Friday, May 24, 2013

Color Dare #44--Creme Brulee and Juniper and Blog Candy Giveaway Details

This week's Color My Heart Color Dare features the Close To My Heart colors Creme Brulee and Juniper.  Several of the Color Dare Design Team members and I are also participating in this weekend's Operation Write Home blog hop so I will be using the same Operation Write Home sketch for today's post as well as tomorrow's.  I chose to use OWH sketch #71 which looks like this:

My card uses a Juniper colored patterned paper from Jingle which was available several years ago, Creme Brulee CS, a thin Cocoa CS stripe, Quick Cards--Bumblebee stamp, Cocoa ink, Versamark ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Creme Brulee ink with honeycomb stamp from Wicked stamp set (CTMH retired) and glossy paper (retired CTMH).  3D Foam Tape lifts the focus panel from the center panel.

Before I stamped on the center panel I used a Polished Stone Technique to create the background.  I soaked a cotton ball with Rubbing Alcohol and then put drops of Creme Brulee and Juniper reinkers on the cotton ball.  I then rubbed the alcohol and color soaked cotton ball over the glossy paper to create the multicolored or marbled effect.  (I did not add a metallic ink to the cotton ball as originally described in this technique here).  Although I have plenty of Glossy CS in my stash it may be hard to find.  The blue package of glossy photographic paper pictured here would be a source--I got this package at Dollar Tree.


This was a very easy sketch to follow as the paper dimensions are listed in the sketch photo.  I will definitely be using more OWH sketches in the future!

We hope you can join in on this challenge.  If you don't have Close To My Heart colors you may substitute something similar.  Please use only the 2 challenge colors (this week it is Juniper and Creme Brulee)--you may use neutrals to complement these colors but the challenge focus is to use these colors. Link up your papercrafted creation (it does not have to be a card!) here by Thursday, May 30, 2012 9PM CST.  There is a monthly prize to be won by one lucky person!  Don't forget to see what the rest of the Design Team has ready to inspire you!


In celebration of our military heroes (proud Navy mom here) I'm offering a prize to one lucky person whose name will be picked at random.  The prize package will include 100+ assorted cardfronts (4.25" x 5.5").  All pieces are from Close To My Heart papers--some current and some retired along with some border strips.


To be eligible to win you must:

--Become a follower of my blog AND

--Write a comment on my 5/25/ 2013 Operation Write Home post indicating you are a blog follower

--Deadline to comment on my blog is midnight EST, May 31st, 2013

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!  Good luck in the prize drawing!

:) Marie





  1. I have that stamp set, Marie, but I haven't used it yet. You made me want to pull it out! I love the marbling effect that you employed. I just might have to go over to the Dollar Tree and pick up some glossy paper! Great card (and aren't those OWH sketches great?)!

  2. Cotton balls! COTTON BALLS!! I have been waiting to get to Hobby Lobby to purchase some felt and then you come along with plain, old, sitting-in-my-linen-closet-right now, cotton balls! Gottal love blog land. I agree with you on the ease of OWH sketches since they give you the dimensions of each piece. Make it so much easier. Can't wait to see tomorrow's post!

  3. Whoot! Whoot! YOU taught me something brand new today. I LOVE THAT and I thank you. I had not heard of the polished stone technique before. You did a great job with it on this card. :-) -B

  4. What a wonderful technique! I had never heard of that before. I am a new follower from OWH!

  5. Great card--I like how you used the polished stone technique and I love bees.
    I am a follower.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  6. Firstly, excellent idea to include blog candy with your OWH/CMH post! Secondly, thanks for including the "toot" on the polished stone technique. I've purchased some Ranger alcohol inks in the past--GREAT to know you can make your own using CTMH re-inkers. Thirdly, lovely card, with the "buzzing with news" theme so perfect for OWH. Happy Memorial Day, proud mom.

  7. Fantastic technique! I'm so trying this tomorrow! I'm a follower, looking forward to your next tip! TFS!

  8. Love this card!!! Its breathtaking! I have bookmarked this post even though I subscribed in case I forget which day u posted this! I LOVE it that much! TFS and thanks for the special giveaway! Too cool!

  9. I love your card! thanks for sharing the technique, it looks so good with the image stamped on it. I like your style, so I am now a follower!!

  10. Oops! I left my comment on the 24th. Lol Okay, it said I love your card, especially the technique! The stamped image looks great on the tech piece. Since I like your style, I am now a follower:)


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