Archives for December 2020

Blissful Brackets Blog Hop

Welcome to the Blissful Brackets Blog Hop!

This month we are exploring techniques that use Brackets. If you are coming from TAMARA SANDWISCH’s Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE we have about 11 makers participating in this hop.

For my card I played with the Stitched Fancy Brackets Thin Cuts. I actually used the negative on the white cardstock. I also used the Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts on that Daisy White Cardstock. I then splattered it with the Blue Belle Shimmer Brush. I then paired it with Blue Belle Cardstock that I stamped with White Pigment Ink and then heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. I used the Elegant Snowflake Stamp and Thin Cuts along with some Snowflake Thin Cuts (retired) in Blue Belle Glitter paper. I did add a couple Blue Belle Glitter Gems to the center of some of the snowflakes.

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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Heart 2 Heart ~ Gifts from the Heart

Welcome to another Heart 2 Heart Challenge!

This weeks challenge is Gifts from the Heart! Please interpret this however you want. For me I love to create gifts for my family, in particular my parents. I love the new Perpetual Calendar that Close to My Heart came out with this year. I decided to make this as one of my gifts this year.

Here are 9 of the months. I did do all 12 but had not finished them by the time I wrote this post.

For January, I used the following products: Elegant snowflake stamp set, White Glitter paper, Fancy Borders Thin Cuts, The Jubilee Crew and Thin Cuts, Pennant Banner Alphabet Stamp and Thin Cuts, and some of the snowflakes are from retired stamp sets.

For this month I used a couple different die cuts. The string hearts are from another company but the bottom heart border is from the Fancy Borders Thin Cuts. The most of the hearts are the negative of the Hearts Background Thin Cuts. The February is a Cricut cut and part of my Cricut subscription.

For March, I used some retired papers I had around. I used the Gnome Matter Stamp and Thin Cuts. I used Gold Glitter Paper to cut the “March” with my Cricut. I used my subscription for the March and the pot of gold.

I used a Cricut Cut to cut this design. I used Glacier, Lagoon, Nectarine, Canary, Toffee and White Glitter paper. I used Lagoon and Mint Shimmer brushes to splatter the background.

For September, I used the Bloom with Grace Cricut Cuts to cut the leaves and sun flowers. I used Pennant Banner Alphabet Stamp and Thin Cuts for the month.

For October, I created my own stencil using a the Artbooking Cricut Collection and Stencil Sheets. I then used Seedless Preserves and Chipped Sapphire Oxide inks to sponge on the background. I spritzed with water and then splattered with Black Shimmer Brush. I used the Spooky Gnomes Stamp and Thin Cuts. The October was cut with my Cricut using Black Ore Paper.

I used the Olive Branch Thin Cut, cutting it multiple times using, Fern, Dessert Rose, Scarlet, Sundance and Wood Grain Paper Pack. The November was cut using my Cricut with French Vanilla.

For December, I used Cricut cuts from the Comfort and Joy Cricut Cuts. I used Fern, New England Ivy, Scarlet, Candy Apple and Toffee Cardstock. I added a bit fo bling with the Christmas Red Stickles. The December is from the Months by Melissa Esplin Stamp Set.

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 #424 ~ Non-Traditional

During December we have two Color Dare Challenges running until the end of the month. One is Traditional Holiday colors and the other is Non-Traditional Holiday colors. This week I am participating in the Non-Traditional colors.

I focused on Pinks and Blues for my card.

I used the Yuletide Borders Thin Cuts on black cardstock. I paired it with on of the zipstrips from Jingle Joy Paper Pack. The glacier snow flake is from the Holiday Stacks. I used both sizes of the Stitched Fancy Brackets Thin Cuts. The sentiment and snowmen come from Jubilee Crew Stamp Set and Thin Cuts.

Here is a close up of the snowmen. I used the Mint Shimmer Brush and the Raspberry Shimmer brush to color the scarf and hat.

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 #424  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, December 31, 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 ~ Party Time

Welcome to another Heart 2 Heart Challenge!

This weeks challenge is a fun one~ Party Time!!This could be any type of party ~ Birthday, Anniversary, Retirement, Christmas, you get the idea. I made up some Birthday Gift Card Holders to use through out the year. We love for you to join us but just remember you must use at least on Close to My Heart product in your project.

I was inspired by Erin Jacobson who made some amazing Christmas Gift Card Holders. I use the same design and made Birthday ones. I used the Party Time Paper Pack. I then used Flamingo and Lagoon cardstock with the Small Bow Thin Cut. I used the On Your Birthday stamp set with the Stitched Scalloped Bracket Thin Cut.

This is what it looks like open with the belly band removed.

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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Operation Smile Every Bit of Wonderful Blog Hop

Welcome to the Operation Smile ~ Every Bit of Wonderful 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 the new Operation Smile Stamp Set ~ Every Bit of Wonderful. There will be some beautiful artwork!

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 13 Makers participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I was so inspired by Katy Taylors card for the December Stamp of the month where she colored the flowers with sponges. I decided to give it a try. I used Desert Rose, Blue Belle and Sage inks. I used the Stitched Scalloped Bracket Thin cuts. I splattered a bit of Blue Belle Shimmer Brush and added a couple Blue Belle Glitter Gems.

Did you know that with every purchase of the Operation Smile Stamp Set ~ Every Bit of Wonderful Close to My Heart donates $7 to Operation Smile Foundation? Not only that if you round up your order that additional amount goes to Operation Smile.

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

Happy Crafting!

Color Dare #423 ~ Traditional Colors

During December we have two Color Dare Challenges running until the end of the month. One is Traditional Holiday colors and the other is Non-Traditional Holiday colors. This week I am participating in the Traditional colors.

I went with reds, green with black and white.

I went with a slimline design. I used the Comfort & Joy papers with the Comfort and Joy Scrapbooking Stamp and Thin Cuts. I used New England Ivy, Fern, Scarlet, and Black inks. I then came back with my Christmas Red Stickles to add some bling.

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 #423  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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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!

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