Bright Sunny Thoughts Card

Throughout the month of February, I have been creating projects that you can make using our Sunny Thoughts stamp of the month.  This week, in spite of the freezing 1° weather outside, I have created these warm, cheery cards for some weekly challenges.  As always, a list of supplies used on this project can be found at the very bottom of this post.SunnyThoughtsCards

Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Daisy Card Base, 4″ x 4″ Canary Cardstock, 4″ x 4″ Cranberry Cardstock, Blue Shimmer Trim

For this week’s Color My Heart Color Dare challenge we are required to use Pacifica, Cranberry, Canary, and (optional) Gold.  BrightSunnyThoughtsCardThese colors reminded me of playful florals, so I choose to create a card that would reflect the “sunny” days ahead.  I created an overlay using our Artistry Cricut® collection, added some blue shimmer trim, and a “Sunny Thoughts” sentiment.  To add even more “shine”, I painted the Cranberry overlay with our Gold Shimmer Brush.  This card was also the perfect project to enter into the Heart2Heart Sunny Days challenge.  It is so bold and vibrant and much needed in the darkness of winter.

I hope that you choose to join me in one of these weekly challenges.  Don’t forget to order your Sunny Thoughts stamp set before February 28th.  Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  Come back each week for more ideas and tutorials.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Sunny Thoughts Stamp Set

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12 x 12 Pacifica Cardstock

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12 x 12 Cranberry Cardstock

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12 x 12 Canary Cardstock

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White Card & Envelope Value Pack

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Artistry Cricut Collection

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Cranberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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SureCut Deluxe Paper Trimmer

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Sunny Thoughts Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sunny Thoughts Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the February Sunny Thoughts stamp set.  26167711_10155292168402686_6122376830016539282_nThis stamp set is full of delightful sentiments, floral images and birthday wishes. If you have come here from Tracie Cassidy’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Sunny Thoughts stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

During the month of February, I will be creating weekly projects using the Sunny Thoughts stamp set so make sure to visit often. This week, I am featuring this adorable card that you can easily make using some of our Make Wave products.

 

I created this card with our NEW Make Waves papers, Shimmer Trim, and Gems. The Make Waves products are whimsical and fun to use, plus they are full of designs that can be used for just about any project.   I love how well this patterned paper layers with our Bashful Color of the Year cardstock.  Did you know that the Bashful cardstock as well as other Pink & Gold products are currently 20%-30% off this month during our Pretty in Pink sale?  

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Sunny Thoughts stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Marie Flayer’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Remember, the Sunny Thoughts stamp set is available until February 28th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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From the Heart Color Dare Card

It has been almost a month since I last entered the Color My Heart Dare Challenge.  My life was a bit chaotic, so, unfortunately, crafting was not a priority.  I do love the fact that Close to My Heart allows me, as a consultant, to set my own hours so that when “life” changes, I can still have my family be my priority without worry.

This week, I used the From the Heart stamp set to create a card using Willow, Raspberry, Bashful, Charcoal and White Daisy for the Color My Heart Dare challenge.  I love that Close to My Heart has such beautiful products that we can use to make cards like this with very little time or effort.  This stamp set is available during the month of September for  $29.95 OR pay only $5.00 more and receive the From the Heart Kit to create twelve interactive cards using this stamp set.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5¼” x 4″ Cardstock (Charcoal), 5″ x 3¾” Cardstock (White Daisy), 4″ x 1¾” Cardstock (Charcoal), 2¾” x 1½” Cardstock (White Daisy), ¾” x 1½” Cardstock (White Daisy)

Stamping Techniques:
Since the challenge only allowed two pinks and one green, I had to use these colors in multiple ways.  For this card I used the “Second Generation Stamping” technique to add depth to my project. What is Second Generation Stamping? Once a stamp is inked, you can achieve a second generation stamp by stamping the image first onto your desk pad (or other scratch piece of paper) and then onto your cardstock.

• The stem of the largest flower was stamped using Willow ink.  I created the “Leaves” by using the Second Generation of Willow. It still allows the stem to show through while using the same color of ink.
• The small cup shaped flowers were first stamped using the Second Generation of Raspberry Ink, then the detailed lines were added using Raspberry ink. Once again, I was able to use the same color, but the Second Generation technique allowed to details to show through.
• The From the Heart stamp set has many choices for layered flowers, and you can use Second Generation stamping to create depth and get more use out of you inks.  Below is a little “cheat sheet” I created to show you ways I stamped the larger flower using the Second Generation (2nd) stamping technique.

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If you love Close to My Heart products as much as I do, and you want to be able to run your business your way, then joining my team is something I ask you to consider. September is the perfect month to join my team! Sign up as a New Consultant in September and you will receive the From the Heart card kit in your New Consultant Kit at no additional cost — that’s an extra $43.90 value, FREE!

Remember, the From the Heart products are available until September 30th!  Visit the Promotions tab on my website learn how you can get this card kit and stamp set for FREE! I can’t wait to see what you create!

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White Card & Envelope Value Pack

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Basics Ribbon Pack

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Charcoal Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Raspberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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VersaMat

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Bashful Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Willow Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix Stamp Cleaner

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1 x 1 My Acrylix Block
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Micro Glue Dots
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2 x 2 My Acrylix Block
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My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner
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Rose Embossing Folder

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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NonStick MicroTip Scissors

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

Sweet Birthday Cupcake Card

I love using our Thin Cuts to create paper crafting projects. Thin Cuts are easy to use, versatile, and currently 25% off  and you can get this set FREE by signing up to be a Close to My Heart Consultant during the month of March. This week I created an adorable birthday card using the Sweet Birthday stamp set and matching Thin Cuts.  You can order these as a bundle during our Cut It Out campaign.  I’ll be sharing project ideas throughout the month using our Thin Cuts,  so be sure to visit often.  At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this card.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock, 5½” x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock, 4½” x  ½” B&T Paper (I used a Sugar Rush Zip Strip), 3″ x 3″ B&T Paper (I used Sugar Rush), 3″ x 2″ B&T Paper (I used Sugar Rush), 5½” x ¾” B&T Paper (I used Sugar Rush),  5½” x ¾” B&T Paper (I used Sugar Rush), 2¼”  x 1¼” B&T Paper (I used Sugar Rush) 2″ x 1″ White Daisy Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using a pencil, draw a line at horizontally 1¾”  from the top of the 5½” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock.
2. Place the “Cupcake” Thin Cut onto the center of the 5½” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock.

3. Using a Cuttle Bug (or equivalent), cut out the “Cupcake” image up to the 1¾” line.
4. Remove the remaining cardstock around the “Cupcake”creating a straight edge on the 1¾” line.
5. Using a Bone Folder and ruler, create a score line along the longer side of the 5½” x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock at ½”. Fold the ½” up and attach to the back of “Cupcake” cardstock, lining up the edges, to create a card. Use a strong adhesive such as Bonding Glue or B&B Tape to keep the card from coming apart. CupcakeCardStepThree
6. Cut Chevrons into the shorter ends of the 4½” x  ½” B&T Paper. Adhere to the top of the card, centering it under the “Cupcake” cutout.
7. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Cupcake” image onto the 3″ x 3″ B&T Paper. Place the “Cupcake” Thin Cut onto the image, then use the Cuttle Bug (or equivalent) to cut out the “Cupcake” from the B&T paper.
8. Using Pomegrante Ink, stamp “Sprinkles” onto the frosting of the cupcake image. Adhere the “Cupcake” cutout onto the card.
9. Using Black Ink, stamp the bottom half of the “Cupcake” image onto the 3″ x 2″ B&T Paper. Place the “Cupcake” Thin Cut onto the image, then use the Cuttle Bug (or equivalent) to cut out the “Cupcake” from the B&T paper. Trim off the excess and layer over the previously placed B&T paper. NOTE: I used an Ocean Watercolor Pencil with the Small Round Waterbrush to add color to the dots. 
10. Adhere the 5½” x ¾” B&T Paper along the bottom of the card.  Place a 5½” strip of Sugar Rush Washi Tape along the top of the 5½” x ¾” B&T Paper.
11. Using Black Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the 2″ x 1″ White Daisy Cardstock. Adhere the sentiment onto the center of the 2¼”  x 1¼” B&T Paper, then adhere to the card using Thin 3D Foam Tape.
12. Add Sugar Rush Dots onto the Cupcake. If desired, stamp a sentiment or image inside the card. NOTE: I used Sugar Rush Washi Tape to cover the inside flap. 

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Sweet Birthday Stamp + Thin Cuts

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Sugar Rush Paper Pack

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Sugar Rush Washi Tape

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Sugar Rush Dots

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Watercolor Pencils 

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Small Round Waterbrush

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Pomegranate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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3″ x 3″ My Acrylic Block

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Micro-Tip Scissors


SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer


3L EZ Dots Adhesive

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Thin 3D Foam Tape