Friday, November 9, 2018

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

It's time for a new Joyful Stars Blog Hop. If you've come from Marie Flayer's blog you're on the right track. Just keep clicking on the link in each post to continue along on the hop. Ready.....let's go!

I'm sharing cards I offered at a recent workshop. These are cards you can make quick and easy and are great if you need to make a lot of cards. I found inspiration from Pinterst and Facebook for the starting point and went from there!

Also sharing on Double Trouble, and Try Stamping on Tuesday.
Double Trouble challenge--I made something for Christmas and both the snowflakes and banners are things that are hanging.
Try Stamping on Tuesday challenge--my two pink cards fit this challenge nicely for the left column ( green, glitter and stamping).

Close To My Heart products
  • Paper Packs: Tis the Season, Oh What Fun
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Stamp Sets: Tis the Season - Cardmaking, Falling Flakes, Christmas Script, Wonder of the Season
  • Exclusive Inks: New England Ivy, Candy Apple, Pixie, Raspberry, Clover
  • Specialty Paper: Sugarplum Glitter paper
  • Embellishments: Clear Sparkles, Bitty Sparkles, Candy Apple Ribbon
  • Tools: thin 3D Foam Tape, Journal 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 time to hope over to see what Betty Locco is sharing with us.
Thanks for hopping by!


#showandtellwithmichelle #ctmh #cardmaking #christmascards

Seasonal Trees Card ~ CD 318

Welcome to a new Color Dare Challenge! This challenge is one of our popular Tic Tac Toe Challenges. You can pick a row, column, diagonal of colors to create with....OR even add a couple of the other colors. You can even use ALL the colors!

My colors are from the diagonal going bottom left to upper right: Pomegranate, Saffron, Glacier, plus I added Espresso and Mink. Im using the beautiful November Stamp of the Month stamp set called Seasonal Trees. I stamped a few tress across the cardstock in Mink and one up front in Espresso. This helps give some depth to the design. I used the bright colors for the tree in front to make it stand out. I also distressed the edge of the Mink and Glacier layers just for fun. Quick and easy!

The Seasonal Trees stamp set is only available Nov. 1-30th. There are so many great trees in this set I know you're going to want one for yourself!

Seasonal Trees stamp set.

Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Seasonal Trees (available Nov. 1-30th), Just a Little Something
  • Grateful Heart Paper Pack
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Mink
  • Exclusive Inks: Espresso, Mink, Pomegranate, Saffron, Glacier
  • Edge Distresser
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.

I know you're thinking about that Tic Tac Toe grid and what colors you want to create with. Go ahead  and get going. It doesn't have to be a card because any paper craft will do! Full details are in the post on our home page. We can't wait to see what you create!


#showandtellwithmichelle #colordare #colormyheart #cardmaking #colormyheartcolordare

Friday, November 2, 2018

Butterfly Card ~ CD 317

It's Friday and that brings us a new Color Dare Challenge. Our colors are rich and pretty and over at Color My Heart we're wondering what you'll create using these colors.

We reference Close To My Heart colors BUT you can use whatever brand you have as long as the colors are a close match. You must use all three of the challenge colors but Neutral colors plus black and white are free colors to use, too. 

I got busy with my Decorative Border Thin Cuts. There are SO many really fun dies in this pack!!! I purposely angled the die for the blue plaid layer just to be a bit different. The Stitched Circles Thin Cut was used for the layer behind the butterfly to make it stand out better. When finished I used my Gold Shimmer Brush on the butterfly. The second photo shows the colors a bit better on the butterfly. That was done with watercolor pencils.

Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Grateful Heart - Cardmaking
  • Paper Pack: Grateful Heart pack
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Saffron
  • Exclusive Inks: Black, Sapphire, Pomegranate, Saffron
  • Thin Cuts: Decorative Borders, Stitched Circles
  • Gold 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 can help with that, too.

So what are you inspired to create with these colors? Any paper craft will do. Full details are in the post on our home page.

Have fun creating!
#showandtellwithmichelle #colormyheart #colordare #carmaking

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Stamp of the Month ~ Seasonal Trees

I LOVE tree stamps! I was so excited to see this stamp set I couldn't wait to put it to use! For the hop I decided to do a simple Christmas card and here is the result. I stamped the trees and then got busy with my palette knife and texture paste to add "snow". Once the paste was dry I used the Clear Shimmer Brush to add some sparkle to the snow. The ornaments were colored with Red Shimmer Brush.

This great stamp set is only available from Nov. 1 - 30th!
Click here to get yours now.

I almost always do the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop but forgot to sign up this time. Duh! This is the post I would have shared in the hop. Click here to see what the hoppers have to share this month!

Inside of card

Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Seasonal Trees (available only Nov. 1-30th)
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Espresso
  • Paper Pack: Tis the Season
  • Exclusive Inks: Espresso, Candy Apple
  • Opaque Texture Paste, Palette Knife
  • Shimmer Brushes: Clear, Red
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.


#CTMH #stampofthemonthbloghop #showandtellwithmichelle #cardmaking

Friday, October 26, 2018

Love Note Card ~ CD 316 ~ Greens

Something a little different for you this week!
This color dare design team is challenging you to use greens for your creation. Neutrals plus black and white are free to add to the mix but don't add any brand new colors to the palette.

I got out my Love Notes stamp set and got to work. I LOVE this stamp set! The different looks you can get with this "marble" like stamp is really impressive. I first inked with Sage and then added some New England Ivy. It looks like the colors just flow all over and into each other. It's a simple design yet can cover a lot of different occasions by simply changing out the sentiment.

Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Love Notes
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Exclusive Inks: Sage, New England Ivy
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, New England Ivy
  • New England Ivy Burlap Ribbon
  • Thin 3D Foam Tape
  • Clear Sparkles
  • ShinHan Marker: Sap Green
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.

What greens do you feel like using? Show us what you can create with this monochromatic palette. We love seeing what you create. Full details are in the post on our home page.

Have a GREEN day!

#colordare #colormyheart #ctmh #showandtelliwthmichelle #colormyheartcolordare

Thursday, October 25, 2018


There will be a 24 Hour Flash Sale starting Friday Oct. 26th 
starting at 4:00pm CDT. 

Shop early because there will be a selection of current products at 20 - 50 % off!!! 

Halloween Slime Kits with Shaker Windows!

Halloween Slime Kits with Shaker Window!

We are so excited to have the talented Amy Robison as a guest blogger today! Not only is she a contributing artist for Silhouette, but is also somewhat of an expert at designing children’s themed parties, gifts, and crafts. Don’t take our word for it, see for yourself!
Halloween Slime Party #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindow #ThinCuts #Halloween #HelloPumpkin #shakercard #diy #kidsparty #kidshalloween
Hey! Amy Robison here! I’m so excited to share a fun party I created this week with the Shaker Windows & Confetti Thin Cuts, loose sequins, and Hello Pumpkin collection. If you follow me onInstagram stories then you already know that I am obsessed with the shaker windows after trying them out this week. I want to use them on everything! I already have a million ideas for Christmas. I’m getting a little ahead of myself, so I’ll calm down and focus on the party I’m sharing today— a slime making party. If you’re like me, then you hate this slime craze that has been going on for a few years. (It’s the worst!) Who started this? haha! My kids still love it though, so I decided that I just have to embrace it occasionally. Plus, how perfect is it for a Halloween party?
Halloween Slime Party #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindow #ThinCuts #Halloween #HelloPumpkin #shakercard #diy #kidsparty #kidshalloween
I started out by designing a few characters I could use with the shaker windows that would be festive for the holiday. I’m loving their simplicity and how they turned out. Once they were all designed, I added the shaker windows to each one. If you haven’t used the shaker windows before, I included a simple tutorial. They are a piece of cake and you’ll absolutely love them!
Shake Window Tutorial
Halloween Slime Party #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindow #ThinCuts #Halloween #HelloPumpkin #shakercard #diy #kidsparty #kidshalloween
Step 1: Remove the outer foam ring leaving the middle square foam adhesive to use for other projects. (Such a genius design so all that empty space isn’t wasted.)
Step 2: Place the foam shaker window ring on your project. It is very sticky, so you know it will stay right where you put it!
Step 3: Fill with sequins, glitter, sprinkles or any other fun media. This loose sequins mix is so beautiful! I can’t get enough of it, and it’s available in gold too!
Halloween Slime Party #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindow #ThinCuts #Halloween #HelloPumpkin #shakercard #diy #kidsparty #kidshalloween
Step 4: Remove the protective paper on the ring to reveal the adhesive.
 Step 5: Peel the protective film off of the acetate circle. Use washy tape to help peel it off. This was a little tip I learned from the Close to my Heart creative team. Such a huge help!
Step 6: Place the acetate sheet on top. Press down to make sure everything is sealed in place.
Halloween Slime Party #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindow #ThinCuts #Halloween #HelloPumpkin #shakercard #diy #kidsparty #kidshalloween
Step 7: Using the Shaker Window Thin Cuts, cut out the finishing border in your choice of coordinating paper.
Step 8: Glue the border on top to finish.
Step 9: I taped a sucker stick to the back so that I could place them in my kits. These would be cute in gift baskets, too, as a tag to the recipient.
Halloween Slime Party #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindow #ThinCuts #Halloween #HelloPumpkin #shakercard #diy #kidsparty #kidshalloween
Once I finished all the shaker window characters, I gathered the supplies for the slime kits. I used the Hello Pumpkin collection to wrap and embellish the supplies and containers to make them look more cohesive and “pretty” everything up a bit.
Halloween Slime Party #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindow #ThinCuts #Halloween #HelloPumpkin #shakercard #diy #kidsparty #kidshalloween
Each kit has everything needed to make slime including fun sequins to mix inside to make it extra special. I love making each guest feel important and special. My guests are usually small children and I love the look on their faces when they see what is waiting on the table just for them. It’s the best and keeps me doing all these crazy parties.
Halloween Slime Party #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindow #ThinCuts #Halloween #HelloPumpkin #shakercard #diy #kidsparty #kidshalloween
Have you used the shaker windows before? Hopefully I have sparked some ideas of fun new ways you can use them in your next project.