I Flipped Over Heartstrings

Close to My Heart shared a video a number of months ago putting together some great stamping techniques into the Designed Decor Flip Stand Album.  I thought this was a great little project so I set out to make one for myself and have incorporated it into my monthly card classes.

I started with the Heartstrings Paper packet and just chose random stamp sets to complete the pages.  I can’t wait to get it filled with photos.

The techniques showcased were:  using markers; tone on tone stamping; tissue technique and masking; using the backside of a stamp for a base; curved stamping; kissing; paper piecing; using stamps for B&T paper; rock & roll and shadow stamping.

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My monthly card club is enjoying learning a new technique each month and it’s a super way to use up retired paper.  If they choose not to buy the flip stand album I have offered to use my bind it all so they can refer to their technique book.

If you’re a consultant and would like to make a project like this, please refer to the Training Videos on the Training and Events tab in Online Office for the video.

Thanks for stopping by – remember, stamping is more than putting ink on paper!

Triple the Fun!

One of my “loyal customers” saw a cute Valentine card in an ad and forwarded it to me with the comment “check this out”.  I didn’t even know what the card was called, but knew that I HAD to make one!

My first visit was to Split Coast Stampers.  They have the BEST tutorials, most of which are free, and I figured that if I looked hard enough I just might find what I was looking for.  The Triple Easel card is a fun, medium level of difficulty card.  I ended up having to watch the video twice (but that could have been because it had been a couple of weeks between watching it and actually making the card).

DSCN1769I used Kraft cardstock as the base (I used three scallops which I cut with my Big Shot and a die) to decorate each scallop I took a different B&T from the Confetti Wishes paper packet.

DSCN1770The cupcake was cut from the Artiste Cartridge from Canary cardstock and stamped the wrapper from the coordinating stamp set in Canary ink and attached it to the cardstock.  Instead of stamping the frosting section I chose to just add some purple & pink sparkles (retired).  Each of the layers stands on the piece in front of it, but like a typical easel card it needs a place to rest on the first layer so I used a piece of Purple Shimmer Trim to hold up the first layer.

DSCN1771The card closes flat so it should be pretty easy to mail…my concern is if the recipient will know how to stand it up so it might be a “given in person” card.

Would you like to make one of these cards?  Join me at one of my February card classes and I’ll walk you through putting one together.

Thanks for stopping by!

A Valentine Treat

I was missing in action between the holidays and a trip to Mexico and it was my intention to get this posted before I left, but alas here it is the last day of the year before I get around to posting.

I LOVE the Heartstrings Paper Packet!  Yes, almost as much as my Wrangler Wearing Sweetheart, LOL!

I have had this My Creations Kraft Container hanging around for a while and I thought that I’d get a jump on Valentines Day.  I am so happy how it turned out.

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Here’s a close up of the flower it’s center is from the Heartstrings Assortment – 8 super cute self adhesive badge buttons for just $5.95

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Here’s hoping you have a fantastic end to your 2014 and find lots of crafting time in 2015!

Thanks for stopping by.

Inspired Designs

I love the new Annual Inspirations from Close to My Heart – not only is in chocked full of stamps, papers and assorted pieces of bling it is loaded with inspiration!

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Take this box for instance – it’s straight from page 15 using the November stamp of the month.  I’m not so much into the fussy cutting of all the flowers, but I think it would make the perfect place card at a Thanksgiving table or if you’re less formal a small gift for each of your guests.

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This next card was actually inspired by the Kraft 3 Ring Album on page 56.  I loved the layers of color from light to dark.

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I used another stamp from the Happy Autumn stamp set for the inside of the card.  I think the group of flowers actually look like dandelion blooms and I think I may try stamping them in white for a different look!  I will probably end up making a Thankful album as I’ve challenged my family to come up with one thing every day for the month of November.

My last card was inspired from one I saw on the Close to My Heart webpage.  It was done with a different paperpack, but I’m trying to use up the remainder of my Pathfinding paper.  I used the new Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge sleeve and lined it with a piece of B & T.

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I loved my day in the craft room!

Until later,

Tracey

Box of Boo!

 

I’m trying to use up as much of my stash as I can before my new order comes from the Annual Inspirations.  I decided to control my urges, but I still must use up my retired product to make room for the new!  One of the fantastic benefits of being a Close to My Heart Consultant is the ability to order new product one month early, if you’d like this same benefit please contact me and I’ll tell you about the other wonderful benefits of belonging to one of the greatest sisterhoods in paper crafting!

My neighbor recently discovered box cards online and after a couple of unsuccessful attempts called for some help.  We set a date to stamp and I turned to my favorite tutorial website for instruction.  I knew that she was wanting to make these for Halloween so I sorted through my stash to see what I had in the Halloween department!  I came up with a few scraps from the Mischief (now retired) paper pack and used the Creepy Creatures C1522 and Magic Potions C1509 both still available.

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This is the box closed – as it will be mailed.  The fence and moon are cut from the Artbooking Cartridge.  The fence is on three sides of the box and have been layered 4 times to give it depth.

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This is the box opened.  I used cuts from the Artbooking, Artiste and Art Philosophy Cricut cartridges.  The bats and “boo” are mounted on strips of acetate which gave them some extra height.  I also added stamped images to the B & T paper.

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I can’t wait to try a few more of these fun boxes!

Happy Stamping!

Tracey

A Flirty Little Gift

My bestie’s surprise birthday was this weekend and I wanted to make sure that even though my gift was small that it packed some punch on delivery!

First, I grabbed my old packet of Flirty paper that I have been hording – YES, I horde paper.  If there’s a paper I really like I just don’t want to cut it…crazy huh? Then I put my Cricut to work using both the Art Philosophy and Artiste cartridges.  I love making the rolled flowers, but don’t use them much because they get squished when you mail them, but I think it made the perfect accent on the purse closure.  I attached the tag (which was almost as big as the purse) with a small piece of bakers twine.

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The funny thing is I forgot to take a picture of the entire thing until we were on our way to the party so I used the console in my husband’s truck as a background…it’s really hard to take pictures when you’re driving down the road, LOL!

If you’d like to learn more about the Cricut Cartridges available from Close to My Heart – drop me an e-mail at papercraftingprincess@yahoo.com or join my upcoming birthday card class. 

Happy Stamping,

Tracey

A Festive Hostess Gift

 

We are heading to the lake to spend a few hours with a dear friend and I wanted to take a long a little hostess gift.  She is always so gracious to let us just come when we want and enjoy her beautiful view.

I was inspired by a banner from consultant Julie Wheaton and decided that the best honor would be to lift her idea.

 

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The Freedom and Rocket are both cut from the Artbooking Cartridge.  I tied it all up with Ruby Chevron Ribbon.  I’m so excited with how it turned out, I might be doing one for every holiday!

Enjoy your Independence Day!

Tracey

Skylark Updates Hinged Display Tray

 

I love the Hinged Display Tray and last October I designed a class using the now retired Huntington Papers (you can see that post here).  Last month at my card class one of my participants asked if I could offer an update for summertime.

I knew I wanted to use Skylark and somehow incorporate the Picture My Life cards.  Unfortunately the cards are too large for the openings, but with my trusty scissors I cut one up!  Close to My Hearts micro tip scissors are perfect for getting close detail cuts and to top it off they are non-stick so don’t get all gummed up cutting adhesive.

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The Skykark paper coordinates perfectly with the Kraft cardstock and gave the “natural look” I was trying to achieve.  The bottom left corner is adorned with a little shimmer trim, a zip strip, a heart from the Marquee Enamel Accents and a bird from the Skylark Complements.

I love that I can use temporary adhesive in the windows so it can be easily changed out, because I have another cute idea wandering around in my head.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my updated tray…if you’d like to make one of your own, leave me a message!

Happy Crafting!

Tracey

Sweet Treats With Love

There’s nothing better than finding the inspiration (Pinspiration) to make little goodie bags!

Our sweet granddaughter is having her 4th birthday party at the farm and I needed a treat bag for all ages! I thought these sweet bags filled with Salt Water Taffy and topped with Dream Pop papers would be a hit — no melting chocolate and no dollars store gizmos to break!

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Surf’s Up on the Paper Trail

Welcome to the Paper Trail Blog Hop where the hot summer colors of Surf’s Up take center stage.  If you’ve ridden the wave from Connie’s Scraps & Stories thanks for not bailing, if you’ve just put on your board shorts and started here not a problem, just follow the links and you’ll do a 360 and make your way right back where you started seeing some great artwork along the way!

Chocolate, Crystal Blue, Ponderosa Pine and Sorbet and joined with the exclusive colors of Surf’s Up Gold and Surf’s Up Teal for some beautiful papers.  These papers and the fun Surf’s Up Embellishments work perfect for any summertime activity.

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 I recently redid my craft area and wanted a fun banner to display what I do best “DREAM” above my stamping/scrapping desk.  I used the recently retired mini banners – (which although the chipboard is retired) the shapes from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge are not.  I added some fun shapes and layered letters cut from Sorbet.  I finished my embellishing by adding Pinwheels from the Surfs Up Collection to each end banner,  Clear Sparkles to each of the letters and a flower flourish from the new Wooden Mini-Medley Assortment.

Now kick on over to The Paper Taylor  where I’m sure Linda has some bitchin’ art for you!