Monday, February 25, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #376


In case you missed my post yesterday....it seems I have a new favorite color...Mint! I just could not put it away yet!  My gingham scraps begged to be put on a card..and were the perfect fit for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge!  I basically used the same elements as yesterday's card with a little more detail.  Even though my elements are the same, it is a totally different look! Here is the original sketch design-


I think I have created more floral cards this year than ever before.  The Budding Peony stamp set is my absolute favorite set out of the current catalog.  Sadly, the coordinating Thin Cuts have sold out.  The stamp set is still available to order.  The stamped images could easily be cut with your SNC or fussy cut away!


I added in more shading to my peony and few more strands of silver thread.  I hope to add in some more colors to my Copic Collection soon.  I seem to have some serious gaps in the pastel colors!


All supplies by Close To My Heart except where noted:
D1831 Budding Peony Stamp set
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
X5986 Mint Cardstock
X9003 Mix In Paper Packet
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks
Z4213 Silver Thread
Copic Markers
Stitched Rectangle Die-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Inspirational Challenges-Use Your Stash (using up my paper scraps!)
Paperminutes-CAS with Two Colors
Shopping Our Stash-Make Your Mark

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, February 24, 2019

Mojo Monday #509 Sketch Challenge

 
I have had big crafty plans.....all week long!  I had anticipated that I would be posting this card on Monday, as in last Monday....not sneaking it in on Sunday night just before the challenge closes!  Sadly, that was not the case.  Living in the land of negative temps, my water pipes decided they had, had enough!  No polar vortex here, we live day to day in negative temps.  I think the high winds finally got me.  While the pipes freezing is bad enough....you guessed it...they broke as well!  The highlight of this journey is, no water made it to my craft room.  The low would be.....a large portion of the house was subject to water damage! I finally decided to take a break and disappear to the craft room....oh so peaceful! I was glad to see that I still had some time to get in on the Mojo Monday challenge over at Poetic Artistry. By the time you read this, I am sure this challenge will be closed...but a new one will be opening in just a few short hours!

I just received my Mix In paper packet from Close To My Heart.  While flipping through the papers, I feel in love with Mint!  Who knew....I am really not a pastel person....but Mint, it really drew me in!  I am still loving my Budding Peony stamp set, as it has never left my desk and a Mint themed card was born.  Instead of my usual bright colors, I decided to pair Mint and Peach.  Why Peach, because the ink pad was right next to Mint and they looked lovely together! The Mix In paper pack is full of fun versatile patterns!  If you have yet to check it out, you should give it a closer look.


My original plan was to watercolor with Mint and Peach.  This did not goes as planned....while they are lovely pastels...adding water makes them way too light for my liking.  I pulled out my Copic color chart and decided on a few close matches to color my peony image.



A tiny bit of bling and silver thread finished off my card!

All supplies by Close To My Heart except where noted:
D1831 Budding Peony Stamp set
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
X5986 Mint Cardstock
X9003 Mix In Paper Packet
Vellum-Unknown
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks
Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems
Z4213 Silver Thread
Copic Markers
Stitched Rectangle Die-MFT
Stitched Circle Die-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
AUD Sentiments Challenge-Bingo-Pattern Paper, Stamp, Favorite Color (Mint!)
CAS on Friday-Use Vellum on your CAS card (My vellum is sorda hiding, but softening up my white stitched circle behind my flowers)
Dragonfly Journeys-One Word
Papercraft Business Challenge-Anything Goes
Scribbles Designs Challenge-3 or More Layers
Sweet Stampers-Stitched

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 18, 2019

President's Day Sale!


A 24-hour President's Day Flash Sale is starting today as part of Close To My Heart's 35-year celebration! This sale will include a variety of current and retired items at 20%, 30%, or even 50% off! The sale starts at 3:00 pm on February 18 and will end at 2:59 pm (MST) on Tuesday, February 19. All of the flash sale deals will only be available while supplies last, so you'll want to visit the sale early! You can view the sale here!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Awesome Clearance Deals!


Close To My Heart is clearing out the warehouse!  Awesome deals are to be had!  Stamp and Die sets start at $5.00!  Embellishments from $1.50!  You seriously need to stop by and check out the selection of products at awesome prices.  Have you received your free Close To My Heart catalog yet?  If not, receive one free catalog per catalog cycle with your online order!  You can view all of the clearance items HERE!  Happy Shopping!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Noble Deer


I pulled out some retired favorites to create a masculine birthday card. My papers are Fresh Air from Close To My Heart.  The patterns are perfect for a masculine card.  How can you go wrong with burlap and wood?  My stamped image is a long retired set from Stampin Up, Noble Deer. I added a touch of color to the detailed image with Prismacolors.  I made up in layers for the lack of my usual bling. 

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies-Anything Goes w/ a critter
613 Avenue Create-Anything Goes w/option of a critter
Cardz 4 Guyz-Wild Animals
Crafty Animals-Anything Goes
CraftHazelnut's Pattern Paper Challenge-Anything Goes w/pattern paper
Through the Craft Room Door-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Budding Peonies


I am so in love with the Budding Peony Stamp Set! I promise to move onto other stamp sets soon! I created this fun color combo for the Color Challenge at The Paper Players. I admit, I struggled a bit...without green leaves...but think all the shades of gray work well together!  My pop of Raspberry keeps is from becoming dreary!


I arranged all of my elements based on the fun Sketch Challenge at Freshly Made Sketches! You really have to stop by the blog and see all of the Design Team creations.....great interpretations of the sketch!

I used my stitched rectangle frame to ground my peony die cut as part of the sketch design.  I popped up my peony die cut for extra dimension, while gluing the extra leaves direct to the background paper.  My images is colored with Copics.  I could not resist adding in a tiny bit of bling below my sentiment.


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z4264 Budding Peony Stamp + Thin Cuts
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
X5999 Charcoal Cardstock
X6010 Mink Cardstock
X7243B Feels Like Home Pattern Paper
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks
Copic Black Spica Pen
Copic Sketch Markers, C1, C5, RV04, RV06, RV09, Y17
Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems
Rectangle Stitched Die by MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Colour Crazy Challenge-Anything Goes
Modsquad Challenge-Spring Flowers

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Monday, February 11, 2019

Dandelion Wishes...


I am sneaking in under the wire to play along with Freshly Made Sketches this week! Embossing seems to be my thing this weekend.  I have been stamping over twenty years, but still remember the oohs and aahs from watching my first embossing demo. I still love watching the embossing powder melt into a shiny raised image.  If you have yet to try embossing, you are so missing out!  Here is a look at the great sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches, if you are going to play along, you need to hurry!  Entries close today! My card is heavily influenced by DT member, Linda Callahan.

I kept my card CAS for the color challenge at Less is More. Less is More is celebrating their 8th Birthday this month, so a Birthday card seemed fitting for the color challenge of navy and yellow.


My card is made with the new Dandelion Wishes stamp set from Close To My Heart. I so love the birthday font!  Here is a look at the complete set-

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
B1653 Dandelion Wishes
X6021 Sapphire Cardstock
X6008 Lemon Cardstock
Z8005 Sapphire Exclusive Inks Pigment Ink
Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder
Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems

I have also linked up to Seize the Birthday for the Anything Birthday Challenge.


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Love Blossoms Thank You


I found a few moments to get my new Love Blossoms stamp set inky this weekend! Love Blossoms is part of an exclusive cardmaking kit that is only available in February and March.  You can also purchase just the stamp set alone.  The stamp set is a double set, with layered images and great sentiments.  Here is a look at the complete set-

For this card, I let my cardstock add all the color.  The images stand on their own with black embossing against the bright background.  I added a tiny bit of bling and a piece of ribbon to add a  little more texture.  The great thing about this card is that it mails easily!  For my embossing, I prefer to emboss with colored pigment ink and emboss in clear embossing powder. 

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
CC2199 Love Blossoms
X6007 Lagoon Cardstock
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
X6028 Black Cardstock
Z8000 Black Exclusive Inks Pigment Ink
Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder
Black Ribbon-Unknown
Magical Sequins-Retired

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs-Anything Goes
Country View Challenges-Black & White plus one
Papercraft Challenges-Anything Goes
Paper-Craft Challenges-Something New (Stamps)
The Flower Challenge-Use Your Latest Stamps/Dies

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure and check out the awesome clearance deals in my store!


Friday, February 8, 2019

Budding Peony Sympathy Card


I spent a little time coloring today.  It has been awhile since I have colored with Copics.  I love the bright vivid colors. I really need to stamp some images and get in some practice time! The Budding Peony set is perfect for all occasions.

All Supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z4264 Budding Peony Stamp + Thin Cuts
D1476 Card Chatter-Sympathy (Retired)
X6018 Raspberry Cardstock
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
X6028 Black Cardstock
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks
Z4232 Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Black Ribbon-Unknown
Various Copics from the RV family

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge-Anything Goes Colouring Challenge
Crafting by Designs-Anything Goes
Double Trouble Challenges-Flowers
The House That Stamps Built-Use Pink or Red
Stamping Sensations-All Things Bright & Beautiful

Thanks so much for stopping by! You can view all of the Close To My Heart products here.


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Love Blossoms Exclusive Workshop


Have you seen the gorgeous Love Blossoms Cardmaking Kit?  Love Blossoms was just released February 1. The kit includes supplies to make 12 beautiful cards, including inks and an Embossing Folder! The workshop features the pastel tones of Carolina, Lilac, Peach and Pixie. Here is a look at the complete kit-

The Workshop Kit is offered at a 20% discount off the retail pricing.  If you already have a supply of cardstock and inks, you can choose to purchase the stamp set as a stand alone item.  Here is a close up of the gorgeous double stamp set.

There is also the option of purchasing the kit without the inks and embossing folder.  Want to make more than 12 cards?  Add on kits are also available.  You can view all the options here.  The kits are only available until March 31, 2019 or while supplies last!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Check my online store often for great deals!


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

CAS(E) this Sketch #307


I am back with another sweet kitty from the Purrrrific stamp set!  The furry cat is my favorite, but I figured I needed to show the other stamps some love as well!  I created my card based on the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch.  I kept my layers to a minimum in keeping it clean and simple.  Here is a look at the original sketch design-


I have also entered my card in the theme challenge at The Paper Players, Love is In the Air-


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
C1769 Purrrrific Stamp Set
S1901 Card Captions-Retired
X6207 White Daisy Cardstock
X6028 Black Cardstock
Cranberry Cardstock-Retired
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks
Cranberry Marker-Retired
Black Ribbon by Celebrate It
Oval Die-Unknown

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Heart 2 Heart Challenges-Favorite Recipe-(Red, White, Black is my favorite color recipe)
Simon Says Stamp-Add some Red

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

FYI:There are still great deals to be had in the Going Soon and Clearance section of my store!  In the Going Soon section, keep scrolling for the best deals!  Stamp/Die sets from $5.00!


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Fusion Card Challenge


I am back for another sketch challenge!  In case you have not noticed, sketch challenges are my favorite blogs!  Having a great sketch, makes your cards come together so easily. Today, I am joining in the Fusion Card Challenge.  With Fusion, you can use the sketch, the photo or both.  I just went with the sketch.  I might feel like a penguin with the negative temps...but am just not in the mood to stamp them!  I went with a clean design with a few added layers.  My card was created with the new Years of Sweetness Stamp Set.  The set has a retro feel and I tried to carry that out with my two tone stamping. Here is a look at the complete set.

The outlined shapes coordinate with the Cricut Artbooking Collection.  I have yet to stamp the cupcake, but I have seen some super cute cards created with it!  Here is a look at the original sketch, which I pretty much completely copied!

I stamped my Happy Birthday image in pigment inks and clear embossed.  The embossing gives the card a little pop in person.  I created my own banners.  I stamped Lagoon cardstock with either Lagoon ink and Sapphire ink. I popped up my birthday sentiment panel and curled the ends of the banners to give them more dimension.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1827 Years of Sweetness Stamp Set
X6007 Lagoon Cardstock
X6021 Sapphire Cardstock
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
Lagoon Pigment Ink-Retired
Z8005 Sapphire Pigment Ink
Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder
Lagoon Baker's Twine-Retired
Banner Dies-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Kitty Bee Designs-Birthday
Moving Along with the Times-Add a Sentiment
Seize the Birthday-Birthday w/ option of Black & White

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Mojo Monday #508


My kitty is back for a sketch challenge with Mojo Monday! Mojo Monday was always one of my favorite sketch challenge blogs.  The sketches usually have lots of layers, which is exactly my style of cardmaking.  I was so sad when the decision was made to close the blog, but so excited when Julee Tilman decided to bring it back!  Here is a look at the original sketch-


I seriously wanted to put a heart image behind my cat...but sadly no heart dies were to be found!  No way was I going to hand cut one.....so I decided to let my kitty stand alone. He is popped up to add dimension to the card.


My card is actually intended for Valentine's Day, but you have to see the inside to know that.  You could easily use the card front for any occasion.  This card really shows the versatility of Close To My Heart papers.  My pattern paper and the trim on the inside of my card are both from the the Something Fierce line.  Yep, the one with the dinosaurs!


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
C1769 Purrrrific Stamp Set
C1632 Say It All-Retired
X7240B Something Fierce Paper
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
X5994 Ballerina Cardstock
X6015 Pewter Cardstock
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Ink
Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks
Prismacolor Pencils
Gamsol
Banner Die by MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies-Anything Goes with a Critter
613 Avenue Create-Anything Goes with optional Critter
Crafty Friends Challenge-Animals/Birds
International Art & Soul-Make Your Own Background (Most of my backgrounds are stamped)
Pile It On-Pretty in Pink

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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