Archives for January 2019

Heart 2 Heart ~For the Love of Color

Welcome to another Heart 2 Heart Challenge!

For this challenge if you have Close to My Hearts new how to book Love of Color you can use it for your inspiration. Please know it is not mandatory to participate in this challenge.

I decided to really push myself. I just commented on a friend of mine’s blog that I am not a yellow person and rarely use it.  So when I was working on my project I decided I would go for Lemon!  I then looked up Lemon in my Love of Color how-to-book.  In the book I saw Lemon, Glacier, Pewter and Pebble – perfect!! I then decided to use one of the cards in the New Seasonal Expression One Idea Book as my inspiration.  I pretty much lifted the card and made a couple changes.

I love the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set!! I used Pewter and Pebble to stamp the dandelion and the fly away pieces. The Glacier pattern paper from the Seasonal Mix In papers. I used White, Lemon and Pewter cardstock.  I used White Embossing Powder for the sentiment. Final touches are the Bitty Sparkles and White Ribbon.

Now it is your time to give it a try and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until February 3rd to participate in this challenge.

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #327 ~ Tic-Tac-Toe Something Fierce

Happy Friday!  We are back with another Tic-Tac-Toe Color Dare Challenge for you.  This week for Color Dare #327 it will be using the CTMH color palette from SOMETHING FIERCE. 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.

For this challenge I decided to use all of the colors to make this birthday card.

I absolutely love the Something Fierce papers and these dinosaurs from Something Fierce Scrapbooking Stamp.

I used the rock-and-roll technique on the T-Rex rolling in Carolina first then Bluebird. I then came back and using a marker to add the Mink color and the black or the eye.

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 #327 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, February 7, 2019 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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Heart Happy Blog Hop

Welcome to the Heart Happy 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 special Heart Happy promotion. 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 17 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I had so much fun with this paper pack making Valentine’s Day cards.

Don’t you just love this paper pack?

I love the fun cards I designed for my upcoming Card Workshop using these.

For this I used my Cricut to cut the hearts and letters.  I paired it with Crusin’ to Adventure Stamp & Thin Cuts. I stamped the cute dump truck in Candy Apple and added a little Red Shimmer Trim.

This card pattern is in the Happy Heart Workshop but I modified it a bit.  I added the large stitched heart with the Stitched Hearts Thin Cuts.

I love the dinosaurs in the Something Fierce ~ Scrapbooking stamp set and though it would make a great Valentine’s Day Card.  I used Raspberry, Pixie and Charcoal inks.

I did use a couple retired thin cuts with this card. I made a stencil by randomly placing hearts in a rectangle and then had my Cricut cut it with our Stencil Sheets.  I used the Texture Paste ~ Transparent Gloss. I would love to know which is your favorite of the Valentines Cards. Leave me a comment on which one you like the best.

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!

Color Dare #326 ~ Black and White

Welcome to this weeks Color My Heart Color Challenge!  This week for Color Dare #326 we are challenging you to use these colors:BLACK and WHITE with a splash of one other color.  NO OTHER COLORS are permitted.

Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner I have been working on some Valentines cards.

I used Ruby as my accent color and used two of Close to my Hearts retired 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 #326 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Tag, You’re It! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop! 

This month there are around 10 of us highlighting using Tags!  Close to My Heart has these amazing Tag Thin Cuts which will be the majority of what you may see. 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!

I had fun making my cards! I even was experimenting and made a shaker tag!!

For this card I used the Feels Like Home paper pack and Fern Cardstock.  I used the Fancy Tags Thin Cuts and the Decorative Borders Thin Cuts. The stamp sets I used for this card are Know That I Care and Card Captions.  The inks I used were Pewter, Sugarplum, and Fern.  I just used the Fern ink with my watercolor brush. I added the Sugarplum shimmer brush to the insides of the flowers and Mink Twine.

For this card I decided to make a tag shaker.  For the top layer I used the tag and then centered the oval thin cut to cut the center.  I used that same tag to cut the white base and the Acetate top.

I don’t know about you but the first time or two when I went to use the circular foam it did not turn out totally round.  So I knew it could be molded it to fit the tag and I only needed to trim a little piece. I used the Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cuts for the hearts.   The “Love You” is stamped in Candy Apple using the Card Captions Stamp Set.

I added some Red Shimmer Trim and White Ribbon.  I used pattern 9 as the basis of my design from the Make it from Your Heart Volume 4.

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

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Time with Heart 2 Heart

Welcome to another Heart 2 Heart Challenge!

This challenge is to give Stamped Backgrounds a try. Stamped Backgrounds are a great way to put your own spin on your design by creating your own pattern paper. Here is my card and then I will walk you through my steps to get here.

I love the dinosaurs which go with the Something Fierce Paper Pack. I love the pattern paper with the dinosaurs that come with the paper pack but I wanted to create my own with the cute dinosaur that comes with the Something Fierce Cardmaking Stamp Set. I used the Largest Circle Thin Cut and largest Stitched Circle Thin Cut. I also added the scallop border from Decorative Border Thin Cuts.

I started with the largest image, the dinosaurs and then stamped in a triangle shape with each color. I used Carolina, Bluebird, Lemon, and Willow.  I then used Pewter ink and stamped the confetti in the blank spots.

I also added a bit of random stamping to the stamping to the stitched circle.

I wanted to add a little extra to make the green dinosaur pop, so I added liquid glass and then fussy cut it.

Now it is your time to give it a try and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until January 31st to participate in this challenge or any of our January Challenges.

Happy Crafting!

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Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product 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 new SEASONAL EXPRESSIONS 1 Idea Book. 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 16 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I LOVE, LOVE the new Something Fierce paper pack and it challenged me to design a layout for the first time in a few months.

I used the Make It From Your Heart Idea Book Volume 3 for my layout design using pattern 3. Here is what it looks like with my photos.

(sorry I was having trouble with glare on the photos)

Here is the right page:

Here is the right page…

For this layout I used the Something Fierce paper pack, Thin Cut Stitched Hearts, and the Something Fierce Scrapbooking stamp set.

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 #325 ~ LOC Peacock, Eggplant, Glacier, Sugarplum, Heather, Silver

Welcome to this weeks Color My Heart Color Challenge!  This week for Color Dare #325 we are focusing on our LOVE OF COLOR Idea book.  We will be picking different color combinations and you get to choose which ones to use; however;  you must choose at least(3) of the colors. You are able to use neutrals – Black, Grey, Brown, Kraft, Cream and White in your design but NO OTHER COLORS. This weeks LOVE OF COLOR we are featuring: PEACOCK, EGGPLANT, GLACIER, SUGARPLUM, HEATHER and SILVER.  If you do not have these Close to My Heart colors you can choose a close match.

I chose to use Eggplant, Sugarplum, Peacock, Glacier and Heather.

Here is a close up of the card.

The card design is pattern 5 from the Make it from Your Heart Volume 4 Idea Book. The background is from Boutique paper pack which was just retired. The Eggplant polka-dot is from Documented paper pack which is also retired. I used the You Have My Heart Stamp set.  I stamped the heart in sugarplum on white cardstock. I then come back with the sentiment and stamped in Eggplant. The XOXO was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed in white embossing powder. I cut the tag using one of the Thin Cut Fancy Tags.

Here is the inside of the card. I used the You Have A Heart for the inside of the card using Eggplant and Peacock ink.

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 #325 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, January 24, 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 ~ Important Things

I hope your 2019 is of to a great start!! The new year always brings new beginnings and this year is no exception. This year I have taken on a new venture… becoming a member of the Design Team for Heart 2 Heart!  I am so excited to participate as part of this Design Team!

To kick of the new year at Heart 2 Heart we are are featuring the IMPORTANT THING(S) for our design challenge.  Focus on what is Important to you and share your artwork with us. 

For me (and probable many others people) Family one of the Important Things.  I wanted to highlight my family by using the awesome National Papercrafting Frame from Close To My Heart.  I had this photo from a couple years ago of my son, husband and I, which would be perfect for my Magnolia Frame.

I used the “N” Chipboard letter to highlight our last name.  I then covered it with one of the Seasonal Mix in Papers, which unfortunately this particular paper just retired.  I then cut our last name using my Cricut with the Babette font on Charcoal Cardstock.

Come and join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us your IMPORTANT THINGS projects. You have until the end of January to link up with this challenge. 

Happy Crafting!

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