Friday, April 28, 2017

Color Dare #241 Meets The Paper Players Sketch #341

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we have just 3 colors and 1 neutral for you to create with.  Our challenge colors this week are: Raspberry, Lemon, Willow and White Daisy. Of course if you don't have these exclusive Close to My Heart colors yet you may feel free to substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun, 

Here is a quick card I made using Some Kind of Wonderful paper, Brushstrokes stamp and Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Bundle stamp and Thin Cut Die.  I swiped the ends of the sentiment panel in Lemon Ink to add a little more color to the card.



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     Artfully Sent Just to Say stamp--retired
     Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Bundle stamp &                            Dragonfly Thin Cut Die
     Lemon Ink
     Willow Ink
     Raspberry Ink
     Raspberry CS
     Versamark Ink
     Ranger Fine Detail White Embossing Powder

Here is the Paper Players sketch that inspired my card layout:

  


Challenges I'm submitting this card to:
     Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog--anything goes
     The House That Stamps Built--anything goes
     The Paper Shelter--Birthday
     Heart 2 Heart--All creatures great and small
     Seize the Birthday--Anything Goes

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

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #209 Meets Cut it Up #120 Music Challenge

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog post!  This week's sketch is pretty unique and an idea didn't come to me until I saw the Music theme at Cut it Up this week.  My images were cut with the help of the Cricut Explore, Design Space and the Cindy Loo and Quarter Note cricut cartridges.


The sentiment "Music is the strongest form of MAGIC" was written with a silver metallic cricut pen. The violin was chosen as my son plays it masterfully.

Products used:
     Silver metallic paper by the Paper Cut
     Brown metallic paper by the Paper Cut
     La Vie En Rose paper--retired Close to My Heart
     Stoneware Texture stamp--retired CTMH
     White Daisy CS--CTMH
     Ruby CS--CTMH
     Whisper Ink--CTMH
     Cindy Loo cricut cartridge--floral frame panel
     Quarter Note cricut cartridge--violin, music notes

Here is the fabulous sketch that inspired my card:


We hope you find the time to create using this special sketch this week.  You can link it up here.

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:
     Cut it Up #120--Music
     Inspiration Destination--Anything Goes
     Glitter and Sparkle--Anything Goes

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

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Floral Birthday Card for Muse Card Club Challenge #212

Here is a rather quick card I made following this wonderful Muse Card Club inspiration photo.  The floral background prompted me to random stamp flowers and since I wanted to "make it my own" creation I changed the colors.


The greeting is continued inside the card:


The Muse card that inspired me is here:
  

     White Daisy CS
     Here for You Cardmaking stamp set
     Poppy Ink
     Poppy CS
     Ruby Ink
     Black CS
     Versamark Ink
     Ranger White Fine Detail Embossing Powder
     Card Chatter--Birthday (retired)
     Clear Shimmer Brush on flower centers and                         highlighted areas (didn't photograph well)

Other card challenges I'm entering with this card:
     Simon Says Wednesday--Showers and/or Flowers
     Card Mania--April Showers Bring May Flowers
     Creatilicious--Anything Goes/Birthday
     Seize the Birthday--Optional Two Patterned Papers


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


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Color Dare #240--Some Kinda Wonderful Colors

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post.  This week we are featuring the colors from the "Some Kinda Wonderful" paper pack. There are a lot of colors in this palette and we are challenging you to use at least 4 of them without adding any colors not in the palette.  



Close to My Heart products used:
     Glacier CS
     Simple Chevron Embossing folder
     White Daisy CS
     Willow CS
     Pacifica CS
     Get Better Soon Stamps
     Raspberry Ink
     Memento Black Ink
     Black and White Dots
    Some Kind of Wonderful patterned paper (black                 flag)
    Distressing Kit

Here is the Sketch Saturday sketch that inspired my card layout:

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Cuttlebug Mania--"A Nice Cuppa..."
     Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge April--Some               Kinda Wonderful
     Between the Folds--Some Kinda Wonderful
     Through the Craft Room Door--Anything Goes

Here is the Color My Heart Color Dare graphic--please click on it to view what the rest of the fabulous Color Dare Design Team has to inspire you.

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If you get a chance to enter our challenge you could submit your project to these other wonderful blogs who are also featuring the Some Kinda Wonderful paper pack: 
     Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge April                          (ends 4/30)
       Between the Folds--Some Kind of Wonderful                    (ends 4/24)

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

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Distress Oxide Background for Daisy Birthday Card

Several weeks ago I attended a Stamp Show in Allentown, PA and I came home with some goodies including a complete set of the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.  It was fun to play with them and watch how water interacts with the inks to create unique backgrounds.  This is the first card I've actually finished using Broken China and Fossilized Amber inks on the card.


The Daisy stamp was inked in Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  Daisy "masks" were applied and Broken China Ink was applied with a Mini Ink Blending Tool between the flowers.  When finished I spritzed the whole panel with water and let it dry.

Products used:
     From Me to You stamps (retired Close to My                       Heart)
     Sapphire CS
     3D Foam Tape
        Mini Ink Blender

Here is the Fusion Card Challenge sketch that inspired my card layout:


I'm also sharing this card with these challenges:
     Simon Says Wednesday Challenge--Showers or                  Flowers
     Simon Says Monday Challenge--Splash it On
     Fab 'n Funky Challenge--In the Garden
     Watercolor Wednesday--Spring Theme
     Inspiration Destination #126--Anything Goes
     Seize the Birthday--Optional Two Patterned Papers
     
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Paper Play Sketches #40 Meets Cardz 4 Guyz #166 Shades of Brown

Don't you just love the simplicity of this Paper Play sketch?  Here is a quick card I made using the sketch and the Cardz 4 Guyz "Shades of Brown" theme.


     Champagne CS
     Chocolate CS
     Saddle CS
     Oak Brown CS (retired)
     Wood Slats embossing folder
     Bronze Shimmer Trim (retired) --1/4" hole                        punched
     Flower Market Cricut Collection Sending Smiles              stamp
     Chocolate Ink

Other products:
     Nuvo Cosmic Brown Embellishment Mousse                      (painted along the edges and rubbed over                       embossed pieces)

Here is the Paper Play Sketch #40 that inspired my card layout:
     

This card is being submitted to the following challenges:
     Cardz 4 Guyz--Shades of Brown
     Crafting from the Heart--Anything Goes
     Make My Monday--Embossing Heat or Dry
     Ooh La La Creations--Birthday

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



Monday, April 10, 2017

Patriotic Card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #207

Welcome back to another Atlantic Sketch Challenge blog post!  I'm sharing a card I made for my nephew who just graduated from Army Artillery School.  Needless to say I'm very proud of his commitment to serve in the US Military. The red stars and flourishes were cut using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  


     Cranberry CS
     White Daisy CS
     Sapphire CS
     Artbooking cartridge--circles and star flourishes
     Sapphire Ink
     Stamp set--retired

Other products:
     Brusho watercolor powders for vertical strip


We hope that you find some time this week to play along with this fabulous sketch.  You can check the Atlantic Hearts blog on Wednesday, April 12 to be inspired by what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to share.

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


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Sunday, April 9, 2017

April Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome back to the April 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!


My card features "Birthday Sparkles" and various trims from Close to My Heart--Gold Foil Tape, Black and Gold Ribbon, Black Shimmer Trim and Black Shimmer Ribbon. Although it may be difficult to see I used the Clear Shimmer Brush on the stamped "sprinkles".  The background panel is Sea Glass cardstock over Black cardstock.




I'm including another photograph so you can see the shiny gold from a different angle as sometimes it just appears black.  The three black accents on the bottom stripe were made with a hole punch and Black Shimmer Trim.






Here is the the fabulous sketch that was the inspiration for my card:


Other challenges:
     Simon Says Wednesday--Happy Birthday
     Seize the Birthday--optional topping--vellum


Now it's time to hop on over to my friend Jennifer Benner'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





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Friday, April 7, 2017

Color Dare #238 Meets Tuesday Morning Sketch #397

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  Only three colors this week!  Use all and only Close to My Heart colors Willow, Peacock and White Daisy.  (Of course if you don't have these CTMH colors yet you may substitute something similar so you can still join in on the fun!)

My card this week features the dragonfly from the Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Thin Cut bundle and Adventure Paper Fundamentals paper. First I diecut the dragonfly.  I smooshed Willow and Peacock inks onto a craft mat and then pressed the diecut dragonfly on to it to get the mottled appearance.



Close to My Heart products used:
     Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Thin Cut Bundle
     Adventure Paper Fundamentals Paper
     Peacock CS
     White Daisy CS
     Peacock Ink
     Willow Ink
     Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel (retired) 
     Vellum (retired)

other:
     Thin White Craft foam to pop up dragonfly image

Here is the Color Dare graphic: 


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 Just click on it to get to the Color Dare blog to check out what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.

Here is the Tuesday Morning Sketch #397 that inspired my card layout:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     The House That Stamps Built--Add a Diecut
     Stamplorations--Things with Wings Spring Hop                 Linky party
       Addicted to Stamps and More--Anything Goes


Special Announcement!
Close to My Heart is having a special "Flash Sale" from 3PM MDT Friday, April 7 to Saturday April 8 #PM MDT--30% Discounts on special items while supplies last.  Click on the graphic below to get to check it out on my website.    


April 2017 – Flash Sale


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


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Monday, April 3, 2017

Flower Market Happy Easter for Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #298

Welcome back to another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog post!  Our theme this week is "Easter" and we'd love to have you share your cricut made projects with us here.  You have two weeks to enter our challenge.  

My card was made with the Close to My Heart Flower Market cartridge in Design Space. (Click here for the DS file.) The shimmery papers (pink, green blue and purple) are from The Paper Cut which I purchased at a stamp show recently.





Challenge #298-Easter
Make a project about Easter.


This Weeks Sponsor

And the prize is-


To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Come and Get it challenges--Easter
     Glitter and Sparkle--Pastel colors 
     Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge--Anything Goes 
     Crafting from the Heart--Anything Goes 
     Scrappin' 4 Fun--Happy Easter

We can't wait to see what you create! Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie


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Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring April's SOTM, which is "Flock Together", a set of 11 stamps.  If you have come here from Miss Carrie's Creations
you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.



This month we have 20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!



Close to My Heart products used:
      Flock Together stamps
      White Daisy CS
      Pomegranate CS
      Sea Glass Ink
      Pomegranate CS
      Sugar Rush paper
      3D Foam Tape



Now "Hop" on over to Cat Nowak's blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the April  SOTM is only available until April 30!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

My card layout was inspired by CAS(E) This Sketch #215:


http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/2017/03/case-this-sketch-215.html

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









Friday, March 31, 2017

Color Dare #237 Meets Freshly Made Sketch #281

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are challenging you to use the following exclusive Close to My Heart colors:  Thistle, Lagoon, White Daisy and Tangerine.  Of course, if you don't have these exact CTMH colors yet you may substitute similar colors so you can still play along.  My card features the fabulous March Stamp of the Month called Tea--rrific.



     White Daisy CS
     Lagoon CS
     Thistle CS
     Tangerine CS
     Lagoon Washi Tape (retired)
     Tea--rrific Stamp set
     Thistle Ink
     Lagoon Marker (retired)
     Adventure Paper Fundamentals
     Chevron Embossing Folder

Just click on the Color My Heart Color Dare graphic to view what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.

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Here is the wonderful Freshly Made Sketch that inspired my card design:



One of my crafting goals this month has been to complete all of the challenges at Heart 2 Heart challenge blog and this qualifies as my last entry for the "Tea Time" challenge.

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

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Three Ways to Create Background Stamped Panels

One of the weekly challenges this month at the Heart 2 Heart challenge blog is to use background or random stamping. (I've now completed 3 of the 4 March challenges and will finish the 4th one soon.) Using the Hello Lovely Cardmaking stamps I created three different cards using the same stamps.

Card #1--White embossed and then watercolor painted:


Card #2--Clear embossed and then sponge colored with Poppy and Fern inks


Card #3--Stamped with Memento Black ink on White Daisy paper


Which one do you like best?

I'm sharing these cards with these challenges:
     Heart 2 Heart--Background Stamping
     Simon Says Wednesday--Anything Goes
     Cards in Envy--Black, White and Pop of Color
     The Male Room--Colours
     CAS Colours and Sketches--Sketch

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

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #205 with Some Kind of Wonderful

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog post!  



Here is a closeup so you can see how sparkly the daisy is with the Clear Shimmer Brush:


After spending nearly twenty minutes looking for the perfect sentiment stamp I decided to write my own in Design Space.  Here is the Design Space file if you would like to replicate the card background.

     White Daisy CS
     Canary CS
     Sea Glass CS
     Pixie CS
     Thistle CS
     Some Kind of Wonderful Cardmaking Bundle
     Memento Black Ink
     White Chalk Marker
     Clear Shimmer Brush
     Flower Market cartridge--Daisy cut

Here is the fabulous Atlantic Hearts Sketch #205 that I followed:  

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Other products
     Fontastic DJ Smitten font
     Violet Cricut pen
     Metallic pencils--Royal Langnickel purchased at
         Five Below
     Thin Craft Foam

I'm also entering this card into the Stampin' Royalty #365 Spring challenge, Simon Says Wednesday--Use more than one die cut or punch

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Color Dare #236 Meets Sunday Stamps #148

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we invite you to try these 4 Close to My Heart colors:  Pacifica, Emerald, White Daisy and Black.  Of course if you don't have these exact Close to My Heart colors yet you can substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!

My card features the March Stamp of the Month Tea-rrific:


      White Daisy CS
      Tea-rrific Stamp Set (available till 3/31/17
      Pacifica CS
      Adventure Paper Fundamentals (Emerald print)
      Black CS
      Black Ink
      Versamark Ink
      Ranger White Embossing Powder
      Pacifica Ink (second generation for the "steam")
      Emerald Ink (applied to tea bag tag with sponge                 dauber and Q tip)
      White Twine
      3D Foam Tape

Just click on the Color Dare graphic to get to the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog to be inspired by what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to share with you.

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My card layout followed the wonderful sketch at Sunday Stamps this week:


I'm also linking this card up to the following challenges:
     Crafting When We Can--Add Circles
     Crafting From the Heart--Anything Goes
     The House that Stamps Built--Anything Goes
     Coffee Lovers Blog Hop--coffee, tea or cocoa

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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