It’s OK to be Blue – Color Dare #319

Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body.

Welcome to Color My Heart Color Dare #319 where you get to choose your blue.  Will your card be one color like mine or a mix of different blues?

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I chose to play with the new Close to My Heart color Carolina.  It’s a beautiful blue perfect for baby boy cards, birthday cards and just about any other card you might want to make.

My card is a small 4.5 X 4.5 square.  I embossed the Carolina panel with the star confetti to tie it into the sentiment.  I added a few bitty sparkles for a little sparkle, but keeping things very simple.

Now it’s your turn to come and play…the full list of rules is located at the top of the Color My Heart Color Dare page and while you are there take a look at the other design team members cards.  We all work very hard to bring you inspiration each week.

 

Sketch This

As most of you know I’m a DT Member at Double Trouble Papercrafting challenge.  We have the most amazing participants that have introduced me to many fun challenges and stamp companies and digital images.  It’s a crazy happy world that I live in!

One of our entrants in Challenge #14, Mary Marsh of The Charmed Life, posted an adorable card and information on Sketch 718 at Split Coast Stampers.  She also mentioned how she had struggled a bit with the sketch due to it’s Clean and Simple look.

I love a good sketch – I use pattern books all the time, but it’s always a challenge wondering what the creator is really looking for and if I can put my touch on it, but still have the basic details of the sketch.

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I was in card class mode surrounded by Christmas papers when I decided I needed a break from making card kits and had the printout of the sketch on my desk.  I decided to skip the stamping and added a die cut snowflake instead of the second circle.  I also added some twine and wish I’d got it under my circle, but that circle wouldn’t even think about budging.

I am quite excited that Mary shared this sketch and introduced me to an entire gallery of inspiration.  Go check out her blog…she shares some really cute cards.

Tic Tac Grateful Heart – Color Dare #318

Happy Friday!  It’s another Tic Tac Toe week at the Color My Heart Color Dare – Challenge #318 brings us the beautiful fall colors of the Grateful Heart paper packet.  Although we refer to the Close to My Heart Papers and Colors they are not required to play in our challenge – just grab what’s close and start creating!

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I was all over the place with this board…the bottom row had me thinking coffee, the middle row had me thinking fall leaves and somehow I just couldn’t make up my mind – so I grabbed the pretty floral from the Grateful Heart pack and played with them all!

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Not only did I use all the colors of the board, but there is absolutely no stamping on this card.  I cut apart a PML card for my banner added some mink twine, grateful heart complements and clear sparkles and that’s a wrap!

If you’d like to play along you can find the rules under a tab at the top of the Color Dare.  While you’re visiting our home page make sure to hop through the projects the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our days).

 

Inspired by Nature

Heart 2 Heart Challenges asks what it looks like outside where you are?  My Craft Coop windows are flanked with trees that are bit by bit losing their leaves.

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My card was inspired by those leaves falling in the breeze and a card that I had seen on Pinterest here.  I love perusing Pinterest for card ideas there are so many wonderful artists to gain inspiration from, however I always put my own twist on the card.

I have always loved (until recently) sending happy mail so I seem to be getting a lot of use out of this Hello Friend Sentiment from the Grateful Heart Cardmaking Stamp set.

I hope you’ll consider checking out the Heart 2 Heart Challenges – their challenges are posted weekly but open for the entire month so it gives you lots of time to participate.

Thanks for stopping by…happy fall y’all!

 

 

Grab A Sweater

I don’t know how Christmas Sweaters got such a bad wrap…personally I think this Ugly Sweater stamp set is pretty darn cute!

Do you have a friend that ‘Don’s an ugly Christmas sweater”?  This card might be perfect for them.  The stamp set would also be fun to use on a scrapbook page about ugly sweaters.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve got any ugly sweaters hanging in your closet.

 

Double Trouble 14

Well, looks like we all survived our lucky number week and it’s time for more fun!!!

I just found out that I made the Naughty List…seems that November rolls around and I’m always trying to explain to Santa! I’m sure it’s who I hang out with so if you include something that “hangs” – Christmas Lights, Ornament, Stocking, etc in your design your sure to get an extra entry into our drawing for a bag of things and might just make the nice list too!

Double Trouble Challenge #14 has us pairing up with Try Stamping on Tuesday – they have a fun Tic Tac Tuesday challenge that Double Dare has asked us to link up to! Trouble Maker had already asked us to do a holiday card so I killed two birds with one stone.

I chose the diagonal row starting in the upper left hand corner:  Green, Trees & Plaid.  I liked the combination of black & white plaid with the bright willow green.  It had a bit of a modern Christmas twist.  I kept my stamping simple using a retired CTMH Stamp of the Month from 2012 a tree branch with an ornament for my “hanging option”

Here’s the Tic Tac Tuesday board…I can’t wait to see what row you choose.

Make sure you pop on over to Double Trouble to see what the heck is going on – we had a Crazy Cousin (Guest Designer) stop by for the month of November and she’s bringing all kinds of goodies with her.

Seasonal Trees

Today I have some very special artwork to share with you.  Each month I host a card swap that requires the use of the Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month and each month I am amazed at the talented cards that I receive, photograph, watermark, swap out and send out to my “sister consultants”.

There seems to be a huge debate in the art world if watermarking photos is necessary, but the one thing that I want to avoid is having someone else think I made all this gorgeous work.  So enjoy the art, but also make a note of who made it.

Do you have a favorite…leave me a comment.