Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop ~ Life is Wonderful

Hello and welcome to the July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 
If you've hopped over from Vicki Price's blog you're on the right path! Just click the link at the end of the post to continue on the hop!

Even though this set is perfect for scrapbooking I decided to make a card to show some versatility. The great thing about scrapping vs card making is that the stamping ideas can easily be used either way. If you see a card image but want to scrapbook, just add to the image to make it a bit bigger or fill more space for a layout. You can do just the opposite if going from a layout to a card! 

So, I warmed up my Cricut and cut out the iris for the front of the card. Rather than leave it plain, I backed it with some purple and green Glitter Paper. It gives such a nice, sparkly look! I layered it on a piece of Gypsy cardstock keeping a narrow look.  Next I stamped the message and accented with some clear sparkles. Gotta love sparkles! Hint: when you want to attach glitter paper to another item use little dots of Liquid Glass as your adhesive. It will stick much better this way!

Since I had this pretty little iris cut out I didn't want it to go to waste. I used our markers to color it and put it on the inside of the card along with the rest of the message.

Life is Wonderful is only available from July 1-31, 2015. You can purchase at full price ($17.95) or get it for only $5 with a qualifying purchase!

All products are Close To My Heart:
--Ink: Gypsy, Topiary
--Cardstock: Gypsy
--Glitter Paper: Purple, Green
--Markers: Lavender, Sap Green

I'd love to be your consultant!

Now it's time to hop over to Carol Taggio's blog for more ideas.

Thanks for hopping by!


Friday, June 26, 2015

Color Dare #148 ~ Cranberry, Outdoor Denim + White

Welcome to another Color My Heart color dare! Our colors this week are Cranberry, Outdoor Denim and White. I got out my Pretty Petals stamp set and created this fun flower!

This is a 5" x 7" side fold card. On the left you can just make out a subtle layer of woodgrain embossing. I wanted to keep it a white on white for the texture, but also to make the flower "pop". I used some 3D Foam to pop the flower center and added some Shimmer Trim and sparkles as well. But, the sparkles on the flower and the small flourish started out all clear. I used our Shinhan markers to color them red and blue! 

All products are Close To My Heart: (click to see image)
--Cricut Art Philosophy
--Ink: Cranberry, Outdoor Denim
--Shimmer Trim: Red, White, Blue
--ShinHan Markers: Marine Blue, Cherry Pink

(R) = retiring Aug, 31, 2015

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Now it's time for you to get your creative mojo going and join us in the color dare! If you don't have the exact colors use something close. Details on how to join are in the sidebar on the Color My Heart home page. This color dare is open until Thursday at 9:00 pm CDT.

Have a creative day!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Color Dare #147 ~ Monochromatic (you choose) + White

The Color My Heart color dare this week sounds simple. But if you're like me, it was hard to pick just ONE color! I finally decided on Pixie and I'm glad I did.

For this 5" x 7" card I first decided I wanted to cut an oval with the Cricut and do a letterpress style embossed design. To do this I inked the inside of the embossing folder and then embossed as usual. You get a really pretty color on the embossed image. After that I stamped flowers from the Someone Special stamp set and cut them out. I added a Cricut cut butterfly, some twine and Bitty Sparkles after stamping the message. The white layer is popped with 3D Foam. 

All products are Close To My Heart: (click to see image)
--Ink: Pixie
--Cardstock: Pixie, White Daisy

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Now it's time to get out your supplies and join the fun! 
Details on how to join us are in the sidebar of the 
Color My Heart home page.

Have a creative day!

Monday, June 15, 2015

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Call for Back-Up

Welcome to our CTMH Technique Hop! This month we're featuring the technique from page 80 of Annual Inspirations...Call for Back-up! If you've come from Darlys Recker's blog you're on the right path. Just click the link at the end of the post to continue on the hop.

In this technique you create a border using a punch and then back it with cardstock, , B&T paper, ribbon, etc. to make it stand out. Take a look at what I did for this hop.

I backed my chevron punched border with some Pink Glitter paper. It's so pretty and sparkly and really pull the pinks out of the stamped images up above. I used the Brushstrokes stamp set for the colors behind the butterflies. I stamped rolled to get the two ink colors. First you ink in a light color then just roll the edges on the darker ink pad. You won't mix your inks as long as you go from light to dark ink. Then I stamped some of the butterflies in black over the Brushstrokes images. The smaller butterflies are stamp rolled for the 2 color effect.

All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Inks: Lagoon, Glacier, Pixie, Thistle
--Embellishments: Clear Sparkles, Purple Glitter Gems, Aqua Dots

I'd love to be your consultant!

Now it's time to see what Haley Dyer has to share. 
Thanks for hopping by!


Friday, June 12, 2015

Color Dare #146 ~ Glacier, Barn Red, Juniper + Cocoa & Colonial White

Whoo hoo! It's Friday! Ready for a color dare from Color My Heart
Of course you are! Here we go......

The colors are from the Jackson paper pack in the Seasonal Expressions 2 book. I saw a post on Pinterest that inspired me to make this card. I couldn't find the name of the person that created this design, but thank you whoever you are!

The background was stamped with Barn Red 2nd generation. You want a soft look so keep the ink on the lighter end of the scale. I stamped the flower twice on one of the pattern papers from the paper pack and cut it out. The second flower I cut out just a few of the petals and the center to layer on top of the first flower.  The stem and leaves were stamped directly on the cardstock. The message is from the Cricut Artfully Sent Collection. Some sparkles for the flower center and by a leaf and it's done!

To layer the petals I used adhesive at the center end and 3D Foam at the tip. That gives it a more 3D look with just part of the petals popped. The center is also popped with 3D Foam. 

All products are Close To My Heart: (click to see images)
--Stamp sets: A Budding Friendship, Distressed Backgrounds, Just To Say (Cricut Collection)
--Jackson paper pack
--Inks: Cocoa, Barn Red, Juniper, Glacier

I'd love to be your consultant!

So now that you are inspired to create..... there is still time to join us in this color dare! You have until Thursday at 9:00pm CDT to join. Click here to see what the other Design Team members have to share AND to check the sidebar for how to join the color dare! If you don't have the exact colors just use something close! Hope to see your creation soon!


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Bokeh Technique

I've seen so many examples of the Bokeh technique I felt it was past time for me to give it a try! It really is one of those techniques that looks harder than it really is. 

First you create your background by sponging on your colors. Next you use a stencil with circles of various sized circles cut into it. You can do this with punches or a Cricut. Once your background is done, place the stencil on top and with a sponge rub on some White pigment ink using the various sized circles! There....that's it! But don't forget the pigment ink takes longer to dry. So be patient and let it dry overnight OR heat set it with your heat embossing tool! Once dry you can finish your card with stamping and embellishments! 

The stamp set I used is our June Stamp of the Month: Ice Cream Dream. It has 7 adorable images and makes you hungry for an ice cream cone! It's only available until June 30, 2015! Did you catch that....ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL JUNE 30, 2015! Thats how the Stamp of the Month works! So click here to order yours now! You can even get it for only $5 with a qualifying order (value $17.95).


Available June 1-30, 2015

All products are Close To My Heart: (click to see image)
--Stamp set: Ice Cream Dream
--Cardstock: Lagoon, Pixie, Honey, Smoothie
--Ink: Black, Lagoon, Pixie, Canary, Honey, Smoothie, Pear
--Embellishments: Aqua Dots, Pink Flamingo Dots, Pink Glitter Gems
--Cricut (circles for the stencil)

While you're shopping be sure to check out the "While Supplies Last" and the Retiring Items sections.  You can get some incredible deals!

Have a great day!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

My Crush Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the My Crush Blog Hop by the Stamp of the Month group! If you've come from Kathy Burrows' blog you're on the right track. Just click the link at the end of the post to continue on the hop.There are over 50 consultants sharing ideas for how to use the My Crush product line! To see who is participating click here.

For this hop we are featuring the My Crush product line. There is a book, 2 different assortments of journal spots and sticker sheets, and a coordinating stamp set! During the month of June when you buy a My Crush book and one of the accessory packs, you get the matching stamp set FREE!

Now just because there is a My Crush book doesn't mean you have to keep it a book! Don't get me wrong, it's a great book, but you can also take the page(s) out of the book to use on a layout, card, 3D item....whatever you have in mind! 

Here I've done just that. I took out a couple pages from the Bluebird My Crush book and created a double layout. I used the coordinating stamp set: Love This, to accent the pages. The stamped images were colored with our ShinHan markers. One side of each flower is popped up with 3D Foam and the centers accented with some bling.

All products are Close To My Heart:
--My Crush Bluebird Book
--Cardstock: White Daisy, Thistle, Glacier
--Ink: Pear, Cocoa
--Markers: Peony Purple,  Leaf Green, Turquoise Blue
--Embellishments: Purple Glitter Gems, Clear Sparkles, Ocean Sequins, 3D Foam

I'd love to be your consultant!

Now it's time to see what great ideas Lauren Moore has to share. 
Thanks for stopping by!