Monday, 17 September 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #282

Hi! We've made it to another Monday. It's time for a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's the sketch

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I started with Hero Arts Mermaid Sea Waves stencil and distress inks (salty ocean, peacock feathers, cracked pistachio), applied with ink blending tools. I trimmed the panel to 4 5/8" x 4 1/4" and adhered it to an A2 sized piece of turquoise cardstock. The cute fish is from Avery Elle's That Bites stamp set. It was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and color added with Copic markers. It was fussy cut and glossy accents added to the eyes for a bit of shine. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP's Best Fishes stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #281

It's time for another sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

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For the background, I used Simon Says STAMP's Star Medallion stencil and distress inks (cracked pistachio, peacock feathers, salty ocean, faded jeans), added with ink blending tools. For the focal image, I used the same stencil, this time with distress inks (picked raspberry, mustard seed, spiced marmalade) added with ink blending tools. I fussy cut the focal image. I used scraps of cardstock similar to colors on the background for the horizontal strips. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches' Salutations stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by
sue


Friday, 7 September 2018

Generations of Love Blog Hop

This is a blog hop featuring projects inspired by our family tree and our Grandparents in honor of National Grandparents Day.
National Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 9th.
This is a weekend hop, but you have until Monday at midnight to finish hopping.
Lorby's World is the blog to start at and she is offering a special prize to one lucky person. All you have to do is hop through all the participants in the blog hop and leave a comment on each of the their blogs. Lorby's World will pick a winner to be announced on Wednesday, September 12th.
Welcome! You should have come from Amanda Rhodes from My Thoughts & Scraps
Here is my project:



When I saw the theme of the blog hop, I knew which picture I needed to showcase. Only problem, I didn't have a copy of the photo. I knew my mom's cousin had a copy and asked him to email a digital copy to me.

This is a photo of four generations. My mom was raised by her grandmother, in Japan during WW II. My mom was 4 years old when they went to Japan and returned at age 14. My mom and her mom had to get reacquainted and my mom had to re-learn English.

The little edge of blue you see around the 12x12 page, is my self-healing mat. I didn't want to put my scrapbook page on the cement outside. I made some lanterns by stamping one of the larger circles from Stampin' Up's Circle Circus stamp set onto white cardstock. I punched the circles out using a 1.5" circle punch. I then ran the circles through my Fiskar's crimper for some dimension and to mimic lanterns. I traced the edge of a dinner plate for the string from which I hung the lanterns. I matted the photo with a light teal because it was the color of the dress I was wearing. Unfortunately, in those days, pictures were black and white!

Thank you for joining us today and please continue on to Miranda Enclade from Crafting with Miranda.

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Monday, 3 September 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #280

Happy Monday! Can't believe that it's already September. The year is just flying by and I have so much to do! 

We have a new sketch for you at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

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I started with a piece of printed paper from Doodlebug Design's 6x6 Hello Sunshine paper pack. I love the bright colors found on Doodlebug Designs papers. I cut the flower using Accu-cut's Flowers Mini #3 die. I hand cut the banner. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler stamp set.

We'd love for you to join us. How does this week's sketch inspire you?

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Saturday, 1 September 2018

House of Cards - September

Oh my goodness! How is it already September? CRA-ZEE! I did check my calendar and that's what it says. So ... it must be time for a new challenge at House of Cards. Here's this month's challenge

Birthday Theme and/or Colors
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Here's my card


I chose to use the colors of this month's challenge as well as focusing on this month's theme of "birthday". One can always use more birthday cards. I stamped the presents and bows using My Favorite Things Celebrate You stamp set with Hero Arts inks (Pale Tomato, Lemon Yellow, Dusty Blue, Aquatic). I didn't have the "correct" blue so I combined two blues to approximate the blue of the challenge. The subway-style sentiment uses My Favorite Things Spotlight Sentiments with Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink. 

We'd love for you to join us this month.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

Monday, 27 August 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #279

It's time for a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's this week's sketch to inspire you

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I started with Unity Stamps' Little Moments Big Life stamp set, stamped twice side to side. I added color with Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. Let me tell you, there is a difference in quality between the Prismacolor Premier and Prismacolor Scholar colored pencils. If you can afford it, go for the Premier colored pencils. The colors go down much smoother. I trimmed the panel to 3.5" x 2.75" and added a black mat to the panel. I found some colored cardstock, that complemented the colors of colored pencils used to complete the card. I felt that it needed something a bit more. So, I used my scoring board to score horizontal lines on the pink strip to add a bit of texture and dimension. 

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you're inspired by the sketch and join us this week.
sue

Monday, 20 August 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #278

How is it possible that it's already Monday? Time is definitely flying by. It's time for a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here is this week's sketch.

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I took a bit of liberty with this week's sketch. Instead of three flowers, I chose a three-layer cake, arranged vertically. At the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Puyallup WA, I took a course where we were given The Stamps of Life Triplit Cake2Stamp and Sizzix Triplits coordinating dies. I used them, with Hero Arts Strawberry, Hero Arts Butter Bar and Versafine Onyx Black inks. For the sentiment, I masked off section of the sentiment, to have two sections "happy happy" and "birthday". I used some patterned paper to add some more interest (and to follow the sketch LOL!). I popped the three layer cake and candle up with dimensionals. 

Hope you'll be inspired by this week's sketch and join us.

Thanks for stopping by

sue