Monday, July 30, 2018

H2H - Duly Noted

Welcome to H2H's challenge this week!

Our theme this week is titled "Duly Noted". Initially, all of our team members were hesitant with this theme because this is a difficult title... 
However, after a little thought, the ideas began to flow. 
- the Documented paper pack
- music notes
- lots of journaling
- documenting something
- a notebook edged paper from a notebook
- a mini book or mini album
- a layout or page with hidden journaling
- something with a list 
These are just some of the ideas that came about... there are many more! 
Creativity is limited only by your imagination. 

I chose to do something sort of along a couple of these lines. I am formally diagnosed with OCD and for me, it manifests itself in the form of perfectionism. I have lists and organizational items all over my home. They take the form of posters, white boards, rub off plastic boards, binders, my trusty electronic devices and a few others items as well. I rely on all of them at some time during each and every day. I photographed a few of them and created a collage of those pictures that I used on the layout below. My brain does not function without my organizational systems in place. Hence - the title - The OCD Brain. Everything else around that collage is chaos. I journaled around the edge of the layout. 

Come and join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us how you interpret the theme of Duly Noted. 
This is actually our first August challenge so you have an entire month to enter this challenge. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Charcoal Cardstock, Sorbet Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock, Pewter Cardstock
Stamps: Marker Alphabet, Jennifer's Hand Alphabet, Splash of Colour, Ink Blot (ret.)
Inks: Lagoon, Crystal Blue, Glacier, Charcoal, Sorbet
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge (ret.), Artiste Cartridge (ret.), Artbooking Cartridge, Sharpie Marker (not CTMH), Silver Sequins (ret.), Florence Sequins (ret.), Glacier Twine (ret.)


Friday, July 27, 2018

Colour Dare 303 - Central Park Tic Tac Toe

Welcome to Colour Dare Challenge #303 - it's another Tic Tac Toe board!

I love these challenges because they have so many choices available! For this one, I used all the colours except Black - and I also used the optional Silver on my card.

The bold colours of Central Park go so well together. Adding Silver to the combination along with some Glacier twine just pulled it all together. I purposely chose a darker background (Pacifica) so the leaves would show up better. 

Come and join us at Colour Dare and show us how you use this tic tac toe board to create something awesome! You have two weeks to link up your project. 

Products are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Central Park Paper Pack, Poppy Cardstock, Pacifica Cardstock, Silver Doily (unknown)
Stamps: Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking (ret.)
Inks: Pacifica 
Accessories: Stitched Rectangles (Gina Marie Designs), Basic Tags, Fresh Foliage (Memory Box), Chelsea Gardens Dots and Gems (ret.), Glacier Twine (ret.), Foam Tape


Monday, July 23, 2018

AH 274 - Rainbow Sprinkles

Welcome to Challenge #274 at Atlantic Hearts!

There are so many possibilities with this sketch as I am sure you will see when the design team projects go live on Wednesday. Shapes are simply a guide but I liked what was shown on the sketch so I stayed pretty close to what was there. 

I have an awesome set of stamps that have some great sayings in it but only a couple would fit in the space at the bottom so I was limited as to which ones I could use. The one I chose here lent itself to an ice cream cone as the focal point so I went over the sprinkles with some Sharpie Markers to brighten up the sprinkles. Other than the single background paper behind the cone and the scallop border, the rest of the paper is from the Fundamental Basics paper pack (plus a Glacier cardstock base). 

Come and join us at Atlantic Hearts and show us how you interpret the sketch shown above. You have until Sunday evening to link up your project. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Basic Fundamentals Paper Pack, Calypso Paper Pack (ret.), Glacier Cardstock, Espresso Cardstock
Stamps: Quote Bubbles (Dylusions)
Inks: Espresso, Lagoon
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge (ret.), Artistry Cartridge, Glacier Twine (ret.), Oval Thin Cuts, Oval Stitched Thin Cuts, Scallop Border Thin Cuts, Sharpie Markers (not CTMH), Foam Tape


Monday, July 16, 2018

H2H - Christmas in July

Welcome to Christmas in July with Heart 2 Heart! 

Yes, we are celebrating Christmas this week at Heart 2 Heart! Time to roll out those Christmas papers, stamps, dies and all your other holiday themed supplies and join us for this super fun challenge! 
And even better, Heart 2 Heart is pairing up with Double Trouble - another great challenge - and they have added some additional factors to add to the scheme of things. 

I AM doing the Double Trouble challenge as well as creating for Heart 2 Heart. 

The Double Trouble challenge requires three components (well... two and an optional third):
  • Thing 1 - Christmas (sentiment or journaling)
  • Thing 2 - link up to Heart 2 Heart (since this is originally created for H2H, got that one covered)
  • Thing 3 - Fancy Fold something or other... 

I saw a gorgeous card similar to this on Pinterest and decided to try one for myself. It is called a Twisted Easel Card. The creator of the card on which I based mine can be found here.

My first challenge was finding a die that would fit. The only one I had that was large enough was the one I used here - it is a Memory Box die. Since many different flowers are now used for Christmas, it could be turned into a Christmas card pretty easily. I cut the die FOUR times - twice in Ruby and twice in New England Ivy. I cut the leaves off the two Ruby die cuts. Then I painstakingly glued the dies together to provide strength. The Joy piece was Cricut cut and anchored with foam tape and Liquid Glass as adhering to glitter paper is difficult. I brushed the flowers with the Gold Shimmer Brush. The card base is simply a 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 piece, folded in half and then half is scored diagonally. It folds down flat to no larger than a standard card size for mailing purposes. 

I photographed the card from the back side to show how the die sits and also shown a close up of the flowers and leaves to show the gold shimmer as well as the detail on the leaves that is hard to see in the original picture. 

I hope you will join us at Heart 2 Heart to celebrate Christmas in July! 
There are SO many possibilities of projects to create and we would love to see yours. 
You have until the end of July to enter this or any of the other July challenges. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: Ruby Cardstock, New England Ivy Cardstock, Gold Glitter Paper
Stamps: none
Inks: none
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge (ret.), Artbooking Cartridge, Red Enamel Gems, Gold Shimmer Pen, English Rose Bouquet Die (Memory Box), Foam Tape, Liquid Glass 


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Cross Canada Blog Hop - Central Park

Welcome to the Cross Canada Blog Hop! 

If you have arrived here from Brae Montgomery's blog, you are on the right path. If you want to start at the beginning of the blog hop, then start at Michelle Stewart's blog
This blog hop runs from East to West across Canada! 

This month, we are featuring the Central Park Paper Pack. This is a paper pack that is focused on primary colours - red, green, yellow and blue. It also has shades of white and grey and even our Colour of the Year, Bashful. 

I want to show two very different sides of this paper pack for this blog hop. I have not use this paper pack much at all because in all honesty, it is my least favourite paper pack of the ones that are currently available. However, I have used up almost all of just two papers in it - and had just enough of those two paper left to do this first card. It is certainly not what most people would think of when they see the papers in this paper pack. The papers of Central Park are bold and bright and this card is not that style at all. 

For the flowers, I used the Beautiful You stamp set - a triple stamping set. I cut one of the zip strips in half for the border and used Mink cardstock for my card base. The dots are from the Documented Dots collection as they matched perfectly. The flowers and leaf stems were brushed with the Clear Shimmer Brush - a close up is shown under the card photo. 

My second card is more like the typical Central Park papers - bold and bright. I tried everything to get the twine to lie flat but finally let it go where it wanted... 

I hope these two cards show you that the Central Park Paper Pack has two distinct personalities. 

The next blog on this hop is Brandi Robinson's blog
I am sure she has something wonderful to share with you. 

Please join us next month when we will feature projects using the Documented Paper Pack. 
Note: the date will be August 10th instead of the 15th

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Central Park Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Mink Cardstock, Willow Cardstock, Bashful Glitter Paper, Pacifica Cardstock, Poppy Cardstock
Stamps: Beautiful You, Birthday Sparkles
Inks: Willow, Raspberry, Blossom, Bashful
Accessories: Documented Dots, Clear Shimmer Brush, Beautiful You Thin Cuts, Oval Thin Cuts, Stitched Oval Thin Cuts, Corner Rounder, Central Park Sequins, Sapphire Burlap Ribbon


Friday, July 13, 2018

Colour Dare 301 - Interactive Tea Card

Welcome to Challenge #301 at Colour Dare!

Our colour combination this week is a pretty basic one - essentially red, green and yellow (Poppy, Willow and Lemon) plus optional Gold. In the Close To My Heart palette, those colours are bright ones - so I went to the Adventure Fundamentals for my papers, as well as some cardstock. 

I wanted to use the Beautiful Friendship - Cardmaking stamp set, which is all about tea, to make my card and I had an idea in mind. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do and I also didn't want to use an existing template. Figuring out things like this takes me a LONG time because I have always been "spatially challenged". Thinking in terms of three dimensional items (although this is not really 3-D) has never been a strength for me. This is my own design and I really had to think about how to make this work. 

There are several views shown so you get the entire picture of how this card is put together. The front is a partial panel. It is attached with a hook and loop dot and opens sideways to reveal the second part of the card.

Inside the second part, I embossed the teapot and cups using gold embossing powder and coloured the flowers using Sharpie markers. I didn't want the left side to be left blank so I stamped a white sheet using the teapot interior and coloured all of those tiny flowers (talk about having googly eyes afterwards because that is very detailed work...) 

I have also shown a closeup of the embossed teapot so you can see the detail of the gold embossed teapot and the colouring of the tiny flowers.

The last part of the card flips entirely upwards to reveal a place to hold two teabags and a spot to write a message. 

The last photo shows the card sitting closed (but without the hook and loop dot closed) to show you how it is put together. 

Come and join us at Colour Dare and show us how you use the colour palette shown below. 
You have two weeks to enter your project. 

I am also linking this card into the Three Amigos challenge as their 
challenge this month is embossing. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Adventure Fundamentals, Poppy Fundamental Paper (ret.), White Daisy Cardstock, Willow Cardstock, Poppy Cardstock
Stamps: Beautiful Friendship - Cardmaking
Inks: Poppy, Willow, Black, Versamark
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Gold Glitter Gems, Sharpie Markers (not CTMH), Rectangular Stitched Dies (not CTMH), Circle Stitched Dies (not CTMH), Scallop Border Dies (ret.),  Hook and Loop Dots, Black Journaling Pen, Tea Bags (not CTMH)


Friday, July 6, 2018

Atlantic Hearts 272 - Simple Flowers card

Welcome to Challenge #272 at Atlantic Hearts! 

This challenge card is being posted a little early because Atlantic Hearts has paired up with the Double Trouble challenge. However, you cannot actually enter the Atlantic Hearts #272 challenge until Monday when this particular sketch goes live. As a design team member, I have access to it in advance, which is why I am posting it now - it is also shown on the Double Trouble site and their challenge with Atlantic Hearts is running for a two week period. 

The challenge at Double Trouble is threefold:

Thing #1 challenges you to a 3-2-1 Recipe

1. use THREE colours
2. use a TWO WORD sentiment
3. use ONE stamped or digital image

Thing #2 challenges you to link up to the Atlantic Hearts challenge 
(#271 or #272)

Thing #3 challenges you to use embossing 
- either dry or wet embossing

My card meets ALL of the challenges listed above. 

I added a piece of twine to the top of my card as there really was something missing at the top and that filled in the gap. The flowers were coloured using ShinHan markers and brushed with the Clear Shimmer Brush. I also stamped the Bashful paper using the Bashful ink pad, just to add some interest. 

I am also entering this card into the Three Amigos challenge as their challenge 
this month is embossing. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Bashful Cardstock, Raspberry Cardstock, Seaglass Cardstock (ret.)
Stamps: Petal Palette (SU), Beautiful Inside (Altenew)
Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Bashful, Raspberry
Accessories: Foam Tape, Rose Embossing Folder, Pink Gems (ret.), Turquoise Twine (unknown), Clear Shimmer Brush, ShinHan Markers


Monday, July 2, 2018

H2H - Super Girl Card

Welcome to this week’s Heart 2 Heart challenge! 

This week, super heroes reign! There are two terrific super hero stamps made by Close To My Heart - one for boys and another for girls. These are certainly not the only super hero stamps out there but they are awesome stamps for this challenge! 

I chose to use the Super Girl stamp - because so many girls need recognition of a job well done and this is just one card for that purpose. 

I used the Central Park paper pack along with a couple of dies. A open diamond die was used to cut Bashful Glitter Paper and that was layered on top of some patterned paper from the Central Park paper pack. The oval stitched die was cut and layered on top of White Daisy Cardstock. The super girl image was stamped and fussy cut (as I don’t have the matching dies), then coloured and mounted with foam tape. 

Come and join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us your super hero projects. You have until the end of July to link up with this challenge. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: Central Park Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock, Bashful Glitter Paper

Stamps: Super Girl (ret.)
Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Pacifica
Accessories: Central Park Sequins, Diamond Die (Gina Marie Designs), Oval Stitched Dies (Gina Marie Designs), ShinHan Markers, Foam Tape



Sunday, July 1, 2018

July SOTM Blog Hop - Highlight Reel

Welcome to July's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month, we are featuring the stamp set "Highlight Reel" - a set of 23 stamps. This stamp set highlights so many possible things - a first home, car, concert, pet, holiday, date, birthday, vacation, etc. And it doesn't have to be a FIRST - it can be an any occasion stamp set! The bloggers along this blog hop will certainly show you many ways to use this stamp set, so sit back and enjoy the tour. 

You should have arrived here from Haley Dyer's blog

If you get lost, a list of all participating bloggers can be found on
 Melinda Everitt's blog.

The stamp set looks like this.

I chose to create a layout with this stamp set plus a few other stamps to help me out. 
I found this layout on Pinterest and I loved the design. I think the artist may be Connie Prince but I am not sure.
My little dog, Mika, loves to watch me from my bedroom as I get ready for bed at night. She won't leave but just watches my every move - perhaps to make sure I won't leave her. 
I used a triadic colour scheme for my layout (three colours equally spaced apart on the colour wheel). It is amazing how this really works! The Tangerine and Peacock cardstock pieces were stamped with patterns. I masked the image between the words of the title as I wanted to place a paw print there instead. The chevrons were sliced and manipulated in Design Space (much work) to get them to fit beside each other. 

I hope you enjoyed my project. 

The next blog on this hop is Lauren Moore's blog.
I am sure she has something wonderful to share with you. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Central Park Paper Pack, Adventure Fundamentals, Bashful Glitter Paper, White Daisy Cardstock, Tangerine Cardstock, Peacock Cardstock, Raspberry Cardstock

Stamps: Highlight Reel, Paws, Flower Market Cricut Stamps, Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking
Inks: Peacock, Lagoon, Tangerine, Raspberry
Accessories: Artbooking Cartridge, Basic Hearts Thin Cuts, Stitched Hearts Thin Cuts, Grey and White Enamel Gems, Sharpie Marker (not CTMH)