Here’s the Challenge

Today I mailed this card pattern to each of my Thursday morning Cards in the Coop participants with the challenge to create a card using only Close to My Heart products and bring it to class for a free gift from me.

I told them I’d play along and share my card on Thursday. I even gave them a hint of what I might do.

When I sat down at my desk – my mind went a completely different direction and it only took me 5 minutes from start to finish to have my card created. I will share it here Thursday.

Would you like to play along? You’ll find a similar post on my Facebook Page where you can leave your creation in the comments.

C.A.S.E. with H2H

I did it, I did it…I got all the February challenges completed for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog!

This weeks challenge is C.A.S.E. which means Copy and Steal Everything! There are so many talented artists out there to be inspired by, but Heart 2 Heart wanted us to “copy and put our spin on a project from the current Seasonal Expressions Idea Book”.

I don’t think there is a greater form of flattery than when someone wants to copy your work…unfortunately I fell victim to someone that was unscrupulous a few months ago that actually stole a piece of my artwork and put their own stamp on it. It’s important to also give credit where credit is due when inspired by a card.

My inspiration came from page 84 of the Seasonal Expressions 1 A Birthday in Watercolor. The talented artists at Close to My Heart are always an inspiration!

My spin was to use a B&T paper from the Seasonal Mix-Ins paper packet and choose a color combination from the Love of Color – Glacier, Sweet Leaf & Thistle. I also didn’t have the puffy sticker embellishments (what’s wrong with me) used on the original card so I used I Heart Us sequins mixed in with the spatters.

I hope you will look at the Close to My Heart Catalogs more than just a place to shop, but also as a source of inspiration. Find a card that you love and share it with the Heart to Heart Challenge Blog.

Thanks for stopping by…see you soon!

Get Moody – Color Dare # 328

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  

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As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago the Color My Heart Color Dare is adding some fun new challenges including this week’s Valentine’s Mood Board. What inspiration can you pull from the above photo?

When I looked at the picture the first thing that I noticed was it wasn’t all pink & red. The main color I saw was Lagoon with touches of pink, red and if you look really close it looks like there is a little cup of blue berries and that is where I got the inspiration to use Sapphire.

Don’t you just love that Lagoon cross hatch pattern? It’s from the Seasonal Mix-in Paper Packet…I tell you – YOU have to add it to your next order! The stitched scallop and stitched heart are both cut from Ballerina and there’s a little pop of Candy Apple in the banner and sentiment. I think this will make a perfect Valentine for my Wrangler Wearing Sweetheart!

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.   Our Weekly Challenges are open for two weeks and you have until February 14th to enter Challenge #328 

Make sure you check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (just as you love comments on your artwork – we love yours too)!

A Reason to Mail It

Y’all should know by now that I’m a social media junkie…I love sharing and I love people that share. Over on Instagram I stumbled across Mail It Monday – I instantly fell in love! Kim is so inspirational, responds quickly and shares some of the cutest darned things and she’s like me she loves to mail things!

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You can imagine my happiness when on December 31st she shared a free download for the Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card Mailers (mouthful right?) Currently the month of January is available and you can find it here on her blog For the Love of Paper.

I hope that you’ll make 2019 a year for spreading happiness…don’t just make cards – mail them!

Thankful for Sweet Friends

There are so many new products being released on September 1st – I wasn’t sure what I wanted to share first so I decided to pop in with a card using the September Stamp of the Month and a new color scheme from the Love of Color – Close to My Heart’s latest How To book.

I picked a B&T paper from the Boutique Paper Suite and then turned to the Saffron Page in the Love of Color Book.  It suggested a color combination of Saffron, Almond, Peacock, Ruby & Espresso.  Now for the life of me I am not a 5 color gal in card making unless it happens that all the stars align in a B&T paper (which sometimes it does), but I decided this new book couldn’t lead me astray so I grabbed my other favorite How To Book – Make it From Your Heart Vol 4 and went to work.

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The September Stamp of the Month,  Sweet Treats, is a real winner and will celebrate all your upcoming occasions through the end of the year and beyond.  When you can purchase a stamp set for just $5.00 with a qualifying purchase why wouldn’t you want to have it as part of your stamp collection?product image

This is the cover for the new Love of Color Book.  It will fit in our 6X8 everyday life album and I’m pretty sure you’ll be hearing a lot about this book in the coming days & months!

There really are so many specials going on during the month of September…make sure you check back frequently and you can even visit my business page at www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Leave me a little love with a comment on what you’re most excited about with this new catalog.

 

 

 

A Million Feelings – Color Dare #301

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors: Poppy, Lemon & Willow

 

Today my card features one of my favorite B&T papers from the Central Park collection.  The Willow paper just reminds me of a yard full of grass…it’s funny the feelings a paper can conjure up don’t you think!

There are two things about this card that I really thought I needed to share:

  1.   Although I started with a pattern from MIFYH (Make It From Your Heart) Vol 4, I’ve only used it as a starting point.  My sentiment square size was changed to fit my sentiment and I added a piece of Zip Strip across the bottom and then a circle with a second sentiment.  The Make It From Your Heart patterns can be used again and again either just as they are or as a jumping off point for your own creation.  People tell me time and time again that I can whip up a card in no time at all, by using these How To Books I put my card making into high gear.
  2. Let me call attention to that sentiment square again.  The Quotable Words (D1786) stamp set is sold as a scrapbook stamp set and sometimes I think card makers see “scrapbook” and turn their nose up – card makers are an elite group after-all 😉  Unfortunately I think you miss out a bit that way…a stamp is a stamp is a stamp!  It is in YOUR power to use them in any old way you want – don’t let a company paint you into a corner just because it says “scrapbook” or is in the scrapbook section of a catalog.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.

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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)!

Rework Wednesday

It looks like winter just might be on the way the wind has been howling all night long and it’s COLD!!!  We also had a little dusting of snow, nothing like my eastern Washington winters, but hey it was SNOW!!!

Today I’m excited to bring you a new series Rework Wednesday!  I receive so many amazing cards from consultants that inspire my creativity, but sometimes I just use them as a jumping off point.  I might like the concept, but just need to make a tweak here and there – use a different paper, change the colors, modify the size, etc.  I thought this would be fun for you to see how some of my cards come to life.

The first card I’m going to feature was made by my downline Stephanie Capelli.  Stephanie is married to my husband’s nephew and creates amazing cards…her style is usually the exact opposite of mine and we both recently participated in the November Stamp of the Month swap.

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This is Stephanie’s card.  The things I love about it are that she used a base of Kraft cardstock, kept the images simple, added just a tiny bit of bling and oh yes, the size – I LOVE tiny cards.

 

 

 

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Here’s mine.  Although I love tiny cards, sometimes I want a larger format so the first thing I did was turn this into a standard 4.25 X 5.5 card  I kept the Kraft base and added a strip of Fundamentals paper and a strip of Gold Glitter paper.  I layered the images on a solid piece of cardstock and popped the entire panel up.  I kept the images the same and even added the same bitty sparkles.

 

I hope you enjoy rework Wednesday…see you soon!

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