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Monday, June 30, 2014


I think Mary Poppins would have liked flying this kite!!!  That song goes through my head everytime I look at this card.  And the blue sky is the perfect touch for the "Rhapsody in Blue" theme.  So this card worked well for the challenge over at Heart 2 Heart.  It was posted back at the beginning of June, but luckily we have all month to share the work.  I displayed this card at the recent Consultant Creative Showcase at the CTMH Convention, so wanted to wait until I came home to post it.

The first time I saw this Windy Day stamp set (D1579) I knew what I would do - a side step card with my favorite little spring for the kite.  I've had the Martha Stewart fringe scissors for several years and rarely use them, but they were perfect for the grass.  I wanted the hill, so using the cuts on the CTMH Cricut cartridges wasn't a good option.  

You can see how well the spring lifts the kite off the page.  I used embroidery floss for the string and ran it behind the girl, wrapping it around the spool for some realism.

The cloud is embossed with white (and I'm so glad that CTMH has brought back the embossing powders!!) and used the White Daisy reinker with an eye makeup applicator to color it in.

The flowers are from an old Stamp of the Month - Flowering Bunch. 

I used colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits to color the little girl, and used a combination of old markers on the flowers.  Can't wait to try the new alcohol markers that will be in the Annual Inspirations Book from CTMH beginning in August!

"Fly" on over to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog to see the other blue projects with an optional music theme.  And thanks for taking time to stop by my blog!

The Great Outdoors Challenge at Heart 2 Heart

I haven't participated in a Heart 2 Heart Challenge in a while, but this one was perfect for me.
I made this 12 X 12 display board for a friend's birthday, and it was one of the projects I displayed at the recent CTMH Consultant Creativity Showcase. 

I was inspired by a posting on Pinterest, but the blog I was directed to had no directions.  Since the design was similar to a tri-shutter card, I created my own cutting measurements and printed most of the photos as wallets. 

I used the Timberline Paper (which is retiring at the end of July) and the accompanying Timberline Stickease (sorry, they are already sold out). 

The little embellishments are the Triangle Durable Studs. 
Cardstock colors are Barn Red, Ponderosa Pine, Goldrush, Lagoon, Chocolate, Outdoor Denim, Slate and Whisper.

I will be re-creating this projects with several of the new paper packs that CTMH revealed at convention and will offer this as a project workshop in the fall.  Stay tuned if you are interested in coming for the workshop or purchasing a kit for it.

Head over to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog to see the other projects from the Great Outdoors!
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #222, Paper Players #199 and Pals Paper Arts #207

This card was created with three different challenges in mind.  The sketch came from Sweet Sunday Sketches.  The color combination was presented in two different challenges this week - Paper Players and Pals Paper Arts.  And the colors were perfect because the graduate was from the University of Arizona, which has the red and blue colors!  So how could I go wrong?  I am a little late in sending the well wishes, but at least it will make it to him before he embarks on his next adventure.

Here's list of the materials I used to create this card.  All are CTMH unless stated otherwise.

Art Philosophy Cricut Bundle Stamp - Congratulations image
Artiste Cricut Collection - Kudos - Sunburst medallion
Congrats Graduate - Graduate image and hat
Reel Life - chevron shape
All the Details - inside sentiment
Pacifica and Colonial White cardstock
Pacifica and Cranberry
Chevron 5X7 embossing folder
Cricut CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge
Cricut CTMH Artiste cartridge

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.  Be sure to check out the other cards made for these challenges by clicking on the links above.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches #139

My son is celebrating his birthday on Saturday, and I wanted a special card for him.  He recently returned from Vienna and Prague where his University of Arizona choir performed.  Back in Tucson, he has an engineering internship for the summer, and he's working on the piano portion of the Beethoven Choral Fantasy which he will be performing in the fall.  Busy young man!  I haven't used a music theme for him in a long time, so thought it was time to dust off the piano stamp and go at it.  This sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the Design Team samples provided great inspiration for this card.  It's already been put in the mail to him, so hope he enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it for him!

Here's a list of materials I used on the card:
Concerto (SU, retired) - piano
Country Greetings (SU, retired) - sentiment
Universal Backgrounds (CTMH, retired) - music background
Black glossy - from my stash
Gold Pearls - Core'dinations
Birch - from my stash
Versamark ink
Memento black ink
Champagne ink (CTMH)
Black embossing powder (CTMH, retired)
Sizzix music note embossing folder
Stripes embossing folder (CTMH)
Chevron embossing folder (CTMH)
DMC black floss
mounting foam

Take a look at the other cards created with this sketch at the Freshly Made Sketches Blog.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

June Stamp Club

June is here already!  The first group in Stamp Club has already met, but there is plenty of room in several of the other classes.  You will make one of the pop-up birthday boxes shown, pick one of the "flower" cards that uses pigment ink, and everyone will do the birthday greeting card and make a fun jewelry pendant from the CTMH Base and Bling collection.  Check out more information on the Stamp Club page of this blog.
 Dates for Stamp Club are:
Tuesday, June 3
Thursday, June 5
Monday, June 9
Saturday, June 14
Contact me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Mojo Monday 348

I was so glad to find this sketch on Monday morning!  I had a class on Tuesday and still had one card left to design - well, here it is!

This card offers my students a second card option for stamping with pigment ink.  Some of the elements on this card are similar to the ones I used on a Deconstructed Sketch several weeks ago using a companion stamp image.

Here's a list of the materials I used - all from CTMH:
Joyful Wishes (A1152) - main image
Girls Rock (C1538) - leaves
Ivy Lane background paper (X7178B)
White Daisy, Blush and Hollyhock cardstock
White Daisy pigment ink
Sweet Leaf dye-based ink
CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge - flower, flower overlay and leaves
Damask embossing folder (Z1927)
Purple Glitter Gems (Z1936)
Corner Rounder (Z1912)

Pop over to the Mojo Monday Challenge Blog and see all the other great cards designed with this sketch.
Thanks for stopping by to see mine!

RetroSketches #117

Everything fell together quite nicely for this card, but it didn't start off that way!  I'd tried different sketches and papers with this stamp and wasn't happy with them.  Then I made a trip to the vendor faire at CKC Phoenix and found this cute background paper that matched my cardstock - and the next day saw the RetroSketches challenge sketch and was in business. 

Here's a list of the materials I used on this card, which is a part of my June Stamp Clubs:
Graphic Birthday (Taylored Expressions TEALC68) - main image
Balloons (CTMH M1037) - well, the balloons, naturally :)
Birthday Greetings (SU, retired) - inside sentiment
Boy Crazy background paper - "Plaid" and "Point the Way" - My Mind's Eye
Crushed Curry cardstock (SU, retired)
White Daisy, Cranberry, Crystal Blue, Goldrush, and Chocolate cardstock (CTMH)
Cranberry, Honey, Lagoon, Pear (CTMH)
Baker's Twine from my stash

Head on over to the RetroSketches Challenge Blog to see other cards made with this cute sketch.
Thanks for stopping by.