Friday, November 20, 2020

Floral Card ~ Color Dare #421

the Design Team at Color My Heart Color Dare has a Pick 3 Colors Challenge for you this week. All you have to do is pick AT LEAST 3 of the colors in the grid to create any paper craft. Black, White and All Metallics are Free but you can't use any other Neutrals.

We reference Close to My Heart colors but you can use any brand you have as long as you can make a very close match. Kind of close doesn't count. When you're ready use the link at the end of the post on our blog to join the challenge.

For my card I used a pattern from our Make It from Your Heart how-to book. Starting with a pattern AND the colors makes it very easy to create. 

The colors I chose are Desert Rose, Sage, Mint and Sundance + Black and a metallic Copper Ore. The flowers were stamped and cut with the coordinating Thin cut dies. The hexagon was cut for a background. I just layered the flowers and leaves on the hexagon after spattering some Mint Shimmer on the white background. I used some Cool Mint Stickles on the flower center but it doesn't show well against the darker ink colors are being Mint.










Other Close To My Heart products used for this card.
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Paper: X9019 Mix-in 
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Desert Rose, Sage
  • Specialty Paper: Copper Ore
  • Exclusive Inks: Black, Desert Rose, Sundance, Sage
  • Make It from Your Heart Book: Vol. 4, Pat 4
  • Cool Mint Stickles, Mint Shimmer Brush, Clear Sparkles
  • Thin 3D Foam Tape
If you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help. 
If you'd like to BE A Maker I'd love to have you on my team!

We have a new program especially for our customers! It's the VIP Customer Program and it's awesome! For starters you can earn 15% of every order! Click here to read more about the program and sign up!

Before you go.... if you like what you see on my blog be sure to sign up to follow me so you don't miss any great ideas! The link is in the right column.

Now it's your turn to create and share. Use the link on our home page to join the challenge!

Michelle


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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

November/December New Product Blog Hop

Let's take a look at products in our November/December Seasonal catalog! We have many talented Makers sharing their ideas and techniques for this hop. The blog before mine belongs to Katy Taylor. Click the link in each post to go to the next blog. You're going to love all the ideas you see! 

I'm in Christmas Card making mode these days so here is another with a very different look. I love Christmas Cards in non-traditional colors! I'm really loving the Distress Oxide inks and how they can be used on dark cardstock. The colors Distress Oxide colors I used were Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves and Tattered Rose. I used our new Merry Borders  stamp set on black cardstock to get this look. I first softened the background with a light blend of colors. I then simply stamped the images along the to edge of the cardstock and lower so it would be under the sentiment. 

Peace was cut from cardstock stamped with the stripes then die cut. I love how the word looks with the stripes. The small sentiment was stamped with the same ink. It looks better in person....trust me.

The sentiment is backed with a piece of Silver Foil cardstock. There is a Silver Foil frame that was die cut  with Stitched Rectangle Frames for the card, too. I also used some Stickles Silver to go around the black cardstock to cover any little gaps between it and the frame. A few Silver Glitter Gems later and the card was done!

Did you know we have a Value Pack of White Cards and Envelopes? We sure do and it makes card making very easy and economical!




You can make lovely borders with this stamp set! Some of them are attached so they make a nice border with open spots to fill in with other images. Use all the images like I did or just use one style. Either way you'll have a beautiful border for your cards and layouts!

If you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a Maker I'd love to have you on my team!

Have you heard about our new VIP Customer Program? Would you like 15% discount on each order? that's just the beginning of the perks you'll have as a VIP Customer! Click here to find out more and sign up today!  OH...... there is a huge bonus for signing up before December 31st!

Before you go..... be sure to sign up to follow my blog so you don't miss any great ideas! The link is in the right column.

Now it's time to hop over and see what Haley Dyer has to share with us. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Wildflower Cards

 The other night I was dreaming of creating this card while sleeping. I do that sometimes. How about you? Anyway, I woke up with a clear image and stamp set in mind and today I got to make it a reality!

I'm also sharing this with Heart 2 Heart Challenges for their card challenge.

I made it in two different colors and made a couple adjustments from one card to the other...just for fun. 


The purple card on the right is the one I saw in my dream. I wanted something simple in design for this cute little stamp set of wildflowers. Sometimes using a small image as your focal image is the way to go!


I used our TriBlend Markers to color the image. The marker have 3 shades of the color in the barrel which makes blending super easy! It's hard to tell in the photo but I added some clear shimmer to the flowers, too. I just wanted a thin bit of color around the layers, It helps to bring your eye in to the flower which is popped up with a bit of thin foam tape. 


For this card I made some changes to the first design just to show a bit of versatility. I made the outside layer of color larger and distressed the edge of the white layer with my scissors. Two little things but they give a nice look to the design. The flower is again painted with some clear shimmer. 

Close up of the flower.

Inside of card. Each was done like this using the color of the card.



Other Close To My Heart products used for this card.
  • Stamp Set: Birthday Borders (for the inside of the cards)
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Grape, Peacock
  • Exclusive Inks: Intense Black, Grape, Peacock
  • TriBlend Markers: Pink Violet Blend, Jade Green Blend, blue Turquoise Shades
  • Clear Shimmer Brush, Bitty Sparkles
  • Then 3D Foam Tape
If you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like yo BE a Maker I'd love to have you on my team!

Would you like a discount on all your orders? Would you like exclusive online events? Would you like exclusive product bundles? Would you like a FREE Stamp of the Month? If so then you want to be a VIP Customer! Click here to read about our new VIP Customer Program and then sign up! Right away you'll start earning the perks of being a VIP!

Before you go...... be sure to sign up to follow me blog so you don't miss any great ideas! The link is in the right column. 

Michelle 

#showandtellwithmichelle #ctmh #cardmaking

Monday, November 16, 2020

Snow Man Card ~ Atlantic Hearts Challenge

 Welcome to a new Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. This week we have a great sketch for you with lots of nice design details. I hope you join us because our Design Team loves seeing what you make!

I changed the design to a horizontal presentation. You can make slight changed to the sketch as long as we can still see the sketch design in your creation.

I had fun creating the little snow man scene in the circle. I used pops of red to create contrast with all the blue tones. The sequins and shiny banner are reflecting some pink but that is just from the lighting. The banner is holographic paper and changes with the way the light hits it. Very cool!




I used some Stickles on the snow bank and snowman, also in the center of the snow flakes. That sparkle ties in nicely with the glitter papers.



This is the stamp set I used to create my scene. Look at all the fun images! It's so much fun to create with!

Other Close To My Heart products used for this card.
  • Stamp Set: Z3896 Jingle Joy - Scrapbooking + Thin Cuts (sentiments)
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Paper Pack: X9021 Mix-in
  • Specialty Paper: Blue Belle Glitter, Scarlet Glitter, Dreamy Holographic
  • Cardstock: White Daisy
  • Exclusive Inks: Blue Belle, Scarlet, Black, Nectarine, Espresso
  • Thin Cuts: Scalloped Circle, Stitched Circle
  • Embellishments: Blue Belle Sequins, Stickles Waterfall
  • Thin 3D Foam Tape
If you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like yo BE a Maker I'd love to have you on my team!

Would you like a discount on all your orders? Would you like exclusive online events? Would you like exclusive product bundles? Would you like a FREE Stamp of the Month? If so then you want to be a VIP Customer! Click here to read about our new VIP Customer Program and then sign up! Right away you'll start earning the perks of being a VIP!

Before you go...... be sure to sign up to follow me blog so you don't miss any great ideas! The link is in the right column. 

Now it's your turn to create and share using the colors in the grid above. We love being inspired by you and can't wait to see what you create! Use the link on our home page to join the challenge.

Michelle


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All the Trimmings Card ~ Double Trouble Challenge

  I was asked to be a Guest Designer or Crazy Cousin as they are known at Double Trouble for this challenge. I felt honored and said an immediate yes! This is a fun challenge and I know you'll want to play along, too.

Here is information on the challenge.....

Thing 1: Trouble Maker: Select a direction in the grid to get started. Row, column or diagonal. After that if you want to include other squares on the grid you can.

Thing 3: Twisted Sister: Create a project with a greeting or sentiment. It can be any sentiment but you may want to use the partner's optional sentiments of Give Thanks/Thankful/Grateful.  

Thing 2: Double Dare: There is a special link with another challenge if you fit their requirements. Prizes are involved.

Ok so my direction started with the left column but by the time I was finished with my card I used all the  squares and I love how it turned out! I used TriBlend Markers to color the images. With three shades of color in each marker it's easy to blend and create depth. The plaid paper is embossed but hard to see in the photo. It was a fun card to make and I hope you like it. 

Close up showing the embossing on the plaid paper.

Inside of card.





Other Close To My Heart products used for this card.
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Paper Pack: Bloom with Grace
  • Specialty Paper: Desert Rose Glitter Paper
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Espresso
  • Exclusive Inks: Intense Black, Espresso, Fern, Desert Rose
  • TriBlend Markers: Coral Shades, Gold Yellow, Orange, Dull green, Fair Skin, Coral, Citrus
  • Embellishments: black Shimmer Brush, Rose Gold Sequins
  • Tools: Stitched Circles Embossing Folder, Thin 3D Foam Tape
If you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a Maker I'd love to have you on my team!

Be VIP Customer! When you are a VIP you get 15% shopping credit on every order! That is just the beginning! Click here to learn about all the perks and how to sign up!

Before you go...... be sure to sign up to follow my blog so you don't miss any great ideas! The link is in the right column. 

Check out the challenge are 
Double Trouble! I know you'll have fun playing along.

Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle
Crazy Cousin






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Sunday, November 15, 2020

"Inky Fingers" ~ Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Hop! Each month on the 15th we feature a technique to inspire you and help you step out of your box or just plain have fun! The blog before mine belongs to Cat Nowak. Click the link in each post to hop to the next blog. So sit back, relax and be prepared to be WOW'd!

I started by creating a soft stenciled look in the background. I used Distressed Oxide ink and a Mini Blending Tool. I wanted the stenciling to have a subtle look and love how it turned out. 

Next I used Distress Oxide ink to stamp the border of leaves on the left. The Merry Borders set comes with a lovely variety of leaves for creating a nice lush border. You can use them together like I did here, use a couple together or just one. I love this set! The sentiments that come with it are holiday themed but the other images all work for any occasion!

These cards have sentiments from the Operation Smile stamp set: Every Bit of Wonderful. For each set purchased Close To My Heart donates $7 to Operation Smile. They do facial surgeries for children around the world!


The size of the card is 3" x 6". I love the tall version of the card but decided it could also look good going horizontal....and it does!








Operation Smile stamp set

Other Close To My Heart products used for the cards.
If you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a Maker I'd love to have you on my team!

Have you heard about our new VIP Customer Program? Would you like 15% discount on each order? that's just the beginning of the perks you'll have as a VIP Customer! Click here to find out more and sign up today!  OH...... there is a huge bonus for signing up before December 31st!

Before you go..... be sure to sign up to follow my blog so you don't miss any great ideas! The link is in the right column.

Now it's time to hop over to see what Haley Dyer is sharing with us today! Have fun and thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

#showandtellwithmichelle #ctmh #cardmaking #techniquebloghop

Friday, November 13, 2020

Stencil Card ~ Color Dare #420

This week the Design Team at Color My Heart Color Dare is challenging you with a monochromatic color theme. We're using shades of orange but our Free colors are Black, White, all neutrals and metallics. Orange should be the stand out color of your project. Don't add any extra colors though!

You can make any paper craft you like! When you're ready use the link on our home page to join the challenge.

Orange is not a typical color for me to work with except for Fall type themes. That seemed too obvious so I did a theme other than Fall for my card. I decided it was time to put one of my new stencils to work and pulled out my orange stamp pads and got busy!

I love this pattern and did a two tone color with it. Nectarine is in the flower center with Paprika on the outer petals. It's a subtle shift in color and very soft looking. I inked the edges in black ink just to give definite edge to that layer without using cardstock. Finally, I used my Peach Shimmer Brush to spatter a light mist all over the flowers.

For the candle layer I stamped in black, colored the flame with a water brush and Nectarine ink. As a final touch I added Peach Shimmer to the flame for some sparkle. This was layered on a piece of cardstock cut with a Thin Cut die and trimmed off on the left edge of the card. Some black dots and the front was done.




Close up of the shimmer on the candles and card front.

Inside of card.



Other Close To My Heart products used for this card.
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Paprika
  • Exclusive Inks: Intense Black, Paprika, Nectarine
  • Thin Cut Dies: Stitched Simple Border
  • Peach Shimmer Brush, Black & White Dots
  • Tools: Mini Blending Tools, Water Brush
If you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a Maker I'd love to have you on my team.

Would you love to get a discount on every order? Would you love a FREE Stamp of the Month? Would you love exclusive online events and product bundles? You can have all of that and more by joining our VIP Customer Program! Join before December 31, 2020 for an special sign-on bonus!

Before you go..... be sure to sign up to follow my blog so you don't miss any great ideas! The link is in the right column.

Now it's your turn to create and share. We love seeing what you make!

Michelle

#showandtellwithmichelle #colordare #colormyheart #ctmh #colorchallenge

Floral Card ~ Color Dare #421

the Design Team at Color My Heart Color Dare has a Pick 3 Colors Challenge for you this week. All you have to do is pick AT LEAST 3 of the c...