Monday, October 19, 2020

Christmas Cardinal

 Hello, Happy Monday to you! It is that time, time to start with posting Christmas cards! I hold off as long as possible but the challenge this week from Heart 2 Heart  Challenges is Christmas is Coming Early so a Christmas card it is! It is all good, I need to get started on my Comfort and Joy workshops so it is my kick in the bum I need!

As soon as I saw this stamp set I had to have it. I love it for winter and Christmas cards. 




Products Used:

Paper:
- Comfort and Joy
- Scarlet, New England Ivy, and White Daisy card stock

Stamp:
- C1871 Christmas Cardinal

Ink:
- Black Memento

Tri-blend markers
- Earth Brown
- Dark Red
- Dull Green 
- Light Yellow

Embellishments:
- Clear Sparkles

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I welcome any and all feedback. If you would like help with purchasing any of the products mentioned my post today, please contact your local CTMH Maker. If you do not have a CTMH Maker and are in Canada I can absolutely assist you in ordering. If you are in the United States, New Zealand or Australia, I can help you locate a Maker local to you for ordering. 

To play along with our challenge today at H2H Challenges, simply click here for all the information and entry requirements for this challenge. 

Until next time, happy crafting!

Brandi


Sunday, October 18, 2020

New Product Blog Hop - Core Idea book

 Hello and welcome to another Blog Hop! Tonight 23 consultants from all over are featuring projects using products that can be found in the newest CTMH Core Idea Book. If you are joining me from Jen Rubio, you are absolutely in the correct place and welcome! If you are starting here at my blog....also welcome! If you get lost along the way and need to start at the beginning of the hop, just click here!



Now onto the projects that I have for you for tonight! I have two cards created with our Lovely paper pack. I love the soft spring like colours in this paper pack. They are just so soft and pretty...



Here is a closer up view of each card:


Happy Anniversary:
Paper:
- Lovely
- Sage, Ballerina, and White Daisy card stock

Ink:
- Canary

Stamp:
- S2010 - With all my love

Embellishments:
- Silver Glitter Gems



Happy Birthday:
Paper:
- Lovely
- Sage and White Daisy card stock

Tri-blend:
- Pale Pink and Dully green blends

Ink:
- Black Memento

Stamp:
- S2010 - With all my love

Thin Cuts:
- Scalloped Circle
- Stitched Circle

Embellishments:
- Silver Glitter Gems


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Plastic Patterns - Technique Blog Hop

 Hello and welcome to the Plastic Patterns Blog Hop....tonight we are featuring projects using stencils. Tonight we have 10 Close to My Heart makers showcasing artwork using a variety of stencils or "Plastic Patterns" if you are joining me from the uber talented Lauren Moore you are in the correct place. If you are starting the hop at my blog...welcome!



Tonight I stepped way out of my comfort zone on this layout! First I did a one page layout, I am a pretty die hard 2 page layout kinda gal. Next I used a very bold pattern which I got from a Plastic stencil hence my Plastic Pattern. This stencil is from the CTMH Stencil Pack #1 (this was one of my first purchases from the Core Idea Book, I could not wait to get it) and third I used bright bold colours that did not seem to make sense but I just picked 3 colours I liked and figured I would see how they worked together. I was lucky in that my pictures were pretty neutral colour wise. 

So I created this one page layout to remember some final pictures I snapped of my beloved Cocoa, she was my first dog and I adored her. Cocoa knew me so well and she was always there for me when I needed a snuggle buddy, someone to cry with and always full of kisses. She was also my scrapping buddy. When we first got her I had an office/scrap room and I had two desk chairs, one at the desk and one at my scrap table and when I would be scrapping she would come in and jump up in the other desk chair and I would pull it over next to me and she would curl up in it and sleep while I scrapped. Later in life she would curl up at my feet, literally on my feet when my scrap area moved to our basement, it was chilly down there always so I had a blanket and she would curl up in the blanket on my feet. These pictures were taken just a few days before we had to put her down, her health was failing her fast and I could not handle seeing the sadness in her eyes any more, she was in pain and ready. I snapped these pictures knowing I would not have much more time with her and I think she knew we had made the decision because she just seemed to know she would not be sick for much longer, she was just a different girl those last few days. Again, these were taking in my scrap area.....she was my scrap buddy from the beginning to the end! 



I created this pattern using the new to CTMH Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in the colours of Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn and Seedless preserves. I love how vivid the colours are on this layout. I matted the White Daisy on Eggplant and the photos are matted with Green Apple. Lagoon also worked well with the colours of the Distress Ink Oxide.  I cut out the puppy from the CTMH Artistry Cricut collection. 


It is now time to "hop" on over to the ever talented 
Katy Taylor and see what fabulous art work she has for us. If you get lost along the way, please click here to go to the beginning of the hop!

Until next time, happy crafting!
Brandi



Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Happy Birthday - AHSC 390

Hello! It is good to be back, I have not posted since the first of the month, things (as always) have been uber crazy around here! The kids have been in school for a few weeks but I am seriously struggling to get into a routine and caught up but I am working on it...am I the only one struggling right now? 

Any hoo, it is time to get on with the project for today! I created this card for my Bloom with Grace scrapbooking and card making workshop. The minute I saw these stitched flowers in the idea book I just had to have them and I love how they came out on this card. As I often do, I used the AHSC #390 as my inspiration for this card.






Products Used:

Paper:
- Bloom with Grace
- Sangria, Toffee, Canary and White Daisy card stock

Ink:
- Black Memento
- Sangria

Stamp:
- A1244 A Little Sentiment
- Z3698 Stitched Florals

Tri-Blend Markers
- Dull Green, Light Yellow, Earth Brown, and Dark Red

Embellishments:
- Clear Sparkles




Thursday, October 01, 2020

With All My Love - SOTM Blog Hop

 Hello and welcome to the October Stamp of the Month blog hop! Tonight myself and 19 CTMH Makers (consultants) from all over will be showcasing artwork using the With All My Love stamp of the month to showcase some ideas for how you can use this beautiful stamp set! If you are joining me from Miss Carrie's Creations, welcome, isn't her work fabulous? If you are starting here I am glad you are joining us! 




Now onto my artwork! I got creative today with the Lovely paper pack that is in our Core Idea book. 



Happy Anniversary:
I made this card for my mother in law and/or her friends. I have become a supplier of cards for her and her friends amid COVID-19. This card was created using the Lovely paper pack with Sage and Ballerina card stock. I stamped the flowers in Black ink on White Daisy card stock and coloured them in with a make up type brush to get a faint and kinda messy look. I stamped the Happy Anniversary in Evergreen and added some retired Pearls to finish off the look. The scallop design is from the Decorative Borders Thin Cut. 


Happy Birthday:
Again I used the Lovely papers and added a Sage Scallop piece using the Decorative Borders Thin Cuts. I fussy cut the flowers out after colouring them with my water colour pencils and blending with a water blending pen. I added some retired Pearls and some Silver shimmer trim to finish off the card.


Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I welcome any and all feedback. If you would like help with purchasing any of the products mentioned my post today, please contact your local CTMH consultant. If you do not have a CTMH consultant and are in Canada I can absolutely assist you in ordering. If you are in the United States, New Zealand or Australia, I can help you locate a consultant local to you for ordering. 

It is not time to HOP on over to Maureen O'Sullivan and check out her fabulous artwork using the With All My Love SOTM.

Until next time, happy crafting!

Brandi


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Thankful Heart - AHSC #388

Today I have another card from Bloom with Grace which I am obsessed with! I love the sunflowers and just all of this paper. I will admit it was a bit overwhelming to me in the beginning but as I began to play with it I began to LOVE it!

I was trying to follow the sketch completely with the 3 different squares but as I looked at it like the one long piece and since the sketch is a starting point and we can alter them, I chose to stick with the long piece. It just worked better for what I was after with this card. 




Products Used:

Paper:
- Bloom with Grace
- Espresso, Fern, and French Vanilla card stock

Thin Cuts:
- Stitched Rectangles

Ink:
- Espresso

Stamp:
- A Thankful Heart (retired)

Embellishments:
- Clear Sparkles

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my artwork tonight! To join the fun and play along with the sketch you can do so by clicking here!

Brandi


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Fall Fun - H2H Challenges

Hello and happy Tuesday to you! I am coming to you a bit late this week, my youngest brought home a cold from school and has shared it with me so I am a bit sluggish this week as of course I got it worse than she did, of course I would prefer it this way, just lots to do this week so a pretty inconvenient time...but then again is it every a good time?

Anyway off to art work time! I created this card for the Fall Fun challenge at H2H Challenges and it was one of my workshop cards too!

    
Products Used:

Paper:
- Bloom with Grace
- Fern and White Daisy card stock

Stamps:
- Treasured Memories 
- Bloom with Grace card making

Ink:
- Black Memento
- Fern

Tri-Blend Markers:
- Dull Green, Light Yellow, and Brown Gold

Embellishments:
- Clear Sparkles

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my project! If you wish to join the fun at H2H challenges simply click here!

Brandi