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CAS Colours & Sketches #378


Super excited to announce that I am the Guest Designer this month over at CAS Colours & Sketches!  They alternate challenges each week between colors and sketches.  This week, we are having a color challenge.  The featured colors are Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green and Pacific Point.

The first thing that came to mind was the flower images in the A Million Little Things stamp set.  I just love the style of the drawings in this set and the sentiments are perfect for the times.  Here is a look at the complete set-

To create my card, I started by die cutting a panel of Tim Holtz watercolor paper with a Stitched Rectangle die.  I then stamped my images in Black pigment ink and clear embossed.  Color was added with Kuretake watercolors.  A few "splatters" were added with Nuvo drops. The finished project is super simple with a great pop of color! 

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1925 A Million Little Things Stamp Set
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Distress Watercolor Paper-Ranger
Z8000 Black Exclusive Inks Pigment Pad
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder
Kuretake Watercolors
Stitched Rectangle Panel Die-Simon Says Stamp 

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
A Place to Start-Flowers 
Cuttlebug Mania-Anything Goes
Daisy Chain Challenges-No Designer Paper
Penny Black-In the Garden
Simon Says Stamp-Bright & Cheerful

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The Paper Players #498


Happy Sunday!  I hope everyone is recovering from the July 4th festivities! Ann is hosting a new challenge for us this week at The Paper Players, Fun and Fancy Folds.  This was truly a challenge for me....as you will rarely see me venture pass your basic card shapes.  While I love adding layers to my cards....they are usually all featured on one side!  I hope you will accept the challenge and come join us!


Since Fun and Fancy Folds are not in my normal tool box of toys....I ventured out to Google to see what caught my eye.  While, I love many of the free standing fun folding designs.....I do actually mail  my cards and don't want them to appear possibly confusing to the recipient.  I went with a design featured on Michelle's blog at Owl Star Stampers.  I went with this style of card, because it is super simple and allows me to add as many layers as I please!  Now, to the next challenging part....photographing said card!


The card actually opens from the right and the left.  I inked up the new Fabulous Flamingo stamp set and paired it with the Brushed Paper Collection.  The fun mix of pinks and greens was perfect for a tropical scene.  I stamped my flamingo in Intense Black ink and added color with Copics.  The flamingo was popped up with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.  I stamped my greenery frame with Fern ink, slightly overlapping the images.  I added in water at the bottom with Lagoon ink, sponging on additional ink to soften my stamped waves.  Here is a look at the complete stamp set-
This set is available with or without Thin Cut dies....I highly recommend the Thin Cuts...especially for those flamingo legs!  The card opens up to additional layers on the inside.  There is also plenty of room to add a gift card.


My inside sentiment is from the exclusive stamp set featured in the Craft with Heart cardmaking subscriptions.  The sentiment was perfect to coordinate with my You are Fabulous sentiment on the front.  We certainly need more fabulous people to spread some world kindness at the moment!


My favorite part about this card, it folds up to a standard A2 sized card!  No special envelopes or postage needed!  The base layer is 4 1/4" by 8 1/2", scored at 3".  The inner base is 3" x 8", scored at 4".  You can easily downsize the measurements to add as many layers as you would like.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3743 Fabulous Flamingo Stamp Set w/Thin Cuts
Craft with Heart Cardmaking Subscription (inside sentiment)
CC6201 Brushed Paper Pack
CC6203 Brushed Coordinating Cardstock Pack
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4059 Crafty Loose Sequins
Copics R02, R32, RV10

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Cut It Up Challenges-Summer Color Palete-Turquoise, Hot Pink Coral, Yellow, Bright Green
Simon Says Stamp-Bright & Cheerful
Sweet Stampin-Holiday Destinations

Check out the other Paper Players Design Team member creations for more inspiration:
The Paper Players Design Team

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Freshly Made Sketches #442


If you have an outdoor enthusiast in your life, the Timber Collection is for you!  Needless to say, I "needed" the whole collection! We are truly in the outdoors in Wyoming. I created my card with the new Timber Cardmaking Collection.  I seriously had to have this collection for the exclusive stamp set that is included!  Here is a look at the complete set-

The set comes with supplies and instructions to create 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs....but feel free to branch out and create your own!  I used the diamond shaped die to cut out three shapes to go along with the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches-

For my sentiment, I first inked the stamp in New England Ivy ink and then rolled the edges into Ruby ink.  The coordinating die makes the perfect outline!  My card felt a little too plain on a white background, so I dry embossed with the Stitched Circles Embossing folder and added a Stitched Frame in New England Ivy to pull it all together.  The Stitched Frames are on the retiring list and are only available while supplies last! A few clear sequins for bubbles finish off the card.

All supplies by Close To My Heart:
G1210 Timber Cardmaking Collection
X9017 Mix In Paper Packet
X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2870 Ruby Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins
Stitched Circles Embossing Folder-Retired
Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Craft Rocket Challenges-For the Men
Creative Crafting Uncles-Fishing
Krafty Chicks-Stamp Act

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C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #562


I am super excited to be a Guest Designer today over at the C.R.A.F.T Challenge blog.  They are having an Anything Goes Challenge, sponsored by Sweet & Sassy stamps.  Sweet & Sassy has a huge favorite of digital stamps.  I was drawn to the Magnolia Block stamp.  It is one of those large stamps that can totally stand alone.  I slightly struggled with my color scheme.  Magnolia trees are so not common in my area and a google search showed me basically the classic white and a brighter pink version.  I was in need of a sympathy card and just didn't feel the brighter pink was going to be appropriate.  I first colored my flower in a very pale cream and felt it needed a bit more pop.  I added a bit more color and went over the upturned edges of each petal with a clear shimmer brush. I heat embossed my sentiment and popped up the sentiment panel with 3-D foam tape for added dimension. A few clear sequins finish off the card.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Magnolia Block stamp by Sweet & Sassy Stamps
D1919 With Heartfelt Sympathy
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X6047 Black Cardstock
Z891 Versamark Ink Pad
Z2068 White Super Fine Embossing Powder
Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins
Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush
Copic Markers, E000, E00, E02, Y06, Y23
Fishtail Die-MFT

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations-Anything Goes
Polkadoodles-Anything Goes
QKR Stampede-Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter-Use a Sentiment
Word Art Wednesday-Anything Goes

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July SOTM-For My Beautiful Friend


How cute is the July Stamp of the Month-For My Beautiful Friend? This adorable set includes twenty stamps with a fun mix of fonts and images.  Who doesn't love flowers and butterflies?  Here is a look at the complete set-

You can add this gorgeous stamp set to your collection for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  The set is only available to purchase during the month of July! You can view all of the great Close To My Heart products here.

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Gorgeous New Products!

Woot!  Woot!  Tons of great new products have just been released!  The July/August catalog is now live!  The new product line certainly has a summer vibe to it! Thank goodness summer has not been cancelled!  Whether you are headed to the beach, mountains or theme parks....we have the supplies for your crafting needs! 

Did you know that you can get a free printed catalog, full of ideas?  Simply log into your account when placing an order and a free catalog will be included with your first order.  Please note, you must create an account if you do not yet have one.  Sadly, guest check outs do not include the free catalog! You can also view a PDF version of the catalog here.

Check out all of the fun, new products here.

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