Tic Tac Toe – Color Dare 277

The Color My Heart Color Dare has a brand new challenge – 9 squares of color and you can pick just three in a row –  It’s a Tic Tac Toe Color Dare!!!

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I struggled a bit with the January stamp of the month and didn’t create a lot with it.  It’s a great stamp set, but it just didn’t speak clearly to me.  I decided that if I was going to create with it – today would be a good day.

I chose the color combination of Fern, Juniper and Black and another pattern from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 4.

A recent technique that I’ve been using is to layer a piece of white cardstock to my base so that I have a place to tuck my ribbon and keep it hidden.  It also adds a little support to your cards.  I keep a few pieces cut (1/4 inch smaller than my card) and ready to go.  You can use any color of cardstock, but I really like the white on white look.  I usually attach it with some thin 3D foam tape.

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Make sure you get your January Stamp of the Month ordered soon – there’s just a few more days and it will be gone for good.

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Just Peacock

Do you have a favorite color from the Close to My Heart palette? Mine (today anyway) has got to be Peacock.

It’s a great blue/green that mixes nicely with other colors (especially Bashful) but in the case of this card stands nicely all alone.

I hope you’ll take a minute to leave me a comment with your favorite color.

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.

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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.

 

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Scraps, Scraps, Scraps!

The You Are More cardmaking workshop was so much fun to put together (ok cutting the little squares not so much) but the rest of it was well worth it and look at the scraps I have left over to create with.

That’s right – after creating 12 cards (6 each of 2 designs) I have enough scraps left over to complete some additional projects and there are embellishments left too!

If you are new to card making I’d suggest picking up one of our workshop kits to assemble.  There are four great choices in the Seasonal Expression.  You can also find the kits online here.

Thanks for stopping by.  Make sure your subscribed to my blog so that you don’t miss what I make with these scraps!

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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!

 

 

UPDATE:

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

 

 

 

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