Friday, January 19, 2018

Color Dare #276 Good Thymes Card

It's time for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge! This week's challenge is to use only Heather, Mink, and Sweet Leaf (with optional Black and White Daisy).

This week's challenge really stumped me until I spotted the Good Thymes Together stamp set and pattern 8 from Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 4. I created a card base using Mink Cardstock, added Sweet Leaf B&T paper from the Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Packet, and accented it with Heather Cardstock. The banner is stamped with Mink ink on the light side of Mink Cardstock for a subtle tone on tone look.



The Clear Shimmer Brush adds a sparkly sheen to the jar lids, balloon heart, and the accent strip across the card. I tried to capture the sparkle, but pictures don't do it justice. I used the new Basic Circle Tags Thin Cuts to cut a Heather tag as a backdrop for the two thyme jars. I dipped a dry waterbrush into Sweet Leaf ink to add color to the thyme leaves and the balloon, and Mink ink for the lids.


I kept the inside simple to leave room for a handwritten note. The Heather accent strip and balloon hearts are highlighted with the Clear Shimmer Brush 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. 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, January 18th to enter! I can't wait to see what you create!

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Retired items: Sweet Leaf Ribbon, My Legacy Writers, Scallop Border Punch

Friday, January 5, 2018

Color Dare #274 Just For You Card

It's time for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge! This week's challenge is to use only Charcoal, Glacier, Bashfuland optional Silver.

I pulled out my Basics Fundamentals, Bashful Glitter Paper, and Vellum Paper for this challenge. The Chelsea Gardens- Cardmaking stamp set was still sitting out on my work surface, so I inked it up again for this card. I used the clear shimmer brush to pick up a small amount of Glacier Ink to add color to the butterflies. The sentiment is heat embossed with silver embossing powder.



When I started designing the card, I used our Basic Circle Thin Cuts. I felt like the edges needed something, so I cut a new circle using a stitched die. A few Bashful Pearls finish off the design.


I stamped a couple leafy stems inside and added another small glittered butterfly.



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 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, January 18th to enter! I can't wait to see what you create!


Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Other: Die-namics Stitched Circle STAX (My Favorite Things)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge #10



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!

The challenge this month is Anything Goes. Time to get our creative juices flowing this year. The three cards I am sharing today are actually cards we made at the Seasonal Expressions Launch last month. If you haven't checked out the new Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book, I highly recommend you take some time to browse through it!

All of these cards feature a technique using the Watercolor Pencils and Clear Shimmer Brush. After lightly coloring the images with the pencils, I used the shimmer brush to soften the pencil strokes. The result is a shimmery, watercolored effect. I love the Background & Texture papers (B&T) in the Chelsea Gardens Paper Packet!



You can see the shimmer on the wing of this butterfly. It's stunning in person!



This card uses vellum to add interest and texture to the card. The leafy stems, flowers, and butterflies are all colored using the watercolor pencils and the shimmer brush.



The vellum on this card tones down the charcoal cardstock behind the sentiment. I attached it with glue dots positioned behind the butterflies.



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!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Three Amigos December 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 featuring projects using the Silver & Gold Paper Pack (papers or featured colors). The featured colors are Black, Pebble, Pewter, White Daisy, and Gold Foil.

Time doesn't seem to be on my side when it comes to creating things these days. I put together a quick and easy card using two papers from the pack, a little bit of cardstock, ink, some die cut shapes, ribbon, and sparkly embellishments. The card is so pretty in person. It's hard to capture all of the sparkle and shine from the foil and gems.


The black ribbon actually has gold threads running through it. The stars are cut from Gold Foil Paper with the Basic Stars Thin Cuts. I added clear shimmer to the word JOY (you can see it if you zoom in a little). The sentiment is from the WYW Joyful Tidings Cardmaking Kit.


Did you notice the pierced edges on the black cardstock? Our ruler has stitch guide holes for piercing, but it'll be going soon! I pierced around the black panels on the front and 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:
X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet
G1142 Workshops Your Way Joyful Tidings Cardmaking Kit
X7226D Silver & Gold Coordinating Cardstock
Z3365 Gold Foil Paper
Z2833 Pebble Ink
Z3271 Archival Black Ink
Z4012 Black Shimmer Ribbon
Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z3328 Thin Cuts- Basic Ovals
Z3329 Thin Cuts- Basic Stars
Z3293 Shimmer Brush- Clear
Z2046 Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit
Z1471 Ruler (Going Soon)
Z1859 Foam Mat (Going Soon)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Color Dare #272 Traditional Color Challenge

It's time for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge! This week's challenge is to use only Reds and Greens, White Daisy, your choice of a neutral, and optional Gold and/or Silver.



Have you seen the ribbon trees the CTMH design team shared on the Close To My Heart Blog? I decided to give it a try for this challenge. The layers of my tree alternate between ribbon and paper (Beary Christmas and Falling For You), with a few strips of Gold and Red Shimmer Trim tucked in for sparkle. A wooden toothpick is sandwiched between two stars cut with the Star Thin Cuts from Gold Glitter Paper for the topper. 



All of the ribbon I used is unfortunately retired now. You can see in the close-up that I layered gold ribbon beneath New England Ivy ribbon so the green would show better.



Ready to play? Just create a project using ONLY the colors in this week's challenge, Reds and Greens, White Daisy, choice of a neutral, and Gold and/or Silver. This color challenge is open for the entire month of December, giving you more time and flexibility to create, share, and invite your crafty friends to join us too. You have until 10pm EST Thursday, December 29th to enter! To make the holidays even more festive, we are partnering with the Heart2 Heart Challenge blog!   Enter to win and share some holiday cheer! I can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Pack
X7223B Falling For You Paper Pack
Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper
Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim
Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim
Z3318 Thin Cuts- Basic Circles
Z3329 Thin Cuts- Basic Stars
Fern Satin Ribbon (retired)
Garden Green Grosgrain Ribbon (retired)
New England Ivy Ribbon (retired)
Gold Ribbon (retired)
Other: Styrofoam cone- 6", straight pins, toothpick

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.