Friday, August 26, 2016

Color Dare #208 Meets Freshly Made Sketch #251

It's time for another Color Dare challenge!  This time we are inviting you to combine the following Close to My Heart colors:  Thistle, Pixie, Juniper, Lagoon and White Daisy.  (Of course, if you don't have these Close to My Heart colors yet you can substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!)  I used the new CTMH Flower Market cartridge to create this card:


     Flower Market cartridge
     Pixie CS
     Thistle CS
     Juniper CS
     Lagoon CS
     Lagoon Ink
     White Daisy CS
     Ink Blot stamp (2nd generation Lagoon)

Other products
     Nuvo Crystal Drops White Blizzard for flower centers

My card follows Freshly Made Sketch #251:


Here is the Color My Heart Color Dare graphic to inspire you this week:


Please head on over to the Color My Heart Color Dare blog to check out what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to share with you.

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




Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Addicted to Stamps and More #208--Holiday

Welcome back to another Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog post!  This week our challenge theme is "Holiday".  This card was made for the upcoming Halloween holiday.


      Spellbound paper (retired)
      Whisper CS
      Slate CS
      Slate Ink
      Purr-fect Halloween stamp set (available only August 2016)
      Pansy Purple embossing powder (retired)
      Versamark Ink

Here is the Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch #284 that inspired my card:


Now it's your turn to create something for Addicted to Stamps and More Holiday challenge this week. 

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

Friday, August 19, 2016

Color Dare #207 Meets Nacho Average Challenge #178

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:  Saffron, Canary, White Daisy and Gold.  Of course if you don't have these exact colors yet you can substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun.



     Whimsy Paper Fundamentals (yellow stripe)
     Saffron CS
     Canary CS
     White Daisy CS
     Dandy stamp
     Belated Birthday (retired)
     Saffron Ink
     Gold Foil Tape
     Metallic Gold Marker
     2" Scallop Circle punch (retired)

The background panel was stamped with the Dandy stamp rotated and stamped over and over again.  This small stamp is less than 2" square and is so easy to use!  I used two strips of gold foil tape next to each other to make the bottom banner on the card.  The gold trim on the top banner was made with a ruler and the  CTMH gold metallic marker.

The inspiration for my card layout came from Nacho Average Challenge #178:


I'm also entering this card into the Seize the Birthday Anything Goes challenge.

Here is the color graphic for the Color Dare challenge:


Please head on over to the Color My Heart Color Dare blog and check out 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


     





Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Dream Card for Your Next Stamp Sketch Challenge #45

This is my first time participating in a Your Next Stamp challenge where you can use a sketch or a color combo or a combination of both.  I don't own any Your Next Stamps yet but perhaps I will win the $15 randomly drawn gift certificate to their store.  (Fingers crossed here)
The card was made for a special young lady who is going away to college this week.

 

      Claire paper (retired)
      White Daisy CS
      Sorbet CS
      Sapphire Ink
      White Shimmer Trim 
      Dreams Come True stamp set (retired)

Here is the Your Next Stamp sketch I followed:

YNSSketch45

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

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Masculine Birthday Card with Freshly Made Sketch #249

I went a little "wild" with the Ink Blot stamps again!  This card is for my nephew who will begin his army military service soon after graduating as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Loyola ROTC program.  Needless to say, I'm extremely proud of him!


Close to My Heart products used:
     Champagne CS
     Colonial White CS
     Desert Sand CS
     Aspen CS--retired
     Ink Blot Stamps
     Card Chatter Birthday--retired
     Salute Our Heroes--retired
     Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing powder
     Aspen Green Ink
     Desert Sand Ink
     Slate Ink

Here is a link for another army camo style card in which I used the back side of the ink blot stamps and another one here done in girly colors.

The layout for my card came from Freshly Made Sketches #249:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Seize the Birthday--anything goes
     Stampin' Royalty--anything goes
     Simon Says--going wild

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


Friday, August 12, 2016

Color Dare #206 Meets Sketch Saturday #424

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are challenging you to use  all and only the colors from the Close to My Heart Florence paper pack.  These colors are:  Flaxen, Peacock, Poppy, Ruby, Saffron and Whisper.  Of course, if you don't have these exact colors yet you can substitute similar colors so you can still join in the fun.

My card features a hippo ballerina from Safari Ballet stamp set.


     Florence paper
     Safari Ballet stamp set
     White Daisy paper
     Ruby CS
     Ruby Ink
     Whisper CS
     Black Ink
     Charlotte paper (Whisper stripe)
     Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel (retired)

My card layout was inspired by Sketch Saturday # 424:

I am also entering this card into this week's Between the Folds Florence challenge, Heart 2 Heart Florence challenge and the Stampin' Royalty's Anything Goes challenge.


Here is the color graphic for Color Dare #206.  Just click on it 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!


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

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Going Wild with Ink Blots

If you are looking for the Joyful Stars Blog hop post please go here.

I made this card for a young lady in Army Boot Camp.  It was inspired by Can You Case it #132.


     Flower Market cricut cartridge--hello
     Champagne CS
     Cotton Candy CS
     Smokey Plum Fleurs des Jardin paper (retired)
     Ink Blot stamp set
     Hollyhock CS
     Smokey Plum Ink
     Cotton Candy Ink
     Hollyhock Ink
     Liquid Glass for star

Here is the Can You Case it sketch I followed:
     
CYCI#132
The challenge over at Simon Says this week is "Going Wild".  Consider that I "went wild" stamping all those ink blots in the background!

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



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Happy Heart Card for August Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome back to the August 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!

 

This month I'm sharing a card made with some new product from the new Close to My Heart Annual Inspirations catalog.  


     Sapphire CS
     White Daisy CS
     Thistle CS
     Whimsy Paper Fundamentals
     Artbooking cartridge (arrow cut)
     Happy Heart stamp
     Thistle Ink

The inspiration for my card layout came from Sunday Stamps sketch #132:


Now, hop on over and see what Debi Brile has to share. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!

:) Marie



Wedding Card for ATSM #206 Anything Goes

Welcome back to another Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog post!  This week we are challenging you to create anything of your choice.  (You can find the challenge guidelines here.)

Today I'm sharing a wedding card I made that has lots of shimmer and sparkle for the bride and groom.


The bride and groom were cut using the Artistry Cricut cartridge by Close to My Heart.  The shiny white paper is "White Gold Shimmer" paper from Recollections.  The gold toned marbled paper is "Mercury Glass" also from Recollections.  The Congratulations greeting is from CTMH "Banner Wishes" and was curved onto an acrylic block and Gold Embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The background panel was dry embossed with the Cuttlebug Teresa Collins Timeless 1 embossing folder.



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Please head on over to the ATSM blog to see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to share with you.

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

Monday, August 8, 2016

Flower Market Calla Lilies Sympathy Card

Close to My Heart has a new cricut cartridge called Flower Market and I used it to create these sympathy cards:


All the flowers were cut from Recollections Shimmer cardstock White Gold and Champagne.  I just love how shiny and pretty these papers are!  Of course I could have used CTMH White Daisy and Colonial White papers and added the new Clear Shimmer Brush to get the same effect but it hadn't yet arrived for me to use.  The leaves and stems were cut from Fern CS and the flower centers are Saffron CS. The sympathy greeting comes from the retired stamp set called Sincere Expressions.

Card #1:  

The above card has the new Whimsy Fundamentals Sweet Leaf patterned paper, White Daisy CS,  Peacock CS and Peacock Ink.

Card #2:

This card uses Peacock CS and Fern Ink.

Card #3:


This card uses Whimsy Fundamentals Crystal Blue patterned paper, Peacock CS and Crystal Blue Ink.

Which card do you like best?

These cards were inspired by the Freshly Made Sketch #248:


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

Friday, August 5, 2016

Color Dare #205 Meets Mojo Monday #459

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are inviting you to create something with all and only the following Close to My Heart colors: Juniper, Thistle, Eggplant, Crystal Blue and White Daisy.  Of course if you don't have these exact CTMH colors yet feel free to substitute similar colors.

My card uses the brand new CTMH cricut cartridge called "Flower Market". The 3 background panels were stamped with the coordinating stamp sets from the "Flower Market" Cricut Collection.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Flower Market Cricut Collection (cartridge and stamps)
     Eggplant CS
     Crystal Blue CS
     Juniper CS
     White Daisy CS
     Sponge Dauber
     Thistle Ink
     Juniper Ink
     Crystal Blue Ink

My card was inspired by Mojo Monday #459:


Here is the Color Graphic for Color Dare #205.  Just click on it to get to the challenge blog to be inspired by the rest of the fabulous Design Team.

   
The challenge ends at 10PM EST on Thursday, August 11.

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

Monday, August 1, 2016

Purr-fect Halloween for August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring August's SOTM, which is "Purr-fect Halloween", a set of 17 stamps.  If you have come here from Donna Digby'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 27 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!



     Purr-fect Halloween stamps
     Whimsy Paper Fundamentals
     White Daisy CS
     Black CS
     Memento Black Ink
     Sorbet CS
     Pansy CS
     Gold Metallic Marker
     Glue Dots

Other--tiny wiggle eyes

The inspiration from my card layout came from Try Stampin' on Tuesday #281:

My card was turned 90 degrees from this photo.

Now "Hop" on over to Jean McNulty'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 August SOTM is only available until August 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




Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #282--Summer Activities

Welcome back to another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog post!  This fortnight we are inviting you to use your Cricut to create a project featuring "Summer Activities".  Golf happens to be my favorite summer activity so my card reflects that.


Products used:
     Cricut Celebrate with Flourish cartridge
     Metallic CS--retired CTMH
     Sapphire CS


Challenge #282-Summer Activities
Make a project with an activity you do during the summer.

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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!



 Freshly Made Sketches #247 was the inspiration for my card layout: 


Head on over to see what the rest of the awesome Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog Design Team has to inspire you.

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

Friday, July 29, 2016

Color Dare #204 Meets Try Stampin' on Tuesday # 280

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:  Flaxen, Sweet Leaf, Eggplant and Colonial White.  (If you don't have these CTMH colors yet you may substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!)

This card was created for a wine loving friend of mine and I used Eggplant for the stamping.  The stamp set I used is from Fiskars and is called "Aged to Perfection".   I followed the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch #280 for my card layout:


Close to My Heart products used:
     Eggplant CS
     Colonial White CS
     Flaxen CS
     Sweet Leaf CS
     Confetti Stars Embossing Folder
     Polysparkle Tinsel Embossing Powder (retired)
     Eggplant Ink
     Scalloped Circle punch (retired)

Here is the Color My Heart Color Dare Graphic:



Here is the Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch I followed:
   
   
Please head on over to the Color My Heart Color Dare blog to be inspired by the rest of the fabulous Design Team.

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

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #170 Meets Just Us Girls #353

As an avid golfer I couldn't resist the photo inspiration challenge over at Just Us Girls this week.  Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge had the perfect sketch for the D.R.Stamps rectangular stamp I had to buy but hadn't used yet.


Products used:
     Golf is...
     Prismacolor pencils
     Peacock Ink
     Nuvo Crystal Drops--Green Mountain
     Sweet Leaf CS
     Frances Meyer Turf and Golf ball paper
     Live....Laugh....Golf!!! stamp--unknown source

Here is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch that inspired my card:


Here is the Photo Inspiration from Just Us Girls Challenge:


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

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