Friday, April 24, 2015

Color Dare #139 ~ Sorbet, Champagne ( optional: add pearls)

Thanks for stopping by to see what the color dare is for this week! As you can see by the title, it's a two color challenge: Sorbet and Champagne.  

I pulled out one of the NEW Hostess Reward stamp sets from Seasonal Expressions 2. It's called Tagged With Love and is only available to hostessed from April -August. There are really cute tags and sayings in this set!

I paired this tag pattern with the Quatrafoil Embossing folder since the pattern matched. I used the Champagne ink pad on the folder before embossing so it would ink the background.


All products are Close To My Heart:
--Tagged With Love
--Inks: Sorbet, Champagne
--Colonial Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
--Cardstock: Colonial, Sorbet
--Quatrafoil Embossing Folder
--Gold Shimmer Trim
--Gold Glitter Gems
--Scallop Border Punch
--Neutral Metallic Twine
--Sponge Dauber
--3D Foam
--Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge

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I'd love to be your Consultant!

So are you ready to join the fun? Click here to see the details in the sidebar on how to join the Color My Heart Color Dare. If you don't have the exact colors just use something close. This color dare will close Thursday at 9:00 pm CDT.

Happy Creating!
Michelle

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Use Your Stash Blog Hop ~ All That Glitters

Do you have some glitter in your stash? Well this hop is for you! This month we are de-stashing any glitter type products in our stash! 

If you've arrived from the blog of  Shirley Ross you're on the right track. Just click the link at the end of the post to continue on the hop! 

For this project I decided to do a layout. I have some photos from last year's Family Golf Outing. This is an annual event for our family and tons of fun! Last year was even more special because my younger daughter and her family were able to join us. So of course the occasion presented itself for some family photos and a 4 generation photo too!

I stamped the flowers from Wavy Blooms in Archival Black ink. When you're going to color with markers or a blending pen this helps the stamped ink to not bleed. First I colored the flowers with a base color. Then using a darker color or the same color, I added another layer that darkened the tones. Finally, I used the Colorless Blending Pen to "erase" some color in areas I wanted it to show off as a highlight. For the glitter I used our Teal Glitter Paper. I put a bottom border on each photo and I cut the word "Family" with the Cricut Artiste cartridge. A few of the flowers are popped up with 3D Foam, too. For the flowers I added some bling to the centers to sparkle them up. At the end I used a journalling pen to do a bit of journalling and then called it good!


All products are Close To My Heart:
--Stamp set: Wavy Blooms
--Cardstock: White Daisy, Blossom paper pack
--Teal Glitter Paper
--Ink: Archival Black 
--Markers: Leaf Green, Turquoise, Peacock Green, Marigold, Colorless Blender
--Cricut Artiste cartridge
--Embellishments: Aqua Dots, Clear Sparkles, Bitty Sparkles, 3D Foam
--Journalling Pen

I'd love to be your consultant.

Now it's time to see what Darlene Henry has to share!

Thanks for hopping by!
Michelle



Friday, April 17, 2015

Color Dare ~ #138: Smoothie, Pear, Sunset, Juniper, Canary + White

What a "fun" color dare this one is! For this color dare I got out my new Blossom Workshop on the Go stamp set. It has so many cute images! Flowers, popsicle, washi type tape and great messages!


All products are Close To My Heart:
--Blossom Workshop on the Go stamp set and Distressed Backgrounds
--Scaredy Cat paper pack
--Ink: Smoothie, Juniper, Canary, Pear, Sunset
--White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
--White Shimmer Trim
--Bitty Sparkles
--Edge Distresser

I'd love to be your consultant!

Now it's time to see what the Design Team has to share. Click here to find details in the sidebar on how to join the fun! If you don't have the exact colors just use something close. This color dare will close Thursday at 9:00pm CDT.

Have a creative day!
Michelle

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CTMH Technique Hop - Embossing is Back!

Welcome to our monthly technique hop! This month we are featuring Embossing. If you've arrived from Di Crawford's blog then you're on the right path. Just keep clicking the links to keep hopping!

There are two kinds of embossing: heat and dry. Dry embossing is when you press a pattern into the cardstock such as using a folder and a Cuttlebug type machine.

I chose to do heat embossing for this hop. Heat embossing requires embossing or pigment ink, embossing powder and a heat tool. What you see here are flowers inked in pigment ink and embossed with clear powder. Then I added some color to the petals with a blending pen and lifting ink from the lid of the stamp pad. 


All products are Close To My Heart:
--Stamp Sets: Wavy Blooms, Just To Say (Cricut Col.)
--Blossom paper pack
--White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
--Pigment Inks: Pear, Smoothie, Sunset, Glacier, Lagoon
--Inks: Pear, Smoothie, Sunset, Glacier, Lagoon
--Embossing: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool
--Embellishments: Sequins-Coral Reef, Oceanside, Bitty Sparkles, Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Boardwalk Washi Tape, 3D Foam

I'd love to be your consultant!


Now it's time to see what Judy Faye Garner has to inspire us!

Thanks for hopping by!
Michelle

Friday, April 10, 2015

Color Dare #137: Cranberry, Hollyhock, Pixie, Canary, Pear & Juniper + Black and White

Guess what time it is? It's time for a new Color My Heart Color Dare!

This week the colors are the ones featured in the Brushed paper pack. What I did here was so very quick and easy. It maybe took me 15 minutes! And that was only because I backed the vellum Compliments onto white cardstock and cut them out. Compliments are a great way to make a project quickly!


All products are Close To My Heart:
--Brushed paper pack
--Brushed Compliments
--White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
--Gold Sequins
--3D Foam

I'd love to be your consultant!

Click here to check out what the Design Team has to inspire you. Then get your craft mojo on and join us for the color dare! Details on how to join are in the sidebar on our home page.

Have a creative day!
Michelle

Monday, April 6, 2015

Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop

With the release of Seasonal Expressions 2 comes one of our special hops from the Stamp of the Month group! If you're arriving from 
Melissa Robinson's blog then you're on the right track. Just keep clicking on the links to see all the great ideas being shared.

I so love the card on page 11 in Seasonal Expressions 2 I just had to recreate it! You know that's what the samples are for, right?!!! Anyway, this is my version and even though its not exactly the same it was fun to make. Thats the great thing about stamping. You can make any changes you like!

I only had to cut out the 2 main flowers. The rest was stamped on the strip of White Daisy cardstock. 


This one is my own creation. This little flower made me think of some I've seen in gardens. I have no idea what it's called as I am definitely NOT a gardener. 



All products are Close To My Heart:
CARD 1
--Stamp Sets: Shower Flowers, Just To Say (Cricut Col.)
--Blossom paper pack
--White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
--Ink: Sunset, Smoothie, Glacier, Pear
--Embellishments: Coral Reef Sequins, Neutral Metallic Baker's Twine, Bitty Sparkles, Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Journal Pen

CARD 2
--Stamp Sets: Shower Flowers, Finding the Words
--White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
--Ink: Gypsy, Thistle
--Glitter Paper: Green, Purple
--Purple Glitter Gems
--Scallop Border Punch

I'd love to be your consultant!



Now it's time to hop over to Brenda Lapp's blog for more inspiration.

Thanks for hopping by!
Michelle


Friday, April 3, 2015

Color Dare #136 ~ Pixie, Colonial White, Slate & Silver

This week the Color My Heart color dare features Pixie, Colonial White, Slate and Silver. 

I used the new Operation Smile stamp set called Happy Everything. Close To My Heart donates $3 of each purchase. Operation Smile makes possible facial surgery for children all over the world. Help change a child's life by purchasing this stamp set!

This card was a quick and easy one! All stamped images are from the Happy Everything stamp set. One balloon is cut out and popped with 3D Foam as is the top white cardstock layer.  On the bottom edge I used the Scallop Border Punch. The balloons were colored with our ShinHan markers.



All products are Close To My Heart:
--Happy Everything (Operation Smile stamp set)
--Cardstock: Colonial White, Pixie
--Colonial White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
--Inks: Slate, Pixie
--ShinHan Markers: Tender Pink, Colorless Blender
--Scallop Border Punch
--Silver Sequins, Black & Grey Sparkles
--Silver Glitter Paper
--3D Foam

I'd love to be your consultant!

Come and join us in the Color My Heart Color Dare! We get you started with the color choice and the rest is up to you. You can make whatever you like. If you don't have the exact colors just use something close.  Click here for details on how to join the color dare and to see what the other Design Team members have to show!

Have a creative day!
Michelle