Silver and Gold at Heart 2 Heart

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Happy New Year, Friends!

Welcome back to a new year of awesome challenges at Heart 2 Heart!  For this first week in January, the challenge is to use Gold or Silver on a project.  I chose to use the Uptown Fundamentals paper pack and the January Stamp of the Month to create an elegant black and gold all occasion card.

I stamped an image from the January Stamp of the Month (see below) and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  The image is mounted on a black mat trimmed with Gold Foil tape.  I finished it off with a bow made from black and gold ribbon.

Now it’s your turn to create with Silver and Gold!  Please link up your project at Heart 2 Heart–we love to see your artwork!

 


Advent “Calendar” Tree

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Hello Friends!

I know that these advent calendar trees have been around for quite some time and originated from a CTMH “competitor” LOL, but I thought it would be fun to give them a try this year.  I made 26 boxes from the Artiste Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart from a Michael’s paper pack.  I arranged them on a covered 11 inch chipboard circle with layers of 7, 6, 5, 4, and 3 boxes.  The final 26th box on top does not have a number and is for decorative purposes only.

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I used a hot glue gun to assemble the tree and attach a bow at the top.  The numbers were stamped on scalloped circles and heat embossed in gold to match the paper.  Each day in December, the correct box is opened to reveal a treat!!  I’m glad I gave this project a try and so happy with how it turned out!  Now who to give it to…??

There is only ONE MORE DAY to place an online order to be eligible for the drawing for a FREE Flower Market Cricut cartridge!!  Shop HERE!!

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More November Stamp of the Month Cards

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Hello Friends!

Yesterday I shared a few cards that I made with the November Stamp of the Month called New Year’s Wishes that were NOT related to New Year’s events.  While writing that blog post, I thought of another way to use the snowflake stamps on that set and here is the result.  A random stamped and heat embossed background and sentiment in non traditional holiday colors!

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Since one of the latest challenges at Heart 2 Heart was to create a holiday project using non-traditional colors (no red or green), I decided to link up this card to share.  Check out their blog and the other great projects!

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Take a look at the sketch above from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  The next card I made using the November Stamp of the Month was based on this sketch so I am entering it in their challenge.  I was pretty ambivalent about the colors while I was making this card, but it turned out to be one of my favs!  Check out my previous blog post for more ideas on using the SOTM for non New Year’s creations and visit Atlantic Hearts for even more creative inspiration!

 

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I used the gray side of the Uptown Fundamentals paper along with Slate ink, Whisper cardstock and the Slate polka dot ribbon that coordinates with the Uptown papers.  Won’t it make a great wedding or anniversary card?  Just change up the sentiment on the inside to fit your occasion!

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Thanks for stopping by!  If you need any Close To My Heart products, including the awesome November Stamp of the Month, you can SHOP HERE!   Laurie

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November Stamp of the Month

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Hello Friends!

Today I’d like to showcase the November Stamp of the Month called “New Year’s Cheer.” Scroll down to see a photo of the stamp set.  Of course this stamp has many images and sentiments that are just perfect for cards and layouts relating to New Year’s events.  But I wanted to show you how this stamp is NOT just for New Year’s!  Remember you can purchase this stamp set for only $5.00 with any $50.00 Close To My Heart purchase.

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First I made a birthday card with Jeepers Creepers paper.  I heat embossed some of the images with white embossing powder and added some white enamel stars.  I think it makes quite a classy and colorful card for a special birthday greeting!

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Next I made a wedding card with this same New Year’s Wishes Stamp of the Month.  I used the gray side of the patterned paper in the Uptown Fundamentals collection.  Adding a sentiment stamped in Slate ink, a strip of Whisper cardstock and the coordinating Slate polka dot ribbon created a surprisingly nice monochromatic color design for my card!

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Finally, I made another birthday card with this same stamp set.  I used Swan Lake paper, a Picture My Life style card from the Swan Lake paper pack and the banner stamps to create a festive birthday greeting.

I hope you can now look at the November Stamp of the Month and see that it is much more than just a New Year’s themed stamp!  I actually thought of another way to use this stamp as I was writing this post–I’ll try to make it and share tomorrow!

Until then, thanks for stopping by and make it a wonderful day!   Laurie

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Get Your Kraft On at Heart 2 Heart!

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Hello Friends!

This week at Heart 2 Heart we are getting our “Kraft” on!  The challenge this week is to use kraft paper on your project.  I really love the look of kraft paper paired with shiny gold–that “shabby chic” style is a favorite of mine–so I used that combination in my thank you card.

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I used the polka dot kraft paper and gold striped vellum from the Rustic Home Fundamentals paper collection from Close To My Heart.  The Wreath Thin Cut is a brand new product that coordinates with the Wreath stamp in the Annual Inspirations catalog.  I heat embossed the wreath in gold, of course!  I’m really becoming a great fan of these Thin Cuts!  I also used one for the word “thanks” at the bottom of the card.

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Please check out the other Design Team projects at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  We really got our “kraft” on this week and we’d love to see your kraft projects too!  Link them up so we can all get some more inspiration!

Have an awesome week and be GRATEFUL for all the little things each day!   Laurie

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Going “Uptown” with Heart 2 Heart!

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Hello Friends!

This week at Heart 2 Heart we are focusing on UPTOWN–the new paper fundamentals from Close To My Heart, the “uptown” area of a city or even a song with an “uptown” theme.  I chose to use the Uptown Paper Fundamentals to create a classy wedding card embellished with lots of gold!

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It’s really hard to photograph shiny metallic papers, so I took a couple of photos from different angles so you could get a better idea of how it really looks.  However, none of them are very good–sorry!  I layered the gold dot velum paper over the white areas between the gold metallic stripes.  I also used the black and gold ribbon from the Uptown Ribbon Pack to add another layer over the gold stripes.

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The stamped sentiments on the front and inside of the card came from the stamp set Wedding Wishes and the wreath image is from a new stamp set called Wreath.  I heat embossed the stamped images with gold embossing powder.

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Stop by the Heart 2 Heart blog to see the projects made by the other design team members.  Then link up your own artwork with the Uptown theme for everyone to enjoy!

Be sure to make someone SMILE today!   Laurie

Shop HERE to purchase any of the products I used to create this card.  And take a look at the October Stamp of the Month.  I can think of SO many fun things to do with this one!

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Florence Cards and A Bunch of Love

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Hello Friends!

I absolutely LOVE the Florence paper collection by Close To My Heart!  It has such rich, vibrant colors that make me very happy!  There is a stamp set and coordinating Thin Cuts called “A Bunch of Love” that goes so well with Florence.  Take a look at the cards I made—

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The top card is embellished with Rose Gold foil tape and the Florence multicolored sequins.  I colored the image with my Shin Han markers.  On the second card I heat embossed the stamped image in gold before coloring with the Shin Han markers.  I used the regular Gold foil tape and gold sequins to match the gold embossing.

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The Florence paper collection and matching embellishments are only available for one more month, so don’t wait until they’re gone to order yours!  Shop HERE for all your Close To My Heart products.

Thanks for stopping by today–you are AWESOME!!   Laurie