Friday, May 29, 2015

Color Dare #144 ~ Juniper, Canary, Ruby + White

This week the Color My Heart Design Team is challenging you with the colors : Juniper, Canary and Ruby + White. I decided to ink up my Dizzy Circles stamp set and give it a try! I didn't have any real plan about how I wanted to place the circles. I just kind of went ahead and stamped! Then I added some bling to the circles. For once I thought to offset the image layer on the card base. I don't do that very often. I guess most of the time I'm  a "line it up straight" kind of girl. 



All products are Close To My Heart:
--Dizzy Circles stamp set
--White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
--Ink: Juniper, Canary, Ruby
--Cardstock: Ruby
--Embellishments: Pink Glitter Gems, Clear Sparkles

I'd love to be your consultant!

There is still time to join this Color Dare. It will be open until Thursday at 9:00pm CDT. If you don't have the exact colors just use something close. Come on.... get your stamping groove on and join us. It's easy! We've already got you started with the colors!

Click here to see what the other Design Team members have to inspire you with!


Friday, May 22, 2015

Color Dare #143 ~ Black, White & Gold or Flaxen

I loved doing this week's color dare! I knew the colors of Black, White and Gold could make a stunning contras with each other! Here is what I came up with for the Color My Heart Color Dare.

The flowers are stamped in 2nd generation black ink and the spikes on the flower are 1st generation black ink. I placed Gold Shimmer Trim behind the centers that I cut out with an exacto knife. The Gold Shimmer Trim was also used for the layer under the flowers. I just lined a piece of cardstock around the outside edges. HINT: when you can't find your pack of Brown & Tan Glitter Paper even though you KNOW it's around somewhere....Gold Shimmer Trim can step in and take care of things for you! The top two layers are popped up with some 3D Foam and finally I added some Black Sparkles.  It's a quick card to make....not counting all the time I searched for my Glitter Paper.



All products are Close To My Heart:
--Blossom WOTG stamp set
--White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
--Black cardstock and Exclusives Ink pad
--Gold Shimmer Trim
--Black & Grey Sparkles
--3D Foam

I'd love to be your consultant!


Now head on over to see what the other Design Team members have to share. Click here to go to the Color My Heart home page. The details for joining us are in the sidebar. If you don't have the exact colors don't worry. Just use something close. This color dare will be open until Thursday at 9:00pm CDT. Come and join the fun!

Michelle

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Use Your Stash: If You Stamp It They Will Love It!

This month for the Use Your Stash blog hop we're being challenged to use a stamp set we haven't used yet. I looked through my sets and discovered I hadn't used the stamp set from the Brushed Workshop On the Go kit! Well, it's been used now!

If you've come from Paige Dolecki's blog you're on the right track. Just click the link at the end of the post to continue on the hop!



Almost everything on this card is included in the Brushed Workshop on the Go kit! Included items are: Brushed papers and cardstock, exclusive Brushed stamp set, Brushed Accessories, Topiary Washi Tape.

All products are Close To My Heart: click to see image
--Brushed Workshop on the Go
--White Cards & Envelopes Value pack
--Inks: Pixie, Black Archival
--ShinHan Leaf Green marker
--Sponge (to ink the edges)

I'd love to be your consultant!

We're also supposed to talk about how we store our stamp sets. I have mine in IRIS plastic drawer units. They are just the right size and width to fit the Close To My Heart stamp sets. Each drawer is wide enough for single rows of stamp sets and can fit about 25 or so per drawer. I file all my stamp sets according to the letter/number of the stamp set.

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

Michelle


Friday, May 15, 2015

Color Dare #142 ~ Glacier, Lagoon, Pear, Smoothie, Sunset & White

Don't you just love these colors! They are the colors from the Blossom paper pack and work so well with these photos!  It's almost as if I took the photos knowing I would one day have papers that went this well! Let's take a look at what I did for the Color My Heart color dare this week!

 This is pattern #7 from our Make It From Your Heart Vol. 1 book. All the work is done for you! I just picked the paper patterns and used the cutting guide from the book. The frame you see on the left page is from the My Crush Book - In the Pink. I took out that page, cut out the frame and there you go! The word "Maui" is Cricut - CTMH Aristocrat and cut on paper from the kit. Flowers were colored with ShinHan markers. The Glacier twine is stapled at each end to hold it on the layout.




All products are Close To My Heart: click to see image
--Stamp Set: Wavy Blooms
--Cricut
--ShinHan Markers: Marigold, Peacock Green, Turquoise Blue, Leaf Green
--Embellishments: Aqua Dots, Gold Glitter Gems, Clear Sparkles, Oceanside Sequins, Glacier Extra Thick Twine, 3D Foam

I'd love to be your consultant!


Now it's time to go see what the other Design Team members have to inspire you. Click here to go to the Color My Heart home page. Details on how to join us are in the sidebar. Don't have the exact colors? Don't worry....just use something close. Come join us! It's tons of fun! You have until Thursday at 9:00 pm CDT before this color dare closes.

Have a creative day!
Michelle

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - A Bit of Blot

 It's time for another Technique Hop challenge! This month we have 12 consultants sharing ideas on this theme which is all about blots! See page 55 in our Annual Expressions book.

If you're coming from Melissa David's blog you're on the right path. Just click on the link at the end of this post to continue on the hop.

So...what is a blot you ask? In this case its what you can do with an ink pad, acrylic block and spritzer! You can put in on the block directly from the ink pad as I did here. Or you can use a sponge dauber to pat ink on the block. Then you spritz it with water in our Spray Pen and stamp! Its that easy and you can make so many things this way. Here I've made backgrounds for flowers. I used a 1" x 1" block to create the background of the flower. Next I stamped the spike image on top to finish the flower. You get such unique looks this way! For the butterflies I used the stamp rolling technique. I first inked in Canary the tapped the edges on the Cotton Candy ink pad and stamped! As long as you go from a light to dark ink you won't contaminate your ink pads. Oh...for the Happy Birthday message I curved the stamp to fit around the 4 You image. Thats one of the great things about acrylic stamps!



All products are Close To My Heart:
--Blossom stamp set from WOTG, Your Own Kind of Wonderful (butterfly)
--Cardstock: Gypsy
--Acrylic blocks: 1"x1", 2"x2"
--Spray Pen with water
--Washi Tape: Boardwalk, Carnival

Let's go shopping!
If you don't have one, I'd love to be your consultant!

Now it's time to hop over and see what Lisa Plummer has to share. 
Thanks for hopping by. 


Have fun hopping!
Michelle


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Video ~ His and Hers: A Book for Both


Close To My Heart’s My Crush™ books make great homes for your memorabilia! They come with a variety of beautifully designed papers and provide just the right backdrop for your keepsakes. See them for yourself!


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Color Dare #141: Glacier, Olive, Hollyhock, Chocolate & Kraft

This week's Color My Heart color dare brings a color option in the line up. You can use Chocolate or Cocoa. 

First of all, let me apologize for the lighting in the photo. It doesn't do the card justice or show the true colors that were used. So go by my description more than the photo when it comes to the colors.

I started by embossing with the Honeycomb folder but inked the inside with Cocoa ink first. That gave me the color in the grooves to contrast with the Kraft cardstock. Then I stamped images from the Finding the Words stamp set in the dare colors. The Glacier ink is hard to see in the photo, but its there! The message layer is Olive, Hollyhock and a Kraft banner with the message stamped in Cocoa and the banner edges sponged in Cocoa, too. I added some Brown Sparkles on each end of the banner to finished it off.


All products are Close To My Heart:
--Stamp Set: Finding the Words
--Inks: Cocoa, Olive, Hollyhock, Glacier
--Cardstock: Kraft, Olive, Hollyhock
--Sponge Dauber
--Brown Sparkles
--Honeycomb embossing folder*

*used with a Cuttlebug machine

I'd love to be your consultant!

Come join the fun! Click here to go to Color My Heart home page and see what the other Design Team members have to share. Then get out your inks, papers, etc and do some creating! Details on how to join the color dare are in the sidebar. It's easy and FUN! This color dare will be open until Thursday at 9:00pm CDT. 

Happy Creating!
Michelle