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52CCT May 2022 Theme Challenge

Hello everyone. I am here today to share with you my creation using the theme that I chose as hostess this month over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge. And the theme that I chose is.

As a Christian, I love celebrating the reason for this wonderful season. And it all began with the Nativity. God gave to the world the greatest gift that could have ever been given. So to celebrate this moment in history I made this card.

This image is from the patterned paper pad called Christmas Night from Paper Rose Studios. I cut this image out using my Stitched Border Rectangle Dies (Australian Sized) from Paper Rose as well. The sentiment I made on my computer and printed on cardstock before cutting it out and rounding the corners with my punch. I mounted my panel onto some gold shimmer cardstock and some maroon cardstock as well. Then to finish off the card I added 5 Mustard Gold Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my creation using the Theme – Nativity – over at the 52CCT challenge. I hope that you will consider coming on by and creating along with myself and the design team.

Until My Next Post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

Links to Products Used
Christmas Night Paper Pad – Paper Rose Studio
Stitched Rectangles Dies – Aust. Sized – Paper Rose Studio
From My Craft Stock
Gold Shimmer Cardstock
Maroon Cardstock
Mustard Gold Crystal Drops – Nuvo

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AHSC no.473

Hello everyone. I am here to share with you my make for the latest sketch that Michelle has designed for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Michelle has designed a square card but I have stretched it to make a portrait A6 sized card.

I had some new products from Australian company Paper Rose Studios to play around with and I am working towards donating cards in September for Fathers Day. I also decided to do a 1 layer card, which is totally not my usual thing, but the products from Paper Rose and the sketch sent me down that path.

To make the panel indicated on the sketch I used the stencil called Lots of Tools and I have coloured them using blending brushes with 2 Distress Inks – Black Soot and Walnut Stain. #coolDad is a sentiment made up of 2 stamps from the Hey Dad clear stamp set. I added some Copper Nuvo Crystal Drops and mounted this panel onto some lightweight black cardstock.

Sometimes going down paths not used often can be a good thing. I am quite pleased with how this turned out and may wonder down this path again in the future. I hope that you will come and participate in the latest sketch challenge over on the AHSC blog.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

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52CCT May 2022 Colour Challenge

Hello everyone. This is the 2nd week that I am hostess of the challenges over on the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge. And with it being the 2nd week I am in charge of the colour choices to be used.

I came up with this colour combination by looking at the patterned paper pad that I wanted to use for this challenge. Those 3 colours that I chose were the predominant colours for the pad so I went with them.

My image has the light grey background and yellow of the wattle but it is mainly red and green then I added this brown paper which has a woodgrain pattern through it. I added a strip of green metallic paper between the two patterned papers to disguise the transition between them. The sentiment panel is printed on my computer as I didn’t have anything quite suitable in my stash. I decided to keep this one pretty simple so that it would be suitable for anyone to receive.

Until my next post,
Be kind to each other and yourselves.

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52CCT May 2022 Sketch Challenge

Hello everyone. It is the start of May and this is a special month in the calendar for me. Well, it is actually my birthday month but this year I am also the hostess over on the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge. This means I am setting all of the challenges for everyone to create with. And with it being the first week of the month it is my favourite challenge of all – a sketch challenge.

I love using sketches but I must admit that I had a struggle trying to come up with one that I was happy with. In my creating of cards, I don’t do a lot of landscape orientations so I decided that designing one like that would challenge me and maybe others. Of course, I don’t mind if people change the orientation if it happens to suit the main panel better.

For my card I am using a paper pad that has the colours of Christmas that I am more used to seeing. The golden wattles, the green of the gum leaves and the red rust from an old tin shed or barn. I like finding products that depict what I experience instead of something I have only read about.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my card using my sketch from the 52CCT challenge. I hope that you will come and create along with us and show us your creations on our challenge blog.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

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AHSC no.471

Hello everyone. Today I am here to share with you my make using a sketch from Michelle over at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

The sketch is set as a slimline design but I don’t make this size; so I changed it to an A6 card. This is something that I love about card sketches; they can be adjusted to the supplies that you have in your craft stash.

The sentiment and image are from 2 different Paper Rose Studio stamp sets that I have just recently purchased. I thought the toolbox image would suit the circle element of the sketch and the smaller sentiment would fit beside it in the same place as the sketch as well. I didn’t have any full sheets left in the paper pad that the two patterned papers came from so I used some Walnut Stain Distress Ink and the Woodgrain Stencil from Tim Holtz on some kraft paper to make one.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my card design using the AHSC #471 sketch. I hope that you will come and create along with us and show us your creations over on the challenge blog.

Until my next post,
Be kind to yourself and others.

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Art Journal – Plans Altered

Hello Everyone. When I started sharing my art journal journey with everyone I was hoping to post something a little more regularly than I have been. Life has been different than I had planned some of it was my doing; some of the other stuff was influenced by the outside world. It is times like those that get me to turn to my art journaling as a way to try and bring some calm back into my life even if the pages don’t go according to plan.

This page is a great example of a plan not turning out how you thought. Even now as I am blogging about this page I still don’t love the page.

The design that you can see through the words is what I was originally working on but the colours didn’t work together at all. My first thought was to rip out the page but then I thought maybe I could save the page. I think that the thing that is bothering me the most about this page is the writing – it didn’t turn out correctly or at least I don’t think that its right. If I try something like this again in the future I think that I will print out the letters and use them as a mask then I can play around with the placement before committing to the final design.

I worked through another idea after the first one failed and ended up with a page that reminds me to not give up on a piece. BUT also next time step away for a little while before proceeding so that you don’t have the emotions of the failure swimming in your head while you are trying to work out a solution.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my art journal page. I hope that you find time to be creative in some way today.

Until my next post,
Remember to be kind to yourself and others.

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52CCT April 2022 Technique Challenge

Hello everyone. Here we are at the end of April and it is technique time over on the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge.

I must admit that I had forgotten about this technique. This technique is one that I did back in the early 90’s I think when I was first starting out with cardmaking. I am definitely glad that I went with a more solid image for this as I think it allowed the image to pop and not the inking that came second. This Christmas tree stamp has been sitting in my stash for a number of years and was a pleasant discovery while in search of something to use for this technique. If you would like to learn more about this technique here is a link to a YouTube video that I found really helpful.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my design team make for the technique challenge over at 52CCT. I hope that you will create along with us and share your creations over on our challenge blog.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

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AHSC no.469

Hello everyone, today I am sharing with you my make with the current sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

This sketch is shown as a slimline design but you can use it to make a traditional sized card as well. This is what I love about sketch designs they are a great place to start your design.

You can see that I have made an A6 sized card which is the common size in Australia. But I also couldn’t find any of my slimline supplies so I went with what I could find. This card is such a soft creation despite the use of red in the mix. I think that the main colour being light blue helped to calm the red down.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my design team card creation using sketch #469 from AHSC. I hope that you will create using this sketch and then show us your makes over on the challenge blog here.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

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52CCT April 2022 Theme Challenge

Hello everyone. Today on the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown blog we have a new theme challenge starting. These can be interesting to create with each month and it’s interesting to see how other people use these themes as well.

I loved the sketch from week 1 so much that I decided to reuse it for this card creation as well. I told you that I love using sketches in my card creations.

The image I used is actually 2 digital images from Bugaboo who are unfortunately no longer in business but I still love using these images because they are so darn cute. To colour this image in I used my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils and then I sponged the edge with some Mowed Lawn Distress Ink with a sponge dauber. The sentiment comes from Paper Rose Studios Sentiment Sheets – Crisp Christmas. This was a simpler make but I wanted to highlight the image this time around and not the patterned paper.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my card creation for the theme challenge over on the 52CCT. I hope that you will create along with us and share your makes over on the blog.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

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Laughter Imagination Dreams

Hello Everyone. The project that I have to share with you today is a little bit different. I love making cards and I love using sketches but I have started getting into art journaling and mixed media. So when a challenge came up from Just Add Ink I checked if they accept off the page creations – and they do 🙂

This is a close up of my final piece. Because the influences for this piece also came from a card sketch that I had been creating as a design team member of the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

So which elements did I chose from the Just Ink Challenge – well you could say I chose all 3. But I would mainly say flower and paper. The flowers are made out of an old book which I stamped the flower image onto and then cut out with my small scissors. The leaves I drew freehand in pencil before cutting them out.

I roughly figured out where I was going to place the flowers and painted some black flower outlines with black acrylic paint and then I edged each with a white acrylic pen. I glued all of the elements down with Mod Podge and once this was dry I drew around each of the flowers and leaves with coloured acrylic paint pens.

Looking at this now I think that I would put a wash over the area where the quote is just to help it to stand out more. I don’t like my handwriting but I am getting braver in using it instead of just using my computer and printer to do quotes for projects.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my off the page project. If you have any tips on how I can improve my writing on these kinds of projects I would love to hear them.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.
Tracy B.

CHALLENGE LINK:
Just Add Ink Choose 2 Challenge – which I am entering
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #467 – which you can enter