Sunday, January 22, 2017

Twinkling H2O Painted Sympathy Card for Freshly Made Sketch #271

This week's sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches really appealed to me so I used it to make a sympathy card.  I had treated myself to some Twinkling H2O watercolor pots at the holidays and had a chance to play with them in making this card.  The shimmer of these paints is so much fun!


Here is a closeup so you can see the shimmer of the paints:


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Pansy CS
     Sincere Expressions stamp (retired)
     Treasure Life stamp (retired)
     Memento Black Ink

Other products used:
     We R Memory Keepers Quilt Folder
     Recollections paper (lavender color)
     Twinkling H2O paints:  Periwinkle, Pink Azalea,              Sky Blue

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

Here are other challenges I'm submitting this card to:
     Paper Players #328--Use a Flower on CAS card
    Sunny Day Crafting--Anything Goes
    Crafting by Designs--Anything That Shines

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

:) Marie

Friday, January 20, 2017

Color Dare #227 Meets Sunday Stamps Sketch #144

This week's color challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare features the Close to My Heart colors from the Sugar Rush paper pack.  The Sunday Stamps #144 Sketch challenge inspired my card layout and I had so much fun using the same heart elements with 4 different background panels--all from the Sugar Rush color palette.  

Card #1:


Card #2:


Card #3:


Card #4:


     Sugar Rush Paper Pack
     Flower Market Cricut Cartridge
     Whisper CS
     Seaglass CS
     Tangerine CS
     Blossom CS
     Canary CS
     Pomegranate CS
     Raspberry CS

It's time for a giveaway! My craft room stash is overflowing and I'd like to share some of my goodies with a lucky winner.



Just leave a comment below indicating your favorite card and why you like it best and your name will be entered into a random draw. If you also become a follower of my blog (or are already a follower) and indicate that in your comment you will receive an additional entry.  Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

Here is the Sunday Stamps Sketch that I followed:


I'm also entering my card into the following challenges:
     Crafty Gals Challenge--Add a Heart
     Inspiration Destination--Anything Goes
     Stampin' Royalty--Valentines
     Sunny Day Crafting--Anything Goes

When you click on the Color Dare graphic below it will take you to the Color Dare blog where you will be inspired by what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to share with you.  We hope you will be able to join us by creating something with the Color Dare challenge colors--of course, if you don't have these exact colors you may substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!

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






Friday, January 13, 2017

Twist and Pop Card for Color Dare #226--Peacock, Glacier, Black and White Daisy

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge!  We have a wonderful year of great color challenges lined up for you.  This week we are inviting you to try out all and only these Close to My Heart colors:  Peacock, Glacier, Black and White Daisy.  (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!)



My card has a special surprise inside--when you open it a special panel jumps into view.  (To make one of these fun cards check out this great video.)


      White Daisy CS
      Peacock CS
      Black CS
      Glacier CS
      Zoe paper (retired)
      Dreamin' Big Cardmaking stamps and Thin Cut                 Dies
      Birthday Sparkles stamps
      Peacock Ink
      Glacier Ink
      Black Shin Han Touch Marker
      Peacock Green Shin Han Touch Marker
      White Shimmer Trim
      Clear Shimmer Brush

Other products
      Cricut Design Space--to draw "Sensational 70"                banner
      Cricut Gold pen
      Thin Craft Foam (underneath butterflies)

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Seize the Birthday--Anything Goes
     Fab 'n Funky challenges--birthday with a number
     Paper Craft Crew Challenges--Birthday

     Join me for a grand Birthday Celebration event with the Paper Craft Crew and play along with Challenge 226. #pcc2017 #themechallenge #imbringtingbirthdaysback  www.papercraftcrew.com

Please head on over to the Color Dare Blog.  Just click on the Color Graphic to get to the Color Dare site to be inspired by what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to share with you.

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We sure hope you can find the time to share your creations with us over at the Color Dare blog.

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





      


Monday, January 9, 2017

Dreamin' Big Dragonfly for Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome back to the January 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 Krista Hersheberger'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!
 
I started this card by creating the center panel with the "smooshing" technique.  Raspberry, Tangerine and Blossom inks were stamped onto a sheet of acetate and spritzed with water and then the paper was placed on the inky acetate.  The results are unpredictable and one of a kind creations.  The Dreamin' Big dragonfly was gold embossed onto Pansy CS.   Tiny pearls were placed onto the top set of wings.  Drops of Silver Glitz Glitter Gel and Pink Glitz Glitter Gel were put on the background panel.  The dragonfly Thin Cut die was used to cut out the butterfly and a piece of thin craft foam to give it some added dimension.






      Sugar Rush paper
      Dreamin' Big dragonfly stamp and coordinating Thin Cut Die
      Pansy CS
      Raspberry CS
      Raspberry Ink
      Tangerine Ink
      Blossom Ink
      White and Gold Ribbon
      Pink Glitter Gel (retired)
      Silver Glitz Glitter Gel (retired)

Here is the Sketch Saturday #455 that inspired my card layout:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Happy Little Stampers--Anything Goes with Dies


Now it's time to hop on over to see what my friend Jen Benner has to share.  I'm sure you'll be inspired by her artwork.

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





Sunday, January 8, 2017

Something New for Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #292

Did you get a new Cricut cartridge or have a new technique or embellishment you'd like to share?  We hope you'll find time to share it with the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog this week!  

My project was made with my latest cartridge acquisition--"To You From Me" and is an easel stand for a 3 x 3 Post it Note holder.  It was so easy to make!  I made 13 of them for a dinner party I hosted for my golf group.  These were used as table seating cards and my guests got to keep them.


The red cardstock is from Craft Smith (a $5 Hot Buy at Michaels) and the Golf Tee paper manufacturer is a mystery--it was purchased at Tuesday Morning.

I'm also entering this project into the Bitten by the Bug "New Year Something New" challenge.
Now head on over to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog and check out what the rest of the Design Team has to share.



Challenge #292-Something New
Make a project using a new technique, cartridge, embellishment, etc.

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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.

Any project that doesn't use a Cricut element will be deleted.


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

:) Marie

Friday, January 6, 2017

Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart Consultants Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop!  There are 26 consultants sharing artwork from this new Close to My Heart catalog. If you are coming from Stefanie Ewing's blog you are on the right track. If you get lost along the way you can visit Melinda Everitt's blog here.

Have you seen the new Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book yet?  You'll find fabulous seasonal paper pack collections for your late winter and spring crafting.  

I created this birthday card for a very special niece who is celebrating her 18th birthday. When she was much younger she loved everything "ladybug".  




Close to My Heart products used:
     Uptown Fundamentals paper (black pattern and gold foil vellum)
     Dreaming Big stamp and Thin Cut Die (ladybug)
     One in a Million stamp
     White Daisy CS
     Pomegranate CS
     Pomegranate Ink
     Black Shin Han Touch Marker
     Gold Metallic Marker--borders white sentiment  panel

Other product:
     Thin craft foam die cut to pop up ladybugs

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


I am also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Seize the Birthday--Anything Goes
      Sunny Day Crafting--Anything Goes or Disney
      Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge--New Something (new stamps)
   

The next stop on this blog hop tour is Cat Nowak.  I'm sure you'll be delighted by what she has to share!

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

Color Dare #225 Meets Mojo Monday #478

Happy New Year!  I'm excited to bring you a new Color My Heart Color Dare challenge today.  We are challenging you to create something using all and only the following Close to My Heart colors: Colonial White, Champagne, Cashmere, Fern and Pomegranate.  Of course, if you don't have these exact Close to My Heart exclusive colors yet you can substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun.

My card features stamps from a new set called Dreaming' Big which also comes with coordinating Thin Cut dies.


Here is what happened when I added our new Gold Shimmer Pen to the dragonfly's wings and body:


Which one do you like better?

This Mojo Monday sketch that inspired my card layout:



Close to My Heart products used:
     Champagne CS
     Cashmere CS
     Fern CS
     Colonial White CS
     Pomegranate CS
     Pomegranate Ink
     Dreaming Big Stamps     

Other products:
     Stitched Circle Die and Stitched Rectangular Die by Katscrappiness
     Craft Foam to raise image (used Thin Cut die to cut it)

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Sunny Day Crafting--Anything Goes
     Simon Says Wednesday Challenge--New        Something--Dreamin' Big stamp set is new
     Starz Stamp Challenge--Something New
     Inspiration Destination--Anything Goes
     The Male Room Challenge--Anything Goes

Click on this color graphic to take you to the Color My Heart Color Dare blog to be inspired by what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to share.

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

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Adore You Meets Freshly Made Sketches #268

Happy New Year!  With a new month comes a new Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month--Adore You! This lovely set contains 12 stamps and can be used for Valentine's Day, wedding, anniversary or love notes.  I used 2 of the stamps with Freshly Made Sketch #268 layout to make this pretty card.



Here is a closeup photo so you can see the gorgeous sparkle created by the CTMH Clear Shimmer Pen:




















Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Whimsy Fundamentals patterned paper
     Thistle CS
     Black CS
     Raspberry CS
     Adore You stamps
     Black Memento Ink
     Shin Han Touch Markers--Tender Pink, Peony Purple, Vivid Green, Carmine
     Clear Shimmer Brush

The complete set of stamps can be purchased for just $5. with a $50 qualifying purchase here:

Stamps

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


I thought I had signed up to participate in the Yahoo Groups CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop but somehow with all the holiday activities  I missed the signup deadline.  If you want to get other wonderful ideas to use this Stamp of the Month I encourage you to check out the blog hop that will start Sunday evening, January 1 at 9 PM EST here.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Sunny Day Crafting Challenges--Anything Goes
     Brown Sugar #231--Anything Goes
     Inspiration Destination Challenge--Anything Goes
     Simon Says--Anything Goes

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

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Boxing Week Sales at Close to My Heart!

Would you like to purchase Close to My Heart Embossing Folders and Thin Cut Bundles (stamps and coordinating dies) for 1/2 price?  There is an assortment of current and retired items available for sale today only until 3PM MT (2 PM PST, 4 PM  CST or 5 PM EST).

Boxing Week

Come check it out here!  Stop by again every day this week for another assortment of highly discounted items.

Be sure to check out the Clearance button and the Going Soon buttons for additional values.  If your order reaches $50 you will also be eligible to purchase the December Stamp of the Month for just $5!
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Happy Shopping!

:) Marie

Friday, December 16, 2016

Color Dare #224 Meets CAS Challenges #366.

Here is the last Color My Heart Color Dare challenge for 2016! We invite you to use the designated Close to My Heart colors to create something you like.  (Of course if you don't have the exact CTMH colors yet you can substitute something similar so you can still join in on the fun!)  This year we are extending the usual one week challenge to 3 weeks (ending 9PM EST January 5) so you have plenty of time to join us over the holidays.  

Our colors this week are:  Cranberry, Crystal Blue, Willow and White Daisy.  My card features stamps and thin cuts from the Thankful for You Thin Cuts Bundle.

Here is a close-up so you can see how sparkly the Clear Shimmer pen made the swan's bill and wings.

     Thankful for You Thin Cuts Bundle
     White Daisy CS
     Adventure Fundamentals Paper (Willow green pattern)
     Cranberry CS
     Crystal Blue CS
     White and Gold Ribbon
     Clear Shimmer Brush
     Willow Ink
     Crystal Blue Ink
     Scallop Punch (retired)

Other product:
     Stitched Oval Die by Katscrappiness.com
     Tiny wiggle eye

Here is the Color My Heart Color Dare graphic.  Just click on it to get to the challenge blog to check out what the rest of the awesome Design Team has to inspire you.

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My usual creative process often starts with pairing the color challenge with a current sketch challenge.  I often consult the Paper Playful blog to find other challenges to inspire me.  This week I found the Crazy 4 Challenges blog in which you can use any of their sketches for the whole year.  I chose challenge #341.



I'm also entering my card into the Sunny Day Crafting challenge where it is always Anything Goes.

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



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

CAS Christmas Card for Addicted to Stamps and More #224

The last six months has really flown by!  This is my last project for the Addicted to Stamps and More Design Team.  I've been honored to be among this very talented group of people in sharing my passion for creativity.  The theme this week at Addicted to Stamps and More is CAS or Clean and Simple.  We are being sponsored by Happy Little Stampers.

My card features a cut from the Celebrate With Flourish cricut cartridge, some gold embossing and Fireworks Craft Ink (Cottage Ivy) sprayed background.  Indian Gold Embellishment Mousse was rubbed on the edges of the base layer to accent the card.



Here is a second photo to show off the shimmer of the present.



My card was inspired by this wonderful sketch from Case This Sketch.#201


I'm also entering this card into the Sunny Day Crafts--Anything Goes challenge.

Please stop by the Addicted to Stamps and More blog to check out what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.  We would love to have you share your CAS projects with us in our last challenge of 2016!

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

Friday, December 9, 2016

Thoughtful Flowers and City Sidewalks for December Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome to the December 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 Donna Ackley Long'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!

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One of my favorite stamps from the December Stamp of the Month Thoughtful Flowers is this poinsettia stamp.  I colored it several times with our Shin Han Touch Markers (Carmine and Tender Pink) and then used the CTMH Clear Shimmer Brush on the center petals.  I used a 1/4" hole punch to cut the flower centers from CTMH Gold Shimmer Trim.


Here is a closeup so you can see the sparkle on the top leaves made by the Clear Shimmer Brush:


     White Daisy CS
     Thoughtful Flowers
     Memento Black Ink 
     City Sidewalks paper
     Light Cerulean Blue Shin Han Touch marker (to create lines on top panel)
     Clear Shimmer Brush
     Tender Pink Shin Han Touch Marker (base layer of color on top of flower)
     Carmine Shin Han Touch Marker (several coats on top flower petals and bottom flower petals)
     Gold Shimmer Trim
     3D Foam Tape

Here is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch that inspired my card layout: 


I'm also entering this into the Feeling-Sketchy Anything Goes Sketch challenge.

Now it's time to head on over to Donna Thomson Digby's blog to see the awesome project she has to share this month.

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 becoming a follower of my blog so you won't miss any of my fabulous projects.





Friday, December 2, 2016

Color Dare #222 Meets Paper Players Sketch #323

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week it's about Metallics!  We would love to see your projects made with your choice of Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, with Black and White Daisy and/or Colonial White.  I went to the Close to My Heart Uptown Fundamentals to create my card.

I varied the light position of these photos to show off the gold foil shininess!





Close to My Heart products used:
      Colonial White CS
      Hearts Embossing Folder (retired)
      Black CS
      Uptown Fundamentals Paper (script paper and foil paper)
      True Love Stamps
      Versamark Ink
      Ranger Gold Detail Embossing Powder
      Memento Black Ink

Here is the Paper Players Sketch #323 that inspired my card layout:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Simon Says Wednesday--Anything Goes
      Sunny Day Crafting--Anything Goes
      The House That Stamps Built--Anything Goes
      As You Like it Challenge--Choose your favorite metallic and why.  My          favorite metallic is Gold--to me it is such a rich and regal color.

Now head on over to the Color My Heart Color Dare blog to check out what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.  Don't forget we are looking for some new Design Team members.  Read about it here.

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


   

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Stamp of the Month--Thoughtful Flowers

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring December's SOTM, which is "Thoughtful Flowers", a set of 14 stamps.  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger'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 30 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!

My card features two floral stamps and one (of 6) sentiment stamps. 

      

Close to My Heart products used:
      Cranberry CS
      Canary CS
      Uptown Fundamentals Paper (gold strip)
      Adventure Fundamentals Paper
      Memento black Ink
      Marigold Shin Han Touch Marker
      Golden Yellow Shin Han Touch Marker
      Clear Shimmer Brush
      Clear Epoxy Bubbles

Here is the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch that inspired my card layout:




Now "Hop" on over to Gina Brandstetter'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 December SOTM is only available until December 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 are looking to participate in a challenge that features Close to My Heart Exclusive colors please check out Color My Heart Color Dare blog.


     
     
   
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