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.


Monday, November 6, 2017

Enchantment Abounds

Enchantment will abound at Heart 2 Heart Challenges this week. I am looking forward to seeing what the design team has come up with! I chose to follow the theme by creating a layout using the Enchantment Fundamentals Packet from Close to My Heart.  The colors in this group are rich and vibrant and the patterns are perfect for your paper crafting.

Design Credit to Page Maps

All products used are Close to My Heart
The bicycle was cut on the Cricut with the Flower Market cartridge.


I hope you will visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges to see more "enchanting" ideas.  We will love it if you also link up your card, layout or paper project!  Remember to use at least one CTMH product.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Vines and Twines!

This week we at Heart 2 Heart invite you to participate in our Vines and Twines challenge.  Beyond the obvious, you may also choose to include flowers or maybe pumpkins on your project.  I used a fairly old stamp set called The Present. It does have several vine images, but I am most fond of the sentiment.


Products used are all Close to My Heart.  I used the Falling for You paper packet and White Daisy and Espresso cardstock.  The stamping is done with Almond and Espresso inks. The fiber is Flaxen Thick Twine and I added a little bling with Bitty Sparkles.

We would love to see your project at Heart 2 Heart.  Please click on this link Heart 2 Heart Challenges Vines and Twine to find more inspiration and learn how to link your project.  As always, for any questions, I am here to help.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

My Blue Period...

I was drawn to the Color my Heart Color Dare Challenge using three shades of CTMH blues...Pacifica, Sapphire and Crystal Blue along with White Daisy and Black.  I am still plugging along finishing the album from last year's river boat cruise, so I decided to document our time on the Rhine.

Design credit to Sketchy Thursdays
All products are Close to My Heart.  The papers are from Fundamental collections; the Pacifica dotted paper is from the 2016-17 collection and the remaining papers are all current.  The little swans are unfortunately retired.  

For more "blue" inspiration, be sure to visit Color Dare Challenge 264




Monday, October 9, 2017

Stash Buster Card Class!

My stash (oh come on, you know you have one also!) is just getting out of control!  So I have decided my upcoming card class will be a Stash Buster.  Class will be held at my home on Tuesday, October 24 starting at 1:00 p.m. with the last start time around 6:00 p.m. Come and go as you please. This is how it will work:


  • You will be able to make 10 cards for just $15.00.  Included will be all occasion cards and a few holiday cards. For this price, I will not include envelopes.
  • The cards will be simple and will require minimal instruction. We will be working buffet style, so you can work at your own pace.  Beginners, don't feel left out...I will be there to help you get started and answer any questions along the way.
  • I will be using still lovely retired papers (AKA the stash) along with current and retired stamps.  
  • Prepayment is appreciated, but payment will also be accepted at class time.
  • Yes, I will be offering a door prize again.  Extra chances for prepayment, bringing a friend and any order from the Close to My Heart catalogs.
So this is a win-win situation.  I will be thinning my stash a little and you will be taking home cards with simple basic designs that you will be able to duplicate at home with your own papers and stamps.  What is not to love?

So that I have time to prepare the kits, please RSVP by October 17.  I am looking forward to seeing you!

Sue