Monday, October 16, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #312--Halloween

Welcome back to another to another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog post!  Our theme this fortnight is Halloween.  Pretty Paper,Pretty Ribbons is the sponsor and they are giving away a $20 gift certificate to their store.  All you have to do is create something with an image from a Cricut cartridge to be eligible to win.  

My card background was created with Candied Apple, Twisted Citron and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide inks.  The spider web frame is from Creepy Critters, the spider is from Photo Booth Props, the word panel is from Word Collage and the bat is from Holiday Cakes.  The word collage was written with a Cricut purple metallic marker and Nuvo Crystal Drops were used to accent the spider and bat eyes.



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     House of Cards--Halloween
     Dragonfly Journeys--Halloween 
     Pile it On--Spiders, Cobwebs
     The Paper Players--Spooky
   
    
    
Please head on over to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog to see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you!


Challenge #312-Halloween
Make a project about anything Halloween!

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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

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cool Sun Hello for Fusion Sketch Challenge

This card came together very quickly using striped paper from Tommy paper (retired Close to My Heart) and the Cool Sun image from the Simply Charmed cricut cartridge.  



Here is the fabulous Fusion Sketch that inspired my card:

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Die Cuttin' Divas #338--Random Acts of                              Kindness
      Through the Craft Room Door--Anything Goes
      Ooh-La-La Creations #239--Die Cuts
      Connie Can Crop #63--To Die For
      Aud Sentiments #190--Die cut plus Sentiment

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

:) Marie

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #233 for October Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome back to another 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 Joyce Hauck'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!  






This month I am using the fabulous Atlantic Hearts Sketch #233 to create the first of my Christmas cards.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Beary Christmas Paper Pack (green background                     and grey banner)
     Adventure Paper Fundamentals  (Cranberry                           striped panel)
     Oh Deer! (white circle with grey lines--retired                       CTMH paper)
     Silver and Gold Stamp Making Kit ornament                        stamp
     Delicata Gold Ink
     Holiday Tags--Merry Christmas greeting--retired                   CTMH
     Cranberry Ink
     3D Foam Tape
     Irridescent ribbon
     Glitter sparkles

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


The AHSC challenge ends Sunday night, October 15.  We would love to see your artwork in our gallery this week.  

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Always Fun #27--Lots of Layers (5 layers without               the ribbon)
     Crafting from the Heart--Anything Goes
     Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #354--                     purple is optional


Now it's time to hop on over to Betty Locco's blog. I'm sure you'll be inspired by what she shares.

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

:) Marie

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Color Dare #264 With Sketch Saturday #278

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 colors:  Crystal Blue, Sapphire, Pacifica, Black and White Daisy.  Of course, if you don't have these exact CTMH colors yet, you may substitute similar colors so you can still play along.

Shades of blue are my favorite colors and I was really excited to finally use this beautiful Thoughtful Bird set in creating this card.  The first stamped layer is Crystal Blue, the second layer is second generation Pacifica and the top layer is Sapphire.



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From top to bottom the background panel uses Crystal Blue card stock, Sapphire CS and White Shimmer Trim.  The focal panel mat is Black.

Below is the Color Dare Challenge #264 graphic.  Our challenge is open for two weeks (ending Thursday evening October 19) so you'll have plenty of time to create something.  We award 4 winners badges for each challenge and have a monthly randow draw for prizes donated by the Design Team.  Just click on the color palette to get to see what the rest of the Design Team has to inspire you:

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We can't wait to see what you create using these fabulous colors!

My creative process usually involves finding a "sketch" to start from.  This week the challenge at Sketch Saturday is to pick a challenge from #215--482.  I chose #278 as the inspiration for my card.



I'm also entering the following challenges:
     Use Your Stuff--the Blues
     Addicted to Stamps and More--Make Your Mark
     Stampavie and More--Birds
     2 Craft Critter Crazies--Feature a Creature


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

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #231

We have another wonderful sketch for you to try over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge!  I brought out some new Distress Oxide Inks (Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves) and Pretty Posies stamp set and dies to make this simple card.


I used a Nuvo Silver Glitter Marker and a ruler to edge the white panel before adhering it to the Recollections "Essentials Distressed" paper.  I used the Silver Glitter Marker for the flower center and then Nuvo Clear Crystal Drops to bring out the shine.

Here is the fabulous Atlantic Hearts Sketch I followed:

 

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     http://www.djkardkreations.com/2017/09/nbus-challenge-12-day-two.html
  
     NBUS--Anything Goes--I used new Distress                        oxide inks and new Casual Friday Stamps--                  Pretty Posies
     Always Fun Challenges--Anything Goes
     Dragonfly Dreams--Patterned Paper
     Addicted to CAS--Florals


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

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Golf Themed Birthday Card for Freshly Made Sketch #306

There's another fabulous sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week and it inspired me to make a birthday card for a golfing friend.


Products used:
     Pacifica CS by Close to My Heart
     Colonial White CS retired Close to My Heart
     White and Gold Shimmer CS by Recollections
     Black CS by Recollections
     Memento Black Ink
     Golf Scrapbook paper--source unknown--found at                Tuesday Morning
     Tonic Golf Ball, Tee & Turf Die

Here is the fabulous Freshly Made Sketch #206 I followed:
    

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     NBUS #12--Anything Goes with Never Before                    Used Stuff--Tonic Golf Ball, Tee and Turf                     Dies

     Seize the Birthday--optional Balloons--the ball on               the tee somewhat resembles a balloon on a                   string....
     Glitter 'n Sparkle--Happy Birthday--the golf ball                     was cut from Shimmery cardstock.

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

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

From the Heart Meets CAS Colours and Sketches #241

From the Heart is a special promotion from Close to My Heart to celebrate National Stamping Month.  The complete set comes with a set of gold foiled die cut pieces to make 10 interactive stand-up cards and lovely floral and large sentiment stamps.


I needed to make a get well card for a friend so I chose the above sentiment stamp and combined it with the color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  My Close to My Heart Color Substitutions are Emerald, Pacifica and Pansy.  


Here is the CAS Colours & Sketches color palette that inspired my card:



This card is also being entered into the following challenges:
     Colour Crazy Challenge--Anything Goes
     Simply Papercraft--Anything Goes
     Craft Rocket Challenges--Something Beginning               with "F"--(flower)
     Moving Along with the Times--Sentiment as Focal                   Image
      Addicted to CAS--Floral
   
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Feel So Blessed Meets Color Dare #262

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This fortnight we are inviting you to combine all and only the following Close to My Heart colors:  Willow, Goldrush, Emerald and then combine them with 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 of the following neutral colors--White Daisy, Pebble, Black, Charcoal and Pewter.  Of course, if you don't have these CTMH colors yet, you may substitute similar colors so you can still play along.  You can find these colors in the "Cats and Bats" paper packet.

My card features stamps from the current CTMH Stamp of the Month "Feel So Blessed" which is available only during September.  I managed to use the 3 colors and ALL the neutrals in this card layout.


Here are all the stamps available in the September Stamp of the Month:

Stamps

Just click on this Color Dare graphic to see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you and to link up your creation:


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I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Crafting from the Heart #175--Anything Goes
     World Wide Open Design Team Challenge--                      Anything Goes
        Watercooler Wednesday Challenge-- Penny's                       Masculine Anything Goes


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

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Fall Challenge

Welcome back to another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog post.  Our theme this fortnight is "Fall" and we are being sponsored by Dreaming Tree SVG's.



Products used:
     Anna Griffin's Seasonal Soiree cartridge
     Close to My Heart Artistry cartridge
     Champagne CS (retired CTMH)
     Autumn Terracotta  CS (retired CTMH)
     Barn Red CS (retired CTMH)
     Gold Metallic paper by the Paper Cut
     Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel (retired CTMH)

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Make My Monday--Autumn colors
     Always Fun Challenges--Fall colors  
     



Challenge #310-Fall Season
Make a project about the fall (sports, leaves, etc)!

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Dreaming Tree SVG's

The winner will receive a $20 Gift Certificate!

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.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

The challenge is open until Sunday evening October 1.  We hope you can find time to play along with us!

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Golf Themed Birthday Card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch #229

Papercrafting has been one of my passions and so is golf!  When my golfing friends have birthdays I feel compelled to create with a golf theme.  This special card was made for my brother-in-law following the current Atlantic Hearts Sketch #229.


I used Design Space and the Cricut Explore to create this card.  The golf tee border image is from Paper Dolls for Everyday cartridge and was expanded to span the card.  The numbers are from the Nursery Rhymes cartridge cut from Silver Glitter paper and a thin craft foam for dimension.  The sentiment is stamped from "Just a Number" stamp set by Close to My Heart with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. The turf paper is by Frances Meyer and the background paper is Pear from Close to My Heart.  The golf tee border is shimmery because it was cut from Recollections Antique Gold shimmer paper.  If you would like to replicate this card you can use my DS file here

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


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We would love to see what you can create with this wonderful sketch--you have until Sunday evening, September 17 to enter here.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Lost Coast Designs--Numbers
     Kraftin' Kimmie's Stamps--Birthdays
     Dragonfly Dreams--Patterned Papers
        A Bit More Time to Craft--Anything Goes
     Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper--Anything Goes
     
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Under the Sea Birthday Card

The challenge over at Seize the Birthday is "Ocean Colors" and the theme of this week's challenge at My Time to Craft is "Under the Sea".  I found a wonderful open sketch layout at Sketch Saturday and used it to make this card that fits all three challenges:



Products used:
     Under the Sea stamp by Technique Junkies
     Ponderosa Pine Ink (retired Close to My Heart)
     Just a Number sentiment (retired Close to My                     Heart)
     Watercolor paper
     White Daisy CS
     Tropical Blue CS (retired Close to My Heart)
     Sapphire CS
        Sapphire Ink
     Nuvo Glitter Markers
     Watercolor Paints
     Nuvo Morning Dew Crystal Drops

Here is the fabulous Sketch Saturday sketch #480 that inspired my card layout:



My Time To Craft!


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Always Fun Challenges--Create a Scene
     Dragonfly Journeys--True Blue
     Glitter 'n' Sparkle #256--Anything Goes

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

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

September Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome back to another 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 Andrea Sherman'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!



My card features the September Stamp of the Month called "Feel So Blessed". 


I stamped the feathers onto Adventure Fundamentals paper (Lagoon, Blossom and Pacifica) with Black Memento Ink and then fussy cut them.  The silver sparkled feather veins were made with the Silver Metallic marker.  The yellow background panel is Lemon cardstock with the Chalk Marker creating a background texture.  Thanks was stamped in Memento Black ink and matted with Raspberry cardstock and popped up with 3D Foam Tape.

Here is what the rest of the September Stamp of the Month includes:

Stamps

This fabulous stamp set is available for a limited time only.  You can get it for just $5 with a $50 order from your Close to My Heart consultant.  If you don't already have a consultant you can get it from me here.

Now it's time to hop on over to Michelle Loncar's blog. I'm sure you'll be inspired by what she shares.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Simon Says Wednesday--Stamp it!
     Simply Papercraft--Anything Goes
     Aud Sentiments Challenge #188--Anything                  Goes with a Sentiment
     Craft Rocket Challenges--Something                               Beginning with "F"--Feathers
     Pile it On #134--Feathers and/or Scales
     
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!

:) Marie

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From the Heart Meets Freshly Made Sketch #304

Freshly Made Sketch #304 really appealed to me so I used the Close to My Heart September special promotion set called From the Heart to make this CAS style card:


Click here to see another project made with this stamp set.

Close to My Heart products used:
     From the Heart stamp
     Raspberry CS
     White Daisy CS
     Black CS
     Adventure Fundamentals patterned paper
     Raspberry Ink
     Willow Ink
     Versamark Ink
     Memento Black Ink
     Ranger Clear Fine Detail Embossing Powder
     Clear Shimmer Brush

Other products:
     Stitched Circle Die by KatScrappiness

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



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Simon Says Wednesday Challenge--Stamp It! 
     Aud Sentiments Challenge--Anything Goes with a             Sentiment
     Craft Rocket Challenges--Something beginning              with "F" (flowers)

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 "following" me by email or in your blog roll so you don't miss out on any of my fabulous card making ideas. You can sign up on the right sidebar.
     

Friday, September 8, 2017

Color Dare #260 Meets Try Stampin' on Tuesday #338

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  Our color challenges now go for two weeks to give you more time to play along.  This week we are challenging you to create something with all and only these exclusive Close to My Heart colors:  White Daisy, Charcoal, Bashful, Willow and Raspberry.  Of course if you don't have these Close to My Heart colors yet you can substitute similar colors so you can still join in the fun!



The gorgeous stamp I used is from the CTMH September National Stamping Month promotion card kit which comes with 10 interactive cards.  Charcoal Ink was used for stamping the focal image onto White Daisy cardstock.  The flower and leaves were colored by painting with Bashful, Raspberry and Willow inks. Clear Shimmer Brush was added to the flowers for a little extra shine.  The glittery bow trim was cut with the new Ribbon Border Thin Cut Die and Bashful Glitter paper. The focal panel is matted with Willow cardstock and the background papers are Raspberry cardstock and Bashful cardstock.

Here is the Color My Heart Color Dare graphic.   Don't you love how our new image features the papers instead of the inks as the papers are now two toned!  Just click on the image and it will take you to the Color Dare blog so you can see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has created to inspire you.

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


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Simon Says Wednesday--Stamp It
     Watercooler Wednesday--Feminine Anything Goes
     Simply Papercraft--Anything Goes
     Daisy Chain Challenges--In the Pink
     Classic Design Team Open Challenge--Anything             Goes

Here is the color scheme for Color Dare #259 which will end on September 14 at 10 PM EST:


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

:) Marie

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