Thursday, August 9, 2018

Quick Wedding Card for August 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 am sharing a wedding card I made using the Close to My Heart You Are Here cartridge:



The paper colors are White Daisy, Silver Foil and Sapphire.  It was so quick to make!

Now it's time to head over to Michelle Loncar'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, August 3, 2018

Color My Heart Color Dare #304 Meets Try Stampin' on Tuesday #373

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This fortnight we are challenging you to combine the following three Close to My Heart colors:  Peacock, Linen and Eggplant with and option of Silver.  Of course, if you don't have these exact colors you can substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun.  Our challenge ends on Thursday evening, August 16 at 9PM CDT.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Peacock CS
     Shells and Stars stamp
     Eggplant Ink
     Peacock Ink
     Enchantment Fundamentals
     Heartfelt Birthday Wish (retired)
     Clear Shimmer Brush (used on vertical strip                      which pulled some of the ink to color the                      shells)
     Vineyard Berry Marker (retired)

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 Try Stampin' on Tuesday #373:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges--Anything Goes
     Craft Rocket Challenges--Anything Goes
     Seize the Birthday--Option of Water
     Crafty Addicts--Boys or Men

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

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #275 With Fresh Air Paper

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  This is challenge #275 and it features diagonal elements with a rectangular frame over it.  My card started with a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of Fresh Air paper which was cut from corner to corner twice.  I flipped over 2 pieces to create the background design.  The frame was cut from the Cindy Loo cricut cartridge.  The sentiment was stamped in New England Ivy ink from the retired Close to My Heart Casual Expressions stamp set.  Red Berry Nuvo Crystal Drops were applied to the tree.






Here is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch for you to follow this week:


Our challenge will be open until Sunday night August 6 at 9pm EDT.  We hope that you will find the time to play along!

I'm also linking up this card to the following challenges:
      Heart 2 Heart--Fresh Air Fun
      Bitten by the Bug--Use a Cricut Frame or Border
      Double Trouble--combine with Heart 2 Heart and AHSC
      Crazy 4 Challenges--Sympathy or Hope cards
      Brown Sugar Challenges--Use 2 Patterned Papers
    
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie


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Monday, July 23, 2018

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #331--Happy Birthday

It's a Happy Birthday challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #331.  My card was made with the Southwest cartridge (available in Access). Here it is:

The papers are from Close to My Heart Central Park paper packet.  Before I colored the inside of the letters with a Marine Blue Shin Han Touch Marker I applied a Gold Shimmer Brush to the patterned paper.
      Seize the Birthday--Optional Stripes
      Always Happy Birthday--Birthday Cake optional
      Inkspirational Challenge--Birthday 
      Simply Papercrafts--Anything Goes




Challenge #331-Birthdays
Make a project about Birthdays. But there has to be a least one cut from the Cricut Library!



And the prize is-

A $10 coupon code for anything in the store!

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!

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




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

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, 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

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.

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