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Hello! Welcome to my crafty blog to showcase all the paper goodies that I make using the awesome products from Close to My Heart. My goal is to post on the first of month showcasing the current stamp of the month and the monthly specials. I will also be posting every Saturday with my current projects. Use the links and information to the right to find information, links, and past projects. Let me know if you have any questions or need any help. Happy Crafting!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Color Dare #279 Entry

Back again with another Color My Heart Color Dare, #279, my third time entering.  This week's color trio is Pacifica, Canary, and Cranberry.  I utilized a lot of white throughout this set.

This week I also crafted a trio of cards based on the free Valentine from Close to My Heart. This free download of card pattern layouts can be found on their blog, Make it from Your Heart.  It is free download that you can print out, and in my case, make changes for my layers.  I know you are shocked I added more layers. 


Pattern 3 is my favorite so we will start in reverse order.  The stamp is from the You Are Here Cricut Collection.  On all the cards the same materials were used.  The solid colors Canary, Cranberry, and Pacifica are layered with their matching fundamental paper (this is a retired version of this paper set).  The new fundamentals can be seen here.  The dotted line stamp is from the February Stamp of the Month, Sunny Thoughts.  The red star is the smallest from the Thin Cuts - Basic Stars set.  The star is popped up with a tiny 3-D Foam Dot.  I always have to add a sliver of glitter trim and on these I used the White Shimmer Trim.  The trim is split in half to make them skinnier.  The white faceted gems are from the the Grey Gems set. 


For this card I added an extra layer for the plain white stamped paper, layer H.


Working on Pattern 2 I used all the same supplies and embellishments as Pattern 3 except this sentiment is also from February's Stamp of the Month.  


On this pattern I added three extra layers to give each solid color a patterned paper layer for the three colors.  Because of the layers building up I also used some Thin 3-D Foam Tape strips to help life the stamped piece level.  


Pattern 1's stamp is large sentiment that would be the focal point.  This is from a retired stamp set called Beautiful Moments.  


Just as the previous pattern, I added 3 more layers to given the colors each their own double layer.  


Happy Crafting,
Alex
www.alexbumb.ctmh.com

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Heart2Heart Challenge Feb #1

I have found another Close to My Heart challenge blog!  This one is called Heart 2 Heart and runs for a month with multiple focused activities.  This challenge involved using a pattern from a Make it From Your Heart volume.  I used the newest, card volume, No. 4 Pattern 6.  The striped paper is from the Make Waves paper pack.  I also used some solid Pixie and Emerald papers as layers.  The stamp is the Make Waves - Scrapbooking stamp set.  I colored the stamp in with colored pencils.  I absolutely love this set and saying.  I can't wait to play with the mermaids!


At the top of the card I used the Make Waves Shimmer Trim and bow out of the Peacock-stitched Ribbon


I also added some Make Waves Sequin & Gems in the diagonal lines of the stripes.  


On the inside I used some of the stripes and pixie paper layers and a strip of the shimmer trim.  The thanks stamp is from a retired stamp set in Pixie ink


Happy Crafting,
Alex
www.alexbumb.ctmh.com

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Color Dare #278

Here is my Color My Heart Color Dare #278 entry.  This is my 2nd go with this challenge blog.  This week's colors are Kraft, Gold, and Bashful.  I am not a gold or pink type person but I like the challenge pushes me out of my crafty comfort zone.  It is also timely with the Pretty in Pink special that Close to my Heart is running through February.  Select pinkish product bundles are up to 30% off during this period.



The card was cut standard A2 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 out of plain Kraft paper.  The top is layered with a 4x4 square of Bashful and 3 3/4 squared piece of kraft dots (retired).   The strips of papers are made up of 1/8 strip of Gold Foil Paper, 1/4 strips of Bashful Glitter Paper, and a strip of the Gold Shimmer Trim in the middle.  


The bottom 'thinking of you' was embossed with Gold Powder.  The stamp is from Heartfelt Thoughts.  The pink baubles are the Bashful Pearls.  These are on back order as single items but can be found in some of the pink bundles during the month of February.  


The ribbon vertical stripe is made from the Blush Shimmer Ribbon.  


The inside of the card with the "leftovers" from the front.  It is cut smaller at 2 inches by 4 inches.


My previous, first entry earned 1st/Diamond Place!!!! Woot Woot!!!  Check out the post here to see the challenge blog.  My post about this entry can be found here


Happy Crafting,
Alex
www.alexbumb.ctmh.com