April SOTM Blog Hop – Scandinavian Folk Art Greetings

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Blog Hop!

If you are coming here from KRISTA HERSHBERGER’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 13 Makers participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

I will admit this was a challenging stamp set. I had to do some searches on Pinterest for ideas. Then inspiration hit. I am really happy with the cards I created for this hop.

I designed to two cards. I used a circle and a heart as my stencil to stamp in the open space. Here is the circle stencil I created.

I went in to Circut to create this stencil. I then overlaid this cut image to Daisy White Cardstock and then stamped with in the image. I used the same method for the heart too.

WIth this card I used Avocado, Peacock, Toffee, Canary, and Paprika. I cut the fox using my Cricut, it is part of my Cricut subscription. I added a few Bitty Sparkles.

For this card I used Sage, Desert Rose, Blue Belle and Pewter. I did add a couple Blue Bell Glitter Gems.

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 APRIL. 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!

Heart 2 Heart ~ Not So Basic Black


Welcome to another Heart 2 Heart Challenge!

This weeks challenge is Not So Basic Black ~ You simply need to use black in your project! Come play with us! Just remember you must use at least one Close to My Heart product in you project and make sure it is clear to us.

I decided to make some basic Christmas trees out of rectangles. I used Black Soot Oxide ink with the Stencils Pack 3. The pattern papers are from the Season Mix-in Paper Pack. The stamped sentiment is from a retire stamp set but I used Black Pigment Ink with Clear Embossing Powder. I added a couple of the White Flower Sequins as tree toppers and added a couple of Clear Sparkles. The white layer is cut with the Stitched Rectangle thin cuts.

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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Heart 2 Heart ~ Stencil It

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

This week the challenge is Stencil It. You may come up with another idea but using a stencil to add color or texture to your artwork. You may create your own stencil or use one that you purchased. Just remember you must use at least one Close to My Heart product in your project. Be sure to clearly indicate what product you used.

I have been having so much fun playing with the new Stencils that Close to My Heart just released. I only have Stencil pack #1 but the others are on orders.

I used Candy Apple Oxide Ink on Evergreen paper. I then decided to add Nebula Stickles Gel over the stencil to add the gold look. I used the new Stitched Scalloped Thin Cuts for the sentiment. I also used the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts. I added a bit more gold with the Gold Glitter Gems and Gold Embellishing Thread.

Here you can see the beautiful effect of the Nebula Stickle Gel.

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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Heart 2 Heart ~ Teeny Tiny

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

This weeks theme is Teeny Tiny. This could be what every you interpret it to be. To me I think of small elements and gnomes. Please join us this week! Just remember that whatever you create be sure to include and clearly indicate that you used at least one Close to My Heart product.

I am loving the cute Gnome stamp sets that Close to My Heart has come out with. and the Spooky Gnomes is no exception. I decided to create my own stencil with and Artbooking Cricut collection to cut the Spider web. I then used Seedless Preserves and Chipped Sapphire Oxide inks to create the background. I then spritzed with water then splattered Black Shimmer Brush all over. I colored the gnome and broom with my Triblend markers. I also used the cool new Black Ore papers for the Boo and to mat the spider web.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until September 30th 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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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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Technique Blog Hop ~ Heat it Up

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are exploring techniques that use Heat. I think about Heat embossing. This technique is a great way to add texture and can help when using markers or watercolors to keep the colors from bleeding over. 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.

I decided to play with Fairy Tale Magic Stamp set. I started with Daisy White cardstock that I used the large Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts to make the stitched base. I used a stencil that I had created this past fall for a halloween card you can see the stencil HERE, it is basically a circle and a rectangle negative. I started by using White Pigment Ink and then Heat Embossed with White Embossing Powder on the sparkles and sentiments. I then held the circle stencil in place and sponged Pixie & Thistle ink. I then used the rectangle negative and sponged Canary Ink. I then stamped the fairy with Black Pigment Ink on velum and then used Clear Embossing powder.

To color the fairy I used Triblend Markers for the hair and skin, by coloring the back of the fair. I then used the shimmer brushes to color the rest. I used Julep, Peach and Clear. I also splattered the Clear Shimmer brush on the base. I am not sure if you can really appreciate it in this photo.

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 let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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H2H ~ Texture It

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

I love this concept of texture!!! The possibilities are numerous!! It could be adding using heat embossing, dry embossing, layering paper, using ribbon, texture paste…. the possibilities are endless. I love using stencils and texture paste, although I don’t do it as much as I would like to, but plan to do more!!

To create this card I used a couple of our Stitched Rectangular Thin Cuts. I chose Canary, Black and White Daisy Cardstock. The stamp set is Country Bee which was sold with a coordinating Thin Cut; however, the thin cut is no longer available but the stamp is.

I created the stencil with my Cricut and the Stencil Sheets. I used the Opaque Matte Texture Paste with a couple drops of Canary Re-Inker to make it yellow. Once this had dried I then cut the smaller rectangle. I colored the bee with our Tri-Blend Markers. The sentiment is from A Birthday in Watercolor Stamp Set.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until February 29th to participate in this challenge. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #350 ~ Inspiration Photo – 4th of July

Happy Friday!! Hope you are having a wonderful Fourth of July!!  This week for Color Dare #350 we have a great Inspiration Photo – 4th of July. Pick colors that you see in the photo and BLACK , WHITE and NEUTRALS are free!

I could not resits creating a layout celebrating this holiday.  I choose a photo from 4 years ago as I am that far behind in scrapbooking.

I used a combination of papers for this layout.  The red and white polka dot is from Magical which retired.  The blue stars is from the Into the Wild Paper Pack. The base page is from retired Feels Like Home.  I created the other Candy Apple paper by using Glossy Texture Paste and Stencil Sheets. I used my Cricut to cut the Fireworks Overlay. Here is a close up of the paper.

I also used the Spark Joy special Thin Cuts to cut the banner which I used for journaling.  I used some of the loose sequins form Crafty and the red sequins are retired.  I used the star thin cuts which are now retired and stacked them.  The circle are cut using my Cricut and the stitched circle is a Lawn Fawn die.  The stamp is Happy 4th of July.

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 #350 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, July 18, 2019 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 #336 ~ Tic-Tac-Toe Feels Like Home

This week we have another Fun Color Dare Challenge for you.  This week for Color Dare #336 we have the ever popular Tic-Tac-Toe board with Feels Like Home colors.  For this challenge you can use any diagonal, row or column, you can add in any of the other colors and Neutrals are free!

I chose the middle column Sapphire, Sugarplum and Silver.  I also used neutrals white, black and gray.

robbie the raccoon ~ catscrapbooking ~ texture paste ~ thin cuts

I created the brick background with a stencil I created using CTMH Stencil Sheets. The brick pattern is from Artbooking Cartridge. I then used Opaque Matte Texture Paste and added a two drops of Sapphire Re-inker to color it blue. The racoon, trash can and hearts are Technique Tuesday’s Robbie the Raccoon. I framed the card in Charcoal with the Rectangle Stitched Thin Cuts.

I stamped the hearts with Sugarplum ink on Sugarplum cardstock.  I then used the Sugarplum Shimmer brush to add some sparkle. My Silver is the Silver Glitter Gems.

I don’t always stamp the inside of the cards, but for this card I decided to as I couldn’t resist using those cute paw prints.

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 #336 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

 

Happy Crafting!

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