Thursday, April 24, 2014

Artbooking Hello Card for Atlantic Hearts First Year Anniversary

Congratulations to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge on the successful completion of your first year in inspiring us crafters!  It has been a while since I played along here but with a celebratory prize package up for grabs it helped make it a priority on my crafting list of things to do.  (I love winning prizes!)


    Artbooking cartridge (overlay and hello)
    Sky CS
    Jubilee paper
    Star Spangled Blue CS (retired)
    Dutch Blue Marker (retired)
    Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel (retired)

Other products
    Prismatic paper by Colorbok
    Dragonfly punch by EK Success


On the first version of this card I left off the Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel.  Which one do you like better?


This is the sketch that inspired me:

             
If you like to participate in sketch challenges I invite you to play along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week.  I'd also like to suggest the great sketch that Hayley has for you at Sunday Stamps:


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

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sketch Time Again at Sunday Stamps!

Welcome back to another Sunday Stamps challenge!  It is Hayley's turn to bring us a sketch and it is a fabulous one!  Wouldn't you like to have some fun and join us in this sketch challenge?




Here is a sneak peak at the "Free to Be Me" Close To My Heart paper that will be a special promotion for the month of  May to celebrate National Scrapbooking month.  This new paper pack features several patterned papers, glossy textured cardstock and vellum sheets. I am also linking this up to the current Colour Me.... challenge.

Close To My Heart products used:
    Free To Be Me paper--May 2014 special promotion
    Happy Easter stamp set (retired)
    Black Ink
    Sorbet CS
    Blush CS
    Colored Egg
    Blush Alcohol Marker
    Juniper Alcohol Marker
    3D Foam Tape
Other:
    Liquid Pearls--Silver Pearl

We can't wait to see what you create using this sketch!   Please use a direct link to join us here and include a link back to us in your blog post.  (Feel free to post our sketch graphic too to let your readers know about our challenge.)  You have until Friday, May 2 at 6PM EST to enter this challenge.

Please take the time to visit the rest of the Design Team's blogs and leave them some appreciation.
HayleyJoanBrendaHollySteph and Kathya.

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

:) Marie




Friday, April 18, 2014

Three Blues and a Yellow for Color Dare #90 and Try Stampin' on Tuesday #163

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare blog post--can you believe this is challenge #90? This week we are challenging you to combine all of the following Close To My Heart colors in your papercrafted creation: Pacifica, Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim and Honey.



 You may combine them with neutrals such as black, white, greys, tans and you may substitute similar colors if you don't have these Close to My Heart colors yet.


Close To My Heart products used:
    Indian Corn Blue CS (bottom layer)
    Outdoor Denim CS (next layer)
    Pacifica CS
    Mayberry patterned paper (retired CTMH)
    Feathers stamp set
    Indian Corn Blue ink (left)
    Honey pigment ink (center)
    Pacifica pigment ink (right)
    3D Foam Tape

The inspiration for my card came from this fabulous sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday #163:



Check out what the fabulous Color My Heart Color Dare Design Team B has to inspire you:  Gretchen, MichelleHansi and Sarah.  You have until Thursday, April 24 9PM CT to enter your papercrafted creation here.  We look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing what you create with the colors Pacifica, Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim and Honey.

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

 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Embossed Pearlescent Paper for Technostamper Sketch Challenge #309

As I was reading my blog list the other day I found another challenge blog--Technostamper.  I really liked the sketch and went to my stash to play along.  I really like how the embossed pearlescent paper looks on this card and will be doing this again soon.  Here's a helpful tip I can share with you--to give color to the teacup image I left it in the embossing folder and softly rubbed the 1" pigment ink square over the top.


     Cotton Candy Ink (pigment ink)
     Holiday Tags 
     Outdoor Denim CS
     Outdoor Denim Ink
     Whisper CS
     3D Foam Tape

Other products:
       Daisy Burst embossing folder by Sizzix
       Pearlescent Paper by Colorbok
       Cuttlebug embossing folder (teacup with flower)

Here is the sketch that inspired me:
 
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie



Friday, April 11, 2014

Color Dare #89 With Creme Brulee, Juniper and Sorbet

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare post where we challenge you to create something using Close To My Heart colors.  (Of course, substitutions are allowed as long as they are close to the challenge colors.)  Our colors for Color Dare #89 are Creme Brulee, Juniper and Sorbet.  If you enter our challenge you must use all 3 of these colors which can be combined with neutrals such as white, black, tans, and greys if you wish.



     White Daisy CS
     Sorbet CS
     Creme Brulee CS
     Juniper CS
     Laughing Lola Cardmaking kit thinking of you stamp
     Artbooking collection heart cuts and floral heart stamp
     Juniper Washi Tape

Please stop by and check out what our fabulous Design Team has to share with you here.  We look forward to viewing your creations in our gallery.  You have until April 17 9PM CT to enter our challenge. Please use a direct link to link up your post (not your general blog name) here

We have blog badges that are awarded each week and a monthly prize drawing of craft supplies to go to a randomly selected participant.  The more challenges you enter the greater your chances of winning a prize.  

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

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Four Color Challenge at Sunday Stamps

Welcome back to another Sunday Stamps Challenge post!  This week we have 4 lovely colors for you to create with: 
     Generic colors: Turquoise, Pink, White & Grey
     SU Colors: Pink Pirouette, Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate & Whisper White
     CTMH Colors: Blush, White Daisy, Whisper, Tropical Blue (retired)


My card features an old CTMH wooden rose stamp in Blush ink used for the background,  Ritzy Ribbon stamped in Tropical Blue ink (retired CTMH) and Friendly Thoughts stamped in Black on both White Daisy and Whisper CS. I used an old SU border punch on the Tropical Blue horizontal piece and a small heart punch for the accents which was layered over Blush CS.  Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel was used on the hearts and on the Blush marker colored roses.


The inspiration from my card came from the challenge at Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch #161:



We can't wait to see what you create using only these colors!   Please use a direct link to join us here and include a link back to us in your blog post.  (Feel free to post our color graphic too to let your readers know about our challenge.)  You have until Friday, April 11 at 6PM EST to enter this challenge.  Make sure you have fun with this challenge!

Please take the time to visit the rest of the Design Team's blogs and leave them some appreciation.
HayleyJoanBrendaHollySteph and Kathya.

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

:) Marie



Friday, April 4, 2014

A Five Color Challenge for Color My Heart Color Dare #88

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare post where we feature colors from Close to My Heart.  (Of course, substitutions are allowed as long as they are close to the challenge colors).  Our colors this week are:  Sunset, Smoothie, Lagoon, Sweet Leaf and Buttercup.


The inspiration for my card came from Julie Davison whose card I found on Pinterest.  I used a 1.25" square punch to cut out the paper squares and used many pieces from my considerable Close To My Heart "stash".


    White Daisy CS
    Buttercup Fleurs des Jardines B & T paper (retired)
    Roxie paper (retired
    Lagoon CS
    Just Blooms flower (retired)
    Aqua Dots
    Claire paper (retired)
    Chantilly paper (retired)
    Words of Comfort
    Lagoon Ink

Check out what the fabulous Color My Heart Color Dare Design Team B has to inspire you:  Gretchen, MichelleHansi and Sarah.  You have until Thursday, April 10 9PM CT to enter your papercrafted creation here.  We look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing what you create with the colors Buttercup, Sunset, Lagoon, Smoothie and Sweet leaf.

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

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Happy Birthday to Simon Says Stamps with Colour Me Colors and Nacho Average Sketch

Simon Says Stamps is celebrating their 5th year of blogging challenges and the theme this week is "Happy Birthday"!  They will randomly select one participant to receive a $100 voucher to their store to celebrate this milestone--who wouldn't want to win?  With my fingers crossed to be a lucky winner here is my card:






Close to My Heart products used:
    Sunset CS
    Colonial White CS
    Sunset Ink
    Black CS
    Chevron Embossing folder
    Charming Chevrons stamps
    Heartfelt Birthday Wish
    One Way Border stamp inside card
    Almond Glitz Glitter Gel (retired)
    My Legacy Writer to outline .08 (retired)
    3D Foam Tape

Other products:
    SU word window punch

Inspiration for this card was provided by Nacho Average Challenges #83 (sketch)


and Colour Me...#14 (color scheme)


And since this is a birthday card I am also entering it into "Seize the Birthday" with  Buttons and Bling option (notice the sparkly dots on the black pieces).


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

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Masculine Theme for Try Stampin' on Tuesday #160

As a golfer I have lots of golfing friends who will receive birthday cards from me.  I was inspired to make this card by the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch #160--although I did change the orientation of it to fit the golf green.  I usually prefer to use acrylic stamps rather than digital stamps but this golf green digital image by Digi Darla seemed to fit the space well and coordinate with the turf and golf ball papers too.



Close to My Heart products used:
    Banner Wishes birthday stamp
    Outdoor Denim CS
    Tee Time golf ball stamp (retired)

Other products used:
    Golf Green image by Digi Darla (recently closed their business)
    Turf paper by Frances Meyer
    Golf ball paper by Frances Meyer

Here is the Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch that inspired me:



Their challenge closes at midnight on Monday, April 1 (ET). 

 If you enjoy sketch challenges as I do I invite you to try out the current sketch at Sunday Stamps which closes at 6pm ET April 4.

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

Basketball Birthday for Freshly Made Sketch #129

Basketball is one of Tommy's favorite sports (and one of mine, too) so I made him this card using the Freshly Made Sketch #129 to commemorate his 13th birthday.  It is 6"x 6".  The Close To My Heart Artbooking cartridge was used to cut the numbers and basketballs.


Close to My Heart products used:
   Saddle CS
   Buzz and Bumble paper
   Outdoor Denim CS
   Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape
   Artbooking cartridge
 
Other:
   Orange textured paper--the Paper Company

Here is the Freshly Made Sketch that inspired me:


If you enjoy sketch challenges like I do, I invite you to try out the current sketch at Sunday Stamps.

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

Sunday, March 23, 2014

It's Sketch Time at Sunday Stamps Again!

Welcome back to another Sunday Stamps sketch challenge!  Thank you to all who participated in the spring color challenge.  This week Steph has a great sketch for you to try:


How did I decide what to use to follow this sketch?  I looked at what new Close To My Heart papers I hadn't yet used and picked Jubilee for the vertical panel and paired it with Indian Corn Blue CS background. The starfish is another underused stamp from the Under the Sea stamp set (retired CTMH).  It was stamped with Cocoa ink onto Cashmere CS and popped up with 3D Foam Tape.  The sentiment is from Banner Wishes and the stars are stamps from the Artbooking collection.  The white squiggly lines were made with my new Coconut gelato by Faber Castell.


We can't wait to see what you create using this sketch!   Please use a direct link to join us here and include a link back to us in your blog post.  (Feel free to post our sketch graphic too to let your readers know about our challenge.)  You have until Friday, April 4 at 6PM EST to enter this challenge.

Please take the time to visit the rest of the Design Team's blogs and leave them some appreciation.
HayleyJoanBrendaHollySteph and Kathya.

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

:) Marie



Friday, March 21, 2014

Embossed Patchwork Squares for Color My Heart Color Dare #86

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare post where we challenge you to use Close To My Heart colors.  (Substitutions are allowed if you don't have CTMH colors yet and you may also use neutrals such as white, colonial white, greys, tans, black).  This week our challenge colors are Ponderosa Pine, New England Ivy and Goldrush.





I started out by using each of the 3 challenge colored papers, the Cuttlebug machine and 3 of the new Close To My Heart embossing folders.  Next I used a 1.25" square punch and glued the squares onto a 4.25" x 4.25" square of Black CS.  This was then mounted onto a Whisper CS card base with Thinking of You (from Sincere Expressions stamp set) stamped on the bottom right hand corner.

Next I black embossed Classy Doily onto vellum and cut out part of it which I mounted to the center of the card with a small piece of 3D Foam Tape.


Lastly I placed a Green Epoxy Bubble onto the very center of the doily stamp.  Here is my finished card--although I must say that I like the card without the doily attached too!


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
    Cards in Envy--Anything Goes in A2 size
    Stampin' for the Weekend--Anything Goes
     Love to Create--Clean and Simple and/or Classy and Elegant
     Just for Fun challenge--Anything Goes

Check out what our Guest Designer Casandra and the rest of the fabulous Color My Heart Color Dare Design Team B has to inspire you:  Gretchen, MichelleHansi and Sarah.  You have until Thursday, March 20 9PM CT to enter your papercrafted creation here.  We look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing what you create with the colors Ponderosa Pine, New England Ivy and Goldrush.

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


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Glittered Happy Birthday Card for Simon Says

This card was inspired by the sketch at Crazy4Challenges.  I adapted it with some glitter so I could enter it into the Wednesday challenge at Simon Says.


    Moonstruck CS (retired)
    Moonstruck B&T paper (retired)
    Moonstruck Ink  (retired)
    Star Spangled Blue ribbon (retired)
    White Daisy CS
    Heartfelt Birthday Wish stamp
    Silver Glitz Glitter Gel  (retired)
Other:
    Goose Bumpz embossing folder

Here is the sketch I followed:

  

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Seize the Birthday--Birthday
     Cards in Envy--Anything Goes in A2 size
     Stampin' for the Weekend--Anything Goes
     Fussy and Fancy--Birthday
     Love to Create--Clean and Simple and/or Classy and Elegant
     Just for Fun challenge--Anything Goes

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

p.s. Please stop back tomorrow for a new Color My Heart Color Dare challenge!
    

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Colour Me ...Colors #11 Join Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch #158

This card was inspired by for two challenges:  Colour Me...Card Challenge #11 and Try Stampin' on Tuesday #158.


Close To My Heart Products Used:
     Claire Paper Packet
     Outdoor Denim CS
     White Daisy CS
     Chalks (retired)
     Waxy Flax
Other products:
    Darice Spring Tulips embossing folder
    Heart buttons

Here are the challenge graphics that inspired me--please visit these sites.




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


Thursday, March 13, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Card for Numerous Challenges

As I was reading my blog list this morning I found a new card challenge with a sketch I wanted to try.  It is called The Challenge #2 and is on Lesley Croghan's blog "Always Playing with Paper".  She even includes cutting dimensions to help you get started.   Here is the sketch that inspired me today:


Since I needed to make some St. Patrick's Day cards, I changed the heart shape to shamrock shapes. 



The shamrocks were cut with the "Celebrate with Flourish" Cricut cartridge from Kentucky Green CS (retired Close To My Heart).  The patterned paper is also retired from CTMH.  I used  the Darice St. Pat's Day Background embossing folder and a sanding block for the bottom card layer.  The gold metallic CS is also retired CTMH.  (I really used a lot of old stash to make this card!)  The gold accents were made with a regular paper punch form the gold metallic CS.  I skipped the sentiment because I thought that it was obviously a St. Patrick's Day card!

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:
    Exploring Cricut--Luck of the Irish
    Cut it Up--Green for St. Patrick's Day or Spring #40
    Pinspirational Challenges--#98 St. Patrick's Day
    Simply Create Too--#56 Shop in Your Stash
    Cuttin And Stampin Challenges--St. Patrick's Day/Lucky
    Diecuttin' Divas--#156 Luck of the Irish
    Time 4 Scrap--#35 St. Patrick's Day
    Artistic Inspirations--#82 St. Patrick's Day, Green or Anything Goes

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