Celebrate National Stamping Month with Heart2Heart

September is National Stamping Month, and what better way to celebrate then with a Stamping Challenge from Heart2Heart. This month, we are asking you to pull out those stamps and create something magnificent.

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Before I show you my project, I want to preface by saying that this card was a challenge for me.  I wanted to showcase as many elements as I could from our Share the Seasons bundle, and I just continued to face obstacles. (I am sure you have been in my shoes) MissCarriesCreations-StampItUpH2H.png

I debated remaking the card about ten times over, but decided that it was good as is, and it would provide me with a few techniques to share.  Let me show you how I made this card.  

I began by creating stencil with the Share the Seasons Thin Cut.  It took me a few passes with my Sizzix to cut through the Stencil film, but I was able to create something I will be able to use over and over again. After masking of the edges, I used a blending tool to apply Nectarine and Paprika Ink onto the entire piece of White Daisy cardstock.

I chose to use two stamp sets for this month’s challenge. The Coffee Cup was cut from French Vanilla and Kraft Paper, then stamped in Espresso Ink. I created a mask for the cup, then began stamping the background images using leaves from the Giving Thanks stamp set.

I prefer to create “masks” from Full Adhesive Notes.  They are super sticky, stay in place, and are easy to cut with a Craft Knife.  When the Coffee Cup was complete, I stamped a Saffron Coffee Sleeve, and assembled the cup.

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I added some Julip paper, White Burlap Twine, some Espresso Leaves, and a small acrylic Heart to the front of the card and decided it was complete…EXCEPT.. at that moment I decided to attempt to stamp a sentiment and it didn’t work out so well. Hey, it’s okay. We all have those moments and we all make mistakes that will be forever ingrained into our crafting brain.

I hope that this card has inspired you to join us for this month’s Heart2Heart Stamping Month challenge. Don’t forget to link-up your projects before September 30th.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Merry Christmas Blessings Blog Hop

Welcome to the Merry Christmas Blessings Blog Hop where we will be 46091035_10156054673202686_4718674864951525376_nfeaturing a multitude of Close to My Heart Christmas products.  🎄  If you have come here from Gina Brandstetter’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, 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 that you can use when creating for Christmas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

When I first saw the Christmas Blessings Stamp Set, I knew immediately that I wanted to created a card with an inked background.  Even though Inked Backgrounds are simple to create, they make a beautiful impact on on project. Along with the Inked Background, I decided to try my hand at an Eclipse Card. What do you think?

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Eclipse Cards are making a comeback and can be found all over Pinterest right now. Most people use Letter Dies or Thin Cuts to create their’s, but, being the Cricut™ addict that I am, I chose to make my background in Design Space™.

Once I was finished creating the background, I stamped the images and the card was complete. It was so simple to make that I decided to create a short “How To” video for my Create with Miss. Carrie’s Creations VIP Facebook Group and in this video I gave a few more ideas for some Inked Background cards using this stamp set.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Darlys Recker’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. Remember, the Christmas Blessings stamp set is only available, while supplies last, until December 31st! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to order your kit.   I can’t wait to see what you create!

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No Worries Retirement Card

Each week, I am challenged to create something new, and often, I try to maximize my efforts.  For this weeks Color My Heart Color Dare, I found the perfect color combination for one of my upcoming Inked Background Workshop cards.   Our Sapphire, Glacier, New England Ivy, White Daisy and Desert Sand Ink colors were a perfect combination to create this Oceanside scene for a retirement card.  Can’t you just picture yourself spending the rest of your days on this beach?

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This card is part of my No Worries Inked Background Card Workshop which you can attend in July.   If you are one of my long-distance followers, you can purchase the Workshop Guide and follow the detailed instructions to recreate these relaxing scenes using our inks and sponging techniques.

This card uses our No Worries papers, which I had found to be one of the best paper packs to create with. You can find a list of the remaining supplies I used to create this card at the bottom of this post. Please feel free to ask questions about the card, my upcoming workshop, and the products used on this card.

Here’s a Quick Tip  when using our inks and sponges.  I have found that it works best to cut our Round Sponge into sixths, then attach one end of the sponge into a Binder Clip.  I have each of mine labeled with the color name on the top of the Binder Clip and they all fit into bin on my desk.  This keeps my hands a little cleaner and prevents my ink pads from getting contaminated with other colors.

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No Worries Scrapbooking Acrylic Stamp Set

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No Worries Card Making Thin Cuts Bundle
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No Worries Paper Pack
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12″ x 12″ Desert Sand Cardstock

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White Daisy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Desert Sand Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Round Sponge
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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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Thin 3D Foam Tape