What’s on the Drink Menu

This week I grabbed a bunch of stamps centering on drinks, specifically coffee and tea…ok I tossed in a lemonade too!

I’m still working on busting my stash, so there’s retired stamp sets and retired papers in this post.

It really has been fun chosing a theme to concentrate on and spreading some kindness along the way.

Thanks for stopping by…I hope you’ll leave me a comment, I live hearing from you.

All About the Boys!

This week I really decided to concentrate on cards suitable for the guys. Big boys, little boys, but especially BIRTHDAY BOYS!

I really love that Close to My Heart’s Party Time paper in the Core Catalog is double sided with one side being predominately pinks and the opposite side being predominately blues. I have made so many cards with this paper.

Other than Father’s Day & Mother’s Day stamp sets I don’t assign a gender to my stamps (sure I have a few that I’d use more for guys, but I do have girlfriends that hunt and enjoy the outdoors).

For my cards this week, I started by just pulling a few birthday stamp sets and the Party Time paper and making a pile on my desk. I pulled out some paper and really got a feel for what I wanted to do.

Starting with the Make It From Your Heart Vol 4 I started making cards! I would just pick a pattern, pull a stamp set and ask myself how is this going to work?

All the colors I chose to use (except the toffee on the donuts) I chose from the papers. I also kept my embellishments simple, choosing the Black & White Dots or Silver Glitter Gems.

I think instead of BOY cards, I ended up with some that are quite gender neutral.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a look at my process and I appreciate you taking the time to stop by.

More Hillside Cottage

I couldn’t resist playing with the Hillside Cottage Collection just a little more.

That Blue Belle bunny could not be any cuter! I am really loving the Color of the Year it seems to blend perfectly with all the Close to My Heart colors, I will be sad to see it retire.

Next week I will share some scrapbook pages I made with this collection.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will consider adding Hillside Cottage to your craft room.

Hillside Cottage

So much for posting weekly…

The begining of May brought a brand new catalog and so many wonderful new products. I hope you’ll stop for a minute and check it out on my webpage.

I’ve been playing with the Hillside Cottage Collection. I really love the colors of this paper packet.

The wood & black acrylic shapes with this collection is so much fun.

If you’d like a May/June catalog you’ll receive one free when you place your order.

Thanks for stopping by, let me know what you think of this fun new collection.

Heart 2 Heart – Sunny Days

I decided to take some time and participate in the Heart 2 Heart Sunny Days challenge.

I cut an image from the CTMH Summer Vibes Cricut collection sized it to fit my card layout and started piecing it together. Summer time means time at our friends pool and I thought this card was a fun reminder to those times.

I missed being in my Craft-Coop while I was in Arizona, but I’m on a mission to get some crafting time in. I appreciate you stopping by and leave me a message what your favorite thing to do in the summer is.

Spreading Love

Washington State is under a Stay Home Stay Healthy mandate from our governor so I’m finding extra time in the Craft-Coop to Stay Creative!

I’ve grabbed some retired papers and stamps to spread a little love. I reached out to my sister-in-law last week who told me that her kiddo’s could use a little extra love so these cards were made specifically for several nieces and nephews that have been affected by the current mandate for school closures.

All of the card patterns were taken from the Make It From Your Heart Vol 4 How To Book. It has 24 different card patterns with measurements and a full color example. It is one of my favorite things in my Craft Coop.

Leave me a comment with how you’re staying creative during this pandemic.

Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Creative!

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!

Share the Joy – It’s Fun!

I finally found some time in my crazy schedule to play with the Share the Joy Stamps & Thin Cuts. I knew this special was made for me for several reasons – 1) I love little stamps and there are two stamp sets full of cute little designs for birthday and everyday. 2) Thin Cuts with holes to fill with those tiny little stamps – an easy peasy way to add some flair to your cards. 3) The price $39.95 US for the entire bundle.

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You can see the versatility of the stamps and thin cuts in the cards above. In the first card, I cut the thin cut shape down to fit a 4.25 X 3 card picked a color combo from the Love of Color and faster than a firecracker booms my card was done.

The inch worm card was inspired from a card on Pinterest. I used the background stamps from the birthday set to tone on tone the circles for some texture then fussy cut the party hat, used black dots for the eyes and drew on a smile. Cute little birthday card ready to go in the mail!

My third card used the traditional use of the thin cut and stamps – I left a few of the holes blank for interest.

I’ve got more ideas bouncy around in my head and I’ll be back to share those – hopefully before the week is over. The Share the Joy special is only available until July 31st so make sure you get yours ordered before the supplies run out. You can find the special here on my webpage.

Here’s the Challenge

Today I mailed this card pattern to each of my Thursday morning Cards in the Coop participants with the challenge to create a card using only Close to My Heart products and bring it to class for a free gift from me.

I told them I’d play along and share my card on Thursday. I even gave them a hint of what I might do.

When I sat down at my desk – my mind went a completely different direction and it only took me 5 minutes from start to finish to have my card created. I will share it here Thursday.

Would you like to play along? You’ll find a similar post on my Facebook Page where you can leave your creation in the comments.

Can you identify all the products?

I am donating a basket of Close to My Heart Products to a school auction. The total was just under $90 before shipping and tax – on paper it didn’t look like enough, but yesterday when the box arrived I was pleasantly surprised.

The items I picked are all from the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog which you can get for free when you place an order from my webpage. I thought it might be fun to play a little game and see if you can name everything that you see.

I will give you the first item, because it’s hard to identify in the photo – you can leave a comment below if you think you have everything figured out.

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I Heart Us Coordinating Cardstock
12 sheets of 12 X 12 Double Sided Cardstock: 2 each of Black, Bluebird, Canary, Lagoon, Mint, and Raspberry