Friday, 3 April 2020

Colour Dare #388 Easter Inspirational colours

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Our Colour Dare Challenge for #388 is using these Easter photo as an inspiration colour wise. Black, White and Greys are free to use. You are invited to participate in this challenge too. Go to the link for Colour Dare #388 and add your entry. 

While everyone is in isolation or lock-down or whatever insanity seems to be striking the entire world at the moment, I choose to send cards to friends (while our postal system is still working). One of the cards I made for this purpose is to tell people that they are totally awesome. This month's stamp of the month is PERFECT for isolation. There is lots you can do with stamping, colouring and masking. 
I challenge you to make a card and post it to a friend who is in isolation... if you can't get out at the moment. Make and write cards ready for when you can get out to post them. Hey you can even start your Christmas cards early!

the Stamp set is called O-fish-ally Awesome—April Stamp of the MonthO-fish-ally Awesome (S2004) is only available during April, 2020.  Full Australian retail price is $34 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $9 when accompanied by an $80 order. 

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at 3.45 x 5 inches. Then I used Black ink to ink the edges of the striped paper. I stamped the fish and the title on a circle with black ink and sponged with a sponge dauber with Canary yellow ink around the edge and along the middle to get some texture. I added the shell and the two heart stickers from the Seas the Day Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet. (I did ink the edge of the bottom heart to see if it could stand out better) with the blue on grey. 

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There is a great stamp set that I can't wait to get hold of. That if you're making cards or scrapbooks or journals of your time in isolation or lock-down, then this is the stamp set to order. Its called Let's Stay Home (CC3212)
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Cardstock is on sale, which is a perfect time to sort your stash and work out which colours you are running short of. Then you can do the multi-packs or combo-packs or single colour packs. 
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Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project. Hope you can join in the Colour My Heart Color Dare Challenge #388 too. I'm really interested to hear what you think about my card, so I'd love you to leave a comment. See you again soon. If you don't have a Close to My Heart Consultant (and you're in Australia) feel free to contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE
Vandra Stenton, Close to My Heart Consultant, Perth Western Australia




Friday, 20 March 2020

Colour Dare #386 Yesterday & Today Paper pack Colour Palette

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 Our Colour Dare Challenge for #386 is the Yesterday and Today paper pack colour palette. 

Yesterday & Today Scrapbooking Workshop Kit 


You are invited to participate in this challenge too. Go to the link for Colour Dare #386 and add your entry.

I decided in this strange time of global pandemic lock-down where more and more of the things we love to do have been cancelled. I thought I needed to make a card to send lovely thoughts to friends who are struggling. We have a duty as cardmakers to send cards to friends in this time of unknown. 

I picked the Mandala Vibes Stamp + Thin Cuts firstly because its really lovely with the stunning shapes and then also because it has beautiful sayings. I did get a little carried away with the stamping :) 

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I went diagonal along the colour dare Tic-Tac-Toe board. I used Espresso (light side), Toffee (light side), and Julep (light side) plus French Vanilla. I used black ink and Black & White Dots




Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project. Hope you can join in the Colour My Heart Color Dare Challenge #386 too. I'm really interested to hear what you think about my card, so I'd love you to leave a comment. See you again soon. If you don't have a Close to My Heart Consultant (and you're in Australia) feel free to contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE
Vandra Stenton, Close to My Heart Consultant, Perth Western Australia

Friday, 6 March 2020

Colour Dare #384 Greys and 2 colours of your choice

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 Our Colour Dare Challenge for #384 is Greys with 2 colours of your choice. You are invited to participate in this challenge too. Go to the link for Colour Dare #384 and add your entry. 

I chose to make a card using the newest Operation Smile Stamp set called You Make Me happyWith every purchase of this stamp set, $7 USD are donated to the life saving mission of Operation Smile™. Operation Smile™ is a non-profit organisation that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates in children around the world.

You Make Me happy has the sweetest animals and words. Its a must for everyone. We have had a death in our family this week so I will be sending lots of hugs to family members and friends and this was a sweet and easy card to make. I used my scissors to rough up the edges of the cardstock and added an old puffy sticker. I coloured with the TriBlend markers. 

The colours I chose were grey (Charcoal CardstockBrown Grey TriBlend™ Marker,) plus green and red (Light Green TriBlend™ MarkerDark Red TriBlend™ Marker).

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Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project. Hope you can join in the Colour My Heart Color Dare Challenge #384 too. I'm really interested to hear what you think about my card, so I'd love you to leave a comment. See you again soon. If you don't have a Close to My Heart Consultant (and you're in Australia) feel free to contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE
Vandra Stenton, Close to My Heart Consultant, Perth Western Australia

Friday, 21 February 2020

Colour Dare #382 Monochromatic Purples

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Our Colour Dare Challenge for #382 is Monochromatic purples. You are invited to participate in this challenge too. Go to the link for Colour Dare #382 and add your entry.

I decided to make a selection of purple cards with a theme for my friend who started Chemo & Radiation last week. So the cards are all uplifting messages and I pulled out a whole heap of old stamp sets and one of the new stamp sets called Keep Your Head Up
This stamp set is a charity fundraiser... With every purchase of this stamp set, all proceeds will be donated to relief efforts for fighting the Australian bush fires (AU Red Cross). It's such a great stamp and the heart makes a great random stamping pattern. It is really great to colour in with the TriBlend™ Marker Bundle
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I picked out the Charcoal grey and used the two toned sides (light/dark) and the purple ribbon and grey floral patterns from an old pack. I also grabbed the purple and matching ink to the cardstock. I was able to create a set of cards all with great sentiments for someone who is ill (but useful in so many other instances too). 

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Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project. Hope you can join in the Colour My Heart Color Dare Challenge #382 too. I'm really interested to hear what you think about my cards, so I'd love you to leave a comment. See you again soon. If you don't have a Close to My Heart Consultant (and you're in Australia) feel free to contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE
Vandra Stenton, Close to My Heart Consultant, Perth Western Australia

Friday, 7 February 2020

Colour Dare #380 Tic-Tac-Toe

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Our Colour Dare Challenge for #380 Tic-Tac-Toe which coordinates lovely with our new CTMH Celebrate Today Scrapbooking Workshop KitYou are invited to participate in this challenge too. Go to the link for Colour Dare #380 and add your entry.

I used all the colours of the Celebrate today papers because I used that gorgeous zip strip with the coloured hearts. The main colour I used was Lagoon, with Mint bubbles paper and the heart sticker that is lagoon, mint and lemon.

The Lagoon Cardstock was embossed with a preview of the Under the Sea Embossing Folder that isn't available to order until the 1st of March. wa

The Hey You heart sticker is from the Celebrate Today Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet to finish it off, I sponged with black ink around the edge to give it a bit of definition sitting on the lagoon cardstock. The You Are Loved stickers are also from this set. To finish off I put a few Clear Sparkles.


This card could be used as a friendship card, a pick-me up card, sympathy card, thinking of you card, valentines day card, or to remind your children that you are proud of them and that they are loved. So many ideas for this one card.

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To photograph my card I put it on the gorgeous watercolour paper from the paper pack (shown above). So pretty. I can't wait to use this paper on a Scrapbooking page (its 12x12 size but  phooto is cropped a little). I need some whiter lighting for my photos cause they always look a little creamy white. 

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Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project. Hope you can join in the Colour My Heart Color Dare Challenge #380 too. I'm really interested to hear what you think about my cards, so I'd love you to leave a comment. See you again soon. If you don't have a Close to My Heart Consultant (and you're in Australia) feel free to contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE
Vandra Stenton, Close to My Heart Consultant, Perth Western Australia

Friday, 10 January 2020

Colour Dare #376 Winter Inspiration



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Our Colour Dare Challenge for #376 is the Winter Inspiration which coordinates lovely with our new CTMH Spruced Up Scrapbooking Workshop Kit

You are invited to participate in this challenge too. Go to the link for Colour Dare #376 and add your entry.

I made some cards with the Spruced Up Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet and

and then the paper from the Spruced up Paper packet. I cut some strips and put them on the bottom and side of the card. Then I added a thin strip of the Colour of the Year Julep Cardstock 
and then put the stickers from the Spruced Up Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet . 
The pine cone sticker I hung over the edge a tiny bit and trimmed it off with my fine point scissors. 

Then I stamped the Thinking of You from the Spruced Up—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts 

To finish the card off I did three little clusters of 3 little dots using the Black Journaling Pen (.03)

Very simple to put together cards that I think are quite effective. In Australia we don't have winter quite the same as in North America, so I wouldn't use the stickers on my album pages as much, so I'm happy using them on cards. 

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Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project. Hope you can join in the Colour My Heart Color Dare Challenge #376 too. I'm really interested to hear what you think about my cards, so I'd love you to leave a comment. See you again soon. If you don't have a Close to My Heart Consultant (and you're in Australia) feel free to contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE
Vandra Stenton, Close to My Heart Consultant, Perth Western Australia

Friday, 20 December 2019

Colour Dare #374 - Black and White + 3 Colours Partnering with Double Trouble #45 "Stripes"




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Welcome to our end of the year Colour Dare! We're challenging you to use the colours Black & White + 3 colors of your choice! NO other neutrals are allowed. That means no browns or grays.....only Black and White.

We are also teaming up with Double Trouble for this challenge. 

Thing 1 asks to use stripes (not plaid) somewhere on the project. If your stripes are Black & White you get an extra chance in their drawing. Thing 2 and Thing 3 also have suggestions so be sure to check out their home page for the details! 

I didn't use stripes so I can't enter the Double Trouble bonus but I used white cardstock, 
Black Glitter Paper and three pink colours- Ballerina CardstockPixie Cardstock and Raspberry Cardstock.

I cut out the title and the layers of the sugar skull using the Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection on my Cricut, for my workmate's birthday card. I made it at 5x7 size, so I set the skull size to be 5 inches. 

The title is raspberry with black glitter and stuck with 3-D Foam Tape to adhere the skull layers together I used Dual-tip Permanent Glue Pen

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Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project. Hope you can join in the Colour My Heart Color Dare Challenge #374 too. I'm really interested to hear what you think about it, so I'd love you to leave a comment. See you again soon. If you don't have a Close to My Heart Consultant (and you're in Australia) feel free to contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE
Vandra Stenton, Close to My Heart Consultant, Perth Western Australia