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.



Hello Foxy – Color Dare #248

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors: Desert Sand, Glacier, New England Ivy, Sapphire & White Daisy


I warned you that Hello Foxy was my favorite Stamp of the Month from the Seasonal Expressions and I wanted to find a way to use these three little foxes all together.  When I saw this 3X6 card layout I immediately thought of a photo booth.  So I inked up each of the foxes and colored with my Shin Han Markers.  The basket-weave B&T is from the No Worries Paper packet and the ribbon is from the Enchantment Ribbon pack which is on the retiring list so make sure you get some ordered today.

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)!  If you’re excited about the Color Dare and think that you might be interested in joining our DT check out this post here.  It truly has been a super fun experience and I’ve made some terrific friends.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a great weekend!



Tea-riffic – March Stamp of the Hop


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring March’s SOTM, which is Tea-riffic, a set of 11 stamps.  If you have come here from Vickie Odell’s Heartful Stamper Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

This month we have over 25 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next blog!  Here we go…

I had a hard time deciding which stamp I wanted to feature from this set…I finally settled on the stacked cups which I colored brightly with the Shin Han Touch Twin markers.  I chose to use the Whimsy Fundamentals and matching ribbon for my card, I felt the soft water-colored design did not compete with my image.

I’ve had a lot of fun playing with this stamp set and later this month will be sharing some artwork that I received when I participated in the Stamp of the Month Swap hosted by my upline.  Leave me acomment and let me know if you’re a coffee or tea drinker!

Now “Hop” on over to Gina Brandstetter’s  Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the March SOTM is only available until 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


It’s Pumpkin Season – Color Dare #211

Did you miss me last week?  Sometimes when it rains it pours, sometimes the sunshines and once in a while you give up your craft room to your hunky husband so he can put the ceiling in.  Seriously I missed not playing in the Color Dare last week…talk about colors right up my alley!

Well, this week there’s another fun Dare #211 requires the use of Saffron, Poppy, Fern and Colonial White (oh yes, I love that creamy white that so often seems forgotten).  I also learned about a new challenge Stampin’ Royalty sounds like it might be right up this Princess’ Alley so I’m linking up there too!

Perfect for pumpkins and of course other things too…don’t forget to go check out the other Design Team Cards at the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog.

This card features the pumpkin from September’s Stamp of the Month Blessed Beyond Measure and it’s a Cricut compatible stamp set (yippee).  See that panel of leaves?  It’s another stamp from the same set just random stamped in Fern ink and the Fundamentals Enchantment collection another new favorite!

I’m not a huge fan of ribbons because I can’t tie a bow to save my life (other than the ones on my shoes), but one of my consultant friends suggested that I get some twine and just separate the ends after tying it in a knot.  Guess what?  It works!  A couple of sequins later and I called this card done!

There’s an entire week for you to stop by and link up your creation at the Color Dare Blog.  It’s pumpkin season let someone know you’re thinking of them.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy September!

Can you believe that September is here already?  It’s feeling a little fall-like already in the Pacific Northwest.  I have to admit I love fall…we get to harvest pumpkins and host our annual pumpkin carving party, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s football season!  Did you see that Seahawks game last night?

September is also full of exciting things at Close to My Heart.  We have a brand new Holiday Expressions Catalog that debuted on September 1st packed full of all kinds of goodies to get you through the holiday season from scary monsters to some of the most elegant Christmas papers.  You can get your copy right here or by giving me a call.

There’s also a brand new Stamp of the Month.  Blessed Beyond Measure has the most beautiful script and the sentiments really express true gratitude.  The leaves and pumpkin will really tie it in for your holiday cards.  One of my favorite sentiments from this set is “The secret to having it all is knowing you already do”.  Isn’t that so true?

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Another special this month is our Create Kindness Card Kit.  Filled with enough supplies to make 24 adorable little cards this card kit is sure to bring happy smiles.  How about sticking a few cards in your child’s backpack to drop off to the school secretary or maybe hand one to your favorite barista as you pick up that morning Pumpkin Spice Latte?  I really think that a little act of kindness can make a BIG difference in someone’s day and what’s even better – I’m having a special event on September 17th (National Stamping Day) so that we can put all these cute little cards together.  I hope you’ll order your kit and join me.

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That’s a whole lot going on in the month of September.  Thank you for sticking with me until the end.





Purr-fect Halloween – August SOTM

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We are featuring the August Stamp of the Month Purr-fect Halloween a set of 17 stamps.  If you have come here from Gina’s blog you are on the right path!  The blog hop is a great big circle so you can start here and work your way through the other blogs and eventually end up right back where you started.  If you get lost along the way, the complete list of hoppers can be found at Melinda’s Blog


This month we have over 25 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Blog hopping is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!


I have been on a creative roll since this stamp set arrived on my door step.  I had my card all made and swapped with some fellow consultants and then my new product order arrived.  That’s right…brand new product is available TODAY and you are going to love it. That wonderful wood grain paper is now the foundation of our Rustic Fundamentals papers – a very basic set of terrific neutrals.  The paper fundamentals line got a new make-over and YOU are going to LOVE them!  The black cross is also from the fundamentals line only this time is the Uptown group.  What do you think of this pretty green at the bottom of the card and also stamped with BOO!?  It’s the brand new Color of the Year from Close to My Heart – Seaglass!  It’s available in inks, cardstock and glitter paper – I think you’ll be seeing lots of it because it’s well….uhhhhh, kinda my new favorite color!

Stay tuned for more artwork appearing throughout the month, so you don’t miss any please sign up to receive e-mail updates by clicking the follow me button on the sidebar.

Now “Hop” on over to Dana’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the August SOTM is only available until the 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!



Animals on the Bus

Happy Monday – I’m here again with more Stamp of the Month artwork as promised.  I wanted to do something fun and different this week and maybe find a way to incorporate the Animal Greetings Operation Smile stamp set.

I thought and I thought and then it hit me…put the animals on the bus!  When my son was a little guy (he’s 25 now) he had several Richard Scary books – his favorite was Busy Town.  I can’t remember how many times we read it, but I remember all the animals in all the different vehicles so my card was born.


This card is a mere 3X6 – a sweet size for sticking in a backpack, briefcase or leaving under a pillow.  The Calypso Papers are surely getting a workout this month too.  It’s only available until the end of July so make sure you get what you might need to play with in the future.


Don’t you see so many possibilities with this stamp set?  I’ll be back with another card next week, but with just 10 days left in June don’t let this stamp set get away from you!  You can add it to a qualifying order for just $5…why not order yours today?