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!
Have you heard that the Great Pumpkin is coming? Instead of sitting in the Pumpkin Patch I spent some time in the Craft Coop and had a fun time making some Halloween cards – you might just find one in your mailbox this week.
All of my cards were made using the Cats & Bats suite. Papers, Card Making and Scrapbooking Stamp Sets and Thin Cuts and Dots. I also used patterns from the Originals Card Confidence Program…this is a MUST HAVE if you are a card maker.
There are over 100 patterns in the Originals Book for all occasions. The full color photos and easy to follow step by step instructions will make this one of your favorite purchases and priced at just $14.95 it will bring you a huge amount of satisfaction. You can click on the link above or the picture of the book to be directed to my webpage.
Thank you for stopping by…I hope you have a very happy Halloween.
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.
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!
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!
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.
First 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.
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?
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.
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.
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