Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #179

With a full calendar it makes my heart happy to "have" to sit down and craft.  This week Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge was a little bit of a challenge for me.  I wanted to stick as close to the sketch as possible.  I wanted to add a stamped image to the bottom left section, but limited myself to just the 3 small embellishments called for in the sketch.  

All the materials I used were from the Simon Stamps August Stamp Set. I have been looking at it in the corner of my craft room, waiting to use it.... So I jumped right in.  

The rectangles on the top are actually stitched banner dies, I turned upside-down and cut off the points.  I have been experimenting and spending too much money on making a good white embossed impression.  No matter what white ink or embossing powder I try, it is always splotchy.  I have heard Hero Arts is good, but haven't found it anywhere yet.  

Here is a shot of the die I used inside...  a really fun die from the kit. 

Use this weeks sketch to challenge yourself and post on this weeks challenge. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!!!

I am so excited to join the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop for the second time.  I enjoyed visiting everyone's site this summer.  What a great group of papercrafters.   So talented and creative.  Visit this page to start your voyage on the sea of creativity. 

For my card this Fall I once again used the Treats of Friendship stamp set from Close to My Heart.  It is now retired, so no longer available, but I have one new set ready to giveaway to a lucky blog hop winner!  

The winner of the stamp set will also receive My Favorite Things Stitched Basic Edges from Die-Namics.  

I stamped the to go cups on CTMH Whisper White paper with archival ink.  I then rubbed it with Tim Holtz Distress Ink (vintage).  I watched a youtube video sometime ago and they taught me you can use water to remove some of the ink.  I dipped the rim of a glass in water, then applied it to the card.  I gave it a minute to lift the color and then gave it a shot of the heat gun to stop the "bleaching" process.  

I then used the die that stitches both sides of the paper as it cuts it in half (SOOOO Cool).  I placed a piece of goldrush paper behind the split card.  It reminds me of Fall and pumpkin spice. Yumm!

I purchased the sentiment from Darcies Heart & Home #POL74  at a local stamp show.  This was the first chance I had to use it.  It is embossed with black ink and clear embossing powder on New England Ivy CTMH Paper. 

I hope you enjoy the card, and be sure to visit all of the other websites connected to the blog. 

Blog- Drink Coffee- Repeat!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #177

Here it is.  Time for the next AHSC.  As a teacher in New York, September is a busy month.  I am often overwhelmed with back to school duties, family, church, committee, and  family obligations.  As draining as all of that is, I love the smell of concord grapes and fresh tomatoes cooking down into sauce to can for the winter.

It was the anticipation of fall that inspired the colors to this card.  I have had a love affair with the bold reds and blues as of late.  I headed for Gold-rush, Saffron and Cranberry ink pads and stamped the Lovely Leaves Stamps onto some whisper white card-stock that I had layered on Chocolate and Saddle cardstock.

The sentiment and hearts are from the Happy Hearts stamp set.  My aunt Joan has been sending me bookmarks for my students and now that school is back in session I am sure she will send  more of the homemade creations from her seniors group.  I wanted to have a card ready when they arrive.

I hope you find a little inspiration here.  I am ready to put down the dry-erase marker and just sit at my craft table!!!