Friday, November 29, 2013

Color Dare #71 - Ponderosa Pine & Cranberry

Now that your early morning Black Friday shopping is complete and your Christmas card are ready to be mailed (HA, HA, HA!!!), it's time to focus on wrapping all those wonderful gifts.  I know your superior organizational skills will leave you plenty of time to whip up some of these wonderful tags to add to your beautifully wrapped presents.  I hope I only have to give three gifts this year!  :)

Cardstock:  White Daisy and Cranberry
Stamp sets: A Holiday
     Washi Tape - Slate Polka-Dot and Sparkle & Shine

I hope you'll find some time this week to create your own challenge project.  Join us at:

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pineapple Paper Artists Team Blog Hop - Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to our Pineapple Paper Artists team blog hop!  Whether you are just beginning your journey or you came here from Martha Porschet's blog, I hope you will continue on until you see everyone's artwork and find some inspiration for your holiday projects.

Every year, while wrapping my Christmas gifts, I wish I had found the time to make some gift tags.  So this year I decided to get an early start, before the rush begins.

  • Cardstock:  Sparkle & Shine - Juniper, Ruby, and White Daisy
  • Inks:  Juniper, Ruby, and Slate
  • Stamp sets:
    • Charming Chevrons (A1150)
    • Magical Days (D1552)
  • Embellishments:
    • Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape
    • Proplayer Assortment - Embossed Metal Badge Button
    • Sparkles

I hope you are inspired to make some of you own gift tags to make your gifts even more special.  Next, hop on over to Harriet's Butterfly Kisses to see another beautiful creation!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Stamp Camp North Team Swap

My team members and a few other fabulous Consultants created these super cards for our team swap. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

 by Gretchen Stumme

by Barbara Brachfeld

by Chris Space
by Harriet Paul 

by Tami Curtis

by Amy Raimy

by Deb Killian

by Judy Judy

by Janice Alvord

by Joanne Lloyd

by Linda Taylor

by Karen Barber

by Sandra DeWitt

by Cheryl Lotz

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November Stamp of the Month - Illuminate

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 — that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.  Shop now!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Color Dare #69 - Smokey Plum, Goldrush, & Olive

Although a dusky representative of the classic secondary colors, I wasn't so sure about this week's challenge.  But that's why I joined this design team - to be challenged by new and exciting color combinations, different than the ones I automatically gravitate to.  It turns out Smokey Plum, Goldrush, and Olive make a lovely combination for fall!

  • Cardstock:  Colonial White and Smokey Plum
  • Stamp sets:
    • Flower & Leaves from Happy Autumn (Goldrush & Olive inks)
      • I stamped one flower on the card for spacing and stamped the leaves and berries around it.
      • Then I stamped another flower on another piece of cardstock, cut it out, and layered it above the card to add dimension.
    • Berry Spray from Merry & Bright (Smokey Plum ink)
    • Thinking of You from Sincere Expressions (Smokey Plum ink)
  • Embellishments:
    • Washi Tape
    • Paper Flower - originally Creme Brulee, I stippled it with Goldrush ink to deepen the color
    • Butterfly cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Take us up on the challenge and use these colors on your own creation.  Join the Color Dare:

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Mini Album Covers Workshop

Contact me if you'd like to attend this workshop!

Tuesday, November 12th
6:30 pm
Cost: $18

We will finally be completing the mini-album workshop series with these beautiful covers!  The covers work great whether you completed all the different page classes, or just one.  Didn't take any at all?  No problem!  You can use these covers as a starting point to create your album.  Add blank pages or your own artwork.  Either way you learn some great ideas and tips for assembling books in this workshop!

Holidays From the Heart Card Workshop

Searching for some inspiration for Holiday cards?  Try these two layouts, designed by the Close To My Heart design team. Contact me to get a free cutting and layout guide to create beautiful cards!

Friday Crafting Crop

Friday Crafting Crop
November 8th

10 AM – 9 PM

Bring your scrapbooking and paper-crafting projects and join us for a day of fun!

Stay the day or just a few hours...


Cost- $8

Contact me to reserve your space!

Picture Your Life at Close To My Heart

Choose a FREE Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program* when you join our team!

When you join the Close To My Heart family from November 1 to December 15 and submit qualifying personal sales*, you’ll receive a stunning new product, the Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program—FREE (retail value $24.95)! Select from eight darling themes, from vacation to friendship to childhood—each featuring 122 double-sided cards plus 10 unique Memory Protectors™ to capture it all.  Picture it—then capture it!

Contact me today to find out more!

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Close To My Heart reserves the right to make substitutions based on product availability.
Free item available after January 1, 2014.

Clearly the Best: Wacky Washi

Friday, November 1, 2013

Color Dare #67 - Black & White & Green

This weeks dare combines the classic with a unexpected pop. Black and white always makes a striking combination. Adding just one color kicks it up a notch. We were asked to use a green as our added color, but were given the choice on which green we wanted to use. I choose Pear, and used it minimally to make a big impact. 

  • On a White Daisy panel, with Black ink, I stamped a swirl from the Swirls Around stamp set and the flower and sentiment from the Merry and Bright set.
  • With Pear ink, I stamped the bird from the Merry and Bright set.
  • I added a strip of Black Shimmer Trim towards the bottom of the panel.
  • I created a dimensional flower from Black and Pear cardstock, then added a few doodles with a white gel pen.
  • I layered the completed panel onto a black panel and then onto a White Daisy card.

Which shade of green will you choose? I can't wait to see!  Join the Color Dare: