Sunday, March 24, 2019

Love Blossoms Card - Embossed

I can't get enough of the Love Blossoms stamp set!!! All the flowers! All the fantastic sentiments for any occasion! Wow it just doesn't get better than that, now does it! The only downside is that you can only get Love Blossoms this month. Boo hoo! But wait! There's still time to get you very own Love Blossoms stamp set! You have until March 31st then it's gone, gone, gone.  Love Blossoms comes with TWO "D" sized stamp sets. One sheet is flowers, the other a great assortment of sentiments. You can get just the stamp set for only $31.95 US (retails value $37.90 US) OR as part of a bundle with papers and a card kit! Click here to see the deal. Only 8 more days before it's gone!

My card was inspired by Miss Carrie's Creations. It was SO pretty I just had to try it myself. and put a bit of a spin on it, too. Hers was like the one on the left. I took it beyond that and made two more in other colors!

The flowers were white embossed on Vellum and fussy cut. I left the flowers uncolored but there are coordinating images to add color if you like. The only tricky part is hiding the Thin 3D Foam Tape behind the thicker lines of the leaves so it doesn't show through the Vellum. I put it in 3 different places.

Close to My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Love Blossoms (available through March 31st)
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Paper Pack: Mix-in
  • Cardstock: White Daisy
  • Specialty Paper: Vellum
  • Embossing: White Powder, VersaMark Pad, Heat Tool
  • Exclusive Inks: Black 
  • Tools: Thin Cuts Stitched Rectangles, Thin 3D Foam Tape, Journal Pen
  • Embellishments: Silver Thread, 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.

I hope my cards have inspired you to get this stamp set and make your own beautiful cards! There are so many ways to use this stamp set! Take a look at these ideas!


#showandtellwithmichelle #cardmaking #ctmh #loveblossoms 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Butterfly Fun ~ Color Dare #335

Color Dare #335 is based on colors from the monochromatic photo you see here.
We reference Close To My Heart colors but you can use any brand you have as long as it's a close match to colors you see in the photo.

You can make any paper craft you like. You can also add White as a free color and 1 other neutral color used as a bit of an accent.

Link to the Color My Heart Color Dare home page.

Color Dare #335 is open through Thursday April 4, 2019.

It's all about being Pink over at Color My Heart Color Dare! For this challenge you can use whatever pinks you like! Add some White and ONE Neutral color as a small accent color. Neutral colors can be black, greys or browns.

I can't get enough of the Butterfly Friendship set AND it has the option of coordinating Thin Cut dies to go with it. No fussy cutting going on here! The card design is from out How-to book called Make It from Your Heart Vol. 4, pattern 4. It's so easy when you have all the details right there on the page!

For my card I wanted to use Vellum with the butterfly. I first stamped the butterfly on the cardstock, then on the vellum. The fill-in image is in Raspberry ink. the Thin Cut die was used to cut out the vellum butterfly. I scored along the body and folded up the wings for a 3D effect. Two glue dots adhered the vellum body to the other butterfly.

Before assembling the card pieces I used the Clear Shimmer Brush to pick up some ink from the lid of the Raspberry pad and spattered it on the card base. The polka dot and striped papers come from the Mix-in paper pack. Thin Cuts were used for the circles, too.

Inside of card

Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Sets: Butterfly Friendship + Thin Cuts, Something Fierce-Cardmaking (inside sentiment)
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Raspberry
  • Exclusive Inks: Black, Raspberry
  • Paper Pack: Mix-in
  • How-to Book: Make It from Your Heart, Vol. 4, pattern 4
  • Specialty Paper: White Glitter, Vellum
  • Thin Cuts: Basic Circles, Fancy Tags
  • Embellishments: Clear Shimmer Brush, 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 your turn to show us what you can do with Pinks, White and 1 Neutral color. Remember, it can be any paper craft you like and don't add any extra colors to the palette. We can't wait to see what you create!


#showandtellwithmichelle #colordare #colormyheart #cardmaking #colorchallenge

Butterfly Friendship + Thin Cuts

Fancy Tags Thin Cuts

Basic Circles Thin Cuts

Friday, March 15, 2019

Paper Pal Girl Card ~ Color Dare #334

Color Dare #334 is based on colors from our How-to Book called The Love of Color.
Do you have to have the book to participate in the challenge? No you don't because we already picked the colors for you.
We reference Close To My Heart colors but you can use any brand you have as long as it's a close match.

You can make any paper craft you like as long as it uses colors that match those in the grid. For this challenge you must use at least 3 of the colors....or use them all but don't add any new colors to the palette.

Link to the Color My Heart Color Dare home page.

Color Dare #334 is open through Thursday March 28, 2019.

I had so much fun making this card! With the Paper Pal sets the possibilities are endless. It reminds me of when I was young and would play paper dolls with my cousin. It was exciting to cut them out but the best part was playing and changing outfits. With the coordinating Thin Cut dies making these Paper Pals is very easy! See the images at the end of this post.

I started by stamping the Paper Pal base and using the Thin Cuts. Then I sponged a bit of color, stamped clothes, hair and added them. My final touch was to use some of out Gold Sequins as a necklace.  The background was stamped to look like wallpaper and a bit of sponging near the feet ground the girl so she's not floating in air. 

Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Sets: Paper Pals Base + Thin Cuts, Paper Pal Girl + Thin Cuts, border Medley, Years of Sweetness
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Almond, Lagoon
  • Exclusive Inks: Lagoon, Lilac, Peach, Almond, Sweet Leaf, Espresso
  • sponge
  • Embellishments: Gold Sequins, Gold Flecked 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.

Are you ready to pick your colors and create something to share? We LOVE seeing your creations! Link to the Color My Heart Color Dare home page to share.


#showandtellwithmichelle #colordare #colormyheart #ctmh #thincuts #cardmaking

Paper Pals Base + Thin Cuts

Paper Pals Girl + Thin Cuts

Year of Sweetness

Border Medley

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Cricut Design Space Tutorial

Back to the Basics with Cricut Design Space™—Card Edition!

Often the tools we show you in Design Space are illustrated with a scrapbook page or layout, but not today! In this next back to the basics post, we want to remind you that these tools can be used for many, many projects, including custom cards and envelopes. As we continue our review of basic tools in Design Space, you’ll see that it’s easy to create cards and envelopes that are both beautiful, unique, and most importantly, easy!
Design Space™ Basics #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhcricut #designspace #cardmaking #cards #diy #ctmhsomuchhappy
On the cards above, all of the shapes we used, including the sentiments, flowers, and even the envelopes, come from the Flower Market Cricut® collection. Flower Market has both flat and 3-D shapes, and you can see we’ve used both types on these cards. This makes it a truly versatile collection, useful for an entire year’s worth of seasons, celebrations, and creativity!
The steps below show you how to work in Design Space from a desktop or laptop computer. If you use the app on a mobile device, the buttons and tools will be located in slightly different places on your screen, but the same features are available on any device.
Basic Shapes
Design Space has a “basic shapes” feature in the Design Panel. The shapes in this section are available to you for free, and it’s an easy way to add simple shapes like circles, rectangles, hearts, or diamonds and also use them as a base for other projects. For example, you could insert a square and then size it for a variety of things, and this is exactly what we did to create our cards.
Basic Shapes Screenshot
To create a card front in Design Space, insert a square shape from the Shapes section. Adjust the size to 4.25″ x 5.5″. If you wanted to cut an entire card base, insert a square shape and size it to 8.5″ x 5.5″. In the next section, we’ll tell you how to add a score line to the card base.
Cut Lines and Score Lines
When you insert a shape on your canvas, the line of that shape is typically a solid cut line, but you’ll notice when you add an image, like the envelope from the Flower Market collection (#MD38C82), there is a dash line as well.
Score Screenshot
This is a score line. Your Cricut® machine will both cut and score the envelope for you. You just need a scoring tool or scoring wheel, depending on the type of machine you have. You can change lines to cut, score, or even draw. If you aren’t sure what type of lines you have on your shape. You can always look in the Layers panel. It will tell you which ones will score or cut, and you can change the line type in the Edit bar.
Card Base Screenshot
To complete your card base, insert a score line. Score lines can also be added from the same Shapessection of the Design panel. Resize the score line to 5.5″, move it over your card base, and select both images. Then under Align in the Edit bar, select Center. Once the score line is centered, keeping both the line and the card base selected, click Attach in the Layers panel. Using Attachkeeps your score line exactly where you want it, even if you move the shape on the canvas.
Using the Slice Tool
We used the Slice tool to create the sentiments for our cards. The Slice tool is one of the functions at the bottom of the Layers Panel, next to others like Weld and Contour. With Slice, you can cut an image or text out of another shape. Simply place your word or image over the one you want to cut it from. Select both shapes, and click Slice in the Layers Panel.
Slice Screenshot
Initially, it might not look like anything happened, but if you click on your images, you’ll have two of whatever you cut. One is the shape itself, and the other is the shape you cut from the background.
Image 2
There are a few important things to keep in mind. First, you can see in the “Thanks a Bunch” banner on this card, we sliced the sentiment from Lagoon paper and attached that to a solid White Daisy banner. For something like this, before you slice in Design Space, make sure you ungroup the image. Images that have multiple layers can’t be sliced. If your sentiment image has multiple pieces grouped together as one shape, like this one does, you’ll need to ungroup them and slice using just one image.
Another thing to remember is to duplicate the solid shape that goes behind whatever you’re slicing, if applicable. If you are slicing into the card base, you wouldn’t need a duplicate piece, but if you’re slicing into another shape, like the banner on this card, you’ll want to have a solid shape to layer behind it.
The last important tip we have for you is that you want to make sure when cutting your project that you keep small pieces that go inside letters or other shapes. With this card, that means you want to set aside the inside of each “a” and the “B” to attach to the banner.
Image 3
If you look closely, you’ll notice a similar thing happening on the Happy Easter card, but it’s also a little bit different. We sliced the sentiment from the card base, but instead of saving the inside pieces, we cut the sentiment separately and layered a solid piece of White Daisy cardstock on the back, behind the sliced shape.
 Put It Together (Basic Shapes, Score, and Slice)
Image 4
All of the cards in our post today use the tools we’ve talked about including a basic rectangle shape, inserting a score line, and slicing a sentiment. Follow the steps below to put it all together and make the Sending Sunshine card!
  1. First, search for the sentiment, #MD38CC3, and insert it on your canvas.
  2. Ungroup the sentiment, and delete only the “Sunshine” image. Then resize the sentiment to a height of 1.75″, leaving the width locked.
  3. For the card base, insert a square shape from the Shapes. Adjust the size to 8.5″ x 5.5″. Don’t insert a score line yet. You have to use the slice tool first, before attaching a score line.
  4. Slice the sentiment from right side of the card base. This is your card front. Place the sentiment where you want it, select both images, and click Slice in the Layers panel.
  5. Keep both extra sentiments. You’ll cut them from Lemon cardstock and layer the two in another step.
  6. Now insert a score line, also from the Shapes section of the Design Panel. Size it to 5.5″. Place it over the card base, and select both images. Then, under Align in the Edit bar, select Center, and then select Attach in the Layers panel.
  7. Insert other flowers and leaves on the canvas as desired. For our card, we used the Daisy image (#MFADCF2) cut in three different sizes, and we paired it with the Rhododendron leaf (#MD37FB).
  8. Color your project pieces to make it easy to cut on the right color of paper or cardstock. Then select Make It in the top right corner and cut your project pieces.
  9. Attach one 4″ x 5¼” piece of Mint cardstock behind the sliced portion of your card (on the inside of the card). Then layer the two Lemon sentiments and attach inside the sliced section.
  10. Embellish with stamped images, 3-D flowers, sequins, and more!
**Bonus Tip!
Are you unsure how to add a Close To My Heart digital collection to your Cricut® account? Simply visit and sign in to your account (or create one if you haven’t already). In the list of options in the menu on the left, you’ll see the last one is Redeem Promotion. Select that option. Then enter the code, click Redeem, and you’ll be on your way. Not sure if you’ve already linked your physical cartridges? In that same menu, you can select Linked Cartridges. This will show you the ones you’ve already linked to your account.
Next month, we’ll look at ways to manipulate text in the Edit bar on the canvas with the shapes and unique font from the You Are Here collection. Check back in April for more Design Space fun!

Cricut® Shapes:Flower Market1.5″ #MD72936
3″ #MD72998
2.5″ #MD72998
Cricut® Shapes:Flower Market0.5″ #MD37FB8
1.25″, 1.5″, 1.75 #MFADCF2
1.75″ #MD38CC3
Cricut® Shapes:Flower Market10.5″ #MD38C82 (cut 3)

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Love Blossoms Blog Hop

Welcome to our Love Blossoms Hop for March! This stamp set is SO beautiful and you'll see lots of great ideas for using this double stamp set of images and sentiments!

If you've come from the blog of Wendy Kessler you're doing fine. Click on the link in each post to hop to the next blog.

Recently I've seen this technique and decided I had to get on the bandwagon started by consultant Laura Beacham. It's surprisingly simple and oh so fun. You white emboss your image on black cardstock. Using ShinHan markers I colored the white embossing to get this colorful bouquet. On the first card I also added some Black Shimmer Brush on the red flower and larger leaves. When you pick the marker colors use bold colors as they turn out as a lighter version on the embossed image. ShinHan markers are alcohol based and that's why you can color on top of the embossing.

Love Blossoms is our special for March. You can get the stamp set alone or as part of a Workshop Kit. Either way it's one of the most beautiful kits out there. It's only available during March so don't wait!

Black Shimmer Brush used on red flower

Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Love Blossoms
  • White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: Black, Lagoon, Glacier
  • Embossing: VersaMark Pad, White Powder, Heat Tool
  • ShinHan Markers: Carmine, golden Yellow, Sap Green, Turquoise Blue, Vivid Green, Peacock Green, Lavender, Peony Purple
  • Embellishments: black Shimmer Brush, Black and White Dots
  • Exclusive Inks: Intense Black
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.

Next up is the blog of Gina Brandstetter. Be sure to check out her great ideas for Love Blossoms. Thanks for stopping by!


#showandtellwithmichelle #bloghops #ctmh #LoveBlossoms #cardmaking

Friday, March 8, 2019

So Much Happy Layout ~ Tic Tac Toe Color Dare #333

Color Dare #333 is based on colors from the So Much Happy paper pack.
Do you have to have the paper pack to participate in the challenge? No you don't.
We reference Close To My Heart colors but you can use any brand you have as long as it's a close match.

You can make any paper craft you like as long as it uses colors that match those in the grid. Pick your colors from a town, column, diagonal, etc just like the game. You can even pick a row column and still add a couple of the other colors in the grid.....or use them all!

Link to the Color My Heart Color Dare home page.

Color Dare #333 is open through Thursday March 21, 2019.

For my layout I used the top row: Lemon, Lagoon, Sapphire plus White.  I don't care for yellow all that much, but I do love this layout! I started with the daisy paper from So Much Happy. It's so pretty and the yellow was a small part of the colors. I was going to put it on white base pages when I stopped and thought a minute. White would be a good choice, BUT, what about Lemon for the base pages? It would be bright and cheerful and I'm SO happy I went with it as the base pages! Sometimes it's good to stretch those boundaries! I also used a pattern from our Make It from Your Heart how-to book. So now most of the decision making is done and ready to go! The large banner, clouds, flowers at the bottom and so much happy note are all from the page of cut-outs that come with the paper pack. The images really added a lot to the layout plus it was easy! I added by stamping with our March Stamp of the Month called This Happened. After adding some sequins I was finished. Well, almost finished because I still need to find just the right photos. I have some in mind and just have to find the right box. Photos in boxes just aren't appreciated the same was as photos in albums!

NOTE: The Stamp of the Month is only available in the month it's featured. So This Happened is available from March 1-31st. You can even get it at a big discount with a qualifying order! Details are on my website.

Close To My Heart products

  • Paper Pack: So Much Happy
  • Stamp Set: This Happened (ONLY available March 1-31st)
  • Cardstock: Lagoon, Sapphire, Lemon, White Daisy
  • Exclusive Inks: Sapphire
  • How-to Book: Make It from Your Heart Volume 3, pattern 1
  • I Heart Us Sequins
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 pick some colors from the grid and create any paper craft you like. Link to our home page to share and inspire us. We LOVE to see what you create! 

Have a great day!

#showandtellwithmichelle #colordare #colormyheart #scrapbooking

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

It's a Paper Party with a FREE Scrapbook Pattern!

It’s Paper Party Time with a Free Scrapbooking Pattern!

So glad you are joining us today because we are having a paper party All. Month. Long. What does that mean? It means that this is the time to stock up on your favorite patterned papers and coordinating cardstocks because they are all on saleWhen you buy any one of our patterned paper packets or coordinating cardstock packs you can get a second one, of equal or lesser value, at 50% off! The best part, you can mix and match your packets to get exactly what you want. Visit our website, here, for a closer look at our beautiful papers and to get additional details on this party worthy event!
As a party favor, we are giving you a free scrapbook pattern for you to download and take home with you!

Shop the Paper Party by clicking here.
Free Scrapbook Pattern #ctmh #closetomyheart #paperparty #scrapbooking #scrapbookpattern #freepattern #ctmhfeelslikehome
Free Scrapbook Pattern #ctmh #closetomyheart #paperparty #scrapbooking #scrapbookpattern #freepattern #ctmhIHeartUs
This pattern originally debuted with our Roxie paper collection, but, as you can see, we updated the instructions so they can be used with any papers and for any occasion. Above, we paired this timeless pattern with the I Heart Us paper packet and coordinating cardstock, and below we paired it with the Feels Like Home paper packet and coordinating cardstock.
Free Scrapbook Pattern #ctmh #closetomyheart #paperparty #scrapbooking #scrapbookpattern #freepattern #ctmhfeelslikehome
With our pattern papers and cardstock, you can achieve effortless color coordination in all of your crafting. The patterns featured in each paper collections are designed using the same exclusive color palette as our two-toned cardstock, ensuring that each paper element in your projects comes together for a flawless match.
We take pride in providing the most comprehensive patterns for scrapbook layouts. When you download this pattern, you will notice that it also comes with cutting diagrams to make it even easier to create these pages!
Download this free scrapbooking pattern, and have yourself a paper scrappin’ party!

Shop the Paper Party by clicking here.
Free Scrapbook Pattern #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #CTMHMoreMagical #MoreMagical #freepattern #freescrapbookpattern #scrapbooking #free #download #scrapbooklayout #magical #adventure #dreamscometrue #MakeItfromYourHeart #howtobooks

For even more scrapbook patterns, check out our Make It from Your Heart™ pattern books. If you love the free patterns on the blog, you’re sure to be blown away by all the patterns in our how-to books!


Love Blossoms Card - Embossed

I can't get enough of the Love Blossoms stamp set!!! All the flowers! All the fantastic sentiments for any occasion! Wow it just doesn&#...