Not Just for Holidays

Don’t think of your holiday themed papers and stamp sets just for the holidays! I needed several thank you cards for people that helped with our recent Pumpkin Carving Party so I reached for my Spooktacular Paper and Stamps.

You might be wondering where I got the cute little sentiments to go in the speech bubble – it’s from the Card Subscription Box. If you want quick cards on the go – this kit is for you. Close to My Heart has designed some really fun cards for this set and the stamp set is FULL of fun sentiments to use on other cards.

I still wanted my cards to have a bit of a Halloween theme so I used the stamps, however other than the middle card there is not much Halloween going on in the papers.

I challenge you to take a look at your holiday stash and see how it might be used for something that’s not holiday!

Thanks for stopping by.

Color Dare #368

Happy Friday I’m back with another Design Team card for  Color My Heart Color Dare.   This week our challenge is to choose any colors inspired by the Horn of Plenty.

I had so much fun picking the fall colors for this card…I settled for cardstock in Peacock and Ruby, some papers from the mix-in paper packet and an assortment of stamp sets.

The z-fold card is attached to a flat fold and when it extends you find a gift card pocket. It was quite easy to put together and still packed a little surprise. My hubby thought the coffee rings looked like they were from a shot glass – shhh, don’t tell him the Craft-Coop is where I keep my stash.

You can visit the Color My Heart Color Dare blog for all the information on how to play along as well as finding additional inspiration from the other Design Team members.

Perk Up

I was supposed to be cleaning my craft room yesterday, but we all know how that turns out right? Finding cute things to play with and then I remembered that the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop was happening and I should link up a couple of more cards.

Both of my cards utilize the same pattern from Make It From Your Heart 4, if you are a card maker you need this book! Just click on the link and it will take you right to my website.

Although the September/October catalog has retired the Perk Up Stamp Set & Thin Cuts and Hawthorn paper are still available online. I have a friend that is all about EVERYTHING pumpkin spice, so I couldn’t resist putting together this fall card to put some happy in her mailbox.

In my tidying up I organized all my paper packs so they would be easy to access for my upcoming card making and ran across a box that had all my Holly Jolly Supplies – can you so JOY!!! You are going to LOVE this paper, the patterns are just amazing. I’m seeing friends from other states start to post snow pictures so this might just find its way to one of them to warm up their mailbox with a little cheer.

Even though these are the same pattern each card has it’s own unique look because of the papers and colors that I used.

My favorite fall drink is a Salted Caramel Mocha and once December arrives I’ll switch to a Peppermint Mocha. Are you a sweater weather or a pumpkin spice coffee lover?

Thanks for stopping by!

Double Trouble – #42

You should know that all kinds of trouble can happen within the Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge Design Team including starting a Monday Challenge on a Friday but that’s what you get at – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge!

Our challenge for the next two weeks 11/1-11/17 has us in stitches with the fun twist of adding a hot beverage (coffee, tea, cocoa), we have no specific partner this challenge, however if you’d like you can link up the first week with the Coffee Lovers Fall/Winter Blog Hop for extra points. You’ll find all the details at the Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge Blog.

My card features the multi square windows thin cuts…I love this for backgrounds. I chose a Christmas themed cup using stamps from the Share the Seasons stamp set and Perk Up Stamp & Thin Cut from Close to My Heart.

Don’t forget to link up and join the fun…everyone needs a little Double Trouble in their life!

Color Dare #366

Happy Friday I’m back with another Design Team card for  Color My Heart Color Dare.   This week our challenge is a fan favorite Tic Tac Toe!

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I choose to use one of the papers from the Hawthorn paper packet and although I was going for the third column of Paprika, Pebble & Sapphire there’s a little Sage & Saffron thrown in with the leaves.

You can visit the Color My Heart Color Dare blog for all the information on how to play along as well as finding additional inspiration from the other Design Team members.

Double Trouble #41

There is no better way to start a Monday than with a little trouble – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is!

Our challenge for the next two weeks (10/21-11/3) is a Halloween Color Challenge with the fun twist of adding something that flies, you can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to our Challenge Partner Crafting Happiness . You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge blog,

My card features a little old and a little new. I used the Seasonal Mix Ins selecting Julep (Green), Purple & Orange from Trouble Makers Rainbow of Bats. I decided that a bat would represent my flying object, but then I took it a step farther and my wiper card makes the sentiment “fly” as well.

Don’t forget to link up and join the fun…everyone needs a little Double Trouble in their life!

A New Challenge

There’s a new kid on the block…Artsystamper Digital Challenge has started a brand new Challenge Blog. The artwork is gorgeous and since she’ll be partnering up with Double Trouble in the future I wanted to lend my support.

Challenge #1 is Autumn Colors – my husband and I recently traveled from Western to Eastern Washington and I commented that the leaves on the mountains reminded me of a patchwork quilt. I think my favorites were the deep red of the Vine Maple.

My card features the Close to My Heart Hawthorne paper packet and I wanted to incorporate the Saffron & Sangria both yummy warm colors. I am in love with the pumpkins from the Autumn Blessings stamp set and I chose to color them with the new Tri-Color Markers that Close to My Heart is carrying. I love that you can get three shades from one marker! The sentiment was stamped in Espresso ink – I use to stamp in browns and grays all the time and have kind of got out of the habit, but it’s so much softer than black ink.

I hope that you’ll take a minute and tell me what your favorite fall color is by leaving me a comment and if you get some time pop on over to the Artsystampers Challenge and let them know that “Twisted Sister” sent you.

Color Dare #364

Happy Friday I’m back with another Design Team card for  Color My Heart Color Dare.   This week our challenge is to choose three colors from the Color Dare Grid.

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I love these colors all together and standing on their own, so it was a bit of a challenge for me to choose only 3, in the long run Eggplant, Peacock & Saffron were my choices.

The retired Documented paper packet had all the colors I needed and embellishments to match!

You can visit the Color My Heart Color Dare blog for all the information on how to play along as well as finding additional inspiration from the other Design Team members.

Double Trouble #40

There is no better way to start a Monday than with a little trouble – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is!

Our challenge for the next two weeks 10/7-10/20 is masking with the fun twist of adding something you’d find in a pumpkin patch for example: a pumpkin, a scarecrow, or maybe even a trick or treater! You can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to our Challenge Partner Kat Scrappiness. You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge blog

Have you ever been to a masquerade ball? I think that’s how my card must have felt with all these sticky notes stuck to it. I use sticky notes that are full page sticky so I get good coverage for my masks. I was watching a video from Jennifer McGuire and she talked about masking paper and I think I might have to give it a try – it appears a bit larger than my 3X3 notes. Her card inspired me and they aren’t completely alike, but they are quite similar.

So I started my card by cutting a stitched rectangle from the largest of the Close to My Heart Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts. I then placed it in my Misti and placed a circle die where I wanted my spotlight area to be. I then placed my pumpkin and stamped him several times in intense black ink and then colored it in with my Tri-blend markers. After it was colored I added the sentiment and placed the masks. When you use a die cut for a mask you end up with a small shadow of white around the image, but I didn’t care. Then I started by swirling Sweet Leaf ink all over inside the circle mask. To finish things off I added two bitty sparkles (one to each end of the sentiment) because a little bling never hurt anything.

So what do you think of my finished card? Do you think this is a project you would try?

Don’t forget to link up and join the fun…everyone needs a little Double Trouble in their life!

Double Trouble #39

There is no better way to start a Monday than with a little trouble – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is!

It’s a special week at Double Trouble (9-30 thru 10-6) is our Something, Anything, Everything Challenge with the fun twist of making PINK your prominent color to help us celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to one of our previous challenge partners. You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge blog.

My card is a fancy fold card with my favorite combination of Ballerina & Black. The big bold flower flips open from a fancy fold card to display the first sentiment and then an additional sentiment is inside the card with room to write a message and sign your name.

I hope you’ll come play along with our short week, but extremely fun challenge. Don’t forget to link up and join the fun…everyone needs a little Double Trouble in their life!