Fa La La Friday again

Happy Friday!

The Craft-Coop looks like a tornado hit it, but I think I’m going to have plenty of Stay Home time to get it whipped back into shape.

I love the charcoal snowflake paper as a base for the banners. Although I love traditional red & green for Christmas I’m learning to expand a little.

$15

This stamp set & matching thin cut are being added to my sale page and are available for a gate pickup for just $15.

I hope your finding time to Stay Creative! Thanks for stopping by.

Fa La La Friday

Like many of you, I’m trying to manage my time of Stay Home, Stay Healthy in a positive way. I’m going to be honest, it’s hard…I’m usually a girl on the go! I have been spending a lot of time in the Craft-Coop and this week started hosting online virtual classes. It might not have been as smooth as teaching in person, but I’m going to make it work and I will learn and it will get better.

I’ve also been taking orders for cards and this week I’ve spent extra time working on Thank You cards for health care workers, 25 to be exact. I’ve pulled out retired papers and stamps and really had some fun.

When I was digging through papers there was one thing that stuck out…I have A LOT of Christmas paper. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Christmas, but by the time October hits I don’t have time to sit down and make Christmas cards. So I thought I’d throw a few cards together and start Fa La La Friday.

These cards were made using the Spruced Up paper and the December 2019 stamp of the month Reindeer Crossing. On the first card the sleigh was stamped in Espresso Ink on the woodgrained B&T. The second card features the pine cone branch stamped in Espresso, however on this card I chose to use Sangria Ink to stamp the sentiment directly on the B&T. Although I normally choose to stamp on a white or off white paper, this woodgrain had a light enough design to not interfere with my stamped image or sentiment.

CTMH Reindeer Crossing - Stamped Blessings
Reindeer Crossing – December 2019 SOTM $5

If you missed this stamp of the month it is one that I have added to my sale box. Over the next few weeks I’m going to try and start adding additional stamps that I need to part with (Fridays will most likely feature Christmas stamps) and I know there are some with matching dies so stay tuned. If you are local I can do a gate pickup or set it aside for when we can see each other in person.

Thanks for stopping by…I hope you’re Staying Home, Staying Healthy & Staying Creative!

An Oops and a Fix

This post is all about honesty…even seasoned stampers make mistakes! I’ve done it all, from attaching my card panel so the card opens the wrong way, using the unintended side of B&T paper and my most recent dropping my marker while putting the finishing touches on a card.


See that pretty Wisteria swipe just under the sentiment? It was my oops! I was totally disgusted with myself – I was touching up the ribbon under the bunnies neck and I dropped my marker when putting the lid on. My initial thought was “it’s homemade” and my second thought was “this will never leave my Craft-Coop”. Although a simple card, it was intended to be the last one I’d stamped before making my way to the house to make dinner and I had two choices – toss it or fix it. I chose the later.

Enter my Stitched Circle and Circle Dies from Close to My Heart. I stamped my sentiment in Wisteria Ink and die cut it using the stitched circle, but since my card had such a large amount of white it felt like it was going to get lost on the card, so with a quick turn of the Big Shot, I die cut a circle from Wisteria to mount it on. I popped up that sentiment piece right over the oops and it looked like that’s where it was meant to be all along.

Next time you have an oops…think of a fix and if you put that card front on backwards you can either fix it, by cutting it apart and remounting it on a new card base or save it to send next April 1st!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’re Staying Home, Staying Healthy and Staying Creative!

Double Trouble #53

It’s a Something, Anything, Everything Challenge at Double Trouble so I couldn’t help but play along. Twisted Sister 2 is finding Trouble Maker as difficult as I did…claiming “what do I need a background check?” Seriously, Trouble Maker and Double Dare were a pleasure to have on my family tree. We had lots of fun on our Zoom calls (we were doing it before it was mandatory)! I think you probably stopped by to see some artwork so without further chat, here it is.


This is a really old packet of paper from Close to My Heart – I actually have the coordinating embellishments, PML Cards and stamp set (which I didn’t use here). All that I have left are scraps so I cut what them into strips and made this fun background. I’m also linking up to the Use Your Stuff challenge, because I’m using spring colors and working at busting my stash!

I hope you’re finding some time to Stay Creative during this Stay at Home Stay Creative time.

Spreading Love

Washington State is under a Stay Home Stay Healthy mandate from our governor so I’m finding extra time in the Craft-Coop to Stay Creative!

I’ve grabbed some retired papers and stamps to spread a little love. I reached out to my sister-in-law last week who told me that her kiddo’s could use a little extra love so these cards were made specifically for several nieces and nephews that have been affected by the current mandate for school closures.

All of the card patterns were taken from the Make It From Your Heart Vol 4 How To Book. It has 24 different card patterns with measurements and a full color example. It is one of my favorite things in my Craft Coop.

Leave me a comment with how you’re staying creative during this pandemic.

Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Creative!

Color My Heart Color Dare – Red

What things can you think of that are red? My first thought when I saw Color My Heart Color Dare challenge #387 was a firetruck.

You can only use Red with accents of Black & White – no other colors no other neutrals. I grabbed a Candy Apple B&T from a retired Christmas packet and cut a strip of black that I ran through the big shot to get stitched X’s. The firetruck is mounted with thin 3D foam tape on a white stitched circle that is matted with a black circle. Two black dots finish off my card.

It’s been lots of fun being able to spend uninterrupted time in the Craft-Coop during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. What have you been doing with your extra time at home?

AHSC #361

I’ve been spending lots of time in the Craft-Coop, while I’m participating in the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order in Washington State. My hubby and I have been doing a good job of not venturing out except for grocery & pharmacy trips (which we’ve done via pick up).

Today I grabbed some retired papers and stamps from Close to My Heart along with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge to make a cheery card for a friend.

You’ll notice that I mirrored my middle panel so that I could use the scallops as waves for my sailboats. As I was going through a box of retired embellishments (I’m gonna get this stash busted one day) I found some cute sparkly hearts and some sparkly blue dots to add a little happy.

Thanks for sharing some time with me today. I hope you’re “weathering the storm”.

Double Trouble – #52

There is no better way to start a Monday than with a little trouble – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is…it’s a pretty good way to wrap up a Thursday of crafting too!

I’ve been missing in Double Trouble Land for quite some time…decided that I wanted to give up my seat on the DT and turn things over to my twin…I’m sure she’ll do a good job, I will hopefully find time along my journeys to play along.

The challenge this week is to include at least one spring item on your card, a twist of adding a bee and to link up with Bitten By the Bug. I grabbed a retired paper packet (I’m trying to bust my stash while I’m in Stay Healthy, Stay Home mode) and the multi-square die from Close to My Heart and the Share the Joy stamp set. I quickly colored all my images with the tri-blend markers and then layered on my banners. I decided to give things a light touch of clear Shimmer Pen, but it’s so hard to see in a picture.

Don’t forget to link up and join the fun…everyone needs a little Double Trouble in their life!

AHSC #360

Happy Tuesday! I spent a little time in the Craft-Coop today – although it’s closed to the public, it’s my place to control the anxiety this pandemic is causing.

I decided that on top of making some Easter Cards and organizing my space that I’d play along with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #360.

I loved the sketch for these weeks challenge and thought that black & white with a pop of bright colors (Candy Apple, Lagoon & Sapphire) would be cheerful to find in a mailbox. The sentiment comes from a set in the March/April catalog Sentiments & Stitches.

I’m hoping to find lots of crafting time while things are closed so I hope you’ll stop back often to see what I’m up to. For now, instead of social distancing won’t you please leave me a comment or a virtual hug!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Double Trouble #51

There is no better way to start a Monday than with a little trouble – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is!

Our challenge for the next two weeks is to go green with the fun twist of adding Something gold! You can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to our Challenge Partner Heart to Heart. You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge http://doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com/2020/03/challenge-51-go-green-and-partner-with.html?m=1

Don’t forget to link up and join the fun…everyone needs a little Double Trouble in their life!