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Teeny Tiny things are adorable!

Wouldn’t you agree? I do love some teeny tiny things!! This week’s challenge over at the H2H Challenge blog is all things Teeny Tiny!

Today I was inspired by the retired Originals Cards book to make these adorable little 3×3 cards.

I used half a sheet of nectarine cardstock for the card bases. I scored them at every half inch and sanded those lines to reveal the white core of the cardstock.

I used two stamp sets for this little card. First, the Bloom with Grace Cardmaking Stamp and Thin cuts. I stamped the pumpkin on some white daisy cardstock with the intense black ink, and then colored it with the Yellow Green TriBlend™ Marker, Tan Blend TriBlend™ Marker, Gold Yellow Blend TriBlend™ Marker, and the Orange Blend TriBlend™ Marker.

Next I used the Pennant Banner Alphabet & Thin Cuts for the sentiment on these cards. I used the grid stamp to stamp in Canary ink. Then I used the same set, and offset stamped it in mink ink. Then I stamped the letters in intense black ink.

I grabbed some string from my stash, and popped up the pumpkin and banners on some foam tape. Add some bows with some micro glue dots, and viola! You have these adorable Teeny Tiny cards!

I would love to know what you think about these cards!

Color Challenge with H2H!

This week’s challenge is to use Pink, Grey, Black, and White. You have until the end of the month to play along, so I hope that you do!

I knew that I wanted to use the Hippo that is one of the hostess rewards available until the end of the month. It is such an adorable set! I know you will want one too! Just ask me how to get it!

I decided that I was going to CASE the card that is in the Seasonal Expressions book for this stamp, I figure why not make my life a little easier, right? That card is a 5×7 card. I estimated the white piece to be a 4×6 piece of white daisy, and I just built my card on that basis.

The grey comes from the Into the Wild paper packet, the pink comes from the Mix In paper packet, and the rest is plain cardstock. (black, charcoal, and white daisy). I stamped the hippo, sentiment, and the banner strings in intense black ink, since I knew I would be coloring it. Then I stamped the banners in ballerina and charcoal inks. I stamped the party hat in ballerina on a scrap piece of white daisy, and stamped the poof for the top in charcoal.

I used the medium round waterbrush to pick up a little bit of the charcoal ink from the lid of the ink pad, to outline the hippo with. I also added some rounded cheeks with the ballerina ink, the same way. Then I grabbed a bit of the sapphire ink (just a tad little bit, mind you!) and put a very slight wash of blue behind lil miss hippo. I did use my heat gun to dry the cardstock, so I could continue with my card! I used liquid glass to adhere the hippo panel to the charcoal cardstock mat.

Before I glued everything to the front, I had to decide how to put the card together. Now, if you know me, you know I like to be frugal with my paper, when I can be! Well, today’s card is no different! Would you believe me if I told you that you can get TWO cards that are 5×7 from one single sheet of cardstock? Well, you can, if you do it the same way that I did!

If you use the windmill pattern, you can get four 5×7 pieces out of one 12 x 12 piece of cardstock. Then, if you create a score line of 1/2 inch along the top (like I did), or the long side, you can then create two 5×7 cards from one sheet of cardstock!

So, I put the 1/2 inch score line along the top of the inside of the card, using liquid glass to adhere them together, so I would know they wouldn’t fall apart. Once I had the card base put together, I could put the rest of it together! I glued on the papers to the front. I then added the hippo and mat piece with lots of foam tape! I don’t want it to buckle when I sent it off!

On the inside, I made my panel a bit smaller, to be 3 1/2 x 5, with a charcoal mat around it. Before I glued it together I added lil miss hippo’s head and the happy birthday sentiment.

To finish off the whole thing, I added a few bitty sparkles to lil miss hippo’s party decor! Then I decided I wanted to add a smidge more color, and used the ballerina ink and the small round waterbrush, with no water in it, to add some color to the letters in Hippo – partymus!

Isn’t this card just adorable? I love how fun it is! And, by the time you see this, I will have given it to my daughter, who loves hippos! Do you know someone that loves hippos? You only have a little bit of time left before this stamp goes away, don’t miss out!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I would love it if you left a comment for me! I do read every one of them!

All products used are CTMH, unless otherwise noted:

Into the Wild Paper Pack
Mix In Paper Packet
White Daisy Cardstock
Charcoal Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Intense Black Ink
Ballerina Ink
Charcoal Ink
Sapphire Ink *photo shows old style lagoon pad, but it really was the sapphire pad
Liquid Glass
3-D Foam Tape
Small Round Waterbrush
Bitty Sparkles
Micro-tip Scissors
3 x 3 Clear Acrylix Block
1 x 3 1/2 Clear Acrylix Block
1 x 1 Clear Acrylix Block
Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Lovely Layers – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Technique Blog Hop! This month we are all about Layers, layers, and more layers! Check out how many layers of hopping we have for you this month! Today you should have arrived from Marciava’s blog , but if not, that’s ok, it’s a big circle, and you will get back around to her!

Isn’t this just the cutest layout? It is my favorite layout in the whole workshop that I have coming out on Monday! There are So Many Layers! But, it’s so easy to put together!

This great title bit is combined from the cut apart page and the compliments for the Something Fierce paper pack. They are strung together with some fun Mink Twine. The banners that hang over the photo spots aren’t glued down, so that you can still get your photos in there! However, if you are putting this together with your photos already on it, you don’t have to worry about that part!

This adorable pink dino is another part of the cut apart page. I popped him (her?) up on some foam tape to give it a bit more dimension. The sentiment is part of the compliments pack. Add a few sparkles and you are ready for all the happenings!

This dino, like it’s dark pink companion, is part of the cut apart sheet, again, popped up on some foam tape. The little flag and hearts are all part of the compliments pack.

This little spray of hearts and sparkles continue the line from the lower left corner, and are all part of the compliments pack. Below it you see some of the fun papers and even some of the compliment borders! Adding a few more sparkles to the whole spray of hearts finishes off this fun page!

What do you think of this page? Like I said at the beginning, I am LOVING this page! It is just so fun and bright! Even if the dinos are pink, this page could easily be used for both boys and girls! I think the only thing that I might do differently, is maybe add some pewter sponging on the edges of all of the pieces. What do you think? Would you leave them as is, or add some ink on the edges?

Leave me a comment below, and let me know what you think! Do you have photos that would be perfect for this layout? I would LOVE to see them! Share them with me over on my facebook page! After you leave a comment, hop on over to Haley’s blog to see what fun she has come up to!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it!

~ Michelle

I love color, how about you?

Today’s challenge over at Heart 2 Heart challenges is all about color. This can be interpreted in so many different ways! You can choose to use your own favorite color or color combo, you can use all of them, you can take inspiration from somewhere else, nature, pinterest, other challenges, photos, and so much more, including the CTMH Love of Color Book. Inspiration is everywhere! Today I grabbed a little from here, and a little from there.

So, along with the H2H challenge, I am playing along with Fusion and Color Throwdown! I knew I wanted to play with the sapphire color, and Color Throwdown happened to have a dark blue, Green, and Grey color palette for this week’s challenge . . . how perfect! Over at Fusion, they have a sketch or a photo that you can take inspiration from. Their photo this week is some adorable Penguins, and I’m telling you, if I had the Hostess only stamp set, “Got Snow?” . . . I would totally be using a super cute penguin on my card today! However, that is not one that I have (but I wish I did!), so I couldn’t use it.

Now, the colors that I use are partially one of the color suggestions in the Love of Color book, there are more options in the palette that they suggest, but I wanted to stick with the few for the throwdown challenge! These are very traditional ‘boy’ colors, but it just popped so well!!

This card is mostly plain cardstock, I almost think I should have done a bit of background stamping on the pewter cardstock, but it looks ok anyway! The sentiment is in the cut-aparts from the Something Fierce paper pack, and the banners are scrap pieces that I have had leftover from other projects using this same paper pack!

I love how simply this fun card came together! Tell me what you think of it? If you had this card, who would YOU give it to?

Creativity is in the cards!

Welcome back! Today I have a super fun card for you! Over at H2H, the challenge this week is to make a non A2 sized. That means that it should be something other than 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. Also today, over at Atlantic Hearts Sketches, is their 300th sketch! So, they are celebrating a bit, go and check it out!

My card today is 3 3/4 x 9 1/4, and fits perfectly into a number 10 envelope. (This is the ‘normal’ long envelope that you see mailed)

I’ve used the Something Fierce papers today, and as you can see, there isn’t a dino in sight, anywhere! This paper pack is so versatile!

I decided to turn the sketch on it’s side, and of course, since I’m doing a skinnier, longer card, things had to be stretched out a smidge.

I cut the coffee cups from the Artistry cartridge, and I was going to do a banner from there as well, but decided to just use a scrap of white cardstock, and wrap the banner myself.

I also decided to make this card be a fun to give card, so there is a small pocket on the inside so that you could put cash or a gift certificate, or even a gift card.

I used three different stamp sets on this card, which is unusual for me, but it turned out so cute! I used the letters from the Simply Said stamp set, the word Enjoy from Picture Perfect, which is one of the sets from the Artistry cricut bundle, and the ‘for you from me’ from Sending Smiles, which is one of the sets from the Flower Market cricut cartridge.

I used the cut outs of the hearts from the cozy on the cups, on the inside of the card. I backed the open hearts on the cozies with scraps from the pink pieces that you see as banners, then I colored them with a couple of coats of the clear shimmer brush. Once that dried, I added a few drops of liquid glass to give it some shine to go with that shimmer!

To make the banner, I stamped on a piece of white daisy cardstock that was 3/4 x about 6 inches. I stamped the sentiment with Archival Black ink, and then I spaced out the coffee cups about how I wanted them (not gluing them down yet) and found a piece of scrap cardstock that I could use to start the folds of the banners. So, I wrapped the scrap cardstock with the banner, but pinched only just the top corner, making sure to angle out the bottom of the banner. Then I folded the end pieces back again, making sure they (mostly) lined up with the straight bottom of the main part of the banner. At that point, I trimmed the ends to be about the same length, and dove tail cut the ends. I used some thin foam tape to pop up the space between the two folds to give it some dimension. Used the same thin foam tape behind the coffee cups, to make it an even lift.

I used some black shimmer trim to help tie in the black of the sentiment on the front and inside of the card.

I do have to say, this is one of my favorite cards in the last little white! So, I hope that you will come join in on both of the challenges this week! The “Not your typical sized card” challenge that is over at Heart 2 Heart and the sketch that is over at Atlantic Heart Sketches!

I would love to hear what you think about this fun little card! Leave a little comment below, and then go check out those fun challenges!

Until next time, stay crafty, my friends!


It’s a Banner Day!

Over at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, I am the hostess! Today we are having a banner day! I know you will enjoy all of the beautiful projects!

I made this adorable little self closing box, and I am just in love with it! The only thing that could make it better is some White Daisy cardstock instead of the retired colonial white!

Isn’t it just adorable??

I used the Seasons Mix In paper pack for the papers, plus a little bit of vellum paper and white glitter paper to give it a bit of sparkle! I stamped the cup and dots from the September SOTM and cut them out with our miccro-tip scissors. They make it so easy!

I would love for you to hop on over and play along with us at H2H! You have until the end of this month to play along with this challenge!

Until next time!

Be crafty, my friends!

~ Michelle

CTMH Technique Blog Hop – Purposeful Patterns

Welcome to this months Technique Blog Hop! This month we are working with the Make if From Your Heart volumes 3 and 4. You should get plenty of great ideas from this blog hop, and I am certain that you will want one or both of these books by the time you are done! You should have arrived from Danielle’s blog. If you didn’t, and you started here, that’s ok, it’s a big round circle, and you will get back to her blog!

Today I am working with Volume 4, which is all about cards! I had a hard time choosing which pattern to use, but decided to go with pattern #4.

This is the first card that I made. Now, I did make some adjustments for this card. I left off the piece on the left, and I added another banner piece, plus the sentiment piece as well.

I loved the flowers and the butterflies on this PML card from the Chelsea Gardens paper pack. So, I trimmed it to 4 x 5.5, trimmed the card base down to the same size, and started layering things! This whole card (minus the base) is used from scraps from my projects that I have made already! That lacey banner piece, that was part of a 3×4 PML card. The mat under the sentiment? It’s the same PML card! I used charcoal ink to stamp the sentiment with and the Many Congratulations stamp set. I used just a bit of the White Shimmer Trim to give a bit more sparkle. Topped it off with some bitty sparkles, and you have a beautiful card!

The next card, believe it or not, is from the same Chelsea Gardens paper pack! I wanted to show that there is great versatility in this paper pack! I even used the same card pattern! The only difference is the size of the sentiment banner!

This is a MUCH more boy-ish card! It is very monochromatic! I am loving this card too! The dark banner piece is one of the zip strips from this paper line. That see through piece? That is our vellum that I colored with the Warm Grey 7 marker! I used that same marker to color the mat piece for the banner! The sentiment is from March’s Stamp of the Month. Like the first card, I stamped with Charcoal ink. I couldn’t leave it plain, so added a few of the white dots to finish it off, and it looks great!

I love that these cards look the same, but so different at the same time! It just goes to show that these card patterns can be used so very many different ways!

The books show you the sketch of the pattern, the dimensions (which I’ve covered in the photo), and two samples of the cards as well. These volumes come hole punched and ready for you to put in an album. You can use any of the mini albums available right now!

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know which card is your favorite! Now you are on to Tammy’s blog.

CTMH Technique Blog Hop – Fabulous Foil

Welcome to the CTMH Technique blog hop! You should have arrived from Michelle’s blog, if not, that’s ok, it’s a big circle, so you will get back to her!

Today we are focusing on our new Foil papers! Have you seen them? They are GREAT!! Our foil paper is 10 lb cover weight, so it’s nice and sturdy. Hopefully you will hop through the blog hop and get some great fun new ideas to use this fabulous new product!

Now, I know that summer is still here, and that fall is just around the corner, but I just HAD to share this with you. In the new ‘little book’ (i.e. Holiday Expressions), you will find 2 different Christmas papers, a cut above card kit (also Christmas) and a Tag set too! (As well as two other paper packs that aren’t Christmas!) Well, I just had to show you something SUPER fun that you can do with this tag set!

I know, I know, BUT, you can totally use this idea and make a Celebrations banner, or Happy New Year, or Happy Birthday, or Happy Anniversary! The options are almost endless, really!!

To get to the end result, I added a few things to the tag set. The Black Cardstock helps the shimmer of the gold and silver pop against the white. The Gold and Silver Foil papers were added (of course), and the Basics Ribbon Pack. I used the Block Alphabet Thin Cuts to cut the letters from the foil papers. The tags (both gold and silver), the glitter bows, and the white circles are all included in the tags kits, along with some white twine, which I did not use in this project.

Now, I know my lighting isn’t the best, but just LOOK at all that shine!! I used the gold foil paper for the letters on the tags that had the gold embossing on them, and used the silver foil paper for the circle under the gold letters. For instance, this M from Merry Christmas:

This fun banner was super simple to put together! I know you will want to make something similar! I can’t wait to see what YOU do!

Next up is Sarah, so hop on over to her blog, and see what fun things she has made for you!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to see you again soon!