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!