Sparkle, Shine Color Dare #245

Happy Friday!  It’s time for another Color My Heart Color Dare.  I can’t believe it’s our last challenge using the colors from our Little Dream paper packet.  The colors in this weeks challenge are:  Lemon, Tangerine, Blossom, Thistle, Glacier, Lagoon, White and Black.

I pulled out my paper pack and immediately saw this fun background from the PML cards included with the pack.  I love finding a use for these cards outside their intended use of pocket scrapbooking.

The cute cupcake from the Sweet Birthday stamp set and dies was colored with my Shin Han Markers – if you use your imagination the colors are still within the guidelines 😉


OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  Each color dare is open until 9:00 CDT on Thursday!

While at the homepage – check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our day)!

So, what do you think of the changes the Design Team made to the Color Dare – focusing on the colors of one paper packet each month?  I’ve had a lot of fun sharing and hope that you’ll join us at the Color Dare this week.



It’s True Love When You Live Beautifully

Yep….it’s another special Monday with a post for the Color My Heart Live Beautifully challenge.  Have you checked out our special swap?  There’s a pack of Glitter Paper up for grabs as a special prize!

I’m off on holiday so packed a small box of goodies so I could “get my craft on”.  I forgot to grab my Live Beautifully stamp set (which is not required to enter this challenge) so I paired it up with the Operation Smile special stamp set True Love.  I love this stamp set – not only for it’s cute images, but the fact that it supports a great cause.  It’s retiring at the end of July so if you haven’t added it to your collection – please make sure you get it before it’s gone!  For every True Love Stamp set that is purchased from my webpage between now and the end of May I will add a bonus stamp set to your order.  You can find the True Love set by clicking right here.

So now it’s time for you to pop on over to the Color My Heart Color Dare where you can enter into our Live Beautifully Challenge and our weekly Color Dare.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes and tell me what you think of the Live Beautifully papers and stamp set.  It’s been a terrific set to create with and unfortunately there’s just a few more days to get it.

Thanks for stopping by!


Love – Color Dare #244

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors: Glacier, Canary, Juniper, Thistle, Black, White Daisy and Silver.

I found this Love Card over at consultant Karen Pedersen’s Blog and she was gracious enough to share the sketch so I just copied away.  I don’t think there is anything wrong with copying as long as you give credit where credit is due I can only hope that something I post will inspire one of you my readers to copy me (or Karen for that matter) she does awesome work.

The Love stamp is from the May Stamp of the Month – Live, Love, Laugh.  It is a terrific set and available for just $5 US with a qualifying purchase, but only during the month of May so make sure you don’t miss it.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  Each color dare is open until 9:00 CDT on Thursday!

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Thanks for sharing a little bit of your Friday morning with me each week.  I hope you’ll stop by again soon.



Happy Heart – Color Dare Special

Today I’m bringing you another card using the Live Beautifully Papers for our special challenge at the Color My Heart Color Dare.

These papers are just beautiful to create with.  I needed a Thank You card and thought some Lemon cardstock would pair nicely with the bold floral from Live Beautifully.  I stamped one of my favorite stamp sets Happy Heart in Whisper, Lemon & Blossom added a bit of gold shimmer trim and 3 green triangles.

Now it’s your turn to join our month long Live Beautifully Challenge.  You can find the details here.

Thanks for stopping by.


Special to Me – Color Dare #243

Happy Friday! Can you believe we are almost half way through May and it’s time for the Color Dare again?  This week the Color My Heart Color Dare is featuring the colors:  Blosson, Raspberry, Lagoon, Black, White Daisy & Silver.

My little 4X4 card is just small enough to stick in a computer bag to be found at a later date letting someone know he’s special to me!  I stamped the M sized Dandy stamp on my background and then layered my sentiment on circles I cut with our new thin cuts, a banner cut from our silver shimmer trim finished things off.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  Each color dare is open until 9:00 CDT on Thursday!

While at the homepage – check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our day)!

I hope you all have a terrific Mother’s Day Weekend!


Happy Everything – Color Dare #242

Happy Friday…I’m not sure where time is running off to, but it’s already time for another Color My Heart Color Dare.

The Color Dare is taking on a little bit of a new look – we have decided that each month we will focus on colors from a specific paper packet.  You do not have to have the paper packet to participate, but it will help focus on the paper schedule that Close to My Heart has suggested consultants share artwork with.  You can find out all the details here!

This week we are featuring the colors: Lemon, Tangerine, Blossom, Willow, Desert Sand, White Daisy & Gold – colors that you’ll find in the Little Dreamer paper packet.

This week, I decided that I wanted to stray away from the paper packet and just bring you a fun, bright, cheery card!  I’ve also had the Way To Go stamp set sitting on my desk un-inked for months.  That is NOT proper use of a new stamp set and I’m sure it was getting there wondering why it was being punished.  My card has a loose interpretation to the one showed on page 67 of the Annual Inspirations.  I love that the Close to My Heart Idea Book is just that – a jumping off point for great inspiration!  My sentiment was embossed in gold and then the card was adorned with a few gold gems.  It’s much more noticeable in person.

Now it’s YOUR turn.  Head over to the home page of the Color My Heart Color Dare where you can find some amazing art from the other design team members and all the rules to play along.

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Thanks for stopping by…see you soon!


Double the Fun

I had a special request to bring the dragonfly stamp out of retirement for one more card class – focusing on the technique that I used on this card.

This one was twice the fun since I also added it the very simple to make Double Z fold card.

For now let’s focus on that dragonfly…it’s actually a very simple technique called Rock & Roll. First I stamped my dragonfly in Whisper Ink and die cut him – I used this as my base.  I then inked up the clean stamp in Glacier Ink and rolled the edges in Juniper to add an additional color to the wings.  This technique works great with a solid stamp.  I then ran that dragonfly through the Big Shot and cut off the wings which I popped up with thin 3D foam tape – I sort of bent them and shaped as I fidgeted with the card to give them some dimension.

I hope you’ll take a minute to try this technique…it really is a simple way to give your cards a little pop!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing some time with me today!