Sunday, December 9, 2018

Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome to the December Joyful Stars blog Hop. This is an anything goes hop so you never know what you'll see on the hop! If you've come from Marie Flayer's blog you're doing fine. Just click the link in each post to go to the next blog.

I decided to share this shadow box I made recently. I was simple to make and really looks lovely. The photo just doesn't do it justice and please ignore the glare from the flash. 

My cricut got a bit of a workout cutting the leaf wreath and flowers. I did ink the edges of the wreath and that was about the most fussy part of the project. 



Close To My Heart products
  • Cricut Flower Market
  • Cardstock: Sweet Leaf, Canary, White Daisy, Fern, Black
Retired Papers: Fresh Air (background), Bronze Glitter Paper (leaves)

Let's go shopping!
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too. 

Now it's time to hop over and see what Betty Locco has created to inspire us. 

Thanks for hopping by. Have fun on the hop!

Michelle

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Soft and Pastel ~ Color Dare 323


Soft and Pastel Color Dare 323
Open through December 31, 2018

This is the last Color Dare of 2018! The Design Team at Color My Heart is challenging you to use soft and pastel colors for this color dare. You can make any paper craft you like. Full details are in the post on our home page.

I made this "just because" card because it's always nice to have a couple of these handy. The design is was inspired by a card made by Becca Whitham.

I started with our Love of Color Book for inspiration for a nice combo of pastel colors.
To keep it soft looking I stamped the outline image in 2nd generation ink. I love the look of the wood paper in the background. It makes it feel like the flowers are growing on a fence. I looped some Silver Thread and tucked it under the flower layers and added some Silver Glitter Gems to finish it off.





Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Bunches of Love
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Paper Pack: Seasonal Mix-in
  • Cardstock: Mint, White Daisy, Linen
  • Exclusive Inks: Ballerina, Mint, Charcoal
  • Love of Color Book
  • Embellishments: Silver Thread, Silver Glitter Gems
  • Thin 3D Foam Tape
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Are you feeling all soft and inspired now? Get out those pastel colors and create something to share with us. We LOVE seeing what you create!

Michelle

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Bright & Bold ~ Color Dare 322



BRIGHT AND BOLD CHALLENGE
Open through December 31, 2018

This is a challenge where you pick your own bold and bright colors to create any paper craft you like. I'm getting ready for some January birthdays so this seemed like a perfect combo to work with. I went to my Love of Color book for some color inspiration. In the back there is an alphabetical index of all the colors. When you get to the color pages you'll find color suggestions in 3, 4 & 5 combinations! I started out looking up Lemon. I found Raspberry and Bluebird were suggested in the 3 color combo. Perfect! I got busy stamping, paper cutting and assembling. I finished my cake with some Clear Shimmer Brush, texture paste and added some twine. But my favorite is the fringe at the bottom made with a die in the Decorative Borders Thin Cuts. For the sentiment inside I inked the stamp in Lemon then inked the top and bottom in the other two colors before stamping.





Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Fabulous Birthday
  • Paper Pack: Oh What Fun
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy
  • Exclusive Inks: Lemon, Raspberry, Bluebird
  • Embellishments: Opaque Matte Texture Paste, Raspberry Twine, Clear Shimmer Brush
  • Love of Color Book
  • Tools: Decorative Borders Thin Cuts, Palette Knife, thin 3D Foam Tape
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Now it's your turn to create something Bright and Bold! Full details are in the post on the Color My Heart home page. We can't wait to see what you create!

Michelle

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge


Today I'm sharing my project inspired by a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. The sketch is presented with cards in mind but I love showing how you can take the same idea and make it into a layout!

I love this photo of my granddaughter! Her personality shines through so I wanted to keep the rest of the layout clean and simple. Soft colors for the flowers taken from the colors in her clothing accent the photo just right. a few sparkles sprinkled about the layout are a nice touch, too. 


Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Bunches of Love
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Black
  • Exclusive Inks: Peach, Smoothie, Pebble, Charcoal
  • Paper Pack: Boutique, Hello Pumpkin
  • Embellishments: Mink Twine, Clear Sparkles, Bitty Sparkles
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check out Freshly Made Sketches. They have a lot of great sketches to get you started with your projects!

Michelle

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Picture My Life Cards ~ Color Dare 321


OPEN THROUGH THURSDAY,  DECEMBER 13TH


For this Color Dare I decided to use some of the Tis the Season Picture My Life cards because they are so pretty and work great for cards, too! I couldn't decide between these two cards so I used them both. I've included a photo of the Tis the Season paper pack so you can see what a beautiful collection of papers it really is. The PML cards can be seen in the lower right.

The Be Merry card uses all the colors in the Tic Tac Toe grid.
The Merry Christmas card uses the top row of colors plus White Daisy

I trimmed the cards down to the size I needed for my cards then got busy with cutting some layers and putting it all together. On the Be Merry card the scalloped edge was made with the Decorative Borders Thin Cuts. On the Merry Christmas card Merry Christmas was embossed with Red Glitter Powder and I brushed shimmer on the ribbon with the Red Shimmer Brush.






Close To My Heart products
  • Tis the Season Paper Pack
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Stamp Sets: This the Season - Cardmaking, Christmas Script
  • Exclusive Inks: Candy Apple, New England Ivy, Charcoal
  • Candy Apple Striped Ribbon
Also on the individual cards:

Be Merry Card
  • Specialty Paper: Gold Foil, Silver Foil
  • Thin Cuts: Decorative Borders
  • Embellishments: Silver Thread, Gold-flecked Gems, Silver Glitter Gems
  • Corner Rounder
Merry Christmas Card
  • Embossing: Red Glitter Powder, Versamark Pad, Heat Tool
  • Embellishments: New England Ivy Burlap Ribbon, Red Shimmer Brush
  • Thin 3D Foam Tape, Glue Dots
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Now it's your turn. We reference Close To My Heart colors but you can use whatever brand you have as long as the colors are a close match. Don't add any new colors to the palette. Neutral colors plus black and white are free. Create any paper craft you like and link to our Color My Heart home page. We can't wait to see what you create!

Michelle

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Fabulous Birthday Card!

Today I'm sharing a  card I made for several challenges. I love it when I can multitask!

Heart 2 Heart: Use the colors Sugarplum, Sapphire and Sage
Double Trouble: Thing 1- make a sweet treat, Thing 2 - use the Mood Board Thing 3 - any type of sparkly embellishment
Use Your Stuff: draw inspiration from their Mood Board. I used the cake idea.

Once I decided to go with the cake idea from the Mood Board (Thing 2 & Use Your Stuff) and to use the Fabulous Birthday stamp set, somehow the idea came to popped into my mind to show the stages of a cake (Thing 1). Well sort of. LOL I first measured out the compartments for my cake pieces and dry embossed a line to define the boxes. I got busy stamping the individual pieces of cake along with the finished cake on the right side. There is texture paste on the frosting then the candle flame and the frosting are covered in sparkly shimmer from the Clear and Sugarplum Shimmer Brushes (Thing3). The colors all come from the Heart 2 Heart challenge. They said you could add Neutrals so I added Pebble for the frosting.



Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Fabulous Birthday
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Exclusive Inks: Sugarplum, Sapphire, Sage, Pebble
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Sapphire
  • Embossing Tool with the Paper Trimmer
  • Shimmer Brushes: Clear, Sugarplum
  • Texture Paste: Matte with a Palette Knife
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Be sure to check out the Double Trouble, Heart2Heart and Use Your stuff. Challenges are FUN!

Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

#showandtellwithmichelle #ctmh #cardmaking #blogchallenges

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Boutique Card


Today I'm playing along with Freshly Made Sketches. Its a very nice sketch that lends itself to easy card making. I decided to use my Boutique paper pack since I haven't used it in a while. I love the colors in this pack! There is no stamping on this card because I made use of the Compliments that coordinate with the papers.  It was a quick card to make and I love how it turned out.




Close To My Heart products
  • Boutique Paper Pack and Compliments
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: Sugar Plum
  • Specialty Paper: Sugar Plum Glitter Paper
  • Sugar Plum Glitter Gems
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Thanks for stopping by. Come back often.

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Michelle

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