Tool Time Thursday

Welcome to Tool Time Thursday! I’m super excited that you stopped by to check out one of my favorite tools!

I’d had a Close to My Heart stapler on my desk for years when this mini-stapler was released in a catalog a number of years ago…I didn’t think that I’d needed another stapler, but I was wrong!

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The mini-stapler has recently moved to a prominent (within easy reach) location on my desk.  Lately it’s helped me put together treat bags, attach ribbon and twine to cards and well those tiny little staples just make me swoon.  The really cool thing is that the staples can be colored with your alcohol markers to match your projects!

When you purchase the mini-stapler today from me you’ll receive 10% off the price…a sweet little deal for a sweet little tool.

Now remember to come back next week to see what Tool Time Thursday has for you!

Double Trouble Challenge #23

It’s time for some more trouble…Double Trouble that is!  This week the team at Double Trouble is pairing up with Heart to Heart to bring you lots of Irish fun as we get ready for St. Patrick’s Day!  Won’t you come check out our challenge by clicking here!

Now for what you’ve been waiting for…

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It seems as though I’ve caught the bottom half of a leprechaun on my fun St. Patrick’s themed card.  I’ve been wanting to use this cute elf image from the retired Season of Joy CTMH Cricut Cartridge and I thought it would work perfectly for this card.  I cut the image from several shades of green cardstock and gold foil and added gold sparkles to the toes of his boots.

I hope you’ll come join the fun at Double Trouble – it’s the most trouble you can get into without going to jail!

C.A.S.E. with H2H

I did it, I did it…I got all the February challenges completed for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog!

This weeks challenge is C.A.S.E. which means Copy and Steal Everything! There are so many talented artists out there to be inspired by, but Heart 2 Heart wanted us to “copy and put our spin on a project from the current Seasonal Expressions Idea Book”.

I don’t think there is a greater form of flattery than when someone wants to copy your work…unfortunately I fell victim to someone that was unscrupulous a few months ago that actually stole a piece of my artwork and put their own stamp on it. It’s important to also give credit where credit is due when inspired by a card.

My inspiration came from page 84 of the Seasonal Expressions 1 A Birthday in Watercolor. The talented artists at Close to My Heart are always an inspiration!

My spin was to use a B&T paper from the Seasonal Mix-Ins paper packet and choose a color combination from the Love of Color – Glacier, Sweet Leaf & Thistle. I also didn’t have the puffy sticker embellishments (what’s wrong with me) used on the original card so I used I Heart Us sequins mixed in with the spatters.

I hope you will look at the Close to My Heart Catalogs more than just a place to shop, but also as a source of inspiration. Find a card that you love and share it with the Heart to Heart Challenge Blog.

Thanks for stopping by…see you soon!

This or That Tuesday

It’s the last Tuesday of February.  Tell me how you liked playing This or That?  I’m going to tally all the comments and see if there were more This or That…I’ll report back Thursday so make sure you didn’t miss a post to comment on!

Today’s This or That are Watercolor Pencils or ShinHan Touch Twin Markers.

I have both in my supply cabinet…one gets used a little more often than the other and if you’ve been following my blog for very long it will be an easy guess for you which I prefer.

I don’t know that it is actually a preference or just a lack of technique – I struggle with blending which is really a problem with both products.

Which do you prefer?

A Little Heart to Heart

I had a little play time in The Craft-Coop this week and decided it would be fun to revisit my old friend the Heart to Heart Challenge Blog.  The greatest thing about H2H is that challenges are posted each Monday morning and are open until the last day of the month.

The first February Challenge is titled Favorite Recipe it’s open to interpretation so I chose to use my favorite recipe from Make It From Your Heart Vol 4.

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We’ve had an unusual February in which we were blanketed with A LOT of snow.  My card features a fun polar bear from the Got Snow hostess rewards set and papers from the I Heart Us paper packet.  To keep things “cool” I added some silver shimmer trim along the edge and some bitty sparkles in the centers of the snowflakes.  Would you like to add this set to your stamping collection – let’s chat about becoming a hostess!

The second challenge was I Heart Us – and the directions were to use either the I Heart Us paper packet or include pictures of people/things that we love.

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I thought these papers from the I Heart Us Collection would make a cheery thank you card.  The thin cut stitched hearts where a fun addition to fill in the sentiment section for my shortened sentiment.  The “Thanks” also comes from the I Heart Us cardmaking stamp set.

The third challenge is Invitation Only – this may mean you create an invite, maybe you’ve been invited somewhere that needs a card for the occasion, or maybe you want to share a project inspired by an invitation only event.

I chose to create an invitation for an upcoming Scrapbook Day called Memories in the Making.

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My card again uses I Heart Us Papers and a stamp set available to Consultants only. A piece of Mink Twine and Silver Glitter Gems keep my embellishments simple so the eye keeps drawn to the party details.

Now to get these linked over at Heart 2 Heart and check back with them on Monday for their final challenge of February maybe I can snag a perfect attendance badge for the month of February.

Thanks for stopping by…I always appreciate reading your comments so I hope you’ll take an extra minute to drop me a note.

This or That Tuesday

Welcome to another week of This or That Tuesday!  Are you having fun yet?  I am finding that sometimes it is really hard to pick which item I like and then I look again and maybe my mind has changed.

This week I chose the Something Fierce (Dinosaurs) and I Heart Us (Floral) complements.

Complements are high quality stickers and chipboard items that coordinate with our paper packets.  They are perfect for scrapbooking and cardmaking and I feel are often overlooked in our catalog.

Which collection would you choose?

Stella Says Sketch

I guess you can say I caught a bug…since becoming a part of the Double Trouble Design Team I’ve been exposed to Digi’s…digital stamps.  You know what they don’t take up much space – except in the computer and some of them are awfully darn cute.  One of our upcoming challenges uses Bugaboo digital images so I thought I’d go check them out and look what I found…a free image AND a new sketch challenge.

Stella seems to be the boss around Bugaboo…a huge attitude and kind of crass…she kind of reminds me of the lady that was so popular with Hallmark.  I do have some friends that would enjoy her humor so I might be adding a few of her images to my collection.  For now though I decided to play along with their sketch and picked up the Roly Poly Chef Pie for free.

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I grabbed some bright colored papers from the I Heart Us paper packet and made quick use of the sketch.  I cut the chef with the new Thin Cuts Rectangle Frame…I’ve learned that I need to stock some cardstock in the house so I can print the digi images on paper that the markers won’t bleed on, but I kept the coloring to a minimum and think it turned out OK.  The sentiment is from the new Wordfetti stamp set from Close to My Heart.  I love that they are a block sentiment with the letters standing out in white.

I hope that Stella likes my take on her sketch…maybe that pie will sweeten her up just a bit…

Thanks for stopping by!