Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge#2--Hearts

There is a new card challenge out there!  Twofer Card Challenge requires participants to create two cards with the same stamp or die but with two different designs and for different occasions.  It sounded like fun so I created two cards to meet the challenge.  This fortnight the word prompt is "Hearts".  Here are my cards:


The die cut hearts were cut from Basic Shapes in Design Space.  The first card background was created with the new "Mermaid Lagoon" Distress Oxide Ink with a little bit of "Shaded Lilac" on the background panel.   The stamp is from the "Stronger Together" stamp set from Close to My Heart and was embossed with "Mulberry Star" embossing powder from Sparkle and Sprinkle.  The fuschia glitter paper is from Jot.


The card layout was inspired by the sketch at Just Add Ink #396:

My second card uses three Bazzill Regal Red hearts, Sapphire card stock, Happy Valentine's stamp, embossed Silver Delicata ink and Silver Shimmer Trim.


I'm also linking these cards up to the following challenges:
       Make My Monday--Messy Backgrounds
      Addicted to Stamps--Have a Heart 
      Crafting from the Heart--Anything Goes
      Use Your Stuff--Twinkle Twinkle (add sparkle)

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

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Sympathy Card for Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #320 With Freshly Made Sketch #324

Welcome back to another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog post!  This fortnight our challenge is for you to use your Cricut machine to create a Sympathy card.  The FCCB Design Team is awarding one lucky participant a $25 Amazon gift card so please be sure to check out the details here.

The Cricut images used in my card are from the Calligraphy Collection cartridge which are the Cricut Free Cuts of the week.  Rather than cut the sympathy sentiment I used a Black Cricut pen to draw it and then colored it in.  The Smokey Plum papers are long retired from Close to My Heart. I used the same Black Cricut pen to outline the flourish and sentiment panel.  The shimmery white paper is Antique Gold by Recollections and the shimmery red heart is Cricut Red Pearl paper.  My Design Space file is being shared here.


Here is a close up view so you can see the lovely shimmer in those papers. 


My creative process usually involves finding a sketch challenge to enter and this week is no different.  My inspiration came from this lovely Freshly Made Sketch #324:

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     International Art and Soul:  Use Something You Already             Have  (The patterned paper had a date on the backside that read       "CTMH 2002"!)
     Jo's Scrap Shack--Anything Goes 


Challenge #320-Sympathy
Make a project about Sympathy, or loss of a loved one (human or animal)

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



Friday, February 16, 2018

Make Waves Paper Meets Sunny Thoughts Stamp for Color Dare #280

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are challenging you to combine these three Close to My Heart colors:  Pixie, Pansy and Emerald.  Black and White Daisy are always FREE to use in our challenges but please do not add any new colors.  Of course, if you don't have these exclusive Close to My Heart colors yet you may substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!

Months ago I seriously considered purchasing a Quilt Block Die from Stampin' Up.  It was pricey and I reluctantly talked myself out of the purchase.  Quilting is also another craft passion of mine so I decided that I could create a similar look in Cricut's Design Space and I did just that.  



Although it is not quite "perfect" I am very pleased with how it came out with these fabulous bright and cheery colors.  Now that I have it in my Design Space files I can replicate, resize and reproduce it in numerous color schemes. What fun I'm going to have with this file*!

      White Daisy CS
      Pixie CS
      Pansy CS
      Make Waves Paper (purple and green prints)
      Sunny Thoughts (sentiment and tiny pink flower)
          limited time--February Stamp of the Month
      Ribbon Border Die
      Black Pigment Ink
      Clear Embossing Powder

Other product:
      Waves Next Level Embossing folder by We R                     Memory Keepers 

Here is the Color Dare challenge graphic.  Just click on it to see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you!  Our challenge is open until Thursday evening, March 1 at 9PM CT so you have almost two weeks to link up your creation in our gallery.  We look forward to visiting your blogs and commenting on your artwork.

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I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Hiding in My Scrap Room--Super Scraps
     Seize the Birthday--Option--Coffee or Tea
     Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--Anything Goes
     World Wide Open Design Team--Anything Goes
     Simon Says Wednesday--Add a Die Cut
     As You Like it Challenge--Favorite Way to Add a             Sentiment and Why (Stamping because I have             lots of sentiment stamps)

* Would you like a copy of my Design Space file?  If so, please become a follower of my blog AND leave a comment on this blog post that you are following (through blogger or email) and I will email you a link.

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

PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ATLANTIC HEARTS SKETCH CHALLENGE #250 CELEBRATION:

Random Number Generator helped me pick entry #2

Ginadapooh at https://ginadapooh.com/2018/02/05/bike-love/

Congratulations!  Contact me so I can get your prize to you!




     
     


Monday, February 12, 2018

Make Waves Cardmaking Stamps for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #251

We have another great sketch for you over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog and it gave me the opportunity to use the new Close to My Heart stamp set called Make Waves--Cardmaking Stamps and Thin Cut Set.  The heart cutout was made with Basic Shapes in Design Space and the banner was cut from the Artiste cartridge.  I replaced the floral accent with a cute octopus and it's accompanying witty saying.  (My almost 8 year old grandson will be receiving this card.)


     Crystal Blue CS
     White Daisy CS
     Make Waves Cardmaking set
     Pacifica Pigment Ink
     Clear embossing powder
     Silver Shimmer Trim
   
Other products:
     Bazzill Regal paper
     Hero Arts Wave Background

Here is the fabulous Atlantic Hearts Sketch that inspired my card:


How will this sketch inspire you to create this week?  You have until Sunday evening, February 18 at 9PM ET to enter your project here.  We would love to stop by and visit your blogs when you do.  Be sure to stop by the AHSC blog on Wednesday to see what the rest of the wonderful Design Team has to inspire you.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Always Fun Challenges #45--Valentines
     Cards in Envy--Love You So Much
     Bitten by the Bug--Hearts for Valentines
     Heart 2 Heart--Love is in the Air
     Use Your Stuff--Love is All Around
     Die Cut Diva's--Love is in the Air

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

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Make Waves Valentine for February 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 Michelle Loncar'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!  


Valentine's Day is next week so I've been making lots of different valentine cards for special friends and family.  This time I went to the latest Close to My Heart cartridge "You Are Here" and paired it with the gorgeous Make Waves paper.


The oval was cut with the retired Art Philosophy cartridge and the Thistle striped ribbon and purple glitter gems are also from CTMH but retired.  The pink paper is Pixie card stock and the green paper is Emerald.

My card layout was inspired by this lovely Tuesday Morning Sketch:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Watercooler Wednesday--Anything Goes Feminine
     Cut it Up--Layers of Love

Now it's time to hop on over to Joyce Houck'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


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Color Dare #270--Cranberry, Pacifica and Canary

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  We have some bright, primary colors for you to work with this week.  How will you combine these Close to My Heart colors:  Cranberry, Pacifica and Canary?  Of course if you don't have these CTMH colors yet you can substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!  (Black and White are always "free" colors in our challenges.)


Close to My Heart products used:
     Canary CS
     Black CS
     Adventure Fundamentals (2016 Pacifica)
     Adventure Fundamentals current
     Sunny Thoughts (February Stamp of the Month)
     Memento Black Ink
     Swirling Stars stamp (retired)
     Canary Ink
     Cranberry Ink

Just click on the Color Dare graphic below to check out what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.  You have almost 2 weeks to link your project to our gallery.  We can't wait to see what you create!

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My card layout was inspired by this fabulous sketch at Freshly Made Sketches:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Seize the Birthday--Optional Candles
     Always Fun Challenges #44--Anything Goes

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

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Sympathy Card With Case This Sketch #257

Card sketches are a great way to spark creativity and I knew that Case This Sketch #257 would make a lovely sympathy card.  The branches are from the Chelsea Gardens Stamp set by Close to My Heart along with Glacier card stock and Peacock card stock and Vellum.  I love the way these two bluish green papers look together!  The sentiment is from the Sincere Expressions stamp set (retired Close to My Heart) and was stamped in Versamark Ink and Peacock Ink and then clear embossed.


Here is the fabulous sketch that inspired my card layout:


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

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Celebrating Atlantic Hearts 250th Sketch with Prize Giveaway

Hello my crafting friends!  I'm happy to share some exciting news today!  Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is celebrating its 250th sketch!  Congratulations to Michelle Stewart and the Design Team whose vision created this wonderful challenge platform and all these wonderful sketches!  Please read to the end to find out about a prize giveaway that I am offering to help celebrate this milestone event.

Here is my interpretation of this week's sketch:



     White Daisy CS
     Bashful CS
     Monogram Crest (Hostess Reward Option)
     You Are More Workshops Your Way stamp
      Ruby Ink
      Shin Han Touch Markers (Sweet Leaf, Cherry                     and Tender Pink)
      Dotted stamp on sides from Sunny Thoughts set
      Memento Black Ink
      3D Foam Tape

 Other products:
      Silver Delicata Ink (for side strips)
      Ribbon from my stash--source unknown

Here is the fabulous Atlantic Hearts Sketch that inspired my card:
      

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Just Us Girls--Love
      AAA Cards--All You Need is Love
      Scrappin' 4 Fun--Love, Wedding, Valentine
      Cards in Envy--Love you so much
      My Creative Scoop--Something Colored In
      Simon Says Monday--Love is in the Air


I will be donating a prize to a randomly selected winner from those that participate in this week's sketch challenge.  The prize will include a Close to My Heart stamp set, patterned paper and ribbon trims.  The lucky winner could be YOU!  All you have to do is create something following the above sketch and link it here to be eligible to win a prize.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team has to offer by checking out their blog posts which will be posted Wednesday on the AHSC blog.

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

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Color Dare #278 Meets Freshly Made Sketch #322

If you are looking for the February Stamp of the Month blog hop post please go here.

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are challenging you to combine Bashful Pink with Kraft with an option to use Gold.  Black and White are always free to use in any of our challenges.  If you don't have the exact Close to My Heart colors you can substitute similar colors so you can still play along.



     Bashful CS
     Bashful Glitter paper
     Artistry cricut cartridge
     Kraft CS
     White Daisy CS
      Say it All stamp set (retired)
     Versamark Ink
     Ranger Gold Embossing Powder
     Marvy Uchida Black Journaling pen (to create
        black lines around White Daisy and Kraft                    papers)

If you would like to use my Design Space file just click here.

Just click on this Color Dare graphic to see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.

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This challenge will be open until Thursday evening, February 15 at 9PM ET.

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



I'm also entering my card into the following challenges:
      Fusion Challenge--Hearts
    Cards4Galz--Think Pink

Don't forget about Color Dare #277--A Tic Tac Toe board of Chelsea Gardens colors which closes on February 8 at 9PM ET.

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

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

February Stamp of the Month--Sunny Thoughts Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring January's SOTM, which is Sunny Thoughts, a set of 12 stamps.  If you have come here from Miss Carrie's Creations blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html

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This month we have 27 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!


     Tangerine CS
     Lemon CS
     Sapphire CS
     Stargazer Paper
     Sunny Thoughts stamps (greeting and flower                         embellishments)
     Sapphire Ink
     Artbooking cartridge (sun ray modified in Design                 Space)
     Clear Shimmer Brush 

Here are the rest of the stamps in the February Stamp of the Month set:

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My card layout was inspired by this sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday:


Here is a link to another project I made using the large greeting from this fabulous stamp set.

Now "Hop" on over to Melissa Robinson's blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the February SOTM is only available until February 28!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

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

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Featuring Butterfly Circle With Sketch Saturday #498

Several months ago I purchased the Crafters' Companion Butterfly Circle Stamp and Metal Die set from after seeing it on an HSN special.  I'm so happy that I finally got a chance to create something with it!  My card is 5" wide by 6.5" tall and uses retired "Ocean" Close to My Heart papers and shimmery Caribbean Mist Twinkling H2O paint. The center stamp and birthday stamp are retired Close to My Heart.




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



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Seize the Birthday--Optional Candles
     Through the Purple Haze--Add Some Turquoise
     Addicted to Stamps and More #277--Make Your                 Mark
     Crafting by Design--Things with Wings
     Stampavie and More--Something Blue
     Cuttlebug Mania--Birthday Project

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

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #249 with Chelsea Gardens

We have another wonderful sketch to share with you at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog!  The Chelsea Gardens Thin Cuts and Stamps were used to create the side leaf and butterfly array with the background Chelsea Gardens paper.  The sparkly green paper is from Core'dinations and the birthday greeting is from the retired Fairytale Birthday stamp set.  The yellow butterfly paper was from Adventure Paper Fundamentals from several years ago.


Here is the fabulous Atlantic Hearts Sketch to inspire your creativity!  We can't wait to see what you can create and share with us.  You have until Sunday evening, February 4 at 9PM ET to enter our challenge.


I'm also entering my card into the following challenges:
     Die Cut Divas--Use Something New (leaf and                      butterfly dies)
     Cuttlebug Mania--Birthday project
     Through the Craft Room Door--Anything Goes
     Worldwide Open Design Team Challenge--                       Anything Goes
     Die Cuttin' Divas--Anything Goes


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

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Sunny Thoughts for Freshly Made Sketch #321

This card is for a very special young lady who loves the color purple.  The big, bold sentiment is from the upcoming Close to My Heart February Stamp of the Month called Sunny Thoughts which will be available starting Thursday, February 1.  I cut pennants with Design Space and found this interesting accent in the Home Accents cartridge (available in Access subscription).  The card size is 6.5" wide by 5 inches high.


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Pansy CS
     Pacifica CS
     Sunny Thoughts stamp set
     White Glitter paper
     Pansy pigment ink
     Clear embossing powder 
     Rose Embossing Folder

My card layout was inspired by this fabulous Freshly Made Sketch #321:


http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2018/01/freshly-made-sketches-321-sketch-by-jen.html 
If you would like to replicate my card you can use my Design Space file here

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Aud Sentiments Challenge--Anything Goes



      A Bit More Time to Craft--Anything Goes
      Card Mania Challenge--Monochromatic




     

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

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Color Dare #277--Chelsea Gardens Tic Tac Toe

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  I'm really excited to share a new type of game for our Color Dare challenge.  The last challenge of every month we will be featuring a "Tic Tac Toe" board for you to choose your challenge colors from.   In January we have been featuring colors from the Chelsea Gardens paper pack and thus our challenge board features these pretty colors.  You must use and identify the three colors in a row of your choice with your entry.  You may also add any or all of the other colors from the Tic-Tac-Toe board but you may not add any additional colors NOT on the board.   Here is our first Tic Tac Toe challenge board:


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My card was created with the Middle Column--Heather, White Daisy and Glacier.  I also added Black, Juniper and Mink that are also on the challenge board.


     Black CS
     Chelsea Gardens paper (Glacier patterned paper)
     Heather CS
     White Glitter Paper
     Juniper CS
     You Are Here cartridge--snowflake and sentiment            (I used "writing" feature instead of "cutting"                 the sentiment and then colored in with Black               Cricut Pen)
     3D Foam Tape

My card was inspired by this fabulous Sunday Stamps sketch:    

I'm also sharing my card with the following challenges:
     Die Cuttin' Divas--Snowflakes
     House That Stamps Built--Anything Goes
     Simon Says Wednesday Challenge--Layer it Up

We would love for you to come play along with our first Tic Tac Toe challenge.  You can check out what the rest of the fabulous Color Dare Design Team has for you here.  Our challenge runs for two weeks.  If you don't have the exact Close to My Heart colors indicated you may substitute similar colors so you may still join in on the fun.

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

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