Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Welcome to the 1st Hearts of the West Blog Hop!

I am super excited that our Hearts of the West team has decided to begin a blog hop!!  Each month I tour many blog hops, and I am thrilled to be a part of this monthly endeavor with so many amazing ladies!

Our fearless leader Nancy Klein chose our first color challenge:  Buttercup, Sorbet, New England Ivy, Gypsy and Lagoon as well as the basic color pallet.  This is a circular blog hop, so it doesn't matter where you start.  If you keep going to will end back where you started and you can find a full list at the end of this post, just in case.

If you came from Freya Dunbar's blog, then you're in the right order!

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Since this blog hop was such a spontaneous idea, I decided to keep this project quick and easy by choosing to do a card. When I learned about this first challenge, I quickly realized something:  I NEVER use more than four colors when I am making a card!  When given FIVE colors for this challenge, I really struggled.  I wasn't sure how I was going to make it work.  It took a bit, but here is the end product. 

 I changed up the colors of the base card and it made for a brighter (more Spring-like) combination.
 Don't forget to decorate the inside of the card and the envelope.  The smallest addition can make a big difference.  The Lots of Love stamp set is perfect for that -- I just LOVE the little bird and envelope stamps!


Card Base (White): 8-1/2" x 5-1/2"
1st Layer (Sorbet): 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
2nd Layer (New England Ivy): 4" x 5-1/4"
3rd Layer (White): 3-3/4" x 5"
Hearts :  Page 26 (Art Philosophy); cut at 3/4"

Supplies (all are CTMH unless otherwise noted):

Paper:  White, Sorbet, New England Ivy
Embellishments: Bitty Sparkles (Z1263)
Stamps:  Lots of Love (A1151), Oodles of Doodles (B1449)
Ink: New England Ivy, Lagoon, Sorbet, Buttercup, Gypsy
Cartridge: Art Philosophy

To order any of these products, please follow this link and shop online!  Thanks for stopping buy and please feel free to comment . . . we just love reading them!

Your next stop is Corinna Murphy's blog!  Head on over and see how she worked her magic with this color challenge!

See you next month for our next Hearts of the West Team Challenge.  Remember you're welcome to join our amazing team, just contact one of these consultants to get you started! If you need help just message any of us and we will direct you to the closest consultant to you!

Hearts of the West May Blog Hop

Here is the list of all the incredible consultants participating in this month's blog hop in case you get lost along the way!

1. Nancy Klein
2. Chelsey Vorosmarty
3. Linda Pekrul
4. Diane Fischer
5. Chantal Pearson
6. Christine Marshall
7. Freya Hall Dunbar
8. Michelle Marciniw Olson
9. Corinna Murphy
10. Janet McCormick
11. Donna Digby
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  1. Love the cute way you've used all the colours! It's so interesting to see the change in the look of the card when you change the base.

  2. Great card! I love how you did the banners and the hearts.

  3. I have to admit I'm a little obsessed with banners at the moment and I just love how you added the hearts! Beautiful!

  4. Love how you did the card! Something else I need to order!! :) Oodles of Doodles

  5. I love your card Michelle! Fantastic!

  6. oh they are great!! You did amazing and i really want to make a set of my own. I think we all did very well and with no time at all to make

  7. Your struggles have produced gorgeous results. Again another stamp set I didn't care for brought to life for me.