Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Artfully Sent Sympathy Card for Bitten by the Bug 2

My new Cricut Explore and I are becoming better acquainted and I'm having fun learning how to do new things.  While making this card I taught myself how to "attach" an element from a different cartridge and "draw" it rather than cut it. (Initially I tried to "weld" and "slice" the greeting but I didn't like how it looked when it was cut).

Here's a second copy with some sparkles added as flower centers:



Close to My Heart products used:
     Artfully Sent cartridge page 37 (pocket card)
     Garden Green CS (retired)
     Vineyard Berry CS (retired)
     New England Ivy CS
     Bakers Twine from Laughing Lola Cardmaking Kit (retired)

Other products
     Jasmine cartridge--With Sympathy greeting
     Cricut silver and black pens (Explore outlined in silver and then I filled it in with Black ink by   
         hand)  

I'm entering this card into the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 to make a sympathy card and Heart2Heart Tic Tac Toe Challenge--(center column vertical--cricut, ribbon, bling)

Coming soon--Blog Candy!  This Friday I will be offering some FREE craft supplies to one of my readers so please sign up to become a follower so you don't miss out on the details!

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

Friday, January 23, 2015

Color Dare #127--Indian Corn Blue, Black, White Daisy and Silver

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare blog post!  This week we are challenging you to use only the following colors:  Indian Corn Blue, Black, White Daisy and Silver.



My card features a doily cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge (page 65 font layer cut at 3.5") which I used as a stencil to sponge Indian Corn Blue ink through.


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Black CS
     Art Philosophy cartridge (label cut from glitter paper--pg. 47 Layer cut at 3")
     Sponge Dauber
     Indian Corn Blue ink
     Black and Grey Glitter paper (used the darker silver paper)
     Your Own Kind of Wonderful Stamp 

I used the Retrosketch #149 for my inspiration



This card also fits into the Cardz 4 Guys Anything Goes theme.

Now it's your turn to play with these fun colors.  If you don't have these exact colors you may substitute similar colors.  We would love to have you visit the challenge blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has created and then link up your papercrafted creation with a direct link here.  Hope to see you in our gallery!   The deadline is Thursday evening, January 29 at 9pm CT.

At the end of January I will be offering some FREE craft supplies--please become a follower so you don't miss out on the goodies!

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


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Going Gray for Cards in Envy

Gray--now that's a color I don't use too often and so I decided to take the challenge at Cards in Envy this week.  This card came together very quickly using the Freshly Made Sketch #170.


Close to My Heart products used:
      Grey Wool CS (retired)
      White Daisy CS
      Grey Wool B & T paper (retired)
      Ruby Ink
      Happy Hexagons stamp--Hostess Rewards set

Here is the Freshly Made Sketch I followed:


Coming soon--blog candy! I will be offering some FREE craft supplies to one of my readers so please sign up to become a follower so you don't miss out on the details.

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



Monday, January 19, 2015

Love You Card for Bitten by the Bug2 with a Mojo Monday Sketch

Everyday I learn a little bit more about how to use Design Space with my new Cricut Explore.  Today I taught myself how to weld two images from Artbooking (Love You and scalloped circle) together to make a new shape.  I really like how it came out.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Sweetheart paper (retired)
     Tulip CS (retired)
     Artbooking Cricut cartridge
     Black CS
     White Daisy CS
     Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel (retired)

This card meets the challenge requirements for:
     Bitten by the Bug2--Cricut Letters or Phrase
     Mojo Monday sketch

Here is the sketch that inspired me:
     

At the end of January I will be offering some FREE crafts supplies--please become a follower so you will have the opportunity to win!

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

Hopscotch Valentine with Pals Paper Arts Sketch #236

This card came together so quickly following the Pals Paper Arts sketch #263.  Hope you like it!


Close To My Heart products used:
    Hopscotch paper
    This Moment stamp set (January 2015 stamp of the month)
    Artfully Sent stamp set (Happy Valentine's Day)
    Pacific CS
    Pacific Ink
    White Shimmer Trim
    Pacifica Alcohol Marker (retired)

There are so many wonderful stamp images in the January Stamp of the Month set from Close to My Heart:


Here is the sketch that inspired me:
     
PPA236

At the end of January I will be offering some FREE craft supplies--please become a follower so you don't miss out on the goodies!

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

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Musical Note Birthday Card Meets Several Challenges

Here is a quick card I made with several challenge requirements in mind.


Close to my Heart products used:
    White Daisy CS
     Clear Sparkles
     White Shimmer Trim
     

Other products:
    Black CS by Recollections
    Paper Lace 2 Cricut cartridge
    Black Prismatic paper by Colorbok
    Snowflake embellishments--unknown

Challenges:
     Cut it Up--Black and White with a diecut
     My Time to Craft--stripes
     Inkspirational--"Note"
   
I'm planning on having a blog candy giveaway soon so please sign up as a follower so you won't miss out on FREE stuff.

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

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Friday Mashup Meets Sunday Stamps and Colour Me....

The Friday Mashup challenge invited us to try out the Embossing Folder Stamping Technique.  After experimenting with several different embossing folders I settled on the Layered Hearts folder by Darice.


The card layout was inspired by this Sunday Stamps sketch which I rotated.


The colors were taken from the Colour Me... Challenge palette--Pacific Point, Real Red and White.

Close to my Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
      Pacifica CS
      Ruby CS
      Ruby Ink
      XOXO stamp
      White Embossing powder
      Art Philosophy cricut cartridge to cut scallop edge and banner
      3D Foam Tape

Other products:
     Darice Layered Hearts Embossing Folder

I'm planning on having a blog candy giveaway soon so please become a follower so you won't miss out on FREE stuff!

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



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Have an Ice Day for Numerous Challenges

Don't you just love penguins?  I think they are really cute and I decided to play with numerous challenges today.  My favorite penguins are retired Hostess Rewards from Close to my Heart called Wintry Wishes.


Close to my Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Moonstruck CS (retired)
     Wintry Wishes stamps (retired)
     Moonstruck Ink (retired)
     Silver Embossing Powder
     Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel
     Art Philosophy cartridge  (snowflakes and scalloped rectangle)
     Silver metallic marker

Other products;
     Prismatic Reflective Paper by Colorbok

The Atlantic Hearts Sketch inspired me with this layout:


Other challenges that I'm entering are:
     The House That Stamps Built-What If Wednesday--Blue, Silver and White
     Bitten By the Bug--Snowflakes
     House of Cards--Glitter
     Die Cutting Divas--Photo Inspiration

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

Friday, January 9, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day for Joyful Stars Blog Hop

If you are looking for the latest Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post please go here.

Welcome back to a wonderful new year with new Close To My Heart products.  There are a lot of delightful new products to be seen in the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog (good until March 31) and I'm sure you'll see great examples of artwork when you follow this blog hop of Close To My Heart consultants.

 

If you are coming from Cindy Leek's blog you are on the right track.  

My Valentine's Day card features Heartstrings paper from the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog and gold foil stickers from the January Constant Campaign called Noted


     White Daisy CS
     Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the heart doily
     Gold Embossing Powder
     Heartstrings paper
     Gold Foil stickers from Noted paper kit (special for January National Papercrafting Month)

I followed the Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch to make this card.  I'm also entering this card into the Heart2Heart challenge--something old (Art Philosophy, gold embossing powder) and something new (Heartstrings paper and Gold Foil stickers)


Now it's time to head on over to Nancy Brown's blog to continue on the Joyful Stars blog hop. If you get lost along the way please visit Joyce's blog for the complete lineup.

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



Snowhaven Napkin Fold Card for Color Dare #125

Happy 2015! Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge!  (I can't believe my last Color Dare post was a month ago!)  This week we are challenging you to create something with the following Close To My Heart colors--Cranberry and Glacier (think Snowhaven paper palette).  You may add the following neutrals--Whisper, Black and White Daisy.  (New policy--this year we will indicate which neutrals can be used with the main challenge colors)  Now that the Christmas holidays are over I'm starting to think about Valentine's Day.  I challenged myself to make a napkin fold card.


Outside of card:

Inside of card:


My Santa was very good to me!  He brought me the new Cricut Explore and I am loving it!  This card was made with a Design Studio cut file shared by Tabitha Carroll of Shutterscape Creations.  (I'm not sure where I found the cut file as I've joined so many Facebook Cricut Explore groups recently!)  This card became so much easier to make--all I had to do was choose the colors, sponge the creases and glue the pieces down.  The Cricut Explore cut AND scored the White Daisy CS background--how cool is that?  It really cut the intricate doily hearts out beautifully--no snags and easy to get the little pieces out.

Close to my Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Cranberry CS
     Glacier CS
     Snowhaven paper
     Art Philosophy heart
     Slate washi tape mounted over white Daisy (retired)
     One Way Border arrow stamp
     Black pigment ink square
     Clear embossing powder
     XOXO stamp--stamped in both Glacier and Cranberry
     Sponge Daubers
     Happy Valentine's stamp

Now it's your turn to play with these fun colors.  If you don't have these exact colors you may substitute similar colors.  Please limit yourself to adding the following neutrals Whisper, Black and White Daisy.   We would love to have you visit the challenge blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has created and then link up your papercrafted creation with a direct link here.  Hope to see you in our gallery!  The deadline is Thursday evening, January 15 at 9PM CT.

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



   


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Another Ice Fishing Card for Dee Dee's Digis and Send a Smile for Kids

I'm still having fun playing with this delightful Ice Fishing Digital stamp!  Here is a more masculine version:


Close To My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Cotton Candy CS
     Moonstruck CS (retired)
     Moonstruck B & T paper (retired)
     
Other products

Challenges entered:
      Send a Smile for Kids--Valentine or Love cards
      The Male Room Challenge Blog--new beginnings--I see it as a new relationship....
      Pile it On--Digi Papers or Precolored Digis
      Crafty Creations Challenges--"Brrr, the blues!"

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

P.S.  My next post I will be returning to creating with acrylic stamps!
     

Sunday, January 4, 2015

You've Caught My Heart for Send a Smile for Kids and DeeDee's Digis

As I was reading my blog list a few days ago I learned about a free offer from DeeDee's Digis.  The digital stamp set was FREE!  I couldn't resist trying out digital stamping because the images are so darned cute!  I made a Valentine's card so I can send it on to Send A Smile for Kids who are sending them to sick kids in some hospitals.  It was so EASY to size the image in Word, print it and then embellish it with some stamping and Liquid Pearls.


Do you recognize the current Atlantic Hearts Sketch?  Here is the graphic that inspired me:

Close To My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Cotton Candy CS
     Cotton Candy Ink
     Moonstruck Ink (retired)
     Love Life stamps (retired)

Other products:
     White Liquid Pearls
    DeeDee's Digis Ice Fishing stamps

Head on over to DeeDee's and grab this adorable set of digital stamps:
    

Challenges entered with this card:
     Dee Dee's Digis--Digi of the Month challenge
     Send a Smile for Kids--Valentine or Love cards
      Pile it On--Digi Paper or Precolored Digis
     Simon Says--Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge
     
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie
     



Friday, January 2, 2015

Roxie Sweet Sixteen with Cricut Explore

Happy Sweet Sixteen, dear niece Ellie!  This is the very first card I designed with my new Cricut Explore and I love it!

Not only did I design this but I figured out how to save the cut file to share.  Here is a link for any Cricut Explore lovers--Sweet Sixteen card by Marie Flayer.  The images are from the subscription to Design Space.  

     Roxie paper (retired)
     Black CS
     Black and Grey Glitter Paper
     Silver Metallic Marker

Challenges entered:
     House of Cards--Glitter
     Seize the Birthday--Birthday

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

Monday, December 29, 2014

New Year's Card with Freshly Made Sketch 167

Although I sent out many hand stamped Christmas cards I have more yet to send.  The message from the Snowhaven Cardmaking Kit has just the right message for an after Christmas thought card.  I paired it with the current Freshly Made Sketch #167 and used up some very old Close To My Heart papers and colors.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Snowhaven Cardmaking Kit stamp
     Holiday Red CS (retired)
     Holiday Red Ink (retired)
     Dutch Blue Ink (retired)
     Dutch Blue CS (retired)
     Dutch Blue B & T paper (retired)
     Black CS

Other products:
     Stampin Up ticket punch
     Snowman paper by Frances Meyer

Here is the Freshly Made Sketch that I followed:


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

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Artiste Popcorn Boxes as Personalized Ornament Holder Table Placeholders

I love coming up with new ideas for decorating for Christmas!  When I feel inspired I make unique personalized name placeholders for my Christmas party table. This year I made glittered ornaments and used a red paint pen to personalize them.  They needed something to keep them upright so I made popcorn boxes from Artiste in Ruby CS and used paint pens to make them look like Santa.  To keep them more stable I put some chocolate coins in the bottom of the box.  Guests get to keep the personalized ornaments also.


The backside of the ornaments were also personalized with the year.


Here is a photo of them on my table:


Close To My Heart products used:
     Ruby CS
     Artiste cartridge
     Prisma Glitter

Other products:
     Red picot ribbon
     Craftsmart Red and Black paint pens
     Marvy DecoColor Silver paint pen

I'm entering this project into the following challenges:
    A Crafty Mess--Anything goes with traditional Christmas colors
    Milkcoffee Challenge--Make it Sparkle
    Shopping Our Stash--Red Alert
    Deep Ocean--Christmas is all around
    Pile it On Challenges--Anything Goes--Christmas/Holidays

You can check out my tealight snowman placeholders here.

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