Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #229

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog post!  We would love to have you join us.  The United States Thanksgiving holiday is tomorrow so my card reflects that:



The sparkling pumpkin diecut was made with glitter paper from DCWV backed with New England Ivy CS.  The soft orange colored paper is Tangerine from the Adventure Fundamentals Paper Pack and the border paper is discontinued Barn Red.  The greeting was a very old Close to My Heart "woody" stamped in Barn Red ink.  The pumpkin banner was cut from the Cricut Thanksgiving cartridge and the side panel border was cut from the Bakery Fresh image from the Family Album Cricut cartridge.

Here is the fabulous Atlantic Hearts sketch I followed to make this card:  


Our challenge runs until Sunday evening, November 26.  We look forward to visiting your blogs to see your lovely interpretation of this classic sketch.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Bitten by the Bug--Anything Thanksgiving
     Always Fun Challenges--Thanksgiving
     Cards in Envy--It's Only Paper
     Use Your Stuff--Thankful

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

:) Marie

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Color Dare #270 Meets Tuesday Morning Sketch #429

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This fortnight we are challenging you to pick your own Close to My Heart red (Cranberry, Ruby, Pomegranate or Raspberry) and combine it with Espresso, Heather, Mink, White Daisy with an option of adding gold.   Of course if you don't have these Close to My Heart colors yet you may substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!


Close to My Heart products used:
     Pomegranate CS
     Pomegranate Ink
     White Daisy CS
     Heather CS (pine sprig was stamped onto this)
     Espresso Ink (large pine cones)
     Mink CS (pine cone border with Heather Ink)
     Heather Ink
     White Chalk Marker (snow on pinecones)
     Perfectly Pine stamp set (retired)
     Frosted Christmas stamp (Pomegranate Ink)
     Gold Shimmer Brush (used to ink Pine sprig                      stamp in top right corner)
     3D Foam Tape

Just click on the Color Dare graphic to get to our challenge blog to be inspired by what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.  You have until Thursday evening, November 30, at 9PM EST to enter the challenge.  We look forward to seeing what you can create with these colors.


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Here is the wonderful Tuesday Morning Sketch #429 that inspired my card layout:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Addicted to Stamps and More--Holiday
     Holly and Ivy Challenge--Anything Christmas                    Goes
     A Perfect Time to Craft--Anything Goes
     House of Cards--Holiday and/or Colors

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, November 13, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #314--Thanks/Thanksgiving

Welcome back to another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog post.  This fortnight we are challenging you to take out your Cricut and create a Thanks orThanksgiving card!  We are being sponsored by the FCCB Team who is donating a $25 Amazon Gift card!

I used the Thanksgiving cartridge (in Access subscription) to write the sentiment and cut out the pumpkin and flourish.  A cricut copper metallic marker was used to write and a Nuvo Orange Glitter Marker was used to color in the leaves and the pumpkin.



Here is my Design Space file if you would like to recreate my card.  We would love to see what you create with a cricut image.  Check out what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you here.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Come and Get it Challenges--Thanks/Thankful
     Pile it On--Large Sentiment
     Allsorts--Colors of Autumn
     Crafty Calendar--Colors of Autumn
     Crafty Catz--Anything Goes--no patterned paper
     Always Fun Challenges--Pumpkin


Challenge #314-Thanks or Thanksgiving
Make a project about thank you cards or Thanksgiving projects.

The FCCB Design Team is sponsoring a $25 gift card at

Amazon!

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


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

November Joyful Stars Blog Hop with You Are Here Cricut Cartridge

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!  


My cards were made with the latest Close to My Heart cricut cartridge called "You Are Here".    I also used the Artbooking cartridge to cut the Eggplant cardstock frame.  The background panel is Flaxen cardstock and the cut image is New England Ivy cardstock.  The greeting is from the Thoughtful Bird stamp set.  Sponge Daubers were used to color the White Daisy cardstock with Cranberry, Sorbet, Eggplant, Sweet Leaf and Tangerine inks.



This card was easy enough to make so I made a second one and colored the fruits in with Shin Han Touch Markers--Carmine, Marigold, Lavender, Leaf Green and Golden Yellow.  I created this in Design Space--here is the file if you would like to replicate it.


Which coloring method do you like better?

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

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Archiscraps--Use Fruit 
     Sparkles Forum Challenges--Autumn Colors
     Little Red Wagon--Harvest Time
     Wonderful Wednesdays--Anything Goes


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



:) Marie




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Monday, November 6, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #237

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog post.  This sketch features diagonal stripes and repeated elements along the left side.  My card was painted with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Fresh Copper, Indian Gold and Cosmic Brown) to give it some sparkle and shine.  Some leaves were cut from metallic gold or brown cardstock from the Paper Cut with Spellbinders Leaves dies.  The striped paper is from Close to My Heart Happy Times paper set from last year.



Here is the fabulous Atlantic Hearts sketch.  We would love to see how it inspires you to create!  You have until Sunday evening, November 12 to link up to us here.


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Other challenges entered:
    Fusion Challenge--Leaves
    Seize the Birthday--Kraft base
    Crafty Calendar Challenge--Autumn Colors
    Addicted to CAS--Leaves
    Addicted to Stamps and More--Anything Goes
    Glitter 'N Sparkle--Fall Colors 

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, November 3, 2017

Color Dare #268 Meets Try Stampin' on Tuesday #345

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:  Fern, New England Ivy, Almond, Cranberry, White Daisy with optional gold.  Of course, if you don't have these Close to My Heart colors yet, you may substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun.


The base panel is Almond, the striped paper is from Adventure Fundamentals, the horizontal stripe is New England Ivy with Fern on top.  The wreath was stamped in New England Ivy ink with Fern sponged over it.  The sentiment is from the Fairytale Birthday stamp set inked in Cranberry.  I did choose to use "optional gold".  Here is a closeup so you can see how I used the Metallic Gold marker to color the leaves.


Here is the Color My Heart Color Dare graphic.  Just click on it to get to the challenge site where you can be inspired by other wonderful creations made by our fabulous Design Team.



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My card design was inspired by this Try Stampin' on Tuesday #345 sketch:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Addicted to Stamps and More #266--Anything                     Goes
        Seize the Birthday--optional Kraft Card Base

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, October 24, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #235

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  This birthday card is for a dear friend of mine who loves birds.  I chose to use the Bloom cricut cartridge (part of Access subscription) and Creative Cards cartridge to create this card.  If you would like to replicate my card you can use my Design Space file here.


The colors from background to foreground are from Close to My Heart:  Pomegranate, New England Ivy, Colonial White and Goldrush for the flower centers which was brushed with the Gold Shimmer Brush.  The sentiment is from a retired stamp set called "Just a Number" stamped in Pomegranate ink.  The birdcage was cut from a metallic take out container lid because I didn't have any silver metallic cardstock.  

Are you ready to see what you can do with this sketch?  You have until Sunday evening, October 29 to share your creation with us 
here.  We look forward to visiting your blogs.  Be sure to check at the AHSC blog on Wednesday to see all the fabulous Design Team creations.

http://atlanticheartschallenge.blogspot.com/2017/10/sketch-235.html 

I'm also sharing this card with the following challenges:
     Shopping Our Stash--Use a Sketch 
     Creative Craft Cottage--Use a Sentiment 
     Daisy Chain Challenge--Happy Birthday
     Dream Valley Challenges--Birthday 

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

:) Marie



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Friday, October 20, 2017

Color Dare #268 Meets Sketch Saturday #485

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This fortnight we are challenging you to choose 1 pink (Blossom, Bashful or Pixie) and use it with all and only Pebble, Pewter, Black and White Daisy.


The background layer is Pewter and the lighter shade of grey is Pebble which was stamped with the Shells and Stars stamp with black ink.   Pixie is the pink I chose to use.  The sentiment is from the Thoughtful Bird set.  Black Shimmer Trim and Silver Shimmer Trim (and a small heart punch) were used to accent the card.

My card design was inspired by this wonderful Sketch Saturday #485 sketch:


    


Here is the Color My Heart Color Dare #266 graphic.  Just click on it to get to the challenge to check out what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to share with you--and where you can link up your creation.

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I'm also sharing my card with the following challenges:
       Crafting with an Attitude--Anything Goes
     Mod Squad Challenge--Sympathy/Thinking of You
     Sunny Day Crafting--P is for Pink 
     Wonderful Wednesday Challenge--Anything Goes 
     A Bit More Time to Craft--Anything Goes

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



:) Marie




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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!

This Weeks Sponsor


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

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, 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

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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