Tuesday, October 15, 2013

1-2-3 Craft! October

Welcome to our little blog hop.  You may have come from Mary's blog or you may just be getting started.  There are only four of us so we'll be quick!

Our 1-2-3 Craft design this month is from the CTMH publication, Make it From Your Heart Volume 1. We are using pattern #19 on page 42.  If you don't have this handy little book you can order yours for just $7.95 on my website.  As far as I am concerned it's a *must have* for scrappers and card makers.

The pattern in the book is a top fold card but I decided to reorient to a side fold.  One of the many many things I love about these patterns is their versatility.  There is no right or wrong, just be inspired!

For my color inspiration I went to Design Seeds on Facebook.  It's a wonderful page all about color combinations.  You can check them out here.  I translated their colors to Close To My Heart color pallet:  Sweet Leaf, Ponderosa Pine, Outdoor Denim, and Cranberry.  It may not be exact but it's the inspiration, remember?

Scandinavian Wishes Stamp of the Month
 I've continued on using the Scandinavian Wishes stamp of the month.  I'm having so much fun with it and finding lots of happy results.

To see what the other 1-2-3 Craft! Ladies have been up to with this pattern, check out Tracey's blog, Paper Crafting Princess and work your way back around.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Scandinavian Wishes Outside the Box

Another card for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  A fun way to exercise your creative muscles.

For this card I used the Close to my Heart Babycakes paper pack and Scandinavian Wishes Stamp of the Month. Although the theme of the stamp of the month is Christmas, I decided to try to think outside the box and came up with this house warming card.  Another way to make this set even more versatile!

This is the sketch that inspired my card.
Atlantic Hearts Sketch #24
Click on it to go see what others have made with this sketch to inspire them.  There are some really beautiful ideas there!

Products used for my card:
S1310 - Scandinavian Wishes
X7173B - Babycakes Paper Pack
Z1744 - Opaques Pearl Flourishes
D1525 - Casual Expressions (Congratulations)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Meets Scandinavian Wishes

Playing along again with this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge I decided to use the Close to my Heart stamp of the month, Scandinavian Wishes.  I'm also sticking to the Juniper & Ruby that are featured colors in our soon to be released Holidays from the Heart mini catalog.  Here's my response to the challenge.

It doesn't show as well as I had hoped, but the heart is rimmed with glitter.  I love glitter, but glitter doesn't like to be photographed.  Ever notice that?

I went around and around on what color to use where for this card.  I cut pieces in one, two or three colors and kept mixing and matching them until I finally ended up with what you see here.  Then I decided that I would use some of the left over stamped scraps for the inside of the card.  I'd like to say "nothing goes to waste" but it's really only a very small part of what I didn't use.

Here is the sketch from Atlantic Hearts.  Why don't you give it a try?  It's really fun!

This is the full set of stamps included in the Scandinavian Wishes Stamp of the Month from Close to my Heart.  You can click on the photo to go to my website to order it if you wish.  It's just $17.95 or you can get it for just $5 when you place a $50 order!

Scandinavian Wishes

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Patty Cake Babycakes Paper Trail

Thank you for stopping by on the Paper Trail.  You should have arrived here from Tracey's blog, The Paper Crafting Princess.  If you are just getting started, just follow the links and they'll circle you right back here by the end.

This month the Paper Trail Crafters are featuring Babycakes.  It's an adorable baby themed paper done in soft grey, yellow, brown & orange.  Such a nice alternative to the traditional pink & blue.

This month I did a card for you:

I rarely buy just the paper pack any more.  The Workshop on the Go has so much more to offer - and the stamps included with it are exclusive to each workshop.  I adore this "dream big" banner and the little flags that I stamped out and attached.

I also stamped the little stars to separate the flags and added a small sparkle. I gave the flags a little pop with a couple of layers of paper.  Just a little pop - not a big pop-dot pop.

My original plan was to put the buggy on the front of the card.  But the beautiful cards I see in my head seldom work out in reality.  So, the buggy was moved to the inside.  Since I colored with alcohol markers, which bleed through, the buggy was stamped separately and attached.

Below are the products I used for my card and by clicking on the item number you can go right to my website to order your own.  Next up on the Paper Trail is Linda at The Paper Taylor.  Enjoy!


X7173B - Babycakes Paper Pack
X1410 - Colonial White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

My Acrylix Stamps:
G1068 - Babycakes WOTG (included in the Workshop on the Go only)
M1027 - Baby Carriage
D1525 - Casual Expressions (Congratulations)

Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads:
Z2111 - Chocolate
Z2114 - Cocoa
Z2191 - Sunset
Exclusive Inks Markers:
Z2405 - Buttercup (regular & dark)
Z2419 - Cranberry (regular)

Z1263 - Bitty Sparkles

Cricut Collection:
Z1686 - Art Philosophy