Monday, April 30, 2018

Love Me Some 'Fresh Air'

Hey all,

Been busy dealing with an ailing hubby - arthroscopic knee surgery - so haven't had much play time recently other than a couple cards I was able to squeak in. I am loving the new Fresh Air paper collection from Close To My Heart, which will be available beginning tomorrow, yay! If you're an outdoorsy kinda person, you are going to LOVE these papers for creating scrapbook layouts! Not only perfect for camping but for any outdoor activities really. For now, I have created two cards to share.
This card uses two different X7232B Fresh Air papers (available May 1), stamped images from D1717 Good Thymes, C1641 Springtime Wishes and D1476 Card Chatter - Sympathy. I cut the two oval shapes with the Z3328 Thin Cuts Basics Ovals then added a couple little Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems and it was finished. The stamp sets used are currently not available but if you own something similar, you can certainly substitute them and create something just as nice. Ink color used for the stamped images is Z2830 Nutmeg. I rubbed a little Z2865 Juniper ink on the flower using a cotton swab.
This card also uses the same patterned papers from X7232B Fresh Air. Stamped images are C1641 Springtime Wishes and Z4158 Chelsea Gardens - cardmaking. The 'hello' was made with a Thin Cuts die. Sorry, I don't have the item number on that one. I added a couple Z4155 Chelsea Gardens Dots & Gems and called it done! Ink used is Z2835 New England Ivy. I'm thinking this card is still missing something but not sure what yet so for now, it's good.

Sorry to say, unfortunately, that none of the items used on this card are available any longer except for the Fresh Air papers that will be available May 1. Again, if you already own these stamp sets or something similar, you can create a very nice card with your own supplies.

A new Seasonal Expressions catalog comes out tomorrow, May 1, so be sure to check it out on my website. It is chock full of some awesome new papers and other products. Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Couple Cards to Share

JUST POPPING IN to share a couple cards I made recently using the lovely Chelsea Gardens paper collection from Close To My Heart. I just love this paper collection.

THE FIRST CARD unfortunately had to be made for a friend whose father recently passed away. I dislike having to make sympathy cards but as I get older, I find myself making more and more of them. It's so sad really but I know it's just a part of the whole 'life' process.

THIS CARD WAS quite quick and easy to create for those times when you need a card at a moment's notice. The stamp set used for the black stems is an older set and is no longer available but that cute little butterfly is part of this set. The sentiment image is also no longer available. I used a sponge to lightly rub some ink onto the black stems to make them pop a bit and this card was done! Quick and easy is my style!
THIS SECOND CARD was inspired by a sister consultant. You can find her card here. I loved how she used the oval thin cuts die to create a window in her card so I decided to do something similar and I love how it turned out.

I STARTED WITH a piece of Chelsea Gardens floral paper then I cut two layers of windows in different sizes, one in white and one in blue, then added a piece of dotted acrylic overlay between the layers. I then stamped the sentiment on another white piece of cardstock and put it underneath the cut out area.

I CUT OUT and stamped the two butterflies with the Z4158 Chelsea Gardens cardmaking stamp set - which I LOVE - then glued just the centers of them to the card and bent them up a little to give them some dimension. The bow strip at the top was cut with a die out of the blue cardstock and added just the right touch for the empty space. A couple sparkly gems and some black doodling lines along the edges and the card was finished.
If you have the set of oval thin cuts dies from Close To My Heart, give this technique a try and please share your creation. I'd love to see what you make.

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol
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