Bloom & Grow

I stopped by the Three Amigo’s Blog Hop to see what they had happening in the new year and to my happy surprise it’s an ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE.

Have you heard that there’s a new card how to book?  Make it From Your Heart 4 was released in January and I’m finding it great inspiration.  This card is a loose interpretation of one of the new patterns.

I really like the large tone on tone rose B&T paper from the Whimsy Paper Packet and thought it paired well with the January Stamp of the Month Bloom & Grow.  The matching Glacier ribbon with it’s gold stripe allowed me to pull in some Gold Glitter Paper and Gold Glitter Gems as accents.

Don’t forget that the Bloom & Grow stamp set is only available during the month of January and you can add it to your order for full price or get it for just $5 with a qualifying order.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you’ll come back and visit again soon.



No Otter – Color Dare #276

Happy Wednesday!  I stopped by the Color My Heart Color Dare and found an amazing color combination that I couldn’t wait to play with.  Anything with the Basics makes my heart beat a little faster.

This sweet little Otter from the Punny Pals stamp set had yet to be inked.  Appalled?  So was I.  Right away I knew that he’d find a home on this card and Mink cardstock was just the right hue to leave him uncolored, except for the shell which I touched up with my Shin Han Marker in as close to a Sweet Leaf shade as I had.  One of the techniques I used to bring a little detail to this card was stamping the sentiment along the side and then outlining the square with a freehanded black fine point marker.

The colors for this weeks color dare are Mink, Sweet Leaf and Heather.  I have always loved the combinations that the Design Team puts together and their inspiration is so diverse.  Make sure you take a minute and visit the Color My Heart Color Dare and maybe even play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by…I hope you’ll come by again real soon!

UPDATE:  I was very humbled when I stopped by the Color Dare blog this morning and learned that my card was the Diamond Winner for Challenge #276.



Dear Friend – Color 275

What a fun weekend of creating I just completed.  I spent two nights and two days crafting with 44 other talented ladies at the Dumas Bay Retreat Centre in Federal Way, WA.  The views were breathtaking, the food amazing and the time to concentrate on some projects while spending time with friends was lots of fun.

Even though I’m not on the Design Team for the Color My Heart Color Dare – I still want to participate as I can make time.  This weeks c


olors are Fern, Heather and Bashful with an option to add Gold.

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I picked a new pattern from the Make It From Your Heart 4 – card making pattern book and combined it with stamps from the Chelsea Gardens cardmaking stamp set & die cuts.  You really need to see this card in person to appreciate it’s sparkle.

I used Heather B&T paper from the Basics Collection and layered Fern cardstock & Bashful Glitter paper for my banners.

I stamped the leaf stamp directly on the card base in Fern and the sentiment in Heather.  I stamped and die cut the butterfly image from Bashful cardstock and then gave it’s wings a touch of sparkle with the Bashful Shimmer Pen.  I then finished off the card with a few Gold Glitter Gems.

Make it a beautiful day!




My card was a first runner up over at the Color My Heart Color Dare.





This Little Piggy – Color Dare #269

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

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This little piggy was stamped on Bashful Cardstock and layered on Glacier CS and a piece of Bashful Glitter Paper all on top of a piece of Black & White striped B&T from the Cats & Bats Kit.

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


Falling For You- Color Dare 267

It’s Friday…time for another Color Dare!  Have you participated in one of our challenges?  They aren’t hard at all…you have the freedom to create anything you’d like, card, scrapbook layout, home decor item – the only requirement is that you use our Color Challenge and this week you can’t get any prettier choice than the colors of the Falling for You Paper Packet from Close to My Heart.

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Seeing such a huge Color Palette might seem a little daunting but we are only requiring you to use the colors Saffron, Goldrush and Fern and then you get to pick your own neutral using one, two, three, four or all of the neutrals in the Falling for You Color Pack (Nutmeg, Charcoal, Almond, Toffee, Pewter, Espresso and Linen) You can also use White Daisy.


I am in full fall mode and I have sunflowers by my back door so that was the inspiration I took with my card.  I used one of the focal pieces of B&T from the kit to tie in all the colors of our challenge.  My large sunflower was cut using the Cricut Flower Market Cartridge and then popped up on the top panel of my card.  Burlap Ribbon from the retired basics collection wraps around my card and then I popped up my sentiment on a scalloped circle from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I scattered a few Bronze Sequins to add a little bling.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  Remember each of our Color Dare Challenge is open for two weeks so you have until November 9th to get your project submitted.

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



Toadally Awesome – Atlantic Hearts #235

Did you know that Close to My Heart donates $7 from the sale of each Punny Pals stamp set to Operation Smile?  And did you know that during the month of October you can get an adorable Card Kit with matching thin cuts for just $39.95?  Yep, all those things are true.

I stopped by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog this afternoon looking for something fun to do with the Punny Pals stamp set and lucky me I loved the sketch – what’s even better it allowed me to try a new technique that I recently saw on Jennifer McQuire Ink using a stitched rectangle die to make a unique card base.

Close to My Heart’s Two-Toned card stock works perfectly for this technique…you can see just a peek of the lighter shade on the edges.

Flowers just wasn’t the look I was going for so I added a couple of banners and a heart cut from the  Blossom Fundamentals and then popped up my frog.  The sentiment You’re toad-ally awesome was highlighted by a black dot.




Make sure you take a minute to stop by the Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge Blog this weeks sketch is so fun and would be a great combination with the new Color My Heart Color Dare challenge that will be posted tomorrow.



I appreciate you stopping by…hope you have a toad-ally awesome day.  I love to read your comments so if you have a minute please share your thoughts with me.