Monday, October 26, 2020

Christmas Poinsettias

Today is my turn to share my Pick of the Week on the House That Stamps Built Blog.  As I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day, I found this card and knew it would be perfect for my "Inspired by Pinterest" series:
Aren't those poinsettias gorgeous??!!  Of course, right away, I thought of my favorite poinsettia image from Repeat Impressions, and decided to recreate this card with my own twist.
I kept most of the elements the same, but added a red card base.  Not sure if I should have stuck with the white base instead, but the red definitely gives a festive feel.  I started by die cutting the image panels with the smaller scalloped square die from the Flip Fancy Die set.  Then I stamped the image using my stamp-a-ma-jig to get it placed how I wanted it.  I embossed the white panel and added a gold scalloped border strip to each end of the panel.  Then I wrapped some gold floss around the front and tied a bow before adhering the panel to the card base.  Stamped, heat set, and cut out the sentiment and added it on top of the floss.  This one actually came together pretty quickly, and is a great example of how you don't have to have the exact products in order to recreate a favorite inspiration card.

I the photo below, you can see the shine from the gold paint pen I used in the center of the flowers, the sparkle of the gold glitter borders and the glint of the gold floss!
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Poinsettia" and "Christmas"
Dies: Repeat Impressions "Flip Fancy Die Set"; Spellbinders scalloped border die

Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with a handmade bow
Creative Moments #201--anything goes
Krafty Chicks #530--all occasions
Crimbo Crackers #218--anything Christmas goes
Cardz TV #126--anything goes


Saturday, October 24, 2020

Pumpkin Harvest

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Halloween or Harvest
And here is my card for your inspiration:
I don't celebrate Halloween, so I went with the Harvest option.  Little Wendy is coming in from the field after harvesting her pumpkin.  I colored her up in some nice fall colors and used several different paper patterns from a Fall pack.  I matted everything with some dark chocolate card stock; it really makes each of the patterns pop!  I finished the card off with two brown enamel dots--the last two in the pack (glad to finally use them up!).  The coloring seemed to need something, so I added some gold nuvo glitter pen on the green of her dress and on veins and the vines on the pumpkin leaves.  You can see the sparkle in the photo below:

I hope you will get a chance to play along with us; I can't wait to see what you create.  And make sure you hop over to the Di's Digital Designs blog to see what the rest of the team has made for this challenge.

Stams: Di's Digi Stamps "Pumpkin Wendy" digi
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 4"; MFT smartphone dies set "Hello"; Verve scalloped circle

Cardz TV #126--anything goes
Creative Moments #201--anything goes
Double D--October: what does it mean to you? (October for me is all about pumpkins and leaves--two of my favorite things about fall!)

Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Incy Wincy--Halloween and/or autumn/fall colors
Creative Fingers #195--anything goes
Shopping Our Stash #431--Happy Fall Y'all
Kat Scrappiness--fall/Halloween
Creative Craft Cottage #134--spooky and/or cute
SheepSki Designs #43--autumn and/or Halloween
Die Cut divas--thoughts of autumn
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Unicorn Challenge #59--spooky and/or cute

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Pumpkin birthday

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps.  This week we have a beautiful inspiration photo for you:

And here is the card I created:
Now, I realize that my card looks nothing like the photo!!  Instead of using the picture, I was inspired by the two shades of orange and the medium gray/blue.  And this time of year, orange says "pumpkin" to me!  I stamped my three pumpkins onto different scraps of patterned paper, added a little shading and fussy cut them out.  Soon after I got it, I cut my "Happy Birthday" stamp apart so I could use it horizontal like this as well as its original stacked version.  I think I actually use it in this position most often.  I was a little skeptical of how the blue would look with my patterned papers, but I really love how it turned out.  The blue complements the orange shades perfectly and adds a pop of interest.

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you head on over to The House blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has done with this photo.  And if you "need" any of the stamps I used, check out my 10% off your entire order coupon code over in my lift sidebar.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Tall Pumpkin", "Wide Pumpkin", "Round Pumpkin" and "Happy Birthday"
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 4"

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Papers--anything goes with patterned paper
Die Cut Divas--thoughts of autumn
SheepSki Designs #43--autumn and/or Halloween
Stinkin' Inkers--shades of fall
Kat Scrappiness--fall/Halloween

Sweet Stampers #49--autumn or Halloween
Shopping Our Stash #431--Happy Fall Y'all
Make My Monday #133--orange as dominant color
Crafty Catz #523--anything goes
Creative Fingers #195--anything goes
Sweet Stampin'--girly but NO pink
Incy Wincy--Halloween and/or Autumn/Fall colors

Use Your Stuff #408--autumn/fall

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Party Like a Pirate

I got this "Party Like a Party" set from MFT stamps about a month ago and I have had a really great time using it.  I made this for a gentleman in our family.  It's just so cute!!  I used the shark from "Friends with Fins" to finish off the scene; all other images are from the pirates set.  Die cut some waves out of a light aqua card stock and sponged on some Peacock Feathers Distress oxide ink to give it a nice Caribbean feel.  The "land" was cut with a stitched snowbank die from Lawn Fawn.
The inside: (sorry it's blurry!)

Stamps: MFT "Party Like a Pirate" and "Friends with Fins"
Dies:  MFT "Ocean Motion"; Lawn Fawn stitched snowbanks
Taylored Expressions cloud stencil

Double Trouble #68--tall tale (Thing #1: tall & skinny; Thing #3: thing with a tail {my shark}; Thing #2:  link up with any past partner {I chose Crafting Happiness and 2 Crafty Critter Crazies})
Crafting Happiness #69--anything goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #43--anything goes with a critter (my shark)

Creative Craft Cottage #134--spooky and/or cute (I went with cute)
Cardz TV #125--anything goes
STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge--anything goes with a stencil (I used a cloud stencil)

Pink Gem--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #482--anything goes
Crafty Catz #523--anything goes
Creative Fingers #195--anything goes


Friday, October 16, 2020

Merry Christmas

A few weeks ago, I made this card using the "Arrow Coverplate" die from Sugar Pea Designs:
Looking at the leftover positive pieces, I thought it would be fun to adhere them to card base for a unique background.  And it was fun, but quite time consuming.  I first colored the pieces randomly with some reds, teals, and a gold paint pen.  Then, I laid them back into the spaces in the actual die and used a piece of "Press n' Seal" to hold them all in place.  I then added liquid glue to the back of each piece and adhered them to the card.  It didn't turn out perfectly, but it did create a fun look.
I die cut the Merry Christmas sentiment three times from white card stock and colored on of them with the same gold paint pen.  I die cut a circle from vellum, to give the sentiment a place to rest and help distinguish it from the background.  I added a few punched snowflakes and several gold sequins to finish it off.  


Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; STAMPlorations Merry Christmas die; Sugar Pea Designs "Arrow Coverplate" die
Martha Stewart snowflake punch

Word Art Wednesday #461--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crimbo Crackers #217--anything goes
Cardz TV #125--anything goes
STAMPlorations Anything Goes--anything goes using STAMPlorations product

STAMPlorations CAS--anything goes with the optional twist: gray and orange

Fab n Funky #498--keep it simple
Penny's #482--anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #573--anything goes with the optional twist: Christmas


Thursday, October 15, 2020

He proposed!!

A couple days ago, I posted the invitation I created for a bridal shower my sister and I threw for a woman at our church. (You can read that post here.)  This is the invitation:
I'm always doing things at the last minute, and I found myself  in need of a card for my shower gift with only a day to go.  I didn't have any ideas or much time to spend on it, so I figured I could repurpose one of the invitations.  This is how it turned out:
I very carefully removed the main image panel from the background, doing my best not to tear either!  I then matted the image panel with some black card stock.  I die cut a fancy border die out of the same black and adhered it along with a very narrow strip of gold glitter paper to the already stamped card base.  I discovered these beautiful flowers from Petal Lu in my stash; they were perfect!  And I didn't have to worry about the bulk as I created a gift basket and just slipped the card in without an envelope.  To cover up the sentiment that went with the image, I stamped two more sentiments, cut them into two narrow strips and adhered them with foam tape over the existing sentiment.  You can't even tell!


Stamps:  SU! "She's all That" image; JustRite Stampers background stamp; PaperTrey Ink "Happily Ever After" sentiments

Dies:  STAMPlorations stitched rectangle; PaperTrey Ink border die

Love To Craft Challenge Blog #51--anything goes
Creative Inspirations--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #388--anything goes with snippets (I think this is the ultimate in using snippets, as I took a card apart and reused those pieces!  But, also, the die cut border and the strip of gold paper were cut from scraps as were the black mat and the sentiment strips)
The Paper Girls #209--wedding/anniversary
Penny's Challenge #482--anything goes

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Black and White Pumpkin

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a fun Tic Tac Toe board for you:

Here is what I created for your inspiration:
I used the left column: sparkle or shine, black and white only, border or frame.  At first I was thinking about making a Christmas card with that color scheme, but then realized I need several birthday cards.  So I pulled out a paper pad I knew has some black and white patterns, and got to work.  One of the scraps in the pad had a pattern on it that I thought would be fun to paper piece onto a pumpkin.  I added a little shading with a gray marker to the flower portion on the pumpkin and then covered it with clear wink of Stella for a little sparkle.  I used another piece of the same patterned paper for the background, added some black die cut borders, a heat embossed sentiment and a large rhinestone flourish that I have had FOREVER!!  I think it turned out really pretty and is a fun take on the autumn theme.  In the photo below you can see a little of the sparkle on the flower.

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you head on over to The House blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has done with this photo.  And if you "need" any of the stamps I used, check out my 10% off your entire order coupon code over in my lift sidebar.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Round Pumpkin", "Dotted Circle Frame",  and "Happy Birthday"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large", "Scalloped Circles, large", scalloped border die; Verve pennant

Cards Galore #80--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Power Poppy Creative Confetti--fall away (use a fall image with not fall colors)

Creative Inspirations--anything goes
Craft Rocket #75--add sparkle
Crafty Creations #414--anything goes
Crafty Friends #146--more than one die

Mod Squad--Hello, Pumpkin (pumpkin as the focal)
Creative Moments #200--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #655--dies & punches
Cardz TV #125--anything goes
Sweet Stampin'--use your old stash (The flourish I've had for probably 8-10 years and all of the dies I've used, I've had for a really long time as well.)
Pink Gem Challenge--anything goes