Craft with Heart

The one complaint I hear on a regular basis is “I just don’t have enough time to craft!”

Close to My Heart has an amazing answer to that age old complaint. No they aren’t adding time to the clock or making time standstill, but they have created the Craft with Heart subscription program. . As a subscriber, you’ll receive regular deliveries of Cut Above® layout kits, each kit featuring two beautifully designed two-page layouts. Your layouts come together in minutes thanks to pre-printed base pages, with complementary die-cuts and stickers to help you preserve your memories in style.”

When you nurture your creative side with a 12-month Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking or Scrapbooking subscription, you’ll receive a free, exclusive stamp set! These sets are only available to crafters who sign up for or renew a 12-month Craft with Heart™ subscription between September 1, 2021, and August 31, 2022. But wait…there’s more! When you sign up for a 12 month scrapbooking subscription through my website you’ll receive a gift from me a choice of either a 4X6 Flip-Flap pack or a CTMH Adhesive Runner.

Starting September 1, 2021, VIP Customers can now earn 15% shopping credit on the amount they pay for Craft with Heart subscriptions.

If you have any questions…please reach out to me by leaving a comment.

Double Trouble #91

It’s time for more trouble…Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is.

Our challenge consists of three parts: Trouble Makers main challenge, Double Dares challenge to link with another blog which you may or may not decided to participate in and Twisted Sisters surprise challenge! You can find all the details on the rules page of the challenge blog.

Thing 1 has requested we Mix It Up…use plaids, stripes, polka dots and checks all on the same card. Twisted Sister is suggesting a fall color combination and Thing 3 found a lovely palette at the Color My Heart Color Dare.

I die cut a bunch of hexagons from different colors & patterns of paper and then layered on a cute bear from the Teddy Bear Hugs stamp & thin cut set from Close to My Heart to send a great big bear hug across the miles.

Thanks for stopping by…I hope you’ll take a minute to visit the other design team members and get some additional inspiration so you can play along too!

Double Trouble #90

It’s time for more trouble…a Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is!

For those of you that might not know me I’m the original Twisted Sister from Double Trouble. I took an extended hiatus, but it looks like I’m back. My name is Tracey and I split my time between Washington and Arizona with my two favorite guys – my Wrangler-wearing Sweetheart and our fur-baby Scuttlebutt!

February 2021

I thought the Double Trouble #90 – You’re Kitten Me was the perfect place for me to jump in…unlike my “sisters” I don’t have cats (although I used to have 4) and since meeting my hubby can’t imagine my life without a dog. I also have a fondness for cows and farm-life and burro’s and the desert!

The Double Trouble Challenge consists of three parts: Trouble Makers main challenge, Double Dares challenge to link with another blog which you may or may not decided to participate in and Twisted Sisters surprise challenge! You can find all the details on the rules page of the challenge blog.

To participate in Challenge #90 you need to create an image that includes any cute animal, use a sentiment that includes a pun and link up with our crafting partner 2 Crafty Critter Crazies – you can find all the specific details right here on the Double Trouble Blog.

I chose to play with a current Close to My Heart Stamp Set – I woof you. This set includes three adorable dogs, punny sentiments and a couple of dog accessories. As you can imagine my stamp collection includes a BUNCH of dog stamps to choose from and a few cats too, just so no one thinks I’m partial to one or the other! Papers are from the July-August CTMH Mix-Ins – I love using these papers with or without the featured paper collections in each catalog.

If you’d like more information on any of the products I’ve used, please feel free to reach out to me by leaving a comment. If you don’t have a current Close to My Heart Consultant, I’d love to be YOURS!

Thanks again for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your creation on the Double Trouble Challenge Blog!

The Chick’s Pick – August

With classes in The Coop currently on hold I wanted to come up with an idea that will keep you crafty – you may have already heard, but if not let me introduce you to The Chick’s Pick!

The Chick’s Pick will be new each month so make sure you’ve signed up to receive my blog posts by e-mail or check back here so you don’t miss out on the fun!

 Each month I will feature my current favorite stamp (because they are all favorites at one time or another) and create three cards that I hope you fall in love with.  Not only will you build your stamp collection with a new stamp (sometimes a thin cut too) you will receive pre-cut and pre-punched project supplies to make THREE cards (1 each of three designs) using the featured stamp set each month. When you participate for 3 consecutive months you’ll receive an additional bonus gift from me.

You’ll find each month’s pick here on my blog for reference along with a list of supplies that I’ve used. Make sure you e-mail me when you place your order at my website so that I can mail your kit.

The August pick is So Tweet an adorable set of birdies that includes some cute sentiments too. 
You can find the stamp set here!

Supplies: You will need to provide your own card bases, adhesive, embellishments & ink.

  • Card 1: Versa Mark Ink with White Embossing Powder for Sentiment, Liquid Glass for eye glasses, Bird has been popped up with dimensional foam tape.
  • Card 2: Dovetail end of sentiment strip, pop bird up with dimensional foam tape
  • Card 3: Trim card base front to 3.5 inches add patterned paper to front & Blue Bird cardstock strip to inside at the bottom so it can be seen when the card is closed. Sentiment has been stamped directly onto patterned paper I suggest doing this PRIOR to attaching it to card base. Bird is popped up with dimensional foam tape.

If you have any questions please leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping by!

What’s on the Drink Menu

This week I grabbed a bunch of stamps centering on drinks, specifically coffee and tea…ok I tossed in a lemonade too!

I’m still working on busting my stash, so there’s retired stamp sets and retired papers in this post.

It really has been fun chosing a theme to concentrate on and spreading some kindness along the way.

Thanks for stopping by…I hope you’ll leave me a comment, I live hearing from you.

The Craft Coop

Today I want to take you on a tour of my Craft-Coop. It always seems to be a work in progress!

My first disclosure is I have been stamping and collecting supplies for a very long time (30 years to be exact). I was introduced to stamping in 1991 when I was invited to my first Stampin’ Up! Party, a D.O.T.S. (now Close to My Heart) party soon followed.

I thought this would be a fun hobby while being a single mom on a tight budget but still wanting to send Christmas and birthday cards to my friends. Little did I know that card-making would become my passion and I’d still be at it 30 years later!

My second disclosure is that I’ve been a Close to My Heart (CTMH) consultant since 2005 and although I’m not brand loyal I do prefer the quality of their stamps and paper. I earn a discount on the product I buy and have minimum sales requirements to meet. This June I will be celebrating 16 years.

Alas, you are here for a Craft-Coop tour, so I guess it’s time to get started.

When you walk through the doors the first thing you will notice is that it is BRIGHT! I wanted lots of windows for natural light and my husband found some amazing LED lights to help too!

The back wall is all custom cabinets built by amazing brother-in-law. At the end of the cabinets is a built in desk area that I was originally going to use for my sewing machine and then I remembered sewing does not bring me pleasure so I turned it into my photography studio.

I use a Limo Studio Lightbox that I purchased on Amazon. I love it because it collapses and has storage for the lights so I can pack it back and forth to our Arizona House (where there is only a Craft-Closet).

Above the lightbox I have a pegboard from IKEA.

Currently it’s my display board for received Happy Mail. When I’m holding in person classes it becomes a place to display upcoming classes or samples of the Stamp of the Month swap I participate in. The Stay Awhile wreath was a gift from my friend Maggie.

The end two cupboards hold my CTMH stamps. They are organized in alpha-numeric order. In the larger bins on the counter are stamp sets that have matching thin cuts or a coordinating Cricut Cut. I have tried other ways of organizing my stamps, but this is what works for me.

At the far opposite end is my cardstock. It currently takes up two cupboards, but as my supply dwindles this area will be getting a makeover.

Below the paper is my Cricut…it doesn’t get nearly enough use. I have a love-hate relationship with Design Space and I just need to play with it more. Maybe this winter?!

You may have noticed the purple plane hanging from the ceiling. It’s a beloved kite belonging to my son and the easiest way to store it is hanging so why not in mom’s Craft- Coop. It’s a fun reminder that this now 30 year old was once a little boy!

Last but certainly not least is where my magic happens. My desk (never this neat) sits in front of two windows that look out over our driveway and my husband’s shop. I love that at any given moment I might catch a glimpse of my Wrangler Wearing Sweetheart.

To the immediate right of my desk is an IKEA Alex drawer system that holds a variety of supplies from Copic markers, extra adhesive and long ago used punches. The top holds acrylic blocks shimmer pens, and other tool caddies.

Above that are are a few of my favorite cards and a magnetic vision board that has some of my favorite photos, quotes and magnets. I filled it in with a few stamped pieces and some Cricut cut words.

Like I said the Craft-Coop is a work in progress so when I get the lower half photo ready I will be back with more.

In the meantime, stay crafty and keep spreading kindness.

All About the Boys!

This week I really decided to concentrate on cards suitable for the guys. Big boys, little boys, but especially BIRTHDAY BOYS!

I really love that Close to My Heart’s Party Time paper in the Core Catalog is double sided with one side being predominately pinks and the opposite side being predominately blues. I have made so many cards with this paper.

Other than Father’s Day & Mother’s Day stamp sets I don’t assign a gender to my stamps (sure I have a few that I’d use more for guys, but I do have girlfriends that hunt and enjoy the outdoors).

For my cards this week, I started by just pulling a few birthday stamp sets and the Party Time paper and making a pile on my desk. I pulled out some paper and really got a feel for what I wanted to do.

Starting with the Make It From Your Heart Vol 4 I started making cards! I would just pick a pattern, pull a stamp set and ask myself how is this going to work?

All the colors I chose to use (except the toffee on the donuts) I chose from the papers. I also kept my embellishments simple, choosing the Black & White Dots or Silver Glitter Gems.

I think instead of BOY cards, I ended up with some that are quite gender neutral.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a look at my process and I appreciate you taking the time to stop by.

More Hillside Cottage

I couldn’t resist playing with the Hillside Cottage Collection just a little more.

That Blue Belle bunny could not be any cuter! I am really loving the Color of the Year it seems to blend perfectly with all the Close to My Heart colors, I will be sad to see it retire.

Next week I will share some scrapbook pages I made with this collection.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will consider adding Hillside Cottage to your craft room.

Double Trouble

Trouble Maker and I were texting the other day and she said she’d really like to see one of my cards on the DT Challenge…I hemmed and hawed and then she said those 4 magic words, “it’s a fun-fold.”

You guessed it, I couldn’t resist!

This card is called a Double Peek-a-Boo and it’s basically a standard card with an opening in the front where you can see through to a second card inside.

I’m concentrating on making some cards for the kiddos in my life that I’ve missed so much since this pandemic started. This retired Stargazer paper and stamp is one of my favorites! I used sparkles and bitty sparkles as accents to mimic stars. Oh and the astronaut is mounted on a spring so he has a little motion like he’s floating in space.

So how’d I do? Does it make it want to grab some paper and give this fun-fold a try?

Thanks for stopping by!

Hillside Cottage

So much for posting weekly…

The begining of May brought a brand new catalog and so many wonderful new products. I hope you’ll stop for a minute and check it out on my webpage.

I’ve been playing with the Hillside Cottage Collection. I really love the colors of this paper packet.

The wood & black acrylic shapes with this collection is so much fun.

If you’d like a May/June catalog you’ll receive one free when you place your order.

Thanks for stopping by, let me know what you think of this fun new collection.