Archives for July 2021

Color Dare #454 ~ Photo Inspiration

Welcome to Friday and another Color Dare Challenge! For Color Dare Challenge #454 we have a fun one for you. We have a photo inspiration for this weeks challenge, simply choose at least three colors from the photo plus Black and White are free.

I choose Purple, Blue and Green and decided to play with my alcohol inks.

I so love the new Butterfly Background Thin Cuts! I used it to cut a piece of yupo paper which I discovered requires a bit more pressure when using your CTMH Die Cutting machine. I ended up using -2 to successfully cut the Yupo paper. I then backed with Black 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 #454 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page. You can also link up via Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr and  other forums. For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, August 5, 2021 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 ~ Christmas in July

Welcome to Heart 2 Heart’s second challenge of July!! 

For our second challenge this month we are celebrating Christmas in July!! So start working on you Holiday cards or maybe get caught up on a past Christmas layout. Whatever you decide we would love for you to join us! We are also partnering with Double Trouble Challenge for Challenge 89 so will be twice the fun!

I played along with Thing 1 and Thing 2.

I decided to use the Black Ore Cardstock with the Stitched Lattice Background Thin Cut. I cut my Poinsettia and Greens from a combination of two images from Comfort & Joy Cricut Collection. The sentiment is from the Jingle Joy-Scrapbooking Stamp and Thin Cut. I added a bit of Christmas Red Stickles

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. Did you know you can link your projects from Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr, and many other platforms using the url link to your design. You have until JULY 31th, 2021 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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July/August New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the July/August new product blog hop!!

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 JULY-AUGUST Catalog that was just released this month! There will be sure to see some beautiful artwork!

If you are just arriving here from MY HEARTFELT SENTIMENTS, 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 18 Makers participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I am so in love with the Wander paper pack!!! It is perfect for so many of our adventures here in Colorado. I used Wander paper pack along with a layout sketch from the Cherish how to book(which has been retired but still loved).

On this layout I sanded the edges fo the Toffee and Sapphire cardstocks. Created my own tittle in Cricut Design space using the offset tool. I used the Wander -Cardmaking Stamp and Thin Cuts for details. I added a bit of the Steel Stickles for accents.

On the right page I used the Camera from the Wander Cricut Collection and the Wander-Scrapbooking Stamp and Thin Cuts.

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 #453 ~ Tic-Tac-Toe with Wander

Hip Hip Hooray it’s Friday!! Let’s get this weekend off to a great start with a fun challenge! For Color Dare #453 we are featuring our popular Tic-Tac-Toe board, this week it is focused on the colors of the new Wander Paper Pack. Choose your column, row or diagonal, Black and White are free along with Gold or Silver.

I love the Wander Paper pack! It is one of my favorites! I decided to keep things simple and create a card using the new Wander Cricut Collection. I went with the top row ~ Sapphire, Glacier, and Sage, plus Linen, Sundance. and Paprika.

What it great is there was no thinking or planning with this card. All I did is pick the papers. I love this card and look forward to using this image on some future scrapbook layout once we get our camper in October.

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 #453  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page. You can also link up via Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr and  other forums. For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Hop – Interactive Elements

Welcome to the Technique Hop!!

This month we are exploring techniques using some of the interactive items that Close to My Heart offers. The two interactive elements that come to mind for me are the Waterfall Thin Cuts and the Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts. If you are coming from MICHELLE LONCAR’s Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE we have about 9 makers participating in this hop.

I designed two cards for you one using Waterfall Thin Cuts and the other using the Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts. I will show each to you in greater detail.

For this card I used a pattern paper from Wander for the background. I used the adorable Jawsome Birthday set with Carolina, Sapphire and Charcoal ink. I added a bit of Mink Twine and Steel Stickles.

Here is the card using the Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts.

For this card I used the Seasonal Mix-in for the background. I used the Desserts à la Whirl Stamp and thin cut. Here is how it works.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto BRANDI ROBINSON’s Blog where you will find some additional artwork!  Be sure to leave a comment and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #452 ~ Candy Apple, Glacier, & Lemonade

Welcome to Friday!! Friday means we have another Color Dare Challenge for you. This week for Color Dare #452 we have a three color challenge for you ~ Candy Apple, Glacier, and Lemonade. Black and White are Free along with Silver.

I have been busy with summer plans ~ mostly entertaining my son since he is out of school, so I have not found as much time to get into my craft room. I have had these new products from Honey Bee Stamps sitting in my craft room untouched… gasp!!! Well I was determined to use them for this project.

I love this Cone Flower die, but to be honest making the stem and leaves Glacier, and not a shade of green, is sort of hard for me. I am pleased the way it turned out. I used the Stitched Lattice Background Thin Cut for the base. I then created my own stem of the flower by fussy cutting. I used the Stitched Oval Thin Cut for the sentiment. The Sentiment if also from Honey Bee Stamps ~ Fresh Flowers. I added a couple of Silver Glitter Gems for 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 #452  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page. You can also link up via Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr and  other forums. For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, July 22, 2021 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 ~ It’s a Banner Day!

Welcome to Heart 2 Heart’s first challenge of July!! I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!

For this challenge we are encouraging you to use banners, pennants or flags in your design. I decided to design a layout using lots of banners.

I used some Almond cardstock as my base page. I used one of the pattern papers from the new Wander collection, the rest of the pattern papers come from the new Seasonal Mix-Ins, except for the New England Ivy pattern paper, it is from a prior seasonal mix-in July/August. I also used French Vanilla, Sapphire, and New England Ivy cardstock.

I wanted to add a bit of interest to my Almond cardstock so I used one of the stencils in Stencil Pack 3 with a distressed oxide in, Brushed Corduroy. I added some of the Wooden Stars and a bit of the Steel Stickles. I used my Cricut to cut the title.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. Did you know you can link your projects from Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr, and many other platforms using the url link to your design. You have until JULY 31th, 2021 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 #451 ~ Crazy 8s

Welcome to Friday!! Fridays mean it is time for another fun challenge from Color Dare! This week we for Challenge #451 have a Crazy 8’s Challenge for you. This means you will choose at least 4 of the 8 blocks shown in the image below. Blacks and White are free.

I decided to go with Sapphire, Candy Apple, New England Ivy, Smoothie, Grey, Embellishments, plus Black and White.

I am totally on the Gnome obsessive list. I am loving our new gnome stamp set ~ Chillin with My Gnomies stamp and thin cuts. I colored my Gnome with my markers that matched Sapphire, Candy Apple, New England Ivy, Smoothie (for the pigment of skin but use my blender pen to subtract color) and Grey. I stamped the star from this stamp set on the hat to add more details. I stamped a few fire works to work with the star background paper which is from a retired Seasonal Mix-in. I added a bit of glitter and embellishment with the Steel Stickles Glue.

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 #451  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page. You can also link up via Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr and  other forums. For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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July SOTM – Strong Roots Blog Hop

Welcome to the July Stamp of the Month blog hop!!

If you are coming here from WENDY KESSLER’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 18 Makers participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

I saw a cute card that was called a bridge card and thought it would be fun for this stamp set.

For this card I used a piece of Sage Cardstock that is 4 1/4″ x 8″. I then scored each end at 1 1/4″ and again at 2 1/2″. I added two panels cut from the Seasonal Mix-in. to the front. I cut the square with the Stitched Square Thin Cuts. I stamped the house on the stitched square and colored it with my markers.

Here is what it looks like when you start to open the card.

Here is the card open. I cut the heart with my Cricut. I inked the edge of the heart with toffee ink and stamped the keys in toffee. I did fussy cut them. I added a couple of the Gold Glitter gems for a bit of bling.

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 JULY. 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 My Heartfelt Sentiments, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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