Double Trouble #53

It’s a Something, Anything, Everything Challenge at Double Trouble so I couldn’t help but play along. Twisted Sister 2 is finding Trouble Maker as difficult as I did…claiming “what do I need a background check?” Seriously, Trouble Maker and Double Dare were a pleasure to have on my family tree. We had lots of fun on our Zoom calls (we were doing it before it was mandatory)! I think you probably stopped by to see some artwork so without further chat, here it is.

This is a really old packet of paper from Close to My Heart – I actually have the coordinating embellishments, PML Cards and stamp set (which I didn’t use here). All that I have left are scraps so I cut what them into strips and made this fun background. I’m also linking up to the Use Your Stuff challenge, because I’m using spring colors and working at busting my stash!

I hope you’re finding some time to Stay Creative during this Stay at Home Stay Creative time.

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!

Love of Color – Color Dare #334

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  

Won’t you join the fun in our Love of Color Challenge.  We are using the Close to My Heart How To Book Love of Color as our inspiration.  This week our challenge features the color Lilac.  We provide a board in which you can pick a minimum of three colors from to create your project.  We use CTMH color names for reference; however, you are welcome to use any products as long as they are the closest match. Please don’t add any additional colors unless it is noted on the board.

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My card inspiration came directly from the Love of Color Lilac page – I chose to use the combination of Lilac, Sweetleaf, Peach, Lagoon & Gold. This color combination just seems fresh like a spring day and will make a great birthday card for my stash.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.   Our Weekly Challenges are open for two weeks and you have until Thursday, March 28th to enter Challenge #334 

Make sure you check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (just as you love comments on your artwork – we love yours too)!

C.A.S.E. with H2H

I did it, I did it…I got all the February challenges completed for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog!

This weeks challenge is C.A.S.E. which means Copy and Steal Everything! There are so many talented artists out there to be inspired by, but Heart 2 Heart wanted us to “copy and put our spin on a project from the current Seasonal Expressions Idea Book”.

I don’t think there is a greater form of flattery than when someone wants to copy your work…unfortunately I fell victim to someone that was unscrupulous a few months ago that actually stole a piece of my artwork and put their own stamp on it. It’s important to also give credit where credit is due when inspired by a card.

My inspiration came from page 84 of the Seasonal Expressions 1 A Birthday in Watercolor. The talented artists at Close to My Heart are always an inspiration!

My spin was to use a B&T paper from the Seasonal Mix-Ins paper packet and choose a color combination from the Love of Color – Glacier, Sweet Leaf & Thistle. I also didn’t have the puffy sticker embellishments (what’s wrong with me) used on the original card so I used I Heart Us sequins mixed in with the spatters.

I hope you will look at the Close to My Heart Catalogs more than just a place to shop, but also as a source of inspiration. Find a card that you love and share it with the Heart to Heart Challenge Blog.

Thanks for stopping by…see you soon!

No Otter – Color Dare #276

Happy Wednesday!  I stopped by the Color My Heart Color Dare and found an amazing color combination that I couldn’t wait to play with.  Anything with the Basics makes my heart beat a little faster.

This sweet little Otter from the Punny Pals stamp set had yet to be inked.  Appalled?  So was I.  Right away I knew that he’d find a home on this card and Mink cardstock was just the right hue to leave him uncolored, except for the shell which I touched up with my Shin Han Marker in as close to a Sweet Leaf shade as I had.  One of the techniques I used to bring a little detail to this card was stamping the sentiment along the side and then outlining the square with a freehanded black fine point marker.

The colors for this weeks color dare are Mink, Sweet Leaf and Heather.  I have always loved the combinations that the Design Team puts together and their inspiration is so diverse.  Make sure you take a minute and visit the Color My Heart Color Dare and maybe even play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by…I hope you’ll come by again real soon!

UPDATE:  I was very humbled when I stopped by the Color Dare blog this morning and learned that my card was the Diamond Winner for Challenge #276.



Not for Halloween- Color Dare #217

Happy Friday!  I must say, Friday’s are one of my favorite days…it kicks off a brand new week of Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge.    This week the challenge is to use Sunset, Sweet Leaf, Black and White Daisy in your creations.

I wanted to show that these colors can be used for more than Halloween, although I thought a sweet leaf colored witch would be appropriate.  I love the So Many Smiles stamp set and decided to do some random stamping.  I mounted the image on black card stock and then put a piece of orange shimmer trim along the top and three green triangles along the bottom.  The sentiment block was cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  I noticed after putting my card together that it’s very similar to one I saved on Pinterest from DT Member Cat Nowak.

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)!

Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a little bit of your Friday with me.  I hope you’ll come back again soon!


Keep Your Chin Up – AHSC #94

The Fed Ex driver showed up just in time…when I saw the Atlantic Hearts Sketch #94 Challenge this week I knew I wanted to play and I knew what stamp set I wanted to use!

I wanted this card to be cheery, but not overwhelming with color.  I chose to use a base of Flaxen layered with Sweet Leaf which I embossed with the Diamond Embossing Folder.  I then cut a shape from the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge and added my sentiment and stamped the tree in the lower corner.  Both of these papers were distressed with Flaxen ink around the sides and mounted with thin 3D foam tape.  For just a touch of bling, I added Gold Bling Gems at the end of the Colonial White sentiment piece.


Thank you for stopping by and if you get a chance – pop over to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and get some inspiration.


A Happy Hello turned Thank You

I had so much fun playing with the February Stamp of the Month “A Happy Hello” that I decided I’d see what other uses I could come up with.

I found a cute card while visiting a Stampin’ Up Demonstrators blog.  Julie is uber talented and shares lots of free video and PDF tutorials and my thoughts are anything can look better when made with Close to My Heart products it doesn’t matter where the inspiration came from!


I stamped the card in Sweet Leaf and Thistle ink then cut the panel down the middle – flipped the cut pieces in opposite directions and cut them again.  Once I had all the pieces mounted on a piece of Sweet Leaf Paper Fundamentals I layered it to a piece of Kraft Cardstock.  I finished it off with some left over purple sparkles to give it a dash of glitz!  The Thank You sentiment comes from the Cricut Artfully Sent bundle – LOVE all the choices!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Crisp as a Spring Day


If I was going to pick a color besides the pink I picked in yesterday’s blog post, I would definitely pick the combination of Lagoon & Sweet Leaf (or Pear). 


As I continue to make thank you cards for my stash today I reached for some leftover scraps of Skylark and the Frame Flair stamp set I traded a sister consultant for.  I have a tendency to forget what I own and some times I love a set so much I order it twice…it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one that does that and every once in a while in works out for both of us!


Instead of popping up the frame with foam tape I added a few layers (5 to be exact) of the same Cricut cut shape, adhered them together and then adhered the entire pile to the card front.  Did you notice the fun polka-dot embossed white daisy card stock?  It was done with our new DOT embossing folder.  We have 5 patterns to choose from – DOT, STRIPE, CHEVRON, DAMASK & QUATREFOIL.

Here are the items I used:

  • X7177B Skylark
  • Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim
  • Z1811 For Always Assortment (Retired) – lagoon flower
  • Z1294 DOT Embossing Folder
  • D1546 Frame Flair
  • B1449 Oodles of Doodles

Thanks oodles for stopping by today…I hope that you enjoyed my art!