Heart 2 Heart ~ It’s a Banner Day!

Welcome to Heart 2 Heart’s first challenge of July!! I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!

For this challenge we are encouraging you to use banners, pennants or flags in your design. I decided to design a layout using lots of banners.

I used some Almond cardstock as my base page. I used one of the pattern papers from the new Wander collection, the rest of the pattern papers come from the new Seasonal Mix-Ins, except for the New England Ivy pattern paper, it is from a prior seasonal mix-in July/August. I also used French Vanilla, Sapphire, and New England Ivy cardstock.

I wanted to add a bit of interest to my Almond cardstock so I used one of the stencils in Stencil Pack 3 with a distressed oxide in, Brushed Corduroy. I added some of the Wooden Stars and a bit of the Steel Stickles. I used my Cricut to cut the title.

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 JULY 31th, 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 #439 ~ Black & White Plus One

Welcome to another week and another Color Dare Challenge! For Color Dare #439 you are challenged to use Black and White plus one color of you choice.

I wanted to play with the Eat Play Love – Cardmaking stamp and thin cut. I went with Red as my additional color.

This is a simple card but is so fun. I used the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts to cut the black cardstock. I then used a piece of red pattern paper from the Seasonal Mix-in paper pack. The sentiment from the Eat Play Love – Cardmaking stamp and thin cut was stamped in Black ink and then I used Christmas Red Stickles to add a bit of glitter.

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 #439  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, April 22, 2021 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 #433 ~ Tic-Tac-Toe Board

Welcome to Color Dare #433!! This weeks color dare is a fun Tic-Tac-Toe board which uses random colors and not based on a paper pack. You can choose any column, row, or diagonal. Blacks, Whites, Neutrals, Gold and Silver are FREE. We love to see your ideas so pleas play along with us!

I could not resit playing with some of the new products that Close to My Heart will be releasing in just a couple of days. So you are getting a SNEAK PEEK at a couple. I went with the diagonal Lilac, Flamingo and Glacier. I did add in silver and some neutrals.

The sneak peeks are the heart paper which if from the upcoming Seasonal Mix-ins, the adorable girl is Olivia which is one of four cute girls who will be making their debut. The other two sneak peaks are the sentiment and the dots. I used the Make it From Your Heart Volume 4 to design this card.

I used the Flamingo Shimmer trim and Flamingo Shimmer Brush. to add the pops of Flamingo with the Lilac and Glacier. The Dots are also flamingo.

I added a Silver Foil Paper behind the White Daisy. Olivia was colored using my Spectrum Noir Markers. I did add a touch of Silver Marker to her bracelet and earrings, which I hope you can see here.

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 #433  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 11, 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 ~ Something to Smile About

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

This week we have a fun theme for you ~ SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT! What makes you smile? Me getting scrapbook layouts completed, using those papers you have been saving for the “perfect” layout. I decided I needed to get a few of the layouts that I planed this spring completed. Plus I had been organizing some of my older papers to make room for some of the new ones coming out, so I rediscovered some papers which would be great for this layout.

Here is a close up of each side.

I remembered this ticket paper from the Magical papers and it was perfect for this layout. I also can say creating this Thomas cut with my Cricut made me smile as well, since it was the first time I created my own cut file using my Cricut.

I did use a couple of retired Seasonal mix in papers for the black stars. I did pull one of the yellow strip papers from Penelope papers. The black and white strip is a zip strip from our current Seasonal Mix in papers.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until August 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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Color Dare #406 ~ Love of Color

Happy Friday!  This week we have another Fun Color Dare Challenge for you.  This week for Color Dare #406 it is our Love of Color.  This week our colors are  SMOOTHIE, PEACH, NEW ENGLAND IVY, SAPPHIRE, GLACIER, and TOFFEE  Simply choose at least 3 of the Colors – Black and White are free but NO other neutrals.

I went with Smoothie, Peach, New England Ivy, Glacier, and Toffee.

I used the Seasonal Mix-in Papers with Peach, Toffee, and White Daisy cardstock. I used the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set. I used the coral and tan tri-blend markers.

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 #404  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, August 20, 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 ~ Color Challenge

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

This week we have a fun Color Challenge! Use Peacock, Glacier, Saffron, and Sage in your project. If you do not have these exact colors, use the closest color that you have. Please remember you must use at least one Close to My Heart product in your project.

I pulled out one of my favorite stamp sets Sunflower Sympathy to create these cards. I used the Seasonal Mix In papers cut with the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts. I used the White Acrylic Hearts and colored them with my Blue Turquoise marker.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until July 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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Cool Dude Layout

I have to say one of the positive things to come out of our stay home orders is I am finding a bit of time to work in my craft room. Even better is I am completing a few layouts. I have completed more layouts in the last two months than I did in the entire year of 2019. Here is another single page layout I am going to share with you.

I did pull some retired papers from a couple of the mix-in paper packs and used the amazing Glossy Cardstock from Blue Skies. I also pulled some of the wooden shapes which are now retired and used my Black shimmer brush on them. I used the Stitched Bracket Frame thin cuts. I used Charcoal Re-inker with a watercolor paint brush to crate the splatters.

Happy Crafting!

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Easter Banner

With our social distancing and stay at home measures, I have had a lot of time to work in my craft room. I don’t always complete some of the specials when they come out. Not with our Easter Traditions, I completed the Easter Egg Banner.

This special is wonderful as when you purchase either of the banner sets you get eight wooden eggs and the coordinating SVG file to form a banner and cut the shapes. I used the Seasonal mix in papers for eggs and cut using the associated cut files. I then used the bunny from Artfully Sent and some grass are both Cricut Cuts.

Here is a close up of the end eggs.

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #384 ~ Greys

Welcome to another week of Color Dare!  This week we have a good one for you.  This weeks challenge is GREYS!  You can use BLACK & WHITES and two other colors of your choice but that is all!!

I wanted to go with my Animal House Stamp set for February since spring is right around the corner.

How cute is this bunny? This it from Technique Tuesday, Some Bunnies. The background paper is from the new Seasonal Mix-in Paper Pack. The two colors I chose were Wisteria and Julep. I used Wisteria Ribbon, Wisteria cardstock cut with the Stitched Square Thin Cuts. To color the images, I used the Brown Grey marker, Julep Shimmer Brush, Wisteria Shimmer Brush, and Charcoal Shimmer Brush. I also used my journaling pen to add the grass and leaves to the flowers.

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 #384  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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January SOTM Blog Hop – Everyday Magic

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!! This month we are featuring January’s stamp of the month ~ EVERYDAY MAGIC (S2001) a set of 17.

If you are coming here from DARLYS RECKER’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  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.  This month we have around 16 consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

I really love all of these wonderful sentiments! I had a hard time deciding which one I wanted to go with…. Here is what I came up with.


For this card I started with the new Seasonal Mix-in papers. I love lagoon and glacier but needed to add a pop of something else, so I went with Pixie. I used the new Scalloped Thin Cut with the White Daisy and then sponged a bit of Pixie ink to the center. I stamped the sentiment in Black ink. I added a bit of shimmer with the new Soft Pink Shimmer Trim. I added a couple of flowers I cut with my Cricut in Lagoon and Pixie. I added the new Lagoon Shimmer Brush to the center of the flowers.

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 and if you spend $50 on qualifying product it could be yours 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!

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