Heart 2 Heart ~ Seasons Change

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

This challenge is Seasons Change!  I love to create home decor with each season. I have created various banners and wreaths for the different seasons.  When I was changing out to spring decorations, I realized I did not have a spring wreath. So I knew what my project would be….

Catscrapbooking ~ Close to My Heart ~ CTMH ~ flowers ~ Wreath ~ Paper flowers ~ Flower MarketI remembered I had a couple of extra Welcome Home kits from a couple years ago.  I used the wreath base from that kit. I cut all the flowers and leaves using my Cricut.  All of the leaves, flowers, and banner are from the Flower Market Cartridge, the exception is the Spring and peony flower. I used Lilac, Bluebird, Lemon, Saffron, White, Sage, Fern, New England Ivy, and Linen cardstock. I added a couple of butterflies from the Butterfly Friendship Stamp and Thin Cuts. I cut two of each butterfly.  I stamped them with the Intense Black ink and then colored them with reinker (Lilac, Canary and Bluebird) and my watercolor brush.

You can also see the shimmer that I added to the linen leaf detail with my shimmer brush.

Now it is your time to give it a try and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until March 31st to participate in this challenge. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #335 ~ Monochromatic Pinks

This week we have another Fun Color Dare Challenge for you.  This week for Color Dare #335 it is monochromatic pinks.  For this challenge you can use any Pink and White are free.  You may add one Neutral for Small Accent Color.

I choose to use heat embossing to create my background and then used inks to sponge the background.

I used the Love Blossoms stamp set to heat emboss the background.  I used Versamark and White Embossing Powder. I then used Ballerina and Pixie inks to sponge the background. I then used Charcoal ink to stamp the sentiment which also came from the  Love Blossoms stamp set.

Now it is your turn to create! Just create a project (card, layout or other craft project) using this weeks colors.  Then link them to the Color My Heart Blog ~ Color Dare #335 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, April 4, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

 

Happy Crafting!

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Emboss It! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

This month there are around 8 of us highlighting Embossing!  Embossing can be done in a couple of ways, one is considered dry embossing and another is heat embossing.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. If you are coming from VALERIE KAPSHA’S Blog, you are on the right track!

I decided to use both heat and dry embossing.  I saw this card by Becca Whitham which was my inspiration. I used heat embossing for the sentiment.  I stamped with Versamark then used White embossing powder.  The then used the scalloped embossing folder to dry embossing the sugarplum cardstock. I framed the scalloped cardstock with a white stitched rectangle cut using the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts. The sentiment and butterflies are from Butterfly Friendship stamp set. I stamped the butterfly with Intense Black Ink and then colored them with the Watercolor Pencils.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto DARLYS RECKER’S BLOG where you will find some additional artwork Embossing!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #334 ~ Love of Color

Welcome to another week of Color Dare!  This week we are doing another Love of Color challenge.  We have chosen a color pallet for you with six colors.  How to play… you will design something using at least 3 of these colors. Please note Browns and Whites are free but no other colors.

I chose to use Lilac, Sweet Leaf, Peach, Almond, Gold and Brown.

Budding Peonys ~ Close to My Heart ~ CTMH ~ Swiss Dots ~ Happy birthday ~ thin cuts ~ catscrapbooking ~ Color dareI used Brown Momento ink to stamp the Budding Peony stamp set and Thin Cuts. I then used reinker to watercolor the flowers and leaves. I added a couple of drops of Sweet Leaf and Peach reinker to one of my block and then used a watercolor brush to apply the color. I used the Swiss Dot embossing folder on the lilac cardstock.  I then used cloud shaped die from the Decorative Border Thin Cuts.

Now it is your turn to create! Just create a project (card, layout or other craft project) using this weeks colors.  Then link them to the Color My Heart Blog ~ Color Dare #334 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, March 28, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Heart 2 Heart ~ By the Numbers

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

My nephew has a birthday coming us so I decided to make a card for him.

catscrapbooking ~ close to my heart ~ ctmh ~ numbers~ thin cuts ~ birthday card ~ I heart us ~ heart 2 heart

I used the Thin Cuts -Block Numbers and  the I Heart Us papers.  The sentiment is from A Birthday in Watercolor stamp set. To add a little sparkle I used Clear Sparkles.

The “th” is from a retied stamp set.  I popped the number panel with 3D Foam Tape.

Now it is your time to give it a try and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until March 31st to participate in this challenge. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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Love Blossoms Blog Hop

Welcome to the Love Blossoms Blog Hop!

You will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  For this hop we are featuring artwork which showcases our fabulous special LOVE BLOSSOMS.  While this special shows you how to make 12 fantastic cards, this hop will show you some other ideas. I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

If you are just arriving here from MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.   For this hop we have about 14 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

For this hop I designed two cards using the Love Blossoms Stamp set!

Catscrapbooking ~ Close to My Heart ~ ctmh ~ Love Blossoms ~ thank you ~ overlay ~ cards ~flower

I used an overlay on top of Sweet Leaf cardstock. The lattice overlay is from Artbooking Cricut cartrige which you can find HERE. I then cut the rectangular edges to make it softer. I used Thistle cardstock behind the White Daisy stamped sentiment.

catscrapbooking ~ closet to my heart ~ ctmh ~ love blossoms ~ mother's day card This card is the almost the same as one in the workshop.  I made a couple of adjustments. First I changed the color cardstock to Raspberry.  I then colored the flowers instead of leaving them white.  I also modified the sentiment to be a Mother’s Day Card.

Your next stop is along this hop is MICHELLE STEWART’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Color Dare #333 ~ So Much Happy Tic-Tac-Toe

This week we have another Tic-Tac-Toe Color Dare Challenge for you.  This week for Color Dare #333 it will be using the CTMH color palette from So Much Happy. Please use and identify the three colors in a row of your choice; however, we will allow any or all other colors from the Challenge Board to be included. You can check out the rules on our blog.

I decided to go with the top row ~ Lemon, Lagoon, Sapphire and added in White.

Color Dare ~ Close to my Heart ~ CTMH ~ Catscrapbooking ~ crusin to adventure ~ sail boat ~ thin cuts ~ So much happy

I used two of the pattern papers from So Much Happy paper pack.  I also used the Crusin’ to Adventure Thin Cuts and Stamp Set. To make the waves I used the both sides of Sapphire Cardstock and the negative of the Scalloped border from the Thin Cuts ~ Decorative Border.  I also used the Thin Cuts ~ Stitched Square Frames for the White cardstock. I used the I Heart Us Sequins and the Blue Burlap Ribbon.

Now it is your turn to create! Just create a project (card, layout or other craft project) using this weeks colors.  Then link them to the Color My Heart Blog ~ Color Dare #333 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, March 21, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

 

Happy Crafting!

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Heart 2 Heart ~ The Wearin’ o’ the Green

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

For this Challenge we are partnering with Double Trouble. Here is how it works….
THING 1: Trouble Maker says, “Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the wearin’ o’ the green!” Dress up your project with green as the primary color. It does not have to be a St. Patty’s Day Card…celebrate any occasion.
Don’t stop here… consider Twisted Sister’s optional twist.
THING 3: Twisted Sister says “Good ole St. Paddy’s day is all about finding the Pot o’ Gold… be it in a pint o’ beer or at the end of a rainbow include a “golden touch” on your project for an added chance at our random draw.
This is an OPTIONAL TWIST but you will be awarded an additional chance in Double Trouble’s random prize draw if you include something gold.
THING 2: Double Dare dares you then you are eligible to link your project at Heart2Heart.” and you will receive an additional chance at the Double Trouble Random Draw.

I decided to play around with a couple of techniques to create a fun pattern for the clovers.  I will start by showing you my favorite of the cards and then break down the techniques and show you all the versions of the card.

For all of these cards I used the Swiss Dot Embossing Folder (now retired) for the base and sanded the dots to create contrast.  I used both the Thin Cuts ~ Stitched Hearts as well as the Thin Cuts ~ Basic Hearts.  I used Gold Glitter paper and the Thin Cuts ~ Stitched Square Frames. The sentiment comes from a retired stamp, Holiday Tags, since it is the only one I have that says “Happy St. Patrick’s Day.” I used the Thin Cuts~ Stitched Ovals .  The Ribbon is the New England Ivy Burlap which is on clearance right now.

The first technique I tried was to splatter yellow, blue and green watercolors onto a piece of watercolor paper. I then added water and rolled it around.  I do apologize as I forgot to take a photo of the paper when it dried.

The second technique I tried was to splatter yellow, blue, and green on the All Purpose Mat, then I spritz the mat with water.  Next I smooched the watercolor paper onto the mat.  The photo on the right is how it turned out.

These are how the above technique cards turned out.  The one of the left is the second technique and the one on the right is the first technique.  For these cards I used the Gold Fold paper and White and Gold Ribbon.

The last technique I tried was the shaving cream technique.  I used reinker in the shaving cream, I first started with a simple mixing of the ink in the upper right corner. It did not give me the coverage I hoped so I mixed the reinker more in the shaving cream.

These are the two versions with the shaving cream technique.

Now it is your time to give it a try and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until March 31 to participate in this challenge. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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March SOTM Blog Hop – This Happened

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!! This month we are featuring MARCH’s stamp of the month ~ THIS HAPPENED (S1903) a set of 26.

If you are coming here from MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, then you are in the right spot ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.  This month we have around 20 consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

I decided to use this stamp set for a layout of our move almost 5 years ago.

close to my heart ~ catscapbooking ~ moving layout ~ thincuts

I have to be honest I was not sure I would use the one I chose as the base page; however, when I was playing around with this layout this one was perfect. I used the So Much Happy paper pack as well as the So Much Happy Puffy Stickers.

For this detail I used the Thin Cuts – Stitched Circles and Thin Cuts ~ Basic Circles.

I love the number with this stamp set as they fit perfectly in the date box.  I used Smoothie ink to stamp the numbers.

If you love this stamp set you will want to be sure you purchase it this month as it is only available the month of March and if you spend $50 on qualifying product it could be yours for $5!!

Your next stop is along this hop is MICHELLE STEWART’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Color Dare #332 ~ Mood Inspiration Board

Welcome to this weeks Color My Heart Color Challenge!  This week for Color Dare #332 we are challenging you with something new! We are using a photo as the inspiration and this week it goes along with St. Patrick’s Day.  Simply design your project using the colors in this photo, how fun is this photo!!

So besides the green the color that pops out to me is the golden color of beer. So I decided to make a this birthday card.

The glass of beer is a Cricut cut that I found on a search.  I used the Just a Little Something Stamp Set (retired) for the happy birthday.  I used Saffron, Clover, White and Charcoal cardstock.  The pattern papers are retired.  I also used the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts.

Now it is your turn to create! Just create a project (card, layout or other craft project) using this weeks colors.  Then link them to the Color My Heart Blog ~ Color Dare #332 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, March 14, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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