A Cactus Flower Layout | Video Collab

Our Creative Design Team has another video collab for you featuring the Operation Smile Stamp Set and Bright Paper Stack. We are entitling it Creative Ways to Help Kids Smile Bright-ly.  Our goal is to teach you ways to use both of these products as you learn how to support Operation Smile. 

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Not only did I show you a few ways to use the Every Bit of Wonderful Stamp Set, I also gave you a few tips and tricks for using your watercolor pencils to shade those beautiful floral images.  When I first saw this stamp set, I immediately pictured cactus flowers. 

I knew that I had the perfect photo for this and I started designing a layout with Cricut cut cactus and stamped watercolor flowers. 

The cactus on this layout were created from images in the You Are Here collection and cut from Toffee cardstock and the Bright Paper Stack.  That lovely little six-inch stack of paper is another product our Creative Design Team is featuring in this collab.  

I chose to use the pattern papers as backgrounds for my cactus.  These papers are bright, so I chose to distress them a bit with a sanding block to dull the color a little. 

The flower images were shaded using watercolor pencils. These are such sweet, simple little flowers are so much fun to color.  This stamp set is our current Operation Smile stamp and with every purchase of this stamp set, $7 USD are donated to the life saving mission of Operation Smile.

To match the cactus theme, I chose to use our Woodgrain and Mix-In Papers in the background.  I just adore those new wood-grains and I can’t wait to use them again. 

I hope that these projects inspire you and encourage you to take another look at that Every Bit of Wonderful Stamp Set, and I hope that you take the time to visit each of the Creative Design Team members’ channels. 

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Come Create with Me at These August Events

August is full of crafting fun both locally and virtually.  With many of us still staying safe at home, quite a few of our crafting events are being offered online.  This month, I have decided to continue with my virtual events, add a few small in-person events, and I am going to be joining and love streaming many of events being offered by Close to My Heart.  Take a look at all of  the fun crafting days that we have planned for you during the month of August.  

Some of these events are local, some of these events are online, some require that you purchase the supplies, and a few of them require pre-registration.  Below, I have created a list of all the upcoming events along with a brief description, a list of the supplies you will need, and a link to help you register for each event. 


SUMMER VIBES CARD CLASS
Free Event on August 11th


Watch in my VIP Group OR
on the CTMH Official page

Supply List & Cutting Guide
HOOK, LINE & SINKER CARDS
August 12th at 5:30PM

August 19th at 10:00AM

Local Class – $20 for Six Cards
Register to Reserve Your Kit

SUMMER VIBES WORKSHOP
Free Event on August 18th


Watch in my VIP Group OR
on the CTMH Official page

Supply List & Cutting Guide


CRICUT DESIGN SPACE BASICS
August 19th at 5:30PM



Local Class – $10

Register to Reserve Your Kit
CTMH KIDS CRAFTS
Free Event on August 21st

Watch in my VIP Group OR
on the CTMH Official page

Supply List & Cutting Guide

WOOD WREATH HOME DECOR
August 22nd
Local Class 10:00am
Online Class 2:00pm

Choose One of Five Styles
Register to Reserve Your Kit


CRICUT DESIGN SPACE BASICS
August 20th -25th



Online Class – $10

Register to Reserve Your Spot
HAPPIEST PLACE
THREE DAY EVENT
Free Event August 26 – 28

Watch in my VIP Group OR
on the CTMH Official page

Supply List & Cutting Guide
CURBSIDE CRAFT SALE
August 28-29


Inventory Items will be available for sale at my home for you to purchase

Receive a Reminder Email


I hope that you are able to join me for one or more of these upcoming events.  Make sure to register for the events so that you qualify for any of the prizes or give-aways being offered.  

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

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. 

 

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.