Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy As A Bee Meets Paper Players Sketch #237

There is a new Seasonal Expressions catalog from Close to My Heart debuting next week which I couldn't wait to use with some retired CTMH paper called Buzz and Bumble.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Buzz and Bumble paper (retired)
     Autumn Terracotta CS
     Champagne CS
     Happy Everything stamp set--available April 1
     Perfect Fit Birthday set
     Cocoa Ink
     New England Ivy ink
     Gold Shimmer Trim
     Copper Shimmer Trim
     Brown and Tan Glitter paper
      3D Foam tape
     Shin Han Touch Golden Yellow marker

Here is the Paper Players card sketch that inspired me:


I'm also entering this card into the Seize the Birthday Anything Goes theme challenge.

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

Monday, March 23, 2015

Celebrating Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #100--Blog Candy Alert!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge has posted it's 100th sketch challenge!  I'm going to be giving away a Close To My Heart stamp to one lucky US reader in celebration of this event so be sure to scroll down to the end of this post for more information.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team has posted as many of them will be offering prizes also.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Art Philosophy cartridge for frame cuts
     White Daisy CS
     Canary CS
     Paper Bird stamp set (Hostess reward set available April 1)
     Season of Thanks
     Thistle Ink
     Black Ink
     Moonstruck CS (retired)
     Moonstruck Ink (retired)
     Just Blooms flower sponged with Thistle Ink (retired)
     3D Foam Tape
    
Other products
     Lavender pearls by Want 2 Scrap
     Tiny wiggle eye

Are you wondering how I was able to perfectly line up the purple bamboo image?  It was with a cool new tool I found called the MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented).  The manufacturer is My Sweet Petunia and you can find lots of You Tube videos on it's use.  I love using it!

The theme of this week's Bitten by the Bug challenge is "Frame it" so I'm also entering my card into their challenge.

Here is the fabulous 100th sketch by Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge:


You have until Sunday evening to join us with your direct link.  We hope you have fun with this sketch AND enter it in our challenge.

On to the Blog Candy notice:

Can you believe it; we have reached Sketch 100! Everyone at Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge is so excited to celebrate this milestone with all of our followers and participants.
To celebrate Sketch 100 we will be giving our some blog candy and all you have to do is visit our fabulous design team members blogs and leave a comment on their design for Sketch 100 and you are entered.
 We will be drawing several names at random from the comments. To increase your chances of winning, leave comments for all of the design team members!  And to be fair, you can only win 1 time!  Please invite your friends and family to join the fun!

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

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Simple Shamrock Card for Bitten by the Bug

Many thanks to Melanie Brown of Courtney Lane Designs for sharing the Design Space cut file for this card.  I changed the color scheme, eliminated the stitching and added some edge distressing.  I'm entering it into the Bitten by the Bug Luck of the Irish challenge.



Close to My Heart products used:
     Artfullly Sent cartridge 
     White Daisy CS
     Kentucy Green CS (retired)
     Pear CS
     Gold Metallic paper (retired)
     Edge Distresser

Other
     Gold edged ribbon

Here is a link to Melanie's card.

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

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Always Lucky Plate for Bitten by the Bug

We celebrated St. Patrick's Day earlier this week and I made this plate (filled with yummy brownies) as a hostess gift for our friends who hosted the party.


The font for the gold greeting is from Art Philosophy and the shamrocks also came from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I just love how easy it was to do this with Design Space and Cricut Explore.  The vinyl is Oracal 631.  

I'm entering this into the Bitten by the Bug Luck of the Irish challenge.

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



It's Hard Being Green--Use Your Stash Blog Hop

Welcome to another Use Your Stash Blog Hop!  If you are coming from Darlene's blog you are on the right track.  Didn't you just love her green project?  You'll see who is next on this tour at the end of this post.

Would you believe that the paper on my green card is more than 15 years old?  It is Clover Meadow 12"x 12" Background and Texture paper from Close to My Heart and long ago retired.  I couldn't decide which pattern to use so I chose four of them!


The banner was stamped in Pacifica Ink and the greeting was stamped in Clover Meadow Ink and colored in with a Clover Meadow marker.  (The gold holographic tape was purchased in a Dollar Tree and is pictured here.)

Please go on to be inspired by the talented Cassandra Bennett's blog post.  If you get lost along the way you can stop at Teresa Morrow's blog for the complete list.

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

Friday, March 20, 2015

Stay Lucky Card for Retrosketch #156 and Sweet Stamps #213

If you are looking for the Color My Heart Color Dare #134 card please go here.

I loved this Retrosketch sketch and lucky for me the deadline was extended another week!  The theme for Sweet Stamps challenge this week is "Luck" so I'm linking up with this challenge also.


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
      Kentucky Green CS (retired)
      Gold Shimmer Trim
      Doodled Designs stamp
      Year Round Cheer stamp (retired)
      Stoneware Texture stamp (retired)
      Topiary Ink
      Golden Ember ink (retired)
      3D Foam Tape
      Gold Brads (retired)

Other products:
      Shamrock brads (Oriental Trading Co.)

Here is the Retrosketch #156 sketch I followed:

    

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

Sneak Peek for Color Dare #134

Welcome to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge post.  This week we are inviting you to play along and use the following Close to My Heart colors:  Cotton Candy, Lagoon, Olive along with Black and White Daisy.  (If you don't have these CTMH colors yet you may substitute similar colors so don't let that stop you from joining in on the fun!)

My card features a soon to be released Hostess Rewards stamp called "Exotic Flower".  It is from the second Seasonal Expressions catalog which will be available April 1 through August 30 2015.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Cotton Candy CS
     Black CS
     White Daisy CS
     Exotic Flower stamp
     Happy to Be You (from Seasonal Expressions 1)
     Black Ink
     Cotton Candy Ink
     Lagoon Ink
     Olive Ink
     Sponge Daubers

Other products:
      White Opal Liquid Pearls

I must admit that I was not thrilled about combining Olive with Lagoon and Cotton Candy but I really like how this card came out. 

So now it's your turn to take the Color Dare challenge--the challenge is open until Thursday, March 26 at 9PM CT.  Link up your blog post here.

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



Monday, March 9, 2015

Nautical Birthday Card with Atlantic Hearts Sketch #98

Welcome back to another Joyful Stars Blog Hop!  We are a group of eleven Close To My Heart consultants who are sharing products currently available in the Annual Inspirations or Seasonal Expressions catalogs.  We hope to inspire you to create something just for the fun of it.  If you are coming from
Joyce's blog you are on the right track.



This month I was able to combine a couple of challenges with this card that I made for my son who is serving in the US Navy.  This card is 5" x 6.5" to accomodate the size of the sailboat.


Close to My Heart products used:
     White Daisy CS
     Seaside Paper 
     Pacifica CS
     Seaside Greetings stamp set
     Pacific Ink (2nd generation for the sailboat, but 1st generation for greeting)

Other products:
     Border punch by Fiskars     

Here is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch that was the inspiration for my card layout:


This was a really fun sketch to work with.  If you feel inspired to follow the sketch you can link up your creation here.

Other card challenge entries:
     Cardz 4 Guys--sailing theme
     Seize the Birthday

Now it's on to the next stop of the Joyful Stars blog hop. (If you get lost on the blog hop please go back to Joyce's blog for the complete list.)  Please go visit Nancy Brown's blog.  I'm sure she'll have something delightful to share with you.

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




     






Sunday, March 8, 2015

Feel Better Soon for Nacho Average Challenges #131

I've been playing with my paper stash lately and made this card for a sick aunt using the Nacho Average Challenge sketch #131.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Orchid Bouquet CS (retired)
     Dutch Blue Fleurs des Jardines  (retired)
     Moonstruck Ink  (retired)
     Say it in Style message stamp  (retired)
     Your Own Kind of Wonderful butterfly stamp
     Harvest Bouquet Kaleidacolor Ink  (retired)
     Blue Sparkles  (retired)
     Rub and Remove Eraser

The "smudged" effect on the words was made by using the Rub and Remove Eraser over the inked
greeting.

Here is the Nacho Average Challenge Sketch #131 that I followed:


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




More Mojo Monday #387

One of the Facebook Cricut groups I subscribe to put a call out for cards to help an elderly developmentally challenged man celebrate a milestone birthday.  Since I love making cards I took the challenge.


Close to My Heart products used:
      Confetti patterned paper (retired)
      Tulip CS (retired)
      Star Spangled Blue CS (retired)
      Artbooking cricut cartridge (to cut circle, scalloped circle and numbers and Argyle border)
      Perfect Fit--Birthday stamp
      Tulip Ink (retired)
      3D Foam Tape

Other products
     Holographic paper--source unknown

Do you recognize this card layout?  It is the same as in my previous post--Mojo Monday #387
Don't you love how the same sketch layout can produce such different results?


I'm also entering this card into the Seize the Birthday--Masculine Challenge

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

Remember Roxie?

Roxie paper was one of my favorites from Close to My Heart a couple of years ago so I took it out to make a special birthday card for my beautiful 18 year old niece.


Close to My Heart products used:
     Roxie paper (retired)
     Artbooking cartridge (doily and letters)
     Brown and Tan Glitter paper
     Opaque Pearl Adhesive Gems
     Sorbet Ink (to color the flower)

Other products:
      Silver Shimmer paper by Recollections
      Flower by Prima

The inspiration to make this card came from Mojo Monday #387:


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

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



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