Friday, April 19, 2019

Bunny Card ~ Color Dare #339

Color Dare #339 is based on colors from the grid to the right. We reference Close To My Heart colors but you can use any brand you have as long as it's a close match, BUT do not add any new colors to the palette.

You can make any paper craft you like as long as it uses colors that match those in the grid. Pick your colors from a row, column, diagonal, etc just like the game. You can even pick a row or column and still add a couple of the other colors from the grid.....or use them all!

Link to the Color My Heart Color Dare home page.

Color Dare #339 is open through Thursday May 2, 2019.

For this challenge I used the top row of colors adding two from the middle row.
Fern, Raspberry, Carolina, Sugarplum, Thistle


I just love this little bunny peaking over the eggs. I cut out the eggs and just laid them around the stamped bunny to he was peaking over them. The grass was made with a die from our thin Cuts - Decorative Borders. The ears were stamped in Sugarplum then painted with a Sugarplum Shimmer Brush. The tongue was painted with a water brush and ink. Final touch was doodling around the edge.




inside of card


Egg-Stra-Special Stamp Set

Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Egg-stra-special
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Exclusive Inks: Black, Raspberry, Thistle, Carolina, Fern, Sugarplum
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Fern, Carolina
  • Tools: Sugarplum Shimmer Brush, Journal Pen, Water brush
If you need a consultant I would love to help you.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Now I'm handing the challenge over to you. What colors in the grid above make you want to create a paper craft of some kind. Full details are in the post on our home page. Tell your crafting friends, too. We have a Buddy Program so click on the tab while you're on the home page.

Michelle

#showandtellwithmichelle #colordare #colormyheart #ctmh #cardmaking




Thursday, April 18, 2019

Stamping with StazOn Ink

Stamping with StazOn™ Ink

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We’ve been having a lot fun with StazOn™ ink in our art studio recently and wanted to let you in on it!
Considering all of the different black ink options available, from the faithful Archival Black to the newer Intense Black, it is no surprise that the StazOn ink pad is often overlooked. Most of us who follow this blog papercraft, scrapbook, or make cards out of paper. StazOn ink, although it works well on semi-porous surfaces, including paper, is better known for its use on non-porous surfaces such as plastic, glass, and porcelain. It stays put on the stamped surface, without pilling, until it completely dries.
We decided to put this trusty ink pad to the test, and sure enough, the results were as expected!
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Tip: An inked stamp can be slippery on a non-porous surface, like the acetate circle in the shaker windows above. When you are ready to stamp, we suggest you do so with a steady hand, bringing the stamp straight down. (Avoid breathing if possible! 😉 ) Any slight movement in your hands can cause your image to smudge. Just as carefully, remove the stamp from the surface with a straight lift. Do not roll your stamp away.
Follow-up Tip: If you moved while stamping…it happens…have a damp rag (a wet wipe works!) at the ready to wipe off your surface. This only works on non-porous surfaces. If you are working on a semi-porous surface, like leather or photos, wiping will only spread the ink around creating a bigger smudge. A wet wipe should do the trick. (DO NOT use the My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner to wet your surface for cleaning.)
Once your image is stamped, the ink will require time to set. We recommend that you plan ahead as you work with StazOn ink. Stamp first and set these pieces aside to dry as you work on the rest of your project.
But what if you want to stamp on something that is porous?
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Most inks will seep into a permeable surface and spider out from the original stamped image. The trick, here, is to make your surface non-porous, or less porous. To stamp on a wood surface, like this album cover from our Made with Love mini album workshop, use a clear matte acrylic sealer. Before we stamped on our album cover, we sealed the surface with a clear finish aerosol spray. (If you have access to Mod Podge, it works really well, too!) Make sure to allow the sealant to dry before stamping onto the surface. It shouldn’t take too long, but if in doubt wait a bit longer just to make sure.
What are you stamping with StazOn? Do you have any tips or tricks for using this ink? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Highlight the Details - CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our April Technique Blog Hop. This month we are showing you different ways you can highlight details in your paper crafting and I think you'll be surprised how many ways there are! So sit back and get ready to be amazed!

If you've come from Katy Taylor's blog you're doing fine. It's one big circle so just keep clicking on the links in each post for the next blog.

I saw a card by Melissa Mills Johnson and was inspired to make a version of my own. I heat embossed using Silver Tinsel powder and love the way it came out! The flower petals were colored for a tone on tone effect using  the Warm Grey WB7 ShinHan Marker. I layered with Silver Glitter paper die cut with the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts.

It's a very simple technique and I really think you should give it a try! In fact........(scroll down)
Pewter CS + Warm Grey WG7 marker


I was so pleased with my first card I started thinking about other colors. You could say I got a little carried away but I prefer to think of it as now having a nice stash of cards for a variety of occasions! 

Pansy CS + Peony Purple Marker
Peacock CS + Peacock Green Marker

Lagoon CS + Turquoise Blue Marker
Sapphire CS + Cerulean Blue Light Marker

Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Budding Peony, Know That I Care, Wordfetti, Something Fierce-Cardmaking
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Black, Pewter, Pansy, Peacock, Lagoon, Sapphire
  • Specialty Paper: Gold Foil, Silver Foil, Silver Glitter
  • Embossing: Silver Tinsel Powder, Gold Powder, Silver Powder, VersaMark pad, Heat Tool
  • Exclusive Inks: Charcoal, Pansy, Peacock, Lagoon, Sapphire
  • Thin Cuts: Decorative Borders, Stitched Rectangles
  • ShinHan Markers: Warm Grey WG7, Peony Purple, Peacock Green, Turquoise Blue, Cerulean Blue Light
Let's go shopping!
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Next up on the hop is Haley Dyer.  Hop over to be inspired by what she has to share!

Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

#ctmh #techniquehop #showandtellwithmichelle #cardmaking 




Friday, April 12, 2019

Love So Sweet Quilt Card ~ Color Dare #338

Color Dare #338 is based on colors from the inspirational photo to the right. In our challenges we reference Close To My Heart colors but you can use any brand you have as long as it's a close match. In this case, whatever colors you see in the photo you can use but do not add any additional colors.

You can make any paper craft you like as long as it uses colors that match those in the photo to the right. Do not add any colors not seen in the photo.

Link to the Color My Heart Color Dare home page.

Color Dare #338 is open through Thursday April 25, 2019.

Ooooooohhhhhh I LOVE this card! It's based on a card by Laura Beacham and I just had to make it and put my own spin on it. Let's go.....!

For the flowers I used out April Stamp of the Month: Love So Sweet. It's only available from April 1-30th and I know you're going to want one for yourself because it's SO pretty! There are so many images and sentiments to create with I know you'll use it time and again!

For the flowers I combined two techniques; one that causes a smeared look and the other giving a two tone color look. First I inked the image in Raspberry ink the usual way. Once the stamp was fully inked I pulled it across the stamp pad for the smeared look. Before stamping I then rolled the edges on the Pansy ink pad for the two tone look. THEN I stamped the image. Both techniques give a nice texture to the images either alone or together. All the images were cut out and arranged on the card front.

 The background was made by using the Stitched Quilt Shapes thin Cuts (die cuts).  I cut 4 squares, 6 large triangles and 2 small triangles. The base is 3" x 5". I started in the upper right corner with a small triangle and then just placing the rest of the shapes as needed. It's easy but takes a little time and it's totally worth it!






Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Love So Sweet - April Stamp of the Month (available April 1-30).
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Pansy
  • Exclusive Inks: Raspberry, Pansy, Clover, Sweet Leaf
  • Thin Cuts: Stitched Quilt Shapes
  • Embellishments: Clear Shimmer Brush, Black & White Dots
  • Thin 3D Foam Tape
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Ok now it's your turn to create and share. Use colors from the grid above and create your paper craft. The link tool is on our home page. Have fun  and we can't wait to see what you create!

Michelle 

#showandtellwithmichelle #colordare #colormyheart #ctmh  #cardmaking #Thincuts



Sunday, April 7, 2019

Feels Like Home Card ~ Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

I really love the sketch Atlantic Hearts is using for their challenge. It's a simple design that lends itself to all kinds of ideas and ways to create! Be sure to check out their blog!

For my card I stayed really close to the sketch because the Feels Like Home papers seemed to be made for it along with the April Stamp of the Month--Love so Sweet. I covered the card front with the flowered paper and stamped the focal layer with the leaves and sentiment. See what I mean? the papers and stamp set were perfect for the sketch!

Love so Sweet is only available during the month of April. With a qualifying order you can get this stamp set for only $5! 



April 2019 Stamp of the Month ~ Love so Sweet


Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Love so Sweet (available Aprl 1-30).
  • Paper Pack: Feels Like Home
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Sugarplum, Fern
  • Exclusive Inks: Sugarplum, Fern
  • Embellishments: Sugarplum Glitter Gems
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

I hope you enjoyed your stop here at my blog. Come back often for more great ideas and inspiration!

Michelle

#showandtellwithmichelle #cardmaking #ctmh #sketchchallenge

Friday, April 5, 2019

Bunny Basket Card ~ Color Dare #337

Color Dare #337 is based on colors from our How-to Book called the Love of Color.Do you have to have the book to participate in the challenge? No you don't because we've already picked the colors for you.We reference Close To My Heart colors but you can use any brand you have as long as it's a close match.

You can make any paper craft you like as long as you use 3 ore more colors from the gird. Black and White are free colors to use as well.

Link to the Color My Heart Color Dare home page.

Color Dare #337 is open through Thursday April 18, 2019.

Everyone loves a cute bunny, right? Well this little one in a basket is too cute not to share. I colored in the image using a water brush and ink from the lids of stamp pads. It gives a nice watercolor look. The sentiment is stamped between strips of patterned paper. Here's a hint for how I got it lined  up so well.

Hint: I cut strips of paper 1/2" wide by 6" long. I placed the first one on the card at the angle I wanted and glued down. I snipped off the extra and moved to place the next strip. I placed the scrap piece against the strip I glued down and held it in place. I glued down the next strip right up against the scrap piece. Then I removed the scrap piece and trimmed the extra off the second strip. I repeated this until the card front was finished. Next I stamped the sentiment between the strips.





Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Bunny Basket, Egg-Str-Special
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Packs
  • Paper Pack: Feels Like Home
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Sage, Glacier
  • Exclusive Inks: Archival Black, Sugarplum, Sage, Glacier, Pewter
  • How-to Book: Make It from Your Heart Volume 4, pattern 8
  • Water Brush
  • Silver Glitter Gems
  • Specialty Paper: Silver Glitter
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Are you ready to create a paper craft with colors from the grid above? Go ahead and get busy then use the link on our home page to share you creation! We love being inspired by you!

Michelle

#showandtellwithmichelle #colordare #colormyheart #ctmh #cardmaking



Monday, April 1, 2019

April SOTM Blog Hop ~ Love so Sweet

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring Love so Sweet. This hop is one big circle where you can hop on and off but I bet you're going to want to see the full circle of ideas! The blog before mine is Brenda Lapp. Click the link in each post to go to the next blog. A list of participating consultants can be found here.

My favorite stamps sets are the flower ones so this one appealed to me right away. My colors came from our How-to book called The Love of Color. You'll find each of our colors paired up with coordinating colors making 3, 4 and 5 color palettes. Mine is Lilac, Peach and Sweet Leaf.

Notice the streaks on the flowers? I made that by inking the stamp using a circular motion on the stamp pad. See the close-up photo below. It give a nice texture to the solid image.  I used the Swiss Dot embossing folder on Lilac cardstock. I only wanted the dots and the folder has dots, a band and blank space. The cardstock is longer then the dot area so I did it in two steps. You just have to do one section then realign the cardstock in the folder for the second pass. One more technique is to color embellishments. I used white dots and colored with a ShinHan Lavender marker. The circles were cut out using Thin Cut dies.

Love so Sweet is our Stamp of the Month for April so it will only be available from April 1 - 30. You can get it for a discount with a qualifying order, too!




               


Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Love so Sweet (available April 1-30)
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Lilac
  • Special Paper: Gold Glitter 
  • Exclusive Inks: Lilac, Peach, Sweet Leaf
  • Thin Cuts: Basic Circles, Stitched Circles
  • Embellishments: Blush Shimmer Ribbon, Black and White Dots
  • Tools: Swiss Dot Embossing Folder, Lavender ShinHan Marker, Thin 3D Foam Tape
  • How-to Book: The Love of Color
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Next up on the hop is Gina Brandstetter so be sure to check out what she has created to share with us. Have fun and enjoy all the ideas you'll see.

Michelle


#showandtellwithmichelle #ctmh #SOTMbloghop #cardmaking



           







Bunny Card ~ Color Dare #339

Color Dare #339 is based on colors from the grid to the right. We reference Close To My Heart colors but you can use any brand you have as l...