Monday 29 October 2012

Heart2Heart Challenges: Keepin' it Neutral

Whew--its been some time since I last posted. We were away for 5 days, then catching up at work and with laundry and groceries at home. Last weekend I attended an all-day workshop on how to use Copic alcohol markers, at Heather's Stamping Haven.  Some great ideas which I hope to feature here.

But! Now back in the krafting saddle, which brings me to this week's challenge at Heart2Heart!

The assignment this week is to create a card using one or more neutral shades: black, white, off-white, grey, kraft.  Close to My Heart completely revamped their neutral/basic colour family this past summer, coming up with such new shades as Whisper, Slate, Cashmere, Champagne and Saddle.

I chose to stick with a more sepia-toned palette, of Colonial White, Desert Sand and the natural shades of burlap. The subdued colour scheme meant the texture of the fabric, stitching and lace takes visual precedence. The card design was inspired by Andrea Ewen's post for CASE Study Challenge #107.
A closer look at the burlap hearts: I created templates/patterns for them from cardstock, using shapes on the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. I was afraid attempting to cut them directly with on the Cricut cutting mat would end in stringy disaster. The burlap does cut cleanly & easily with Sizzix dies, however. The lighter shade is CTMH's burlap ribbon. The darker shade I bought at my local fabric store. You can colour the burlap ribbon with alcohol markers, too, for a different shade.
The lace was also purchased at the fabric store, but the bling button and embroidery floss are CTMH.
"Thanks" is from the stamp set "For Every Occasion" D1187, currently available, which has a ton of sentiments for, you guessed it! every occasion.

Here is another version, intended as a wedding card. I used the stitched mat dies from Lil'Inker instead of machine-stitching on this one.
Head on over to the Heart2Heart site to see the beautiful creations by the rest of the DT.You have until Nov. 3rd to link up projects for any of the challenges this month (October).

Happy crafting and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Monday 15 October 2012

Christmas in October...

The crew at Heart2Heart Challenges is helping you get a jump-start on your holiday preparations. 
My take on a Pear & Partridge WOTG card
This marks the second week that the Design Team has been asked to create a Christmas project. I had intended to start designing gift tags (one of my favorite things to do {see some of my December 2011 posts}, but I am in PEI, Canada this weekend (Oct 12th-14th) to run a half marathon, so this post had to be written before I left.  
Earlier this fall, I ordered the "Pear & Partridge" Christmas-card workshop-on-the-go (Idea book, page 62). Enough supplies and embellishments to make five each of three card designs. I got everything cut out, and made one of each card, then got bored... Don't get me wrong, the CTMH designs are great, and the instructions to cut everything out at once, batch-style, save lots of time and calculating. But the featured cards didn't even use all the stamps on the enclosed stamp set; I started to get ideas. I was also inspired by fellow CTMH consultant, Alyson Mayo, who posted a whole set of variations on the CTMH website. Here's a look at some of her cards:

Alyson Mayo's card designs

 I'm posting a couple of my "takes" on the original designs. So the paper elements and layouts are the same but the stamping and embellishing are mine. I added some bulk cranberry ribbon, hemp, the wooden arbor shapes (LOVE these! you can colour them with your ink pads, stamp on them, layer them). On the first card, I used the stamps (branches and words) to create my background paper.  The snowflake stamp is included in the Pear&Partridge WOTG scrapbooking kit.
On this card, I used a new (non-CTMH) "toy," the stitched mats from Lil' Inker Designs. These are a set of nesting dies, starting with the largest, which embosses this simple stitched detail on an A2 (4.25"x5.5") card base.  A subtle but beautiful addition of texture. I'll have fun using these on my eventual Christmas gift tags. I also stamped and inked the edges of the wooden shape.
So, wish me luck on the run (its supposed to rain!). Catch you on the next post,
Happy Crafting,

Sunday 7 October 2012

Thankful for World Card-Making Day

This weekend marks the first anniversary of my blog!
I remember posting about World Card-Making Day, which I had just found out about. Imagine, a day dedicated to creating things which give joy to other people!
Some similar joy this past week, when I ran two card-making workshops. One was for clients at the Rehab Centre where I work, and one was for friends of my sister-in-law. In both cases, the true enjoyment was watching people get excited about the creative process. I love it best when the projects I've provided only serve as a departure point for further inventiveness, when people make their own variations or take off in an entirely new direction.

It is also Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada.  All in all, lots for which to be thankful.

Here's a selection of some of the cards we made this week:

 The two thank-you cards feature the CTMH stamp set "A Little Thanks." The clean-and-simple card design is from my friend Kristin.
The DP in the left side shows both designs on the double-sided "Flirty" paper from CTMH.
A little shading of Sizzix die-cut leaves, some seasonal ribbon and voila.
This "turkey2stamp" is another fun set from The Stamps of Life. The turkey outline, body and feathers are all stamped separately, so you can choose your own colour and pattern combination.
This particular card design was CASEd from Emily Niehaus, one of the design-team members from the Stamps of Life. She is a very versatile stamper and can do whimsical, as is the case here, elegant, shabby-chic...worth checking out her blog.

I added a little Flower Soft for the turkey to scratch upon.
The newbie stampers had a lot of fun with this guy!

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian pals, and to the American ones, its never too early in the season to enjoy some roast turkey!

Happy crafting, 

Monday 1 October 2012

Rollin', rollin', rollin'...

October, already!

 Welcome to another month of challenges at Heart2Heart

The first assignment for Team A was to use the "rolling" technique (also known as "rock'n roll") on a card. This is where you ink your stamp with one colour, then before applying it to the paper, carefully roll the edges of the stamp in another  ink colour, resulting in a two-tone stamped image. It gives an extra look of  dimension. Fellow DT member, Haley reminded us that you can also use the technique with just a single colour: stamp off the image for a lighter, "second generation" tone, then roll the edges again in the same colour of ink, which is what I chose to do for my project.. Shirley, another DT member, produced yet another variation on this technique by rolling off her edges, on her gorgeous Christmas card, seen HERE.

I shamelessly CASEd THIS card, by Amy Wanford (Aimes) in the UK. Great colour combination (see ink-pads above) and wonderful autumn image of fallen leaves. LOVE cruising the web for inspiration...

Here's a close up of the leaves. I used the stamp set "Harvest Happiness," which has a variety of funky leaf shapes (which you can also cut out with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge!), and stamped them in Smoky Plum, Sunset, Creme Brulee and Cashmere. 

The piece de resistance (not sure how to put an accent on the E in piece for the proper French pronunciation...) was stamping onto the wooden maple leaf shape (Arbor Wooden Shapes) with two colours of ink. The ink soaked really well into the wood, without running or smearing, so the flourish detail is still visible. A brown button and a hemp-twine bow finish it off.

So, ROLL up your sleeves, start humming "Rawhide" and get to work! You have all month to participate in this challenge. Remember to use SOME Close to My Heart product (doesn't have to be 100%), get inky, then link up your card at Heart2Heart Challenges. We all love to see your creations!

Happy Crafting!