Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sweet Life

As you can probably tell by my cards, I love to have a scene on mine.  I thought that this card would fit in Bitten By The Bug 2 and Exploring Cricut.

I used the cartridges A Child"s Life for the little boy fishing and Animal Kingdom for the dog.  I decided to alter the cut slightly by cutting the fishing line off the pole and using 3 strands of black embroidery thread instead.  I also cut the grass apart to be able to put it where I wanted it.   I used Close to My Heart pencils in the shades of Grey, Holiday Red, Star Spangled Blue, Sunny Yellow and Pink to color the boy and Oak Brown to put the spots on the dog.   I used CTMH New England Ivy for the grass and White for fish and boy.  I used Cashmere for the dog.  For the stamp, I used CTMH Sweet Life.

This card reminds me of when I was little (many, many years ago);CTMH products came from Katie's Corner.
my cousin and I would go back to our farm pond and fish.  He always caught the most fish and after every one he would yell at me "Hey Cuz, ain't this the sweetest life!"

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Although I am not an artist, I have been taking classes in watercolor.  I decided to do something a little different for the Color My Heart challenge.

I didn't have the right colors in Close to My Heart pencils to color my girl, but did have Barn Red, and Pacifica in the ink.  I substituted Sky for the Crystal Blue.  I used a small paint brush and different amounts of water to make the different shades.  For the pink on the skin I used a fairly wet brush and just lightly touched the barn red ink pad then blotted with a paper towel. The dryer the brush and the more times I painted over it the darker the color.  I used the Pacifica on the patches and Sky for the dress.

The pinwheel is CTMH Sky paper on a toothpick with a sparkle in the middle.  I did use brown for the hair and black for the shoes.  I used the CTMH stamp "Stitches with Love" and CTMH Liquid Glass to cover after painting.  I let it dry over night and cut is out and glued it to the card.

Katie, my CTMH consultant from KatiesCorner, suggested that I make cards and leave the inside blank.  All I have to do is either stamp the inside or write on the inside to use for any occasion.

This painting technique was fun to do, and I got to use the stamp pads in a different way.