It’s Getting Spooky!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for. I think it’s because my mom was so into it. She would dress up as a witch and greet the trick or treaters…she even scared my little brother one year.

I spent about an hour on Sunday afternoon in my Craft Coop playing with some scraps of Cats & Bats. Those papers aren’t going to use themselves afterall!

Both of these patterns come from the latest Make It From Your Heart Volume. I wanted the one on the left to look like a big moon was behind the cat. I actually stamped the cat in Pebble Ink on the Light Side of Pebble CS.

The card on the right was made in honor of my friend Debi G. (rumor has it she saves all my cards) and this is her favorite card pattern. I thought all the spiderwebs looked lonely without a little spider hanging amidst the banners.

I’m going to defer from cards for a minute and tell you about my friend…Debi and I met through Close to My Heart and she is probably the one that knows my soul inside and out. Whether I’m feeling blue, crazy with anger or just need someone to share a laugh with, Debi is my go-to-gal! The funny thing is when I met Debi (at convention in Dallas) I did not think that she liked me – I was an outsider to her circle…little did she know I would work my way right in that little bitty crack on the stitch line.

I wanted to tell you about Debi because I wanted to share a bit about how CTMH has brought so many amazing people into my life. During the month of August you can join my Close to My Heart team for just $35 AND get $35 in YOUR CHOICE of product. I’d love to chat with you a little more about this fantastic opportunity. Please message me if you are interested.

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Cats & Bats Crazy

Have you heard that the Great Pumpkin is coming?  Instead of sitting in the Pumpkin Patch I spent some time in the Craft Coop and had a fun time making some Halloween cards – you might just find one in your mailbox this week.

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All of my cards were made using the Cats & Bats suite.  Papers, Card Making and Scrapbooking Stamp Sets and Thin Cuts and Dots.  I also used patterns from the Originals Card Confidence Program…this is a MUST HAVE if you are a card maker.

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There are over 100 patterns in the Originals Book for all occasions.  The full color photos and easy to follow step by step instructions will make this one of your favorite purchases and priced at just $14.95 it will bring you a huge amount of satisfaction.  You can click on the link above or the picture of the book to be directed to my webpage.

Thank you for stopping by…I hope you have a very happy Halloween.

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Cats & Bats Treat

Today I have a little treat for you made with the Cats & Bats paper packet.  This folding pop up card packs a lot of wow factor – no tricks!

I have to be honest, I’ve had the instructions for this card for about a year, but I was worried that there was too much measuring and I’d not be happy with the results.  Sunday afternoon I cut all the pieces and sat down to watch the video one more time through each step I paused the video and followed the instructions.  I was feeling some major intimidation, but once I got the mechanism to open and close properly on my first attempt I was a happy girl.

I decorated the front of my card by stamping the cob web from the cats & bats stamp set and adding a creepy spider from the Cricut Artbooking collection I popped it up with a little 3D foam tape and used my gold shimmer brush to give him a little sparkle.  I kept the inside simple just lining the panels with B&T paper and adding pieces from the complements pack.  On the last panel I cut down a PML card for the sentiment.  One more use for those Picture My Life Cards!

Want to learn to make a folding pop up card?  Join me for my “Just the Basics” card class on Thursday, November 2nd where we’ll go beyond the basics with this fun fold.

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Cats & Bats – Color Dare #262

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Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors:  Willow, Goldrush, Emerald, Black, Pewter, Pebble, Charcoal and White Daisy.

How are you liking the changes to the Color Dare?  Two weeks should give you plenty of time to get a card made and linked up to our challenge.

I did a fun card with the Cats & Bats papers and stamps from the Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Collection.  The front of my card is cut down 2 inches which leaves a little bit of the inside of the card peeking through.  I used the die cut BOOO! to hid a few of the inside images.  Although from the front my BOOO! is stamped in Pebble it was actually layered on a piece of Gold Rush so that adds a bit of intrigue to the inside of the card as well.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  Each color dare is open for two weeks so get your cards posted by 9:00 CDT on Thursday, October 5th!

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

Thanks for stopping by…have a fantastic weekend!

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Kind Thoughts

Have you ever avoided purchasing a paper pack because it was theme specific?  Today I’m going to try and convince you to take another look at the papers in the Close to My Heart paper packets.

This card is from the Workshop Your Way Kind Thoughts Card Making Kit.  I love the Gold Rush paired with the Bashful, Black and White.  Such a classy card and that new Rose Embossing Folder – yes please!

Would you believe that this paper is straight from the Cats & Bats paper packet?

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Although one of the papers is very themed oriented – the other papers in this pack are stand alone papers with trendy designs that can be used for so many other projects.  You’ll find a list of the featured colors on the back of the Zip Strip of the paper packet or listed in the catalog.   Cats & Bats contains: Black, Charcoal, Emerald, Gold Rush, Pebble, Pewter, White Daisy & Willow.

I hope I’ve convinced you to take another look at the Paper Packets that are now available in the recently released Holiday Expressions and realize that they have lots of uses and are not just holiday specific.

 

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Cats and Bats

Looking for a fun way to spook up a good time? Join me for the Cats and Bats Card Workshop on September 21.  This new Halloween card workshop will sweeten anyone’s day.

You’ll need the following supplies:

  • Adhesive
  • 3D Foam Tape – think or thick
  • Shin Han Markers in Marigold and Vivid Green

I think you’ll find this workshop lots of fun.  Please RSVP no later than September 5th.

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September Specials with Close to My Heart

Welcome to September…can you believe that fall is just around the corner?  Officially September 22nd.

Fall is probably my favorite time of year…the weather is starting to cool, fall colors are starting to show, hot cocoa, pumpkin carving, football games and of course most importantly it’s National Stamping Month!

Let’s visit the Close to My Heart Specials:

  • September Stamp of the Month – Feel So Blessed
  • National Stamping Month – From the Heart Card Kit
  • Classes

Feel So Blessed – This set of 26 stamps will help you express your thanks and gratitude all month long.  The exclusive “D” sized stamp set is yours for just $5 with a qualifying purchase during the month of September.

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From the Heart Card Kit – Celebrate National Stamping Month with the From the Heart card kit from Close To My Heart. This kit contains materials for creating 12 interactive cards, including foil-stamped card bases and an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set. The stamp set is designed to make it easy to create beautiful, rich stamped artwork using three layers of stamp images and thoughtful sentiments. The card kit also includes envelopes and step-by-step instructions and is available at a 20% discount off the retail price! Brighten someone’s day with a hand-stamped card From the Heart.

Classes: 

Just the Basics:  Thursday, September 7th 10am or 6pm  – This class is designed for the new to seasoned stamper.  We’ll touch on some techniques and fancy folds.  Cards will include birthday, thank you, thinking of you themes.  Papers will focus on using the fundamental line.  RSVP today!  $15

Cats & Bats:  Thursday, September 21st 10am or 6pm  Come get spooky with this Cats & Bats class featuring cards for Halloween.  You’ll brighten a mailbox with these fun designs.  You will need to bring the following supplies:  ShinHan Touch Twin Markers in Marigold and Vivid Green along with your favorite adhesives.  Must RSVP by September 5th.  $15