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!

Heart 2 Heart ~ New to You

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

This is s fun theme! You can feature a new product, a new technique, a new baby, a new house, a new pet…. you get the picture. Please join us! The only requirement is you must use at least one Close to My Heart product.

I decided to play around with my oxide inks and gloss sprays which are still new to me. I used the new stencils with Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, and Peacock Feathers. I then added Lime Gloss Spray and Turquoise Gloss Spray.

I stared by sponging on the colors. I then spritzed with water so the oxide reaction would occur. Then I sprayed and splattered the gloss sprays. For this card I cut the “happy” with my Cricut using the Black Ore paper. I used the birthday form the October Stamp of the Month. I used black pigment ink and clear embossing powder. I used the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cut for the black cardstock.

With this version used the stencil to apply the oxide inks. But before I applied the gloss spray I used the stencil as to create the doodle line like Chelsey Vorosmarty showed. I then added the Lime Gloss Spray and Turquoise Gloss Spray. For this one I cut the Happy with my Cricut, but cut 6 times and glued them together to add dimension.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until October 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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October SOTM Blog Hop – With All My Love

Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

If you are coming here from MELISSA ROBINSON’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.

This is such a beautiful stamp set and with all those sentiments!

I designed two cards for you today. I will start with the one on the left.

So one of our fellow Close to My Heart Makers, Chelsey Vorosmarty, and I was inspired by one of her cards to create this card. I used one of the left over Stitched Rectangle Thin Cut frames that I had left over. Because I never know when I will be able to use it. I used it like a stencil to sponge on Peacock Feathers Oxide Inks. I then spritzed it with some water. I then sprayed a bit of Lime Green Gloss Spray. I then colored the flowers with my Triblend Markers. I did add a bit of Glisten Stickles Glitter Glue to the flowers.

For this card, I stamped the heart image on Black Cardstock with White Pigment Ink and then used White Embossing Powder. I then colored the flowers and leaves using my Watercolor paint. I backed the black cardstock with Raspberry Cardstock. I did use the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts on the black cardstock.

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 OCTOBER. 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 WENDY KESSLER’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Color Dare #412 ~ Love of Color – Got Candy?

Happy Friday!  This week we have another Fun Color Dare Challenge for you.  This week for Color Dare #412 it is our Love of Color.  This week our colors are  BLACK, FRENCH VANILLA, AVOCADO, NECTARINE, SUNDANCE, and CANARY.  Simply choose at least 3 of the Colors – Black, White, and Gold are free.

I struggled with creating something for this project. I wanted to use the Got Candy? paper but keep using grays. I finally on my third attempt created this card.

I used the Got Candy? Paper with the Seasonal Mix-ins. I used the inside of the Star Shaker Thin Cut for the big star in Sundance and the Avocado stars. The stamped stars are from the Wishing you Everything. I used my journaling pen to accent the star. I did pull a retired M sized stamp for the sentiment. I added a strip of black shimmer trim for a bit of shimmer.

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 #412  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #410 ~ Red, White, & Blue

Welcome to another fun week at Color Dare! This week we are focusing on there colors RED, WHITE, and BLUE. You must use these three colors and can add BLACK, GOLD, & SILVER and Neutrals which are free.

I decided to use a lighter blue Glacier with White and Candy Apple.

I used one of the pattern papers from the new Seasonal Mixin papers. I then combined two of our many new shaker products. I used the stars from the Star Shaker Thin cuts with the new Square shaker foam. These square shaker foam coordinates with our existing Stitched Square Thin Cuts. I also use the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts. The sentiment is from the Craft With Heart Cardmaking kit that just ended. I used White Pigment Ink and the used White Embossing powder. The balloons were stamped using the Birthday Banners stamp set. I then colored the balloons using the Red and Clear Shimmer brush. I mixed a bit of the Bluebird Shimmer brush with Mint Shimmer brush to get the blue to match the Glacier. The last added element was the Silver Sequins.

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 #410  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #395 ~ Tic-Tac-Toe Aurora

This week we have another Fun Color Dare Challenge for you.  This week for Color Dare #395 we have our popular Tic-Tac-Toe board this time it is focused around the Aurora papers.  For this challenge you can use any diagonal, row or column, you can add in any of the other colors shown.  Blacks & Whites and all Neutrals are FREE.

I love this Aurora Paper pack!! It is one of my favorites!! I went with the Last column ~ Sapphire, Silver, Charcoal with Evergreen and Linen.

I decided to make a shaker card as it has been a while. I used the Happy Birthday Shaker Thin Cut . I cut the triangles in evergreen and sapphire. I used the silver stars confetti. I also used the new Aurora Cricut cuts to cut that fun wolf.

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 #395  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Buzz ~ That’s Bee Talk

I am loving bumble bees and they are so fun when it comes to card making. As I posted the other day I have been playing with some of the newly released product from Honey Bee Stamps. I designed this card using their new Buzz Honey Cuts and stamp.

Here are two card I created. I used a stencil that I made with my Cricut with a Close To My Heart image from Artbooking. I sponged on Canary ink over part of the overlay. I then used the Rectangle Thin Cuts to cut the stitched edge. For the Buzz I layered Black Glitter Cardstock, Canary and Daisy White cardstock. I used the Buzz Honey cut and stamp set for the sentiment. The thanks if from a past SOTM called Card Captions. I also added a couple of Bees from the Bee Hive stamp set and Honey Cuts.

Happy Crafting!

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Flowery Birthday Cards

Since we have been home more and looking on at social media a bit more. I discovered Honey Bee Stamps was releasing new product in honor of their 5th year anniversary. I fell in love with a couple of products and had to have. So they arrived on Friday and I started to play!

How cool is that flower background? I love this two layer stencil they have. I sponged on the flower petals and then over lay with the center stencil. I used Nuvo Glimmer paste for the centers. I pair it with the Happy Birthday Honey Cuts and Stamp. I used Close to My Heart thin cut flowers which have been retired and the Rectangle Thin Cuts. I used Thistle, Canary and the blue is Faded Jeans Distressed Oxide ink.

Here is a close up to show you that glitter paste and I paired it with Black Glitter paper. I added one of the bees for the Bee Hive stamp set.

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #390 ~ Love of Color Challenge

Happy Friday!  This week we have another Fun Color Dare Challenge for you.  This week for Color Dare #390 it is our Love of Color.  This week our colors are  PEACH, SANGRIA, SMOOTHIE, PEACOCK, GLACIER, and FERN.  Simply choose at least 3 of the Colors – Black and White and all neutrals are free.

I went with Peach, Sangria, Peacock, Glacier, along with Black & White.

I used the Birthday Banner Stamp Set. I used the present stamp and random stamped the base and then colored them. I used the the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cut.

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 #387  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, April 30th, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #383 ~ Tic-Tac-Toe

This week we have another Fun Color Dare Challenge for you.  This week for Color Dare #383 we have our popular Tic-Tac-Toe board this time it is a mix of soft pastel like colors.  For this challenge you can use any diagonal, row or column, you can add in any of the other colors shown.  Blacks & Whites are FREE and so are all neutrals.

I decided to go with the first column ~ Smoothie, Carolina, and Glacier. I also decided to play with a stamp set that I recently purchased. Gnomes seem to be everywhere these days, or maybe it is just me. I think they are super cute! This stamp set is from Honey Bee Stamps called Gnome Place Like Home and is really more of a holiday stamp set with its elements and sentiments.

I decided to make it more of an any time by my choice of colors. I used the Glacier polka-dot paper from the Celebrate Today Paper Pack. I then pulled a smoothie patten paper from my retired stash for the strip across the top. I used a bit of White Glitter paper and made a ribbon with and topped with a White Dot. The flowers were cut on my Cricut and are from the Artiste collection. The card is based on pattern 6 from the Make it from Your Heart Volume 4.

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 #383  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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