Monday, July 27, 2015

Artistry Octopus In Atlantic Hearts Sketch #118

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog post.  This is the final one for me as new Design Team members will be joining the team.  It was a great pleasure and honor to work with the talented AHSC designers.

My card features some current Close to My Heart product and has a sneak preview of the Artistry Cricut collection which will be available to customers on August 1.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Artistry Cricut Cartridge--coming soon!
     Seaside paper--retiring soon
     Outdoor Denim CS--retiring soon
     Chocolate CS
     Colonial White CS
     Teal Shimmer Trim
     3D Foam Tape
     Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel--retired

If you have the Cricut Explore and the Close to My Heart Artistry cartridge, the cut file to make the above card is here.

Here is the Atlantic Heart Sketch #118 that I followed to make the card:
   

The challenge at the Male Room Challenge Blog this week is to use "Spots and Stripes" so I'm entering this card into that challenge also.  (Did you see the stripes in the Woodgrain background panel?)



Now go to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog and be inspired by the other Design Team members.  We hope you'll be able to enter our challenge this week.

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

Friday, July 24, 2015

Color Dare #152 Meets Tuesday Morning Sketch #310

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are challenging you to combine the following four Close to My Heart colors: Cranberry, Canary, Slate and White Daisy.   (If you don't have these CTMH colors yet feel free to substitute similar colors so you can still play along.)


Close to My Heart products used:
     Canary CS
     Slate CS
     Slate Polka Dot Washi Tape
     Typed Note stamp set (April 2015 Stamp of the Month)
     Slate Ink
     Cranberry Ink
     Canary Ink
     Cranberry B&T paper (retired)
     3D Foam Tape

Here is the fabulous Tuesday Morning Sketch #130 that inspired my card:


Here is the color graphic for the Color Dare challenge:


Check out what the rest of the fabulous Color Dare Design Team have to inspire you with this color challenge.  You can find the link up to our weekly challenge here.  We would love to have you join in on the fun!

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

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Use Your Stash Blog Hop with Red, White and Blue

It's time for our monthly Use Your Stash Blog Hop!  We are a group of Close to My Heart consultants who are trying to use up some of our craft supplies.  If you are coming from Marilee Eatough's blog you are on the right track.

This month we are featuring the colors Red, White and Blue.  My card features very old Close to My Heart paper from the mid 1990's and early 2000's--do you remember Moonstruck and Cranberry B & T paper?



Close to My Heart products used:
     Moonstruck B&T paper (retired)
     Cranberry B&T paper (retired)
     Framed stamp set--August 2015 Stamp of the Month
     Moonstruck ink (retired)
     Cranberry ink


My inspiration for this card came from I {Heart}Sketches #133:

Sketch113

Now it's time to head on over to Nicole Schuette's blog to see what she has share with you.

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



Monday, July 20, 2015

Fun in the Sun for Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog

Bugaboo is sponsoring this week's challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog and I was able to feature this wonderful Bugaboo lighthouse image in my card.


The waves and wave frame were cut with the Close to My Heart Artbooking cartridge.  The oval land piece was cut from Basic Shapes in Design Space.  The papers are all from Close to My Heart:  Sky Blue (retired), Pacifica and Cashmere.  The waves were outlined with the CTMH Chalk Marker.

Please stop by the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog and see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has created with this "fun in the sun" theme.  We would love to have you share your cricut creation with us here.

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

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Digital Scrapbooking Studio J Special

Here is a layout I made in Close to My Heart's Studio J digital scrapbooking program.  I'm sharing it with you now to let you know that there is special pricing for your layouts until July 31.


If you have never tried digital scrapbooking you should give this a try!  You upload your photos, select the background papers and layout design.  Then you drag your photos in, colorize any embellishments and order your prints.  It really is easy! 

Here is some info taken from the Close to My Heart blog:

Studio J Flash Sale

Do you have an account full of Studio J® layouts waiting to be printed? How about a big photo order you keep meaning to make? Well, now is the time to log in to Studio J and order all your layouts and photos! From July 15, 2015, 9:00 am MDT to July 31, 2015, 5:00 pm MDT (16 July 2015, 1:00 am AEST to 1 August 2015, 9:00 am AEST), all layouts in Studio J are only $5 USD/$5.95 CAD/$7.50 AUD/$8.25 NZD each!
As a reminder for Consultants, your discounted amount is commissionable. Plus, the discounted amount also counts toward earning Hostess Rewards and Gathering totals when connected to an EZ Invite™ published Gathering. Remember, this sale applies only to layouts ordered before the cutoff time on July 31 (August 1 for our friends in Australia and New Zealand), so get ‘em while they’re hot and start designing—and ordering—as soon as possible!
*Considerations:
  • No grace period for orders; no Consultant preview
  • Layout credits are used first before the discounted price takes effect
  • Applies to SJ1001 (Hostess Rewards) layouts as well
  • Discounted amount is commissionable
  • Discounted amount counts toward earning Hostess Rewards and Gathering totals when connected to an EZ Invite™ published Gathering
  • Discounted amount does not count toward earning the discounted Stamp of the Month
  • Normal shipping/handling rates apply
Why not give this a try?  Please head over to my CTMH website to get started.  I'll be doing a lot of digital scrapbooking over the next two weeks to take advantage of this special offer.

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

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Personalized 60th Anniversary Card with Artbooking Text

My friends are celebrating a milestone anniversary so I made them a card using Design Space and Close to My Heart's Artbooking cricut cartridge.



I was able to program Design Space to both cut Happy Anniversary, hearts and 6o and write their names onto the hearts.  The inspiration for my card came from Freshly Made Sketch #195.


      Artbooking cartridge 
      Gold Metallic CS (retired)
      Black CS
      Metallics Markers (gold and silver)
      3D Foam Tape

Other products:
     Mercury Glass paper by Recollections
     Black Cricut marker

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

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #116 Meets Pals Paper Arts Challenge #259

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog post!  Here is the sketch:


Here is my card:


Here is the color palette I used from Pals Paper Arts #259:

07-09 PPA259


Although it may be difficult to see the scalloped border is actually silver foil CS.  I created the border in Design Space using Close to My Hearts Artbooking cartridge.  You can use my cut file here.  The joined hearts are a cut from Gypsy Wanderings which was actually a group of 4 that I trimmed down.

     Artbooking cartridge
     White Daisy CS
     Tulip CS (retired)
     Moonstruck CS (retired)
     Say it in Style stamp (retired)
     Moonstruck ink
     Metallic Silver CS (retired)

Other products:
     Gypsy Wanderings heart border image

We would love to see what you can create using the above sketch. Please check out what the other fabulous Design Team members have to share and link up your creations here.

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



Friday, July 10, 2015

Color Dare #150 Meets Sunday Stamps Sketch #104

If you are looking for the Joyful Stars 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 create using the following Close to My Heart colors:  Sunset, Sweet Leaf, Slate and White Daisy.  (If you don't have these CTMH colors yet feel free to use similar colors).


The focal point of my card was created with the Artfully Sent cricut cartridge (Icon page 27).   The White Daisy background panel was stamped with the CTMH Diamond embossing folder. (I brayered Sweet Leaf ink onto the embossing folder and then hand pressed the color onto the paper.)  


Close to My Heart products used:
     Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge
     Sunset CS
     White Daisy CS
     Slate CS
     Sweet Leaft CS
     Bakers Twine Paradise Assortment (retired)
     3D Foam Tape

Here is the wonderful Sunday Stamps sketch I followed to make the card:
    

Now it's your turn to create with these colors and share them with us here.  Just have fun with it!

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



Thursday, July 9, 2015

Seaside Meets Happy Everything for Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome back to our monthly blog hop called "Joyful Stars".  We are a group of Close to My Heart consultants sharing our love of Close to My Heart products with you.  If you are coming from Andrea Sherman's blog  you are on the right track.  If you get lost along the way you can find your way back on track by visiting Joyce's blog for a complete lineup.



This month I'm sharing a Father's Day card I have not previously shared.  


     Seaside Paper
     Pacifica CS
     Indian Corn Blue Ink
     Happy Everything Stamp 
     Year Round Cheer stamp (retired)
     Gold Embossing Powder
     2" Scallop Circle punch (retired)
     3D Foam Tape

Now it's time to head on over to see what the very talented Stephanie Huber  has to share with you!  

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


Monday, July 6, 2015

Red, White and Blue Birthday Card With Freshly Made Sketch #193

Here are two quick cards I made following Freshly Made Sketch #193:



Close to My Heart products used:
     Artfully Sent cricut cartridge
     White Daisy CS
      Tulip CS
      Moonstruck CS (retired)
      Moonstruck B & T paper (retired)
      Ruby Twine from Mini Accents Medley

Here is the sketch I followed:


The color scheme at Less is More and Seize the Birthday is Red, White and Blue so I'm entering this card into those challenges also.  

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



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fourth of July Cards with CAS Sketch

I really liked the sketch at CAS Colours and Sketches Blog this week and made a handful of 4th of July cards using the sketch.

Here is the first card:


Close to My Heart products used:
      White Daisy CS
      Pacifica CS
      Cranberry Ink
      Indian Corn Blue Ink
      Home of the Brave stamp (retired)
      Starburst Fireworks (retired)
      Ruby Mini Accents Medley twine
      Shin Han Touch markers--Turquoise Blue and Golden Yellow

Other products:
      Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
      Happy 4th of July greeting created in Microsoft Word with Lucida Bright font

This is the sketch that I followed:


The first card had a stamped background.  The next few cards use retired patterned paper from the Independence Day or Blue Ribbon set.




Do you have a favorite card?  

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



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hole in One Congratulations Card With Atlantic Hearts Sketch #114

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog post!  We have another wonderful sketch for you to try.  Last week a good friend of mine had a "hole in one" and I used this week's sketch to make him a congratulatory card.


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Cranberry CS
     Topiary CS
     Black CS
     Champagne CS
     Dutch Blue CS (retired)
     Dutch Blue Ink (retired)
     30 Years of Happy stamp (retired)
     
Other products:
      Decorative Tape (argyle pattern)
     All Sports Cricut cartridge

Here is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch #114 that I followed to make the card:


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

Friday, June 26, 2015

Red, White and Blue Father's Day Card for Color Dare #148

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week's challenge colors are Cranberry, Outdoor Denim and White Daisy.  I imagine that many of you will make patriotic themed cards but I needed to make a Father's Day card last week and combined that with this week's challenge.


This card was really easy to make using Close To My Heart's Artfully Sent cartridge!  This Z-fold card is on page 40 of the Artfully Sent booklet and featured mustaches instead of stars.  In Design Space I changed the card to eliminate the mustaches by first "ungrouping" the base card and then clicking on each mustache and clicking on "hide contour".  

Here is a photo of the card partially open:


      Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge
      White Daisy CS
      Cranberry CS
      Outdoor Denim CS
      Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel (retired)
      
Other products:
     Star hole punches

I'm also entering this card into Heart 2 Heart's "Man Oh Man" challenge.

Here is the color graphic we would like you to include with your Color Dare entry this week.  You have until Thursday, July 3 at 9PM CT to link up your papercrafted item here.


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

Monday, June 22, 2015

Anything Goes for Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #254!

Welcome back to another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog post!  This fortnight it is "Anything Goes" so I decided to use leftovers from a previous project to make a card.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Artbooking Cricut Cartridge (overlay page 52)
     Jubilee paper (retired)
     Pacifica CS
     Lots of Love stamp set
     Pacifica Ink
     Paradise Bakers Twine Assortment (retired)
     3D Foam Tape

Here is the first card I made with the Artbooking overlay cut:


The Jubilee paper has a different print on each side (and I didn't want to waste any of it) so I applied CTMH Bonding Memories glue to the leftover pieces (yellow side) and then pressed down with a Pacifica CS base to make the second card. 

We hope you will find time this week to make something with one of your cricut cartridges and link it up to us at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.  We are being sponsored by Verve Stamps this time and one randomly drawn winner will win a $25 gift certificate to the Verve store!  It could be you!!

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


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Watercolor Fun for Use Your Stash Blog Hop

It's time for our monthly Use Your Stash Blog Hop!  We are a group of Close to My Heart consultants who are trying to use up some of our craft supplies.  If you are coming from Marilee Eatough's blog you are on the right track.

(If you get lost along the way you can go back to Paige Dolecki's blog for the entire lineup of blogs).

I followed Freshly Made Sketch #191 to make this card:


First I wet the watercolor paper with water.  I placed acrylic blocks onto the Grey Wool and Golden Ember stamp pads and spritzed with water for my "paint".  I used a heat tool to dry the panel before I inked up the embossing folder with Topiary ink and then pressed the folder closed with the watercolor paper inside.  Last I stamped Happy Father's Day in Black ink and then again with Versamark and Clear Embossing Powder.  (This is so easy to do with the MISTI stamp tool!)

Close to My Heart products used:
     Golden Ember Ink (retired)
     Grey Wool Ink (retired)
     Topiary Ink
     Grey Wool CS (retired)
     White Daisy CS
      Just to Say... stamp from Artfully Sent Cricut Collection
     Versamark Ink
     Clear Embossing Powder

Other products:
     Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor paper
     Cuttlebug Diamond Plate embossing folder

Challenges:
     Heart2Heart--Man O Man  -- anything to do with men
    Cardz for Guys -- Father's Day Theme
Please head on over to see what Shirley Ross has to inspire you.  

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


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