Oh Baby I Miss You

Sometimes when a friend is clear across the country it’s like you lost your balloon.  This 3.5 X 8 card size is not one that I make frequently, but I wanted the balloon to be floating away and just the size of the elephant made that impossible on a smaller card.

Are you in love with this baby elephant stamp from the Sweet Baby stamp set as much as I am?  I can see it being used for lots of cards and since it has a matching thin cuts die it makes it that much more special.

I hope you’ll take a minute and leave a comment on my blog.  I love reading your messages, they really encourage me to keep creating!


A Cup of Tea for Mom

This month the Stamp of the Month features 6 great teacup and coordinating images along with 5 sentiments which you can order for just $5US with a qualifying purchase.  That sounds Tea-riffic to me!

I decided to take some inspiration from the photo in the Seasonal Expressions and instead of a scrapbook I changed it to a 3.5 X 8 card.

I softly water colored my teacup to not smudge the pomegranate ink.  The sugar rush papers gave a fun texture to the base of the card.  I added a small piece of Sea Glass glitter paper on the inside edge to show under the scallops.

Remember the stamp of the month is only available during the month of March so order yours today by visiting my webpage http://www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com.

I’d appreciate it if you took a moment and let me know what types of cards you like to make by leaving me a comment.




A Merry Christmas – Color Dare #218

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors: New England Ivy, Ruby, Whisper and White Daisy.

My head is swimming with Christmas card ideas so this challenge couldn’t have come at a better time!

If I’m short on time the first place I start is by pulling one of my card sketch books from my shelf,  Wishes with it’s 100 card patterns just happens to be my favorite.  You’ll find this 8 X 3.5 card between it’s pages.  I don’t always follow the sketch exactly, but it’s a good jumping off point.  I embossed the white base with the Snowflake embossing folder (watch for it to come back in stock – it’s temporarily unavailable) and the Woodland Wishes stamp set.  The pattern papers are both from the  Enchantment Fundamentals.  I’m really finding the new Fundamentals line and their multiple patterns per package a versatile addition to my paper collection.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  Each color dare is open until 9:00 CDT on Thursday!  While at the homepage – check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our day)!

If you need to purchase any of the supplies I used you can contact your Close to My Heart consultant or click on the items listed above and it will take you to a link to my business page.  During the month of November I will be donating the commission from my sales to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


Celebrate with Cake – May SOTM

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring May’s SOTM, which is Celebrate with Cake a set of 17 stamps.  If you have come here from Jean McNulty’s Blog you are on the right path!    If you started here, the blog hop is a great big circle so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.


This month we have over 20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Blog Hopping is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

Whether your favorite is usually chocolate or vanilla – the Celebrate with Cake stamp set is going to be your new favorite!  Who wouldn’t love a cake made up with all the gorgeous patterns from the Georgie Paper Packet.  Look close at my wedding cake that’s been paper pieced together and the  3.5 X 8 size lets you slip a check right into the wedding card without being folded.

Now “Hop” on over to Sheila Bennet’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the May SOTM is only available until the last day of the month!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount

What’s Black & White and Red All Over?

It’s my entry for this week’s Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge!  I’ve spent all week thinking about what I wanted to do as it’s a very special challenge when the Color Dare #180 teamed up with the group at Heart 2 Heart Challenges with a Share the Love, Black White and Red Challenge.


Of course I knew I’d be reaching for the ever popular La Vie En Rose paper, but which one – 4 different patterns of course!  I love our double sided B&T you have twice the options!  Then I had to decide which red – Pomegranate was an easy choice as the complements were right on top of a pile of embellishments on my desk.

I sometimes wished that you could see me as I pull together an idea for a card – I seem to always pull the components and then figure out how to put them together.  The putting together step usually involves one of the “how to” books and today I reached for Originals.  I chose the Puzzle Backdrop on p91 and with a few tweaks made it my own.  I love how the bow and hearts from the complements pack gives my card a little pop!

I appreciate you stopping by and hope you’ll hop on over to both the Color Dare and Heart 2 Heart Challenge and take a look at all the amazing entries.


AHSC #91 – Honeycomb

My Sweet As Honey Hubby called me from Starbucks today…not to ask if I wanted a coffee brought home, but to tell me he was going to spend the day in meetings and I should craft to my hearts content…I giggled and told him I’d try and fit that in between loads of laundry!  Then I took a sip of the mocha that I had gone and picked up myself and came to the realization that I had just been given a free pass to the craft room.  No Miss B looking over my shoulder, no hubby to distract me (yes after almost 7 years together he still distracts me).  I’m not sure if I stopped before pulling out from the espresso stand.

I am participating in an upcoming blog hop with the You’re the Bomb Stamp set (you can order it here) cute as ever and $3.00 from every sale goes to Operation Smile, it’s a MUST HAVE for your stamp collection!

Anyway…I got those cards out of the way and decided to pop over to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge – it is probably one of my favorite challenge sites – the sketches are AMAZING and the design team is too!  Sketch #91 was posted and I looked at it and knew exactly what I wanted to do


I knew I wanted to use the Honeycomb shape instead of circles so I stamped them in Sorbet, Flaxen, Glacier and Chocolate and then punched them out.  I then laid them out on my Versamat to see what size base card stock I needed.  The Versamat is one of my favorite tools from Close to My Heart – the grid helps me line things up perfectly, flip it over an the foam side is perfect for stamping on!


I repeated the hexagon shapes in flaxen, sorbet & glacier to bring in a little punch to the inside bottom corner of the card.

Here’s a quick list of the items I used which you can purchase here or from your CTMH consultant:

  • Inks:  Sorbet, Flaxen, Glacier, Chocolate, Black
  • My Acrylix Stamps:  C1537 Honeycomb, B1471(Exclusive Hostess Set)  Variety of Thanks

Continuing My Quest

Birthday cards seem to be something that I am in constant need of so I try to make one or two each time I sit down at my craft table.  I started keeping a box of finished cards so I have a quick go to place each month when I’m readying my mailings for the month.


I love the 3 1/2 X 8 cards Colonial White Die Cut Cards.  You’ll notice that the “B” on birthday just seems to stand out a bit, I added a retired Dimensional Element letter that had been applied directly to the Pear stamp pad for color with a little liquid glass and it just added an extra “pop”.   The Chantilly paper is one of my favorite paper packets with the whimsical birds combined with  the fun patterns of paisley.


My next card is again the 3 1/2 X 8 orientation but folded from a piece of the “Dream Pop” paper available for the month of May in honor of National Scrapbook month.  One side of the paper has a resist pattern which is perfect for giving the card some dimension while the other side is plain cardstock which is perfect for the inside of the card.  I added three banners sponged in Whisper Ink and stamped Happy Happy Birthday from the Joyful Birthday set in Juniper.

One of my favorite things about My Acrylix stamps is the ability to see and ink what you are wanting to use.  Knowing that I needed “HAPPY” for two of my banners I folded the “Birthday” away from the block and inked up only “Happy”  Since the stamp is clear I knew right where my stamping would go…a perfect image every time!  Try that with a wood mounted block!

Rubber Hugs!

Paper Trail Blog Hop Wows on Half Pipe with Later Sk8tr

Welcome to the Paper Trail Blog Hop!

If you’ve arrived here from Linda’s Paper Taylor  you are on the right path if you started here don’t worry we are a circular hop and you will soon be doing ollies and McTwists over the artwork with Close to My Heart’s Later Sk8tr paper packet during the month of May if you follow the half pipe you’ll eventually end up right where you started!

I LOVE the colors of this paper! Lagoon, Pear, Outdoor Denim, Whisper, Slate and a touch of White Daisy are such versatile colors. Although the paper speaks “BOY” I think I was able to surprise myself by adding a couple of girl twists.  I did lots of things with this paper and even found myself splitting an additional pack with MC, so I could do more.  I will be showcasing items throughout the month so please check back often.

First and foremost I find most of my joy in making cards.  It was what I was first introduced to 20+ years ago and bringing a smile to family and friends mailboxes is something that brings me a lot of joy.  That little “Gold Crown” store has nothing on this Papercrafting Princess!

Later Sk8r Cards
Later Sk8r Cards

Birthday Wishes
Birthday Wishes

This Birthday Wishes card is cut using the Cricut Artiste cartridge.  The swing card has become one of my favorites.  As I’ve mentioned before I like a card that has some movement and is not the “typical” card.  I used the “pocket” stamp from the coordinating stamp set and added some of the new blue and green bubbles.  How easy peasy is that?


My next birthday card is for my sweet niece that turned 11.  I added a pop of Hollyhock along with one of the new Pink Glitter Gems to make it a touch girly!  I know that she will love the cards as it’s the colors of her favorite baseball team, it will also probably help to have a little “green stuff” inside!


I saw this card at a recent unit meeting and I couldn’t wait to make one for myself.  It takes a little work, but is worth every minute I put into it!  The cute A BowWow stamp set is just $6.95 and comes with 2 versatile sentiments.  I added a bit of dimensional tape to the dog to pop him off the card and add a bit more depth.  I just love the way it plays with the eye.

I hope you’ll come back and visit me tomorrow for a very special scrapbook page using the Later Sktr papers.  To make sure that you don’t miss my posts, please follow me by clicking the link to the right! Now kickflip on over  to Karen’s Inky Fingers blog where you’ll find more amazing art!

Cruisin’ Into July

Hop on into my Pink Cadillac (ok it’s actually Tulip, but it just didn’t have the same ring to it)  for a quick spin around the Paper Trail Blog Hop…if you’ve arrived here from Karen’s Inky Fingers Blog you are on the right route…if not don’t worry it’s a big circular loop and if you follow the exits (links) you’ll end up back here at the end!

Cruisin’ (X7154B) is one of the paper packets that I instantly fell in love with, but it seemed so theme specific I wasn’t sure if it was something I’d actually use.  Since I wasn’t sure there was a road trip in my future to scrapbook I chose to make cards.

I figure that I can never have enough “thank you” cards on hand so I thought using the map paper with all the roads and “Many Thanks” was a fun tie in.  I got quite excited when I realized that the map was of the state of Texas and featured the city of Wichita Falls where I have relatives.

I used the Wishes book for inspiration using the “Top It Off” pattern on Page 50.  Instead of the standard card I chose the Colonial White Die Cut Cards (Z1738) for my base.  The checkerboard paper is the zip strips from the top of the cardstock layered onto Cranberry Paper which was stamped with Black Ink with the February Stamp of the Month Thoughtful Tidings (s1202).  I added a Dimensional Element Star (Z1680) directly inked in Honey ink to the flap of the card.  It reminded me of a star that you might see on a map for a capital.

The 5 X7 card is quickly becoming one of my favorites…it just lends itself to a little larger stamp and more room for a lengthy note on the inside.  My inspiration again came from Wishes using the Midpoint pattern on page 77.  I have used this pattern quite frequently lately and my book almost opens to it by itself!  I used the Adventure USA (D1503) and For Every Occasion (D1187) stamp sets.  The inks I used were Black, Juniper, Grey Wool, Pear, Honey, Cotton Candy, Indian Corn Blue and Tulip for my “Cadillac”.

 I hope you have enjoyed your “cruise” through my artwork … now take the exit to the Wizards Hangout and see what Vicki has in store for you…I’m sure it’s splendid!

And the Winner Is…

Remember how I was telling you about MC’s amazing card?  Well, she finally got around to sending it to me so I could post it here…funny thing is it’s not the card she had convinced me that had won!!!  I was pretty sure this was the winning card, but noooo she was convinced it was the other one she had submitted…I suppose I should have had her send that one to me too!

Drumroll please…..here is the winning card!

While you are at it you should take a minute to check out the other winning cards…what inspiration they will bring to you!  Follow this link to see the rest:  http://www.closetomyheart.com/en/Ideas_and_Inspiration/MIFYH_Gallery.aspx