Friday, July 24, 2015

Color Dare #152 ~ Cranberry & Canary + Slate & White Daisy

Yea! It's a new color dare from Color My Heart

Each week the Design Team challenges you with a new set of colors to create with. This week it's Cranberry, Canary + Slate and White Daisy. If you don't have the exact colors just use something close. It's a lot of fun so come on and join us! 

I've created a standard size side fold card (5.5" x 4.25"). I sprayed a background using reinkers with some water in a spray pen. I love how it fills the background but doesn't over power it. The yellow and bottom red flower are popped up with 3D Foam Tape and that gives some texture as well.The red flowers are 2nd generation stamped. That means you ink your image, stamp on scrap paper then stamp directly on your cardstock before inking again. This gives a softer look to the image. The center of the yellow flower is 1st generation Cranberry so you can see the big difference it can make.


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

(R) = Retiring Aug. 2015

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


Now it's your turn! Get your creative mojo going and join us in the Color Dare Challenge. Click here to see what the Design Team has created to inspire you. Details on how to join us are in the sidebar. This color dare will be open until Thursday at 9:00pm CDT. We'd LOVE to see your artwork! 


Have a creative day!
Michelle

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Use Your Stash Blog Hop ~ Red, White & Blue

How is YOUR stash looking? Want to use some of it up? I love the monthly Use Your Stash Blog Hop as it encourages me to use what I have....and isn't that the point after all?!!

If you came from Sheila Bennett's blog you're on the right path. Just click the link at the bottom of the page to continue on the hop.

So the theme this month is a patriotic Red, White & Blue! 
I dug into my stash and found some fun red, white and blue items to create with!

First, the card base comes from our Value Pack. You can get 50 cards with envelopes in White Daisy or Colonial White for only $14.95! Now that's a deal! The next layer comes from the Paper Fundamentals - Adventure pack. The fun thing about this paper pack is that you get the same pattern on both side with one side having a glossy pattern.



All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Stamp Sets: Joyful Birthday (R), Charming Chevrons (R)
--White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
--Cardstock: White Daisy, Cranberry, Outdoor Denim, Paper Fundamentals-Adventure
--Ink: Cranberry, Outdoor Denim
--Embellishments: Red Heart, Green & Blue Epoxy Bubbles (R)
--Edge Distresser
--3D Foam Tape

Don't forget to check out the Retiring Items and While Supplies Last sections while shopping!

Now it's time to hop over and see what Wendy Kessler has to share.
Thanks for hopping by!

Michelle

Friday, July 17, 2015

Color Dare #151 ~ Glacier, Lagoon, Pear, Hollyhock, Sorbet, Desert Sand + Colonial White

It's Friday so that means a new Color My Heart color dare! The colors this week are from the Seaside paper pack. They are Glacier, Lagoon, Pear, Hollyhock, Sorbet, Desert Sand and Colonial White.
It's easy to join the color dare challenge. You can create anything you like as long as you use the the colors listed. If you don't have those exact colors you can substitute something close.

This is a standard sized top fold card. I cut the card base out of Desert Sand cardstock. The stamp image was stamped in Desert Sand pigment ink and clear embossed. I colored the flower using a blending pen and ink lifted from the lid of the ink pad. The background paper is from the Seaside paper pack. The sparkly banner is actually Lagoon Shimmer Trim. It looks blue here so I guess my lighting wasn't very good when I took the photo. Trust me...it's Lagoon. The other two banners are Washi Tape. After adding some bling the card was done!




All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Cardstock: Desert Sand, Colonial White
--Ink: Pear, Hollyhock, Sorbet, Lagoon, Desert Sand Pigment Ink
--Embellishments: Bitty Sparkles, Clear Small Sparkle Flourish (R), Washi Tape Lagoon Hearts (R), 
Boardwalk (R), Lagoon Shimmer Trim.

(R( = Retiring Aug 31, 2015

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



Now it's your turn to create something with the color dare colors! Details on how to join us are in the sidebar of the Color My Heart home page. This color dare will close Thursday at 9:00pm CDT.
Don't forget to check what the Design Team created to inspire you!

Michelle

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July ~ Jump On It Blog Hop

It's time for another special hop from the Stamp of the Month Consultants! 
Close To My Heart is offering a really great deal this month and you don't want to miss out!

If you've hopped over from Nikka Geers' blog you're on the right track. Just keep clicking the links to continue on the hop!

So back to the Jump On It deal for July! During this month with only a $25 order of stamps, you can get the Stamp of the Month FREE ......OR.....chose any one of the Hostess Rewards sets for only $5! Thats right....get a Hostess Rewards set without hosting a gathering. Hostess Reward sets are featured in Annual Inspirations (pages 5-10) and Seasonal Expressions 2 (pages 4-5).

I created this layout using Picture My Life cards from the Chantilly collection. This is an easy way to scrapbook! You can use our pocket page protectors to slip in the cards and your photos and ..... voila....you're done! BUT... you can also use them in traditional scrapbooking and paper crafting projects, too!

The bird and butterflies are from the Hostess Reward set called Paper Bird. There is also a heart image and I stamped that under the butterfly on the right. The bird and butterflies are paper-pieced to give a 3D texture. I simply stamped them twice and cut out wings to place on top of the base image using a piece of 3D Foam on one end to pop it up. I also used the Stamp of the Month: Life is Wonderful in the upper left corner. To pull colors together I stamp rolled the word Wonderful. After adding some embellishments it was done!



All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Picture My Life Program: Chantilly (R)
--Cardstock: White Daisy, Juniper
--Inks: Slate, Cotton Candy, Juniper
--Embellishments: Clear Sparkles, Flamingo Dots, Oceanside Sequins (R), Bitty Sparkles, Pixie Extra Thick Twine, Mini Stapler, Small Sparkle Flourish (R), Journal Pen

(R) = retiring Aug 31, 2015
Don't forget to check out the Retiring Items and While Supplies Last sections!


Now it's time to hop over to Kathleen Androlewicz' blog for more ideas!

Thanks for hopping by!

Michelle

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Simple Shadows

 Welcome to our monthly Technique Hop! This month we are featuring Simple Shadows which can be found on page 102 of our 2015 Annual Inspirations Book. It's quite simple but adds a real bang to your artwork!

If you've arrived from Melissa David's blog you're on the right track. Just click the links at the end of the post to continue to the next stop on the hop.

For this hop I created a layout with some photos from last summer's family reunion. My daughter, son-in-law and grandkids traveled from out East to the Mid-West and we had a blast all weekend long!

Here I combined some B & T paper from two different My Reflections paper packs. The brown triangle pattern is from Jackson and the other two are from Seaside. Our Close To My Heart Cricut Artbooking cartridge was used to create the trees and words. The trees were dry embossed using the Diamond Embossing folder to give them some texture. For the overall pattern I used our How-To Book called Reflections. It's on page 35, Bottom Border-Tittle. TIP: When putting the trees and words together I find it works best to dot Liquid Glass on the pieces as the adhesive to glue them together and to adhere to the project. Both the trees and words are "shadowed" and you can see how that little bit of shadow really makes them stand out and pop!




All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--How-To Book: Reflections
--Cricut Artbooking
--Cardstock: Colonial White, Smoothie, Pear, Barn Red
--Paper Packs: Seaside (R) , Jackson (R)
--Embossing Folder: Diamond
--Embellishments: Durables Triangle Studs

(R) = retiring Aug. 31, 2015

Don't forget to check out the Retiring Items and While Supplies Last sections for some fantastic deals!

Now it's time to hop over to Haley Dyer's blog for more ideas! 

Thanks for hopping by!

Michelle

Friday, July 10, 2015

Why I Do This.....


Take a look and see how wonderful preserving memories can be. Close To My Heart is a fantastic company and has taught me SO much about scrapbooking. I love sharing all I've learned and continue to learn!
 I LOVE being a Close To My Heart consultant!

Michelle

Color Dare #150 ~ Sunset, Sweet Leaf + Slate & White Daisy

Welcome to a new color dare from Color My Heart. Each Friday morning we go live with a new color challenge. You can make anything you want, you just need to use only the specified colors. If you don't have the exact colors you can substitute something close. It's A LOT of fun!

This week our colors are Sunset, Sweet Leaf + Slate and White Daisy. I wanted to make a 3D item this week and dove into my Close To My Heart Cricut booklets. I decided on this cute and tropical looking gift box. It's about 3" tall and perfect for some little goodies.


For the tag I used Tagged With Love which is a Hostess Set. BUT, during the month of July only, you can receive a Hostess Set for only $5 with when you buy $25 in stamps! OR you can chose the July Stamp of the Month instead of a Hostess Set!The qualifying Hostess Sets are in the Annual Inspirations or Seasonal 2 books. All of the Hostess Sets will be retiring Aug, 31st. If you have your eye on any of them NOW is the time to get in on this deal!


The gift box was cut from the Artiste Cartridge. The purple images in the lower right are the ones for this gift box.


The tag was cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge. The image in the lower left is for this tag.


All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Cricut: Art Philosophy, Artiste
--Stamp Set: Tagged With Love-Hostess Set (R)
--Ink: Sunset, Sweet Leaf, Slate
--Cardstock: Sunset, Sweet Leaf, White Daisy
--Embellishments: Slate Twist Tie (R), Clear Sparkles

(R) = retiring Aug 31, 2015

Not Close To My Heart:
--small hole punch

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Now it's your turn! This color dare closes Thursday 9:00pm CDT. 
Come and join the fun!
Click here for details on how to join. It's in the sidebar of our home page.

Michelle