Some Like it Iced

I’m a coffee drinker…cream & sugar, flavored, hot or iced I’m probably willing to give it a try. I haven’t however caught the #PSL movement, even though I hail from the land of green straws!

I loved this Pumpkin Treats stamp set and knew it would be one of the first I bought from the September/October catalog.

I paired some woodgrain paper with Paprika cardstock added a little Mocha cardstock behind the Shortbread plaid mix-in (also a favorite) and mounted my cute drink cup. In true northwest fashion I colored my straw green.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my week of Pumpkin Treats. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and hope you’ll leave a comment.

Inspiration is Everywhere

Last week I talked about getting inspiration from the Close to My Heart How To Books and this week I’m taking you down a different road of adventure. I’m not sure why, but I pay close attention to details and I file things away and use them later. For instance I have a friend that ALWAYS looks at the dessert menu for Key Lime Pie – if it’s not there she probably doesn’t order dessert…so I filed that information away and when we had a dinner party recently it was on my radar and I wanted her to feel special. This little quirk works really well for my card-making too. I can see something and think – “oh that might look good on a card”.

This dish towel is a prime example. I saw it online and decided to grab a screenshot. There were several things I liked about the towel (besides the pie) and knowing that I had the Pumpkin Treats stamp set sitting on my desk I started planning my card.

I started by stamping, coloring and die cutting three slices of pie, then I decided what I liked about the towel. The linen colored background and plaid edges really stood out along with the words…oh what would I do.

And there we have it…not an exact match, but close enough. It definitely has the elements that I liked in the dish towel. This Pumpkin Treat stamp set is definitely getting a lot of use in the Coop. You’ll see one more card using it on Friday and then probably a few more times through the season. I’m sure I’ll be using it on some scrapbook pages too!

Leave me a comment with what you use for inspiration and if you want to challenge me send me a message with an inspiration piece and I’ll see what I can come up with.

Thanks for stopping by…I’m off to find a piece of pie!

Double Trouble #93

It’s time for more trouble…Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is.

Our challenge consists of three parts: Trouble Makers main challenge, Double Dares challenge to link with another blog which you may or may not decided to participate in and Twisted Sisters surprise challenge! You can find all the details on the rules page of the challenge blog.

This Challenge is one of my favorites because Trouble Maker can’t tell me what to do…it’s a Something, Anything, Everything Challenge.

I took inspiration from the Close to My Heart Seasonal Catalog and joined used the sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #438. I used Mulberry cardstock cut with the Stitched Lattice Background Thin Cut, added a tag from the Mix In collection and die cut and colored images from the Pumpkin Treats stamp set.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card and will consider joining our challenge. If you’d like more inspiration visit my team members at Double Trouble.

The Chick’s Pick – August

With classes in The Coop currently on hold I wanted to come up with an idea that will keep you crafty – you may have already heard, but if not let me introduce you to The Chick’s Pick!

The Chick’s Pick will be new each month so make sure you’ve signed up to receive my blog posts by e-mail or check back here so you don’t miss out on the fun!

 Each month I will feature my current favorite stamp (because they are all favorites at one time or another) and create three cards that I hope you fall in love with.  Not only will you build your stamp collection with a new stamp (sometimes a thin cut too) you will receive pre-cut and pre-punched project supplies to make THREE cards (1 each of three designs) using the featured stamp set each month. When you participate for 3 consecutive months you’ll receive an additional bonus gift from me.

You’ll find each month’s pick here on my blog for reference along with a list of supplies that I’ve used. Make sure you e-mail me when you place your order at my website http://www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com so that I can mail your kit.

The August pick is So Tweet an adorable set of birdies that includes some cute sentiments too. 
You can find the stamp set here!

Supplies: You will need to provide your own card bases, adhesive, embellishments & ink.

  • Card 1: Versa Mark Ink with White Embossing Powder for Sentiment, Liquid Glass for eye glasses, Bird has been popped up with dimensional foam tape.
  • Card 2: Dovetail end of sentiment strip, pop bird up with dimensional foam tape
  • Card 3: Trim card base front to 3.5 inches add patterned paper to front & Blue Bird cardstock strip to inside at the bottom so it can be seen when the card is closed. Sentiment has been stamped directly onto patterned paper I suggest doing this PRIOR to attaching it to card base. Bird is popped up with dimensional foam tape.

If you have any questions please leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping 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.

Color My Heart Color Dare – Red

What things can you think of that are red? My first thought when I saw Color My Heart Color Dare challenge #387 was a firetruck.

You can only use Red with accents of Black & White – no other colors no other neutrals. I grabbed a Candy Apple B&T from a retired Christmas packet and cut a strip of black that I ran through the big shot to get stitched X’s. The firetruck is mounted with thin 3D foam tape on a white stitched circle that is matted with a black circle. Two black dots finish off my card.

It’s been lots of fun being able to spend uninterrupted time in the Craft-Coop during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. What have you been doing with your extra time at home?

Double Trouble – #52

There is no better way to start a Monday than with a little trouble – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is…it’s a pretty good way to wrap up a Thursday of crafting too!

I’ve been missing in Double Trouble Land for quite some time…decided that I wanted to give up my seat on the DT and turn things over to my twin…I’m sure she’ll do a good job, I will hopefully find time along my journeys to play along.

The challenge this week is to include at least one spring item on your card, a twist of adding a bee and to link up with Bitten By the Bug. I grabbed a retired paper packet (I’m trying to bust my stash while I’m in Stay Healthy, Stay Home mode) and the multi-square die from Close to My Heart and the Share the Joy stamp set. I quickly colored all my images with the tri-blend markers and then layered on my banners. I decided to give things a light touch of clear Shimmer Pen, but it’s so hard to see in a picture.

Don’t forget to link up and join the fun…everyone needs a little Double Trouble in their life!

Tool Time Thursday

Welcome to Tool Time Thursday! I’m super excited that you stopped by to check out one of my favorite tools!

I’d had a Close to My Heart stapler on my desk for years when this mini-stapler was released in a catalog a number of years ago…I didn’t think that I’d needed another stapler, but I was wrong!

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The mini-stapler has recently moved to a prominent (within easy reach) location on my desk.  Lately it’s helped me put together treat bags, attach ribbon and twine to cards and well those tiny little staples just make me swoon.  The really cool thing is that the staples can be colored with your alcohol markers to match your projects!

When you purchase the mini-stapler today from me you’ll receive 10% off the price…a sweet little deal for a sweet little tool.

Now remember to come back next week to see what Tool Time Thursday has for you!

C.A.S.E. with H2H

I did it, I did it…I got all the February challenges completed for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog!

This weeks challenge is C.A.S.E. which means Copy and Steal Everything! There are so many talented artists out there to be inspired by, but Heart 2 Heart wanted us to “copy and put our spin on a project from the current Seasonal Expressions Idea Book”.

I don’t think there is a greater form of flattery than when someone wants to copy your work…unfortunately I fell victim to someone that was unscrupulous a few months ago that actually stole a piece of my artwork and put their own stamp on it. It’s important to also give credit where credit is due when inspired by a card.

My inspiration came from page 84 of the Seasonal Expressions 1 A Birthday in Watercolor. The talented artists at Close to My Heart are always an inspiration!

My spin was to use a B&T paper from the Seasonal Mix-Ins paper packet and choose a color combination from the Love of Color – Glacier, Sweet Leaf & Thistle. I also didn’t have the puffy sticker embellishments (what’s wrong with me) used on the original card so I used I Heart Us sequins mixed in with the spatters.

I hope you will look at the Close to My Heart Catalogs more than just a place to shop, but also as a source of inspiration. Find a card that you love and share it with the Heart to Heart Challenge Blog.

Thanks for stopping by…see you soon!

Products Revealed

Yesterday I showed you this picture of products I’m donating to an upcoming school auction and asked if you could identify all the products. Today I’m going to reveal those products here.

Everything can be purchased from my webpage – if you have any questions or need help finding the products please feel free to reach out to me in the comment section.

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I Heart Us Paper Packet
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I Heart Us Complements
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I Heart Us Coordinating Cardstock
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Make It From Your Heart Vol 1
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Black Exclusive Ink Pad
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Story By Stacy Story Started Workshop Kit – Stripes
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Simply Said – My Acrylix Stamp Set
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Card Captions – January Stamp of the Month
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1X1 My Acrylix Block
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1 X 3 1/2 My Acrylix Block

The retail total of these items was just under $90…this would be a great starter gift. I love putting together product bundles…let me know your budget and I’ll help you get started. It certainly doesn’t cost a lot to get started with this hobby and you’ll have years of fun!