Monday, August 24, 2015

Artbooking Star Flourish Card for Freshly Made Sketch #200

Here is a quick card I made to help celebrate Freshly Made Sketch's 200th challenge.  It is one of my favorite sketch challenges that inspire my card making.  I left this without a sentiment which I can add later when I need to send a card.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Artbooking cartridge
     White Daisy CS

Other products
     Gold Holographic Poster Board by ArtSkills!  (It is a leftover piece from a box I made which may be posted at a later date.)

   

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

Friday, August 21, 2015

Color Dare #156 Meets Retrosketches #177

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are inviting you to join us using the fabulous Close to My Heart colors Hollyhock, Goldrush, Colonial White and Kraft.

My card features the August Stamp of the Month called Framed and Paper Fundamentals Adventure paper.  (Don't you just love the glossy chevron pattern on the paper?)

Close to My Heart products used:
     Colonial White CS
     Paper Fundamentals Adventure paper
     Kraft CS
     Goldrush Ink
     Hollyhock Ink
     Charming Cascades stamp (available Sept.1)
     Framed stamp set (retiring Sept.1)
     Artistry Cricut cartridge to cut label frame
     Colonial White Mini Medley (retired)
     Colonial White Rosette Ribbon (retired)
     Pink Glitter Gem

Here is the Retrosketches #177 Sketch that inspired me:


Now it's your turn to use these colors and share it with us here.  Don't worry--if you don't have these exact colors you may substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun.


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


Monday, August 17, 2015

Camping Out At Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog

Welcome back to another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog post!  This week's theme is "something to do with camping".  How will you interpret this challenge.

I went to the newest Close to My Heart cricut cartridge called Artistry for my inspiration.  The evergreen trees were cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  Freshly Made Sketch #199 was my starting point for the card layout.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Artistry Cricut Cartridge (Star background, teepee, campfire)
     Art Philosophy cartridge (evergreen trees)
     Whisper CS
     White Daisy CS
     Ponderosa Pine CS (retiring Sept. 1)
     Barn Red CS (retiring Sept. 1)
     Outdoor Denim CS (retiring Sept. 1)
     Champagne CS
     Saddle CS
     Goldrush CS
     Artfully Sent stamp set    
     Outdoor Denim ink (retiring Sept. 1)
     Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel (retired)
     Oak Brown Marker (retired)

Here is the Freshly Made Sketch that I followed:


Please stop by the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog to see what the other fabulous Designers have to share with you.  The challenge will close Sunday August 30.  We hope you can join in on the Cricut fun!

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



Thursday, August 13, 2015

Numbered Birthday Card Using CAS(E)This Sketch #135

Happy 21st Birthday to my dear nephew Brendan!  Here is your special birthday card:


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Cranberry CS
     Sapphire CS
     Happy Birthday from Artfully Sent Cricut Collection
     Cranberry Ink
     Silver Metallic CS (retired)
     Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel (retired)
     3D Foam Tape
     Art Philosophy cartridge--star, cranberry and silver starburst
     Artistry cartridge--"21"

Other products:
     Star themed tape--source unknown

This is the CAS(E) This Sketch#135 sketch I followed:

     

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Cardz 4 Guys--"A Numbered Birthday"
     Seize the Birthday--Anything Goes

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


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Artistry Crab for CAS(E) This Sketch #135

There are so many delightful new images to play with in the new Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridge called "Artistry"!  Today I made a simple card using the crab from page 15.


     Seaside paper (retiring 9-1-15)
     Peacock CS
     Peacock Ink
     Champagne CS
     Sunset CS
     Peacock Green Shin Han Touch Marker
     Artfully Sent Cricut Collection Stamp

Other products:
     Wiggle Eyes

Here is the CAS(E) This Sketch I followed:

The challenge at Addicted to Stamps or More is to "Make Your Mark"--I used a Peacock Green Shin Han Touch Marker to draw the line above the greeting.

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



Sunday, August 9, 2015

Artistry Mason Jar Card for Joyful Stars Blog Hop

It's an exciting time to be a Close to My Heart consultant and be able to share some wonderful new products from the new Annual Inspirations catalog!  Joyful Stars is a group of CTMH consultants who share in a monthly blog hop.  If you are coming from Andrea Sherman's  blog you are on the right track.  (If you get "lost" along the way visit Joyce's blog for the complete lineup.)


My card features the new Zoe paper, Peacock CS and the mason jar and flowers cut from the new Artistry cricut cartridge.  (All of these products are available now!)  The jar lid was colored with the CTMH Silver Metallic Marker.


The Artistry cartridge comes with 3 stamp sets and a pack of Enchantment color palette cardstock which has 7 new colors!  Peacock is one of them.  It is also available in a digital version to save some money.

If you are interested in replicating this card and you have the Cricut Explore and the CTMH Artistry cartridge you can find the cut file here.

I used the Nacho Average Challenge Sketch #153 to make this card:


Your next stop on this blog hop is Stephanie Huber's blog.  I'm sure you'll be delighted with what you find there.

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

Friday, August 7, 2015

Color Dare #154 Meets Hand Stamped Sentiments #217

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  Just two colors this week:  Smokey Plum and White Daisy.  I found this great sketch at Hand Stamped Sentiments and made several cards using the sketch.




Which card do you like best?

     White Daisy CS
     Smokey Plum CS (retiring on Sept.1)
     Smokey Plum B&T paper (retired)
     Smokey Plum Victorian B&T paper (retired)
     Swirl stamp from Life is Wonderful July 2015 SOM
     Banner stamp from Artiste "Kudos" Collection
     Happy Birthday stamp from Artfully Sent "Just to Say" Collection
     Smokey Plum Ink (retiring on Sept.1)
     White Daisy Ink

Here is the Hand Stamped Sentiment sketch that inspired me:


Please head on over to the Color My Heart Color Dare blog to see what the other fabulous Designers have to inspire you.  We hope you can find the time to play along in our challenge this week!

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


     



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Artistry Hearts Background Card for Friday Mashup #219

Artistry is the new Close to My Heart Cricut cartridge and is available right now here!  I received mine last week and am having a blast creating with it.  The theme at The Friday Mashup is to make a square card and/or use the colors grey, pink and blue.   Here is my card:


     Artistry Cricut cartridge (Background pg. 5)
     White Daisy CS
     Whisper CS
     Sky CS (retired)
     Baby Pink CS (retired)
     Whisper Ink
     Scrapbook Kids Faces and Hands (retired)
     Framed --August SOTM greeting

Other products:
     Fiskars Corner Heart Punch

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



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



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