September Stamp of the Month Card

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Hello Friends!

Today I’d like to share another card I made using the September Stamp of the Month called “Blessed Beyond Measure”.  I have to say this is one of my favs!  I used the woodgrain chevron paper from the Rustic Home collection, another one of my favs!  The coordinating Cricut cuts are from the Artistry cartridge by Close To My Heart.


I colored the leaves by sponging with various Fall colors and stamped the pumpkin with Autumn Terracotta.  The oval shapes are some nesting dies I had in my stash.  The ribbon is from the Rustic Home Ribbon Pack.

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Heart 2 Heart–Stamping Month

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September is National Stamping Month and we will be celebrating stamping at Heart 2 Heart the next two weeks.  This week the challenge is to feature STAMPING in your projects.  Fun, fun, fun!

I chose to use a few different stamping techniques on my card–creating a background, heat embossing, sponging and using coordinated Cricut cuts with the stamped images of the September Stamp of the Month.  I really love this “Blessed Beyond Measure” stamp set, mainly because of the sentiments, but also because I love the Fall colors you see in pumpkins and falling leaves.  How about you?


I used the gold embossed striped paper from the Rustic Home collection along with Chocolate cardstock for the background of the card.  I stamped the small leaf multiple times on the Chocolate cardstock in Versamark ink, applied clear embossing powder and then heat embossed.  I really like the tone on tone, shiny effect this creates.

Since the leaf stamps on this set have coordinating Cricut cuts from Artistry, I just cut a bunch of leaves and randomly sponged them in various Fall colors.  I then stamped the “veins” in Chocolate ink.  I adhered the leaves along the card as if they were blowing in the wind, added a strip of lacy ribbon from the Rustic Home collection and a simple sentiment matted in a shiny gold paper.

Close To My Heart has so many wonderful stamping products that it makes it very easy to create beautiful stamped artwork!  Check out the other design team projects at Heart 2 Heart and then get busy stamping!  We love it when you link up your work for everyone to enjoy!

If you need the beautiful September Stamp of the Month or any other Close To My Heart products, you can SHOP HERE!  Thanks for stopping by today!    Laurie



Christmas Cards Using Colored Images

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Yesterday I showed you the “in progress” images that I colored with the Close To My Heart Watercolor Pencils and Shin Han Markers.  Today I want to share the finished Christmas cards that I made to feature those images.  I used random paper from my tub of Christmas scrapbook paper and embellishments.

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This snowman image was colored with Watercolor Pencils and blended with the Blending Pen.  I used some metal dies and my Cuttlebug to cut the layers for my focal image.  My friend, Ellen, gave me the dies a while back and they were just perfect to use for this project!  Thank you, Ellen!!  I also embossed the green background paper with a snowflake embossing folder.  The sentiment on the inside is from the Holly Jolly Christmas stamp set by CTMH.

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The Santa on this card was colored with Watercolor Pencils and the sentiment is also from Holly Jolly Christmas stamp set.  I embossed the white panel with the same snowflake embossing folder and the sentiment on the inside is from Believe in Christmas by CTMH.

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This image on this final card was colored with Shin Han Markers.  The sentiment on the front and the inside both came from the Holly Jolly Christmas stamp set.  I think the gold accents really add a punch to this design!

I hope that showing you the process of stamping and coloring images with Watercolor Pencils and Shin Han Markers has been helpful.  You can purchase any of the supplies and stamp sets I used by visiting my online shopping site HERE.  Be adventurous and give some new techniques a try in your own crafting!

Make today special!   Laurie


Playing with Watercolor Pencils and Shin Han Markers

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I played with the Watercolor Pencils and Shin Han Markers this week and want to show you my “steep learning curve” progress.  Please be kind–I’m still learning, especially with the Shin Hans!!  I chose images from two different stamp sets.  The Santa  is from Believe in Christmas and the girl and snowman are from Christmas Post.  I chose these images because they already had a lot of shading that I knew would help me when I applied the color.

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 The pictures above show my attempt with the Shin Hans.  I think it was pretty easy to blend the colors in the evergreens and to add shading to the images by applying more color where the stamp indicated the shading.  If you don’t look too closely, I think the finished product isn’t too bad.

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These are pictures of the Santa image that I colored with the Shin Han alcohol markers.  I’m actually pretty happy with how he turned out!


I also used the Watercolor Pencils on these same images.  The picture above is how my image looked after I added the color.  I then used the Blending Pen to smooth out and blend the colors.  You can basically “scribble” on the colors because they blend so nicely when done.

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The snowman above shows how it looked after blending the colors.  I found that the Watercolor Pencils and Blending Pen were easier for me to work with than the Shin Han Markers.  However I really like the vibrant look of the Shin Han coloring.  I know that perfecting the use of alcohol markers can take many, many hours of practice.  I am not anywhere close to being good, but I’m not giving them up!

Check back tomorrow when I share the finished Christmas cards that I made that feature these colored images.

Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen!   Laurie

LOVE My New Crafting Toy!!

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Hello, Friends,

I have “seen” a lot of talk lately online about a newer stamping tool called the MISTI–Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented–so I needed to see for myself what all the fuss was about.  Well, the fuss is well deserved, in my opinion!  The MISTI allows you to stamp multiple images or re-stamp an image with perfect alignment.  Here are some pictures showing this amazing tool in action.


This is what the MISTI looks like in its closed position.



And this is what it looks like when open.


I cut a bunch of images to match the Jolly Holidays stamp set by Close To My Heart.  Sometimes it is challenging to stamp evenly on a cut image, even with the clear stamps and acrylic blocks.  But the MISTI makes it SOOO easy!


Just position your shape on the left side of the MISTI.  Either line it up against the edges or trace around the shape on the removable grid paper so all of your shapes line up exactly the same.


Then lay your stamp on top of the paper shape lined up exactly to match the shape.


Close the right side of the MISTI over the stamp and press to attach.  Very strong magnets come with the MISTI to help hold larger pieces in place, but I did not use them for this project.


Now you can see the paper image to be stamped positioned on the left side of the MISTI and the stamp attached to the right side.



Now all you have to do is apply ink to the stamp, close the MISTI, and the image will be perfectly stamped!

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Voila!  A perfectly stamped image!  But if your stamping is not as perfect as you’d like, all you have to do is open the MISTI, re-ink the stamp and press it closed again.  Since nothing changes position, your second stamping should align perfectly with your first!


I was able to stamp all these shapes with no alignment problems using the amazing MISTI!  It was easy and fast and best of all, I didn’t have to worry about uneven stamping.  I LOVE this new stamping tool and can see many uses, especially when doing multiple stamping of the same image.  I can see using it for single images on a Cricut cut as well.

I purchased the MISTI from My Sweet Petunia.  It was a little pricey, but I think it will be well worth the money in the ease and accuracy of stamping!  Two Thumbs Up!!

Have a wonderful weekend!   Laurie