Monday, June 19, 2017

No Worries Meets Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #217

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge blog post!  We have a really interesting sketch for you to try this week.  My card was created with coordinating papers from the Close to My Heart No Worries paper pack.  Don't you love how these papers coordinate nicely with each other?



The Close to My Heart Clear Shimmer Brush was applied to the patterned paper to highlight the trees, waves, diamonds and basket weave.  Here is a close up view so you can see how pretty this paper enhancement really is:


The paper dimensions I used are:
       2" x 1.5"               2.25" x 3.0"
       2" x 2.5"               2.25" x 3"
       2" x 1.5"

The greeting was cut with the Lori Whitlock All Occasion Box Card cricut cartridge from Sapphire and Cashmere card stock papers. 

Here is the fabulous Atlantic Hearts Sketch that I used:  
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I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:
     A Bit More Time to Craft--Anything Goes
     Classic Design Team Open Challenge--Anything               Goes
     Crafty Purple Frog--Make it Manly
     World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #23--                  Anything Goes
     
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

p.s. If you like what you see on my blog please consider "following" me by email or in your blog roll so you don't miss out on any of my fabulous card making ideas. You can sign up on the right sidebar. 
     


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Iron Man Father's Day Card

Happy Father's Day!  This special card is going to my golfing sweetheart.  It was even personalized with our golf course logo on the flag.  The golfer was a die cut which I colored in. (I also die cut a piece of white craft foam to add some dimension).


Products Used:
    Sky CS (retired Close to My Heart)
    Turf Paper by Frances Meyer
    Golfer Die Cut by Local King Rubber Stamp
    Cricut markers:  Blue, Silver, Black
    Say it All stamp set (retired Close to My Heart)
    Thin White Craft Foam
    Grey Enamel Gem embellishment 


I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
     Craft Rocket Challenges--For the Men/Boys
     Star Stampz Challenge--Make it for a Man
     Addicted to Stamps and More--Anything Goes
     Inspiration Destination #130--Anything Goes   
     Through the Craft Room Door--Anything Goes
     Tuesday Throwdown #347--For the Men
     Less is More--Personalize it
     Crafty Purple Frog--Make it Manly

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Color Dare #248 Meets Mojo Monday Final Sketch

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are challenging you to use all and only the following exclusive Close to My Heart colors:  Desert Sand, New England Ivy, Glacier, Sapphire and White Daisy.  Of course if you don't have these CTMH colors yet you may substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!



Here is a closeup photo so you can see the shimmery detail created with the Clear Shimmer Brush.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Desert Sand CS
    White Daisy CS
     Sapphire CS
     Glacier CS
     Glacier Ink
     New England Ivy Ink
     Clear Shimmer Brush
     Paintbrush
     New England Ivy Gingham paper (retired)
     Never Stop Dreaming
     Sentiment stamp (retired)

Here is the Color Dare Graphic.  Just click on it to get to the challenge site where you can be inspired by what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to share:

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My card layout was inspired by the Mojo Monday sketch:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Craft Rocket Challenges--For the Men/Boys
     Star Stampz Challenge--Make it for a Man
     Addicted to Stamps and More--Anything Goes
     Inspiration Destination #130--Anything Goes   
     Through the Craft Room Door--Anything Goes
     Tuesday Throwdown #347--For the Men

We are having a Design Team Call over at the Color Dare blog!



Would you be excited about:
    -- Using Close to My Heart products in creating on a regular basis?
    -- Creating one project and posting it to your blog every other week (twice a month)?
    -- Commenting on assigned entry #'s on weeks you submit a project? (Fellow DT members also appreciate comments)
    -- Voting for favorite entries every week?
    -- Becoming part of our Color Dare DT Facebook group where we plan and communicate with each other?  
    -- Donating an occasional "prize" for our monthly prize winners? 


NO PREVIOUS DESIGN TEAM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!

If you can say "yes" to all the above then we would love to hear from you.  We are asking for a six month commitment to run from July 2017 to December 2017 which may be extended if you wish to stay longer.

To apply--write DT after your challenge entry AND email Marie (AKA NJ Stamping Queen) at mflayer at comcast dot net.  Applications will close at the end of Color Dare challenge #248 or on June 22, 2017.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

Friday, June 9, 2017

No Worries for June Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome back to the June Joyful Stars Blog Hop! We are a group of Close to My Heart consultants who share something each month on the 9th and at 9PM EST. If you are coming from Betty Locco's blog you are on the right track. (The complete lineup is also on Joyce's blog in case you get lost.) Have fun being inspired!



One of my best stamping buddies is retiring from education this month so I just had to stamp her this card using the No Worries Card Making Bundle from Close to My Heart:



Here is a view from a different angle so you can see more of the Clear Shimmer brush application on the umbrella and chair:



     White Daisy CS
     Sea Glass CS
     Sea Glass Ink
     Lagoon CS
     No Worries Cardmaking Bundle
     Lagoon Ink
     Clear Shimmer Brush

Other
     Thin Craft Foam (die cut with chair Thin Cut Die to add                          dimension)     

The inspiration for my card came from Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch #324:


Other card challenges I'm entering this card into:
     CAS on Sunday--Use a Repetition Image
     Happy Little Stampers--Anything Goes With Dies
     Die Cut Divas--Summer Fun
     Mix it Up Challenges--Anything Goes with Stamping

Now it's time to hop on over to Debi Brile's blog. I'm sure you'll be inspired by what she shares.
     

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

p.s. If you like what you see on my blog please consider "following" me by email or in your blog roll so you don't miss out on any of my fabulous card making ideas. You can sign up on the right sidebar. 

Color Dare #247--Black, White Daisy, Fern, Pomegranate, Whisper, Slate and Optional Silver

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are challenging you to use all and only these Close to My Heart colors:  Black, White Daisy, Fern, Pomegranate, Whisper, Slate and Silver as an option.  Of course if you don't have these exact colors yet you may substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!


My inspiration from this card came from a card made from Washi tape I found here.  (I was also inspired by the challenge at Use Your Stuff to use 5 different patterned papers.)

     Black CS
     Artiste cartridge (retired)
     Enchantment Paper Fundamentals 
     Grey Enamel Gems
     Charlotte paper (retired)
     Basics Paper Fundamentals (retired)
     La Vie En Rose (retired)
     Silver Glitter Paper

Here is the Color Dare challenge graphic.  Click on it to get to see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has created with these fabulous colors.

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I'm also submitting this card to the following challenges:
     Simon Says Wednesday--Make it Masculine
     Addicted to Stamps and More--Photo Inspiration
     Shopping Our Stash--Dude (Masculine)
     Unicorn Challenge Blog--For the Guys
     Cards in Envy--You're the Man
     Use Your Stuff--Use 5 Patterned Papers

Do you participate in card challenges?  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on a Design Team?  We are looking for new Design Team members and there is no experience required.  More details can be found on this Color Dare challenge blog post.


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie
     

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Heart 2 Heart Color Challenge with Case This Sketch #224

Every now and then I participate in the Case This Sketch challenge.  This week I'm combining the sketch with the Heart 2 Heart Color Challenge.  


Here is another view so you can see the shiny silver embossing powder:


     White Daisy CS
      Adventure Paper Fundamentals (Willow, Lemon               and Blossom)
      Fairytale Birthday (retired)
      Little Dreamer Glitter Gems
      3D Foam Tape
      Belated Birthday Stamp (retired)
      Versamark Ink
      Ranger Silver Embossing Powder

Other products:
      Silver Glitter Tape (source unknown)
      We R Memory Keepers Geometric embossing                  folder

This Case This Sketch #224 inspired my card layout:


Here is the Color Challenge from Heart 2 Heart:


Other challenges this card will be entered into:

      AAA Card Challenges--3rd Birthday Celebration
    Crafty Gals Corner--Emboss it!
    Through the Craft Room Door--Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie
    
    
     

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hello Foxy with Atlantic Hearts Sketch #215

We have another great sketch for you at Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge!  My card uses Whimsy Fundamentals paper and the Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month called "Hello Foxy".


    Flower Market cricut cartridge--flowers
    Art Philosophy cricut cartridge--banner
    Whimsy Fundamentals polka dot paper--Thistle
    White Daisy CS
    Pansy CS
    Sapphire CS
    Hello Foxy stamp set
    Sapphire Ink
    Hello Blooms stamp set
    3D Foam Tape

Other products:
     Buttercream Sequins by KatScrappiness
     Chalks by Pebbles.com

The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #215 is open through Sunday evening June 11.  We would love to see your artwork in our gallery! Come check it out here:

   
Other challenges I'm sharing my card with:
     Addicte to Stamps--Animals
     Through the Craft Room Door--Anything Goes
     Crafting from the Heart--Anything Goes
     Simon Says Wednesday Challenge--Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

P.S.  Have you ever wanted to be on a challenge blog Design Team?  Color My Heart Color Dare blog is having a Design Team Call and no experience is necessary.  Please go here to check out the details.
     

Friday, June 2, 2017

Color Dare #246 With Sketch Saturday #469

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are challenging you to use all and only the following Close to My Heart colors:  Cocoa, Lemon, Smoothie, Sea Glass, Cashmere and White Daisy. 

Special Announcement:  We are having a Color Dare Design Team Call!  Please go here to find out more.


The "star" of my card is this adorable bear from the Jack Cardmaking stamp and thin cut dies bundle:


     Jack Cardmaking Bundle
     Cashmere
     Lemon CS
     White Daisy CS
     Smoothie CS
     Sea Glass CS
     Cocoa CS
     Cocoa Ink

Other:
     tiny wiggle eyes--source unknown

Here is the Color My Heart Color Dare Graphic. Just click on the graphic to check out what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.  We would love to have you join us in our gallery!
     

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My card was inspired by this fabulous Sketch Saturday sketch!  The multicolored background panel was created by holding two pieces of cardstock (Sea Glass and Lemon) together and then cutting them at various angles.  The dimensions I used were 2.5" x 5.25".  The Smoothie background was cut at 2.75" x 5.5". 


Other challenges:
     Gem of a Challenge #195--For Boys and Men
     Cuttlebug Mania--Use a Frame
     Simon Says Wednesday Challenge--Anything                      Goes
       The Male Room Challenge--Die Cuts
     Watercooler Wednesday--Anything Goes
     Die Cuttin' Divas--Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

p.s. If you like what you see on my blog please consider "following" me by email or in your blog roll so you don't miss out on any of my fabulous card making ideas. You can sign up on the right sidebar. 


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Flash Sale Starts Soon!

FLASH SALE!!! 30% OFF SELECT ITEMS!  If you are a lover of all things Close to My Heart then check out this special sale that will last for 24 hours only!

Close To My Heart is having a great sale today!  30% off select items!  The sale starts at 3:00 PM MST. (5PM EST) The sale ends tomorrow at the same time or while supplies last!  Be there early for the best selection!  Shop here!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

Monday, May 29, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #302 Meets Atlantic Hearts Sketch #214

Welcome back to another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog post! The theme this fortnight is "Graduation".  I've combined this with this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge #214.  (I'm delighted to participate on both of these awesome Design Teams!)

This card is going to my niece who is graduating from high school soon.  

      Flower Market cartridge (globe and banner)
      White Daisy CS
      Smarty Pants stamp set (retired)
      Silver Metallic CS (retired)
      
  Other products:
      Cuttlebug Decorative Tile embossing folder
      Nuvo Embellishment Mousse--Gunmetal Grey
          rubbed over embossed panel with Darice Foam
          Ink pods
      Gamma Green Metallic--The Paper Cut
      Lunar Star Metallic--The Paper Cut
      DJ Doodlers Font

If you have the Flower Market cartridge and you would like to replicate my card you can use my Design Space file here.

Here is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch #214 that I followed:

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We would love to have you participate in these challenges if you can!  The Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge will end Sunday, June 4 and Fantabulous Cricut Challenge will end Sunday, June 11.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Always Fun Challenges #8--Graduation
     Addicted to CAS--Graduation

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

Monday, May 22, 2017

50th Birthday Card With Atlantic Hearts Sketch #213

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge blog post!  We have a really interesting sketch for you to try this week.  Here is what I created to help celebrate a big birthday for my friend MaryBeth:


The background was randomly stamped with an old CTMH stamp called "Starburst Fireworks" using Glacier and Tulip inks.  The sentiment and numbers were cut out of shiny metallic cardstock ("Holiday Foil") from Craftsmith.  Here is a view from a different angle so you can see the sparkle.



Here is the Atlantic Heart Sketch that I followed.  Just click on it to get to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog.  The DT reveal will be posted Wednesday morning so you can create without being influenced by the DT.

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I created my card in Design Space using the Close to My Heart Artbooking cartridge and used the Cricut Explore to cut it.  Here is the Cricut Design Space file if you would like to replicate it. 

This card is being shared with the following challenges:
     Allsorts Challenge--Happy Birthday 
     Seize the Birthday--Optional Creatures or                           Animals 
     Craft for the Craic--Anything Goes 
     Bitten by the Bug--Birthday
     Always Fun Challenges--Anything Goes

We would love to see what you create using the above sketch!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie
     

Friday, May 19, 2017

Color Dare #244 Meets Try Stampin' on Tuesdays Sketch

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post.  This week we are featuring some colors from the Little Dreamers paper pack.




My card features a PML card from the Little Dreamers paper pack that uses Thistle, Glacier and White Daisy. The corners were rounded and placed above Juniper cardstock, Canary cardstock and then Black cardstock. the three accents are from the Black and White Glossy Accents. Silver Shimmer Trim and an old Angel punch were also used as accents. White Blizzard Nuvo Crystal Drops were applied to the greeting and angel for a sparkle effect.

Here is the Color My Heart Color Dare Graphic.  Just click on the graphic to check out what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.  We would love to have you join us in our gallery!


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This is the Try Stampin' on Tuesdays #322 sketch that inspired my card layout:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges: 
      Simon Says Wednesday Challenge--Bit of Sparkle
         Crafting by Designs--You're So Special                                ("Magical" is Special!)
      Watercooler Wednesday--Anything Goes

Don't forget our monthly "Live Beautifully" challenge that you can find here.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Alicia at Golden Goddess Designs Wins my FCCB Blog Candy!

Two weeks ago we had a big giveaway to celebrate the 300th challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog.  Many of the Design Team members also offered their own "blog candy".  I want to thank all of you who stopped by my blog to leave me a comment and became new followers!  I'm pleased to announce that my blog candy package (Hello Foxy stamp set and Blush Ribbon)


is being awarded to:


pretty card! thanks for sharing the file that is so helpful! I am already a follower, thanks for the opportunity to win such awesome candy!

Alicia
Please email me at mflayer at comcast dot net to claim your prize.

Here is the card that Alicia is referring to:


You can read about it here.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sunday Stamps Mother's Day Card

Happy Mother's Day!  Here is the last of my Mother's Day cards this year inspired by the current Sunday Stamps sketch using the Close to My Heart National Scrapbooking Papers called Live Beautifully.


     Live Beautifully Paper
     Live Beautifully Stamp Set
     White Daisy CS
     Ranger Gold Fine Detail Embossing Powder
     Versamark Ink
     Say it All greeting stamp (retired)
     

My card was inspired by this sweet Sunday Stamps sketch:


Other challenges I'm entering:
      Creative With Stamps Challenge--Flowers
     Crafting from the Heart--Anything Goes
     Watercooler Wednesday--Moms


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie


p.s. If you like what you see on my blog please consider "following" me by email or in your blog roll so you don't miss out on any of my fabulous card making ideas. You can sign up on the right sidebar. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mother's Day Card with Freshly Made Sketch #287

The gorgeous paper in the Close to My Heart National Scrapbooking Month "Live Beautifully" special offer is the focal point of my card.  The purple rose was outlined with the Gold Shimmer Brush and the other flowers were enhanced with the Clear Shimmer Brush (the clear shimmer does not photograph well!)  The greeting is from a retired stamp set called Say it All.


This card came together very quickly following this fabulous Freshly Made Sketch:


Take a look at the rest of this gorgeous paper pack:


This card is also being shared with the following challenges:
     Love to Craft--Anything Goes
     East Wind Blog Challenge--Celebrate the Women

If you would like a chance to win a new Cricut Explore please visit my blog post here for more details.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

p.s. If you like what you see on my blog please consider "following" me by email or in your blog roll so you don't miss out on any of my fabulous card making ideas. You can sign up on the right sidebar. 
     



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