Color Club Exclusive – September

This years Close to My Heart Color of the year, Bashful, pairs so nicely with the new updated Basics Family.

My Color Club members receive the pieces to make an exclusive card each month in their color kit. This month’s card features the Happy Heart and Ink Splash stamp sets.

Thanks for stopping by…have a great weekend!

A Good Base

On Monday I posted about the great patterns that are available for our Workshops Your Way kits and I wanted to show you what happens when you just change a few papers around.

Today I wanted to share a couple of cards using the same card pattern, but lots of different twists from the original pattern.

img_7182First up is a birthday card made using the Adventure Fundamentals Paper Packet.

The change from embossed paper to a pattern paper was pretty easy, but I still wanted my card to have some texture so I embossed the  black cardstock banner.

I used the stamps from the card workshop and just interchanged the sentiment.  Finishing off the card were Black & White Dots.

 

Since the Kind Thoughts kit is made with paper from the Cats & Bats Workshop I thought I’d change a few things up and bring you a spooky Halloween party invitation!

Here’s what I knew when I started this card…I wanted a base of black that I could emboss with the retired Confetti Stars embossing folder to make it look like a night sky.  I wanted to use the “word” B&T paper and I wanted to use a combination of stamps from the Cats & Bats suite of products.

Adding an embossed background really gives your card some great texture.  I love my Big Shot, but if you are limited on space a Cuttlebug will work just fine.  I just kept building on the card as I went along – the cute EEK replaces the circle on my original card and I stamped a spiderweb on the top part of the tag.

Grab this pattern (you can find it here) and make a card using any Close to My Heart papers other than what I’ve used here and share with me on my Papercrafting Princess Facebook page prior to 9/30 for a chance to win a sample packet of papers from the current Holiday Expressions.

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Workshop Guides

One of the fabulous things about our Workshops Your Way are the fabulous instructions that come with our kits.

You can find the instructions which you can download and print by visiting my webpage http://www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com and then clicking on Shop and then Kits.  All of the Workshop Your Way kits are listed and you just click on the picture of the one you want.  You will notice the words “Download Guide” under the purchase price where you can add the workshop to your shopping cart if you choose to shop online.

I have attached the Kind Thoughts Card Kit workshop below, you can click the link to open in a new page.

Kind Thoughts Card Kit – Bats and Cats

You’ll notice that the first page of the Guide includes finished photos of the project, an image of the stamp set included with the kit and a list of supplies that you will need to complete the kit.  The next pages include a cutting guide – including placement of thin cuts as needed.  The final pages give step by step directions on how to assemble the project.

I love our workshop guides – they provide fabulous base instructions that are interchangeable with other papers.  I’ll be posting some examples this week, make sure you check back for a fun little contest.

If you’ve purchased a Workshop Your Way Kit, make sure you get the guide downloaded so that you can complete your projects.  If you have any questions – please feel free to give me a call and I will walk you through the process.

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Falling for You – Three Amigos Guest Artist

I was asked and very honored by my friend Susan Fogle at Paper Menagerie to be a guest designer over on the Three Amigos Blog Hop.  The Falling for You papers are such a great way to start September so of course I jumped at the chance to start creating with them.

These fall colors work so perfectly with our Basics Palette and Color of the Year Bashful.  I used Toffee as my base and Espresso to highlight the Bashful.  The Thankful was cut using one of the new thin cuts dies.  I also used a retired die to cut the heart outline in Bashful Glitter Paper.  A sprinkling of Falling for You sequins bring a little balance to the card.

I hope you’ll hop on over to the Three Amigos Blog Hop to see what the wonderful ladies there have created, you will be falling for them in no time.  I’ll be sharing some more projects this month using these papers so please make sure you click the button on my sidebar to follow my blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by I hope you’ll take some time to leave me a comment and then start creating with the Falling for You papers and link up at The Three Amigos.

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September Specials with Close to My Heart

Welcome to September…can you believe that fall is just around the corner?  Officially September 22nd.

Fall is probably my favorite time of year…the weather is starting to cool, fall colors are starting to show, hot cocoa, pumpkin carving, football games and of course most importantly it’s National Stamping Month!

Let’s visit the Close to My Heart Specials:

  • September Stamp of the Month – Feel So Blessed
  • National Stamping Month – From the Heart Card Kit
  • Classes

Feel So Blessed – This set of 26 stamps will help you express your thanks and gratitude all month long.  The exclusive “D” sized stamp set is yours for just $5 with a qualifying purchase during the month of September.

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From the Heart Card Kit – Celebrate National Stamping Month with the From the Heart card kit from Close To My Heart. This kit contains materials for creating 12 interactive cards, including foil-stamped card bases and an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set. The stamp set is designed to make it easy to create beautiful, rich stamped artwork using three layers of stamp images and thoughtful sentiments. The card kit also includes envelopes and step-by-step instructions and is available at a 20% discount off the retail price! Brighten someone’s day with a hand-stamped card From the Heart.

Classes: 

Just the Basics:  Thursday, September 7th 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

Cats & Bats:  Thursday, September 21st 10am or 6pm  Come get spooky with this Cats & Bats class featuring cards for Halloween.  You’ll brighten a mailbox with these fun designs.  You will need to bring the following supplies:  ShinHan Touch Twin Markers in Marigold and Vivid Green along with your favorite adhesives.  Must RSVP by September 5th.  $15

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give a Smile

Have you picked up your Punny Pals stamp set yet? This adorable new set benefits Operation Smile for the next year. For every set sold Close to My Heart will donate $7 to Operation Smile. One stamp set – lots of Smiles!

My cards feature papers from the new Adventure Fundamentals. I love these bright colors in the muted watercolor shades.

With back to school time Punny Pals would be a fun gift for your child’s teacher. You can order yours today by visiting my store at http://www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com

Thanks for stopping by!

Joyful Stars Blog Hop – Hot August

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Welcome to the Joyful Stars August Blog Hop!  If you’re coming here from my friend Michelle Loncar’s blog you are on the right path, but if you are starting here that’s ok too – we are a circular hop and if you follow the links you’ll hop right on around and end up right back where you started.

Wow has August been hot!   First it’s the first month of the brand new Close to My Heart Annual Idea book and Seattle with 45+ days without rain…I don’t know about where you are from, but this girl is about to wilt.  I’ve been spending lots of time in my craft room playing with new supplies – yes, it’s got A/C!!!

I wanted to introduce you to the brand new Color of the Year BASHFUL!  It’s a lovely pink that goes so nicely with all our other colors especially the new basics!

My card also features a brand new M sized stamp which I repeatedly stamped on water color paper and then water colored with soft pinks and greens.  The Thank You stamp is from a set that carried over All The Thanks!  I finished it by adding a few clear sparkles and think I managed a very elegant card.  Someone recently said that I make clean and simple look sophisticated – I’ll take that as a complement.

Thanks for stopping by…take a minute and leave me a comment and tell me what the weather is like in your neck of the woods and then hop on over to my friend Debi Brile’s That Might Look Good On A Card blog where you’re sure to find some delightful work.

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A Little Thank You

Since it’s been a challenge to get in the craft room this week, I’ve had some extra time to hop around and look at some challenges and thought just maybe this little Thank You card might fit the bill for a couple of them.

My card is just a 3X3 I like to keep this size on hand to stick in customer orders – just a nice little treat to find and I think it’s important to give thanks!  A Seaglass base with the rainbow paper from Prickly Pear and my all time favorite long-retired M stamp which I colored in with my Shin Han markers.  I quick knot of twine and a few Prickly Pear sequins finish things off.

Seriously, if you’re ideas are waning in the heat and over whelming activity of summer take a look at some challenge blogs like Heart to Heart this week they are featuring Fabulous Fonts and Three Amigo’s Blog Hop Challenges where you’ll find Prickly Pear being featured during the month of July.  Of course I can’t mention blog hop challenges without mentioning one of my favorites – Color My Heart Color Dare.

Thanks for stopping by…I can’t wait to get back in my Craft Coop and start playing with my new things.

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Fundamentals Creative Collection Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Fundamentals Creative Collection Blog Hop!  We are featuring items from our Fundamentals Collection located in our Annual Inspirations.  If you have come here from Maureen’s Something to Scrap About Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

This month we have over 20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this fantastic collection and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I am sharing a gate-fold card that I made using the Whimsy Fundamentals Collection and the Some Kinda Wonderful stamp and thin cut bundle.  This paper collection features fun stripes, dots and words in the beautiful watercolors of the whimsy color family. Each paper has different colors front and back and although not specifically themed which makes it great for year round use, it matches terrifically with the baby girl, baby boy and spring time complements along with the Whimsy Ribbon Pack.

Leave me a comment and let me know which Fundamentals paper collection is your favorite of course I’d also like it if you left a comment about my card.

Now “Hop” on over to my friend Michelle’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to learn more about our coordinating products.

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