Thursday, May 21, 2015

Use Your Stash Blog Hop--Use an Uninked Stamp

Welcome back to another Use Your Stash Blog Hop!  We are a group of Close to My Heart consultants who are trying to use up what we have.  Our theme this month is "If you stamp it, they will love it!" and we are using stamps we have not yet used or loved.   If you are coming from Michelle Loncar's blog you are on the right track.

My card features stamps from the Blossom Cardmaking Kit which I purchased several months ago but had not yet created anything with them.




     Blossom Paper
     Sunset CS
     Blossom Cardmaking Kit stamps
     Sunset Ink
     Lagoon Ink
     3D Foam Tape
     Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel (retired)

The next stop on our blog hop is Casandra Bennett's blog.  I'm sure you will love what she has to share.

Our Blog Hop Coordinator, Shirley Ross, has also asked us to share stamp storage ideas.  Here are a few pictures of my stamp organizational process but I have to admit I need more SPACE!

Some of my old Close to My Heart stamp sets (pre My Acrylix) are stored on this book shelf.  The cabinet to the left holds lots of paper and there are lots of supplies in plastic shoeboxes.


Some of my old Close to My Heart stamps (pre My Acrylix) are contained within these cabinet drawers that I purchased at IKEA about 17 years ago.  On top of the cabinet are plastic shoeboxes with CTMH My Acrylix organized alphabetically.  (My most recent acquisitions are not filed alphabetically and are stored together in a big plastic container).   There is one CTMH box labeled Christmas.  Above the cabinets and plastic shoeboxes is an old wooden casette display cabinet that is overflowing with Close to My Heart stamp pads.  (I've collected quite a few over the 18+ years I've been a consultant!)


Several years ago, my best stamping buddy Arlene, made me this binder to help me be able to see what stamps I have to choose from.  Previously I stamped all the sets in black but this summer I decided I would choose one of the newly released colors (Thistle) so I would be better able to see what the current stamp sets are.


Here is a picture of the outside of the binder that was stamped with Close to My Heart stamps:


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




Monday, May 18, 2015

Finding the Words with Blossom Paper for AHSC #108

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog post.  My card features some new Close to My Heart items.


The Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog features a beautiful new paper pack called "Blossom" and a wonderful new stamp set that features words to make dozens of greetings.  It is called "Finding the Words" and it is a very versatile stamp set.


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Lagoon CS
     Blossom paper
     Art Philosophy cartridge frame cuts
     Finding the Words stamp set
     Lagoon Ink
     Sunset Ink and sponge dauber
     Teal Shimmer Trim


  

Please stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and check out what the rest of the Design Team has done with this sketch.  We would love to have you join us in our gallery.

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

Friday, May 15, 2015

Color Dare #142 Meets Atlantic Hearts Sketch #107

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are challenging you to create something with the following colors:  Glacier, Lagoon, Pear, Sunset, Smoothie and White Daisy.  My card is based on the current Atlantic Hearts Challenge sketch.


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Lagoon CS
     Smoothie CS
     Hopscotch paper (retired)
     Blossom paper
     Tagged With Love stamp
     Pear Ink
     Smoothie Ink
     Coral Reef Sequins

Other
     white picot ribbon trim

Here is the Color Dare color graphic:




Head on over to these two wonderful challenge blogs to get inspired and share your creations.

I am also entering this card into the Seize the Birthday challenge.

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

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Mother's Day Card for Joyful Stars Blog Hop and Other Challenges

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 Krista Hershberger'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.


I followed the Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch to make my card:


Close to My Heart products used:
     Art Philosophy cricut cartridge for doily
     White Daisy CS
     Black CS
     Brushed paper
     Topiary CS
     Ruby CS
     A Budding Friendship stamp
     Happy to Be Friends greeting
     Black Ink
     Pixie Ink
     Canary Ink
     Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel (retired)
     3D Foam Tape

Challenges entered:
     Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch
     Friday Mashup--Mother's Day
     Bitten by the Bug--Mother's Day
     Shopping Our Stash--Big, Bold and Beautiful

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

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

Monday, May 4, 2015

Using My Stash for Atlantic Hearts Sketch #106

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge blog post!  This week's sketch has some interesting layers.  Cas-ual Fridays is celebrating their 4th birthday so I used their color scheme (Black, White, Turquoise and Orange).  My favorite turquoise paper is called "Tropical Blue" by Close to My Heart and was retired many years ago.


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Black CS
     Dotty for You paper (retired)
     Tropical Blue B & T paper (retired)
     Belated Birthday stamps
     Sunset Ink
     Black Ink
     3D Foam Tape

Other products:
    Ribbon--unknown source
    Frost Glitter Glue by Recollections

As I was making this card I was debating whether or not to add the black and white ribbon.  Here is a photo of my card before I added the ribbon:


My preference is the card with the ribbon?  Which one do you like better?

I'm also entering this card into the current Seize the Birthday challenge.


Below is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch #106 that I used to make this card.  We hope that you will find time to create with it and share it with us here.  The Design Team always does an amazing job so you should definitely check it out.

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




Sunday, May 3, 2015

Taste of Summer Thank You

The Close to My Heart May special offering is a wonderful paper pack called Taste of Summer.  (A coordinating stamp set is also available.)   Retrosketches is one of my favorite challenge blogs so I paired this beautiful fruit filled with this week's sketch.

Close to My Heart products used:
     Taste of Summer paper
     Taste of Summer stamp
     Pathfinding Cardmaking Kit stamp
     Silver Geometric Washi Tape
     3D Foam Tape
     Topiary Ink
     Tulip CS (retired)

Other products:
     Raffia trim
     Wink of Stella (on strawberry accent)

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


Friday, May 1, 2015

Wavy Blooms for Color Dare #140

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are challenging you to use the following Close to My Heart colors:  Ruby, Crystal Blue, Colonial White and White Daisy.  I used Sunday Stamps Sketch challenge #100 for my card layout.


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Colonial White CS
     Ruby CS
     Wavy Blooms stamp
     Typed Note sentiment stamp
     Ruby Ink
     Crystal Blue Ink
     Sponge Daubers
     Clear Sparkles
     Ruby Alcohol Marker to color clear sparkles
     White Daisy 3/8" ribbon (retired)



If you don't have the above Close to My Heart colors yet you may substitute similar colors so you can play along.  The challenge closes on Thursday, May 8 at 9PM CDT.  We would love to have you share your papercrafted creation in our gallery. 

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

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Taste of Summer Sneak Peak for Nacho Average Challenge #139

There is a new Constant Campaign being offered by Close to My Heart which begins on May 1.  It is a limited time offer for a special stamp set called "Taste of Summer" and also a special coordinating paper packet that will be available on May 1.  The Nacho Average Challenge sketch this week seemed to showcase the orange slice stamp perfectly so I made this card:


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Taste of Summer Paper
     Lagoon CS
     Canary CS
     Topiary CS
     Topiary brad (retired)
     Taste of Summer stamp
     Paper Bird stamp (greetings)
     Scallop Punch 2" (retired)
     3D Foam Tape
     

Here is the Nacho Average Challenge Sketch I followed:


Here are some sneak peak previews of the May Constant Campaign offers:





There are no qualifying orders necessary to get either of these deals!  They will be available only while supplies last so get yours as soon as you can.  Stop by my website on May 1 to order.

I am also entering this into Heart 2 Heart challenge "Anything Goes".

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





Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Artfully Sent Card for Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #250 "Celebrate Mom"

Here is another Mother's Day card made with the Artfully Sent cricut cartridge.  I'm entering this into Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #250--Celebrate Mom


Close to My Heart products used:
      Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge  
      Goldrush CS
     White Daisy CS
     Pixie CS
     Hollyhock CS
     Canary CS
     Happy to Be Friends stamp
     Chocolate ink
     Bronze Shimmer Trim
     Brown and Tan Glitter paper

First I cut the pocket card from page 17 in the Artfully Sent cricut booklet in the 5 cardstock colors and then placed the assorted flowers into the negative spaces of the Goldrush CS.  I taped them on the back to secure them before attaching it to a white folded card.  I used various sized hole punches to cut the glittery flower centers.  (I know I could have used the Cricut to do it but it I was trying to use up small remnants of my glitter papers so as not to waste anything.)

Here is another version of the same card design that I posted 2 weeks ago:


Which do you like better?

I'm also entering this card into the Heart2Heart Challenge--Anything Goes.

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





   

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
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