Perk Up

I was supposed to be cleaning my craft room yesterday, but we all know how that turns out right? Finding cute things to play with and then I remembered that the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop was happening and I should link up a couple of more cards.

Both of my cards utilize the same pattern from Make It From Your Heart 4, if you are a card maker you need this book! Just click on the link and it will take you right to my website.

Although the September/October catalog has retired the Perk Up Stamp Set & Thin Cuts and Hawthorn paper are still available online. I have a friend that is all about EVERYTHING pumpkin spice, so I couldn’t resist putting together this fall card to put some happy in her mailbox.

In my tidying up I organized all my paper packs so they would be easy to access for my upcoming card making and ran across a box that had all my Holly Jolly Supplies – can you so JOY!!! You are going to LOVE this paper, the patterns are just amazing. I’m seeing friends from other states start to post snow pictures so this might just find its way to one of them to warm up their mailbox with a little cheer.

Even though these are the same pattern each card has it’s own unique look because of the papers and colors that I used.

My favorite fall drink is a Salted Caramel Mocha and once December arrives I’ll switch to a Peppermint Mocha. Are you a sweater weather or a pumpkin spice coffee lover?

Thanks for stopping by!

Color Dare #366

Happy Friday I’m back with another Design Team card for  Color My Heart Color Dare.   This week our challenge is a fan favorite Tic Tac Toe!

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I choose to use one of the papers from the Hawthorn paper packet and although I was going for the third column of Paprika, Pebble & Sapphire there’s a little Sage & Saffron thrown in with the leaves.

You can visit the Color My Heart Color Dare blog for all the information on how to play along as well as finding additional inspiration from the other Design Team members.

A New Challenge

There’s a new kid on the block…Artsystamper Digital Challenge has started a brand new Challenge Blog. The artwork is gorgeous and since she’ll be partnering up with Double Trouble in the future I wanted to lend my support.

Challenge #1 is Autumn Colors – my husband and I recently traveled from Western to Eastern Washington and I commented that the leaves on the mountains reminded me of a patchwork quilt. I think my favorites were the deep red of the Vine Maple.

My card features the Close to My Heart Hawthorne paper packet and I wanted to incorporate the Saffron & Sangria both yummy warm colors. I am in love with the pumpkins from the Autumn Blessings stamp set and I chose to color them with the new Tri-Color Markers that Close to My Heart is carrying. I love that you can get three shades from one marker! The sentiment was stamped in Espresso ink – I use to stamp in browns and grays all the time and have kind of got out of the habit, but it’s so much softer than black ink.

I hope that you’ll take a minute and tell me what your favorite fall color is by leaving me a comment and if you get some time pop on over to the Artsystampers Challenge and let them know that “Twisted Sister” sent you.

Double Trouble #40

There is no better way to start a Monday than with a little trouble – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is!

Our challenge for the next two weeks 10/7-10/20 is masking with the fun twist of adding something you’d find in a pumpkin patch for example: a pumpkin, a scarecrow, or maybe even a trick or treater! You can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to our Challenge Partner Kat Scrappiness. You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge blog

Have you ever been to a masquerade ball? I think that’s how my card must have felt with all these sticky notes stuck to it. I use sticky notes that are full page sticky so I get good coverage for my masks. I was watching a video from Jennifer McGuire and she talked about masking paper and I think I might have to give it a try – it appears a bit larger than my 3X3 notes. Her card inspired me and they aren’t completely alike, but they are quite similar.

So I started my card by cutting a stitched rectangle from the largest of the Close to My Heart Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts. I then placed it in my Misti and placed a circle die where I wanted my spotlight area to be. I then placed my pumpkin and stamped him several times in intense black ink and then colored it in with my Tri-blend markers. After it was colored I added the sentiment and placed the masks. When you use a die cut for a mask you end up with a small shadow of white around the image, but I didn’t care. Then I started by swirling Sweet Leaf ink all over inside the circle mask. To finish things off I added two bitty sparkles (one to each end of the sentiment) because a little bling never hurt anything.

So what do you think of my finished card? Do you think this is a project you would try?

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

Color Dare # 362

Happy Friday I’m back with another Design Team card for  Color My Heart Color Dare.   This week our challenge is taken from a beautiful inspiration photo.

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I had fun looking through paper packets trying to figure out what I was going to use when I ran across Flirty – I believe it was a paper packet that was released during my first CTMH convention in Dallas.

I combined some old with new combining a new stamp set with an old paper & embellishments. I used New England Ivy & Raspberry Ink and although it’s not a perfect match the color works well together.

You can visit the Color My Heart Color Dare blog for all the information on how to play along as well as finding additional inspiration from the other Design Team members.

Double Trouble #37

There is no better way to start a Monday than with a little trouble – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is!

Our challenge for the next two weeks (9/2 -9/15) is to create a colorful fall themed card with the fun twist of adding a sweet treat, you can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to our Challenge Partner The Paper Girls. You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge blog !

My card uses some retired Close to My Heart fall papers and a S’more and some stitched hearts. I completed embellishing it with some Gold Sparkle Gems.

My favorite treat when we are camping is a S’more! What’s your favorite fall treat – leave me a comment with that answer for a chance to receive a chance at an extra random draw.

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

It’s Getting Spooky!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for. I think it’s because my mom was so into it. She would dress up as a witch and greet the trick or treaters…she even scared my little brother one year.

I spent about an hour on Sunday afternoon in my Craft Coop playing with some scraps of Cats & Bats. Those papers aren’t going to use themselves afterall!

Both of these patterns come from the latest Make It From Your Heart Volume. I wanted the one on the left to look like a big moon was behind the cat. I actually stamped the cat in Pebble Ink on the Light Side of Pebble CS.

The card on the right was made in honor of my friend Debi G. (rumor has it she saves all my cards) and this is her favorite card pattern. I thought all the spiderwebs looked lonely without a little spider hanging amidst the banners.

I’m going to defer from cards for a minute and tell you about my friend…Debi and I met through Close to My Heart and she is probably the one that knows my soul inside and out. Whether I’m feeling blue, crazy with anger or just need someone to share a laugh with, Debi is my go-to-gal! The funny thing is when I met Debi (at convention in Dallas) I did not think that she liked me – I was an outsider to her circle…little did she know I would work my way right in that little bitty crack on the stitch line.

I wanted to tell you about Debi because I wanted to share a bit about how CTMH has brought so many amazing people into my life. During the month of August you can join my Close to My Heart team for just $35 AND get $35 in YOUR CHOICE of product. I’d love to chat with you a little more about this fantastic opportunity. Please message me if you are interested.