It’s Getting Spooky!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for. I think it’s because my mom was so into it. She would dress up as a witch and greet the trick or treaters…she even scared my little brother one year.

I spent about an hour on Sunday afternoon in my Craft Coop playing with some scraps of Cats & Bats. Those papers aren’t going to use themselves afterall!

Both of these patterns come from the latest Make It From Your Heart Volume. I wanted the one on the left to look like a big moon was behind the cat. I actually stamped the cat in Pebble Ink on the Light Side of Pebble CS.

The card on the right was made in honor of my friend Debi G. (rumor has it she saves all my cards) and this is her favorite card pattern. I thought all the spiderwebs looked lonely without a little spider hanging amidst the banners.

I’m going to defer from cards for a minute and tell you about my friend…Debi and I met through Close to My Heart and she is probably the one that knows my soul inside and out. Whether I’m feeling blue, crazy with anger or just need someone to share a laugh with, Debi is my go-to-gal! The funny thing is when I met Debi (at convention in Dallas) I did not think that she liked me – I was an outsider to her circle…little did she know I would work my way right in that little bitty crack on the stitch line.

I wanted to tell you about Debi because I wanted to share a bit about how CTMH has brought so many amazing people into my life. During the month of August you can join my Close to My Heart team for just $35 AND get $35 in YOUR CHOICE of product. I’d love to chat with you a little more about this fantastic opportunity. Please message me if you are interested.

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Double Trouble #36

There is no better way to start a Monday than with a little trouble – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is!

Our challenge for the next two weeks (8/19-9/1) is round with the fun twist of adding anything to do with school, you can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to our Challenge Partner The Joy of Sets. You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge blog

I chose the vertical first row in the Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe board – Yellow, Square & Plaid. My card is a 4.25 square – I layered a stitched square with a yellow & white checked B&T. I have had the Crafting Shapes thin cuts for some time, but not had the chance to use them until now. I had fun layering the shapes that I thought you’d find on a teachers desk on a large circle. I used the ruler where I would normally use some ribbon. I thought my sentiment would be perfect, because who hasn’t asked “is it the weekend yet?”

Don’t forget to link up and join the fun…everyone needs a little Double Trouble in their life!

Cats & Bats Oh My!

I want you to follow this link to the clearance section of my shopping site https://papercraftingprincess.closetomyheart.com/Retail/Products.aspx?CatalogID=159 and then come back and look at this post!

Did you find the Halloween Clearance? Can you believe paper packets for just $5?

I love the Cats & Bats paper…I still had some in my stash so I got it out along with the matching stamps & thin cuts (I told one of my friends that it’s a good thing I hold onto everything!) to make this card. I like how the sentiment is stamped right on the B&T paper and doesn’t go in the typical direction. I just think it adds a little fun!!! Sparkly stuff is so hard to photograph, but if you zoom in that little strip of black is Shimmer Trim – because well Halloween needs a little sparkle!

Now, if you haven’t stopped over at the Clearance Section – you better head there now!

It’s A Girl Mini Album

It’s not very often that I put on my scrapbooking hat, but when I do it’s with passion!

My boss & his wife recently had a baby girl and I thought it would be fun to make him a mini-album (brag book) that he could leave on the corner of his desk.

This book was made using the Cricut Artiste catridge and Ballerina, Black & Charcoal Cardstock, Seasonal 2 Mix-In papers and assorted stamp sets and yes, I added a second ring & ribbons to complete it.

I’d like to throw a shout out to my customer Barbara who had the chipboard album and didn’t know what she’d use it for. I think I put it to good use – Thank You!!!

Charming Borders

Today I’m sharing some bright sunny cards using the Charming Borders stamp set.

Borders don’t just have to be borders…as you can see on my cards I’ve stamped the border stamp all over to get a custom B&T paper.

Have you added the Charming Borders to your shopping cart? What do you plan on using them for?

There Are No Words

Today I’m sharing two cards that I made with the There Are No Words Stamp set. This “A” sized stamp set is retiring at the end of August and it’s kind of tucked in the back of the Seasonal Expression and easily missed.

There Are No Words
A1229 There Are No Words

I loved the simplicity of this set and well, to put it bluntly, sympathy cards are my least favorite to make.

If you haven’t updated your sympathy stamps in a while – I hope you’ll consider adding these to your shopping cart before they retire.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wild & Punny

What do you do when the Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 is getting ready to retire. You make sure that everyone has checked, double checked and triple checked the list to get their favorite items and then you start creating with your favorite items.

One of my favorite stamp sets was Wild & Punny. This sassy stamp set was full of cute animals, wild puns & also had thin cuts to match.

I picked five of my favorite patterns from Make It From Your Heart Vol 4 and decided to feature some retiring papers and one of each of the animals.

I really had fun making this set of cards and although I will miss the papers & Colors these stamps are so versatile you’re sure to see them around for a long time.

Do you have a favorite? I’m a little partial to the flamingo & the cow. If you haven’t purchased this set yet you can click here to be directed to my webpage and get it added to your shopping cart.