Create a Vivid Valentine Card

for the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge

After almost a month away, I am back in my creative space developing paper crafts for the Color My Heart Color Dare Design Team. This week, we are playing with the Celebrate Today papers and asking you to use the colors in this Tic-Tac-Toe color palette to create something for the challenge.  

On my Vivid Valentine Card, I chose to use the colors on the top row – Raspberry, Lagoon, & Ballerina – with an added color that I have NEVER used – Nectarine.  To be honest, I am not  an “orange or yellow” person. That color is not in my wardrobe, in my home, or in my crafts, but, today, I decided to give it a try and I really like it

As you can see, I used the Nectarine color sparingly.  I was extremely nervous when I first pulled the flower off the Celebrate Today sticker sheet.  This is not a color I am comfortable with, and I wasn’t quite sure how well it would fit into my design, but, after the leaves were removed, I was delightfully surprised

The flower wasn’t the only element I altered for this card. The sentiment was a “love it” banner on the sheet Celebrate Today Vellum Die Cuts.  By simply cutting off the word “it”, covering what was left, and adhering it to my paper, you would have never known what the initial design looked like (unless you are looking really closely).

The letter “U” was also modified to match the design of the card. These Foam Alphabet Letters are white and easy to color with inks, markers, and Shimmer Brushes – like I did here.  I will warn you: they need time to dry and it helps to add a clear coat of Liquid Glass over the color if it doesn’t completely set, otherwise, the color will rub off the letter onto your project. (Don’t ask me how I know. It wasn’t pretty.)

Once all the elements were placed onto the card, I took a step back and decided to add even more Nectarine. Can you believe it?  I cut a small floral strip from the Mix-Ins paper pack and found a little piece of ribbon in my stash that matched perfectly.  Close to My Heart knew what they were doing when they designed the Celebrate Today products – all the colors coordinate beautifully. 

I hope that today’s project has inspired you to try something new – like Nectarine – and join us for the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge. You do not have to use the Celebrate Today papers, but if you like them as much as I do, you will want to snag them before they retire at the end of February.  These papers, stickers, and die cuts can be found on my website and are available while supplies last

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Season to Sparkle ~ Close to My Heart Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Season to Sparkle Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of holiday projects, full of sparkle, that highlight our current Close to My Heart products!75625500_10156918102997934_526905505541521408_o.jpg If you have come here from Darlys Recker’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading, 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.

According to my niece, “there is no such thing as too much sparkle & glitter”, especially during the holidays.  My son, who sets up holiday displays for a craft store, would say otherwise as he is picking glitter out of his beard all through December. 😂 I personally believe that there is a happy medium when adding some sparkle to your holiday projects and, today, I am going to show you a few of the glittery details I added to my Sparkling Sleigh Christmas Card.MissCarriesCreations-SparklingSleighCard.jpg

The design of this card is rather simple – two 1¼” strips of embossed White Daisy cardstock, two ¼” strips of Black Glitter paper, and a snowflake background that I cut from White Glitter paper using my Cricut machine. MissCarriesCreations-SliceSnowflakeBackground.JPG

To create the snowflakes, I used an image from our Art Philosophy collection and resized it to 5½” high.  A 2″ x 5½” rectangle shape was added to the canvas, layered atop the snowflake image, and sliced to make my background strip.

Once the background was complete, I stamped a sleigh image using the December Reindeer Crossings stamp set, shaded it with Charcoal & Clear Shimmer Brushes, then cut out the image and placed it onto the card with foam tape.

To add even more sparkle to the card, I brushed Black Shimmer onto a few pine branches that I cut from the Complete Creativity collection, added some Bitty Sparkle accents to the card, and completed the design with a sweet little Stripped Bow.

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I wanted to be able to show you how delightfully sparkly this card is, so I had my dear hubby hold some light above it as I snapped this photograph. What do you think of all that sparkle and shimmer for the holidays??

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.  I hope that this Sparkling Sleigh Christmas Card has inspired you to try something new and add little shimmer to your holiday projects.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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A Christmas Nativity Shadowbox for the Heart2Heart Challenge

This week, at the Heart2Heart blog, we are hosting an Anything Goes ~ Holiday Edition challenge and we would love for you to join in the fun.  What does “anything goes” mean? As long as you use some Close to My Heart products in your design, we would love for you to share your HOLIDAY creation with us at Heart2Heart.

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There were a few of you who saw my “accidental” posting and a video hinting of this little creation last week. It has been a while since I have posted a Cricut™ creation with a tutorial, so (another teaser) I will be posting some instructions for this Bethlehem Nativity Shadow Box later in the week.

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For now, you get to see this lovely little shadow box I created using some images from our new Complete Creativity Collection.  After stamping the image at the top onto some Mix Ins paper, I cut each on of the town images to fit into the recesses of the shadow box. MissCarriesCreations-BethlehemNativityShadowBox-Town.jpg

The Poinsettia and Evergreen boughs are also from various images in the Complete Creativity collection. After cutting the images from cardstock and vellum, I added a little shine with some Shimmer Brushes.

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If you are interested in creating this Bethlehem Nativity Shadow Box, please subscribe to my newsletter,  join my VIP group, or follow me online (FB or IG).  I will be posting the tutorial on each of these for all to see.

I hope that this creation has inspired you and that you join us at Heart2Heart for one of our December challenges. Don’t forget to link up your creations before December 31st.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!

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