Double Trouble #40

There is no better way to start a Monday than with a little trouble – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is!

Our challenge for the next two weeks 10/7-10/20 is masking with the fun twist of adding something you’d find in a pumpkin patch for example: a pumpkin, a scarecrow, or maybe even a trick or treater! You can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to our Challenge Partner Kat Scrappiness. You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge blog

Have you ever been to a masquerade ball? I think that’s how my card must have felt with all these sticky notes stuck to it. I use sticky notes that are full page sticky so I get good coverage for my masks. I was watching a video from Jennifer McGuire and she talked about masking paper and I think I might have to give it a try – it appears a bit larger than my 3X3 notes. Her card inspired me and they aren’t completely alike, but they are quite similar.

So I started my card by cutting a stitched rectangle from the largest of the Close to My Heart Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts. I then placed it in my Misti and placed a circle die where I wanted my spotlight area to be. I then placed my pumpkin and stamped him several times in intense black ink and then colored it in with my Tri-blend markers. After it was colored I added the sentiment and placed the masks. When you use a die cut for a mask you end up with a small shadow of white around the image, but I didn’t care. Then I started by swirling Sweet Leaf ink all over inside the circle mask. To finish things off I added two bitty sparkles (one to each end of the sentiment) because a little bling never hurt anything.

So what do you think of my finished card? Do you think this is a project you would try?

Don’t forget to link up and join the fun…everyone needs a little Double Trouble in their life!

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

Falling for You – Three Amigos Guest Artist

I was asked and very honored by my friend Susan Fogle at Paper Menagerie to be a guest designer over on the Three Amigos Blog Hop.  The Falling for You papers are such a great way to start September so of course I jumped at the chance to start creating with them.

These fall colors work so perfectly with our Basics Palette and Color of the Year Bashful.  I used Toffee as my base and Espresso to highlight the Bashful.  The Thankful was cut using one of the new thin cuts dies.  I also used a retired die to cut the heart outline in Bashful Glitter Paper.  A sprinkling of Falling for You sequins bring a little balance to the card.

I hope you’ll hop on over to the Three Amigos Blog Hop to see what the wonderful ladies there have created, you will be falling for them in no time.  I’ll be sharing some more projects this month using these papers so please make sure you click the button on my sidebar to follow my blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by I hope you’ll take some time to leave me a comment and then start creating with the Falling for You papers and link up at The Three Amigos.


A Sale to Die For

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Close to My Heart’s amazing Thin Cuts are on sale during the month of March for 25% off.  You can find them all on my website here.

I loved this wreath the first time I opened the catalog.  When Close to My Heart released a Thin Cut that matched it increased my love.

I used the Hello Lovely papers for a soft look.  My card is on it’s way across country just because!


Daisy Thanks

Tis the season for needing to send thank you cards and this fun card has absolutely no stamping!  I found this card from a sister consultant and knew I had to CaSE it (Copy and Selectively Edit).  Kandi’s card was made with the adorable Whimsy Fundamentals and she was sweet enough to share the demensions – I hope you’ll go check it out and leave her some love.

I switched my papers to the striking black and white of the Uptown Fundamentals collection and added Pomegranate and Seaglass accents.  The Daisy is from the Cricut Flower Market collection.  I have a special fondness for daisies and even used with with chocolate colored centers in my wedding.

Thanks for stopping by!



Oh Deer! – Color Dare #223

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors of the Oh Deer! paper packet.


I combined the sketch from Mojo Monday #477 with the Oh Deer Papers, Oh Deer Complements and a little Sea Glass Glitter Paper for this elegant card.  I think the Complement packs are somewhat overlooked for card making, but here I added one of the stickers (the jingle bell strip) and one of the Kraft dies (the stag).  My card was husband tested and approved 🙂

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 until 9:00 CDT on Thursday!

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

Do you use the complements available with the paper packets?  Leave me a comment and let me know.  Thanks for stopping by I’d love to see your artwork in the Color Dare.