Double Trouble #41

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 (10/21-11/3) is a Halloween Color Challenge with the fun twist of adding something that flies, you can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to our Challenge Partner Crafting Happiness . You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge blog,

My card features a little old and a little new. I used the Seasonal Mix Ins selecting Julep (Green), Purple & Orange from Trouble Makers Rainbow of Bats. I decided that a bat would represent my flying object, but then I took it a step farther and my wiper card makes the sentiment “fly” as well.

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

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Fancy Tag Halloween

Oh my word…you guys – this Halloween Special is the BOMB! I blew my budget right out of the water in September, but when this new Spooktacular Workshop Kit was released it went straight into my cart and onto my credit card. Don’t tell Brant ok?!

Then I learned this new fun fold from the new Creative Collaboration group that I joined and my life would just be perfect if I could just stay in my Craft Coop 12 hours a day, but alas the laundry must be done, the granddaughter must be taken to dance and dinner must be cooked.

You can’t see it in the photographs, but I blinged up that mummy dog with a little clear Shimmer Pen. I’m not sure if it’s Huckleberry Hound or Hong Kong Phooey, but it definitely reminds me of a cartoon dog from my younger days!

You’ll be seeing a lot more of these fun papers and stamps in the coming weeks so make sure you like my page so you’ll be notified of upcoming happenings.

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.

Cats & Bats Oh My!

I want you to follow this link to the clearance section of my shopping site https://papercraftingprincess.closetomyheart.com/Retail/Products.aspx?CatalogID=159 and then come back and look at this post!

Did you find the Halloween Clearance? Can you believe paper packets for just $5?

I love the Cats & Bats paper…I still had some in my stash so I got it out along with the matching stamps & thin cuts (I told one of my friends that it’s a good thing I hold onto everything!) to make this card. I like how the sentiment is stamped right on the B&T paper and doesn’t go in the typical direction. I just think it adds a little fun!!! Sparkly stuff is so hard to photograph, but if you zoom in that little strip of black is Shimmer Trim – because well Halloween needs a little sparkle!

Now, if you haven’t stopped over at the Clearance Section – you better head there now!

Hello Pumpkin

What vegetable was orginally carved for Halloween? The Irish brought the tradition of carving pumpkins into Jack O’Lantern to America. But, the original Jack O’Lantern was not a pumpkinPumpkins did not exist in Ireland. Ancient Celtic cultures in Ireland carved turnips on All Hallow’s Eve, and placed an ember in them, to ward off evil spirits.

Next to Christmas, Halloween is probably my favorite holiday to decorate for and that means making cards to share with friends too!  I loved the Hello Pumpkin product line from Close to My Heart from the minute I got my first look at the catalog.  I love that the stamps are cute (fits the challenge at Double Trouble) and the paper is very versatile, Close to My Heart makes sure to include papers that are not just for holiday.

      

Do you notice the cute border on the ghost card?  It was made with the new Thin Cuts Decorative Borders.  I can’t wait to try some of the other thin cuts so stay tuned!!!

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I’m linking up over at Three Amigo’s Blog Hop Challenge #19 Autumn/Halloween you should think about linking up too!  There’s also one more week to play along with Double Trouble.

 

 

 

 

 

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!