A Simple Sunflower Tag Card

For the Heart2Heart Challenge

Hello, my friends! I hope that you are doing well and ready for another Heart2Heart challenge. This week, our Design Team was asked to use Tags – one of my favorites to make – so I am pulling out the June stamp of the month again to create something to inspire you.  Before I show you my Simple Sunflower Tag card, I want to remind you how to join our monthly challenges. 

When you join our monthly challenges, we do ask that you use at least one Close to My Heart product AND that you are sharing original work when you link your photo to the blog post.  You can read the complete set of rules HERE


When I first saw our Garden Tags stamp set, the gardener in me leapt with joy.  I just adore those rustic, vintage-like images that have been placed perfectly to align with our Tags & Tabs Thin Cuts.  Last week, I used this stamp set to create two old-world tags and, this week, I am using two of the images to create a Simple Sunflower card. 

Don’t you just love this? I was able to design a delightful little tag as a focal point atop other images from the same stamp set.  The background is a stark contrast to the bright sunflowers and all I had to do to create it was mask off the top & bottom of one of the stamps.

Once the background was stamped, I cut it out using our Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts.  I had debated hand stitching the background onto the card, but I think I like the simple look of the embossed stitching on this project. 

The Sunflowers themselves were shaded using our TriBlend Markers.  In quite a few gardens here, we have a sunflower with a slight coral tint that darkens as it fades. I tried the emulate this by blending the Light Yellow with Coral shades.

One of my favorite things about creating tags is getting to chose the ribbon, thread, and twine to match it.  I have quite the collection in my craft space.  For this card, I chose to stick with yellow & black.  If you have been collecting Close to My Heart goodies for as long as I have, you probably recognize the ribbon and the waxy flax. 

Once all the layers were complete, they were assembled using Foam Tape.  I am loving the simplicity of this card.  There are so many possible designs you could create using the Garden Tags stamp set


I hope that today’s project inspired you and that you would consider joining us for the Heart2Heart Tags challenge.  If you do, make sure that you link your project to the blog before June 30th. 

By the way, if you are enjoying the Garden Tags stamp set as much as I am, you will want to grab it before the end of June. This is one of our exclusive $5.00 Stamp of the Month sets the you will want to get your hands on before it’s gone. 

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Welcome to the Garden Tags SOTM Blog Hop

This month, we are featuring a variety of projects using the June Stamp of the Month – Garden Tags.94149292_10157392415067686_5509103444763344896_n  If you have come here from Kathy Burrows’ Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished viewing my Distressed Garden Tags, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog


I truly enjoy creating tags It gives me a break from the everyday creations I make and allows me to play with layers and layers of products.  Today, I dug out the texture paste, shimmer brushes, vellum, ribbon, and thread to create some delightfully distressed Garden Tags. How sweet are these??!!

If you have not had a chance to purchase the new June Stamp of the month, you will to make sure that you also grab yourself a set of Tags & Tabs Thin CutsThese metal dies fit this stamp set perfectly and prevent you from having to hand-cut these beautifully designed tags. 

The base layers of my tags were created in Cricut Design Space using images from our ArtPhilosphy collection.  These two layers were cut from French Vanilla Cardstock & Kraft paper. 

I created a distressed look onto the Kraft layer using the Strokes of an Artist stamp set, some splatters of Lagoon & Toffee Shimmer, and texture paste. 

After the background layers were complete, I started to create the top layer tags using the Garden Tags stamp set.  Both tags were heat embossed to give some texture – one in Peacock, the other in Espresso – then splattered with shimmer brushes

To add a little dimension, I created some additional layers for the tags. The dragonfly wings were stamped onto vellum and added to the tag.  I stamped the flower image from the Garden Tags stamp set in Espresso and shaded it with TriBlend Markers, then attached it with a foam dot. Both added little more texture and interest to each of the tags.

The sentiments on each were created using the Stitched Together Cardmaking stamp set, which were stamped using Intense Black ink, cut out by hand, and adhered to the tags with foam tape. 


I had so much fun making these! I hope they inspired you to dig out some of your tag-making supplies and start creating. Now ‘Hop” on over to Gina McDonald Brandstetter’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 Garden stamp set is only available until June 30th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

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Thanks a Bushel Step-Card

Life is about trying new things, having experiments blow up in your face, and finding the blessing in everything. This week, I wanted to try my hand at a Front Panel Step-Card, and, since card making is one of my weaknesses, it just didn’t seem to go as planned.  Even though the end-result turned out beautifully, the path to discovery was not so glamorous.

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As you do in each experiment, I researched the subject. After browsing Pinterest for hours, saving snippets of summer meals, scrapbook sketches, farmhouse decor, …oh, and a thousand ways to make a step-card, I finally settled on a pattern by Colleen Vaux. I thought “I can do this!” (I am sure Tesla and Einstein said the same thing when they formed their hypothesis.) Now the experimenting begins.

Observations:
1. If you choose to change a horizontal step-card to a vertical step-card, take the time to research a new pattern. You aren’t Einstein and math hurts the ever-aging brain cells.
2. When altering one’s pattern, make sure it will fit into the envelope you intend to send it in. Measure twice, cut forty times. (Procedure not working – time to go back to original horizontal pattern.)
3. Do not cut off the side panels. You need those. (Gathering more materials.)
4. When all else fails, turn to your Cricut®. (Make sure you have a decent cutting mat to avoid another piece of cardstock being ruined.)
5. If you are going to go to all this trouble to create a card, you should take some time to enter the Three Amigos and  heARTful stamping challenge.

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My experimenting led to a mess of excess, cut-up, cardstock that will go into my scrap pile. I did finally turn to my Cricut® to create this cut file that I can use in the future and avoid additional failed experiments. I proceeded to use products from our New Seasonal Expressions 2 , including the Fresh Air Paper Packet and A Bushel & a Peck stamp set, to decorated the card. All of the supplies I used can be found on my website.

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I hope you take the time to try to create a step-card this week using the Free Cricut Design Space™ File I created for you. Now, time to continue on riding the bicycle of life, because in order to keep my balance I must keep moving. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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