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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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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September Specials with Close to My Heart

Welcome to September…can you believe that fall is just around the corner?  Officially September 22nd.

Fall is probably my favorite time of year…the weather is starting to cool, fall colors are starting to show, hot cocoa, pumpkin carving, football games and of course most importantly it’s National Stamping Month!

Let’s visit the Close to My Heart Specials:

  • September Stamp of the Month – Feel So Blessed
  • National Stamping Month – From the Heart Card Kit
  • Classes

Feel So Blessed – This set of 26 stamps will help you express your thanks and gratitude all month long.  The exclusive “D” sized stamp set is yours for just $5 with a qualifying purchase during the month of September.

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From the Heart Card Kit – Celebrate National Stamping Month with the From the Heart card kit from Close To My Heart. This kit contains materials for creating 12 interactive cards, including foil-stamped card bases and an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set. The stamp set is designed to make it easy to create beautiful, rich stamped artwork using three layers of stamp images and thoughtful sentiments. The card kit also includes envelopes and step-by-step instructions and is available at a 20% discount off the retail price! Brighten someone’s day with a hand-stamped card From the Heart.

Classes: 

Just the Basics:  Thursday, September 7th 10am or 6pm  – This class is designed for the new to seasoned stamper.  We’ll touch on some techniques and fancy folds.  Cards will include birthday, thank you, thinking of you themes.  Papers will focus on using the fundamental line.  RSVP today!  $15

Cats & Bats:  Thursday, September 21st 10am or 6pm  Come get spooky with this Cats & Bats class featuring cards for Halloween.  You’ll brighten a mailbox with these fun designs.  You will need to bring the following supplies:  ShinHan Touch Twin Markers in Marigold and Vivid Green along with your favorite adhesives.  Must RSVP by September 5th.  $15

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give a Smile

Have you picked up your Punny Pals stamp set yet? This adorable new set benefits Operation Smile for the next year. For every set sold Close to My Heart will donate $7 to Operation Smile. One stamp set – lots of Smiles!

My cards feature papers from the new Adventure Fundamentals. I love these bright colors in the muted watercolor shades.

With back to school time Punny Pals would be a fun gift for your child’s teacher. You can order yours today by visiting my store at http://www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com

Thanks for stopping by!

There’s a New Gang in Town

Close to My Heart released a brand new stamp set for Operation Smile on August 1st…Punny Pals has already earned a permanent home on my desk for lots of card making fun.

This set of thirteen animals and their 23 punny sentiments are cute enough on their own, but Close to My Heart’s $7 donation to Operation Smile for the sale of every stamp set makes it sweeter.

There is an entire section on my webpage dedicated to Operation Smile where your purchase will include a donation to a non-profit organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the World.

Punny Pals would make a terrific gift for anyone on your list – whether they are a card maker or just wanted to add a little smile to the outside of an envelope.  Pair Punny Pals with our Stamping Starter Kit and you have a great Back to School Gift for your child’s teacher.  When you place your order you can also “round up” with a donation to Operation Smile.  Won’t you join me in supporting this cause.

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