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.


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.


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!


product imageFrom the Heart Stamp Set

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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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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

Last Chance for Savings!

Can you believe that July is almost over?!  All those AMAZING deals that Close to My Heart has offered you will be gone for good in just a few days.  Take the time to visit my website today to take advantage of these AWESOME deals.

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Stamp of the Month
– Our Storybook Alphabet stamp set is available until July 31st.  You can purchase it for $17.95 or for $5.00 with a $50 online purchase. I have posted some simple projects throughout the month that you can make using this stamp set. You defiantly want to add this stamp set to your collection.

1707-cc-stampaganzaBuy Two Get One FREE Stampaganza –  If your wish list includes our acrylic stamp sets, make sure you go to my website and purchase them before July 31st.  The Buy2Get1 deal is AMAZING and includes all our current acrylic stamp sets, as well as some retired sets that were brought back for the month of July. (Thin cut bundles are not included in the sale.)

Did you know that if you sign-up to become a consultant in July and submit $300 in commissionable sales before August 31, 2017 and you’ll earn a set of 12 classic D-size stamp sets FREE — that’s a $215.40 value!

Annual Inspirations Catalog Retiring
– Many of the products in our Annual Inspirations are retiring on July 31st, including our Sea Glass products, idea books, papers, embellishments, stamp sets, thin cuts, embossing folders, and more.  Last week, I notified you that some of our products are increasing in price. Visit this post on my blog for a complete list of products.

Jack Workshop in August
– Do you need boyish layouts and masculine cards? I am hosting a workshop in August featuring our Jack papers that you will love.  You must RSVP through email or my facebook event page before July 28th to receive a kit.

Close to My Heart has some AMAZING offers and I would hate for you to miss out, so, to sweeten the deal, I am offering a FREE copy of the NEW Annual Inspirations Catalog to everyone who makes a purchase before July 31st.   I am so excited to be able to offer you all of these AMAZING deals and I would hate for you to miss out!



Crafting is a Messy Business

I love my Close to My Heart crafting business. I enjoy teaching new techniques, meeting new people, going to events, and the things I create.  Each month, I create workshops that I teach to groups at individual homes and the local library.  I create kits for selling at local crops and to long-distance paper crafters. I have fun going to people homes and teaching people how to create with Close to My Heart products.  I do all these things because I LOVE my business, but it can get MESSY.  Rarely to I share anything personal, but this is what my space looks like while creating.  Can you relate???? 🙂


The OCD person in me is crawling as I look at it, but it is OH, SO WORTH IT!!   This glorious mess resulted in a Prickly Pear Workshop full of cards and layouts.  I love this small business where I can create such fun kits to share with each of you.   If paper crafting brings you as much joy as it brings me, I would love to talk to you about having a Card Making Party or becoming a Close to My Heart Consultant.   This business truly brings me joy! After all, just look at what this mess created.