Double Trouble – #98

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.

This week the challenge is a Something, Anything, Everything challenge with Twisted Sisters unusual twist of choosing ANYTHING FROM MY CARD.

“This Twist is on you… choose at least one element from my card below and include it on your project!  You may repeat my colors, my images, my shapes, my layout, or my embellishments. Choose at least one element, i.e. dry embossing, snowflakes, twine, plaid, banner, cookies/sweets, dots, etc.  Don’t keep us guessing… tell us what element(s) you selected as YOUR TWIST and include in your post description! 
This is an OPTIONAL TWIST but you will be awarded an additional chance in Double Trouble’s random draw.   Additionally, I have some Blog Candy I want to give away… Leave a comment on my blog HERE and you will be eligible for another random draw prize.”  

I am in love with the Macaron stamp set…not such a big fan of the cookie themselves, but the fun colors that they come in led me to create a sweet Christmas themed card for a friend.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card and will consider joining our challenge. If you’d like more inspiration visit my team members at Double Trouble and team up with one of our previous partners for an extra chance at our random draw.

Double Trouble – #95

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.

This week the challenge is to create a Cute Halloween Card with a twist using Washi Tape

My card uses papers from the Boo Crew paper collection from Close to My Heart which I cut using the Sunburst Die Cut. The die was also used to cut a piece of black glitter paper which I layered to give the sunburst some dimension. Can you find my Washi Tape? I used a tiny piece of black & white stripe under my sentiment.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card and will consider joining our challenge. If you’d like more inspiration visit my team members at Double Trouble and our partner team Cupcake Inspirations.

Autumn Is Calling

Fall is definitely knocking on the door here in Washington. The leaves are starting to change and there is a definite crispness to the air. Perfect stamping weather.

The Autumn is Calling stamp set with matching thin cut dies was sitting on my desk just begging to be used and what better way than with a shaker card? I used a few papers from the Pumpkin Spice Collection. I just love the Paprika and Harbour inks together and the Autumn Loose Sequins are so fun.

Have you made a shaker card? I’ve made a lot of them over the years, but I have a friend that has never made one (gasp)!

Don’t forget to run over to my website www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com and check out all the fun new fall items.

Double Trouble #93

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.

This Challenge is one of my favorites because Trouble Maker can’t tell me what to do…it’s a Something, Anything, Everything Challenge.

I took inspiration from the Close to My Heart Seasonal Catalog and joined used the sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #438. I used Mulberry cardstock cut with the Stitched Lattice Background Thin Cut, added a tag from the Mix In collection and die cut and colored images from the Pumpkin Treats stamp set.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card and will consider joining our challenge. If you’d like more inspiration visit my team members at Double Trouble.

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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Make It From Your Heart Vol 5

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.

The Chicks Pick – September

With classes in The Coop currently on hold I wanted to come up with an idea that will keep you crafty – you may have already heard, but if not let me introduce you to The Chick’s Pick!

The Chick’s Pick will be new each month so make sure you’ve signed up to receive my blog posts by e-mail or check back here so you don’t miss out on the fun!

 Each month I will feature my current favorite stamp (because they are all favorites at one time or another) and create three cards that I hope you fall in love with.  Not only will you build your stamp collection with a new stamp (sometimes a thin cut too) you will receive pre-cut and pre-punched project supplies to make THREE cards (1 each of three designs) using the featured stamp set each month. When you participate for 3 consecutive months you’ll receive an additional bonus gift from me.

You’ll find each month’s pick here on my blog for reference along with a list of supplies that I’ve used. Make sure you e-mail me when you place your order at my website http://www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com so that I can mail your kit.

The September pick is OOH LA LA MACARONS . You’ll find this sweet stamp set in our annual catalog or on my website here. Our oldest daughter has a love of Macarons and I’d never actually eaten any until she sent us a gift box last spring – I had no idea that they came in so many flavors and color.

Supplies: You will need to provide your own card bases, adhesive, embellishments & ink.

  • Card 1: Stamped in Intense Black ink and colored with Tri-Blend Markers in colors complementary to the cardstock. Antique Pink and True Blue. The Your Sweet was highlighted with a swipe of Ballerina Ibk using a stamp from the Ink Blot stamp set – you could also use Marker or a Swipe from a Waterbrush dipped in the ink.
  • Card 2: Stamped in Intense Black Ink and Watercolored. The ooh la la in the background is second generation stamping. Macaroons were cut apart so it’s only a stack of two.
  • Card 3: Sentiment is stamped in Intense Black Ink and cut with the Stitched Fancy Bracket die. The Macaron was also stamped with Intense Black Ink and colored with a Tri Blend Marker and cut apart and pop dotted at the edge of the bracket.

I have been using this stamp set a lot, so you should see plenty of it this week on my social media platforms. If you have any questions please leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping by!