Sunday, August 31, 2014

September 2014 Stamp of the Month: Family Forever


Welcome to our September Stamp of the Month Hop featuring Family Forever. There are 80 consultants participating in the swap this month! That's A LOT of ideas to inspire you! If you've come from
  Traci Godbee's blog just keep hopping along by clicking the link at the end of the post.
The hop is actually one big circle. 

I love the tree image in this set. I paired it with Smokey Plum and Olive to create this 7"x5" card. I used the sponging technique to make the tree look nice and full. The scalloped border at the bottom mimic's grass. A couple of sparkles and it's done! 


-Sept. Stamp of the Month: Family Forever
-CS - White Daisy, Olive, Smokey Plum
-Ink - Smokey Plum, Olive
-Green Glitter paper
-Topiary Ribbon
-Sparkles - Green Epoxy Bubbles, Clear Bubbles, Bitty Sparkles
-Sponge

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Here is what the whole set looks like. Lots of cute images! Don't forget this set is a Stamp of the Month. That means it's only available from Sept 1-30, 2014. With a qualifying purchase you can get this stamp set for only $5.00! 


Now it's time to see what Judy Burger has to inspire you. 

Thanks for hopping by!
Michelle



Friday, August 29, 2014

Color Dare #108


Hi! Do we have a great color dare for you this week! 
Flaxen (new color), Sorbet and Lagoon!
These colors made me think tropical and guided my hand to a new stamp set called Treasured Friendship.  I've gold embossed the seashell and added a bit of color with a blending pen. This is a quick and easy way to add just a bit of color.  The papers are from the new Seaside pack and perfect for this color dare! The pattern is from Make It From the Heart vol. 2.


All products are Close To My Heart:
Paper: Seaside, White Daisy, Brown & Tan glitter paper
Ink: Lagoon, Sorbet
Embossing: Versamark pad, Ranger Princess Gold, heat tool
Embellishments: Aqua Dots, Brown & Tan Sparkles, Gold Glitter Gems, 3D Foam

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Shop any time....day or night!

We share a new color dare each Friday and you have a week to share your creation! If you don't have the exact colors, use something close.
Color Dare #108 will be open until 9:00pm Thursday Aug. 21st. 
It's SO much fun! We get you started with the color choice. 
The rest is up to you!

Have a great....and creative day!
Michelle





Friday, August 22, 2014

Color Dare #107


I love the Smokey Plum and Olive colors together! I LOVE it! 
This is a great color dare and I really hope you join us!

 One thing I did to create some texture was to dry emboss the Smokey Plum layer and then sand it. With our cardstock having a white core you can get some great texture! I also sponged the edges of the white layer. One more technique was masking. I masked for the length of the stem border and also for the chevron image. Post-it notes work great for masking. Just place one where you want to protect the CS and them stamp! The flower and leaves were colored with a Blending Pen and ink.

All products are Close To My Heart:
--Stamp sets-A Budding Friendship, Have a Happy Day
--CS-White Daisy, Olive, Smokey Plum
--Ink-Olive, Smokey Plum, Black, Slate
--Embossing Folder-Stripes
--Embellishments-Bitty Sparkles, Gray Epoxy Bubbles, Silver Sequins, 3D Foam
--Sanding Block
--Blending Pen

Non Close To My Heart:
--Post-it Notes
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A Budding Friendship                   Have a Happy Day


Come and join us at Color My Heart Color Dare!
If you don't have the exact colors use something close. 
See the sidebar on our blog for all the details.
You have until Thursday at 9:00pm CDT to enter.

Have a creative day!
Michelle

Friday, August 15, 2014

Color Dare #106


Let's get inky! Get out your Juniper and Sweet Leaf inks (or something close) and join us in the Color Dare!

I found inspiration for this card on Pinterest. Thank you OCDcardLADY!
I added a few details but that's what crafting is about. 
Put your own mark on it.


All products are Close To My Heart:
--Stamp set-Love Doily, A Budding Friendship
--CS-Juniper, Sweet Leaf, White Daisy
--Ink-Juniper, Sweet leaf
--Embossing Folder-Floral
--Embellishments-Green Epoxy Bubbles, Bitty Sparkles, 3D Foam
--Edge Distresser

Shop anytime of day!

Check out the other entries in this week's Color Dare
You have until Thursday at 9:00PM CDT to enter. 
Read the sidebar on the blog page for more details.

Have a creative day!
Michelle





Technique Hop -- All Lit Up!

With the new Annual Inspirations book comes lots of new products and ideas. Our monthly Technique Hop will be featuring the techniques/ideas seen in the book. It will be so much fun to see all the different ways one idea can inspire us....and in turn YOU!

If you've arrived from Sheila's blog you're on the right path. Just keep clicking on the links at the end of each post to continue on the hop.

This month, look on page 88 for the All Lit Up technique. This one is easy....just add glitter paper to your creation! Glitter paper can be added in many, many ways as bases, borders, shapes, embellishments, letters, and more! You can use a little or go bold and use a lot! 

I used the August Stamp of the Month called What a Hoot (only available Aug 1-31). This little owl is so darn cute! I chose to make his mask out of black glitter paper and gave him some google eyes, too. I also used some of our new purple glitter paper as a banner. There isn't a lot of glitter paper, but it jazzes up the look of the card! Our new Shinhan markers were used for adding color both inside and out. The ovals were easily cut with our Artiste Cricut cartridge.

card front

card inside

As you can see I layered the inside message. I did this because when using alcohol markers there is some bleed through. I didn't want that showing on the back of my card. So I cut a small piece of CS for the message, colored and then layered it on the inside of the card. No bleed through is seen!

All products are Close To My Heart:
--What a Hoot (Aug '14 Stamp of the Month)
--Scaredy Cat paper pack
--Scaredy Cat Assortment
--Colonial White cardstock
--Black Exclusive Inks pad
--Black Glitter Paper
--Purple Glitter Paper
--Shinhan markers (Marigold, Lavender)
--Cricut Artiste cartridge

--Google eyes (non-Close To My Heart)


Now it's time to hop over to Wendy Kessler's blog for some more inspiration!

Thanks for hopping by! 
Have a great day.
Michelle



Friday, August 8, 2014

Have a Happy Day..... with a Color Dare!


Since the Annual Inspirations Book went live on Aug. 1st, I can't get enough of all the new products! Here is a card showing a variety of new products all coming together for the Color My Heart Color Dare #105. The colors  to use are: Sunset, Pear and Barn Red. I really like how they work together on this project.


The background was embossed with our Chevron folder. The B&T paper is from the new Spooky paper pack. There are so many cute images in this stamp set. You'll quickly find it becoming one of your "go-to" sets.

--Have a Happy Day stamp set
--CS-Colonial White, Barn Red
--Spooky paper pack
--Ink-Barn Red, Sunset, Pear
--Chevron Embossing Folder*
--Gold Glitter Gem
--3D Foam
*used with a Cuttlebug

My website is open 24/7....you can even shop in your jammies!

Click here to find out more about the Color My Heart color dare's. There is a new dare posted each Friday morning and you have until the following Thursday at 9:00pm CDT to enter. 
It's fun! It's easy...and if you don't have the exact colors listed, feel free to use something close.

Have a great day!
Michelle

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop



Aren't these New Product Blog Hops FUN! This one if from the group that does the monthly Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. Sit back and enjoy!

If you've come from Lauren Moore's blog you're on the right track. Just keep clicking on the link at the end of each post to continue along the hop.

As soon as I saw the Halloween Greetings set I fell in love with the broom and message! It's so cute and a bit sassy I just couldn't resist. I paired it up with paper from Yuletide Carol paper pack. Then some black Glitter Paper along with a few embellishments and it was done!

Card Front

For the message I used two inks. Just put some tape over the part you don't want to ink. Then ink it up and remove the tape before stamping. Now tape the other part of the message and ink in the 2nd color. Remove tape and stamp. Now you have a two color message from one stamp image.
Card inside

--Halloween Greetings, Joyful Birthday stamp sets
--Yuletide Carol paper pack
--Black Glitter Paper
--Inks-Chocolate, Black
--Gold Glitter Gems
--Black Epoxy Bubbles
--3D Foam

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Now it's time to hop over to see what Carol Taggio has to share. 
Enjoy the hop!

Have a great day!
Michelle