Just the Basics & Bashful

When I registered for the Close to My Heart Convention this year I also signed up for the Consultant Showcase.  I was provided a 3 foot X 18 inch space in which I could display anything I wanted.

I decided that I wanted to keep my display to cards and picked to use the Basic Fundamentals & Bashful (2017-18 Color of the Year).

I was really excited about my cards, but not so excited to put them on display.  I am very blessed to have a dear friend that is also a consultant that promised to stay with me – she was my human security blanket 🙂

The night started off with a bang – there was a Sticky Boy right above my display that neither one of us saw.  I had a great time interacting with other consultants and realized that I can’t wait to do this again.  Fears are meant to be conquered, right!

I have my cards listed for sale on my Facebook page through 7/16 in hopes to earn some money to help Operation Smile.  I hope you’ll pop over there and consider bidding.

 

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No Otter – Color Dare #276

Happy Wednesday!  I stopped by the Color My Heart Color Dare and found an amazing color combination that I couldn’t wait to play with.  Anything with the Basics makes my heart beat a little faster.

This sweet little Otter from the Punny Pals stamp set had yet to be inked.  Appalled?  So was I.  Right away I knew that he’d find a home on this card and Mink cardstock was just the right hue to leave him uncolored, except for the shell which I touched up with my Shin Han Marker in as close to a Sweet Leaf shade as I had.  One of the techniques I used to bring a little detail to this card was stamping the sentiment along the side and then outlining the square with a freehanded black fine point marker.

The colors for this weeks color dare are Mink, Sweet Leaf and Heather.  I have always loved the combinations that the Design Team puts together and their inspiration is so diverse.  Make sure you take a minute and visit the Color My Heart Color Dare and maybe even play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by…I hope you’ll come by again real soon!

UPDATE:  I was very humbled when I stopped by the Color Dare blog this morning and learned that my card was the Diamond Winner for Challenge #276.

 

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Color Club Exclusive – October

This month the rich browns of Espresso are featured in the exclusive Color Club card.  Accented with Bashful Glitter paper and pearls this card also features a sentiment from the Stronger Together disaster relief stamp set.

I am loving the new Basics – from the rich browns to the warm grays – this new family of neutrals is a real show stopper.  What is your favorite color from the new basics collection?

Thanks for stopping by – I hope you’ll take a minute to leave me a little love, I read and appreciate all your comments.

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Joyful Stars – Just the Basics

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Welcome to the October Joyful Stars Blog Hop!  If you are arriving here from Lucy’s Blog you are on the right path…if you’ve started here that’s ok too, we are a small circular hop and if you follow the links you’ll eventually end up right back where you started.

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I have a new love in my life…the Basics Fundamentals Creative Collection.  I have always been a “color girl” and have strayed away from the Basics and Whimsy color families – oh I’ve used them…just in small doses, however with the release of a revamped Basics Palette last August my shift has changed.  The warm browns and grays are a magnificent match to the Color of the Year Bashful.

My card design comes directly from our Make It From Your Heart Idea book and instead of stamping I added a die cut Happy Birthday, although retired you can still find it in the Going Soon section of my website, of Bashful Glitter Paper.  A wrap of Whisper Thick Twine and Bashful Pearls finished things off.

Don’t forget when you’re placing your order this month to round up for Operation Smile – Close to My Heart is matching donations up to $10,000.  When you participate in our Share a Smile promotion by purchasing any of the special items or rounding up your order in support of Operation Smile™ you will automatically qualify for a chance to win a not-yet-released stamp set from our upcoming 2018 Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book! Close to My Heart will be choosing winners throughout the month of October, so any time you place an order, you can be a winner!

I hope you’ll take a minute to leave me a comment before hopping over to Debi’s blog – I’m sure she’ll have something fun to share.

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September’s Stamp of the Month

September’s stamp of the month is a versatile set that will carry your gratitude throughout the fall.  This special D sized stamp set is only available during the month of September and is just $5 with a qualifying purchase.

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My card features a base of the new Color of the Year Bashful which looks so striking against the Charcoal dot of the Basic Fundamentals.  I then embossed the thanks and feathers on Eggplant with silver embossing powder.  If you know me you know that fussy cutting is not my thing, but I will admit, the feathers were not too bad to cut out.  Although it looks like the twine is holding them together it is actually just attached with a mini glue dot.

I hope you’ll consider adding the September Stamp of the Month to your shopping cart this month, you’ll find it perfect for everything from cards, scrapbook pages and maybe you’ll even consider a gratitude book.

Take a minute and leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my card.

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Color Club Exclusive

Don’t you just love Close to My Heart’s new Color of the Year, Bashful?  It was the featured color of this month’s Color Club.

One of the perks of being in my Color Club – besides eventually owning all the new stamp pad, reinkers and a share of paper in the new colors is receiving the pre-cut pieces to put together an exclusive card with your order – you supply the card base and embellishments.  This card won’t be featured in any of my regular classes.

 

 

This card features the gray tones of the Basic Fundamentals Pack and is accented with a few Bashful Pearls and Bashful Glitter Paper.

I’m linking up to the Heart to Heart Challenge this week for a Stylish and Classy Challenge.  If you’ve never linked up to a challenge blog, the Heart to Heart Blog has some great challenges and it’s not too late to join.

If you missed signing up for the Color Club – you still have until the end of August to join.  Message me if you’d like more details.

Thanks for stopping by.

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UPDATE:  This card was chosen as a Heart to Heart Darling for the Classy & Sassy Entry 🙂