NSM Slimline Celebration Blog Hop

Welcome to the National Stamping Month Slimline Celebration 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 products in the SLIMLINE CELEBRATION! You will be sure to see some beautiful artwork!

If you are just arriving here from BRENDA LAPP’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 10 Makers participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I don’t know about you all but I am loving the slimline style card!! I started by creating a background using my oxide inks ~ Mustard Seed, Candied Apple, and Vintage Photo. I spritz with water and my Clear and Espresso Shimmer Brushes. I then used the Circle Cluster Thin cut to cut it out. I used the adorable Thoughtful Critters Stamp and Thin cuts. I colored them with my Tri-Blend markers. I used Toffee cardstock for the base and splattered Espresso Shimmer and Sundance Shimmer Brush.

I used the Slimline Sentiments stamp set for the inside and accented the “better” with the Sundance Shimmer Brush.

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 #458 ~ Love of Color

Welcome to Friday and another Color Dare Challenge! For Color Dare Challenge #458 we are partnering with Double Trouble Challenge #91.

I choose to go with Sundance Cinnamon, Peacock, Glacier with Black and White for the Color Dare part of the challenge. We also are partnering with Double Trouble for challenge #91. So I added a plaid backgound

I used Cinnamon for the base and then created my plaid using a Taylor Expressions Stencil using Peacock, Sundance, and Cinnamon. I cut the pumpkin using my Cricut (a sneak peek). I use the Stitched Fancy Bracket Thin Cuts to cut the Glacier cardstock. The sentiment is from Honey Bee Stamps, Bitty Buzz Words. I had to add a few Gold Glitter Gems for some 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 #458 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, September 2, 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 – “Anything Goes”

Welcome to the Technique Hop!!

This month we are featuring Anything Goes! So it is up to the Maker to pick the technique they wish to showcase. If you are coming from Melissa 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 12 makers participating in this hop.

I decided to showcase Distressed Oxide Inks with the Jawsome Birthday stamp and thin cuts.

I used my Distressed Oxide inks on both cards to create unique backgrounds.

For this card I used Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers, plus two from my stash Speckled Egg and Salty Ocean. I used a Wave stencil to create the water. I started with the Speckled Egg at the top. Then added Salty Ocean, followed by Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire. After layering the colors I spritzed the paper with water to initiate the oxide look. Then using the Stitched Rectangle frame to cut the paper. I then made a hole in the paper to make a spot for the shark to poke our. I inked the edges of the torn papers with the corresponding inks. I added a couple of the green sequins from the Crafty Loose Sequins.

Here is the inside of the card.

I am embarrassed to say I have not played with our Bitty Beads until now but they are awesome. I used my Distressed Oxide inks to create the base of the shaker. I colored the sharks with my Tri-blend Markers. I used the rock-n-roll technique on the sentiment. I used the Waterfall Stickles to add a bit glitter, although one of the dots got smudged 🙁

Here is the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Darlys Recker’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 #457 ~ Tic-Tac-Toe Isabella

Happy Friday! Welcome to another Color Dare Challenge! For Color Dare Challenge #457 we have our popular Tic-Tac-Toe Board with Isabella Paper Pack. Pick any Row, Column, or Diagonal, you can add Black, White, and Neutral for Free.

I went with the middle Column ~ Ballarina, Bluebird and Gold. I did add in Mink, Black and White.

I love the Waterfall Thin Cuts and have not played with the Happy Birthday Song Stamp set. So I used them to create this interactive card. I used one of the pattern papers from Isabella Collection. I used Mink as the base for the Waterfall and Daisy White to stamp on. I used Tattered Rose and Blueprint Distressed Oxide Inks. I also used Black Pigment Ink with Clear Embossing Powder.

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 #457 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 26, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Stamptacular Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stamptacular Blog Hop!

For this hop you will be hopping with the same talented Makers who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop. We are featuring the stamp sets. This month Close to My Heart has an amazing sale going on right now called the Stamptacular! You can find more information on this sale HERE. On this hop there will be sure to see some beautiful artwork!

If you are just arriving here from WENDY KESSLER’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 20 Makers participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I love the Olivia Besties stamp set and thin cuts. I had so much fun playing with her and making these fun cards. I used Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn to create the background along with some stencils I have. I added the cute Springtime Flower Sequins. I used the Border Birthdays stamp set and thin cuts with White pigment ink and white embossing powder.

For these cards I was inspired by some that Gina Brandstetter created using a fun sketch that Close to My Heart designed. I turned the sketch to the side. The sentiment comes form the Sunny Days Ahead.

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!

Pocket Card Perfection Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pocket Card Perfection 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 Picture My Life cards, also known as PML cards! There will be sure to see some beautiful artwork!

If you are just arriving here from GINA BRANDSTETTER’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 12 Makers participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

So I may have gone a bit overboard. I decided to make birthday cards using the PML Cards. I started with just making five and then just kept going. I ended up making 13 and only have 6 of the PML cards from the pack remaining.

For this card I created a background using my Oxide inks and then cut down the Birthday PML card.

These two I created based on patterns 2 & 17 in the Make It from your Heart Volume 4 book. I added some of the In This Together Dots and a Yellow Acrylic Stars.

By trimming off the sentimentI and repositioning it I was able to make it an A4 card size.

For these two I actually used two PML cards. I cut the medium Stitched Rectangle to frame the smaller PML card and paired it with coordinating cardstock. I added a Pink Acrylic Heart and a Yellow Acrylic star. The sentiment on the right is from the Birthday Banners Stamp and Thin Cuts.

The one on the right I hand cut balloons. I added a bit of Liquid glass to all of the ballons. The sentiments are from the On Your Birthday stamp set.

For these two I used some fo the same elements as above, just in a landscape card.

The card on the right uses two PML cards and I used the Raspberry Shimmer brush to go over the sentiment. The card on the left uses the Happy Birthday from the Happy Birthday Wood Shapes. I used Chipped Sapphire Oxide ink to color and then went over with my Sapphire Shimmer Brush.

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

Happy Crafting!

Heart 2 Heart ~ Add a Border

Welcome to the second Heart 2 Heart challenge for February!

For this challenge it is about adding a border. Maybe it is stitching, or a stamped border, whatever you can think makes a border. Just remember when you are participating in our challenge you must include one Close to My Heart product.

I used the Make it from your Heart Volume 4, card pattern number 10 to base my card on.

Here is the list of products used.

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 February 28th 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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February SOTM Blog Hop – Doodled Borders

Welcome to the FEBRUARY SOTM 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.

I love these borders so I decided to play with several of them mixed with some pattern papers and zip strips.

I decided to make two cards one a standard 4 1/4 X 5 1/2″ and the other is 5 X 7″.

This was the larger card. I several zip strips with stamped cardstock.

This is the 4 1/2 X 5 1/2″ card.

Here is the list of products used:

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 FEBRUARY 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 MELINDA EVERITT’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Color Dare #428 ~ One +One + One

Welcome to another week of Color Dare!  This week we are back with the One + One + One Recipe. Here is how it works pick one of the Neutrals seen in the first square, then pick one Metallic, and then you will choose one color for your design. Note BLACK and WHITE are Free.

I went with Grey for my neutral, Silver, and Blue with Black and White.

So I have had this double for a while now but have never tried to make one. I was organizing all of my dies and decided it was time to learn. I needed to make a fun birthday card for my husband so I used the Yedi or Not. Both the double slider and Yedi stamp set are by Lawn Fawn. The mountain dies are from Mama Elephant.

Here is what it looks like open. I used the Fancy Border Thin Cuts for the snow. The background was created using Oxide inks. Here is a video to show it in motion.

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 #428  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, February 4, 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 ~ Party Time

Welcome to another Heart 2 Heart Challenge!

This weeks challenge is a fun one~ Party Time!!This could be any type of party ~ Birthday, Anniversary, Retirement, Christmas, you get the idea. I made up some Birthday Gift Card Holders to use through out the year. We love for you to join us but just remember you must use at least on Close to My Heart product in your project.

I was inspired by Erin Jacobson who made some amazing Christmas Gift Card Holders. I use the same design and made Birthday ones. I used the Party Time Paper Pack. I then used Flamingo and Lagoon cardstock with the Small Bow Thin Cut. I used the On Your Birthday stamp set with the Stitched Scalloped Bracket Thin Cut.

This is what it looks like open with the belly band removed.

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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