Friday, December 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Glitter is Glamorous




It's mid month already and time for the Technique Blog Hop. We're a group of consultants who show you ways to use Close To My Heart products and this month we're featuring our fantastic Glitter Paper! If you've come from Cat Nowak's blog you're on the right track. Just keep clicking on the link in each post. 

Ok...this is the card you get when you have six different glitter papers and can't make up your mind which one to use! LOL I simply cut a 1/2" strip of each glitter paper and adhered them in an angle on my card. Once I did the ones on the bottom I felt the top was too bare but I didn't have enough room to do the same size strips. Making the top strips 1/4" worked just right!

 

All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Glitter Papers: Black, Red, Gold, Silver, Bashful, White
  • White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
  • Stamp Sets: Nature's Wish, Flourishes
  • Exclusive Inks: Black
  • Clear 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 hop over and see what Annemarie Julian is sharing today.
Thanks for hopping by!

Have a great day!
Michelle

#closetomyheart #techniquebloghop #cardmaking

Color Dare 272 ~ Traditional Colors

Hello and welcome back to our month of Holiday card inspiration!
This week I'm on the Color My Heart team doing Traditional colors.



My card this wee is a shiny and sparkly. I used papers from the Beary Christmas pack with the Merry Christmas layer being one of the Picture My Life (PML) cards trimmed down for my card. The ornaments are heat embossed in gold and silver and the Merry Christmas is covered in Simmer Brush Clear for a pretty sparkle. It's hard to see but trust me, it's there. The ornaments were easy to cut out because I used the matching Thin Cuts. SO easy! Putting the Shimmer Trim corners on the card really made a difference for making the ornaments look grounded rather than hanging in mid-air.





All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp Set: Silver & Gold-Cardmaking + Thin Cuts
  • Paper Pack: Beary Christmas 
  • Exclusive Inks: Black, Cranberry
  • Embossing: Versamark ink, Gold powder, Silver powder, Heat Tool
  • White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy
  • Embellishments: Clear Shimmer Brush, Clear Sparkles, White Shimmer Trim
  • Tools: 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.

I hope you feel inspired too create and share your own traditionally colored cards. We really love it when you share and inspired us in the process. Check out the link on our home page for details on how to share your creation! By the way....there are prizes happening at the end of the month. Each time you share you'll be entered in the drawing!

Happy Creating!
Michelle

#colordare #colormyheart #closetomyheart #christmascards
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Joyful Start Blog Hop ~ December


Welcome to our monthly blog hop featuring anything goes. That means a variety of great ideas! If you've come from Marie Flayer's blog you're on the right path. Just keep clicking on the links in each post to continue on the hop. Let's get started.

I've been working in miniature lately and created some mini canvas art. The canvas on the left is 3" x 3" and the one on the right is 2.5" x 3.5". That might now sound too "mini" until you start making the flowers to go on a canvas that size! LOL 

The flowers are only about 1-1.25" tall. I used our Cricut Flower Market to cut them out. The containers for the flowers were cut with cardstock and Vellum to simulate glass. On the tulips I used some Clear Shimmer Brush on the petals. The canvas I painted a watercolor background.


These products are Close To My Heart:
  • Cricut Flower Market
  • Cardstock: Flaxen, Bashful, Pomegranate, Fern/ Flaxen, New England Ivy, Poppy, Ruby, Nutmeg
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Specialty Paper: Vellum
  • Thin 3D Foam Tape
  • Shimmer Brush-Clear
Other products:
  • Mini Canvas
  • Wood Easel
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.

I hope I've inspired you to try some mini canvases. They are fun and SO cute! Now it's time to hop over and see what Joyce Houck is sharing today.

Thanks for hopping by!
Michelle

#bloghop #Closetomyheart #homedecor #Cricut

Friday, December 8, 2017

Color Dare 273 ~ Non-Traditional Colors

This week I'm on the Color My Heart team using Non-Traditional colors. No red and green here! Actually, I gravitate towards the non-traditional colors anyway so this project was a breeze! 


I think gold or silver heat embossing goes well with the holidays. It takes cards to a special level and is easy to do. I'm sharing two cards this week because they are similar other than the stamps used.

On the first card I stamped the tree then silver embossed the detail on top. The ink wasn't totally dry when I embossed so you see some shimmer on the tree, too. Not the way it's usually done but in this case I decided it added a frosty feel to the tree. The striped paper is gold to go with the gold star on top of the tree.


This card has embossed ornaments in gold and silver. After embossing I used the matching Thin Cuts to cut them out. Thin cuts makes crafting quick and easy!



All products are Close To My Heart
  • Silver and Gold Paper Pack
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Stamp Sets: Merriest Wishes (card 1), Silver and Gold Cardmaking + Thin Cuts (card 2)
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Pewter
  • Exclusive Inks: Pewter
  • Embossing: Versamark Ink, Gold Powder, Silver Powder, Heat Tool
  • Plaid Embossing Folder (card 1)
  • Silver Shimmer Trim (card2)
  • Thin 3D Foam Tape (card 2)
  • Cricut Art Philosophy (retired): Scallop border (card 1)
  • Corner Rounder (card 1)
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.

What will you create using non-traditional colors? We'd love to see so please create and share on our home page. It's fun to play along AND there are prizes waiting at the end of the month! Each time you share you get another chance to win!

I'm sharing my cards on the Three Amigos blog for their Silver & Gold challenge. Check it out!
I'm also sharing at the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog so check them out too!

Have fun creating!
Michelle

#colordare #colormyheart #closetomyheart #christmascards

Sunday, December 3, 2017

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop (A Little Bit of Pun)



This is a blog hop that goes in one big circle. Just keep clicking on the links in each post to hop to the next blog.  So if you've come from Melinda Everett's blog you're doing fine. Keep going for more inspiration!

For my card I chose the light bulb from the many images in this cute stamp set. It was a very easy card to make and didn't take much time at all. I stamped the image, added some color with a marker and then finished it with the Clear Shimmer Brush.

Since this is a Stamp of the Month stamp set that means it's only available from Dec. 1-31. You can even get it for only $5 with a qualifying order. Details are on my website. Don't miss out on this very cute set!





All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp Set: A Little Bit of Pun (available only from Dec. 1-31, 2017)
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Exclusive Inks: Black Archival
  • Cardstock: Saffron, Canary, Black
  • Specialty Paper: Black Glitter Paper
  • ShinHan Marker: Marigold
  • Shimmer Brush-Clear
  • Black and White Dots
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 over to Darlys Recker for more inspiration. Thanks for hopping by!


 Happy Hopping!
Michelle

#closetomyheart #stampofthemonth #cardmaking 
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Friday, December 1, 2017

Color Dare 272 ~ Traditional Colors

For the month of December the Design Team at Color My Heart is challenging you to create with either Traditional colors or Non-Traditional colors.  Team A is featuring Non-Traditional colors this week while Team B is doing Traditional colors. So be sure to go to our home page to see both!

For the Traditional Color Challenge use only Reds & Greens, 
White Daisy and/or your choice of one Neutral with gold and silver as options.



I love the papers in the Beary Christmas paper pack so that's where I started. Along with that the Beary Christmas - Cardmaking stamp set has this cute little Sant hat. With the matching Thin Cuts it there's no fussy cutting going on here! I sponged the card edges in Black ink and used some Clear Shimmer Brush on the hat for some sparkle.




All products are Close to My Heart:
  • Stamp Set: Beary Christmas - Cardmaking
  • Paper Pack - Beary Christmas
  • Cardstock: White Daisy
  • Exclusive Inks: Black, Cranberry
  • Embellishments: Beary Christmas Dots, Clear Shimmer Brush
  • Tools: Thin 3D Foam Tape, Sponge
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.

What will YOU create using the Traditional colors of Christmas? We'd LOVE to see what you create. Use the linky on our home page to share your creation with us. There will be prizes drawn at the end of the month. Each time you share with us your name will go in the drawing!

Have fun creating!
Michelle

#colordare #colormyheart #closetomyheart #cardmaking