Tuesday, February 27, 2024

My Favorite Things Raise a Glass Birthday card with Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge

Welcome to my inspiration for this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge. I made the card for my coworkers birthday.  I used a variety of products but began with My Favorite Things Raise A Glass stamp set and barware dies.

Here's this week's sketch.

Up close of my sentiment and wine glass die cut.

In this view you can see the wine glass is popped up.

My Favorite Things Raise a Glass stamps
MFT Die Namics Long Stem Barware dies
Simon Says Time for Wine stamp and die set
Stampin Up Night of Navy and Pear Pizzazz ink
Basic Grey Boxer 6x6 paper
Quick Quotes Deep Sea chalking ink
acetate and paper scraps

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Don't forget to play along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge until Sunday.

Thank you for stopping by today.


Sunday, February 25, 2024

Brother and Lil Sister layout for Sketches in Thyme

Welcome to my blog today. I am posting my inspiration for the latest Sketches in Thyme sketch.  We have four sketches per month, play along on the Facebook Group.  I created a layout of my niece and nephew.  I love them so much.  I used a lot of random papers and embellishments from my stash.

Here's the sketch:

I sprinkled all sorts of brads, rub ons and other embellies around the layout. 

I dug out Creative Memories sticker letters for the title but I also found the word "lil" on a sticker sheet and found it to be the perfect touch.

I used drops of liquid glue to adhere the fiber in just dots around the twist.  I ended by wrapping it around the circle frame I cut with a metal die.

I found a little ticket that worked great and some cool stickers too!

Craft Smart card stock
misc card stock 
Close to My Heart Sassy Strands Autumn Harvest fibers
Basic Grey Heritage stickers and Boxer rub ons
Bo Bunny Cambridge Icandy brads
Spellbinders Celebrations Fun Filled Rings
Stampin Up Always Artichoke pen
Creative Memories sticker letters
Simple Stories Homegrown foam stickers
My Mind's Eye Happy Days die cut border

I would like to enter this in the following challenge:

Play along with this sketch and more at Sketches in Thyme until the last day of the month.

Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Graphic 45 Well Groomed with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Hello and welcome to this week's inspiration for Atlantic Hearts Challenge.  I have had this collection for a little while now on top of a pile.  I thought this was the perfect occasion to use all the fun papers. The strips in the sketch were perfect to show off some of the great patterns. 

Here's this week's sketch.

I used pop dots on the embellishments.

Graphic 45 Well Groomed collection
pop dots and adhesive
black ink for edging

 I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by and play along with us at Atlantic Hearts Challenge until Sunday 2.18


Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Hero Arts You're a Fungi with Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge

Welcome to my blog today and my latest Atlantic Hearts challenge inspiration card.  I recently purchased this paper pad and embellishment pack.  I can't remember where, Target?  Ollies?  I am trying to think where I was shopping before Xmas.  I loved it, I even got my friends some of this adorable paper.  I adore mushrooms and found this sentiment to be the perfect size to die cut.

Here is this week's sketch.

I stamped the sentiment in Tip Top Taupe and cut it out with a die.  I popped it up to allow for the twine underneath.  Finally I adhered the chipboard sticker to the top of the sentiment.

Violet Studios 6x6 paper and chipboard stickers
Hero Arts You're a Fungi stamp set
Stampin Up Tip Top Taupe
Stampin Up Sizzix Apothecary Accents die
misc cardstock
Colorbox Chestnut Roan cat's eye ink

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:


Play along with Atlantic Hearts challenge until Sunday.

Thanks for stopping by


Thursday, January 25, 2024

Creative Memories Cheerful Power Palette for Sketches in Thyme

Good morning and welcome to my monthly inspiration for Sketches in Thyme.  Theses photos are a few years old but precious nonetheless.  I used Creative Memories Cheerful Power Palette to enhance the playful photos.

Creative Memories Cheerful Power palette

Thanks for stopping by and you can play along with Sketches in Thyme until the end of the month.  There's four sketches to play along with.  Why don't you join us. 


Tuesday, January 16, 2024

A Muse Be Wild with Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge

Welcome to my inspiration for this week's  Atlantic Hearts Challenge.sketch.  I am playing with a paper kit I purchased second hand at Scrap it Up.  I love to shop creative reuse stores, I feel so lucky to have two within a few miles of my home.  Scrap it up is a little bit further and I only get up there about once a month on Saturdays.  I also purchased the A muse stamp and die set second hand at a crafty yard sale held semi annually in my city.  It seems like I hardly purchase anything new, although I have some holiday hauls on the way from Scrapbook.com, Heartfelt Creations, Office Supply.com and eBay but I guess some of those are second hand as well.

Here's the sketch.

Suffice to stay, since this is a second hand paper kit I don't know the brands.  The reverse of the owl paper is the woodgrain.  The card base was also a piece in the kit, it was a nice thick embossed dot single sided card stock with white inside, perfect for a card base.  I did find the coordinating green paper in my own stash.  However, as I write this post I realize all the green owls are cover up!  I matched the paper before I die cut.  I should have matched the blue owls.  

A muse stamps Be Wild stamps
Stampin Up Close to Cocoa ink
Spellbinders Classic Square dies
Colorbox Chestnut Roan cat's eye for edging
paper from my stash
pop dots

You have until Sunday night to play along with this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Challenge.

Thanks for reading my blog today.


Monday, January 8, 2024

2023 Year in Review Winner!

Winner, Winner!

I have used a random number generator and the winner is comment #7 Helen!

Helen send me an email at goldengoddessdesigns at gmail with your address and I will get your prize in the mail!  Congratulations and I want to thank all the blog hop participants and hoppers!


Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Tim Holtz Paper Dolls with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Happy New Year!  I brought in the new year with great friends and I was inspired to create a retro friend card.  I used some Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz while leaning on a good ol' Stampin Up sentiment.  I friend got this SU set for me at a resale shop recently.  This is the first time I am using it.

Here is this week's sketch.  I chose to cut a piece of paper and rip it into 3 pieces instead of 3 different papers.  I did take a few millimeters of paper out to allow for some space.

I colored the paper dolls with my finger tip.  I didn't care to be precise.  I was going to spray with a mister anyway.  I went behind with a dry paint brush to take the ink off the skin areas.

I stamped the background image and distressed with Brilliance Lightning Black which had a metallic hue when hit by the light. The stamp was an afterthought...the card seemed to "flat" and not distressed enough for me...so I removed the dolls and sentiment stamped the cool image very lightly and readhered the elements.

Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk paper
Tim Holtz Paper Dolls
Stampin Up Special Reason stamps and dies
Tim Holtz Ripe Persimmon Distress and Distress Oxide and Dried Marigold Distress Oxide inks
Momento Tuxedo Black ink
Rubber Stampede Travel Map stamp
Brilliance Black Lightning ink
black pen
charcoal card stock
pop dots and tape runner adhesive

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

You can play along at Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge until Sunday.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your 2024 is blessed.


Friday, December 29, 2023

Year in Review Blog Hop 2023

Year in Review Blog Hop 2023

It's been so long since I have participated in a blog hop, where did the years go?  I have posted my yearly favorites before, so this was a no brainer to participate with all these lovely bloggers in a review of 2023.

Here are a list of participants:
1. Alicia - Golden Goddess Designs
2. Debbie  - Secrets to Stamping
3.Diane - Nellie's Nest
4. Ellie - Ellibelle's Corner
5. Francesca - Percorsi di Fantasia
6. Helen - Made by Helen
7. Joanne - My Slices of Life
8. Kate - Cards a la Kate
9. Lillian - Lillian's Crafting Blog
10. Mynn - On a Stampage
11. Tee - The Paper Layer

After you have hopped along, you are welcome to share with us your favorite projects of 2023 

Here is the Link up

Now on to my review...I kind of mixed it up with a little of this and a little of that, beginning with my scrapbook layouts. My three favorite layouts of the year include one of my nephew, one niece only and one of the kids together.

My favorite card of the year, if I have to chose one is this  Tim Holtz Funky Foliage card.  I truly enjoy paper piecing of die cuts.  I find it so rewarding.

My favorite use of scraps in 2023 goes to this Card.  Nothing on this card was an entire piece but the base.  The alcohol ink panel was left over as where all the random strips I cut into banners.

Coloring is my latest technique foray, I know it takes a lot of practice, here are three of my 2023 alcohol coloring projects.

This Kindred Stamps Galactic Hunter card pairs my favorite techniques, paper piecing with my alcohol coloring, I also threw in embossing!

And finally favorite 3D project of 2023 goes to....

If you have stuck with me thus far, I'd like to offer a small reward.  Please be aware, I will only be able to ship to the US.  I have a Carta Bella clear stamps set I purchased at Tuesday Morning (RIP) and never used.  I'd like to pass it on to a blog hopper who comments on my post below prior to January 4. I will announce a winner soon after so sign up for notifications from my blog!  

I would like to thank Ellie for organizing this fun hop!  Thanks to you my readers as well, here's to 2024!  Next up is Debbie ! Don't forget to link up your own favorite projects HERE.

Monday, December 25, 2023

Flanders Fish Market layout for Sketches in Thyme

Welcome to my blog today.  I am scrapping the latest sketch from Sketches in Thyme.  I am working with some photos from a trip in 2020, remember when travel was restricted? This was a trip to Connecticut, I have never spent much time there and we did take time to explore.  When we ran across an area called Flanders, we had to stop!  We are big Simpson's fans. Flanders Fish Market was divine especially when meals out were few and far between.

Here is the sketch from Sketches in Thyme Facebook group.

While this title looks like something I would have done ten years ago, if you look more closely you will see the embossed edges of the title squares.  Ten years ago, possibly even five years ago, I would have just punched these squares.  However, on this layout, I felt the food was so decadent that I should take the extras steps to die cut and emboss these squares.

Another view.

Recollections Let's Get Lost paper pack
Creative Memories sticker letters
Spellbinders Square Nesting die

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

https://www.simplyellibelle.com/2023/12/i-spy-with-my-little-eyesomething-old.html until 1.14x (new to me paper stack-I purchased it used and old=Creative Memories sticker letters)

Join along at Sketches in Thyme until the end of the month. There's four sketches, one each week, to play along with!

Thank you for reading today