Tracey’s Advent Calendar

Join me each day leading up to Christmas with an opening of my advent calendar of favorite products.  Each picture will include the item number if you’d like to add them to your shopping cart at http://www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com

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I chose the Rub & Remove eraser for one of my favorite products.  This 2X2 eraser has saved more than one card & scrapbook page from errant adhesive.

If you don’t have a Rub & Remove Eraser in your tool box – you can add it to your order by shopping here.

Pumpkin Time

I’m starting my morning much like I started yesterday only much earlier – it’s only 4:30am and I’ve been in The Coop for an hour and a half after not being able to sleep since midnight (may as well let hubby sleep instead of keeping him awake with my tossing and turning).

Yesterday morning I stopped by the Heart 2 Heart Challenge and learned about their Pumpkin Spice challenge – the last one of October – their actually keeping the date open until Saturday, November 3rd.  My plans to participate yesterday were a little derailed, but here I am ready now to participate.

I love fall…the rich colors of the leaves, cooler weather and it’s holiday season!  I’m not much of a Pumpkin Spice Girl – however I do like pumpkin pie.  Do you?  I’ve found it’s either a love it or hate it kind of thing.  I used to tell my mom that it was great for breakfast and I was getting my serving of vegetables out of the way.

OK, ok, the card!  I loved this PML card that was in the Grateful Heart paper packet.  I stamped the Hello Friend stamp from the coordinating stamp set and layered it on New England Ivy CS which was then layered on Fern and finally the Saffron B&T from the same paper packet.  I used some retired NEI Twine for a simple accent.

If you get some time stop by the Heart 2 Heart Challenges – they have a new challenge weekly, but allow you to link up the entire month so even if week 1 doesn’t work, but you like the challenge you still have time to play!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Craft With Heart

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.

Monthly

$17.95/Kit
 

  • $4.95 S&H, monthly

  • Billed and shipped monthly
  • Receive 1 kit each month

4-Month

$16.15/Kit
10% discount!

  • $4.95 S&H, every 4 months

  • Billed and shipped every 4 months
  • Receive 4 kits every 4 months

12-Month

$14.36/Kit
20% discount!

  • FREE S&H

  • Billed annually, shipped every 4 months
  • Receive 4 kits, every 4 months

30 free prints from Persnickety Prints, every 4 months

BEST VALUE
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.

 

Cute Factors into the Coop

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.

Hello Pumpkin – Atlantic Hearts #285

Wake up – feed a calf – drink coffee – create…that was my agenda today and I had my favorite niece to keep me company so we accomplished lots in the Craft-Coop – she even swept the floor!!!

Before she came I knew I wanted to steal a few minutes to make a card for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I always look at their sketch on Monday morning – I don’t always participate, but sometimes I just can’t resist the urge!

Michelle’s sketches are always top-notch and I love that she adds things like little banners and most of them also include where to place the sentiment.

I grabbed the Hello Pumpkin Papers & Cardmaking Stamp Set to line up a row of jack-o-lanterns.  Since I didn’t have a solid color background I added an additional banner with my Hello Pumpkin sentiment.

I encourage you to take a look at some of the fabulous challenge blogs when you are looking for some inspiration.  Whether it’s a color challenge, a sketch challenge or theme challenge there’s something out there to get your mojo flowing!

 

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.

 

 

 

More Magical

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).

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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.