Sending Love

Lately I’ve been exposed to things that really resonate with how I’m feeling about life.  I think the world needs to slow down just a bit and people need to take time to let others know you care.

I have a friend that was needing a little extra love and I wanted her to know that I cared.  I think a card is like a paper hug.  Is there someone that you could send some love to?

Be the Mr. Rogers of your neighborhood.  I challenge you to drop a card in the mail – it’s the best 50 cents you’ll spend all day.  It will make you feel better and the person receiving it will too!

 

Double Trouble #10

Welcome to Double Trouble‘s first Double Digit Challenge – that would be challenge #10!!!  This week Trouble Maker is challenging you to use at least three colors with a stamped or digital image.  Twisted Sister is asking you to use a critter and add a punny saying with your image, finally Double Dare is asking us to link with the Brown Sugar Challenge #282 using a critter.

The entire time I was creating I was humming this verse from a song I grew up singing in the United Methodist Church.  It’s been a number of years since I’ve been in church, but I guess some things just stick.

“All things bright and beautiful, 
all creatures great and small, 
all things wise and wonderful: 
the Lord God made them all.” 

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My first inclination was to reach for the retired Operation Smile Punny Pals stamp set and then I thought no that would be to easy, so instead I reached for the long ago retired Safari Ballet stamp set.  Ballet and roses just seem to go together so I grabbed some of my last scraps of the retired fundamentals paper and the new Love of Color Book for a combination – Lagoon, Sapphire and Canary.  I dressed my ballerina head to toe in Canary yellow (or as close as I could get with my Copic Markers).  I want to let you in on a little secret – that skinny yellow strip of cardstock was cut with the Ribbon Thin Cut from CTMH and I just layered my circle of the bow part.  To finish off my card I stamped my “punny saying” with Sapphire Ink onto the Lagoon B&T and added a few sparkles.

Now won’t you head over to our Double Trouble Design Page and see what Thing 1 and Thing 2 have created.  While you are there you’ll find all the rules to link up to our challenge.  If you find you still need a little help – we can get you started, Thing 1 although a Trouble Maker is a real whiz with the computer!

 

Thin-Cut Hello – Color Dare #310

Happy Friday!  This week I have a little Color My Heart Color Dare Tracey Trivia:  The Color My Heart Color Dare challenge was founded in 2011 by Sarah Stone – Sarah is no longer a design team member, however she still participates on a fairly regular basis.  I first participated in the Color Dare in April of 2015, I was too late to actually link up my card (time zones used to give me hives) but I stuck around and my first official entry was #143 – the challenge was black, white & gold and you can find that card here.  I was an Emerald Winner with that challenge and I guess you could say that being a winner brought me back.  My first Guest Appearance as a Design Team member happened on May 28, 2015.  Pretty much from that point on I’ve been hooked…sure I’ve taken a break now and then, but my first love is the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge.

Why am I telling you this?  Lately “the Color Dare” has been lacking participants…we aren’t sure if it’s summer, back to school or that suddenly everyone has quit stamping (gasp)!  This week is the perfect week to get started – or come back – really what do you have to lose?

Basically the rules are pretty simple – you create with a color combination that we provide (if you don’t have the exact colors get them close) – in the Close to My Heart World this weeks colors are:  Ruby, Peacock & Kraft.  In the Stampin’ Up World your colors might resemble:  Cherry Cobbler, Tranquil Tide & Crumb Cake.  The point is there are some options.  This challenge is not affiliated with Close to My Heart although there are lots of consultants on the Design Team.

So, are you ready to get started?  I am!

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I love Kraft cardstock – I think it’s an amazing neutral and probably a little because it reminds me of days before plastic bags at the grocery store (I still ask for paper). I saw a super cute card on Pinterest and although I didn’t have the exact same dies it gave me a fun idea for a card anyway.

Everything on my card was die cut using Close to My Heart Thin Cuts – except the thin red strip (1/8 inch to be exact) and then adhered to the front of the card.

So, 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 for two weeks won’t you please come play along.

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If you are local to me and would like to come Create in the Coop – I’d be happy to help you just send me a message.

 

A Little More Inspiration

I love the happy inspirational quotes on the Boutique Card Making stamp set…I think that’s what made me select it for September’s Featured in the Coop Debut.

The card I made for you today was inspired by a card in the new Love of Color.  You just choose a main color and when you turn to that page you are able to select a three, four or five color recipe AND it tells you which pattern was used to create the project shown.  Can’t beat that for simplicity.

Don’t forget when you add the Boutique Card Making stamp set to your order during the month of September you will receive an exclusive kit with instructions to make two cards.  If you have questions or would like to place an order please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by!

You’ve Got Class

I’m popping in today with a reminder of Double Trouble’s Challenge using a School Days Theme while teaming up with the sketch provided by Try Stamping on Tuesday, if you include a bookmark on your card you get extra points with Twisted Sister and will stay out of detention!

Here’s the Sketch we had to use:

I borrowed both the You’ve Got Class and School Kids stamp sets from my friend Debi…I love both of these stamp sets!  They are available for just a few more days as the You’ve Got Class special ends at the end of September.  You can find all the details here.

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I rotated the sketch (nothing says you can’t do that) and stamped a strip of Willow with the ABC stamp and the Lemon was stamped with the ruler.  Everything was built on a base of cranberry (retired) which I stamped my “Back to School” sentiment.  The little girl was stamped and colored with Copic Markers, die cut and I added a mini-clothes pin and attached it to the string…she also is my bookmark!

I hope you’ll give both of these fun challenges a spin…I’d love to see what you come up with.

 

A Rooster in the Coop

Last week I had the pleasure of teaching my friend Ron a little about stamping.  While we were watching TV he mentioned that he could make his wife of 32 years an anniversary card and I jumped at the chance to see that happen.

I did disclose to him that I’d be taking pictures and notes and he’d become WORLD FAMOUS once I posted this on my blog.

Ron’s a great sport – he’s like a big brother to me and probably my next favorite person behind my Wrangler Wearing Sweetheart.  He’s shown a little interest in what I do and likes my homemade cards – mostly I think he just wants to get his hands on my Cricut.

The first thing I did was hand him my Make It From Your Heart Volume 4 and told him to pick a pattern that he liked and then I sent him to my paper stash to see what he could find.   He actually put some thought into it – I was IMPRESSED!!!

It was fun to have some one on one time with a beginner – he learned to use a my paper cutter  (something even my card class members don’t have to do) and my Big Shot.   I wish I would have got a picture of him sitting on the floor going through my boxes of stamps.  He even decorated the front and back of his envelope.

He called me Friday morning and told me that his card was a hit.  What he doesn’t know is that we have another lesson in the Coop when he comes to visit this week.

Featured in the Coop

If you were at Cards in the Coop this month you already know that I’m super excited to introduce a new monthly special that I think you’re going to love!

I’m calling it Featured in the Coop – this is a special offered directly by me as an incentive when you purchase a specific stamp set each month.  You’ll see me use the stamp set in various projects throughout the month and when you add it to your order (or purchase it directly from my business page) you’ll receive a kit to recreate two featured cards.

During the month of September, Boutique-Card Making item #C1726 is my Featured In the Coop stamp set.  This set of 13 is such an inspirational set and has some fun decorative stamps as well.

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These are the cards that you’ll be able to make using the card kits you’ll receive from me.

You will need the following supplies to complete these cards as shown:

  • Card Bases