Cute Factors into the Coop

I was recently asked how I decided to pick the stamp sets for my Featured in the Coop series.  The real answer is it has to be a stamp set that I LOVE and am willing to create with regularly and that I think has potential for being overlooked in the Holiday Expressions.  Of course the cuteness of Hedge Hugs factored into my decision making this month.  Seriously – how can you resist?

This card doesn’t feature a sentiment, just this cute little guy beckoning you to open the Gate Fold Card.  I used two of my favorite papers from the Grateful Heart paper packet.  The scalloped circle is only attached on one side of the panel and the pomegranate burlap ribbon holds the entire card closed.  I colored his little body with markers, but I’ve learned a fun technique that I’m going to share next week.

Don’t forget when you purchase the Hedge Hugs stamp set from me I will include a kit to make two cards featuring this little guy.

If you’d like to suggest a stamp set for “Featured in the Coop” leave it in the comment section here and I’ll see what I can arrange.

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!

 

 

 

Double Trouble #6

Did you hear the news?  Trouble Maker’s husband opened the door and found that the REAL Trouble Maker had come for a visit…you can read the rest of the story over on the Double Trouble Challenge Blog!  The best part is he brought his two friends.

Once in a while there are 5 Mondays in a month…this throws a real kink in our schedule so we’ve opted for a one week SPECIAL challenge!  We’ve titled it SOMETHING,  ANYTHING & EVERYTHING!  You can find all the details here!

Trouble Maker challenged us to have a little fun this week, Some “Thing”, Any “Thing” and Every “Thing” is welcome in this special ONE WEEK only challenge.

Twisted Sister (that’s me) is challenging you to decorate the inside of your card.

Double Trouble is giving permission to link up with any of our previous challenge partners to earn an extra entry into our prize draw.

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My card is a pop-up window card which I saw on Jenifer McGuire Ink.  So cool and so simple, too!  I’m also sharing at Heart To Heart and their Anything Goes Challenge.

Although I’m head over heals in love with Close to My Heart I also like to find things at other companies that we don’t offer so every once in a while I browse the “shelves” online at My Favorite Things.  That’s where the Too-Cute Turtles stamps and die cuts came from.

This is my first go at a video so I hope you’ll leave me a comment and tell me if you’d like to see more.

Thanks so much for stopping by…I hope you’ll come get into some Double Trouble…it really is Double the Fun!!!

Double Trouble #5

Here we go again causing trouble and moving Christmas to July!!!  What else would you expect from the Double Trouble Gang!

Thing 1 is making her list and checking it twice and gonna find out who’s playing along with our challenges or being nice!  Her challenge this week is to create anything Christmas and include a sentiment or journaling.

If you’ve been following me for long you know that my “thing” is fun-fold or fancy-fold cards so our TWIST this week is to submit something other than a standard A2 fold card.

Thing 3 found a great challenge for us to link up with…the team at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is also celebrating Christmas in July (we may have led them astray just a bit)

So, here’s my card…it’s called the Impossible Card, but seriously it is probably the easiest fun fold card I’ve ever done and it folds flat to mail.  Just search Pinterest and you’ll find several tutorials.

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Although I’ve seen this years Close to My Heart Christmas paper choices – trust me YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THEM, I’m choosing to use papers from last year.  I started with a Fern colored base and then added a strip of New England Ivy to which I adhered one of the zip strips.  I then added a sentiment stamped on one of the circle die cuts.  For my focus panel I layered the poinsettia paper on NEI and then layered a Cricut flower popped up over a strip of Silver glitter paper.

I sincerely hope you’ll add some Double Trouble to your life…we are seriously one of the funnest Challenge Blogs around, in my humble opinion of course!

Cats & Bats Treat

Today I have a little treat for you made with the Cats & Bats paper packet.  This folding pop up card packs a lot of wow factor – no tricks!

I have to be honest, I’ve had the instructions for this card for about a year, but I was worried that there was too much measuring and I’d not be happy with the results.  Sunday afternoon I cut all the pieces and sat down to watch the video one more time through each step I paused the video and followed the instructions.  I was feeling some major intimidation, but once I got the mechanism to open and close properly on my first attempt I was a happy girl.

I decorated the front of my card by stamping the cob web from the cats & bats stamp set and adding a creepy spider from the Cricut Artbooking collection I popped it up with a little 3D foam tape and used my gold shimmer brush to give him a little sparkle.  I kept the inside simple just lining the panels with B&T paper and adding pieces from the complements pack.  On the last panel I cut down a PML card for the sentiment.  One more use for those Picture My Life Cards!

Want to learn to make a folding pop up card?  Join me for my “Just the Basics” card class on Thursday, November 2nd where we’ll go beyond the basics with this fun fold.

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3 Ways From the Heart

Last Monday I told you’d I’d share some samples I’ve made from the September Close to My Heart Special and then the week got away from me. So today I have those cards for you.

My first card is the traditional use of the stamp set from the card kit. Layering the flowers with different inks makes a beautiful card.

My next card was stamped in Memento black ink and colored in. I really like the large sentiment on the front of the card. Inside I layered the flower in the more traditional way.

My third card is a completely different use of the card base, taking a pattern from the Beary Christmas card kit and turning it into a fun fold card.

It is lots of fun playing with this fun fold card kit. One of the tricks is really folding those score lines. Grab your bone folder and you’ll have success.

Thanks for being patient I hope you enjoy these cards.

Joyful Stars Blog Hop – A Little Birdie

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Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for April…a little birdie told me you should have arrived here from my friend Debi Brile’s Blog, but if you are starting here that’s ok too.  We are a circular hop filled with amazing artwork with Close to My Heart products so if you click on the links at the end of each post you’ll eventually end up right back where you started.

As my husband would tell me…let’s roll ’em cowgirl!

This month I’m featuring a gate-fold card using the papers and stamps from the Some Kinda Wonderful product line.  I wasn’t too sure of the patterns in these papers when I saw them in the catalog, but I’ve ended up using them all.  I can’t get enough of the animals and sentiments in this cute coordinating stamp set and since it’s paired with thin cuts, this girl couldn’t be happier!

I’ve also linked my card up to a new challenge blog called Three Amigos.  Their first challenge is to use the Some Kinda Wonderful papers.  If you’d like to link up something too, click here.

If you don’t have a consultant I’d love it if you’d choose me – not local that’s ok too!  I host a mystery hostess party each month on my business page – if you order you’re entered for a chance to be the hostess for that month.  You can also find out about my classes and other happenings if you LIKE my Facebook Page.

Now we’ve reached the time where you can leave me a comment (if you want to make me happy) and then you can hop over to Krista’s Crafty Corner to see her project.

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