Into the Wild Layout for the Heart2Heart Design Challenge

It’s Into the Wild with Heart2Heart, and I can’t wait to show you what I created. Before I do, I wanted to remind you that these challenges are open to everyone throughout the entire month. To enter, simply link the design that you created with CTMH products to your blog or online gallery and link it back to this Heart2Heart challenge. It’s so easy.
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For the Into the Wild challenge, I decided to step outside the box a little bit.  I feel that there are times we won’t purchase a product because of the name, or, because of how we see it being used. Today, and I going to show you a few different ways that you can use some of our Close to My Heart products and maybe you will join me outside the box.

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Here is the layout I created using our Into the Wild products. As you can see below, the Into the Wild products “appear” to be designed for adventures and baby boy projects. Do you see any of those themes in my layout?

Of course not. I chose papers that would complement my photos.♥ The blue tones and star patterns were perfect for a patriotic, small town parade. I added the star die cuts, a cute saying sticker, and a portion of a title from the complements.  Not a single one being used as intended. Do you want to know what else I used “outside the box”?  Our Share the Joy Thin Cut die.

I carefully cut a solid border by placing my die onto the cutting plates in a way that the die would not cut through in the center and create a solid piece. This took a little time, but the outcome is adorable. I wanted the border to appear like a shaker element, but did not want all of the sequins to shake to the bottom of the page. I decided to glue the sequins in place so that they appeared to be randomly moving on the page. How fun is that?!

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So, here are my challenges to you, my friend. 

  1. Share one of your creations at the Heart2Heart blog or at least stop by and be inspired by some lovely artwork.
  2. Think outside the box a little. Just because the paper suite has a specific title or a die was used for cards, doesn’t mean you can use it some other way.

I hope that this layout inspires you to get your photos off your phone and onto a page. Record those memories and share your creations with us at the Heart2Heart blog.

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

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Happy 4th! at Color My Heart Dare

We are celebrating Independence Day at the Color My Heart Color Dare blog and are asking you to join us. For this challenge, we have an inspiration photo for you that is sure to bring out your patriotic spirit.  You don’t need to have a blog to participate, just a willingness to create something using the photo as inspiration and the ability to post it on the Color My Heart Color Dare blog.ColorDare350

This week, I wanted to try something new because I feel like I have fallen into a bit of a rut lately.  Whenever this happens, I organize my supplies and thumb through my idea books. I happened across a new technique I have not tried yet – random image stamping – and I decided to give it a try. This is the result. MissCarriesCreations-July4thGrillinCardSM.jpg

Let me warn you. This technique is neither for the impatient nor for woman who has been up until midnight for the past two weeks. It takes a little bit of prep and planning, but the result is well worth it.  I started the process by choosing small images from the Grillin’ & Chillin and the Share the Joy stamp sets and laid out my pattern onto a 5″ x 6″ Block.

This took a little bit of time and patience, but the pre-planning was well worth it when it came time to start stamping the images. As you can see, I did make a few changes once I started stamping, but this gave me a starting point. After stamping each of the images using Candy Apple, Carolina, Bluebird, and Sapphire Inks, I trimmed off a small strip to place at the base of the card.

I then used the Grillin’ & Chillin’ stamp set to create a checked border and added a little white lace below. It reminds me of the Mom & Pop BBQ Joints we go to.To create the sentiment, I heat embossed the Happy 4th image onto some vellum and “attempted” to stitch it to a layer of cardstock shapes using Silver Embellishing Thread. (Note to self: Vellum does not like being stitched.) 

So what do you think? Not bad for my first try at random image stamping. It does take a little longer to complete than the average card would, but the results are worth the effort.

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I hope that this card has inspired to you share your creation on the Color My Heart Color Dare blog and give random image stamping a try. Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend, my friend, making memories with those you love.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Take Time to Share the Joy this Summer

Give a little joy to the people in your life with the Share the Joy special! There’s nothing better than sharing a little joy with the people who mean the most to you. The Share the Joy bundle is designed to do just that! Share the Joy includes two exclusive stamp sets and one exclusive Share the Joy Thin Cuts Bundle, designed just for this special and are only available for purchase as a part of Share the Joy.

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Save 30% on the Share the Joy Bundle

You can create meaningful cards straight from your heart, or document precious moments in a one-of-a-kind scrapbook layout with the exclusive items in Share the Joy. You can purchase each item separately at full price, or you can purchase the stamp set bundle at a 20% discount. You can even save 30% when you purchase the bundle including both stamp sets and the Thin Cuts metal dies!

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 Purchase this Share the Joy Bundle 

I will be creating projects throughout the month on my blog, so make sure to stop by often for inspiration. Be sure to take advantage of this amazing deal before July 31st, and take the opportunity to share a little more joy!

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

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