Snowflakes Glisten

My friend Debi (who was never going to do challenges) has been sharing the posts at Heart 2 Heart and I’ve been inspired to go take a peek at what she’s been up to and of course I decided that I needed to play along!

Since I was in the Coop early this morning and got a few things done that NEEDED done I discovered some extra play time so TWO blog posts in one day.

The Challenge for the week of October 22nd was called Glitter & Glam and since everyone knows that Blings My Thing how could I not play along?!  I knew right away that I wanted to use a big snowflake cut from Sugarplum Glitter Paper, I also knew that I wanted to use the barnwood paper from the Seasonal Mixins (such a fun packet of paper).  I turned to my trusty Love of Color Guide and found that Mink, Eggplant and Sugarplum would make a delightful color trio.  I also had some retired Eggplant shimmer ribbon so it made perfect sense to use it.  I sprinkled a few bitty and regular sparkles around the card to add a little more “Glam”.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card…now I’m off to feed a calf and start the regular chores of my day!  BTW it’s 5:30am and I think it’s going to be a long day!

Pumpkin Time

I’m starting my morning much like I started yesterday only much earlier – it’s only 4:30am and I’ve been in The Coop for an hour and a half after not being able to sleep since midnight (may as well let hubby sleep instead of keeping him awake with my tossing and turning).

Yesterday morning I stopped by the Heart 2 Heart Challenge and learned about their Pumpkin Spice challenge – the last one of October – their actually keeping the date open until Saturday, November 3rd.  My plans to participate yesterday were a little derailed, but here I am ready now to participate.

I love fall…the rich colors of the leaves, cooler weather and it’s holiday season!  I’m not much of a Pumpkin Spice Girl – however I do like pumpkin pie.  Do you?  I’ve found it’s either a love it or hate it kind of thing.  I used to tell my mom that it was great for breakfast and I was getting my serving of vegetables out of the way.

OK, ok, the card!  I loved this PML card that was in the Grateful Heart paper packet.  I stamped the Hello Friend stamp from the coordinating stamp set and layered it on New England Ivy CS which was then layered on Fern and finally the Saffron B&T from the same paper packet.  I used some retired NEI Twine for a simple accent.

If you get some time stop by the Heart 2 Heart Challenges – they have a new challenge weekly, but allow you to link up the entire month so even if week 1 doesn’t work, but you like the challenge you still have time to play!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Double Trouble #13

Wow!  I don’t think Double Dare & Trouble Maker realized that when it rains in the PNW that Toilet Paper gets sticky…it’s one thing getting framed, but being wrapped up like a mummy was almost unbearable.  I’ve finally managed to break free and here I am with our next challenge!

Mathematicians tell us that numbers are the language of the universe. Numerologists go so far as to say that the numbers in your life can define who you are and what you do. With a few simple calculations, you can find the five core numbers that offer insight into your own life.

Since there’s 5 weeks in the month of October Double Trouble has a special one week challenge featuring something, anything & everything (please no Charmin).  I’m giving you an optional twist for an extra drawing for our Bag of Things!  All you have to do is include a number on your card…die cut, stamped, a pair of dice, playing cards as long as it has a number you’ll get an extra entry.  Double Dare is challenging you to link up to one of our previous challenges (let me let you in a little hint – Color My Heart is having a monochromatic green challenge so maybe your lucky number is the color of money!)

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I’ve been working on Christmas cards so my lucky number is 25!  I actually paper pieced my 25 by die cutting it twice once out of charcoal CS and once out of a cute snowflake b&t found in the Tis the Season paper packet..

I hope you enjoy my twist on this one week special challenge.  I look forward to giving you extra votes when you include a number!

 

 

What’s Your Green – Color Dare #316

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  Challenge #316 is Monochromatic Greens – you choose!  Each Color Dare Challenge is open for two weeks – this challenge closes on Thursday, November 8th.

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I chose Willow – it’s my favorite Green!  I used a B&T leftover from the City Sidewalks collection stamped a swirl pattern on white and then layered on a fancy tag which I embellished with white dots and twine.  Simple & sweet…that’s my favorite kind of card.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  What greens will you choose to create with?  The rules on how to join are located on a tab at the top of the Color Dare Blog here

While at the homepage – check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our day)!

Oh What Fun!

The Oh What Fun Felt Shapes make the cutest accents on a Christmas Card.  I picked a simple pattern from the Make it From Your Heart Volume 4 and used Mint for my base and the striped B&T from the Oh What Fun Paper Packet.  I then wrapped some Raspberry Bakers Twine around the card to keep things simple.

There are 8 adhesive backed shapes in each collection as you see above I made 5 adorable cards.

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I hope this has given you an idea on how to use these cute felt shapes.

 

 

Hello Pumpkin

What vegetable was orginally carved for Halloween? The Irish brought the tradition of carving pumpkins into Jack O’Lantern to America. But, the original Jack O’Lantern was not a pumpkinPumpkins did not exist in Ireland. Ancient Celtic cultures in Ireland carved turnips on All Hallow’s Eve, and placed an ember in them, to ward off evil spirits.

Next to Christmas, Halloween is probably my favorite holiday to decorate for and that means making cards to share with friends too!  I loved the Hello Pumpkin product line from Close to My Heart from the minute I got my first look at the catalog.  I love that the stamps are cute (fits the challenge at Double Trouble) and the paper is very versatile, Close to My Heart makes sure to include papers that are not just for holiday.

      

Do you notice the cute border on the ghost card?  It was made with the new Thin Cuts Decorative Borders.  I can’t wait to try some of the other thin cuts so stay tuned!!!

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I’m linking up over at Three Amigo’s Blog Hop Challenge #19 Autumn/Halloween you should think about linking up too!  There’s also one more week to play along with Double Trouble.

 

 

 

 

 

Craft With Heart

Today I want to introduce you to my niece Stephanie (some of you already know her from card class) – she’s a devoted wife, busy mom of two, works part time outside the home and also helps her husband with his new cabinet business (she’s a mean face frame maker), she is on the board of her kids basketball association, is an amazing home decorator and loves cardmaking & scrapbooking.  Did I mention she’s my niece (more like a daughter)?

Stephanie is also a brand new subscriber to Craft with Heart.  Craft with Heart is a brand new subscription program from Close to My Heart featuring Cut-Above Layout Kits.    Each layout kit comes ready to assemble with pre-cut paper pieces, die-cuts, stickers, Memory Protectors™ and instructions.

There are three options for the subscription program.  Stephanie chose the one year plan for the best discount – she’ll get four layout kits every 4 months along with 30 free prints from Persnickity Prints.

Monthly

$17.95/Kit
 

  • $4.95 S&H, monthly

  • Billed and shipped monthly
  • Receive 1 kit each month

4-Month

$16.15/Kit
10% discount!

  • $4.95 S&H, every 4 months

  • Billed and shipped every 4 months
  • Receive 4 kits every 4 months

12-Month

$14.36/Kit
20% discount!

  • FREE S&H

  • Billed annually, shipped every 4 months
  • Receive 4 kits, every 4 months

30 free prints from Persnickety Prints, every 4 months

BEST VALUE
All subscriptions renew automatically. Cancel anytime.

Stephanie received layouts for September, October, November & December.  The kits although they coordinate with current paper packets are not available other than through the subscription program.

Stephanie couldn’t wait to get started (look at that concentration)  She loves putting kits together because of the time saving and “no thought” factors.

Look at that smile as she puts the finishing touches on her completed layout – the entire layout took her less than an hour to complete.  She promises to share her completed layouts (with pictures) right here.

If you’d like to subscribe to Craft with Heart you can find more information on my webpage.  As an added bonus when you subscribe to Craft with Heart you’ll be invited to an exclusive Day in the Coop to assemble your kits.

I hope you’ll consider this new subscription program to keep your creativity flowing and preserve your memories.  Crafters of all ages and skill levels can create completed layouts for their photos and memories.