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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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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A Simple Sunflower Tag Card

For the Heart2Heart Challenge

Hello, my friends! I hope that you are doing well and ready for another Heart2Heart challenge. This week, our Design Team was asked to use Tags – one of my favorites to make – so I am pulling out the June stamp of the month again to create something to inspire you.  Before I show you my Simple Sunflower Tag card, I want to remind you how to join our monthly challenges. 

When you join our monthly challenges, we do ask that you use at least one Close to My Heart product AND that you are sharing original work when you link your photo to the blog post.  You can read the complete set of rules HERE


When I first saw our Garden Tags stamp set, the gardener in me leapt with joy.  I just adore those rustic, vintage-like images that have been placed perfectly to align with our Tags & Tabs Thin Cuts.  Last week, I used this stamp set to create two old-world tags and, this week, I am using two of the images to create a Simple Sunflower card. 

Don’t you just love this? I was able to design a delightful little tag as a focal point atop other images from the same stamp set.  The background is a stark contrast to the bright sunflowers and all I had to do to create it was mask off the top & bottom of one of the stamps.

Once the background was stamped, I cut it out using our Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts.  I had debated hand stitching the background onto the card, but I think I like the simple look of the embossed stitching on this project. 

The Sunflowers themselves were shaded using our TriBlend Markers.  In quite a few gardens here, we have a sunflower with a slight coral tint that darkens as it fades. I tried the emulate this by blending the Light Yellow with Coral shades.

One of my favorite things about creating tags is getting to chose the ribbon, thread, and twine to match it.  I have quite the collection in my craft space.  For this card, I chose to stick with yellow & black.  If you have been collecting Close to My Heart goodies for as long as I have, you probably recognize the ribbon and the waxy flax. 

Once all the layers were complete, they were assembled using Foam Tape.  I am loving the simplicity of this card.  There are so many possible designs you could create using the Garden Tags stamp set


I hope that today’s project inspired you and that you would consider joining us for the Heart2Heart Tags challenge.  If you do, make sure that you link your project to the blog before June 30th. 

By the way, if you are enjoying the Garden Tags stamp set as much as I am, you will want to grab it before the end of June. This is one of our exclusive $5.00 Stamp of the Month sets the you will want to get your hands on before it’s gone. 

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A Memorial Day Card for the Heart2Heart Challenge

For many of you, Memorial Day means lots of online sales, like the one on my website, and a three day weekend.   While those are lovely things to celebrate, we need to remember that many families in the U.S. will be spending the weekend honoring the men and women who died while serving in the military.  The challenge this week, at Heart2Heart, is not Memorial Day related, but I decided to go a “little rogue” and create something to honor those who have been lost. 


I know that many who have me on their Design Teams hate it when I go off the rails.  After all,  I never seem to stay inside the box and I always seem to create something completely different than the rest, but this week…..  I just had to.  With it being Memorial Day, I wanted to honor those who have been lost “somewhere over the rainbow”. 

To keep with the “rainbow” theme, I used our Blue Skies stamp set to create a greyed-out rainbow and I added some sponged clouds to portray a dark rainy sky, but it is not at all saturated with color like my teammates creations.  

To be honest, I didn’t feel like adding any joyful sparkle or dancing unicorns – I wanted my design to be simple, and soft, and sad.  Something to symbolize those we have lost. 

My first hand experience will tell you that even the thought of loosing someone who is serving is frightening, but like this bright red poppy, it brings you so much hope and happiness, and a warmth to your heart that cannot be explained.  

It is for that reason that I created this card – to remember those “somewhere over the rainbow”, to give hope to those who have family members who are serving, and to show support for those in our military service. 

Memorial Day is about more than sales and vacations – its about honoring those who gave so much.  I wanted you to remember that this week. 


I would also like for you to remember to join us for this week’s Heart2Heart challenge AND consider joining this crazy crafter on the Design Team.  We are currently looking for members and would love to have you. 

I truly pray that you were not put-off by my desire to honor those in our Military Service and that you were inspired by today’s creation.  I hope you have a wonderful week, my friends. 

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My Sweet Boy ~ A Layout for the H2H Mother Angel Challenge

As a Design Team, we were each asked to create something with a “Mother Angel” theme for the Heart2Heart blog, and, to be honest, I struggled.  As I was working on a project, my sweet twenty-one year old son came into my craft space to ask me what I was working on.  I told him how I was struggling with this layout – photos of him as a child.  

He asked me what I thought was wrong with it. “Well”, I said, “I am not fond of all the different types of butterflies, but they are all I have in my stash.”

His response: “I like how you put the kid-like butterflies next to the kid pictures and the pretty butterflies next to the mom. It works.” 

That’s when I knew that this would be the layout I would use as inspiration for the Heart2Heart challenge. This twenty-one year old kid still has the sweetest heart just like he did when he was gently holding a moth in these photos. 

The design for this layout came from the weekend SG Scrap Squad inspiration challenge.  I loved the mix of papers Allison Davis used on her 3″ x 4″ grid layout, and chose to mimic it with some four-inch Mix-Ins and Aurora papers along with a few Aurora PML cards.   

This is one of the first layouts I have created with SO MUCH white space and, as much as I love the look, I fought it the whole time.  I did add a little splatter onto the left side with a Lagoon Shimmer Brush to reduce the white space some, but it still has quite a bit of white background showing.  


One of my goals this year is to use up my stash, so you might recognize a few older CTMH items mixed-in with some new ones.  On the left page, I have a butterfly from the Sweet Girl collection and an old Canvas Banner mixed with our current Stitched Together stickers.  On the right page I have mixed a few really old, recent, and new items. 

The title holds an old Canvas Tag and some much older polka-dot butterflies, mixed with a trimmed down Aurora PML card and Stitched Together heart sticker.  Not only did I use a trimmed PML card for the title, I used two from the recent Yesterday & Today collection on this layout also – one behind a photo and one for the sentiment below the photo of the two of us. (The chevron pattern was a portion of the trimmed Aurora PML that I just couldn’t throw away.)

The Wood Round is a sticker from our current Aurora collection that I used to hide a portion of the photo that wasn’t very flattering to the layout and the pretty butterflies (as my son put it) are from the Stitched Up collection.  All a mix-match of items from my stash to record a memory of my son’s sweet heart.  


The gentleness my son shows in these photos really tugs at my mom-heart strings.  This kid has always crashed through life right and left, yet he has the gentlest heart for all creatures. 

I hope that this layout has inspired you to create something for the Angel Mom Heart2Heart Challenge. You have through May 31st to link your photo to the challenge. While you are visiting the blog for more inspiration, make sure to check out a few of the other challenges we have for you this month. 

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