A Reason to Mail It

Y’all should know by now that I’m a social media junkie…I love sharing and I love people that share. Over on Instagram I stumbled across Mail It Monday – I instantly fell in love! Kim is so inspirational, responds quickly and shares some of the cutest darned things and she’s like me she loves to mail things!

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You can imagine my happiness when on December 31st she shared a free download for the Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card Mailers (mouthful right?) Currently the month of January is available and you can find it here on her blog For the Love of Paper.

I hope that you’ll make 2019 a year for spreading happiness…don’t just make cards – mail them!

Sneak Peek – Boutique

I am so excited for you to see the new Close to My Heart Holiday Expressions Catalog I’m finding it hard to wait the 7 days or so until September 1st!

You’ll notice a few changes with this new Idea Book – besides the new products!  It’s bigger and better than ever because we are going to have a new catalog every quarter and have done away with the two idea books – no more wondering “is that in the big catalog or that little one?”

If you have yet to sign up for my Color Club this is the perfect time to do it.  We’ll be kicking it off in September with the brand new Color of the Year!   If you have any questions be sure to e-mail or give me a call.

One other fun thing that will be happening with this idea book is a chance to earn free card kits from me.  I will pick a new stamp set each month (not the stamp of the month) to be my featured set.  You’ll see me use it in various projects throughout the month and on two featured cards.  When you choose to add my featured stamp set to your order you will receive the items to recreate those cards.  Of course you’ll need to supply the card bases and inks for stamping, but this should be a fun way to get those new stamps inky right when you get them!  You’ll hear more about this program when you attend “Cards in the Coop” on September 6th or you can e-mail me at papercraftingprincess@frontier.com for more information.

I’m looking forward to sharing many fun times…you can find my events listed on my Facebook Page or you can e-mail me with the subject line “What’s Happening in the Coop” and I’ll send you a list of current scheduled events.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy your sneak peek at Boutique.

 

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day

In 2012 I lost my mom to her third battle with Breast Cancer and I pretty much boycotted Mother’s Day until last year when a group of girlfriends asked me to a play and dinner. This year we are doing brunch and the Chihuly Glass & Gardens.

One of my favorite things about making cards is being able to personalize them. These are a few of the Mother’s Day cards that I made this year.

I hope you have a beautiful day!

Scraps, Scraps, Scraps!

The You Are More cardmaking workshop was so much fun to put together (ok cutting the little squares not so much) but the rest of it was well worth it and look at the scraps I have left over to create with.

That’s right – after creating 12 cards (6 each of 2 designs) I have enough scraps left over to complete some additional projects and there are embellishments left too!

If you are new to card making I’d suggest picking up one of our workshop kits to assemble.  There are four great choices in the Seasonal Expression.  You can also find the kits online here.

Thanks for stopping by.  Make sure your subscribed to my blog so that you don’t miss what I make with these scraps!

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3 Ways From the Heart

Last Monday I told you’d I’d share some samples I’ve made from the September Close to My Heart Special and then the week got away from me. So today I have those cards for you.

My first card is the traditional use of the stamp set from the card kit. Layering the flowers with different inks makes a beautiful card.

My next card was stamped in Memento black ink and colored in. I really like the large sentiment on the front of the card. Inside I layered the flower in the more traditional way.

My third card is a completely different use of the card base, taking a pattern from the Beary Christmas card kit and turning it into a fun fold card.

It is lots of fun playing with this fun fold card kit. One of the tricks is really folding those score lines. Grab your bone folder and you’ll have success.

Thanks for being patient I hope you enjoy these cards.

Kind Thoughts

Have you ever avoided purchasing a paper pack because it was theme specific?  Today I’m going to try and convince you to take another look at the papers in the Close to My Heart paper packets.

This card is from the Workshop Your Way Kind Thoughts Card Making Kit.  I love the Gold Rush paired with the Bashful, Black and White.  Such a classy card and that new Rose Embossing Folder – yes please!

Would you believe that this paper is straight from the Cats & Bats paper packet?

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Although one of the papers is very themed oriented – the other papers in this pack are stand alone papers with trendy designs that can be used for so many other projects.  You’ll find a list of the featured colors on the back of the Zip Strip of the paper packet or listed in the catalog.   Cats & Bats contains: Black, Charcoal, Emerald, Gold Rush, Pebble, Pewter, White Daisy & Willow.

I hope I’ve convinced you to take another look at the Paper Packets that are now available in the recently released Holiday Expressions and realize that they have lots of uses and are not just holiday specific.

 

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Give a Smile

Have you picked up your Punny Pals stamp set yet? This adorable new set benefits Operation Smile for the next year. For every set sold Close to My Heart will donate $7 to Operation Smile. One stamp set – lots of Smiles!

My cards feature papers from the new Adventure Fundamentals. I love these bright colors in the muted watercolor shades.

With back to school time Punny Pals would be a fun gift for your child’s teacher. You can order yours today by visiting my store at http://www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com

Thanks for stopping by!