Friday, October 2, 2015

FTH October Blog Hop

Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps blog hop. We have a Meet the Design Team theme this month, to welcome our new teammates. Our designers are showcasing lots of gorgeous projects and telling us a bit about themselves, too.
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. And additionally, we have a “scavenger hunt” game with some prizes right here on the FTHS blog!

If you have arrived from Brenda's blog, then you are on the right trackIf not why don’t you start on the From the Heart Stamps blog, so you don’t miss anything.

For my project today, I am using Prickles Says Hello
I have a hard time doing "Clean and Simple" cards, but I love the way this one turned out. 
My favorite technique is paper piecing!  I love how the layers and the little cuts can make such a huge difference on a card.  On the card, the banner and little hedgehog paws have been cut out, colored and layered on top of the original image. 
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And here is a little bit of info on me: 
How long have you been on the From the Heart Stamps design team? 
I have been with From The Hearts Stamps for 2 years and 8 months, to the date!!  :)  Time flies when you are having fun!  

What is something about you that none of the other team members know?
I have 2 Volkswagon Bugs!  The 63 is Candy Apple Red and I call her lady!  The 64, won't be completed for another year or 2.  Finding original parts take a little bit of time to locate, but it's all worth it in the end.

What is your favorite coloring technique?
In this order: Copics,  Color Pencils (Faber-Castell) and  Watercoloring (Distress Inks)

What is your favorite category of images in the FTHS store?
Faithful Friends and Seasonal Celebrations

Who is the last person you sent a card to?
I will admit that I need to get better at this, but besides the loads of Christmas cards I send out?  The last person I sent a card to on my team, was Imke.  I sent her some Habanero seeds!!  :) 

Why do you like to make handmade cards?
I love making cards, because I love being able to bring a smile to someone's face.  Not only that, but my recipient is getting a one of a kind card and that makes it extra special. 

What is a good tip for printing digital images?
Don't waste paper!  Print as many images on one sheet as you can.  
I typically print about 6-8 images on one 8.5 x 11
If your die has cut into the space of another digital image, don't toss it!!
Fussy cut the image out !! 

Describe a card making mishap and your solution to fix it.
When using a colorless blender to clean up mistakes, allow the colorless solution to dry, before going back over the area. 
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Now head over to Cammie's blog and see what she has created.
Thanks for hopping with us today. The hop will end on Monday October 5th at 6 am EST. Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday October 7th.

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43 comments :

  1. Love your card. Great coloring and shading. It's stricking how the banner comes out of the square.

    Hugs,
    Kitty

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  2. Oh wow this is totally adorable, love "Prickles" beautifully done xx

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  3. I'm with you on the Clean and Simple cards - they are challenging for me too. I have always admired you work and am thrilled to be the the FTHS team with you. Love the red hue you achieved on your banner.

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  4. WOW! Calypso, this awesomely coloured CAS card certainly packs a punch! it's amazing!! *claps*
    Jo xx

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  5. Calypso, I love this, it's so cute, the frame is adorable.

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  6. So, so cute Calypso! This is such a sweet image that you have coloured perfectly! Great card :-)

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  7. I love that little hedgehog! And paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques, also! Great job on the CAS style. I struggle with that, too, as I always want to use embellishments everywhere!
    Thanks for the tip on fussy cutting an image out when a die cut for another image on the page has "invaded" the space of another image. That's happened to me before!

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  8. Cute as can be. Really like the piercing around the edges and I'm sure that the layered paper piecing looks especially wonderful IRL.

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  9. This is a great inspirational card - the paper piecing is just fabulous as you get such a wonderful depth to the image. Thank you for sharing;)

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  10. I Love this card! The black background really makes Pickles "pop" and you made it even better by paper piecing the paws and banner. Wonderful!!!

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  11. I always struggle with CAS cards, too, because I want to add more things. You nailed this one! Wow! Love the simplicity and the way the image goes out of the "box." Your coloring is awesome and I love the bold color combo. It was so fun to read your post and learn more about you. Great tips, too. Best wishes to you in all the new things you have going on right now. I love having you as a team member and our challenge coordinator. Thank you!

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  12. Great CAS design, Nazeema! Fabulous coloring of this sweet image.

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  13. This turned out great Calypso! and it was great to learn more about you (Bugs are awesome!) Love your coloring as always - I am always in awe of the way you add in folds and dimension with your coloring - it is something I am practicing and you offer tons if inspiration!
    Lyn

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  14. oh he's just precious! Love it!

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  15. CAS at it's finest! Love the stark black/white and that pop of red!

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  16. I love how you have used this image! Great fussy cutting too - I would never have guessed the paws and banner were layered on top! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  17. I agree w/Faith - I always struggle with CAS cards. Always want to put 1 more thing on it....lol

    This is WONDERFUL!!!

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  18. I hear you with the CAS cards...I almost feel like I'm cheating if I don't pile on layers of whatever. I'm a work in progress with this, but you did a great job on this. In fact, I've overlooking little Prickles in the store many times, opting for other things; but now that I see him on your card it makes me want him!

    Good getting to know you a bit better!

    Kim

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  19. Love your card - I too have difficulty with CAS.

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  20. I really love how you just used part of the image and framed him so perfectly!

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  21. This is so striking, Calypso! The red is just the perfect amount of color! So glad to be on the FTHS team with you!

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  22. I love hedgehogs, this is so cute! I've always wanted a VW bug, they are such cute cars

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  23. Cute card and adorable little guy. Great job, Sarah W

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  24. Adorable image. You rocked CAS on this card. TFS

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  25. Oh so cute, love your coloring! Hope all is well with you! :)

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  26. Colouring is dramatic and suits the stamp, nicely done

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  27. Hi Calypso! I'm putting this cutie on my wish list, hadn't spotted him yet. I find CAS difficult also, but with images this cute and this beautifully colored, you don't need anything else. Looking forward to working with you, so happy to be a part of the team!

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  28. Hi Nazeema, I love your little hedgie, he's ever so cute! I'm not sure what it is about Hedgehogs but they are all cute! Your clever colouring makes the banner look like a fabric one blowing in the breeze with the lovely ripples, thank you for the lovely inspiration, have a fabulous weekend...Megan

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  29. Love your card, Calypso. You did a great job with CAS and i like how you layering parts of the image. The black background rocks and make the image shine !
    About printing : I do it just like you-multiple images on a page. This saves paper and you always printed images on stock.

    PS. The Habenero seeds was very good. We had a good harvest !

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  30. Amazing CAS design and gorgeous coloring! Love how you cropped the image and layered the face and banner. The black panel really makes the image pop. Great card!!

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  31. Fantastic card! I love this sweet image!

    Brenda G.

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  32. This is such a fun image - I have him in my collection as well! Love your colouring! I enjoyed reading about you - thank you for sharing your tips!

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  33. I love how your CAS card turned out! It looks so warm and elegant, such a great and unique card! Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Hedgehogs are the spirit animals for quilters, needleworkers, and crafters! Love your lil' guy.
    Tina in San Diego

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  35. Cute card! I also love how paper piecing looks, but don`t use the technique nearly enough. I also haven`t tried it with digital images yet.

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  36. Love love looooove the simplicity of your card, Calypso! :-D Love the design, color scheme, paper piecing... Perfect CAS! :-D

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  37. Super card Calypso! Love your coloring!!

    I really loved getting to now everyone better on this hop, it's awesome!

    Hugs,
    Kelly

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  38. Awesome coloring and I like how the banner is hanging over the edge!

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  39. You coloring is amazing. I have trouble with CAS cards too but I think you did great on this one.
    Kathy D.

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  40. This little guy is adorable!! Love your coloring! Your CAS designs are gorgeous... I have such a hard time with that!! Awesome creation.. Love it!!

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  41. Cute critter!
    Love the banner.

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