Perk Up

I was supposed to be cleaning my craft room yesterday, but we all know how that turns out right? Finding cute things to play with and then I remembered that the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop was happening and I should link up a couple of more cards.

Both of my cards utilize the same pattern from Make It From Your Heart 4, if you are a card maker you need this book! Just click on the link and it will take you right to my website.

Although the September/October catalog has retired the Perk Up Stamp Set & Thin Cuts and Hawthorn paper are still available online. I have a friend that is all about EVERYTHING pumpkin spice, so I couldn’t resist putting together this fall card to put some happy in her mailbox.

In my tidying up I organized all my paper packs so they would be easy to access for my upcoming card making and ran across a box that had all my Holly Jolly Supplies – can you so JOY!!! You are going to LOVE this paper, the patterns are just amazing. I’m seeing friends from other states start to post snow pictures so this might just find its way to one of them to warm up their mailbox with a little cheer.

Even though these are the same pattern each card has it’s own unique look because of the papers and colors that I used.

My favorite fall drink is a Salted Caramel Mocha and once December arrives I’ll switch to a Peppermint Mocha. Are you a sweater weather or a pumpkin spice coffee lover?

Thanks for stopping by!

A New Challenge

There’s a new kid on the block…Artsystamper Digital Challenge has started a brand new Challenge Blog. The artwork is gorgeous and since she’ll be partnering up with Double Trouble in the future I wanted to lend my support.

Challenge #1 is Autumn Colors – my husband and I recently traveled from Western to Eastern Washington and I commented that the leaves on the mountains reminded me of a patchwork quilt. I think my favorites were the deep red of the Vine Maple.

My card features the Close to My Heart Hawthorne paper packet and I wanted to incorporate the Saffron & Sangria both yummy warm colors. I am in love with the pumpkins from the Autumn Blessings stamp set and I chose to color them with the new Tri-Color Markers that Close to My Heart is carrying. I love that you can get three shades from one marker! The sentiment was stamped in Espresso ink – I use to stamp in browns and grays all the time and have kind of got out of the habit, but it’s so much softer than black ink.

I hope that you’ll take a minute and tell me what your favorite fall color is by leaving me a comment and if you get some time pop on over to the Artsystampers Challenge and let them know that “Twisted Sister” sent you.

Double Trouble #32

Won’t you come get in some trouble with us at Double Trouble. This week Trouble Maker is challenging us to make a Christmas in July (yep, flip that calendar people it’s July 1st already!) with a square design. And who better to make an appearance at Christmas than Santa on vacation at the North Shore. Double Dare is asking us to link up to Retro Rubber Challenge #114.

I knew exactly which stamp sets I was going to use as soon as we decided on our challenge. There’s a little old (the beach chair and santa hat) mixed with a little new (the palm tree, sand, shells & sentiment). My paper is some that I had left from last Christmas – I knew I wanted to mix in that strip of “tropical” colors.

My card is square 4.5 X 4.5 – I cut the front cover a little short so the B&T would show.

I thought it was so clever that Santa left his hat while running off to catch a wave. After all the hard work he does, I’m sure Santa deserves an extended vacation in the sun!

Thanks for stopping by…leave me a comment and let me know what you think about this fun challenge, then run over to the Double Trouble Challenge and get the rules and play along.

Double Double Trouble

Welcome to a Double Double Trouble – which I’m also in since we usually post on Monday’s and this week it was Friday!

Trouble Maker asked us to use a spring/summer thing and since I’m in hot water it reminded me that a nice beverage (hot or cold) would be a good twist!  Double Dare has a “double dare” for us this week to link with Three Amigos or the Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog (or both) the details are on our challenge post that you’ll find by clicking here!

I fell in love with this cute coffee set from Birdie Brown “Friends at First Sip” which I purchased from My Favorite Things Stamps.  I couldn’t resist adding the cute dog which I colored like my own Scuttlebutt!

My favorite drink is an Iced Vanilla Americano with a healthy splash of cream – year round!  When I worked full time I drank a mocha everyday until I started thinking about all those calories.  I’m also a huge fan of  Sweet Tea (thanks to my Texan sis-in-law for introducing me to it.)

I hope you’ll join the fun at Double Trouble, Three Amigos and the Coffee Blog Hop and while you’re at it leave me a comment with what your favorite drink is!

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!

A Little Heart to Heart

I had a little play time in The Craft-Coop this week and decided it would be fun to revisit my old friend the Heart to Heart Challenge Blog.  The greatest thing about H2H is that challenges are posted each Monday morning and are open until the last day of the month.

The first February Challenge is titled Favorite Recipe it’s open to interpretation so I chose to use my favorite recipe from Make It From Your Heart Vol 4.

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We’ve had an unusual February in which we were blanketed with A LOT of snow.  My card features a fun polar bear from the Got Snow hostess rewards set and papers from the I Heart Us paper packet.  To keep things “cool” I added some silver shimmer trim along the edge and some bitty sparkles in the centers of the snowflakes.  Would you like to add this set to your stamping collection – let’s chat about becoming a hostess!

The second challenge was I Heart Us – and the directions were to use either the I Heart Us paper packet or include pictures of people/things that we love.

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I thought these papers from the I Heart Us Collection would make a cheery thank you card.  The thin cut stitched hearts where a fun addition to fill in the sentiment section for my shortened sentiment.  The “Thanks” also comes from the I Heart Us cardmaking stamp set.

The third challenge is Invitation Only – this may mean you create an invite, maybe you’ve been invited somewhere that needs a card for the occasion, or maybe you want to share a project inspired by an invitation only event.

I chose to create an invitation for an upcoming Scrapbook Day called Memories in the Making.

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My card again uses I Heart Us Papers and a stamp set available to Consultants only. A piece of Mink Twine and Silver Glitter Gems keep my embellishments simple so the eye keeps drawn to the party details.

Now to get these linked over at Heart 2 Heart and check back with them on Monday for their final challenge of February maybe I can snag a perfect attendance badge for the month of February.

Thanks for stopping by…I always appreciate reading your comments so I hope you’ll take an extra minute to drop me a note.

Stella Says Sketch

I guess you can say I caught a bug…since becoming a part of the Double Trouble Design Team I’ve been exposed to Digi’s…digital stamps.  You know what they don’t take up much space – except in the computer and some of them are awfully darn cute.  One of our upcoming challenges uses Bugaboo digital images so I thought I’d go check them out and look what I found…a free image AND a new sketch challenge.

Stella seems to be the boss around Bugaboo…a huge attitude and kind of crass…she kind of reminds me of the lady that was so popular with Hallmark.  I do have some friends that would enjoy her humor so I might be adding a few of her images to my collection.  For now though I decided to play along with their sketch and picked up the Roly Poly Chef Pie for free.

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I grabbed some bright colored papers from the I Heart Us paper packet and made quick use of the sketch.  I cut the chef with the new Thin Cuts Rectangle Frame…I’ve learned that I need to stock some cardstock in the house so I can print the digi images on paper that the markers won’t bleed on, but I kept the coloring to a minimum and think it turned out OK.  The sentiment is from the new Wordfetti stamp set from Close to My Heart.  I love that they are a block sentiment with the letters standing out in white.

I hope that Stella likes my take on her sketch…maybe that pie will sweeten her up just a bit…

Thanks for stopping by!