Technique Blog Hop ~ Striped Borders

Welcome to the Striped Borders Blog Hop!

This month we are exploring techniques that use striped borders. If you notice in the above photo there are several stamped border images creating a striped pattern. I used some of these and crated my own. If you are coming from BRANDI ROBINSON’s Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE we have about 10 makers participating in this hop.

I created my one striped borders using two stamp sets, Perfect Match and Happiness Lives Here Cardmaking. I used the Perfect Match Papers along with Candy Apple, Carolina, and Ballerina cardstock. I cut the Daisy White cardstock with the Stitched Fancy Bracket Think cut. I also used the Stitched Heart Thin Cuts along with a retired Heart thin cuts. I added a couple of the Perfect Match Mini Hearts with Silver Embellishing Thread and a bit of Pink Taffeta Stickles.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto WENDY KESSLER’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 #427 ~ Tic-Tac-Toe Happiness Lives Here

This week we have another Fun Color Dare Challenge for you.  This week for Color Dare #427 we have our popular Tic-Tac-Toe board this time it is focused around the Happiness Lives Here paper collection.  For this challenge you can use any diagonal, row or column, you can add in any of the other colors shown.  Blacks, Whites, Neutrals, and Gold are FREE.

I went diagonally with Peach, Blue Belle and Sage. I did add in Canary and Smoothie.

For my card, I used Blue Belle cardstock as the base with one of the pattern papers from Happiness Lives Here paper collection. I then used the Stitched Scalloped Bracket thin cut on Daisy White. The sentiment is from the January Stamp of the Month ~ Every Thank You. I then cut the flowers using my Cricut. I added a couple of Blue Belle Glitter Gems.

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 #427  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Thanks ~ Love of Color

So I had this idea to make a bunch thank you cards using the Layered Floral Background Thin Cuts. I love this set and wanted to use it with the Thanks Thin Cuts. I decided to use new Love of Color Volume 2 to help pick the colors.

Here is the collection I designed.

Desert Rose, Green Apple, Lemonade, and Scarlet.

Cinnamon, Grape, Flamingo, and Wisteria.

Evergreen, Avocado, Sundance, and Sangria.

Paprika and Blue Belle.

I used several of the specialty papers for the thanks ~ Velum, Pearl, Black Ore, Copper Ore, Evergreen Glitter, Sapphire Glitter, and Blue Belle Glitter papers.

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #426 ~ Love of Color

Welcome to another week of Color Dare! This week we have a Love of Color board for you. The colors are AVOCADO, FLAMINGO, LAGOON, LEMONADE, NECTARINE, and PEACOCK. You must choose at least 3 of the colors. You can add Black, White, Neutrals and Gold are free.

I went with Flamingo, Lagoon, and Peacock.

I used the Layered Floral Background Thin Cuts for the background. I then used the Stitched Brackets Thin Cuts for the sentiment. I used the Perfect Match Stamp set for the sentiment and the hearts. I did add some Lagoon Shimmer Brush Splatters to the stitched bracket.

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 #426  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, January 21, 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 ~ Out with the Old, In with the New

Welcome to another Heart 2 Heart Challenge!

So we are changing things up at Heart 2 Heart, we are going to two challenges a month. I love the theme for the first half of the month ~ Out with the Old, In with the New! I think we are all ready to say goodbye to 2020 as this has definitely been a strange and challenging year for everyone. Interpret this challenge how you see it best. It maybe you are trying a new technique or using a new product.

I designed a New Years’s Eve layout saying goodbye to 2020. I used the new papers from the January/February Idea Book, the pattern paper is from the Seasonal Mix-in papers. I also finally opened my jar of Solar Flare Stickles Gel and used it with the sunburst stencil from Stencil Pack 3.

Here you can see the Stickles on the pattern paper. I also added some Golden Rod Stickles and Gold Embellishing Thread.

Here you can see where I used one of the Special Covid Stamp sets ~ On Repeat, that was released earlier in the year and then was just offered during Boxing Week Sale. I used Gold Glitter Paper, Black Ore Paper, and Gold Foil Paper. I used VersaMark Ink with Gold Embossing powder on the stamped image. The Champagne glasses, goodbye, and party hat were cut with my Cricut.

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. Make sure you include at least one Close to My Heart product. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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January SOTM Bog Hop ~ Every Thank You

Welcome to the January SOTM Blog Hop!

If you are coming here from MELINDA EVERITT’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 think this is one of my favorite stamp of the months. The reason I say this is thank you cards are my second most used card next to birthday cards.

I have been really enjoying making slimline cards and was so excited that Close to My Heart has come out with Slimline Cards and Envelopes. I used the Happiness Lives Here Paper Pack for the patterned paper. I then created my own background for the next layer. I stamped one of the “thanks” using VersaMark Ink and then used Clear Embossing Powder. Then using Tattered Rose Oxide Ink and a bit of Abandoned Coral Oxide Ink to create the background. I then added stickers from the Happiness Lives Here Paper Pack. I added a wooden heart from the Happiness Lives Here Wood Shapes and a couple of the Blue Belle Glitter Gems.

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 JANUARY 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 MICHELLE STEWART’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Color Dare #425 ~ Inspiration Board

Welcome to another week of Color Dare!  This week we have a good one for you.  This weeks challenge is an Inspirational Board!  You need to use at least three of the colors you see in the photo and BLACK, WHITE, GOLD & SILVER and all Neutrals are Free.

For this challenge we are also partnering with Double Trouble Challenge.

Thing 1: Trouble Maker says, “After getting through 2020 we all need a bit of cuddling! January 6th is National Cuddle Up Day. We are dedicating our challenge to using your CuttleBug (or Big Shot, Gemini, Bira, etc.), with your embossing folders and/or dies.

Thing 3: Twisted Sister says, “The photo reminds me of a song, “Looks Like a Cold, Cold Winter”. I remember singing, It’s gonna be cold outside, but it’s gonna be warm inside, so we’ll cuddle up by a cozy fire, side by side.” Brrrrr! When it’s cold I enjoy cuddling up with my cat. I don’t want Jack Frost nipping at my nose and Kitty knows how to keep him away. Optional Twist: Include a warm and fuzzy critter in your project and earn another chance for the Random Draw.

I used one of the patten papers form the Holiday Stacks from the Seasons in Motion special which did just end. I used the Let’s Paw-ty stamp set choosing to color just some of the dogs. I used Clover and Bluebird cardstock. I used my Close to My Heart Die Cutting Machine to cut the Stitched Hexagons Thin Cuts.

I added a bit of Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearls to some of the dogs noses and to the sentiment.

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 #425  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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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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