An Exciting Color My Heart Dare Announcement

As many of you know, I enjoy participating in each week’s Color My Heart Dare challenge.  Today, I am excited to announce that I have decided to venture out of my comfort zone and join the Color My Heart Dare Design Team. As a Design Team Member, I get to provide inspiration for some of our Color Dare Challenges. My first challenge for you as a Design Team member is a Boutique Paper Pack Tic-Tac-Toe.

 

 

You would think that by now, I might be tired of playing with the Boutique paper pack, but, in all honesty, it has been one of my favorites to create with.  This week, I decided to design a card using primarily Peacock, Peach, and Glacier, with a few of the other colors from the board added in.

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This card allowed me to use up a few of my scraps, leftover PML cards, and the Boutique Scrapbooking stamp set (which I ♥love♥). Though it is simple, I really enjoy how this card turned out and I can’t wait to send it off to a few of my friends.

Here are a some techniques I used to create this card:
• The sentiment came from the Boutique Scrapbooking stamp set and was stamped using Intense Black Ink onto one of the PML cards that was trimmed down to 3¼” x 3″. Don’t you just ADORE this sentiment.
• The Peacock Scallop Trim was created using our new Decorative Borders Thin Cuts dies (another favorite♥ of mine).
• The small plastic heart is not a Boutique product, but one of the new Hello Pumpkin Shapes. Isn’t it just the cutest? AND it has adhesive backing making it so easy to apply to any project you make.
• That little flower was cut from Peach cardstock using our Flower Market collection. Our new Peach color really works well with Peacock – a great color combination for fall.
Mink Twine was used to create a faux “Leaf” and Silver Glitter Gems were added for a little bling (we all need a little bling).

 You don’t need a blog. You don’t need to use the CTMH colors (just something close). You get to share your love of paper crafting and could win some fun prizes.

Joining the Color My Heart Dare Challenge is so simple and I encourage you to join in this week.  If you don’t have a blog, you can simply add your photo onto the Color My Heart Dare Facebook page.  Please let me know if you decide to join this week, and I will send you a personal Thank You card just for joining. I can’t wait to see what you create for the Color My Heart Dare Challenge.

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Masculine Color Dare Card

Have you ever had one of those days where no matter how much you try to get something to work, it refuses to cooperate and becomes the bane of your existence?! Well, that is exactly how I felt when I was trying to create a card for this week’s Color My Heart Dare Challenge.

This week’s theme is a Twisted Tic-Tac-Toe and normally, I would have tossed out the card, cried a little, maybe curled in a ball in the corner, ate a little chocolate, then returned to the drawing board. In all honesty though, I really wanted you to see that sometimes the cards I create don’t exactly turn out how I envisioned them.

After much angst over this design, I am still in a debate with myself over which is the better card. I do like the look of the Nutmeg Argyle pattern on the Pacifica background, and the overall structure of the card isn’t horrible, but I am still torn as to which card has a better overall look.

 

I would love to hear what you think.  We have until September 20th to enter our creations into this week’s challenge and HOPEFULLY by then I will have decided which one I prefer.  I would love to see your creations entered into this week’s challenge and can’t wait to see what you create!

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Dreams Stamp Set

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Fern Stitched Ribbon

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Gold Glitter Gems

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My Acrylix Block Starter Set

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Just Treats Blog Hop

Welcome to the Just Treats Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the September Just Treats stamp set.  I am so excited by this stamp set! I ♥LOVE♥40467678_10155888311247686_2148774616384929792_n all the little icons and images designed perfectly for the upcoming holidays. If you have come here from Kathy Burrows’ 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 simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Just Treats stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Christmas came to mind when I first glanced at our Just Treats stamps set, and then I thought “Nope! I am not ready for Christmas no matter what the retail stores think“. After taking a second look at the stamp set, and really studying the images and sentiments, I realized that this set is intended for so much more than Christmas.  Take a minute to really study this stamp set and think about all the backgrounds you could make, and borders, and embellishments, and cards and…..your imagination is your only limit.

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I am sure you noticed that beautiful Boutique paper right away.  I adore all the patterns and textures of this paper pack. Most people only notice the pales tones in this collection, but I found that Saffron Pattern paper right away and knew that it would make some wonderful fall projects.  To keep with the fall color scheme, I decided that the Charcoal and Linen pattern papers would complement the Saffron and Candy Apple. Yes, that is a “true” red ink you see there in my sentiment and I added more red to the images with a Red Shimmer Brush. I’m not sure how well you can see it, but I brushed some Clear Shimmer on that Whipped Cream topping. ♥LOVE♥ that sparkle.

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I’ve only mentioned a few of the new products I used on this card, but I am sure you saw many more that you can’t wait to play with. You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty-one other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Just Treats stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs. I will be creating more projects throughout the month using this stamp set and our Holiday Expresions products, so make sure to visit often.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crating tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Just Treats stamp set is only available until September 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of 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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Bring Back My Pack – More Magical

Magical is back!  The much-loved paper packet, Magical, is available while supplies last, as the August and September special. I just adore these lighthearted papers full of stars, stripes, hearts, and polka dots.  Close to My Heart has created the More Magical paper packet and coordinating products to be perfect for use in any crafting featuring amusement parks, adventure, and parties. Just image all the magical projects you can create.

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Our More Magical paper packet has been refreshed with the new upcoming color palette, and includes coordinating cardstock, and stamp set. Our new Bluebird, Candy Apple,
Carolina colors will be featured in both the paper pack and the coordinating cardstock.  Aren’t they amazing! I love that we have a “true red” arriving in September. Through this special, you get a first-hand sneak peak of a few of our new colors.

 

You can purchase a special workshop kit featuring the More Magical paper packet paired with the Dreams stamp set. The products in this workshop include the patterned paper, cardstock, embellishments, and stamp set needed to create four 12″ x 12″ layouts and
eight cards. We have even provided you with a simple, easy-to-follow workshop guide for you to download and use with these exclusive products.

 

Are you already beginning to image all that you can create with these products? Well, you can get a More Magical paper packet FREE during the month of August when you Host a gathering. You can choose to host a gathering with me in your home or through Facebook (no cleaning involved). We are also giving away a free More Magical paper packet to anyone who signs up as a Close To My Heart Consultant in August. Not only will you received the More Magical paper packet FREE, but you will also be receiving the NEW Consultant kit full of Holiday Expressions catalogs and new products.

MagicalMiniAlbumWorkshopAre you ready for something even more magical? As a special offer, through me, I am offering my original Magical Album Workshop Guide FREE to anyone who purchases $50.00 or more (before tax & shipping) on my website during the month of August. This adorable 8″ x 8″ album has been created just for you and your family adventures.  It is the perfect place to display those memorable family photos. You can view a short video of the full album HERE  and see all of the delightful features it has.

I can guarantee that More Magical is going to be a very popular paper pack, so make sure you grab it before it’s gone for good. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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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 Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Celebrate You Card

For this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, I assembled a bright, spring Tulip that you could create using our Cricut Flower Market Collection.  In the photo with the Tulip, was this fun, easy-to-make card that I produced using our exclusive Color Your Life stamp of the month.  You can easily replicate this card for any occasion, with the Re-Inkers of your choice, using the cutting guide and directions below as a guide.  I have also listed the supplies used at the very bottom of this post. CelebrateYouCard.jpg

Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Card Base, 4″ x 5¼” Gold Foil Paper, 3¾” x 5″ White Daisy Cardstock, Gold Foil Paper (“You”)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Fill your Spray Pen ¾-full with Isopropyl Alcohol or Water and add 5-7 drops of Re-Inker. (I chose to fill one using Sorbet and one using Tangerine.)
2. Place your White Daisy cardstock onto the All Purpose Mat (or a well prepared area – it will get messy) and carefully spray the cardstock using the mix in the Spray Pens.  The closer your are, the denser the coverage.
3. Allow the inks to dry completely.
4. Using VersaMark Ink, stamp the “Celebrate and be” sentiment, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder, and heat using a craft gun.
5. Adhere the White Daisy cardstock onto the center of the 4″ x 5¼” Gold Foil paper, then onto the center of the card base.
6. Using a Cuttlebug, or embossing machine of choice, cut out “You” from Gold Foil Paper using the “Thankful for You” Thin Cuts.  Adhere to the card.
7. Add Gold Glitter Gems and a sentiment inside the card if you like.

When playing with your Spray Pens, it’s always good to have some scraps of White cardstock nearby.  After spraying the petals on my Tulip, I had some left-over mix in my Spray Pens, so instead of wasting it,  I used it to create the background for this card.  You never know what you might possibly end up with. 

Remember, the Color Your Life stamp set is only available through April 30th. You can order it on my website for $17.95 or for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  I have created a few projects this month using this stamp set, and, I must say, it is one that I am beginning to warm up to. I can’t wait to see what you create with the April stamp of the month!

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Color Your Life Stamp Set

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12 x 12 Gold Foil Paper

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Tangerine Exclusive Inks Reiinker

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Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

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White Cards & Envelopes

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Tombow® Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit
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Postcard Perfect Workshops

To celebrate National Scrapbooking Month, Close to My Heart has created Postcard Perfect – a collection of bright, beachy products available exclusively during the month of May.  I will be hosting three workshops featuring this exclusive collection where you can come create some memorable scrapbook albums and cards.   This collection will be available for purchase on my website May 1st, OR order the papers, coordinating cardstock, or stamp set directly from me beginning April 15th. 

Since every vacation is “Postcard Perfect” and worthy of remembering, I am offering two album kits to showcase your family photos. Choose from the twenty-page Mini-Album featuring places for over forty photos or the full-size Cut-Above Kit with three coordinating layouts.  Each will be perfect for recording those “Postcard Perfect” memories. (The mini-album guide is available for sale in my online store for all my long-distance crafters.)

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For all you card makers out there,  I have found an AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL card workshop that is  “Postcard Perfect”.  This card workshop was inspired by the talented Jacquie Paech, and each card has been designed beautifully for any occasion.  

Isn’t this a wonderful way to celebrate National Scrapbooking month?!  Remember, the Postcard Perfect products will be available for purchase on my website May 1st, but you can pre-order your products directly through me beginning April 15th.  

You must reserve your kit before May 10th. Don’t forget to share this event with your friends! Every friend who comes will earn you an additional entry into the drawing for some free Postcard Perfect products. **

I hope you can come to this workshop! It will defiantly be “Postcard Perfect”!

** Workshop must have 5 or more attendees in order for drawing to take place. The more people…the more drawings. 🙂

Color Your Life Blog Hop

Welcome to the Color Your Life Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the April Color Your Life stamp set.  This stamp set is perfect for celebrating life and it’s abundant blessings. 26169035_10155292171067686_653723603339258597_nIf you have come here from Jean McNulty’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 Color Your Life stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Many of you noticed that you received a wonderfully designed empty blog post yesterday.  It was with the best intentions that I had planned on posting this cute little card for this blog hop, yet, family life took some unexpected turns, I over-filled my plate,  and you all were able to see the results.  So, today, with Melinda’s permission, I am posting a project using our adorable Color Your Life stamp set .

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The card was created using Gimme Some Sugar papers, Complements, and Cork Shapes. I am LOVING this collection! ❤ ❤  It reminds me of vintage farm decor and puts me in my happy place.  I will continue to post more ideas throughout the month using these papers as well as the Color Your Life stamp set, so make sure to visit often.

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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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Goldrush Exclusive Inks Reinker

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Eggplant Exclusive Inks Reinker

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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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My Acrylix Blocks Starter Set

 

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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Black & White Dots
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Ranger Clear Embossing Powder

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive 

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