Monday, January 15, 2018

Picture Perfect!

How will you interpret this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge theme?  Will you create a layout or card that is "Picture Perfect"?  Too much pressure there?  Well, how about using Picture My Life cards from CTMH to create your project?  Certainly you have someone in your life that is Picture Perfect, so you can do a project to honor that person.  Or you can do as I did and use an actual picture.  

I found a picture on my computer that pleased me (I took this one at Glacier National Park) and edited it in my photo editing software.  Really, all this photo needed was resizing and application of the Vignette effect. I printed it on a piece of textured watercolor paper I found hiding in my stash. It is stamped with one of the stamps from Inspired Words D1740 from CTMH.  I used a die from Lawn Fawn to trim it and then matted it onto Heather cardstock.

I created this card for a family friend that is facing some really tough times.  I love the peace and serenity it reflects...I hope he likes it also.

Please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges for more inspiration. 

Until next time,

Monday, January 1, 2018

Something New!

It is a New Year and at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we are celebrating "Something New".  Maybe you are creating with new supplies or tools, discovering a new technique, or maybe you are documenting something new in your home.  I was the lucky recipient of an Instant Pot this Christmas so I decided to document this new addition to my kitchen arsenal!

Design credit to bellablvd

All the supplies are from Close to My Heart.  The papers are from the Beary Christmas packet.  Because I did not want the layout to scream "Christmas", I used Poppy instead of Cranberry for the title.  You know that I have been trying to be more aware of my stash, so the zip strip, rick rack and the "something" were all found there.

I hope you will inspire us this month by linking your projects, starting with this one!  You have until the end of the month to submit your creation.  Click on this link Heart 2 Heart Challenges to find the link tool.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Punny Pals!

This week's theme at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is Pun Intended.  For my layout, I chose to use the Operation Smile Punny Pals stamp set to create background paper.  I added patterned paper from the Falling for You and Cats and Bats paper packet and White Daisy, Fern, Bamboo (retired) and Black cardstock  I originally thought I wanted to use the cute puns with the critters, but I like the look without them much better.

Not sure to whom design credit should be given.  I found it on Pinterest...the only reference was

Operation Smile Punny Pals D1751
When you purchase this stamp set, Close to my Heart will donate $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, a non-profit organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world.

For more "Punny" inspiration be sure to visit Pun Intended at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  And then...create a project and link up!  Just use at least one CTMH product!  You have until December 31st to enter.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Silver and Gold!

Silver and Gold...the theme for this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  Even better, we are teaming up with Close to My Heart Color Dare as they present their challenge, Christmas Extravaganza "December Linky Party".  You can check out their page here.

I used my favorite Christmas stamp set from the Holiday Expressions book, and keeping the design clean and classy, created this card.

I used White Daisy cardstock and Silver and Gold glitter paper.  All the stamping was heat embossed and I added bling with Bitty Sparkles.

Here is another card using the First Noel Stamp Set and the Silver and Gold Paper Packet. I copied this design straight from the catalog. The artwork there is always so inspiring!


You will love the Silver and Gold designs you find at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  While you are there, we hope you will, in turn, inspire us with your project. For even more fun, check out the inspiration at Color My Heart Color Dare Challenges and also link your project there!

I also submitted this to Addicted to CAS, a fun challenge for Clean and Simple designs.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Do Be Bashful!

Bashful...the Color of the Year for Close to My Heart and so beautiful!  I love how it coordinates with the CTMH palette.  There are so many examples out there showing how it accents the Basic group.  While that is true and I certainly did use that paper packet, I also decided to throw in an old favorite...Outdoor Denim.  I believe Sapphire would work equally as well.

Design credit to Serendipity Sketches 141
All products used are Close to My Heart.  The circles were cut on the Cricut and the title and accents are from the Happy Moments Complements set. 

Products available in the Bashful shade include cardstock, ink pads and reinkers, glitter paper, gems and an album.  They will all be available through July 31, 2018.  I anticipate seeing coordinating patterned papers in the the 2018 Seasonal Expressions 1 & 2.

For more inspiration on the theme of Do Be Bashful, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  And then, how about creating a project and sharing it with us at Heart 2 Heart Challenges?  We will love being inspired by you!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Pretty Color Dare Challenge

Such pretty colors for the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge!  I was inspired by a card by Create with Connie and Mary on Pinterest.  I chose to switch out the flower for a snowflake and otherwise made it a Christmas greeting.  I created Cricut files, but this could also be done with punches.  I dry embossed the Bashful paper, but it would also look fine left alone. All products are from Close to My Heart.

Be sure to visit Color Dare 269  for more inspiration for using these pretty colors.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Falling for You!

Just a short post showing my entry for the Close to My Heart Color Dare Challenge.  I was inspired by a card in the 2017-18 Annual Expressions and used the Falling for You paper packet.  I used the three main colors of the challenge as well as the secondary choices of White Daisy and Charcoal (the circle mat is the light side of Charcoal cardstock).  The scalloped border is cut with a Thin Cut.  I cut the circles on the Cricut, but there are also circle Thin Cuts available.

Falling for You paper packet

This is a quick and easy layout, yet makes for a very attractive card! 

For more inspiration using this color combination, please visit Color Dare Challenge #267.