Monday, February 27, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #201

Welcome to my newest Atlantic Heats Sketch Challenge. This weeks sketch has two awesome stripes down the side an image and sentiment.  I decided to use elements from my  Simon Says Stamps March Card Kit . The kit itself is sold out, but you can buy the elements I used separately.


I stamped the bunny first, and covered it with a mask, and stamped the background eggs using Ranger Black Archival ink.  Using masks for each of the eggs and the rabbit made from post it tape I layered the images.  I used Canson XL140 lb cold press watercolor paper.  Using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (Light Grey #91, Light Green #44, Lemon Yellow #51, Violet #80, Dark Pink #27, and Light Blue #36) I colored in the stamped images.  My favorite oval dies were used to cut the image out, and I placed it over the two stripes using foam tape.  


What can you make using this sketch?  Be sure to post it on the Atlantic Heats Sketch Challenge page. 

Happy creating!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Challenge # 199

Well... in the rush to make sure I was keeping up with my obligations, I made my card after church on Sunday.  The always correct weatherperson on TV and my phone kept reminding me of the impending snow storm... it was scheduled to arrive by 4 pm... I knew I should get down to my son's house (across the street from my job/school) so I created the card for sketch #201, the one I had written in my planner, the one I was sure I needed to complete. And then, once safe and sound at my son's I started to write my blog, oh wait, the last blog was #197... gosh darn it!  I made the wrong one!  And no craft room!

The storm never arrived, but I stayed an extra night to sort out the 150 books that have made it onto the pre final list for the Charlotte Award (I am chairperson for the 2018 committee).  Have no fear, however, I made it home in time to create a new card and post it here!


I am honestly glad I messed up.  This card came to me lickity split! I looked through my catalog for a little inspiration.  I LOVE the Dreamin' Big paper, and have been trying to figure out when to use it.  Once I saw the Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Seasons & Nature Stamp Set in my collection I was inspired.  

The background paper is Juniper and cut at 4.25 x 5.5.  I did some math and decided the tall portion should be 2 in x 5 in.  For this I used Saffron and stamped tone on tone with Saffron ink.  

To make up the other side of the card I cut the Dreamin' Big paper bug side up 1.5 in x 3 in.   An awesome feature of the Close To My Heart Paper is the zip strip at the top tells you the colors to use!  I chose to use Slate for the smallest section of the card ( 1.5 in x 1.75 in).  I stamped and embossed the sentiment fro the same stamp set.  

The final color paper I used on the card was Glacier.  Using my favorite flag die set, I cut one of the smallest dies and embossed the "because your so kind" sentiment from the same stamp set.

I hope my card inspired you and my directions are easy enough to follow.  

Create your own card using the Atlantic Hearts Challenge # 199 template to create your own awesome work of art! 



Dream big & have fun creating! 


Monday, January 30, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #197

Okay so I am a little bit of an absent minded professor!

I have been trying to keep up with the challenge so I guess I made a card using the Explore  for sketch #197 at our WOTM Crop a couple weks ago.  I promptly forgot and made another card at home using the sketch.



The first card was made using the flowers from the happy to be friends stamp set.  I tried a few differnet ways to create the circle effect from the sketch.  I played with the stamps to make a cricle with a blank in the middle, than just filled it in.   I added the smaller circle to put the sentiment on.  I used colors from the Dreaming Big Paper Pack for inspiration.  (Black, Glacier, Goldrush, Juniper, Poppy, Saffron, Slate, Sorbet, Whisper, White Daisy). The papers are Juniper and White Daisy.  The Inks for the flowers are Poppy, Glacier, Saffron, Sorbet and Slate.


The other card I made  using the Expression included some blues, purples and yellow from the current catalog.  I used the Hydrangea Flower #MD43106 from the Close to my Heart - Flower Market Cartridge.  The banner is banner is Label #M418620 from the Close to my Heart Artistry Cartridge.  

I will link the file whenI can get to a computer.  

I had so much fun using this sketch.  

Please join us and post your version of the sketch!!




Monday, January 23, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of The Month FEBRUARY 2017 COFFEE TEA AND COCOA



For Christmas my son decided to give me something to support my paper crafting hobby.  So he gave me money to order some stamping kits.  For my first kit I decided to order the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of The Month FEBRUARY 2017 COFFEE TEA AND COCOA (CK0217).  You can subscribe to the kit, and they will send you an email each month before it is ready to ship.  You will not receive it unless you click on the link in the email and pay for it.  If you do not want it for that month, simple do not reply.  The kits sell out quickly, but you can buy the products separately.  Visit the website for more information on what comes in the kit.

I have seen many videos where someone gets the kit and makes 10 cards.  I wanted to make sure I did not let this be another box of stash I never use, so when it arrived Saturday, I jumped right in. I was rather impressed with myself.  One of the cards was inspired by the photo samples provided on the flyer, but the rest come from my noggin!




The Doodlebug 6x6 Cream and Sugar Papers were beautiful and so much fun to work with as were the Doodlebug Shape Sprinkles Latte Love.



Now for the cards:

Card 1: I used a stitched flag die I ordered a few months ago.  The tea cup, teabag and quote were all part of the Coffee and Tea stamp set.  I used some craft paper from my stash on a few of the cards.


Card 2:  I stamped the to go cups with black archival ink and colored the wrapper with my Zig Watercolor markers. Using Hero arts white embossing powder on the sentiment made it really pop.


Card 3: This one may be my favorite.  Using the flag stitched die, and an Oval Stitched Die I cut the white paper and some craft card stock.  Both of the stamps are included in the stamp set. 


Card 4 & 5: For these two cards I used the same paper I had cut and placed them in reverse order on the cards.  The flag is the smallest from the flag die set, and the stickers are from the kit.  The You & Tea statement is two separate stamps in the kit.  



Card 6: This is the card inspired from the handout/website,  I moved the flag die from the center to the left side of the card, but other than that is straight from the image they provided.


Card 7: The flag dies make the card making easy.  The hardest part is they were to long to make the card vertical, so I had to make this one horizontal.  How cute is that iced coffee?!


Card 8: Included in the kit is the Simon Says Stamp COFFEE LOVE Wafer Die.  It makes these little adorable to go cups.  



Card 9: I was getting toward the end of the paper packet and loved these little cups and faces.  I cut a stitched oval so I could tuck it behind our banner.  The strip is the back of the cup paper on the top of the card.  



Card 10: My final card! I love how the to go cup looks stamped on the pink dotted paper!  The Love you Lattie strip was from the paper pack as well.                                                                                                                   



And I even had some left overs to create a little more!


I hope this gives you a little inspiration for the March card kit, or just if you want to create 10 quick cards.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #195



Ahh the life of a teacher!

You would think the month of December would be easy, no state testing, no report cards... But no! I guess there is no easy time, or for that matter, no easy job.  I am sure yours is just as crazy!  Luckily we love to create!

The best part about the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, is I have someplace to start. I look at the sketch, and think how can I use all the creative ideas in my head and put them together in that way?



As I stated in my last blog I have been watching some Jennifer McGuire videos and wanted to try out the white on white die cut card.  Before I figured out how to make my own card front I searched Design Space for a similar card front to what was in my mind (small circles).  I found the front I wanted to use in Close To My Heart's Artfully Sent Cartridge.  I can't encourage you enough to buy this cartridge.  It is no longer being sold in the book, but there are still some left to purchase.  You can make cards easily with just two papers and the handbook, or get fancy  (You can see the handbook with all the codes at this website).


I chose the Circles Card #M101124 image sized it to 5.5 x 8.5 and added a square behind it sized to 5.5 x 4.25.  Next I needed to add the squares and the flags/banner.  The squares are just shapes in Design Space and the banner is Banner #MFB1FF from the cartridge Bits and Pieces.  I used  White Daisy and Pomegranate cardstock for both.


Than I put it all together and used stamps from the Stamp of the month club (Adore You) and black and Pomegranate ink.  


I hope you enjoy the way it turned out.  I love playing with sketches and inspiration from all the YouTube and Pinterest I visit. 







Sunday, January 15, 2017

Why buy the die when you have the Cricut & Design Space?

Yesterday was our first of 2 Charity Crops we hold at  our local Moose Lodge each year.  My sister, daughter, and I are Women of the Moose.  We donate the proceeds to Moose Heart, Moose Haven, our Local Special Olympics, and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.  Our turn out was small but wonderful!

My friend Nancy wanted to come & learn a little more about how to use her Cricut and Design Space better. After discussing how slice can only be used with two images (and how that pesky score line is what will mess you up every time if you don't remove it!) we ventured into weld and attach.



I have been watching Jennifer McGuire videos and then wanting the My Favorite Things  Peek a boo polka dots background die (Die-Namics MFT920).  I have put it in my cart numerous times.  But always talk my self out of it.  I tell myself, you can make that with the Cricut Karen! But, I haven't done it.  Till now!

I couldn't find the original die to use as my inspiration so I decided on .5 for each little circle.  We created a card front base to use to measure out the size we would need, than figured out how many circles we would need to go across the card.  We placed them over our card base template, made sure our two outside circles were where we wanted them to be (distance from the outer edge) at and selected each circle by holding the control button down and clicking on each.  Once all the circles we connected we clicked on align and clicked on center vertically and distribute horizontally.



While the circles were all still selected we welded them together, making them one image (this is important for later when we want to slice!).  





We then duplicated the circle row 7 more times to make a total of 8 rows to cover the entire card front.  


Then again we used the align buttons to enter horizontally and distribute vertically.  Again when they were all selected we welded them together.  


To center the circles on the card front we selected both and the welded circles and the background card front and clicked on align then center.  Since the circles were one image and the background was one image we could now select slice to make our circle background "die" cut. 


All that was left was to create another card back in case we needed it to put behind the circle die for the white on white look and delete the circles (we saved and hide one set in case we ever need it).  



Here is the link to that finished project.

Nancy wanted to be sure she could do it alone, so she made one with squares. You can access the design file here.



And this morning after I found the actual die I liked I redesigned the circle file to have .375 circles off set.  I used the same process. You can access the design space files here. 


I wanted to document the process to help others and remind myself how to do it!  I hope you enjoy it! 


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Teacher First Aid Kit


I love to scour Pinterest and look at all the cool teacher gift ideas! I know your thinking, Karen your a teacher, don't you get all of those cool things as gifts? The answer is unfortunately, no:(  I am not complaining, I love teaching and do not do it for the gifts.  As a 5th/6th grade teacher even crafty parents have run out of ideas by the time they get to me.  Sooo I scour looking for ideas to give my teaching friends a little something.

This year I was walking down the isle of Dollar Tree when I thought to my self, maybe I can find a little tin box, and I could make a little first aid kit like we had the cub scouts make when my boys were little.

I had a Pinterest worthy plan of my own brewing!  Well no tin boxes were to be found at Dollar Tree, but I found some little stack-able plastic drawers.


The top of the drawer measured 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches.  So using Design Space 2 I created a basic canvas square which I colored a light green so I could see the space I had to work with (a canvas is used to "work on" it will not cut out).


I then made a text boxes to place my words in. I used the Cake Basics font. I started with #WeAreCrew, which is a saying we use at our school, meaning we are all in it together, I have your back.   I did not pay particular attention to the font size, but changed the length to 4 inches, so I knew it would fit on my canvas (upon looking back at the file, they all seemed to be about 50 font).  I did the same with the line Teacher and First Aid Kit. I placed them on my canvas to check size, and then highlighted all of them and clicked on align- center horizontally to line up the words.  I made sure to leave enough room between my first and second lines to add the band aid.  Then I clicked on attach while all of the text was still highlighted, so it would all cut together.


I clicked on add images and searched band aid.  I found Band-Aid (#M3FA55) from the Indie Art cartridge.  After inserting it, I hit ungroup and removed the second color from it. I clicked on edit and entered 2 in the height box and then moved it onto the canvas to make sure it would fit.  




Once I had finished designing, I sent it to the Cricut to cut.  I made sure I set the dial to vinyl, and waited while the Cricut did its magic.  


I carefully weeded the unwanted vinyl away from the design, then used Cricut transfer tape to transfer the design to my box. 


Now on to filling the box... what does every teacher need a stash of? I decided on Kleenex, Chapstick, Vitamin C drops and drink mix (something we all live on the minute someone sneezes on us!) and of course some chocolate!


I was rather impressed with my creation, I think my co-teachers will love it. If you have design space you can use this file to get you started.  If you do not have Cake Basics (the font I used) or the Indie cartridge, you can delete or change the picture.  Have fun making it your own.