Sweet Cone Flower Card

These past few weeks, I have been in a bit of a creative rut so I decided to start searching the internet for some paper crafting challenges.  Challenges inspire me and give me a jumping off point when I have no ideas of my own.  I am not one to search Pinterest because I have found it to be the eternal time sucking rabbit hole with my attention deficit brain.  Instead, I chose three challenges which I combined into one simple card. 


The colors for this card are a little outside my comfort zone, but I like how the Color Throwdown challenged me with this combination.  The stamped flower image from A Million Little Things, was shaded using our TriBlend Markers

I used a combination of blue, purple, greens, and tan to create the cone flower, then stamped some splatter using Carolina Ink.  I love the simplicity of these flower images – they call to my gardening soul.

One of the challenges I joined also spoke to the gardener in me. I was inspired by the words in this quote at Time Out Challenges.  I felt like this card speaks to the all the gardeners out there “who make our souls bloom”.

After I was finished shading the image, I roughed up the edges, wrapped some twine around the base, and backed it in some Sapphire cardstock.

I chose to keep the background of the card white, but felt like it needed a little texture, so I pulled out my score board and created a grid pattern on the card base.  This is a very simple technique that creates a striking backdrop on any card. 

When I was finished, I realized that the design for the card matched the Atlantic Heart Sketch challenge perfectly.  I moved the sentiment to a different location, but the design was perfect for this stamped image and I really like how this card turned out.  I can honestly say that these challenges have started to help my creative brain start working again.  


If you have been in a bit of a creative rut lately, I challenge you to do what I did and join a few online challenges.  For me, they provide the inspiration I need and make my creative gears turn.  Maybe they will do the same for you. 

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Welcome to the Stencil It! Technique Blog Hop

Today we will be showing you a variety of stenciling techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 93489974_10157352565497934_5733319884578750464_n If you have come here from Maz Wood’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished learning how I created my stenciled brick  background, 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.


When the new May/June catalog arrived, I feel in love with the Make a Splash stamp set.  I couldn’t wait to create something with those adorable polka-dot boots, so I decided to create a card where those boots were the focal point in front of a brick wall background. 

The background of the card was created using our Texture Paste mixed with a Toffee Shimmer Brush. I cut out a brick stencil design, using my Cricut, and applied the paste directly to the card. 


Here are a Few Tips for Using Texture Paste

  • A little goes a long way. You don’t need much for a project.
  • If you want a smoother finish, be sure to use a steady hand as you apply the paste.
  • Apply the paste with patting or even gentle slapping motions for an impasto effect.
  • Always close the lid right away with Opaque Paste. It can dry out quickly.
  • If you’re wanting a light, pastel hue, try mixing some watercolor paint into the paste
  • For a deeper, richer color, add a few drops of re-inker to the texture paste.
  • Add sparkle, like I did, with a little bit of Shimmer Brush ink.

After my Texture Paste had cured, I stamped the sentiment onto the card using Candy Apple Pigment Ink, then heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. The sentiment I used also comes from our Make a Splash stamp set.  Isn’t it the cutest set ever??

After stamping the boot image, I shaded them using our SpectrumNoir TriBlend Markers.  In my video tutorial below, I not only show you how to apply Texture Paste, but I also show you how I used the markers to create the shaded images you see here. 

Once I was done with my coloring,  I added some whimsical polka-dots with White Embossing Powder, then layered them atop some flowers. 


For those of you who would like to know more about how to use Texture Paste with Stencils and how to use our SpectrumNoir Tri Blend Markers, I have created a short video tutorial for you.  


I hope today’s project inspired you use some of your Stencils and give Texture Paste a try.  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 for using Stencils on your projects.  

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Here is a List of the Supplies Used on My Project

Welcome to the New May/June Product Blog Hop

You are are in for a treat today, my friend.  Each of our talented creators will be sharing a projects they have made using products from our NEW May/June Catalog. 94143656_10157392409557686_2316330434587262976_o The products in this catalog are simply stunning, so make sure you have a notepad ready to make a wish-list.  If you have come here from Becca Whitham’s blog, you are on the right path!  When you are finished reading about my Country Mason Jar Card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.   If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participants on Melinda’s Blog

Like I said, the products in this catalog are extraordinary.  I had such a difficult time choosing what I wanted to use today because there are so many things I want to show you.  I realized that I have two months to share it all, so I am just going to show you two favorites that I used on my Country Mason Jar card. 

Yes, just two.  If you head on over to my website and view the catalog, you will realize why this was such a difficult decision.  As you hop through the other blogs, I know that you are going to see a bunch of other products, so make sure you have a pen & paper ready and start making your list.  


Mason Jar Bouquet Stamp & Thin Cuts

Who doesn’t love mason jars?!  My house is full of random mason jar finds, including a dog watering dish which is shaped like an extra large canning jar.  Our new Mason Jar Bouquet can be purchased with or without the Thin Cut dies, and are designed to create some beautiful little summer bouquets. 

There is a little tag you can use to add a sentiment.  I chose to use a strand from our White Burlap Ribbon on my jar and stamp the sentiment on a vellum circle. One of my favorite things about this Mason Jar Bouquet set, is that the die has a little slit in the top, so I can slide my flowers right in and make it look like they are truly sitting in the jar. 

Mix-Ins Paper Packet

Every season, it is the Mix-Ins paper that I stock up on.  I enjoy the delicate patterns and how well they pair with the current seasons papers.  The paper pack in the May/June catalog is just as remarkable as in seasons past.  

Checks, polka-dots, and flowers – perfect for summertime creations.  These Mix-Ins papers are going to look  beautiful on anything you create.  If you plan on stocking up on these, make sure to also grab a few packs of Coordinating cardstock


There you have it. Two of my new favorites from the May/June Catalog. These are not my ONLY favorites. I actually have quite a few more that I plan to show you in the coming weeks. You really need to head on over to my website and take a look at all of the fantastic finds this season. 

I hope that you enjoyed today’s Country Mason Jar project and were inspired to make a card of your own.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Brenda Lapp’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 products in the May/June catalog collection are only available, while supplies last, until June 30th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the “What’s New” tab of my website to see all that is available this season. Don’t forget – you get a free catalog with your first order!

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.