Friday, August 9, 2013

Color Dare #55--Laughing Lola Colors

Close To My Heart has a wonderful new Idea Book out and this week's Color My Heart Color Dare features one of its new paper packs called "Laughing Lola".


I also used the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge in making these two cards.

The card on the right was the first card I made for this challenge.  The background has a subtle texture to it created by a Bamboo CS overlay from page 84 of the Artbooking handbook cut at 5.5" Real Dial Size placed over Bamboo CS.  (Artbooking overlays can replace embossing folders for a textured effect!).   I created the herringbone sriped panel using Laughing Lola papers and Lagoon CS.  The "hugs" greeting was cut from page 49 Icon at 4" Real Dial Size from Black CS and then trimmed from the frame and placed over a strip of Lagoon CS.  The heart flowers are from the same page cut at 2.25" Real Dial Size.  There is a strip of Silver Shimmer Trim with black and white Bakers' Twine over it.  The hugs greeting is popped up using 3D Foam Tape.  The final touch was the application of Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel on to the heart flowers.  I am also entering this card into Crafty Creations Challenge #234--Texture.

When I finished my card I looked at my Cricut mat and saw that I had the "negative" scraps still on my mat and decided to make another card using the black square and individual letters.  I stamped Quick Card--Bumble Bee with White Daisy Ink onto the black square and heat set it with my embossing gun.  The images were colored with colored pencils in a technique called "Black Magic".  Using Gypsy Ink I also stamped onto White Daisy CS and fussy cut the bee.  His wings were folded up and Stardust  Glitz Glitter Gel was applied.  There is a thin line of Silver Glitz Glitter Gel applied to the horizontal stripe.  I used Bonding Memories glue pen to adhere the letters but 3D Foam Tape to adhere the black square and bumblebee body.

If you would like to see other items made with the new Artbooking cartridge you can jump onto the Artbooking in August blog hop here and visit 40 other consultant blogs for inspiration.  There will be new items posted on everyone's blogs on each Monday in August so plan to visit then too.  

Now it's your turn to challenge yourself using these unique colors.  As substitutions for Laughing Lola you could use Lagoon, Gypsy or Flirty Raspberry or Bamboo.  If you don't have these colors you could substitute something similar.  Please post our challenge graphic (first pic on this post) and link back to Color My Heart Color Dare on your blog post.  (Be sure to post a direct link so we can find your entry more easily.  To do this, click on your blog post title and copy the URL from the Location Toolbar on top of your screen.)

Welcome to our new Design Team members on Team A: Shirley, Sheri and Gretchen.
Check out what the rest of the Design Team and this week's fabulous Guest Designer Jayma has to inspire you:Sarah, PamBecca, Shirley, Sheri and Gretchen.  Don't forget to leave them some comments on their projects. 

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

p.s. Be sure to stop by on Sunday for new Sunday Stamps Sketch Challenge post and on Monday for new Heart 2 Heart Challenge post (and don't forget Artbooking in August Blog Hop post!).


  1. I love your first card, and it's so clever that you made a second card with your negatives. I'm about to make a layout out of the negatives of my mini album. We'll see if it turns out as nice as yours!

  2. Your cards are lovely! I especially love the "hugs" card -- nice use of Artbooking!

  3. Marie, I love the braided/herringbone pattern on the hugs card. It's a favorite of mine from quilting projects. I'm going to have to try that black magic coloring technique. Looks great!

  4. Really neat cards! Love all the texture you have added to the Hugs card! Thanks for linking up with us at Crafty Creations!
    Tracey F., DT Crafty Creations Challenges

  5. What a cool way to juxtapose the vintage feel of the bumblebee with the funky paper! And the weave pattern on the first card combined with all that texture...fab!!

  6. Wow, Marie, you are giving your Cricut a work-out! Love the the effect of the same-colour over-lay on the first card, and that "black magic" bumble bee on the second. How exactly did you do the colouring with pencils?


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