Saturday, April 25, 2015

Pretty in Pink Theme for Cards in Envy Challenge

Here is a really quick pink card I made for the Cards in Envy challenge.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Brushed Paper
     White Daisy CS
     Ruby CS
     Black Ink
     You Mean the World to Me stamp
     Art Philosophy cartridge to cut label frame
     3D Foam Tape
     Shin Han Touch Tender Pink Alcohol Marker
    
Other 
    Holographic curling ribbon

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



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bouncing Brayer Technique #2 for Friday Mashup #205

Bouncing my brayer was so much fun making  my previous card that I decided to make a second card.  Same multicolored ink pad, but brayered onto glossy paper so the color is more intense.


Close to My Heart products used:
    White Daisy CS
     Glossy CS (retired)
     Pacifica CS
     Black Ink
     Friendly Pets stamp
     Shin Han Touch Markers--Carmine, Warm Grey
     Red Shimmer Trim

Other products
     Kaleidacolor Calypso pad

Which do you like better?  The above card or this one?

Thanks to the Friday Mashup for sharing this fun technique in this challenge.

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

Bouncing Brayer Technique for Friday Mashup #205

Don't you just love trying out new stamping techniques?  I had never heard of the "Bouncing Brayer" technique that is being featured in this week's Friday Mashup and knew I just had to try it!


     White Daisy CS
     Cranberry CS
     Black Ink
     This Moment stamp (retired)
     Blue Shimmer Trim
     Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel (retired)

Other:
    Kaleidacolor Calypso Ink pad
    Brayer

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



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Use Your Stash Blog Hop "All that Glitters"

Welcome back to another Use Your Stash Blog Hop with a group of Close To My Heart consultants. This month our theme is "All That Glitters" so you'll be in for a lot of sparkle in our blog posts.  If you are coming from Janet McCormick's blog you are on the right path.

I have a lot of Close To My Heart Shimmer Trim and decided to use it on a card.  (I did leave some colors out--black, gold, pink, silver, bronze)


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
      Pixie CS
      Thistle CS
      Thistle Ink
      Happy Everything stamp
      Shimmer Trims--Teal, White, Red, Blue and Purple

Your next stop on this blog hop is to visit Priscilla Gotham's blog.
Have a great time being inspired.

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

Monday, April 20, 2015

Triple Time Stamping With an Embossing Folder for AHSC #104

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge blog post!  This week we have a fun technique called "Triple Time Stamping" for you to try with our sketch.  Just for fun I used a Darice embossing folder to do my stamping with.


First I cut out 3 pieces of White Daisy cardstock and temporarily glued them together.  Then I inked up the Darice Bold Daisy embossing folder with Pacifica Ink and spritzed it with water.  After placing the paper stack onto the inked side of the folder I closed the folder and just kept rubbing it with my fingers to transfer the ink.  After that I detached the three pieces of cardstock and matted each piece with Canary cardstock.  I used a sponge dauber and Canary ink to color the flower centers.

Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Canary CS
     Pacifica CS
     Pacifica Ink
     Canary Ink
     Seaside Greetings sentiment
     Sponge Dauber

Other products
     Darice Bold Daisy embossing folder

      
Splitcoast Stampers has a great tutorial for this technique here.  Please stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog to be inspired by the fabulous Design Team's artwork.

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



Sunday, April 19, 2015

Glittered Peacock Feathers With Freshly Made Sketch #182

Here is a quick card that I made using Freshly Made Sketch #182.  I love the simplicity of this design!

Although it may appear that the background paper is black, it is actually silver foil reflective paper which is difficult to photograph.

     Metallic CS (retired)
     Gypsy CS
     Lagoon CS
     Belated Birthday stamp
    Gypsy Ink
    3D Foam Tape

Other products:
    Peacock Feather Glitter paper by Recollections

Here is the fabulous sketch I followed:
    

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

Friday, April 17, 2015

Artfully Sent Inlaid Card for Color Dare #138--Smoothie, Sunset, Canary, Juniper, Pear and White Daisy

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are inviting you to combine the following colors:  Smoothie, Sunset, Canary, Juniper, Pear and White Daisy.



My strategy for combining so many different colors is to use a lot of white space.  I made this card using the Artfully Sent cartridge.  I cut the pocket card on page 17 from 4 of the six challenge colors and then pieced them together so they lay flat.  The Pear flower centers were cut with various sized hole punches.  The greeting is from the Happy to Be Friends stamp set in Juniper ink.  Juniper Waxy Flax was wound around the card front to accentuate the greeting.


Please visit the Color My Heart Color Dare blog to check out what my fellow Design Team members have made to inspire you.  Hope you can take the challenge with us this week!

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

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Happy Everything for Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome back to another Joyful Stars Blog Hop blog post!  We are a group of nine Close To My Heart consultants who are sharing products currently available in the Annual Inspirations or Seasonal Expressions catalogs.  We hope to inspire you to create something just for the fun of it.

  

If you are coming from Krista Hershberger's blog you are on the right track.  If you getlost along the way you can find your way back on track by visiting Joyce's blog for a complete lineup.


I'm ready for spring so I made this bright and cheery card with a new stamp set from the back cover of the latest Seasonal Expressions catalog.  It is called "Happy Everything" and for each of this stamp set purchased Close To My Heart will make a contribution to Operation Smile.

Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Pacifica CS
     Cranberry CS
     Canary Ink
     Happy Everything stamp set
     Art Philosophy cartridge--arrow

Your next stop on this blog hop tour will be to visit Nancy Brown's blog.  I'm sure you will be delighted with what you find there!

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









Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Wavy Blooms for Atlantic Hearts Sketch #102

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog post.  My card features the new Wavy Blooms stamp set with Yuletide paper (not just for the Christmas holidays).



Close to My Heart products used:
     Wavy Blooms Stamp Set (Seasonal Expressions 2)
     Cranberry CS
     Yuletide paper
     White Daisy CS
     Shin Han Touch Markers
     Art Philosophy cartridge to cut Cranberry frame with Design Space modification

Other products
     flower center embellishment
     gold curling ribbon accent

Here is the great Atlantic Hearts Sketch I followed:


Now it is your turn to play along.   Just make something using the above sketch and link it up to our gallery here.  Be sure to check out the awesome artwork from our fabulous Design Team while you're there.

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

Monday, April 6, 2015

Keep Your Chin Up Meets Freshly Made Sketch #180 and Kraft Journal #218

The Kraft Journal just announced it's new challenge (Earth Day) and it seems that the card I made using Freshly Made Sketch #180 fits into that theme.



Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Topiary CS
     Sweet Leaf CS
     Canary CS
     Keep Your Chin Up (tree)
     Exotic Flower
     Country Burlap (retired)
     Artfully Sent cartridge--to cut sun from "Hello Sunshine" card
     Bakers' Twine Neutral Assortment (retired)
     3D Foam Tape
     Sponge Dauber (to color tree)

Other products
     Liquid Pearls--White (accents on Exotic Flower image)
     Crayola Brown Metallic Marker for outlining tree branches

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

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Artfully Sent Easter Cards

Happy Easter!  Here are some quick cards I made with the Artfully Sent cartridge and backed with watercolored printed paper (source unknown).


I outlined the letters with a crayola metallic marker in this second card:


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

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Treasured Friendship Card for Nacho Average Challenge #135

If you are looking for this week's Color Dare challenge post please go here.

I liked the simplicity of this week's Nacho Average Challenge #135 sketch so I made a quick card to share--one that I can later stamp a sentiment on.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Seaside Paper
     White Daisy CS
      Pacifica CS
      Outdoor Denim B & T paper (retired)
     Treasured Memories stamp    
      White Embossing Powder 
      Pacifica Ink
      Sponge Dauber

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


Friday, April 3, 2015

Typed Note Meets Color Dare #136

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge post.  This week we are featuring the Close to My Heart colors Pixie, Slate, Colonial White and Silver.  My card features the April Stamp of the Month called Typed Note.


Don't you just love the vintage typewriter?  The stamp set includes a pointing index finger and 17 sentiments that fit on the typed sheet--a very versatile set.  You can find it here.

     Colonial White CS
     Slate CS
     Pixie CS
     Slate Ink
     Pixie Ink
     Silver Geometric Washi Tape

There is something really fun going on in April at Close to My Heart--for the first time ever they are offering "grab bags" with current and retired merchandise--a different package everyday.  Just order any regular priced item through a consultant's Online Business Website and you will become eligible to purchase a mystery grab bag with up to double the price of the grab bag.   Read more about it here.

Now head on over to Color My Heart Color Dare to see what the rest of the Design Team has to share with you.  Then we hope you will be inspired to participate in our weekly challenge.


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

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sneak Peak--Blossom Smiles for Freshly Made Sketch #179

On April 1 Close to My Heart's new Seasonal Expression catalog will be revealed.  This card was made with two new products--Blossom paper and Smiles Begin With You.  Using the Freshly Made Sketch #179 I created this card:


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Blossom paper--available April 1
     Smiles Begin With You stamp--available April 1
     Lagoon CS
     Sorbet CS
     Sorbet Ink
     Lagoon Ink
     Your Own Kind of Wonderful--butterfly accent
     Copper Shimmer Trim
     Shin Han Touch Markers--Leaf Green, Turquoise and Golden Yellow

Other products:
      Wink of Stella--white (shimmer on butterfly)

This Blossom paper is my new favorite!  Isn't it just gorgeous?

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

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy As A Bee Meets Paper Players Sketch #237

There is a new Seasonal Expressions catalog from Close to My Heart debuting next week which I couldn't wait to use with some retired CTMH paper called Buzz and Bumble.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Buzz and Bumble paper (retired)
     Autumn Terracotta CS
     Champagne CS
     Happy Everything stamp set--available April 1
     Perfect Fit Birthday set
     Cocoa Ink
     New England Ivy ink
     Gold Shimmer Trim
     Copper Shimmer Trim
     Brown and Tan Glitter paper
      3D Foam tape
     Shin Han Touch Golden Yellow marker

Here is the Paper Players card sketch that inspired me:


I'm also entering this card into the Seize the Birthday Anything Goes theme challenge.

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