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!

Think Pink – Color Dare #324

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

Join our fun Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge using colors from “Oh What Fun” paper pack … first choose a row, column or diagonal and include choice in your post … and then feel free to use “only” additional Colors in the Board below. We use CTMH color names for reference; however, you are welcome to use any products as long as they are the closest match

Neutrals: White, Cream, Black, Gray, Kraft and Brown(s) are free to use unless otherwise specified in our board.

I chose the bottom row of White Daisy, Raspberry & Pixie and my favorite new birthday stamp set from the Seasonal Expressions 1 CTMH Catalog – Years of Sweetness. I’ve used this stamp set a lot and will feature it next week here on my blog I hope you’ll come back and see the versatility.

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 January 17th to enter Challenge #324. 

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)!

This Stole My Heart

A couple of posts ago I told you I was going to pick a favorite from the entries over at the Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge #17. I had thirty-five entries to choose from and let me tell you the choosing was hard.

Lisa B from Life of a BZscrapper stole my heart. Although Lisa didn’t include a “kitchen” design element on her card I imagined baking cookies for Santa in that cute little cottage and oh that truck!

Lisa is an amazingly talented artist and is one of the Design Team over at Three Amigo’s Blog Hop Challenges. 

I’ve got a sweet treat going in the mail to Lisa for participating in the challenge over at Double Trouble and for “stealing my heart”!

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Double Trouble #18

It’s a Free For All over at the Double Trouble Challenge Blog.  That’s really nothing new, but we celebrate when the calendar has 5 Monday’s in a month.

Trouble Maker is trying to get us to “Shape Up” for the new year and has challenged us to use multiple shapes on our projects – I’ve included a tag  & banner (rectangle) along with a circle.

Did you know that it’s National Bird Week in the USA?  Twisted sister didn’t either, but to give a shout out to her feathered friends she’s asking that you add a bird, a nest, a birdhouse etc to your project.

Finally Double Dare is asking you to pair with one of our previous partners so pick your favorite – go check out their challenge and then combine our challenges for twice as much fun!

I had two choices for birds in my stamping stash – a penguin or a chicken, LOL!  Then when I was going through my die cuts I found a cute birdhouse die that I don’t think I’ve ever used.  My Penguin in Paradise comes from the My Favorite Things Stamp line and I colored with my Copic markers.  That bright blue background is a B&T from the new Something Fierce paper packet from Close to My Heart

I hope you’ll come play with us – Double Trouble is Double the fun!!!


Double Trouble #17

Did you hear the news?  Twisted Sister made the nice list…thank you all for helping.  Now it’s time to bake some cookies for Santa!

Trouble Maker has the perfect recipe to get us started!

Recipe.” This time the recipe can be used for any occasion – birthday, thank you, get well, wedding and even Christmas if you still need that last minute card or tag.

From: The Kitchen of Double Trouble Challenge Blog
Servings: Unlimited fun
Ingredients:
3 – Embellishments
2 – Colors 
1 – Sentiment or image (stamped or digital OK)
Directions: You may use more than the recipe ingredients stipulate, but you need to include a required minimum of each ingredient. The ingredients may be included in the image or an add-on. But don’t stop here…you might want to consider special topping ingredients using “Bright and Bold” or “Soft and Pastel
“.

Double Dare is asking you to link up with Color My Heart Color Dare.  Make sure that you are following their rules and using either a Bright & Bold or Soft & Pastel palette!

Twisted Sister is asking you to include something that you’d find or make in the kitchen – remember this is just an optional twist, but it makes Twisted Sister so happy to see you participate that she’s going to pick her favorite card and send you a treat too!

I decided to do a side step card.  I included images from 2 different stamp sets and thought including a rolling pin & measuring cup were a good mix with my Gingerbread cookies.  For embellishments I used silver sequins which I colored with my Shin Han marker, sparkles and tassels that I made from clover and pixie CS and the new Fancy Borders thin cuts.

I hope you’ll want to join the fun at Double Trouble so hopefully you’ll make the nice list too!

Soft & Pastel – Color Dare #323

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!

 

 

Oh So Different

Card stashes seem to be depleted by the time the end of the year rolls around so I grabbed a couple of stamp sets along with what was left of my Boutique paper packet and went to work.

Once my cards were finished and I lined them up I thought how different each of them looked.  Although they are all from the same paper packet the combination of colors that you use can really change how they look.

What do you keep in your card stash?  I hope you’ll take the time to leave me a comment.