Friday, January 17, 2020

Family Heritage Layout ~ Color Dare #377 Tic Tac Toe

It's our first Tic Tac Toe Challenge of 20209 and these colors are fantastic! Pick your colors by column, row or diagonal. Then if you want you can add some of the other colors in the grid or even use them all! However, the rule is that you DO NOT add any extra colors although Black and White are free to use. If you enter more than one challenge please make sure your colors fit out challenge so you won't be disqualified.

We reference Close To My Heart colors but you're free to use any brand you have as long as you can make a VERY CLOSE color match. Make any paper craft you like and link to our home page.

For my project I decided to make a layout of my great grandparents. They immigrated from Ireland and settled in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I wish I could have met them but I've enjoyed hearing the stories over the years.

I used our fantastic new paper pack called Spruced Up. I love the colors and patterns. Have you noticed our papers have some patterns that are theme specific but others that can be used for any occasion? It's true! You can also get a paper pack with or without a coordinating sticker sheet of images! There are also options for workshops, PML Cards, Accessories, etc. Be sure to check it all out!

My colors were selected from the upper left to bottom right diagonal: Fern, Gold, Sangria and added the colors of Espresso, French Vanilla and Julep. I love the richness of these colors! I decided to go with a simple design by accenting the corners in order to have a 5" x 7" photo be highlighted in the middle of the page. I used French Vanilla as my base. It's a softer version of white and goes so well with the other colors. The green strips are actually Zip Strips that are on the top of each paper in the pack. I inked up the branches in Julep then rolled the edges in Fern ink for a two tone effect. The birds were stamped in Espresso and colored with a watercolor pencil. Next I used a water brush to blend the pencil color. All the images have a coordinating Thin Cut die so no fussy cutting here! I also added some gold splatters with a shimmer brush and a few gems.

Close up of lower right of page. 

Close To My Heart products

  • Stamp Set: Spruced Up + Thin Cuts
  • Paper Pack: Spruced Up
  • Cardstock: French Vanilla, Sangria, Julep
  • Exclusive Inks: Espresso, Fern, Julep
  • Embellishments: Gold Shimmer Brush, Gold Glitter Gems
  • Tools: Watercolor Pencils, Water Brush, Journal Pen
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I'd love to have you on my team!

Now it's  your turn to create and share! Make any paper craft you like but remember to use only colors like in the grid! Don't add any extra colors!

Full details are in the post on our Color My Heart Color Dare home page. We can't wait to see what  you create!


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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

New Product Blog Hop!

 Welcome to our New Product Blog Hop! We're featuring products from our new January-February catalog and you're going to love it!

The hop is one big circle so you can hop on and off as you like but you aren't going to want to miss anything! The blog before mine belongs to Brandi Robinson. Click on the links in each post to go to the next blog in the hop.

I LOVE sunsets! No, I really LOVE sunsets! I especially love it when trees are silhouettes in the sunset. I felt the4 new Spruced Up - Scrapbooking stamp set had some great images to capture the look I wanted. I got busy making a stencil so I could create the sunset. It's a 3" square which is a good fit for a standard size card. Here is a close up of each style card I made. After you'll find steps for the sunset.

Stencil on the cardstock. The cardstock is taped to the pad so it doesn't slip around.

Sponge the Canary ink along the bottom to start the sunset making it a bit darker in the corners.

Next add some Nectarine ink and blend into the Canary a bit.

Now it's time for the Sangria ink. Blend by making edges darker and bring the color down the side a bit.

This is what it looks like when you remove the stencil!
Once the sunset is made you can stamp the trees in black leaving some of the tree off the edge of the sunset. On the cabin ones I stamped and used the coordinating Thin Cut die to cut it out. I then placed the cabin at the bottom of the sunset . The final step was to add some shimmer for snow. I used both the Clear Shimmer Brush and then added some Diamond Stickles, too. I LOVE how these cards turned out and can't wait to share them with someone. I left the inside blank for now and will add a sentiment once I know the occasion.

Close to My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Spruced UP - Scrapbooking + Thin Cut dies
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Black
  • Exclusive Inks: Intense Black, Canary, Nectarine, Sangria
  • Tools: sponge
  • Embellishments: Clear Shimmer Brush, Diamond Stickles
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I'd love to have you on my team!

Now it's time to hop over and see what Katy Taylor is sharing with us. Have fun on the hop!


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Terrific Treats ~ January Technique Blog Hop

Sometimes you'd like to gift someone just a little
something sweet to brighten their day, say thank you or just because. This hop is going to give you lots of idea for  gifting treats!

The blog before mine belongs to Alyson Mayo. Click the links in each blog to continue along on the hop.

So sit back, put your feet up, sip your coffee or tea and have fun!

My project is sized to hold several mints, candy kisses or any other small item. I used our Cricut Artiste cartridge. You can access ANY Close To My Heart Cricut cartridge through the link it the right column of my blog. I'm talking about ANY retired or current cartridge! My link will take you directly to a list of the Close To My Heart cartridges and from there you can also access any Cricut product as well! 

I sized this box so it would be about 2" x 2".  I cut the box using a sheet of paper from the Spruced UP paper pack. Aren't those colors and patterns great!!!! The nice part about our papers is that some have a theme specific pattern and others have a generic pattern you can use any time!
Once the boxes were cut out it was easy to assemble and decorate. I used our Thin Cut Dies to fancy up the box. the Stitched Hearts and Stitched Circles had perfect sized for the treat box. I popped up the tiny heart, added some shimmer with the Clear Shimmer Brush and a few Julep Loose Sequins. Cardstock colors are Sangria, Julep and French Vanilla. I tied a piece of Sangria Ribbon to one and Julep Velvet Ribbon to the other. Now they are both ready for some treats!

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If you need a consultant I'd be happy too help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I'd love to have you on my team!

I hope you enjoyed my cute little treat boxes. Now it's time to hop over to see what Darlys Recker has created to share with us. Have fun!


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Monday, January 13, 2020

Fun and Simple Card

Welcome! I am very excited to share this project with you! It features one of our NEW Holographic Papers which is SO cool! This Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge was a perfect time to showcase this new paper and it came together in minutes! No seriously.....minutes! 

All I needed to do for the sketch was cut a couple strips of the Dreamy Holographic Paper and create the weave by overlapping the ends. Next I used a sentiment from our January Stamp of the Month called Everyday Magic and stamped in Carolina ink to pick up the blue tones of the paper. I added a trio of little hearts and filled them in with dome Waterfall Stickles. After stamping a sentiment for the inside it was done! See what I mean.....minutes!

This Holographic Paper is hard to fully show off in photos. To really appreciate it you need to see it in person. We have TWO different choices: Dreamy and Oasis. Dreamy shows a range of blues to pinks and Oasis shows greens to a rosy gold. Even that info doesn't really describe it very well.  Trust me that this is something you want in your stash!

By the way, if you're a card maker a real savings is our White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack. You get 50 cards with envelopes ready to create with for only $15.95! That's only 32 cents a card!

I mentioned our Stamp of the Month, Everyday Magic. It's a stamp set of sentiments with some cute little accents to go with it. It's only available this month and you can get it at a discount of only $5 with a qualifying order of $50. That's about 70% off!

Let's go shopping!
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I'd love to have you on my team!

Now be sure to check out the sketch challenge over at Atlantic Hearts. It makes crafting easy when you start with a sketch!

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to follow my blog so you don't miss any great ideas. You can also follow me on Pinterest and my Facebook page. Use the links in the tabs at the top of this page to connect with those pages.

Have a great day!

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

It's so fun to start a project based on a sketch because a big part of the thinking is already done for you! This sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge was a great start to what turned out to be what I think is a very pretty card.

I love plaid and can't get enough of this plaid paper from the Celebrate Today paper pack. There are many great patterns in this pack and work for any occasion and project!

The Shared Happiness stamp set + Thin Cuts is beautiful and I only used a small flower image from the set. There is SO much more to see but for this sketch challenge the small flower was perfect. nd easy to cute out with the coordinating thin cut dies. I colored with our TriBlend Markers which have three shades of one color in each marker. They are so easy to use and blend your colors with. To get the look on the flowers I colored with the light color and added accents with the dark color. To blend I colored the entire flower in the light color again. I used Thin 3D Foam Tape to pop the flower up a bit. The flower centers were done with dots of Black Diamond Stickles.

After assembling the layers I added the sentiment and brushed across it with a Mint Shimmer Brush. I added some Julep Shimmer Trim and Wisteria Ribbon for the sketch details. A couple of Julep Glitter Gems and the card was done!

Did you know we have cards and envelopes in a bulk pack? Well we do! You can get White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack with 50 cards and envelopes! Wow!

If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I'd love to have you on my team.

Be sure to check out the challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to follow my blog so you don't miss out on any fun stuff! You can also follow me on Facebook and Pinterest, too. 


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Spruced Up Shadow Box ~ Color Dare #376

This was such a fun and satisfying project! I loved this stamp set as soon as I laid eyes on it and finally had a chance to create with it.  The Color My Heart Color Dare design team is challenging you with an Inspirational Photo. Even though the photo has birds you do not have to use birds in your creation. What you need to do is pick your colors based on the colors in the photo. You can also use Black and White but don't add any colors not in the photo. Make any paper craft you like!

I decided to make a little scene for a 5" x 7" shadow box. I started by stamping and coloring a bunch of birds, branches and pinecones. After using the coordinating Thin Cut dies I started laying the pieces on the background paper to create my scene. I glued some pieces directly to the paper and the rest were popped up with Thin 3D Foam Tape. A few pieces even have double the foam tape so they are popped up a bit more. That creates 3 levels and creates a wonderful depth to the scene. I also added a bit of shimmer to the birds and pinecones just for fun/ After getting the pieces just right and adhering them I put it in the shadow box frame and this is what it looks like....although the photo really doesn't do it justice.

Close up to see shimmer

Without the shadow box frame

Spruced Up -- Cardmaking + Thin Cuts

Spruced Up Paper Pack
Close To My Heart products also used for this project
  • Cardstock: White Daisy
  • Exclusive Inks: Intense Black, Fern, New England Ivy, Espresso
  • Watercolor Pencils
  • Water Brush
  • Clear Shimmer Brush
  • Thin 3D Foam Tape
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I's love to have you on my team.

Be sure to check out more ideas on our Color My Heart Color Dare home page. Then let your creativity flow and create a paper craft to link to our home page! We LOVE seeing what you make.


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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

You're Not Old Birthday Card

Today I'm playing along with the group at Freshly Made Sketches. To the right is their sketch for this challenge. It's nice and simple and has so many possibilities! I decided to use one of out new stamp sets and paper packs and love how it turned out.

I used markers to color the image after stamping in black ink. Doesn't she look like a mischievous little old lady? I love her! For some added touches I used Liquid Glass on the lenses of her glasses, a Clear Shimmer Brush on the flames and smoke and a Mint Shimmer Brush on the sentiment. It's always nice to have a bit of sparkle!

Our TriBlend Markers are incredible! You get three shades of one color in each marker making shading and blending so easy!

Close up of glasses and shimmer on flames and smoke.

Close up of shimmer on sentiment

Inside of card

Close To My Heart products (see photos below)
  • Stamp Set: You're Not Old
  • Paper Pack: Celebrate Today
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack 
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Pixie
  • Exclusive Inks: Intense Black, Pixie
  • TriBlend Markers: Ice Grey, Orange, Earth Brown, Fair Skin, True Blue, Jade Green, Pale Pink, Citrus, Brown Grey
  • Shimmer Brushes: Clear, Mint
  • Bitty Sparkles
  • Tools: Liquid Glass, Thin 3D Foam Tape
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If you'd like to BE a consultant I'd love to have you on my team!

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You're Not Old Stamp Set
Comes with or without Thin Cut Dies

Celebrate Today Paper Pack

TriBlend Marker

Family Heritage Layout ~ Color Dare #377 Tic Tac Toe

It's our first Tic Tac Toe Challenge of 20209 and these colors are fantastic! Pick your colors by column, row or diagonal. Then if you w...