Monday, March 12, 2012

H2H Challenges: Lucky to Have You!

The challenge over at Heart 2 Heart this week is called "Lucky to Have You", where the challenge is to make a project for someone telling them how lucky you are for having them in your life.  Participants are encouraged to step it up by using the color green.

This was a tough challenge for me, as I don't believe in luck.  I believe that all good things are blessings from God.  So I was perplexed in what I could make that would hold true to my beliefs, but meet the challenge presented to me at H2H.  So here's what I came up with.  What do you think?
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I created this gatefold card by scoring my card base at 1 3/4" and  6".
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I created the sentiment by first using my Gypsy to hide all the lines on the  clover tag (Cricut Art Philosophy, page 50), except the clover itself.  This way my Expression would only cut the clover.  I used the clover as a mask and sponged the Colonial White cardstock with Sweet Leaf, Garden Green and Topiary inks.  I then lightly wrote in the word "Luck" with pencil (since I didn't have any stamps to do what I envisioned in my head) and then went over it with my Chocolate Marker.  Finally, I used my Tiny Typewriter Alphabet set to customize the remainder of the sentiment, stamping it in Chocolate ink.

The ribbon was created using Close To My Heart's new Color-ready seam binding.   Not having worked much with dying ribbon, I just kind of played around with it using Sweet Leaf refill ink.  First, I put the ribbon in a ziplock bag and added the ink.  I then rinsed the ribbon out right away and it washed most of the ink away, leaving kind of a yellow-green hue.  So I scrunched the wet ribbon in my hand and added the refill ink directly to the ribbon, but in spots, scrunching continually.  I again rinsed and scrunched and added ink again, squeezing out any extra moisture, before leaving it to dry overnight.  The result wasn't really what I was originally aiming for, nor was it what I expected, but I really like the how it turned out.  I look forward to playing around with this ribbon a lot more.
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Again, I had to customize my sentiment, so I used the same writing and stamping techniques that I used for the front panel sentiment.  It was actually kind of fun to make my own sentiment.

I used this sketch from Viva la Verve! Sketch Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers and an older color challenge at Embellish for some additional inspiration.

CTMH Products Used:

Other Products used:
CTMH Miracle B&T (Retired), Scoring Board (Martha Stewart), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Now...I challenge you to play along.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with for this challenge.

You have until the end of the month to submit your entry in order to be considered for the Top 10.  Just click on the H2H link to link up your project.  It's important to remember the rules of the challenge, especially the requirement to use mostly Close To My Heart products in your project, but it doesn't have to be 100% CTMH.  If you don't have Close To My Heart products and would like some, simply contact your Close To My Heart consultant or click here.

Have fun and until next time...


  1. Absolutely beautiful. Love the ribbon and sparkly doodle. I agree totally with your that there is definitely a Higher Hand watching over us.

  2. Tamytha -

    Your project is drop dead gorgeous! Love how you used a mask for the clover silhouette and how you created your own sentiment. This is just a stunning card! Thanks for the inspiration this week!



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