Thursday, March 5, 2015

Life is Good--Sharing a DS Cut File

Here is my first attempt at applying vinyl to glass.  I designed this simple trivet using one of my favorite mantras "Life is Good" and the Art Philosophy Cricut font.


The glass cutting board was purchased at Dollar Tree and the Gold Vinyl is Oracal 631.  If you have a Cricut Explore and would like to duplicate it the cut file can be found here.

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







Friday, February 27, 2015

Embossed Embossing and Antique Element for Friday Mashup #199

This is my last post as February 2015 Friday Mashup Guest Designer and it was the most challenging for me.  The technique (Embossed Embossing) was easy but I really had trouble coming up with an "Antique" element until I remembered that the upcoming Close to My Heart April Stamp of the Month featured an old typewriter with numerous greetings to go on the page.  The typewriter would not have been considered an antique when I was growing up but it is now! (Some of my readers may never have seen a typewriter at all!)


Close to My Heart products used:
     Black CS
     Black Ink
     Typed Note stamp (available April 2015)
     Vineyard Berry CS (retired)
     Polysparkle Tinsel embossing powder (retired)
     3D Foam Tape

Other products used:
     Silver Shimmer CS by Recollections
     Sizzix embossing folder



This week's Friday Mashup challenge is to
      - Create a project using an Antique Element OR
      -  Create a project using Embossed Embossing technique OR
      -  "Mash it Up" and do both!

We hope you can join us in this fun challenge!  You have until Wednesday evening March 4 to link up your project.

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

     

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Forever Friends Tigers for Dee Dee's Digis Stamp of the Month Challenge

Last month I participated in Dee Dee's Digis Digital Stamp of the Month Challenge so this month I received the February Stamp of the Month for free.  (And now that I'm entering this challenge I will receive the March Stamp of the Month for free--good deal, right?)


These pre-colored tigers are just so cute, don't you think?

Products used:
     Forever Friends Digital Stamp Set by Dee Dee's Digis
     Ticket punch by Stampin' Up
     Silver Shimmer CS by Recollections

Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Pacifica CS
     Black CS
     Black Ink
     True Friends (retired stamp set)

Here is the complete set from Dee Dee's Digis:


It was really fun to put together this cute card in such a short amount of time.

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



Love You Hexagon for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #96

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog post.  It's sketch #96 and I managed to use a variety of old and new materials to make this card:



Close to My Heart products used:
     Heartstrings paper (red heart background and green center strip)
     White Wide Paper Lace (long ago retired from DOTS--what Close to My Heart was originally)
     Artiste rosette stamp
     Happy Hexagons (Hostess Reward Set)
     Cranberry Ink
     3D Foam Tape

Other products:
     Silver Shimmer paper from Recollections

Here is the Michelle's fabulous AHSC sketch that I followed:


Now it is your turn to try out this fabulous sketch and share it with us here.  You have until Sunday evening, March 1 to join us in the gallery.

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



Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lovely Leaves Paper for Use Your Stash Blog Hop

Welcome to the February "Use Your Stash" blog hop.  This month's theme is "My Love Affair with Paper".  If you are coming from  creative Katy Taylor's blog you are on the right track.



My card features "Lovely Leaves" patterned paper by Close to My Heart (retired several years ago).  It was layered over old CTMH Hemlock paper which has a texture to it.  The embellished flower centers is Goldenrod Stickles.  The birthday greeting is from the current stamp set "You Mean the World to Me" and was stamped in Ponderosa Pine ink.  The gold stripe is gold holographic laser tape that I found at Dollar Tree.

Now it's time to head over to the talented Sheila Bennett's blog.  If you get lost along the way here is a complete list of blogs participating in the "Use Your Stash" blog hop:


A special thanks to Shirley Ross for setting this all up for us.

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


Friday, February 20, 2015

White Daisy and Whisper for Color Dare #130

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge post!  This week we are challenging you to use just two colors:  White Daisy and Silver (or Whisper).  I decided to use the new Close to My Heart Scallop embossing folder to create my background.


How did I do this?  I applied Whisper ink pad directly to the folder and pressed down.  (I did NOT run it through the Cuttlebug machine).  As you can see I used both sides of the folder to create more interest.

Close to My Heart products used:
     Whisper CS
     White Daisy CS
     You Mean the World to me stamp
     Whisper Ink 
     White Daisy Ink to edge Whisper frame
     Sponge Dauber 
     3D Foam Tape
     Scallop Embossing Folder (from Seasonal Expressions catalog)
    

Other
     Silver Holographic Curling Ribbon

Now it's your turn to create using these colors.  


Head on over to the Color My Heart Color Dare blog and see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has created.  Hope you can join us for this challenge.  Use a direct link to link up your papercrafted creation (it doesn't have to be a card).

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

Take Flight for Friday Mashup #198

Are you ready for the next Friday Mashup challenge?  This is my third week as Guest Designer and this has been my favorite challenge so far. This challenge involves a sketch OR a theme--"Take Flight" or you can "mash it up" and do both like I have done.



     Heavenly Blue CS (retired)
     Heavenly Blue B & T paper (retired)
     Outdoor Denim B & T paper (retired)
     Black CS
     Heartstrings paper
     Lifting Spirits stamps
     Black CS
     Silver Metallic Marker
     Saddle marker (retired)
     Sanding Kit

Other products:
     Darice Cloudy Day embossing folder

Here is the great sketch I followed:
   

Please head on over to the Friday Mashup blog to check out what the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.  We hope you can play along with the challenge this week.

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

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Anniversary Card for Freshly Made Sketches #174

This is the second card I made with the current Freshly Made Sketch.  Friends of mine just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and I graced them with this card:


     Artfully Sent Cartridge--Congrats written with Cricut Explore
     Art Philosophy cartridge--circle and scalloped circle
     White Daisy CS
     Black CS
     Metallic Gold CS (retired)
     
Other products:
     Gold cricut pen
     Black cricut pen
     Circle Interlock embossing folder by Darice
     Shimmer Silver CS by Recollections

Here is the Freshly Made Sketch I followed:

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

Masculine Birthday Card for Freshly Made Sketch #174 and Seize the Birthday

Freshly Made Sketches has another great sketch to work with!  I needed a masculine birthday card so I used some masculine colors and patterned paper to create this card:


Close to my Heart products used:
     Whisper CS
     White Daisy CS
     Art Philosophy cartridge to cut frame
     New England Ivy CS
     Victory paper (retired)
      You Mean the World to Me stamp
      New England Ivy ink
      3D Foam Tape

Here is the wonderful sketch I followed:
     

I'm also entering this card into the Seize the Birthday challenge to use hearts or arrows.

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

Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday Mashup #197 Farm Animal and/or Bling

In honor of Chinese New Year the Friday Mashup is challenging its readers to make a card with a "farm animal" or "bling" or mash it up and include both!

This is my second week as February Guest Designer and this one really challenged me! Since I don't have any farm animal stamps my card features a digital stamp from Doodle Pantry called Little Critters.  I chose a goat because it is the "Year of the Goat".


Close to My Heart products used:
     Art Philosophy cut scalloped circle
     Heartstrings paper
     Jubilee paper (retired)
     Saddle CS
     White Daisy CS
     Versamark Ink
     Polysparkle Tinsel embossing powder (retired)
     Black Glossy Metallic paper (retired)
     Gold Glossy Metallic paper (retired)

Other products:
     Little Critters digital stamp by Doodle Pantry
     2015 Year of the goat emblem from Google clip art images
     tiny wiggle eyes
     Computer font for Happy Chinese New Year

Here is the humorous Friday Mashup graphic--click on it to get to the blog.


We hope you can join us in this challenge!

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
    Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog--use a stamp or digital stamp
    
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Little Note for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #94

I'm excited to tell you that I've joined the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Design Team!  This is a wonderful challenge blog that I've played along with frequently and I hope you will play along with us also. Here is my first Design Team submission:


I added one more thing to this card--can you spot it?  After I finished the card I realized that I had some Aqua Dots that I put on top of the Gold Sequins.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Pacifica CS
     Lagoon CS
     White Daisy CS
     Dots Embossing Folder
     A Little Note stamp
     Holiday Tags
     Pacifica Ink
     Lagoon Ink
     Topiary Ink
     Shin Han Touch markers--Golden Yellow, Marigold and Vivid Green
     Gold Sequins
     Aqua Dots

Other products
     Ticket punch by SU

Here is the easy to use Atlantic Hearts Sketch #94 for you to follow:

Please stop and check out the fabulous projects by the Design Team.  We hope to see you in our gallery soon.

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


Monday, February 9, 2015

Arftully Sent Congratulations Card for Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome back to another Joyful Stars blog hop!  If you are coming from Stephanie Huber's blog, you are on the right track.



It was so much fun using my Cricut Explore to design this card.  I started with the Sentiment Shift card with three daisies on page 33 and adapted it to suit my taste.


Close to My Heart products used:
      Artfully Sent cartridge
      Thistle CS
      White Daisy CS
      Silver Metallic marker
      Silver Shimmer Trim

Other products:
      Cricut purple pen
      Lavender pearls by Want 2 Scrap
      Crayola Purple Metallic marker (to color in outlined letters)

If you are a Cricut Explore user--here is the cut file.

Now, head on over to Nancy Brown's blog.  If you get lost along the way you can check out Joyce's blog for the complete list.

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

      

Hello Sunday Stamps Sketch Challenge!

After spending 1.5 years as a Sunday Stamps Design Team member I'm back as a regular participant. The sketch really appealed to me--great job on it DT!


Close to My Heart products used:
     Hopscotch paper
     Cotton Candy CS
     This Moment stamp set (retired January 2015 stamp of the month)
     Vellum (retired)
     Black Ink
     Polysparkle Tinsel embossing powder (retired)
     Pink Glitter Glitz (retired)

Other products:
     Laser Tape (from Dollar Tree)
     

Here is what my card looked like before the Pink Glitter Glitz was applied:


Here is the Sunday Stamps Sketch that I followed:


The deadline for entering this challenge is Friday evening 6 PM ET.  What will you create with this great sketch?

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper--Anything Goes
     Crafting From the Heart--Anything Goes
     

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

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Freshly Made Valentine Card with Less is More Color Scheme

There's another great sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week and I just had to play along!


Close to My Heart produts used:
     Art Philosophy cartridge to cut hearts
     White Daisy CS
     Watermelon Ink (retired)
     Mad About You stamp set (retired)

Other products:
     Animal Prints CS by Recollections
     Silver and Gold CS by Recollections
     Twine by American Crafts

Here is the Freshly Made Sketch that inspired me:

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
   Cards in  Envy--2 or more hearts
   Less is More--pink and grey
   Pile it on--use a bow

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

Friday, February 6, 2015

Color Dare #128--Cranberry, Flaxen, Black, White Daisyand Kraft

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge post.  The Close to My Heart colors we are featuring this week are pictured here:


These are the only 5 colors allowed for the challenge although if you do not have these exact CTMH colors you may substitute similar colors.

My card features a new stamp set found in the Seasonal Expressions catalog called "A Bunch of Thanks".  I used Freshly Made Sketch #42 as my card layout.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Kraft CS
     Cranberry CS
     Black CS
     White Daisy CS
     Flaxen CS
      Cranberry Ink
      Flaxen Ink
      Bunch of Thanks stamp set

This was my first card which I forgot to include black:


I really like how the black makes the focal panel "pop"!

Now it's your turn to create with these 5 colors.  We look forward to seeing what you create. Please use a direct link to share your creations with us here.

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

p.s. If you haven't seen my blog candy giveaway post from last week go there NOW as the deadline to enter is midnight, February 6.



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