Friday, October 6, 2017

Color Dare 264 Believe In Miracles Card

It's time for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge! This week's colors are Black, Crystal Blue, Pacifica, Sapphire, and White Daisy.

I played around with the "smooshing" technique for this card. To get the effect on the sentiment panel, I added Crystal Blue, Pacifica, and Sapphire inks to a 3x3 acrylic block, spritzed it with water, and "smooshed" it onto a piece of White Daisy cardstock. The focal piece is popped up with foam tape on a simple base, reminiscent of a piece of art hanging on a gallery wall. 




The results reminded me of the sky at night, so I added sparkles to twinkle like stars. A sentiment from the Stronger Together stamp set is heat embossed in black.




Take a look at all of the great sentiments included in this stamp set. Remember, Proceeds from the Stronger Together stamp set will be donated to the Red Cross to aid disaster relief efforts.


Ready to play? Just create a project using ALL and ONLY the colors in this week's challenge. If you don't have the exact colors, use the closest colors you have. Our color challenges are now open for two weeks, giving you more time and flexibility to create, share and invite your crafty friends to join us too. You have until 10pm EST Thursday, October 19th to enter! I can't wait to see what you create!



Supplies Used:
C1716 Stronger Together
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5957 Sapphire Cardstock
Z2817 Crystal Blue Ink
Z2848 Sapphire Ink
Z2892 Pacifica Ink
Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad
X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z3274 Clear Sparkles
Y1006 3x3 My Acrylix Block
Black Embossing Powder (Retired)

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Three Amigos October 2017 Blog Hop and Challenge

Welcome to the Three Amigos Blog Hop. We are three Close To My Heart Independent Consultants with a love for stamping and scrapping, and would like to share our creative ideas with you. On the 3rd of each month, we feature a different CTMH product and create a card, layout, or other project. There are only three stops on this hop, so it will only take a few minutes to hop through. When you finish hopping, be sure to check out the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge!

This month we are sharing projects using Cats & Bats (papers or featured colors) from the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book. The featured colors are Black, Charcoal, Emerald, Goldrush, Pebble, Pewter, White Daisy, and Willow.

I used two very special stamp sets on my card today. That cute lion is just one of 13 adorable images on the Operation Smile Punny Pals stamp set. When you purchase this stamp set, CTMH will donate $7 to Operation Smile. CTMH also designed a stamp set specifically to benefit those affected by disasters, such as the recent hurricanes in the United States and the wildfires throughout the US and Canada. The stamp set is titled Stronger Together and features a variety of sentiments that can be used for comfort, encouragement, and more. 100% of the cost of this stamp set will be donated to disaster relief efforts!



I thought the courage sentiment was perfect with the lion.This particular sentiment is vertical on the stamp set with a row of dots separating each word. Using the masking technique, I stamped each word on one line. I offset the two die cut circles and accented them with gold pearls. I used another Stronger Together sentiment on the inside.


Thanks for hopping by today! Hop over to Lisa's Blog and Donna's Blog to see what they created for you, then over to the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge. We hope you play along!

Supplies Used:
C1716 Stronger Together
D1751 Punny Pals
X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
1386 Black Cardstock
X5969 Emerals Cardstock
Z3271 Archival Black Ink
Z2805 Black Ink
Z2823 Goldrush Ink
Z2806 Emerald Ink
Z3318 Thin Cuts Circles
Z3371 Gold Pearls
Z3224 Waterbrush- Small Round
X254 White Daisy Cards & Envelopes

Friday, September 22, 2017

Color Dare #262 Do What Makes You Happy Card

It's time for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge! This week's colors are featured in the Cats and Bats Paper Packet. For this challenge you must use Willow, Goldrush, and Emerald, plus one or more of the neutral colors (White Daisy, Black, Charcoal, Pewter, and Pebble).

Cats and Bats is our Halloween paper this year, but that doesn't mean you have to create Halloween-themed projects! You'll find all of the featured colors in my card today. I layered the light side of Pebble cardstock onto a White Daisy card base, added a Black panel, and a Zip Strip from one of the background & texture papers. Each star is cut in a different size using the Thin Cuts-Stars, and stamped in a different shade of grey (Pebble on Goldrush, Pewter on Willow, and Charcoal on Emerald). As I have done in the past, I layered several star shapes to give them dimension. The sentiment is heat embossed in white.



The inside sports another piece of the Zip Strip and an Emerald star.
Ready to play? Just create a project using ALL and ONLY the colors in this week's challenge (Willow, Goldrush, Emerald, plus one or more of the neutrals). If you don't have the exact colors, use the closest colors you have. We decided to change our color challenges from one wee to TWO WEEKS! This change gives you more time and flexibility to create, share and invite your crafty friends to join us too. You have until 10pm EST Thursday, October 5th to enter! I can't wait to see what you create!



Supplies Used:
C1685 Inspire
D1733 Splash of Color
1386 Black Cardstock
X5955 Pebble Cardstock
X5962 Goldrush Cardstock
X5969 Emerald Cardstock
X5970 Willow Cardstock
Z2831 Charcoal Ink
Z2832 Pewter Ink
Z2833 Pebble Ink
Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad
Z2068 Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder
Z3314 Balck & White Dots
Z3216 White Twine
Z3329 Thin Cuts-Stars
Z3341 Thin 3-D Foam Dots

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Color Dare #260 I'm So Happy For You Card

It's time for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge! This week's colors are White Daisy, Charcoal, Raspberry, Bashful,and Willow.

My studio time is still very limited, but I managed to sneak some time in to create a card using the National Stamping Month From The Heart Stamp Set. A couple days ago, my two of my aunts and I went shopping for a baby gift for my niece (she's having a girl). My card was inspired by all of the cute ruffled bottoms we saw while shopping.

I stamped the image using VersaMark and Charcoal inks, and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The flowers and leaves are "water colored" using Raspberry, Bashful, and Willow inks by squeezing a small amount of the ink onto the lid of the stamp pad and spritzing with water. When I spritzed the Raspberry ink, I accidentally got overspray onto my stamped image. It turned out to be a happy mistake!


I pulled out my thin cuts to cut several scallop border pieces from two-sided Bashful Cardstock and layered them to create the ruffled bottom of the card. I altered each layer with the dark front and the lighter back, accented the light scallops with the clear shimmer brush, and topped it off with a glittery bow.


I kept the inside simple.


Ready to play? Just create a project using ALL and ONLY the colors in this week's challenge. If you don't have the exact colors, use the closest colors you have. We decided to change our color challenges from one wee to TWO WEEKS! This change gives you more time and flexibility to create, share and invite your crafty friends to join us too. You have until 10pm EST Thursday, September 21st to enter! I can't wait to see what you create!


Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
CC1128 From The Heart Stamp Set
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5953 Charcoal Cardstock
X5941 Bashful Cardstock
X5974 Raspberry Cardstock
Z3360 Bashful Glitter Paper
Z2831 Charcoal Ink
Z2819 Bashful Ink
Z2812 Raspberry Ink
Z2807 Willow Ink
Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad
Z3274 Clear Sparkles
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush
Z3224 Small Round Waterbrush
Z2088 Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder
Z555 Craft Heater
Z3348 Scallop Border Thin Cuts
Z3349 Ribbon Border Thin Cuts

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Three Amigos September 2017 Blog Hop Challenge

Welcome to the Three Amigos Blog Hop. We are three Close To My Heart Independent Consultants with a love for stamping and scrapping, and would like to share our creative ideas with you. On the 3rd of each month, we feature a different CTMH product and create a card, layout, or other project. There are only three stops on this hop, so it will only take a few minutes to hop through. When you finish hopping, be sure to check out the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge!

This month we are sharing projects using Falling For You (papers or featured colors) from the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book. The featured colors are Almond, Charcoal, Espresso, Fern, Goldrush, Linen, Nutmeg, Pewter, Saffron, Toffee. 


My studio time has been very limited lately, so I'm keeping it simple again this month. I designed a friendship card using the Falling For You Cardmaking stamp set Thin Cuts. Instead of using a stark white, pre-made card base, I opted to make a top-folding card using our new Linen double-sided cardstock. I stamped the sentiment directly onto the card base and embellished around it.



I embossed the Nutmeg strip with the new Buffalo Plaid Embossing folder and added color to two of the stamped leaves with Shin Han Touch Twin Markers. To make the bow, I pulled two strands off of a piece of White Burlap Ribbon. A few Bronze Sequins finish off the design.


One more colorful leaf brings the fall feeling to the inside of the card too.



Thanks for hopping by today! Hop over to Lisa's Blog and Donna's Blog to see what they created for you, then over to the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge. We hope you play along!

Supplies Used:
Z4041 Falling For You- Cardmaking Stamp & Thin Cuts
X5946 Linen Cardstock
X5952 Nutmeg Cardstock
X5960 Fern Cardstock
X5961 Saffron Cardstock
X5962 Goldrush Cardstock
Z2830 Nutmeg Ink Pad
Z2850 Fern Ink Pad
Z2851 Saffron Ink Pad
Z2823 Goldrush Ink Pad
Z2456 Mahogany BR96 Shin Han Touch Twin Marker
Z2457 Marigold YR24 Shin Han Touch Twin Marker
Z2454 Leaf Green GY234 Shin Han Touch Twin Marker
Z4032 Buffalo Plaid Embossing Folder
Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon
Z4029 Bronze Sequins
Z1204 Bone Folder

Friday, August 25, 2017

Color Dare #258 Hi There Card

It's time for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge! This week's colors are Black, White Daisy, Whisper, Sweet Leaf, Slate, Ruby, and Juniper.

I created a sweet card using a few cricut cut images along with some of our new Thin Cuts. I used Whisper Cardstock for my card base and the Simple Chevron Embossing Folder to create the White Daisy backdrop for my scene. The birdhouse is cut from Slate and Ruby Cardstock and stamped tone on tone with the coordinating inks.



The sentiment plays along with the bird on the branch visiting his little friend in the birdhouse. A few of the pieces are cut multiple times and stacked to create extra dimension on the card. To create the birdies' eyes, I colored Bitty Sparkles with the Black Shin Han marker. Black Glitter Paper adds a little sparkle to the card.


Another friend awaits inside to say, "Hi There!"


Ready to play? Just create a project using ALL and ONLY the colors in this week's challenge. If you don't have the exact colors, use the closest colors you have. You have until 10pm EST Thursday to enter! I can't wait to see what you create!



Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:
D1709 Line It Up (from Cricut Flower Market Bundle)
C1678 Jack- Cardmaking
1385 White Daisy cardstock
1386 Black Cardstock
X5965 Ruby Cardstock
X5979 Juniper Cardstock
X5980 Sweet Leaf cardstock
Whisper Cardstock (retired)
Slate Cardstock (retired)
Z2153 Sweet leaf Ink
Z2165 Juniper Ink
Z2170 Ruby Ink
Z2172 Whisper Ink (going soon!)
Z2173 Slate Ink (retired)
Z3236 Black Glitter Paper
Z3347 Simple Chevron Embossing Folder (going soon!)
Z3348 Scallop Border Thin Cuts
Z553 Dual Action Glue Pen
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z2446 Black Shin Han Touch Twin Marker
Other- Cricut All Occasion Box Cards Cartridge

Friday, August 11, 2017

Color Dare #256 Hello Card

It's time for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge. This week's colors are Black, White Daisy, Pomegranate, Peacock, and Juniper.

For today's card, I followed pattern 29 from the Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 1 guide. I knew I wanted to use the new For You Darling stamp set, but the sentiments weren't the right size for my design. The Hello sentiment from the Flourishes stamp set fit perfectly. I didn't want a patterned paper to compete with the succulents, so I opted to emboss and sand a few scored lines on Peacock cardstock for the bottom panel. The succulents are stamped with Juniper and Peacock inks. I used the masking technique to stamp Pomegranate and Juniper in the small floral outlines.



To give the card a hint of sparkle, I matted the sentiment with Black Glitter Paper. The Black Dots around the succulents integrate the black into the card design. The succulents and flowers are popped up with Thin 3-D Foam Tape.


A small succulent and flower carries the design to the inside as well.


Ready to play? Just create a project using ALL and ONLY the colors in this week's challenge. If you don't have the exact colors, use the closest colors you have. You have until 10pm EST Thursday to enter!


Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:
D1749 Flourishes
Z3375 For You Darling Stamp + Thin Cuts
X5979 Juniper Cardstock
X5958 Peacock Cardstock
X5964 Pomegranate Cardstock
Z2165 Juniper Ink
Z2649 Peacock Ink
Z2653 Pomegranate Ink
Z3236 Black Glitter Paper
Z3314 Black & White Dots
9035 Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 1
X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z1204 Bone Folder