Monday, July 16, 2018

Christmas in July!

This week Heart 2 Heart is celebrating Christmas in July.  To add to the festivities, we are joining the  group, Double Trouble in a joint challenge. So here are the details...

For the Heart 2 Heart challenge, the instructions are simple...create a project with a Christmas theme.  For this challenge, you may use any products available to you.  There is no need to use Close to my Heart products.

For the Double Trouble challenge, the instructions are a little more detailed, but also more fun:

WELCOME to Challenge #5 - And Let Our Trouble Begin THING 1 Trouble Maker is making her list, checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty and nice. Won't you play along as Christmas comes early and join us for our challenge "Christmas Only" with a sentiment or journaling.

THING 3 Twisted Sister
says don't get your tinsel in a tangle, add the twist of a fun and fancy fold. Look to Pinterest, You Tube and even Google for lots of ideas. This is optional. 
If you link up to Heart2Heart you get an additional chance for the Double Trouble Random draw

THING 2 Double Dare 
dares you to link up your creation to Heart2Heart for "Christmas in July" theme. This theme is open from Monday, July 16th through Sunday, July 31st. 
Heart2Heart (for this theme only) has allowed you to enter this challenge and if you don't have a CTMH product don't worry about it... You are welcome to use any products.


So here is what I created for you:



I was able to meet Twisted Sister's challenge of creating a card with folds..I hope these pictures show this well enough.



Here is another example:




I want to give credit where credit is due, so here is the link to the tutorial for making this card:  Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.  I did use Close to My Heart Products for my cards, but remember...for this challenge, it is not necessary.  Of interest, is the sentiment on the first card.  A couple friends and I traveled to a shop in Iowa last week and took a class in foiling.  This is an example of that process...so much fun!

So with all this being said, I  invite you to create a Christmas project using folds and link it to one or both of these challenges:Heart 2 Heart Christmas in July and Double Trouble Christmas Only  You have until July 31st to do so.  By entering both, you will be eligible for Double Trouble's random drawing!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas...in July!
Sue

Monday, July 2, 2018

Super Heros!

So who is your Super Hero?  This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we are giving you a chance to celebrate that person with a card, layout, or other project.  I have a grandson with a birthday coming up, so I created a card for him.


Design credit to Close to My Heart

The supplies for this card are from Close to My Heart. The patterned papers are from the Stargazer packet.  I also used Cranberry and retired Honey cardstock.  The very cute "Super Hero" is a print and cut from Cricut Design Space and the title was a cut from the Artiste cartridge. The stars are retired CTMH.

It is time for a little self criticism. Now that the card is all done, I wish I had used one of our abstract paint splatter type stamps with some Mink or second generations Heather to add some interest to the background...it just looks too white!  However, the card is cute and will show our grandson just how special he is.

I hope you be inspired by this and the other projects at Heart 2 Heart to create a salute to your own Super Hero!

Happy Crafting,
Sue

Monday, June 18, 2018

Copycat!

Remember a couple weeks ago I confessed to almost copying a card project from CTMH and then saying it was OK?  Well, this week at Heart 2 Heart, we are doing just that!  The challenge is to copy something from the Seasonal Expressions 2 book, only doing so with a personal twist.  After studying the book for a special project, I decided on a layout kind of hidden on page 5.




I followed the basic layout even using the Sapphire polka dot from the Beautiful Friendship packet.  From there, it was all twist!  The FFA paper and the background paper (retired Basics Fundamentals) are from my stash.  The scalloped border was cut with the Scalloped Border die (CTMH) and retired Honey cardstock.  The "notebook" paper was punched with a tool from my arsenal.  The title was cut on the Cricut from a Flower Market file (CTMH) and Cranberry cardstock.  As I have done in the past, I used a screenshot of a Facebook post for my photo/journaling block.  These screenshots often tell the entire story of the layout and eliminate the need for journaling. Embellishments are from the Stargazer Enamel Dots set.

This was a fun layout and it actually went together in about a half hour. 

When your creativity has gone south or you just need some fresh ideas, I invite you to find a project that pleases you, take a look at your supplies and tools, and copy away...giving it your own twist!

Thank you for visiting my blog today! For more "copycat" fun, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges.
Sue 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Fresh Air!

This month at CTMH the featured paper packet is Fresh Air and I just love it.  Not only is it perfect for cards as shown in this post, but I can hardly wait to use it on layouts that document the New England trip we have planned for later this summer.  So here are cards for your inspiration:

Design credit to Michelle Loncar

 The following two cards are from the Fresh Air Make It Your Way Cardmaking Kit:






Design credit to CTMH


The papers I used for the cards are just a few of the beautiful papers in the packet.  I think you will love both them and the coordinating stamp sets shown with them.  They can be found in the 2018 Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book and catalog which can be viewed on my website.

 Please contact me for more information or to request a copy of the Idea Book.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Sue



Monday, June 4, 2018

Banner Day!

Our Heart 2 Heart theme this week is Banner Day.  I chose to document our grandson's graduation which was certainly a banner day.  I then chose to use banners to embellish my layout.  I used Sapphire cardstock and Gold Foil Paper.  The polka dot background paper is from the Basics Fundamental pack and the striped paper is retired.




So if you are documenting a banner day or just want to decorate a card or layout with banners, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges Banner Day for more great ideas.

I am on sort of a creative roll (yes, it happens now and then!) so I hope to be sharing with you soon.

Until then,
Sue

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A New Challenge!

One of my fellow Design Team members at Heart 2 Heart has started a new blog.  The first challenge, actually due tonight (I am just under the wire!) is to use two or more patterned papers.  I made this card using four different papers from the Fresh Air paper packet from Close to My Heart. This paper suite is from the 2018 Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.



The stamps are from Papertrey Ink.  I recently discovered them and really like some of the sentiments they offer.  The hemp, twine and pearls are all from my stash.

Please take the time to check out Suzanne's challenge, Double Trouble Challenge.  She will tell you all about Thing 1 and Thing 2 and how you can actually link the same project to more than one challenge.

I will be talking to you again in a few days when I share my Heart 2 Heart Design Team project.

Until then,
Sue


Monday, May 21, 2018

Triadic Color!

 A couple weeks ago, on my Facebook group,  I posted a link to a CTMH Blog post that taught principles of selecting color according to the triadic color scheme.   For quick reference here is the color wheel with the CTMH colors.  For a more complete understanding, I suggest you take a look at the blog post: Triadic Color Combinations


This week, instead of a standard color challenge, Heart 2 Heart Challenges has chosen to use this method.


The CTMH colors I chose for my card and their place on the color wheel are Eggplant (Violet), Juniper (Green) and Goldrush (Orange). Notice how these colors are equidistant on the wheel.  It took me awhile to decide on colors as the possibilities seemed endless.  I would suggest to you to maybe choose a main color and then refer to the wheel to pick the other two.


My inspiration for this card came from a card I made with the Documented Cardmaking Kit, page 50 in the Seasonal Expressions 2.



Well, maybe I almost copied it!  That is OK.  The catalog/idea books are there to provide us with design ideas and to help us create projects we love and are proud of.

So with all this being said, I hope you are inspired to experiment with color.  Amaze yourself with the combinations you create.

Please check out Heart 2 Heart Challenges for more color inspiration.

Have fun--
Sue