Friday, November 17, 2017

Color Dare #270 Gift Tags

It's time for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge! This week's colors are Espresso, Heather, Mink, White DaisyPick Your Own Red, and optional Gold.

I had the Merry Everything Cut Above Tag Kit sitting on my studio table and decided to put together a few quick and easy tags for this challenge. The striped gold foil bases and gold glitter bows are included in the kit. I die cut circles from Heather (Large circle) and Mink (small circle) Cardstocks, and flipped them over to the "light" shade of each color. The edges are inked heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I added a strip of patterned paper (Espresso dots and Pomegranate stripes) to each Mink circle before placing the gift recipients initial on top.



After die cutting each initial with the Block Alphabet Thin Cuts, I masked the top portion of each letter and heat embossed the lower portion with gold embossing powder. I then clear embossed the top portion of each letter to add some shine. The "E" was cut from Cranberry Cardstock. The "A" and "N" were cut from Espresso Cardstock. Each letter is popped up with Thin 3-D Foam Circles.


Ready to play? Just create a project using ALL and ONLY the colors in this week's challenge. Remember, for this challenge you can pick your own red! If you don't have the exact colors, use the closest colors you have. Our color challenges are 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, November 30th to enter! I can't wait to see what you create!


Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:


Friday, November 3, 2017

Three Amigos November 2017 Blog Hop

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 Beary Christmas (papers or featured colors) from the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book. The featured colors are Charcoal, Cranberry, Fern, Glacier, New England Ivy, Pebble, Pewter, Tangerine, and White Daisy.

I put together a quick card using the From The Heart Card Bases & Envelopes that are available in the Going Soon section on my website. I cut out the bear in the wreath image from a PML card and popped it up with 3-D Foam tape on the front of the card. 



I added Red Glitz Gel (retired) to the berries on the wreath. The bows sparkle thanks to the Clear Shimmer Brush.


The card pulls open from the top to reveal another PML card with a sentiment from the Short & Sweet stamp set. The falling snow and two blue trees are accentuated with the Shimmer Brush.


When the card is fully extended, there is a place to write a personal message. The picture doesn't capture the shimmer on the Cranberry banner, but it looks beautiful in person.


Color Dare #268 Happy Holidays Card

It's time for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge! This week's colors are Almond, Cranberry, Fern, New England Ivy, White Daisy, and optional Gold.

Have you seen the Beary Christmas-Scrapbooking stamp set and Thin Cuts? Even though the stamp set was designed to use for scrapbooking, many of the images are suitable for cards as well. I lined up all of the word stamps onto a 2 x 6.5" My Acrylix block and stamped them with Almond ink at an angle across a white panel. Since our embossing folders have a slit in the top opening, I was able to slide my stamped panel in at the same angle as the words to emboss only the top section.



The tree is stamped with New England Ivy Ink on Fern Cardstock. I used ShinHan TouchTwin Markers to color the tree lights and add a little texture to the branches. The Christmas balls and star topper are colored in with the Gold Metallic marker and over-brushed with the Gold Shimmer Brush. I used the shimmer brush on the embossed stars as well.


The inside is fairly simple with a couple of the gifts cut with the coordinating Thin Cuts, Gold Shimmer Trim, and a sentiment from the Short & Sweet stamp set.


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, November 16th to enter! I can't wait to see what you create!



Supplies Used:
A1189 Short & Sweet
Z4047 Beary Christmas- Scrapbooking + Thin Cuts
X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock
X5975 Cranberry Cardstock
X5960 Fern Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2835 New England Ivy Ink Pad
Z2816 Cranberry Ink Pad
Z2827 Almond Ink Pad
Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper
Z3316 Gold Shimmer Brush
Z1768 Gold Metallics Marker
Z2448 Carmine R11 ShinHan TouchTwin Marker
Z2463 Sap Green GY235 ShinHan TouchTwin Marker
Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon
Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim
Z3341 Thin 3-D Foam Dots
Z3119 Confetti Stars Embossing Folder (Going Soon!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Rockin' With Christmas Tunes

I had a little bit of fun with the October Stamp Of The Month, Christmas Tunes. Since the stamps are designed with lyrics from Christmas songs, I decided to add a gold label record and music notes to my card.


To give my record it's grooves, I layered the Circle Thin Cuts onto the cardstock and ran it through my Cuttlebug using a rubber mat instead of a cutting plate. The rubber mat won't let the dies cut through the paper, resulting in an embossed image. Each little musical note is cut by hand, covered them with Liquid Glass, and has Black Enamel Dots to finish them off. I stamped the Tree image with New England Ivy Ink and colored in the stars with ShinHan Touch Twin Markers.


Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
D1710 Christmas Tunes
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
1386 Black Cardstock
X5975 Cranberry Cardstock
X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock
Z2816 Cranberry Stamp Pad
Z2835 New England Ivy Stamp Pad
Z3365 Gold Foil Paper
X254 White Value Pack Cards & Envelopes
Z3318 Basic Circles Thin Cuts
Z3314 Black & White Dots
Z679 Liquid Glass
Z2448 Carmine Red R11 ShinHan Touch Twin Marker
Z2452 Golden Yellow Y222 ShinHan Touch Twin Marker

Friday, October 20, 2017

Color Dare #266 Snappy Birthday

It's time for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge! This week's colors are Black, Pebble, Pewter, "Pick Your Own Pink", Silver, and White Daisy.

I have been drawn to the Oh Snap! stamp set since the Holiday Expressions Idea Book was released. When I pulled it out and set it next to the Operation Smile Punny Pals stamp set that was already on my table, the idea for my card was born! I chose to use Bashful for my pink.



I was able to create a camera with multiple shades of Pewter and Pebble thanks to our new two-sided cardstock. The back side of each color is a lighter shade of that color. After stamping the camera on both the "light" and regular shades of the Pewter and Pebble cardstocks, I cut out various parts and pieced them together (Pebble base, "light" pebble flash, "light" Pewter woodgrain and dial, Pewter lens). I traced over the stitching with a black journaling pen for a little added contrast. The center of the lens is Silver Foil Paper layered with a heart cut from Bashful Glitter paper.


See the "punny" birthday greeting? I got the idea from the "Yappy Birthday" greeting in the Punny Pals stamp set. I used the masking technique and a few sentiments from the Sending Smiles stamp set (included in the Flower Market Cricut Bundle) to stamp "SNAPPY" onto the flash. "Birthday" is from the Punny Pals sentiment. It's hard to tell from the photo, but the camera is mounted onto the card with Thin 3-D Foam Tape.


The Oh Snap! stamp set includes a filmstrip stamp. I stamped it onto black cardstock using VersaMark ink and colored the small rectangles with a white gel pen. The sentiment is also from the Sending Smiles stamp set.

Ready to play? Just create a project using ALL and ONLY the colors in this week's challenge. The color graphic shows Pixie, but you get to choose your own pink! 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, November 2nd to enter! I can't wait to see what you create!



Supplies Used:
D1708 Sending Smiles (Flower Market Cricut Bundle)
D1748 Oh Snap!
D1751 Punny Pals
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
1386 Black Cardstock
X5941 Bashful Cardstock
Z3360 Bashful Glitter Paper
Z3366 Silver Foil Paper
Z2819 Bashful Ink
Z2832 Pewter Ink
Z2833 Pebble Ink
Z891 VersaMark Ink
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z534 Microtip Scissors
4275 My Legacy Writer Set (Retired)
Other: Sakura White Jelly Roll Pen

Thanks for stopping by!

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