Thursday, February 28, 2013

Color Dare #32--Lagoon, Pear, Outdoor Denim

Welcome back to my blog!  Today's post features a new challenge from Color My Heart--it is Color Dare #32 and it features the Close To My Heart colors Lagoon, Pear and Outdoor Denim.  These are the focus colors for the new CTMH Paper Packet called Later Sk8r.  This is the first time that I am combining these colors together and I love how they look together!  The Skipping Stone Design Sketch #71 caught my eye on Pinterest and I thought it would work well with these 3 colors.  I made a rosette (sometimes called a yoyo) using the CTMH Artiste cartridge (page 62 Accent 3 Shift cut at 1.25") with the Later Sk8tr patterned paper as a backing for the Salutation Seals greeting (stamped in Outdoor Denim and Lagoon inks and hand cut and layered with 3D Foam Tape).  I used Silver Glitz Glitter Gel for the tiny flower centers and the three dots on the right hand side.  It was really easy to assemble this card using this fabulous sketch.


Overachiever that I sometimes am, I decided to make another card to share with you using these colors.  I was inspired by this card from the For Always Workshop on the Go Kit  which can be found in the top right hand corner of page 37 in the Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book.  I used several different paper strips from the Later Sk8r Paper Packet cut at 1.25" x 3.75" with opposite corners rounded using the CTMH Corner Rounder.  The Birthday greeting is from Just a Number and was stamped in Outdoor Denim ink.  I cut 4 starbursts using the Art Philosophy cartridge (page 23 decorative layer shift cut at 1.25")  The edges of these four pieces were distressed with Outdoor Denim ink and they were popped up off the card using 3D Foam TapeOpaques Mocha Adhesive Gems were placed inside the starburst cutouts.  This was another simple card to make.  (For me making decisions about what shapes and design take much more time--there are so many wonderful options to choose from with the Close To My Heart product line!)


I had a lot of fun meeting this challenge and I hope you will too!  If you don't have Close To My Heart colors you may substitute something similar.  Please post your papercrafted item to the Color My Heart Color Dare blog and link back to your blog post so we can come and leave you some love.

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




Monday, February 25, 2013

Seize the Birthday #7 Sketch with CTMH Cozy Cat

Cozy Cat is one of my favorite new stamps from Close To My Heart and I've already made 5 different cards featuring him.  This card follows the Seize the Birthday #7 sketch.  This card is a little larger--5" x 6.5" and uses a new CTMH paper packet called Chantilly.  The cat was stamped onto two different patterned papers (old Buttercup B&T and Chantilly) and the cat was raised from its pillow using 3D Foam Tape.  The greeting was stamped in Ruby ink onto Cotton Candy CS (included in the Chantilly paper packer) and is from a very old wooden stamp (20 +years) and I honestly can't remember who made it.  The label was cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge (page 53 layer cut at 3.75") from Ruby CS.  I applied Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel to many points and flower centers from the Chantilly paper to add a subtle "bling" to the card.



Here is the Seize the Birthday Sketch:

 

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
Black Tie Friday--animal theme
All Sorts Challenge Blog--animal theme

Heads up--there is a prize to be won this week over at Color My Heart Color Dare--a brand new January Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart called "Happy Valentine's Day".

 
Here is a link to a lovely card I made using this stamp set.  The creative possibilities are endless with this group of stamps!


For your chance to win the above prize submit your papercrafted item by 2/28/13 at 9PM CST to the link supplied in the above color graphic.  The featured CTMH colors are Buttercup, Honey and Sunset however you may use a similar color if you don't have any of the CTMH colors.

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

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Birthday Card using CAS Study Challenge #129 Inspiration

This week at Color My Heart Color Dare Sarah Stone made a lovely card using the CAS Study Challenge and I decided to do it also. Thanks, Sarah, for the inspiration!  I really like dry embossing and I've had this Darice Diagonal Stripe folder for a while and thought it would work nicely in this sketch.  I am a Navy mom whose sailor son is having a birthday soon and that's why I did it in red, white and blue (Cranberry, White Daisy and retired Star Spangled Blue)--I'm actually going to mail this card!   The stars were cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge (page 40 star 5) at 1" and stamped with the small star from the Love Life set.   I cut thin strips of CS and mounted the stars on top of them with 3D Foam Tape.  The birthday greeting was stamped in Black ink with the Card Chatter--Birthday set.


Here is the CAS Study Challenge Inspiration:

 

Here is Sarah's card that I loved so much:

 

Please consider joining in our color challenge this week at Color My Heart Color Dare--there is a new stamp set prize to be won this week!

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



Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sympathy Card with a Sunday Stamps Sketch

I needed a sympathy card this week and used this great sketch by Sunday Stamps #36.  Most of the materials I used are no longer available from Close to My Heart (stamped greeting, accent flowers, vineyard berry ribbon, Olive B&T paper, vineyard berry cs and garden green cs).  I used a Darice Bamboo embossing folder and then distressed the garden green cs to reveal the white core underneath.  I rotated the card 90 degrees from the original sketch.



Here is the sketch:



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

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Color Dare #31--Buttercup, Honey and Sunset with a Mojo Monday Sketch

Welcome back to my blog--I appreciate your readership!  This week's Color My Heart Color Dare #31 features analogous colors (next to each other on the color wheel) of Close To My Heart colors Buttercup, Honey and Sunset.  I used the Mojo Monday Sketch #281 to compose my card. This first card features cuts from the Art Philosophy cartridge and the 2" Scallop Circle Punch.  The flowers were cut from page 21 of the Art Philosophy handbook--layer, shift at 2". The birthday greeting in the bottom circle is from Salutation Seals set and was stamped with Honey ink and popped up with 3D Foam Tape.  These circles and a Kraft stripe (stamped with Ritzy Ribbon in Sunset ink) are over a piece of patterned paper from Buttercup Fleur des Jardines (retired CTMH) and this is over Honey cardstock.


I really liked the sketch and wanted to create another card using it along with these colors so I changed the background to Kraft which was dry embossed with the "Bricked" folder from Tim Holtz.  I punched 3 circles using the 2" Scallop Circle Punch and stamped the medallion from Love Life in the 3 different colors.   Opaque Mocha Adhesive gems were used for the the circle centers and on top of the sunset patterned strip from Olivia paper (retired CTMH).


I can't decide which card I like better--what do you think?

Here is the Mojo Monday sketch that inspired me:


We hope that you will undertake our color challenge and enter it into Color Dare #31
 
 If you do not have the exact Close to My Heart colors please feel free to substitute something similar.  Please provide a direct link back to your blog and include a link back to Color My Heart Color Dare.

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

Less is More #107--Up in the Air

The Less is More challenge this week--"Up in the Air"--gave me the opportunity to use a very old wooden stamp manufactured by D.O.T.S. (now called Close To My Heart).  It was one of the first stamps I ever purchased!  It was fun coloring it in with pencils today.  The cloud background paper is computer printer paper but fits in with the theme.  The bottom banner was cut with the CTMH Artiste cartridge and stamped with its coordinating banner stamp in Tulip ink.


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

Use it Tuesday #49--Fasteners and Paper Crafting Journey--Bingo!

The focus of the Use it Tuesday challenge blog this week is to use up fasteners.  I have had a package of shamrock brads for years and have finally made a card with them today!  I have also used some very old paper (from the late 1990's!) in making this card.  The papers (Kentucky Green) and stamp are retired from Close To My Heart.  The shape for the stamped image was cut with the CTMH Artiste cartridge (page 65 accent 3 shift at 2").  I also found some silver photo corners which have been around for a very long time and placed them on the corners of the green rectangle mat.  The white daisy panel was run through the cuttlebug using a Stampinup! Honeycomb embossing folder.



This card also qualifies to be in the Paper Crafting Journey Bingo challenge.  From bottom left to top right I used brads, embossing (dry) and sentiment.

 

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

Monday, February 18, 2013

Seize the Birthday #6 and Here Come the Boys #46--Lots of Layers

My card features Fanfare paper (retired CTMH) and cricut cuts from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  The circle was cut at 2" (Circle 1 page 21).  The background mats for the circle were cut from Shape 12 on page 38 at 2.5" in Cranberry CS and Pacifica CS.  The birthday greeting is from Salutation Seals and was stamped in Indian Corn Blue ink.  The presents were colored in with Buttercup and Cranberry markers by CTMH.   I used 3D Foam Tape to raise the cranberry mat layer up from the Pacifica mat layer.  This card came together very quickly using the fabulous sketch from Seize the Birthday #6.


Here is the sketch:


   

I am also entering this card into the Here Come the Boys Challenge #46 which uses Lots of Layers.

If you like color challenges come join us at Color My Heart Color Dare #30.  We are using Pacifica and Sorbet this week.  Entries are due by Thursday, February 21 at 9PM CST.  Come play along with us!

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

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Color Dare #30--Pacifica and Sorbet

Welcome to Color My Heart Color Dare #30!.  This week we are featuring the Close to My Heart complimentary colors of Pacifica and Sorbet.  My card has several paper layers: Pacifica, Sorbet and White Daisy CS, Dreamin'(retired CTMH), White Daisy and Clementine patterned paper and lots of 3D Foam Tape to pop up the Thanks label and also the flowers.  The flowers were cut from Clementine paper with the Cricut Artiste cartridge (page61 accent 3 shift at 1.5").   The White Daisy background panel was stamped with a flourish stamp from the Love Life set in Pacifica pigment ink.  The focal image stamp, Thanks, was stamped in Sorbet ink.  The flower centers are Opaque Licorice  Adhesive Gems.


Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has for you this week and join us for this fun challenge.  If you don't have these Close To My Heart colors you can substitute something similar.  Hope to see you at the Color Dare this week!  Please link back to Color Dare #30.


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

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Seize the Birthday #5 with Dynamic Duos #39 Colors

We are making feminine birthday cards this week for Seize the Birthday #5The Dynamic Duos #39 colors this week are Pink Pirouette and Pool Party.  I substituted 2 very old Close To My Heart colors--retired many years ago--Shell Pink and Green Chiffon.  I used the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge to cut out the cupcake.  The cupcake wrapper was popped up with 3D Foam Tape and Prisma Glitter was applied to the cupcake top and candle flame.  The candle is from the Wrap it Up cricut cartridge. The Green Chiffon mat was corner edge punched with a Family Treasures punch.


Here is the Seize the Birthday #5 sketch:


Here is the Dynamic Duos #39  Color Palette:

 

If you like a good color challenge please consider joining in the Color My Heart Color Dare #29.  Entries are due by Thursday, February 14th at 9PM CST.  You don't have to use only CTMH colors but they must be pretty similar:  Cranberry and Blush (perfect for Valentine's Day cards!).  See my card here.


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

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Color Dare #29 with a Sunday Stamps Sketch

This week's Color My Heart Color Dare #29 challenge is to use Blush and Cranberry and since Valentine's Day is next week I couldn't resist making yet another Valentine's Day card with these colors.  I followed the Sunday Stamps#34 sketch and used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the heart label and it's mat (pg.37, shape 7 blush at 2.5" and decorative layer shift cranberry at 2.5").  The patterned paper is also from Close To My Heart--one of the first 8.5 x 11 packages of B&T paper with the new logo--circa 1996!  I used a Blush marker to color the inside of the hearts and used Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel to accent the red dots on the patterned paper.  There is a piece of Silver Shimmer Trim (adhesive backed ribbon) between the two frames.  The cranberry frame has 2 small dots of Silver Glitz Glitter Gel at its center.


Here is the Sunday Stamps Sketch #34:




Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has for you this week and join us for this easy challenge--you'll want to make at least one Valentine Card--won't you?  If you don't have these Close To My Heart colors you can substitute something similar.  Hope to see you at the Color Dare this week!  (Please link back to Color Dare #29 and include the picture above in your post if you do join in on the fun.)

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
Fantabulous Cricut #147--Queen of Hearts
Simon Says--Have a Heart
Top Tip Tuesday--Sweetheart
Sunny Challenges--Love is in the Air


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

Monday, February 4, 2013

Dynamic Duos #38 with Come and Get it Challenge Sketch

The colors at Dynamic Duos this week are Pretty in Pink and Real Red.  I used Close To My Heart Sweetheart paper (retired) for the pink background and Tulip ink (retired) for the hearts from "Love Life".  The hearts are popped up from the "For Always" squares with 3D Foam Tape.  The red lines above and below the hearts were made with Red Glitz Glitter Gel.  The glitter on the three hearts was made with Silver Glitz Glitter Gel.  This card came together very quickly using the Come and Get It Challenge Sketch.

  

Here is the Come and Get It Challenge Sketch:

Cindy' 02-03-13


 Here are the Dynamic Duos Colors graphic:


I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Sweet Stampin' Challenge--Love is all around
Sunny Challenges--Love is in the Air


If you like a good color challenge please consider joining in the Color My Heart Color Dare #28.  Entries are due by Thursday, February 7th at 9PM CST.  You don't have to use only CTMH colors but they must be pretty similar:  Goldrush, Twilight, Ruby, Gypsy, Cotton Candy and Juniper.  See my card here.
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

Surf's Up for Seize the Birthday #4

It's masculine week at Seize the Birthday #4 and Close To My Heart has several new paper packs that lend themselves to making masculine cards.  Today I used the Surf's Up paper pack along with the Just a Number stamp set.  The background panel is Lagoon CS and the focal image is matted with Pacifica CS.  The male surfer was cut out and popped up from the card with 3D Foam Tape.  I love these bright, cheery colors!


Here's the Seize the Birthday #4 Sketch:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
Catch the Bug--Anything Goes
Simon Says--Anything goes

If you like a good color challenge please consider joining in the Color My Heart Color Dare #28.  Entries are due by Thursday, February 7th at 9PM CST.  You don't have to use only CTMH colors but they must be pretty similar:  Goldrush, Twilight, Ruby, Gypsy, Cotton Candy and Juniper.  See my card here.
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

Friday, February 1, 2013

Valentine Card with Freshly Made Sketch #71

Here is a really quick and easy Valentine card that I made this week following the Freshly Made Sketch #71 turned on its side.  The stamp sets I used are Journaling Tags from Stampology and Mad About You from Close To My Heart (retired).  The patterned paper is Blush colored from CTMH Winter Cozy B & T paper collection (retired).  The ink colors are Blush and Ruby.


Here is the Freshly Made Sketch:

I'm also linking this card up with:

ABC Challenges--Valentine
Inspire Me Fridays--anything goes
Clearly from the Heart--Valentine (This is a blog by a fellow CTMH consultant who is posting a Valentine card everyday from Feb. 1 to Feb. 14--I'm going to try to do the same)

If you like a good color challenge please consider joining in the Color My Heart Color Dare #28.  Entries are due by Thursday, February 7th at 9PM CST.  You don't have to use only CTMH colors but they must be pretty similar:  Goldrush, Twilight, Ruby, Gypsy, Cotton Candy and Juniper.  See my card here.


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