Fall Leaves – Color Dare #317

Happy Friday!  This week the Color My Heart Color Dare is featuring  the colors: Pomegranate, Sapphire, Saffron and Gold.

Recently we took a Sunday drive with friends along Chuckanut drive in Northwest Washington to see the fall colors which inspired me to recreate the memories on a card.

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I used papers from the Grateful Heart paper packet and the November Stamp of the Month Seasonal Trees.  I love the trees with the accents of leaves, branches, bird nests, bird houses and ornaments…you just have to check it out!

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  Each color dare is open until 9:00 CDT on Thursday!

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While at the homepage – check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our day)!

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!

 

Double Trouble #12

Double, Double, Toil & Trouble Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble!

Can you believe Halloween is just around the corner…I seriously wonder where this year has gone…ok, seriously the last two weeks because it’s already time for another Double Trouble posting!  I’m late and I’m going to be in more trouble than I already am!!!

I think Halloween is one of my favorite holidays…we have a large pumpkin carving party and I love to decorate for fall.  I tend to like the cute things about Halloween and not the scary so I was thrilled when Trouble Maker challenged us to “Skip the Tricks and Share the Treats of Halloween”  Share the cute and cheerful side of Halloween or Fall with cute pumpkins, witches & ghosts.

 

As usual…my partners have “Framed Me” and I need your help! My optional twist is that you include a frame somewhere on your card to help me get out of “trouble”.

 

 

Finally…Double Dare has asked up to link up to the Paper Girls Challenge – I hope no one goes cutting them apart – they seem like a nice group of crafters!!!

Well, now all that is out of the way…would you like to see what I’ve been up to?

That’s right, it’s a spooky cute Halloween Card.  I started with a Nectarine Base and then added a B&T from the Hello Pumpkin paper packet – I layers on some Willow and Lagoon onto which I had stamped a fence – over the fence I layered a black frame which although you can’t see it well in the picture I painted with my new black shimmer pen!  I then layered my sentiment over the top of that.  I knew I wanted to include the ghost because the faces of the B&T paper reminded me of a scene in a Casper cartoon where you could only see the faces of the ghosts.  Although most ghosts are typically white I stamped mine in Mint and colored it with the clear shimmer brush which has given it the look of being “glow in the dark”

I hope you’ve enjoyed my take on “cute” Halloween and that you’ll pop over to our design page and link up a project…and don’t forget to add a frame!!!

Hello Pumpkin – Atlantic Hearts #285

Wake up – feed a calf – drink coffee – create…that was my agenda today and I had my favorite niece to keep me company so we accomplished lots in the Craft-Coop – she even swept the floor!!!

Before she came I knew I wanted to steal a few minutes to make a card for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I always look at their sketch on Monday morning – I don’t always participate, but sometimes I just can’t resist the urge!

Michelle’s sketches are always top-notch and I love that she adds things like little banners and most of them also include where to place the sentiment.

I grabbed the Hello Pumpkin Papers & Cardmaking Stamp Set to line up a row of jack-o-lanterns.  Since I didn’t have a solid color background I added an additional banner with my Hello Pumpkin sentiment.

I encourage you to take a look at some of the fabulous challenge blogs when you are looking for some inspiration.  Whether it’s a color challenge, a sketch challenge or theme challenge there’s something out there to get your mojo flowing!

 

Coffee with a Friend

Want to invite a friend to coffee or just send them a note to say hello?

This fun-shaped coffee cup card cut on the Cricut with the Artiste cartridge will bring a smile to all coffee lover faces.

A Sapphire base with a band made from the Grateful Heart B&T Papers will deliver a cheery fall feel to a mailbox near you!

im linking up to the Three Anigos Fun Fold Cards Challenge…today’s the last day, but it’s early so come play along!

 

 

 

Falling For You- Color Dare 267

It’s Friday…time for another Color Dare!  Have you participated in one of our challenges?  They aren’t hard at all…you have the freedom to create anything you’d like, card, scrapbook layout, home decor item – the only requirement is that you use our Color Challenge and this week you can’t get any prettier choice than the colors of the Falling for You Paper Packet from Close to My Heart.

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Seeing such a huge Color Palette might seem a little daunting but we are only requiring you to use the colors Saffron, Goldrush and Fern and then you get to pick your own neutral using one, two, three, four or all of the neutrals in the Falling for You Color Pack (Nutmeg, Charcoal, Almond, Toffee, Pewter, Espresso and Linen) You can also use White Daisy.

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I am in full fall mode and I have sunflowers by my back door so that was the inspiration I took with my card.  I used one of the focal pieces of B&T from the kit to tie in all the colors of our challenge.  My large sunflower was cut using the Cricut Flower Market Cartridge and then popped up on the top panel of my card.  Burlap Ribbon from the retired basics collection wraps around my card and then I popped up my sentiment on a scalloped circle from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I scattered a few Bronze Sequins to add a little bling.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  Remember each of our Color Dare Challenge is open for two weeks so you have until November 9th to get your project submitted.

While at the homepage – check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our day)!

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Falling For You

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Last week I mentioned that you could use the PML (Picture My Life) cards for so much more than just pocket scrapbooking.  Not only are they perfect for traditional scrapbooking, but they make great focal points on your cards.

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Just by adding some B&T papers, banners, ribbon, twine a few bronze sequins you can transform the PML cards into some beautiful cards.  Although I used all the Falling For You PML cards as focus points on these cards you can cut them down and use them in whatever pattern you’d like.  I’ll post some additional ideas for using them later this week.

Remember to experiment with your papers and put every last square inch to use.  I appreciate you taking the time to stop by today, I hope you’ll tell me what your favorite paper pack and PML card set is and how you used them.

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A Grateful Heart

Nothing basic about this circle card featured in October’s Just the Basics card class.  I love shaped cards and the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge makes easy work of cutting them out.

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I started with a Saffron card base and stamped the wreath in Memento Black Ink for use with my Shin Han markers.  It’s difficult to see in the photo, but there is some Gold Shimmer Brush used on the feathers for a little sparkle.  I finished off the card with some Gold Shimmer Trim and Gold Sparkle Gems.

I hope you’ll take a minute to leave me a comment and make sure you come back and visit again soon.

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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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