Monday, February 25, 2013

CAS means Clean & Simple

This week's challenge over at the Heart2Heart challenge blog is all about keeping it clean & simple. I LOVE clean & simple, in fact the cleaner and simpler the better. I like to be sure when I create a card to send to someone near and dear to me that it arrives in one piece and not all mangled from the postal machines. Clean & simple cards are perfect for mailing. Generally they will arrive just as nicely as when they got mailed out. Anyway here are a couple clean & simple cards that I created for this challenge and one I created a few days ago and realized that it was perfect for this challenge, too. All three cards are standard-size measuring 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".

I created this card with the stamp set that is included in the G1061 Chantilly Cardmaking Workshop on the Go kit. I stamped the images in black ink on white cardstock then drew a black line with a marker using the edge of an acrylic block to sort of frame the images. I then stamped the flame on top of the candle with Sunny Yellow ink. I mounted that piece onto a piece of Sunny Yellow cardstock then both of those layers onto another piece of black cardstock. I attached all three layers onto a White Daisy card and called it done!

This next card was created with 2 different stamp sets - the one in the G1061 Chantilly Cardmaking Workshop kit again and one from the C1537 Honeycomb set.

Using White Daisy cardstock, I stamped the honeycomb image in several generations of Pacifica ink then stamped the 'happy birthday' in first generation Pacifica. I then mounted that piece onto a piece of Pacifica cardstock then both onto a White Daisy card base. Very clean & simple!

For my last card....using the Z1686 Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, I cut 9 pieces of image 'Square 6' on page 24 at 1 1/4". I then mounted them as evenly as I could onto a White Daisy card base. I stamped 'Sorry for your loss' from the D1510 4 My Friend stamp set in black ink then added a line with a black marker again all around to frame everything and that was it! Clean & Simple!

I hope you have enjoyed my clean & simple artwork I shared today. If you'd like to check out the fabulous artwork created by Design Team B on the Heart2Heart challenge blog and maybe even join in this week's challenge, click here. Be sure to leave us a direct link to your artwork so we can see what you're created!

Happy scrampin'!


Monday, February 18, 2013

Tag You're It!!!

The third Heart2Heart challenge for February is all about tags. Tags come in all shapes and sizes and there are so many ways to decorate them. I've used them many times in my papercrafting projects, mainly for journaling but they can also be added as a decorative element on a card or scrapbook page. They are perfect in mini albums for journaling or even showcasing photos too, as you'll see in my second piece of artwork in this post.

My first project is a single page layout I created using the For Always paper pack. I added some Lagoon cardstock for some 'pop'! Lagoon looks so pretty with the black & white papers, don't you think? 

Here's a closeup of the pocket I made to hold 3 tags that will work great for either photos or journaling. You can see I used various buttons, ribbon and baker's twine to decorate the tags.

And here is a closeup of the 2 tags that slide out from the side of the pocket. So there are 5 tags all together to hold photos or journaling. 

Showing a closeup of the wording - There is Beauty All Around When There's Love at Home - that I embossed in white embossing powder on vellum then mounted on top of a piece of Whisper cardstock. Adding some paper butterflies and a bit of bling here and there finishes off the page nicely.

My second project is a mini album that I made with the Dakota paper pack.

I created 5 pockets then put the album together so that 3 of them open on the side and the other 2 open at the top. Each of the pockets holds a tag and can be used for photos or journaling. I punched 2 holes on the side of all 5 pockets then tied the album together with the Slate Polka Dot ribbon

Here's a couple of the inside pages showing how I decorated them. I made more pockets to hold even more tags and mats for photos. Love how this mini album turned out. Perhaps you'd like to make one, too? Contact me for the supply list and I'll get you started. 

Thanks for stopping by today! If you'd like to join in this week's Heart2Heart challenge, link up your creation so we can check it out. Be sure to check out the awesome artwork by Design Team A while you're there! You will be inspired for sure!

Happy scrampin'!


Monday, February 11, 2013

Love is in the Air at H2H

I know I already posted this card somewhere in cyberspace not long ago but when this challenge came up from the Heart2Heart blog, I wanted to re-post it as it is just perfect for this week's challenge. This is a Valentine card I will be giving to my hubby on Thursday. I know hearts aren't usually portrayed in yellow but yellow IS my favorite color and it was the color of the flowers I carried on my wedding day so many years ago. I am lucky to say that I have been married to the same wonderful man - who, by the way, was my high school sweetheart - for almost 37 years! It has not always been a smooth, fun ride but it has been totally worth it! I can't imagine my life without this guy in it. Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy scrampin'!


Thursday, February 7, 2013

CTMH Sweetheart(s) Scrapbook Layout

Trying to use up some older scrapbooking supplies and odds & ends, I created this cute layout of my two youngest granddaughters today. I recently got a lot of new photos of them from my daughter-in-law so you will be seeing many more layouts featuring them! I'm excited as it had been awhile since I'd gotten any new photos and they are just too stinkin' cute! I miss them so much, too. ;-(

I hope you enjoy the layout and that it inspires you to make a layout of your cuties, too - big OR little! Thanks for stopping by today! Happy scrampin'!


Monday, February 4, 2013

The First February Heart2Heart Challenge

The first Heart2Heart challenge for February is all about home decor. I am always trying to create something to display here in my home so this challenge was perfect! I've created a name frame for my family. I had this black wooden frame that I believe I bought at the Dollar Store, for quite some time and finally decided to do something with it. I had an idea in my head of how I wanted it to look and this came pretty darn close! I am quite pleased with it and I hope you enjoy it.

I first stamped the script image from the D1477 Universal Backgrounds stamp set, which happens to be one of my faves, onto the white mat in second generation black ink. It was a bit tricky and if you look real closely, you just might see some small mistakes but nothing too noticeable. I then stamped the scroll image from C1503 The Best Things stamp set in the four corners of the white mat over the previous stamping. I mounted the mat onto a piece of pattern paper from the X7165B For Always paper pack then went to town decorating the outside of the frame.

Supplies used to decorate the frame in addition to the items listed above:
Hearts cut with the Z1790 Artiste Cricut cartridge (pg 51) out of Ruby cardstock
Scrolls cut with the Z1686 Art Philospohy Cricut cartridge (pg 58) out of Ruby cardstock
Four zip strips from the For Always pattern paper 
The four names were cut from White Daisy cardstock with the font from the Artiste Cricut cartridge
The 'Love' at the bottom of the frame on the left was cut with the Artiste cartridge (pg 66) 4 times in White Daisy cardstock then each one was mounted on top of the next one to create a multi-layered word. I then cut the same word out with a piece of pattern paper and glued it to the top of the layers.
The word 'Family' came from the D1506 Family Love stamp set
The large letters were cut 2 1/2" tall with the Z1686 Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge in Ruby cardstock
I cut several flowers from the pattern paper using the Artiste cartridge and glued them to three corners of the frame
I made a knot with the Z1781 Striped grosgrain ribbon and attached it to the upper left hand corner
A few buttons, brads and Z1335 Licorice Opaques scattered here & there and I called it done! 
Finally! Whew! It was quite an undertaking but so well worth every minute spent on it.

But alas! I wasn't totally satisfied with creating just ONE new home decor item so here is another one I made that I love just as much as the frame even though it's much smaller. 

This is a 4"x 6" photo of my lovely daughter-in-law and 2 of her daughters - the third one was missing from the photo opportunity. It was a rare day indeed that the little ones actually cooperated to produce a great photo. Aren't they all just too precious? 

Supplies used are all CTMH unless noted:
X7164B Buzz & Bumble paper packet
C1537 Honeycomb stamp set
Z1818 6" x 6" Canvas
Z1831 Buzz & Bumble Assortment
Z1844 Trinkets Wooden Shapes (love these!)
Z1753 Sparkles Assortment
Z2191 Sunset ink
Z2123 Goldrush ink
Z2175 Cashmere ink
Z2114 Cocoa ink
Z2167 Creme Brulee ink
Small piece of Colonial White grosgrain ribbon (n/a) and a staple on the journaling tag behind the photo

Thanks for stopping by today. If I inspire you to create a home decor piece for this week's challenge, please post a link to your artwork on the Heart2Heart blog so we can see what you've created.

Happy scrampin'!


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