AHSC #138

Welcome Monday! It’s time for another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. After seeing sketch #138 I immediately had an idea in my head, but as it usually turns out the idea in my head was much better than how it actually turned out on paper. When that happens to me I will leave my craft room, let the frustration dissipate, and then come back with a fresh mind. But I couldn’t come up with any ideas!! It was getting down to the wire and I had to come up with something!

#ctmh #cards #cardmaking #AHSC

This card is so basic and simple. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but after scouring my stash I couldn’t find anything that seemed to fit. So I left it as is. A simple white cardstock base with an additional white cardstock layer that I added a scrap piece of patterned paper (unsure of the label), gold stitching, Gold Shimmer Trim and a sentiment (from a  CTMH Hostess Exclusive Stamp Set) in CTMH Black Exclusive Ink™.  I do like that the card can be used for any type of celebration and is masculine enough that I could give it to my son.


I’d love to see what you come up with for Sketch #138. Head over to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge to enter your interpretation!

Thanks for stopping by!!

White Pines Blog Hop


Welcome to the 2nd Blog Hops with Heart blog hop! If you started from the beginning  you would have come from Amie Kiger’s Blog, but if you’ve started here you can still make your way through the entire hop by clicking the link on the bottom of my post! This month we are featuring the CTMH White Pines Paper Packet with a “12 Days of Christmas” theme. My take on the hop this month is slightly modified. Modified in the way that I changed the lyrics to fit my project! Ha! Instead of “Partridge in a Pear Tree” I have a project highlighting us decorating our Christmas Tree. I did incorporate some gold into the layout so that counts for something, right?!?

#ctmh #thecutshoppe #cutfiles #whitepines

I used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe to create my background on a piece of B&T paper from the White Pines Paper Packet. I then backed the cut file with a piece of Colonial White Cardstock. Next I started layering other pieces of B&T and cardstock from the White Pines Paper Packet. I tore the edges to expose the white core of the papers. Once I had the general feel of how this layout was going to go down I started adding flair, including stickers from the White Pines Complements and Assortment.  I added gold stitching around the layout and also tucked some messy leftover strands under the flair button. The title is another cut file from The Cut Shoppe and is painted in Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine. I finished with my journaling, a Heidi Swapp date stamp, and a few splashes of Gold Color Shine.

#ctmh #thecutshoppe #cutfiles #whitepines

#ctmh #thecutshoppe #cutfiles #whitepines

#ctmh #thecutshoppe #cutfiles #whitepines

These photos are dear to my heart. This Christmas tree was the tree my siblings and I would decorate each year growing up. It’s one of those pain in the rear, fluff each branch, find the peg hole for the branch to fit in, not pre-lit Christmas trees. BUT I LOVE IT! So many memories tied into this tree. These photos were taken as I was walking into our living room, the french doors framing the scene, Aidan reaching up to place an ornament, me having a flashback of decorating the tree with my mom when I was his age. Maybe any tree would remind me of  the memories  of decorating the tree when I was younger but it seems that this tree is special.

Now make your way to Becca Whitham’s Blog to see what she has created using the White Pines Paper Packet.

Thanks for stopping by!