Double Trouble #90

It’s time for more trouble…a Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is!

For those of you that might not know me I’m the original Twisted Sister from Double Trouble. I took an extended hiatus, but it looks like I’m back. My name is Tracey and I split my time between Washington and Arizona with my two favorite guys – my Wrangler-wearing Sweetheart and our fur-baby Scuttlebutt!

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I thought the Double Trouble #90 – You’re Kitten Me was the perfect place for me to jump in…unlike my “sisters” I don’t have cats (although I used to have 4) and since meeting my hubby can’t imagine my life without a dog. I also have a fondness for cows and farm-life and burro’s and the desert!

The Double Trouble Challenge consists of three parts: Trouble Makers main challenge, Double Dares challenge to link with another blog which you may or may not decided to participate in and Twisted Sisters surprise challenge! You can find all the details on the rules page of the challenge blog.

To participate in Challenge #90 you need to create an image that includes any cute animal, use a sentiment that includes a pun and link up with our crafting partner 2 Crafty Critter Crazies – you can find all the specific details right here on the Double Trouble Blog.

I chose to play with a current Close to My Heart Stamp Set – I woof you. This set includes three adorable dogs, punny sentiments and a couple of dog accessories. As you can imagine my stamp collection includes a BUNCH of dog stamps to choose from and a few cats too, just so no one thinks I’m partial to one or the other! Papers are from the July-August CTMH Mix-Ins – I love using these papers with or without the featured paper collections in each catalog.

If you’d like more information on any of the products I’ve used, please feel free to reach out to me by leaving a comment. If you don’t have a current Close to My Heart Consultant, I’d love to be YOURS!

Thanks again for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your creation on the Double Trouble Challenge Blog!

Joyful Stars – Cats, Bats and Booos!

Welcome to the Joyful Stars September Blog Hop!  If you are arriving here from my friend and fellow Color Dare DT member Michelle Loncar’s Blog you are on the right path…if you’re starting here, that’s fine too.  We are a small circular hop and eventually you’ll end up right back where you started just by clicking the links at the ends of the posts.

I haven’t had much time to create this month (my little 50th Birthday cruise to Alaska ended with pneumonia 😦  but I snuck out the Craft Coop last night so I have a project to share)

I know it’s only September, but I am thinking Halloween and the Cats and Bats Paper is fulfilling every need I have.  I loved both stamp sets that coordinate with the papers so much and they even have matching thin cuts so yep – I own them both!!!  You can find the Cats and Bats papers and stamp sets in the new Holiday Expressions or on my web page

My 3X6 card is layered on a base of Tangerine – the gray layer is actually one of the PML cards that has been cut down to size.  Not a pocket scrapbooker – no worries these cards make perfect additions to your cards too!  I cut the BOOO! from a piece of the Cats & Bats B&T that is an ombre black/gray combo.  I popped up a spider and added a sprinkle of Cats & Bats Embellishments  and my card is done.

Please don’t forget that Close to My Heart has released a special non-commissioned stamp set for the natural disasters occurring in many of the states and Canada.

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100% of the proceeds from the Stronger Together stamp set will be donated to the Red Cross.  You can order this set from your local Close to My Heart Consultant or directly from my webpage by clicking here.

Now it’s time to hop over to my buddy Debi Brile’s blog.  I hope you enjoy the blog hop – come back and tell me what you think of the projects

What’s in a card?

The process I go through to make a card is no different than a lot of card makers…scan Pinterest, grab magazines and idea books and see what develops.  My favorites are the How To Idea Books offered by Close to My Heart.  They are full of terrific patterns for cards and scrapbook layouts.

This card is no exception to that rule, but the one thing I think that is important is paying attention to the details.  It’s one of the things I look for when I’m judging entries on various design teams that I’ve participated it.  What extra details were paid attention to?

I pepped up this simple pineapple card made with the Calypso papers just by adding a little detail to the white panel with the Diamond Embossing Folder.  The diamonds reminded me of the score lines on the pineapple which in my opinion (and hopefully yours) just took my card to the next level.  This embossing folder along with several others will be retired at the end of July…do you have yours?  I’d be happy to help you add it to your collection or you can contact your own Close to My Heart consultant.

Thank you for stopping by…I hope you’ll think about what goes into YOUR cards.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think is important in a card!


Smile – AHSC #124

Waiting is the hardest part of being on the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Design Team.  Sketch #124 was the perfect excuse to pull out some more Zoe Papers and play.  I love the big bold flower in the lower corner, it is a from the Girls Rock C1538 My Acrylix Stamp Set and lucky for me it has a matching Cricut cut.

I sliced my Coral Shimmer Trim right down the middle and layered on the sides of the Smoothie Dot Paper and finished it with three triangles from the Green Enamel and Glitter Duos.  I think these are one of my new favorite accessories to play with.

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I stamped the flower in Canary and Smoothie ink and then sponged the edges of the cut as well.  The center is from the Zoe Assortment – a self adhesive faceted gem.

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I hope you’ll join us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week and maybe next week and the week after that too.  Make sure you check the blog on Wednesday to see what the other DT members created.  It’s sure to be a treat!

Blossom Fancy Fold

I’ve been MIA, but I’ve been busy!  Thursday we went to a Trace Adkins concert in Shelton, Saturday we attended a memorial service and Sunday we witnessed our beautiful niece get married (not that the other nieces aren’t beautiful, but this bride knocked it out of the ballpark!) So, for a quick post tonight this is one of the cards for my card class tomorrow.

It was made using the Blossom Papers and the stamp from the Blossom WOTG!  It’s a fun and easy fold.  I will explain in more detail later! For now my eyes are held open with glue dots :). Thanks for stopping by and I will see you soon!

Switcharoo Sunday #1

I follow several blogs on the internet and recently one of the Stampin’ Up Demonstrators started a new feature called Makeover Monday.  She shares a card made by another demonstrator and “makes it over”.  It has been fun to watch over the past few months and I decided that I’d like to do something similar…so if there’s another CTMH Consultant out there that would like to participate in something like this…leave me a comment with your e-mail and I’ll get in touch!

For now, I picked a Stampin’ Up card that I would make over with Close to My Heart Products and I’m going to call it Switcheroo Sunday.

Painted Blooms Origami Shadowbox Card Fun Fold HSDT video series by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinupThis card was made by Dawn Olchefske you can find her blog here where she also provides a quick video instruction.



and this is my card:  I used the Brushed Paper Packet so I could enter it in this weeks Color Dare over at the Color My Heart Challenge Blog.

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This is a close up of the front fold and the inside…don’t forget to include something to make it pretty inside – beauty doesn’t have to just be skin deep!Mothers Day Brushed Collage




I hope you like my switcharoo.

Thanks for stopping by, leave me a comment and come back again soon!

Treats of Friendship – AHSC  #100 

What a week!!  I was worried that I wasn’t going to find time to get into the craft room and work on my card for the 100th sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, but building a window box with granddad became a priority so I snuck into the craft room this afternoon and “built” a card based on this sketch!

I have just been dying to play with new things so today’s card is a sneak peak into Seasonal Expressions 2.  The Treats of Friendship stamp was one of my favorite stamp sets.  I love the “punny” sayings.  The paper is from the Seaside paper packet.  I love the colors and tried to color my donuts similarly with the Shin Han markers.







Of course no card is complete without a little treat on the inside.







I made this card for my favorite barista…I’ve been dying to introduce her to Close To My Heart and “I donut what I’d do without her”.

Thanks for stopping by!


A Little Mojo for LOVE!

I’m not sure what overcame me this weekend, but I felt a little more than crazed about making cards.  I got an e-mail from a customer that she had made 5 box cards…woohoo, shout out to her creativity and my Cricut abilities!!! Not to be outdone I sat down at my desk and made 8 cards – 2 thinking of you’s and 6 Valentines!

I thought about sharing them all at one time, but what fun is that???  So you’ll have to keep coming back this week to see what I created…where to start, where to start?

I have two friends that are struggling with hard times, OK, truthfully there are probably more, but these two hit my heart and I decided I wanted to brighten their day a bit.  We all suffer from gray skies now and then and sometimes it’s just good to know that someone cares.


I felt like I was getting back to my roots of stamping with the simplicity of these cards…stamped in black and then colored with the amazing ShinHan markers.  I haven’t learned everything I can about these markers, but I can tell you that I love how the color flows.


I’ve had Angel Friends B1435 for a while, but just hadn’t got it inky…I know it’s going to get a lot of use now!  You can’t tell from this picture, but the flowers are popped up with our Thin 3-D Foam Tape (LOVE that stuff).  The Fundamentals paper in the back reminded me of clouds, but it only peeks through subtly.

DSCN1786My maternal grandmother always told me that beauty is only skin deep, but that doesn’t have to be so with your cards.  Make sure to give them a little pop of color – you’re sentiment gets lonely in there all alone!


This cute airplane is from the Lifting Spirits set.  I kept things simple by using the  Chevron Border punch and a couple of gold sequins.  This stamp set is one of my favorites as it has both an airplane and hot air balloon, both of which you see regularly in my hometown!

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Thanks for stopping by!



Hoppy Easter


I had some free time Sunday afternoon to “hop” into my craft room and play with some Easter cards.  I have always loved sending Easter cards, because unlike Christmas they are unexpected! 

I apologize for the small photos, but I somehow managed to misplace my camera so these were taken with my I-phone what it lacks in detail I’ll try and share with my post.

Both cards were made using the Hoppy Easter My Acrylix Stamp Set (B1423).  The first card boasts the traditional bunny and used papers from the Skylark Paper Packet  the soft greens and vibrant lagoon colors remind me so much of the renewal of spring. The middle section is punched with the scalloped border punch to give it a little texture.  I also added a piece of shimmer trim behind the rabbit, added some grass cut from the Cricut Artiste cartridge and added some clear sparkles on the egg.


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My second card although from the same set feels a bit more girly with the Ariana papers.  Both card patterns are taken from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 pattern book.  I fussy cut the bouquet of flowers and popped them up with 3D foam tape and tied them with a bit of Bakers Twine.

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I’m hoping that I can find some more time to play – but it’s a beautiful day here and I’ve already felt that I spent too much time indoors.

Happy Spring!


I Love a Good Challenge!

I am always up for a good challenge…especially one that involves paper and ink!  My buddy Betsy (who won last weeks challenge) turned my attention to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog and I decided I’d better play along.

The inspiration for my card from Atlantic Hearts #22

and my interpretation

Laughing Lola meets AHS #22
Laughing Lola meets AHS #22

I envisioned this as a square card but after playing a bit felt that the standard 4.25 X 5.5 would work best for what I wanted.  When I saw the inspiration piece I knew that I wanted to spell out the word LOVE and I wanted to replace one of the circles with a heart.  It came together quite quickly with minimal supplies.

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I hope my art has made your heart smile!