Friday, November 17, 2017

Cut Above® Layout Kit—The Story Begins

Color Dare 270



This week we're challenging you with a few neutral colors PLUS pick your own RED. Cranberry is shown above but pick any red you like. I picked Pomegranate!

I used all the neutral colors as backgrounds for the flowers. The card base is really white but doesn't look that way in the photo. I also added some shimmer on the petals of the flowers. You can see that better in the close up photo below.  The fun thing about this stamp set is that is has matching Thin Cuts making it very easy to cut out the images. No fussy cutting done here! I did ink the edges of the flowers to give it a finished edge.





All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp Set: Beautiful You + Thin Cuts
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Exclusive Inks: Espresso, Pomegranate
  • Cardstock: Espresso, Heather, Mink
  • Embellishments: Shimmer Brush--Clear, White Pearls
  • Tools: Corner Rounder, Sponge, 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 play along. Create any paper craft using ALL and ONLY the colors above. If you don't have an exact CTMH match you may substitute something close, but don't add any brand new colors to the palette. Full details are on the Color My Heart home page

Have fun creating!
Michelle

#colordare #colormyheart #closetomyheart #cardmaking

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Just for Fun Blog Hop


The consultant group that brings you the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop is at it again. This time we're featuring the Fundamentals Special going on this month. If you came from 
Gina Brandstetter's blog you're on the right path. Just keep clicking on the links in each post to continue along for more inspiration!

I needed a birthday card for my grandson and his favorite colors are red and blue. I used images from the November Stamp of the Month: Through the Year. It was a fun and easy card to make! 


All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp Set: Through the Year (only available in November)
  • Enchantment Fundamentals paper pack
  • Exclusive Inks: Archival Black
  • ShinHan Markers: Cerulean Blue Light, Pastel Green, Carmine
  • Cardstock: Sapphire, Pewter
  • Blue Burlap Ribbon, Clear Sparkles
  • 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 hop over to Krista Hershberger's blog for more inspiration. 

Thanks for hopping by!
Michelle

#closetomyheart #cardmaking #bloghop #paperfundatmentals

Friday, November 10, 2017

Christmas Card Blog Hop


It's that time of year so we're having a Christmas Card Blog Hop! We're the same group that does the Stamp of the Month hop so you know you're going to see some great ideas! If you've come from
Gina Brandstetter's blog you're on the right path. Just keep clicking on the links in each post to hop along!

My card is in non-traditional colors....which is my favorite way to go with Christmas cards. I cut a stencil with my paper trimmer for the rectangle. I sponged with Pewter ink to create the background for the trees. Leaving part of the rectangle lighter gives depth. Then I just stamped in Charcoal ink and added some Clear Shimmer Brush for a frosted, snowy look. The layers in the background are Pewter on the left and Silver Foil on the right. The foil doesn't photo well.




Inside of card


All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp Sets: Nature's Wish, First Noel
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Exclusive Inks: Charcoal, Pewter
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Pewter
  • Specialty Paper: Silver Foil
  • Shimmer Brush-Clear
  • Round Sponge
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 to Krista Hershberger's blog for more inspiration.
Thanks for hopping with us!

List of participating consultants

Have a Creative Day!
Michelle 

 #christmascardbloghop #cardmaking #closetomyheart

Color Dare 269


























Aren't these colors pretty? What would you make with them? That's the idea of our blog. We give you the colors to create with and you share what you make with a link to our blog. It's fun and easy and we love being inspired by your creations. Full details are listed on our blog.

I decided to use the Punny Pals stamp set today. This stamp set is also our Operation Smile stamp set. For every Punny Pals stamp set sold $7 goes to Operation Smile to help with facial surgeries for children around the world. It's a fantastic feeling to know you're helping give children a beautiful smile!

I stamped the little otter on watercolor paper in Archival Black ink. I then used a water brush and ink from the lid of the ink pad to paint the otter and add some color around him so he looks like he's floating in water. I added a bit of shimmer to the seashell he's holding and to the "water".

this set is adorable AND it helps children. What could be better!




All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Stamp Set: Punny Pals
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: Glacier, Toffee, 
  • Specialty Paper: Watercolor Paper, Bashful Glitter Paper
  • Exclusive Inks: Black Archival, Bashful, Toffee, Glacier
  • Tools: Water Brush, Shimmer Brush--Clear, Thin 3D Foam Tape
  • Embellishments: Bashful Pearls
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 now it's your turn! Use ALL and ONLY the colors above to create any paper craft you like. If you don't have an exact CTMH color you may substitute something close, but don't add any brand new colors to the palette. Check out the details on our home page.

Have fun creating!
Michelle

#colordare #colormyheart #closetomyheart #cardmaking #operationsmile

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Joyful Stars Blog Hop


It's time for a new Joyful Start blog hop! Come along for the ride and see what we've 
made to inspire you! If you've come here from Debi Brile's blog you're on the right path. Just click the link in each post to hop to the next blog!

I've been putting my Cricut machine to work lately! This is a project I made using the Flower Market cartridge. This is a 12" x 12" canvas used as the base for this holiday home decor piece. I just picked out the images I wanted and got busy cutting!


All products are Close To My Heart:
  • Cricut Flower Market cartridge
  • Cardstock: Fern, New England Ivy, Nutmeg
  • Specialty Paper: Kraft Cardstock, Red Glitter Paper
  • Red Enamel Gems (retired)
Other Product:
  • 12" x 12" x 1" Artist Canvas
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 Andrea Sherman has to share.

Happy Hopping!
Michelle

#bloghops #Closetomyheart #homedecor Cricutflowermarket

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

DIY Photo Cards

DIY Photo Cards!

By this time of year most of us have already taken new family photos (or have them planned for the very near future) in anticipation of turning them into beautiful Christmas cards to share (and show off ☺).
This year, instead of having someone else print and make your holiday cards, make them yourself! We’ve prepared some tips to show you how to personalize your cards even more using your creativity rather than someone else’s ready-made template.
Check out the tips below as you’re thinking of all the people you plan to send a little holiday cheer to.
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Tip #1: When stamping on your photo, use one with lots of negative space. 
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To stamp a holiday message directly on your photo, choose one that has lots of negative space, like the photo above. Negative space is all of the area surrounding the subject of your photo. Using a photo with plenty of negative space gives you a place to stamp your holiday message without covering the subject—like the face of one of your family members!
Tip #2: Matte photo paper works the best with any ink.
Printing your photos on matte photo paper is the best option for using them as photo Christmas cards. Matte paper works well with any ink. If you like the raised look and feel of embossing, matte photo paper is also the best option. You can use the VersaMark™ Ink Pad and your choice of embossing powder. (For even more color options, try our mini pigment pads with clear embossing powder!)
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Keep in mind that VersaMark™ ink will absorb quickly into the matte photo paper. If you are going to stamp and heat emboss multiple images, emboss between stamping each image to make sure the embossing powder sticks to the ink.
Tip #3: Glossy photo paper requires StazOn™ Ink. 
If you prefer the finish of glossy photo paper, you can still stamp on it! Just use the StazOn™ Ink Pad. This ink is especially meant to work on smooth, nonporous surfaces, and it will adhere to your photo much better. Other inks will smear on glossy photo paper.
Tip #4: Use a strip of cardstock over your photo for the stamped image.
What if you aren’t sure about stamping on a photo? Or maybe your photo doesn’t have space for a sentiment? That’s ok. You can stamp or emboss your message on a piece of cardstock to adhere on top of your photo like you see in the image below.
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Tip #5: Make your photo card a different shape. 
Tired of sending rectangle cards? Shake things up this year by making your photo card a square or even a circle. (Get creative and maybe even use a Cricut® shape!)
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To create the circle card above, print a 5″ x 7″ photo. Then, trace a 5″ circle over your photo and cut it out. Finish by distressing the edges of your photo to hide any pen or pencil lines.
Tip #6: Don’t forget your envelopes.
When creating your photo cards, be sure to size your cards to fit in standard size envelopes.
Here are some examples that we used. These are common envelope sizes that you can find at your local craft store or online.
Card Size                    Envelope Type
3″ x 5″                        4BAR
4″ x 6″                        A6
5″ x 7″                        A7
5″ x 5″                        5¾” Square
6″ x 6″                        6½” Square
The photo card size refers to the dimensions of the entire card. If you like the look of having a mat behind your photo, trim your photo and then attach it to the cardstock or paper mat of your choice.
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The photo card above measures 4″ x 6″, including the photo mat. The envelope type that will fit this size is A6. You’ll notice that this card also has great negative space for stamping the holiday message.
One of the great things about making your own holiday cards is that no two cards have to be the same. You can personalize each sentiment and use different photos if you want to.
Our friends at Persnickety Prints are standing by with some great deals going on right now! Check them out to get your photos printed and get started on creating your own personalized Christmas cards this year!

Recipes
Cricut® Shape:
Flower Market
5″ Flower-2 <7> (p. 7, Basic Shapes)