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


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.