A Magical Wish

I’ve loved unicorns since I was a child and I’m not embarrassed to admit that I still have a fascination for the magical creatures.

I have a special little girl’s birthday coming up and I started with just making a gift card holder for her, but when I was researching ideas  wasting time on Pinterest I found the cutest idea to add the Artiste Gift Card Holder to the inside of a card base – simply brillant!

I was quite pleased how my card came together and it even inspired me to decorate the inside of my card, which I’ve been fairly lax at lately.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Joyful Stars – Just the Basics

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Welcome to the October Joyful Stars Blog Hop!  If you are arriving here from Lucy’s Blog you are on the right path…if you’ve started here that’s ok too, we are a small circular hop and if you follow the links you’ll eventually end up right back where you started.

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I have a new love in my life…the Basics Fundamentals Creative Collection.  I have always been a “color girl” and have strayed away from the Basics and Whimsy color families – oh I’ve used them…just in small doses, however with the release of a revamped Basics Palette last August my shift has changed.  The warm browns and grays are a magnificent match to the Color of the Year Bashful.

My card design comes directly from our Make It From Your Heart Idea book and instead of stamping I added a die cut Happy Birthday, although retired you can still find it in the Going Soon section of my website, of Bashful Glitter Paper.  A wrap of Whisper Thick Twine and Bashful Pearls finished things off.

Don’t forget when you’re placing your order this month to round up for Operation Smile – Close to My Heart is matching donations up to $10,000.  When you participate in our Share a Smile promotion by purchasing any of the special items or rounding up your order in support of Operation Smile™ you will automatically qualify for a chance to win a not-yet-released stamp set from our upcoming 2018 Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book! Close to My Heart will be choosing winners throughout the month of October, so any time you place an order, you can be a winner!

I hope you’ll take a minute to leave me a comment before hopping over to Debi’s blog – I’m sure she’ll have something fun to share.

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Don’t Be Blue – Color Dare #264

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Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors: Crystal Blue, Pacifica, Sapphire, White Daisy & Black

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I was really excited when I saw that Color Dare #264 was a monochromatic (for the most part) color scheme.  Then all I could think of was the Wayne Newton song “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” – where do things like that come from?  I wondered if I should make blue roses – then I started thinking about a sweater I had in college that was red with large blue roses on it…good grief will I ever get my card made?

I finally headed to my Pinterest boards where I found some inspiration here.  I really had to search the perfect Happy Birthday stamp and found it in a retired set (that is why I keep almost ALL of the stamps I buy) I also used the Short & Sweet stamp set one of my favorite sentiment sets and if it’s not in your collection it should be!

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I cut my white card front 1/4 inch smaller than my card base.  I love the look that added layer gives to a card especially when it’s popped up with some Thin 3D Foam Tape.  When I started my card I initially thought I needed to draw lines to keep my sentiment straight, but then I had another idea…I took a thin strip (1/4 inch) of Washi Tape and taped my card down to my Versa Mat and started my first line of Happy Birthday in Crystal Blue, then I turned my mat and stamped in Pacifica and then turned it again and stamped it in Sapphire.  My sentiment was stamped in black and I sponged the edges of the banner with Crystal Blue ink.  I wrapped a piece of white twine twice and tied it in a knot under the Crystal Blue star which I cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  A scattering of black dots finished it off.

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 for two weeks to give you plenty of time to link up!

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

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Share a Smile

I am so proud to be associated with a company that supports the lives of children through their partnership with Operation Smile and I’m extremely excited about the October Share a Smile campaign.

First of all, as if the exclusive Punny Pals stamp set was not cute enough on it’s own – the fact that $7 from the sale of each stamp set is donated to Operation Smile makes it just that much cuter and NOW during the month of October or while supplies last you can also get a set of Thin Cuts that will cut out these adorable animals.  Even better there is an exclusive card kit available that includes the Thin Cuts, Card Bases and Envelopes, Paper Pieces and instructions on how to make the adorable cards.

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I spent some time in the Craft Coop yesterday to make my October birthday cards (my stash has depleted itself, but I have high hopes of correcting that situation).  I have a stack of retired paper packets that I’m trying to work myself through and I thought the bold red polka dot matched with Honey made for a happy card.  I can’t wait to get my hands on those Thin Cuts because that little puppy popped up would be just adorable!

If you’d like to learn more about the Punny Pals stamp set or the Share a Smile October special please leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to get in touch with you.

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Color Dare # 263

 

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors:  Espresso, Fern, Pomegranate, Saffron, Toffee, White Daisy and Optional Gold.

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Great rich fall colors just in time for a masculine card.

I kind of chuckled when I linked up my card, because apparently DT member Debi Gardner had the same idea…great minds think a like!  I spent an entire Saturday morning playing in the Craft Coop designing cards for my October Just the Basics Card Class.

I love my Just the Basics class.  It really features some fundamentals of stamping focusing on some techniques and how to use different tools, etc.   We also focus on using the Paper Fundamentals line instead of a seasonal paper packet…such fun!  It’s usually the first Thursday of each month – you can find my card class schedule over on my Papercrafting Princess Facebook Page.

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 for two weeks until 9:00 CDT on Thursday, October 12!

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

Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite Fundamentals paper pack is.  Thanks for stopping by…I really hope you’ll link up!

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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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Another Three Amigos

As you know I was asked to be a guest designer for the month of September over at the Three Amigo’s Blog Hop.  When I found out I was to be creating with the Falling for You papers I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to create.  I had a whole gamut of Halloween ideas, but I hadn’t quite wrapped my head around fall.

Once I opened the paper pack I knew there were some masculine cards in my future.  I love the neutral colors and how they blend with the new basics line.  My picture is not the best for showing the details of the B&T papers that I chose to use with the Hunting for Words Stamp set.  I also decided to make this a top fold card so I could add rounded corners to the bottom of the card for a little detail.  I kept my embellishments to a minimum using a piece of burlap ribbon and just two of the sequins from the Falling for You set.

I hope you’ll take a minute and link up with the Three Amigo’s Blog Hop.  It’s a month long swap so you still have plenty of time to join.

Thanks for stopping by…leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite fall holiday to make cards for.

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