I named myself The Crafting Professor, since I'm a crafter, and I'm a college professor. I went through many, many years of graduate school, and the best source of relaxation and stress relief was being in my craft room or going to a local crop. Back then, I never told anyone that I was a full-time graduate student. I was waiting for the day I would scrapbook my graduation page. Now, I run the ScrapbookerPhD challenge blog (http://scrapbookerphd.blogspot.com), and am bringing my passion for crafting and teaching together. But here, at The Crafting Professor, I'm just sharing my work with like-minded crafters from all over the world.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sweet and Charming... Feeling Happy

The day has finally arrived, Take Heart Ideas, has finally opened its doors. Take Heart Ideas is a place for inspiring scrapbooking, paper crafting, card making, and digital cutting. Take Heart Ideas starts its very first challenge today with and Anything Goes challenge, but Take Heart Ideas requires you use at least one product from Close to My Heart. You are in luck because Close to My Heart products can be anything from ink to Cricut cuts. The challenge starts today, July 2, and ends on July 27th. You don't want to miss out on a fabulous paper pack prize!

***Chance to win Blog Candy... read until the end!


Even though the theme of the challenge is anything goes, the Design Team used this color scheme for our sample projects:

That color scheme led me straight to my DCWV, Dear Jane Stack. There are such fabulous colors and patterns that are all in line with the watermelon color scheme. 

Because I had so many colors and patterns I wanted to use, I decided to start with a Tri-Fold Shutter Card. The base paper from the Dear Jane Stack has foil running down the left side of the paper, and I wanted that to be part of the card, so I cut the paper in such a way as to keep the foil. Then I layered different colors and patterns throughout the folds. Next, I used the CTMH stamp set Hello Wonderful Flair (B1443), which you can purchase HERE.

This stamp is fantastic because it's 3" round and can be layered easily using any type of circle cutter. Instead of inking this with a colored ink, I used Versa Mark and dusted the stamp with Ranger, Perfect Pearls. I used the shade of Forever Red. The Perfect Pearls give of a beautiful shimmer. 

The words: happy, love, and cherish were all cut from the CTMH Cricut cartridge, Artbooking. (Yes, using CTMH Cricut cuts count in Take Heart Challenges!). The words were cut from glitter card stock by DCWV. The photo corners were cut using Paper Artist's Fancy Corner die cut in my Spellbinders machine, and finally, the white lace butterflies were added with gems all around them. Want to buy the CTMH Cricut cartridge, Artbooking, click HERE.

WAIT, there is more... Follow my blog, and leave a comment letting me know you followed, and I will pick a random follower to win a stash of embellishments from CTMH!!! Winner will be announced July 16th when the  (US residents only.)

Challenges Entered:

Darling Cardmakers - No scissors
Totally Gorjuss - Pink and Green
Lauralcraft - Things with Wings
Love to Create Challenge - Three or more designer papers


  1. Wow this is a lovely design and such alot of work cutting all those different papers, I adore that round stamp, so detailed. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Totally Gorjuss, good luck.
    Cuddles Jay DT x

  2. Your card is so pretty - love those delicate butterflies. Thanks for joining us this week at Love To Create.

  3. Beautiful, fabulous design!

    Thanks for joining us at Dragonfly Dreams and I hope we see you again soon!


    Owner Dragonfly Dreams

  4. This is so sweet! Thank you for joining over at Love to Create Challenges.
    Amanda LTCDT

  5. Beautiful!! Thank you so much for joining Love to Create Challenges and sharing your creation!!
    Jackie LTC owner/designer

  6. Lovely card! Thank you for joining our "3 OR More DP" Challenge at Love to Create this week.
    Ruza ~ LTC Admin/Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner


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