A Heat Embossed Monochromatic Card in Blue

For the Color Dare Challenge Design Team

Have you ever had an idea in your head that didn’t quite work out as you planned? That is exactly what happened when I made this week’s inspiration creation. Before I tell you more about my mishaps, let me tell you about this week’s Color My Heart Dare color challenge. 

The challenge this week is a monochromatic challenge, which means that you can only use one color – blue.  You are allowed to use black white, and neutrals on your creations. Make sure to link your challenge to the blog before July 23rd. 


So…these past few weeks have been full of activity in our home with renovations, a yard being taken all the way back to dirt, and the typical addition of summer chores.  I have fallen a bit behind this month so I decided to keep my project super simple with a few little fun techniques.  That is when I should have realized that I don’t do “simple” very well. 

I started out with a great design in my head – a block design with only two colors. Each of the blocks need some type of stamped image, so chose to use the floral bouquet from our stamp of the month to add some designs to the card.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t just stamp the images in blue, I had to heat emboss in white which – like when a moose eats muffin – lead to over embossing the whole background. 

Once the embossing was done and the card was assembled, I decided to start stitching – AT MIDNIGHT. I should have just stopped, but I was determined to finish the card. Straight stitching lead to zig-zag stitching which lead to me fussing with a ribbon bow for over twenty minutes (which you can see is now just a knot).  

At this point I realized that I didn’t have a sentiment. Have you ever tried to stamp on heat embossing?? Trying to stamp anything at 1:00AM is one thing, but trying to make something work that should never have been attempted is another. 😜

BUT…I made it work.  I grabbed my StazOn ink pad and placed that sentiment right over the heat embossed flowers. (That stuff will stamp on anything.)  In hindsight, I should have left off the sentiment or placed it onto vellum or stamped less flowers – but you know – that whole moose and muffin thing.

Even with it’s mishaps, and late night craziness, the card didn’t turn out half bad. I hope that you were inspired to try something new (or avoid a crafting mishap) and that you join us for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.

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A Happy Stitched Together Gift

For the Color Dare Challenge

Don’t you just love receiving little unexpected gifts in the mail? Personally, I prefer giving them. This week, I was working on a few “happy mail” projects using the Stitched Together collection and realized that they would be perfect to share on the Color My Heart Color Dare blog.  Before I show you my Happy Stitched Together Gift, let me show you which colors you get to use for this week’s challenge. 

All of these colors on this Tic-Tac-Toe board come from our delightful Stitched Together collection and for my project I chose to use …. ALL of them.   I couldn’t help it.  The color palette in this collection is so bright and cheerful making this a fun little gift anyone would love to receive in the mail. 


I started out by creating a 4″ x 3″ pocket that I made using some textured Candy Apple cardstock left over from a project I made using the Blue Skies collection.  The pocket was decorated with a few pieces of Stitched Together paper and stickers.  Aren’t those flowers just too stinkin’ cute?

To create the sentiment, I used the Stitched Together Cardmaking stamp set and Thin Cuts dies.  When I first saw this stamp set, I honestly thought that I would never use it, but, I must admit, I love the look of that layered “happy” image. 

The “happy” sentiment was stamped in Lagoon Ink then topped with a “happy” die cut cut from Sapphire cardstock.  I then layered another sentiment on top using some foam tape for dimension. 

To finish off the project, I added some White Twine, Bitty Sparkles, and a White Ribbon bow dyed with Peach ink. The little gift was tucked inside and the whole package will fit right into an envelope to send off to someone special. 


I hope that today’s project inspired you to try something new and that you will consider joining us for this week’s Color My Heart Color Dare challenge. You don’t have to use the Stitched Together papers or CTMH inks, but we do ask that you stick to the color palette shown and link your project to the blog before June 25th. 

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A Mosaic Tile Card for the Color Dare Challenge

Forgive me for the lack of creations this week. It has been quite an emotional one for me. As I was attempted to create for the Color Dare blog, I honestly struggled. I don’t know about you, but emotions really affect my creative process. Before I tell you about the card I created, let me first show you the beautiful spring colors we have for you to use this week at the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog.

These colors come from our current Mix-Ins paper collection and they are simply delightful and some of my favorites in the new catalog.  Peacock and Peach are one of my favorite combinations, but instead of using just those two, I chose to use all the colors on a simple watercolor mosaic card. 

If you are a member of my VIP group, you were able to watch me as I created this card.  I decided to start sharing a little of my creative brain with my VIPs a few times a month as they get a little look at my crafting space and the projects I am working on. This week, they saw how I made this card unedited and unscripted. Yep, that was frightening

The flower image for this card came from our A Million Little Things stamp set which was stamped onto watercolor paper using Intense Black Ink. 

After the ink had set a few minutes, I started shading the background and the image with Watercolor Pencils.  With watercolors, nothing is ever perfect. Remember how I said my emotions have been affecting my creative brain – well, this card reflects every bit of that. 

I used shades of Linen, Peacock, and Mint for the background and shades of Peach for the flowers.  To add a little sparkle, I brushed the flowers with our Peach Shimmer Brush which is much darker than I anticipated it to be.  After creating the mosaic tile pattern, I added a sentiment stamped onto vellum and backed the design with Peacock cardstock. 

Simple and easy to make and something to get my creative neurons firing again.  

I hope this card inspired you and that you will consider joining us for another Color Dare challenge.  All you need to do is link your photo to the blog before June 11th. 

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