A Mosaic Tile Card for the Color Dare Challenge

Forgive me for the lack of creations this week. It has been quite an emotional one for me. As I was attempted to create for the Color Dare blog, I honestly struggled. I don’t know about you, but emotions really affect my creative process. Before I tell you about the card I created, let me first show you the beautiful spring colors we have for you to use this week at the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog.

These colors come from our current Mix-Ins paper collection and they are simply delightful and some of my favorites in the new catalog.  Peacock and Peach are one of my favorite combinations, but instead of using just those two, I chose to use all the colors on a simple watercolor mosaic card. 

If you are a member of my VIP group, you were able to watch me as I created this card.  I decided to start sharing a little of my creative brain with my VIPs a few times a month as they get a little look at my crafting space and the projects I am working on. This week, they saw how I made this card unedited and unscripted. Yep, that was frightening

The flower image for this card came from our A Million Little Things stamp set which was stamped onto watercolor paper using Intense Black Ink. 

After the ink had set a few minutes, I started shading the background and the image with Watercolor Pencils.  With watercolors, nothing is ever perfect. Remember how I said my emotions have been affecting my creative brain – well, this card reflects every bit of that. 

I used shades of Linen, Peacock, and Mint for the background and shades of Peach for the flowers.  To add a little sparkle, I brushed the flowers with our Peach Shimmer Brush which is much darker than I anticipated it to be.  After creating the mosaic tile pattern, I added a sentiment stamped onto vellum and backed the design with Peacock cardstock. 

Simple and easy to make and something to get my creative neurons firing again.  

I hope this card inspired you and that you will consider joining us for another Color Dare challenge.  All you need to do is link your photo to the blog before June 11th. 

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Are You Ready to Learn Something New?

This week, while I am at the Close to My Heart Convention, I have decided to do a recap of some of my favorite tutorials from the past year. Quite a few of you have joined me recently, so I figured that this was the best time to, not only share some great projects with you, but show you a few that you might have missed.  If you have already viewed these tutorials, I hope that this little refresher will inspire you to create something new.

♥ Basic Watercolor Techniques


If you are just starting out with watercolor pencils, or you are wanting to pick them up again, my Using Watercolor Pencils tutorial is a great read. I walk you through a few techniques for using our amazing pencils and inspire you with a beautiful card I made using our Feels Like Home papers.

♥ Playing with Paper Pom-Poms


Although this was a St Patrick’s Day decoration, I have considered CASEing myself and recreating it for fall. These adorable little pom-poms are so simple to make and fun to use on your paper crafts.

♥ Watercolor Embossed Backgrounds


The card I created with this technique was one of my favorite creations. The vivid watercolor background paired with vellum made it simple and elegant. I would love for you to give this Watercolor Background technique a try, and share it in our VIP Group.

♥ Using a Visual Triangle


Have you heard of using a visual triangle to create balance on your layouts? If not, this tutorial will walk you through how I used this technique to create a balanced layout of our anniversary trip to the Botanical garden.

Did you learn something new? Were you inspired to give one of these techniques a try? As a Close to My Heart consultant, I truly enjoy showing you how to create something you love and want to share with the ones you care about.  Please feel free to share what you created in the comments below or in my VIP Facebook Group.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions One New Product Blog Hop where we will 49899790_10156181123647686_321959965507977216_nbe featuring a multitude of Close to My Heart products from our INCREDIBLE Seasonal Expressions catalog.  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 projects you can make from the New Seasonal Expressions.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Who knew that it would be so difficult to make a decision on what to create for this Blog Hop. There are SO MANY unbelievably wonderful items to choose from.😍 I decided that it would be best to focus on the featured paper pack of the month -the adorable Something Fierce collection – and tell you about some of the new products I used to create this precious Cute-a-Saurus Card.


NEW Larger Complements

If you have been a consumer (or collector) of Close to My Heart products for a while, you may remember that our complements were once 6″ x 12″ which allowed for larger stickers, die cuts, and borders.  Close to My Heart has brought back the large complements and I am relishing these seasonal designs – especially the sweet stickers I used on this card. How cute are those stars, hearts, and borders?!

NEW Cut-Apart Pages

This past year, Close to My Heart added Picture My Life pages to their paper packs, and, while these were super cute, many people didn’t use them, so the decision was made to add Cut-Apart-Pages instead.  I personally think that it is a wonderful idea and, as you can see on my card, gives you even more images to create with.

In each paper pack you will receive TWO of these new Cut-Apart-Pages with a patterned design on the back.  This gives you a choice to use the patterned paper, the images, or both when creating. For those of you who did use the Picture My Life cards, don’t panic. We now have a set of cards to match each of our paper collections that you can purchase separately for your pocket albums.

There are so many more products I used on this card – some  new and some carried over –  that you will find in the New Seasonal Expressions. If you have not had a chance to see the New Catalog, you are missing out.  The products in our Seasonal Expressions are mind-blowing and in-line with all of the current trends. (yep, dinosaurs are a trend right now)  If you would like to see the full catalog, you can visit the “Products” tab of your consultant’s website or view it online here.

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Now ‘Hop” on over to Michelle Loncar’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, everyone who places an online order receives a ♥FREE Seasonal Expressions catalog♥.   Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to see to everything this catalog has to offer.    I can’t wait to see what you create!