MFT Color Challenge #136


Wow, only a few more days left in February!  Which also means, you only have a few more days to add this gorgeous Stamp of the Month to your collection!  I so love this bouquet of flowers, they can totally work for any occasion.  I stamped up a few panels of the bouquets and put them in my car with my Prismacolor pencils.  I live in a rural area, and a trip to the store is a 90 mile round trip!  Add in a little weather and it is easy to get stuck somewhere.  Some people are all worried about being stocked up on water and food in the car.....I just want images to color!  Though, I do have a stash of food and water as well!  While deciding what colors to go with, I came across the MFT Color Challenge.  While the colors are possibly not your typical bouquet colors, I knew I could make it work!


Flowers come in all colors, so I know there is a Peach bouquet out there somewhere!  As I was coloring my image, I had visions of a country wedding!  I know absolutely no one having a country wedding anytime soon, so I turned it into an anniversary card!  My image is colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol.  I literally only  used four pencils for this image.  I picked a pencil for each of the colors in the color challenge.  The cream is hard to see in the photos, but I did color two flowers in cream and added peach accents to them. I popped up my bouquet with 3-D foam tape for more dimension.


My background was created with the Cricut Artbooking Collection.  I am a huge fan of cover dies...but they can put a serious dent in your crafting budget.  The beauty of the Cricut Collections is that you can re-size the images for any project.  I sized this image to fit my A2 card, but it could have easily been sized for a 12x12 scrapbook page or downsized to use as an accent.  You seriously get a lot of bang for your buck with the Cricut Collections.  You can purchase all of the Close To My Heart Cricut Collections through my affiliate link at Cricut.  You get instant access to your purchase! Here are just a few of the images that are included in the Artbooking Collection, so many overlays!


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Cricut Artbooking Collection
S2002 Cherishing Her, February Stamp of the Month
D1283 Say It In Style Stamp Set
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X6044 Peach Cardstock
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Prismacolor Pencils-109, 939, 941, 1083
Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins
Fishtail Dies-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create-Anything Goes w/optional banners/bows
Crafting Happiness-Anything Goes w/Flowers twist
Crafty Sentiments-Anything Goes
Heart 2 Heart-Say it with Flowers
Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door-Anything Goes
Watercooler Challenges-All About Occasions

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't miss out on the Stamptacular Sale!  Only a few days left, the sale end on February 29!  Almost all stamps and stamp/Thin Cut bundles are on sale for up to 50% off!

Sentiments by Melisa Esplin


I so love bold sentiment stamps!  They can totally stand alone on a card. The script font on the Melisa Esplin sets is one of my faves!  This gorgeous set of sentiments is part of the Stamptacular Sale, and is only $12.25 until the end of February!  Here is a look at the complete set-

This set is called Sentiments by Melisa Esplin and can be found here!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Freshly Made Sketches #423


I so love how this card turned out!  It was super simple to create and used up a few of my scraps as well.  I tend to save ALL my scraps, which is starting to get out of hand.  I managed to use scraps  for this whole card, with the exception of the scalloped panel.  I created my card based on the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches-

Rainbows just came to mind the  moment I saw the sketch. My stitched rainbow is a die from MFT.  It was perfect to showcase the Card Chatter-Sympathy Stamp Set. This retired favorite was brought back for the Stamptacular Sale, but will be retired again at the end of February. Almost all stamps and stamp/Thin Cut Bundles are currently on sale for up to 50% off!  Here is the complete Card Chatter-Sympathy set-

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1476 Card Chatter-Sympathy Stamp Set
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Grape Sherbet Cardstock-Retired
Pacifica Cardstock-Retired
Clover Meadow Cardstock-Retired
Sunny Yellow Cardstock-Retired
Holiday Red Cardstock-Retired
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Stamp Pad
Rainbow/Cloud Dies-MFT
Fishtail Die-MFT
Scallop Panel Die-Lawn Fawn

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Happy Little Stampers-Anything Goes w/Dies
Krafty Chicks-CAS
Send a Smile for Kids-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!



The Paper Players #479


LeAnne is having a great sketch challenge this week at The Paper Players!  I usually create Christmas cards all year long....so that I have a stash built up when the holiday season arrives.  Somehow we have made it to the end of February and this is the first Christmas card I have created this year! The sketch challenge is perfect for any occasion!  I can't wait to see your creations in the gallery, here is the original sketch design-


My card is created with the soon to be retired Spruced Up Paper Collection.  The lovely pinecone cluster is actually part of the die cut stickers that are available with the paper.  This collection is perfect for your holiday crafting and winter scrapbooking.  Here is the complete paper pack-



I added a little bling, with a clear shimmer brush, to my pine cones. My image is popped up with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is stamped in New England Ivy ink.  Here is a close up of the many layers-


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1560 Holiday Tags Stamp Set (Sentiment)-Retired
X7253S Spruced Up Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet
X7253C Spruced Up Coordinating Cardstock Pack
Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush
Stitched Frame Die-Simon Says Stamp

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge-Christmas
Happy Little Stampers-Christmas
Simon Says Stamp-Add a Sentiment
Winter Wonderland-Anything Christmas Goes

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure and stop by the Stamptacular Sale at Close To My Heart!  Almost all stamps and stamp/Thin Cut bundles are on sale at up to 50% off!

Mojo Monday #531


I just got my hands on the game controller die from MFT!  I was thrilled to see this set make a comeback. It is perfect for the gamers in my life! My controller is much more life like in person.  I mimicked my son's controller, which is basically a mix of dull and shiny black. My card was super simple to create, with help from the sketch at Mojo Monday-


My fun papers are from the Boy Oh! Boy Collection by Carta Bella, layered with Close To My Heart cardstock.  I used a variety of dies with black glitter cardstock for the Happy 13th Birthday sentiment. I popped up the controller with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Boy Oh! Boy Papers by Carta Bella
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Crystal Blue Cardstock-Retired
X5961 Saffron Cardstock
X6047 Black Cardstock
Z3236 Black Glitter Paper
Z4159 Block Number Thin Cuts
Controller, Happy Birthday and th dies-MFT

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
A Place to Start-Masculine
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges-For a Child
Heart 2 Heart-Celebrate Good Times
Simon Says Stamp-Add a Sentiment
The Paper Shelter-For the Boys
Watercooler Wednesday-Anything Goes w/Masculine Twist

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Freshly Made Sketches #422


I so love stamped images of fresh bouquets of flowers.  The real thing, not so much.  I will take a potted plant over a bouquet of flowers any day!  I just hate to see the beauty of the flowers diminish!  At least with the potted plants, they have a chance of surviving.  Unless the cats decide otherwise...  I created this cheery get well card for the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches-

My card is created with a fun mix of products.  My outer frame is die cut with a stitched rectangle die.  My gingham paper is from the Craft On Paper Collection.  My trellis background is cut with the Cricut Artbooking Collection at 3.75".  The gorgeous bouquet is from the February Stamp of the Month, Cherishing Her.  My image and sentiment are stamped in Intense Black ink.  The flowers are colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol.  The bouquet is popped up with 3-D foam tape for added dimension. A piece of white twine finishes it off!


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
S2002 Cherishing Her, February Stamp of the Month
D1283 Say It in Style Stamp Set
X7245B Craft On Paper Pack
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5982 Canary Cardstock
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Cricut Artbooking Collection
Stitched Frame-Simon Say Stamp
Prismacolor Pencils
Gamsol
White Twine-Unknown

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge-W is for Anything you Wish
Tinker-Dream-Get Well Soon
Word Art Wednesday-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lucky in Love Sale Extended!


My online store has experienced a few technical difficulties! Sorry for the inconvenience if you attempted some late night shopping!  The store is back up and the Lucky in Love Sale has been extended! The sale is live through Monday, 2/17/2020, 2:59PM MT.  The super cute Luck o' the Irish Stamp set is only available through the sale!  You can see all of the great deals here!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Paper Players #478


We are back with a new challenge at The Paper Players! Jaydee has a CAS Woodland Critters Challenge!  Living in Wyoming, I do have a stash of wildlife stamps.  I am always in need of masculine birthday cards, so this challenge was perfect!


I created my card based on the sketch challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. The sketch is super simple, which was great match for my theme!


My card is created with pattern paper from the Spruced Up Paper line and a few retired stamp sets.  The elk is from the Nature's Wish Stamp Set, I so hope that Close To My Heart brings the stamp set back in the future! The elk is stamped in Espresso Ink and then a touch of color added with Copic Markers.  I added a strip of New England Ivy burlap ribbon to tie my layers together.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1703 Nature's Wish Stamp Set-Retired
D1514 Just a Number Stamp Set-Retired
X7253B Spruced Up Paper Packet
X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock
X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock
Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Copic Markers-E00, E31, E53, E23, E25, YG63
Z4170 New England Ivy Burlap Ribbon-Retired

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Seize the Birthday-Anything Goes w/Show Me Your White Space Topping
Sweet Stampin-Birthday Boys

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure and stop by the Stamptacular Sale at Close To My Heart!  Almost all stamps and stamp/Thin Cut bundles are on sale at up to 50% off!

Just Add Ink #492


I so love creating layers of pine branches with the Spruced Up Cardmaking Stamp Set.  The moment I saw the Sketch Challenge at Just Add Ink, I knew this set would be a perfect match.  Here is the original sketch design-


To create my card, I started with an oval base in French Vanilla cardstock.  I stamped up my pine branches in New England Ivy ink and stamped directly onto the paper.  I then stamped a few extra branches and cut them out with their coordinating Thin Cuts dies. I stamped my bird in Intense Black ink and added in a touch of color with Copic markers, T0, T1. The pinecones were stamped in Espresso ink and color added with Copic markers, E13, E33. The bird and pinecones were then die cut as well.  I layered my branches onto the oval base, not worrying about the overhanging branches.  My first layer was adhered directly to the paper, then next layer was applied with 3-D foam tape.  Once my branches were complete, I trimmed off the excess branches to keep my oval shape.  I placed my bird among the branches, mounting it with 3-D foam tape as well.  I finished off my shape with a stamped banner and a few pinecones.


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3633 Spruced Up Cardmaking Stamp Set
Z7253B Spruced Up Paper Packet
X7253C Spruced Up Coordinating Cardstock Pack
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6516 Sangria Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Oval Dies-MFT
Fishtail Dies-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps-Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon-Wild One
Penny Black-Animals, Birds & Butterflies
The Paper Shelter-With a Sentiment

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lucky in Love Sale


Are you ready for another Flash Sale? Luck is in the air this weekend with the Lucky in Love Flash Sale! Get great deals on individual items, bundles and some exclusive goodies during this three day flash sale!

The Lucky in Love Flash Sale will begin on Friday, February 14 at 3:00 PM MST and will end on Sunday, February 16 at 2:59 PM MST.

You can view the sale items starting at 3:00 PM MST on 2/14/20, here.

Thanks so much for your continued support! Happy Valentine's Day!

Color Throwdown #580


Super excited to announce that I am the Guest Star Stamper over at the Color Throwdown Challenge!  They are featuring a super fun palette of purple, green and gray. While, I am still in the dead of winter....it is getting to be springtime in my craftroom! The moment I saw the colors, I knew that flowers were in order.


My card was created with the Where Happiness Blooms set.  I adore this watering can image.  The size of the completed image, lets it stand alone on your projects. This adorable set is currently part of the Stamptacular Sale, and is available with Thin Cuts for only $20!

The main image consists of three layers.  I stamped my base layer in Heather ink, which gives you the watering can and outlines the flowers.  My leaves were stamped in Sweet Leaf ink.  The flowers were stamped in Lilac ink.  After inking my image, I added shading with Prismacolor pencils. I so love that the die for this image cuts out the inner parts as well.  I decided to do a take 2 on the Mojo Monday Sketch with my flowers-


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z4086 Where Happiness Blooms Stamp Set/Thin Cut Bundle
Zoe Paper Collection-Retired
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock
X6006 Heather Cardstock
X6041 Lilac Cardstock
Z2826 Heather Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2853 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6506 Lilac Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Prismacolor Pencils
Organza Ribbon-Unknown

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create-Anything Goes w/Optional Twist of Banners and/or Bows
Crafty Calendar Challenge-Use Die Cuts/Punches
Cuttlebug Mania-Flower Power
Die Cut Divas-Hearts & Flowers
Heart 2 Heart-Oh My Heart
Stamping Sensations-Feminine
Sweet Stampers-Hearts & Flowers

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure and check out the Stamptacular Sale, almost all stamps and stamp/Thin Cut bundles are up to 50% off!


Mojo Monday #530


I had so much fun creating the layers on this card for the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge!  The coordinating products by Close To My Heart, make layering a breeze.  My layers are from the Every Little Thing Paper Collection.  While this collection is retired, there are still items available in the Online Only Section of my website.  I varied from the sketch ever so slightly, here is the complete sketch if you would like to play along-


My super cute dragonfly is from the Country Animals collection.  This collection is currently featured in the Stamptacular Sale!  You can get the stamp and coordinating Thin Cut die for only $5! You can also purchase just the stamp for only $2.50! The sale runs through February 29, or while supplies last.  I first stamped my dragonfly in Intense Black ink directly onto the cardstock.  I then added in some color with Copics.  I stamped the dragonfly again onto vellum paper. To speed the drying process, I added some sparkle embossing powder and heat embossed the image. I the flipped the image over and colored the underneath with Copics as well.  I adhered the vellum dragonfly with a tiny bit of adhesive down the middle, allowing the wings to "fly".


My sentiment is from the Say It In Style sentiment set.  This set features 41 stamps and is currently on sale for $12.25!  It is a great set to add to your collection.  Here is a look at the sentiments that are included:

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1283 Say It In Style Stamp Set
Z3648 Country Dragonfly Stamp/Thin Cut Bundle
X7248S Every Little Thing Paper Packet
X7248E Every Little Thing Picture My Life Cards
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X6032 Wisteria Cardstock
Z3570 Wisteria Ribbon
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Sparkle Embossing Powder-Hero Arts
Copics-V25, BG13
Circle Dies-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create-Anything Goes with Optional Banners or Bows
Craft-Dee Bowz-Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenges-Use at least 2 Designer Papers
Stamping Sensations-Feminine

Thanks so much for stopping by!  You can check out all the Stamptacular Sale here!

Be Happy!


If you haven't noticed, I love coloring up this bouquet of flowers.  I have stamped multiple images and put them in my pencil case.  When time permits, I break out the pencils and color in a few blooms!  I created this card based on the sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches-


I downloaded this sketch last week and just realized today is the last day to enter the challenge!  I decided to run with the yellow theme.  Yellow is certainly one of those Be Happy Colors!  The yellow gingham paper is part of the Craft On paper collection. I inked up a textured background stamp from Strokes of an Artist to create the rectangle behind my bouquet. If you happen to be like me and random swiping and splotches are not your thing, this is the set for you!  I so love the look of the random swipes, but the reality is....I spend way too much trying to make them perfect!  Stamps totally save me!  I have total trust in the stamp designer making the swipes!  Here is a look at the stamp set, which is currently on sale!


My bouquet is from the February Stamp of the Month, Cherishing Her. The bouquet is stamped in Intense Black ink and then colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I blended out the colors with Gamsol.  The February Stamp of the Month, is only $5 with a qualifying order.  Here is a look at the complete set, which includes some great sentiments-


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
S2002 Cherishing Her, February Stamp of the Month
D1887 Strokes of An Artist Stamp Set
C1818 Life is a Journey Stamp Set
X7245B Craft On Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5982 Canary Cardstock
Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z3345 Basic Banner Thin Cuts-Retired
Twine-Unknown
Prismacolor Pencils-911, 913. 916, 917, 950, 956, 993,995,1012, 1090

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Craft-dee Bowz-Anything Goes
Craft Rocket Challenges-Bows or Buttons
Die-Cut Divas-Hearts or Flowers
Simon Says Stamp-Floral Frenzy
The Flower Challenge-Add Leaves

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure and check out the Stamptacular Sale! Almost all stamps and stamp set/Thin Cut bundles are on sale, for up to 50% off!

The Paper Players #477


We are having a color challenge this week at The Paper Players!  We would like to see your creations in Red, Pink, Black and White.  I dug out some old favorites to create a feline themed Valentine's card.


My images were stamped in Intense Black ink and then colored added with Copic Markers. I staggered my balloons in layers and popped up my kitty for more dimension.



My card is based on the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch-


I finished out the inside with coordinating paper from the Craft On paper collection and a sentiment from the February Stamp of the Month, Cherishing Her.


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
C1769 Purrrific Stamp Set-Retired
C1632 Say It All Stamp Set-Retired
S2002 Cherishing Her, February Stamp of the Month
Adorable Elephants Stamp Set (Balloons)-MFT
X7245B Craft On Paper Collection
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5984 Pixie Cardstock
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Copic Markers-RV10, RV11, R24. R27, R29, T0, T1
Stitched Die-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp-With Love
The Card Concept-Photo Inspiration (Clean and Layered style, emphasis on color scheme and hearts for Valetine's Day)

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure and stop by the Stamptacular Sale at Close To My Heart!  Almost all stamps and stamp/Thin Cut bundles are on sale at up to 50% off!

Freshly Made Sketches #421


I feel in love with this super cute stamp, the moment I saw her!  She is part of the You're Not Old stamp set.  And I am running with the You're Not Old part.....I might bear too much resemblance to this image!  I based my card on the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches-


To create my card, I stamped my images in Intense Black ink.  My image was colored with a variety of Copics.  It is a fairly small image, so a little ink goes a long way.  I then die cut the image and popped her up with 3-D foam tape.  I layered a couple of stitched dies to go along with the sketch. My background is from the Celebrate Today paper line.  This adorable stamp set comes with a coordinating Thin Cut die.  You can purchase as a bundle or just the stamp set.  Either way, they are both currently on sale!  Here is a look at the complete set-

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3653 You're Not Old Stamp Set/Thin Cut Bundle
X7252B Celebrate Today Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5974 Raspberry Cardstock
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Copic Markers-B41, B45, BG10, BG13, C1, C3, E00, E000, E13, E25, E31, E33, R11, R20, RV21, RV25, Y00, Y15, Y17
Z4181 Stitched Circles Thin Cuts
Circle Stax Dies-MFT
Stitched Square Die-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Color My Heart Color Dare-Tic Tac Toe-(Black Out, I used them all!)

(PIN)spirational-Inspiration Photo

Seize the Birthday-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to check out the Stamptacular Sale!  Almost all stamps and stamp bundles are on sale for up to 50% off!