Lovely Layers – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart Technique Blog Hop!

This month there are around 16 of us highlighting Lovely Layers!  In this hop the participants can interpret this theme title and show you some wonderful artwork. I choose to focus on one of our fun stamps that has multiple layers to it.  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 MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost along the way you can find the complete list of participants on Melissa’s Blog.

I love The Berry Best stamp set as you have the two layers of the strawberries plus the pint. It is such a bright and fun stamp set too.  I used Candy Apple and Clover for the strawberries. Glacier, Sapphire, and Peach for the tag and pint.

I used the So Much Happy paper pack and added White and Clover cardstock.  I also used the cross stitched border from the Decorative Border Thin Cuts on the Clover.

I popped the strawberries and pint up with foam tape and used a bit of White Twine for the ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto MISS CARRIE’S CREATIONS where you will find some additional artwork highlighting LAYER!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #329 ~ 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 Grays and Whites are free but no other colors.

I chose to use Peach, Smoothie, Mint, Linen and a touch of Gold.

I have been wanting to play with our new Stitched Quilted Thin Cuts. So I though this would be the perfect time to give them a whirl.  I used mostly cardstock – Linen, Smoothie, Mint and Peach.  I did use a pattern stamp set to stamp the lighter side of the Peach Cardstock. I really do love the fact our cardstock has the lighter shade on the reverse of the cardstock.  I did use the mint pattern paper from the I Heart Us paper pack.

I added a touch of gold with the gem in the center.  The happy birthday is from Lawn Fawn.

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 #329 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, February 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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Color Dare #328 ~ Valentine’s Day Colors

Welcome to this weeks Color My Heart Color Challenge!  This week for Color Dare #328 we are challenging you with something new! We are using a photo as the inspiration.  Simply design your project using the colors in this photo, how cool is that??

When I look at this photo I see, Lagoon, Ballerina, Candy Apple and Glacier.  So those were the primary colors I went with.

For this card I was inspired by a fantastic card designed my the super talented Katy Taylor and you can check out her card and how she designed it HERE. I used the same stitched squares  and stitched hearts and the same paper pack but I put my own twist on it.  This card is based off of Pattern 12 from the Make It From The Heart Volume 4. I used the Heart Happy paper pack with one, the lagoon, from the Seasonal Mix In.  I used a bit of Ballerina cardstock and stamped the Love You which is from the January SOTM – Card Captions.  I also used some Red Shimmer Trim.

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 #328 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, February 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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Got Snow?

Have you seen the adorable Hostess Exclusive stamps? Well there is one that I am totally digging ~ GOT SNOW?  It is precious and you can check out all the exclusive Hostess Rewards here in the New Seasonal Expressions One Idea Book. If you are interested in getting one of these great stamp sets let me know.

For this card I paired it with the I Heart Us paper pack for the background. I used the new Rectangle Thin Cuts.  I sponged the background in Carolina then using Versamark and White Embossing powder for the sentiment.

Happy Crafting!

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Love of Color – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are around 14 of us highlighting using our LOVE OF COLOR Idea Book.  You are sure to see some cool ideas of how to used this awesome book. 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 DARLYS RECKER’S Blog, you are on the right track!

I love this book because when you are wanting to create you can pick any color and then you can find wonderful color palettes there for you.  I chose the color Glacier, and looked up Glacier in the Love of Color Idea Book.

I chose this color palette….

Here is my creation….

I used the Glacier pattern paper from the Seasonal Mix In Paper Pack as the background. I used the Winter Flurries Thin Cuts and cut using Heather and Glacier.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Christmas Countdown and used Peacock Ink. The swirls are from Falling Flakes stamp set and stamped int Heather. I added a some shimmer to the Glacier snow flake using my  Clear Shimmer Brush.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto VALERIE KAPSHA’S BLOG where you will find some additional artwork highlighting the SHAKER CARDS!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Merry Christmas Blessings Blog Hop

Welcome to the Merry Christmas Blessings 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 anything to do with the Christmas Holiday. I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

If you are just arriving here from BRENDA LAPP’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 15 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I wanted to play around with the new Season of Joy cartridge a bit more so that is where I went for my inspiration.

I love the mistletoe and knew this would be my focus.  I selected the Red Glitter paper to cut the Merry Kiss-mas. I used fern to cut the mistletoe.  I then decided to use the stitched border from the Decorative Border Thin Cuts.  Then I matted it on the holly paper for the Tis The Season Paper Pack.  I then felt something was missing…. I decided to use my Red Shimmer brush to and then a dot of Liquid Glass to give it a 3-D effect.

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

Happy Crafting!

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Sew What?! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 13 of us highlighting Sewing techniques,  This can be using our dies that have stitching, stamp sets that have stitching, using pens to create stitching or using your sewing machine to create the stitched look.  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 KIMBERLY BOWERS BLOG, you are on the right track!

As irony would have it I planned to used my stitched dies to crate my card; however, I cannot for the live of me find my “C” plate to my Cuttlebug.  I went to Hobby Lobby, Michaels and even Walmart but no one carries it. UGH!!!!! So what do you do improvise… I started using different pieces of cardboard to see if I could create the right size shim. Thankfully I was able to find a good combination.  Now I am just waiting on Amazon to send my my new one.

I used the new Love of Color how to book.  I used the color combination Ruby, Pebble, Peacock, and Sugarplum.  I used the love from the Artbooking Cartridge. The “you” came from Colorful Texture Stamp set.  I used the Stitched Heart thin cuts and then used my black pen to create a stitched look.

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

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare 306 ~ New England Ivy, Saffron and Heather

I am so happy to have my new craft room all set up.  We moved just two weeks ago and I needed a break to craft.  So I stole a bit of time today and took some time to craft.  So I decided to use this weeks Color Dare Challenge for inspiration.

I created this card which can be used for any reason. I used pattern 6 from Make It From Your Heart Volume 4 as my inspirations.

I added a little Gold with my Gold Shimmer Brush.

I used Document paper pack for the New England Ivy pattern. I used New England twine from the Adventure Ribbon bundle. The stamps sets used are Beautiful Friendship Scrapbooking and Happy to be Friends (retired). I used my Thin Cuts Stitched Circles and Scalloped Borders.
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 #306 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday August 30, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare 289 ~ Raspberry, Mink & Juniper

Welcome to this weeks Color My Heart Color Challenge!  This week for Color Dare #289 we are challenging you to use (All and Only) these CTMH Colors: RASPBERRY, MINK,  and JUNIPER.  You are able to use neutrals – Black and White in your design. You can check out the rules HERE.

I have been seeing cards with the sentiment cut out of the card and popped up.  I thought that would be great for this challenge and use a floral design.  Here is how it turned out.

In this view it is hard to see the “TH” as the stamp is pretty bold.  I used the Thin Cut – Block Letters to cut the “Thank.”  The flower is from a retired stamp set called A Budding Friendship D1602 and the “You” if from another retired stamp set called Sunny Thoughts S1802.  Here is a side view:

Here you can see how the letters are popped up.  I used the thick foam tape to pop them up.

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 #289 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday. May 3, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Easter Cards Part 2

I thought I would share two more Easter Cards that I created this year.  I love the Easter Animals stamp set and used it to create these two cards.

For the card on the left I used the new Party Banners Thin Cut.  I used a Cricut cut for the one on the right. I did use retired pattern papers.  I also used my water colors to color the animals and backgrounds.

Happy Easter and Happy Crafting!

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