Monday, July 15, 2019

Graduation Card with Freshly Made Sketch #396

This week's Freshly Made Sketch was used to make my niece's high school graduation card.  I used Close to My Heart's Charming Border stamp set, Sapphire Ink and Almond Card Stock and old Graduation stamps.



Here is the sketch I followed:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenge:
     Allsorts Challenge #528--Clean and Simple
     

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

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Seaside Greetings Returns 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 Close to My Heart is bringing back one of my all time favorite stamp sets and paper--Seaside Greetings-- for a limited time only!  


Here is the fabulous stamp set that is available until August 31st:

Seaside Greetings (CC7194)

There is also a coordinating paper kit available:

Seaside Paper Packet (CC7192)


     Seaside Greetings Stamp Set
     Seaside Paper Pack
     Smoothie Card Stock
     Espresso Ink
     Almond Ink
     Almond Card Stock

My card layout was inspired by this fabulous card sketch by Case This Sketch 329:

 

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Always Fun Challenges--Anything Goes
      My Time to Craft--Beside the Seaside
      Simply Create Too--Anything Goes With a Twist of                          Patterned Paper


Now it's time to head over to Joyce Hauck's blog --I'm sure you'll be inspired by what she has to share.

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

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Friday, July 5, 2019

One Corner Floral Stamped for AAA Card Challenge #143

There is an interesting challenge at AAA Cards this fortnight--just stamp one corner with an option of flowers.  I needed to make a birthday card for my sister who loves calla lilies so this challenge was perfect for me.



Products used:
    Lasting Lily (Stampin' Up)
    Sentiment--From Me to You (Close to My Heart)
    Sprinkles stamp (Close to My Heart)
    Sugarplum Ink
    Fern Ink
    Pebble Ink
    Intense Black Ink

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Your Next Stamp #117--Three of Something
     Creative Knockouts--Birthday
     Seize the Birthday--Option of Sunshine
     Shopping Our Stash--One Layer Card

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

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

No Worries Retirement Card With Atlantic Hearts Sketch #322

My brother-in-law is retiring soon so I was inspired to make this fun card with some retired Close to My Heart products. (No Worries Cardmaking Thin Cuts and Stamps and No Worries paper.)  The Atlantic Hearts Sketch features an interesting grid pattern which I accomplished using striped paper.




Here is the fun Atlantic Hearts sketch that inspired my card layout:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Make My Monday--Begins with B (beach umbrella, beach                    chair)
     Addicted to Stamps--For a Boy/Man
     Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog--Boys/Men and/or Rain/Sun                Weather
     Tinker-Dream--Summer

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


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Monday, June 24, 2019

Healling Hugs Roses in Freshly Made Sketch #393

This week's Freshly Made Sketch #393 inspired me to create this pretty card:




Although the rose and leaf stamps are from the Stampin' Up Healing Hugs set, the rest of the products are from Close to My Heart.  The card stock colors and inks are Candy Apple and Fern.

Here is the wonderful sketch I followed:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      A Gem of a Challenge--Anything Goes
      Kraftin' Kimmies #486--No Patterned Paper
      The Crafting Challenge--Flowers

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


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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Just Add Ink Sketch #462 Meets Seize the Birthday Cover the Card Challenge #168

The striped sketch over at Just Add Ink appealed to me and I immediately thought of the fabulous woodgrain paper from the Close to My Heart No Worries paper packet.  I paired it with the So Many Candles Cardmaking Kit stamps and Sapphire Ink



Here is the fabulous Just Add Ink sketch that inspired my card layout:


The "Toppings" option at Seize the Birthday is to "cover the card" which I have done with the Woodgrain patterned paper.

I'm also linking to the following challenges:
      Crafting by Designs--Happy Birthday
      The Paper Shelter #388--Stripes and/or dots
      Watercooler Wednesday #226--Masculine Anything Goes
      Shopping Our Stash #398--You're So Punny

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

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Paper Hug Card with Case This Sketch #326

When I saw this week's Case This Sketch challenge I immediately thought of using an older Close to My Heart stamp set called "Swirls Around" as the background flourish.  The cricut cut oval is from the Lacy Labels cartridge and the sentiment stamp is from a retired CTMH stamp set called "True Love".



The paper color is Sugarplum and the stamps were inked with Peacock Ink.  Don't you love how great these two colors look together?  I cut an oval from white craft foam to "pop up" the oval frame.

Here is the fabulous Case This Sketch #326 that inspired my card layout:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Sparkles Forum #117--No Patterned Paper
     Aud Sentiments Challenge #229--Anything Goes & Sentiment
     Crafty Sentiments--Anything Goes
     Retro Rubber Challenge--Anything Goes (Sentiment stamp--2             years old, Swirls Around background stamp about 5 years                 old)
      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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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Freshly Made Father's Day Card with Color Dare Colors

This is my last Father's Day Card this year and it follows Freshly Made Sketch #392.  Shades of blue are my favorite colors and that is the challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare #347.


     Sapphire Card Stock
     Carolina Card Stock
     White Daisy Card Stock
     Love Note stamp (retired)
     Sapphire Ink
     Say It All stamp (retired)

This fabulous Freshly Made sketch inspired my card layout:


This Color Dare challenge graphic inspired my color choices:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Addicted to Stamps--For a Boy/Man
     Through the Purple Haze--The Guys Have It
     Just Us Girls--Light, Medium, Dark of Same Color

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

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Mojo Monday #517 Father's Day Card

Tomorrow is Father's Day so I made this card for my golfing boyfriend using the current Mojo Monday sketch.



     Whimsy Fundamentals Paper (retired)
      Sapphire Card Stock
      Fern Card Stock
      Sapphire Burlap Ribbon
      Golf stamp
      Sapphire Ink
      Say it All stamp (retired)
      Stitched Square Frame

The polka dotted embellishment is Candi from Craftworks Cards.

Here is the wonderful Mojo Monday sketch that inspired my card layout:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Cute N Crafty Challenge--Father's Day or Card for a Man
     Cardz 4 Guys--Father's Day
     Crafty Calendar Challenge--Masculine

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

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Friday, June 14, 2019

You're Awesome Father's Day Card with Sunday Stamps Sketch #206

Father's Day is this weekend so I was inspired to make this card with a combination of stamps.  You Rock, the mountains, stars and sun are from the You Are Awesome stamp set.  The lined stamp is retired Close to My Heart and the Father's Day sentiment is from retired CTMH "Say it All".  The plaid paper background is from Into the Wild.


Here is the fabulous Sunday Stamps Sketch that inspired my card layout:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Always Fun #114--For Dad
     Cardz 4 Guys--Father's Day
     Cute N Crafty Challenge #28--Father's Day 
     Addicted to CAS #161--Dad

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

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

June Joyful Stars Blog Hop Floral Thinking of You Cards

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!  


I have two bright and cheery Thinking of You cards to share with you this month.  The first follows the current Freshly Made Sketch #391 using Craft On patterned paper, Floral Delivery Stamp, Carolina Card Stock, Bluebird Card Stock and Bluebird Ink.


Although you can't see it in the above photo, the floral panel was dipped in Versamark Ink and clear embossed to create a shiny surface. Here is a different view so you can see the glossy effect.


This is the fabulous Freshly Made Sketch that inspired my card layout:


My second card follows Case This Sketch #325 and features Pixie Card Stock, Raspberry Card Stock, Floral Delivery stamps, Raspberry Ink and Black Ink.  The frame was cut with Stitched Rectangular Frames.  The stamped flowers were fussy cut and embellished with White Enamel Dots.


This is the sketch that inspired my second card:



Now it's time to head over to Joyce Hauck's blog --I'm sure you'll be inspired by what she has to share.

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

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Thank You Card with Paper Players Sketch #443

Today's post brings a colorful card using the current Paper Players Sketch.  The plaid panel features Close to My Heart Into the Wild paper.  The flower stamps are from the recently retired You Got This Cardmaking workshop.  As I'm trying to use up my stash the most of the products used are retired Close to My Heart.



The background is Honey cardstock .  The flowers were stamped in Espresso Ink on Autumn Terracotta cardstock.  Then I tapped the flowers on to Versamark Ink and used Polysparkle Tinsel clear embossing powder to give it the shimmer effect.  The sentiment is from A Thousand Thanks.

Here is the fabulous Paper Players sketch that inspired my card layout:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
        The Paper Shelter--Flower Power
        The Crafty Addicts--Anything Goes
        Watercooler Wednesday--Anything Goes

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

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Color Dare #343 Meets Sketch Saturday #565

There is a Love of Color challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare.  The challenge is to use at least 3 colors from the 6 listed.  I used Sugarplum patterned paper from Feels Like Home paper (recently retired from Close to My Heart), Sage Card Stock, Sapphire Card Stock, Sage Ink and Sapphire Ink.  I used a ruler and a Silver Metallic Marker to edge each of the papers and to color in the "eyes" of the Peacock feathers.  The stamps are Elegant Peacock from Close to My Heart.  My card is 5"W by 6.5"L.


Here is the wonderful Love of Color Palette that influenced my color choices.  


Color My Heart Color Dare challenges are open for 2 weeks and this one closes tomorrow evening.  Badge awards are given along with a randomly selected participant to receive a monthly prize.


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


Did you hear that Close to My Heart is celebrating it's 35th year?  To help celebrate they are having a 48 hour Flash Sale offering many items at 35% off.  Check it out:

Anniversary Flash Sale

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Simon Says Wednesday--Anything Goes
     Watercooler Wednesday--Anything Goes
     Through the Craft Room Door--Always Anything Goes

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

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Glitter Numbered Birthday Card with Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch #405

My sister's mother-in-law just celebrated a big birthday and thus the inspiration for this glittery card:


Close to my Heart products used:
     Bluebird CS
     Carolina CS

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


I'm also entering my card into the following challenges:
     Allsorts Challenge--Birthday
     Seize the birthday--Option-Balloons
     

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

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Seasons Mix-In for Sunday Stamps Sketch #204

This fortnight's Sunday Stamps Sketch reminded me that I have some small paper doilies in my stash that could be used to complete the challenge.  This card was made with my friend Bev in mind who just had cancer surgery.



The doily was adhered to Smoothie card stock and then the sentiment from Stronger Together stamp set (retired CTMH) was stamped in Sapphire Ink.  The Lagoon patterned paper is from the Celebrate Seasons Mix-In paper set from last Idea Book.  The top left corner was embellished with White Enamel Dots.

Here is the fabulous Sunday Stamps sketch that inspired my card layout:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Addicted to Stamps and More--Anything Goes
     Through the Craft Room Door--Anything Goes
     Cute and Crafty--Mother's Day/For a Lady

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

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