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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Birthday Boy!

I am in total love with the May layout for the the Scrapbook and Cards Today SCT 365 Online Class.
And all the better that it works wonderfully for the layouts I am doing for my grandson's birthdays.  You see, he is already 20 years old and I am struggling to finish up his scrapbook.  So to make things go a little more quickly, I am combining 2 or 3 birthdays on each layout. This one celebrates years 7, 8 and 9!  I am anxious to see how I can make this layout work for at least one more project.



All the papers are from the Central Park paper packet plus White Daisy, Pacifica and Poppy cardstocks.  Isn't the Central Park fun? The suite also features fun city buildings and catchy geometric designs. It is one of the beautiful collections in the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea catalog. The title was cut on the Cricut and the embellishments are CTMH except for the green dots...had to search my stash for those.



I will be posting this at Heart 2 Heart Challenges National Scrapbooking Month.  I invite you to visit this site and then maybe link your own layout.  I, along with the entire Design Team, love being inspired by your creativity!

I will back early next week showing you a card or layout (haven't made up my mind) that uses a triadic color scheme.  I love color so I am excited about this!

Until then,
Sue

Monday, May 7, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day is quickly coming up and this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we are inspiring you with paper projects to celebrate your mother or special lady in your life.  I chose to once again use the Beautiful Friendship paper packet and coordinating stamps to create my card.  (For more inspiration, click on "Older Post")  Design credit goes to Julee Tilman of Mojo Monday.


This card is for my mother-in-law.  Even though she is a resident in a health care facility, suffers from dementia and does not always respond to us in a positive way, she is still beautiful to me.  I hope the card makes her smile.

Products used are all Close to My Heart except for the paper doily. The baker's twine is retired. 

  • Beautiful Friendship paper packet
  • Beautiful Friendship--Cardmaking Stamp and Thin Cuts Bundle.  The stamp set is also available without the dies.


Z4180--$22.95
Be sure to visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges to see the beautiful projects the design team has created for you!

Till later,
Sue


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Beautiful Friendship

It is reveal day for the new Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog and idea book.  In the next few weeks I will share the new paper suites and some projects created with them.  Today it is Beautiful Friendship.  The colors in this paper set are so pretty and trendy...you will just love them.  Design credit for these cards goes to Close to My Heart.



Stamp sets used are:
Beautiful Friendship--Cardmaking Stamp and Thin Cuts Bundle Z4180
Central Park--Scrapbooking D1775

For more inspiration with Beautiful Friendship and to see more new products, please click on this link Seasonal Expressions 2.  For questions or to schedule a gathering or class, contact me.  I will love to help you with your creations.

Sue

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Enjoy the Little Things!

I just finished my Scrapbook and Cards Today project for April.  Our mission trip members always take one afternoon to sight see and have a nice dinner.  This year we enjoyed a trip to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.




I am not much of a flamingo person, but these papers from the retired CTMH Calypso collection seemed to be perfect for this occasion.  For my title and embellishments, I turned to the included Picture my Life cards. Retired Pink Enamel Gems provide the bling.

I know I am showing you all retired products, but I hope you find inspiration from the layout and the ways the products are used.

Until next time,
Sue

Monday, April 23, 2018

Color your World!

Every once in awhile the Heart 2 Heart Design Team gives you a color challenge.  This time it is to create a project using Peacock, Bashful, Blossom and White Daisy.  I decided on this card and was inspired by Pattern 15 in Make it from your Heart, Vol. 4.


Using the Gimme Some Sugar Scrapbooking stamp set (D1758), the flowers were stamped with Bashful and Blossom and the leaves and flower centers were stamped with Peacock.  They were all fussy cut and the top rose was bumped up with Thin 3-D Foam Tape.  The card was embellished with White Shimmer Tape and Bitty Sparkles.  I rather like the results...what do you think?

For more projects using these beautiful colors, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges Color Challenge.  The Design Team has provided some awesome projects!

Talk with you soon,
Sue

Monday, April 9, 2018

Out of this World!

The Stargazer paper packet and Complements are perfect for creating cards and layouts for your favorite little boys.  Here is my card I created for this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge, "Out of this World".  I was inspired by Pattern 12 in Make it from your Heart, Vol. 4 from CTMH.


I took the quick and easy route (and there is nothing wrong with that) by using one of the images from the Complements pack.  There are also stamp sets that you can personalize with your favorite media and colors.  The embellishments are Stargazer Dots.  These primary color dots can be used in so many ways!  This product line is in the Seasonal Expressions Catalog which will be retiring on April 30th.  Click here to take a look.


I hope you enjoy this card.  For more "Out of this World" inspiration please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges Out of this World.  We will love it if you use at least one CTMH product to create your project and then use the Linky tool to share what you have done. You have until the end of the month!

Happy crafting,
Sue

Monday, March 26, 2018

Cut it Out!

What is your favorite method of creating cut outs...Cutting machine, i.e. Cricut and Silhouette, Die cutting machines, i.e. Cuttlebug and Big Shot or how about old fashioned fussy cutting?  It makes no difference when it comes to Heart 2 Heart where we are challenging you to "Cut it Out"!


I chose to use my Cricut and a cutting file from You are Here, the newest cartridge from Close to My Heart. Because I wanted all the details on the cake to be defined, I made the card a little larger at 5" X 7".  Materials are White Daisy and the light side of Mink cardstock, White Glitter Paper and Bitty Sparkles.  The background was dry embossed with the Rose Embossing Folder and the ribbon is from my stash.

This was created for my nephew's wedding, but substituting different colors and patterned papers could make it work for a birthday or anniversary.  It is up to your imagination!

For more cutting ideas, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges Cut it Out!  Then, using at least one Close to My Heart product, cut your project and link it to our blog.  We will love seeing your creation!

Til later,
Sue

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Workin!

Another month of the Scrapbook and Cards Today Online Class is in the books!  I was inspired by the sketch to create this layout about our 2018 Mission Trip to St. Augustine, FL.  Because it was such a successful and rewarding week, I decided to document it.


All the supplies are from Close to My Heart.  The patterned papers are from the retired Jack packet. The arrows and the title were cut on the Cricut.  I actually cut the title four times...one with patterned paper (this is from No Worries) and three times with White Daisy cardstock.  I glued all the layers together to create a title with dimension.  Yes, it was a little bit of a pain in the rear, but I love the results.  I hope you can see the dimension in this picture:


So are you inspired?  No Cricut to cut your letters?  You may want to consider the Thin Cuts Alphabet from Close to My Heart.  It is 25% off until the end of March!  Visit my website or contact me for ordering information.

Until next time...
Sue

Monday, March 12, 2018

Green!

It is almost time for the "Wearing of the Green"  and Heart 2 Heart is challenging you to use your favorite shades of green in creating a card, layout or other paper project.  I was inspired by a sketch from Page Maps that I found in an older magazine.  I used papers from the Chelsea Gardens (you know I love it) paper packet.  The leaves were colored in with a water brush and CTMH ink pads and the butterfly is colored with the Bashful Shimmer Pen. The scalloped circle and the butterfly are bumped up with Thin 3D Foam Tape. The scalloped border was cut with a Thin Cut (on sale this month!), while the circles were cut on the Cricut.


This card is a bit of a deviation from my norm.  I tend to be more of a minimalist when I create cards...sometimes calling it being clean and classy.  Well, this one has layers upon layers of paper and embellishments...I probably should have created it for our "kitchen sink" challenge!  However, even though it is "fussy", I find that the limited palette and the continuity of the patterned paper gives it a rather "clean" appearance.  Just my thoughts!

For more "green" ideas, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges Going Green.  While you are there, please consider linking your project.  We love being inspired!

Have a happy St. Pat's Day...behave yourself!
Sue


Monday, February 26, 2018

Everything but the Kitchen Sink!

What a fun theme for this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge.  I chose to use the super cute Gimme Some Sugar packet to create my card.  Not having any of the stamps that go with the set (didn't think I wanted them, but I might be close to caving!), I used one of the Picture My Life cards for my sentiment.

Design credit to Pattern 17 in  Make it From Your Heart, vol 4
I matted my patterned paper with Heather cardstock.  The PML card was diecut with a die in my tool arsenal.  I took a second card and trimmed out the rolling pin and layered it with Thin 3-D Foam Tape.  The cute little flowers are Gimme Some Sugar Cork Shapes.  This was a really fun and easy card to put together.  Enjoy!

X7228B

Thin Cuts and Stamp bundle Z4156
Stamp set only--C1702
For more ideas from the "kitchen sink", please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges

Till next time...
Sue

Saturday, February 17, 2018

February class project...

I will make this kind of quick.  I just want to share my February project for the Scrapbook and Cards Today Online Class.  I used CTMH papers as well as a specialty paper I bought several years ago when the closest scrapbook store closed.  Knowing my granddaughter would be in sports, I bought all the Putnam County Panthers paper they had!  The title was cut on the Cricut and the embellishments are from my stash.  Hoping you find some inspiration!



Go PC!
Sue

Monday, February 12, 2018

Love is in the Air!

Maybe this post is a little late for Valentine's Day, but the holiday is the first thing I thought of when I saw the theme for this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge...True Love. This card is for my husband, so I tried to give it a masculine feel.



To create this Valentine card, I used Pattern 7 from Make it From Your Heart, Vol. 4, the newest instruction book from Close To My Heart.  It is dedicated to card sketches and artwork.  So anyhow, back to Pattern 7.  It is shown as a vertically oriented design, but I flipped it on its side to accommodate the embossing folder (Wood Slats--retired) and the Thin Cuts hearts. The patterned paper is from the Stargazer packet, the cardstocks are White Daisy and Pebble and the ribbon is the new Light Grey.

As I said, this is kind of late to be of inspiration for this Valentine's Day, so how about using your imagination...use a different sentiment that goes well with the heart, or switch the image completely...circles, stars?  Maybe a shamrock for St. Pat's Day

For more True Love inspiration, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges--Love is in the Air.  I am sure you will truly love (pardon the pun!) what you see. And we will truly love it if you take the time to link your project that reflects what you love!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Fine & Dandy!

The challenge for this week at Heart 2 Heart is literally Fine & Dandy. I had fun creating this layout celebrating my granddaughter's team win at the Conference Tourney.


This layout was entirely created with Close to My Heart products.  The layout inspiration comes from the left hand page of Pattern 22 in the Make it from your Heart Vol 3. I used patterned paper from the Stargazer paper packet as well as the retired Cats and Bats pack. I also used Black, Pebble, Poppy and retired Honey cardstock.  The Poppy enamel dots are from the Stargazer Dots set.  The title was stamped with a stamp from the Gimme Some Sugar--Scrapbooking set D1758.  One fun thing on this layout...I took a screen shot of a Tweet from our school principal and used it as a picture/journaling element...it kind of tells the whole story!

Stargazer and Gimme Some Sugar are two of the paper suites in the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book.  If you have not yet had a chance to see the wonderfulness of this book, I invite you to visit my website, click on Products and then Idea Books.

For more  ideas be sure to visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  While you are there, I invite you to link your project.  We will love being inspired by what you find Fine & Dandy!  We ask only that you use at least one Close to My Heart product.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Got the blahs...

Winter blahs...it has been days since I have even thought about being creative. So I thought I would share my last project and maybe just talking about it will get me back in the mood!

I have previously shared how challenges spark some mojo with me.  I especially like the sketch and color challenges...they give me somewhere to start and from there I can usually add my personal touch.  Other challenges I like include themes or particular paper packets. The CTMH design books and the Idea books provide sketches and design ideas. Being on the design team at Heart 2 Heart Challenges has also been very inspiring.

So, with all that being said, let me talk about my latest source of inspiration.  I signed up for a monthly online layout class with Scrapbook and Cards Today.  The email I received included a picture of a completed project along with all the instructions (measurements too) and cutting files. Suggestions are also made for those that do not use a cutting machine.  Here is my interpretation of the January layout:


I used paper and Complements from the retired Hello Lovely packet and last year's Color of the Year, Sea Glass.  While I thought of using paper from the new Chelsea Gardens packet, this was the paper I have had in mind for these photos, so I went with it.

My new papers and supplies from Close to My Heart came the other day, so I hope to have some new projects for you to see really soon.

 Now if someone would just prod me into finishing my cleaning and sorting project in our home office...and cleaning kitchen cupboards...and cleaning the closets...

Fighting the blahs,
Sue






Monday, January 15, 2018

Picture Perfect!

How will you interpret this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge theme?  Will you create a layout or card that is "Picture Perfect"?  Too much pressure there?  Well, how about using Picture My Life cards from CTMH to create your project?  Certainly you have someone in your life that is Picture Perfect, so you can do a project to honor that person.  Or you can do as I did and use an actual picture.  




I found a picture on my computer that pleased me (I took this one at Glacier National Park) and edited it in my photo editing software.  Really, all this photo needed was resizing and application of the Vignette effect. I printed it on a piece of textured watercolor paper I found hiding in my stash. It is stamped with one of the stamps from Inspired Words D1740 from CTMH.  I used a die from Lawn Fawn to trim it and then matted it onto Heather cardstock.

I created this card for a family friend that is facing some really tough times.  I love the peace and serenity it reflects...I hope he likes it also.

Please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges for more inspiration. 

Until next time,
Sue

Monday, January 1, 2018

Something New!

It is a New Year and at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we are celebrating "Something New".  Maybe you are creating with new supplies or tools, discovering a new technique, or maybe you are documenting something new in your home.  I was the lucky recipient of an Instant Pot this Christmas so I decided to document this new addition to my kitchen arsenal!

Design credit to bellablvd


All the supplies are from Close to My Heart.  The papers are from the Beary Christmas packet.  Because I did not want the layout to scream "Christmas", I used Poppy instead of Cranberry for the title.  You know that I have been trying to be more aware of my stash, so the zip strip, rick rack and the "something" were all found there.

I hope you will inspire us this month by linking your projects, starting with this one!  You have until the end of the month to submit your creation.  Click on this link Heart 2 Heart Challenges to find the link tool.