Double Trouble #20

It’s time for more trouble…but this challenge we are reminding you to spread some peace, love and kindness as you create! It’s National Hugging Week – now that’s one that I can get after!

Trouble Maker says Love Is in the Air – create a project using something you’d find in the air – balloons, banners, sunshine, clouds, birds, etc.

Twisted sister says you can’t have love without a little sparkle – her optional challenge is to use some glitter, Nuvo drops, something metalic or anything sparkly & shiny!

My card features a Hot Air Balloon cut from the Cricut that I’ve touched with some Shimmer Brush for a little sparkle. I just happened to have the Hugs For You cardmaking kit stamp set sitting on my desk so guess what sentiment I used, LOL!

Don’t forget that Double Dare says if you meet the Sparkle & Shine elements that you can link your card to the Paper Girls here.

I hope you’ll come and play along…it’s a lot of work to coordinate these challenges and we love seeing your entries!

Thin-Cut Hello – Color Dare #310

Happy Friday!  This week I have a little Color My Heart Color Dare Tracey Trivia:  The Color My Heart Color Dare challenge was founded in 2011 by Sarah Stone – Sarah is no longer a design team member, however she still participates on a fairly regular basis.  I first participated in the Color Dare in April of 2015, I was too late to actually link up my card (time zones used to give me hives) but I stuck around and my first official entry was #143 – the challenge was black, white & gold and you can find that card here.  I was an Emerald Winner with that challenge and I guess you could say that being a winner brought me back.  My first Guest Appearance as a Design Team member happened on May 28, 2015.  Pretty much from that point on I’ve been hooked…sure I’ve taken a break now and then, but my first love is the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge.

Why am I telling you this?  Lately “the Color Dare” has been lacking participants…we aren’t sure if it’s summer, back to school or that suddenly everyone has quit stamping (gasp)!  This week is the perfect week to get started – or come back – really what do you have to lose?

Basically the rules are pretty simple – you create with a color combination that we provide (if you don’t have the exact colors get them close) – in the Close to My Heart World this weeks colors are:  Ruby, Peacock & Kraft.  In the Stampin’ Up World your colors might resemble:  Cherry Cobbler, Tranquil Tide & Crumb Cake.  The point is there are some options.  This challenge is not affiliated with Close to My Heart although there are lots of consultants on the Design Team.

So, are you ready to get started?  I am!

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I love Kraft cardstock – I think it’s an amazing neutral and probably a little because it reminds me of days before plastic bags at the grocery store (I still ask for paper). I saw a super cute card on Pinterest and although I didn’t have the exact same dies it gave me a fun idea for a card anyway.

Everything on my card was die cut using Close to My Heart Thin Cuts – except the thin red strip (1/8 inch to be exact) and then adhered to the front of the card.

So, 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 won’t you please come play along.

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If you are local to me and would like to come Create in the Coop – I’d be happy to help you just send me a message.

 

A Merry Christmas – Color Dare #218

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors: New England Ivy, Ruby, Whisper and White Daisy.

My head is swimming with Christmas card ideas so this challenge couldn’t have come at a better time!

If I’m short on time the first place I start is by pulling one of my card sketch books from my shelf,  Wishes with it’s 100 card patterns just happens to be my favorite.  You’ll find this 8 X 3.5 card between it’s pages.  I don’t always follow the sketch exactly, but it’s a good jumping off point.  I embossed the white base with the Snowflake embossing folder (watch for it to come back in stock – it’s temporarily unavailable) and the Woodland Wishes stamp set.  The pattern papers are both from the  Enchantment Fundamentals.  I’m really finding the new Fundamentals line and their multiple patterns per package a versatile addition to my paper collection.

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)!

If you need to purchase any of the supplies I used you can contact your Close to My Heart consultant or click on the items listed above and it will take you to a link to my business page.  During the month of November I will be donating the commission from my sales to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

 

It’s Official – Color Dare #200

I’m an official member of the Color My Heart Color Dare Design Team!  I’m super excited to start with Color Dare #200 which features Ruby, Colonial White and Sapphire and finds the Color Dare celebrating it’s fourth year!  What’s a celebration without prizes?  Read on to find out how you can win!

My card is an adaption from an sketch I had pinned from Freshly Made Sketches.  I reduced my card to 4.25 X 4.25 which is one of my favorite sizes to work with.  I took a Colonial White card base and added squares of Ruby Paper Fundamentals and a Sapphire Paper Fundamental Star cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  The sentiment is from a retired Close to My Heart constant campaign.  You can barely see it in the photo, but there is a piece of red shimmer trim under the pennant to give it a little added dimension.  The swirl sparkle is also retired, but I felt it gave the impression of fireworks dancing in the sky.

Now about those prizes:

  1. Our Diamond Award Winner will select a future color dare.
  1. Anyone who comments on ALL the Design Team entries –  this week will be put into a random draw for a pack of paper – winners choice. (Even if she is not able to post a project this week). For each 10 people who comment on all DT entries there will be one prize given. If we have 20 people comment on all entries then we will have 2 prizes, etc.

Make sure you stop by the Color Dare – you’ll find the links to all the Design Team Members Blogs so you can leave your comments and make sure to get your entry posted prior to next Thursday, June 7th to be eligible for the grand prize!

 

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!

Color My Heart #144 – Guest Designer

I am so excited to be selected as the Guest Designer for this weeks Color Dare of Juniper, Canary, Ruby and White Daisy – you might say I’m tickled pink!

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I am going on my 10th year (July) with Close to My Heart and although I haven’t participated in the Color My Heart Color Dare for long, it’s a challenge I’ve followed for a while so when I was given the extra little push to try it out I threw my hat in the ring.

It took me five tries to come up with a card that I loved…these colors kept speaking Christmas to me, but luckily now I’m ahead of the game when December rolls around!  I was inspired by this card I found on Pinterest by Shana Gaff, but decided to put my own spin on it.

I love that the Art Philosophy cartridge will cut a banner card (p29) and then all the little pieces that go along too!  I had quite the collection to put away when I was finished (oh who am I joking, it’s all still there!)

Here’s your shopping list:

  • B1476 My Fave
  • D1560 Holiday Tags
  • D1607 Bodacious Banners
  • Z1924 Dot Embossing Folder

I’d like to encourage you to take the Color Dare Challenge…it’s such a fun place to play.