Friday, April 18, 2014

Color Dare #90 - Honey, Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim, Pacifica


Welcome to the Color My Heart color dare for this week! 
Each week our design teams challenge you to use certain colors for your creation. It's a lot of fun and is a great way to get your creativity going!

The colors this week are Honey, Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim and Pacifica. The three blues made me think "boy" and in particular this picture of my grandson, Wyatt. I love the look on his face. It's like he is thinking up all kinds of mischief to get into and deciding where to start. 


This is a 6" x 6" layout. I plan to make a My Creations Memory Showcase accordion-style album of my grandchildren. The album 6" x 6" and you have up to 8 pages for layouts.  So far this is the 1st layout for this album. I'll be sure to share the entire album when finished!

All products are Close To My Heart:
--ProPlayer paper pack
--Jubilee paper pack
--Cardstock: Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim
--Triangle Studs
--Blue Epoxy Bubbles


Now, go on over to Color My Heart and see what the others on my design team have to inspire you. Then get your hands inky and create something to add to our color dare!

Michelle




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Washi Tape Blog Hop



Hello! It's the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop group with an extra Hop for you this month! We got our creative minds going and have some Washi Tape ideas to share with you! 
If you're coming from Dawn's blog you're on the right track. Just keep clicking the link at the end of the posts to keep hopping!

The Lagoon Washi Tape is my FAV! I love the color and houndstooth has always been a fav pattern. So guess what I decided to use for this hop? 

I thought it would be fun to create a background using the washi tape! First I cut my card elements from our Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. I wanted a black base and overlay so the lagoon washi tape layer would pop in contrast! The washi tape is on a layer of White Daisy cardstock to keep a nice, bright look to it. All you have to do is line up the strips of tape using the pattern on the tape as a guide. After putting all the layers together it was time for some embellishing. I wanted to keep it pretty simple since the overlay and washi tape are the focus. I added some Lagoon Bakers Twine along the left and a few black gems on the right. I think it all works pretty good!


All products are Close To My Heart:
--Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge
--cardstock-black, white daisy
--Lagoon Washi Tape
--Lagoon Bakers Twine
--Black Sparkles


Now it's time to go see the other great ideas in this blog hop. Next up is Adeline's blog. Thanks for hopping with us!

Happy Hopping!
Michelle

Technique Blog Hop -- Embossing

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop! This month we're featuring our new Embossing Folders. 
If you're coming from Wendy's blog, you're on the right track. Just keep clicking the links at the end of each post to continue on the hop. It's that easy!

I've made a few other things using the embossing folders besides this layout. You can see those by clicking the "embossing" label at the very end of this post. But for now, here is my layout!

I used two of the embossing folders: dots and chevron. I alternated them with the color blocks along the left edge of the layout. I chose the cardstock colors to mimic the rainbow in my granddaughter's shirt. Everything else is very easy! I used a couple of the from the Chantilly Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program. They are really great for journalling or in the case of the bird...I just cut it out! After that it was 
embellishment time! 


All products are Close To My Heart:
--cardstock: Cotton Candy, Ruby, Buttercup, Pear, Pacifica, Pink Glitter Paper
--Chantilly Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program
--Sparkles Black Flourishes
--White Marquee Enamel Shapes
--Black Mini Medley Collection
--Ariana Assortment

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Now hop on over to see what Terry Morrow has to share. I know you'll love it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,
Michelle




Friday, April 4, 2014

Color Dare #88: Sunset, Smoothie, Lagoon, Sweet Leaf, Buttercup


Hello and welcome to our weekly color dare from Color My Heart. Each Friday we post a set of colors to get you started. After that it's up to you and your creative muse!

This set of colors made me think of Spring. Spring makes me think of flowers. Here is what I came up with! This is a 7" x 5" side fold card. I've random stamped for the background and added some Washi Tape around the edges.

The flower was created with the Cricut Artiste cartridge. I cut flowers in each color but varied the size. After that I dry embossed the flowers with the Dots embossing folder. The edges are inked for a bit of definition. Glue Dots are a good choice for adhering the flowers together. The center of the flower is from the Babycakes Assortment. Lagoon Zipper Lace gives a nice touch to the bottom of the flower layer. Stamp your message in a contrasting color. Here I've used the Joyful Birthday set in Sunset.


--Cricut Artiste cartridge
--Dots Embossing Folder
--Skylark paper pack
--Joyful Birthday stamp set
--Distressed Backgrounds stamp set
--Inks-Sunset, Smoothie, Buttercup, Sweet Leaf, Lagoon
--CS-Sunset, Smoothie, Buttercup, Lagoon, White Daisy
--Babycakes Assortment
--Lagoon Zipper Lace
--Lagoon Washi Tape

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Don't forget to check out the Color My Heart site. Come on and join us!

Happy Creating!
Michelle

Monday, March 31, 2014

April Stamp of the Month: Balloon Talk

 

Welcome to our April Stamp of the Month Hop! 
You are going to love all the ideas for the Balloon Talk stamp set! If you've come from Pamela's blog, you're on the right track. Just click the link at the end of each post to continue on the hop.

Isn't this a cute and fun set! Look at all the great messages to create with. 

I decided to use the Thanks balloon for my card. I paired it with paper from the Ivy Lane paper pack. The top of the card is a dry embossed layer with a chevron pattern. This is one of five of the new embossing folders in our Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book! The bottom is just strips of B & T paper from Ivy Lane. In the center I used our Artbooking Cricut cartridge to cut a notebook styled layer. I used the B & T pattern that has script on it to compile the notebook paper effect! The accents come from the Pink Flamingo and Green Bubbles packs. 


All products are Close To My Heart:
--Balloon Talk
--Ivy Lane paper pack
--Smokey Plum ink
--Artbooking Cricut cartridge
--Chevron Embossing Folder*
--Pink Flamingo Dots
--Green Bubbles

*embossing folder used with a Cuttlebug.

The Balloon Talk Stamp of the Month set is only available from March 1-31, 2014. You can even get this set for only $5 with a qualifying purchase! Don't delay and miss out on this fab stamp set. 
Click here to get yours now!

Ready to go see more great ideas! Now hop  over to Wendy's blog for more great ideas!

Thanks for stopping by. Come back anytime!
Michelle


Friday, March 28, 2014

Color Dare #87 - Blush, Hollyhock, Ivy Lane Green, & Ivy Lane Purple

This week over at Color My Heart we've based the challenge 
on the colors in the Ivy Lane paper pack. 
The patterns are beautiful and can be used for a wide variety of projects! 



I was in the mood to make a necklace with our new Base & Bling pieces! Since the challenge is to use all the colors in the dare I was able to find a small section of the Ivy Lane paper that actually included all of the colors in a 1" circle! It's hard to tell on the photo, but honestly...they're all there!


This is the Faux Antiqued Gold chain and pendant base. There is also a very pretty Faux Antiqued Silver color as well as both circle and square pendants! The charm packs come with both 
silver and gold charms in the same pack.  

This is really a very simple project! You can use B & T paper in the pendant was well as stickers from the Style Sheets, small photos or any other item you may have. After cutting out my B & T circle I put a tiny bit of Liquid Glass on the pendant base. After placing the paper on top I rub to make sure all of the paper fit securely in the base. Next I put a few drops of Liquid Glass in the middle B&T paper. Gently place the Glass Cover on the pendant and push to spread the Liquid Glass to the edges. 

After that you just put the pendant on the 30" chain and add whatever charms and/or embellishments you like! Each chain comes with a 2" extention that is great for dangling some charms. The round white charm is actually a rhinestone. It just didn't photo very well. To add charms I used a needle nose pliers to gently open and close the jump ring.

Pendants are a great gift, either for yourself or someone else. 
Mother's Day is around the corner. 
I bet Mom would love a beautiful pendant made by you!

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Don't forget to check out the Color My Heart site
You'll find lots of great ideas!

Happy Crafting!
Michelle




Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Video: Artbooking Made Easy: Fab Frames


Decorate picture-perfect pennant frames using Close To My Heart's Cricut® Artbooking cartridge. From flowers to snowflakes to titles, you will love the versatility, ease, and look of these artistic embellishments.

Happy Crafting!
Michelle