Monday, October 20, 2014

Creative Blogger Tour, Gelato Galaxy Card and Giveaway!


Don't you love getting good news from an unexpected source?  That's what happened to me two weeks ago when the super talented Jody Gustafson emailed me to nominate me for the "Creative Blogger Award"!  I've always had tremendous respect and admiration for Jody's artwork and first became aware of her through the Color My Heart Color Dare blog where she would participate in so many of our challenges--being selected as a winner numerous times.  Thank you, Jody, for inviting me to join this group of Close To My Heart consultants.  I am humbled and honored to be among this amazing group of talented women.  Here are links for you to check out many of the other women who have been part of this Creative Blogger Tour.

    Amy Moore
    Karen Day
    Brenda Rose
    Kelly Janes
    Amie Kiger

Creative Blogger is a chain of blog hop tours.  Each invited member answers the same four questions and then passes on the nomination to someone else.  I'm sure you will find lots of inspiration in the above blogs.


What am I currently working on?

It seems I've always got several projects in my head and on my crafting table. As a member of the Color My Heart Color Dare and Sunday Stamps Design Teams I am often working on upcoming challenges. I also have ongoing scrapbooking projects. (My grandson's scrapbook is done in Studio J and my sister's scrapbook is done in an 8.5 x 11 format so I can color copy pages for my other siblings.) Since Halloween is quickly approaching I've just completed a "Card in a Box" for my grandson using cuts from Artfully Sent and Artbooking.  (Paper is retired "Spellbound" with a Champagne back panel.  Ghosts were cut from Artfully Sent Envelope Liner #8 cut at 9".  Bats were cut from Artiste at .75" and 1".  The skulls were cut from Artiste at 1.75")  I'm also entering this card into the Cardz4Guys Halloween theme challenge.


Here is another one that I made for him but haven't posted yet featuring cut out computer images of his favorite Transformers (Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Chase and Heatwave Autobots).



Other projects that I'm working on are Christmas cards and a collection of cards to donate to Operation Write Home.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I'm not sure how my artwork differs from others. I do like clean lines, some paper layering and trying new products and techniques. Here is a new technique I just learned from the Friday Mashup Challenge called "Galaxy" in which I used Gelatos as watercolors to create this unique background.

My "Gelato Galaxy" technique involved scribbling with various Gelatos on a craft sheet, spritzing with water and then dragging a piece of watercolor paper over it.  I used a heat tool to dry the paper in between layers of colors.  I tried to create a "moon" in the bottom right corner by removing some color with a wet paintbrush.  Lastly I flicked tiny drops of Pearl Paint form an old toothbrush and then added the sentiment from the Close To My Heart retired "Mad About You" stamp set in Thistle ink.  (Outdoor Denim CS and Silver Shimmer Trim were also used on this card).


                                                    Why do I create what I do?


To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. - Kurt Vonnegut

The main reason why I create cards and scrapbook pages is because I enjoy it!  If I go more than 3 days without making something I start to feel a bit out of sorts. A few hours in my craft room and a completed project and then I feel "complete" again. I get a lot of satisfaction out of making things for other people. I have always loved "making things" starting with making potholders and learning to sew when I was a young girl. Although I've made quilts, clothing, curtains and scrapbooks cardmaking is my favorite crafty pursuit at present.

Creativity by venspired, via Flickr

                                   How does my creative process work?

 Would you believe that sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with a card idea in my head? Sometimes that is my process. If it is a color challenge I'm creating for I will often look to find a current sketch challenge to use. (Some of my favorite sketch challenge blogs can be found here: Freshly Made Sketches, Try Stampin' on Tuesday, Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, Retrosketches, Mojo Monday, Stampin' Royalty and Pals' Paper Arts.) If it is a sketch challenge I'm creating for I will look for current color challenges. (Color My Heart Color Dare, Colour Me..., Pals' Paper Arts and Nacho Average Challenges.)

When I'm really stumped, I read my blog list and start commenting on other people's artwork which gets my creative juices going again.  Pinterest, Facebook (CTMH Artwork, CTMH Eye Candy) and the Close To My Heart consultant Artwork Bulletin Boards are also additional sources of inspiration.  You can check out my Pinterest boards here.  


Are you ready to continue on the Creative Blogger Tour?  It is my pleasure and honor to nominate Hansi Brittain from the Quilting with Paper blog.  She is an amazingly talented Close To My Heart consultant!  I've been a huge fan of her artwork ever since she started submitting cards to the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.  Her awesome sense of design, color and flare for beautiful card embellishment have awed me on many occasions.  I'm sure you will be inspired and impressed by her artwork.  Please visit her blog post on Monday, 10/27/14 to read more about her.  (If you become a blog follower of hers then you will see it in your blog list).

Thank you for reading this far!  To celebrate my Creative Blogger Award I'd like to have a giveaway of some craft supplies to one randomly drawn commenter. I have an extra April 2014 Stamp of the Month called My Sunshine AND an assortment of Close To My Heart papers cut into 4.25" x 5.5" pieces that can be used as card fronts.




To be eligible to win you must:

--Become a follower of my blog AND

--Write a comment on this blog post indicating you are a blog follower

--Deadline to comment on this blog post is midnight EST, October 26th, 2014.



Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!  Good luck in the prize drawing!

:) Marie

 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sunday Stamps Colors Meets a Freshly Made Sketch

Welcome back to another Sunday Stamps Color Challenge post!  This week we are challenging you to use some fall colors along with turquoise.  For my card I used the Close To My Heart colors Sunset, Canary, Crystal Blue and Cranberry.


This color graphic inspired me to go with a fall themed card.  


Close To My Heart products used:
    Sunset CS
    Canary CS
    Cocoa CS
    Crystal Blue CS
    Sunset Ink
    Canary Ink
    Cranberry Ink

Other products:
    Fiskars punch
    Gold Sparkles
    Darice Foliage Embossing Folder
    Paintbrush
    Ranger Craft Pen Nibs    

How did I color the Crystal Blue panel with embossed leaves?  First I placed an acrylic block into one of the three ink colors used and spritzed with water.  I then used a paintbrush to color the leaves with the inked up acrylic block and used a Craft Pen Nib dipped in the same ink to ink the veins and outside edges.

This is the Freshly Made Sketch that I used:


We can't wait to see what you create using 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, October 31 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.  HollyAlyson, BrendaStephAngel,Leena and Kathya.

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

:) Marie









Friday, October 17, 2014

Cuddly Sensations and Artfully Sent for Color Dare #115

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge post!  Can you believe that this is challenge #115?  This week we are challenging you to use the following three Close To My Heart colors:  Outdoor Denim, Olive and Sunset.


You may substitute similar colors if you don't have these CTMH colors yet and you may combine them with neutrals such as black, white, colonial white, greys and tans).



     Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge (Swing Card and wreath at 5.5")
     Olive CS
     Outdoor Denim CS
     Colonial White CS
     Dotty for You paper (retired)
     Olive Ink
     Sunset Ink
     Have a Happy Day stamp set
     Cuddly Sensations (Hostess Reward Stamp Set)

Other products:
     Orange Gel pen (to fill in letters cut into Dotty for You paper)

We would love to see you enter our color challenge by linking up here.  You have until Thursday, October 24 9PM CT to enter.  There are several blog badges to be won along with a prize to one randomly drawn entry every month. 

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





Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Stamps Sketch #86 With Pathfinding Paper

Welcome back to another Sunday Stamps Sketch Challenge!  We would love to have you join us using this sketch:


My card features stamps and papers from the Close To My Heart Pathfinding Cardmaking Kit.


     Pathfinding Cardmaking Kit (paper and stamps)  
     Barn Red Ink
     Autumn Terracotta CS
     Champagne CS
     Tan and Brown Glitter paper
      Gold Sequins
      Mocha Opaque Adhesive Gems

Here is another card that I made with this sketch last November:


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, October 17 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.  HollyBrendaStephAngelKathyaAlyson and Leena.

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

:) Marie

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Glittery Cardinal Card for Happy World Cardmaking Day

Happy World Cardmaking Day!  This event gave me the opportunity to try out a new product. Several weeks ago I attended a Scrapbook Expo event and purchased some Peel-off Stickers and some Microfine Glitter paper.  I used my new Shin Han Touch Alcohol Markers to color them in and added a piece of old gold metallic paper from Close To My Heart and Gold Polka Washi Tape to finish the card and 3D Foam Tape to pop up the cardinal.


This is the Freshly Made Sketch that I followed:


I'm also participating in the World Cardmaking Day Blog Tour sponsored by Paper Crafts Online.


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



Friday, October 3, 2014

Marble Rolled Background for Friday Mashup #180

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

The Friday Mashup had an interesting link for a new technique in today's challenge post called "Marble Rolling" so I had to try it out!  It was fun and easy to do.


      Lagoon CS
      White Daisy CS
      Frosted Cardmaking Kit stamp (retired)
      Holiday Wishes stamp (retired)
      Lagoon reinker
      Lagoon Ink
      Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel (retired)

Here is the Friday Mashup Sketch Graphic:


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

Color Dare #113--Cranberry, Canary and Glacier

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge post.  This week we are challenging you to use two of the new Close To My Heart colors (Canary and Glacier) with Cranberry.  (You may substitute similar colors if you don't have these CTMH colors yet and you may combine them with neutrals such as black, white, colonial white, greys and tans).


My card features a stamp from the Snowhaven Cardmaking Kit along with Seaside paper.


     Canary CS
     White Daisy CS
     Cranberry CS
     Seaside Paper
     Snowhaven Cardmaking Kit stamp
     Cranberry Ink
     Arrow Embossing folder



We would love to see you enter our color challenge by linking up here.  You have until Thursday, October 10 9 PM CT to enter.  There are several blog badges to be won along with a prize to one randomly drawn entry every month.  

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




Monday, September 29, 2014

Floral Embossed Aluminum Foil Card with Pals Paper Arts Sketch

Did you know that you can use Shin Han Touch Alcohol Markers to color dry embossed aluminum foil?  That's what I did to make this card:


Here is another view of it photographed from above so you can see the aluminum foil better:



Close To My Heart products used:
      Timberline paper--retired
      Floral Embossing Folder
      Topiary CS
      Black CS
      Topiary Ink
      Laughing Lola Cardmaking Kit stamp--retired
      3D Foam Tape
      Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge--to cut "window"
      Shin Han Touch Alcohol Markers--Vivid Green, Carmine, Golden Yellow

Here is the Pals Paper Arts sketch that I followed:
09-25 
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie













Sunday, September 28, 2014

Snowhaven Stripes Again!

The new Close To My Heart Snowhaven paper pack has one sheet that has lots of stripes and I used a different striped panel than the last card I posted here to show you the versatility of this paper.  Once again I used the Freshly Made Sketch #155.



Close To My Heart products used:
     Snowhaven paper
     White Daisy CS
     Cranberry CS
     Glacier CS
     Heartfelt Birthday  Wish stamp
     Cranberry Alcohol Marker--retired
     Bakers Twine Harvest Assortment--retired

Here is the sketch that inspired me:


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


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Snowhaven Stripes with a Freshly Made Sketch

This card was inspired by the sketch #155 at Freshly Made Sketches.


Close To My Heart products used:
     Artbooking cartridge--tag cut
     Glacier CS
     Snowhaven paper
     Black CS
     Belated Birthday
     Neutral Bakers' Twine Assortment
     Black Ink
     Warm Grey Shin Han Touch Alcohol Marker
     Peacock Green Shin Han Touch Alcohol Marker

Other products:
     Ribbon--unknown source

Here is the Freshly Made Sketch that inspired me:


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

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Golf Themed Card for Case This Sketch #93

The sketch at Case This Sketch really appealed to me this week so I made yet another golf themed card.


I actually made a set of 8 of these cards experimenting with various glitter glues and gems as pictured below.


Close To My Heart products used:
       Tee Time stamps (retired)
       Just For You stamps (retired)
       Sweet Leaf CS
       Cranberry Ink
       Slate Ink (second generation)
       Black Ink
     
Other products:
     Grass paper by Frances Meyer
     Stickles--gold, green, red
     Green Adhesive gems--unknown source

Here is the inspiration for my card:

     

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

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Four Color Challenge for Sunday Stamps #85

Welcome back to another Sunday Stamps Color challenge.  The Close To My Heart colors I used are Smokey Plum, Thistle, Topiary and Tan Glitter paper.  Here is the color graphic:


My card features stamps from the Close To My Heart Happy Autumn stamp set:


Close To My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Smokey Plum CS
     Smokey Plum Ink
     Brown and Tan Glitter Paper
     Happy Autumn stamp set
     Thistle CS
     Smokey Plum Ink
     Topiary Ink (2nd generation to better match color graphic)    

The Stampin' Royalty Sketch Challenge #246 was the inspiration for my card:



Welcome to our newest Design Team member Leena!  Now it's your turn to combine these 4 colors and link up to the Sunday Stamps Challenge blog.

We can't wait to see what you create using 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, September 5 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.  HollyAlyson, BrendaStephAngel, Leena and Kathya.

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

:) Marie

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pathfinding Cardmaking Kit Stamps for Color Dare #111

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge post!  This week we are challenging you to create using the following Close to My Heart colors:  Cranberry, Sorbet, Olive, Lagoon and Pacifica.


My card features these 5 colors and two terrific stamps from the Pathfinding Cardmaking Kit:


Close To My Heart products used:
     Lagoon CS
     White Daisy CS
     Pathfinding Cardmaking Kit
     Sorbet Ink
     Cranberry Ink
     Lagoon Ink
     Pacifica Ink
     Olive Ink

The current sketch challenge at Nacho Average Challenges #107 was the inspiration for my card:


We would love to have you play along with the Color Dare challenge!  You may substitute similar colors if you don't have these Close To My Heart colors yet and you may combine them with neutrals such as black, white, beige, greys and tans.

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


Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall Colors for Color Dare #110

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge post.  This week we invite you to create something using the following Close To My Heart colors: Sunset, Honey and Barn Red.


I couldn't resist making a card with an autumn theme with these fabulous colors!


Close To My Heart products used:
      Barn Red CS
      White Daisy CS
      Olivia paper (retired)
      Bamboo Ink--sponged onto the White Daisy CS
      Barn Red Ink
      Honey CS
      Sunset Ink
      Flourished Blessings leaf stamp (retired)
      Pathfinding Cardmaking kit stamps--thanks and woodgrain stamps
      Bronze shimmer trim--cut with a 1/4" hole punch for embellishments

I followed the Freshly Made Sketch #152 to make this card.

This card is also being entered into the Friday Mashup FM177 Leaf Theme.


There is a photo inspiration for Add a Little Dazzle that I'm sharing my card with:

Fall


We would love to have you play along with our challenge!  You may substitute similar colors if you don't have these Close To My Heart colors yet and you may combine them with neutrals such as black, white, beige, greys and tans.  

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Glacier and Pacifica Again with an Atlantic Hearts Sketch

My previous blog post featured a new Close To My Heart color called Glacier paired with an older CTMH color called Pacifica.  I really like the way these two colors work together so I made a card for some golfing friends with the same colors using the current Atlantic Hearts Sketch #72.


Close To My Heart products used:
      White Daisy CS
      Glacier CS
      Pacifica CS
      Glacier Ink
      Tee Time stamp set (retired)
      Say it in Style stamp (retired)
      Dots Embossing Folder

Here is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch #72:
   
I'm also entering this card into Cardz 4 Guys #35 Clean and Simple challenge.
   
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

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