Double Trouble #25

Cupcakes? Did someone say cupcakes? Chocolate with chocolate frosting and sprinkles are my favorite…not just any sprinkles, but those flat pastel disc shaped sprinkles. Oh, that’s right, Trouble Maker told me to stay focused…ok, ok!

Welcome to Monday’s Double Trouble Challenge…I’ve been listening to the Trogg’s “Wild Thing” and I guess I just get all sidetracked. This week Trouble Maker is challenging us to get “groovy” and use woodgrain, something related to wood, wood embellishments, trees, etc on our project. When it came my turn to add a twist all I could think of was “wild things” and to keep myself out of trouble I suggested “woodland creatures”…isn’t that a good twist? Ha Ha…I bet Trouble Maker and Double Dare didn’t even catch on. Speaking of Double Dare she found the yummiest challenge – Cupcake Challenge #467.

They have the cutest inspiration photo that fit right with our challenge.

The first thing I thought about when I saw that photo was the cute little fox stamp that’s been sitting quietly in my bin. I grabbed some retired papers with leaves and embellished with a little cork leaf.

Won’t you come play along with us at Double Trouble and draw some inspiration from the Cupcake Inspirations?

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WOW Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! As promised on Monday I came back to talk a little more about the Card Workshop Kits and the wonderful instructions that come along with them, but that are also available online.

I love our card patterns – I’m the proud owner and avid user of the terrific tools that make card making (and scrapbooking) faster and simpler. The card kits include brand new patterns that Close to My Heart has designed.

I Heart Us Workshops Your Way® Cards

Since I focused on the Lucky Friendship Card Kit on Monday I wanted to continue talking about that particular kit and show you the versatility of using that pattern with other papers. I hope you’ll see how valuable our card workshops are in your card making.

Here I’ve used the So Much Happy Paper and the Paper Pal Pets & Wordfetti Stamp Sets with the same patterns.

Two more cards using the same pattern, but instead the Feels Like Home Paper Packets – you’ll notice I flipped one of the cards to a horizontal layout, but it’s still the same exact pattern.

I hope you realize how versatile the Workshops Your Way Cardmaking Kits actually are and I’ll let you in on a little secret…you can download the instructions for the kits right from my shopping page in the description of the products.

Let me know what you think about our card kits and if you’ve every used them before. I always enjoy your comments.

Make It Monday!

I just returned from an amazing week in Kauai where I did everything from sit by the pool to ride in a helicopter, but to be honest with you I’m so excited that the laundry is caught up and I found some time to make it to the Craft-Coop today!

I’ve been pondering a conversation that I recently had with someone about our card kits – one of my favorite products. They are priced reasonably, you get enough supplies to make 12 cards (including an exclusive stamp set) with plenty of leftovers to make additional projects. She said “I don’t care for them because I don’t want to make 12 of the same cards”. The great thing is you don’t have too…our instructions are just there to give you some guidance, but you can do whatever you want with your kit.

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Today I decided that I’d focus on the Lucky Friendship Card Making Kit – Heart to Heart has a challenge about our favorite tools and Three Amigos is challenging us to use rainbows so this seemed like the perfect choice.

The top photo shows my card along with my favorite tool – my tweezers! These went missing a few months ago and I thought my crafting days were over! I use them all the time from placing small accessories to layering things. I LOVE my tweezers and was so sad when Close to My Heart retired them.

They next photos are a few of the cards I made with the leftover pieces of my card kit and that exclusive stamp set. Not even close to what the card kit cards are, but plenty of creativity!

I Heart Us Workshops Your Way® Cards

There’s one more important thing you need to know about our card kits. All of the instructions are available to download for free online! When you visit my online website at the end of the “product description” you will find a link to download the guide. These guides are great to print and keep with your stamping supplies because you can use them with any of our other products as well.

Product Description

Kit contents:
1 – exclusive workshop stamp set (B-size)
2 – I Heart Us sheets
2 – cardstock sheets (1 Sapphire, 1 White Daisy)
1 – Black Glitter Paper sheet
12 – white card bases & envelopes
printed instructions

Create 12 cards using the materials in this kit and easy-to-follow instructions (also found below). Complete your cards using the exclusive stamp images designed to give you ultimate control over the creative process, so you can always make your cards your way.

Additional supplies needed:
Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z4189)
Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z2895)
Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z2812)
Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z2840)
Round Sponge (Z697)
Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)

 Download Guide

I’ll be back Wednesday to share some more information about these guides.

Thanks for joining me and if you get a chance stop by Heart to Heart and Three Amigos for some challenge fun!

Love of Color – Color Dare #334

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  

Won’t you join the fun in our Love of Color Challenge.  We are using the Close to My Heart How To Book Love of Color as our inspiration.  This week our challenge features the color Lilac.  We provide a board in which you can pick a minimum of three colors from to create your project.  We use CTMH color names for reference; however, you are welcome to use any products as long as they are the closest match. Please don’t add any additional colors unless it is noted on the board.

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My card inspiration came directly from the Love of Color Lilac page – I chose to use the combination of Lilac, Sweetleaf, Peach, Lagoon & Gold. This color combination just seems fresh like a spring day and will make a great birthday card for my stash.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.   Our Weekly Challenges are open for two weeks and you have until Thursday, March 28th to enter Challenge #334 

Make sure you check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (just as you love comments on your artwork – we love yours too)!

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!

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.

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!