Friday, July 28, 2017

Color Dare #254 ~ Blossom, Emerald, Lemon, Poppy, Sapphire, Sea Glass, Sorbet, Tangerine, White

You know what day it is? It's FRIDAY and that means a new color dare challenge from the Design Team at Color My Heart! This week we're inspiring you to use colors from the Prickly Pear palette. It's a lot of colors but don't worry you only need to use at least 4 of them.

This paper and the "go with" stamp sets are SO cute and fun to create with! The fun part about this set is that it has matching Thin Cuts and you know what that means....no fussy cutting!

This card is called a Double Z Fold and it's very easy to make! No really, it is! You start with your base cut to 4 1/4" x 11". Fold it in half then fold the top layer back on itself. There you go! Now you need the narrow strip and you do the same thing. Mine is 1 1/4" x 11" but  you can make it however tall you want it to be. After you've folded the two pieces decorate your card and the strip. See, I told you it was easy! HINT: When coloring with the markers the Tender Pink was a bit too bright for the Blossom color in this palette. I colored on top of the Tender Pink with Lt. Orange and it's a much better match!




All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Prickly Pear paper and sequins
  • Stamp Sets: Prickly Pear Cardmaking, This & That
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Sapphire
  • Exclusive Inks: Slate
  • ShinHan Markers: Carmine, Vivid Green, Golden Yellow, Tender Pink, Lt. Orange, Marigold
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!

Ok, have I inspired you to create something to share using this color palette? Remember, you only need to use at least 4 of the colors. Check out the details on how to share in the post on our home page. Click on "Current Challenge" and it will take you directly to the post! Can't wait to see what you create!




Happy Creating!
Michelle

#colordare #colormyheart #closetomyheart #cardmaking

Friday, July 21, 2017

Color Dare #253 ~ Poppy, Tangerine, Willow Glacier, Slate and White....optional Gold

Welcome to the Color My Heart color challenge. We do a weekly challenge and pick the colors to get you started. If you don't have the exact colors you may substitute something close so you can still play along. But don't add any new colors to the palette! Each Friday you'll find a new color challenge so come back often!

For this challenge I used a sketch and papers from a couple different packs. The flower was created by making a water color wash on Watercolor Paper. Then I stamped on top where I wanted the colors to be positioned and cut it out. The little sparkled inside the sequins are clear so I used a marker to color them.



inside of card
I used this sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.



All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Papers: Prickly Pear, Uptown, Gold Glitter, Watercolor
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Stamp Sets: Keep Dreaming, This & That
  • Exclusive Inks: Slate
  • Water Colors with a Water Brush
  • ShinHan Marker: Carmine
  • Embellishments: Prickly Pear Sequins, Clear Sparkles, Bitty Sparkles
  • This 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 and share! We LOVE seeing what you create and how you use the colors this week. Full details on how to link to our home page are in the post for this week. Click on "Current Challenge" on the Color My Heart home page for the details. 




Have fun creating!
Michelle

#colordare #colormyheart #closetomyheart #cardmaking

Saturday, July 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Fun with Stencils


Welcome to the monthly Technique Blog Hop! This month we're showing you how fun it can be using stencils. Whether you buy a stencil or make your own it's a lot of fun and gives you a new way to color your images.

If you're coming from Annemarie Julian's blog you're on the right path. Just keep clicking on the links in each post to go to the next blog.

I used Cricut Flower Market to make stencils for my card. Simply pick out the image you like, size it, ungroup it then print with extra space around the cuts. You can see my stencils in the photo below. When using the stencil I inked with sponge daubers. HINT: to help keep your stencil in place put a couple small dots of our glue stick on the back of the stencil and let it air dry. When dry it works like a sticky note and will hold in place then lift right off. After stenciling I used a journal pen to do some outlining just to give a bit of definition. The flower layer is popped up with 3D foam tape and wrapped in the ribbon. I wove one ribbon through the other for a fun look. Some bling and shimmer on the flowers and it was done!




All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Cricut Flower Market
  • Stamp set: So Many Smiles
  • Exclusive Inks: Pixie, Raspberry, Sweet Leaf, Black
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Pixie, Raspberry
  • Tools: Sponge Dauber, Thin 3D Foam Tape, Mini Glue Dots, Journal Pen
  • Embellishments: Bitty Sparkles, Clear Shimmer Brush, Rustic Home Ribbon, White and Gold Ribbon
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 Cat Nowak created to inspire us. 
I hope you enjoy the hop and feel inspired to give stencils a try!

Have a creative day!
Michelle

#closetomyheart #techniquehop #cardmaking #cricutflowermarket

Friday, July 14, 2017

Color Dare #252 ~ Emerald, Sea Glass, Raspberry with White and Black...optional Silver


Welcome to our newest Color My Heart color dare challenge!
This week we're challenging you with the very pretty colors of Emerald, Sea Glass, Raspberry with White, Black and optional Silver. Don't worry if you don't have an exact color. You can substitute something close. BUT, don't add any new colors! Full details are in the post on our home page.

I wanted to keep it simple with the design and really make the colors pop! I love this ombre paper from Prickly Pear and felt it was perfect for the Emerald and Sea Glass colors. The Raspberry really stands out against the greens and looks great with the Shimmer I painted on the letters. Some bling and hand doodled lines and it was finished!






All products are Close To My Heart:
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Prickly Pear Paper Pack
  • Cardstock: Raspberry
  • Journal Pen
  • Embellishments: Clear Shimmer Pen, Silver Sequins, Clear Sparkles
  • Glue Pen
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 and share using the color dare colors for this week. We LOVE to see your creations so get busy and create! Check out the details on our home page.

Have a great day!
Michelle

#colordare #colormyheart #closetomyheart #cardmaking

Monday, July 10, 2017

Blast From the Past Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampaganza hop from the Stamp of the Month Consultants. This hop focuses on the July Special from Close To My Heart. 
If you've come from Haley Dyer's blog then you're on the right path. Just keep clicking on the links in each post to go on to the next blog. Easy Peasy!


The special for July is Buy 2 Stamp Sets Get 1 Free! When you buy two stamp sets, you can get a third set of equal or lesser value FREE! Choose from any stamp set in the current idea book plus a collection of popular sets that have been brought back for this month only!

For my sample I decided to use the March Word Puzzle set. You can see the images in the 2nd flyer. There are so many fun sets to pick from, how will you choose? Hint: 2 sets = 1 free, 4 sets = 2 free, 6 sets = 3 free and so on! 





All products are Close To My House:
  • March Word Puzzle
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, New England Ivy
  • Exclusive Inks: New England Ivy, Fern, Raspberry, Pixie
  • Adventure Fundamentals Paper Pack
  • Adventure Fundamentals Ribbon
  • Pink Enamel 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!

Now it's time to go hop over to see what Brenda Lapp has created. Thanks for hopping by!

Michelle

#closetomyheart #cardmaking #julyspecial #stampaganza

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Joyful Stars Blog Hop ~ July




Welcome to the July blog hop with the Joyful Stars group! If you've come from
  Marie Flayer's blog then you're on the right path. Just keep clicking on the links to
go to the next blog.

For this hop I decided to make a card with motion. It's called a Peek-a-Boo Card and is SO much fun!  It might seem a bit confusing at first but there is a great video on You Tube that is a really good tutorial with dimensions, too! Click here for the video by Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.

In the video Dawn says you need to use two 8 1/2" x 11" sheets of cardstock. Since I only have
12" x 12" cardstock I used that and only needed one sheet. As you open the card, part of the cardstock slides on top of the image to reveal a new image. I followed her directions and came up with a really fun card! Give it a try because it's so much fun!

Hint: I used the Carmine marker to color the clear sparkle so it matched the color theme. I also used a touch of watercolor pencil and a water brush to go over the shadow areas of the bear.




All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp Set: Jack Cardmaking
  • Paper Pack: Jack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Whisper
  • Specialty Paper: Black Glitter Paper
  • Exclusive Inks: Black, Ruby, 
  • Watercolor Pencils
  • Water Brush, Carmine ShinHan Marker
  • Embellishments: Uptown Ribbon, Silver Sequins, Clear 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!

Now it's time to be inspired by the artwork on Debi Brile's blog. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

#closetomyheart #cardmaking #cardsthatmove 

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