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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Father Daughter Card

The theme of one of the Heart 2 Heart challenges for August is "Boys Will Be Boys."  Yes, boys will be boys, then they grow to be men, and sometimes they become fathers.  My husband is the best father you could ask for, and I make it a point to let him know this on a regular basis.  This card is an example of thinking beyond the theme of a paper pack.  These papers, which work beautifully for a summer theme come from "Chalk It Up," Close to My Heart's back to school paper pack from last year.  The sentiment was snipped from a zip strip from last year's Seaside pack.  I popped up both the sentiment and the background panel to give the card a little bit more dimension.

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time, Hansi

Materials used, all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Paper:  Chalk It Up (retired), Seaside (retired), Chocolate and Colonial White cardstock
Embellishments:  Chalk It Up Assortment (retired)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Bath Time for Baby

A new laptop and issues loading the lateest version of Photoshop means that although I have done quite a bit of crafting this month, none of it has been posted.  Time to catch up!

The first Heart 2 Heart challenge for August is to make something featuring the Florence product line from Close to My Heart.  Florence's bright summery colors beautifully compliment these shots of my daughter giving her "baby" a bath.  Although my preferred orientation is vertical, when I started shooting I found that she was moving out of the frame, so I switched to shooting horizontally.  This meant my photos had extra space at the sides which detracted from the image, but the photos could not be cropped down to 3x4 without decapitating baby, so I had to go with square photos.  By the way, this week's challenge theme is "hip to be square," but that is for another project.  

The Rose Gold foil banner in the lower left was made by putting a strip of tape on Colonial White cardstock and then cutting the banner.  I used 1/8 inch and 1/4  punches to create the centers of the flowers.  The title comes from the retired Nursery Charms stamp set and the flourish was cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (page 59) and then trimmed.

Thank you for stopping by!  Now why don't you head over to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog  to see some other ways to use Florence.  Until next time, Hansi

Materials used, all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Paper:  Florence (retiring August 31), Colonial White and Peacock cardstock
Ink:  Peacock, Marvy Uchida LePen journaling pen
Stamp: Nursery Charms (retired)
Embellishments:  Florence Complements (retiring August 31), Florence sequins (retiring August 31), Rose Gold foil tape, Poppy thick twine
Other:  Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (retired)