Monday, December 11, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #316--Christmas

Welcome back to another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog post!  This is our last challenge of 2017 and our theme is "Christmas."  We are being sponsored by "Pretty Cute Stamps" who are offering a $20 gift certificate to one lucky winner.  Be sure to use at least one Cricut cut on your project to be eligible to win.

My card uses lots of shimmery paper and cuts from Holly and Ivy cartridge (wine glass with ivy), Photo Fun--Holiday Memories (green frame), and Close to My Heart Artiste cartridge (Merry Christmas image.)  The shimmery papers are from the Paper Cut, Cricut (red wine) and Bazzill (textured sparkle sentiment).



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
       Crafting With the Dragonflies--Christmas Card                  Glammed Up
       Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge#363--                      Optional--A Touch of Sparkle
       Winter Wonderland Challenge--Anything                             Christmas
      


FANTABULOUS CRICUT CHALLENGE BLOG:

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!


Challenge #316-Christmas
Make a project or card about Christmas

This Weeks Sponsor



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.

Our next challenge will be on Jan. 8th. From all the designers at FCCB-
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 

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

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Tis the Season to Sparkle with Freshly Made Sketch

There is a great sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week and I was happy to find some time to create another Christmas card with this fabulous sketch. 

Products used:
     Bazzill Regal Red paper
     New England Ivy CS
     New England Ivy Ink
     Versamark Ink
     Polysparkle Tinsel Embossing Powder (retired CTMH)
     Holiday Wishes stamp set
     A Timber stamp set (retired CTMH)
     Gold Metallic Marker
     Crafters' Companion Regency Swirls Embossing Folder
     Recollections Black Cardstock  

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



 I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
       AAA Cards--Sparkle
       Come and Get It--Christmas
       Addicted to Stamps and More--Sparkle 

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

P.S.  If you are looking to enter a cardmaking challenge with the possiblity of winning prizes come check out this month long challenge details at Color My Heart Color Dare.
      

 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

December Joyful Stars Blog Hop with You Are Here Christmas Tree

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 Debi Brile'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!  


My cards were made with the latest Close to My Heart cricut cartridge called "You Are Here".  After I made the first card with Peacock, Glacier and Silver Foil, I looked at my Cricut Mat and thought that I could use the Silver Foil pieces left there to create another card with inlaid pieces.  Then I cut out the tree again with Gold Foil and combined it with the leftover silver pieces and paper from the Silver and Gold paper packet.  The sentiments are from the Silver and Gold--Cardmaking stamp set.




Which one do you like better?  Please leave me a comment to let me know which one you like better and you just may win your favorite one.  I will use a "random draw" from all comments received by 12/17/17.

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 entering this card into the following challenges:
      Three Amigos--Silver and Gold
      Heart 2 Heart--Silver and Gold
      Addicted to CAS #126--Sparkle
      Bitten by the Bug--Christmas Tree
      Gem of a Challenge--Anything Goes                              Christmas
           Sparkle and Glitter with Rick #8--Anything                 Goes--Optional Christmas

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

p.s.  Did you hear about the month long challenges over at Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog?  Check it out here--there are prizes to be won!


Friday, December 8, 2017

Color Dare #273--Non-Traditional Christmas Colors

Have you seen the month long challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare?  There are prizes to be won and 2 different challenges you can enter.  Last week I made a card using traditional (red, green, white and gold) Christmas colors and this week I am using some non-traditional Close to My Heart colors for a Christmas card.



The gift boxes on my card were cut from the latest Close to My Heart cricut cartridge called "You Are Here".  The lettering also came from this cartridge.   3D Foam Tape was used to pop up the layered gift boxes.  The patterned papers are from Beary Christmas paper pack and other colors are Sapphire, Pansy, Crystal Blue and Bashful Glitter paper.

Here is the link to enter the non-traditional Christmas colors challenge:




I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     House That Stamps Built--Glitter
     Aud Sentiments--Christmas and  A Sentiment
     Through the Purple Haze--Layers (More Than 3)
     Crafting by Design--December Anything Goes
     Crafty Addicts--Non-Traditional Christmas
     Pile it On--Non-Traditional Holiday Colors


Did I mention that there will be prizes?

Random Draw Prizes:  


For ALL those that link up projects in December you will be eligible for random draws at the end of the month.  


(2) $25 Gift Certificates 
One Winner Traditional and One Winner Non Traditional
Your choice for a Scrapbook Store
(Michaels, JoAnne, Hobby Lobby, Internet) Or
favorite Coffee Shop (Starbucks, Tim Horton)

OTHER PRIZES
CTMH Embellishment Packet from SE1
 $10 Gift - Winner Choice - Coffee Shop
CTMH $10 Gift - Winner Choice 



We hope you can find the time to play along with us here.

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

Monday, December 4, 2017

Atlantic Hearts #241--Congratulations Card

My nephew just completed Army Ranger "Air Assault" school so I made him this card using Atlantic Hearts Sketch #241.  The striped paper is Close to My Heart Adventure Fundamentals and the greeting is a very old Hero Arts Confetti Congratulations stamp.  Instead of using a bow (this is a Masculine card) I used a grouping of Sapphire and White Daisy punched stars with Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel (retired CTMH).


Here is the fabulous Atlantic Hearts Sketch that inspired my card design:
     
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This is a pretty open sketch will unlimited creative potential.  We would love to see how you interpret the sketch and visit your blogs.  

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     A Perfect Time to Craft--Anything Goes
     Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper--Anything Goes
     Crafting From the Heart--Always Anything Goes
     Classic Design Team Open Challenge--Anything                 Goes

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, December 1, 2017

Color Dare #272--Traditional Christmas Colors

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  We have lots of special things going on in December--2 challenges running until December 31st with unlimited chances to enter, a collaboration with Heart 2 Heart challenge and the possibility of winning several prizes!

Today's card was created using some Close to My Heart Traditional Christmas colors:  New England Ivy, Cranberry, White Daisy and Gold.  The poinsettias were fussy cut from the Beary Christmas paper and the New England Ivy CS was texturized with the CTMH Buffalo Plaid embossing folder.  The Gold Shimmer Brush was used to frame the white squares.  The 3 cranberry dots were cut using a standard 1/4" hole punch and then embellished with Clear Shimmer Brush.  The Merry Christmas greeting is from the retired Artfully Sent Stamp collection and was gold embossed on Vellum.


Here is the Sunday Stamps Sketch that inspired my card layout:  



I am also entering my card into the following challenges:
     Aud Sentiments Challenge--Christmas and a                       Sentiment
     Simon Says--Anything Goes
     The Merry Christmas Challenge--Anything Goes                 Christmas
     Heart 2 Heart--Anything Goes 

Here is the Color Dare #272 Color Graphic--Just click on it to be inspired by what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to share with you.

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Did I mention that there will be prizes?

Random Draw Prizes:  


For ALL those that link up projects in December you will be eligible for random draws at the end of the month.  


(2) $25 Gift Certificates 
One Winner Traditional and One Winner Non Traditional
Your choice for a Scrapbook Store
(Michaels, JoAnne, Hobby Lobby, Internet) Or
favorite Coffee Shop (Starbucks, Tim Horton)

OTHER PRIZES
CTMH Embellishment Packet from SE1
 $10 Gift - Winner Choice - Coffee Shop
CTMH $10 Gift - Winner Choice 



We hope you can find the time to play along with us here.

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





Monday, November 27, 2017

Baby Boy Card With Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch and Twinkling H2O Paints

This colorful baby card was created with an old Close to My Heart wooden stamp called "For Baby" which was embossed with Outdoor Denim embossing powder and then painted with African Jade, Yellow Rose and Heavenly White Twinkling H2O paints. 


Here is a close up so you can see how shimmery the Twinkling H2O paints are:
   

The blue footprint vellum paper is from Recollections and the solid blue panel is retired Close to My Heart Heavenly Blue.  Retired CTMH Outdoor Denim cardstock is the background panel for the focal image.

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


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Always Fun Challenges #34--Anything Goes
      My Creative Scoop--Coloring Challenge #28
      Heart 2 Heart--Anything Goes
         Use Your Stuff--Heat Embossing
      Send a Smile 4 Kids--Anything Goes
      Crafting With Friends--Anything Goes
      
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.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #239

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog post!  We would love to have you join us.  The United States Thanksgiving holiday is tomorrow so my card reflects that:



The sparkling pumpkin diecut was made with glitter paper from DCWV backed with New England Ivy CS.  The soft orange colored paper is Tangerine from the Adventure Fundamentals Paper Pack and the border paper is discontinued Barn Red.  The greeting was a very old Close to My Heart "woody" stamped in Barn Red ink.  The pumpkin banner was cut from the Cricut Thanksgiving cartridge and the side panel border was cut from the Bakery Fresh image from the Family Album Cricut cartridge.

Here is the fabulous Atlantic Hearts sketch I followed to make this card:  


Our challenge runs until Sunday evening, November 26.  We look forward to visiting your blogs to see your lovely interpretation of this classic sketch.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Bitten by the Bug--Anything Thanksgiving
     Always Fun Challenges--Thanksgiving
     Cards in Envy--It's Only Paper
     Use Your Stuff--Thankful

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, November 17, 2017

Color Dare #270 Meets Tuesday Morning Sketch #429

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This fortnight we are challenging you to pick your own Close to My Heart red (Cranberry, Ruby, Pomegranate or Raspberry) and combine it with Espresso, Heather, Mink, White Daisy with an option of adding gold.   Of course if you don't have these Close to My Heart colors yet you may substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!


Close to My Heart products used:
     Pomegranate CS
     Pomegranate Ink
     White Daisy CS
     Heather CS (pine sprig was stamped onto this)
     Espresso Ink (large pine cones)
     Mink CS (pine cone border with Heather Ink)
     Heather Ink
     White Chalk Marker (snow on pinecones)
     Perfectly Pine stamp set (retired)
     Frosted Christmas stamp (Pomegranate Ink)
     Gold Shimmer Brush (used to ink Pine sprig                      stamp in top right corner)
     3D Foam Tape

Just click on the Color Dare graphic to get to our challenge blog to be inspired by what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.  You have until Thursday evening, November 30, at 9PM EST to enter the challenge.  We look forward to seeing what you can create with these colors.


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Here is the wonderful Tuesday Morning Sketch #429 that inspired my card layout:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Addicted to Stamps and More--Holiday
     Holly and Ivy Challenge--Anything Christmas                    Goes
     A Perfect Time to Craft--Anything Goes
     House of Cards--Holiday and/or Colors

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.
   

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #314--Thanks/Thanksgiving

Welcome back to another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog post.  This fortnight we are challenging you to take out your Cricut and create a Thanks orThanksgiving card!  We are being sponsored by the FCCB Team who is donating a $25 Amazon Gift card!

I used the Thanksgiving cartridge (in Access subscription) to write the sentiment and cut out the pumpkin and flourish.  A cricut copper metallic marker was used to write and a Nuvo Orange Glitter Marker was used to color in the leaves and the pumpkin.



Here is my Design Space file if you would like to recreate my card.  We would love to see what you create with a cricut image.  Check out what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you here.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Come and Get it Challenges--Thanks/Thankful
     Pile it On--Large Sentiment
     Allsorts--Colors of Autumn
     Crafty Calendar--Colors of Autumn
     Crafty Catz--Anything Goes--no patterned paper
     Always Fun Challenges--Pumpkin


Challenge #314-Thanks or Thanksgiving
Make a project about thank you cards or Thanksgiving projects.

The FCCB Design Team is sponsoring a $25 gift card at

Amazon!

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!

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, November 9, 2017

November Joyful Stars Blog Hop with You Are Here Cricut Cartridge

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 Joyce Hauck'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 cards were made with the latest Close to My Heart cricut cartridge called "You Are Here".    I also used the Artbooking cartridge to cut the Eggplant cardstock frame.  The background panel is Flaxen cardstock and the cut image is New England Ivy cardstock.  The greeting is from the Thoughtful Bird stamp set.  Sponge Daubers were used to color the White Daisy cardstock with Cranberry, Sorbet, Eggplant, Sweet Leaf and Tangerine inks.



This card was easy enough to make so I made a second one and colored the fruits in with Shin Han Touch Markers--Carmine, Marigold, Lavender, Leaf Green and Golden Yellow.  I created this in Design Space--here is the file if you would like to replicate it.


Which coloring method do you like better?

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

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Archiscraps--Use Fruit 
     Sparkles Forum Challenges--Autumn Colors
     Little Red Wagon--Harvest Time
     Wonderful Wednesdays--Anything Goes


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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