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 Striped Graduation Card for the H2H Challenge

How many of you have friends and family who are missing out on an “official” graduation this year? I want to encourage you to send them a card to show how proud you are of them for all their hard work.  Before I show you a simple card you can make, I want to encourage you to join another Heart2Heart challenge.  

For this challenge, we are asking you to create something with stripes.  I chose to use our Build A Plaid stamp set to create a striped background for this simple shaker card.  If you would like to create a card, like this, to send to the graduates in your life, you can use the supply list and follow a simple video tutorial at the end of this post. 

Like I said, this card is super simple to make and can be altered to match the colors of your graduate’s school.  You could even add some gold embellishments for those who are graduating from college. I chose to use Carolina, Bluebird, Sapphire, & Silver to match our school colors. (I have a few graduates on my list.) 

I even added a little stamped image to decorate the front of my envelope using our For the Graduate stamp set.  How cute are those books?!! I just love that image!!


Many of you enjoy video tutorials, so I have created a simple one for you to follow.  I hope that you are inspired to make a few of these cards and send them in the coming weeks. 

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Here are a few things you will want to remember. 

  • The Heart2Heart challenge ends on April 30th.  Make sure to link your project to the challenge blog before then. 
  • You will also want to make sure to grab the For the Graduate stamp set before April 30th.  It will be retiring at the end of the month.  

I hope that you were inspired to try something new this week, and I hope you join us at Heart2Heart for another April challenge. 

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Here is a List of the Supplies Used on My Project

A Watercolor Card for the Heat it Up Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Heat it Up Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of heat embossing techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 85046186_10157103154262934_7513137689042878464_o If you have come here from Michelle Johns’ 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.

This week, I decided to pull out the watercolor pencils, white embossing powder, and floral stamps to create a very simple heat-embossed card.  It’s been a while since I have painted an image, and, to be honest, I forgot how much I enjoyed it.

Since this is a “Technique” blog hop”, I will be showing you a few tips to create your own Watercolor Roses card and provide you with a simple video showing you how to use embossing powders.  


I began creating my card by stamping a piece of watercolor paper with White Pigment ink using images from the Love These People stamp set.  These images were randomly stamped along the left side of the paper.  I chose White Pigment instead of VersaMark so that I could see the images after I had stamped them. 

Once the images had been stamped, I sprinkled on White Embossing Powder and used a heat tool to set the powder.  I did notice that a few of my leaf images didn’t touch the other images like I wanted them to. Instead of trying to re-stamp the leaves, I used an Embossing Ink Pen and drew an extension of the stems. 

As I shaded the images, I used the raised embossing powder as a sort of “dam” for my colors. On this card, I shaded the images with Watercolor Pencils using the “pencil palette method”, but you could use watercolor paints instead.  

After the paint was dry, I splattered the image with Gold Shimmer, added some Liquid Glass Dots, then framed it in a Kraft Stitched Rectangle.  The only embellishments are a simple burlap strand bow and some gold gems. 

If you would like to learn more Embossing Powder Techniques,  you will enjoy this Fab Friday Find tutorial I created last year for my VIP Group. 


I hope that you were inspired by today’s project and that you learn something new about Heat Embossing.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Tamara Sandwisch’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 for using our heat embossing products.  

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Color Your World Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Color Your World Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of ways to COLOR what you love as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 79834512_10156957929042934_4413576352637124608_oIf you have come here from Valerie Kapsha’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.

I never saw myself as a person who would enjoy “coloring”, but it is something I have become fond of especially when using our TriBlend Markers and Watercolors. For this month’s Technique Blog Hop, I chose to feature these two wonderful items on my Shaded Seashell card that I created for my husband.

I knew that I wanted to keep this card simple and easy to re-create, so I began designing a blue background on a piece of watercolor paper.  I swished paint onto the paper using a Flat Waterbrush, quickly dried it with my heat tool, then stamped some random “sand” along the base with Almond Ink.  I used that same “sand” image to create white sea foam.

After stamping the sentiment with Intense Black Ink, I adhered the watercolor paper to a card base, then framed it with a Stitched Glacier Rectangle. Now the fun can begin! After stamping the seashell images with Intense Black, I pulled out a my TriBlend Markers and a few Shimmer Brushes. I was delighted by the fact that each marker had ALL THREE shades I needed to create shadows and dimension – no extra thought needed

Once the sea shell images were shaded, I used a Wisteria Shimmer Brush to add a little color, applied a touch of Gold Shimmer to the Sand Dollar, and drew a few little highlights with a White Gel Pen.  The shells were attached to the card with Foam Tape and a few Rose Gold Sequins added. How simple is that? 

Those TriBlends are some of my favorites to shade images with.  Each one comes with all three colors needed to shade and highlight your design.  Members of my VIP Group were able to watch a video showing how these NEW Markers work as they watched me use them to shade my Warm Wishes Card. To me, these are one of the better alcohol markers for crafters, like you and me, who wish create beautifully shaded images without breaking the bank.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Maz Wood’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 for Coloring Your World.

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Here is a list of some of the items I used on my project

A Merry Christmas Tree Card

For the Color Dare & Double Trouble Challenges

This week, at the Color My Heart Color Dare blog, we are partnering with Double Trouble for a delightful black & white challenge. As a Design Team member, my creative muscles are often stretched with some of these challenges, and this week, I think I pulled something. misscarriescreations-merrychristmastreecardsm.jpg

For these challenges, we, at the Color Dare Blog, are asking you to use Black & White plus three additional colors and no other neutrals. If you would also like to join the Double Trouble Challenge, Thing One wants something striped (no plaid) somewhere in your project, Thing Two is asking you to join us at the Color Dare Challenge, and Thing Three (the twisted sister) is asking you to add three colors.  

Can you see where I might have pulled a muscle here? Not only have I been in a creative rut lately, but I was tasked with quite the challenge from these two blogs.  What is a girl to do but start rummaging through her stamps and try to come up with something to fit the requirements and here is what I ended up with – A Merry Christmas Tree card using Black, White, Candy Apple, Peach, and Evergreen.

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I started with a White heat embossed Tree image on Black Cardstock, then layered it atop some Peach cardstock. The 4¼” x 4¼” card base was also cut from Black Cardstock. I added some Striped Peach paper and some stripes of Candy Apple Cardstock stamped in Evergreen. To embellish the card, I chose a White Acrylic Heart, two Black Mini-Clothes Pins, a few Black Dots, and a Black & White Striped Bow.

Black ♥ White ♥ Stripes ♥ Three Colors 

I was able to get it all into one creation just in time for the Design Team posting. What do you think? I hope that this card inspired you to create something new and that you join us for this challenge.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!

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