Friday, May 31, 2013

Dream Pop for Color Dare #45

Dream Pop is a special promotion of Close To My Heart Papers that was available the month of May with a qualifying purchase. The Color My Heart Color Dare challenge this week is to use these colors in a papercrafted item.  (If you don't have this paper yet you can substitute similar colors--see the palette here).  Many of the pages are photo ready cardstock sheets and I took the subject of my card from the bottom corner of one of these 12 x 12 sheets.  My card is 6.5" wide x 5" high so the entire owl could fit on the card.  The picture frame in the top left corner is from Frame Flair and was stamped on Whisper CS with Slate Ink.  The punny greeting inside the frame is from Just a Number and was stamped in Bubblegum ink (vintage CTMH) and clear embossed. (Owls are reputed to be "wise" and I thought this was a great saying to use with this card--it made me smile to make that connection anyway!)  I used 3D Foam Tape to lift the frame off the sentiment.  To finish the card off I added wiggle eyes, flower center Clear Sparkles and accented parts of the owl and flowers with my favorite quick embellishment--Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel.  Here is my completed card:

Here is the pre-bling card:

It took me less than 5 minutes to add the "extra" touches to make my card more attractive and it was certainly worth the time to do it.  It's those little things that make a big difference! (In my humble opinion!)

I'm also entering this card into the Heart2Heart Challenge Creature Feature.

Now it's time to check out what the rest of the fabulous Color Dare Design Team and special Guest Designer for more inspiration at Color My Heart Color Dare.  We hope you will play along with us this week!

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

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop for Operation Write Home

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  Yesterday I posted a card using OWH Sketch #71 and I promised I would use the same sketch for this blog hop with a Thank You theme.

Products used are from Close To My Heart: Fanfare paper (retired), Pacifica CS, Sunny Yellow (retired) stripe, Thanks stamp, Love Life small star stamp, Cranberry Ink, Pacifica Ink.

Remembering my family members in the military: Dad--Navy, Uncle Pete--Marines, Uncle Don--Navy, Son Rick--Navy, Daughter-in-law Siobhan--Marines.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please check my post on 5/24/13 to see the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #44 card using the same sketch and for details about my blog candy giveaway! Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

Friday, May 24, 2013

Color Dare #44--Creme Brulee and Juniper and Blog Candy Giveaway Details

This week's Color My Heart Color Dare features the Close To My Heart colors Creme Brulee and Juniper.  Several of the Color Dare Design Team members and I are also participating in this weekend's Operation Write Home blog hop so I will be using the same Operation Write Home sketch for today's post as well as tomorrow's.  I chose to use OWH sketch #71 which looks like this:

My card uses a Juniper colored patterned paper from Jingle which was available several years ago, Creme Brulee CS, a thin Cocoa CS stripe, Quick Cards--Bumblebee stamp, Cocoa ink, Versamark ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Creme Brulee ink with honeycomb stamp from Wicked stamp set (CTMH retired) and glossy paper (retired CTMH).  3D Foam Tape lifts the focus panel from the center panel.

Before I stamped on the center panel I used a Polished Stone Technique to create the background.  I soaked a cotton ball with Rubbing Alcohol and then put drops of Creme Brulee and Juniper reinkers on the cotton ball.  I then rubbed the alcohol and color soaked cotton ball over the glossy paper to create the multicolored or marbled effect.  (I did not add a metallic ink to the cotton ball as originally described in this technique here).  Although I have plenty of Glossy CS in my stash it may be hard to find.  The blue package of glossy photographic paper pictured here would be a source--I got this package at Dollar Tree.


This was a very easy sketch to follow as the paper dimensions are listed in the sketch photo.  I will definitely be using more OWH sketches in the future!

We hope you can join in on this challenge.  If you don't have Close To My Heart colors you may substitute something similar.  Please use only the 2 challenge colors (this week it is Juniper and Creme Brulee)--you may use neutrals to complement these colors but the challenge focus is to use these colors. Link up your papercrafted creation (it does not have to be a card!) here by Thursday, May 30, 2012 9PM CST.  There is a monthly prize to be won by one lucky person!  Don't forget to see what the rest of the Design Team has ready to inspire you!


In celebration of our military heroes (proud Navy mom here) I'm offering a prize to one lucky person whose name will be picked at random.  The prize package will include 100+ assorted cardfronts (4.25" x 5.5").  All pieces are from Close To My Heart papers--some current and some retired along with some border strips.


To be eligible to win you must:

--Become a follower of my blog AND

--Write a comment on my 5/25/ 2013 Operation Write Home post indicating you are a blog follower

--Deadline to comment on my blog is midnight EST, May 31st, 2013

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!  Good luck in the prize drawing!

:) Marie




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