A Little Crabby

Do you know someone that’s been a little crabby lately?  Maybe you should brighten their day with a card!


My friend, Debi, had this Beach Days (D1684) stamp set and I just HAD to borrow it for this card.  I love the beach and the Regatta Workshops Your Way (G1105) will get you all the paper and embellishments to make this card and MORE!  There are several things I LOVE about this card…first it has a ton of texture from the confetti embossing folder used on the white panel (which reminds me of bubbles) to the pennants and complement at the base of the tag.  Did you notice the zip strip?  I love incorporating them for a little surprise.

What could you use the Regatta papers for?



Life In Pictures – April SOTM


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring April’s SOTM, which is Life In Pictures, a set of 13 stamps.  If you have come here from my friend Darlys’ Blog, you are on the right path!    If you started here, the blog hop is a great big circle so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.



This month we have over 20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Blog Hopping is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I’ve been meeting with some sister consultants monthly to create with the Stamp of the Month.  The inspiration and challenge they bring to push me to another level is so much fun.  My buddy Darlys (mentioned above) is one of those consultants!

When I saw the camera stamps I immediately thought film strip – my first passion in life is photography and I spent many years developing my own film and printing the pictures.  Now I just take them…100’s of them every month, but I digress.  Back to my card…I couldn’t help including the Operation Smile promotional stamp set Animal Greetings.  I kept them simple stamping in black to preserve the look of a negative.  I finished off my card simply with a purple glitter heart from the Enamel and Glitter Duos Purple Hearts.

Now “Hop” on over to Michelle’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the April SOTM is only available until the last day of the month!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount

I’m A Guest at Atlantic Hearts #152

I loved my time as a Design Team Member at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, so you can imagine how I jumped at the chance to come back and be a guest designer.  Michelle graciously asked us to take a look at future sketches and pick one we’d like to do.  I finally just put the numbers of the sketches I was interested in doing in a bag and drew one, sketch #152.

I absolutely adore the new complement packs that are available to match each new paper packet – talk about taking the thinking out of crafting!

I love these cute little birds from the Penelope Paper Pack.  The colors are bright and cheery.  I don’t make many get well cards, but a dear friend is recovering from Achilles surgery so I wanted to send her a little cheer.  I mixed a few vellum shapes with a Playful Puffies and a couple of silver sequins.  I also got our fun new mini stapler and that’s how I attached the accent strip.  I’m including a close up of the cluster where you can see it all up close.


I hope you’ll stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge on Wednesday and see what the  DT members are up to.  I’d love it if you took a minute to participate too!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ll take a minute and let me know what you think of the complements.


Featured Friday #3

Welcome back to Featured Friday.  This week I’m coming to you from a temporary studio in soggy Oregon 🙂  As we were packing to leave town I grabbed my Penelope Paper packet and Complements, my Shin Han Markers, the March Stamp of the Month Sunshine Birdies and a few other supplies to keep myself occupied while my Wrangler wearing sweetheart was in his business meetings.

I knew I wanted to share this cute Quarter Fold Card with you as it is simple and done with limited supplies.  Closed the card resembles a flat box with the tops folded in and secured.  Open it has a place to write a note, stamp a sentiment or in my case just give a canvas for some additional artwork.


Before I give you the instructions I wanted to share a close up of the complements cluster.  Both the Flower Stickease and the Vellum Hello are from the Penelope Complements and the little silver arrow is from the Playful Puffies, they coordinate quite nicely with the silver accents on the vellum.


  • Cut your cardstock bases  4 3/16 X 11 and 5 7/16 X 8 1/2
  • Score the 4 3/16 piece 2 3/4″ from each end.
  • Score the 5 7/16 piece 2 1/8″ from each end.
  • Adhere one card inside the other with a strong adhesive (it doesn’t matter which is inside)
  • Cut your inside piece to 3 3/4 X 5 and decorate as desired and adhere to the inside.
  • Fold the corners of the card in so that each has a corner showing (like you would to secure a box closed)
  • Adhere B&T paper 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 to the corners of your card front.
  • Decorate the outside as desired.

I hope this has given you inspiration to try a new card fold.  I’d love to see what you do, so leave me a link to your creation in the comments section.

See you next week.


Hopping’ Down The Bunny Trail

Our power went off for 2 1/2 hours yesterday while I was in the middle of preparing for my upcoming $5 Card Class.  I wasn’t too worried because my craft room has plenty of light, but it did put a stop to my Cricut cutting.

I have recently become enamored with the monochromatic look it just seems like it gives a card such a fresh clean feeling.  I love the Dots embossing paired with the seersucker pattern from the Penelope paper packet.  The bunny is from one of my favorite sets Spring Critters and it has a Thin Cuts to match – no fussy cutting for this girl.  Mine is colored with our Shin Han markers and popped up on 3D Foam Tape.

Thinking about joining my $5 card class – it’s the first Thursday of every month – you’ll go home with three cute cards (in my opinion of course).

Thanks for stopping by…leave me a comment what your favorite animal is from the Spring Critters Set.  Don’t have the set yet, just click on the link and it will take you right to the stamp set in my store.


Tweet Thank You

My son called me from work on Thursday and told me he needed a birthday card for a one year old and a thank you card.  I created both today, but you’re going to have to wait for the birthday card.  He likes to barter, so I’m trading him my car being vacuumed and the windows being washed for the two cards.

I wanted to play with the Color My Heart Color Dare again this week I love the colors, Lagoon, Smoothie, Hollyhock and White Daisy.

I have seen a lot of these bird cage cards on Pinterest so I pulled out my Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge and started cutting.  I used Smoothie cardstock for my birdcage and lined it with a Lagoon B&T from the Blossom Collection.  I then backed the bird cutout with a piece of Lagoon cardstock.  The flower on the front is cut from Hollyhock and a pink enamel gem makes up the center.  The bow on top is cut from a piece of Lagoon B&T from the Heartstrings Collection, it has tiny little Hollyhock hearts.


I really had fun piecing all the paper together.  The Artfully Sent cartridge takes card making to the next level.

Have you stopped by the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge?  It’s a really fun place to gain some inspiration.

Thank you for stopping by…leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite card from the Artfully Sent Cartridge is.


Featured Friday #1

Happy Friday…I’m hoping that you’ll like this new feature that I’m bringing to my blog.  I decided to post on Friday’s so that you might take a chance to play along over the weekend.

If you’ve been following my blog for long you’ll know that I love fun folds,  so I’m going to take Fridays to showcase cards that are everything but ordinary!  Some will be easy to duplicate like today’s and some will be a little more detailed.


Do you recognize the papers from the  2″ strip at the bottom – it’s from the Charlotte papers and instead of cutting off the zip strip I left it attached.  I thought the little moose which I colored with Water Color Pencils and our Blending Pen fit perfectly in the half circle opening. The Animal Greetings stamp set benefits Operation Smile and has the cutest animals and pun sayings this one says I MOOSE you very much.  I framed it with one of the frames from Holiday Tags and popped it up with some 3D foam tape.  I found a couple of hearts and an arrow that I hadn’t used in the Charlotte Complements to finish off my card.   I found the instructions here.

I appreciate you stopping by…if you decide to play along leave me a comment with a link to your post…I’d love to see what you did.



Fun Fold For Color Dare

Hi my name is Tracey and I’m a fun fold card addict!  I have a whole Pinterest Folder of cards I want to try and this Double Diamond Card just happened to be one of them.  Sometimes I have to do a little research to find what I’m looking for so the instructions for this one come from a Split Coast Stamper Tutorial.


The color dare this week is to use Cranberry, Honey, Pear and Colonial White – what a fun mix of colors!  I’m focusing on cards for March right now so I pulled out my Penelope paper packet and went to work.  I stamped the little frog from the Spring Critters stamp with Pear ink onto a piece of the Pear B&T I love the texture that it gave to the little guy!  When I die-cut the B&T I didn’t think it was sturdy enough so I cut a second piece of Pear CS and backed it – I didn’t stamp this piece and then popped it up with some thin foam tape.  The doily of Colonial White is cut from Art Philosophy.

If you haven’t ever played in the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge you should really stop over and take a look.  The inspiration to use different color combinations is amazing!

Thanks for taking a minute to stop by.  I read and appreciate all comments, so I hope you’ll take a minute to leave me some love!

What’s Black & White and Red All Over?

It’s my entry for this week’s Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge!  I’ve spent all week thinking about what I wanted to do as it’s a very special challenge when the Color Dare #180 teamed up with the group at Heart 2 Heart Challenges with a Share the Love, Black White and Red Challenge.


Of course I knew I’d be reaching for the ever popular La Vie En Rose paper, but which one – 4 different patterns of course!  I love our double sided B&T you have twice the options!  Then I had to decide which red – Pomegranate was an easy choice as the complements were right on top of a pile of embellishments on my desk.

I sometimes wished that you could see me as I pull together an idea for a card – I seem to always pull the components and then figure out how to put them together.  The putting together step usually involves one of the “how to” books and today I reached for Originals.  I chose the Puzzle Backdrop on p91 and with a few tweaks made it my own.  I love how the bow and hearts from the complements pack gives my card a little pop!

I appreciate you stopping by and hope you’ll hop on over to both the Color Dare and Heart 2 Heart Challenge and take a look at all the amazing entries.


White Pines Swap

One of the greatest benefits of belonging to the Close to My Heart family is swapping cards with sister consultants!

Friday night I opened my house to host our annual holiday gathering as my upline’s power was out after our Tuesday storm.  It’s probably one of the best times I’ve had in a long time – all I needed to provide was a clean house and good directions!

Even though I hadn’t signed up to participate after seeing the White Pines cards that were being swapped I made a promise that I would make some cards and drop them in the mail – that is the top of my Monday To Do List!

In the meantime I received these three beautiful cards for inspiration.


I love that Maggie used the zip strip from this B&T – the pretty packages are such an addition to this beautifully decorated tree.




Julie did a fun 4X4 card using the branches from the Hostess Stamp Set Joyful Garden.




Debi used a bold JOY cut from the Cricut.  She used my two favorite papers from this paper packet.  I love the way she tied the bakers twine.






I also made a promise that I would participate with this swap group more often…so hopefully you’ll be seeing this post again next month.  With that I’d better go get busy!