Friday, September 22, 2017

Color Dare #262 ~ Willow, Goldrush, Emerald, Pebble, Charcoal, Pewter with Black and White

Welcome to a new Color My Heart color dare. That's a lot of colors shown below, isn't it? Well don't panic because  you must  use Willow, Goldfish and Emerald THEN pick at least 2 or more of the neutrals shown. Or if you have the Cats & Bats paper pack you'll find ALL the colors in the papers!

NOTE: This color challenge is open from Sept. 15-28. 



I decided to use the Cats & Bats papers to create this layout. I followed pattern #12 in the Make It From the Heart Vol. 3 how-to book. It gives you a cutting guide to follow, too! The layers that have text are Picture My Life cards from the paper pack. I did some stamping with the matchingCats & Bats-Cardmaking Bundle that includes matching Thin Cuts.










All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp Sets: Cats & Bats-Cardmaking +Thin Cuts, Splash of Color
  • Make It From the Heart Vol. 3 How-to Book
  • Exclusive Inks: Black, Goldfish, Pebble, Willow
  • Cardstock: Emerald, White Daisy
  • Cats & Bats Dots
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 it's your turn. Create a paper craft using Willow, Goldrush and Emerald. Then pick at least 2 or more of the neutrals shown above. Link it on our home page where you'll also find more info about the color dare. We LOVE seeing what you create!

Have a creative day!
Michelle

#colordare #colormyheart #closetomyheart #scrapbooking

Friday, September 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Fabulous Foil




It it's the 15th of the month that means it's time for a new Technique Blog Hop!
This month we are featuring the NEW Foil that is now in our Annual Inspirations Idea Book!  If you've come from the blog of Belinda McLane you're on the right track. Just keep clicking the links in each post to continue along on the hop!

The foil comes in either Silver or Gold and is so versatile you won't believe it! It's going to make your creations look magical! Take a look at this card where I used it as layers. The foil takes the card up to an elegant level with the glitter paper and foil layers. And don't you love the look of that little silver bow?!! I ran the ink pad across the embossing folder before embossing to get the look you see here. This foil is a nice cardstock weight and easy to work with. You'll love it!


This time I used the foil to create this beautiful embossed layer! Wow! I mounted it on Glitter paper and added a couple pearls and that was all it needed.



All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Cardstock: Bashful, White Daisy
  • Specialty paper: Silver Foil, Bashful Glitter paper
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Rose Embossing Folder
  • Exclusive Inks: Bashful, Black
  • Happy Birthday (M size stamp)
  • Embellishments: Pink Pearls
  • Tools: Thin Cuts Ribbon Border
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 for more inspiration over at the blog of Michelle Johns.
Thanks for hopping by!

Have a great day!
Michelle

#closetomyheart #cardmaking #embossing

Color Dare #261 ~ Nutmeg, Almond, Toffee + Pick your own Yellow, White with optional Gold




We have a challenging group of colors for this color dare! Our new browns are beautiful and I'm not usually a fan of brown! They are very rich and I look forward to working with them often!

I made this cute card using the Operation Smile stamp set: Punny Pals. It's SO cute and has so many funny sentiments to go with the images! But the best part is that when you purchase this stamp set $7.00 will be donated to Operation Smile. Operation Smile is a non-profit organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world.

I stamped the monkey with Nutmeg ink and lightly colored with a water brush and the ink pads. The circle was done with Thin Cuts and a few embellishments later and it was finished!



All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp Set: Punny Pals (Operation Smile stamp set)
  • Pattern Papers: Basic Fundamentals
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Exclusive Inks: Nutmeg, Almond, Toffee
  • ShinHan Marker: Golden Yellow
  • Tools: Water Brush, Thin Cut Circles, Buffalo Plaid Embossing Folder
  • Embellishments: Bronze Sequins, White Burlap 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 we get to the part where I tell you it's your turn to create and share with us at Color My Heart. Create any paper craft using these colors and link it to the post on our home page. We love to see your artwork and can't wait to see what you create!

Go get your fingers inky!
Michelle

#colormyheart #colordare #closetomyheart #cardmaking

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

National Stamping Month Blog Hop



 September is National Stamp Month the consultants from the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop are hosting this special hop featuring From the Heart card kit. 
If you've come from Darlys Recker's blog you're on the right path. Keep clicking on the links in each post to go to the next blog. There is a list of all participating consultant at the end of this post.

The kit contains an E-size stamp set as well as materials and instructions for creating 12 interactive cards with foil stamped card bases. The double size stamp set is designed to make it easy to create beautiful cards using three layers of stamp images and thoughtful sentiments. The kit also contains envelopes and step by step instructions making it easy to create. This kit is only available from Sept. 1-30, 2017.

You can also use the stamps for other stamping than just the cards that come with the kit. I decided to play with it making a birthday card and came up with this. The Fern cardstock is our new version with a lighter version of the color on the back. Here I used Fern on the card front and the lighter side as the mat for the focal image. The pattern paper is from our new Whimsy Fundamentals pack. 


All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp Set: From the Heart (available Sept. 1-30, 2017)
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: Fern, White Daisy
  • Special paper: Whimsy Fundamentals
  • Exclusive Inks: Lemon, Canary, Saffron, Fern, New England Ivy, Thistle, Bashful, Pixie, Almond, Toffee
  • Embellishments: Bitty Sparkles, White and Gold 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!

Ready for more inspiration with this fantastic kit? Hop on over to see what Haley Dyer has a to share with us. I'm sure you'll be delighted!



Thanks for hopping by!
Michelle Loncar

#closetomyheart #nationalstampingmonth #cardmaking

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Joyful Stars Blog Hop



Hello and welcome to the September Joyful Stars Blog Hop. We have some really fun things to share with you this month so sit back and enjoy!

Since this is a hop all you have to do is click on the links in each post to go on to the next blog. If you've come from Marie Flayer's blog you're on the right track. This is an anything goes hop so the ideas will vary and show you different things to do with your craft supplies!

I think Fancy Fold style cards are fun and really have an impact. They can look challenging but in fact can also be simple to make! This is one of the simple to make Fancy Folds! I shared a card using this fancy fold earlier this month. Here is the same fold style with different papers and colors. Can you say WOW! Just changing the colors or papers can have a really big impact! Click here to see the other card.

It's kind of like making two cards and slipping them together. Here are the dimensions I used:
Base: 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" scored at 5 1/2"
small layer: 3" x 7 3/4" scored at 4"
Pattern paper for base: 2 3/4" x 4"
Pattern paper for front of small layer: 2 3/4" x 3 3/4"
Pattern paper for inside of small layer: 2 3/4" x 7 1/2"

After the cutting it's just a matter of stamping your images and putting the layers together. I told you this was an easy one!

Oh one other thing.... the heart was cut from white glitter paper and colored with one of our ShinHan markers to make it go with the colors of my card!



All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp Set: Sept. Stamp of the Month-Feel So Blessed (only available Sept 1-30, 2017)
  • Cardstock: Lagoon
  • Special Paper: Adventure Fundamentals, White Glitter Paper
  • Exclusive Inks: Black
  • Thin Cuts-Hearts
  • ShinHan Marker: Peacock
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 see what Tracey Pierce has to inspire us with today.
Thanks for hopping by!

Michelle

#closetomyheart #JoyfulStarsBlogHop #cardmaking

Disaster Relief Stamp Set ~ Stronger Together


Close To My Heart has prepared a stamp set designed specifically to benefit those affected by disasters, such as the recent hurricanes in the United States and the wildfires throughout the US and Canada. The stamp set is titled Stronger Together and features a variety of sentiments that can be used for comfort, encouragement, and more. ALL proceeds will go towards disaster relief. 

This C-size stamp set is $13.95 and can be purchased HERE. Search for "Stronger Together" or "C1716" when on my website.  


Thank you for your help and support.
Michelle

#closetomyheart #disasterrelief #strongertogether

Friday, September 8, 2017

Color Dare #260 ~ Willow, White, Raspberry, Bashful and Charcoal

Check this out!
We've decided to change our color challenges from one week to TWO WEEKS!
This change gives you more time and flexibility to create and share and hopefully invite your
crafty friends to join in the fun and join us, too! Winners will be announced at the close of 
each challenge.
New Color Palette Photos have been created so you can better compare and match colors. The
rules remain the same...you must use all and only the colors in the challenge. If you don't have
an exact color you may substitute something close but don't add any  new colors to the palette. 
You can find all the details on the Color My Heart home page.


 What will you create with these colors? Make any paper craft you like and link to the Color My Heart home page to share! We love seeing what you create! The challenge is easy since we get you started with the colors. 

This card was fun to make and I love how it turned out. The background is dry embossed and the flower is painted with ink pads and a water brush. The ribbon border is one of our new Thin Cuts.


All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp Set: Falling for You--Scrapbooking
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Raspberry, Willow
  • Exclusive Inks: Willow, Raspberry, Bashful
  • Tools: Buffalo Plaid Embossing Folder, Water Brush
  • Embellishments: Bashful Pearls
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.

So have you been inspired to create and share with Color My Heart? Have some fun with the colors and show us what you make!

Have a great day!
Michelle

#colordare #colormyheart #closetomyheart #cardmaking