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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Colors From the Heart

September’s  National Stamping Month Card Kit From the Heart gives you all the supplies to make 12 beautiful interactive cards including an exclusive E sized stamp set.

From the Heart!

I was recently asked “what colors should I use to stamp my From the Heart cards?”  Although the choice is strictly yours – you can stamp in black and use watercolors or our ShinHan Touch Twin markers or any combination of our exclusive inks, however the sample artwork prepared by our art department used Slate, Fern, New England Ivy, Thistle, Blossom, Pomegranate, Pixie, Saffron, Canary, and Eggplant.

I hope that you will enjoy putting your card kits together.  Remember that you are not limited to just use this set as designed – you will find many uses for the interactive cards and stamp sets separately.  I will be posting some additional artwork this week I hope you’ll come back and see.

Don’t forget that this special is only available through the end of September or while supplies last – you also have the ability to purchase both the stamp set and refill cards separately at full retail price.

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A Good Base

On Monday I posted about the great patterns that are available for our Workshops Your Way kits and I wanted to show you what happens when you just change a few papers around.

Today I wanted to share a couple of cards using the same card pattern, but lots of different twists from the original pattern.

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The change from embossed paper to a pattern paper was pretty easy, but I still wanted my card to have some texture so I embossed the  black cardstock banner.

I used the stamps from the card workshop and just interchanged the sentiment.  Finishing off the card were Black & White Dots.

 

Since the Kind Thoughts kit is made with paper from the Cats & Bats Workshop I thought I’d change a few things up and bring you a spooky Halloween party invitation!

Here’s what I knew when I started this card…I wanted a base of black that I could emboss with the retired Confetti Stars embossing folder to make it look like a night sky.  I wanted to use the “word” B&T paper and I wanted to use a combination of stamps from the Cats & Bats suite of products.

Adding an embossed background really gives your card some great texture.  I love my Big Shot, but if you are limited on space a Cuttlebug will work just fine.  I just kept building on the card as I went along – the cute EEK replaces the circle on my original card and I stamped a spiderweb on the top part of the tag.

Grab this pattern (you can find it here) and make a card using any Close to My Heart papers other than what I’ve used here and share with me on my Papercrafting Princess Facebook page prior to 9/30 for a chance to win a sample packet of papers from the current Holiday Expressions.

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Kind Thoughts

Have you ever avoided purchasing a paper pack because it was theme specific?  Today I’m going to try and convince you to take another look at the papers in the Close to My Heart paper packets.

This card is from the Workshop Your Way Kind Thoughts Card Making Kit.  I love the Gold Rush paired with the Bashful, Black and White.  Such a classy card and that new Rose Embossing Folder – yes please!

Would you believe that this paper is straight from the Cats & Bats paper packet?

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Although one of the papers is very themed oriented – the other papers in this pack are stand alone papers with trendy designs that can be used for so many other projects.  You’ll find a list of the featured colors on the back of the Zip Strip of the paper packet or listed in the catalog.   Cats & Bats contains: Black, Charcoal, Emerald, Gold Rush, Pebble, Pewter, White Daisy & Willow.

I hope I’ve convinced you to take another look at the Paper Packets that are now available in the recently released Holiday Expressions and realize that they have lots of uses and are not just holiday specific.

 

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Workshop Guides

One of the fabulous things about our Workshops Your Way are the fabulous instructions that come with our kits.

You can find the instructions which you can download and print by visiting my webpage http://www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com and then clicking on Shop and then Kits.  All of the Workshop Your Way kits are listed and you just click on the picture of the one you want.  You will notice the words “Download Guide” under the purchase price where you can add the workshop to your shopping cart if you choose to shop online.

I have attached the Kind Thoughts Card Kit workshop below, you can click the link to open in a new page.

Kind Thoughts Card Kit – Bats and Cats

You’ll notice that the first page of the Guide includes finished photos of the project, an image of the stamp set included with the kit and a list of supplies that you will need to complete the kit.  The next pages include a cutting guide – including placement of thin cuts as needed.  The final pages give step by step directions on how to assemble the project.

I love our workshop guides – they provide fabulous base instructions that are interchangeable with other papers.  I’ll be posting some examples this week, make sure you check back for a fun little contest.

If you’ve purchased a Workshop Your Way Kit, make sure you get the guide downloaded so that you can complete your projects.  If you have any questions – please feel free to give me a call and I will walk you through the process.

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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 https://papercraftingprincess.closetomyheart.com/retail/search.aspx?searchvalue=cats+%26+bats

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