Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hello Lovely!

I have once again created a card that I am submitting to several challenges.  I have used the Hello Lovely paper packet from Close to My Heart with a sketch from Mojo Monday to create this sympathy card.

In addition to the Hello Lovely paper, I added Desert Sand and Colonial White cardstock.  The banner was shaded with Bamboo ink.  The sentiment is from the stamp set that comes with the Workshop Your Way Here for You kit and is stamped with New England Ivy. The flower was cut from White Glitter paper with the Artistry Cricut cartridge from CTMH.  The leaves were cut from Fern and New England Ivy cardstock, also with the Artistry cartridge. The bling and the gorgeous Blush ribbon are also from CTMH.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Diamond Winner!

I was honored today to be named the Diamond Winner in last week's Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.  To see the other winners, please visit the Color Dare blog:

Monday, February 13, 2017

Tuxedo: Black and White

The challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is Tuxedo: Black and White.  I love the clean and classy look of black and white projects so this was right up my alley.


The design for this layout is my own. I used all Close to My Heart products.  The patterned paper is from Jeepers Creepers, a paper set from the 2016 Seasonal Expressions book.  The cardstock is Black and White Daisy.  I used the Hello Lovely--Cardmaking stamp set and Thin Cuts bundle to create the large floral embellishment. Although you can't see it on the photo, I did use the Clear Shimmer Brush to add some sparkle to some petals and leaves. On the black panel, I used a small stamp from the same set and heat embossed the images with retired Black embossing powder and embossing ink.  This will work equally well with black pigment ink and Clear Embossing Powder.  The card was finished off with White Shimmer Trim and a few Bitty Sparkles. I chose to omit a sentiment from the front of this card...I like it just fine without it!

For more Black and White inspiration, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges

I would love to see your project there also!  Directions are on the Challenge blog.  Questions?  I am here to help!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Mojo Monday Meets Color Dare

Hi!  Today I was able to create a card that meets the requirements for both the Mojo Monday and the Color Dare Challenges.  Look at how great Saffron, Pixie and Whisper look together...who would have thought?

The patterned papers are from the Dreamin' Big Paper Packet (X7218B).  The stamp is from Delight in Everything, unfortunately a really old, old set.  I was glancing through Wishes, a card idea book from Close to My Heart and noticed how they used the stamp.  I think it is perfect on this card...don't you?

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

New Challenge

Today, I am entering a project in another challenge. I have been interested in the Close to My Heart Color Dare Challenge for awhile, but as serendipity would have it, I actually just finished a layout that qualifies for this week's challenge.  Each week, a color palette is given and we are inspired to create a card, layout or other paper project with it.  The goal is to use all and only the colors listed.  Again, participation will help me to think out of the box and jump start my creativity.

So here is my offering:

I have used the assigned colors of White Daisy, Black, Pansy and Raspberry.  My sequins fill the silver requirement.  I admit to a dab of Whisper used as a shadow on the title...I think that will be forgiven. I originally chose these papers to bring out the colors of Emily's dress. The credit for the layout design goes to Lisa Midy.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Springtime Card Class

Good morning!

I have finally been able to nail down a date for a card class.  I will be featuring some of the papers and stamps from the 2017 Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog.  I think you will love the patterns that range from fun donuts to cute bugs to really lovely flowers.

Here are the details:

Class will be held on Wednesday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m.  If that time is too early for anyone, come when you can...I will make sure you have your cards completed before you leave for home.  Once again, it will be at my home.

  • The class fee is $15.00.  I will supply all supplies except tape runners.  I do ask that you bring one or two to the class. If you desire, you can also bring favorite basic tools such as scissors or a stamping mat.
  •  I prefer prepayment by check or Pay Pal.  If using Paypal, my email address is suebruch47@gmail.com.  If paying by check, my address is 13301 N. 950th Ave., Granville, 61326.
  • There is no purchase required.  However if you choose to order  Close to My Heart products that night, I will deduct $5.00 from your class fee for all orders over $25.00.  If you have prepaid, I will deduct that amount from your order total.
  • No need to bring drinks or a snack... I will provide those.
  • So I can have the class kits prepared, I ask that you RSVP by February 15th.. If I have forgotten anything or you have questions, please feel free to contact me.

Please feel free to invite your friends.  I am looking forward to seeing you!


Monday, January 30, 2017

Fall in Love with...

This week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge is called "Fall in Love with..."  Ok, I thought of all the obvious...I can document falling in love with my husband, my children or (for sure), my grandchildren...all of which would be wonderful projects.  However, I have spent a lot of time this week thinking about how I show my love.  Helping others on the mission trips we have taken with Ron's brother's church is one way I have been able to do so.  This layout documents our 2016 trip to Biloxi.

I based my title on the Bible verse outlined by the heart.  My journaling is lengthy, but writing it helped me work through some things.  Don't be afraid to let your pages express your feelings for where you are in your life. Thank you for allowing me to share some of mine.

All the products used in this project are Close to My Heart.  The design is called Nice and Simple and it is from Imagine, one of the design books available from CTMH. The patterned paper and embellishments are from the Dream Big packet.  I added White Daisy, Poppy and Glacier cardstock. The title was cut on my Cricut with the Don Juan font, found on my computer.  The hearts were cut with the Hearts Thin Cuts dies.

To see more ways to "fall in love" with CTMH, visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges.