There is just one more week for you to purchase items from the Seasonal Expressions 2. This catalog was packed full of fun items including the One Year Older Stamp Set.

One Year Older

This stamp set coordinates with the Thin Cuts – Shaker Window & Confetti and was how I used it for my first card – a birthday card for a special friend turning 74!

Since the stamp set was on my desk I decided to use it to put together a few additional cards for my upcoming Card Palooza.

All the cards were made with the retired I Heart Us paper packet yet they all seem so different. Each of the cards features the color Lagoon, but combined with other colors it can go from masculine to feminine or even a neutral.

I challenge you to look at the SE2 one more time and make sure that you haven’t missed something that you really need to have. Thanks for stopping by.

A Little Heart to Heart

I had a little play time in The Craft-Coop this week and decided it would be fun to revisit my old friend the Heart to Heart Challenge Blog.  The greatest thing about H2H is that challenges are posted each Monday morning and are open until the last day of the month.

The first February Challenge is titled Favorite Recipe it’s open to interpretation so I chose to use my favorite recipe from Make It From Your Heart Vol 4.

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We’ve had an unusual February in which we were blanketed with A LOT of snow.  My card features a fun polar bear from the Got Snow hostess rewards set and papers from the I Heart Us paper packet.  To keep things “cool” I added some silver shimmer trim along the edge and some bitty sparkles in the centers of the snowflakes.  Would you like to add this set to your stamping collection – let’s chat about becoming a hostess!

The second challenge was I Heart Us – and the directions were to use either the I Heart Us paper packet or include pictures of people/things that we love.

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I thought these papers from the I Heart Us Collection would make a cheery thank you card.  The thin cut stitched hearts where a fun addition to fill in the sentiment section for my shortened sentiment.  The “Thanks” also comes from the I Heart Us cardmaking stamp set.

The third challenge is Invitation Only – this may mean you create an invite, maybe you’ve been invited somewhere that needs a card for the occasion, or maybe you want to share a project inspired by an invitation only event.

I chose to create an invitation for an upcoming Scrapbook Day called Memories in the Making.

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My card again uses I Heart Us Papers and a stamp set available to Consultants only. A piece of Mink Twine and Silver Glitter Gems keep my embellishments simple so the eye keeps drawn to the party details.

Now to get these linked over at Heart 2 Heart and check back with them on Monday for their final challenge of February maybe I can snag a perfect attendance badge for the month of February.

Thanks for stopping by…I always appreciate reading your comments so I hope you’ll take an extra minute to drop me a note.

This or That Tuesday

Welcome to another week of This or That Tuesday!  Are you having fun yet?  I am finding that sometimes it is really hard to pick which item I like and then I look again and maybe my mind has changed.

This week I chose the Something Fierce (Dinosaurs) and I Heart Us (Floral) complements.

Complements are high quality stickers and chipboard items that coordinate with our paper packets.  They are perfect for scrapbooking and cardmaking and I feel are often overlooked in our catalog.

Which collection would you choose?

A Beautiful Friendship

One of my favorite papers from the Seasonal Expressions 1 is the I Heart Us Collection.  The bright bold rainbow stripe and the multi colored polka dot make my heart swoon!

I couldn’t wait to put together this fun card to celebrate a beautiful friendship.  Sometimes I think we spend time chatting and talking with our friends, but don’t really let them know how much we appreciate them.

Leave me a comment with who you’d send this card to and why!

This or That Tuesday

Welcome to This or That Tuesday! Through the month of February on my blog and social media pages I will post two photos using similar products and you can tell me which you prefer – This or That – in the comments.

There is no right or wrong answer, it’s truly just a way to get you to interact with me. It won’t always be artwork…sometimes it will be products, tools or techniques.

Today’s This or That is artwork (from the Close to My Heart Art Department) made with the I Heart Us Paper and Cardmaking Stamp Set.

I think it’s fun to see how the same papers can make two totally different cards. I’m always flipping and flopping papers in The Coop, our two sided papers provide twice the options for your card making.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you prefer This or That?

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!

A Love of Color Birthday

If you haven’t added the Love of Color How To Book to your collection of stamping must haves rush right over to my website and add it to an order NOW! Each color has been dedicated a two page spread which includes breathtaking artwork and multiple color combinations it also fits perfectly in the Every Day Life album.

I have always used our paper packets as a reference guide for making cards and scrapbook layouts, but the Love of Color has become a new go-to. I notice that I am now using colors that I never would have thought to use.

It’s easy to know that Pixie and Raspberry go together and I had a feeling that Mint would blend perfectly, but I never would have thought to add a touch of Sweet Leaf and although the recommendation was to use Charcoal; I grabbed my other favorite neutral – Black. Using the Washi Tape from the Hello Pumpkin cut down to 1/4 inch strip and some black dots really gave my card the perfect pop.

If you’d like to shop for the Love of Color How to Book or any of the other products available please visit my webpage at http://www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com I always have a Mystery Hostess party available to shop from and when you place your order that way you might just end up with the some free CTMH products too!