Double Trouble #19

Oh Mother Dear, I sadly fear that I have lost my mittens…will you help me find them? Are you ready for some more trouble with Double Trouble Challenge #19.

Trouble Maker is challenging us to be Warm & Cozy in this cold month of January! When I think Warm & Cozy I think fuzzy & cuddly like a scarf & mittens or a sweet little kitten. When you include mittens or a kitten on your project Twisted Sister will give you an additional chance in our randow draw.

I created this cute Snowgirl all Warm & Cozy in her mittens, scarf & earmuffs that I colored with my Shin Han markers to match the Background Papers. I added some sparkles to the snow flurry at the bottom of the card and a simple white bow to finish it off!

Double Dare has asked us to link up to Creative With Stamps Challenge “Mittens” Challenge. You get an extra entry in our bag of things if you add this optional challenge.

I hope you’ll come have some fun and join up with our bi-weekly challenges at Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge.

Soft & Pastel – Color Dare #323

What happens when the Color My Heart Color Dare pairs up with the team at Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge?  Things run amok – posts get changed from Friday to Monday – rules get broken and in general design team members behave wildly!

The Color My Heart Color Dare challenge #323 is asking you to link your Soft & Pastel or Bold & Bright delights to the proper gallery and Double Trouble has a special recipe for fun that you can find here.

I was a bit confused and overly busy (did you see those Seahawks beat the Vikings last week at Monday night football? I was there!) so my card doesn’t follow the rules of Double Trouble’s challenge (what did I tell you about running amok?)

This was a super fun card to make I’m not sure if it was because I pulled out my HedgeHugs stamp, that I added a fun little zip feature that hides something good or perhaps it’s just who it’s going too!  Last week I participated in the Bright & Bold challenge so this week I thought I’d give the soft & pastel a twist – hedgehogs are soft right?  I used the lighter papers from the Oh What Fun paper packet and layered it on Kraft cardstock with just a hint of silver.

I hope you’ll join the fun at the Color My Heart Color Dare and Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge and that your Christmas is Merry & Bright!

 

 

Tic Tac Grateful Heart – Color Dare #318

Happy Friday!  It’s another Tic Tac Toe week at the Color My Heart Color Dare – Challenge #318 brings us the beautiful fall colors of the Grateful Heart paper packet.  Although we refer to the Close to My Heart Papers and Colors they are not required to play in our challenge – just grab what’s close and start creating!

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I was all over the place with this board…the bottom row had me thinking coffee, the middle row had me thinking fall leaves and somehow I just couldn’t make up my mind – so I grabbed the pretty floral from the Grateful Heart pack and played with them all!

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Not only did I use all the colors of the board, but there is absolutely no stamping on this card.  I cut apart a PML card for my banner added some mink twine, grateful heart complements and clear sparkles and that’s a wrap!

If you’d like to play along you can find the rules under a tab at the top of the Color Dare.  While you’re visiting our home page make sure to hop through the projects the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our days).

 

Inspired by Nature

Heart 2 Heart Challenges asks what it looks like outside where you are?  My Craft Coop windows are flanked with trees that are bit by bit losing their leaves.

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My card was inspired by those leaves falling in the breeze and a card that I had seen on Pinterest here.  I love perusing Pinterest for card ideas there are so many wonderful artists to gain inspiration from, however I always put my own twist on the card.

I have always loved (until recently) sending happy mail so I seem to be getting a lot of use out of this Hello Friend Sentiment from the Grateful Heart Cardmaking Stamp set.

I hope you’ll consider checking out the Heart 2 Heart Challenges – their challenges are posted weekly but open for the entire month so it gives you lots of time to participate.

Thanks for stopping by…happy fall y’all!

 

 

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!

 

Hope – Atlantic Hearts #286

When I saw this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch I knew exactly what I was going to do.  I love it when an idea just pops into my head and I can run with it.

As I mentioned in my previous post the Ribbon Warrior campaign is hitting me close to home and I’m a firm believer that support from friends & family makes a huge difference.

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I chose a color palette from the Love of Color – Mint, Linen and Ballerina.  The mint background was embossed with the rose embossing folder and a stitched circle was added in Linen – I then stamped the ribbon and cut with the matching thin cut – I made a banner and stamped Hope as my sentiment.  I finished the card with some sparkles.

I have a dear friend in breast cancer treatment so this card is on it’s way to hopefully cheer her along her journey.

 

Hedge Hugs Love

I just can’t seem to get enough of the cute little Hedgehog in the Hedge-Hugs stamp set.  I’m sure if you purchase it you’ll find yourself reaching for it over and over again.  All the cards I’ve made with him have just put a smile on my face (and hopefully of those that receive them)  Remember when you purchase the stamp set during the month of October I will give you two kits to make a couple of adorable cards with.

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As I promised last week, I have a fun new technique for coloring this little guy and I’m going to show you step by step just how easy it is.

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First you stamp your Hedgehog on your desired piece of paper – here I used Espresso on a linen square.  I love the linen as it’s not quite as stark white as our white daisy cardstock.

 

 

 

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Next you’ll flip your stamp over on your block (clean it first) so that the textured side is towards the block.  He doesn’t stick very well so really squish his tummy onto the acrylic block.  I then inked it up with Almond ink and stamped right over the top of the Espresso.

 

 

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This is the colored hedgehog…isn’t his little white tummy just the cutest?

 

 

 

 

 

And finally – here’s the finished card…because that’s really the part you came for right?

The season’s mix-in’s papers include this fun Ballerina plaid paper – it’s so soft and girly!!!  I stamped the little hearts and confetti in Ballerina, Sugarplum and Carolina Blue and then die cut a heart to mount over the string.  It turned out just how I wanted!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this new technique for coloring the hedgehog.  It doesn’t hurt the stamp at all!!