Friday, July 20, 2018

Color Dare #302 Meets Freshly Made Sketch #346

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This fortnight we are challenging you to combine the following  Close to My Heart colors:  Bashful, Mink and Glacier.  Black and White are free to use but please do not add additional colors.  Of course if you don't have these exact CTMH colors yet, you may substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!  Our challenge is open until August 2 at 9PM EDT so you have almost 2 weeks to participate. 



Close to My Heart products used:
     Mink CS
     Bashful CS
     Black CS
     Thoughtful Bird Stamp
     Memento Black Ink
     Zoe Paper (retired)
     Heart Thin Cuts

Just click on the Color Dare Graphic below to get to see what the rest of the wonderful Design Team has to inspire you and to find the link to share your project with us.

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My card layout was inspired by this fabulous Freshly Made Sketch #346:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Heart 2 Heart--Anything Goes
     Addicted to Stamps and More--Anything                     Goes  

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

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #273

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch--we are at #273 already!  That's a lot of fabulous card sketches and this one is another lovely one.  I chose to use Close to My Heart's Fresh Air papers from the In My Heart Cardmaking Kit and a scalloped oval from the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  A little bit of Clear Shimmer Brush was applied to the pine springs and heart.



Here's the sketch:


We can't wait to see how you will interpret it.  Click here on Wednesday to be inspired by the rest of the talented Design Team.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Crafty Sentiment Designs--Add a Sentiment
     Die Cutting Divas--Lots of Layers
     Through the Craft Room Door--Anything Goes
     Classic Design Team Open Challenge--Anything             Goes

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

Monday, July 9, 2018

Quick Cards for July 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 Debi Brile's blog you are on the right track. (The complete lineup is on Joyce's blog in case you get lost.) Have fun being inspired!  



This month I've created a few cards using new Thin Cut Dies from the current Seasonal Expressions catalog (ends August 31) called It's Your Day and A Big Thank You.  These dies are 3.75" x 5" to fill up an A2 card base quite nicely.  It is so quick to make cards with these fabulous Thin Cut Dies!

My first card was created with the current challenge colors (Mink, Bashful and Pacifica) from Color My Heart Color Dare which is celebrating it's 300th challenge featuring Close to My Heart colors.  (A Mystery Box of CTMH products is being offered as a prize so check out the requirements here).  Bashful Shimmer Brush was added to the candle flames for a bit of sparkle.



This next card was made with New England Ivy card stock (soon to be retired color) and patterned paper from Fresh Air Paper Pack (available through August 31).  Although it's difficult to see I applied the Gold Shimmer Brush to the candle flames.

I remembered that I had some Nuvo Crystal Drops in my stash and applied them to the candle flames.



This next card uses Lemon Card Stock, Pacifica Card Stock  and a Cranberry Card Stock strip.  (Cranberry and Pacifica are among my favorite colors but they will be retired at the end of August.) The Clear Shimmer Brush was used inside the heart for a bit of sparkle.




Now head on over to Michelle Loncar's blog.  I'm sure you'll be inspired by her project! 

I'm also entering these cards into the following challenges:
     Heart 2 Heart--Anything Goes with CTMH products
     Seize the Birthday--Option to use Sequins
     


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

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Color Dare #300--Bashful, Mink and Pacifica

The Color My Heart Color Dare Design Team is celebrating our 300th challenge with a prize giveaway!  We've made lots of changes over the years and we are happy to still be going strong.  Although we LOVE Close to My Heart colors and products you don't need to use them to join in the fun--just use similar colors without adding new colors to your creation.  (It is always acceptable to use Black and White Daisy to any of our color challenges unless specified not to). 

This fortnight we are challenging you to combine these fabulous Close to My Heart colors:


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My card features stamps from last year's Constant Campaign called "From the Heart".  The background panel is Bashful Card Stock that was randomly stamped with a flower in Bashful Pigment Ink and then Clear Embossed.  Next Pacifica Ink was rubbed over the flowers with a Sponge Dauber to make the flowers "pop".  The Pacifica frame is accented with Bashful Pearls.  The greeting and flower spray on the Mink panel was stamped with Pacifica Pigment Ink and clear embossed.



Here is another view so you can see how shiny the Clear Embossed Pacifica Pigment ink is:


Please head on over to the Color My Heart Challenge Blog to read about the Prize Giveaway details and to get creative inspiration from our fabulous Design Team.  Our challenge will remain open until Thursday evening, July 19 at 10 PM CT so you have plenty of time to play alongWe can't wait to see what you create!

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Incy Wincy Designs--Use Flowers
     A Bit More Time to Craft--Anything Goes
          Anything Goes
     Crafting By Designs--Anything Goes

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

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Etched Blue Glasses for Cut It Up Anything But A Card Challenge

On my last trip to Dollar Tree I came upon some blue glassware and wanted to see how acid etching would look.  I chose some seashell images from Cricut (Mermaid Necklace) and created stencils to apply the acid etching cream through.  Here are the results:



The current challenge at Cut it Up is "Anything But A Card" so I'm entering this project there. 

If you would like to recreate this project you can find my Cricut Design Space file here.

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



Friday, June 22, 2018

Color Dare #286 Meets Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch #368

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge post!  This fortnight we are challenging you to combine the following  Close to My Heart colors:  New England Ivy, Linen and Blossom with an option of adding silver or gold.  Black and White are free to use but please do not add additional colors.  Of course if you don't have these exact CTMH colors yet, you may substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!  Our challenge is open until July 5 at 9PM EDT so you have almost 2 weeks to participate.  We award blog badges for challenge winners and have a random winner drawn monthly for some goodies in the mail.


My sister recently gave us a set of new beach chairs for our new vacation home so I thought it was appropriate to feature a beach chair as a focal image for this card.



     New England Ivy CS
     Linen CS
     Adventure Fundamentals Paper
     Blossom Ink
     New England Ivy Ink
     Shells and Stars stamp
     No Worries--Cardmaking Stamp and Thin Cuts                    (retired)
     Shell Sentiments Thank You stamp
     Stitched Circles Die
     Circle Die
     Clear Shimmer Brush

Just click on the Color Dare Graphic below to get to see what the rest of the wonderful Design Team has to inspire you and to find the link to share your project with us.
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Here is the fabulous Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch that inspired my card layout:


I'm also entering my card into the following challenges:
     Aud Sentiments Challenge #206--Anything Goes              with a Sentiment
     Cardz 4 Galz--Summer Sunny Days
     Through the Purple Haze--At the Beach
     Creative Sketchy Girls--Summer Card
     Dies R Us Challenge #99--Summertime Fun
     Sunsational Stamps--Beach Theme

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

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #269 With Punny Pals Frog

This week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch features a small tag and a greeting.  My card features a waving frog from Close to My Heart Operation Smile Punny Pals stamp set and Thin Cut Basic Tag and Hello Dies.  The background color is Peacock and the patterned paper is from the retired Olivia paper pack.  The frog was colored with Shin Han Touch Sap Green and Vivid Green Markers.




Here is this week's Atlantic Heart Sketch #269:

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Doesn't this look like a fun sketch?  You have until Sunday evening June 24 to link up your project here.  We can't wait to see what you create!

I'm also linking this card up to the following challenges:
      Three Amigos Blog Hop--Die Cutting Challenge
      International Art and Soul--Sentiment as Main                   Focus
      Inkspirational--Use Small Stamps
      Happy Little Stampers--Anything Goes with Dies
      

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

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Shell Sentiments for June 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 on Joyce's blog in case you get lost.) Have fun being inspired!  



My card features a shell stamped with Black and Sapphire pigment inks onto Bashful Glitter paper over a Sapphire oval, Pomegranate banner and Bashful Pink cardstock.  The focal image and greeting sentiment are from Shell Sentiments from the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.  (If you click here you can see another color scheme for this lovely shell stamp.)




My card layout was inspired by this fabulous Sunday Stamps Sketch:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Double Trouble #2--No Patterned Papers
     Sparkles Monthly Challenge--Sea Shells

Now head on over to Joyce Hauck's blog.  I'm sure you'll be inspired by her project! 
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, June 8, 2018

Color Dare #296 Meets Freshly Made Sketch #340

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This fortnight we are challenging you to combine the following Close to My Heart colors:  Toffee, Pomegranate and Juniper with an option of Gold.  Of course if you don't have these CTMH colors you may substitute similar colors so you can still play along.  Black and White are always free to use but please do not add additional colors.  Our challenge will be open until June 21 so you have almost 2 weeks to link up your creation for our challenge.



     Pomegranate CS
     Toffee CS
     White Daisy CS
     Whimsy Fundamentals Paper
     Pomegranate Ink
     Juniper Ink
     Versamark Ink
     Shell Sentiments stamps
     Polysparkle Tinsel Embossing Powder (retired                     CTMH)
     3D Foam Tape

Here's another view so you can see how sparkly the Polysparkle Tinsel Embossing Powder is.  Although Close to My Heart no longer carries this embossing powder I think you could make your own by combining clear embossing powder and glitter.


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

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My card layout was inspired by this wonderful Freshly Made Sketch #340:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Aud Sentiments Challenge--Anything Goes with a               Sentiment
     Through the Purple Haze--At the Beach

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.

     



     
     
     

Monday, June 4, 2018

50th Birthday Card with Atlantic Hearts Sketch #267

Here is another fabulous Atlantic Hearts Sketch for you to try!  


The background is Crystal Blue card stock with a black stripe, Pomegranate striped panel from Enchantment Paper Fundamentals and a Pacifica pennant.  The rays on the circle was gold embossed with a stamp from the Central Park Scrapbooking set.  The birthday greeting is from the Close to My Heart retired Balloon Animals stamp set.  I used shiny metallic black paper to cut the "50" using the Nursery Rhymes cricut cartridge.

What can you do with this wonderful sketch?  Here it is in black and white.  

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Our challenge is open until Sunday evening June 10.  We would love to see what you can create!  You can link up here.

I'm also submitting this card to the following challenges:
     Crafty Friends Challenge--Happy Birthday
     Hiding in My Craft Room--Use 4 Colors
     Always Happy Birthday--Summer Birthday                        Option
     Seize the Birthday--Patterned Paper

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

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Uptown Fundamentals Graduation Card with Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch

Hooray for my nephew who just graduated from Scranton University!  This is the card I made for him:


     White Daisy CS
     Uptown Fundamentals Paper (retired)
     Pansy CS
     Pewter CS
     Gold embossing powder
     Gold Metallic Marker
     Black and White Enamel Dots
     Congratulations Graduate stamp set (retired)
     Smarty Pants stamp set (retired)
     Thin Cuts--Basic Tags

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

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge--                    Patterned Paper
     Paru's Cardmaking Challenge--Masculine Card
     Simply Create Too--For a Male
     Give a Crafter a Cookie--Graduation

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

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketch #454 Meets Double Trouble #1

Some of my Color My Heart Color Dare Design Team friends have started a new blog challenge and I just had to be supportive and try it!  The inaugural Double Trouble Challenge is to use at least two different patterned papers.  I combined this with last week's Tuesday Morning Sketch #454 to create a special card for a friend who turns 90 next week.


Here is a second view so you can see how shiny the Silver Foil paper is!


     Blossom CS
     Adventure Fundamentals Paper (heart pattern)
     Silver Foil Paper
     Beautiful Friendship Paper
     Bashful CS
     Silver Embossing Powder
     Silver Metallic Marker
     Just a Number stamp (retired)

Other:
     Dazzling Details by SU (highlights on flowers)

Here is the wonderful Tuesday Morning Sketch that inspired my card layout:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     HeARTful Stamping--Anything Goes with a stamp
     Seize the Birthday--Patterned Paper
     
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Color Dare #294--Tic Tac Toe

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog.  It is the last week of the month so we have another fun "choose your own" color challenge using the Tic Tac Toe challenge board featuring Beautiful Friendship color palette.  I used the top row featuring Sapphire, Silver and Canary.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Canary CS
     Beautiful Friendship paper (blue dotted paper)

Here is the Beautiful Friendship Tic Tac Toe Board to inspire your creativity.  Please be sure to let us know which row or column you are using when you submit your entry. You must use 3 in a line but you may add other (or all) colors from the challenge board. Just click on the graphic below to get to the Color Dare blog to see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.  Our challenge is open until Thursday evening, June 7.  We look forward to seeing how you use these colors. 

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My card layout was inspired by this wonderful Crazy 4 Challenges sketch:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Crafty Gals Corner--Anything Goes
     The House That Stamps Built--Anything Goes
     Simon Says Wednesday--Use More than 1 stamp

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

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #265 with Beautiful Friendship Paper

Beautiful Friendship is a beautiful paper pack from Close to My Heart and I'm using it with this fabulous sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch #65.



I've added some Bashful Pearls, Bashful card stock and Glitz Glitter Gel on the floral piece.  The new Stitched Circles Thin Cuts were used to cut the circles.  The greeting is from February's Stamp of the Month called "Sunny Thoughts".  It was stamped with Sapphire pigment ink and clear embossed.

Here is the wonderful sketch I followed:


We hope you will find the time to join the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge which ends Monday night May 27.  Please be sure to check out our challenge blog on Wednesday when the rest of the fabulous Design Team will be posting their projects to inspire you.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
    Always Fun Challenges--Anything Goes
    Cards in Envy--Follow a Sketch
    Whoopsy Daisy--Anything Goes 

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

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #326--Make a 3Dimensional Project

Are you up for a new Cricut based challenge this fortnight?  If so you should play along with Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog's "Make a 3Dimensional Project" theme which lasts for 2 weeks.

My project features a graduation cap and diploma from the Classroom June and July cartridge and font from the Close to My Heart Artbooking cartridge.



Challenge #326-Make a 3D/Dimensional Project
Make a project that isn't  flat!

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The winner will receive a $10 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!


Be sure to stop by the FCCB to check out what the Design Team has to inspire you.  We hope you find the time to play along with us this fortnight!

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


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