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Friday, May 30, 2014

Color My Heart In Sorbet, Creme Brulee and Crystal Blue

I am sorry that I have been MIA this month.  Family issues have kept me away from my craftroom, so it has been a joy to finally create something again.  It is time for a new Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week the dare is to use Sorbet, Creme Brulee, and Crystal Blue with the option of using Juniper and Sky as well.  In other words, if you want to make it easy on yourself, Close to My Heart's paper pack, Balloon Ride. That's what I did.  I started with this Freshly Made Sketch:

I fussy cut one of the balloons along with the clouds from a background and texture paper and inked the edges with Saddle to help it stand out.  Although Saddle is the brown that "goes with" this paper pack, I chose to use the softer Champagne and Cashmere cardstock to compliment the pastels in the balloon.  I used a Sorbet alcohol marker to color a white brad to make the center of the flower and hold the hanger in place.  Just a heads up:  Close to My heart is retiring alcohol markers, so they are available only while supplies last.

Now why don't you take the Color My Heart Color Dare?  As always, if you do not have these exact colors, use the closest ones you have.  We would love to see your work!  Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time, Hansi

Materials used, all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Paper:  Balloon Ride, Cashmere, Champagne, and Colonial White Cardstock
Ink:  Saddle plus Sorbet alcohol market
Stamp:  Joyful Birthday (inside)
Embellishments:  Colonial White grosgrain ribbon, Spring Blossom Mini Medley, Just Blooms Paper Shapes (all retired)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Happy Mother's Day to My Mom

I used this Atlantic Hearts Sketch to make a card for my mom:

To make the flower, I used Close to My Heart's Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut two flowers (page 39) at 2 1/2 inches and one at 2 inches.  Next I used a scoring tool to score from the center outward to create the texture of a flower petal.   Next I sponged the petals with Sky followed by Indian Corn Blue.  I will have to say that the inks ended up looking much warmer than the paper of those colors.  After shaping the petals by wrapping them lengthwise around the handle of the scoring tool and teasing the tips back, I stacked them with foam tape in between each layer.  The center is a Base and Bling Floral Accent (retired) with the center sparkle replaced by a Pearl Opaque (retired).  I did not have a Mother's Day sentiment in a font that would complement the card, so I made one using Word, printed it and then used a die cut and Cuddlebug to cut it out.  Using the die cut instead of the Cricut made positioning the sentiment within the shape easier.  While I had my Cuddlebug out, I used it with to emboss the center strip.

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time, Hansi

Materials used, all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Paper:  White Daisy and Crystal Blue cardstock, Silver Glitter paper
Ink:  Sky, Indian Corn Blue
Embellishments:  Base and Bling Floral Accent (retired), Pearl Opaques (retired)
Other:  Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, Scalloped Edges embossing folder by Cuddlebug, Die cut by Momento

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Heartfelt Sympathy

Here is a sympathy card for the Heart 2 Heart Spring Flower challenge.  I will be back later to tell y'all more.

Thank you for stopping by!  Until then, Hansi

Spring Flowers With Heart

 This week the ladies over at Heart 2 Heart want to see our spring flowers.  This one is for a friend who wanted a flower card in richer colors.  I will be back later to tell you more about it.  

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time, Hansi

Friday, May 2, 2014

Color My Heart in Sweet Leaf and Crystal Blue

This week at Color My Heart we dare you to use Sweet Leaf and Crystal Blue, a nice spring combination.  And you know that with spring come high school and college graduations.  Here is the first of three graduation cards that I need to make over the next ten days.  I have never been sure if this stamp in the retired Circle of Love stamp set is a flourish or a flowering plant.  I chose to take the plant route by stamping and embossing it with Sweet Leaf pigment ink and clear detail powder and coloring the open areas with  Crystal Blue and Sweet Leaf alcohol markers.  I embellished it with Blue Sparkles and anchored the sentiment with a Pewter Badge Button.  That's one graduation card down and two more to go.

Thank you for stopping by!  Now why don't you head on over to Color My Heart Color Dare to get some inspiration and perhaps enter your own creation?  We would love to see your work.  As always, if you do not have these exact colors use the closest ones you've got.  Until next time, Hansi

Materials used, all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Paper:  White Daisy, Slate, and Sweet Leaf cardstock
Ink:  Sweet Leaf and Crystal Blue pigment ink, Sweet leaf and Crystal Blue alcohol markers
Stamps:  Circle of Love (retired), Limited Edition (retired)
Embellishments:  Blue Sparkles, Pewter Badge Button, clear detail powder