Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Country Dragonfly with Case This Sketch #355

I love CAS card sketches and the current one from Case This Sketch enabled me to ink up several new stamps and one previously unused stamp.  Country Dragonfly and the sentiment from Spruced Up Cardmaking are new and the ink spots are from the Strokes of An Artist stamp set which I've had for months.  I used second generation Lagoon ink for the bigger ink spot and first generation Lagoon Ink for the smaller ink spots.  The sentiment and dragonfly were stamped in Sapphire Ink.  A Purple Tri-Blend marker was used to color in the dragonfly which was popped up with 3D Foam Dots.


Here is the fabulous sketch that inspired my card layout:




I'm also sharing this card with the following challenges:
     Heart 2 Heart--All Spruced Up
     Die Cut Divas--New Things
     Tales from the Craft Room--Something New
     Allsorts Challenge Blog-More Than a Single Word                           Sentiment
     My Time to Craft--New Stash
     Craft Rocket Challenges--Something New

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

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Spruced Up Cardmaking with Freshly Made Sketch #418

Spruced Up Cardmaking is a favorite new stamp set from Close to My Heart and I predict you'll see many cards with this stamp set in the near future.  The curved front panel from Freshly Made Sketch #418 inspired my placement of pine sprigs on my card.



     Evergreen CS
     Kraft CS
     Spruced Up Cardmaking Stamps
     Espresso Ink
     Sapphire Ink
     Carolina CS
     Bluebird Ink
     Gold Shimmer Brush

Here is the fabulous new stamp set (available through Feb. 29):

Spruced Up—Cardmaking

This is the wonderful Freshly Made Sketch that inspired my card layout:



I'm also sharing this card with the following challenges:
     Heart 2 Heart--All Spruced Up
     Always Fun #146--Use a Favorite Stamp Set
       Tales from the Craft Room--Something New

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

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

30th Birthday Card in Greens

A special young lady will turn 30 soon and I used the opportunity to create a card with Atlantic Hearts Sketch #351. Her favorite color is green and this inspired my paper choices.


The greeting is actually quite sparkly.  First I inked the stamp in Versamark Ink and then Evergreen Ink.  Then I used a very old Close to My Heart Embossing Powder called "Polysparkle Tinsel" to create the sparkled image as you can see in this second picture.


      Evergreen CS
      Green Apple CS
      Julep CS
      Julep Glitter Paper
      Mix-In Zip Strip
      Birthday Greetings
      Party Balloons with Thin Cut Dies (retired)
      Evergreen Ink
      Cricut Design Space to cut numbers

This was a really fun sketch to work with.  Here is the fabulous Atlantic Hearts Sketch that inspired my card layout:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Allsorts--More than a one word sentiment
     Kraftin' Kimmies Stamps--Happy Birthday
     Just Add Ink--Photo Inspiration--Balloons
     Seize the Birthday--Topping Option-Stencils
     Simply Create Too--Monochromatic
     Double D Challenge--Balloons
     Watercooler Wednesday #254--All About Occasions
     Heart 2 Heart--Cutting it Close

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

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

M Folded Cards for Joyful Stars January 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 Lori Meadows blog you are on the right track. (The complete lineup is on Joyce's blog in case you get lost.) Have fun being inspired! 



After the holidays were over I had some time to just peruse shared cards on Pinterest and I was intrigued by a new (to me) card fold I found here and decided to try making a few with Close to My Heart products.

My first card started with a 5.5" x 11" sheet of White Daisy sheet scored at 1.25", 4" and 6.75".  I then glued pieces of Every Little Thing patterned paper and zip strips along with the Wisteria dotted paper from last season's Mix-In Paper.



The sentiment is from Birthday Greetings and I used the Stitched Circle Thin Cut Dies and Basic Circle Thin Cut Dies to frame it. The stars were inked with Wisteria and the greeting was embossed in Black. 


My second card started with a 5.5" x 11" sheet of Every Little Thing paper and Wisteria and White Daisy panels added.  The sentiment is from the January Stamp of the Month called Everyday Magic.





Here are the fabulous stamps included in the January Stamp of the month:


S2001: Everyday Magic, set of 17

I'm also sharing these cards with the following challenges:
    Paper Players--Something New (card fold technique)
    Heart 2 Heart--Try Something New (card fold technique)
    Always Fun--Something New (card fold technique)
    Get Creative--Something New (card fold technique)
    Simon Says Monday--Something New (card fold technique)
    Seize the Birthday #180--Layer It



Now it's time to head over to Nancy Brown's blog --I'm sure you'll be inspired by what she has to share.

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

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Floral Card for Case This Sketch #353

This card came together very quickly using the fabulous Case This Sketch #353. Although it is difficult to see the flowers were colored with Shimmer brushes which makes it sparkle.



Close to My Heart Products used:
      Primary Combo Background and Texture Paper (retired)
      Know That I Care stamp set (retired)
      Candy Apple Ink

Here is the wonderful sketch that inspired my card layout:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Use Your Stuff--Anything Goes
      Make My Monday--Anything But Square
      Crafters Castle--Anything Goes

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

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Masculine Cards With Freshly Made Sketch #416

I love the simplicity of Freshly Made Sketch #416 and made a couple of masculine cards with the  sketch. My first card uses Urban paper and retired Card Captions stamp set.  (I had previously posted a floral card with this sketch here.)



This next card uses retired Avonlea paper with Peacock and Fern Card Stock and Card Captions.


Which card do you like better?

Here is the Freshly Made Sketch that inspired my card layouts:

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

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Atlantic Hearts #349 Meets Color Dare #375 Blue Monochromatic

I'm glad to have the time to play along with two of my favorite challenges this week!  Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #349 inspired my card layout while Color Dare #375 influenced my color selection.




Close to My Heart products used:
      Sapphire Card Stock
      Carolina Card Stock
      White Daisy Card Stock
      Sapphire Ink
      Sentiments by Melissa Esplin stamp
      Loose Sequins Crafty

Other--See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up (This is my New product for Paper Players challenge and New Stash for Sweet Stampin' Challenge)

Click on these graphics to check out what others have done to meet these challenges.




I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Dragonfly Dreams Challenge--Anything Goes
      The Paper Players--Something New
      Sweet Stampin' Challenge--New Stash
      Cardz 4 Guys--Blue is the Colour

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

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Every Little Thing Sympathy Card with Freshly Made Sketch #416

Happy New Year!  
Pretty patterned paper makes card making so quick!  I needed to make Sympathy cards so I pulled out one of my favorite paper packs--Every Little Thing (recently retired from Close to My Heart but still available here).


The greeting is from Card Captions (January 2019 Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month) and the coordinating background card stock is Wisteria.

Here is the fabulous Freshly Made Sketch that inspired my card layout:

  

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Tuesday Morning Sketches--Anything Goes
      Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge--Anything               Goes
      A Bit More Time to Craft--Anything Goes

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

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Graduation Card for Penn State Graduate with Just Add Ink #487

My lovely daughter-in-law graduated from Penn State University on December 21st and I was inspired to make this card with the current Just Add Ink Sketch #487:


 

The stamps are from Smarty Pants (retired Close to My Heart) and the striped paper is Close to My Heart Mix-In papers with Sapphire Ink and Stitched CirclesThin Cut Dies.

Here is the fabulous Just Add Ink sketch that inspired my card layout:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Double Trouble Challenge--Earn Your Stripes
      Watercooler Wednesday--Anything Goes
      Just Us Girls--Wild Card Week--Anything Goes
      Tuesday Morning Sketches--Anything Goes

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

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #347

Here's a quick card I made for my niece with Atlantic Hearts Sketch #347:



The stamp set is Birthday Greetings from the Core Catalog and the paper is from the Grateful Heart set retired from CTMH last year.


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

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Woodland Wishes with Freshly Made Sketch #415

I finally got to use a stamp set I bought last year to make these cards following Freshly Made Sketch #415.



The above card uses Woodland Wishes stamp and thin cut dies (retired CTMH), Evergreen Ink, Evergreen Card Stock, Pomegranate Ink, Pomegranate Card Stock, Reindeer Crossing sentiment, Snowflakes Embossing Folder, Golden Rod Stickles and Recollections Antique Gold Shimmer paper.



There are three differences from the first card:  the background paper is White Daisy, the Reindeer Crossing sentiment is different and I used Christmas Red Stickles.  Which do you like better?

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


I'm entering these cards into the following challenges:
     Cut it Up--Christmas with a Diecut
     Heart 2 Heart--Anything Goes--Holiday Edition
     Addicted to CAS--Tree

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

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Color Dare #372 Meets Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch #329

This lovely card came together very quickly following two wonderful challenge blogs. 



My colors are from the left column of Color Dare #372's Tic-Tac-Toe board--Candy AppleEvergreen, and Gold.  I smooshed the ink colors onto an acrylic block, spritzed with water and used a brush to paint.  (The poinsettia had been embossed in black to make the colors stay separate.) 



The poinsettia image is from Close to My Heart Traditional Holiday which is now retired.  The Happy Holidays greeting is from this month's Stamp of the Month called Reindeer Crossing.  The background panel was embossed with the Snowflakes embossing folder.  The stripe is Gold Shimmer Trim.  The flower center was enhanced with Golden Rod Stickles Glitter Gel.

Here is the fabulous Hand Stamped Sentiment sketch that inspired my card layout:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Heart 2 Heart--Anything Goes--Holiday Edition
      Make My Monday--Anything Goes Christmas
     Aud Sentiments--Christmas/Winter with a Sentiment
     CAS on Friday--Christmas

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

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Monday, December 9, 2019

More Cedar and Pine for December 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 Betty Locco's blog you are on the right track. (The complete lineup is on Joyce's blog in case you get lost.) Have fun being inspired! 



I've been having fun with Close to My Heart's Cedar and Pine paper packet and the December Stamp of the Month Reindeer Crossing created several cards inspired by several sketch challenges.  My first card follows this week's Case This Sketch challenge.  I am also entering it into this week's Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.






My second card was inspired by the sketch at Try Stampin' on Tuesday.  I used the Dash of Joy stamp set to complete the card:




My final card follows the Stick it Down sketch.  The sparkle on the pine boughs and background dots were made with the Clear Shimmer Brush.  The pine cones were embellished with Golden Rod Stickles.



Here is another card that I posted yesterday using the Tuesday Morning Sketch.  (The gift image and holly leaves are from a recent Constant Campaign offering called Traditional Holiday.)



Which card do you like best?


Now it's time to head over to Debi Brile's blog --I'm sure you'll be inspired by what she has to share.

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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