Monday, October 24, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #183 and Hop To Stop

Welcome to this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #183!  I'm also playing along with Becca Cruger's Hop To Stop to raise awareness for victims of domestic violence.  The statistics are startling and you can read more about it by heading over to Becca's Damsel of Distressed Blog and play along with us to help this very important cause and maybe win some prizes too!  And please do visit many (or all) of the projects linked up .. you will not only see some beautiful artwork but read some stories that may help you understand how many people this affects.

So I was also inspired by my good bloggy friend, Tracey at Trace-Elementz Blog (I highly suggest you visit her blog) because she is playing along with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch weekly and has decided to create a Christmas card each week with the sketch.  Just for fun I'm playing along with her too!  Of course, because I wanted to also play along with the Hop To Stop which focuses on the color purple AND I wanted to create some cards using the new CTMH PML cards, Happy Happy Christmas I had a dilemna... and then I found these two PML cards in the pack that were gold looking and decided that purple would go just perfectly with them!  (And yes, I did flip this sketch vertically ... on accident... I decided I needed to lengthen my PML card a bit and cut it diagonally so I could separate the two pieces and when I did that, I cut it the wrong!  Yup... that's me).

I embossed my light purple background with snowflakes... I felt that the sentiment Peace & Joy was perfectly hopeful for the Hop To Stop ... My wish is for all to find Peace and Joy for the holidays and always...


It was also a great opportunity to use my new snowflake dies from CTMH.. LOVE them... this is the smallest of the two so they are pretty big but this one was the perfect size to file in some of that space above my sentiment.  And I scattered some purple CTMH bling from my stash around.

A beautiful diecut Angel Wing from Memory Box, some squigglies from Paper Sweeties, some pretty purple ribbon from my LSS, leftover leaves from music note paper from this month's Lessology project, and a pretty pre-made paper flower from Hobby Lobby... oh... and some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in gold of course... similar to Inka Gold finished it off.

Here is the sketch!  So... come and play along with us and I can't wait to see what you create!  Thanks for stopping!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cutting Cafe Inspiration-Breast Cancer Awareness

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month it was the perfect time to show you some of the awesome Breast Cancer themed files.  Today, I am using the Breast Cancer T Shirt Printable Set and here is what I've created for you:

I LOVE the T Shirt shaped card that comes with this set.  The Owl Shaped Card is from a different set, that is also awesome and I used it because I thought it went perfectly with that funny "Save The Hooters" sentiment that does come in this set along with a T Shirt printable with an owl on it, but I decided I wanted to use this owl on a T Shirt.

I think this cutie was perfect for the T Shirt and I cut the sentiment from my Cricut along with the cute little pink ribbons that also come in the T Shirt set.

So I just cut the top layering parts from the Owl Shaped Card in the size I wanted it (a little over 2" tall) and pieced it together on my T Shirt.

And you can use this T Shirt shaped card for any kind of card!  Here I used it along with the pumpkin layering parts from the Pumpkin Shaped Card and the coffee cup from one of the Coffee Shaped Card!  Then I stamped it with my custom stamp that Regina made me that included this cute sentiment that's on one or more of the printable sets available in the Cutting Cafe.

Cute, right??

And since I had the Owl Shaped Card set I couldn't help but make the full sized card.. and I cut a ribbon from glitter paper from the T Shirt set and used the negative space from my sentiment!

Love how these sets work together!

So be sure to check out the Cutting Cafe blog with links to all of the wonderful Design Team projects on the 21st!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Atlantic Hearts and the Hop To Stop

For the next couple weeks Becca Cruger over at The Damsel of Distressed Blog is hosting the Hop to Stop Blog Hop-here is the meaning from her Blog:

If you're wondering why everything (at least that's my hope) in the blogosphere is turning purple... there IS a reason - the Hop to Stop is here! 

You see, purple is the color of National Domestic Violence Awareness month. 
1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence over the course of their lifetimes. 
Let that sink in - 33% of all the women you meet. 

Women between the ages of 15 and 44 are more likely to be injured or die as a result of domestic violence, than through rapes, muggings and car accidents combined.

And women aren't the only people who are affected! Women, men, transgender - gender doesn't matter. Domestic violence is something that exists regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, religion, education level, etc.

I've decided to use my Atlantic Hearts Sketch this week to spread the word and here's what I've made:

So if you want to join along with the Hop to Stop, create something where the color Purple is the star and link up!  Becca asks that you comment on at least three other projects linked up to help spread the love, but I'll tell you it's worth visiting every single piece of art because you will read many uplifting stories and learn a few things along the way.  And use the sketch over at Atlantic Hearts to get you started!  Such a versatile sketch!

I started with my background piece... I ink distressed my background piece with some Tim Holtz distress inks in various purple shades and then splattered some water on it.  Then I used a stencil and some purple shimmer embossing paste to create my strip down the middle.  After that was dry, I swiped some purple Inka Gold onto the stenciled areas and then some gold Inka Gold around the edges.  Finally, I splattered some gold droplets around.

I finished it off with one of the beautiful sayings from Becca's stamp set, Strong Women, which is perfect for this Blog Hop with lots of beautiful and inspiring sentiments.

So thank you for stopping and please be sure to check out all of the projects both over at Atlantic Hearts and the Hop to Stop!  And play along!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

October 16: Paper Sweeties October 2016 New Release Rewind!

It's a Release Rewind over at Paper Sweeties!  Today is the day we show you how well the new sets go along with all of your old favorites!  (Although I don't think that's a big secret)!  And here is what I've made for you today:

What?  No gold??  Well, I did add some glitter to this one so I think you'll forgive the lack of gold.  I made this random stamped background paper using the cute candy shape from the Basket: Add On stamp set, one of the snowflakes from the Merry Little Christmas set and the springy sproingy stamp from last month's Thankful set embossed with white on red cardstock.

You can get these pretty chenille Candy Canes in the Paper Sweeties shop!  Aren't they cute... and see how I inserted a few of the snowflake sequins behind the little flowers from my stash?  And those Marshmallow sequins... love them.. they are white and irridescent and I thought they worked perfectly.

And I used part of the sentiment from yesterday along with one of my favorite "Sweet" Cuts... :) ... see what I did there?  And that yummy crinkly seam binding ribbon in Strawberry!

So I hope you enjoyed the last few days... I've certainly enjoyed having you!  Before you get back to what you were doing, please do check out all of the projects my fellow Design Teammates have created for you!

You can find all of the new products here:

And some oldies and goodies:

Saturday, October 15, 2016

October 15: Paper Sweeties October 2016 New Release Party!

Welcome to the October Release Party!  Today is the day you can buy all of the new Paper Sweeties products in the shop!  And here is what I've created for you today:

So the new Basket Stamp and Basket Sweet Cuts are pretty awesome!  I decided instaed of using the stamp set as a basket, that it might make a cool background.  And I used those pretty snowflakes and another awesome sentiment from Merry Little Christmas.

To make the background, I used the Window Elements Sweet cuts two cut out 12 stitched rectangles.  Then I stamped the basket pattern on them with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.

Then again, so as not to cover up my background, I stamped some snowflakes on the center heart cut from vellum using the With Love Sweet Cuts.  I embossed them in white and then heated it up again and sprinkled some gold embossing powder on it to add a little bit of gold to the snowflakes... I like the look and I'll definitely use that again.  Then I added some more versamark to the edges of the heart and heat embossed in gold... I think I went a little heavier than I intended, but I don't mind.  I cut the With Love heart doily again out of some pretty gold linen textured paper that I had in my stash.

As I often do, when I like a particular die cut paired with a certain paper and I have some scraps left, I usually cut a few extra instead of throwing it out or having extra scraps laying around.  I had some extra leaves from the music note paper and used it here again... I love the look of it with these flowers from my stash.  And of course... those gold sequins.... LOVE!

This sentiment came as one stamp, but I actually cut it into two... now! ... don't get freaked out!  It's O.K.   I know I could just use masking to stamp the two lines separately, but I felt I might use them separately often enough that it would be worth just separating them... so I did!  It's not something I do often and mostly I tend to do it with sentiments.   I cut two banners using the Sweet Cuts Borders out of the gold linen paper and heat embossed them in white.

I'm linking up to the October Anything Goes Challenge over at D.L. Art Blog!  You should check it out!

So that's me for today!  So thank you again and now it's time to hop around and see what the rest of the team has cooked up for you... you won't regret taking a few minutes to check it all out!  And come back tomorrow for the Release Rewind!

Here is where you can find all of the awesome new sets:

Friday, October 14, 2016

Distress Ink Backgrounds, Sympathy Cards, and Envelopes

Quick post!  Unfortunately I had a need to make a Sympathy card this week and these are hardest to make for me... I'm sure for everybody.  But I'm pretty happy with the way this one turned out.  I think it's pretty but not too much ... I started by blending some Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  Then I took my Tim Holtz Sunray stencil and sponged a little more of the yellow ink over to create some subtle rays.

After my inking, I splattered some water over the ink and then when it was dry I dropped some gold droplets on it.   After it was mostly dry, I stamped and heat embossed the leaves from the CTMH Fallen Leaves set.

Love the sentiments on this old CTMH set... they say just what I want to say.  I used my CDD Stitched Labels dies to cut the oval and heat embossed the sentiment in gold.  I kept the embellishments fairly low profile and simple... for me.

And there's no rule you can't decorate your envelope a bit... I made mine match the card.  I used a label die from CDD to mask off the area where my address will go and ink distressed to match the card.  I added a few extra stamps from the September Stamp of the Month since I can't embellish the envelope so it will go through the mail ok.

I'm entering this envelope into the cool October challenge over on the Stamp Junkies Facebook page.... very cool prizes for this one!  You should play along!

So thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all of the awesome Paper Sweeties projects over the next few days!

October 14: Paper Sweeties October 2016 New Release Sneak Peeks!

It's time for some October Release Sneak Peeks over at the Paper Sweeties Blog!  We've got some awesome Holiday inspiration for you this month and here is what I've made for you today:

You may or may not know that I kinda like gold... and especially for my holiday cards so you may or may not be seeing a bit of it during this release... oh... wait... yes... you definitely!  I LOVE the sentiments and other holiday stamps on the new Merry Little Christmas stamp set... I embossed one of them onto the front of my shaker right on the clear cardstock.  I used a card that can be an ornament also... so I punched a hole in the side and tied it with a bow so that if the recipient should decide to hang it up it will stay closed.

I also embossed some of the pretty snowflake images from Merry Little Christmas on vellum behind the shaker ... I chose vellum so that you could also lightly see the music elements from the paper.  And I filled the shaker with some pretty gold beads and the gorgeous irridescent white and clear snowflakes that make up the Snowflake Sequins.. these are some beautiful snowflakes!

I also cut a couple leaves from the Bee Happy Sweet Cuts and threw around a few of my favorite gold sequins.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to come back tomorrow for our Release Party!  In the meantime take a stroll through my design teammates blogs and see the awesomeness they have waiting for you:

And here are links to the previously released Paper Sweeties Products I used here: