Friday, March 27, 2015

Color Dare #135 Champagne and Chocolate PLUS a Sneak Peek!

Hi! It's Friday so that means a new Color My Heart color dare!
This week the colors are Champagne and Chocolate with 
White as an option. 

For this color dare I'm giving you a sneak peek at a brand new stamp set featured in the Season Expressions 2 book that goes live on April 1st! It's on of the special Hostess stamp sets and could be yours when you host a gathering or online party! There are lots of cute images in this set! Check out the picture at the end of this post.


Both of these cards were quick and easy. The images were stamped in Chocolate ink and mounted on layers of cardstock with one layer popped up. A couple of accents later and the cards were done! Look how switching around the colors makes a big difference in the overall look!






All products are Close To My Heart:
--Paper Bird (Hostess stamp set)
--CS: Chocolate, Champagne, White Daisy
--Ink: Chocolate
--Brown and Tan Sparkles
--Antique Gold Durable Studs
--3D Foam


I'd love to be your consultant!


Now its your turn to join us for the color dare. It's fun and easy! We get you started with the color choice and from there you can make whatever you like. If you don't have the exact colors just use something close. Then link your photo to our blog. Click here for more details and inspiration.

Happy Creating!
Michelle

Monday, March 23, 2015

Video: My Crush on Crafting


Close To My Heart’s My Crush™ books make great homes for your memorabilia! They come with a variety of beautifully designed papers and provide just the right backdrop for your keepsakes. See them for yourself!

Have a great day!

Michelle

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spine Expanders for My Legacy™ Post-Bound Albums [US and Canada]




Close To My Heart’s My Legacy™ post-bound albums have great features, including a nice, finished look for your cherished memories. To top off that look, try using spine expanders between layouts. Curious as to how they work? Take a look at how to assemble your post-bound albums using this nifty product.





Saturday, March 21, 2015

Use Your Stash Blog Hop ~ It's Hard Being Green


Welcome to the Use Your Stash Blog Hop! We all have a stash of some kind of another! If you came from Cassandra Bennet's blog you're on the right track. Just keep clicking on the links to continue along the hop!

This is a great way to use up those odds and ends! Here is what I came up with for the theme this month.


With the theme, It's Hard Being Green, I had no trouble finding some green in my stash. Green is one of my favorite colors so I always have some handy! This card was very quick and easy to make. I also had the circles in the stash and decided to use those as well. I stamped some leaves and flowers in Juniper and Thistle and popped the middle one up with some 3D Foam. The background is Juniper Washi Tape and ribbon. I used our new Mini Stapler on the ribbon ends. Add a message and a couple Clear Sparkles and you're done! Although most of the items were from my stash, the stamp set is current and called Happy to Be Friends. The card base is from our bulk pack of Colonial White cards and envelopes.

Not only did I make a pretty card, but I also used some of my stash. That's a double good feeling!

Thanks for stopping by! Now it's time to see what 
Heather Jane Schmuckal has to show us!

Have a great day!
Michelle

Current Products used:
Colonial White Value Pack
Happy to Be Friends
Thistle Ink Pad
Juniper Ink Pad




Mini Stapler
Clear Sparkles




Friday, March 20, 2015

Color Dare #134 ~ Cotton Candy, Olive & Lagoon + Black and White Daisy

Color My Heart color dares are a fun and easy way to get the creative ideas flowing. The colors are selected for you, so that's one big decision out of the way! After that all you need to do is choose the way you want to use those colors! Anything goes at this point.....cards, layouts, decor....it's up to you!


This was a quick and easy card that also has something special added to it. The stamp set is called You're the Bomb and it's our current Operation Smile stamp set. Operation Smile is a wonderful organization that provides surgical procedures to correct facial deformities in children. Close To My Heart will donate $3 of the proceeds to Operation Smile! You can change the life of a child with just one stamp set! You're the Bomb is only available until March 31, 2015 so order yours now!

On the card I stamped second generation images for behind the words. This image is from the Brushstrokes set. After popping the circles with 3D Foam, I wrapped some Pixie Extra Thick Twine around it and tied it to look a bit like a tassel. I added some bling to act like bullet points for the words and the card was done!

All products are Close To My Heart:
--Stamp Sets: Brushstokes, You're the Bomb (Operation Smile stamp set)
--Cardstock: Cotton Candy, Olive
--Inks: Cotton Candy, Lagoon, Olive, Black
--White Daisy Cards and Envelopes (50 ct. bulk pack)
--Pixie Extra Thick Twine
--Green Epoxy Bubbles
--3D Foam

I'd love to be your consultant!

Don't forget to order your Operation Smile stamp set: 

Also, check out what the other Design Team members at Color My Heart have to share as inspiration in this color dare. Then get out your inks and papers and start creating! Details on how to join us are in the sidebar of our home page. You have until Thursday at 9:00 pm CDT.

Have a great day!
Michelle

Sunday, March 15, 2015

CTMH Technique Blog Hop ~ Blank Canvas

We have a really fun project for you this month! 
This month we'll show you ways to turn a blank canvas into a work of art!

If you've hopped over from Melissa David's blog you're on the right track! Just keep clicking the links at the end of each 
post to continue on the hop!





I paired up the canvas with cards from the Hopscotch Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program. This was SO easy! I just picked out the cards I wanted to use,and layered them on a piece of Flaxen cardstock for an overall background. I did add a mat CS to the flower and message cards. I also trimmed down the card below the flowers. The message is popped up with 3D Foam. Some Extra Thick Twine and 
a variety of bling and it was done!

Our blank canvases are fantastic way to showcase all kinds of projects. It gives you options galore from stamping directly on the canvas to papercrafting of all kinds. Whatever you do, you'll have a beautiful piece of home decor! See more ideas in our Annual Inspirations catalog and be sure to check out page 32!

All products are Close To My Heart:
--My Creations Canvas Display
--Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program - Hopscotch
--CS - Flaxen, Ponderosa Pine
--Extra Thick Twine - Pixie, Flaxen
--Embellishments - Flamingo Dots, Gold Glitter Gems, Pink Glitter Gems
--Edge Distresser
--3D Foam

I'd love to be your consultant!

Now it's time for more ideas! Hop on over to see what Marianne Hancock has to share!

Thanks for hopping by!
Michelle





Friday, March 13, 2015

Color Dare #133 ~ Smoothie, Honey, Flaxen, Crystal Blue, Gypsy + Black & Colonial White

Hello! Feel like a little spring today? The Color My Heart color dare for this week made me think of spring so I just went with it!

The colors are inspired by the Wonderful paper pack: Smoothie, Honey, Flaxen, Crystal Blue, Gypsy with Black and Colonial White. My 5" x 7" card was inspired by a card I saw on Dr. Phil Scraps. I love the sponged "sky" behind the flowers!


To sponge the sky I first cut a 2 1/2" square in a piece of paper to create a mask. To hold it lightly in place while I sponged, I first dabbed some glue from our Glue Pen and let it dry. Now my mask is like a sticky note! Using a sponge and Crystal Blue ink I inked the sky making it darker around where the flowers would be stamped. Gently peel off the mask and you'll see a beautiful color background!

After stamping the flowers in black ink I got out my Shin-han markers and colored the flowers. As you color you'll see areas that indicate shadow. Just color over those spots a second time to get a soft shadow effect. I also sanded the Smoothie and Black cardstock layers to soften the look a bit. When placing the flower layer on the black cs, I liked how just having the black show on two sides looked. It kind of framed the flower layer like the sponged sky created a frame effect. The left and bottom edges were scraped over the black ink pad just for a finished look to the layer. Next was adding some twine and popping that layer with 3D Foam. A few black sparkles later the card was finished!

All products are Close To My Heart:
-A Little Note stamp set
-CS: Smoothie, Black, Colonial White
-Ink: Crystal Blue, Black
-Markers: Pastel Green, Lavendar, Golden Yellow
-Tools: Sanding Block, 3D Foam
-Embellishments: Flaxen Extra Thick Twine, Black Sparkles

I'd love to be your consultant!

Now that you're feeling like spring isn't so far away, how about putting your creative mojo to work! Join us for the Color My Heart color dare this week. Each color dare opens on Friday morning and closes Thursday at 9:00pm CST. Click here to see what the other Design Team members have to show you and check out the details in the sidebar for adding your artwork to the color dare!

Happy Creating!
Michelle