Monday, September 17, 2018

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #335--Leaves

Welcome back to another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge!  This fortnight we are challenging you to use your Cricut machines to create a project featuring "Leaves".  The lovely image I used can be found in the "Botanical Cards" cartridge which is in Cricut Access.


Products used:
     Husk card stock--retired Close to My Heart
     Cricut Image #M8D()F7
     New England Ivy card stock
     Love Note sentiment
     Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder
     Egyptian Gold Twinkling H2O watercolor paint                (on flowers and mat behind sentiment)
     Foam Tape

From the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog:
      


Challenge #335-Leaves
Make any card, scrapbook layout, 3D sculpture, etc. about leaves!

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The winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate!

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


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Color Dare Twisted Tic Tac Toe Meets Tuesday Morning Sketch #470

My friend Laurie just celebrated a milestone birthday which warranted a special card.  My colors were inspired by the current Color My Heart Color Dare Twisted Tic Tac Toe Challenge--to use 3 or more of the newly retired colors.  This card uses Crystal Blue, Pacifica and Cranberry cardstocks along with White Glitter paper.  The Cranberry panel was stamped in White Daisy Ink (and then clear embossed with Versamark Ink) with the new stamp set Love Notes.  The Crystal Blue heart doily is from the retired Artiste Cricut cartridge.




Here is the Color My Heart Color Dare color palette that I chose from:



This Color Dare challenge goes until Thursday evening September 20 and you can substitute similar colors if you don't have the exact Close to My Heart named colors yet.  Why not give it a try?

My card layout was inspired by this fabulous Tuesday Morning Sketch #470:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Seize the Birthday--Use Die cuts or Punches
       Daisy Chain Challenges--Birthday
     House of Cards--Birthday Theme
     Cut It Up #156--Birthday

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

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Love Note for September 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 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 favorite new stamp set from the recently released Close to My Heart Holiday  Expressions catalog is "Love Note".  It has several sentiments and this beautiful marble like background stamp.  It was stamped in the new color Sugarplum.  Although the other color looks black in this photo it is actually Charcoal.  Some white enamel dots accent the left side of the card.  The sentiment was stamped with Charcoal Pigment Ink and then clear embossed.




Here is the new stamp set used in my card:


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My card layout was inspired by this fabulous Freshly Made Sketch #353:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Simon Says Wednesday--Stamp on It
      Pause Dream Enjoy--Anything Card
      Crafting With An Attitude--Anything Goes

Now it's time to head over to Michelle Loncar'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.
      

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Numbered Birthday Card with Freshly Made Sketch #352

My niece turned 17 last week and I made her this colorful card with Freshly Made Sketch #352:






Products used:
     Recollections Color Splash paper 
     Belated Birthday stamp set (retired CTMH)
     Sapphire CS
     Sapphire Ink

Here is the fabulous sketch that inspired my card layout:
    
 

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Seize the Birthday--Rainbow optional
     Always Happy Birthday--Birthday
     Cut it Up--ABCs or 123s

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, August 31, 2018

Color Dare #308 Meets Atlantic Hearts Sketch #279

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog.  It is the last week of the month so we have another fun "choose your own" color challenge using the Tic Tac Toe challenge board featuring Documented color palette.  I used the top row featuring Peacock, Heather and New England Ivy.  The background stamp is Heartfelt Thanks and the butterfly is from the retired Chelsea Gardens stamp set.  The butterfly was black embossed and then painted with Saffron ink.  Several layers of Clear Shimmer Brush were then applied.  Peacock Large Dots Ribbon from the Enchantment Ribbon pack was placed over the Saffron card stock horizontal stripe.



Here is the Documented Tic Tac Toe Board to inspire your creativity.  Please be sure to let us know which row or column you are using when you submit your entry. You must use 3 in a line but you may add other (or all) colors from the challenge board. If you don't have these exact colors yet you may substitute similar colors so you can still join in the fun.  Just click on the graphic below to get to the Color Dare blog to see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.  Our challenge is open until Thursday evening, September 13.  We look forward to seeing how you use these colors. 


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My card layout was inspired by this fabulous Atlantic Hearts Sketch #279:


This sketch challenge goes until Sunday evening, Saturday 2 so you still have time to play along.

I'm also linking this card up to the following challenges:
      Addicted to Stamps and More--Make Your Mark
      Crafty Gals Corner--Anything Goes
      Simon Says Wednesday--Anything Goes
      Mod Squad 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.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Bashful Glittered Butterfly Birthday Card

It was nice to find some time to play in my craft room today and I was inspired by this week's Freshly Made Sketch #351.  



Close to My Heart products used:
     Dreamin' paper (retired)
     Bashful Glitter paper (retiring on August 31)
     Chelsea Gardens stamp (retired)
     Belated Birthday (retired)
     Black Pigment Ink
     Clear Embossing Powder
     Just Blooms flowers (retired)
     White Shimmer Trim
      Black and White Enamel Dots

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



I'm also entering my card into the following challenges:
     Seize the Birthday--Anything Goes
     Mod Squad Challenge--Butterflies or Rainbows
     Double Trouble--Summer Birthdays

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, August 17, 2018

Color Dare #306 Meets Atlantic Hearts Sketch #277

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are inviting you to try combining the following three Close to My Heart colors:  New England Ivy, Saffron and Heather with an option of Gold.  If you don't have these exact colors yet you may substitute similar ones so you can still play along with our challenge.  It is OK to add neutrals also.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Gold Metallic Card Stock
     Enchantment Fundamentals Paper
     New England Ivy CS
     Saffron CS
     Heather CS
     Gone Fishin' greeting stamp (retired)
     Gold embossing powder

Instead of adding sequins, pearls or enamel dots as accents in the top left corner, I used a regular hole punch in the patterned paper to reveal the metallic gold underneath.
     

Please click on the Color Dare graphic to see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you .

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My card layout was inspired by this fabulous Atlantic Hearts Sketch:


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Please check out BOTH of these wonderful challenges.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Aud Sentiments Challenge--Anything Goes
     Watercooler Wednesday--Masculine
     Craftaholics R Us--Anything Goes
     Crafty Addicts #51--All About Boys or Men



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, August 9, 2018

Quick Wedding Card for 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 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!  



This month I am sharing a wedding card I made using the Close to My Heart You Are Here cartridge:



The paper colors are White Daisy, Silver Foil and Sapphire.  It was so quick to make!

Now it's time to head over to Michelle Loncar'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.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Color My Heart Color Dare #304 Meets Try Stampin' on Tuesday #373

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This fortnight we are challenging you to combine the following three Close to My Heart colors:  Peacock, Linen and Eggplant with and option of Silver.  Of course, if you don't have these exact colors you can substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun.  Our challenge ends on Thursday evening, August 16 at 9PM CDT.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Peacock CS
     Shells and Stars stamp
     Eggplant Ink
     Peacock Ink
     Enchantment Fundamentals
     Heartfelt Birthday Wish (retired)
     Clear Shimmer Brush (used on vertical strip                      which pulled some of the ink to color the                      shells)
     Vineyard Berry Marker (retired)

Just click on the Color Dare Graphic below to get to see what the rest of the wonderful Design Team has to inspire you and to find the link to share your project with us.

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My card layout was inspired by this Try Stampin' on Tuesday #373:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges--Anything Goes
     Craft Rocket Challenges--Anything Goes
     Seize the Birthday--Option of Water
     Crafty Addicts--Boys or Men

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, July 30, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #275 With Fresh Air Paper

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  This is challenge #275 and it features diagonal elements with a rectangular frame over it.  My card started with a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of Fresh Air paper which was cut from corner to corner twice.  I flipped over 2 pieces to create the background design.  The frame was cut from the Cindy Loo cricut cartridge.  The sentiment was stamped in New England Ivy ink from the retired Close to My Heart Casual Expressions stamp set.  Red Berry Nuvo Crystal Drops were applied to the tree.






Here is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch for you to follow this week:


Our challenge will be open until Sunday night August 6 at 9pm EDT.  We hope that you will find the time to play along!

I'm also linking up this card to the following challenges:
      Heart 2 Heart--Fresh Air Fun
      Bitten by the Bug--Use a Cricut Frame or Border
      Double Trouble--combine with Heart 2 Heart and AHSC
      Crazy 4 Challenges--Sympathy or Hope cards
      Brown Sugar Challenges--Use 2 Patterned Papers
    
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, July 23, 2018

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #331--Happy Birthday

It's a Happy Birthday challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #331.  My card was made with the Southwest cartridge (available in Access). Here it is:

The papers are from Close to My Heart Central Park paper packet.  Before I colored the inside of the letters with a Marine Blue Shin Han Touch Marker I applied a Gold Shimmer Brush to the patterned paper.
      Seize the Birthday--Optional Stripes
      Always Happy Birthday--Birthday Cake optional
      Inkspirational Challenge--Birthday 
      Simply Papercrafts--Anything Goes




Challenge #331-Birthdays
Make a project about Birthdays. But there has to be a least one cut from the Cricut Library!



And the prize is-

A $10 coupon code for anything in the store!

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




Friday, July 20, 2018

Color Dare #302 Meets Freshly Made Sketch #346

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This fortnight we are challenging you to combine the following  Close to My Heart colors:  Bashful, Mink and Glacier.  Black and White are free to use but please do not add additional colors.  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!  Our challenge is open until August 2 at 9PM EDT so you have almost 2 weeks to participate. 



Close to My Heart products used:
     Mink CS
     Bashful CS
     Black CS
     Thoughtful Bird Stamp
     Memento Black Ink
     Zoe Paper (retired)
     Heart Thin Cuts

Just click on the Color Dare Graphic below to get to see what the rest of the wonderful Design Team has to inspire you and to find the link to share your project with us.

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My card layout was inspired by this fabulous Freshly Made Sketch #346:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Heart 2 Heart--Anything Goes
     Addicted to Stamps and More--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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #273

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch--we are at #273 already!  That's a lot of fabulous card sketches and this one is another lovely one.  I chose to use Close to My Heart's Fresh Air papers from the In My Heart Cardmaking Kit and a scalloped oval from the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  A little bit of Clear Shimmer Brush was applied to the pine springs and heart.



Here's the sketch:


We can't wait to see how you will interpret it.  Click here on Wednesday to be inspired by the rest of the talented Design Team.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Crafty Sentiment Designs--Add a Sentiment
     Die Cutting Divas--Lots of Layers
     Through the Craft Room Door--Anything Goes
     Classic Design Team Open Challenge--Anything             Goes

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

Monday, July 9, 2018

Quick Cards for July 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 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!  



This month I've created a few cards using new Thin Cut Dies from the current Seasonal Expressions catalog (ends August 31) called It's Your Day and A Big Thank You.  These dies are 3.75" x 5" to fill up an A2 card base quite nicely.  It is so quick to make cards with these fabulous Thin Cut Dies!

My first card was created with the current challenge colors (Mink, Bashful and Pacifica) from Color My Heart Color Dare which is celebrating it's 300th challenge featuring Close to My Heart colors.  (A Mystery Box of CTMH products is being offered as a prize so check out the requirements here).  Bashful Shimmer Brush was added to the candle flames for a bit of sparkle.



This next card was made with New England Ivy card stock (soon to be retired color) and patterned paper from Fresh Air Paper Pack (available through August 31).  Although it's difficult to see I applied the Gold Shimmer Brush to the candle flames.

I remembered that I had some Nuvo Crystal Drops in my stash and applied them to the candle flames.



This next card uses Lemon Card Stock, Pacifica Card Stock  and a Cranberry Card Stock strip.  (Cranberry and Pacifica are among my favorite colors but they will be retired at the end of August.) The Clear Shimmer Brush was used inside the heart for a bit of sparkle.




Now head on over to Michelle Loncar's blog.  I'm sure you'll be inspired by her project! 

I'm also entering these cards into the following challenges:
     Heart 2 Heart--Anything Goes with CTMH products
     Seize the Birthday--Option to use Sequins
     


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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