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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Color Dare Valentine

It’s time to join the Color My Heart Dare Challenge! This week’s challenge is to use all and only Glacier, Charcoal, Bashful and (optional) Silver. I chose to create this whimsical Valentine’s Day card using some paper from the Chelsea Gardens and Gimme Some Sugar paper collections.  You can find a list of all of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” Card Base, 4¼” x 5½” Glacier Cardstock, 3¼” x 4½” B&T Paper (Chelsea Gardens)

Cricut Images: Pine Tree – #MD6794B, Heart – #M4289B, Banner – #M39162

Techniques Used on this Card:
• The border on the Glacier base was created using a ruler and our Chalk Marker.
• A PML Card from the Gimme Some Sugar collection was used to create the “Heart Trees”.  The outlines on the “Heart Trees”  were made using the “Write” feature in Cricut® Design Space.
• The sentiment was created on the Glacier cardstock banner using a font called “Elephant”, then a banner cut from Charcoal cardstock was layered behind.

I had so much fun creating this Valentine’s Day card.  Sometimes you just need to step  “out-of-the-box” and make something new. I hope you join me in the Color My Heart Dare weekly challenge.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Favorite Christmas Card

Sometimes you create a Christmas card you put so much love and effort into it, you don’t want to give it away.  That is the way I felt about this card.  I truly enjoy how it came about and love the end result so much that I had to share it with others.  This week, I have posted this card onto both the Color Dare – December Holiday Link Party and the Heart2Heart Christmas Critters Challenge.

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This card was designed using our Beary Christmas papers, Gold Foil Paper, and some Cricut® cuts, then stamped using Thoughtful Bird stamp set. I have used this stamp set before in a few projects.  It takes a little getting used to, but it worth the purchase.  You can use the SEARCH feature to find more projects using this stamp set.  I plan on making more throughout the year. 🙂

Even though this card was one I fell in love with, I did choose to give it away to someone special.  I can’t wait to try to make another project using the Thoughtful Bird stamp set and I would love to see any projects you have made.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Color Dare Card – Falling For You

I adore fall colors! I love their warmth and softness, so, of course, when I saw the Falling For You products, I knew they were a MUST have.  This week’s Color My Heart Dare challenge required to use of the Falling For You paper colors along with Saffron, Goldrush, and Fern plus one additional neutral color.  I chose to make this simple Thank You card along with two others using the Falling for You papers and stamp set.

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On this card, I used the Falling for You patterned paper with Espresso cardstock for the card base. The leaves were stamped with Fern and Goldrush ink, then cut out using the matching Thin Cuts. (LOVE THIS SET!)   I used the lighter side of the Saffron cardstock to stamp the sentiment.  I enjoyed this paper and stamp set so much that I made two other cards, duplicated them, and was able to make nine cards from one sheet of Falling For You paper.  (A few of them were Pinterest inspired.) Now I have a stock of Thank You cards to send to my wonderful customers. 🙂

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Don’t you just love these cards?  I am giving away this three card guide FREE to anyone who places and order on my website during the month of November. This guide will show you how to recreate all of these cards three times from one sheet of Falling For You paper.  That’s NINE CARDS that you can use yourself or give as a gift to a teacher or friend.

As always, I have listed the products used on these cards at that bottom of this post.  I hope you enjoy these Falling For You products as much as I do.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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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Happy Heart Gift Card

I love that Close to My Heart has a line of masculine papers because I have used the Jack paper pack for many of my projects including this multi-layered thank-you card. Sadly, these papers and their accessories are only available until August 30th, so be sure to purchase them before they retire.

I created this card for the weekly Color My Heart Dare challenge which required the use of Ruby, Slate, Sapphire, Willow, White Daisy, Black with optional Silver. I will admit that the Willow color was a bit of a challenge for me on this card, but I was able to find some twine in my stash that had both Ruby and Willow allowing me to “tie” everything together and create a clean looking card.  As always, I have created a list of the products used on this card at the very bottom of this post.

HappyHeartsGiftCard_Both.jpg Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” Card Base, (2) 5½” x 4¼” Sapphire Cardstock, 5¼” x 4″ B&T Paper (Plaid Slate), 2″ x 4¼” Sapphire Cardstock, 4″ x 2½” B&T Paper (Plaid Ruby), (3) ¾” x ¾” Sapphire Cardstock, 2¾” Sapphire Cardstock Circle, 2½” White Daisy Cardstock Circle, 2½” x 2½” Slate Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere a piece of 5½” x 4¼” Sapphire cardstock to the card base.
2. Adhere the 5¼” x 4″ B&T paper to the center of the Sapphire cardstock.
3. Using an Embossing Folder, dry emboss the 2″ x 4¼” Sapphire cardstock, then adhere to the front of the card horizontally approximately 1″ from the bottom. HappyHeartGiftCard
4. With the long side at the top, score the other piece of 5½” x 4¼” Sapphire cardstock at 2¾”. Fold the cardstock in half lengthwise then adhere to the center of the card.
5. Adhere the three ¾” squares to the outside of the folded Sapphire cardstock as shown.
6. Using Black Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the White Daisy circle, then adhere the White Daisy circle to the center of the Sapphire circle.
7. Adhere the circles to the left side of the 4″ x 2½” B&T paper allowing the sides of the circles to hang over the edge slightly. Trim the circles so they are flush with the edge of the paper.
8. Adhere the 4″ x 2½” B&T paper to the center of the outside of the folded Sapphire cardstock. Add the Twine Bow and Silver Gems to the sentiment.
9. Using a 1″ circle punch, create a notch in the top of the 2½” x 2½” Slate cardstock. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Heart” image below the notch.  Wrap Twine twice around the cardstock and secure to the back.
10. Adhere to the inside of the folded Sapphire cardstock to create a gift card holder.
11. If desired, stamp a sentiment inside the card.

Don’t forget! The Jack papers and accessories are available for a
few more weeks while supplies last.  Make sure to visit my website to
order your products before August 30th. 

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Thin Cuts – Basic Circles

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Tombow Permanant Adhesive

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Micro Dots Glue Dots

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Bone Folder

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

Paper Bird Watercolor Card

It’s time for the weekly Color My Heart Dare project and this week was quite the challenge for me.  I rarely combine cool and warm colors, yet this week we were required to use Poppy, Tangerine, Willow, Glacier, Slate and White Daisy with optional Gold. My solution was to create a “cool” look to the color palette by using our Watercolor paints and keeping the accents simple.  Using the Paper Bird stamp set allowed me to create accents with simple, uncomplicated details.  This stamp set is only available during the month of July for our Buy Two Get One FREE Stampagaza event.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” Slate Cardstock, 5¼” x 4″ B&T Paper (Script Uptown Fundamental), 4½” X 3¼” Watercolor Paper

Techniques Used:
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The “Paper Bird” image was stamped onto the Uptown Fundamental Vellum using Black Memento Ink then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.
•  The “Paper Heart” was stamped with VersaMark Ink onto State Cardstock, then heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.
•  The striped background was created with Watercolor Paints onto the 4½” X 3¼” Watercolor Paper, then was cut 1″ from the bottom after it dried.
•  The edges of the Watercolor paper and Heart Image were distressed with the Edge Distresser.


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Paper Bird Arcylic Stamp Set

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Watercolor Paints

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Paintbrush Set

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Ranger Gold Embossing Powder

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Ranger Clear Embossing Powder

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Edge Distresser

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4″ x 5″ My Acrylic Block

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Bonding Memories Glue

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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All Purpose Mat

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Craft Heater

Quick & Easy Tag Card

A while back, I bought the Tagged with Love acrylic stamp set and I have been itching  to use it for the Color My Heart Dare challenge.  I was so excited to see that this set was one of the exclusive stamp sets chosen to bring back for our July Stampaganza. This card is simple to make and can be altered to fit any occasion just by choosing one of the other sentiments on the Tagged with Love stamp set.  I also love the fact that this card is a great way to use up some of your leftover paper scraps like I did here with the Prickly Pear papers.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5½” x 4¼” B&T Paper (Raspberry Adventure Fundamentals), 5″ x 3¾” Black Cardstock, 4¾” x 3½” White Daisy Cardstock, (3) 4″ x 1″ B&T Paper (Prickly Pear), 3″ x 2″ Black Cardstock, 3″ x 2″ White Daisy Cardstock.

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using the Confetti Embossing Folder, dry emboss the 4¾” x 3½” White Daisy cardstock.
2. Adhere the White Daisy cardstock onto the center of the 5″ x 3¾” Black cardstock, then onto the center of the 5½” x 4¼” B&T paper.
3. Cut a chevron into the shorter end of each of the 1″ B&T paper strips, then adhere onto the 4¾” x 3½” White Daisy cardstock.
4. Using the Art Philosophy cartridge, cut out the tag shapes from both the White Daisy and Black cardstock.
5. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Chevron Tag” onto the White Daisy tag.
6. Using Raspberry Ink, stamp the “Awesome” sentiment onto the center of the White Daisy tag.
7. Layer the White Daisy tag onto the Black cardstock tag, add a ribbon, then attach to the card with 3D Foam Tape.
8. If desired add a Silver Glitter Paper strip to the tag, and Embellish with Silver Sequins.

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July Buy Two Get One Free Stampaganza.  Get your’s before it’s gone!

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