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

Friday, August 25, 2017

Color Dare #258 Hi There Card

It's time for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge! This week's colors are Black, White Daisy, Whisper, Sweet Leaf, Slate, Ruby, and Juniper.

I created a sweet card using a few cricut cut images along with some of our new Thin Cuts. I used Whisper Cardstock for my card base and the Simple Chevron Embossing Folder to create the White Daisy backdrop for my scene. The birdhouse is cut from Slate and Ruby Cardstock and stamped tone on tone with the coordinating inks.



The sentiment plays along with the bird on the branch visiting his little friend in the birdhouse. A few of the pieces are cut multiple times and stacked to create extra dimension on the card. To create the birdies' eyes, I colored Bitty Sparkles with the Black Shin Han marker. Black Glitter Paper adds a little sparkle to the card.


Another friend awaits inside to say, "Hi There!"


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!



Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:
D1709 Line It Up (from Cricut Flower Market Bundle)
C1678 Jack- Cardmaking
1385 White Daisy cardstock
1386 Black Cardstock
X5965 Ruby Cardstock
X5979 Juniper Cardstock
X5980 Sweet Leaf cardstock
Whisper Cardstock (retired)
Slate Cardstock (retired)
Z2153 Sweet leaf Ink
Z2165 Juniper Ink
Z2170 Ruby Ink
Z2172 Whisper Ink (going soon!)
Z2173 Slate Ink (retired)
Z3236 Black Glitter Paper
Z3347 Simple Chevron Embossing Folder (going soon!)
Z3348 Scallop Border Thin Cuts
Z553 Dual Action Glue Pen
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z2446 Black Shin Han Touch Twin Marker
Other- Cricut All Occasion Box Cards Cartridge

Friday, August 11, 2017

Color Dare #256 Hello Card

It's time for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge. This week's colors are Black, White Daisy, Pomegranate, Peacock, and Juniper.

For today's card, I followed pattern 29 from the Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 1 guide. I knew I wanted to use the new For You Darling stamp set, but the sentiments weren't the right size for my design. The Hello sentiment from the Flourishes stamp set fit perfectly. I didn't want a patterned paper to compete with the succulents, so I opted to emboss and sand a few scored lines on Peacock cardstock for the bottom panel. The succulents are stamped with Juniper and Peacock inks. I used the masking technique to stamp Pomegranate and Juniper in the small floral outlines.



To give the card a hint of sparkle, I matted the sentiment with Black Glitter Paper. The Black Dots around the succulents integrate the black into the card design. The succulents and flowers are popped up with Thin 3-D Foam Tape.


A small succulent and flower carries the design to 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!


Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:
D1749 Flourishes
Z3375 For You Darling Stamp + Thin Cuts
X5979 Juniper Cardstock
X5958 Peacock Cardstock
X5964 Pomegranate Cardstock
Z2165 Juniper Ink
Z2649 Peacock Ink
Z2653 Pomegranate Ink
Z3236 Black Glitter Paper
Z3314 Black & White Dots
9035 Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 1
X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z1204 Bone Folder

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Three Amigos August 2017 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 Jack (papers or featured colors) from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. The featured colors are black, juniper, ruby, slate, sweet leaf, whisper, and white daisy.



I love cards with special folds, and decided to make one to share today. I also made a coordinating box to go along with it. I used four colors of cardstock, the tree background and texture pattern from the paper pack, and the Jack Cardmaking Stamp with coordinating Thin Cuts for both. This bear is my favorite stamp in the entire seasonal expressions book!


This card has two "panels" that open up to reveal the message inside. The first panel is the bear tab, which opens to the right.


I decided to cut a second bear shape with the thin cuts, but couldn't leave it just plain. I inked up one of the bears ears to make his tail, and added more fur by turning the stamp 180 degrees before stamping. Isn't he just the cutest?!


Open the second panel to the left to reveal the sentiment on the inside. The hearts are each embellished with a bitty sparkle.


I decorated the top of my box to coordinate with the card I made. You can fill it with a set of cards or a small gift. I'm not sure if you can tell from the pictures, but I stamped an extra nose for each bear and popped it up with thin 3D foam tape.


I found directions for the box here, but changed the dimensions for mine to fit a 4.25x5.5 card. With a depth of one inch, you can easily fit a set of four cards with envelopes inside. I gave a few of these boxes filled with assorted cards to some of my CTMH pals at convention.


Here's a photo of my measurements and basic directions.


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:
X7222B Jack Paper Pack
X7222D Jack Coordinating Cardstock
Z3333 Jack Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2805 Black Ink
Z2173 Slate Ink
Z2170 Ruby Ink
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z3197 Black & Gold Ribbon
Z3022 3L E-Z Dots Adhesive
Z2060 Thin 3D Foam Tape

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