Monday, December 28, 2015

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #140-Goodbye 2015!

Welcome to the last Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge of 2015!  I can't believe we're already here.  It's been a good year.  I have nothing to complain about.  But boy did it fly by without even flashing its brake lights.  I loved this sketch when I saw it because I love the look of a card with most of the action in one corner.  Do I have a problem with blank space... you know I do... for myself at least.  But I love the way they look.  So, to make it easier on myself, I used some printed paper from the Kaleidoscope paper packet (did I just re-spell that word four times and then have to look at the paper packet?...Yes... yes, I did) for the background.  I was a lucky girl and got a new Big Shot under the tree this year and used it along with the awesome doily die I got from Waffle Flower Crafts... is that not just THE most awesome doily you've ever seen??  My new big shot cut it out like butta!  Do not worry... I have definitely not left my Cricut behind because we have a relationship, ya know?  But sometimes... dies just rock!  And coming soon, CTMH will be carrying a few and they are AWESOME!! 

I also LOVE the December Stamp of the Month, Candlelight Garden with it's oh so delicate jar and flowers and I've been wanting to try out embossing on vellum and coloring it with my Shin Hans.   So I stamped the jar just in regular old Memento Ink... I kind of wanted it to look lighter.. 'cause it's glass... and then I stamped the flower stems only also with Memento black ink... and then stamped the flowers in Versamark and added black embossing powder just to the stems that were sticking out of the jar and the flowers and embossed.  I used my Shin Han markers to color in the flowers and leaves in various colors and also to color in some water in the jar.  I love the way it comes out... definitely going to do this more.  I've seen some beautiful creations using this technique... butterflies... awesome!  Fairy wings... also awesome!

Added a few banners and a sentiment from the Candlelight Garden stamp set (only available until December 31st!), some baker's twine from CTMH and Paper Sweeties, sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and a resin flower... old CTMH retired and beautiful.  (Be sure to check out the clearance section of my shopping website... lots of beautiful retired stuff there!)
Be sure to hop on over to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and play along!  The holiday rush is over... take some time for yourself and make something.  It will feel really good!


  1. Are the flowers done with vellum too...wasn't quite sure from your description. They look heavier than vellum. Love the way you did the transparency of the jar and water with the doily sneaking behind. Our similarities on the first non-Christmas card is using the color pear.

  2. This turned out beautiful! Great idea to emboss on velum. I never would have thought of that! And you cut the flowers out so perfect. (Blank space is hard for me as well.)

  3. I read your description CAREFULLY to make sure I had a handle on how you got those flowers so glossy black...and now I want to emboss! Love my big shot! Mine is an old girl, but electric so I'm happy with her!

  4. This is so sweet! Love ypur design and coloring too :)

  5. Beautifully done! Very pretty card!

  6. Wow, your embellishment cluster is amazing!


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