What’s Your Green – Color Dare #316

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  Challenge #316 is Monochromatic Greens – you choose!  Each Color Dare Challenge is open for two weeks – this challenge closes on Thursday, November 8th.

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I chose Willow – it’s my favorite Green!  I used a B&T leftover from the City Sidewalks collection stamped a swirl pattern on white and then layered on a fancy tag which I embellished with white dots and twine.  Simple & sweet…that’s my favorite kind of card.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  What greens will you choose to create with?  The rules on how to join are located on a tab at the top of the Color Dare Blog here

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

TBT – Jubilee

It’s Thursday time for another throwback and I don’t even know how long ago this paper pack has been in my stash, but I will tell you – it must have been a favorite because it was barely used.

I paired the Jubilee paper with a large flower from the Girls Rock stamp set (also retired) for a fun birthday card.  I thought the Blue Burlap ribbon would be a fun accent to this very country themed card.

I wasn’t able to completely bust this stash of paper, but it’s fresh in my memory and will probably get used for some scrapbook pages soon!


Don’t Be Blue – Color Dare #264


Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors: Crystal Blue, Pacifica, Sapphire, White Daisy & Black

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I was really excited when I saw that Color Dare #264 was a monochromatic (for the most part) color scheme.  Then all I could think of was the Wayne Newton song “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” – where do things like that come from?  I wondered if I should make blue roses – then I started thinking about a sweater I had in college that was red with large blue roses on it…good grief will I ever get my card made?

I finally headed to my Pinterest boards where I found some inspiration here.  I really had to search the perfect Happy Birthday stamp and found it in a retired set (that is why I keep almost ALL of the stamps I buy) I also used the Short & Sweet stamp set one of my favorite sentiment sets and if it’s not in your collection it should be!


I cut my white card front 1/4 inch smaller than my card base.  I love the look that added layer gives to a card especially when it’s popped up with some Thin 3D Foam Tape.  When I started my card I initially thought I needed to draw lines to keep my sentiment straight, but then I had another idea…I took a thin strip (1/4 inch) of Washi Tape and taped my card down to my Versa Mat and started my first line of Happy Birthday in Crystal Blue, then I turned my mat and stamped in Pacifica and then turned it again and stamped it in Sapphire.  My sentiment was stamped in black and I sponged the edges of the banner with Crystal Blue ink.  I wrapped a piece of white twine twice and tied it in a knot under the Crystal Blue star which I cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  A scattering of black dots finished it off.

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 for two weeks to give you plenty of time to link up!

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


Share a Smile

I am so proud to be associated with a company that supports the lives of children through their partnership with Operation Smile and I’m extremely excited about the October Share a Smile campaign.

First of all, as if the exclusive Punny Pals stamp set was not cute enough on it’s own – the fact that $7 from the sale of each stamp set is donated to Operation Smile makes it just that much cuter and NOW during the month of October or while supplies last you can also get a set of Thin Cuts that will cut out these adorable animals.  Even better there is an exclusive card kit available that includes the Thin Cuts, Card Bases and Envelopes, Paper Pieces and instructions on how to make the adorable cards.


I spent some time in the Craft Coop yesterday to make my October birthday cards (my stash has depleted itself, but I have high hopes of correcting that situation).  I have a stack of retired paper packets that I’m trying to work myself through and I thought the bold red polka dot matched with Honey made for a happy card.  I can’t wait to get my hands on those Thin Cuts because that little puppy popped up would be just adorable!

If you’d like to learn more about the Punny Pals stamp set or the Share a Smile October special please leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to get in touch with you.


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!



Charlotte Birthday

I paired this weeks Close to My Heart Color Dare with a sketch over at Retro Sketches for another February birthday!


When I saw the sketch I immediately thought Center Step Card and what better than to showcase the Charlotte papers with.  I used the Balloon Wishes and Springtime Wishes stamp sets.  Since I know this card is going to be delivered in person I loaded it up with embellishments the new Treasured Puffies have become a quick favorite of mine as well as some black and grey sparkles which are long retired.


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