Friday, September 23, 2016

Color Dare #212--Purples Challenge

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 Purples:  Eggplant, Pansy and Thistle with Black and White Daisy.  Of course if you don't have these CTMH colors yet you can substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!   Here is my card: 



Here is a closeup of the 3 small embellishments I used.  Can you guess where they came from?




The white discs came off the CTMH stamp envelopes!  To save some storage space I have removed the snaps so I can get more stamp packages into my storage containers.  





     Thousand Thanks stamps (greeting and small hearts--       recently retired)
     Whimsy Fundamentals Paper (Thistle striped)
     Adventure Fundamentals Paper (Small polka dot banner)
     Eggplant CS
     Black Ink
     White Daisy CS
     Black Shimmer Trim
     Clear Shimmer Brush (used on small black hearts over white discs)

I'm also entering my card into the Stampin' Royalty #347 Monochromatic challenge this week.

My card was inspired by the Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch #288: 


Here is the Color Dare graphic.  Just click on it to get to see what the rest of the fabulous Color Dare Design Team has to inspire you.

www.colormyheartcolordare.blogspot.com 

We would love to have you share your Purple creations with us at the Color Dare blog.  

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




Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Addicted to Stamps #21--Make Your Mark

Welcome back to another Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog post!  This week we are challenging you to "Make Your Mark" with markers, paints, ink or whatever.  My card was made for my cat loving friend Diane following the Paper Players sketch #15
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1hQe99fdH2o/V9s-fP4-csI/AAAAAAAAE1g/cGc9FVaoVNcpHhcq4mdX_epBI2npyz5EACLcB/s1600/DSC_0364%2B%25282%2529.JPG 
Here is a closeup photo so you can see the sparkly layer of Clear Shimmer Brush applied to the relaxing kitty.




Close to My Heart Products Used:
      Sea Glass CS     
     New England Ivy Green CS
     Spring Iris CS
     Birthday Sparkles Stamp
     New England Ivy Ink
     Black Memento Ink
     Clear Shimmer Brush
     Cozy Cat stamp (retired)
     Grey Wool Marker (retired)
     Spring Iris Marker (retired)
     Green Chiffon Marker (retired)
     Golden Ember Marker (retired)
     3D Foam Tape

Other:   Paw Print paper--unknown source

Here is the Paper Play Sketch that inspired my card:

 
We would love to have you play along!  Click on the graphic below to get to the ATSM blog and check out what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.

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

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Anniversary Card with Atlantic Hearts Sketch #177

Here is a lovely card I made for my some special people.  The flowers were fussy cut from Stampin' Up's Gold Soiree Specialty Designer paper.  I was using up some stash so I used Close to My Heart Moonstruck paper.  The greeting is from CTMH Happy Couple which is newly retired.  The gold sequins have drops of White Opal Liquid Pearls.

Here's another look so you can see the shiny sequins.


My card was inspired by this fabulous Atlantic Hearts sketch:


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

Friday, September 16, 2016

Color Dare #211--Poppy, Fern, Saffron and Colonial White

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post.  This week we have some lovely fall colors for you to play with:  Poppy, Fern, Saffron and Colonial White.  As always if you do not have these exact Close to My Heart colors yet you may substitute similar color so you can still play along.



Close to My Heart products used:
     Colonial White CS
     Saffron CS
     Poppy CS
     Fern CS
     Lovely Leaves stamps
     Poppy Ink
     Saffron Ink
     Fern Ink
     Sponge Daubers

Other
     Cricut Alphabet

Here is the Design Space cutting file if you are interested.

My card layout was inspired by Nacho Average Challenge #180:

http://nachoaveragechallenges.blogspot.com/2016/09/nacho-average-challenge-180.html 

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:

     Stampin' Royalty #346--Fall Theme
     The Three Muses Challenge--Autumn Colours
     Sunny Day Crafting--Anything Goes

Here is the Color Dare Challenge Graphic:


 



Please head on over to the Color My Heart Color Dare blog to be inspired by the rest of the fabulous Design Team.  We hope to see your creations in our gallery this week!

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





Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Beehive Birthday Card With Case This Sketch #189

My friend Chris is a Beekeeper and she has a birthday this week.  When I saw this week's Case This Sketch sketch I knew what I would make.


Here is a closeup photo of the shimmery bee wings:



     Colonial White CS
     Honey CS (retired)
     Champagne CS
     Happy Birthday stamp (old wood stamp--long ago retired!)
     Black Ink
     Flower Market cartridge (beehive and bees)
     Black CS
     Vellum (retired)
     Clear Shimmer Brush
     3D Foam Tape

Here is the fabulous sketch that inspired my card:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Crafting When We Can--Happy Birthday
     Seize the Birthday--Frames optional
     Broken Fairy Designs--Things with Wings

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





Monday, September 12, 2016

Pretty Poinsettias for Freshly Made Sketch #253

There is a great sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week and I just finished my card with 30 minutes to the deadline!


     Flower Market cartridge
     White Daisy CS
     Desert Sand CS
     Fern CS
     Canary CS
     Sea Glass Glitter paper
     Oh Deer! paper
     Ruby Ink
     Pretty Poinsettia stamp
     Ruby Ink
     Canary Ink
     3D Foam Tape

Here is the sketch that inspired my card:


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


Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #285 Meets Sketch Saturday #429

Every other Monday there is a new challenge posted at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog!  This week we are inviting you to create a project using wet or dry embossing.  

I made this card for a dear friend who is also an avid golfer using the Sports Mania cartridge for the background.  Do you see the golf greens and flagsticks in the Topiary Green (CTMH) background?  The Happy Birthday panel was printed in Design Space from Anna's Lovely Layered Cards with a Cricut gold pen.  After the Happy Birthday was printed I dry embossed it or "debossed" it to resemble the dimples of a golf ball.  



The inspiration for my card came from Sketch Saturday #429:


I'm also submitting it to Hiding in my Craft Room challenge to use scraps (Gold piece behind sentiment is a scrap piece) and the Seize the Birthday challenge.

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge:

Challenge #285-Embossing
Create a project that features wet or dry embossing!

This Weeks Sponsor




The prize is 7 digital stamps!

And we are giving away a $25 Amazon gift certificate, courtesy of FCCB Design Team!  

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.

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




Friday, September 9, 2016

Create Kindness for 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 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!
 


For this month's blog hop I created two cards using sentiments from the September Constant Campaign "Create Kindness" and the new "Simple Chevron" embossing folder.

Card #1:


     White Daisy CS
     Simple Chevron Embossing folder (colored stripes with Markers)
     Lagoon CS
     Thistle CS
     Create Kindness "Special" stamp
     Shin Han Touch Peony Purple Marker
     Shin Han Touch Peacock Green Marker
     Swirling Stars stamp (stamped with 2nd generation Peacock)
     Peacock Ink
     Silver Assortment Sequins (colored with above Markers)
     Silver Metallic Marker (used a ruler to frame sentiment panel and color inside Special)

Card #2:



     White Daisy CS
     Saffron CS
     Artbooking cartridge for frame
     Simple Chevron Embossing folder
     Sapphire Ink
     Create Kindness "Everything" stamp
     Gold Metallic Marker
     3D Foam Tape

I'm entering this card into the Cuttlebug Mania "Anything Goes With Diecuts" challenge and the Heart 2 Heart Use a CTMH stamp on your project.

I'd love to hear which card you like better--please leave me a comment if you can.

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

P.S.  Did you know that there is more to the September Constant Campaign offer than ordering the whole kit?  It's true you can order any of the stamps or papers separately.  Check it out here.

Color Dare #210 With Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch #287

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare blog post!  We are up to challenge #210 already.  This week we are challenging you to use the following Close to My Heart colors:  Eggplant, Fern, Desert Sand, Peacock and Colonial White to create something you like.  (Of course, if you do not have these CTMH colors yet, you may substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!)


     Colonial White CS
     Enchantment Fundamentals Peacock patterned paper
     Fern CS
     Eggplant CS
     Way to Go stamp set
     Peacock CS
     Eggplant Ink
     Desert Sand Ink

My inspiration for my card layout came from Try Stampin' on Tuesday #287:


I really love this sketch and will be using it again soon!

Here is the Color Dare challenge graphic:

     
The back panel of my card was random stamped with the Way to Go ribbon stamps so I can also enter it into Between the Folds challenge.  (This is another challenge blog featuring Close to My Heart products).

Please head on over to the Color My Heart Color Dare blog to be inspired by the rest of the fabulous Design Team.  We hope to see your creations in our gallery this week!

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


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Twin Birthday Cards With Sunday Stamps #134

My twin nieces have a birthday in the end of August.  One loves everything purple and the other loves everything pink.  The inspiration for my cards came from Sunday Stamps #134.



     Artbooking cricut cartridge for heart banners
     White Daisy CS
     Ink Blot stamp (background colors)
     Wise Guy Birthday (greeting and cake)
     Ranger Silver Embossing Powder
     Hydrangea Ink (retired)
     Pixie Ink
     Amethyst Marker (retired)
     Shell Pink Marker (retired)
     Friendship Alphabet--15

Other products used:
     Purple Reflective paper by Colorbok
     Pink Glitter paper--unknown source
     Nuvo Crystal Drops--White Blizzard 

Look how sparkly the White Blizzard Crystal Drops look as the cake frosting!


Here is the Sunday Stamps Sketch that I used to make these cards:



The theme for this week's Crafty Creations Challenges is to use a number.  I'm also sharing these cards at Seize the Birthday challenge.

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

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

ATSM #210 Meets Case This Sketch #188

The new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More is a "photo inspiration" challenge and we are being sponsored this week by QKR Stampede.




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QKR Stampede and Eureka Stamps was purchased by Stamp On It in 2013 from the state of Colorado and moved to its new home in Michigan! We(Stamp On It) had its humble beginnings over 25 years ago and is now a mobile(on-the-road) family owned and operated business. We travel coast to coast and attend as a vendor over 25 retail stamping and scrapping shows each year. 


Prize: 3 digital images 

When I first saw the photo I was drawn to the quilt and wanted to create something that resembled a quilt.  The blotches of color on the wall behind the quilt called me to create a watercolored background with a "smooshing" technique.  Here is my card:


If you would like to "recreate" this card and have a Cricut Explore here is the Design Space file.  Enjoy!

     White Daisy CS
     Thistle Ink
     Canary Ink
     Crystal Blue Ink
     Flower Market cricut cartridge
     Thistle CS
      3D Foam Tape
      Spray Pen (for water)

Other products:
     Cricut silver and black pens
     Ruler
     paintbrush
     Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Pure Platinum
          (used with water to paint "quilting lines" on watercolored panel)
     
My creative process usually entails finding a card sketch challenge to play along with so I used Case This Sketch #188 pictured here:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     CAS on Sunday--pastels
     Cut it Up--Watercolor

Now it's time to head on over to the Addicted to Stamps and More blog to see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.  We are looking forward to seeing how this photo inspires you to create and commenting on your blogs.

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


Friday, September 2, 2016

Color Dare #209 Meets Tuesday Morning Sketch #367

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This color dare challenge was suggested by the  winner of our 200th challenge Lisa Bzibziak.  She would love to hear how you like her color dare palette so please stop by her blog to comment.

 For this week's Color Dare challenge we would like you to use all and only the following challenge colors: Sorbet, Pomegranate, Pear, Black, White Daisy and Gold.  (Of course if you don't have these CTMH colors yet you can substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!

I had some fun putting this card together using the August stamp of the month "Purr-fect Halloween" and  Tuesday Morning Sketch #367.


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Black CS
     Whimsy Fundamentals (Sorbet)
     Encantment Fundamentals (Pomegranate)
     Purr-fect Halloween stamp set
     Black Memento Ink
     Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
     Versamark Ink

Here is the Color Dare challenge graphic:






Here is the Tuesday Morning Sketch that inspired my card:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
    Cardz4Guys--letter F (Fun is on my card)
    Crafty Gals Corner--Anything Goes
    House That Stamps Built--Anything Goes


Now head on over to Color My Heart Color Dare to check out what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.  We look forward to visiting and commenting  on your creations.  

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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Blessed Beyond Measure Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring September's SOTM, which is "Blessed Beyond Measure", a set of 18 stamps.  If you have come here from Jen Rubio'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!

I really like the smaller leaves in the stamp set and followed Case This Sketch #187 in two different color schemes.



The first card uses Peacock CS, Saffron CS, Pomegranate Ink, Peacock Ink, Blessed Beyond Measure and Sending Smiles greeting stamp from the Flower Market Cricut Bundle.


The second card uses Champagne CS, Eggplant CS, Eggplant Ink, Fern Ink.  The Champagne panel was scored before stamping to create 6 sections.  I applied the new Clear Shimmer brush on the small dots and Eggplant leaves.


I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
     Creatalicious Challenges--Anything Goes
     House That Stamps Built--Anything Goes
     NBUS-  Anything Goes  (new item is the Clear Shimmer Brush)


Now "Hop" on over to Corinna Murphy'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 September SOTM is only available until September 30!  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



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