Summer Hibiscus Card |H2H Sunny Days Challenge

Welcome to another month full of challenges at Heart2Heart!  This week, we are asking you to play along and create something for our Sunny Days theme. 

Currently,  I am avoiding the heat as I stay inside and play with some of the products from the new catalog. This little set of cards was created for an upcoming workshop using some of the Summer Vibes papers and Hibiscus Cricut cuts from the Flower Market collection

Each one of those flowers was cut from White Daisy cardstock then shaded with inks to match that bright, sunny, Summer Vibes paper. 

I used one of my favorite stamp sets on these cards – Always Loved.  Personally, I think everyone should have a sign in their home that reminds them that “You are enough!”

Don’t you just love all the sentiments on that Always Loved stamp set? I have quite a few cards planned for this set as well as some scrapbook pages.  

I hope that today’s project inspired you and that you join us for the Sunny Days paper crafting challenge at Heart2Heart.  Make sure to link your project to the blog before July 31st. 

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What’s on Your Crafting Wish List?

Summer has arrived here in Colorado and to avoid the heat, I have been perusing our NEW Close to My Heart Seasonal catalog.  As a consultant,  I had access to this beauty in June and my wish list is LOONG. There are so many wonderful new products that I can’t wait to show you.  

As always, there are two paper suites to match our current season – Summer Vibes & Timber.  I am sure you can guess which of these is my favorite.♥  To be honest, both of these paper packs are perfect for summer crafting, but I will admit that Timber is the one that I have many plans for.  

To pair with each of the paper suites we have matching Cricut Collections, Mix-Ins paper, Card kits, and Scrapbook kits. 

Did you know that Close to My Heart has Cricut Collections designed to match our paper packs??  I LOVE that they have done this.  I can easily create a matching image in Design Space to go with my paper crafting project. 

Not only do we have Cricut collections to match, you can also purchase beautifully designed card kits and scrapbooking kits.  This season’s kits are amazing! 

Each of these kits comes with all the die cuts, stickers, cardstock, and papers you need to create ALL of these pages AND the instructions are super-simple to follow.  You can also order them with or without memory protectors.

Along with the two paper suites,  we have Mix-In’s paper and cardstock designed to match all of our paper designs.  Mix-Ins are some of my favorite papers to work with. I enjoy the smaller designs of these papers and how well they work with our other patterns. 

So….what about all the stamp sets??!! Oh, my goodness. I cannot get enough of all the playful images this season.   There is no way that I can post them all here, so I am just going to show you four of my current favorites. (Remember, the ones with blue around them have matching Thin Cuts dies.)

WOW!! Just WOW!! I haven’t even touched the tip of the iceberg here. There are so many more items to share with you and I will be doing just that in my VIP Group on Friday, July 3rd.  I will be walking through the catalog and showing each of these items to you “in person” along with quite a few more. 

I hope you are as excited as I am about this seasons products. 

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A Card of Pink Daisies for Heart2Heart

This week, at the Heart2Heart blog, we are Tickled Pink literally. Our Design Team has been creating projects using all shades of pink and we are asking you to do the same for our June Tickled Pink challenge

For those of you, like me, who don’t use pink very often, now is the perfect time to get those creative wheels turning.  This week, I decided to go big & bold with my patterns and flowers as I created a six-inch card full of Pink Daisies. 

Like I said, I don’t use pink very often, so that considerably large floral pattern in the Brushed paper pack was one that I wasn’t quite sure how to use.  Instead of setting it aside, I decided to challenge myself to create something with it.  

I decided to stick with the classic pink & black palette.  Backing everything in black balances out the pattern, and adding big bold flowers helps to tame the design.  It almost appears as if those daisies are sitting in a garden among other flowers. 

I chose to stamp the daisies in Pixie & Raspberry ink using the rock-n-roll method, then added a layer of heat embossed vellum over the top. In the center of each flower sits a wooden button painted with Raspberry Shimmer and tied with White Twine. 

The sentiment was kept simple and stamped onto a stitched circle tucked into a strip of Blue Skies paper.  To be honest, I really debated how to add a sentiment to this card and avoid covering up too much of that patterned paper, but I think that the half-circle partners well with the daisy images and it’s a fun way to add a sentiment to a card.  

When I was finished, I felt like I needed a bow of some sort, so I dug through my stash and grabbed a Striped Ribbon Bow from my Christmas collection. Can you believe that these are still available on my website?  I am going to have to go grab a few more.

BIG, PINK, BOLD, & BEAUTIFUL!🌺

This card has inspired me to use pink more often and I hope it inspired you to join our pink themed challenge at Heart2Heart. Make sure to link up your project before June 30th. 

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Out of This World Cards with Shimmer Brushes

Earlier this week, I showed you some simple tricks to help you with your Shimmer Brushes and promised you a tutorial showing a few techniques you could use on your projects.  Well, it took me a little longer than I hoped to finish the video, but it is complete and ready for you to enjoy. 

For those of you who would like to know more about how I created each of these cards, you can continue reading about my project after you view video. 

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My original goal, was to show you how to use our Shimmer Brushes to create a single card, but there are just so many techniques to share, so I chose instead, to create three cards and share just a few of those techniques with you today.  

Each one of these cards was created using the Aurora Cardmaking Kit. If you are a member of my VIP group or you follow CTMH on Facebook, you were able to join a live event showing how to make the cards in this kit. Well, I decided that since I already have the kit, I would make a few more cards using those wonderful little globe die cuts and my Shimmer Brushes. 

Let’s start out by taking a look at the backgrounds I created on each of the cards.  All three have a splatter pattern in the background, but each one was created a little differently using a Shimmer Brush. 

On two of the cards I created a simple diagonal splatter pattern. One card has more of a condensed pattern while the other is a little larger and more random. 

To create the condensed pattern, I removed some of the ink from the Julep Shimmer brush, held it close to the cardstock, and forcefully tapped the brush causing more ink to fly off the brush. On the second card, I removed the excess ink, held the brush a little higher above the cardstock, then lightly tapped the Charcoal Shimmer brush. 

On the third card, I chose to add some paint swishes and create a much larger droplet on my splatter pattern.  I light brushed the Toffee Shimmer across the cardstock, then loaded the brush with ink and tapped it lightly in a diagonal direction across the cardstock. 

Each of these techniques creates a slightly different look to your background pattern.♥   Now let’s take a look at the globes I created and how I used the Shimmer Brushes to create those beautiful blended colors. 

The first globe was shaded using a mix of Mint and Lagoon Shimmer ink.  I shaded the entire globe in Mint, then allowed a large amount of Lagoon ink to soak and blend into the edges of the die cut. 

On the second globe, I used watercolor pencils that I blended with a Clear Shimmer brush.  After I shaded the die cut with the green and blue watercolor pencils,  I used the shimmer brush like a waterbrush to blend the colors. 


Wasn’t that fun?! Now you have a few new techniques you can use when you are creating your projects with Shimmer Brushes.  I hope today’s project inspired you to create something new and that you give a few of these techniques a try. 

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Here is a List of the Supplies Used on My Project

It’s A Let It Shimmer Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to another Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of shimmery techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products!100609256_10157717189973096_3386834617750257664_n  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my shimmery Out of This World cards and  learning some Shimmer Brush techniques, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

For this blog hop, I had a hard time deciding what type to video to create – a tips & tricks or a process video – so I decided to do both.  I had so much fun using my Shimmer Brushes to create these three Out of This World cards and I couldn’t wait to share them with you.  

Before we get into the tips & tricks portion of this post, I want to show you a few close-ups of those globe die cuts. These were cut using the Thin Cut from our Aurora Cardmaking kitAren’t those just stunning?? I just love the look of old globes. 

I used our Shimmer Brushes to create the splattered backgrounds and shade two of the globes.  If you would like to know how I made each one of these, you are in luck.  I will be posting a video tutorial on my YouTube Channel later in the week to go along with the video tutorial I have posted below.  

Today, I am going to give you a few Tips when it comes to using our Shimmer Brushes.  I have also included a short little five minute video for you to view. 

For those of you who may want to skip this tutorial and move on with the hop, you can click this link to move on to Melissa Robinson’s Blog.


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TIP #1: Store Shimmer Brushes Upright

This may seem obvious to some, but I realized recently that many people do not know that you should always store them upright.  When they are stored upside down, the ink can drip into the lid and create quite the mess when you open it. 

I like to store mine in our Workspace Wonder Tool Caddy, but I have also seen them stored in a Mason jar or coffee cup. 


TIP #2: Pull the Lid to Open – Do Not Twist

This is another little blunder I have seen commonly done with our Shimmer Brushes. Many people will “twist” the lid open, unsealing the ink within and creating quite the mess. (Just ask my 10 year old niece how fun that is.) 

Now, there are a few times that you might want to twist open that brush which leads us to my next tip. 


TIP #3: Twist to Release Pressure

I often travel to locations in the mountains where there is an increase in elevation and, when I take my Shimmer Brushes, the pressure increases in the base causing it to drip ink all over when I go to use it.  I have found that I can release that built-up pressure by carefully unscrewing the tip and pulling out the brush, then tightly screwing the tip back on. 

After I have replaced the brush tip, I will brush the excess ink off onto my All Purpose Mat or a scrap piece of paper before I begin to use it. 


There you have it.  Just a few tips & tricks for using those awesome Shimmer Brushes in your stash. Oh, by the way – our shimmer brushes are NOT labeled with the colors at the top. That is something I did using a label maker

I can’t wait to share with you how I made each one of those Out of This World cards. I will be posting the process video, later this week, showing you how I used a few of my Shimmer Brushes to create backgrounds, blend watercolors, and create a blended alcohol-ink-like look. Now ‘Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using Shimmer on your projects.  

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