Make It Monday!

I just returned from an amazing week in Kauai where I did everything from sit by the pool to ride in a helicopter, but to be honest with you I’m so excited that the laundry is caught up and I found some time to make it to the Craft-Coop today!

I’ve been pondering a conversation that I recently had with someone about our card kits – one of my favorite products. They are priced reasonably, you get enough supplies to make 12 cards (including an exclusive stamp set) with plenty of leftovers to make additional projects. She said “I don’t care for them because I don’t want to make 12 of the same cards”. The great thing is you don’t have too…our instructions are just there to give you some guidance, but you can do whatever you want with your kit.

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Today I decided that I’d focus on the Lucky Friendship Card Making Kit – Heart to Heart has a challenge about our favorite tools and Three Amigos is challenging us to use rainbows so this seemed like the perfect choice.

The top photo shows my card along with my favorite tool – my tweezers! These went missing a few months ago and I thought my crafting days were over! I use them all the time from placing small accessories to layering things. I LOVE my tweezers and was so sad when Close to My Heart retired them.

They next photos are a few of the cards I made with the leftover pieces of my card kit and that exclusive stamp set. Not even close to what the card kit cards are, but plenty of creativity!

I Heart Us Workshops Your Way® Cards

There’s one more important thing you need to know about our card kits. All of the instructions are available to download for free online! When you visit my online website at the end of the “product description” you will find a link to download the guide. These guides are great to print and keep with your stamping supplies because you can use them with any of our other products as well.

Product Description

Kit contents:
1 – exclusive workshop stamp set (B-size)
2 – I Heart Us sheets
2 – cardstock sheets (1 Sapphire, 1 White Daisy)
1 – Black Glitter Paper sheet
12 – white card bases & envelopes
printed instructions

Create 12 cards using the materials in this kit and easy-to-follow instructions (also found below). Complete your cards using the exclusive stamp images designed to give you ultimate control over the creative process, so you can always make your cards your way.

Additional supplies needed:
Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z4189)
Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z2895)
Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z2812)
Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z2840)
Round Sponge (Z697)
Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)

 Download Guide

I’ll be back Wednesday to share some more information about these guides.

Thanks for joining me and if you get a chance stop by Heart to Heart and Three Amigos for some challenge fun!

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Double Trouble #24

It’s time for more mischief with Double Trouble. This week, Trouble Maker is reminding us to “make new friends, but keep the old (here’s a good place to let you know I’m the youngest of the three!) because one is silver and one is gold. She’d like us to include a metallic object on our project.

Since I found the Pot of Gold on the last challenge I decided it was time to get out of town. I chose the word ADVENTURE for my 2019 word of the year and as I type this I’m sitting in our new trailer in a campground, so I’d like you to show me what mode of transportation you enjoy while on vacation.

Double Dare hopped right on board and found the Brown Sugar Challenge #288 with a transportation theme to link to.

Although I love all forms of transportation to take me away…my favorite way to vacation is on a cruise ship (although I also get seasick). I couldn’t pass up playing with the new Cruisin’ to Adventure stamp set & thin cuts from Close to My Heart. This stamp set is sure to be a favorite of all parents (grandparents) of little boys from – from land, sea to air this set has you covered. I also used my Thin Cuts – Decorative Border to make some waves and finished off my card with a sprinkle of silver sequins.

I look forward to seeing your creation with Double Trouble so “cruise by to say hi before this challenge passes you by!”

Thanks for stopping by.

Love of Color – Color Dare #334

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

Won’t you join the fun in our Love of Color Challenge.  We are using the Close to My Heart How To Book Love of Color as our inspiration.  This week our challenge features the color Lilac.  We provide a board in which you can pick a minimum of three colors from to create your project.  We use CTMH color names for reference; however, you are welcome to use any products as long as they are the closest match. Please don’t add any additional colors unless it is noted on the board.

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My card inspiration came directly from the Love of Color Lilac page – I chose to use the combination of Lilac, Sweetleaf, Peach, Lagoon & Gold. This color combination just seems fresh like a spring day and will make a great birthday card for my stash.

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 Thursday, March 28th to enter Challenge #334 

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)!

Tool Time Thursday

Welcome to Tool Time Thursday! I’m super excited that you stopped by to check out one of my favorite tools!

I’d had a Close to My Heart stapler on my desk for years when this mini-stapler was released in a catalog a number of years ago…I didn’t think that I’d needed another stapler, but I was wrong!

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The mini-stapler has recently moved to a prominent (within easy reach) location on my desk.  Lately it’s helped me put together treat bags, attach ribbon and twine to cards and well those tiny little staples just make me swoon.  The really cool thing is that the staples can be colored with your alcohol markers to match your projects!

When you purchase the mini-stapler today from me you’ll receive 10% off the price…a sweet little deal for a sweet little tool.

Now remember to come back next week to see what Tool Time Thursday has for you!

Double Trouble Challenge #23

It’s time for some more trouble…Double Trouble that is!  This week the team at Double Trouble is pairing up with Heart to Heart to bring you lots of Irish fun as we get ready for St. Patrick’s Day!  Won’t you come check out our challenge by clicking here!

Now for what you’ve been waiting for…

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It seems as though I’ve caught the bottom half of a leprechaun on my fun St. Patrick’s themed card.  I’ve been wanting to use this cute elf image from the retired Season of Joy CTMH Cricut Cartridge and I thought it would work perfectly for this card.  I cut the image from several shades of green cardstock and gold foil and added gold sparkles to the toes of his boots.

I hope you’ll come join the fun at Double Trouble – it’s the most trouble you can get into without going to jail!

C.A.S.E. with H2H

I did it, I did it…I got all the February challenges completed for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog!

This weeks challenge is C.A.S.E. which means Copy and Steal Everything! There are so many talented artists out there to be inspired by, but Heart 2 Heart wanted us to “copy and put our spin on a project from the current Seasonal Expressions Idea Book”.

I don’t think there is a greater form of flattery than when someone wants to copy your work…unfortunately I fell victim to someone that was unscrupulous a few months ago that actually stole a piece of my artwork and put their own stamp on it. It’s important to also give credit where credit is due when inspired by a card.

My inspiration came from page 84 of the Seasonal Expressions 1 A Birthday in Watercolor. The talented artists at Close to My Heart are always an inspiration!

My spin was to use a B&T paper from the Seasonal Mix-Ins paper packet and choose a color combination from the Love of Color – Glacier, Sweet Leaf & Thistle. I also didn’t have the puffy sticker embellishments (what’s wrong with me) used on the original card so I used I Heart Us sequins mixed in with the spatters.

I hope you will look at the Close to My Heart Catalogs more than just a place to shop, but also as a source of inspiration. Find a card that you love and share it with the Heart to Heart Challenge Blog.

Thanks for stopping by…see you soon!

This or That Tuesday

It’s the last Tuesday of February.  Tell me how you liked playing This or That?  I’m going to tally all the comments and see if there were more This or That…I’ll report back Thursday so make sure you didn’t miss a post to comment on!

Today’s This or That are Watercolor Pencils or ShinHan Touch Twin Markers.

I have both in my supply cabinet…one gets used a little more often than the other and if you’ve been following my blog for very long it will be an easy guess for you which I prefer.

I don’t know that it is actually a preference or just a lack of technique – I struggle with blending which is really a problem with both products.

Which do you prefer?