Double Double Trouble

Welcome to a Double Double Trouble – which I’m also in since we usually post on Monday’s and this week it was Friday!

Trouble Maker asked us to use a spring/summer thing and since I’m in hot water it reminded me that a nice beverage (hot or cold) would be a good twist!  Double Dare has a “double dare” for us this week to link with Three Amigos or the Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog (or both) the details are on our challenge post that you’ll find by clicking here!

I fell in love with this cute coffee set from Birdie Brown “Friends at First Sip” which I purchased from My Favorite Things Stamps.  I couldn’t resist adding the cute dog which I colored like my own Scuttlebutt!

My favorite drink is an Iced Vanilla Americano with a healthy splash of cream – year round!  When I worked full time I drank a mocha everyday until I started thinking about all those calories.  I’m also a huge fan of  Sweet Tea (thanks to my Texan sis-in-law for introducing me to it.)

I hope you’ll join the fun at Double Trouble, Three Amigos and the Coffee Blog Hop and while you’re at it leave me a comment with what your favorite drink is!

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Hello Pumpkin

What vegetable was orginally carved for Halloween? The Irish brought the tradition of carving pumpkins into Jack O’Lantern to America. But, the original Jack O’Lantern was not a pumpkinPumpkins did not exist in Ireland. Ancient Celtic cultures in Ireland carved turnips on All Hallow’s Eve, and placed an ember in them, to ward off evil spirits.

Next to Christmas, Halloween is probably my favorite holiday to decorate for and that means making cards to share with friends too!  I loved the Hello Pumpkin product line from Close to My Heart from the minute I got my first look at the catalog.  I love that the stamps are cute (fits the challenge at Double Trouble) and the paper is very versatile, Close to My Heart makes sure to include papers that are not just for holiday.

      

Do you notice the cute border on the ghost card?  It was made with the new Thin Cuts Decorative Borders.  I can’t wait to try some of the other thin cuts so stay tuned!!!

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I’m linking up over at Three Amigo’s Blog Hop Challenge #19 Autumn/Halloween you should think about linking up too!  There’s also one more week to play along with Double Trouble.

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee with a Friend

Want to invite a friend to coffee or just send them a note to say hello?

This fun-shaped coffee cup card cut on the Cricut with the Artiste cartridge will bring a smile to all coffee lover faces.

A Sapphire base with a band made from the Grateful Heart B&T Papers will deliver a cheery fall feel to a mailbox near you!

im linking up to the Three Anigos Fun Fold Cards Challenge…today’s the last day, but it’s early so come play along!

 

 

 

Graduation Day

High School graduation season is upon us.  I remember being so excited to close that chapter on my life and although I wouldn’t do my high school years over it’s fun to reflect how much my life has grown through the years.  This weekend we are celebrating our niece and I know this girl is going to go far!

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I wanted her card to be fun and reflect that what she’s accomplished is a BIG DEAL!  I lined up the white panel in my Misti stamping tool and then started placing the stamps from the High Five stamp set randomly.  I inked everything up with black ink and then rearranged the stamps and pretty soon my panel was all filled up.  I then stamped the mortar board in black and colored it red to represent her school colors.

I learned a little trick with my banner – I layered the white piece over the black (centered) and then cut them both at the same time with my Thin Cuts Banner set.  I then just arranged them how I wanted them and cut off the excess white.  I’ll post a short video in the near future – it’s the best way I’ve found to get perfect matching cuts.

This card is suitable for the Double Trouble Challenge because it uses no patterned paper – just what I made with the sentiment stamping and of course all the fun diecuts means I’m entering my card over at the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge to use die cuts.

If you missed the High Five Stamp set before it retired I have an extra brand new one for sale.  Just message me.

Do you remember your school colors?  What are some of your memories from your graduation?  Leave me a comment – I love to read your stories.

 

 

 

Time To Party

I have been spending so much time in the Craft Coop making cards to display at the upcoming Close to My Heart Convention that I thought I better share a few pieces of artwork here as well.

This little gang of critters has been my go to for so many cards and I wanted to play on the “party” atmosphere of convention so my sentiment is Time to Party!  I think they are so cute die cut and lined up on a zip strip.

I’m entering this card in the Die Cuts challenge over at the Three Amigo’s Blog Hop.  They paired up with us at the Double Trouble Challenge Blog so I’d like to show them a little added support.  Won’t you come with both of these fun challenges?

And don’t forget with the upcoming CTMH Convention the end of our Annual catalog is nearing.  Make sure to get your favorites along with the Punny Pals stamp set to support Operation Smile before it’s too late!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks Amigos!

Have you visited the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge yet?  I’m Guest Designing for the month of September so I’m here to hound you again!  Get linked up people!!!

The Falling for You papers are so fun to work with now that the weather has turned a bit chilly – everything feels like leaves and pumpkins!

Seaglass was a tough act to follow but Close to My Heart’s Color of the Year Bashful has taken a front row on my craft desk.  I’ve actually got tired of hopping up and getting it so I gave it along with the matching glitter paper a place of it’s own.

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If you order during the month of September it’s likely you’ll find this card in your bag (or mailbox if you order directly from my webpage.)  It’s one of my favorite sizes 4.75 X 3 –  I can get 4 out of one sheet of cardstock.  That rich yummy brown is Espresso one of the new additions to our recently redesigned basics palette.  It’s difficult to see in the photo, but the arrow under the sentiment is stamped in Bashful – both of these stamps are from the September Stamp of the Month Feel So Blessed.

Do you like little cards?  Leave me a comment and I’ll drop a card in the mail to you.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and make sure you visit the Three Amigos Blog Hop.

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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.

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