Archives for May 2020

Heart 2 Heart ~ Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

This week our theme is Somewhere Over the Rainbow. You can interpret this anyway you wish. The most obvious is to include an actual rainbow or maybe a rainbow of colors, it is totally up to you. Just remember you must include at least one Close to My Heart product in your creation.

I used the Blue Skies stamp set to make this card. I used Sapphire pigment ink for the sentiment and then used clear embossing powder. I used Candy Apple, Nectarine, Lemonade, Green Apple, Bluebird, Wisteria, and Eggplant inks to color the rainbow. I used the Stitched Rectangle Frame Thin Cuts to cut the Carolina base.

I also created a couple other cards using a polygon die from Honey bee Stamps to create these rainbow inspired cards.

I used the Stitched Rectangle Frame to cut the Eggplant and Candy Apple bases. I cut the sentiments three times and then stacked so it added more dimension.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until May 31st 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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Cool Dude Layout

I have to say one of the positive things to come out of our stay home orders is I am finding a bit of time to work in my craft room. Even better is I am completing a few layouts. I have completed more layouts in the last two months than I did in the entire year of 2019. Here is another single page layout I am going to share with you.

I did pull some retired papers from a couple of the mix-in paper packs and used the amazing Glossy Cardstock from Blue Skies. I also pulled some of the wooden shapes which are now retired and used my Black shimmer brush on them. I used the Stitched Bracket Frame thin cuts. I used Charcoal Re-inker with a watercolor paint brush to crate the splatters.

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #395 ~ Tic-Tac-Toe Aurora

This week we have another Fun Color Dare Challenge for you.  This week for Color Dare #395 we have our popular Tic-Tac-Toe board this time it is focused around the Aurora papers.  For this challenge you can use any diagonal, row or column, you can add in any of the other colors shown.  Blacks & Whites and all Neutrals are FREE.

I love this Aurora Paper pack!! It is one of my favorites!! I went with the Last column ~ Sapphire, Silver, Charcoal with Evergreen and Linen.

I decided to make a shaker card as it has been a while. I used the Happy Birthday Shaker Thin Cut . I cut the triangles in evergreen and sapphire. I used the silver stars confetti. I also used the new Aurora Cricut cuts to cut that fun wolf.

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 #395  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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20th Anniversary Covid Style

Today marks my 20th wedding anniversary. We have moved lived thru Veterinary School, moving across country, moving to 5 different houses, we have had 8 dogs, 5 cats, one now 8 year old boy and now Covid 19. This is definitely one for the record books. So I figured what better way to celebrate than to use some of the fun stamps that Close to My Heart created.

I random stamped the rolls of TP from the Through Think and Thin stamp set on Carolina cardstock in Carolina ink. I then used the Stitched Rectangle thin cuts. I used the new Tag and Tabs thin cuts to cut the tag. I used it on a portion the Dreamy Holographic paper for the top of the tag. I used an embossing folder to emboss one on the stamped toilet paper rolls. I added a few of the white dots and the ribbon is from my stash. I did use the Mini stapler to attach the ribbon.

Unfortunately we will not be celebrating our anniversary the way we hoped to with a cruse to Hawaii. I guess it will have to wait until 2021….

Happy Crafting!

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Heart 2 Heart ~ National Scrapbooking Month

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

This week we are celebrating National Scrapbooking Month with this challenge. You may want to use some of the Blue Skies products Close to My Heart released to celebrate or you may just want to complete a scrapbook layout. Just remember you must use at least one Close to My Heart product in you project.

I decided to use the EveryDay Memories Cricut collection I have a confession, I have never used on of the layouts from these collections. I decided to play with the colors to match my photos better. I have to say it was fun to create and I am pleased with the results. I did encounter one issue in that I had 4×6 photos and not 5×7 as the layout was design to hold. I solved this by matting the photos.

I added a few of the Seas the Day gems and some silver embellishing thread.

I really like the pocket for the journaling.

I also decided to share a card I created from the Blue Skies papers and coordinating cardstock. I used the Sentiments by Melissa Esplin stamp for the Hello. The flowers are also part of the Blue Skies Collection with the Beautiful Day Stamp and thin cuts.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until May 31st 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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Sponged Background

Have you every tried to create your own background? What about by sponging? It can be fun to do. This time I tried to create it to look like a scene.

I used a stencil to make the clouds. I even created a video to show you how I made this background.

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop ~ Stencil It

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are exploring techniques that use Stencils. Stencils can be used in a variety of ways. Two of my favorites ways to use stencils is with texture paste and to sponge on ink. I will show you both. 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.

With this layout I used a stencil to add texture paste that I colored with Green Apple ink. I used the Blue Skies paper pack and the coordinating Green Apple and Candy Apple cardstock. I also used Sapphire and Canary cardstock. I also used a few of the new wooden buttons which I colored green with my Tri-blend markers. I pulled some of my retired sapphire burlap ribbon to add a little extra to the buttons.

Here you can see the Texture paste and the stencil I used. I knew that I was going to cover most of the Daisy White cardstock with layers of paper so I only did the stencil around the outside. I created my own stencil using our stencil sheets and cut it on my Cricut using an image from Artbooking. I applied ink to my All Purpose mat and then mixed some of the texture paste in. I keep applying more ink until the saturation I liked was reached.

Here is a close up of the detail. I will be ordering my prints for this layout soon so but since I order from Persnickety Prints I wait until I have a few layouts planned before I order.

With this card I used the stencil and applied ink to make the pattern. I used Carolina cardstock which was cut using the Rectangle Thin Cuts. I used the Diamond thin cut from the Aurora Scrapbooking Stamp set and thin cuts. The sentiment is from Celebrating You stamp set. I also used the Beautiful Day stamp and thin cuts. I colored the hot air balloons with my Tri-Blend Markers. I did use my Sapphire Pigment ink and then heat embossed with Clear Embossing powder.

Here you can see how I used the stencil to apply the Carolina ink and make the circle pattern.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto LAUREN MOORE’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 #394 ~ Monochromatic Greens

Welcome to another week of Color Dare!  This week we have a good one for you.  This weeks challenge is Greens!  You can use BLACK & WHITES and any Neutral, but that is all!!

I decided to play with shaving cream and re-inkers (Evergreen, Clover anda Sweet Leaf) to create my lady bug wings.

So I have really been having fun with this thin cut and stamp set. I used the design in the idea book as my card layout. I used my black stickles to color the ladybug dots. I had to add googly eyes to my ladybugs. If you would like to see some more of my ladybugs you can check them out HERE.

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 #394  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Hummingbird Thank You

Have you seen the fantastic hummingbird stamp and thin cut that was released this month? I love it! Here is a card I created and colored to represent a red rufous hummingbird.

I used one of the flowers from the new Stitched Together Cricut Collection. I used Smoothie, Canary, and Toffee cardstock. I used the Sentiments by Melissa Esplin stamp set for the sentiment. I used a die that I purchased from Honey Bee Stamps for the polygon shape. The embossed Glacier cardstock is using a retired embossing folder.

Happy Crafting!

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Heart 2 Heart ~ Angel Mother

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

This week Heart 2 Heart is challenging you creation in honor of your Angel Mother, or this is how I interpreted. Close to My Heart has offered some amazing stamp sets to honor our mothers. I chose to focus my project on one of these stamp sets. Just remember you must use at least one Close to My Heart product in you project.

The moment I saw the Mother’s Day Door stamp set I though of my mother. My mom is a very successful realtor in New Orleans. She has always loved and collected posters with doors from various locations around the world. So I thought it would be fun to make her some card she could use to send to her clients.

For this card I used some watercolor paper. I stamped with Black Pigment ink then used Clear Embossing Powder. I then used my watercolor paints to bring the image to life. I then used my Rectangle Thin Cuts to cut the watercolor paper and matted on to Carolina cardstock.

With this card I used all the same items as above but with this card. I left off the lanterns and matted on Eggplant Cardstock.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until May 31st 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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