Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop!!

For this 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 new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. If you have taken a few moments to look at this idea book you will know it is chocked full of beautiful papers, stamps and so much more!!! So I am sure you see some wonderful artwork as you hop along!

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 20 consultants participating and you are going to see lots of fabulous artwork.

I saw the fantastic SPRING that Ginni Candelaria designed and knew I wanted to do something like this.  I realized I did not really have much in the way of SUMMER decor so when I saw the Into the Wild paper pack inspiration took hold.

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All of the Cricut cuts are from YOU ARE HERE and the FLOWER MARKET cartridges.  Here is a closer look at each letter.  The letters are our Chipboard Letters, we also have numbers too!

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So living here in Colorado, our summers are spent enjoying all that the great outdoors have to offer. One of our family favorites is to Mountain Bike. So of course the letter “S” is a tribute to this.  I did use the Into the Wild Complements on a number of the letters.  I tore a bit of Kraft to make it look like a trail and also used some of the Silver Foil Paper on the bike.close to my heart ~ CatScrapbooking ~ Into the Wild ~ Summer ~ home decor

The “U” is playful to me with the trees and cute wood grain critters from the Into the Wild Complements.

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I thought for this “M” I would feature one of the water sports you can do here.

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Of course hiking is a big draw here in Colorado and one of my favorite ways to get out an explore the outdoors.

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Another of the cute critters in the Into the Wild Complements.

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For the “R” I am featuring camping under the stars.  Whether you are a traditional tent camper or go for the RV this will get you covered.  I added a few of the stars from the Loose Silver sequins to add a bit of shine, in the photo they look blue.

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!

Heart 2 Heart ~ For the Love of Pets

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

This challenge is right up my ally for so many reasons! First, animals are a big part of my life as I am a retired veterinarian.  Second, crafting with animals is one of my favorite things to use in my projects. So when I saw the Rainbow Bridge Stamp and Thin Cuts I knew this was what I wanted to use for this Challenge.

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Love this sentiment as it is a beautiful way to celebrate a pets passing.

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I used my Copic markers to color the dog and the rainbow.  I used Glacier cardstock for the sky with the White Daisy.  I stamped the rainbow on White Daisy and then hand cut it.  I used Lemon for the halo and Candy Apple for the hearts.

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I know it is hard to see but I did use the Gold Shimmer Brush to go over the halo.  I also used my yellow Copic marker to color the stars.  The stars are from the loose Gold Sequins and I just ran my marker over them to give them a yellow tint.

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

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #343 ~ Love of Color

Happy Friday!  This week we have another Fun Color Dare Challenge for you.  This week for Color Dare #343 it is our Love of Color.  This week our colors are SUGARPLUM, LINEN, PEACOCK, SAPPHIRE,  SAGE, and SILVER.  Simply choose at least 3 of the Colors – Black, White and Grays are Free.

I wanted to use the new Elegant Peacock stamp set and here is what I came up with.

I used Sapphire and Sage ink to stamp the peacock.  I then used my copic markers to color the feathers of the peacock.  I also used Sage, Peacock, and Linen cardstock.  The pattern paper if from True Love Paper Pack. This card is designed using pattern 7 from the Make it from Your Heart Volume 4.

Each of the feathers needed to be hand cut then adhered. I did add some of the Silver Glitter Gems. Then sentiment is a retired stamp set Say it All.

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 #343 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

 

Happy Crafting!

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Make the Cut! ~ Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on Making the Cut.  What do we mean by Make the Cut?  Well, Close to My Heart has lots of  fantastic Thin Cuts and our exclusive Cricut cartridges which make wonderful cuts.  There are around 10 of us participating in the Make the Cut Hop.  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 KRISTA HERSHBERGER’S Blog, you are on the right track!

For my project I used both Cricut and Thin Cuts.

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So the flower pot is cut using the Flower Market Cartridge.  I modified it by adding a cut line to allow the White Daisy cardstock to be inserted.  If you are interested in my cut file you can find it HERE.

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I used Nectarine cardstock for the pot with the lighter side for the rim.  The flowers were cut using the Stitched Flower Thin Cuts.  I used Smoothie and Fern cardstock and Sweet Girl paper pack.  I used the Fancy Tag Thin Cuts for the tag and used the Wild and Punny Stamp Set for the “thanks”.  I also used the White Burlap Ribbon and Rose Sequins.

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

Happy Crafting!

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Heart 2 Heart ~ Minty Fresh

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

This is a fun and simple challenge, simply use the color Mint in your project!! Here is mine…

Have you seen the adorable Little Aussies stamp set?  This was one of stamps I could not wait to play with.  I paired this stamp with The World is Yours papers.  I used my Copic markers to color this cute critter who I believe is an Echidna.  I also used my Mint Shimmer pen to go over all the Mink stamped images. Here is another photo of the card.

Unfortunately the shimmer brush does not show up well in the photos.

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

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #342 ~ Sweet Girl Tic-Tac-Toe

This week we have another Fun Color Dare Challenge for you.  This week for Color Dare #342 we have our popular Tic-Tac-Toe board with a mix of colors.  For this challenge you can use any diagonal, row or column, you can add in any of the other colors.  Black & White Free – No Extra Neutrals!

I used the middle row ~ Mink, Sapphire, & Ballerina plus Fern, Heather, and White.

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I used Ballerina as the base and then stamped the foliage frame from the Sweet Girl ~ Cardmaking Stamp Set on White Daisy. I also used a couple of the papers from the Sweet Girl Paper Pack. I also used the Stitched Circle and Stitched Heart thin cuts. Plus the Butterfly sticker is from the Sweet Girl Complements.  The sequins are from the Loose Crafty Sequins.

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 #342 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, May 23, 2019 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 ~ National Scrapbooking Month

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

National Scrapbooking Month is all about getting scrapbooking completing pages and celebrating our wonderful craft.  I have to admit I am totally loving the Cut Above Layout Kits and The World is Yours does not disappoint. I am also loving the Craft with Heart subscription! With my subscription I have been completing so many more layouts!  Here is The World is Yours Cut Above Layouts.

With this layout I added a few of the Into the Wild Wood Shapes and some of the Bronze Sequins. Here are the pages closer up.

I did change the size of the two lower outer photos. They are 2×3 inches instead of the 2×2 inch photos the kit suggests.

The second layout in the kit is great too!

With this layout I did not change or add anything.

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

Happy Crafting!

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2019 National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the National Scrapbooking Month Blog 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 13 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

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 super cute THE WORLD IS YOURS Paper Pack and Stamp Set.  This special set is to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month.  I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

I designed a layout for some of the photos from our trip to Antigua from 2015.  I used pattern 23 from Make it From Your Heart Volume 3.

Here is the left side without the photos.  I used Mint and Peach cardstock.

Here is what it looks like with the photos.

For this project I used the following products:

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

Happy Crafting!

Color Dare #341 ~ Cinco de Mayo Mood Board

Happy Friday!! Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?  Whether or not you do you can with this weeks Color Dare Challenge.  This week for Color Dare #341 we have a great Cinco de Mayo Mood Board. Pick colors that you see in the photo and Neutrals are free!

When I saw this board I know it would be great to use my new Wild & Punny stamp set.

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I pulled some of the bold pattern papers from my stash.  The cardstock is Daisy White and Pansy. I used my copic markers to color the cute llama.  I also added a few pink sequins from the Loose Sequins-Craft.  I based this design on pattern 30 which is from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2.

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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 #341 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

 

Happy Crafting!

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May SOTM Blog Hop – To My Bestie

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!! This month we are featuring MAY’s stamp of the month ~ TO MY BESTIE (S1905) a set of 19.

If you are coming here from WENDY KESSLER’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.

This is such a fun stamp set! Here is what I have for you ….

I stamp the sweet women using Intense Black Ink.  I then used my Watercolor Pencils and Waterbrush to add color to the ladies.

I decided to use the Sweet Girl Paper for this card. I wanted to break up all the pinks so I decided to use Sapphire to mat the white stitched image of the girls, which I used the Square Stitched Thin Cuts.  I then used White Embossing Powder for the sentiment.  I used some of the pink sequins from the Crafty Loose Sequins.  I used pattern 29 form the Make it from Your Heart Volume 2 as my design for this card.

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 MAY and if you spend $50 on qualifying product it could be yours for $5!!

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

Happy Crafting!

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