Friday, December 19, 2014

Color Dare #123 -- New England Ivy and Ruby

It's time for another Color My Heart color dare! 
This week our colors are New England Ivy and Ruby. You'll find these colors in the Yuletide Carol paper pack. But don't let that limit your creativity! Do whatever you'd like with the colors.



I love how this layout turned out! I started with our How-To Book called Magic. This is the Mystify pattern. There are no photos yet because I plan to take them this Christmas. It's like scrapping into the future!
See the sections with the trees? I cut two each of those sections. One I layered on the page as usual. The other I cut "hills" and layered those pieces on top. All edges have been sponged in Slate ink. 

I cut the trees with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge then embossed with the Damask embossing folder. Happy Holidays was also cut with the Cricut Ary Philosophy. When placing the trees on the "hills", I tucked them between the layers, then added some sparkle to the top of each tree!

All products are Close To My Heart:
--How-To Book-Magic
--Yuletide Carol paper pack
--Snowhaven paper pack
--Colonial White cardstock
--Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge
--Damask Embossing Folder
--Slate ink
--Gold Sequins
--Gold Glitter Gems
--Bitty Sparkles

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Now get your mojo going and join us for the Color Dare! 
Details on joining the Color Dare are in the sidebar on our home page. 

Have a creative day!
Michelle


Monday, December 15, 2014

Technique Blog Hop - Irresistible Texture

It's time for another technique hop! This month we are featuring our embossing folders. Our newest ones can be seen on page 11 
of Seasonal Expressions!

If you've arrived from Wendy's blog you're on the right track! Just keep clicking the link at the end of the post to continue on the hop.


My card features the Diamond embossing folder. I love the versatility of this folder. Can't you imagine it for just about any project? I did the embossing on a piece of B&T paper from the new Hopscotch paper pack. I love the subtle pattern under the embossing. 

The stamp set is called A Little Note. I colored it with a blending pen and lifting ink off the lid of the stamp pad. Some 3D Foam and piece of Flaxen Extra Thick Twine finished off the look. But wait! Bling....it needed some bling! It's hard to see in the photo, but each daffodil has a Bitty Sparkle in the center. Plus there are 3 Puffy butterflies from our new Junebug Puffies!


All products are Close To My Heart
--A Little Note stamp set (Seasonal Expressions)
--Hopscotch paper pack (Seasonal Expressions)
--Diamond Embossing Folder (Seasonal Expressions)
--Flaxen Extra Thick Twine (Seasonal Expressions)
--Junebug Puffies (Seasonal Expressions)
--Cardstock- White Daisy, Ponderosa Pine
--Ink-Canary, Sorbet, Ponderosa Pine
--Blending Pens
--Bitty Sparkles
--3D Foam


Now it's time to hop over to see what goodies Melissa's blog has to show us!

Here's a list of the participants this month:
  1. Sheila Bennett 
  2. Wendy Kessler
  3. Michelle Loncar
  4. Melissa Robinson
  5. Catherine Nowak
  6. Tonya Whitehurst 
  7. Tina Lovell 

Michelle

Friday, December 12, 2014

Color Dare #122 - New England Ivy, Olive, Cranberry & Sorbet

 Welcome to this week's Color My Heart challenge. Our Color Dare this week features four colors: New England Ivy, Olive, Cranberry and Sorbet. I decided to go with a card and a new stamp set from the first issue of Seasonal Expressions! It's hard to tell in the photo, but each large flower has a clear sparkle in the center. The Gold Polka Dot strips are pieces of Washi Tape.



All products are Close To My Heart:
--Happy to Be Friends set
--cardstock-White Daisy, Olive
--Ink-New England Ivy, Olive, Cranberry, Sorbet
--Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape
--Clear Sparkles

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Come join the fun! Details for the Color Dare are in the sidebar of our home page. We get you started with the colors to use. Then you can create anything you like! You have until Thursday at 9:00pm CST before this dare closes.

Happy Creating!
Michelle

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop

Welcome to our first Seasonal Expressions blog hop! 

This hop works just like our Stamp of the Month hop. 
If you've come from Michele Rowley's blog 
you're on the right track. 
Just click on the links to go to the next blog.

As soon as I saw this stamp set, Someone Special, I couldn't wait to create with it! I love flowers and this one spoke to me right away. I paired it up with the new Heartstrings paper. I stamped the flower in Whisper and Cranberry. I love how it turned out! I also used Mojo Monday Sketch 373. The card is 5 1/2" x 3 1/2".


The Seasonal Expressions is live from Dec. 1, 2014 -- Mar, 31, 2015. 
I'd love to be your consultant!
Click here to go shopping. 

All products are Close to My Heart:
--Stamp sets: Someone Special, Just to Say (Artfully Sent Cricut Collection)
--Heartstrings paper pack
--Ink: Whisper, Cranberry, New England Ivy
--Cardstock: White Daisy, Slate
--Red Shimmer Trim
--Stuck on You Puffies
--3D Foam

Now it's time to hop over to Julie Carriere's blog to see what goodies she's sharing.

Have fun and thanks for hopping by!

Michelle

Friday, December 5, 2014

Color Dare #121 - Cranberry and New England Ivy

Welcome to the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge. Each week we post a color dare to get your creativity started. This week the colors are Cranberry and New England Ivy. Neutral colors are also ok.

Here you'll see a card I recreated from a year ago. I made some changes and really like the new and improved version! The patterned paper is from the Yuletide paper pack. I used the light side on the card. The darker side surrounding the card is the flip side!

For the poinsettia I used Cranberry cardstock to cut two each of three sizes (31/2", 21/2", 1-1/2") of the 5 point flower on page 80 of the Cricut Artiste booklet. I also cut one 31/2" flower in New England Ivy for the leaves. Then I ran dry embossed the petals with the Damask folder, inked the edges of the petals then rolled then over a pencil. Using Glue Dots, I layered the petals, offsetting each one from the one below. Glue the poinsettia to the card front and add some Bitty Sparkles to the center. To finish it off. I stamped some holly and a message at the bottom.



All products are Close To My Heart.
--Cricut Artiste Cartridge
--Yuletide paper pack
--Sing Glory stamp set
--Colonial White Cards and Envelopes pack
--Bitty Sparkles
--Ink-Cranberry and New England Ivy
--Glue Dots
--Sponge Daubers
--Damask Embossing Folder
I'd love to be your consultant.

Now check out the ideas our design team is sharing as well as those joining our color dare. Give your creativity a jumpy start and show us your interpretation of the dare! You have until 9:00pm CST on Thursday Dec 11th to join us. Come on....let' have some fun!

Michelle

Monday, December 1, 2014

CYBER MONDAY ONLY: 20% off ALL Cricut Collections!

For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm (MST) Monday night. Make sure to share this news with all your friends and family members, too! Wouldn't you or someone special love one for Christmas! You don't want to miss out on this Cyber Sale!

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DONT FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE DECEMBER SPECIAL!


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Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle

Sunday, November 30, 2014

December 2014 Stamp of the Month Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop for December. This month we are featuring Cutie Pie stamp set. If you've come from Beth's blog, you're on the right track. Just keep clicking the links to continue on the hop.

I paired the Cutie Pie set with the Blushed paper pack for a fun card. The cupcake is colored with our new ShinHan markers. The great thing about the markers is that they are easy to use and create great depth in your images. I just colored my image then went back with the same color and colored the spots I wanted to be the shadow. It's that easy! TIP: tape adhesive doesn't stick to the glitter paper all that well. I like to adhere it with Liquid Glass.




Cutie Pie is only available from Dec. 1-31, 2014. Wouldn't you love to have this set? Of course you would! It makes a great stocking stuffer, too!


All products are Close To My Heart:
--Cutie Pie-Dec. Stamp of the Month
--Brushed paper pack
--Pink Glitter Paper
--Black Exclusives Ink pad
--ShinHan Markers-Tender Pink, Golden Yellow, Leaf Green
--Cardstock-Black, Hollyhock

--1/4" hole punch (not CTMH)

I would love to be your Consultant!

Now it's time to hop over to Lauren Moore's blog
Thanks for joining us this month!

 Michelle