Monday, April 30, 2012

H2H - April Showers Bring May Flowers

This week at Heart 2 Heart we're playing around with flowers!  I have so many flower stamps and there are so many possibilities with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, that I didn't know where to begin.  I've been seeing a lot of "rainbow" creations lately, and that provided the inspiration for my card.

I started by stamping the same flower from the Card Word Puzzle Stamp Set 5 times and cutting them all out.  I knew I wanted to cut the front of the card a little short and let the flower petals hang over the edge. Next I pulled out that popular Dotty For You Paper Packet and created the vertical bars.

I pulled out some of my older stamp sets to create the sentiment, which I stamped on a shape from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  One Mother's Day card down, one to go!  I hope you decide to join in the fun of this week's challenge at H2H!

Monday, April 16, 2012

H2H - Stitching!

This week at Heart 2 Heart we're asking you to show us what you can do with stitching!  I've done "faux" stitching before, but just recently tried using the new CTMH ruler to do "real" stitching.  I used to cross-stitch, and I'm finding it fun to play around with needle & thread again.

This week, I made a birthday card in Lagoon, Smoothie, and Sunny Yellow.  I stitched the background swirls with black thread.

To help me get the swirls just right, I stamped some swirl images on the back side, like this:

Then I used the ruler and stylus to poke tiny holes along the images.  I didn't bother with every single swirl.  By flipping the cardstock over, I could see what my design would look like.

Originally, I planned to stitch the entire swirl, but after I started, I realized I liked the "dashed line" look better.

Then I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to dress-up the card, and finished by adding some bling.

I'm very excited to see what sort of stitching projects you come up with!  I hope I'll see you around at H2H!

Monday, April 02, 2012

H2H - Hoppy Easter!

This week at Heart 2 Heart we are celebrating Easter and Spring.  I decided to make a CAS card using only stamping and embellishments.

I used the Easter egg stamps from CTMH's Sensational Season to create flowers in Dutch Blue, Sunset, Smoothie, and Creme Brûlée.  Then I added buttons to the centers.

I recently bought CTMH's ruler and decided to try it out on this card.  I used the ruler to punch holes in the card and then I hand-stitched the border across the top.  This is my first attempt at "sewing" on a card, and I enjoyed it.  It did take a little time, but it's a pretty effect and I managed to keep the reverse side looking neat.  (I meant to take a picture of it, but forgot!)

I'm happy with my cheerful little card.  What will you create this week?  Be sure to share with us at H2H!


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