Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 2015 Stamp of the Month ~ Paper Garden

Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Hop! This month we have a beautiful stamp set called Paper Garden. Now, if you've arrived from Gina Brandstetter's blog you're on the right track. This is a big circle and all you have to do is click the link at the end of the post to continue with the hop! 
It's that easy!

I just couldn't wait to work with this stamp set! If you looked through my stamp drawer you'd find I'm very partial to flowers! I stamped the large image in 2nd generation ink to create a background. But I did something a little different while inking the stamp. I tapped it on the ink pad to make sure the image was completely inked. Then I pulled it across the pad to streak the ink and stamped it on the cardstock. The streaking gives a nice texture to the image. After that I stamped a smaller image in 1st and 2nd generation ink to create depth. The background layers are from the Paper Fundamentals packs. One side of each sheet has a glossy tone on tone pattern. The pattern on the opposite side is the same but has white with the color of the sheet. 


 

Here is the same design with different colors! What a difference changing the colors can make!






All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Cardstock: Colonial White, Kraft, White Daisy, Whisper
--Paper Fundamentals: Enchantment, Adventure, Whimsy
--Cards & Envelopes Value Pack: Colonial White, White Daisy
--Ink: Desert Sand, Hollyhock, Goldrush, Slate, Glacier, Sapphire
--Embellishments: Coral Shimmer Trim, Gold Sequins, Bitty Sparkles, Aqua Shimmer Trim, Enamel & Glitter Duo Blue Dots, Grey Enamel Gems

I'd love to be your consultant!



Now it's time for more inspiration! Hop over to see what  Chris Robertson has created on her blog.

Thanks for hopping by!
Michelle





Friday, August 28, 2015

Color Dare #157 ~ Pacifica, Sweet Leaf + Colonial White and Kraft

It's Friday and that means a new Color Dare! Color My Heart features a new color combo each Friday to inspire you in your creative endeavors! This week the Design Team is featuring Pacifica, Sweet Leaf with Colonial White and Kraft. If you don't have these exact colors use something as close as possible! Get your creative mojo on and join us!

I've made a standard sized card (4.25" x 5.5") with a Colonial White base. I dry embossed the Kraft CS and free hand cut a hole to look like a hole in a tree. I also lightly sponged a bit of Desert Sand ink across the raised lines to make them stand out a bit more.

For the large butterfly I sponged the base image with ink. I used sponge daubers and just tapped ink onto the stamp. After stamping that image, I inked the detail image with black ink and stamped over the solid image. The result is a beautiful butterfly! The small butterflies were stamped in Sweet Leaf, Pacifica and 2nd generations Pacifica. The large butterfly has 3D Foam Tape under the right wing so give a bit of dimension. The background was created with sponges and ink.


 

All products are Close To My Heart (click for image):
--Cardstock: Colonial White, Kraft
--Ink: Pacifica, Sweet Leaf, Black
--Embossing Folder: Woodgrain

I'd love to be your consultant!

Now it's time for you to create something and join the fun! Click here to check out what the other Design Team members have created to inspire you. Then check out the sidebar for details on how to join the color dare! It's a lot of fun!



Happy Stamping!
Michelle

Friday, August 21, 2015

Color Dare #156 ~ Goldrush, Hollyhock & Kraft + Colonial White

It's Friday and that means a new Color My Heart color dare! This week the colors are Hollyhock and Goldrush paired with Kraft and Colonial White. So I got to work and here is what I created!

I stamped a little garden of flowers in 1st and 2nd generation inks. Then I layered in on some Kraft cardstock layers with Paper Fundamental paper in between. I couldn't decide if I liked the Hollyhock or Goldrush Fundaments better than the other....so I used them both! I split the layer and used each color on half of that layer. You can see I used the tone on tone side with the glossy pattern. The other side has the same pattern but with white. 

I also used the Triangle Border Punch and backed it with Coral Shimmer Trim. Next was some sequins from the retiring Coral Reef pack and Bitty Sparkles. Viola! It was done!



All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Stamps: Shower Flowers, Just To Say (Artfully Sent Collection)
--Cardstock: Colonial White, Kraft
--Paper Fundamentals: Enchantment, Adventure
--Ink: Hollyhock, Goldrush, Desert Sand
--Punch: Triangle Border Punch
--Embellishments: Coral Shimmer Trim, Coral Reef Sequins (R), Bitty Sparkles

(R) = retiring Aug 31, 2015

Don't forget to check the Retiring Items and While Supplies Last sections, too!

Now it's your turn to create something to share! If you don't have the exact colors use something close. This color dare will be open until Thursday at 9:00pm CDT. 
Details on how to join the color dare are in the sidebar of the Color My Heart home page. Don't forget to check out what the other design team members have shared!



Michelle

Friday, August 14, 2015

Color Dare #155 ~ Canary, Glacier, Slate, Sorbet, Pear, Whisper + White

This is a very exciting Color Dare because we are doing a sneak peek on a NEW paper pack from the soon to be released Annual Inspirations Book!

This new paper pack is called Zoe and it's SO pretty! There are so many great colors and patterns to use on your projects. I made a card that uses 3 of the 6 patterns in the pack. It also includes a frame from the August Stamp of the Month called....Framed! The flowers come from the Lovely Birthday stamp set. Did you notice the new color of Shimmer Trim? It's called Coral and it's so very pretty.

Zoe is available NOW along with all the embellishments that go with it. I'll include a link so you can see these products as well.



All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Stamp Sets: Lovely Birthday, Framed (Stamp of the Month available Aug. 1-31)
--Zoe paper pack -- NEW
--Ink: Sorbet, Glacier, Pear

Not shown but also available:

Don't forget to check the Retiring and While Supplies Last sections, too!

Now it's your turn to create something for this color dare. If you don't have the exact colors use something close. This color dare will close on Thursday at 9:00 pm CDT. Details on how to join are in the sidebar of the Color My Heart home page. Check out what the other Design Team members have to inspire you, too!



Thanks for stopping by
Michelle

Friday, August 7, 2015

Color Dare #154 ~ Smokey Plum + White Daisy

Welcome to this week's Color My Heart color dare! 
Each Friday our Design Team challenges you with a color palette. This week it's Smokey Plum with White Daisy! I love Smokey Plum and it goes so well with the clean and crisp White Daisy.

I made a standard sized top fold card (5.5" x 4.25"). I love these small flowers from the Happy Autumn stamp set. This set will be retiring at the end of August, so if you like it get it now! 

I stamped the flowers and layered on cardstock, but on the card base I did a little distressing. First I dry embossed the lines around the outside of the card base using my dry embossing tool and paper trimmer. Next I used the sanding block to lightly sand the raised lines and show the white core of the cardstock. The Happy Birthday is stamped in White Daisy pigment ink. Remember pigment ink takes longer to dry. I had the time so I let it dry overnight. If you want a quicker fix, use your craft heater to dry it or clear emboss over it. 



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

(R) = retiring August 2015

Don't forget to check out the Retired Items and While Supplies Last sections, too!



Now it's your turn! If you don't have the exact colors use something close. Click here to see what the other Design Team members created to inspire you. This color dare is open until Thursday at 9:00pm CDT. Now go on....get your mojo going and join the fun!

Have a great day!
Michelle

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Artistry Blog Hop

Welcome to the Artistry Blog Hop, a special hop from the Stamp of the Month group of consultants. Artistry is our newest Cricut cartridge! There is SO much to love about Artistry! Now, this is a hop so if you've arrived from Jean McNulty's blog you're on the right track. Just keep clicking on the links to continue on the hop for tons of great ideas!

I just love the images with the dogs, so I decided to make a layout of our dog, Jasper with my granddaughter, Rylee. She loves Jasper so much and he is so good with her....patient and tolerant of all the silly stuff she does to him. 

The paper is from the new Zoe paper pack. I love this houndstooth pattern. It's so versatile! The images from Artistry are the bone border (backed with Shimmer Trim), hydrant, dogs and the best pals image. Some embellishing and journalling around some photos and it was done!

By the way the new Artistry Cricut Cartridge and Zoe papers are available now! Plus, the Artistry Collection includes 3 exclusive stamp sets AND a paper pack that includes the NEW COLORS!







All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Cardstock: Champagne, Thistle, Lagoon, Canary
--Embellishments: Teal Shimmer Trim, Aqua Dots, Journaling Pen, Oceanside Sequins (R)

(R) = Retiring August 31, 2015


Now it's time to see more ideas using Artistry! 
Krista Hershberger is next up in the Artistry Hop!


Thanks for hopping by!
Michelle

Sunday, August 2, 2015

TWO August Specials ~ Get Organized! PLUS Early Release of NEW Paper Pack AND NEW Cricut Artistry!

August is a very exciting month at Close To My Heart!
There is so much going on be sure to read to the end of this post for all the information!

First off, you can get FREE product when you order one or both of the NEW items below!
Want to get your accessories organized? This roll-up will make it easy! Craft accessories or non-craft accessories...it does't matter! When you order the Accessory Roll-Up you will receive two of the NEW Base & Bling style sheets FREE! You'll be prompted at check out to add them to your cart.


Our other NEW organizer is the Marker Roll-up. Keep your marker together and easy to store or transport. When you order the Marker Roll-up you will receive a brand NEW stamp set called Balloon Wishes FREE!


ARTISTRY Cricut Collection is available NOW!
That's right! Close To My Heart is releasing the newest Cricut Collection in August instead of making you wait until the new Annual Inspirations goes live Sept. 1st! In the collection you'll receive the cartridge with 700 great images, 3 exclusive stamp sets AND a paper pack that includes the 7 NEW COLORS!

There's still more! Close To My Heart is also doing an early release of the Zoe papers, Accessories, Compliments, Workshop on the Go AND Zoe in Studio J! Here is a look at the papers but if you click on the Zoe link you'll see all the other Zoe items available now! Wow!


I think it's time to go shopping, don't you?!!!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Happy shopping!

Michelle