PINK! – Color Dare #215

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors: Cotton Candy, Pixie and White Daisy.

Pink is definitely my color!  I had thought about going with a floral theme so I started by pulling out the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.

I ended up with an elephant!  The polka-dot patterned paper is from the new Whimsy Paper Fundamentals, I layered it with Pixie cardstock and a white daisy panel which I stamped with a B&T stamp from the Flower Market coordinating stamp set.  I then layered my little elephant cut from Pixie and Cotton Candy papers.  The entire panel is then popped up with some 3D foam tape.  I finished off the card with some bakers twine from the new Adventure pallete.  Since we all know I’m a bit bow challenged I just tied it in a knot and split the ends.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  Each color dare is open until 9:00 CDT on Thursday!

While at the homepage – check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our day)!

Leave me a message telling me what your favorite image from the Flower Market cartridge is.  Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

 

Jump on it July – July Constant Campaign

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Welcome to the Jump on it July Constant Campaign Blog Hop – we are the Close to My Heart consultants that bring you the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  This month we are featuring the Hostess Rewards Stamp sets found in the Annual Inspirations catalog.  If you’ve come here from Kathy Burrows’ blog you are on the right track, if you’re just starting here don’t worry we are a great big circle and if you click the links at the end of each page you’ll eventually end up right back where you started.  .  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html

It wasn’t hard for me to decide which Hostess Stamp Set to use because getting to purchase the exclusive hostess stamp sets without having to book a party is like Christmas in July!  I chose to create my artwork with the Be Jolly set, 4 magnificent sentiment stamps perfect for the inside or outside of your Christmas Cards.

After spending 4 days at the Close to My Heart Convention in Disneyland, I was missing my crafting time.  Not that I didn’t get some there (that artwork will be coming soon) but it’s just not the same as spreading out and making your own inky mess.  I knew I wanted to do a square card and rarely do I reinvent the wheel so I reached for my Wishes book and used the All Squared Up pattern.  If you haven’t added our How To Program Books to your collection stop everything right now and go buy them.  Honestly you will ask yourself how you survived without them.

I wanted to keep my cards simple so I stuck with a traditional Christmas palette of Topiary and Ruby in both cardstock and ink.  I did spruce them up a bit with a touch of glitter paper behind the Art Philosophy Cut sentiment and a few Clear Sparkles.  For a bit more I added either a cricut cut holly or tree to the inside.

Now hop on over to Paige’s blog and see what she has to share…I’m sure it’s absolutely amazing!  Be sure you visit all the other consultants blogs to get some fun ideas and remember the Jump on it July campaign only runs through the end of July!

Seasonal Expressions 2 – SOTM Blog Hop

April brings a brand new mini catalog to ogle, so with that brings a special hop hosted by the same talented group that bring you the SOTM Blog Hop!

If you came from Melinda Everitt’s blog you are on the right path…hopping is easy you just click on the links at the end of the post to hop on over to the next participant. Let’s get started.

I was overwhelmed when it came to choices from the Seasonal Expressions 2 which product I wanted to showcase in this hop.  I finally decided to let my heart do the speaking for me.  I am featuring the new Operation Smile stamp set Happy Everything!

 When you can change the life of a child by purchasing just one stamp set how can you go wrong?  With each purchase of Happy Everything, Close to My Heart will donate $3.00 to Operation Smile, but that’s not the only way that you can help.  We also give you the opportunity to round up your order – pennies add up to dollars and dollars add up to surgeries.  Since it’s founding in 1982 Operation Smile has performed 220,000 surgeries to transform facial deformities in children.  What difference are you willing to make?   This stamp set features some fabulous sentiments along with the cutest little bee for a mere $17.95.

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I had so much fun designing this card and wanted to focus on the hexagon shapes as accents.  First I embossed the honey paper with the hexagon embossing folder and took my sanding block to it.  I love our white core cardstock!  I then punched the hexagon shapes into the white card stock and then stamped the bee with his little buzzing trail in black.  To brighten up the front I stamped the sentiment in Honey ink and then colored in the bee with my Shin Han marker.  I added a touch of glitter glue to the wings popped it all up with some 3D foam tape, stamped the inside for the finishing touch and tada I was done!

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Now you can hop over to Chris Lothian’s Creative Capers to see what she has created.

Thanks again for stopping by.  You can order your Happy Everything stamp from my webpage or from your local consultant and don’t forget to take a look at the daily grab bag specials too!

Choose Happy – SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!   We are featuring March’s SOTM, which is “Choose Happy”, a set of 14.

If you have come here from Pam’s, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

This month we have over 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

Although I felt this set was initially going to be hard to work with, it didn’t take me long to figure that the frames would work well for both a scrapbook layout or a card.  I chose to go in the card direction (no big surprise there I’m sure).  I looked through the “Wishes” Card Confidence Book that has over 100 card patterns.  I chose two that focused on using a frame.

The first card comes from page 59.  I used the Wooden Frame and added Cricut cut letters from the Artfully sent cartridge to for a fun Father’s Day Card.  I wrapped a piece of bakers twine around to keep the embellishment simple.

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My second card is a take of the pattern on page 120.  First I cut the shape from the Art Philosophy Cartridge and then stamped the frame around it.  I placed a piece of B&T from Hopscotch along the bottom inside of the card so that it would show through the opening and then layered the sentiment “Choose Happy” on a pennant to the front of the card.

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Now “Hop” on over to Chris Lathian’s blog to see what Creative Caper she’s been up to! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the March SOTM is only available until March 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

A Little Note – AHSC #95

I have Daffodils on my mind and with a bright sunny day and a granddaughter entertaining herself in the cow pasture I took a minute to see what the sketch was at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog.  My first thought was
“a bow?!”  I am seriously bow challenged – love them, but can’t tie one to save my life (except on my sneakers).

With Miss B still outside I decided to go to work with this sketch…so the base spoke square to me (my new favorite size 4.5 X 4.5)  Polka Dots?  My brand new Brushed paper packet was sitting on my desk – hmmm, yep Polka Dot B&T.  Now for the image?  Since I’m thinking Daffodills, I guess A Little Note will fill that bill.  I also grabbed some contraband ribbon and a button (Vicki at the Wizard’s Hangout has a great little tutorial on how to tie a bow).  OK, with all my supplies prepared here’s what I came up with.

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It just seems so cheery, now I need to get out my “Happy Mail” list and spread a little cheer.  Would you like to be added to my Happy Mail List?  Leave me a comment with your contact info and I’ll get you added.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Here’s a few more of my weekend card craziness!  I love brightening mailboxes and who couldn’t use a little love?  These two mini cards pack a big ‘pun’ch!  They measure just 4 1/2 X 4 1/2 (I love square cards).

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Both cards were stamped using the retired “Pun Fun” stamp set which reminds me of the goofy sayings that came on Valentines when I was a kid instead of the Barbie, Sponge Bob and Disney Princess of today.
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For my first card, I started by running Lagoon cardstock through my Big Shot with the Heart Embossing Folder.  One of the greatest things about our white core cardstock is that you can sand it and get just a touch of a distressed look.  To finish I added a strip of Heartstrings B & T and a square of Cranberry to mount my image which I had colored with the ShinHan markers.   The Aqua Dots seemed like a simple accent to give it a little bling.
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My second card was made with the retired Lollydoodle papers (have I ever mentioned that I have a paper hording problem?) and instead of hearts I used the Dots Embossing Folder to match the dots of the paper.  I once again colored the image with the ShinHan markers and topped the cupcake with a sprinkle of Red & Pink Sparkles (retired).

The inside of both cards was finished with one of my favorite stamp sets Doodled Designs which is perfect to enhance one of our M-sized stamps.

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Thank you for stopping by…I hope it’s encouraged you to think outside the box when it comes to Valentines!

Laughing Lola Strikes Pose on Paper Trail

Welcome to the Paper Trail Blog Hop where Laughing Lola has taken center stage to kick off the release of the new Autumn/Winter Close to My Heart Idea Book & Catalog.  If you are hopping here from Karen’s Inky Fingers, welcome…if you are starting here don’t worry we are a circular hop and if you follow the links you will eventually end up right where you started.

Lola was my maternal grandma’s name and I think I fell in love with the paper as soon as I read the name.  It actually is a paper with all my favorite colors and I found myself admiring it and not wanting to cut the beautiful papers.

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I finally decided that I would make smaller cards (4 1/2 X 4 1/2) because that would allow me to play more with the paper.  I chose to use my newest favorite stamp set Paisley Perfect (C1556) and hand color with a blender pen one of the large paisley flairs.  The sentiment seems to fit me perfectly…a touch of class and a lot of sass!

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I also wanted to showcase the new “M” size stamps in the catalog.  I love these eight mini stamps and have so many fun ideas for them.  The A True Thank You (M1029) was stamped in black ink and then colored with lagoon ink using the blender pen.  I am having a special on these stamps during the month of August so check out my Facebook Page   to learn more.

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My final card is one of a set of monogrammed stationery for a very special lady in my life, my mother in law.  I purchased the “V” stamp – also a mini and priced at just $2.95 I find it to be a fun gift to include with a set of cards.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed your walk down the Paper Trail and now you can hop on over to Field’s Finery to see what Lynne has in for you!

I hope you’ll come back in a few weeks and check out my 1,2,3 Craft! page…I’m pretty sure that I’ll still be playing with Lola!