Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Color My Heart Color Dare #23

Time for the first challenge of the new year!  And would you believe I didn't add a drop of sparkle???  YIKES!  This card is for the Color My Heart Color Dare #23.  We were to make a project using the Close to My Heart pastel colors Gypsy and Sky along with any neutrals we would like to add.  I added Chocolate and White Daisy to make this card for my friend.

One of the reasons that I adore the color dares, is that it gives me a starting point for a project.  Do YOU ever get overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices you have when beginning a card or layout?  Having a starting point, like a color scheme, instantly makes the task more manageable.  The color dare just happens to be a fun way to have a starting point too! 

Another sure fire way to narrow down your options is to choose a single stamp to use as the focal point of your project.  Here, I chose to use a stamp from the brilliant Cricut Art Philosophy Collection from Close to My Heart.  I was able to cut the coordinating size image that exactly matches the stamp by looking at the size on the clear carrier sheet.

Here is my creative formulary for this card:

White 3 x 7 card base from art supply catalog
Provo Craft Script Embossing Folder
*Cricut Art Philosophy Collection
*White Daisy, Sky, and Gypsy cardstock
*Chocolate, Sky, and Gypsy Exclusive Inks
*Sparkles Red, Pink, and Purple assortment
*Buttons Blue Assortment
*Chocolate Organdy Ribbon (retired)
*White Baker's Twine (single strand tied on button)
*Burlap Ribbon (single strand tied on button)

Time for a Tip!

Here is a little tip for adding ribbon to the front of a card.  The organdy ribbon that I used here is simply cut to length and taped to the back of the Sky cardstock--there is no need to use the amount of ribbon you would need to tie it around the entire length.  I made the bow separately with my Bow Easy and then attached it with the strand of twine that runs through the button.  A nice big glue dot placed strategically underneath keeps it all in place on the Sky cardstock.  Here is a picture of what is under the bow...

I just used a little bit of string to gather the ribbon so that it appears to be one length of ribbon with the bow tied the the intersection.  This is just easier for me to get a beautiful bow and turn it the way I like while conserving my supplies.  :)

Thanks for stopping in, now get out there and sparkle!


  1. Replies
    1. Oh no! You mustn't know the secret of your own card, lol! ;) I have been waiting to post this until I gave it to you too, lol...

  2. I love your card and your very well written blog post! I agree that color challenges are a good starting point for a project.
    :) Marie Flayer

  3. Love the shape and the accent of chocolate ribbon; so subtle! Oo, I have that embossing folder; I really like it sanded on the sky.

    1. Hi Romaine! Thanks so much. I think this is the first time I used the folder, and I love it!

  4. I like your card, Amie. The embossing is cool. I just got a Cuttlebug for my birthday :) and I can't wait to use it! (My birthday isn't actually until Sunday.) I also like the way you sponged the purple ink around the outside. Thanks for playing this week at Color My Heart.

    1. Thank you, Sarah. I have been trying to use embossing lately..I use my old Sizzix press! It works with the size A2 folders nicely. Have fun with your new Cuttlebug!

  5. I love the sanded embossing. That's a new one to me. Can't wait to try it!

    1. You just might get hooked on it, Josie--look out! Thanks for stopping in! :)

  6. Beautiful! Love the embossing! It really makes everything else pop. Thanks for sharing about this blog, I had only heard of H2H for CTMH. I'm excited to check it out, you are so right about having a starting point!

    1. Thanks, Stephanie--you HAVE to try it! :)


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