Double Trouble #9

“School days, school days
Dear old Golden Rule days
‘Reading and ‘riting and ‘rithmetic
Taught to the tune of the hick’ry stick”

It’s September, mom’s & dad’s everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief…school has started!  It also means that over at the Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge we’ve got a School Days Challenge happening!  Twisted Sister (that’s me if you haven’t figured it out yet) challenges you to include a bookmark with your project and the final challenge issued by Thing 2 is to link up with this fantastic sketch from Try Stamping on Tuesday!

 

I kind of new what I wanted to do – even borrowed my friend Debi’s stamp sets, but when I sat down at my desk I went a completely different way, but that only means an opportunity to put together another card right?!

I started with a base card cut from Ballerina CS – don’t you love the soft pink?  The measurements are 5.5 X 10.5 – scored it at 4.25 and then I used my Tonic Perforator tool at 2 inches from the right side for the bookmark.

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I then used papers from the recently released Boutique Paper collection to put together my sketch.  I have a niece starting college this year and I wanted to drop her a note to let her know that we were thinking of her and to have a great year.

Don’t you just love this new Close to My Heart Stamp Set – My Type of Note.  I think I learned to bang out letters on a typewriter that looked really similar.

I hope you’ll consider popping over to the Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge…my teammates and I have a really fun time with this blog challenge and it would be fun to see your artwork linked up…you even get a chance to win a “bag of things” and I promise it’s not Thing 1, Thing 2 or Twisted Sister, but some really cool things!

 

More Magical

Every good tourist should have a camera and the Magical paper pack gives you a B&T paper that is filled with choices!  My friend Debi G and I had a productive day in the Coop Monday and we put together this cute camera that we saw on Instagram by Aaron Brown (another CTMH Consultant).

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What’s special about this card?  It’s got a sneak peak of a brand new color Candy Apple!  I love that we finally have a true red in our color palette, the fact that it works so well with Lagoon is just an added bonus.

I thought I had a pretty colorful little Instax camera – since mine is just white it was fun to dream a little.

I’m linking up with the Three Amigo’s Blast From the Past – using their Challenge #10 Anything Goes!  They are a fun group of ladies…not quite as fun as Double Trouble, but close!

I hope you’ll consider purchasing the Magical paper packet while it’s on special thru September 30th.  It is such a fun, colorful paper good for so much more than just amusement park scrapbooking.

 

Just For You – Color Dare #298

TGIF!!!  I’ve been crazy busy in the Craft Coop – convention is NEXT WEEK, but I am happy to report that I’m all ready thanks to my friend and fellow DT member Debi!

The Design Team is playing with the colors Blossom, Linen & New England Ivy this week – such a fun summery combination.  Linen is actually one of my favorite new neutrals – it’s a creamy white and I just love it’s rich tone.

That cute Just for You stamp is from the Stamped With Love stamp set – a cute A sized stamp set with images for the front & back of your cards.

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Now it’s your turn to grab your ink and papers and make a project.  You’ll find the rules for the Color My Heart Color Dare here.  Although we list the color names from Close to My Heart they are not required to play along.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hop you find lots of stamping time this summer and will come play along.

 

Double Trouble – Challenge 1

There’s a new blog challenge in town and I’m super excited that I was asked to be on the Design Team from the very beginning.

Double Trouble was founded by my stamping friends Sue and Melanie and well you know me, where Trouble leads I follow!!!  We are really TWO challenges in one – an opportunity to do a simple challenge & the Double Dare to  link up to an additional  challenge with the same card, every once in a while I’ll pop in with a special “TWIST”.

Our Thing One challenge this week is to add two or more patterned papers to your project and our Double Dare is to link to the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

My card features papers from Close to My Heart’s Beautiful Friendship collection and a retired stamp set Treats of Friendship also from Close to My Heart.  I chose a small print for my all over background and a larger print (the teapots & cups) for my second piece.  It’s good to combine sizes of prints so that they don’t compete with one another.  I kept my stamping simple – just a teacup which I colored with Copic Markers and then I stamped my sentiment in Sapphire Ink and tucked the tag under my gray ribbon.  I added a couple of pearls for a simple accent.

I hope you’ll head over to the Double Trouble Blog to learn more about our challenges.  If you’re new around these parts I hope you’ll click the Follow Button where you can get updated each time I post.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Owl Always Love You – Color Dare #289

Here it is Friday already!  Welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors:  Raspberry, Mink & Juniper.  You can always use black & white unless otherwise stated in the challenge post.

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You’ll notice some Shin Han Markers sitting on top of the ink pads in my photograph, alcohol inks are a wonderful little tool and with just the right combination you can turn them into something completely different.  According to a chart provided by Close to My Heart layering Warm Grey, Pastel Green and Turquoise will give you a color that resembles Juniper – I think if I’d cut my owl from White cardstock instead of the B&T it might have given better results, but it’s close.

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 until 9:00 CDT on Thursday!

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I’m so thrilled to be back among such a talented group of artists.  I hope you’ll take a minute to visit each of their pages and leave a little comment.  It’s what keeps us creating for you.

 

Birthday Time – March SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the March SOTM, which is Birthday Time a fantastic set of 26 stamps.  If you have come here from Stefani Ewing’s blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

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This month we have 26 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

This is one of my favorite patterns from the new Make It From Your Heart Vol 4.  You can choose any scraps and still come up with a delightful card.  It almost seemed to me that this Happy Birthday stamp was made just for this card.

Now “Hop” on over to Vickie ODells  blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting and other fun ideas!

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Remember, the March SOTM is only available until 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Dear Friend – Color 275

What a fun weekend of creating I just completed.  I spent two nights and two days crafting with 44 other talented ladies at the Dumas Bay Retreat Centre in Federal Way, WA.  The views were breathtaking, the food amazing and the time to concentrate on some projects while spending time with friends was lots of fun.

Even though I’m not on the Design Team for the Color My Heart Color Dare – I still want to participate as I can make time.  This weeks c

 

olors are Fern, Heather and Bashful with an option to add Gold.

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I picked a new pattern from the Make It From Your Heart 4 – card making pattern book and combined it with stamps from the Chelsea Gardens cardmaking stamp set & die cuts.  You really need to see this card in person to appreciate it’s sparkle.

I used Heather B&T paper from the Basics Collection and layered Fern cardstock & Bashful Glitter paper for my banners.

I stamped the leaf stamp directly on the card base in Fern and the sentiment in Heather.  I stamped and die cut the butterfly image from Bashful cardstock and then gave it’s wings a touch of sparkle with the Bashful Shimmer Pen.  I then finished off the card with a few Gold Glitter Gems.

Make it a beautiful day!

 

 

UPDATE:

My card was a first runner up over at the Color My Heart Color Dare.

 

 

 

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Just a Peek

My Christmas card making is way behind schedule, but I wanted to show you that it is underway.

I really love our stamps with matching thin cuts, assembling the pieces add a little work, but can you imagine all the fussy cutting time saved?

Cats and Bats

Looking for a fun way to spook up a good time? Join me for the Cats and Bats Card Workshop on September 21.  This new Halloween card workshop will sweeten anyone’s day.

You’ll need the following supplies:

  • Adhesive
  • 3D Foam Tape – think or thick
  • Shin Han Markers in Marigold and Vivid Green

I think you’ll find this workshop lots of fun.  Please RSVP no later than September 5th.

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Color Club

Happy Saturday!

I've been trying to contain my excitement for new products until August 1st when the new catalog arrives, but I just can't wait anymore!

The entire basics family was changed this year and the colors are just amazing! Real colors that are going to blend so beautifully with our other color families.

For 11 months you can receive a new stamp pad, re-inker and a share of cardstock to stay on a stamping budget.

If you decide you can't wait 11 months you can by the entire Color Club all at once and I will give you the Color Of the Year for free!

All this fun starts on August 5th. Call or email me if you want to play along.