Maker’s Color Dare Card

Convention is over, I am “almost” unpacked, my craft-room is still not finished, and, yet, I am still able to create. I have been amazed by how little I need to make a card and how many things I have found as I have unpacked my collection like the Originals Idea Book from Close to My Heart.  I had this stashed on a shelf in another area of the house and completely forgot that I had it.  Before placing this book on the shelf in my new craft area,  I thumbed through and found a few cards that I wanted to make including one for the weekly Color My Heart Dare and Heart2Heart Challenges.

I used the design on page 35, exchanged the cardstock used for some of our Fresh Air papers, added a stamped image, and “Bob’s your uncle” – I had a completed card.

Paper Needed:  5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5½” x 1¾” B&T Paper (Fresh Air), 5½” x 2¾” B&T Paper (Fresh Air), 4¼” x 3″ Nutmeg Cardstock, 4″ x 2¾” B&T Paper (Fresh Air)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using Washi, Scotch, or Post-It Tape on the back of the papers, temporary attach the 5½” x 1¾” Fresh Air paper onto the 5½” x 2¾” Fresh Air paper. (They will overlap, so make sure that the width is 4¼”.)
2. Using the Stitch Guide and Piercing & Embossing Tool, punch holes along where the two papers meet. I used the Zig-Zag stitch, but you can use any on the guide. 
3. After adding stitching with a Glacier colored thread, adhere the paper onto the card base.
4. Using Nutmeg Ink, stamp the sentiment from the We Are Makers stamp set onto the 4″ x 2¾” Fresh Air paper. (FYI: This stamp is only available until August 31st.)
5. Adhere the stamped sentiment onto the center of the 4¼” x 3″ Nutmeg Cardstock using Thin 3D Foam Tape.
6. Using Charcoal Ink, stamp the “We Are Born” image onto a scrap of White Daisy cardstock. Cut out the image and adhere to the sentiment using 3D Foam Dots.
7. Cut two 1½” pieces of Glacier & Gold Ribbon, fold in half, and staple onto the Nutmeg cardstock, as shown, using a Mini Stapler.
8. Adhere the Nutmeg cardstock with the sentiment onto the card using 3D Foam Tape.
9. Add two Gold Glitter Gems, and stamp a sentiment inside the card.

I know that the card I made looks nothing like the one in the Originals Idea Book , but the books are designed to inspire and give you a launching pad to begin the creating process.  I hope that you join this week’s challenges. I always love seeing what other people create for these challenges.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Final Week to Stock Up & Save

Summer is flying by and many of you have become so busy that you forgot all about our amazing June specials.  If you haven’t had a chance to take advantage of our Create the Rainbow or Dad is Rad specials, make sure you visit my website before June 30th to check out the savings. Stock up on your favorite cardstock, embellishments, stamps, and kits while you can, because, once the summer ends, you will be wishing you had stocked up and saved while you had a chance.

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I would hate for you to miss out on saving 25% off custom cardstock bundles, individual spools of ribbon, and select accessories! This is a great time to purchase cardstock bundles, ribbons, and embellishments so that you are all stocked up and ready for crafting once the business of summer subsides.  Along with our discounted products, we are also offering an exclusive Be A Rainbow stamp set  with adorable sentiments, quotes, and images that will coordinate perfectly with all your beautiful artwork!

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This is also the final week to purchase the Dad is Rad Workshop Kit.  You will be able to create some of the delightful artwork shown here using the exclusive My Acrylix® Rad Dad stamp set and the Dad is Rad project bundle.   This kit is also perfect for creating Heritage pages, layout featuring the men in your life, and masculine cards.

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While you are viewing these products, make sure to take the time to download the FREE Workshop Guide.  These Dad is Rad items and Create the Rainbow discounts are only available until the end of June, so get them now before they are gone for good!  Have a wonderfully blessed summer, my friends!

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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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Color Your Life Stamp Set

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Peacock Cardstock

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12 x 12 Mink Cardstock

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Chelsea Gardens – Scrapbooking Stamp Set

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Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder

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All Purpose Mat

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Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Peacock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Mink Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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Tombow® Permanent Adhesive

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Thin 3D Foam Dots

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3D Foam Tape

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

Celebrate Friends Layout

I know that I am usually on top of things and posting artwork weekly.  I am one who tries to make sure that you have plenty of inspiration each month using our exclusive stamp sets, but life …well…life.  One of the joys of owning my own business is the ability to schedule around “life”.  That may mean that there will be some weeks with very little inspirational artwork and there will be others where you will just become plain sick of me. 😉

This week, I was able to take a little break to play with our Color Your Life stamp of the month and create this “Celebrate Friends” layout.  I am usually one who meticulously  plans out each layout, but, due to my lack of playtime, this page was thrown together into quite the collection of shapes, colors, and textures AND I LIKE IT.  I must say that it was quite freeing to take the Gimme Some Sugar leftovers from random projects and come up with something like this.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock, 6″ x 6″ Juniper B&T, 3½” x 10″ Juniper Gingham B&T, 1″ x 11″ Pink Floral B&T, (7) 1½” Circles, 2½” Circle, Grey Journal PML (cut out),  Hibiscus Flowers (Flower Market), Bashful Butterfly

Here are a few detailed photos of the layout:

 

This layout went together rather quickly and, now, I must leave my sanctuary to return to life’s demands.  I am blessed that as a Close to My Heart Consultant I am free to have a home business that suits me and allows me to keep my family a priority.

If you have been considering becoming a consultant, April is the perfect month to sign-up.  Not only will you receive an amazing $200 kit and $50 in product credit, but during April you will also receive the next FOUR exclusive stamp of the month stamp sets FREE.  That is over $350 in products for only $75 (USA).  I would love for you to join our HeARTfully Blessed Creations team where you can run your business in a way that suits you best and allows you to keep your family a priority. 

Don’t forget that the Color Your Life stamp set is only available through April 30th.  Visit the promotions tab on my website to order your exclusive stamp set along with some of the retiring Gimme Some Sugar products.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Seasonal Expressions Farewell

I always hate when I miss out on something that I had on my wish list or “saved in my cart”.  I always tend to wait until the last minute, completely forget to place my order, and I miss out on some amazing products. Well, my friends, the end of the season is nearing, and Close to My Heart will be retiring another Seasonal Expressions catalog.   I don’t want you miss out on everything that you have “saved in your cart”.

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Many of the items from this catalog have already sold out and supplies are dwindling, so make sure to visit my website before these products are gone for good. Here are a few of the items that will no longer be available on my website after April 30th.

We will also be discontinuing all of the Stamp Sets and Thin Cuts metal dies featured in the Seasonal Expressions One catalog. This includes the Mother’s Day, Wedding, Paper Doll, Super Hero, Easter, and Graduation items.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or come visit me at the Scrap * Stamp *Create crop this weekend to view the products in this catalog and place your order. I can’t wait to see what you create!

Grandma’s House Layout

We all have memories of our Grandma’s house.  For me, it was a place I could run around collecting pine cones, write acrostics, and explore outside. My Grandma’s House layout is perfect for recording all of those precious memories.  This kit features our New Gimme Some Sugar papers which are perfectly designed for pages just like this.

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You can order a ready-to-assemble kit from my online store which includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer Gimme Some Sugar papers, Peacock Stitched Ribbon, Cricut® die-cuts, and Gimme Some Sugar Cork Shapes. You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, then add your photos for a completed layout.

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If you already own the supplies, or plan on purchasing them from your local consultant, you can purchase the Workshop Guide. The Workshop Guide will include cutting instructions, a Cricut® Design Space File, photos, and assembly instructions.  You will need to own the Cricut® cartridges used to cut out the images. The Grandma’s House Workshop Guide is available for purchase in my online store or FREE with a $30.00 purchase from my website.

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Spring Banner (Workshop)

I truly enjoy joining weekly challenges, and I love decorating my home for each season. This month, Heart2Heart Challenge is offering a Seasonal Expressions One Cover Challenge to inspire and encourage us to use the cover of the Seasonal Expressions One catalog to create something for Spring. What inspired me most was all of the amazing home decorations that the CTMH Creative Team created, and, since I love to decorate my home, I was inspired to create this adorable Spring Banner to hang on my wall.

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My Spring Banner uses designer pattern papers from our Gimme Some Sugar collection, as well as images from our Flower Market collection.  Once I created this Spring Banner, I realized how fun this project would be to create in my monthly workshop.  I haven’t hosted a home decor workshop in a while, so I will be offering this bright, cheerful banner as a workshop in April to all of my customers. You can visit the Spring Banner Workshop page here on my blog to learn more about this workshop.  I also have kits and workshop guides available for sale in my online Holiday Store.

I would love for you to join me in the Heart2Heart Challenge and be inspired by the cover of the Seasonal Expressions One catalog to create something for Spring.  There are so many amazing products in this catalog and 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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Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Stamp Set

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12 x 12 Goldrush Cardstock

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12 x 12 Pewter Cardstock

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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Paintbrush Set

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Goldrush Exclusive Inks Reinker

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Pewter Exclusive Inks Reinker

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Eggplant Exclusive Inks Reinker

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Goldrush Exclusive Inks Reinker

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Pewter Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

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Rose Embossing Folder

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White Twine
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3D Foam Tape
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SureCut Deluxe Paper Trimmer
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My Acrylix Blocks Starter Set