Monday, April 16, 2018

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #324--Ribbons and Bows

Welcome back to another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog post!  This fortnight we are inviting you to share something you've made with your Cricut Machine with the theme of "Ribbons and Bows".  I found a lovely image on the Anna's Ribbons and Bows cartridge and paired it with a bow from Close to My Heart Artbooking cartridge.


Products used:
     Anna's Ribbons and Bows cartridge
     Close to My Heart Artbooking cartridge
     Sapphire card stock
     Sky card stock (retired CTMH)
     Dreamin' patterned paper (retired CTMH)
     Silver Foil paper
     White Daisy card stock
     Thoughtful Bird stamp
      Silver Delicata ink




Challenge #324-Ribbons and Bows
Make a project using ribbons, bows, or twine. But there has to be a least one cut from the Cricut Library!



And the prize is-

A $10 coupon code for anything in the store!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.



If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

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

Friday, April 13, 2018

Color Dare #288--Lagoon, Peacock, Mink and Silver

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog post!  This week we are inviting you to combine the following Close to My Heart colors:  Lagoon, Peacock, Mink and Silver.  White Daisy is also allowed but Black is not this week.  Of course, if you don't have these exclusive CTMH colors yet you may substitute similar colors but you may not add additional colors.  We hope you can join us for this challenge which lasts for two weeks.

This card was made for a friend who has been out of work for quite awhile due to a surgery.  I hope it brightens her day!



Close to My Heart products used:
     Peacock CS
     Adventure Fundamentals Paper--ombre Lagoon 
     Basics Fundamentals Paper--dotted Mink
     Silver Metallic CS
     Lagoon CS
     Make Waves Cardmaking Stamp Set and Thin Cut
     Peacock Ink
     Itty Bitty Sparkle--eye

Here is another view taken from a different angle so you can see how shiny that Silver  Metallic card stock is!  (sometimes it looks black).



Here is the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge graphic.  Just click on it to get to see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you with these colors.


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My card layout was inspired by this wonderful Tuesday Morning Sketch:




I'm also submitting this card to the following challenges:
     Crafting from the Heart--Anything Goes
     Heart 2 Heart--Out of this World (whales live in                 the ocean which is not my world!)
     Creative Knockouts--Lots of Layers

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



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Gimme Sugar Birthday Card

My youngest sister is celebrating a birthday on Friday the 13th and I'm sending her this lovely card made with Close to My Heart Gimme Sugar paper and Sunny Thoughts stamp set (March Stamp of the Month--now retired).



The hearts were die cut with CTMH Hearts Thin Cut Dies and then dipped in Versamark Ink and then embossed with Polysparkle Tinsel Embossing Powder (retired CTMH) to give it some sparkle.  The greeting was stamped in Raspberry Pigment Ink and also embossed with Polysparkle Tinsel Embossing Powder.  The gingham strip is from the Gimme Sugar paper pack also.

The inspiration for my card layout came from Case This Sketch #266:



I made a second card with the same materials but rotated it.


Which card do you like better?

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Bitten by the Bug--Spring Anything Goes
     Always Happy Birthday--Optional Balloons
     Just Us Girls--Word Prompt:  Bold (colors)
     Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper--Anything Goes
     Heart 2 Heart--Birthday Bash
     Always Fun Challenges #53--Anything Goes


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

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #259 With Brushos and Twinkling H2O Paints

The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week gives you a choice of country maps to feature in your project.  My card was made with my California sister in mind and I may actually send it to her!  I printed the greeting with my laser printer and used my Minc machine to apply gold foil to it.


The background panel was created with Ultramarine and Turquoise Brusho crystals.  The United States map was black embossed and then painted with Twinkling H2O paints (Razzleberry, Tanzanite and Blue Zircon) which have a wonderful shimmer to them which didn't photograph well.  The map panel is framed with Gold Metallic Foil and I drew a line on the map with a Gold Metallic Marker.

Here are some of the Atlantic Hearts Sketches that you can try this week:

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If you would like to substitute your country map in a similar sketch it would be perfectly fine.  We would love to see what you can do!  Our challenge runs until Monday night, April 15th.  Check out what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you here.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Addicted to Stamps and More--Make Your Mark
     Always Fun Challenges--Anything Goes
     Get Creative Challenges--No Patterned Paper
     Happy Little Stampers--Watercolors

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

:) Marie

Here's another view of my card--maybe you can find some of the shimmery goodness on the focal panel.


Monday, April 9, 2018

You Are Here Birthday Camper for April 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 Debi Brile's blog you are on the right track. (The complete lineup is on Joyce's blog in case you get lost.) Have fun being inspired!  



A friend of mine said she was going to surprise her friend celebrating a big birthday.  She told me that she liked camping and daisies so I combined those ideas to create this card.  The camper is from the latest Close to My Heart cartridge called You Are Here.  The trees are Peacock and Juniper, the camper is White Daisy, Glacier and Sapphire, the ground is Kraft and the sky is Sky (retired CTMH).  The tiny daisy stamp is from Adorable stamp set (retired CTMH) and the Birthday sentiment is from Belated Birthday (also retired CTMH).  I used Peacock ink on the birthday greeting and Memento Black ink on the daisies.  The daisy centers were colored in with a Golden Yellow Shin Han Touch marker.  The camper was popped up with 3D Foam Tape.

  
Now head on over to Andrea Sherman's blog.  I'm sure you'll be inspired by her project! 


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     HeARTful Stamping--Anything Goes plus a stamp (daisy)
     A Gem of a Challenge--Female Birthday with  a Sentiment
     Challenge Up Your Life--#88 Vehicles
     Fussy and Fancy Challenge--#209 Add a Sentiment
     Simply Create Too--#137  Use Die Cuts
     Heart 2 Heart--Birthday Bash
         Seize the Birthday--Optional Birds
     Always Fun Challenges #53--Anything Goes


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

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Color Dare #285--Blossom, Bashful and Silver Option

This week's Color My Heart Color Dare challenge features the Close to My Heart colors Blossom and Bashful with an option of Silver.  Feel free to add White Daisy and Black but please don't add any new colors.  Of course if you don't have these CTMH colors yet you may substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun.

What fun it was to play with Silver Metallic Foil!  Although it looks like black in this first photo it is very shiny and pretty.  The teapot is from the Flower Market cricut cartridge and the heart border die is from Close to My Heart.  There are two heart border dies in this set and I used the cutout hearts as accents above the teapot.  My card layout was inspired by a sketch in Make it From Your Heart Volume 4. The background paper is from Adventure Paper Fundamentals over Blossom card stock.  The teapot base and accent strip are Bashful card stock. I deliberately left a sentiment off this card to save for a later date.


Here is another view so you can see how shiny the bottom heart border is.  The outline of the teapot is also Silver Metallic but just didn't photograph well.


Just click on the Color Dare graphic below to get to see what the rest of the fabulous Design Team has to inspire you.

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Our challenge lasts for 2 weeks so you have plenty of time to create and share with us.  We select a random winner from all entries each month to share a prize with.

I'm also sharing this card with the following challenges:
     Through the Craft Room Door--Anything Goes
     A Bit More Time to Craft--Anything Goes
     
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week filled with fun and creativity!
:) Marie

p.s. If you like what you see on my blog please consider "following" me by email or in your blog roll so you don't miss out on any of my fabulous card making ideas. You can sign up on the right sidebar.

     

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Foiled Bugaboo Bug Jar Thank You Card

Last Friday's Freebie over at Bugaboo stamps is a delightful image called "Bug Jar".  I decided to pair it with the Bugaboo sketch also.  Since it is a digital image and I printed it with a Laser printer I was able to use my Minc Machine to foil the image and then colored it in with Prismacolor pencils.


Here is a photo taken from a different angle so you can see how shiny teal the image really is.


     Adventure Fundamentals patterned paper
     Emerald CS
     Buttercup CS (retired)
     Gold Metallic CS
     3D Foam Tape
     
Other products:
     Martha Stewart punch
     Crafters' Companion Thank You Die
     Green Glitter Marker by Nuvo
     Butterfly image cut from Gypsy Wanderings Cricut

Here is the Stella Says Sketch #607 that inspired my card layout:



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
     Addicted to Stamps and More--Anything Goes
     Make My Monday--Things With Wings
     Use Your Stuff--Easter or Spring
     Addicted to Stamps--Thank You
     Catch the Bug--Anything Goes

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


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