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From The Heart Stamps May Blog Hop!

Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps May blog hop. This month our theme is “CASE it”!

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each blog. One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the FTHS store.

If you have arrived from Kathy Curry’s website, you are in the right place, if not why don’t you start on the From the Heart Stamps blog, so you don’t miss anything.

My card today “CASEs” Kelly Schelske’s card from February 2017.  One of Kelly’s talents is the use of pattern papers.  Here is her card:

I wanted to go out of my comfort zone and break out some patter paper, which is Echo Park’s “We Are Family”.  I colored up “Gratitude” from the Faithful Friends collection with my favorite medium, Copic Markers. The green is: G99, G94 and YG03, the blue B39, B34, B32, and the red in R46 & R27.  I hope I did Kelly proud!

Now head over to Kelly Schelske’s and see what she has created.

Thanks for hopping with us today. The hop will end on Sunday, May 7th at 6 am EST. Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday May 9th.

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From The Heart Stamps Sketch #161

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  The sketch challenges are back on here at From The Heart Stamps.  Today, we have Sketch 161, which has two twists.  The first is the color option and the second is to use a birthday cake.

The only rule is to use a From The Heart image and the sketch and the rest is up to you.  Here’s our sketch:
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For my card I am still in a “Valentine” mood.  To show case this I used February’s Free “Stamp of the Month” called, “Hogs & Kisses Pigwit”.   If you participated in our last SOTM challenge in June, you’ll have gotten this image for free in your e-mail.  If not, there’s still a way to get the image.  Check it out here.

I colored up Pigwit with Copic Markers in my favorite piggy color combination of R01, YR61, & Ro2.  I also used the warm grey’s in W5, W3, W1, W0 & W00.  The candies are colored using RV29, RV25, RV23, & RV21 and finally, the ground is E43, E41 and E40.

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Sure hope you’ll join us this week for Sketch #161 at From The Heart Stamps.  Also, don’t forget to stop by and join the FTHS Facebook group.  Happy Monday!!

Cards in Envy Challenge: Snowy Birds

Happy New Year!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge .  This week our theme is “Snowy Birds.”

As a reminder, Cards in Envy asks that your card fit into a standard A2 envelope for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple.

For today’s card went to an adorable mini set by Lawn Fawn called “Winter Sparrows”.  To compliment the scene, I used the Lawn Fawn “Peace, Joy, Love” 6 x 6 paper pack.  My Winter Sparrows and Copic Colored in B000 & R000 as well as the R35 for their hats.

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I Hope 2017 is a great year for you and that you join us throughout this new year by entering your cards over at Cards in Envy.  We really do enjoy your participation.

Cards in Envy Challenge: Hello Fall!

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge using the theme of Hello Fall!  You all know that I love, love, love the fall and can’t wait to see the full glory of the beautiful fall trees.

The rules at Cards in Envy  are simple.  We ask that your cards fit into a standard A2 envelope for ease of mailing. That doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple as you can see from my card.

I took a different route with my card today and didn’t do any stamping.  The leaves are a Lawn Fawn Stitched Die with a Hero Arts font die.  The “you” is a Simon Says Stamp die that I layered and glossy accented.

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I really look forward to seeing what your Hello Fall cards look like at Cards in Envy!  We are having record number of entries on the blog lately and I’m thrilled to see all your gorgeous work.

Cards in Envy Challenge: For The KIDS!!

Happy Monday!  That means it’s time for a new Cards in Envy Challenge and this week we are celebrating “For The KIDS! Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 envelope without any large lumps or bumps.  The challenge will run through Sunday, September 21st and our design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

For my card I used a Mama Elephant Stamptember set from Simon Says Stamp called “Skater Kids”.  I created a scene using a Lawn Fawn stitched die for the grass and the paper pack by Doodlebug called, “Back to School”.  A bit of distress inking and embossing finished off this scene, which I just love.

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I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with this week for your “For The KIDS” cards at Cards in Envy Challenge!

Send a Smile 4 Kids: 131: Anything Goes!

It’s Saturday and time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge. Today we are celebrating Anything Goes 4 Kids!  You have until Friday, September 1st to enter.

I also want to remind you that Send a Smile 4 Kids continues to grow and would love to have your donations to support hospitalized children. Come on over and Check out how.

Now, let’s see what this week’s sponsors are generously donating:

1) Crackerbox Palace – offering 3 digital images of winners choice

2)  Dies R Us – offering a $15.00 Gift Certificate

My card features the Crackerbox Palace “Scarecrow”  which I colored with Copic Markers.  Isn’t he sweet?  My design paper is My Minds Eye “All Spice” and I distressed the edges.

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I look forward to seeing you “Anything Goes 4 Kids” card over at Send a Smile 4 Kids.  YEAH!!

A Blog Named Hero – “Pop of Color”

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Hello fellow Hero Art’s Friends!

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here with you today for my take on a this month’s “Pop of Color” challenge going on all month at A Blog Named Hero.  This month we are collaborating with The Ton so you’ll definitely want to join.

For my “Pop of Color” card today I created a window using rectangle dies allowing for the beautiful Hero Arts florals to peek through.

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We can’t want to see what you’ve created for your “Pop of Color” over at A Blog Named Hero.  Have fun!

Send a Smile 4 Kids: Challenge 129 – Christmas in July

Happy Saturday my Friends.  Today at Send a Smile 4 Kids (SAS4Kids) we are celebrating “Christmas in July.”

If you aren’t familiar with SAS4Kids, their commitment is to support hospitalized children by providing home-made cards that parents, staff, or even the kids themselves can give during this time of need. It’s not a sad cause, in fact, we don’t focus on Get Well cards at all, but make the cards happy and fun.   I sure hope you will join both in our challenge and by sending in some cards for kids. To find out more about donation, look here.

This challenge will run through Friday, August 5th and give you a great head start on some holiday card making.  This challenge is sponsored by some very generous donors who are giving away some great gifts for the winning entry.  The design team also chooses their favorite so there are lots of ways to win.

The donors and prizes are:

1) The Cutting Cafe:   3 Digital/Cut Files for our Winner

2) Kitchen Sink Stamps: Prize: $25 Dollar Gift Certificate

Wow – thank you sponsors, Send a Smile 4 Kids really appreciates your support.

Now, let’s get to some inspiration!  My card is made using a PDF file from The Cutting Cafe, called “Christmas Card Fun.”  The cool thing about Cutting Cafe is their very affordable files come in both PDF and SVG files, which are used for electronic cutters.  As I don’t have an electronic cutter, I printed off the PDF on design paper and embellished with gold Sakura pen.  On the Cutting Cafe website, there are many great tutorials using this same file for both a shaker and treat cup project.  My snowflakes are cut from glitter paper using a Lawn Fawn die and the sentiment is Paper Smooches.

 

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I hope you’ll join us for our Christmas in July Challenge and consider donating some cards to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

A Blog Named Hero – Vellum

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with a collaboration project with Lil’ Inkers for our Vellum challenge at A Blog Named Hero.

The Modern Mehndi set from Lil’ Inkers is stunning when white heat embossed on vellum.  I colored the back of the vellum with Copic Markers and created a frame with the Lawn Fawn Stitched dies.  The background was embossed on vellum using sparkly powder and I popped up the flowers with foam tape.

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I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our June for our collaboration with Lil’ Inkers for the Vellum Challenge!

kathy

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From The Heart Stamps – June Stamp Of The Month Reminder

Hello Crafty Friends,

Today I am bringing you a reminder to come join us for the From The Heart Stamps June Progressive Stamp of The Month Challenge.  If you want to participate, simply purchase this months stamp, enter and next month you will get a free SOTM.  As long as you continue to participate, you keep getting free stamps!!!

I colored this sweet image called, “Ice Cream Line-up” with Copic Markers and cut it out with a Lawn Fawn rectangle die. The background paper is Dear Lizzy’s Neapolitan collection and I finished off with sequins and stickles.

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Hope you’ll join us for the June From The Heart Stamps Progressive Challenge.

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