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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Home Is Where The Heart Is


One of the very cool things about being a Close To My Heart consultant is having access to the Stamp of the Month sets and some of the new papers and accessories earlier than the rest of the world at each new Idea Book release (the next one is September 1. Be watching the side of my blog that day for the link!).

When I saw this sketch at Card Patterns (#29) I knew exactly what stamp I wanted to use for the main image. It's part of the November Stamp of the Month set, "Around the Block." There is the cute little house outline and then several choices of doors, windows, window boxes, chimneys, roofs, shutters, sentiments, etc. to mix and match to make your home look just like you want. This set is available to order, earn at a discount, or even earn free during the month of November. I decided to use primary colors on this card because to me they felt happy and went with the "Home is where the heart is" saying. I also wanted to use this cute polka dot ribbon I just found and that way it matched (ribbon by Offray). I even covered my dimensional element heart with the ribbon and just cut around it. I like the way it turned out.

I decided to stamp my images in black and then color in with water color pencils, blend with a waterbrush and shade around edges with our grey flannel marker. Water color pencil tip: don't color in the whole area you want colored. Just use your pencil to color the parts you want darkest (like around the inside edges or just on one side) and use your waterbrush to pull the color from there into the rest of the area.

Close To My Heart products used: Around the Block (avail. 11/1-11/30, D1377), Sweet Home Level 2 Paper Pack (avail. 9/1, X7116B), Colonial White Cardstock (1388), Watercolor Pencils (3505), Waterbrush (1771), Dimensional Elements Fresh Shapes (Z1019), Black Stamp Pad (Z2105), Essential Brad Assortment (Z1219), Grey Flannel Marker (Z2324).

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24 comments:

Lynette said...

Karen you blow my mind away. This is so dang cute

Leslie said...

Karen, this card is darling. You put in so much detail, I am slowly getting the nerve to break my stamp set out. You are my inspiration.

Jill Baldwin said...

Karen, I like how you turned the swirlies (that I saw as clouds) into bushes! Great idea!!

Brenda said...

Karen, this is so nice! I can believe all the work that is in this card - beautiful!

Sew-Ink said...

Beautiful card!

Nicole said...

LOVE the card!! The stamp set you used is my favorite som from the new catalog.

Haley D. said...

The coziness and cheery-ness (Is that a word?) struck me immediately. When I looked more closely, I couldn't believe that these are the Sweet Home papers. I love your punches of BRIGHT to that palette. Thanks for the inspiration!

~amy~ said...

good grief...you definitely rocked the cp sketch! LOVE your card...the colors are my favorite!!!

Laurel said...

Wow, what an awesome take on the sketch! You have given me some inspiration and I may have to try that stamp set soon!!!

Jane said...

gorgeous, love it!

Rhett and Tiffanie Jackson said...

love it! can't wait for that stamp set! (soon!) i want to use it to make haunted houses and gingerbread houses! can't wait! you are amazing!
:)

Rick and Kori said...

Wow Mom! I really didn't think I would like this stamp set but you have done some really creative things that I never would've thought of. You're amazing :)

Jamie Harder said...

I am IN LOVE with this card!! SOOOO amazing!!!!

dstandard said...

Fabulous take on the sketch!

Crystal said...

Karen, this is beautiful! Wow you are so talented!

whoistracy said...

Just adorable Karen! I love your eye for color combos.

kimber said...

Aaaaaahhhh!!! I'm screaming right now, because that is the cutest dang card EVER. You should sell it to the Mary Englebright people. It's fantastic!!

Amy Schultz said...

oh fun, Karen! Love this stamp set and how cute your house turned out!

--Amy

Cindy Lee said...

Oh my Karen!! You absolutely rock the sketch this week! Your card is so BEAUTIFUL!!! I love it so much...and I mean it :)

Wendy Schoonhoven said...

What a great card, love your take on this weeks sketch!! Hugs, Wendy.

Kimberly said...

Great card! Your details are amazing! :)

Papertrails by a paper lover said...

super cute card!

Vanessa said...

Stunning!! Love everything about it!

Hugs,
Vanessa

Brenda said...

Wow! This card is amazing!!! Great details and colors. Love it all!

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