Monday, January 14, 2019

Technique Time!

Tonight I was reading the Blog from CTMH titled Five Ways to Get out of a Creative Rut and Get Inspired (You can also read it here).  One of the suggestions is to try something new.  This week at Heart 2 Heart, we are challenging you to create something using a stamped background.  No matter if  this is a new technique for you or an old favorite, I hope you will be inspired to create a project and then link it!

Design credit to Close to My Heart

I used the "love you" stamp from the January Stamp of the Month for my stamped background.  The paper is from the Heart Happy set, available through February. I originally planned to stamp a sentiment on the larger heart, but with all the patterned paper I used, I really needed to make the hearts solid and just allow the "love you" background serve as the sentiment.  The inside will be stamped with a Valentine's message.

Heart Happy Paper Packet

January 2019 Stamp of the Month


For more stamped background inspiration, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  We hope you will link your project...just remember to use at least one Close to My Heart product. You have until the end of the month...we will love being inspired by you.

Happy Stamping,
Sue

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Scrap our Stash Challenge

I have been following this challenge for awhile and finally decided to make an entry.  When I saw the theme "Saturday Cartoon Inspired Stash Challenge",  I knew that I had the perfect pictures and the perfect papers in my stash.


All products used are from Close to My Heart.  The patterned papers except the lemon are retired. The lemon paper is from the "Something Fierce" paper packet in the current Seasonal Expressions book.

Please visit the Scrap Your Stash Challenge blog for more inspiration and information.

Happy Scrapping,
Sue

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Soft and Pastel!

Just a quick post showing the project I am submitting to the Color Dare Soft and Pastel Challenge and the Double Trouble Challenge. I used foiling supplies from Gina K.  The cardstock, Glitter Paper and Shimmer Trim are all from Close to My Heart.  Becuase the foil likes to reflect whatever is around it, it was difficult to show the pinks that I used.  Trust me...it is pastel and very pretty.


I hope you are enjoying the holidays...Happy New Year!

Sue

Monday, December 17, 2018

Season's Greetings

This is the last challenge from Heart 2 Heart before Christmas.  It is also most likely my last blog post before then.  So here is my Christmas card for you

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Other than the twine, I used  CTMH product.  I was inspired by a card from the Boutique Workshop Your Way found on page 35 of the 2018 Holiday Expressions.

For more Holiday inspiration, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges.

Merry Christmas to all of you.  May you have a joyous Holiday season with family and friends.

As ever,
Sue

Monday, December 3, 2018

Photo Inspiration!

This week at Heart 2 Heart, we are challenging you to use this photo as inspiration for a card or other paper project. Maybe you will be inspired by the subject, maybe it is the colors (suggested: Charcoal, Heather, Glacier, New England Ivy) or maybe it is something else.


And here is my card which utilizes the colors and the pine boughs from the inspiraton picture:


This actually is two cards in one...here are a couple pictures that I hope shows this:



This is a not a difficult card to make, but it is a little of a mind trick to make the top card essentially backwards.  To help you, here is a link from the designer, Dawn Griffith:  Double Flap Fun Fold Card.  This YouTube gives all the measurements and directions.  If you love cards with folds, Dawn is the girl!

For more inspirational projects, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges Photo Inspiration  You will love what you see!

While we are all busy getting ready for Christmas, I hope you are finding time to craft once in awhile. It can be relaxing, but most of all, it can bring you joy...and we all need more of that!

Talk with you soon,
Sue

Monday, November 19, 2018

Grateful Heart

I love this time of year when we become mindful of our gratitude for the blessings we have received.  I think it is therefore appropriate that we celebrate this gratitude with our Heart 2 Heart Challenge.  Here is the card I created using the Grateful Heart paper set and the Grateful Heart--Cardmaking stamp set.

Design credit to Mojo Monday


The stamp set included the words Thankful, Grateful and Blessed. Having no where else to include them, I used Saffron ink to stamp tone on tone on the Saffron patterned paper. This is a technique I sometimes use to add interest and texture to my project. The butterfly was colored with Shinhan alcohol based markers.



Please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges Thankful Heart for more inspiration.  I have also entered this card in the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge.

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving,
Sue

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,
Sue