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Monday, September 18, 2017

Arrr Matey!


Since September 19 is "International Talk Like A Pirate" day, the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog decided to host a pirate challenge.  At first, I was stumped on what stamps to use, and decided to just search the Cricut cartridges that Close To My Heart offers to see if there were any appropriate "pirate" goodies.  So I was pleased to find this fishing ship on the new Your Are Here cartridge, which certainly reminds me of a pirate ship.  The "Arrr Matey!" was cut using the font included with the You Are Here cartridge, and the wave frame is on the Artbooking cartridge.  Even though it is difficult to see in the photo, the darker portion of the ship is actually a patterned paper from the Basics Fundamentals packet, and the flags have a bit of sparkle added to them using silver the Shimmer Brush.  

So, brush up on your "pirate talk" and share your creation on the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog!  

All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
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Monday, September 4, 2017

Falling For You


To begin the month of September, the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog has a color challenge incorporating six vibrant colors for Fall.  For this card, I used five of the colors to stamp leaves from the Falling For You-Cardmaking stamp set with coordinating Thin Cuts dies.  The ink colors used are Toffee, Pomegranate, Sorbet, Canary, and Peacock.  The Pebble for the color challenge is both the cardstock card base and the linen look patterned paper from the Basics Fundamentals packet.  The card sketch (FMS303) is from the Freshly Made Sketches blog. 
To play along with our color challenge this month, create your own artwork using the colors Toffee, Pomegranate, Sorbet, Canary, Peacock, and Pebble.  Then post it, and share the link with us on the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog!   

All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
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Friday, September 1, 2017

Feel So Blessed (September SOTM Blog Hop)

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  For September, the Feel So Blessed stamp set includes great images to be used by both cardmakers and scrapbookers.          

If you have come here from the Crafting For Sanity? blog, you are on the right path!  Blog Hopping is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!  

Included in the Feel So Blessed stamp set is a wonderful feather, and I used three different inks to "stamp roll" and create multi-colored feathers.  As a background for the sentiment, a nice accent stamp from the Splash of Color set was used.  It is a simple, one-layer card with some burlap ribbon to add to the rustic feel.    

Place a $50 minimum order this month (September 2017) and you are eligible to purchase the Feel So Blessed stamp set for only $5. It is also available for $17.95 without a qualifying purchase.  





Now "Hop" on over to the Stamping Maui blog to see her work.  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas. 



If you get lost along the way, the complete list of participants is available on Melinda's 'If You Bling It' blog.   



All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
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Monday, August 28, 2017

A Thoughtful Bird Study

One afternoon, I decided to do a "bird study" with the adorable Thoughtful Bird stamp set.  Since it includes a coordinating die cut, it was really fun to play with and to come up with different color combinations for the bird.  It is actually a 3-step stamp with three separate layers of images to create great detail on the bird.  

This first card uses a linen look paper from the Basics Fundamentals paper packet, along with a sentiment and the bird from Thoughtful Bird.  Ink colors used for the bird were Almond, Sweet Leaf, and Toffee.  

Next I wanted to create more of a peach colored bird, so used ink colors Sorbet, Toffee, and Espresso.  Also used the same linen paper and a sentiment from the Birthday Sparkles stamp set.  

Everyone loves a blue bird, so this one uses Crystal Blue, Almond and Toffee inks for the bird.  To create a bit of background, an image from the versatile Splash of Color stamp set was used.  The striped paper is also from the Basics Fundamentals paper packet. 

One of my favorites is the red bird.  It is not truly a cardinal since there is not a crown on his head, but the colors worked out wonderfully.  For this bird, I actually only used the first and third layers of stamp images, so only the colors Cranberry and Black.  And I felt that the bird still looks great without that extra layer of detail.  To complete the card, a dotted paper from the Basics Fundamentals packet with used along with some black Glitter Paper which really adds a nice background for the bird.  

Finally, I decided to use only the "negative space" left by using the die cut.  Layered behind the bird is a piece of our new Silver Foil Paper which has been embossed using the new Rose Embossing Folder and a Cuttlebug.  The Foil Paper is available in both Silver and Gold, and embosses beautifully with no tears or blemishes.  This sentiment is also included in the Thoughtful Bird stamp set.  The ribbon is part of the new Basics Ribbon pack.  

Hope you have enjoyed this little bird "study" and I thought it was perfect to share for the current Anything Goes--CTMH Style challenge on the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog.  

All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
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Sheila Bennett
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Monday, August 21, 2017

Stylish and Classy


When I saw the theme of "Stylish and Classy" for this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenges, my first thought was the new Foil Paper from CTMH.  This is available in either Silver or Gold, and looks fabulous when embossed because it does not crack like a regular foil.  Of course, the Rose embossing folder also means classic style to me, as does the wonderful sentiment from the Inspire stamp set.  The card base and Glitter Paper are both Bashful, which is the color-of-the-year and is a beautiful pink.   

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Sheila Bennett
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