Sunday, July 24, 2016

Color My Heart Color Dare and CAS(E) This Sketch

This week's Color My Heart Color Dare #203 is all about Canary, Sorbet, Crystal Blue, and White Daisy.  These colors are from the Zoe paper packet.  Instead of capitalizing on the paper packet, I thought I'd show you how you can use cardstock and still have a wonderful card.

When I saw the CAS(E) sketch for last week, I knew it was a match made in heaven.  The simplicity brings out the colors of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  : )
First off, here is the sketch for last week  and the Color Dare Colors.

Take a look at the Crystal Blue cardstock.  It isn't a solid color!  That's because I went and used Crystal Blue ink with the wavy lines (I was thinking Hawaii's ocean) from Jumping Geometrics stamp set.  Tone on tone stamping makes for subtle but pleasing patterns while not being too bold.

I colored the flower in with CTMH Watercolor pencils - sorbet - using several layers and pressure to make the flower look more dimensional but staying with one color.  The stamen is colored with Sunny Yellow under Sunflower to give the color Canary. I could have gone back with water to soften the color of the flower but decided against that look.  Maybe I'll have do it anyway so you can see the difference...

Since we don't carry Canary Twine, I took our White Twine and colored it with Canary ink!  How is that done?  Simply hold the end of the twine with one finger.  Dab a sponge dauber (or sponge) in your color choice (here, it's Canary), and sponge the twine.  Want to go faster?  Position the twine so that it's sandwiched between the ink pad and sponge dauber.  Pull the twine through.  Repeat until you get the coverage you desire.  The knot was created the same way and then tied on around the two parallel twine pieces.  I was able to slide the knot to the desired place (it took a few tries to make me happy).

After cutting out the flower, I mounted it with 3D foam tape.  The saying (and flower) are from the Hawaiian Hibiscus set, and is stamped with Sorbet ink.

I hope this has inspired you!

All CTMH Supplies:
D1637 Jumping Geometrics (available through July 31, 2016)
B1527 Hawaiian Hibiscus (available through Aug 31, 2016)
Z2117 Crystal Blue Ink
Z2164 Sorbet Ink
Z2643 Canary Ink
Z2105 Black Ink
1292  Crystal Blue cardstock
1385  White Daisy carstock - scrap for flower
X254 White Cards and Envelope Value Pack
3505 Watercolor Pencils - Sorbet, Sunny Yellow, and Sunflower
Z726  Sponge Dauber
Z3216 Twine - White
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

While I Was Away

Lindsey's girl scout troop (and a few parents) went camping in Sequoia National Park July 5-9, 2016.  That's also where I was.  : )

Here is a picture of one of the Sequoia trees we saw while exploring one day.

This picture doesn't give the tree justice, but you can see how far back I needed to be to get the entire giant into the frame!

And everyday these deer would come feed near our campsite - across the road actually.  We didn't see any bears (from afar would have been cool).  We also saw a bat (in daytime!), chipmunks, and squirrels.

We couldn't have asked for better weather.  I wish I had brought a pair of shorts, even, for the days.  Hopefully we'll go camping again next year.  In the meantime, Amber and her troop are camping next month in Big Bear.  It will be her troop's first time.  I'm looking forward to the discoveries we make then!

Monday, July 18, 2016

July 2016 Stamp of the Month

This month features From the Notebook (S1607) which is a great set for accenting pictures and images.  The set is compatible with the Artistry Cricut Collection.  Here is the stamp set accompanied with some samples.  There is more examples on my website.  : )

Available now until July 31, 2016.

Friday, July 15, 2016

July 2016 Update - Now Until the End of the Month

The end of the month marks the end of the Annual Inspiration 2015-2016 items. Go over to to see what's "GOING SOON!" and order before they are gone.

Art Philosophy, Artiste, and Artfully Sent Cricut Collections are all retiring (a new one - Flower Market will be available August 1st).

Several colors are being retired from the Adventure Palette - meaning there are new colors too!

Lots of stamp sets are retiring too.

The Seasonal Inspirations 2 items will be available until the end of August 2016.

The Annual Inspirations 2016-2017 will be active come August 1, 2016.

July 2016 Updates - Recruitment Campaign

Since I've been away, I'm behind on letting you know about things - and the month is already half over!!

July we are having a recruitment challenge. New Consultants who sign up during July will receive their choice of a new Fundamental paper packet* bundled together with its coordinating Complements FREE—and that’s in addition to the $50 in Select Product Credit you'll get for signing up! This Early Bird Special is an excellent opportunity for those who simply can’t wait to get their hands on the exciting new products coming in Annual Inspirations 2016–2017 idea book

*Choose from Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamentals. No tax is charged for free items. Standard New Consultant Kit shipping rates will apply. No additional shipping/handling will be charged for this promotion.

The fundamentals are neutral and will work on their own or with the paper packets that come out in the Seasonal Expressions supplements.

Interested in finding out more?! Listen to one of the remaining calls (no obligation or pressure). You can join me next year in Salt Lake City for convention!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thoughtful Thursday 7/14/2016

I've been away these past two weeks. The week of June 22nd, I flew to Orlando for Close to my Heart's convention. I'm celebrating 20 years with the company next month!

That got me thinking (dangerous as it is).  I think this quote is appropriate, even for an aspect of my life.
I have been a hobbyist consultant and feel that I should bring it up a little. Next step for me is to talk to more people about what I do, because I really enjoy it!  I'm able to bring in extra money, get product at a discount, and ahead of time.  I can challenge myself with my work - styles, colors, etc.  I'm always learning new things.  I work with really nice and amazing people... the list goes on.