Technique Hop – Let’s Get Geometrical

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on accents of white on our projects! So it is up to the Maker to pick the products and how they wish to showcase. If you are coming from MICHELLE LONCAR’s Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE we have about 14 makers participating in this hop.

So have you ever had a concept in your mind and are excited to make it? Well I had envisioned an idea of overlapping squares creating a cool effect but when it came to execution it did not turn our quite the way I envisioned. The slimline on the other hand worked the way I planned.

For this card I use Sapphire, Lagoon and Green Apple colors. The squares are1.25 inches and I probably should have over lapped them differently so that the sides were even. Well next time. I added the stitching using my White Gel pen and added a couple of white sequins. The sentiment is from Festive Borders Stamp and Thin Cuts. I colored the letters with my TriBlend Markers.

This card turned out the way I hoped. I used the Slimline stencil which is one of the Rewards Your Way Special. I used Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Candy Apple Oxide Inks. I used a masking technique to prevent the colors from bleeding on the other when I sponged them on. I cut the Birthday using the Slimline Thin Cuts. I actually cut three layers with the Black Core Cardstock to make them have more dimension. The adorable koala is from the Smitten collection. I masked the be mine form the balloon when I stamped it so I could add a different one. I happened to have the new Craft with Heart Card Subscription on my desk and one of the “happy” worked perfectly.

Here is a close up of the layered cardstock stentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto KIM LOEWEN’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 ~ Embellish It

Welcome to the first challenge of December at Heart 2 Heart!

For this challenge we are wanting to see how you embellish your craft projects. This may be adding glitter, sequins, texture, gems, just to name a few. How do you like to embellish your projects? Join us at Heart 2 Heart by linking up your project, just remember to identify what Close to My Heart product you use.

Here is my project:

I decided to use the Under the Mistletoe Stamp and Thin Cut for this card. I also used the Slimline Shaker Window Thin Cut with Scarlet Glitter Paper. I used the Seasonal Mix in Papers for the background.

I added a bit of Carnation Red Liquid Pearls to the holly on her hair band. I then added a bit of Christmas Red Stickles to the ribbon of some of the gifts. I then use a product from my stash called Cosmic Shimmer Fluffy stuff for the puffy look at the bottom of her skirt and pompoms. I colored her with my markers.

I used my Silver & Gold metallic markers to color the stars and beads. I used the Carnation Red Liquid Pearls, Christmas Red Stickles, and Green Stickles Glitter Glue to color the ornaments. I used the Holiday Loose Sequins for the shaker.

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 DECEMBER 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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Holiday Cards Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Cards 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 Close to My Hearts amazing thin cuts! You will be sure to see some beautiful artwork!

If you are just arriving here from SCRAPPINKATY, 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.

I decided to play with the adorable If Snowflakes were Kisses Stamp and Thin Cuts. I pulled out my Circle Windows Slimline Thin Cuts to cut the base paper. I used the Wonderland Papers for my pattern paper base. I used my TriBlend Markers to color these adorable critters. I stayed mostly within the colors in the Wonderland Papers.

I added some dimension and sparkle with the White Opal Liquid Pearls and the Black Onyx Pearls. And you can always add some sequins which I did with my Silver Loose Sequins, but choosing the white ones.

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!

Technique Blog Hop – Make it Shine

Welcome to the Make it Shine Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are featuring focusing on things that shine! So it is up to the Maker to pick the products they wish to showcase. If you are coming from MICHELLE LONCAR’s Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE we have about 9 makers participating in this hop.

So today is my son’s 10th birthday and I wanted to make him a fun card. One of his favorite stuffed animals in a pair of sharks he named Clark and Clarke. I thought it would be fun to make him a shark theme birthday card.

I decided to play with the Slimline Celebration, new Glitter paper, Oxide inks, shimmer brush, Stickles, and gems. I started by creating my own background using Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, and Chipped Sapphire inks. Here is what is looked like.

I then spritzed the background with water and Clear Shimmer brush. I then trimmed it to 3 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches.

You can see some of those oxide reactions have a bit a shine to it. I cut the Circle Cluster Thin Cut with Capri Glitter paper. I combined the Jawsome Birthday Stamp & Thin Cut with Fishy Greetings Stamp Set. I also used the new Lagoon Gems and Diamond Stickles.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto HALEY DYER’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 #461 ~ Color Wheel

TGIF! It has been a crazy week for me. Not sure if everyone has felt like life has suddenly gone into overdrive, but it sure has for me. Welcome to another Color Dare Challenge, this week for Challenge #461 we have a color wheel. For this challenge you want to choose a Double Complementary colors with Black, White, and Neutrals are Free.

So there are really only six Double Complementary rectangle combinations that you can form. You must use the four corner colors of the rectangle. Here are the choices:

1. orange, yellow, blue, and violet.
2. yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-violet, red-violet
3. yellow, green, violet, red
4. yellow-green, blue-green, red-violet, red-orange
5. green, blue, red, orange
6. blue-green, blue-violet, red-orange, yellow-orange

I went with #3 ~ Yellow, Green, Violet, & Red.

Using my Oxide Inks and one of the new Stencils from Card Front Stencil Pack 2. I used Wilted Violet, Mustard Seed, Candy Apple and Rustic Wilderness. I used washi tape to mask off the the different colors to keep them from bleeding into the next as I sponged on the color. I then used the 3-D Flower Thin Cuts for the flower. The leaves were cut on my Cricut. I used the new the new Clear Loose Gems for the flower center. I then stamped the Grateful from the September Stamp of the month in Black Pigment Ink and used Clear Embossing powder. I then used White Pigment Ink on black cardstock and White Embossing Powder for the “for you”.

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 #461 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 23, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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September SOTM – Grateful for This Life Blog Hop

Welcome to the September SOTM Blog Hop!

If you are coming here from My Heartfelt Sentiments, 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, we have about 12 Makers on this hop.

I am so exited for all the fun new product that have just been released by Close to My Heart! I decided to go with a slimline card for this hop.

I focused on a couple of the new colors ~ Harbor, Papaya, Shortbread with Peach, Paprika, and French Vanilla. I used the new Dots Slimline Thin Cut on Shortbread Cardstock and put Harbor behind. The flowers and leaves are cut with my Cricut using the Pumpkin Spice Digital Art Collection. I stamped the Thankful from the Grateful for This Life stamp set with Harbor ink.

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 SEPTEMBERhttps://catscrapbooking.closetomyheart.com/retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=15713. 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 #447 ~ Tic-Tac-Toe Stars & Sparklers

Welcome to another week with Color Dare!! This week we have our popular Tic-Tac-Toe board for Color Dare #447. This Tic-Tac-Toe board is based around the Stars and Sparklers Paper Pack. How this works is choose any column, row, or diagonal. Black, White, Gold and Kraft are free.

I went with the diagonal ~ Carolina, Toffee, Scarlet plus Sapphire, Black, White and Gold.

I realized I was lacking anniversary cards so I decided to make one as a slimline. I used the Stars & Sparkles paper pack for the pattern paper. I used Toffee, Carolina, Sapphire, and Scarlet cardstocks. I love the Layered Butterflies Thin Cuts and used both the large and small for this card. I used the Simple Stitched Bracket Thin Cut for the sentiment which is from a retired stamp set Card Captions. I added a couple of Gold Glitter Gems for 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 #447  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, June 3, 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 #446 ~ Yellow, Blue, and Grey

Welcome to another Color Dare Challenge! This week for Color Dare #446 we are featuring Yellow, Blue, and Grey. You must use all three colors and you can add in Black, White, and Silver.

I just received these fun dies and could not wait to play with them.

I created my own background using Blueprint Sketch Oxide ink. I used Canary cardstock behind the white flower dies. I used Mink cardstock for the sentiment and stamped the sentiment with Charcoal Ink. I added a couple of 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 #446  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, June 3, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Slimline Card Blog Hop

Welcome to the Slimline Card 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 Slimline Cards! There will be sure to see some beautiful artwork!

If you are just arriving here from DARLYS RECKER’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 13 Makers participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I decided to use the new Thin Cut Circles to make this card. I used the 2 inch circle to make the cuts. Here is how I designed it.

I stared with a 3 x 8 inch piece of Daisy White. I drew a line down the center at 1 1/2 inches. I then made tick marks at 1/2 inch, 2 1/2 inch, 3 inch, 5 inch, 5 1/2 inch and 7 1/2 inch. I then lined the circle thin cut up in the 2 inch spaces.

This is what it looked like. I then erased the pencil marks. I then used Chipped Sapphire and Peeled Paint oxide inks to color the base. I used the circles to stamp the images from the Take a Hike Stamp Set. I added a couple of the Wood Arrows and Black Dots.

Your next stop is along this hop is MY HEARTFELT SENTIMENTS  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!

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