Cats & Bats – Color Dare #262

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Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors:  Willow, Goldrush, Emerald, Black, Pewter, Pebble, Charcoal and White Daisy.

How are you liking the changes to the Color Dare?  Two weeks should give you plenty of time to get a card made and linked up to our challenge.

I did a fun card with the Cats & Bats papers and stamps from the Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Collection.  The front of my card is cut down 2 inches which leaves a little bit of the inside of the card peeking through.  I used the die cut BOOO! to hid a few of the inside images.  Although from the front my BOOO! is stamped in Pebble it was actually layered on a piece of Gold Rush so that adds a bit of intrigue to the inside of the card as well.

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 for two weeks so get your cards posted by 9:00 CDT on Thursday, October 5th!

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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)!

Thanks for stopping by…have a fantastic weekend!

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A Good Base

On Monday I posted about the great patterns that are available for our Workshops Your Way kits and I wanted to show you what happens when you just change a few papers around.

Today I wanted to share a couple of cards using the same card pattern, but lots of different twists from the original pattern.

img_7182First up is a birthday card made using the Adventure Fundamentals Paper Packet.

The change from embossed paper to a pattern paper was pretty easy, but I still wanted my card to have some texture so I embossed the  black cardstock banner.

I used the stamps from the card workshop and just interchanged the sentiment.  Finishing off the card were Black & White Dots.

 

Since the Kind Thoughts kit is made with paper from the Cats & Bats Workshop I thought I’d change a few things up and bring you a spooky Halloween party invitation!

Here’s what I knew when I started this card…I wanted a base of black that I could emboss with the retired Confetti Stars embossing folder to make it look like a night sky.  I wanted to use the “word” B&T paper and I wanted to use a combination of stamps from the Cats & Bats suite of products.

Adding an embossed background really gives your card some great texture.  I love my Big Shot, but if you are limited on space a Cuttlebug will work just fine.  I just kept building on the card as I went along – the cute EEK replaces the circle on my original card and I stamped a spiderweb on the top part of the tag.

Grab this pattern (you can find it here) and make a card using any Close to My Heart papers other than what I’ve used here and share with me on my Papercrafting Princess Facebook page prior to 9/30 for a chance to win a sample packet of papers from the current Holiday Expressions.

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Kind Thoughts

Have you ever avoided purchasing a paper pack because it was theme specific?  Today I’m going to try and convince you to take another look at the papers in the Close to My Heart paper packets.

This card is from the Workshop Your Way Kind Thoughts Card Making Kit.  I love the Gold Rush paired with the Bashful, Black and White.  Such a classy card and that new Rose Embossing Folder – yes please!

Would you believe that this paper is straight from the Cats & Bats paper packet?

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Although one of the papers is very themed oriented – the other papers in this pack are stand alone papers with trendy designs that can be used for so many other projects.  You’ll find a list of the featured colors on the back of the Zip Strip of the paper packet or listed in the catalog.   Cats & Bats contains: Black, Charcoal, Emerald, Gold Rush, Pebble, Pewter, White Daisy & Willow.

I hope I’ve convinced you to take another look at the Paper Packets that are now available in the recently released Holiday Expressions and realize that they have lots of uses and are not just holiday specific.

 

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Joyful Stars – Cats, Bats and Booos!

Welcome to the Joyful Stars September Blog Hop!  If you are arriving here from my friend and fellow Color Dare DT member Michelle Loncar’s Blog you are on the right path…if you’re starting here, that’s fine too.  We are a small circular hop and eventually you’ll end up right back where you started just by clicking the links at the ends of the posts.

I haven’t had much time to create this month (my little 50th Birthday cruise to Alaska ended with pneumonia 😦  but I snuck out the Craft Coop last night so I have a project to share)

I know it’s only September, but I am thinking Halloween and the Cats and Bats Paper is fulfilling every need I have.  I loved both stamp sets that coordinate with the papers so much and they even have matching thin cuts so yep – I own them both!!!  You can find the Cats and Bats papers and stamp sets in the new Holiday Expressions or on my web page https://papercraftingprincess.closetomyheart.com/retail/search.aspx?searchvalue=cats+%26+bats

My 3X6 card is layered on a base of Tangerine – the gray layer is actually one of the PML cards that has been cut down to size.  Not a pocket scrapbooker – no worries these cards make perfect additions to your cards too!  I cut the BOOO! from a piece of the Cats & Bats B&T that is an ombre black/gray combo.  I popped up a spider and added a sprinkle of Cats & Bats Embellishments  and my card is done.

Please don’t forget that Close to My Heart has released a special non-commissioned stamp set for the natural disasters occurring in many of the states and Canada.

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100% of the proceeds from the Stronger Together stamp set will be donated to the Red Cross.  You can order this set from your local Close to My Heart Consultant or directly from my webpage by clicking here.

Now it’s time to hop over to my buddy Debi Brile’s blog.  I hope you enjoy the blog hop – come back and tell me what you think of the projects

Cats and Bats

Looking for a fun way to spook up a good time? Join me for the Cats and Bats Card Workshop on September 21.  This new Halloween card workshop will sweeten anyone’s day.

You’ll need the following supplies:

  • Adhesive
  • 3D Foam Tape – think or thick
  • Shin Han Markers in Marigold and Vivid Green

I think you’ll find this workshop lots of fun.  Please RSVP no later than September 5th.

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Jeepers Creepers – Color Dare #213

Welcome to another Friday!  This week at the Color My Heart Color Dare we are featuring the bright colors of the Jeepers Creepers Paper Packet.  Color Dare #213 features the bright new colors of our Adventure Pallet and will surely brighten up your projects.  I hope you’ll grab your inks and paper and link up.

I reached for one of my favorite sets combinations this month with the Jeepers Creepers Paper Packet and Monstrous Halloween.  This is the last card to share of my upcoming October card class.  Did you get registered?

When I was creating with this card I thought about adding a banner with the sentiment and then I thought – WAIT, it needs to be a speech bubble.  Between Thin-Cuts and my Cricut prepping for card classes has become a lot easier!

Thanks for stopping by now make your way over to the Color My Heart Color Dare blog where you’ll see some more artwork from the other design team members.  Make sure you leave a little love (comments) along the way…we like to know that you like what we’re doing and appreciate that you stop and visit!

 

Eat, Drink and Be Spooky

I’m not sure which I love more the Monstrous Halloween My Acrylix Stamp Set or the Jeepers Creepers Paper Packet.  I’ve sure had lots of fun creating with both.

This little gem of a monster is probably one of my favorites…he looks so scary, but funny at the same time.  The versatility of this stamp set has made it a quick favorite!  It’s made Halloween Cards, Birthday cards and even some invitations.  This time I didn’t use the matching Thin Cuts and I just stamped the “Purple People Eater” right on the card base.  The stars and lightening bolt are from the Jeepers Creepers assortment – don’t they just add the perfect touch.

I hope you’re enjoying a little cooler fall weather, I am!  Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ll take just a minute of your time to leave me a comment on what your favorite fall activity is.

 

 

Jeepers Creepers

Where’d ya get those peepers?  Did you read that first line to the tune of the song?

It’s probably no surprise that I love Halloween.  I always explain that I don’t like the creepy, scary Halloween…just the fun stuff – cute kids dressed in their favorite super hero and all the little princesses.

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  • What:  Jeepers Creepers It’s Not Just Halloween Card Class
  • When:  Thursday, October 6th 10AM  or 6PM
  • Cost:  $15
  • RSVP and PREPAY by  September 20th

Even though it’s been labeled a Halloween themed paper, this Jeepers Creepers paper is perfect for all seasons.

 

Purr-fect Halloween – August SOTM

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We are featuring the August Stamp of the Month Purr-fect Halloween a set of 17 stamps.  If you have come here from Gina’s blog you are on the right path!  The blog hop is a great big circle so you can start here and work your way through the other blogs and eventually end up right back where you started.  If you get lost along the way, the complete list of hoppers can be found at Melinda’s Blog

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This month we have over 25 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Blog hopping is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

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I have been on a creative roll since this stamp set arrived on my door step.  I had my card all made and swapped with some fellow consultants and then my new product order arrived.  That’s right…brand new product is available TODAY and you are going to love it. That wonderful wood grain paper is now the foundation of our Rustic Fundamentals papers – a very basic set of terrific neutrals.  The paper fundamentals line got a new make-over and YOU are going to LOVE them!  The black cross is also from the fundamentals line only this time is the Uptown group.  What do you think of this pretty green at the bottom of the card and also stamped with BOO!?  It’s the brand new Color of the Year from Close to My Heart – Seaglass!  It’s available in inks, cardstock and glitter paper – I think you’ll be seeing lots of it because it’s well….uhhhhh, kinda my new favorite color!

Stay tuned for more artwork appearing throughout the month, so you don’t miss any please sign up to receive e-mail updates by clicking the follow me button on the sidebar.

Now “Hop” on over to Dana’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the August SOTM is only available until the 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

 

 

Nevermore – AHSC #126

It’s Monday so that means it’s time to reveal a new sketch at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  Next to Christmas, Halloween is probably one of my favorite holidays to make cards for.  I’ve never been into the “scary” side of things…more cutesy with a few bats and spiders thrown in along the way.

The first thing I did with this sketch is give it a twist. I’ve kept my packet of Nevermore paper on my desk for creating since the first of the month.  I’m finding if I focus on one paper each month it is nearly completely gone by the end of the month.  It also challenged me this month to make non-Halloween items with this terrific paper packet.

 

I wanted to get a good stash of Halloween cards ready to go in the mail next month so I looked at the new Halloween themed keys on the Artistry cartridge and found this terrific bat overlay – doesn’t it look like they are flying in front of a moon?

Items I used:

  • Nevermore Paper Packet X7198B
  • Magic Potions My Acrylix Stamp Set C1509
  • Artistry Cartridge Z3167
  • Green & Black Shimmer Trim Z3087/Z1809
  • Shin Han Markers
  • Enamel Stars – retired (you could purchase white and color them, which is what I’ll do when I deplete my supply)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ll take the time to participate in the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and on Wednesday you can visit the blog to see all the terrific artwork from the Design Team that is sure to keep you inspired.