Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sympathy Card

My husband asked me to make a sympathy card...and to make it really pretty. Challenge accepted! I pulled out some Altenew and CTMH supplies and went to work.


The floral stamps are from Remember This by Altenew (NOTE: everything in italics is linked for your shopping convenience). I love their layered flowers! I stamped this one with CTMH inks starting with Nutmeg for the outlines. The flower base is Bashful, the second layer is Smoothie, and the final layer is Pomegranate. The leaves are Flaxen as the base and Fern as the layer. I stamped everything but the main flower onto 3 x 4 piece of retired paper from CTMH called Sugar Rush, but the same ombre effect could be done by blending Bashful ink onto White cardstock. I backed it with Bashful cardstock. CTMH has started printing their cardstock with a base and shade so you get two colors with every piece of cardstock. I think I used the full-strength version of Bashful on this, but I can't remember and hubby already took the card with him to work this morning. The sentiment is from a CTMH set called Heartfelt Thoughts. I stamped it in Nutmeg ink.

I cut my card base then ran the top part through the Rose Embossing Folder. It added such interest without overwhelming my beautiful flowers. When the card was all assembled, I used foam tape to add the central flower which had been die cut using the coordinating dies from Altenew (NOTE: I have linked to the stamp set and dies individually, but you can also purchase them as a set). I deepened the stamen by adding black, but I'm not sure I like it. Hmmm.

At any rate, hubby liked the card - "oohing and ahing" spontaneously rather than after being prompted by me. I hope it brings a measure of comfort to the recipients.

Now it's off to the writing office. I spent a lot of time crafting yesterday, so now it's time to buckle down and meet next Thursday's deadline. Good thing Virginia shuts down with an inch of snow on the ground. Everything is cancelled for the day.

Until next time,
Becca

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cross Stitch Roses - 2

I've been having fun with this new Cross Stitch Love set from CTMH (NOTE: italics indicate shopping link). Here's the second card I made with it. Click here for the first card.


I stamped the rose in Tangerine Ink and used a Sponge Dauber to add a bit of Poppy ink to the center. The leaves are Willow ink with the edges rolled in Emerald ink. I eyeballed the placement of the rose and leaf and ended up with a small gap between them, so I'll be using my MISTI next time to get my placement right. Before stamping the sentiment in Black ink, I used a very light blue pen to create a halo around my flower. It's a trick I learned a few years ago which makes a subtle but lovely difference.

The background paper is Gimme Some Sugar. I'm crazy in love with this paper. It's beautiful on it's own but soft enough to be the perfect background, too.

Snow day here in Virginia. I did all my grocery shopping and errands yesterday, which is a good thing since my co-author and I need to work on edits for Book 2 in our Montana Brides series.

Until next time,
Becca

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Cross-Stitched Roses

Even if it weren't for all the moving we do with the army, I'm at the point in my life where I'm trying to unclutter rather than accumulate. However, once in a while there's something given to me with deep sentimental value. This summer as we were making our way from Alaska to South Carolina, we stopped at my sister's home. She's collected teacups and saucers for years. One of them has a pattern of cross-stitched roses. Before I got into stamping, I was an avid cross-stitcher, making that particular cup my favorite of hers.

So she gave it to me.

When CTMH's latest Seasonal Expressions catalog came out, the first stamp and thin cut set that went on my shopping list was Cross Stitch Love. (NOTE: Everything in italics is linked for your shopping convenience.) I sat down and played with the set last night and came up with several cards which I'll be sharing the next few days. Here's the first one along with the teacup that inspired it...


I used Raspberry and Emerald ink. The rose and leaf stamps are designed so the variation in shading is automatic when you stamp. Sooo cool! I did go over them with a light pen just to add a little more color.

In order to get the leaf and flower lined up perfectly with the thin cut die, I started by stamping the flower. I lined up the die cut and ran it through my Cuttlebug. I used the negative space left after the cut as a guide, laying it inside my MISTI and then placing the leaf stamp down. I closed the MISTI lid to stick the leaf stamp to it, then put the stamped rose cut in the negative space, inked the leaf, and stamped it in place. Worked perfectly.

I also used the MISTI to create the background using the single line of cross-stitching and White Daisy pigment ink on Black cardstock. (FYI, White Daisy ink requires refreshing, so be sure to order the coordinating White Daisy re-inker and add a few drops whenever you stop getting a crisp, white image.) It was a bit painstaking to create the background but easy once I got going. Pigment ink requires a much longer drying time, so I had to be patient before cutting it down to 3.5 x 3.5, wrapping Basics Ribbon around it,  and mounting it on a 4 x 4 piece of plain Black cardstock. I cut White Daisy cardstock into 4.25 x 8.5 and folded it in half for my card base.  I mounted the flower with foam tape off the edge - a really fun technique to use with square cards which still allows you to send the card in a standard A2 envelope. The final touch was creating a banner with more White Daisy cardstock and Raspberry inked sentiment.

The teacup sits in my kitchen window as a precious reminder of my sister who's on the opposite coast of the US from me now. I'll be sending her this card to tell her how much I love her and my teacup.

Until next time,
Becca

Friday, January 12, 2018

You Are Here Cricut Collection from CTMH

A quick video that shows you just a few of the possibilities with the new You Are Here Cricut collection.


Here's the ordering link: You Are Here

It comes with three stamp sets and the Enchantment Cardstock pack so you can get started crafting immediately. If you are one who prefers the booklet and cartridge as opposed to the digital only version (shown here), you'll want to order right away as that option is being discontinued by Cricut soon.

Until next time,
Becca

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thinking of You Card

It's been a long haul but we are finally moved, back from Christmas vacation, and ready to start life in Virginia. I set up my light box for the first time since leaving Alaska and am excited to share this quick and easy card with you.



I used the die cut only from the Thoughtful Bird stamp set (NOTE: italics indicate links provided for your shopping convenience) in the center of a 4 x 5.25 piece of White Daisy cardstock. I backed it with a piece of patterned paper from the new Gimme Some Sugar pack. LOVE this paper! The checkered paper is also from this paper pack. It's a zip strip that I trimmed off and glued to the bottom of my white cardstock. I stamped the sentiment - also from Thoughtful Bird - in Peacock ink. I then cut Peacock cardstock into 8.5 x 5.5 piece, scored it at 4.25, and folded it into a 4.25 x 5.5 card base. I glued my image directly to the top then added a blank piece of 4 x 5.25 White Daisy cardstock on the inside so I could write my message.

So simple and really shows off that beautiful patterned paper.

Now it's time to finish setting up the writing office and get a scene written!

Until next time,
Becca

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Catalog!

It's the New Year and CTMH is celebrating with brand new products. Here's the link to view the catalog online. Below are just a few samples of the goodness these new products bring.







There are new stamp sets available strictly for hostesses.


And then there are the new storage items for taking your stamping and scrapbooking projects with you.


Finally, don't forget this month's special features: Letters of Love and the Stamp of the Month, Bloom and Grow. So much goodness!



I'm still in Washington celebrating the holidays with family. I'll be home soon and spending quality time in my craft room to bring you even more ideas.

Until next time,
Becca

Monday, December 18, 2017

Pun Intended with Heart2Heart

This week at Heart2Heart we're having fun with puns. I chose to use the December Stamp of the Month, A Little Bit of Pun (see sidebar for image of the full stamp set). These cute stamps would be great for making Valentine's Day cards and much more. I paired it with the Season of Sweetness stamp set for my card.




The tag and dotty border both come from Season of Sweetness. After stamping them, I added the light bulb and sentiment from the Pun stamp set leaving room for the Black and Gold ribbon to go in between.  I then added hearts--also from the Pun stamp set--in Pomegranate ink. I painted all the hearts and inside filament of the light bulb with the Shimmer Brush then covered the light bulb with Liquid Glass.












Here's another card I made using the same light bulb image.


In order to get my images evenly spaced, I used a ruler and pencil to create a grid. I sometimes get so caught up in the latest and greatest that I forget to go "old school" and use simple tools. I used a light touch with the pencil lines so they were easy to erase. I colored the images with Copics then painted them with the Shimmer Brush. Love that subtle sparkle. I decided against covering them all with Liquid Glass. To make sure the sentiment showed up well against the red card base, I used my MISTI and stamped it three times with Black Momento ink.

Because we just moved, my craft room is still in the process of being set up. I hope to have my light box up soon so I can take better pictures. These cards were photographed under a fluorescent light. Yeah...not so great. 

This is my last post as a Heart2Heart Design Team member. It's been a great privilege to be part of this talent group of ladies. I hope you will join us for this challenge and share your creativity with us.

I'll be buckling down to get some writing done in the next couple days and then I'm off with the hubs to have Christmas in Washington State with our kiddos. You may not see me for a long time, so please enjoy your holidays and we'll see you soon!

Until next time,
Becca

P.S. The current Seasonal Expressions CTMH catalog expires at the end of this month as does the Stamp of the Month. Be sure to order before the end of the month and keep in mind that supplies are limited to stock on hand.