  We have guest designers!

Come back again soon!

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Prayer to the Java Gods with JessicaLynnOriginal

Welcome to my second project using the Tiki Hawaiian Vacation Featuring Brentwood stamp set!  I wasn't planning on another coffee card, but I had this idea in my head I needed to get OUT!

I used the coffee cup again from the A Latte Love stamp set... I love that this cup is a blank canvas for anything!  And in this case, I used the Tiki stamp from the new set for the wrap... it's no secret I pray to the Gods O' The Coffee Bean!

And I just love Brentwood doing his little fire dance... I imagine he's trying to make it rain coffee...  oh I hope it works!

Have I told you how much I LOVE the banner in this set?

So thanks for stopping by and hope you come back again tomorrow because I'll have more for you!  And don't forget until Saturday at midnight you can get this set shipped for free AND if you order it and the Mason Jar set that Jeanie's been featuring this week at the same time, both will ship for free!

In the meantime, hop around and check out everyone's creations:

Lisa Bzibziak (You Are Here!)

Don't forget our special guest designers:

CDD Release Week-Building Dies

Quick post this morning!  I just love these Building Dies from Craftin Desert Divas... there are so many options with all of the little parts and pieces!  It takes a little bit of patience, but I made this card one morning before work!  I like to emboss my buildings with the Tim Holtz Brick embossing folder... love the look of it...

You can get these dies along with the rest of the release here if you want!  I knew I wanted a row of plain old drab buildings and then this!  I like to call this one... "If I Lived In The City"....

And I used some of the paper from one of my Doodlebug paper pads for my sentiment and suns... 

So glad you could stop by!  Sorry it's so short this time, but I've been working my butt of at work and don't have too many words left when I get home :)!  I do love to have visits though so thanks!  And if I normally visit you pretty regularly I should be back around this weekend... it's been a rough couple weeks and late nights at work so yeah... weekend...

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Paper Sweeties March 2017 New Release Rewind!

Can't believe we're already here for the Release Rewind!  Today I made a similar card to yesterday's in Sketch Design but decided I wanted something a little more shabby or country...

So this time I used some distress inks on my doily in Old Paper color and then sprayed it with some gold Color Shine.. then I took the same distress ink to the cup on the edges to give it a little dimension and my sentiment... 

And there's that sweet bunny from the February release... 

Stay away from my posies!  Get your own!

I just love the banner from Hello Friend... and this is one of the awesome sentiments in the new sets... you need them... you really do...

So.. play along... what's the matter.. do you have something against free stuff???

Check these out:

Nancy Salkeld

And here's these if you need them (you do....)