Friday, July 29, 2016

Color Dare #204 ~ Eggplant, Flaxen, Sweet Leaf + Colonial White

Ready for a new color dare? Color My Heart has some really pretty colors for you this week: Eggplant, Flaxen and Sweet Leaf. If you don't have those exact colors just use something close.

I decided to watercolor the flowers after I used the matching Thin Cut. Don't you love those Thin Cuts! So easy to get your image cut out! For the background I just used a couple squares of cardstock. The tassel is a piece of Thick Twine folded over with the strands separated. HINT: a piercing tool is a great tool for this!



All products are Close To My Heart:
--A Bunch of Love stamp set
--A Bunch of Love Thin Cuts
--Ink: Eggplant, Flaxen, Sweet Leaf, Archival Black
--Cardstock: Flaxen, Colonial White, Eggplant, Sweet Leaf
--Paper Fundamentals: Enchantment
--Flaxen Thick Twine
--Gold Sequins
--Thin 3D Foam Tape

If you need a consultant I'd love to help you out!

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Now it's your turn! Use these colors (or something close) to create a card, layout, papercraft. Then link to our blog. Details on how to join are in the sidebar on our home page. This color dare is open until Thursday at 9:00pm CDT. 



#colordare, #colormyheart, #ctmh

Have a creative day!
Michelle

Thursday, July 28, 2016

20 years with Close To My Heart!

This week I received my 20th Anniversary gift from Close To My Heart. I can't believe it's been 20 years already! It was such a shake to me when I decided I wanted to become a consultant. Being in front of a group....any size....was NOT my thing at all. But I really believed in the products and being confident about what I was talking about and sharing made all the difference! 

Twenty years of sharing my love of stamping and scrapbooking has been so much fun!  Stretching my boundaries and increasing my confidence has been a real gift. Making so many wonderful friends along the way has been a real blessing!

I look forward to many more years with Close To My Heart!


#CloseToMyHeart  #consultant  #LoveMyJob

Friday, July 22, 2016

Color Dare #203 ~ Sorbet, Canary, Crystal Blue with White Daisy

Are you feeling creative today? You've come to the right place because it's time for a new color dare challenge! The Design Team at Color My Heart is challenging you with Sorbet, Canary, Crystal Blue with White Daisy. If you don't have these exact colors just use something close. Create any kind of paper craft you like! Then you link to our blog or Facebook page. It's that easy!

You know how popular the adult coloring books are now? You see them everywhere! I decided to give it a try and created this card. I random stamped the background leaving it uncolored. Next I stamped an extra image and colored that one in and mounted it on top of the background. A few embellishments later and it was done. Easy Peasy!



All products are Close To My Heart:
--Ornate Blossoms stamp set
--Ornate Blossoms Thin Cuts
--White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
--Cardstock: Crystal Blue, White Daisy
--Ink: Archival Black
--ShinHan Markers: Light Orange, Golden Yellow, Turquoise Blue
--Shimmer Trim: Coral
--Embellishments: Bitty Sparkles, White Twine
--Thin 3D Foam Tape

If you need a consultant I'd love to help!




Are you feeling inspired? Get your supplies out and create something to share! Tell your friends! Get together and have a Color Dare party!
Details on how to join are in the sidebar of our home page.

#colordare, #colormyheart, #ctmh, #Ornateblossoms

Have fun creating!
Michelle

Friday, July 15, 2016

Color Dare #202 ~ Browns with White Daisy OR Colonial White

Ok I'll admit it. I am not a fan of the color brown. I know a lot of you out there love brown but I'm not one of them! BUT, once I got over the initial, "ewwww, brown", I dug in and decided this was the perfect color dare for some heritage photos! This week we are challenging you to use Colony al White with 1, several or all the Browns! 
So here comes another fun Color My Heart Color Dare!

This layout is really very simple. I chose the browns that would make the photos pop and added some dry embossed layers. HINT: I learned from a friend that when dry embossing use a piece of foam as a layer and your cardstock won't crack! I used a stripe embossing folder to go with all the lines in the photos and made me think about railroad tracks. A bling and the layout was done. HINT: to make the clear sparkles go with the color dare I used a marker to change the color to a light brown!

You can join the fun by creating any kind of paper craft. If you don't have the exact colors use something close. Then you link to either our blog or Facebook page! Details on how to join are in the sidebar of the Color My Heart home page. While there be sure to check out what the other Design Team members created to inspire you!





All products are Close To My Heart:
--Cardstock: Saddle, Cashmere, Cocoa
--Embossing Folder: Stripes
--Embellisments: Florence Sequins, Gold Sequins, Clear Sparkles
--ShinHan Marker: Mahogany

If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help!



Now it's your turn! Off you go! Get your fingers inky!

#color dare, #Colormyheart, #ctmh, #trains

Have fun creating!
Michelle

Friday, July 8, 2016

Color Dare #201 ~ Magical


Welcome to a new color dare from Color My Heart! Each Friday we challenge you with a new combination of colors. You can make whatever paper craft you like. If you don't have the exact colors just use something close! It's that easy! Details on how to link to the color dare are in the sidebar of our home page.

This week the colors are taken from the Magical paper pack. They are Black, Cranberry, Crystal Blue, Honey, Sapphire and White Daisy. You may think you udon't see all those challenge colors in my layout. I decided to use the heart B&T from the Magical pack and the hearts are in all the colors of the challenge! Then I just concentrated on the main colors I wanted to accent with from the photos. The layer that says "amazing" is from the Picture My Life Watercolor packs. There is a clear embossed image on the card. I used the water brush and ink to make the image appear!





All products are Close To My Heart:
--Magical paper pack
--Cardstock: Sapphire, Crystal Blue, White Daisy
--Ink: Sapphire
--Fundamental Assortment: Cranberry
--Corner Rounder
--PML Watercolor Clear cards
--Water brush

If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help!

Now it's your turn to join the fun! Use all the colors of the color dare and let your creative mojo go then link to our blog or Facebook page! Click here for details and to see more inspiration from the other Design Team members.



Happy Creating!
Michelle

Friday, July 1, 2016

July 2016 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop ~ From the Notebook


It's the first of the month so that means a Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

If you're coming from Gina Brandstetter's blog you're on the right track! Just keep clicking the link at the end of each post to continue on the hop!

At first glance the From the Notebook stamp set might look like just a scrapbooking set. Not the case! As with most stamp sets it's very versatile! I purposely decided to use this set for cards just to show how fun it can be in that creative arena, too!

I made some quick and easy cards using the PML cards in the Magical paper pack. You get a whole sheet of great backgrounds for cards and layouts alike! I used the same design and just swapped out the papers to get different looks.







All products are Close To My Heart:
--Stamp sets: From the Notebook, Jennifer's Hand 
--Magical paper pack
--White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
--Ink: Cranberry, Crystal Blue
--Cardstock: Black, Cranberry, Crystal Blue
--Shimmer Trim: White
--Corner Rounder

If you need a consultant I'm happy to help!



Now it's time to hop over to Kathy Burrows blog for more inspiration!

Thanks for  hopping by!

Michelle

Color Dare #200 ~ Ruby, Sapphire and Colonial White ~~ PRIZE ALERT!


Since this is such a special Color Dare we are going to invite the Diamond Award Winner for challenge #200 to select colors for a future Color Dare challenge. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? See the end of this post for prize info!

Color My Heart is challenging you with the colors Ruby, Sapphire with Colonial White. If you don't have those exact colors just use something close. Here is what I've created to inspire you. Don't forget to check out our home page for more inspiration!

I decided to keep it simple. I stamped the images in Archival Black ink because I planned to use markers and didn't want it to bleed. Just some touches of the challenge colors and it was done. For the Shimmer Trim the blue was a bit too bright so I used the same blue marker and colored over the Shimmer Trim. This darkened the blue just enough to go better with the Sapphire.




All products are Close To My Heart:
--Enjoy the Ride stamp set
--Colonial White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
--Ink: Ruby, Sapphire, Archival Black
--Cardstock: Colonial White, Ruby, Sapphire
--ShinHan Markers: Marine Blue, Cherry Pink
--Shimmer Trim: Red, Blue
--Thin 3D Foam Tape

Let's go shopping!
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help!


This blog title says "Prize Alert!" so it's time to explain that. 

There are so many terrific Close to My Heart paper products available the Design Team has decided to gift one (or maybe more) lucky winner(s) a choice of one CTMH paper packet from the current Annual Inspirations catalog, upcoming Annual Inspirations catalog or upcoming Holiday Expressions catalog. In order to be eligible for a random draw you must leave a comment on EACH of our Design Team members blog posts for Color Dare #200. There will be one prize awarded for each 10 people who comment on all DT entries so if there are 20 people who comment on all DT entries there will be 2 prizes awarded and if there are 30 people who comment on all DT entries there will be 3 prizes awarded. You will need to click on each DT member's name to get to her blog to leave a comment. Although it is not required to win a prize this week we would love to see what you can create with our challenge colors. 

Now it's your turn! Create something with the colors above. Directions on how to join are in the sidebar on our home page. It's a lot of fun and we get you started by choosing the colors! Get together with your crafting friends and have a Color Dare party!
This color dare is open until Thursday at 9:00pm CDT.


Happy Creating!
Michelle