Monday, January 22, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #248



Welcome to this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  Today I'm playing along with a few other challenges as well!  My Coffee Lovin' Cohort Laurel Seabrook hosts a challenge that I found last week called Inspired By and the Inspiration Photo is below.  I was inspired by the black and white and gold and the patterns and my mind went to this paper from the jack paper pack.  I was also inspired by the beautiful Vintage Roses stamps from Altenew that she used in her project.  I got that set so long ago and have been afraid to use it because of the layering.  So this weekend I pulled it out and was surprised at how easily these came together and I didn't even end up crying like I have with some layered sets...lol!


So I checked out the Altenew challenge blog and chose my colors from the Sketch Challenge which allows you to be inspired by the Sketch, the colors, the composition, or the elements or all of the above!  I chose the colors since I already had the Atlantic Hearts sketch to use... and they were perfect!  AND I checked out the Tic Tac Toe Challenge over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday and found a row I could definitely work with.  The board is below and I chose the diagonal Flower, Embossing, and Butterfly which was also just right for this card!  That pretty butterfly diecut is from Memory Box and the gold foil paper was just the ticket.


And I've also had this awesome sentiment set from Altenew in these fun fonts, Painted Inspiration forever!  I bought it at a stamp show back in NY at the Right At Home booth... embossed in gold... 

So thanks for stopping by!  Hope you will play along over at Atlantic Hearts this week!  And you may want to pair it up with some of these other challenges as well!

Here's this week's sketch!


And this is the color pallet that inspired me:


With a little bit of pretty black and white geometric pattern and a touch of gold:


And the lower left to upper right diagonal combo from here:



Sunday, January 21, 2018

Cutting Cafe Inspiration-Anything Goes January 2018


Welcome to some Cutting Cafe Inspiration!  This time around it's Anything Goes!  Regina let us pick any file we wanted to work with and I chose the Polaroid and Camera Fun Template and Printable Set.


I decided although this is a layout from a Santa Train Ride, I wanted to use these Jack papers and complements... I mean ... Santa is kind of lumberjacky isn't he?...lol!  

I used the cutting files on this two page layout using pics from (so) long ago!  The cameras, the hearts, the flash and all of those black arrows, the filmstrips and the awesome polaroid frames that frame some of my favorite pics are all in the cutting file!


 Along with some ephemera I had, some extras on my desk from previous projects, and a few diecuts I love the way this layout came out.  When I decided to do a layout, I went to one of my favorite places for inspiration, Yvonne Yam's blog Do More With Less and one of the many gorgeous and fun layouts in this post here!  Can you tell which one?

I'm playing along with the Heart2Heart Challenge, Picture Perfect!  I'm also playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to Add A Sentiment. 


Don't you just LOVE those cameras???  So cute cut from patterned paper.  There is also a polaroid camera in the cutting file and two larger ones that are shaped cards!  Not to mention a bunch of really cute printable sentiments.  That Happy die has been sitting on my desk for months... MONTHS!  It ended up being too big for the card I wanted to it for and I'm so happy because I love using it on this one!

So yeah... that's me with my two boys.. they are 28 and 23 now!!... and that smile of mine...lol... that's what you get when I try to smile for a picture and why most of the time I prefer to be behind the camera...lol!


I had originally cut the polaroid frames from white paper, but with all of the white in the background they got lost and then I came across this cool print in the paper pack and knew it would be awesome... I think I was right.  I layered them over the white ones because it made for a thicker frame.  Most of the snowflakes were leftovers and the cups of cocoa are from MFT.  And yes, I'm missing some journaling, but I'll add that before I put it away... maybe...lol!!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll try out this Polaroid and Camera fun file!  It did make for a lot of fun on this layout.  Also make sure if you haven't already, you head on over to Yvonne's blog and check it out!  Now be sure to get over to the Cutting Cafe Blog and comment there for a chance to win some free files and for links to all of my design teamies' projects for today... don't miss the awesome!


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Caffeine Fueled Paper Play with Poppy Stamps


I'm up on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog today and I'm playing along with the Poppy Stamps Snow Day Challenge!  Hope you'll hop on over and check out the details and maybe even play along!

Here's a Sneak Peek!




Monday, January 15, 2018

Paper Sweeties January 2018 Blast From the Past Favorites! - Day 3


Welcome to Day 3 of Paper Sweeties Blast From The Past Favorites!  Today I'm sharing with you a project I made using Emma... my favorite little Sweetie!

I started with a background I created a while ago at a crop with friends.  One of the girls showed us all how to use a Gelli Plate with acrylic paints.  All I added to the background for this project were the snowflakes.  I used the three snowflakes from the Thanks Snow Much stamp set and stamped them randomly on the background with Versamark ink and heat embossed them in white.  

I'm playing along again with the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge CIC437.. inspiration photo is below!  You should check it out!


Then I colored up and cut out Emma and stamped this adorable sweater dress and pair of boots from the Tackle Life One Cup At A Time stamp set.  I stamped the dress on some sweater paper.   I didn't have quite the right color to go with my background so I used the pattern that had mostly white and colored some of  the sections with a coordinating marker.  The sentiment is from the same set and I stamped and heat embossed it on a banner cut using the Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts then I stamped, colored and cut out the fun to go cup from the Coffee Plan Your Life Series stamp set.

Thanks for stopping again!  Hope you've enjoyed our blasts from the past!  And if you haven't checked out what everyone else created for you today, then be sure you do!




Sunday, January 14, 2018

Paper Sweeties January 2018 Blast from the past favorites! - Day 2


Welcome to Day 2 of Paper Sweeties Blast From the Past Favorites!  Originally I was planning a snowman for this one and the houses were going to be the background, but once I started stamping them I decided on this instead!  I'm playing along with the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge CIC437 and the inspiration photo is below.  I cut a scalloped circle frame out of glitter paper and another out of the blue snowflake background paper.  I used the outside of the glitter cut and the inside of the snowflake cut.


I used the inside circle to cut some layers of snow using the little snow drift from the Thanks Snow Much Sweet Cuts.  I stamped two houses, one from the Somewhere Over The Rainbow Set and the other from the Home Is Where Your Story Begins stamp set.  I colored them with my copics.  I lined them up for my scene and cut one of the houses in half since I knew I'd only fit less than half inside the circle.  Once I adhered them all I trimmed away the excess.  And those little hearts from Somewhere Over The Rainbow... LOVE!


To finish it off, I used some ribbon, sequins and stamped and diecut a snowflake from the Snow Friends set and this cute sentiment from the Sent From My Heart stamp set along with a few pink sequins!

Thanks for stopping again and be sure to check out what everyone has created for today:







Saturday, January 13, 2018

Paper Sweeties January 2018 Blast from the past favorites-Day 1


Welcome to Paper Sweeties From The Past Favorites!  This January we're sharing projects we've made with some of our favorite previously released Paper Sweeties stamps and Sweet Cuts dies!

I used some of my favorites in this Valentine for someone special!  That heart doily ... on of my Top 10 for sure!  I love that the inside heart and outside scallop cut separately from the With Love Sweet Cuts!  I can use them together or apart, with the same paper on the inside and out or two different... so many options!  Here I cut some out of a pretty white and kraft heart print and layered them side by side on top of my embossed kraft background.


And these cuties from the Sweeties Pets stamp set!!  Love these two.  And you know those hearts floating up between them from the Somewhere Over the Rainbow Stamp and Sweet Cuts sets... I love that whole set, but these hearts I use over and over and over... 


I stamped and embossed my sentiments from a few more of my faves!  The Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts... another one use all the time... this banner is great just to decorate and embellish or to use with a sentiment!  And that stitched heart from the Stitched Tags #1 Sweet Cuts.. I love that you can add the hole to it or not!  Here I opted to not so I just have the stitched heart.  And can we talk about this awesome sentiment from the Kindness Matters stamp set??  LOVE!  And I scattered around some paper flowers from my stash and those beautiful Paper Sweeties sequins in strawberry!


Hope you enjoyed your stop here today!  Links to all of the Paper Sweeties products I used today are below!  Come back tomorrow for some more of my faves!  In the meantime, be sure to hop around to see what all of my teamies have made for you today: