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!