December SOTM Blog Hop – Happiness Never Grows Old

Welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

If you are coming here from LAUREN MOORE’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 Makers on Melinda’s blog HERE.  This month we have around 16 Makers participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

You can’t go wrong with these beautiful flowers. This is what I focused on.

I started designing this card and planned to use the Thanks over the middle but then realized it would cover almost all of the flowers. So I went with a smaller middle utilizing the On Your Birthday Stamp Set. I did use Black Pigment ink and then went over with Clear Embossing Powder. I splatted Wisteria Shimmer Bush and added a bit of Diamond Stickles. I also used the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts on the White Daisy Cardstock.

This is the inside fo the card.

So when I realized I needed to spread the flower out, I also realized I would need more. So I did do a bit of masking to add extra flowers and leaves. I used the Thanks Thin Cuts and went over the letters with the Wisteria Shimmer Bush. I did add a little of the Diamond Stickles.

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 DECEMBER. If you are a member of the Close To My Heart VIP program and you place a qualifying order of $50 in the US, you will get the stamp for FREE!! Otherwise if you spend $50 in US you can purchase 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!

Heart 2 Heart ~ Peace on Earth

Welcome to another Heart 2 Heart Challenge!

This week our theme is Peace on Earth. This can be interpreted any way that you see it. To me it spoke about Christmas and a peaceful landscape. Just remember if you wish to play along with us you must use one Close to My Heart product.

For this card I started with VersaMark ink and stamped the Peace and Stars on cardstock and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. The Peace comes from the Craft with Heart Card Subscription Stamp set. I then used Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphires and Black Soot Oxide inks to create the background. I then cut the landscape which is from Yuletide thin cuts. I paired them with the Fancy Borders thin cuts to make the snow with Daisy White and White Glitter Paper. I then cut the whole scene with Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until December 31th to participate in this challenge. Make sure you include at least one Close to My Heart product. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #422 ~ Tic-Tac-Toe ~ Serenity

This week we have another Fun Color Dare Challenge for you.  This week for Color Dare #422 we have our popular Tic-Tac-Toe board this time it is focused around the Serenity paper collection.  For this challenge you can use any diagonal, row or column, you can add in any of the other colors shown.  Blacks, Whites, Golds, and Silver are FREE.

I went with the first column ~ Blue Belle, Toffee and Sapphire. I was inspired by a gift card holder that was created by Erin Jacobson.

I used Blue Belle and Sapphire cardstock along with Serenity paper collection. I used the Small Bow Thin Cuts to cut the beautiful bow.

The sentiment was stamped in White Pigment ink using the Comfort and Joy Stamp and Thin Cut. I used White Embossing Powder on the Toffee cardstock.

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 #422  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, December 10, 2020 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 ~ Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Welcome to another Heart 2 Heart Challenge!

This week our challenge is Eat, Drink, and Be Merry! This can be whatever you interpret it to be. For me it is celebrating the holidays. I have been working on my Craft with Heart Scrapbooking subscription as I finally got my photos picked and printed. I was working on Thanksgiving from 2016 when we had a Friendsgiving. I know this year will be different for so many families but we are looking forward to our quiet celebration at home by ourselves.

I love these layouts as they are so easy to put together and you can modify them as needed.

I added a bit of Blue Belle Shimmer Brush to the leaves and a bit of Desert Rose Shimmer Brush to add some splatters. I also added a bit of Glisten Stickles.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until November 30th to participate in this challenge. Make sure you include at least one Close to My Heart product. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #421 ~ Love of Color

Welcome to another week of Color Dare! This week we have a Love of Color board for you. The colors are SCARLET, PAPRIKA, SUNDANCE, SAGE, MINT, and DESERT ROSE. You must choose at least 3 of the colors. You can add Black, White, and Metallics for free.

I chose all the colors except Paprika. I even used some cooper for accents.

I decided to play around with some of our awesome thin cuts (die cuts). I started with Stitched Lattice Background Thin Cuts. I paired Desert Rose with the Mink cardstock behind. I then used the bracket and sentiment from the So Happy Together stamp set and thin cuts . I used the Stitched Florals Stamp Set and Thin Cuts. I stamped the Sentiment with VersaMark and then used Copper Tinsel Embossing Powder. I added a couple of Rose Gold Loose Sequins for a finishing touch.

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 #420  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, December, 3, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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November/December Catalog New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the November/December Catalog New Product Blog Hop!

Today you will be hopping with the same talented Makers who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop. For this hop we are featuring products from our new Idea Book. There are SO MANY amazing products you are going to be blown away!

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 Makers on Melinda’s blog HERE.   For this hop we have about 20 Makers participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I am loving 🥰 the Serenity paper pack withe Sapphire and Blue Belle! I paired it with White Daisy and some o the papers from the Seasonal Mixin Papers. I used the Elegant Snowflakes stamp set and thin cuts stamping in Blue Belle ink and adding some Diamond Stickles. I splattered the base with the Sapphire Shimmer brush. I added some more sparkles with Blue Belle Shimmer Trim.

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

Happy Crafting!

Heart 2 Heart ~ Card Creations

Welcome to another Heart 2 Heart Challenge!

This weeks challenge is Card Creations! This is an easy challenge simply design a card and make sure you use at least one Close to My Heart product in your card.

For this card I used the fun Yuletide Borders Thin Cuts as I love those lights! The sentiment if from the Jubilee Crew stamp set. I also use the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until November 30th to participate in this challenge. Make sure you include at least one Close to My Heart product. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Hop – “Inky Fingers”

Welcome to the Inky Fingers Blog Hop!

This month we are exploring techniques that use inks. If you are coming from MELISSA ROBINSON’s Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE we have about 12 makers participating in this hop.

I played around with resist and oxide inks. I used the Distressed Watercolor paper and then used VersaMark ink with the snowflakes from the Elegant Snowflakes Stamp and Thin Cuts. I then used White Embossing Powder on the snowflakes.

For this card I sponged on the Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire on over the embossed snowflakes. I then used my spray bottle and my stencil I created to use with the bokeh with a wet paper towel. I placed the stencil over the cardstock and then dabbed the wet paper towel to create the circles. Then using the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cut to frame the cardstock. I then used the spray bottle to add the variation on size. I then added a 3/4 inch strip of velum. I then used the Yuletide Borders with Silver Foil Papers.

With this card I repeated the first steps with VersaMark ink, Snowflakes, and Distressed Watercolor Cardstock. This time using I stamped the Oxide inks on my All Purpose mat. I then spritzed with water and then smooshed the cardstock on to the paper and drying using my heating tool. I repeated this process adding layers of color. This time I used Vellum and Black Cardstock with the Yuletide Borders.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto MICHELLE LONCAR’s Blog where you will find some additional artwork!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #420 ~ Shades of Orange

Welcome to another week of Color Dare!  This week we have a good one for you.  This weeks challenge is all about the ORANGE! You can use any shade of ORANGE with BLACK, WHITES, ALL NEUTRALS, and METALLICS but that is all!!

I decided to try a technique that Close to My Heart had up on their blog this week.

To create the background I smooshed Spiced Marmalade Oxide ink on my All Purpose Mat. I then took my large watercolor brush and washed the ink onto Distressed Watercolor Paper. I then splattered it with Paprika Shimmer Brush. I used the a couple of thin cuts ~ Leaves Thin cuts and the Thanks Thin Cuts. I used Vellum, Paprika Cardstock and Cooper Ore paper.

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 #420  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, November 26, 2020 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 ~ Blue Belle

Welcome to another Heart 2 Heart Challenge!

This week our challenge is Blue Belle which is the Color of the Year for Close To My Heart. This is one of my favorites so far! It is so pretty and works wonderfully for winter in my opinion. I designed a fun layout for this challenge. Please remember if you are going to play along please be sure to include at least one Close to My Heart Product.

I designed this layout using the Make It From The Heart Volume 3, pattern 15. I used the Seasonal Mix-in Papers.

I realized I forgot to print one of my photos so I used a place holder for now. I used a white spray paint which is in my stash for the splatters on the Blue Belle cardstock. I used Sapphire cardstock to back the photos. I cut the Sledding fun with my Cricut using Blue Belle Glitter paper and French Vanilla Cardstock. I used the fun Elegant Snowflakes Stamp and Thin Cuts. I stamped the snowflakes in Blue Belle then used the Blue Belle Shimmer Pen and some Diamond Stickles Glitter Glue.

I also used some Blue belle shimmer trim at the top of the photo blocks. I love these colors as they coordinate so well with my son’s coat.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until November 30th to participate in this challenge. Make sure you include at least one Close to My Heart product. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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