Heart & Home Easter Card for a Color Dare Challenge

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get into a creative “funk”. I have had a silly stamped door sitting on my desk for weeks, crying to be added to a project, and, today, as I started at the Inspiration Board for the Color My Heart Dare Challenge, I was determined to use it for a spring inspired card. 48411071_10213102276813559_2157067987780108288_n (1).jpgThree weeks it sat. Almost a month ago, I pulled out the Heart & Home stamp set and made this adorable little door. I used Watercolor Pencils to add shading, created a fun little Wreath, and I even added a heat embossed banner using an image from Bunny Trail.

 

 

And that, my friends was as far as I went.  I sat there, in a creative hallow, talking to myself and the dog, searching my collection of idea books, but nothing came… so it sat..and sat..and sat staring at me. After a few weeks of moving this little door from place to place, I decided it was time to do something. Then it struck me. Why not make a brick background to look like a house?! And this is what happened. 

Oh, my! If my choices are mustard muck or spattered mess, I might as well call it quits. Now, I could have just conceded to the creative rut and given up on the door, but NO, this girl was born with red hair…there WILL BE A BRICK BACKGROUND and I WILL USE THIS BLASTED DOOR. So here we are…MissCarriesCreations-Heart&HomeEasterCardCD.jpgAfter multiple messes of texture paste and paint, a few tears, long talks with the dog, and lots of coffee and chocolate…we have a finished card. Hopefully, I will continue to climb out of the trench of creativelessness (is that a word?)… or… maybe I will be having more cups of coffee, long conversations with the fur baby under my desk, and buying up all the Cadbury eggs. 🤣

I hope that you are not in a creative “funk” and will join us for this week’s Spring Color My Heart Dare Challenge. It’s always fun to see how people are inspired by the design team and the colors they are given.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!

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It’s So Sad to Say Good-bye

Spring is coming, plants are budding, and our Seasonal Expressions is retiring. I am eager for a new season, new catalog, and new products, BUT before we get too excited, I wanted to remind you of a few important things you might want to snag (like free project guides) before they disappear at the end of April.

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As the end of April nears, most of these items will start to disappear off the shelves.  If you have had any of these on your wish list, make sure to you order sooner then later.


♥ Paper Packs, Complements, & Coordinating Pocket Cards

I have enjoyed the patterns from all FIVE papers packs this season. The boyish prints in Something Fierce – the vivid colors of I Heart Us – and even the country prints in So Much Happy. My utmost favorite was the Feels Like Home collection.  The farmhouse images, the soft prints, and the french country patterns made my heart sing.

Not only do we have gorgeous papers, we also get matching Stickers, Die Cuts, and Pocket Cards. Each of these complements our papers so well and can be used on just about any project.


Scrapbooking & Card Making Kits

How many of you love kits? I know that when my creative brain needs a rest, kits are my best friend. This season, Close to My Heart “wowed” us with not only Basic Scrapbooking kits, but Deluxe Kits as well.

For those who love making cards, our Cardmaking Kits are a great deal. With each kit you get all the supplies to make TWELVE cards. Which one is your favorite?


Free Workshop & Project Guides

Close to My Heart creates project guides for cards, scrapbook layouts, and home decor items in each catalog.  These are FREE to download and print for future project ideas. I take advantage of these guides each season, and often make pages like my “This Happened” layout where I used the So Much Happy guide for a layout using Something Fierce papers.  You can download each of the guides by going to the Kits section of my website, selecting each kit, and click “Download Guide”.

I also like to download the recipes for all the projects in the current catalog.  YES, THERE ARE RECIPES! You can do this by going to the Catalog on my website, then scrolling down to “Recipes”.


So….are you excited about a new catalog arriving soon? I have already been thumbing through it and am IN LOVE! As a Consultant, I get a sneak peek of everything AND I GET TO ORDER IT one month ahead of time.  This is just one of perks of being a consultant.  (FYI: If you join this month, you get new catalogs, new papers, and some additional freebies.)

Don’t forget that all the items in the catalog will be gone April 30th and many will begin to disappear from my website throughout the month as people snag those last minute items.  I suggest that you purchase what is on your wishlist sooner than later.  I would hate for you to miss out.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Send a Welcome Home Card & Join the Color Dare Challenge

I miss the days when you welcomed someone to their new home with cards, casseroles, and containers of cookies.  This week, as I looked at the inspiration board for the Color My Heart Dare Challenge, I was inspired by the welcoming feel of the papers chosen and decided to bring back the tradition of sending a “welcome to your new home” card.

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Our color palette for the week is a simple Tic-Tac-Toe board inspired by the Feels Like Home collection.  You can choose to use any colors in a row, column or diagonal plus additional colors from board and any neutral colors.  I chose to use Sapphire, Sugarplum, and Silver with a touch of Fern and Mink on my card.

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As you look at my  card, you will notice that there is not a bit of stamping on the outside of the card.  For this project, I decided to take advantage of the beautiful images from our Feels Like Home Cut-Apart paper and Complements.

What are Cut-Apart papers? These are the newest addition to the Close to My Heart paper collections and I adore♥ them. In each pack of paper, you receive two sheets of Cut-Apart images with a simple pattern on the back. This allows you to either fussy-cut and use the images, use the patterned paper, or both. On my card, I used the “Home” photo frame, the House, the Heart and some scraps from between the images on the Cut-Apart sheet. MissCarriesCreations-WelcomeHomeCardDDetail

What are Complements? Complements are a beautiful collection of Die Cuts and stickers that coordinate with (or complement) our papers. If you look at the collection above, you can see that they are each beautifully designed to be on quite a few paper of your paper crating crafting creations.  Can you pick out the images I used on my card from the complements pack?

I hope that you have been inspired by this week’s Welcome Home card and that you join us at Color My Heart Dare for the challenge.  Don’t forget to take advantage of the BOGO paper party that ends on March 31st.  This is a great time to stock up before the papers retire in April and have a chance to play with those Cut-Apart pages I spoke about.

♥ I can’t wait to see what you create!

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