It’s Hauntingly Fun

One more card to finish the week from the Boo Crew Collection. This is another pattern from the Make It From Your Heart Vol 5 How-to Book. If you’ve not tried one of our how to books I’d strongly suggest it. Each sketch comes with all the measurements on how to cut and where to place your papers. It really makes cardmaking and scrapbooking so much quicker.

I just loved the shocked look on this ghosts face…it actually made me giggle thinking about how he was scared that you found him in his envelope hiding place. I stamped the greeting directly onto the pattern paper…the USPS seems to be getting a little pickier about bumpy thick cards so I’m trying to tone it down just a bit with the extra layers. Did you see that my extra banners made it to this card?

I hope you’ve enjoyed a little Halloween inspiration this week. The Boo Crew special is available through the end of October or until supplies last. I just picked up another pack of the paper so I hope to bring you some more art to inspire you soon!

Thanks for stopping by…as always I love reading your comments so please take a minute and let me know what you think of the Boo Crew!

Pattern Play

If you’ve been around for any length of time you know I LOVE the Close to My Heart How to Books. Make It From Your Heart Volume 5 is no exception. It features 15 patterns for two-page scrapbook layouts, 5 patterns for single-page layouts, and 10 patterns for standard-size 4¼” x 5½” cards.

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I thought it would be fun today to show my process on how I use these sketches. I chose pattern 29 for it’s two rows of banners – the opposing page of each pattern gives two full color examples of what the Close to My Heart Art Department has created with the pattern, but here I’m showing you what I did.

The first thing I look at with a sketch is what else can I do with it. Can it be rotated to a horizontal or vertical layout? Can it be shrunk to a smaller card? Can it be enlarged to make a layout? These sketches are truly just jumping off points and the creating is all up to you!

In my first card, you’ll notice I kept pretty true to the sketch. I didn’t want to cut all those banners so I grabbed the Penant Banner Alphabet Thin Cut set and went to town die cutting the banners out of different colors of cardstock & patterned paper from the Boo Crew collection. I added pumpkins in Nectarine, Black & Ballerina and even cut my sentiment from a piece of the patterned paper.

My second card using the sketch I rotated, but still used the basic layout for the banners. I also mixed the shapes of the banners on this card, which I like a little better. I absolutely love the witches hat & broom from this stamp set.

What do you use for inspiration for your cards? I have always loved a good sketch, but I also look for color inspiration in the things around me. Next week I’ll share another card and where I got the inspiration. I hope you’ll come back and join me for the fun.

Gettin’ Spooky with Boo Crew

The Boo Crew special has been sitting on my desk for a while. Although orange and black are traditional Halloween colors, I am loving the addition of Ballerina and Wild Berry. Did you see the little Holographic Ghost sequins? There could be a shaker card in my future!

Next to Christmas cards, Halloween cards are one of my favorite to make. I tend to head “cute” not “scary” with smiling jack o’lanterns and flying bats and oh candy…can’t go wrong with Halloween Candy!!!

Did you know that Snickers Chocolate Bars are considered the number one treat for Halloween and that 40% of adults sneak candy from their own candy bowl ? (Gasp) What is your favorite Halloween Treat?

Thanks for stopping by…leave me a comment so I know you’ve been here!

Pumpkin Spice Macaron

I told you I was going to convince you that the Ooh La La Macaron stamp set belonged in your stamp collection. Here I paired with with a plaid from the Pumpkin Spice Paper Packet, stamped it and colored it with my Tri Blend Markers I envisioned a fall flavored extravaganza – Pumpkin, Mocha and Salted Caramel. My mouth is almost watering. What flavor would you choose?

I hope you’ve enjoyed my week of sweet treats. Make sure to let me know if you purchase the Macaron stamp set and I’ll get the Chick’s Picks Card Kit in the mail to you! Thanks for stopping by!

Sweeter with Friends

If anything can convince you to fall in love with the Chick’s Pick for September maybe it will be not one but two slim line cards featuring these fun Macarons. Both of these cards pack a punch with watercolored macarons. Don’t they look good enough to eat? The card on the left features a brand new slimline die – I just love those hearts in the background and the new Shortbread cardstock YES PLEASE! The second card exclaims that Life is Sweeter with Friends (and Macarons) how true!!! Both of these cards feature the brand new colors including the color of the year.

macaron (/ˌmækəˈrɒn/mak-ə-RON;[1][2]French: [ma.ka.ʁɔ̃]) or French macaroon (/ˌmækəˈruːn/mak-ə-ROON[3][4]) is a sweet meringue-based confection made with egg whiteicing sugargranulated sugaralmond meal, and food colouring. It wasn’t until recently that I had actually tried a Macaron. All the colors and flavors mesmerize me.

Thanks for stopping by…I hope you’ll consider adding the Ooh La La Macaron to your stamp collection and making some sweet friendship cards.

Craft with Heart

The one complaint I hear on a regular basis is “I just don’t have enough time to craft!”

Close to My Heart has an amazing answer to that age old complaint. No they aren’t adding time to the clock or making time standstill, but they have created the Craft with Heart subscription program. . As a subscriber, you’ll receive regular deliveries of Cut Above® layout kits, each kit featuring two beautifully designed two-page layouts. Your layouts come together in minutes thanks to pre-printed base pages, with complementary die-cuts and stickers to help you preserve your memories in style.”

When you nurture your creative side with a 12-month Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking or Scrapbooking subscription, you’ll receive a free, exclusive stamp set! These sets are only available to crafters who sign up for or renew a 12-month Craft with Heart™ subscription between September 1, 2021, and August 31, 2022. But wait…there’s more! When you sign up for a 12 month scrapbooking subscription through my website you’ll receive a gift from me a choice of either a 4X6 Flip-Flap pack or a CTMH Adhesive Runner.

Starting September 1, 2021, VIP Customers can now earn 15% shopping credit on the amount they pay for Craft with Heart subscriptions.

If you have any questions…please reach out to me by leaving a comment.

Double Trouble #91

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

Our 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.

Thing 1 has requested we Mix It Up…use plaids, stripes, polka dots and checks all on the same card. Twisted Sister is suggesting a fall color combination and Thing 3 found a lovely palette at the Color My Heart Color Dare.

I die cut a bunch of hexagons from different colors & patterns of paper and then layered on a cute bear from the Teddy Bear Hugs stamp & thin cut set from Close to My Heart to send a great big bear hug across the miles.

Thanks for stopping by…I hope you’ll take a minute to visit the other design team members and get some additional inspiration so you can play along too!

Products Revealed

Yesterday I showed you this picture of products I’m donating to an upcoming school auction and asked if you could identify all the products. Today I’m going to reveal those products here.

Everything can be purchased from my webpage – if you have any questions or need help finding the products please feel free to reach out to me in the comment section.

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I Heart Us Paper Packet
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I Heart Us Complements
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I Heart Us Coordinating Cardstock
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Make It From Your Heart Vol 1
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Black Exclusive Ink Pad
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Story By Stacy Story Started Workshop Kit – Stripes
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Simply Said – My Acrylix Stamp Set
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Card Captions – January Stamp of the Month
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1X1 My Acrylix Block
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1 X 3 1/2 My Acrylix Block

The retail total of these items was just under $90…this would be a great starter gift. I love putting together product bundles…let me know your budget and I’ll help you get started. It certainly doesn’t cost a lot to get started with this hobby and you’ll have years of fun!

Tic – Tac – Click – Color Dare #308

It’s my favorite time of the month – Tic-Tac- Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week you pick the colors from our Tic Tac Toe Board for the win!  No automatic alt text available.

I chose the middle vertical column of Heather, Eggplant & Bashful and used the argyle stamp set from the Magical special to create a tone on tone background paper.  The camera from the stamp of the month was fussy cut and I added Bashful Glitter Paper to make a sparkly camera.

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 I hope you can find the time to come and join us!

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

 

A Million Feelings – Color Dare #301

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors: Poppy, Lemon & Willow

 

Today my card features one of my favorite B&T papers from the Central Park collection.  The Willow paper just reminds me of a yard full of grass…it’s funny the feelings a paper can conjure up don’t you think!

There are two things about this card that I really thought I needed to share:

  1.   Although I started with a pattern from MIFYH (Make It From Your Heart) Vol 4, I’ve only used it as a starting point.  My sentiment square size was changed to fit my sentiment and I added a piece of Zip Strip across the bottom and then a circle with a second sentiment.  The Make It From Your Heart patterns can be used again and again either just as they are or as a jumping off point for your own creation.  People tell me time and time again that I can whip up a card in no time at all, by using these How To Books I put my card making into high gear.
  2. Let me call attention to that sentiment square again.  The Quotable Words (D1786) stamp set is sold as a scrapbook stamp set and sometimes I think card makers see “scrapbook” and turn their nose up – card makers are an elite group after-all 😉  Unfortunately I think you miss out a bit that way…a stamp is a stamp is a stamp!  It is in YOUR power to use them in any old way you want – don’t let a company paint you into a corner just because it says “scrapbook” or is in the scrapbook section of a catalog.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.

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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)!