Friday, February 12, 2016

Sharing the Love for Color Dare #180

It's a special challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare this week!  We are joining up with Heart 2 Heart challenges and having some prize giveaways for those who enter both challenges.  We are looking forward to seeing what you can do with the color challenge AND Share the Love theme challenge.  Color Dare #180 challenges you to use Black, White Daisy and any 1, 2 or 3 of the following CTMH reds:  Ruby, Pomegranate, Cranberry.


My card features the Share the Love stamp set and Enchantment Paper Fundamentals.


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Black CS
     Share the Love stamp set
     Enchantment Paper Fundamentals Paper (Ruby)
     Ruby Ink
     Heart Dust stamp--old "woody" from the early 1990's--one of the first DOTS               (formerly what CTMH was called) stamps I ever purchased!


The inspiration for my card design came from Can You Case It #106:

CYCI#106

Now head on over to the Color My Heart Color Dare blog and Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog to get your creative juices flowing!

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

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Foiled Hearts for Numerous Challenges

This card is very similar to the one I posted yesterday.  The stamps are the same but I swapped out the glitter hearts and La Vie En Rose paper for foiled paper pieces.

Close to My Heart products used:
     For Family stamps
     Beloved Bouquet stamps
     White Daisy CS
     Black CS
     Ruby Ink

Other products:
     Printed Toner paper by Minc.
     Rose Gold Heat Reactive Foil by Minc.
     Hearts cut from free heart shapes in Cricut Design Space

Details for my previous card are here:


I would love to know which card you like better.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
     The House That Stamps Built--Use Some Hearts
     Cards in Envy--From the Heart
     Crafty Boots Challenges--Love is in the Air
     Crafty Cardmakers--Love, Love, Love
     Get Creative Challenges--Must Use Hearts
     Love to Scrap--Have a Heart
     The Paper Girls--Love
     Crafting When We Can--Add Hearts

Where did I find all these challenges?  At Paper Playful!

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



Tuesday, February 9, 2016

For Family Valentine for Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome back to another Joyful Stars Blog Hop!  We are a group of Close to My Heart consultants who share something each month on the 9th and at 9PM EST.  If you are coming from Betty Locco's blog you are on the right track.  (If you get "lost" along the way visit Joyce's blog for the complete lineup.)  Have fun being inspired! 



 

Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     LaVie En Rose paper
     Black CS
     For Family stamp set
     Beloved Bouquet stamp set
     Ruby Ink

Other products
     Red Glitter paper by DCVW (purchased before CTMH had red glitter                  paper)


I'm also entering this card into Cards In Envy "From the Heart" challenge.



The next stop on the blog hop is Crystal Davis' blog.  I'm sure you'll be inspired by what she shares.

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

P.S.  If you like Close to My Heart products and you like to challenge yourself I invite you to check out the Color My Heart Color Dare blog.  We award blog badges to our weekly winners and have a monthly prize drawing for a randomly drawn entry so the more often you play the more chances you have to win a donated prize from a CTMH consultant.




Saturday, February 6, 2016

Share the Love Blog Hop

Welcome to the Share the Love Blog Hop!  We are featuring this month's Constant Campaign promotion called "Share the Love". ($7 from each stamp set purchase will be donated to benefit Operation Smile).   This special set has 13 stamps.   If you have come here from Michelle Jones' Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html



This month we have 27 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's special promotion and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!




My card follows the current Mojo Monday sketch:



    White Daisy CS
    Black CS
    Enchantment Fundamentals
    Zoe paper
    Share the Love stamps
    Peacock CS
    Peacock Ink
    Ranger Silver Embossing Powder
    Versamark Ink
    Liquid Glass
    Sponge Dauber

Now "Hop" on over to Jeanie Burch's blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the Share the Love special stamp set is only available until February 29!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set.

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


Friday, February 5, 2016

Charlotte Colors for Color Dare #179

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge post!  This week we are challenging you to use just the following colors: Champagne, Slate, Whisper, Sorbet, Black and White Daisy--all of these colors can be found in the current Charlotte paper pack.


The flowers from my card were fussy cut from the Charlotte patterned paper and then Liquid Glass was applied to the flower centers and black leaves.  This card was made for a male friend of mine who is undergoing radiation treatment and I'm hoping it will brighten his day.


Here is  a side view to show off the glossy effects from the Liquid Glass:


You may recognize this as the current Atlantic Hearts Sketch #145:


     Champagne CS
     Slate CS
     Charlotte Paper
     Sorbet CS
     Black CS
     Memento Black Ink
     Kiss it Better stamp
     3D Foam Tape
     Liquid Glass

Please head on over to the Color My Heart Color Dare blog and check out what our fabulous Design Team has to share.  It always amazes me how we start out with the same color palette yet we each interpret it so differently!  We look forward to seeing what you can do with these colors also so please plan on posting your project in our gallery here.

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

Monday, February 1, 2016

Balloon Animals February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring February's SOTM, which is Balloon Animals, a set of 13 stamps.  If you have come here from Jen Rubio's blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html


This month we have 40 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

My project this month features a technique called "Four Way Card" which was featured in Splitcoast Stampers Tutorial last week.  Dina Kowal shared instructions for it using dies but I used an oval in Design Space.  (You can find my cut file here).  The focal elements spins between layers of the card.



     Kaleidacolor paper
     Balloon Animals stamp set
     Teal Glitter paper
     Purple Shimmer Trim
     Chocolate Ink
     Memento Black Ink
     My Legacy Writer pen

Now "Hop" on over to Donna Digby's blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the February SOTM is only available until February 29!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

I'm also entering this card into the Friday Mashup challenge to feature a Monkey or Zoo Animal with an option of a Fancy Fold.

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



Fantabulous Cricut #269 Meets What if Wednesday Sketch J2716

Welcome back to another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge post.  The theme for our challenge this week (#269) is to make a project with a Valentine's Theme.  My card uses a decorative label cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge and a banner cut from the Artiste cartridge.  I used Design Space for cutting these elements.
Here is a side view so you can see the beautiful foil heart on the top layer.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Hollyhock CS
     La Vie En Rose paper
     Black CS
     White Daisy CS
     Ruby CS
     Art Philosophy cartridge
     Artiste Cartridge
     Artfully Sent Cartridge Collection stamp
     Black Ink
     3D Foam Tape
     Opaque Adhesive Gems

Other products:
     Toner paper by Heidi Swapp
     Light Pink Reactive foil by Heidi Swapp
     Minc machine

Here is a link to my Design Space file so you can recreate this card if you wish.

My card was inspired by this fabulous sketch by the House That Stamps Built:

image


Now head on over to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog to check out what the fabulous Design Team has to share with you.  We would love for you to join in this challenge.  There is a prize being sponsored by D.L. Art you could win.

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

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #144 Meets Cardz4Guys #104

This card is for a good friend of mine who is undergoing 30 days of radiation treatments.  My goal is to send him a card a week and this is card #2.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Kraft CS
     Zoe paper
     Gold Metallic Marker--to make dots inside the circles, color the wood bird
         and color some gold leaves in tree)
     Keep Your Chin Up stamps
     Chocolate Ink
     Versamark Ink
     Clear Embossing powder
     3D Foam Tape
     Buttercup spiral clip (retired)
     Wood Trinkets (retired)

Here is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch #144 that inspired me to make this card:


I was also influenced to make this card by the Spots and or Stripes challenge over at Cardz 4 Guys.

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

p.s. There is a new color challenge over at Color My Heart Color Dare:


Challenge ends on Thursday evening, February 4 at 9PM CST.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Artbooking Overlay for Color Dare #178--Thistle, Pixie, Glacier and White Daisy

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge post!  We have another beautiful color combination for you to work with this week.  My challenge was to combine all and only these 4 colors:  Thistle, Pixie, Glacier and White Daisy.  (If you don't have these fabulous Close to My Heart colors yet you can substitute similar colors so you can still play along).


Although I usually like to follow a card sketch (and enter it into a challenge) I decided to be inspired by my own creative impulses with this card.



My background panel was created by stacking the three featured colors on top of each other and slicing them on my paper cutter.  (I have 2 remaining panels for future card making).  The arrow overlay is from the CTMH Artbooking.  The sentiment stamp is from Holiday Tags.  The circles are layered with 3D Foam Tape.

     White Daisy CS
     Glacier CS
     Thistle CS
     Pixie CS
     Artbooking Cartridge
     Glacier Ink
     3D Foam Tape

Please check out what the rest of the awesome Design Team has to inspire you with this challenge here.  We hope you will find the time to create something and share it with us on the Color Dare blog or on our Facebook page. (As always if you don't have the exact colors you may substitute something similar.)

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



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sapphire and Glacier Thinking of You card for Mojo Monday #432

This card was made with the "negative" piece leftover from my last card here.  I don't like to throw any scrappy leftovers away so I found a sketch from Mojo Monday #432 to use this piece with.  The sketch was rotated to fit my leftover piece.


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Sapphire CS
     Glacier CS
     Enchantment Fundamentals (banner on left and reverse side of it is on right)
     Balloon Ride paper (middle banner)
     Brushstrokes stamp
     Glacier Ink
     Maritime Puffies

Other products:
     Ticket punch by SU
     Paper Lace 2 cartridge

Here is the Mojo Monday sketch I used (rotated 90 degrees)


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




Monday, January 25, 2016

Sunday Stamps #118 Meets Just Us Girls #327 and Inkspirational Challenges

The excessive snow this past weekend enabled me to explore several card challenges I probably wouldn't have had time to pursue.  My son is in the Navy and deployed right now so he will be receiving this card at some point.  My card combines elements from the following challenges: Sunday Stamps sketch #118, Just Us Girls #327 include an anchor challenge and Inkspirational Challenge to use a previous color scheme--#10 Shades of Green for me.


Here is a closeup of the anchor cut out of CTMH Sapphire paper and then embossed with Polysparkle Clear embossing powder to give it a sparkle.


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Peacock CS
     Glacier CS
     Sapphire CS
     Artistry cartridge (Anchor cut and frame)
     Scalloped embossing folder
     3D Foam Tape
     Polysparkle Clear embossing powder (retired)

Other products:
     Paper Lace 2 cartridge (Thinking of you cut)

Here are the linked challenge graphics in case you want to join in the fun too!:




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

p.s.  If you are looking for a fun color challenge check out this one from Color My Heart Color Dare:



Challenge ends Thursday, January 28 at 9 PM CST (10 PM EST)


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Freshly Made Sketch #220 with For Family Stamp Set

I was snowed in yesterday and got to spend some extra time in my craft room making cards.  The following two cards were made for a friend whose twin grand daughters are celebrating birthdays next weekend.



Which card do you like better?

Freshly Made Sketches #220 was my inspiration for the card design:


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
      Topiary CS
      Thistle CS
      Topiary Ink
      Thistle Ink
      Honey Ink
      For Family sentiments stamps
      Happy to Be Friends floral stamps

The current challenge at Seize the Birthday is "Clean and Simple" so I'm entering this card into that challenge also.

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

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Beloved Bouquet for Case This Sketch #156 and Inkspirational Challenges #100

My favorite new stamp set has to be Beloved Bouquet (Close to My Heart January 2016 Stamp of the Month) and I just can't stop using it!  Today's lovely card uses the Baby's Breath stamp in "shades of green" for the Inkspirational Challenge #100 called "Blast from the Past".


     White Daisy CS
     Peacock CS
     Fern CS
     Beloved Bouquet stamp
     Balloon Animals (February stamp of the month) frame
     Just a Number (birthday stamp--retired)
     Peacock Ink
     Fern Ink
     3D Foam Tape

My inspiration for the card layout came from Case This Sketch #156:


Since it is a birthday card I am also linking this to the Seize the Birthday Clean and Simple challenge.

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

p.s.  If you are looking for a great color challenge this week check out Color My Heart Color Dare.  

    

Friday, January 22, 2016

Beloved Bouquet Meets Color Dare #177

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge post!  I'm really excited to share this particular color combination with you as it really appeals to me.  We are challenging you to create a project with just these four fabulous Close to My Heart colors:  White Daisy, Whisper, Peacock, and Crystal Blue.


(If you don't have these Close to My Heart colors you can substitute something similar so you can still play along!)

My card features the January Stamp of the Month Beloved Bouquet which I really love!


The card layout is from Tuesday Morning Sketches #335:


     White Daisy CS
     Peacock CS
     Crystal Blue CS
     Beloved Bouquet stamps
     Peacock Ink
     Crystal Blue Ink
     Artbooking cartridge--decorative circle
     Artistry cartridge--scalloped border
     
Here is the Design Space file if you want to recreate this card.

Please check out what the rest of the awesome Design Team has to inspire you with this challenge here.  We hope you will find the time to create something and share it with us on the Color Dare blog or on our Facebook page.  If you don't have the exact colors you may use something similar.

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

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Use Your Stash "Patterned Paper" Blog Hop

It's time for our monthly Use Your Stash Blog Hop where we share what we've made using older product.  The theme for this month is "Patterned Paper Addict" and it was hard for me to choose what lovely paper I wanted to use.  If you are coming from Casandra Bennett's blog you are on the right track.  (If you get "lost" along the way you can check Wendy Kessler's blog for a list of all the participants).

My cards feature the beautiful "Brushed" paper pack which was retired last year. I combined it with some older "Tulip" red cardstock, Black cardstock, red or black shimmer trim and some new stamps that I really love called "Stamps of Approval" which is available in the new CTMH Seasonal Expressions catalog.  I made a group of cards to keep available to use or perhaps give as a gift to someone else.  I used Design Space to create the scalloped borders. The label mats were cut using the Artistry cartridge.


Which card do you like the best?
Card #1:
  

Card #2: 


Card #3:


Card #4:  


Card #5:  

Card #6:

Now head on over to Sheila Bennett's blog to see what she has to share with you.

Stop by the Color My Heart Color Dare blog on Friday morning to see the wonderful new color combination challenge.

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







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