Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Happy Wedding!

The first of our great nephews and nieces will be married this weekend and we are honored to be invited!  So, needing a card for the bride and groom, I decided to use the colors in the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge to make my creation.

The background is two different patterned papers from the Whimsey Fundamental paper packet.  The sentiment box is White Daisy, matted with Glacier. The stamping is done with Glacier, Juniper, Thistle and Canary inks. The stamp is Happy to be Friends.  Silver Foil Tape and silver Sugar Rush Dots add the bling.
Be sure to visit the Color Dare Challenge for more inspiration

Monday, May 22, 2017

Celebrating Ribbon!

Hello!  It is Team Ruby's turn again at Heart 2 Heart Challenges and this week we are Celebrating Ribbon!  For my ribbon choices, I selected the Blue Burlap Ribbon (Z3325) and the White Burlap Ribbon (Z3323) along with the Red Shimmer Trim (Z1848).  While Shimmer Trim is not technically a ribbon, it can certainly be used it its place. The burlap ribbons are new in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog and will be available through the end of August.

 I used my die cutter and the largest of the Star Dies (Z3261) to cut the star from a 4 x 5 1/4 inch piece of White Daisy.  I applied adhesive to my card base and then applied the ribbon and Shimmer Trim at a 45 Degree angle.  I used the Thin 3-D Foam tape to adhere the top piece to the card base.  Liquid Glass was used to adhere the die cut. The stamping was done with an old stamp set called Kaboom  in Cranberry and Sapphire ink.  Silver sequins finished it off.

This is a design that came to me at some odd moment...I really like how it turned out.  I hope you like it too.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Double the Fun!

I created this card to submit to both the Color My Heart Color Dare and the Atlantic Sketch Challenges. I really like the color combination of Raspberry, Blossom, Lagoon, White Daisy, Black and Silver.  The paneled layout was easy to execute using the three main colors.  The flower and leaf were stamped with the Live Beautifully stamp set and Raspberry and Lagoon inks. Silver Shimmer Trim and a little bit of Silver Stickles provide the bling.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Coming up Roses

The challenge at Heart 2 Heart Challenges this week is to create a project using roses or whatever your favorite flower may be.  I chose to use the lovely Live Beautifully  paper packet.  This limited collection is available until the end of May (or until supplies are depleted).  In addition to the paper packet, there are other related products...album bundles, a Cut Above Layout Kit and a stamp set that I have used on this card.  The Live Beautifully collection celebrates the National Scrapbooking Month.

Paper:  Live Beautifully paper packet, White Daisy and Whisper cardstock
Stamps:  Live Beautifully Stamp Set and Happy to Be Friends Stamp Set
Inks:  Eggplant, New England Ivy and Slate.
Other:  White Shimmer Trim from CTMH, Stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn and Platinum Stickles from Ranger.

Live Beautifully paper packet CC1212B


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Heart 2 Heart Challenges--Coming Up Roses

This has also been shared at Color My Heart Color Dare
Color My Heart Color Dare Live Beautifully

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge (literally)!

OK, I was really stumped with this challenge.  I could not figure out how to take these colors and create a project that was balanced and pleasing to the eye.  After several trips through my CTMH catalogs and more than a little Pinterest browsing, I finally decided on a design. I used the pattern for one of the cards in the Jack Cardmaking Workshops Your Way from the CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.

Here are the colors assigned in the challenge:

While most colors are apparent, you may have to search for the Tangerine.  It, along with Blossom, is one of the colors in the lightest banner.  The White and Gold Twine fills the gold requirement.

The papers shown are from various paper packs, some new and some old.  Feel free to contact me for more information.  To see more inspiring projects using these colors, please visit:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Some Kinda Wonderful!

This week  Color My Heart Color Dare is challenging us to use at least four of the colors in the Some Kinda Wonderful paper packet. By using three of the patterned papers and a pair of the zip strips, I was able to use all the colors listed.  I used the Some Kinda Wonderful--Scrapbooking stamp set for all the stamping on the bottom, the title and the embellishments.  The sequins are from the retired Magical set...they made me "a whole lot of happy"!  The paper packet and stamp set will also be retiring on April 30th...I hate to see them go!

Design Credit--Pattern 09 Make it From Your Heart,Volume 1

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Monday, April 24, 2017

All Creatures Great and Small

I love the theme for this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge...All Creatures Great and Small.  I chose to highlight one of the smaller creations in our world when I created this layout.  I really like these little partridges.  This Stamp of the Month features all five of these little loves along with the hearts and sentiments used.

Because this layout features a picture of my husband and myself along with our children and families at Christmas, I chose to use retired White Pines on the side border.  The background paper is the ombre pattern from Sugar Rush.  I added strips of Sweet Leaf and Saddle cardstock as well as Poppy Shimmer Trim. The stamping was done with Saddle and Poppy inks.

Flock Together, the April Stamp of the Month, is available for $17.95 or only $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase.  Contact me to order or visit my website, www.suebruch.closetomyheart.com, to order online.

For more "Creature" inspiration, please visit:
Heart 2 Heart Challenges--All Things Great and Small

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Eggplant, Canary and Slate

I love when I find inspiration in two different challenges.  I was again able to create a card that meets the requirments for Mojo Monday and the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenges.  I love the fun sketch and colors. I really think this card has a masculine feel and would work well for the men in your lives.

The products used are all from Close to My Heart.  The Canary patterned paper is from the Whimsy packet.  Cardstock used was Canary, Eggplant, Slate and White Daisy.  The sentiment was stamped with a stamp from the Birthday Sparkles Set (B1537) and Slate Ink. The stars were cut with the Stars Thin Cuts (Z3261). The sequins are from the retired Magical Sequin Set.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017


For this week's Color Dare challenge, I chose to highlight the Some Kinda Wonderful--Scrapbooking stamp set D1716.  The Peacock background paper is from the Enchantment Fundamental set and the Willow paper is from the Some Kinda Wonderful paper packet.

 The White Daisy circles were cut 1.5 inch on the Cricut and stamped with the dotted circle from the Some Kinda Wonderful--Scrapbooking set with willow ink.  I cut two banners on the Cricut and stamped them with Peacock and Willow inks.  I trimmed the Willow piece within the wavy lines and bumped it up with thin foam adhesive onto the Peacock piece. The embellishments are from the Black and White Dots set.

I will be sending this card to a young man to congratulate him on his theater performance.

Enchantment Fundamentals Z3254

Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet X7217B   Available through April 30th.

Some Kinda Wonderful--Scrapbooking D1716   Available through April 30th.

For for ideas using the very pretty colors, Peacock, Willow and White Daisy, please visit
Color My heart Color Dare #238

Monday, April 10, 2017


Whimsy is the name given to one of the four color palettes at Close to My Heart.  It is so pretty...the cardstock features soft pastel colors and the coordinating Fundamentals collection is full of matching watercolor designs.  This week Team Ruby is presenting projects using these papers or otherwise showing whimsical designs.  I chose to use the colors Crystal Blue, Juniper and Glacier from the palette to create my card.

The butterflies were cut and stamped with the Dream Big Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle and the sentiment was stamped with the Big Hug D1584 stamp set. Both of these items are retired, but the Dreamin Big--Cardmaking C1674 stamp set will be available until April 30th (the thin cuts are out of stock).  I finished the card with Bitty Sparkles Z1263.

For more "Whimsy-cal" designs please visit
While you are there, why not link a project of your own...we love to be inspired!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Fun Colors!

Even though I have purchased the inks and cardstock of the purples in Close to My Heart's line, I rarely go to them when I am doing a card or layout.  Call me "purple challenged"!  So I was happy today when I saw that we are to create with Thistle, Lagoon, Tangerine and White Daisy for this week's Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge.  I love how challenges push my comfort zone!

This week a friend invited me to participate in a summer flower "twinchie" (2 inch square) swap.  I chose to use my twinchie on this card.  This was a fun project using a really fun color combination!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Tea Time!

It is Tea Time at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  It is the perfect opportunity to feature projects created with Tea-riffic, the March Stamp of the Month at Close to My Heart.  Judging by the number of cards and layouts I have seen on our CTMH boards and on Pinterest, this set has been very popular.  However, this sort of put me in a dilemma...it seemed like all the good ideas were taken!  So I sat down with absolutely no idea where I was headed and just let it happen.  Here is what I came up with..

The background paper is from the Hello Lovely pack and I stamped it with the floral design from the stamp set.  The background on the White Daisy cardstock was stamped with second generation Desert Sand after the tea cup was stamped.  The cup was colored with the Light Orange Shinhan marker.  

The Tea-riffic Stamp of the Month is available through March 31st for $17.95 or just $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase.  Visit my website www.suebruch.ctmh.com to order and to see other monthly specials.

For more Tea-riffic ideas, be sure to visit
Heart 2 Heart Challenges Tea Time

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Colors of the Sea

I thought of the sea when I saw this week's Color Dare Challenge and what says "the sea" like seashells?  It was fun using the Mojo Monday sketch and the stamps from Swirly Seashells C1664.  While there are Thin Cuts that coordinate with this stamp set, I chose to just fussy cut around them. (Truth is I was too lazy to get up and go to the other side of the room to use my die cutter!)  For these two shapes, cutting was easy...for more detailed shapes, the Thin Cuts are the way to go.

All products used are Close to My Heart. The circle and scalloped circle were cut on the Cricut. I planned on using black Shimmer Trim to satisfy the black requirement, but it just didn't look right and I used the white instead.  Much better!  I found some black Bitty Sparkles in my stash and they added just the right amount of black.  The clear Shimmer Pen was used to accent the shells.

This is a great sketch and color combination!  For more inspiration, please visit:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dreamin' Big

I love color and it rather fascinates me how different colors look together.  When the 2017 Seasonal Expressions 1 was introduced, I immediately fell in love with the colors featured in the Dreamin' Big paper pack.  So when the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge announced this week's challenge was using some or all of the 10 colors, I was just in hog heaven!

Design Credit to Kelly Holifield, Paper Sketches

I accomplished my goal of using all 10 colors by using a couple of the patterned papers as well as stamping tone on tone on the Sorbet cardstock.  I trimmed a zip strip in half and used it as a bottom border.  The most fun was creating the circles.  I stamped the actual circle with a stamp from Wheel of Life (D1545-retired) and then stamped and trimmed the quilt like pieces from the Chantilly WOTG stamp set (C1553-retired).  Each one is a different color. To break up the white, I masked the circles and used slightly thinned black acrylic paint to speckle the background. The title was done on the Cricut and the embellishments are from the Black and White Dots.  I argued with myself about adding more dots, but decided to leave well enough alone.

I need to be honest...I fussed over this one and it took more time than I really should be spending on a single layout. However, I am pleased with the results and am glad I challenged myself to expand my creativity.

For more great Dreamin' Big color combinations, please visit

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tool Time!

This week Heart 2 Heart is featuring projects created with the Thin Cuts and/or the Embossing Folders available from Close to My Heart.  I chose to use the cupcake from the Sweet Birthday Thin Cuts assortment (CC1156).  It coordinated with the Sweet Birthday stamp set (B1532).  So here is my card:

Design credit goes to Mojo Monday.
I used a mix and match combination to create this card:

Sugar Rush Paper Packet X7215B
Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet X7217B
Cardstock:  White Daisy, Raspberry and Canary
Sugar Rush--Cardmaking Stamp Set C1671
Sweet Birthday Stamp Set B1532

I used my die to cut cupcakes from the White Daisy cardstock and the Sprinkles pattern from Sugar Rush.  I stamped the image on both cuts. They were shaded with a very pale marker from my equipment stash.  I used the Cherry Pink Shinhan marker to color the "wrapper"  I trimmed the top of the patterned paper cupcake and layered it with Thin 3-D Foam Tape.

Please take a look at the two paper packets used on this card.  They are both from the 2017 Seasonal Expressions book and will be available until April 31st.

Thanks for looking at my blog this week!  For more inspiration, be sure to visit the Heart 2 Heart blog. Heart to Heart

Friday, March 10, 2017

All Things Green!

This week, Color My Heart Color Dare is challenging us with "Pick your Greens" You can use 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 of these CTMH greens  (Sweet Leaf, New England Ivy, Fern, Emerald or Willow) with White Daisy. Using Gold is optional.  I have chosen to use Sweet Leaf, Fern and New England Ivy to create my card.  These colors were selected because they blend so well together. I lifted the design from the 2017 Seasonal Expressions 1, page 30.

The background paper is from the Whimsey Fundamental assortment.  Cardstock used is White Daisy and New England Ivy.  Other patterned papers are both CTMH and are from my ever growing scrap stash.  Stamp sets used are Dreamin' Big-Cardmaking and the WYW Here for You Cardmaking Kit.  Although not really evident in the picture, the butterfly and the scroll are both heat embossed with gold. I used Gold Glitter Paper as a mat and embellished with dots from the Black and White Dots.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Some Random Stamping

This week's Color my Heart Color Dare challenge called for the use of White Daisy, Black, Pomegranate, Peacock and Sea Glass. I decided to do some random stamping with the stamp set from the Workshop Your Way Here for You Cardmaking Kit.  I really didn't intend to have the pomegranate flowers all end up on the corners, but after trimming and then adding the panel, there they are!  I guess that's why they call it random!

In any case, I enjoyed creating with these colors and hope you are inspired to create something with them also.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Fun with Mix and Match!

It is Team Ruby's time to shine again at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  This time we are creating mix and match projects, using papers from different paper sets or mixing patterns as stripes and dots.  I tried to do a little of all this.

Design credit to Leslie Germain

The backgound paper, the black and white "stripe", and the zip strip are from the Some Kinda Wonderful pack while the Honey and white polka dot is from the Magical pack.  The "Panther" paper is from my stash.  The title was cut on the Cricut with a file on Design Space.  For fun, I used the snipping tool on my PC to copy the tweet about her accomplishment...in my mind 22 of 25 freethrows is just pretty darn awesome!

This was just a really fun layout to make!

Be sure to take a look at what the rest of the Design Team has created.
Heart 2 Heart Mix and Match This & That

This has also been entered in the Make It Monday 81 challenge on Memory Nest.
Memory Nest Make it Monday 81

Friday, February 24, 2017

This was a tough one!

It is a new day for the Color my Heart Color Dare challenge, and I found working with Sapphire, Fern, Lemon and White Daisy a little difficult.  Finally, I thought about the colors themselves...blue and yellow are both primary colors so I gave them the most importance.  Green, being a secondary color was sort of given the back seat!  I wish I could give design credit...I know I found the cutting directions and also the stamping design on Pinterest, but I surely can't find them again!  My apologies to the designers.

This is really a simple card that looks a lot more difficult than it is.  I used White Dasiy cardstock and patterned paper from the Enchantment Fundamental pack.  For bling, I used Bitty Sparkles and sequins from the Magical pack.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Vacation pages!

So many pictures...not enough hours in the day!  In between scrapping pages of the grandkids, I have been getting a few done of our river boat cruise last summer.  The first picture shown here will be submitted to Heart 2 Heart for the Crazy for Complements challenge.  Complements from Close to My Heart are an assortment of stickers/embellishments that are available for each of the Paper Packs as well as the Fundamentals.  Mainly for scrapbooking, they are also perfect for card making.

The background paper is from the Rustic Home Fundamental pack and the Honey strip and mat are from the 2015-16 Fundamentals. The Juniper paper as well as all the Complements are from the Dreamin' Big Workshop your Way.  Design credit goes to Paige Stirling Fox.

Here are a few more vacation layouts.  Feel free to contact me for more information on any of them.

Design credit to Stacy's Scrap Corner

Design credit to Close to My Heart

Design credit to Susan Stringfellow
Be sure to visit Heart 2 Heart for more Complements ideas.

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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