FTHS159 — Surf’s Up!

Hi all! It’s been a while, but I’m back from DT break with FTHS for Sketch #159 today.  I’m going to keep this quite short, so here’s my card for the bi-weekly sketch #159.

FTHS159 Birdbrain Wave

I used one of the newest Birdbrain Chick images, Surf’s Up Birdbrain. She’s colored up, hanging ten on that glorious wave.  I cut her out with a Stitched Circle STAX die and added another under her since she was a bit small for the card.  I found some fun designer papers and cut out three flags.  Finally, I added in some sequins and some clear dew drop-like embellishments.  {I went stash diving for those!}  As a final touch, I added some Stickles to the waves.


Hope you’ll get the chance to play along with us.  Don’t forget you earn a $1.00 credit to the FTHS store just for playing along!  Also, this challenge runs until July 31 for our summer schedule!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!


KGC – Framed Florals #3

Hi there!  I’m here with the third of my Framed Florals.  I needed some new artwork for my bathroom wall and the beautiful floral images from Kennedy Grace Creations worked perfectly!

KGC - Framed Floral 3

Just as I did with my other two florals, which you can find HERE and HERE, I stamped my flower from Loving Mom in VersaMark and embossed with black.  I used Gelatos to once again watercolor my flowers.  It was really a quick & simple project.  Since they were in frames, there are no embellishments or additional layers.

And, here they are, hanging in my bathroom:

KGC Framed Floral Trio

Please excuse the light glare on the left!  I love how they turned out and this was a great way to give the bathroom a tiny makeover!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!


FTHS #158 – Cold One

Hi all!  Happy Monday!  My kiddos are officially on their first full week of summer vacation.  We had company last week and are now looking to find our summer rhythm.

There’s a new sketch at From the Heart Stamps today.  This sketch challenge will be open until July 17, as the design team goes on summer break from July 1-17.

FTHS158 Cold One

For my card, I used Hamlet PigWit Cold Suds.  I chose the beer & ice bucket image and added one of the many sentiments from the set underneath.  The card came together really easily and turned out to be a fantastic masculine & monotone card.  I happened to find a really great piece of 6×6 paper that worked well with grays and added Grout Gray for a background panel and gray Perler bead enamel dots.


Challenge Submissions

Craft for the Craic – Something Masculine

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KGC – Framed Florals #2

Hi all!  I’m here with my second Framed Floral piece featuring Kennedy Grace Creations Beautiful Bloom – Sweet Rose.

KGC Framed Sweet Rose

Like my hydrangea, I stamped the Sweet Rose in VersaMark and embossed it with black.  I used SAI Watercolor Markers to color it in.  It was rather quick and simple, which is exactly what I need right now!  One more to go and I’ll have my trio of artwork!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!


Challenge Submissions

Alphabet Challenge — H for Hand Colored Image

Crafting With Friends – Anything Goes


FTHS156 – You Rock!

Hi all! Happy Monday! My kids have their last full week of school here and there is still a LOT going on!  As I’ve mentioned, we have been DIY’ing our kitchen renovation.  There’s a sneak peak in my photo below and we are sooooo close to being done, but I won’t consider it done, until 100% is done.  I made this card for my husband for when we reach that 100% mark.

FTHS156 You Rock

As you can imagine, a DIY kitchen renovation brings chaos to the entire house.  It also tends to squash any creative MOJO.  For my card this week, I went with just a sentiment — this one from the Hamlet PigWit Cold Suds set.  I printed it off and cut it with a Zig Zag Stitched STAX Square die and popped it up with fun foam on the back.  To compliment the DIY home improvement theme, I pulled papers from KaiserCraft (sorry, can’t remember which set) and cut out this great nuts & bolts paper with Blueprints 13.  I used Stitched Scallop Edges to cut three bold & bright pieces of cardstock to compliment the paper.  To finish it off, I pulled out two screw brads and snipped the legs off — I really do not like brads.  Mainly because I never remember to poke the legs through prior to adhering my papers.  So I typically snip the legs and use a glue dot to glue them down.  Now, as long as I can FIND the card when we are done, I’ll be all set!  LOL!


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!


KGC -Framed Florals #1

Hi all!  Happy Friday!  This was a really full week in our house and I typed this up on Sunday.  Hopefully, I have made it to Friday!

Today I have the first of three florals I’ve made for my bathroom.  The bathroom is painted a beautiful rich blue, named Ole Blue Eyes (as in Frank Sinatra).  I’ve had three empty hooks, waiting for some new artwork.  First up will be the Beautiful Bloom – Hydrangea.

KGC Bath Hydrangea

I love this big, beautiful hydrangea.  I stamped it with VersaMark on watercolor paper using my MISTI.  I find for large images, I really need my MISTI.  I apply almost CPR-like pressure to the image to get firm and even stamping.  Then, I embossed it with black embossing powder.  To color my image, I used Gelatos again.  I smudged a few blues on my craft mat and mixed them together to get the blue hue I wanted.  Next, I used a few greens to color my leaves.  {As you can see a few bits crossed over outside the lines, but I was leaving it.}  I then used a peachy color to age the background a bit.  Since this will ultimately be behind glass, I kept this quite simple and added no embellishments.   Can’t wait to have all three up in my bathroom!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!


Challenge Submissions

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge — Summer Garden 

Dragonfly Dreams — Say It With Flowers

Crazy 4 Challenges — C4C339 Make It Floral