Friday, March 24, 2017

Color Dare #236 ~ Pacifica, Emerald, White and Black



It's Friday so that means a new Color My Heart color dare challenge! This week the challenge colors are Pacifica, Emerald with White and Black. If you don't have these exact colors you can substitute something close, but don't add any new colors! More details on how to join the fun are in the post on our home page

Greens and Blues are one of my favorite color combination so this was a fun color dare for me! I started by cutting a window into the cardstock with my paper trimmer then embossed the chevron pattern on it. Now it was time to stamp some 1st and 2nd generation flowers and a sentiment. I used foam tape to raise the window layer a bit and it gave me enough room to tie a piece of twine to the left of the window. 



Inside of card


All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp Sets: Shower Flowers, Sending Smiles
  • Exclusive Inks: Emerald, Pacifica, Black
  • Cardstock: Pacifica, Emerald, White Daisy
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Chevron Embossing Folder
  • Black and White Dots
  • Enchantment Ribbon
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.

Now it's your turn to create a paper craft using the color dare colors then link it to our home page. There is more information about doing that in the post for this color dare. Click here to see it.

Have a creative day!
Michelle

#colordare  #colormyheart  #closetomyheart  #cardmaking


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Color Dare #235 ~ Dreamin' Big colors




Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blogpost!  This week we are featuring colors from the Close to My Heart Dreamin' Big paper pack.  There are 10 fabulous colors in this collection and we are challenging you to use at least 4 of them (excluding the neutrals) and without adding new colors.  

I love these photos of my grandson and his enthusiasm for playing outside. Hi smile is infectious! For the layout I used the papers and PML cards from the Dreamin' Big paper pack. I added some cardstock for the base and photos mats. The Dreamin' Big-Cardmaking stamp set comes with it's own Thin Cuts, too!





All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Dreamin' Big-Cardmaking stamp set with Thin Cuts
  • Exclusive Inks: Poppy, Juniper, Saffron
  • Cardstock: Slate, Whisper
  • Dreamin' Big Sequins
  • Thin 3D Foam Tape
  • Journal Pen
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!

Now it's your turn. Create something using the colors listed above and share it on our home page. Details are in the post on our home page.  We love to see what you create! 

Have a Creative Day!
Michelle

#colordare  #colormyheart  #closetomyheart  #scrapbooking


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thin Cuts Blog Hop

Welcome to the Thin Cuts Blog Hop. We're the same group that does the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop and just love to share a special hop each month as well.

If you've come from Melinda Everitt's blog you're on the right path. Just keep clicking on the links in each post to continue on the hop. At the end of this post you'll find a link to a list of all participants, too.

This month Close To My Heart is having a sale on all of our current Thin Cuts! Each Thin Cut and Thin Cut Bundle (Thin Cut + matching stamp set) are on sale at 25% off! That is a GREAT deal! Click here to see a list of these sale items!



I just knew the seashell Thin Cuts would be the perfect match for this photo so I got out my watercolor paper and got to work! I heat embossed the seashells in white and used a watercolor wash to color them. I also used a watercolor wash to make the word happy. I just washed some color onto the watercolor paper then used the happy Thin Cut on top of that area and you've got a fancy colorful sentiment! The bottom of the page is supposed to look like waves lapping the beach. I tore the edge off pieces of cardstock to let the white core show and layered them on top of each other. A few sparkles on the sea shells and it was finished!


 All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp Set: Swirly Seashells
  • Thin Cuts: Swirly Seashells, Happy
  • Watercolor items: Watercolors, Waterbrush, Watercolor Paper
  • Cardstock: Crystal Blue, Glacier
  • Embossing: Versamark Embossing Pad, White Powder, Heat Tool
  • Embellishments: Clear Sparkles, Bitty Sparkles, Journal Pen
  • Thin 3D Foam Tape


Let's go shopping!
If you need a consultant I would love to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too!

Now it's time to see what Alyson Mayo has created to inspire us. Have fun on the hop and don't forget to get your Thin Cuts now!

Thanks for hopping by!
Michelle


#closetomyheart  #scrapbooking  #bloghop  #thincuts




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop ~ Marker Madness

Welcome to the newest Technique Blog Hop! This month we are featuring our fabulous
ShinHan Markers! They color so smooth and without lines, blending perfectly!

If you've come from Danielle Wagner's blog you're on the right path. Just keep clicking on the link in each post to continue along the path.

I used the current Operation Smile stamp set called True Love. The little kids are so cute and the sale of this stamp set will donate $7 to help with cleft lips and palates in children!

 I simply colored and shaded with the markers. It's easy to add the shading by simply coloring on top of where you've already colored to add a bit darker tone for the shadow. Another tip is to add a bit of a shadow under the images to "ground" them. Otherwise they look like they are floating in space. I used a water brush and some Whisper ink for the shadow so it would be subtle. You can see the shadow a bit better in the second photo.





All products are Close To My Heart:
  • True Love - Operation Smile stamp set
  • Exclusive Inks: Archival Black, Whisper
  • ShinHan Markers: Pastel Green, Leaf Green, Pastel Peach, Cherry Pink, Peony Purple, Tender Pink, Marine Blue and Mahogany
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Black, Lemon
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Water Brush
  • Thin 3D Foam Tape
  • Bitty Sparkles
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!

Now it's time to continue on the hop. Let's go see what Janna Gray has created to inspire us!


Have a great day!
Michelle

#bloghop  #techniquebloghop  #cardmaking  #operationsmile

Friday, March 10, 2017

Color Dare #234 ~ Greens with Gold and White

It's Friday so that means a new Color My Heart color dare challenge! Since we are closing in on St. Patrick's Day the Design Team chose to make this challenge all about our greens: Sweet Leaf, New England Ivy, Fern, Emerald, Willow with White and Gold. Relax, you don't have to use ALL those greens. Just pick out a couple. But be sure to include both the White and Gold!

I created this layout of my Great Grandparents from Ireland. I kept it simple and just splattered some inks in the around the outside of the wreath. I inked the edges of the flowers in Emerald ink to give some depth. Some Bitty Sparkles and Gold Glitter Gems with the Cricut sentiment and it was done!




All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Exclusive Inks: Sweet Leaf, Fern, New England Ivy, Emerald
  • Cardstock: Fern, Sweet Leaf, New England Ivy, White Daisy
  • Cricut: Flower Market, Artbooking
  • Embellishments: Gold Glitter Gems, Bitty Sparkles
  • Water Brush
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!



Now it's your turn to create and share! Use at least a couple of these greens with White and Gold. Don't add any new colors! Check out the post on our Color My Heart home page for details on how to join. 

Have fun creating!
Michelle

#colordare  #colormyheart  #closetomyheart  #scrabooklayouts

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Joyful Stars Blog Hop ~ March 2017

Welcome to the Joyful Stars monthly blog hop. This is an anything goes themed hop so you will see a lot of variety in what we share! 

If you've come from Joyce Hock's blog you're on the right path. There are 11 consultants sharing ideas in the hop this month. Just keep clicking on the link in each post to go to the next blog.

I saw this card and knew I needed to stamp lift the idea! Unfortunately I can't find the name of the artist that inspired me to give her credit! To the artist....if you see this contact me and I'll edit to give you credit!

I liked the idea so much I decided to try it in a variety of colors. The background is an overlay with gold patterns. the sentiment is white heat embossed. the tea cups were stamped in Archival ink and colored with ShinHan markers. HINT: to hide the adhesive so it doesn't show on the overlay I just laid the overlay on the card front. Then I used adhesive on the back of the sentiment layer and placed in onto the overlay. Next was using the foam tape on the back of the tea cups and placing that on the overlay. Now that those two layers are on the overlay I turned it over and used adhesive where the image layers were. This hides the adhesive so it doesn't show through! The twine helps keep the "loose" edge of the overlay in the upper left corner stay flat.





The Tea-rrific stamp set is the March Stamp of the Month. This means the stamp set will only be available during March. So get yours now because there are so many cute images in this set!



All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp Sets: Tea-rrific, Birthday Sparkles
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Exclusive Inks: Archival Black
  • Embossing: Exclusive Inks Clear, White Powder, Heat Tool
  • All About the Gold pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Black
  • ShinHan Markers: Peony Purple, Leaf Green, Cherry Pink, Cerulean Blue Light, Black
  • Embellishments: Gold Sequins, Bitty Sparkles, White Twine
  • 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!

Now it's time to hop to the next blog! Let's go see what Betty Locco has created to share with us! Thanks for hopping by! 

Michelle

#bloghop  #closetomyheart  #joyfulstarsbloghop  #cardmaking

Cricut® Flower Market Collection: Daffodils for Easter





In this video, we walk you through the shapes you can create with key 44 on our Cricut® Flower Market cartridge, which is designed to help you complete a perfectly coordinated scrapbook layout, card, or 3-D project. We then show you how to personalize your planner with Cricut® cuts, as well as fun flowers and shapes for Easter and spring.