Thursday, December 1, 2016

December SOTM Blog Hop - Thoughtful Flowers

This post is part of the December SOTM Blog Hop featuring artwork from the Thoughtful Flowers stamp set available through Close To My Heart.  I am in the line up right after Donna's blog

I started with a Colonial White tag then stamped a background on Glacier cardstock with one of the flower stamps and Glacier ink.  Next, I layered on some of the twine ribbon and stamped a sentiment with Smoothie ink.  For the flower, I double stamped the image, first in Fern ink on White Daisy paper and second on Smoothie paper with Smoothie ink and cut off the leaves to layer them together. For a final touch, I layered on two different color sequins.  This will be a great addition to a treat package topper.

Next up in the blog hop is Wendy, head on over to see what she has to share for artwork with us as you continue on with the blog hop.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Flower Market Blog Hop

This post is part of the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge blog hop.  This is the newest Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart with 700 fun images to use on your crafty projects. For this blog hop, I am following Jean's blog,

I am working on a desk calendar workshop coming up in early December so thought this would be a perfect time to break out the Flower Market Cricut cartridge and try it out.  This fun wreath is found on page 42 and cut at 4" from Topiary cardstock, then cut a bunch of pink hearts at .25" with the Real Dial Size setting.  Wrap the wreath with pink and white twine from the Adventure Ribbon Pack and add some shimmer trim (or glitter glue if you'd like) behind the leaf openings and you have a nice embellishment for your desktop calendar page. This also is an entry in the Heart 2 Heart challenge for "anything but a card."

Next up is Jacquelin, hop on over to see what she has to share with us.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Color Dare 220 - Happy Birthday

For this week's Color Dare challenge, I made a fun birthday card with the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.

To make this card:

  • Cut a 2.25" border found on page 66 in Colonial White and save the "honeycomb middles"
  • Sponge the border with Poppy,Saffron and New England Ivy inks.  Lay the border on the bottom portion of the card to line up the "middles" and mount those in the honeycomb pattern
  • Attach the border to the card
  • Use the thin cut for "happy" in Pomegranate paper
  • Stamp "birthday" in Pomegranate ink on Saffron paper and dovetail the end
  • Add a few clear sparkles for a little bling
Thanks for stopping by, if you'd like to check out more of what Close To My Heart has to offer, check out my website.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Ravishing Ribbon

Welcome to the CTMH Technique Blog Hop, this month we are featuring different uses for the new ribbon that's in our current catalog, my post is in line right after Catherine's blog.


For this card, I used this week's ColorDare challenge colors from the City Sidewalks paper collection. I used a 2" x 5.5" piece of City Sidewalks paper, then applied a strip of retired washi tape that I had on hand.  Next, I made a ribbon tree by folding small strips of green ribbon from the Enchantment ribbon collection for the tree then topped it with a small bow from the red ribbon.  Next, stamp the title from the D1694 - Very Merry Holiday stamp set and you've got a fun card to send out.

I'm actually last in line for this blog hop so to complete the loop if you started in the middle, hop on over to see what is on Melissa's blog for us or check out the other entries in this week's Color Dare Challenge.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

SOTM Blog Hop - New Years Cheer

The November stamp of the month by Close To My Heart is called New Years Cheer and we have 29 consultant's participating in the blog hop, I am following Sheila in the line up.

I decided to make a 12 x 12 layout so I'm all ready to put pictures in after our annual celebration with our neighbors.  I usually start off my annual albums with a single layout ringing in the new year and like to incorporate a bit of bling to this page.  The bling here comes from silver glitter paper and silver embossing on the background section.  The Artistry Cricut cartridge has the New Years Eve title and I cut that from silver glitter paper then fussy cut an outline of Sapphire blue paper.

Supplies used:

  • Silver Glitter paper
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Sapphire
  • Ink: Sapphire, Versamark
  • Silver embossing powder

Next up is Darlys, head on over to see what she's created for us this month.  If you don't already have a CTMH consultant, check out my website for any of these products used.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Color Dare 215 - Milestone Birthday

This week's Color Dare challenge came just in time for me to make a birthday card for a milestone birthday.  I started with a White Daisy card base and layered on some Pixie cardstock.  Next, I embossed a piece of White Daisy then inked the raised part with White Daisy ink and heat set it with white embossing powder.  I used the splatter technique with Cotton Candy watercolor on top of that.  The final step was to cut out the "21" that I had from a retired paper pack.

Thanks for stopping by, this was a fun card that goes out in the mail to make someone smile when she receives it.

Color Dare 215

Saturday, October 15, 2016

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Wacky for Watercolor

Welcome to the CTMH Technique Blog Hop, this month we are featuring different watercolor techniques and my post is in line right after Catherine's blog.  I hosted a watercolor workshop recently and want to share a couple of different techniques that we used.

This first card uses the smooshing technique.  Before I got started with the watercolor, I used an archival black ink pad for the fish background.  (Normally you can ink right on top of the watercolor but I found that with the details in this stamp, it worked best to stamp first with a waterproof ink.) Next, cut a piece of a plastic page protector and dab on some different watercolors for the background; then spritz with just a little mist and smoosh it right on the card, move it around a bit to get your colors to blend nicely. Cut out the banner, stamp the title, pop it up with some foam tape and your card is ready to go.
Supplies used:

The next card is an embossed resist birthday card.

For this card, emboss your watercolor paper then carefully slide the White Daisy ink cartridge across the raised part of the paper and apply embossing powder then heat set.  Now you can break out the watercolors to fill in the rest of the card spots, use a paper towel to wipe off any color that may sit on top of the embossed area.  Add a ribbon and title to finish the card off and send to a birthday recipient.

Thanks for stopping by, next up on the blog hop is Tonya, continue on to see what she has lined up to share with us.

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