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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 2 are two must haves…the My Acrylix Stamp Scrubber and the the My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner (also available in a refill size).
The Spritz Cleaner is specially formulated for use with Close to My Heart’s My Acrylix stamps just a quick spritz on the stamp and the use of the stamp scrubber and you pop it back on the carrier sheet – good as new.
Over the years of stamping I have used MANY stamp cleaners. I LOVE the stamp scrubber because the raised bristles get into the tiny detailed areas, especially if I am using Pigment Ink which tends to be a bit sticky.
If you don’t have the My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner or Stamp Scrubber in your tool box – you can ad it to your order by shopping here.
Today I want to introduce you to my niece Stephanie (some of you already know her from card class) – she’s a devoted wife, busy mom of two, works part time outside the home and also helps her husband with his new cabinet business (she’s a mean face frame maker), she is on the board of her kids basketball association, is an amazing home decorator and loves cardmaking & scrapbooking. Did I mention she’s my niece (more like a daughter)?
Stephanie is also a brand new subscriber to Craft with Heart. Craft with Heart is a brand new subscription program from Close to My Heart featuring Cut-Above Layout Kits. Each layout kit comes ready to assemble with pre-cut paper pieces, die-cuts, stickers, Memory Protectors™ and instructions.
There are three options for the subscription program. Stephanie chose the one year plan for the best discount – she’ll get four layout kits every 4 months along with 30 free prints from Persnickity Prints.
30 free prints from Persnickety Prints, every 4 months
All subscriptions renew automatically. Cancel anytime.
Stephanie received layouts for September, October, November & December. The kits although they coordinate with current paper packets are not available other than through the subscription program.
Stephanie couldn’t wait to get started (look at that concentration) She loves putting kits together because of the time saving and “no thought” factors.
Look at that smile as she puts the finishing touches on her completed layout – the entire layout took her less than an hour to complete. She promises to share her completed layouts (with pictures) right here.
If you’d like to subscribe to Craft with Heart you can find more information on my webpage. As an added bonus when you subscribe to Craft with Heart you’ll be invited to an exclusive Day in the Coop to assemble your kits.
I hope you’ll consider this new subscription program to keep your creativity flowing and preserve your memories. Crafters of all ages and skill levels can create completed layouts for their photos and memories.
I was recently asked how I decided to pick the stamp sets for my Featured in the Coop series. The real answer is it has to be a stamp set that I LOVE and am willing to create with regularly and that I think has potential for being overlooked in the Holiday Expressions. Of course the cuteness of Hedge Hugs factored into my decision making this month. Seriously – how can you resist?
This card doesn’t feature a sentiment, just this cute little guy beckoning you to open the Gate Fold Card. I used two of my favorite papers from the Grateful Heart paper packet. The scalloped circle is only attached on one side of the panel and the pomegranate burlap ribbon holds the entire card closed. I colored his little body with markers, but I’ve learned a fun technique that I’m going to share next week.
Don’t forget when you purchase the Hedge Hugs stamp set from me I will include a kit to make two cards featuring this little guy.
If you’d like to suggest a stamp set for “Featured in the Coop” leave it in the comment section here and I’ll see what I can arrange.
Every good tourist should have a camera and the Magical paper pack gives you a B&T paper that is filled with choices! My friend Debi G and I had a productive day in the Coop Monday and we put together this cute camera that we saw on Instagram by Aaron Brown (another CTMH Consultant).
What’s special about this card? It’s got a sneak peak of a brand new color Candy Apple! I love that we finally have a true red in our color palette, the fact that it works so well with Lagoon is just an added bonus.
I thought I had a pretty colorful little Instax camera – since mine is just white it was fun to dream a little.
I’m linking up with the Three Amigo’s Blast From the Past – using their Challenge #10 Anything Goes! They are a fun group of ladies…not quite as fun as Double Trouble, but close!
I hope you’ll consider purchasing the Magical paper packet while it’s on special thru September 30th. It is such a fun, colorful paper good for so much more than just amusement park scrapbooking.
I’m sure you’ve heard the news that July is Stampaganza at Close to My Heart…buy two stamp sets get the third for free and that the SOLO Alphabet & Numbers stamp sets have been brought out of retirement for this special sale.
These stamps have long been a favorite and I’ve kicked myself time and time again that I didn’t buy the entire set when it was available. You can be sure I’m not going to let that opportunity pass me by this time. Each letter has a large bold and small sized lower case along with coordinating words that start with that letter and some fun shapes to play with too. Each number features both a large bold and small sized number along with the number in word form and words and images to match.
I gave some new life to the Solo T today pairing it with the soft colors from Central park. Don’t you just love that pop of Willow combined with the soft colors of Bashful & Glacier? This is one of my favorite patterns from Make It From Your Heart Volume 4, but I added a stitched circle & a banner to dress it up. A few sparkles adorn the letter to finish off the card.
The Solo stamps are perfect for both card making and scrapbooking – how cute would a baby album featuring month by month pictures be or even a big bold letter with someone’s name next to their picture.
Both the Solos Alphabet and Solo Numbers are available in a money saving bundle of 40% OFF the retail price, but they are only available through the month of July so make sure to get yours ordered today from my web-page http://www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com