Friday, March 31, 2017

Color Dare #237 Meets Freshly Made Sketch #281

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are challenging you to use the following exclusive Close to My Heart colors:  Thistle, Lagoon, White Daisy and Tangerine.  Of course, if you don't have these exact CTMH colors yet you may substitute similar colors so you can still play along.  My card features the fabulous March Stamp of the Month called Tea--rrific.



     White Daisy CS
     Lagoon CS
     Thistle CS
     Tangerine CS
     Lagoon Washi Tape (retired)
     Tea--rrific Stamp set
     Thistle Ink
     Lagoon Marker (retired)
     Adventure Paper Fundamentals
     Chevron Embossing Folder

Just click on the Color My Heart Color Dare graphic to view what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.

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Here is the wonderful Freshly Made Sketch that inspired my card design:



One of my crafting goals this month has been to complete all of the challenges at Heart 2 Heart challenge blog and this qualifies as my last entry for the "Tea Time" challenge.

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. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Three Ways to Create Background Stamped Panels

One of the weekly challenges this month at the Heart 2 Heart challenge blog is to use background or random stamping. (I've now completed 3 of the 4 March challenges and will finish the 4th one soon.) Using the Hello Lovely Cardmaking stamps I created three different cards using the same stamps.

Card #1--White embossed and then watercolor painted:


Card #2--Clear embossed and then sponge colored with Poppy and Fern inks


Card #3--Stamped with Memento Black ink on White Daisy paper


Which one do you like best?

I'm sharing these cards with these challenges:
     Heart 2 Heart--Background Stamping
     Simon Says Wednesday--Anything Goes
     Cards in Envy--Black, White and Pop of Color
     The Male Room--Colours
     CAS Colours and Sketches--Sketch

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. 



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #205 with Some Kind of Wonderful

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog post!  



Here is a closeup so you can see how sparkly the daisy is with the Clear Shimmer Brush:


After spending nearly twenty minutes looking for the perfect sentiment stamp I decided to write my own in Design Space.  Here is the Design Space file if you would like to replicate the card background.

     White Daisy CS
     Canary CS
     Sea Glass CS
     Pixie CS
     Thistle CS
     Some Kind of Wonderful Cardmaking Bundle
     Memento Black Ink
     White Chalk Marker
     Clear Shimmer Brush
     Flower Market cartridge--Daisy cut

Here is the fabulous Atlantic Hearts Sketch #205 that I followed:  

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Other products
     Fontastic DJ Smitten font
     Violet Cricut pen
     Metallic pencils--Royal Langnickel purchased at
         Five Below
     Thin Craft Foam

I'm also entering this card into the Stampin' Royalty #365 Spring challenge, Simon Says Wednesday--Use more than one die cut or punch

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Color Dare #236 Meets Sunday Stamps #148

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we invite you to try these 4 Close to My Heart colors:  Pacifica, Emerald, White Daisy and Black.  Of course if you don't have these exact Close to My Heart colors yet you can substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!

My card features the March Stamp of the Month Tea-rrific:


      White Daisy CS
      Tea-rrific Stamp Set (available till 3/31/17
      Pacifica CS
      Adventure Paper Fundamentals (Emerald print)
      Black CS
      Black Ink
      Versamark Ink
      Ranger White Embossing Powder
      Pacifica Ink (second generation for the "steam")
      Emerald Ink (applied to tea bag tag with sponge                 dauber and Q tip)
      White Twine
      3D Foam Tape

Just click on the Color Dare graphic to get to the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog to be inspired by what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to share with you.

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My card layout followed the wonderful sketch at Sunday Stamps this week:


I'm also linking this card up to the following challenges:
     Crafting When We Can--Add Circles
     Crafting From the Heart--Anything Goes
     The House that Stamps Built--Anything Goes
     Coffee Lovers Blog Hop--coffee, tea or cocoa

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. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Blog Candy Alert Winner is.....

Laurie Levorson!  

She made the following comment on my 3/14 Hello Lovely Numbered Birthday card

 "Cute card! You used the designer paper and Thin Cuts together so nicely. Love the diagonal panel since it adds so much interest to your card. Thanks for sharing at Heart 2 Heart this week!"

Please contact me at mflayer at comcast dot net so I can get a package of craft supplies out to you as promised in the aforementioned post.

Check back tomorrow morning for a new Color My Heart Color Dare challenge!

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

Friday, March 17, 2017

Color Dare #235--Dreamin' Big

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are featuring colors from the Close to My Heart Dreamin' Big paper pack.  There are 10 fabulous colors in this collection and we are challenging you to use at least 4 of them (excluding the neutrals) and without adding new colors.  

My usual creative process for the Color Dare challenges involves finding a sketch challenge to use. This week I decided to feature some of the zip strips and thus came up with my very own card layout.


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Dreamin' Big paper pack
     Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Bundle stamps and                     Thin Cuts
     Black CS
     Black Shin Han Touch Marker
     Slate Ink
     Whisper Ink
     Clear Shimmer Brush

Here is a tip to use when you want to "pop up" those diecut items (like my two butterflies above).  Use the Thin Cut dies to cut thin craft foam and then glue it to the bottom of the item and then to the card front!  It is much easier than cutting pieces of 3D Foam Tape to fit.

Here is the Color Dare Color Graphic--just click on it to get to check out what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.


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Other challenges I'm linking this card to:
     Stampin' Royalty--Spring
     Southern Girls Challenge #155--Pop it up with                     Foam
     Cards in Envy--Keep it Simple
     Between the Folds--Dreamin' Big
     Happy Little Stampers--Anything Goes with Dies

Something really nice happened to me last week and I'm offering some blog candy (craft supplies) to a lucky winner.  Please go to this blog post to read more.

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. 



     

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thin Cuts Blog Hop

Welcome to our Close to My Heart Technique Blog Hop!  We will be featuring projects made with Close to My Heart Thin Cuts.   If you have come here from Gina Brandstetter'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


Our Technique blog hop is featuring  Thin Cuts because they are all on sale for 25% off through March 31!  This month we have 18 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using Thin Cuts 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!

My first card features the Sugar Rush Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle and an inside Twist and Pop treatment.



Close to My Heart products used:
      Sugar Rush paper
      Sugar Rush Cardmaking Bundle--Thin Cuts and                           Stamps
      Canary CS
      Chocolate CS
      Chocolate Ink
      Pomegranate CS
      Pomegranate Ink
      Sea Glass CS
      Clear Shimmer Brush
      Ink Blot stamps

Other products:
      Cricut Design Space--Edwardian font
      Gold Cricut pen

My card layout was inspired by this Sketch Saturday sketch #454:


Card #2 features an Artbooking overlay, Some Kind of Wonderful Thin Cuts Bundle and Thank You Thin Cut. Colors are White Daisy, Pixie, Sapphire cardstocks with Tangerine and Raspberry Adventure Fundamentals patterns.


I'm also entering this card into the Happy Little Stampers--Anything Goes with Dies challenge.


Now "Hop" on over to Wendy Kessler'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 Thin Cuts 25% sale is only available until March 31!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get these tools at a 25% discount!

You can see other Thin Cuts projects I've created here, hereherehere and here.

Something really nice happened to me last week and I'm offering some blog candy (craft supplies) to a lucky winner.  Please go to this blog post to read more.

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. 


 
   

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Make it Masculine for Numerous Challenges

It has been a while since I've made a masculine card so today is the day!  I was influenced to do this by several of my favorite challenges that have a masculine theme this week. 


Close to My Heart products used:
     Chocolate CS
     Rustic Home Paper Fundamentals--wood background panel
     Champagne CS
     Whisper CS
     Wood Slats Embossing Folder
     Swan Lake paper (retired)
     Peacock CS
     
Other products:
     Paper Lace 2 Cricut Cartridge
     Cricut Copper Metallic Pen
     Cricut Black Pen
     Burnished Bronze Embellishment Mousse by Nuvo
           (rubbed on to embossed panel)
     Darice Pod (to rub embellishment mousse on embossed panel)

Here is the Paper Play Sketch #38 that I followed:

http://paperplaysketches.blogspot.com/2017/03/sketch-38.html
      

Challenges entered:
     Bitten by the Bug--Birthday
     The Male Room--Stash--Wood
     Crafting by Design--For a Man
     Crazy Challenge--Masculine
     Scrappin' 4 Fun--Boys, Male, Masculine
     Use Your Stuff--Dry Embossing

Something really nice happened to me last week and I'm offering some blog candy (craft supplies) to a lucky winner.  Please go to this blog post to read more.

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. 

Color Throwdown #434 Meets Case This Sketch #212

Being part Irish I do send out some St. Patrick's Day cards to certain family members and this is the fourth St. Patrick's Day card I've posted so far.  My card started with the Case This Sketch #212 and the colors from the Color Throwdown--green, gold, black with neutrals.  I started with the basic card and then kept adding embellishments:


Added some shamrocks:


Added some gold sequins:


Added some tiny pearls for the sequin centers:


Which one do you like best?

     Flower Market Cricut cartridge (shamrock wreath)
     Gold Glitter Paper
     Emerald CS
     Adventure Fundamentals paper
     White Daisy CS
     Create Kindness--Special stamp (retired)
     Emerald Ink
     Black Shimmer Trim
     Black and Gold Ribbon
     Gold Sequins
     Bitty Pearls (retired)
     Gold Metallic Marker

This sketch inspired my card layout:


Here is the color palette I used:



Something really nice happened to me last week and I'm offering some blog candy (craft supplies) to a lucky winner.  Please go to this blog post to read more.

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.


      


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hello Lovely Numbered Birthday Card

It's hard to believe that my niece is now twenty so I had to make her a personalized card.  She has bright red hair which made me think of CTMH Sorbet which coordinates nicely with the Hello Lovely paper pattern I chose.


     Happy Birthday Thin Cuts
     Flower Market Cricut Cartridge ("20th" was                    written in Design Space)
     Hello Lovely Paper
     Colonial White CS
     Sorbet CS
     Fern CS
     Clear Shimmer Brush

Other:
     Cricut Gold Pen

I used the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch #312 for my card layout:


I'm also entering this card into:
 Heart 2 Heart challenge to "Use Your Tools".  (My goal is to participate every week in March and so far I'm 2 for 2.)  

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

p.s. I'm giving away some blog candy (craft supplies).  Please visit this blog post for more details.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Happy St. Patty's Day Card with Atlantic Hearts Sketch #203

It's Monday and time for a new Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog post!  We hope you will find the time to enter the challenge this week.  This card came to me pretty easily using the "unlock" edit button in Design Space to elongate the shamrock wreath into an oval shape.  Here is the Design Space cut file if you would like to reproduce this card.



The gold embossed sentiment is a very old Close to My Heart wood stamp.  The cricut cut Flower Market shamrock wreath was cut from White Daisy cardstock.  When the piece was still on the cutting mat I painted all but the white flowers with "Douglas Fir" Twinkling H2O watercolor paint which adds a really pretty shine to it.  The white flowers received an application of the CTMH Clear Shimmer Brush. The background color is Glacier cardstock.

Here is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch #203 that I followed:

On Wednesday all of the Design Team members projects will be on the AHSC blog to inspire you.  We would love to have you share your project with us!

Other Challenges I'm entering this card into:
     Glitter and Sparkle #230--Use Some Green
     HeARTful Stamping Challenge--Green plus stamp
     Craft for the Craic--Green and Glittery
     Cut it Up--Think Green
     Creative Knockouts--Lots of Green

Something really nice happened to me last week and I'm offering some blog candy (craft supplies) to a lucky winner.  Please go to this blog post to read more.

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


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Hello Lovely Thank You Card with Mojo Monday Sketch #487 and Blog Candy Alert

Have you ever witnessed a total stranger doing something remarkably kind?  This happened to me the other evening when I was out to dinner with my elderly friend Loretta.  Loretta saw a woman who needed some help getting out of her booth seat and went over to assist.  When it was time to get our check the waiter came over and said that there was a woman and child who were sitting in the back of the restaurant who had paid our check.  He showed us the receipt which said "Paid in full.  Thank you for helping others."  The woman and child had already left so we could not personally thank her.  However her name was on the credit card receipt and this lovely card will be mailed to her.


Here is a closeup of the sparkly embossing powder that I used on the sentiment and small heart:


Close to My Heart products used:
     Flower Market cricut cartridge--Heart wreath
     Sorbet CS
     Colonial White CS
     Sea Glass CS
     Hello Lovely paper
     Happy Heart stamp set
     New England Ivy CS
     New England Ivy Ink
     Versamark Ink
     Polysparkle Tinsel ClearEmbossing Powder                         (retired)
     3D Foam Tape

Other products:
     Stitched Circle Die by Katscrappiness

Here is the Mojo Monday Sketch #487 that inspired my card design:


Blog Candy Announcement:
I would now like to pass the kindness on--I will send one (or maybe more) packages of craft supplies to someone randomly drawn who leaves a comment on this blog post by 3/19/17 at 11:59 PM EST.  (You will need to become a follower if you aren't already so you will be able to find out if you have won.)  Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

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

Friday, March 10, 2017

Color Dare #234 Meets Try Stampin' on Tuesday #312

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are challenging you to "Pick Your Greens" from this assortment of Close to My Heart greens:  New England Ivy, Sweet Leaf, Fern, Willow, Emerald.  You can also use White Daisy and add Gold as an option.  Of course if you don't have these exact CTMH colors yet you may substitute so you can still play along.  My "greens" are Willow, Emerald and Fern.



     Adventure Paper Fundamentals
     Way to Go stamps
     Emerald Ink
     Willow Ink
     Fern CS
     Gold Metallic Marker


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

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My card layout was inspired by this Try Stampin' on Tuesdays sketch:


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.  


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tea-rrific Card for March Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome back to the March 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 Betty Locco'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 fabulous March stamp of the month called "Tea--rrific". It is a set of 11 stamps which is available in March only for just $5 with a $50 CTMH purchase.


I wanted my teacup to look like it was porcelain so after it was colored with Shin Han Touch Markers and fussy cut I smooshed the piece into Versamark Ink and then applied Clear Detail Embossing Powder and heat set.  Here is a closeup view of the shiny surface of the teacup.



Close to My Heart products used:
     Tea-rrific Stamps 
     Dreamin' Big paper
     Glacier CS
     Poppy CS
     Memento Black Ink
     Shin Han Touch Markers: Vivid Green, Golden                Yellow, Carmine, Light Orange
     Versamark Ink
     Clear Detail Embossing Powder
      
Here is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch that inspired my card layout:

I'm also entering this card into Addicted to Stamps and More--Make Your Mark challenge, Crafty Gals Corner--Polka Dots and/or Stripes, The Paper Shelter--Circles, Dots and/or Stripes and Try it on Tuesday--Time for Tea.

Now it's time to hop on over to my friend Jennifer Benner'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 

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.  
    

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Three Patterned Papers for Crafting by Designs Guest Designer Post

Several weeks ago I was delighted to be named a Spotlight Winner over at Crafting by Designs and as a result I was invited to be a Guest Designer.  The challenge was pretty simple for me--use 3 patterned papers.  As a Close to My Heart consultant I have lots of patterned papers that coordinate nicely with each other.  My card features 3 patterned papers from the Dreamin' Big paper pack.  



Here are the pretty patterns in the Dreamin' Big paper set:
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     White Daisy CS
     Dreamin' Big paper pack
     Poppy CS
     Juniper CS
     Flower Market cricut cartridge (sentiment)
     Clear Shimmer Brush
     Coral Reef Sequins (retired)
     Bitty Sparkles
     
Other products
     Gypsy Wanderings floral image

My card layout was inspired by this Sketch Saturday sketch:

I'm also entering this card into the Heart2Heart 

Time to Dream "Dreamin' Big" challenge and Dare2Bartzy--Lots of Layers challenge.


Please head on over to the Crafting by Designs blog and see what the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you in the 3 Patterned Paper challenge.

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



Monday, March 6, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #296--Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Welcome back to another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog post!  This fortnight we are inviting you to share your St. Patrick's Day Cricut projects with us.  We are being sponsored by Dreaming Tree.




The flourish label is from the Creative Cards cartridge and the paper color is Saffron from the Enchantment Fundamentals paper. The sentiment was drawn with the Flower Market font and a Cricut black pen.  It was later filled in with a Topiary Marker (retired Close to My Heart).  The patterned paper is from Topiary B & T Paper (retired Close to My Heart).  The multilayered shamrocks are from the Flower Market cartridge.  The shamrocks and Saffron circles beneath them were painted with the CTMH Gold Shimmer Brush.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     The Paper Players--Theme--Cut it out 
     Crafting by Design--Anything Goes Spring Edition
     Addicted to Stamps and More--Anything Goes



Challenge #296-St. Patricks Day
Make a project about St. Patricks Day, such as Shamrocks or Leprechauns

This Weeks Sponsor



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!

Please head on over to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog to check out what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.

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





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