Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop,where we will be featuring products from our amazing Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog . 31919520_10155617744822686_2034753619907051520_n If you haven’t had a chance to view this catalog, you can do so online or receive one free when you place an online order in May.  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished here, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

For this Blog Hop, I was able to do three things I love: Join a blog hop full of talented ladies, create some cards for my wonderful downline, and join in a Color My Heart Dare challenge.  I just love the Sapphire, Smoothie, and Heather combination in our Beautiful Friendship collection. I have been seeing this color combination everywhere lately.  How awesome is it that Close to My Heart is “in the know” when it comes to seasonal color combinations?!

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And those tea cups….oh, my gosh!  I have fallen in love with the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking set.  I just love those little flowers that you can add to the Cup and Teapot, not to mention that adorable little Teabag.

Here are a few techniques I used on this card:

  • The Sapphire background was created using one of the PML cards from the Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet.  I always end of with a few of these leftover and they make great backgrounds for cards.
  • The “Create” sentiment is from another one of my favorite stamp sets – We Are Makers.  I just love all these crafty sentiments that can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, or in a frame with Cricut® flowers.
  • The “Steam” was stamped with Heather Ink using the second-generation stamping technique. This prevented it from competing with the sentiment, yet still gave another layer of depth to the card.
  • The “Teacup” was stamped in Black Ink, then I added the Flower design with Smoothie ink.  I wanted to add a little blue, but I was too lazy to color the flowers, so I added some dots with a ShinHan™ Twin Touch™ Marine Blue Marker.
  • Both the Teabag and the Teacup were cut-out using our matching Thin Cuts. You can purchase the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking stamp set as a bundle with these Thin Cuts dies.
  • For another layer of texture, I stitched the “Banners” along the right side of the card using a Ruler and Piercing & Embossing Tool.

Just in case you wanted to re-create this card, I have included a complete list of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post. You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from almost twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our products from the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Alayne Fleming’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! If you would like a free Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, contact your CTMH Consultant, or send me a message on my website. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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My Weird Scrapbooking Life

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, I have decided to try to post more scrapbook pages.  As I created this layout, I realized that I have some really weird scrapbook habits. So, in honor of a month dedicated to scrapbooking, I have decided to share my top ten habits of “weirdness” with you.  (Maybe you can ease my mind into believing that some of these habits aren’t so weird.) 

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WEIRD HABIT NUMBER ONE
I love scouring the internet for inspiration and challenges.  This week’s online search led me to two challenges.  I adore the Raspberry, Mink and Juniper combination for this week’s Color My Heart Dare, and I really wanted to challenge myself to use Vellum as instructed in the Heart2Heart Challenge(These challenges are so fun – this time I was blessed with the Diamond Award from Color My Heart Dare and the May Darling Award from Heart2Heart.)

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER TWO
I don’t glue everything down all at once.  In fact, I am known to have a huge pile of randomness that I have thrown onto the page, rearrange, THEN when I am finally satisfied – I snap a photo of it on my phone for reference. By taking a photo, I have something to refer to when my life calls me elsewhere or when my ever aging brain forgets where I placed that stamped rose.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER THREE
I change my mind a lot.  Originally, I had placed the stamped vellum raspberry rose overlay on top of raspberry cardstock, but after looking at the fundamentals paper, I decided to go with white cardstock instead. Which leads me to weird habit four…

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WEIRD HABIT NUMBER FOUR
I look at all the items I have chosen for additional inspiration.  The background paper has raspberry roses on white – I matched those with a heat embossed velum raspberry rose on top of white cardstock.  The Thin Cut Hearts have stitching which I matched by adding stitching to the page.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER FIVE
I eat chocolate while scrapbooking and sometimes have to use a white pen to cover up the random chocolate stain on a layout.  My scrapbook desk holds two tins  – one with chocolate and one with dog treats. I don’t dare mix them up. 🙂

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER SIX
I save most of my scraps and Cricut® mistakes.  On this layout, the vellum roses were cut from scraps, the cardstock roses were cut from scraps, the leaves were stamped on scraps, and the title was a mistake made and used.  I even cut my little hearts from the raspberry roses I had intended on using.

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WEIRD HABIT NUMBER SEVEN
I use a lot of foam tape. I need to by this stuff in 100 foot rolls.  I love the dimension that using both Thin 3D Foam Tape and 3D Foam Tape as well as our Foam Dots gives to a project.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER EIGHT
I don’t post many layouts with photos.  In all honesty, I like to keep my family life private and protected.  Although, I do seem to have (and post) more pictures of my dog than my kids and her little attitude would prevent most people from taking her.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER NINE
I like to use a variety of shapes, colors, and textures on my projects.  I have been learning quite a bit lately about color application and how to “match” tones and shades.  I love mixing lines with floral and scripts. I am careful to make sure that each has something to add to the layout and doesn’t take away from the photos.  I am also a big fan of texture.  It adds dimension and sophistication to a project, but a little can go a long way.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER TEN
I make A TON of mistakes.  That white pen thing with the chocolate is just the tip of the iceberg. I have been known to leave a coffee ring on a project then cover it with a flower or clean a stamp and mist the ink all over the page – great opportunity to try my hand at splatter painting. I have been know to pull a piece of paper up only to tear it then just call it “added texture”.

So, maybe some of these aren’t so weird, but, to me and my little brain monsters, they seen awful strange some days.  I do hope that you take a little bit of time during National Scrapbooking Month to express your “weirdness” and breathe in the paper goodness of crafting.  Make sure to take the time to visit my website and see all that Close to My Heart is offering to celebrate a month dedicated to scrapbooking.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Mother’s Day Bouquet Card

April Showers bring May flowers … and planning days for May celebrations.  On days full of snow and rain, I am able to spend time in my craft room planning for the upcoming holidays without feeling guilty that I should be working on my never-ending yard.  This week, I attempted to create a Mother’s Day card using the colors for this week’s Color My Heart Dare – Lagoon, Mink, Peacock and Silver – which, to me, seemed like very non-traditional Mother’s Day colors. I choose to make a layered Flower Bouquet using various stamped images and, I must say, it turned out better than I had hoped.  You can find the list of supplies I used on this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Card Base, 4″ x 4″ Dotted Velum (Postcard Perfect),
2½” x 4″ Mink Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock scraps

Here are some of the techniques I used to create this card:

  • I used the second-generation stamping technique on the large flowers so that the Lagoon and Mink Inks appeared lighter. After stamping, I used a Watercolor Pencil to add shading to the flowers, then brushed it with a Clear Shimmer Brush.
  • The images were all cut out by hand and layered onto the card using Thin Foam Dots and 3D Foam Tape.  By using two different types of adhesive, I was able to get a multi-layered look on the card.
  • I used White Embossing Powder on the sentiment and Silver Embossing Powder for some of the leaves.

Don’t forget that the Color Your Life and the Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking stamp sets are only available through April 30th.  I hope you take the time to try to create a few Mother’s Day cards this year and, while you are at it, join in on the weekly Color My Heart Dare challenges.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Watercolor Color Dare Card

For this week’s Color My Heart Dare challenge, we are required to use Eggplant, Pewter, and Goldrush.  You would think that these colors wouldn’t complement each other, yet, I found many examples in nature where these colors beautifully enhance one another.  For this challenge, I choose to create a simple card where the colors complement each other to create a project full of color and texture. You can find the list of supplies used on this card at the very bottom of this post.

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On this card I wanted all of my colors to match, so I chose to create my own watercolor paint.  I simply mixed a few drops of Reinker with a ¼ tsp of water, then carefully shaded the images with a fine paintbrush.  Since I used a water-based ink to stamp the images, I had to extra cautious not to use too much “paint” on my images.  After painting the images, I splattered a little bit of the remaining Goldrush watercolor around the butterfly for added texture.

You can easily recreate this card for any occasion.  I would love to see you join in on this week’s Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.  You have until March 22nd to create and add your project to the challenge page.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tone-On-Tone Thankful Card

Monochromatic cards can be the most stunning cards, but they can also be difficult to create as you try to find a balance.  This week’s Color My Heart Dare challenge is “Pick your own Red” using Poppy, Ruby, Cranberry with optional Gold. As I attempted to mix various red tones along with some tone-on-tone stamping, I came across a wonderful tutorial that gave instructions for creating a background with stencils and clear embossing powder. The dusty wheels in my brain began to spin, and this card emerged using some of the same techniques with an embossing folder. You can find the complete list of supplies I used on this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5³⁄8″ x 4¹⁄8″ Ruby Cardstock, 4″ x 1½” Ruby Cardstock, 4″ x 1½” White Daisy Cardstock, 6″ x 1″ Vellum

Assembly Instructions:
1. Prepare your 5³⁄8″ x 4¹⁄8″ Ruby cardstock using an anti-static bag. (You can find more information about this bag as well as a few tips for heat embossing on one of my earlier posts here. )
2. Open the Rose Embossing Folder and generously apply VersaMark™ Ink onto the top portion of the folder.
3. Carefully place the Ruby cardstock onto the bottom half of the folder.  You will need to make sure that 1½” of the cardstock will be sticking out from the bottom of the folder to prevent any ink from getting onto the top portion of the cardstock. (If desired you can use a temporary adhesive to keep the cardstock in place.)
4. Close the folder and be extremely careful not to move the cardstock. Apply pressure to the embossing folder to “stamp” the cardstock.  You can use a Brayer, a rolling pin, or place the folder onto a texture pad and run it through an embossing machine.  You DO NOT want to dry emboss the card.
5. Remove the cardstock from the Rose Embossing Folder and sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder.  Tap of the excess, then heat with a Craft Heater until the powder is melted.
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6. Cut out the “Thankful” Thin Cut sentiment from both the Ruby and White Daisy cardstock. Layer the two images and adhere to the top of the card.
7. Cut out the “Ribbon Border” Thin Cut from Vellum and attach to the card by wrapping the ends around the Ruby cardstock and adhering in place. (If desired, use a Gold Shimmer Brush on the Vellum Ribbon Border.)
8. Adhere the Ruby cardstock onto the card base, then add three White Dots, as shown.

The stunning tone-on-tone pattern created with Clear Embossing Powder adds texture and depth to this card.  I would love to see some of your monochromatic creations and have you join me  for this week’s Color My Heart Dare.

Don’t forget that the “Thankful” Thin Cuts used on this card along with many more of our Thin Cuts are on sale this month during our Die-Namite Sale.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Color Dare Easter Card

This week’s Color My Heart Dare allows you to choose colors from a Tic-Tac-Toe board featuring the palette from the “Make Waves” collection.  Since Easter is coming much sooner this year, I decided to begin making a few cards to send to family and friends.  I was inspired by a card I found in a magazine and decided to try to recreate it using ONLY the colors Lagoon, Willow, and Pansy. As always, the list of supplies used on this project can be found at the very bottom of this post.

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I began with a 4¼” x 4″ piece of White Daisy cardstock that I sponged with Willow and Lagoon Ink.  I created various masks to create the hills and sky, then sponged the entire creation with White Daisy ink to blend the colors even more.  The images were stamped using Black Memento Ink, then shaded using our ShinHan Markers.

I, of course, had to add a little bit of sparkle with the Clear Shimmer Brush to the images. The White Daisy cardstock was adhered to some Pansy cardstock, then onto the card base.  Even though was very simple to make, the cheery warmth of this card makes me feel ready for Spring to arrive.

 

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I would love to see you join the Color My Heart Dare challenge this week.  They love to see participation from all of their crafty friends.  If you join the challenge this week, we can  pick up this special “Buddy Badge”  to proudly display on the side bar of our blogs,  and get an extra chance to any of the random draws. Make sure to let me know if you decided to join in this week.  I can’t wait to see what you create!!

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Sparkly Scrap Card

Each quarter, a new Seasonal Expressions catalog arrives and I purchase packs of papers for my workshops and personal projects.  This can amount to a plethora of paper.  I made it a personal goal this year to use up ALL of my paper supplies each quarter BEFORE another idea book arrives. If you are like me, you have lots of random scraps that need using so, this week, I used up some of my Make Waves scraps to create this Sparkly Scrap card for the Color My Heart Color Dare and Heart 2 Heart weekly challenges. As always, a list of supplies I used on this project can be found at the very bottom of this post.

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This card uses up random scraps of paper from the Make Waves Paper Packet.  I used ½” strips of leftover paper and PML cards to create the background, a 12″ strip to create the Rosette, and matching cardstock pieces to finish the card.  You can use any paper strips or zip-strips in your paper stash to create a card like this.  I suggest sticking to 3-4 colors and creating a “visual triangle” with the colors you chose.  This prevents the card from looking jumbled and allows your eye to flow across the images.  As you can see, I used only Pixie, Emerald, and Pansy, then placed them so that each strip along with the rosette and large butterfly created “visual triangles”.

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To make the card “extra sparkly”, I painted to butterflies with our Clear Shimmer Brush.  These cards went together quickly and I now have less paper to use up before the end of the quarter. 🙂 I would love to see how you use up your paper stash of scraps.  Feel free to post your projects on my Facebook Page for everyone to see.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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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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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is one of my favorite holidays.  It’s a time to show love to those you care about, a time to be selfless and share your heart with others, and the day I grow another year older. Take a little time today to show someone in your life how much you care for them and remember how blessed you are to have those people in your life.

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This week, I joined the Color Dare Bashful, Kraft, and Gold Challenge as well as the Heart2Heart Make it From Your Heart Sketch Challenge.  If you wish to recreate this card for someone you care about, you can find the list of supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.

For the Heart2Heart Challenge we were required to create a card from one of our How-To Books.  These books are absolutely amazing!  I came across a card sketch on page 27 of the Make It From Your Heart Volume #4 book, and immediately wanted to reproduce the background for my card.  Since the Color My Heart Dare Challenge limited my colors to Bashful, Kraft, and Gold, I choose to use both sides of the Bashful cardstock and Bashful Glitter paper to create the striped background. To add even more texture, I drew stripes onto the darker side of the Bashful cardstock with our Chalk Marker.

This card is so simple to make, yet so elegant and perfect to give to a person you care about on Valentine’s Day.  I encourage you to visit each of these blogs and join in the challenges.

Don’t forget that you can SAVE up to 30% on Pink and Gold Products during the month of February.  Visit the Pretty in Pink Sale or the “Promotions” tab on my website to stock up on inks, papers, stamps, and more.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Valentine Chocolate Box

This week’s Color My Heart Dare is a Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge.  We had to use and identify the three colors in a row from the board of our choice.  I chose to make this adorable little box for Valentine’s Day that holds three Ghirardelli® chocolate squares using Glacier, White Daisy, and Heather.  Along with joining the Color My Heart Dare Challenge this week, I am venturing out and joining the Heartful Stamping and Three Amigos challenges as well.  As always, I have listed the supplies used on this project at the very bottom of this post.
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I needed to create more than one of these boxes so I chose to re-create a pattern I found online in Cricut® Design Space.  I have written quite a few posts and taught classes on how to create a box shape in Design Space using an online score board pattern.  This is what my image looked like once I created it in Design Space.
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As you can see, I inserted a simple rectangle shape, then attached score lines and cut lines where the directions indicated.  You can find a simple tutorial in Split-Coast Stampers to create the box using a score board if you would like.

I can’t always participate in challenges weekly, but enjoy how much they stretch me each time I do.  I hope that you join me in these weekly challenges or take the time to try to re-create one of these boxes.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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