Friday, July 28, 2017

Color Dare #254- Well Hello Card

Are you ready for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge? The final challenge for July includes all of the colors from the Prickly Pear paper packet: Blossom, Emerald, Lemon, Poppy, Sapphire, Sea Glass, Sorbet, Tangerine, White Daisy. You can choose 3-4 colors and neutrals, or use the paper packet this week.

My card was inspired by a card by Beck Fleck (the creator of PageMaps). She made paper pompoms using one-inch circles of patterned paper and covered the front of a 5"x7" card with them. I decided to make a smaller, 4.25" square version of her card.

The warm colors in the pompoms (Blossom, Poppy, and Tangerine) really pop against the Sapphire background. I added a grid of Clear Sparkles to catch the light and make the card twinkle.

I usually design cards that I can easily pop in the mail. This card could be mailed by flattening the pompoms, but I like the WOW factor that the dimension creates. I'll probably hand deliver this one!

I used a zip strip and one more Tangerine circle to finish off the inside.

Ready to playJust create a project using ONLY the colors in this week's challenge or the Prickly Pear papers. 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:
A1189 Short & Sweet Sentiments
X7221B Prickly Pear Paper Packet
X7221D Prickly Pear Coordinating Cardstock
Z2648 Sapphire Ink
Z2652 Poppy Ink
Z2809 Tangerine Ink
Z2810 Blossom Ink
Z3274 Clear Sparkles
Z3318 Basic Circles Thin Cuts
Z553 Bonding Memories Glue Pen
Other: Scrapbook PageMaps 2 by Becky Fleck

Friday, July 21, 2017

Color Dare #253- Just Because Card

It's time for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge. This week's colors are Gold, White daisy, Slate, Glacier, Willow, Tangerine, and Poppy.

I pulled out the Lovely Leaves stamp set to random stamp a background for my card front. I selected four leaves from the set and stamped them with Slate Ink. Then, I flipped three of my stamps over on the block and inked the back side of each style in a different color (Glacier, Tangerine, and Poppy). For the stamp with several small leaves, I used the small waterbrush (sans water) and Willow ink to add the color.

I attached four pieces of the gold ribbon from the Uptown Ribbon Pack around the outer edges of a piece of cardstock to create a mat for my random stamped panel. Since I wanted my colorful leaves to be the main focal point on the card, I placed the sentiment toward the bottom of the card. I kept the embellishments simple as well. Here is a closer look at the ribbon mat.

Of course, I had to add a little something to the inside too. I was going to leave just the outline of the large leaf on the inside, but decided to add color at the last minute.

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!

Love challenges? The Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge is also all about Prickly Pear this month. Take a look and join the fun! I can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:
A1195 Lovely Leaves
C1605 Happy To Be Friends
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5930 Slate Cardstock
X5779 Poppy Cardstock
Z2873 Slate Ink
Z2841 Glacier Ink
Z2852 Poppy Ink
Z2809 Tangerine Ink
Z2807 Willow Ink
Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack
Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

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