Don’t think of your holiday themed papers and stamp sets just for the holidays! I needed several thank you cards for people that helped with our recent Pumpkin Carving Party so I reached for my Spooktacular Paper and Stamps.
You might be wondering where I got the cute little sentiments to go in the speech bubble – it’s from the Card Subscription Box. If you want quick cards on the go – this kit is for you. Close to My Heart has designed some really fun cards for this set and the stamp set is FULL of fun sentiments to use on other cards.
I still wanted my cards to have a bit of a Halloween theme so I used the stamps, however other than the middle card there is not much Halloween going on in the papers.
I challenge you to take a look at your holiday stash and see how it might be used for something that’s not holiday!
Cupcakes? Did someone say cupcakes? Chocolate with chocolate frosting and sprinkles are my favorite…not just any sprinkles, but those flat pastel disc shaped sprinkles. Oh, that’s right, Trouble Maker told me to stay focused…ok, ok!
Welcome to Monday’s Double Trouble Challenge…I’ve been listening to the Trogg’s “Wild Thing” and I guess I just get all sidetracked. This week Trouble Maker is challenging us to get “groovy” and use woodgrain, something related to wood, wood embellishments, trees, etc on our project. When it came my turn to add a twist all I could think of was “wild things” and to keep myself out of trouble I suggested “woodland creatures”…isn’t that a good twist? Ha Ha…I bet Trouble Maker and Double Dare didn’t even catch on. Speaking of Double Dare she found the yummiest challenge – Cupcake Challenge #467.
They have the cutest inspiration photo that fit right with our challenge.
The first thing I thought about when I saw that photo was the cute little fox stamp that’s been sitting quietly in my bin. I grabbed some retired papers with leaves and embellished with a little cork leaf.
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.
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…
Have you heard the buzz? The Double Trouble Team has paired up with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge for the next two weeks. Trouble Maker is tip-toeing thru the Tulip Bulbs…demanding that we give her flowers after this long cold winter. Twisted Sister is all a flutter after signing up for a Birds & Bees Class on Valentines Day and would like you to use something with wings or something “B”-related or the word Buzz or Bzzz on your project.
The Atlantic Hearts Team gave us permission to share both of their upcoming sketches a little early so make sure that you are visiting their page and linking to the correct sketch
For my first card I chose to use a soft color combination of Sugar Plum, Ballerina and Peach for my flowers and Sage leaves all on a Mink Background which I cut using the Thin Cut Decorative Border Die. I added a tiny little bee which I cut from the Cricut Flower Market Cartridge.
My second card is my least favorite to make…a sympathy card! I used a Wreath Builder template and stamped flowers in a circular pattern to form my wreath…I didn’t leave quite enough room to include my sentiment at the bottom, but I actually liked it better layered across the flowers. The Willow layer was embossed with a honeycomb embossing folder for my “BEE” requirement.
What happens when the Color My Heart Color Dare pairs up with the team at Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge? Things run amok – posts get changed from Friday to Monday – rules get broken and in general design team members behave wildly!
The Color My Heart Color Dare challenge #323 is asking you to link your Soft & Pastel or Bold & Bright delights to the proper gallery and Double Trouble has a special recipe for fun that you can find here.
I was a bit confused and overly busy (did you see those Seahawks beat the Vikings last week at Monday night football? I was there!) so my card doesn’t follow the rules of Double Trouble’s challenge (what did I tell you about running amok?)
This was a super fun card to make I’m not sure if it was because I pulled out my HedgeHugs stamp, that I added a fun little zip feature that hides something good or perhaps it’s just who it’s going too! Last week I participated in the Bright & Bold challenge so this week I thought I’d give the soft & pastel a twist – hedgehogs are soft right? I used the lighter papers from the Oh What Fun paper packet and layered it on Kraft cardstock with just a hint of silver.
I hope you’ll join the fun at the Color My Heart Color Dare and Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge and that your Christmas is Merry & Bright!
One of my favorite things I love about Close to My Heart is that our papers are so versatile. Even though the Oh What Fun papers are definitely a Christmas themed paper – only one paper in the packet is actually a Christmas paper (and only one side) all the rest are just beautiful patterns in bright cheery colors.
I paired my card with some black paper and embellishments and even stamped the Candy Cane alphabet in Black which gave this card a totally non-Christmas feel.
The December Stamp of the Month can be added to your qualifying order for just $5, but you need to act fast – once the calendar turns it will be like so many other amazing products in the Holiday Expression and will be gone for good.
Thanks for stopping by…I hope you’ll consider adding the Oh What Fun papers to your collection and use them all year long.