Monday, October 8, 2018

Holiday Expressions Inspiration!

This week Heart 2 Heart is creating projects that use products from the 2018 Holiday Expression book. This catalog and idea book features paper and stamps for fall and the winter holidays, plus a really pretty all purpose paper set called Boutique. Below is the cover of this book.  Click on the link below to see all the wonderfulness inside!

Now, with all that being said, I want to share the project that I have done.  I chose to use the Boutique paper packet to create a layout about my granddaughter's 16th birthday.

Design credit to Serendipity Sketch July 2015 -

In addition, I used Linen cardstock for the background, Charcoal for the mats and the lovely new Peach cardstock for the strip behind the pictures on the bottom.  I hand stitched the banner and accented it with embellishments that coordinate with the Boutique set.  That was a little bit of challenge and if you look close you may see a couple extra holes (oops), but overall, I am pleased with the layout.

To see more great projects, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges Holiday Expressions.   And remember, any order on my website Sue Bruch--Close to My Heart Independent Consultant will get you a free catalog full of wonderful products and ideas for your paper crafting.

Thanks for visting my blog...I am glad you stopped by.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Fall Color Challenge!

This week, we at Heart 2 Heart were given the challenge of creating a project using these gorgeous fall colors;

At first, I thought I might try to emulate the picture by sponging my cardstock with the last four inks and then stamping with black.  It might have worked and maybe I'll give it a go sometime, but for today, I took a safer route and used the colors in creating a somewhat adult Halloween card for my teenage granddaughter.

The card was created with Close to My Heart products.  The only exception are the red sequins.  While I do love the self adhesive sequins CTMH offers, I chose these red ones from my stash becuase they really bring out the Ruby I used as mats and the dots on the pumpkin.  They were attached with Liquid Glass.  I should also mention that the die used to cut the stitched rectangle is from my stash.

The background paper is from the Hello Pumpkin paper packet.  Take a look at my most recent post for a picture.  The Mink banner is a paper from the Seasons Mix-In set. The pumpkin and the sentiment are from the Hello Pumpkin Cardmaking and Thin Cuts set. (Z4239)  Isn't this set just the cutest? While I didn't use it, I think the little cat face will be just darling on a pumpkin! This stamp set is also available without the dies.

I really love color challenges and I hope you too will be inspired to create a project using at least one Close to My Heart product and then link it to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog  You don't need a blog.  You can also link by copying and pasting the URL from a Facebook post or Pinterest post.  Questions?  Contact me...I can help.

Happy Fall,

Monday, September 24, 2018

Sweet Treats

Everyone likes some sweets once in awhile, right?  Right!  At Heart 2 Heart Challenges we are creating projects showcasing a variety of sweet treats.

For my project, I decided to make this very cute treat holder.

This card has lots of surprises.  Not only is there a pocket for a treat, there is a pocket in the back for the sentiment card.

And for the biggest surprise...a brown paper lunch bag is the base for all this cuteness!

At the end of this post, I will give you a link to a tutorial for making this treat holder/card.

I used Close to My Heart products including:

  • Just Treats--the September Stamp of the Month available through the end of the month (only $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase or $18.95 on its own)
  • Hello Pumpkin--one of the paper suites in the Holiday Expressions Catalog
  • White Daisy and Lagoon cardstock
  • Memento Black, Lagoon and the new Nectarine ink pads
  • Circle and Stitched Circle thin cut dies.
  • The Happy Halloween is a retired stamp

Design credit goes to Anita Madden and here is the promised link to her tutorial:

I hope you enjoy this project and will visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges Sweet Treats for more "Sweet" inspiration!

Talk with you soon,

Monday, September 10, 2018

Banner Day (revisited)!

Banners are so versatile and can add so much to your project.  So it is a good thing that Heart 2 Heart is revisiting this theme and offering you even more ways to use this popular design feature.  My card uses three banners in various coordinating patterned papers as part of the background. This card also features the new Shaker Window Kit from CTMH.

Design credit to KGiron, Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge

Other than the sequins, all the products used are from Close to My Heart.  

Papers:  Boutique paper packet, Seasonal Mix-Ins, White Daisy and Charcoal cardstocks
Stamps:  My Type of Note B1631
Dies:  Thin Cuts--Shaker Window and Confetti Z4309
Shaker Window Foam and Acetate. Z4310
There are also sequins available, but I forgot to order them!

This card is much busier than I usually create--kind of makes me uncomfortable (Lol!).  What I do really like is the beautiful Boutique paper packet.  So soft and feminine!  I am also excited about the Shaker looking for more projects using this new product!

Make sure to visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges for more banner inspiration.

Talk with you soon!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Cuteness Overload!

I can hardly wait to see the projects that are submitted for this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge, Cuteness Overload.  For my project, I decided on making this slider card. The cuteness of this card is the design itself and the sliding mechanism that exposes more of the sentiment.

The technique for this slider card was taught to me by my friend and upline, Pam.  She, in turn, was inspired by this YouTube tutorial from Dawn Griffith:  Slider Birthday Card

All the supplies for my card are from Close to My Heart.  This patterned paper is from the retired Stargazer packet.  The last I looked, there was still some bulk paper (12 sheets of the same double-sided paper) left in the Clearance section on my website.

Do any of you use a Cricut and its Design Space?  Well, after I studied the card that I completed at Pam's, I decided that it was all done with basic shapes and that I could probably design a cutting file. worked!  I do want to share the file with you, but keep in mind that I have never done that before, so here's hoping it works!  Here goes...Slider Card cutting file.  Remember, you do need to be logged in to Design Space for this file to work.

The assembly instructions will be the same as on the tutorial, except, of course, you will skip punching and cutting the opening on the front.  For questions, feel free to contact me.

I hope you enjoy this fun project and that you will visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges Cuteness Overboard for more "cute" ideas.

Happy Crafting,

Monday, August 13, 2018

Heavy Metal!

Being the literal person that I am, I decided to interpret this week's theme for just what it is...metal.  I used gold and silver foil papers from CTMH as the foundation of this masculine card.

Sketch inspiration from Mojo Monday (how I miss that challenge)

Also used were Peacock, Black and White Daisy cardstock and patterned paper from my stash.  I cut the gears from files on the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge. The embossing was done with a folder borrowed from a friend.  The sentiment was from the Holiday Tags stamp set--long retired.

Planning this card took the most time.  Because it is hard to come up with masculine ideas and because I tend to be last minute, I went ahead and cut extra gears and embossed extra backgrounds.  Now it will be fast and easy to duplicate this card when I am faced with a "I need a card right now" moment!

I hope you are inspired to create your "metal" card.  Maybe you will do as I did or maybe you are a child of the 80's-90's and will be inspired to create with guitars and music notes. For even more inspiration, be sure to visit Heart 2 heart Challenges Heavy Metal. The beauty of all this is there is no wrong or right...just create and enjoy what you have done.

Talk with you soon--

Monday, July 30, 2018

Duly Noted!

What so you think of when you see the phrase "Duly Noted"?  The design team at Heart 2 Heart was a little stumped over this week's theme also, but then came up with some great suggestions.  One was to use the Documented paper line in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog while other ideas were to use Cricut cuts of notebook paper, create mini books or maybe journal covers.  Perhaps the most original idea was to use musical notes in a creation.

Along about that time Close to My Heart published an article titled "Telling Your Story in Lists".  You can read this article here.  It was suggested by a team member that this journaling idea may be appropriate for our theme, so that is what I went with.

Design credit to CTMH--Make it from Your Heart, Vol 3
I carried out my Noted theme in a couple ways.  First, I did my journaling by creating a list of some of my granddaughter's activites during her second year in FFA.  Secondly, I used several of the words from the Documented--Scrapbooking stamp set to create the gold patterned paper in the middle of the page.  This was done by positioning all the selected stamps on a block and stamping repeatedly on a retired patterned paper from CTMH.

Documented--Scrapbooking D1772
Other supplies used were:

  • Toffee cardstock (note both the light and dark sides were used)
  • Sapphire cardstock
  • Retired Honey Fundamental papers
  • FFA specialty paper from my stash
  • Retired Stargazer enamel dots
I hope you are inspired to create a "Noteworthy" project and then share it with us at Heart 2 Heart!

Till later,