Monday, January 12, 2015


I have been so inspired by the incredible challenges coming out this morning and the past weekend!  Lots of new inspiration and technique challenge.  Since it's cold and icy here, I'm holed up in my craft room with nothing but the wind howling outside the window and a hot cup of coffee.  I'm ok with that!

The idea for this card template and layout is from Such a Pretty Mess.  Gabrielle is so talented and I find myself wanting to recreate her projects quite often.  She uses a lot of Bo Bunny and Dusty Attic. As you might guess, I'm a CTMH fan----since my daughter is a consultant!  Now, let me add even if she weren't a consultant, I'd still be a fan.  So, this is my CTMH take on her card!

The fold on this swing card is interesting; I'm not much into measuring and such, but I wanted to give this a try!  You can see the dimensions and the card in action at her site.  I have yet to get into the video part of blogging.  Maybe this will be the year for that.....hmm.....  I'll think on that one!

Anyway, as I always do, I have digressed.  This card has lots of "bells and whistles" besides the cut.  I cut the burlap hearts freehand from the CTMH burlap ribbon.  The top two layers of the flower are cut from Art Philosophy; the rest of the flowers are from the CTMH Floret Paper Flowers (retired).

Note the twine in the upper left hand corner as well
as tied on the button.  That is a strand
I pulled from burlap used on another project.

The background on this Barn Red CS was created by
sanding the CS on top of an open embossing folder.
The button, little piece of lace, and thread were all laying
on the table from a past project!  There are some
advantages to being messy!
Everything here is from CTMH except the buttons, thread, embossing folder and seam binding.  Here are the supplies:

CS:  White Daisy, Barn Red, Paper Fundamentals, and Seaside

Inks and Powder:  Barn Red, Chocolate, Archival Black, Daisy White Pigment and Hollyhock Pigment; White embossing powder

Blush and Chocolate Homemade shimmer mist:  Re-inker colors, water, and Create a Shade paint (retired)

CTMH Embellishments:  Burlap, Gems, Floret Paper Flowers

CTMH Stamps:  Universal Backgrounds, Just to Say, and Art Philosophy Stamp Set

Techniques:  Sanding over an embossing folder, distressing, sewing, stamping, inking edges, hand cutting the swing card, hand made flower, heat embossing

I was inspired by the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge Blog - X-periment:  this was a new card cut for me!
Craft Hoarders - Choose your Challenge from a chart:  ink, fabric, seam binding, thread, lace, stamping, die cutting, folding & scoring, mixed media (?), distressing, sand paper, heat embossing, buttons, bling, flowers, and found items!
Heart 2 Heart - bling, ribbon, Cricut or stamping distressing, ribbon
613 Avenue - 1001 Techniques

Check out the challenges above!  Lots of fun.  While you are surfing around, be sure to stop by KatiesCorner and take a look at the new ideas over at CTMH.  If you haven't seen the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book, you should take a peek!  There are some great new products and ideas in there!  Did you also know there are inspirational videos at that site!  Yep, click the tab CTMH TV and you'll find them.

Hope your weather isn't too bad where you are.  But if it is, stay in and enjoy some crafting time!


  1. Two tic tac toes in one project, that is awesome. Love the shabby chic take of the challenge thanks for sharing with us at heart 2 heart

  2. Wow, so shabby chic and very gorgeous! Thanks for playing with us at H2H!

  3. Very the shades of pink! Thanks for being a part of our challenge this month at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  4. So much texture! Gorgeous work! Thanks for meeting the Heart 2 Heart Challenge.

  5. I love it! The textures are gorgeous. The colours are amazing, it all works so well together, great job! Thanks for playing along with H2H!

    Brandi R.
    H2H DT member

  6. What a pretty shabby chic design.
    Love the little touches of burlap.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  7. Love your card with all the textures you have added. Thanks for sharing with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  8. Oh! So pretty! I love every single thing about this piece. The sewn, distressed, shabby elements rock! Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenges.

  9. lovely card. :) I like the distressed vintage look!
    Thanks for playing along in the 613 Avenue Create Challenge.

  10. Hi Katrina!

    I love all of the distressing and the color palette is beautiful. Thank you for playing in our neighborhood and don't forget to link up on the Block Party page for some additional prizes :)

    613 Avenue Create

  11. Your card is gorgeous! I did a double take on how you used CTMH in such a pretty, shabby chic way. I'm also impressed with your double play on the H2H tic-tac-toe board!

  12. Hi, Katrina! This is such a shabby-licious card! I love all the texture from the burlap, distressing and embossing. Pretty color palette and a lovely design! Thanks for sharing it with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  13. A really lovely creation - love the colours you've used.

    Thanks for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge.

    Helen N x

  14. I love your shabby project! So pretty! Thanks for playing in our challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  15. Fabulous shabby, chic Valentine Card, love your color hues of pink. Thanks for playing in our challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  16. Hi Katrina... i am so happy i stopped over to your blog to see your card, it is so cute and i love how you did it. Thank you for sharing it with us on the Craft Hoarders Challenge this month :)

  17. gorgeous card, love the burlap and distressing!!! Thanks for joining our challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!