Monday, November 5, 2018

Inspired by Nature

The theme this week at Heart 2 Heart is Inspired by Nature. Other than a few years, we have always had a "real" Christmas tree.  We had a favorite tree farm nearby, where sometimes we cut our own and sometimes were lucky enough to find a suitable tree on the lot.

This year, the family that owns the farm decided to close down the tree business.  We have made the decision to purchase an artificial tree, but there are things we will miss...or maybe not!   I will miss the family trips with the grandkids and hauling our trees home in the pick-up.  I definitely will miss the scent of the tree, but I will not miss getting stuck by needles while placing the ornaments. I will not miss trimming the trunk to get the tree to fit in the stand or my husband's colorful language while doing so.  I will not miss the daily watering of the tree or the needles stuck in my carpet.  So OK...I am thinking the artificial tree is going to be alright!

But back to being inspired by nature in our papercrafting.  For my project, I decided to celebrate our Christmas tree memories.  I turned to the PML cards from the 'Tis the Season paper pack.  I love the evergreen bough and the background paper spread with tiny evergreen branches...a reminder of my love of the "real" tree.  I used Candy Apple and New England Ivy cardstock. The background paper was accented by a "stitched" dye from the Decorative Borders die set (Z4241). The sentiment was stamped with a retired CTMH stamp. I accented the ribbon and berries with the clear Shimmer Pen and added bling with clear Sparkles and Bitty Sparkles.

Be sure to visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges for more inspiration from nature.  We will love to have you visit and hope you will link your project too!

Talk with you soon,

Monday, October 22, 2018

Glitter Glam!

It is always fun to add bling to a craft project, and this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge is encouraging you to do just that.  For my project, I chose to use non traditional papers to create this festive Christmas card.

Design inspiration from CTMH 2018 Holiday Espressions page 62

I used patterned paper from the 'Tis the Season and Seasons Mix-in packs as well as White Daisy and Peach cardstock.  The gems are acutally more peachy than the photo shows and are are retired, but Clear Sparkles would also be beautiful.  The snowflake was cut on the Cricut from Silver Glitter Paper from CTMH. Stamping was done with the 'Tis the Seaseon--Cardmaking set C1737.  The sentiment was heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

Be sure to check out Heart 2 Heart Challenges Glittler and Glam to see projects from the design team.  We will love it if you also link your creation...just remember to use one CTMH product.

Glad you stopped by with you soon.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Hello Pumpkin!

This will be a quick post. I discovered I needed one more Halloween card, so I made one that will meet the requirements for the Color my Heart Color Dare Challenge.  And since I based it on the sketch used this week at Heart 2 Heart, I will link it there also.

Design credit to Close to My Heart
I used Lagoon, Nectarine, Clover, White Daisy and Black cardstock and the Hello Pumpkin paper packet and stamp set.

This card is actually based on a scrapbook sketch and you can see it here on the Make it from Your Heart blog.  For for more inspiring artwork, visit Heart to Heart Challenges and Color my Heart Color Dare Challenges.


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!