Solo Sale

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.

Solos Alphabet Bundle (CC7181)        Numbers Solos Bundles (CC7182)

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

 

 

 

Double Trouble – Challenge 1

There’s a new blog challenge in town and I’m super excited that I was asked to be on the Design Team from the very beginning.

Double Trouble was founded by my stamping friends Sue and Melanie and well you know me, where Trouble leads I follow!!!  We are really TWO challenges in one – an opportunity to do a simple challenge & the Double Dare to  link up to an additional  challenge with the same card, every once in a while I’ll pop in with a special “TWIST”.

Our Thing One challenge this week is to add two or more patterned papers to your project and our Double Dare is to link to the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

My card features papers from Close to My Heart’s Beautiful Friendship collection and a retired stamp set Treats of Friendship also from Close to My Heart.  I chose a small print for my all over background and a larger print (the teapots & cups) for my second piece.  It’s good to combine sizes of prints so that they don’t compete with one another.  I kept my stamping simple – just a teacup which I colored with Copic Markers and then I stamped my sentiment in Sapphire Ink and tucked the tag under my gray ribbon.  I added a couple of pearls for a simple accent.

I hope you’ll head over to the Double Trouble Blog to learn more about our challenges.  If you’re new around these parts I hope you’ll click the Follow Button where you can get updated each time I post.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Good Things – Color Dare #291

It’s Friday…time for another Color Dare!

This week the Color My Heart Color Dare Design Team is creating with the colors:  Sapphire, Smoothie, Heather and Gold if desired.

I used papers from the new Beautiful Friendship paper packet paired with the stamp set from the Festive Birthday card kit and a pattern from Make It From Your Heart 4.

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I hope you’ll take some time to create with us you can click HERE for the details of the Color My Heart Color Dare.

Thanks for stopping by my blog – if you like what you see make sure to leave me a little love.

Owl Always Love You

Did you pick up the Share A Smile Card Kit?  I loved the Punny Pals stamp set when it was released, but adding Thin Cuts took my love over the top.

I’m trying to share some new techniques in my Just the Basics card class and this background was a fun one.  I inked an acrylic block directly with my Glacier Ink pad and then spritzed it with water from my Spray Pen and applied it directly to my square of paper.  The fun thing about this technique is you won’t get the same results twice.  I then stamped my sentiment in Memento Black Ink and popped up the owl which I water-colored.

This is such an easy technique and you can also use multiple colors on your block just make sure to use your lightest color first.  You can also use your die-based markers for an additional look.

Thanks for stopping by I hope you’ll give this fun technique a try.

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October Specials with Close to My Heart

Welcome to October…can you believe we’ve already made it to the 10th month of the year?

October is a busy month for me…most of the activity centers around our annual Pumpkin Carving Party.  We enjoy hosting parties here at our house so adding one more in the fall seemed like just the thing to do.  I’ve also added a new class to my lineup – Monday Mayhem – I’ll describe it more later.

Let’s visit the Close to My Heart Specials:

  • September Stamp of the Month – Christmas Tunes
  • October Special – Share a Smile
  • Round Up Matching for Operation Smile
  • Classes

Christmas Tunes – This set of 7 stamps will have you humming along while creating your Christmas cards this month.  The exclusive “D” sized stamp set is yours for just $5 with a qualifying purchase during the month of October.

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Share A Smile –  With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart donates $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, an organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world. To bring these stamp images to life, we’ve made a coordinating set of Thin Cuts dies and an exclusive
card kit! The card kit includes the dies, card bases, envelopes, paper, and step-by-step instructions for creating 32 cards, and it is available at a discounted price! Create these delightful cards and use them to share smiles all around!

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Round Up Matching – With every order you have the opportunity to “round up” and donate to Operation Smile, but the month of October is Special because Close to My Heart will match those Round Up Donations up to 10,000.  I am really hoping that ALL of my customers will choose to participate in the Round Up and help me increase my Operation Smile Donation thermometer.  If you have any questions on how you can help feel free to leave a comment on my blog or e-mail me.  I am around 1/4 of the way to my annual goal of funding at least one smile.

Classes: 

Just the Basics:  Thursday, October 5th 10am or 6pm  – This class is designed for the new to seasoned stamper.  We’ll touch on some techniques and fancy folds.  Cards will include birthday, thank you, thinking of you themes.  Papers will focus on using the fundamental line.  RSVP today!  $15

Falling for You:  Thursday, October 19th at 10am.  You’ll be thankful you signed up for this class as you create with the Falling for You papers this month.    Must RSVP by October 5th!  $15

Sign up and prepay for both Just the Basics and Falling for You card classes for just $25, that’s a $5 savings.  If you’re schedule changes last minute your card kit will be available for pick up at your convenience.

Monday Morning Mayhem:  Grab your Workshop Your Way Kits or other Close to My Heart products and join me for some crafting mayhem.  Space is limited to 6 and you MUST RSVP.  This is a FREE non-instructional craft time.  Donation to Operation Smile would be appreciated.  Please only Close to My Heart Products.  Although this is a non-instructional time I will be available to answer questions and some limited product will be available for purchase.

 

 

 

3 Ways From the Heart

Last Monday I told you’d I’d share some samples I’ve made from the September Close to My Heart Special and then the week got away from me. So today I have those cards for you.

My first card is the traditional use of the stamp set from the card kit. Layering the flowers with different inks makes a beautiful card.

My next card was stamped in Memento black ink and colored in. I really like the large sentiment on the front of the card. Inside I layered the flower in the more traditional way.

My third card is a completely different use of the card base, taking a pattern from the Beary Christmas card kit and turning it into a fun fold card.

It is lots of fun playing with this fun fold card kit. One of the tricks is really folding those score lines. Grab your bone folder and you’ll have success.

Thanks for being patient I hope you enjoy these cards.

Thanks Amigos!

Have you visited the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge yet?  I’m Guest Designing for the month of September so I’m here to hound you again!  Get linked up people!!!

The Falling for You papers are so fun to work with now that the weather has turned a bit chilly – everything feels like leaves and pumpkins!

Seaglass was a tough act to follow but Close to My Heart’s Color of the Year Bashful has taken a front row on my craft desk.  I’ve actually got tired of hopping up and getting it so I gave it along with the matching glitter paper a place of it’s own.

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If you order during the month of September it’s likely you’ll find this card in your bag (or mailbox if you order directly from my webpage.)  It’s one of my favorite sizes 4.75 X 3 –  I can get 4 out of one sheet of cardstock.  That rich yummy brown is Espresso one of the new additions to our recently redesigned basics palette.  It’s difficult to see in the photo, but the arrow under the sentiment is stamped in Bashful – both of these stamps are from the September Stamp of the Month Feel So Blessed.

Do you like little cards?  Leave me a comment and I’ll drop a card in the mail to you.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and make sure you visit the Three Amigos Blog Hop.

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