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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

You Are Fabulous

Heart 2 Heart Challenges has a really fun challenge this month, named COPY THAT.  The idea is to flip through the new CTMH Annual Inspirations book, find some artwork that you like, and then COPY THAT artwork.  

For my piece, I chose to copy the card shown page 46 with the So Many Smiles stamp set.  Instead of using the same colors as the original card, I chose to use the inks for Color My Heart Color Dare #208; Pixie, Thistle, Juniper, Lagoon, and White Daisy.  The card was quick to copy and create, and some Bitty Sparkles add a touch of shine.  




All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Lovely Leaves ~ Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop, brought to you by the same ladies who participate in the monthly Stamp-of-the-Month Blog Hop.  The month of August means a brand-new catalog full of fun new products for your creative projects.  See all the new products at http://sheila.closetomyheart.com.      

If you arrived here from Create With Alyson, you are hopping through our circle of Close To My Heart consultants sharing their projects spotlighting new products featured in the 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations.  


It has been a while since I created a 3"x3" card, but I decided it was the perfect size for images in the Lovely Leaves and Short & Sweet stamp sets.  Using the Short Accent card sketch from Originals Card Confidence Program and papers from the Rustic Home kit, this card is a perfect little "hello" for a friend.  Both the leaf from Lovely Leaves and the sentiment from Short & Sweet were embossed using Gold embossing powder.  A masking technique and a sponge dauber were used to add color to the leaf using Fern, Saffron, and Poppy inks.  To add a bit more gold to the card, some Gold Foil Tape was added. 

Please visit the Crafty Happy blog to continue along our Blog Hop



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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Handmade Card = Paper Hug


Since the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog is featuring the Florence paper pack this month, I was inspired to create a card using images from the True Love stamp set.  This is the new Close To My Heart special stamp set to benefit Operation Smile.  With every True Love stamp set sold, CTMH will donate $7 of the process to Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates in children.  

Three different papers from the Florence kit were used along with two new ribbons from the Rustic Home Ribbon Pack.  The new Shimmer Brush was used to add a bit of shimmer around the outline of the sentiment, and also to the heart-shaped balloons.  Card design is based on Sketch #25 in Make It From Your Heart Volume 2. 

D1711 True Love  (set of 9 stamps)




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Monday, August 1, 2016

Purr-fect Halloween (August SOTM Blog Hop)

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  Whether you love cats, or Halloween, or both - this stamp set is perfect for you.  With different eyes, hats, and sentiments, you can personalize cat for any occasion.         

If you have come here from My Scrapbooking 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!  

For the first time, Close To My Heart is featuring a "Color of the Year."  And the first featured color, Sea Glass, is being introduced this month.  If you love the Sea Glass color, there is cardstock, ink, and even Glitter paper for you to choose from.  And Sea Glass is also featured in some of the special paper packs which will be available for the Holidays (beginning in September).  

Instead of creating something specific for Halloween, I decided to just use the cute cat from the Purr-fect Halloween stamp set along with the fun sentiment.  Some watercolor was used to give the kitty a bit of color.  Using a piece of the coordinating Sea Glass Glitter paper, along with Silver Foil Tape and White Shimmer Trim adds just enough sparkle.  Card design is found in Make It From Your Heart Volume 2, sketch Number 25.           

Place a $50 minimum order this month (August 2016) and you are eligible to purchase the Purr-fect Halloween stamp set for only $5. It is also available for $17.95 without a qualifying purchase.  





Now "Hop" on over to Inky Hearts Papercrafting 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. 

http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html

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



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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Keep Dreaming


"Clean and simple" cards always appeal to me, and this week's CAS(e) this Sketch! (CTS182) is a really nice simple sketch.  Using a card base of Desert Sand cardstock, a bit of watercolor was washed onto some watercolor paper using the new Medium Flat Waterbrush.  An adorable turtle and sentiment from the Outback Adventure stamp set were stamped using Memento Black ink.  After stamping a couple of turtles onto a piece of White Daisy cardstock as a liner for the inside, the card is complete and ready to brighten someone's day.  



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