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!

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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!

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

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.