A Mountain Wildflower Card

In summers past, I was able to spend my days in the mountains fishing or hiking, but this year, I have not been given a chance to go. Between home projects and a wonderful virus, lives have been spent at home dreaming of a day away. This week, I decided to revisit my memories of mountain walks by creating a simple wildflower card for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge. 


I kept the design simple, following the sketch, adding some embossing to each of my papers.  The bottom half was embossed with a striped embossing folder (like shown in the sketch). To create the look of the mountains, I embossed vellum with a tree embossing folder. If you don’t have this one, the mountains would look just as amazing. 

The embossed vellum is really striking in person with white outlines where the folder created the design.  It looks simply stunning next to the pure white stripes. 

Across the centers of the two papers is a piece of burlap ribbon stitched onto the card with an uncomplicated zigzag stitch. I also used the burlap ribbon to create some “leaves” on the flower.

The flower was created using the Budding Friendship stamp set with Lemonade & Saffron inks. I added some shading to the image using watercolor pencils and a shimmer brush. 

After adding the ribbon and flower, I realized that I didn’t have a sentiment like the sketch. I dug through my stamps and banner dies to try to find something that would work. Instead, I settled on a sticker from the Timber collection. I think it fits perfectly with this design. 

This card was very simple to create and fun to make. I hope it inspired you to try something new and join the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. 

 

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Welcome to the Paper Piecing Technique Blog Hop

Our talented technique blog hop team team is at it again creating projects just for you using a variety of Close to My Heart products. 102932174_10157506350477934_6111016736239477906_oThis month, we are showing you some lovely Paper Piecing techniques. If you have come here from Cat Nowak’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my Sweet Summer Bunch layout, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


Normally, I have some how-to photos or a short video to view for these technique hops, but right now my craft space looks like a paper factory blew up as I balance crafting with a huge renovation project in the front yard, so, today we are going to keep it simple as I show you a few of the techniques I used on my Sweet Summer Bunch layout and give you a few tips for Paper Piecing stamped images. 

I chose to make this layout as bright and as colorful and as lively as the children in the photos – my little summer bunch.  In the year 2000, our children were 1, 3, 5, and 6 which made each day quite the adventure. 

To match the vivid, childish, “bunch” theme, I chose to use the little girl image from the July stamp of the month.   She is so sweet and full of color and perfect for paper piecing. 

After stamping the entire image onto White Daisy cardstock, I stamped the dress portion onto some pink plaid Blue Skies paper and the flowers onto some vellum which was heat-embossed.  I shaded the flowers using matching Tri-Blend markers then got to work on paper piecing. 

When you are cutting images out for paper piecing, you will want cut outside the stamped line (most of the time).  By cutting outside the line, your stamped image appears continuous.  Now, I did say “most of the time” because, on this image, I also cut inside the black line around the stems of the flowers. This allowed the stamped portion of the stems to pop through and look three-dimensional. 

When you look at the image up-close, you can see where I cut the pattern paper and the vellum. Layering those papers onto this stamped image gives it such a unique look.  I like how to vellum softens the darker tones of the flowers to match the soft tones of the Mix-In papers I used in the background. 

The remaining portions of my layout were created using a variety of products I had on hand.  My goal this year is to “use what I have” as I create my scrapbook pages.  You will probably see one or two little retired items, but almost everything on this layout is current – just not all from the same paper suite. 

The title was created using some stickers that I had leftover from a Story By Stacy mini-album, a Cricut cut from the Summer Vibes collection, and letters stamped using the Chronicle Type stamp set.  I embellished the title with a vellum flower cut from Stitched Together which I dry embossed with polka-dots. 

All three flowers have polka-dots and wooden buttons in the center.  I love the whimsical look they create. 

The photo was embellished with leftover tags, another Story By Stacy item, and some Summer Vibes paper and stickers.  Mixing and matching various paper suites is easy to do when you stick to the same color scheme and add a few basics to balance the clusters. 


I hope you enjoyed today’s Paper Piecing project and you were inspired to try something new. Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using Paper Piecing on your projects.  

Don’t forget, the July Stamp of the Month is only available through July 31st. If you wish to recreate this design, stop by my website and find out how you can get it for only $5.00. 

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Creating a St. Paddy’s Day Top Hat

For the Heart2Heart Vintage Vibes Challenge

This week, at the Heart2Heart challenge blog, we are playing with some old world, vintage products, like our Yesterday & Today papers, to create some fun paper craft designs. Before I show you my St. Paddy’s Day Top Hat Treat, I want to remind you how to join the challenge. All you need to is stop by the Heart2Heart blog and link your creation before March 31st.

Saint Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, so I try my best to make as many crafty creations as possible before the day comes.  This week, I decided that I wanted to use some of our Yesterday & Today papers to create an adorable top hat to fill with treats and place on my table. What do you think?  

This top hat was created using a few images in Cricut® Design Space that were cut from some Yesterday & Today papers, Kraft paper, and Green cardstock. I even added some sweet little stamped images and Julep gems for sparkle. 

After assembling the top hat, I filled it up with some candy nuggets, covered in some of my  leftover green paper scraps, and added a few little dancing green clovers.

How many of you would love to have this Cricut Design Space Design and learn how to assemble the project?  🙋🏻‍♀️ With all the goings on in the world this week and so many of you stuck at home, I have decided to add a little fun in your day and post a few video tutorials in my VIP Group – one of them being this whimsical Saint Paddy’s Day Treat.  (This group is designed for my VIPs, customers, and team members. You must agree to all the rules in order to join.) 

I hope that this project has inspired you to create something with a little Vintage Vibe and share it with us at the Heart2Heart Challenge Blog.  Make sure to share your project before March 31st so that we are able to see your wonderful creation. 

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