Monday, January 22, 2018

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #318--Snow

It's time for another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge!  This fortnight the challenge is Snow!  I've seen quite a bit of it lately so I chose to feature just one lovely snowflake on my card.


The snowflake cut is from Anna's Seasonal Soirees (Access subscription) and the greeting is from the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy (now retired).  The glittery blue papers are from Core'dinations and the red glitter paper is from Bazzill.  The white glitter paper is from Recollections (at Michael's).  The white dots on the letters were made with Nuvo Crystal Drops White Gloss.

My card layout was inspired by this Case This Sketch graphic:

 
I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      AAA Cards#107--"Chilled" 
      Gem of a Challenge--Cool in Blue
      Alphabet Challenge--V is for Vellum
      Aud Sentiments--Anything Goes
      Craft Rockets Challenges--Winter 

 From the Fantaulous Cricut Challenge Blog:
 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!



Challenge #318-Snow
Make a project using anything snow related. But there has to be a least one cut from the Cricut Library!


This Weeks Sponsor is-



                   


And the prize is-

A $25 online gift code!

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, January 19, 2018

Color Dare #276--Heather, Mink and Sweet Leaf

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  Just three colors this week:  Heather, Mink and Sweet Leaf (to which you may add Black and White Daisy if you wish but no additional colors.)  Of course if you don't have these exact Close to My Heart colors yet you may substitute similar colors so you can still play along with us.



The patterned paper is Heather from the Basics Fundamentals Paper Pack and the solid card stock below it is Mink.  

Close to My Heart products used:
     Basics Fundamental Paper
     Mink CS
     Sweet Leaf CS
     White Daisy CS
     Birthday Sparkles stamp
     Memento Black Ink
     Many Congratulations flower stamp
     Sweet Leaf Ink

The stitched circle die is from KatScrappiness and the scallop circle punch is retired CTMH.

My card layout was inspired by this wonderful Tuesday Morning Sketch #436 sketch:

     
Just click on the Color Dare graphic to get to the Color Dare blog to see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.  We would love to have you share your artwork in our gallery.  You have until Thursday, February 1 9PM ET (2 weeks) to enter this challenge.
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Color Dare #275 is open until January 25, 9PM ET, so you still have time to join us there too!

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I'm also entering my card into the following challenges:
     Seize the Birthday--Anything Goes
     Southern Girls Challenge--Stitching

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Using Distress Oxide Inks for the Paper Players Challenge #376

It was a snowy day so I had some extra time in my craft room today to make this card for The Paper Players Challenge #376.  

This next picture was taken from a different angle so you can see the shimmery leaves from the Close to My Heart Clear Shimmer Brush.


I used a window frame that I had created in Design Space a few weeks ago and cut another window from craft foam to pop it up.  The background was created with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink and a little spritz of water.  The window panel was sponged with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide ink and the leaves were cut from paper inked with Lucky Clover Distress Oxide Ink.  The stamped and diecut leaves are from the Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Stamp and Thin Cut Die set.  The Birthday greeting is from a retired CTMH set called "Card Chatter--Birthday" and was stamped in Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink. 

Here is the challenge graphic from the Paper Players:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Simon Says Wednesday--Add a Sentiment
     Craftaholics R Us--Anything Goes
     Crafty Gals Corner--Anything Goes

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

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #247 3 Ways

Have you been inspired to create something using this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch yet?  I created 3 cards off this one fabulous sketch!  The first card uses recycled cellophane under a window panel I created in Design Space with Close to My Heart colors Pomegranate and Bashful.


This picture was shot from a different angle so you can see how shimmery the butterfly is with the application of the Close to My Heart Clear Shimmer Brush.  The sentiment is from Heartfelt Thoughts.  


Since I had already created the window panel in Design Space I decided to experiment with some brighter colors.  The three vertical panels were inlaid into the contrasting window frame.  (If you would like to use my Design Space file go here.) The floral paper is from the Adventure Fundamentals paper pack and the blue is Sapphire card stock.  The bow in the first card is from the Ribbon Border Thin Cut Die and the flower and greeting are from the Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Stamp Set.
The sketch was rotated 90 degrees to create my last card using this sketch.  The Chelsea Gardens flowers were stamped on Raspberry card stock and then brushed with White Wink of Stella.  The sentiment is from the Happy Heart stamp set.  Glossy White Nuvo Crystal Drops were applied to the flower centers.


I would love to know which card you like best--you can leave me a comment down below.

Here is the fabulous Atlantic Hearts Sketch that inspired all 3 of my cards:



The challenge will remain open until Sunday evening, January 21 at 9PM ET.  We would love to see how you are inspired to create with this great sketch!

I'm also entering my cards into the following challenges:
      Through the Craft Room Door--Anything Goes
      Crafting From the Heart--Anything Goes  
    
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Freshly Made Sketch # 319 with Holographic Dreams Paper

Here is a quick birthday card I made with some brand new (to me) holographic paper (Holographic Dream by Craft Smith) using the fabulous Freshly Made Sketch #391:



The next photo was taken from a different angle so you can see different shades of the beautiful holographic paper:



The solid colored card stocks are Sapphire and Willow from Close to My Heart and the Birthday greeting is a retired CTMH stamp set called "Just a Number".  The sentiment was black embossed onto silver metallic paper from the Paper Cut and raised with 3M Foam Tape.



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Seize the Birthday--Anything Goes
      Simon Says Wednesday--Patterned Paper
      Shopping Our Stash--Out with  Old, In with                   New

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

Friday, January 12, 2018

Color Dare #275--Fern, Heather, Bashful with Option of Gold

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are inviting you to see what you can do with these Close to My Heart colors:  Fern, Heather, Bashful with an option of Gold.  You have 2 weeks to try these colors out and share them with us.  Of course, if you don't have these Close to My Heart Colors yet you can substitute similar colors so you can still play along.

My card features Basics Fundamentals paper (Heather floral background) and Enchantment Fundamentals paper (Fern striped panel) with butterfly stamped and cut from Bashful paper with the new Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Stamp and Thin Cuts set.  I "fussy cut" the butterfly so that when I used the Thin Cut for the Gold Foil butterfly it would create a nice shadow for it.  The three gold embellishments were cut from Gold Foil with a 1/4" hold punch.  A Gold Metallic pen was used to color in the "Happy" letters.


This photo was taken from a different angle so you can see how shiny that Gold Foil paper is!



Just click on the Color Dare graphic to see what the other fabulous Design Team members have to inspire you:

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This challenge will remain open until Thursday evening, January 25 at 9PM ET.


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

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Craftaholics R Us--Patterned Paper
      Fab Funky Challenges--"Let's Be Happy"
      Simon Says Wednesday--Patterned Paper
      Use Your Stuff--Something New (Chelsea                          Gardens Cardmaking Stamp and Thin Cut Set
      Shopping Our Stash--Out with Old, In with New

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

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Chelsea Gardens Mini Calendar With Design Space File

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!  

The holidays have been a very enjoyable and busy time!  I've been creating many things and now able to share them on my blog.  One of the gifts that I gave to all my family members and some friends is a mini desktop calendar that I created in Design Space with my Cricut Explore machine.



The beautiful background paper is the new Chelsea Gardens paper from Close to My Heart with the charcoal dotted stripe from the Basics Fundamental Paper Pack.

Here is another version using Bashful Glitter Paper and the same Basics paper.



I purchased the mini calendars from Taylored Expressions.  (You could also print out a calendar page, cut it out and staple the top edges to the easel frame.) The greeting was written with a Cricut pen by the Explore machine.  Here is my Design Space file if you would like to try to make one.

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

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Just Us Girls--Anything Goes
     Cut It Up--Calendars
     As You Like It--Anything Goes
     Crafting by Designs--Anything Goes
     Simon Says Stamp--Something New (Paper)




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

:) Marie

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #246

The new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge blog is here and it inspired me to make this masculine card using up some of my stash of retired Close to My Heart products (Tommy paper, Bamboo and Outdoor Denim cardstock.)  The sentiment is from Home for the Holidays cricut cartridge and was modified in Design Space.


Our new sketch features stripes within stripes--how will you interpret this card layout?  You have until Monday evening, January 14 to share your creation with us here.


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      As You Like It challenges--Anything Goes
      Crafting From the Heart--Anything Goes
      Classic Design Team Open Challenge--Anything             Goes
      Crafts Galore Encore--Anything Goes
      World Wide Open Design Team Challenge--                      Anything Goes

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

p.s.--If you like color challenges please check out



Friday, January 5, 2018

Color Dare #274--Bashful, Glacier, Charcoal and Optional Silver

Welcome back to the first Color My Heart Color Dare challenge of 2018!  This year our challenges will involve fewer colors with Black and White Daisy included.  Our color palette for Color Dare #274 is Bashful, Glacier, Charcoal with Silver as an option.  I used Close to My Heart's January Stamp of the Month "Bloom and Grow" as my focal image.  It was stamped in Charcoal Ink onto Bashful Cardstock and then the leaves were painted with Glacier ink.  Silver foil cardstock was used as the background stripe.


My card layout was inspired by this Freshly Made Sketch:

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2017/12/freshly-made-sketches-318.html

Here is the Color Dare graphic--just click on it to get to see what the rest of the Design Team has to inspire you:



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You have 2 weeks to link your project up with us--hope you can find the time to try out these fabulous colors!

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

Monday, January 1, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #245

Happy New Year!  Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog post!   We have a wonderful sketch for you to try this week.  Nine squares on a rectangular card--how will you interpret it?  I chose to create a window in Design Space with a piece of rose cellophane wrap that held my last set of roses.  Yes, I saved it because it could be useful in my cardmaking even though my boyfriend wanted to throw it out.




Here is the rose patterned cellophane that I've recycled to create this card:


Products used:
     Rose patterned cellophane wrap
     Bashful CS
     White Daisy CS
     Memento Black Ink
     Say it All stamps (retired Close to my Heart) 
     1" Foam Brush to distress white cardstock edges.
     Design Space to create window--file shared here
    
Here is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch that inspired my card layout:

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We'd love to see how you'll interpret this sketch.  You have until Sunday night, January 7 to share your artwork with us.  You can link up here.  Be sure to stop by the AHSC blog on Wednesday to see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you. 

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
      Crafty Friends Challenge #74--For a Girl or Lady
      Cute Card Thursday--Anything Goes 
      HIMCR #333--Freestyle

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

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Upcycled Cards With Freshly Made Sketch #318

Happy New Year!  I really loved the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches last week and made some holiday cards (and actually sent them too!)  I had purchased several mini ornament frames from Michaels this year and found the packaging to be quite appealing so I decided to use pieces of them in my cards.  I also used the silver foil lining from a holiday card I received because it was just to pretty to discard.  Here are the pieces I reused in my creations:





Card #1--Core'dinations Sparkled Blue Cardstock and sketch rotated 90 degrees:


With a sentiment added:
Card #2--Core'dinations Light Blue Sparkle paper and Teal Shimmer Trim

Here is the fabulous Freshly Made Sketch that I followed:


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     A Gem of a Challenge--Anything Christmas Goes
     Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge--Anything       Christmas--optional something beginning with S         (Snowflakes and Sparkly paper)

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



Thursday, December 21, 2017

Case This Sketch #251

Just a few days before Christmas and I'm sharing a card I made following last week's Case This Sketch layout.  The stamped image is from the Close to My Heart October Stamp of the Month called Christmas Tunes.  The paper is from last year's Recollections Christmas assortment. A Gold Metallic marker was used to create a border card for this CAS style card and to paint in the star and tree lights.


Here is the Case This Sketch layout that inspired my card creation:


This House That Stamps Built Color Palette influenced my patterned paper choice:

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I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
       Crafting by Design--Anything Christmas
       Moo-Mania and More--Christmas
       Merry Christmas Challenge--Anything Goes                     Christmas
      Words to Craft By--Christmas
       House That Stamps Built--Color Palette

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

Monday, December 18, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #243

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch #243.  I made this special card for my soon to be 19 year old niece.  The acetate butterfly decorated photo boards at her father's "Celebration of Life" memorial service in late September and purple was her dad's favorite color.


The glittery paper is from Core` dinations that I purchased at Joann's for just $.16 sheet (12 x 12) last week!  The stamp is from an old Inkadoo sentiment set.

Here is the fabulous Atlantic Hearts sketch I followed:



We would love to see how this sketch inspires you to create!  You can link up your creation with us here by Sunday evening, 12/24/17.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     AAA Cards--Sparkle
     Penny Black and More--CAS
     Crafting from the Heart #188--Anything Goes
     The Paper Girls #141--Stamping Fun
     Crafting with an Attitude--Anything Goes

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

  

Monday, December 11, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #316--Christmas

Welcome back to another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog post!  This is our last challenge of 2017 and our theme is "Christmas."  We are being sponsored by "Pretty Cute Stamps" who are offering a $20 gift certificate to one lucky winner.  Be sure to use at least one Cricut cut on your project to be eligible to win.

My card uses lots of shimmery paper and cuts from Holly and Ivy cartridge (wine glass with ivy), Photo Fun--Holiday Memories (green frame), and Close to My Heart Artiste cartridge (Merry Christmas image.)  The shimmery papers are from the Paper Cut, Cricut (red wine) and Bazzill (textured sparkle sentiment).



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
       Crafting With the Dragonflies--Christmas Card                  Glammed Up
       Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge#363--                      Optional--A Touch of Sparkle
       Winter Wonderland Challenge--Anything                             Christmas
      


FANTABULOUS CRICUT CHALLENGE BLOG:

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!


Challenge #316-Christmas
Make a project or card about Christmas

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.

Our next challenge will be on Jan. 8th. From all the designers at FCCB-
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 

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

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Tis the Season to Sparkle with Freshly Made Sketch

There is a great sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week and I was happy to find some time to create another Christmas card with this fabulous sketch. 

Products used:
     Bazzill Regal Red paper
     New England Ivy CS
     New England Ivy Ink
     Versamark Ink
     Polysparkle Tinsel Embossing Powder (retired CTMH)
     Holiday Wishes stamp set
     A Timber stamp set (retired CTMH)
     Gold Metallic Marker
     Crafters' Companion Regency Swirls Embossing Folder
     Recollections Black Cardstock  

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



 I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
       AAA Cards--Sparkle
       Come and Get It--Christmas
       Addicted to Stamps and More--Sparkle 

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

P.S.  If you are looking to enter a cardmaking challenge with the possiblity of winning prizes come check out this month long challenge details at Color My Heart Color Dare.
      

 
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