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.
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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.
I’m sure you’ve heard the news that July is Stampaganza at Close to My Heart…buy two stamp sets get the third for free and that the SOLO Alphabet & Numbers stamp sets have been brought out of retirement for this special sale.
These stamps have long been a favorite and I’ve kicked myself time and time again that I didn’t buy the entire set when it was available. You can be sure I’m not going to let that opportunity pass me by this time. Each letter has a large bold and small sized lower case along with coordinating words that start with that letter and some fun shapes to play with too. Each number features both a large bold and small sized number along with the number in word form and words and images to match.
I gave some new life to the Solo T today pairing it with the soft colors from Central park. Don’t you just love that pop of Willow combined with the soft colors of Bashful & Glacier? This is one of my favorite patterns from Make It From Your Heart Volume 4, but I added a stitched circle & a banner to dress it up. A few sparkles adorn the letter to finish off the card.
The Solo stamps are perfect for both card making and scrapbooking – how cute would a baby album featuring month by month pictures be or even a big bold letter with someone’s name next to their picture.
Both the Solos Alphabet and Solo Numbers are available in a money saving bundle of 40% OFF the retail price, but they are only available through the month of July so make sure to get yours ordered today from my web-page http://www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com
Already one week into June…time needs to S-L-O-W down!
This week the Color My Heart Color Dare Design Team is featuring the colors Toffee, Juniper and Pomegranate. Such pretty colors to work with.
I’m trying to build my stash of thank you and birthday cards, but it seems like it’s a never ending battle! Like I said last week I really like the In My Heart card making kit sentiments so here I am again with a different layout. The wood panel at the bottom of the card might be a far stretch at Toffee, but I just had to use it. I also stamped the small THANKS banner in Toffee and cut it out and layered it over a piece of wood-grain banner which I stamped in Juniper and then trimmed. I tied a little bit of Juniper Thick Twine into a knot and frayed the ends to add some dimension.
Now it’s your turn to come play along. You’ll find the rules for the Color Dare here. When you visit our home page – make sure you visit each of the Design Teams pages and leave them a comment. We each work hard to bring you lots of inspiration each week and it’s nice to get some “love”.