Inspiration is Everywhere

Last week I talked about getting inspiration from the Close to My Heart How To Books and this week I’m taking you down a different road of adventure. I’m not sure why, but I pay close attention to details and I file things away and use them later. For instance I have a friend that ALWAYS looks at the dessert menu for Key Lime Pie – if it’s not there she probably doesn’t order dessert…so I filed that information away and when we had a dinner party recently it was on my radar and I wanted her to feel special. This little quirk works really well for my card-making too. I can see something and think – “oh that might look good on a card”.

This dish towel is a prime example. I saw it online and decided to grab a screenshot. There were several things I liked about the towel (besides the pie) and knowing that I had the Pumpkin Treats stamp set sitting on my desk I started planning my card.

I started by stamping, coloring and die cutting three slices of pie, then I decided what I liked about the towel. The linen colored background and plaid edges really stood out along with the words…oh what would I do.

And there we have it…not an exact match, but close enough. It definitely has the elements that I liked in the dish towel. This Pumpkin Treat stamp set is definitely getting a lot of use in the Coop. You’ll see one more card using it on Friday and then probably a few more times through the season. I’m sure I’ll be using it on some scrapbook pages too!

Leave me a comment with what you use for inspiration and if you want to challenge me send me a message with an inspiration piece and I’ll see what I can come up with.

Thanks for stopping by…I’m off to find a piece of pie!

Double Trouble #93

It’s time for more trouble…Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is.

Our challenge consists of three parts: Trouble Makers main challenge, Double Dares challenge to link with another blog which you may or may not decided to participate in and Twisted Sisters surprise challenge! You can find all the details on the rules page of the challenge blog.

This Challenge is one of my favorites because Trouble Maker can’t tell me what to do…it’s a Something, Anything, Everything Challenge.

I took inspiration from the Close to My Heart Seasonal Catalog and joined used the sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #438. I used Mulberry cardstock cut with the Stitched Lattice Background Thin Cut, added a tag from the Mix In collection and die cut and colored images from the Pumpkin Treats stamp set.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card and will consider joining our challenge. If you’d like more inspiration visit my team members at Double Trouble.

Double Trouble #92

It’s time for more trouble…Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is.

Our challenge consists of three parts: Trouble Makers main challenge, Double Dares challenge to link with another blog which you may or may not decided to participate in and Twisted Sisters surprise challenge! You can find all the details on the rules page of the challenge blog.

This week the challenge is to use a fun fold – there’s a list of tutorials on our DT blog, but there’s lots of options out there so give it a try! The second part of our challenge is to chose a color from our Play Doh color palette.

I chose to use the CTMH Waterfall Thincut to create a fun interactive card. I had so many ideas running through my head for color combos that I finally just settled for this retired Craft On paper from CTMH that had a fun palette of Play Doh like colors!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card and will consider joining our challenge. If you’d like more inspiration visit my team members at Double Trouble and our partner team The Creative Creases #14.

What’s on the Drink Menu

This week I grabbed a bunch of stamps centering on drinks, specifically coffee and tea…ok I tossed in a lemonade too!

I’m still working on busting my stash, so there’s retired stamp sets and retired papers in this post.

It really has been fun chosing a theme to concentrate on and spreading some kindness along the way.

Thanks for stopping by…I hope you’ll leave me a comment, I live hearing from you.

More Summer Vibes

I just love that little coconut drink…after cutting it and piecing it together I decided that it was time to ink up the stamp set and color it.

I grabbed a few cuts from the Cricut and layered up a fun little tropical card to pop in the mail to a friend.

Summer Vibes—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts

If you think you’d like to add this stamp & thin cut set to your collection of summer themed stamps I just happen to have one itching to be inked up.

Double Trouble #61

I decided I couldn’t let Stephanie have all the fun so I’m back with a little help from my friends, LOL!

This week Trouble Maker is providing a great Tic Tac Toe board, there’s just one problem that I can find…she left off the bling! Double Dare teamed us up with Cupcake Inspirations so if you choose to go through the middle with Flowers and add some sequins or pearls as your bling you are all set to earn those bonus points.

My challenge was just that…a real challenge. I’m still playing from Arizona with one block, a black ink pad, scissors and a couple of stamp sets that I recently ordered. I did make a run to Michael’s yesterday and picked up a paper trimmer. I was talking with Trouble Maker and told her if she’d send me some paper and embellishments I’d make my card.

My card follows the middle row, insect, flower & woodgrain. Trouble Maker sent me, Lemonade CS, Stitched Together B&T, Woodgrain B&T and I asked for some die cut tea cups in Candy Apple. When I got the pieces I went in search of a sketch and found one from My Favorite Things that I had pinned for future use. I used the July SOTM to stamp a sentiment on the teacup and popped it up with some foam dots.

I hope you’ll come and play along at Double Trouble. You can find all the details on how to link up at our blog.

Spreading Love

Washington State is under a Stay Home Stay Healthy mandate from our governor so I’m finding extra time in the Craft-Coop to Stay Creative!

I’ve grabbed some retired papers and stamps to spread a little love. I reached out to my sister-in-law last week who told me that her kiddo’s could use a little extra love so these cards were made specifically for several nieces and nephews that have been affected by the current mandate for school closures.

All of the card patterns were taken from the Make It From Your Heart Vol 4 How To Book. It has 24 different card patterns with measurements and a full color example. It is one of my favorite things in my Craft Coop.

Leave me a comment with how you’re staying creative during this pandemic.

Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Creative!

Double Trouble – #52

There is no better way to start a Monday than with a little trouble – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is…it’s a pretty good way to wrap up a Thursday of crafting too!

I’ve been missing in Double Trouble Land for quite some time…decided that I wanted to give up my seat on the DT and turn things over to my twin…I’m sure she’ll do a good job, I will hopefully find time along my journeys to play along.

The challenge this week is to include at least one spring item on your card, a twist of adding a bee and to link up with Bitten By the Bug. I grabbed a retired paper packet (I’m trying to bust my stash while I’m in Stay Healthy, Stay Home mode) and the multi-square die from Close to My Heart and the Share the Joy stamp set. I quickly colored all my images with the tri-blend markers and then layered on my banners. I decided to give things a light touch of clear Shimmer Pen, but it’s so hard to see in a picture.

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

AHSC #360

Happy Tuesday! I spent a little time in the Craft-Coop today – although it’s closed to the public, it’s my place to control the anxiety this pandemic is causing.

I decided that on top of making some Easter Cards and organizing my space that I’d play along with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #360.

I loved the sketch for these weeks challenge and thought that black & white with a pop of bright colors (Candy Apple, Lagoon & Sapphire) would be cheerful to find in a mailbox. The sentiment comes from a set in the March/April catalog Sentiments & Stitches.

I’m hoping to find lots of crafting time while things are closed so I hope you’ll stop back often to see what I’m up to. For now, instead of social distancing won’t you please leave me a comment or a virtual hug!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Double Trouble #49

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 (2/3-2/16) is Again & Again with the fun twist of adding Critters, you can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to our Challenge Partner Use Your Stuff . You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge blog.

My card was made in Trouble Makers Craft Room which I messed up pretty good. I know this because I heard it again & again what a mess I’d made. I found a cute stitched rectangle window die in her stuff and grabbed this adorable Paper Smooches stamp set.

Speaking of Paper Smooches, I had the good luck to meet Kim in her adorable store while I was in Arizona.

She is just as sweet as she is adorable. I can hardly wait to go back.

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