Friday, July 14, 2017

Color Dare #252- Thanks So Very Much Card

So much has happened since the beginning of the month. We wrapped up our fantastic annual CTMH convention, I spent a week visiting family in Kansas, and I joined the design team at Color My Heart Color Dare. I am honored and excited to be creating with this team of talented ladies! If you haven't tried the challenge yet, I encourage you to do it!

I only used a few items on my card, but they make a big impact.


The "thanks" sentiment and the flowers are heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I mixed Raspberry Ink with water to color the flowers. "So Very Much" is stamped below the thanks with black ink. I used a a slightly damp, crumpled paper towel to add Sea Glass Ink to the Sea Glass Cardstock for a subtle tone-on-tone effect. The Emerald Ribbon is pleated for extra texture. You can see the shininess from the silver embossing better in the photo below.


Of course, I had to coordinate 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!



I can't wait to see what you create for the Color Dare Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
G1131 Workshops Your Way Anniversary Cardmaking Kit
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5783 Emerald Cardstock
X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock
Z2805 Black Ink
Z2812 Raspberry Ink
Z2813 Sea Glass Ink
Z281 Versamark Ink
Z2067 Ranger Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder
Z3286 Adventure Ribbon Pack
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
X254 White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
Z3188 Paintbrush Set
Z3326 Tombow Permanent Adhesive
Z2060 Thin 3D Foam Tape
Z341 Memory Book Mini Glue Dots
Other- paper towel

Monday, July 3, 2017

Three Amigos July 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 Prickly Pear (papers or featured colors) from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. The featured colors are blossom, emerald, lemon, poppy, sapphire, sea glass, sorbet, tangerine, and white daisy.



I just love how fun this paper pack is. I paired two of the patterned papers with tangerine cardstock to create the background of my card. The cacti are stamped using emerald pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The flowers are also clear heat embossed with blossom pigment ink. I squeezed my ink pads to place ink on the inside lid, spritzed it with water, and used a small waterbrush to watercolor the cacti. I added more ink to the water to make it darker for shading. Then I added color from the ocean watercolor pencil for variation. The sentiment if from the Sending Smiles stamp set included in the Cricut Flower Market Collection. I added gold sequins and rose gold foil tape.


I repeated the squares of patterned paper on the inside, and added another small cactus.



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:
X7221B Prickly Pear Paper Pack
D1708 Sending Smiles (Flower Market Cricut Collection)
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5783 Emerald cardstock
X5786 Tangerine Cardstock
Z2806 Emerald Ink
Z2809 Tangerine Ink
Z2810 Blossom Ink
Z2506 Adventure Mini Pigment Ink Pads Set
Z2088 Ranger Clear super Fine Embossing Powder
Z3218 Rose Gold Foil Tape
Z2012 Gold sequins assortment
3505 Watercolor Pencils


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Little Dreamer

Hello Again! Today I am sharing a multi-panel card using the Little Dreamer Paper Pack. I made a few of these to give to some of my friends at convention. I originally had the Safari Ballet stamp set in mind to use on this card, but the images were too small for the center panel. The unicorn is awfully adorable though! 


Here is a side view of the card. Don't you just love the different layers?!


I'm not sure if you can see it, but I used the shimmer brush to add sparkle to his nose, horn, mane, and tail, and also to the sentiment banner. I layered the stamped image on three additional die cut pieces to give him some dimension.


Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Pack
Z3335 Little Dreamer Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts
1385 White Daisy cardstock
X5769 Thistle cardstock
X5770 Glacier Cardstock
Z2810 Blossom Ink
Z2840 Thistle Ink
Z2841 Glacier Ink
Z3321 Little Dreamer Glitter Gems
Z3203 Shimmer Brush- Clear





Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Live Beautifully

I am on my way to the annual CTMH convention, but wanted to pop in to share a couple cards with you. Both of these cards were inspired by my very good friend Mary Gunn Funn using the Live Beautifully Paper Pack and coordinating stamp set.

For the first card, I pleated the blush shimmer ribbon and added gold glitter gems to the front. The flower is stamped with sorbet ink, then, using the medium round water brush, some of the color is removed from the petals. The leaves are stamped and fussy-cut.


Of course, I had to decorate the inside too. I used the same striped paper, more blush shimmer ribbon, and a couple more leaves.


The second card is my favorite! See the floral paper at the bottom of the card? The patterned paper comes white with gold foil embossing. I water colored the flowers and leaves using sorbet and sea glass inks (Mary's idea!)  I heat embossed the Smile sentiment with gold embossing powder to coordinate withe the gold foil embossing on the floral patterned paper. Then I added more pleated blush shimmer ribbon, gold embossed vellum from the Uptown Fundamentals Paper Pack, and gold glitter gems.


The inside of the card makes me smile too! I heat embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder as well. The sentiment is from the Sending Smiles stamp set that is part of the Cricut Flower Market bundle.



If you missed out on the gorgeous Live Beautifully Paper pack and coordinating stamp set from May, you're in luck! Both are still available in the Going Soon section of my website.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:
CC1212B Live Beautifully Paper Pack
Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals
1388 White Cardstock
X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock
CC1212C Live Beautifully Stamp Set
D1708 Sending Smiles (Flower Market Cricut Bundle)
Z2164 Sorbet Ink
Z2172 Whisper Ink
Z2813 Sea Glass Ink
Z3313 Blush Shimmer Ribbon
Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems
X254 White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
Z3225 Medium Round Water Brush
Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad
Z2066 Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Three Amigos June 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 the No Worries paper pack (papers or featured colors) from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. The featured colors are cashmere, glacier, lagoon, sapphire, whisper, and white daisy.
The colors in this paper pack are perfect for a masculine card. I paired the herringbone basket-weave patterned paper with cashmere, sapphire, and white daisy cardstocks. I heat embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder, spattered it with cashmere ink, and popped up the "are really really" banner. I enhanced the visual texture of the patterned paper with white and blue burlap ribbon and blue enamel dots.


I added a few finishing touches to the inside and stamped a sentiment from the Workshops Your Way Let's Party stamp set.




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:
G1132 Workshops Your Way Let's Party Cardmaking Kit (stamp set)
G1134 Workshops Your Way Father's Day Cardmaking Kit (stamp set)
X7220B No Worries Paper Pack
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5932 Cashmere Cardstock
X5775 Sapphire Cardstock
Z2175 Cashmere Ink
Z2648 Sapphire Ink
Z891 Versamark Ink
Z2088 Ranger Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder
Z3122 Enamel & Glitter Duos- Blue Dots
Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon
Z3325 Blue Burlap Ribbon
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Get Ready For A One Day Flash Sale



CTMH is so excited for the arrival of summer that they're celebrating with a one-day flash sale! You can save 30% on selected products and product bundles from the Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Books. The sale will begin on my website today, June 1st at 5:00pm EDT (2:00pm PDT; 3:00pm MDT; 4:00pm CDT) and will end at that same time tomorrow, June 2nd.




You'll also find a great deal on our My Legacy Albums. Purchase an album this month and get a second for 1/2 off.



On top of that, when you spend $50, you can purchase the adorable Stamp Of The Month, Hello Foxy, for $5.




Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Three Amigos May 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 the Little Dreamer paper pack (papers or featured colors) from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. The featured colors are black, blossom, emerald, glacier, lagoon, lemon, tangerine, thistle, and white daisy.


I decided to make a card using a few of the featured colors (black, tangerine, thistle, and white daisy). I made a card base from thistle cardstock and lined the inside with tangerine cardstock.  I stamped flowers from the Keep Dreaming Stamp Set with black Momento ink along the bottom of a piece of white daisy cardstock using the masking technique. Then I trimmed the bottom edge, following the lines of the flower petals. I stamped and fussy cut four extra flowers. Using tangerine and thistle inks, and a couple sponge daubers, I added a touch of color to the center of each flower. The sentiment is from the Sending Smiles Stamp Set, which is part of the Flower Market Cricut Bundle.


Three of the extra flowers are popped up using thin 3-D foam tape for a little added dimension. The centers are adorned with clear sparkles.


I added the fourth extra flower to the inside of the card to finish it off.


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:
D1708 Sending Smiles (Cricut Flower Market Bundle)
D1720 Keep Dreaming
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5769 Thistle Cardstock
X5786 Tangerine Cardstock
Z2640 Thistle Ink
Z2809 Tangerine Ink
Z899 Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles- Clear
Z3274 Sparkles- Clear
Z726 Sponge Daubers
Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Some Kinda Wonderful Birthday

Hello, I'm so happy you stopped by today! Quilt patterns are a great source of inspiration for creating backgrounds on cards. I put together this card using zip strip pieces and scraps from the Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Pack.



I added my "quilt" pieces to a black cardstock base, which made them look even more vibrant. Since the background has so much pattern going on, I kept the sentiment piece simple. I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder on a black pennant shape to play off of the black an white in the card. The white enamel dots mimic the white dot pattern in one of my quilt strips. I backed the black pennant with a piece of the raspberry patterned paper to make it stand out from the backdrop. The sentiment piece is adhered with dimensional foam as well.


Don't forget to decorate the inside of your cards too!

Edited to add:
I should have included my process for making the background. I drew the design on grid paper to create a template to follow. I used my clear ruler to space each piece 1/8" apart. I found it easiest to place the long blue piece toward the bottom right corner first. Hope this helps!



Have you played along with the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge yet? The challenge is simple, just create something using the Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Pack, or any of the colors featured in that pack. I can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Supplies used:
X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Pack
A1189 Short & Sweet Sentiments
C1662 Wise Guy Birthday
1386 Black Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2105 Black Ink
Z2172 Whisper Ink
Z891 Versamark Ink 
Z2068 Ranger White Super Fine Embossing Powder
Z3314 Black & White Dots
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

Monday, April 3, 2017

Three Amigos April 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, the Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Pack (papers or color palette) will be the focus of our projects. I used the feature paper, and accented it with Pacifica and Black.



My daughter deserves the credit for the design of this card. We sat down together to create one day (yay!), and she cut around the hills and added a sentiment to the top left corner of her card. I loved how it was simple but with impact! I stamped my sentiment with the Black Mini Pigment Ink Pad and heat embossed with black embossing powder (you could use clear detail embossing powder too). I put liquid glass on the black areas of the "hills" to coordinate with the shine of the sentiment.


Photographing the shine was a bit of a challenge. I tried to add bling and ribbon to the front, but everything detracted from the simplicity of it. I opted to put some black and gold ribbon from the Uptown Ribbon Pack behind the front panel instead. The panel is popped up with Thin 3-D Foam Tape on a Pacifica Cardstock base.


I finished off the inside of the card with a few more "hills" and used a journaling pen to draw a border.

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:
X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet
X5759 Pacifica Cardstock
1385 White Daisy CS
C1674 Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Stamp Set
Z2503 Basics Mini Pigment Ink Pads Set
Z679 Liquid Glass
Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z1979 Marvy Uchida Le Pen Journaling Pen
Z555 Craft Heater
Other: Black Embossing Powder (retired)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hello Thin Cuts

A couple weeks ago, I stumbled upon wood veneer sheets on clearance at Target. I purchased them with the intention of giving them to my daughter to create with. As we were chatting on FaceTime, we were curious if they would cut with our Thin Cuts. I grabbed the Hello Thin Cut to give it a try. They cut the veneer beautifully!


I cut three more of the "hello" from Desert Sand Cardstock, then glued and stacked them. I stamped the wreath with Cocoa ink, colored the leaves with Shin Han Markers, and cut the image with the coordinating Thin Cut. I used papers from the Adventure Fundamentals and the Dreamin' Big Paper Pack.


The banner is popped up with Thin 3-D Foam Tape. I added a few Gold Glitter Gems for sparkle. I kept the inside simple, using a strip of the veneer to tie into the Thin Cut sentiment on the front.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:
A1193 Wreath
CC1157 Wreath Thin Cuts
X7218B Dreamin' Big Paper Packet
Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals
X5642 Cocoa Cardstock
1273 Desert Sand Cardstock
Z2814 Cocoa Ink
Z2457 Shin Han Touch Twin Marker YR24 Marigold
Z2463 Shin Han Touch Twin Marker GY235 Sap Green
Z2453 Shin Han Touch Twin Marker P83 Lavender
Z2450 Shin Han Touch Twin Marker R5 Cherry Pink
Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape


Monday, March 27, 2017

You Are Tea-rrific

What do you do when you hit a creative slump? To break out of my slump, I grabbed the March SOTM, Tea-rrific, and created a card. I kept the process simple to begin with, choosing the colors and card design. Sea Glass and White Daisy are the feature colors on this card, with touches of Whisper and Ruby.


I added texture to the front of the card using the Wood Slats Embossing Folder, Sea Glass Glitter Paper, heat embossing the sentiment, and popping the teacup with Thin 3-D Foam tape. I stamped the sentiment with the Whisper Mini Pigment Ink Pad and used Clear Superfine Embossing Powder. The patterned paper is from the Dreamin' Big Paper Pack.


I stamped the teacup with Juniper Ink for a subtle tone-on-tone look. I used a Copic marker (BG10 Cool Shadow) to add a bit of shading. To add a light touch of color to the tag, I squeezed ink into the lids of my Whisper and Ruby Ink Pads, spritzed with water, and used the Small Round Waterbrush to gently apply color. I also added a little Whisper "wash" behind the cup.


Coordinating the inside of the card adds a finishing touch.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies used:
S1603 Tea-rrific Stamp of The Month
X7218B Dreamin' Big Paper Packet
X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z3240 Sea Glass Glitter Paper
Z2865 Juniper Ink Pad
Z2870 Ruby Ink Pad
Z2872 Whisper Ink Pad
Z2503 Basics Mini Pigment Pads Set
Z3248 Wood Slats Embossing Folder
Z3224 Waterbrush-Small Round
Z3216 White Twine
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z1979 Marvy Uchida LePen Journaling Pen
Other: Copic Sketch BG10 Cool Shadow

Friday, March 3, 2017

Three Amigos March 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.

Our projects feature the Dreamin' Big paper pack or coordinating colors this month. Dreamin' Big is my favorite collection in this Seasonal Expressions. The vibrant colors and versatile patterns catch my eye. I made a shaker card following the Originals: Clockwork pattern and using the Circle Thin Cuts, which happen to be on sale this month.



I stamped the lady bugs from the Dreamin' Big- Cardmaking stamp set, colored the spots, head and antennae with my journaling pen, and cut then out with the coordinating Thin Cuts.


I cut apart a 3x3 flip flap to use as the clear front on my shaker panel. Along with the ladybugs, I filled the shaker with retired sequins I had in my stash. Three Black Enamel Dots outline the shaker panel. The sentiment is also from the Dreamin' Big- Cardmaking stamp set.



I added a few more circles to the edges of the inside panel to finish off the card.

Thanks for Hopping by today! Be sure to check out Lisa's Blog and Donna's Blog to see what they created this month. See Lisa's post for information about our coming challenge and a giveaway for March!

Supplies Used:
X7218B Dreamin' Big Paper Packet
Z3303 Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
1386 Black Cardstock
Z2851 Saffron Ink
Z2852 Poppy Ink
Z2872 Whisper Ink
Z3234 3x3 Flip Flaps
Z3318 Basic Circles Thin Cuts
Z3314 Black & White Dots
Z1979 Marvy Uchida Le Pen Journaling Pen
9036 Originals Card Confidence Program
X254 White Daisy Cards and Envelopes Value Pack

Friday, February 3, 2017

Three Amigos February 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.

Our projects this month feature the beautiful Hello Lovely paper pack or featured colors in the pack. I pulled out my Reflections Scrapbook Program book and selected a pattern to showcase one of my favorite family photos. The photograph was taken by my niece, Emilee, owner of Sage Photography in Kansas City.





The pattern I selected is called Bottom Border-Tucked In. I kept my embellishments to a minimum because I wanted the focus to be on the photo. To bring some of the color from the lower patterned paper to the top, I triple matted my photo and created a small cluster of banners.




The title is a PML card included in the paper pack, trimmed down and matted. I inserted the title piece into a flip flap so I could add hidden journaling.




Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to hop over to Lisa's blog and Donna's blog to see what they created this month!

Supplies used:
X7216B Hello Lovely Paper Pack
X7216C Hello Lovely Complements
X5930 Slate Cardstock
X5929 Whisper Cardstock
X5777 Fern Cardstock
X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock
Z2172 Whisper Ink
Z3313 Blush Shimmer Ribbon
Z3231 Memory Protectors Flip Flaps 4x6
Z697 Sponge
9037 Reflections Scrapbook Program
Opaque Pearls (Retired)