Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Holiday Expressions Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Expressions Blog put on by the Stamp of the Month consultants. The Holiday Expressions book is full of fun and festive ideas and products and deserves a hop of it's own!

If you've hopped over from Lisa Plummer's blog you're on the right track. Just keep clicking the links to go to the next blog in the hop. If you'd like to see who is hopping, here you go: List of participants.

I love this scooter! I did some paper piecing with Glacier cardstock to add some color. I stamped the scooter in Desert Sand on White Daisy cs. Then I stamped it again on Glacier cs and cut out only the body of the scooter. Add some adhesive and and place it on the scooter image. 
The gift was stamped in Glacier ink. I then used the 
Clay Shinhan Marker to color the flowers.
For some texture I used the Chevron Embossing Folder  on a piece of Kraft cs. The chevron pattern goes really well with the pattern on the scooter seat and tires! 
As for the cute little bird, I used a blending pen to add a touch of color. A sparkle flourish for the exhaust and a few for the gift and it was done! The sparkle flourish is a retired item but you can recreate it using our Clear Sparkle and Bitty Sparkles!

All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
Stamp sets: Make It Merry, Build a Cake, Just To Say(Cricut Coll.)
Cardstock: White Daisy, Glacier, Kraft
Ink: Desert Sand, Glacier
Embellishments:  Clear Sparkles, Bitty SparklesClear Sparkle Flourish (retired)

Now it's time to continue on the hop! Let's go over to Jeanie Burch's blog to see what great ideas she has to share!

Thanks for hopping by!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 2015 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Twinkle

It's time for the Stamp of the Month blog hop! This month we have an adorable stamp set called Twinkle. So get ready for lots of great ideas to inspire your creativity!

If you've come from Darlys Recker's  blog you're on the right track! Just keep clicking on the link at the end of the posts to continue on to the next blog. You can also click here for the List of participants in the hop.

I just love this cute stamp set. I think the string of lights is my favorite part! So of course I had to design something that included the string of lights! This is a very simple card and easy to put together. So if you're making your Christmas cards this is a good on to use! Twinkle and White Pines paper pack can be found in the Holiday Expressions book.

NOTE: Twinkle is only available from October 1-31, 2015. You can buy it at retail price OR with a qualifying order get it for only $5.00! See my website for details.

All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Twinkle (available Oct 1-31)
--Colonial White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
--White Pines paper pack
--Inks: Fern, Cranberry, Cocoa
--Cricut Art Philosophy
--Red Enamel Gems
--Gold Foil Tape
--3D Foam Tape

Twinkle is only available until October 31st!

Now it's time to hop over to Angela White's blog for more great ideas!

Happy Creating!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Use Your Stash ~ Tool Time

Welcome to the Use Your Stash Blog Hop! This month we are featuring the use of some of those tools that you have tucked away gathering dust. You know the ones! They are the ones you used to use often but then for some reason they got tucked away and forgotten. We hope to inspire you to dust them off and give them another try!

This is a blog hop so you just keep clicking the links to continue from blog to blog. If you came from The blog of Shirley Ross,  you're on the right track!

My scoreboard was gathering set aside and I would often move it to get to something else. This time I decided I needed to use it instead of move it! Because of the way I decided to use the score board, I also needed to dust off some other tools: sanding block, piercing/embossing tool. Oh....and I also dusted off my watercolor pencils, too! Wow...that's a lot of dusting!

I stamped the cute little images from the new Little Monsters stamp set. I gave them some color with the water color pencils then smoothed out the pencil with a paintbrush and some water. That allows you to not just smooth out the pencil lines but also kind of move the color around and create dark and light areas for depth.

Next I used the score board and the embossing end of the piercing/embossing tool. I scored lines around the image layer to create a kind of frame effect. To make the lines stand out more, I gently folded the paper on the score lines and rubbed the sanding block  of the folded edge to scuff it up a bit. For a finishing touch I used some dark sequins from the Silver Sequins assortment.

All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Score Board
--Piercing/Embossing Tool
--Sanding Kit
--Little Monsters stamp set
--Nevermore paper kit
--White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
--Cardstock: White Daisy
--Water Color Pencils
--Paintbrush set
--Silver Sequins Assortment

I'd love to be your consultant!

Next up is the blog of Jen Armstrong. Check out what ideas she has to inspire you!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Color Dare #160 ~ Black & White + Ruby & Goldrush

This week at Color My Heart the Design Team has some fall like colors for you. It's that time of year after all. So that is why I thought the new Friend Tree would be a perfect choice for this color dare!

There is a lot of texture going on here. I sanded the background. Then I streaked the stamped images by inking and then pulling the stamp across the ink pad. The  tag is popped up with 3D Foam Tape. The black layer is a piece from the Fundamentals Basic pack. You can see the pattern in the upper left corner. The two tone leaves were made by patting the ink colors on the stamp with a sponge dauber.

All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Cardstock: White Daisy, Goldrush, Ruby, Fundamentals Basic
--Ink: Goldrush, Ruby

There is still time for you to join us! If you don't have the exact colors use something close. This color dare will close Thursday at 9:00pm CDT. There are details in the sidebar on our home page for joining. Plus you can see what the other Design Team members created to inspire you!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: Watercolor Your World

It's time for another CTMH Technique Blog Hop. This month we are featuring our new watercolors!
 If you've arrived from Denise Elliot's blog you're on the right track. Click the link at the end of my post to continue on the hop!

Watercolor painting sounds kind of intimidating to some people. Once you give it a try you'll find it can be very forgiving. I saw this card by Holly Valerius on a consultant board and had to give it a try myself!

The image was first stamped in Whisper ink on our new watercolor paper so there is a pattern to paint! After that you just start adding layers of watercolor paint. With watercolor painting you start layering from light to dark. So what you see is about 3 layers of paint. You can move the paint around to help create the effect you like. I did the flowers first then while that layer dried I moved to the leaves. Then back to the flowers for the next layer, etc. When I was finished painting, I rubbed the edge on the ink pad to define that layer from the background. The watercolor paper may curl a bit but you can put something heavy on top for a while. My paper didn't curl much so I just used adhesive all around the edges and in the middle to hold it down on the card. 

The flowers are from the Paper Garden stamp set. This set is the September Stamp of the Month and will only be available until September 30, 2015! I LOVE this stamp set and know you will, too! Be sure to place your order ASAP so you don't miss out! You can  even get the Paper Garden stamp set for only $5 (value $17.95) with a qualifying order! 

All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Paper Garden (Sept SOTM available until 9-30-15)
--Nevermore paper pack
--Cardstock: Watercolor Paper, Eggplant, Sunset
--Ink: Whisper, Sunset, Eggplant
--Shimmer Trim: Coral, Purple

I'd love to be your consultant!

Now it's time for more watercolor inspiration! Let's go see what Melissa Robinson has to share!

Have a colorful day!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Color Dare #159 ~ Sangria: Eggplant, Pomegranate, Poppy, Champagne, Cocoa & Desert Sand

As soon as I saw the colors in Sangria I said......WOW! Jewel tones are my favorite colors and this paper does it well! So when this color dare came up featuring Sangria I couldn't wait to create!

This is a 5" x 7" side fold card. The card base is Colonial White and the rest of the colors are all from Sangria. I did some tone on tone stamping for the background with an image from Paper Garden (Sept. Stamp of the Month). The flower on the left side is also from Paper Garden and is Cricut Artiste compatible. The message is from the Hello Life - Scrapbooking stamp set (Sept. Special). Along the left edge is a piece of Cocoa card stock, Sangria B&T with a piece of our new Gold Foil between them. The tips of the flowers have been rolled up a bit, too, for some dimension.

By the way..... Paper Garden and Hello Life-Scrapbooking are only available during the month of September! Hello Life has a total of 3 stamp sets available. You can purchase for 13.95 each OR buy all three for only $34.95. 

All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Sangria paper pack
--Ink: Champagne, Poppy
--Cardstock: Cocoa, Champagne
--Embellishments: Gold Glitter Gems, Gold Foil, 

There is still time for you to join us in the Color My Heart color dare. Click here to go to our HOME PAGE and see what the other Design Team members created to inspire you with. Then check out the sidebar for details on how to join us! If you don't have the exact colors just use something close.

Have a creative day!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

National Stamping Month Blog Hop ~ Hello Life

Welcome to a special blog hop from the Stamp of the Month consultants. September is National Stamping Month and brings a really great offer! Not one but THREE stamps sets can be yours! 

If you've come from the blog of  Gina Brandstetter you're on the right track! Just keep clicking the links to continue on the hop. Click here to see a list of all the consultants in the hop.

I decided to use the stamp set called Hello Life! - Scrapbooking to do a layout page. I paired it with the new Urban papers and love how it turned out! Urban includes some of the new colors, too! Some of the embellishments are new as well. The images are so easy to stamp as they are compatible with our NEW Artistry Cricut cartridge!

You can chose one of these exclusive C size sets for $13.95 OR chose 
ALL THREE for only $34.95!
There is no qualifying purchase for this special.

All products are Close To My Heart: (click for image)
--Stamp set: Hello Life! - Scrapbooking
--Urban paper kit
--Ink: Peacock, Sapphire
--Embellishments: Aqua Dots, Silver Sequins, Blue Dots
--Artistry Cricut cartridge

Now it's time to hop to the blog of  Catherine Nowak for more great ideas to inspire you!

Happy Hopping!