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.


Get It Quick 

Here it is July 30th and I realize that I haven’t shared pictures of cards with the July SOTM…what’s wrong with me?  Each month Close to My Heart features an exclusive Stamp of the Month, I joined with a group of other consultants to create art for us to share using this stamp to inspire you.

Pictured above are cards from L-R by Julie Reynolds, Maggie Cameron, Debi Gardner and myself.  I was impressed with the multitude of uses that each of us came up with.  That’s one of the main reasons I joined this swap as everyone sees something differently.


July’s SOTM – From the Notebook is a set of 24 stamps with several Cricut compatible images that you can add to a qualifying order for just $5US.  You just have today and tomorrow to take advantage of this fun stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!



Wild Wonders

I have a baby shower to go to tomorrow and thought I better make a cute card to go on my package!  I LOVE the Wild Wonders set, not only for the cuteness of the animals but because they are Cricut compatible with the Artbooking cartridge from Close to My Heart.

Do you recognize this paper packet?  It’s been retired for a long time and I even found almost all the Stickease in the package too!

I loved the idea of a speech bubble for the hippo on the inside of the card.  Our friend is a single daddy and although he is super excited, I think it’s going to be a lot different now that baby is home from the hospital!

A Creative Day

I have to admit that I have to be in just the right mood to papercraft.  I have always loved teaching the art of rubberstamping and scrapbooking, but sometimes find that I’m not always in the “right frame of mind” to create for myself.  I also have usually stamped alone – a release I suppose, sometimes I fall asleep thinking about the next card I want to make and wake up the next morning to not one ounce of creativity flowing in my body.  I’ve learned that it’s pointless to try and make myself create…I end up with a card I don’t like, a scrapbook layout that just doesn’t have what I’m looking for.  There are days when sometimes I just like to go in my craft room and look at my stuff…I want to see it, touch it, smell it, but I don’t want to create!  Yesterday was not one of those days!

First of all I have been extremely excited about my new venture as a scrapbooking and papercrafting consultant – if you hadn’t noticed you must not be reading very regularly!  Second, I have met a wonderful new friend (from here on I will refer to her as “MC” ~ think MC Hammer) who is just as crazy about creating as I am.  I suppose I should tell you a little about how we met.  “MC” is also a Close to My Heart Consultant and we met when she posted on our company bulletin board that she wasn’t able to go to convention (I didn’t go either) but she would share information that she received from other consultants on her Facebook page.  I immediately signed up to be a friend – learned that she lived about 20 minutes from me and from the art work I saw her post thought we had a similar style.  After convention we remained FB friends and when I saw a post that she was in my hometown looking for a restaurant I had to respond.  She was quite pleased with my recommendation and after returning from her trip we agreed to meet at Starbucks for coffee and to talk about the new catalog we had both recently received.  MC is very creative…I have great marketing and business ideas and we are a great “think tank” when it comes to our businesses.  MC supported me during my recent open house and I am looking forward to attending hers tomorrow to see what little tidbits I can pick up!

Now, on to the crafting…yesterday was a spectacular day!  After a quick trip to the dentist I came home let the dogs out for a run as I got “consumable” supplies together, texted MC and was soon on my way.  I pulled up in front of her townhouse around 10 am – we created and chatted for 8 hours (only taking a break for a piece of the most scrumptious chocolate cake).  I was honestly surprised when I checked the time and it was 7:00pm…the last I had checked it was 1:30 and I mentally made a note that I must leave by 3.  How did that happen?

It’s definitely fun to craft at someone else’s craft room…new stamp sets, different colors of ink (she has them all) and the challenge is to use something that you don’t necessarily love and turn it into spectacular art.  You will see from the attached pictures that I was busy yesterday…using colors I wouldn’t necessarily use (Juniper, Tulip and Creme Brulee) I fell in love with the colors from our Typeset Paper Packet.

The little Pink Elephant card was inspired by the colors of the Elemental Paper Packet and stamped using the Zoology stamp set.  The card features special die cuts using the Cricut Art Philosphy cartridge available from Close to My Heart.  This cartridge is AWESOME!!!  No more hand-cutting as it coordinates with so many of our stamp sets.  It comes with over 700 shapes AND an exclusive alphabet!

Happy Thoughts

For my final creative project (it was actually the first I made) I covered a spiral notebook and paired it with a cute card in Harvest colors.

I hope that this has inspired you to fit a little creative time into your schedule.  If you are interested in purchasing any products that were used please contact me and remember “a little bling never hurt anything.”