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. 
     



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Baby Card for Twins With Your Next Stamp Sketch #63

A coworker recently had twins--a boy and a girl which inspired me to create this card.  I went through my paper stash and found the cheery colors of the retired Calypso paper pack to use.



Close to My Heart products used:
     Calypso Paper Pack (retired)
     Some Kinda Wonderful Cardmaking Bundle                         stamps and Thin Cuts (still available on                         CTMH website under going soon)
     And they came two by two stamp (retired)
     Memento Black Ink
     Crystal Blue CS
     Pixie CS
     Whimsy Paper Fundamentals--retired patterns

My card layout was inspired by this fabulous Your Next Stamp challenge sketch:


I'm also submitting my card to the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers--Anything Goes with Dies
     Addicted to Stamps and More--Anything Goes
     Cute Card Thursday--Dies and Punches
     City Crafter Challenge--Arrivals

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. 
    

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May Joyful Stars Blog Hop with Global Design Projects Sketch

Welcome back to the May 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!




The card I am sharing with you today uses some 

beautiful new papers from the May National 

Scrapbooking special called "Live Beautifully" and 

the Flower Market cartridge. The image I chose is 

called Cherry Blossoms and reminds me of the cherry

trees in my backyard that have been dropping most of 
their pink petals.


Here is a slightly different angled photo so you can better see the shiny gold foil backgrounds and gold shimmer on the ribbon.



     Live Beautifully paper
     Flower Market Cricut cartridge
     Blossom CS
     Raspberry CS
     Fern CS
     Chocolate CS
     Peacock CS
     Peacock Ink
     Jack Cardmaking Bundle greeting stamp
     Gold Shimmer Brush
     Uptown Fundamentals (gold mat for greeting)

The inspiration for my card layout came from Global Design Project #86:

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Die Cuttin Divas--Mother's Day or Feminine
     Heart 2 Heart--Teeny Tiny
     Crafty Cardmakers--Sentiment
     Bitten by the Bug--Happy Mother's Day   
     Always Fun Challenges--For a Female or Mom 
     Cards in Envy--Motherly Love 

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.
     
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. 

Golf Themed Get Well Card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch #211

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge blog post!  We have another fabulous sketch for you to try this week!


When I first saw the sketch, I thought of using flowers but then I remembered that I wanted to make a get well card for a golf buddy who just broke his ankle and I changed the flowers to golf balls and the flower stems to golf tees.  Thinking "outside the box", wouldn't you agree?


The scalloped circle was cut in Design Space using the Elegant Edges cartridge.  The golf tees were from an image I had uploaded.

     Live Beautifully paper (gold foil dotted                               background)
     Pacifica CS
     Whisper CS
     Emerald CS
     Sea Glass CS
     Sea Glass Ink
     Laughing Lola Cardmaking stamp (stamped on                    circle inside)
     Black Memento Ink
     Kiss it Better stamp (retired)
     Tee Time stamp (retired)
     Ranger Silver Fine Detail Embossing Powder
     Black and Gold Ribbon

We hope you find time to play along with our challenge this week!  We look forward to visiting your blogs and commenting.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Crafty Cardmakers--Add a Sentiment
     My Time to Craft--Masculine
     Inspiration Destination--Masculine
     Crafting with Friends--Anything Goes

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. 

     


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Golf Themed 80th Birthday Card With Freshly Made Sketch #286

One of my weekend golf partners turns 80 next week and when I saw this week's Freshly Made Sketch I knew it would work perfectly for his birthday card!


Here is the wonderful FMS sketch that inspired my card layout: 

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2017/05/freshly-made-sketches-286.html

The golf ball and tees were die cut with a Quick Cutz die.  The background is Close to My Heart Sea Glass CS embossed with a We R Memory Keepers Next Level Geometric Embossing folder.  The tees were die cut from CTMH Ruby and Pacifica CS.  The numbers were cut using the CTMH Artbooking cartridge and Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel was applied to the numbers and tops of the golf tees.

Other challenges I'm submitting this card to:
     Seize the Birthday
     My Time to Craft #345--Masculine
     A Gem of a Challenge--Wet or Dry Embossing
     Words to Craft By--Numbers

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. 




    
     

Live Beautifully Month Long Challenge

The Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog is having a month long challenge featuring the colors from the Live Beautifully May National Scrapbooking Month special paper pack.   The rose on my card was "fussy cut" from the beautiful floral paper.  The pink background paper has slight ombre tones.



Here is another view of the card to show off the application of Gold Shimmer Brush along the petal edges.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Live Beautifully paper
     Eggplant CS
     Birthday Sparkles
     Ranger Gold Fine Detail Embossing Powder
     Black CS
     Gold Shimmer Brush     

My card layout was inspired by this Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch:

 
I'm also submitting this card to the following challenges:
     Scrappin' 4 Fun challenges--Anything Goes
     Crafting by Designs--Anything Goes
     Country View Challenges--Flower Power
     Hiding in My Craft Room--May Flowers
     Simon Says Wednesday--Hint of Pink
     Heart 2 Heart--Roses



Please stop by the Color Dare blog to see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.  We would love to see what you create with the Live Beautifully color palette.  You have until May 31 to link up your creations here.


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. 

 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Color Dare #242--Using Some Little Dreamer Colors

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  The month of May brings some changes to the Color Dare blog and a new Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions catalog.  Each month the Color Dare blog will feature some colors from the CTMH featured paper pack with some other colors added in.   

In May the colors from the Little Dreamer paper palette will be used and you can check all the weekly Color Dare challenges for May by clicking on the Little Dreamer button on the sidebar on the Color Dare blog so you will have have plenty advance notice of all of the challenges for May.  Color Dare challenge #242 features the following Close to My Heart colors:  Lemon, Tangerine, Blossom, Willow, White Daisy, Desert Sand and Gold.  We would like you to use all and only these Close to My Heart colors.  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.


      Artbooking Cricut Cartridge--butterfly cut
      Little Dreamer paper
      Tangerine CS
      Lemon CS
      Blossom CS
      Adventure Paper Fundamentals
      Birthday Sparkles stamp
      Bling Gem Assortment
      Ranger Gold Fine Detail Embossing Powder
      3D Foam Tape

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Here is the Mojo Monday Sketch that inspired my card layout:


I'm also submitting my card to the following challenges:
      Bitten by the Bug--Bees, Butterflies and Bugs
         Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge--Great                   Outdoors
      Seize the Birthday--Anything Goes
      Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog--Things with                     Wings
      Fusion Card Challenge--Sketch or photo or both

Please stop by the Color Dare blog to see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.

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. 

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

      

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Stamp of the Month--Live, Laugh, Love

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring May's SOTM, which is Live, Laugh and Love, a set of 9 stamps.  If you have come here from Kathy Burrow'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 month we have 26 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:
     Tangerine CS
     Sapphire CS
     Live, Laugh and Love stamps
     Sponge Dauber
     Blossom Ink
     Tangerine Ink
     Sapphire Ink
     Shin Han Touch Markers--Tender Pink and Cherry            Pink
     Ranger White Fine Detail Embossing Powder
     Versamark Ink

The background panel was created by "ink smooshing" over the clear embossed stamped image.  A sponge dauber was used to rub Sapphire ink into the letters.  The scalloped Sapphire CS border was created in Design Space.

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:
     Make My Monday--May Flowers
     Always Fun Challenges--Flowers
     
  
Now "Hop" on over to Melissa Robinson'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 May SOTM is only available until May 31!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


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. 


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

Fantabulous Cricut 300th Challenge--"Happy Mother's Day!"

Happy Monday and welcome to our 300th Challenge! 

We are having a BLOG HOP to celebrate!




Challenge #300
Make a project about Mother's Day!

One lucky commenter will be chosen (from all blog hop comments on each blog, plus this one) to win this-


a brand new Cricut Explore! Courtesy of 


of Denton, Texas

ALSO-
The FCCB Design Team is sponsoring TWO $25 gift cards at

Amazon!

We also have:



And two $10 gift certificates to-



To qualify for the gift certificates, 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.

There is a limit of three entries per person.

Be sure to visit each Design Team member leave a comment and become a follower - those will be put into a drawing for their blog candy (if offered).

Here is our blog hop list for Mother's Day challenge #300!
We can't wait to see your projects!


Welcome to this special celebration of our 300th challenge!  woohoo!

The size of my card is 5" wide by 6.5" long.  I designed my card using the Flower Market Cricut cartridge in Design Space.  If you have the cartridge and would like to replicate it you can use my cut file here


Here is a photo from a different angle so you can see how sparkly the paper is:



       Flower Market Cricut Cartridge
       White Daisy CS
       Tulip CS (retired)
       Hello Lovely patterned paper
       Clear Shimmer Brush (applied to red roses)

Other products:
        Stardream Azalea and Aquamarine Metallic                     papers by The Paper Cut
       Gold Metallic cricut pen
       Stitched Rectangle Die by KatScrappiness

I'm also entering this challenge:
      Glitter 'n Sparkle--Flowers 
      Inspiration Destination--Anything Goes
      Creatalicious Challenges--Mother's Day
      Always Fun Challenges--Flowers

Now for my blog candy prize:


One Close to My Heart Exclusive Stamp Set called Hello Foxy which will be available during June 2017 only and 1 roll of Close to My Heart Blush Shimmer ribbon.


To be eligible to win, just leave me a comment and become a follower of my blog.  (See upper right sidebar to become a follower)

Please continue on to Stacey's blog to see what wonderful project she has to share.  Remember the more comments you leave on our DT members blogs will give you more chances to win the Cricut Explore!

Good luck in the prize drawings!
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

     
     

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