March/April Catalog New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the March/April 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 March-April Catalog that was just released this month! There will be sure to see 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 16 Makers participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I adore the gnomes that CTMH has been releasing, and the Kitchen Gnomes are no exception! I knew they would be the perfect compliment to this layout along with some of the Eat Play Love Cricut cuts and Wood Embellishments.

I used Sapphire, Candy Apple, Almond, and Green Apple as my colors. I used the Seasonal Mixins for the pattern papers. I did create my own pattern Paper on the Green Apple with the Charming Backgrounds Stamp Set. I used the Lovely Borders Stamp and Thin Cuts to make the diamond border.

I felt the Sapphire base needed a bit of interest so I added splatters with the Sapphire Shimmer Brush.

Here is a close up of some of the Eat Play Love Cricut cuts and Wood Embellishments I used. I used Candied Apple Oxide Ink to color the hot mitt. I then went over it with my Red Shimmer brush and added a bit of the Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearls.

Here is a close up of that cute Kitchen Gnome that was colored with my Tri-Blend markers. I decided I wanted him to hold the wooden whisk from the Eat Play Love Wood Shapes. Again I colored the Whisk with Oxide inks this time Black Soot and Candied Apple. I then added a touch of the Red Shimmer brush and added a bit of the Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearls.

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

Happy Crafting!

Technique Blog Hop ~ Altered Wooden Shapes

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are exploring techniques to alter wooden shapes. Close to My Heart came out with these cute wood shapes that you can use to embellish your cards and scrapbook pages. They are wonderful in their natural state but you can also color them. As you hop around you will see some fun ways to incorporate these shapes and see how we used them. If you are coming from LAUREN MOORE’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.

I decided to play around with these adorable Kitchen Gnomes Stamp Set and Thin Cuts. I colored her with my Spectrum Noir Tri-blend markers. I pulled a couple of the wooden shapes for the Eat Play Love collection. I used my Lemonade Shimmer Brush to color the wood flowers and I used Candied Apple Oxide ink to color the bowl. I added a bit of Platinum Glitter Glue to the wood pieces. After attaching the bowl, I cut a second pair of hands to attach.

I realized my card meets the requirements for Double Trouble Challenge #79. I use a gnome for my magical creature and I used the a thin cut to cut the gnome and bracket for the sentiment.

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

Happy Crafting!

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Heart 2 Heart ~ Midas Touch

Welcome to another Heart 2 Heart Challenge!

This weeks challenge is The Midas Touch ~ A Color Challenge: Gold. I first thought of St. Patty’s day with the pot of gold. I was flipping though some photos I have been needing to scrapbook and landed on a couple of my son eating King Cake. This would be perfect. Mardi Gras colors are purple, green, and GOLD!

I have to be honest in I have struggled with picking papers for this layout as Mardi Gras colors are bright and my son’s shirt is more muted. Then I realized I could still use Purple, Green, and Gold, just different shades.

Following pattern 4 from the Make it From Your Heart Volume 3, I used the Seasonal Mix-in Papers for the green and gold layers. I also used Grape, Sundance, New England Ivy, White Daisy and the Gold Foil Papers. The tittle, jester hat, and fleur-de-lis were cut using my Cricut.

I added a few splatters using the Evergreen, Sundance, and Grape Shimmer brushes. I added a bit more gold with the Gold Shimmer trim and some Gold Stickles for accents. The purple dots are from the In This Together Collection and the Green ones are from a retired collection. It is hard to see but I used the Charming Backgrounds on the first Grape Cardstock strip.

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 March 31st, 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 #435 ~ Shades of Greens

Welcome to this weeks Color Dare Challenge!! This week we have Shades of Greens plus one. You can also add in Black, White, Neutrals, Metallic or Glitter for free.

Normally I would go for the St. Pattys day idea but I decided to go a different direction.

I decided to play around with my Rare Minerals Metallic Markers. I used the Floral Details & Background stamp set. I stamped it with Black Pigment ink and then used Clear Embossing Powder. I then colored using the metallic markers.

I used the Scalloped Circle Thin Cut for the center and 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 #435  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, March 24, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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In This Together Blog Hop

Welcome to the In This Together 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 special In This Together paper collection.  I am sure you are going to see some great artwork.

If you are just arriving here from MISS CARRIE’S CREATIONS, 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 16 Makers participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I love this paper pack, the colors are some of my favorite!! I decided to do a memorial page for one of our dogs. This was one of the last photos I have of her. I used Lilac as the base page along with Grape, Glacier, Nectarine, Lemonade, Sapphire, Daisy White and the In This Together paper collection.

I cut the two scalloped edges with my Cricut. I also used the Build-a-Rainbow thin cuts with the Charming Backgrounds Stamp set. I used the Simple Serif Uppercase Font and thin cuts.

I used the heart stencil from Stencil Pack 1 with the Opaque matte texture paste plus a bit of Grape Ink mixed in.

I used a heart shaker as a fun detail with the heart shaker window foam and acetate and Heart Shaker Window Thin Cuts. I used the Rainbow Bridge stamp set that is still available online.

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 #434 ~ Love of Color

Welcome to Color Dare #434! This week we are doing our Love of Color Challenge and it is a great one! It features Wisteria, Grape, Lagoon, Blue Belle, Sage and Canary. You must use at least three of these colors. You can include Black, White and Neutrals with Silver being optional.

I went for all the colors except Sage. I did use Black, White and silver. Rainbows are everywhere these days but they are not always traditional colors. I also love the cards in the new March -April Idea Book that I decided to duplicate rather than reinvent.

I basically used the same design just changed the colors. I pulled the canary pattern paper from the Jan/Feb seasonal mix in papers. I added some Blue Belle Shimmer trim. I used the new Build-a-Rainbow Thin cuts and the Charming Background stamp set. The sentiment if from Sunny Days Ahead stamp set. I then used a few of the Silver Star Confetti or a bit of 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 #434  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, March 18, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Yeti Slimline

I am trying to branch out and try some new challenges. Today I decided to check out Atlantic Hearts Sketches Challenge #410.

I love this sketch and actually have a Cricut cut that works well for this. I pulled out the my fun Yeti or Not stamp set.

I created a background using Peacock Feathers Oxide ink. I used a White Acrylic spray to add the look of falling snow. Along with Diamond Stickles.

Happy Crafting!

March SOTM Blog Hop – Winged Masterpiece

Welcome to the MARCH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

If you are coming here from MICHELLE LONCAR’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 20 Makers participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

I was trying to decide what I was going to create and my son was in my craft room at that time. He suggested I do a layout… so I pulled one of the Craft with Heart layouts and made a few modifications.

The overall layout is the same I just changed the tittle and embellishments. I love the Craft with Heart layouts as they are so easy to put together and I can modify them to meet my needs.

I used some of the Happiness Lives Here stickers and wooden shapes. I also added some Pink Taffeta 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 March 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 BRENDA LAPP’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Heart 2 Heart ~ Sketch Challenge

Welcome to our first challenge for March!

Close to My Heart just released a fun card sketch which we are incorporating in our challenge.

We challenge you to create a card, layout or any project you can base around this sketch. Just remember you need to incorporate at least one Close to My Heart product into your project.

I turned the sketch for my card. I incorporated the March SOTM ~ Winged Masterpiece in to my card. I also used the special In This Together papers. I LOVE the colors in these papers and I am so happy to see all the purples! I pulled Watercolor Impressions stamp set for the Glacier splatter.

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 March 31st, 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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Stitched Florals

I had some time to play in my craft room so I decided to play along with Double Trouble Challenge. They have a fun challenge with #77 ~ Layers, Lace and Pearls.

I played with the Seasonal Mix-in papers and Stitched Florals.

I made this card with 5 to 6 layers depending on where you count. I used the Scalloped Circle Thin Cut for my lace look. I found some gold pearls in my stash for the center of the flowers. The sentiment and flowers are from the Stitched Floral Stamp and Thin cuts.

Happy Crafting!

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