Thursday, April 30, 2020

Back again...



I have been missing in action from my blog in the past, but this absence takes the cake.  During this pandemic time, I have been trying to be more active in my craft room and have been creating some layouts and cards. 

This past weekend, I pulled out my Tim Holz Distress Oxide inks and my heat embossing supplies and used a stamp set from the CTMH May-June catalog called A Million Little Things. This catalog will be online on my website suebruch.closetomyheart.com starting May 1st.

 These are the cards I created.

This technique is really fun, because while you have an idea of what your card may look like, it is always a surprise just how the various inks blend. This card may be my favorite of the three.


I think it is amazing how the red, pink and yellow blended on this one.


On this one, I stamped the flower on the circle and used our Tri-Blend Spectrum Noir markers to color the image.

Here is the stamp set I used: A Million Little Things D1925



I hope you are all staying safe and feeling well.  I am going to try to update my blog more often, so please check in once in awhile.

Talk with you soon,
Sue












































Sunday, January 26, 2020

Spruced Up (once more)!

I really love the Spruced Up paper suite from Close to My Heart.  In my last post, I showed you a layout and several cards I created.  This time, I am sharing another Christmas layout that was inspired by instructions from Chris Robertson.  I did not change very much...it was perfect as it was.  I will say that the layout was pretty labor intensive.  As backlogged as I am with my scrapbooking, I can’t afford to spend this much time on every layout, but darn...this one was worth it!


The trees look complicated, but they are just folded paper glued together.  I am sure there are instructions on Pinterest or Youtube.  Or, I will be happy to show you how!

I have submitted this layout to two challenges.  Check them out to see what else is being created!

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge (I used all the colors in the challenge)

Heart 2 Heart Challenges

Until next time,
Sue

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Spruced Up!

It has been a little while since I have posted on my blog...busy with the holidays and life in general.  Today, I am happy to introduce you to one of the two new paper packets in the January-February Close to My Heart catalog.  Spruced Up is so pretty and perfect for your winter cards and layouts.  Here are some examples of artwork done with these papers:






And here are the products I used to create them!




In addition to what you see, there are also card and scrapbooking kits and additional coordinating stamps and Thin Cut dies.  To see all this goodness, please visit my blog at www.suebruch.ctmh.com. Search for Spruced Up  or click on "More" to view the entire catalog.

It is good to be finding time for my paper crafts...I have done several layouts and many cards in the last couple weeks.  Something about the process brings me peace and we all need more of that.

Until next time,
Sue





Monday, December 9, 2019

Anything Goes..Holiday Style

I mentioned in my Dec 2 post that I created several different cards in multiples of six this year.  Well, this one takes the prize for taking the most patience and time. 


I cut this with a file from Complete Creativity, the newest Close to My Heart Digital Cricut Cartridge.  The file has all the components included.  You just need to cut everything out and assemble. I will warn you that the card size is 5 x 7.  Assembly was a little challenging.  I did find that a product called Dry Bond helped with the sentiment and Joseph and Mary.  I found it at Dick Blick the last time I bought it, but that was a few years ago.

So this is the last Heart to Heart Challenge of the year and a good time to tell you that I have decided to leave the team, at least for awhile.  However, I intend to keep this blog going, so please do check back now and then to see what I have been doing.  You may may even see me linking up to H2H and maybe some other challenges.

Thanks for being with me--

Merry Christmas,
Sue

Monday, December 2, 2019

Evergreen!

Evergreen is one of my favorite new colors in the Close to My Heart Exclusive Color Palette. I love the richness of this green and decided to feature it in this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge, Evergreen.


Design Inspiration is Pattern 15 in Make it from Your Heart Vol.4


To create the card, I used Evergreen, Clover, Candy Apple, and White Daisy cardstock, patterned paper from the Every Little Thing paper packet and White Glitter Paper (hard to see in the picture. the sentiment is stamped with a stamp from Holiday Trimmings C1810. The holly was cut on the Cricut with a file from the City Sidewalks cartridge from CTMH.
This year, in order to use up some papers and to try new designs, I created Christmas cards in multiples of six .  I think this design is my very favorite of all I made.  But then, my favorite color is green, so there you go.

I hope you enjoy this card...thanks for joining me today.  Please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges to see what the design team has to show you!

Sue

Monday, November 18, 2019

An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude...a good policy all year long, but especially now at Thanksgiving.  I don't know about you, but I am tiring of the autumn leaves that we have all been using for our Fall creations.  So I decided to use one of the Sep-Oct Mix-In papers and the November Stamp of the Month to create this nontraditional Thanksgiving card.  I also used the Stitched Hearts Thin Cuts and the Heart Patterns stamp set which is found in the 2019-2020 core catalog. I was inspired by a technique from Chris Robertson to create this 3-D heart.  What fun!


Thanks for joining me today.  For more inspiration, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Sue

Monday, November 4, 2019

Full Circle!

It is always easy and fun to create with circles.  I chose to use the Every Little Thing paper pack to create this card.  The Wisteria polka dot and the grid papers are from the Sep-Oct mix-in pack. The stamps are from Family Time--November Stamp of the Month.  I think the flower is probably intended to be a sunflower, but I think it looks wonderful stamped with Wisteria!

Inspired by Page Maps October 2018
Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I hope this gets you thinking about using your stamps in ways beyond their original intention.  For more inspiration, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges.

Talk with you soon,
Sue