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


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #112 With a Golf Theme

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog post!  I went to my stash to make this card.

Close to My Heart products used:
     Heavenly Blue CS (retired)
     White Daisy CS
     Outdoor Denim Ink
     Topiary Ink
     Tee Time stamp set (retired)
     Thank You stamp (retired)
     Casual Expression Good Luck stamp
     3D Foam Tape

Other products
    Washi tape (source unknown)
    Turf and Golf Ball papers by Frances Meyer

Here is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch that inspired my card:


We hope you'll find time this week to play along with this challenge.

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

Friday, June 12, 2015

Ice Cream Dream for Color Dare #146

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  These color challenges really help me stretch my creativity.  This week we are challenging you to use the following color palette:  Colonial White, Cocoa, Barn Red, Glacier and Juniper.

My card was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest which you can find here.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Barn Red CS
     Colonial White CS
     Cocoa CS
     Glacier CS
     Juniper CS
     Ice Cream Dream stamp set (June Stamp of the Month)
     Sincere Expressions greeting (retired)
     Sponge Daubers
     Glacier Ink
     Barn Red Ink
     3D Foam Tape

Please stop by here and check out what the rest of the talented Design Team have to inspire your creativity.  We would love to see what you can do with these Close to My Heart colors. (If you don't have these colors yet, you can substitute similar colors so you can still play along.)

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

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Winner of FCCB Favorite Cricut Character Announcement

I am happy to announce that "Golden Goddess Designs" is the winner of my blog candy offer for meeting all the requirements of the Fantabulous Cricut Favorite Character Blog Hop. She will be receiving the Close to My Heart April 2015 Stamp of the Month set called "Typed Note".  Thank you to all of you who took the time to comment on our blog posts and become followers of the FCCB DT.  We appreciate you all!

 (If you missed this blog post you should check out what the new Design Team from Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog have to inspire you--really fantastic artwork on display here.)

Golden Goddess Designs--please email me at mflayer at comcast dot net with your address so I can get the prize right off to you.

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

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Personalized Wedding Card Using Tuesday Morning Sketch #303

The bride is wearing ivory and carrying an ivory bouquet.  The groom is wearing his navy blue Air Force Captain suit. The table settings feature ivory, gold and crystal.  I'm excited to help celebrate the marriage of my oldest nephew Michael and his lovely bride Frances.  They met in medical school and make a lovely couple.  Here is the special wedding card I made for them:

     Artiste cricut cartridge
     White Daisy CS
     My Legacy writer .01
     Colonial White Rosette Ribbon (retired)
     Clear Sparkles
     Glossy Metallic paper (retired)

Other products:
     Shimmery White CS from Stampin Up
     Cuttlebug Geometric Rings embossing folder
     Dark Blue textured paper--source unknown

Here is the Tuesday Morning Sketch I followed:

      

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

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Ice Cream Dream Meets Atlantic Hearts Sketch #110

If you are looking for the Favorite Cricut Character Fantabulous Cricut Blog post with Blog Candy please go here.

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog post.  We have a very different and interesting sketch for you to try this week.  My card features a dog from Close to My Heart June Stamp of the Month called "Ice Cream Dream".


     Outdoor Denim CS
     Cashmere CS
     Hopscotch paper (retired)
     Ice Cream Dream stamp
     Black Ink
     Outdoor Denim brads
     Pink Glitter Glitz Gel (retired)
     3D foam Tape
     Artfully Sent greeting stamp

Other products:
     Prismacolor pencils (CTMH used to carry these...)

Here is the sketch graphic to inspire you:
     
     

We hope you can find the time this week to try out this unusual sketch.  You can link up your creation here.

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

Monday, June 1, 2015

Favorite Cricut Character Blog Hop for Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog with Blog Candy Alert

The Design Team of the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog has put together a blog hop to introduce some new Design Team members and I'm one of them!  I'm so happy to be a part of this awesome Design Team!  Let's start hopping:   If you are coming from Kristina's blog you are on the right track.

Our goal is to create a project with a favorite "character".  A character can be -- a number, a letter, a persons personality, etc., so we are showcasing what our interpretations of a what a character is.

 Who doesn't love Santa?  I found him in the Winter Frolic cartridge (also in the Ultimate Creative Sampler cartridge) and paired him with a sentiment from Close to My Heart Artiste cartridge.


Since I'm also a Close to My Heart consultant most of my projects will feature CTMH products.

Close to My Heart products used:
     Artiste Cricut cartridge (Ho Ho Ho)
     White Daisy CS
     Black CS
     Jingle paper (retired)
     Red Shimmer Trim
     Ruby CS
     3D Foam Tape
   
Other products:
    Fresh Snow Glitter paper by Colorbok
 
I used this Sunday Stamps Sketch #102 for my card layout:
   

   
My title did mention Blog Candy so here it is:


I will be giving away the above CTMH April 2015 Stamp of the Month called "Typed Note". It features numerous sentiments that can fit onto the typewriter paper.

To be eligible for the prize
1. You must leave a comment on all the blogs in the hop
2. You must be or become a follower of all the blogs in the hop

We will have prizes (blog candy) on some of the blogs along the way.  You will have until June 2nd to leave a comment by 12 midnight EST. We will announce the winners on each of our blogs on June 7th. You will need to check back to see if you have won.

The next stop on this hop is Lilian's blog.

Here is a complete list of all the Design Team members in the Favorite Character Blog Hop.  Be sure to visit them all and leave comments (otherwise known as "bloggy love")

FCCB --------     http://fantabulouscricut.blogspot.com/

Sara   ----------- http://Pypercreations.blogspot.ca
Christina   -----http://craftychickscreating.blogspot.com
Kristina   -------http://lllscrap.blogspot.com/
Marie   --------- http://www.njstampingqueen.blogspot.com/
Lilian------------- http://theleafstudio.blogspot.com
Carol ------------ http://4evercarolscreations.blogspot.com/
Michelle-------  http://justanutterpapercrafter.blogspot.com/
Karla ----------- http://creative-love-affair.blogspot.ca/
Lynn ------------ http://mycardsnstuff.blogspot.com
Liz --------------  http://unikbyyes.blogspot.com
Cindy------------http:cindyvernon.blogspot.com
DIANA L.--------http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

FCC --------     http://fantabulouscricut.blogspot.com/

The current challenge taking place at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is to follow a sketch.  Just click on the link to be inspired by the fabulous Design Team.

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







Friday, May 29, 2015

Paper Bird Meets Color Dare #144

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge post.  We invite you to create using Close to My Heart colors. (Of course, if you don't have these specific colors yet you may substitute similar colors so you can still play along.)  This week our challenge features the following colors:
Juniper, Ruby, Canary and white Daisy.


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Ruby CS
     Juniper CS
     Canary CS
     Paper Bird stamps 
     Ruby Ink
     Juniper Washi Tape (retired)
     Ruby ChevronWashi Tape

Here is the color graphic that we would like you to post in your blog if you decide to take the Color Dare challenge:


The challenge at the Male Room this week is to use Washi Tape so I am entering this card into that challenge also.

Now, head on over to the Color My Heart Color Dare blog and see what the other Design Team members have to inspire you.

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

P.S.  Stop by again on Monday for a special post featuring "Blog Candy" to be won!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #252--With a Sketch

I'm so excited to share with you that I've been selected to join the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Design Team!  I've been following this blog for years and playing along on occasion and am delighted that I will be getting to share more Cricut inspired challenges with you.  This week's challenge is sponsored by Bugaboo stamps and features the use of an old Retrosketch Challenge from July 2012.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Artbooking cartridge pg. 53--Photo Mat 2
     Brushed Paper
     Ruby CS
     Pixie CS
     Black CS
     For Every Occasion stamp-Hi--retired
     Finding the Words--tiny heart stamp
     Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel--retired

Other products:
     Baby Flower Pot image by Bugaboo stamps
     Prismacolor pencils

Here is the Retrosketch graphic that we are asking you to use for this challenge:



So head on over to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog to see what the other fabulous Design Team members have to inspire your creativity.  We hope you can play along with us.  The challenge ends Sunday evening, June 7.

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

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
     
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