Wednesday, August 16, 2017

CTMH Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop!  We will be featuring new products from the new catalog--so many wonderful things to see!.  If you have come here from Sheila Bennett's blog, 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 blog hop we have 26 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using brand new products featured in the new Annual Inspirations catalog.  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!


     Beautiful You stamps and Thin Cuts
     Basics Paper Fundamentals
     Raspberry CS
     Scallop Border Thin Cuts
     Bashful Ink
     Blossom Ink
     Raspberry Ink

My card layout was inspired by this fabulous sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday #334:

http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/2017/08/challenge-334.html
  

    
Now "Hop" on over to Corinna Murphy'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! 
 
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

No Worries for Atlantic Hearts Sketch #225

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog post!  We have another fabulous sketch for you this week.  My card uses Close to My Heart No Worries paper, Kraft paper, Sapphire Ink and the retired Holiday Tags stamp set.


Here is the wonderful sketch that I followed:



We hope you find the time to share your creations with us here this week. 

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     City Crafter Challenge--No Flowers 
     Inky Chicks--Sentiment instead of Image
     Through the Craft Room Door--Anything Goes
     Tuesday Throwdown--Anything Goes    

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

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Color Dare #256--Black, White, Pomegranate, Peacock and Juniper

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:  Black, White, Pomegranate, Peacock and Juniper.  Of course if you don't have these CTMH colors yet you can substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!

My card features Birthday Sparkles sentiment, For You Darling flowers and patterned paper from Jack PML card.



My floral array was stamped with Black ink (I created a mask to get the three connected) and sponged with Pomegranate ink.  I didn't like how dark it was so I brightened it up by creating white dots with the Chalk marker.  I fussy cut it and dipped it into Versamark ink and embossed with Polysparkle Tinsel embossing powder (retired CTMH) to give it a glossy look.  Here is a close up photo:



Here is our color palette for this week's challenge:

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Just click on the color graphic to get to see what the rest of the fabulous Color Dare Design Team has to inspire you.  Our challenge will end Thursday evening, August 17.  We can't wait to see what you create!

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Through the Craft Room Door--Anything Goes
     A Bit More Time to Craft #49--Anything Goes
     Love to Craft--Anything Goes
     World Wide Open Design Team Challenge--                       Anything Goes
     Sunny Day Crafting #47--Flowers


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

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome back to another 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 Andrea Sherman'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!



The card I am sharing with you was created with the new Roses Embossing Folder and Bashful Card stock from the new Annual Inspirations catalog and the Workshop Your Way Anniversary Workshop stamp set.


     Pomegranate CS
     New England Ivy CS
     Bashful CS
     Black CS
     Pomegranate Ink
     New England Ivy Ink
     Sponge Daubers
     Workshops Your Way Anniversary Cardmaking                Stamp
     Versamark Ink
     Gold Embossing Powder

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

I'm also sharing this card with the following challenges:
     Through the Craft Room Door--Anything Goes
     A Bit More Time to Craft #49--Anything Goes
     Love to Craft--Anything Goes
     World Wide Open Design Team Challenge--                       Anything Goes
     Sunny Day Crafting #47--Flowers 
    Paper Shelter #304--Blooming Time    

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

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Case This Sketch #223 Meets Addicted to CAS One Layer Challenge

This adorable frog sitting on a curved rock is my interpretation of the current Case This Sketch challenge.  The image was painted with Twinkling H2O paints which have a wonderful shine to them.



Products used: 
     Frog Holding Flower stamp from Rubbernecker
     Just for You stamp from Close to My Heart
     Versamark Ink
     Memento Black Ink
     Clear Embossing Powder
     Twinkling H2O paints:  African Jade (for                         shadowing) Moss Green, Mallard                                 Green, Celestial Sun, Warm Pecan

Here is the Case This Sketch #223 that inspired my card layout:
    

It is rare that I use only one layer on a card so I'm able to enter it the Addicted to CAS One Layer Challenge:


I'm also submitting this card to the following challenges: 
     Dragonfly Dreams Challenge--Animals
     Penny Black and More Challenge--Creatures
     Simply Create Too--Flowers
     Connie Can Crop--Watercolors
    
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Color Dare #255 Meets Freshly Made Sketch #299

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This month we are featuring colors from the "Jack" paper packet along with some others.  We are challenging you to create something with all and only these exclusive Close to My Heart colors:  White Daisy, Black, Willow, Ruby, Sapphire Slate with Silver as an option.  Of course, if you don't have these exact CTMH colors yet you may substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!



Here is the Color Dare challenge graphic.  Just click on it to get to see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.  We look forward to seeing what you can create with these challenge colors.

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Close to My Heart products used:
     Willow CS
     White Daisy CS
     Black CS
     Slate CS
     Sapphire CS
     Ruby CS
     Scallop Border Thin Cut
     Memento Black Ink
     Card Chatter--Birthday (retired)   
     

My card layout was inspired by this fun Freshly Made Sketch:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Seize the Birthday--Option--Tie One On
     Day Dreamer Challenges--Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New CTMH Products for Atlantic Hearts Sketch #223

The new Close to My Heart Annual Inspirations catalog went live today and my Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #223 creation features several *new products.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Black CS
     *Bashful Pink CS (CTMH Color of the Year!)
     *Bashful Pink Glitter Paper
     *Basics Fundamentals patterned paper
     Pansy CS
     Thistle CS
     Flower Market Cricut Cartridge (Rhododendron                    flower and sentiment)
     Pansy Ink and sponge dauber to distress edges
     Several layers of 3D Foam Tape

Here is the fabulous Atlantic Hearts Sketch #223 that inspired my card layout:


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How will this sketch inspire you?  We can't wait to see what you do with it.  The challenge ends Sunday evening, August 6.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Ooh La La Creations--Anything Goes
     Crafting from the Heart #170--Anything Goes
     Dream Valley Challenges--Anything Goes

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

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Color Dare #254 Meets Kathy's Waffle Sketch File Littlle Lines Sketch

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are challenging you to use the colors from the Prickly Pear paper pack (White Daisy, Tangerine, Sorbet, Sea Glass, Sapphire, Poppy, Lemon, Emerald and Blossom).   Of course if you don't have these colors yet you may substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun.  This week there are 9 colors in the challenge but you can combine 4 or more of them without adding new colors to play along.  I really wanted a challenge so I did use all 9 colors and tried out a new water coloring technique (Watercolor Lifting with Heat Embossing) at the same time.



Here is a quick photo tutorial of how I created my multicolored panel:
  
Step 1:  From left to right using Poppy, Blossom, Tangerine, Sea Glass, Emerald and Sapphire Inks were painted onto wet Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper.  I used a heat tool to dry the paper.


Step 2:  Rose stamps from the Keep Dreaming stamp set were stamped in Versamark ink (I applied an "embossing buddy" onto entire surface first) and sprinkled with Ranger Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.


Step 3:  A heat tool was used to set the embossing powder.  (It's difficult to see the embossed areas here until more water is applied to take away some color).


Step 4:  Using a wet paintbrush paint over each stripe and dab with a paper towel.   Note that the clear embossed images are easier to see on the darker colors on the right side.


The last step was to cut this panel in to pieces to use in card making.

The accent flower was stamped in Sapphire ink, sponged with Lemon and Tangerine inks.  When the ink was dried I put the stamped flower directly onto Versamark ink and then sprinkled with Polysparkle Tinsel embossing powder, heat set and fussy cut.

     White Daisy CS
     Lemon CS
     Poppy CS
     Blossom CS
     Keep Dreaming stamp set
     Tangerine Ink
     Sorbet Ink
     Sea Glass Ink
     Poppy Ink
     Lemon Ink
     Emerald Ink
     Blossom Ink
     Sponge Daubers
     Sea Glass Glitter paper
     Versamark Ink
     Ranger Clear Fine Detail Embossing Powder
     3D Foam Tape
     Polysparkle Tinsel Embossing Powder (retired)

Other product:
     Strathmore Water Color Paper--Cold Press

Here is the fabulous Kathy's Waffle File Sketch that inspired my card layout:  

 

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Crafty Gals Corner #133--Anything Goes
      House That Stamps Built--Anything Goes 
      Classic Design Team Open Challenge--Anything                Goes
      Daisy Chain Challenge #10--Floral

Just click on the Color  Dare graphic below to get to check out what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has created and to enter our weekly challenge:   
   

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We look forward to seeing what you can create with these wonderful colors!

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



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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Birthday Sparkles with MFT Sketch #342

A while ago I had colored the birthday candles with Nuvo Glitter Markers without any plan to finish a card with it until I saw this perfect sketch by My Favorite Things.


Products used:
     Sapphire CS

Here is the fabulous My Favorite Things sketch that inspired my card layout:

Sketch Challenge 342 #mftstamps

I'm also entering my card into the following challenges:
     Seize the Birthday--Optional Add Splatter
     Create and Inspire Challenges #64--Anything                   Goes
     Love to Craft--Anything Goes
     A Perfect Time to Craft--Anything Goes
     Happy Little Stampers--Anything Goes with Dies

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


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Monday, July 24, 2017

Sunflower Box Card for Fantabulous Cricut Challenge # 306 Anything Goes

Welcome back to another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog post!  This fortnight the challenge is "Anything Goes" as long as you use something from the Cricut library.  

Today I'm sharing a box card I cut from Lori Whitlock's All Occasion Box Cards.  I made it for my mom who really loves sunflowers.  I also used some Cricut Pearl papers for the flowers and arch. 



Here is a view from another angle so you can see how shimmery the Cricut Pearl Papers are:


Products used:
     Colonial White CS--Close to My Heart
     Vineyard Berry CS--retired Close to My Heart
     Sunflower CS--retired Close to My Heart
     Lori Whitlock All Occasion Box Card cartridge
     Pearl Paper Sampler Bolds--Cricut
     Pearl Paper Sampler Neutrals--Cricut
     Treat Yourself stamp--retired Close to My Heart
     Pomegranate Ink--Close to My Heart

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Crafty Creations Challenges--Anything Goes
     Through the Craft Room Door--Anything Goes
     World Wide Open Design Team Challenge--                      Anything Goes

What will you "cricut craft" and share with us?  We look forward to visiting your blogs to leave you some "comment love".   


Challenge #306-Anything Goes!
Create a project that features anything in the Cricut Library!

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The prize is 4 digital stamps!

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.

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


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Speedy Recovery and Tulips for Paper Play Sketch #47

One of my friends recently had a cardiac arrest and required treatment with a hospital stay.  I made this card for her using a Technique Tuesday Tulip stamp and greeting from Kiss it Better from Close to My Heart.


This photo was taken from a different angle so you can see how shimmery the Nuvo Glitter Markered tulips are:


Here is the Paper Play Sketch #47 that inspired my card layout:



Admittedly I took some "creative license" by placing my 3 enamel dots on the sentiment strip.  The patterned paper background is from Sunny Yellow B & T paper retired from Close to My Heart.  The Tulips were stamped in Memento Black Ink and colored in with Nuvo Glitter Markers.  

I'm also sharing this card with the following challenges:
     Glitter 'N Sparkle--Summer Sunshine 
     My Time to Craft--In the Garden
     Cute Card Thursday--Anything Goes


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

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hooked on You Birthday Card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch #221

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog post!  This week we have another fabulous sketch for you to try.  I needed a birthday card for my uncle who loves to fish so with him in mind I created this card:


     Hooked on You stamp set--retiring July 31st!
     Washi Wonder stamp set--available during July                    only during Stampaganza promotion!
     Sapphire Ink
     Sapphire CS
     Memento Black Ink

Other products:
     Lunar Blue Metallic Paper by the Paper Cut
     Stampendous CSD18--small fish
     Nuvo Glitter Markers to color Washi Wonder                       stamps before inking

Here is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge graphic:


Our challenge ends on Sunday evening, July 23 at 11PM EDT.  We would love to have you join us in our gallery!

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Cuttlebug Mania--Sea You (the small fish was cut              with a Stampendous Die and the Cuttlebug                  machine
     Delicious Doodles Challenges--Beside the Sea
     Eclectic Ellapu--Seaside or Summer Colors
     Worldwide Open Design Team Challenge--                             Anything Goes
     QKR Stampede--By the Seaside or Anything Goes
     Penny Black and More Challenge--For the Boys

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

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop

With a new catalog arriving soon we are highlighting some of our favorite products that will soon be retiring.  If you have come from Tammy Lubick's blog you are on the right track.  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 19 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's optional theme 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!

One of my favorite Close to My Heart Thin Cut Dies is "Happy Birthday" and it will be retiring soon.  I used it with Prickly Pear papers and a Case This Sketch #230 card layout.


Here is a card I made with the "negative" piece:


Here are other ways I've used this Thin Cut Die:




Now "Hop" on over to Kirsten DeSorcy'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, these products will only be available until July 31 or until supplies last!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this Thin Cut Die set.

I'm also entering these cards into the following challenges:

      Watercooler Wednesday--Birthday
     Crafty Gals Corner--Male
     Mod Squad--Sentiment as the Main Focus
     Dare 2B Artzy--Bright Colors
     Three Amigos--Prickly Pear
     Seize the Birthday
     Pile it On--Something beginning with S-stripes

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

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