Heart 2 Heart ~ Bluebird

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

This weeks challenge is Bluebird. Bluebird is one of the Close to My Heart Colors which is one of my favorites. So for me I decided to focus on that color; however you could also consider using a bluebird in your design. We are excited to see what you may come up with for this challenge. Just remember you must use at least one Close to My Heart product in your submission.

I recently stumbled on this cute stamp set by Picket Fence Studio. I had fun playing with it for this weeks Color Dare Challenge that used two of the other blues in the Close to My Heart pallet ~ Sapphire and Carolina. So I knew I wanted to use it again for the Bluebird Challenge.

For this card I used a fish stencil with Opaque Texture paste which I added a couple of drops of Bluebird re-inker to. I used the Stitched Circle Thin cuts and sponged Bluebird onto it. I used Bluebird ink to watercolor my narwhal. I then pulled a few of the bluebird colored sequins from the Loose Crafty Sequins.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until January 31st to participate in this challenge. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #378 ~ Love of Color

Happy Friday!  This week we have another Fun Color Dare Challenge for you.  This week for Color Dare #378 it is our Love of Color.  This week our colors are  NEW ENGLAND IVY, PEWTER, SAPPHIRE, CAROLINA, SAFFRON, and SAGE.  Simply choose at least 3 of the Colors – Black and White are neutrals are free.

I found this super cute narwhal stamp set from and knew it would work for this challenge.

I used this fish stencil from Picket Fence on Carolina cardstock. I used sponged Sapphire ink. The stamp set Unicorn of the Sea is also by Picket Fence. I stamped in black ink then used Sage ink to watercolor the narwhals. I used the new Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts to cut the Pewter cardstock. The zip strip is from a retired Seasonal Mix In paper pack. I used White Glitter paper behind the zip strip.

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 #378  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Mountain Bike Birthday Card

So tomorrow is my husband’s birthday and I have been laid out with the crud for four days. I totally forgot to get the ingredients at the store when I when on Monday since that is when I started to crash. Thankfully I spent a bit of time on Sunday to make his birthday card!!

My husband loves to Mountain Bike so I wanted to design a card around his passion. I had this idea to make it a slider style card and then realized as I was cutting the pieces it may be hard with the bike tires being open. So I added the brown circle to the front tire to help make it move. I cut the trees and mountains using my Cricut.

The quote is perfect for him and is from a retired stamp set. I sponged the background with Bluebird, then spritzed with Close to My Heart’s stamp cleaner. I am excited to give this card to him and hope that I will be back in the land of the living again soon.

Happy Crafting!

New Product Blog Hop ~ January – February

Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop for the January – February Idea Book.

Today 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 using products from the new January-February Idea Book. I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

If you are just arriving here from KIM LOEWEN’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 20 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I love the I Chews You gum-ball machine image and knew I wanted to make a birthday card with it. So here is what I came up with. I used the I Chews You Stamp set and thin cuts along with the Say It in Style stamp set for the sentiments around the spinner. The pattern paper is the Seasonal Mix in.

I used a punch from my stash that was 1/2″ to make the gumballs in Pixie, Clover, Bluebird, Candy Apple, and Lemonade, but it could be done with a Cricut as well. I also used the Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts.

I fussy cut the base of the gum-ball machine. In order to line up the opening on the base I used the negative from the base and then laid the Card Front over it.

I have to admit I have struggled getting the spinner part stamped the way I think it should look. I want the spin me to be showing when there is a sentiment showing in the window and an arrow when if I use something else. So I came up with this template.

I was able to mark where I would like the spin me or arrow to go in relation to where I will stamp. I then took this one off and placed the one I plan to stamp on the paper.

It worked perfectly!!!

For the inside I used the Birthday Greetings stamp set and added a couple of gum-balls.

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!

Technique Blog Hop ~ Terrific Treats

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on fun treats.   With Valentines just around the corner I thought I would make a few Valentine treat holders. 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 HALEY DYER’S Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE.

I actually made two different styles. The first on I am going to show you is a Double Ghirardelli Treat Holder that I found on Pinterest by the Robin Griffin.

I used the Oh My Heart papers to make these. I also used the cute sweet hearts from the I Chews You stamp set along with the Stitched Heart Thin Cuts. I used the white ribbon at the top and the Soft Pink Shimmer Trim at the bottom of the left one.

To make this adorable envelope you will need a 6 inch square of patten paper. Then fold along the diagonal. Then you will score at 1/2 inch along the long folded edge of the triangle (Step 1). Then you will rotate your folded triangle and score at 2 3/4 inches. Flip and score again on the other side at 2 3/4 inches (Step 2). Then open up and fold along the 2 3/4 scores folding into the center (Step 3). Then you will create a “W” with the 1/2 inch scores (Step 4). I used some adhesive to attach the tops together and then punched a hole for the ribbon.

The second treat holders are these cute mailboxes. I found them on Pinterest by Helen Griffin.

I used the Oh My Heart Papers, with Glacier, Candy Apple, Ballerina, and Daisy White cardstock. I used the Oh My Heart stamp set to make the flags with the Stitched Heart Thin Cuts.

Then papers you will need is the Base to make the box in 4 1/8″ x 5 5/8″ . The base will make a box by following the steps below. Score the 1 3/8″ and 4 1/4″ along the long side (Step 1). Then score at 1 3/8″ and 2 3/4″ along shorter side (Step 2). The you will want to cut at an angle the scores which are perpendicular to the long side (Step3). This will help to make the box fold neater. Once you have done this to all four sides and trimmed the end it will look like the image in Step 4.

The patterned paper will need to be 6″ x 2 7/8″. you will score along the long side at 3/4″ and 5 1/4″. This will be attached to a bottom piece which is 1 1/2″ X 2 7/8″

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto MISS. CARRIE’S CREATIONS 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 ~ Cutting it Close

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

This week our theme is CUTTING IT CLOSE ~ This can be fussy cutting, using thin cuts, Cricut cuts, or any other cutting device. I love the new interactive thin cuts that Close to my Heart came out. I wanted to play with these.

For this card I used the Card Front Spinner Card Thin Cut paired with Rainbow Wishes Stamp Set. To create this cute spinner you will use foam tape plus a silver brad. I also fussy cut the clouds. I decided after the fact to add some splatters with my shimmer brushes. I used Sapphire, Red, Clear, and Mint.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until January 31st to participate in this challenge. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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Oh My Heart Blog Hop

Welcome to the Oh My Heart Blog Hop!

Today 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 the OH MY HEART promotion. I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

If you are just arriving here from MELINDA EVERITT’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 8 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

For this card I used the Oh My Heart papers and the Oh My Heart Stamp Set. I also used the Acrylic Hearts and the Soft Pink Shimmer Trim. I also used the new Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts.

For this card I used the Oh My Heart papers and the Oh My Heart Stamp Set. I also used the Say it in Style stamp set for the sentiment. I used the the new Scalloped Thin Cut which I paired with the Basic thin cut circles.

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

Happy Crafting!

Color Dare #376 ~ Winter Inspiration Board

Welcome to another week of Color Dare!  We have another great Inspiration Photo – WINTER. Pick colors that you see in the photo and BLACK and WHITE are free but NO other neutrals!

I love winter and all the colors that surround it! I fell in love with the new Technique Tuesday stamp set which is part of their Animal House series. I have a love of foxes (okay maybe an obsession) and this one captured my heart! Technique Tuesday offers a different animal based stamp set each month as part of their Animal House Stamp sets. Their first stamp set in this series was a fox which is why I signed up for the subscription and this month they released another fox!!!

I used the Spruced Up paper Pack with the burlap ribbon which has been retired. I also added a wooden element from the my stash. I used my Tri-blend markers to color the fox.

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 #376  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, January 23, 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 ~ Try Something New

Happy New Year!!! Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

Try something new can be interpreted in many ways. It could be a new technique or a new fancy fold card or even using new products or even new equipment.

For me, my try something new is teaching cardmaking at an elementary school. I have been hosting kids workshops for about 4 months to about 8 kids but today I will be teaching 6 classes at my son’s elementary school. His school is hosting a Pursue Passion Day where the kids sign up for different classes. I will be teaching a class to each grade from kindergarten to 5th grade. Wish me luck!!!

Here is a photo of some of the cards I created for this event. Each child will get to make 2 cards. some are interactive cards like pop ups or movement. Others help them learn techniques. I used a lot of cardstock, some retired cardstock and some retired patten papers.

I am excited to share my passion with our next generation in hopes that it may excite them! Wish me luck as I know it will be a loooong day!

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until December 31st to participate in this challenge. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #375 ~ Monochromatic Blues

Welcome to another week of Color Dare!  This week we have a good one for you.  This weeks challenge is BLUES!  You can use BLACK & WHITES are all neutrals are free.

I have a big challenge that I am getting ready for since Christmas. My son’s school is doing a Passion Pursuit Day for their first day back from Winter Break. I was asked if I would teach paper crafting, so of course I said yes!!!! I will be teaching all day to grades K-5. So my Winter break has been designing cards!!! I decided to make one of my cards with this challenge in mind.


I made a couple unicorn cards but I thought it would be fun to make a narwhal one as well. I cut the narwhal and waves with my Cricut. I used Carolina, Bluebird, Pewter and Charcoal cardstock. I added a couple of the blue loos Craft on Sequins. I also added a bit of Clear Shimmer to the tops of the waves; however, it is not showing up well in my photo.

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 #375  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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