Wednesday, July 8, 2020

So glad

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 top row: patterned paper, butterflies, sequins.  I also used citrus (colors--lemon yellow, grapefruit pink), piercing (around my main panel) and texture (with the sequins, dry embossed sentiment banner, organza ribbon).   I used the "out of the box" cutting technique to die cut the white panel and allow the tips of the wings to be outside the panel.  While the panel was still in the die, I used my piercing tool to pierce a border.  I colored the butterfly with yellow markers and added gold nuvo shimmer pen to the colored portions.  You can see the glitter better in the photo below:
I stamped and die cut my sentiment and added a little shading to the banner with a pale gray marker.  I added the ribbon/bow and sequins to finish everything off. 

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.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Butterfly, large" and "I'm so glad . . ."
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" and banner

Challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #447--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Cute Card Thursday #64--anything goes
Cards Galore #77--anything goes
Pattie's Creations #172--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafty Calendar--add a ribbon
Creatalicious #190--anything goes with the optional twist: add texture
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 #187--sketch

Crafty Creations #44--anything goes
Cardz TV #118--anything goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #135--anything goes
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Christmas in July take 2

Happy 4th of July!!
It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Christmas in July
And here is my card for your inspiration:
I decided to try something a little different and printed out this adorable image really, really large so I could crop it and still have it take up a majority of the card.  I also had an idea to try the eclipse technique and die cut "Merry Christmas" out of the top portion of the image panel.  I thought it would be really fun and would stunning with those red poinsettias popping out.  But, alas, even though I measured the sentiment die, I still cut my panel too narrow and there wasn't room for the die cut.  Boo!  I'll try it again another time, and I still think this card turned out really adorable and fun with the scrap paper border down the side, the bit of glittery gold strip and the fun sideways sentiment (not the one I had planned on using for the eclipse technique)!  I finished everything off with some clear rhinestones for a bit more sparkle!

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.

Supplies: 
Stams: Di's Digi Stamps "Poinsettia Mouse" digi
Dies: Lawn Fawn "merry christmas"; STAMPlorations Stitched rectangle die

Challenges:
Creative Fingers #189--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #381--anything goes with snippets.  The strip of patterned papers down the side was made from scraps, the sentiment and the gold strip were also cut from scraps.
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--bright & cheerful
Double D Challenge--stitches (I used a stitched die)

Cute Card Thursday #641--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Die Cut Divas--Christmas in July
Sheepski Designs #40--Christmas in July
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #40--anything goes
Christmas with the cuties #39--2 or more patterned papers
Merry Little Christmas Challenge #24--anything goes
Crafty Creations #41--anything goes
Alphabet Challenge--G is for glitter & gems
Cardz TV #118--anything goes

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Sympathy

A new month has arrived and that means a new challenge from the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog.  This month's challenge is Anything Goes.

And here is the card I created:
I've found myself in need of several sympathy cards lately, and I don't like it!  And I actually still need to make a couple more.  I created this one, but stamping the floral image twice on the front of the card, allowing the image to go off the edges for a more interesting look.  I colored the images and added white gel pen to the berries and dotted the centers of the smaller flowers.  It gave a really cool look!  Then I die cut the panel and stamped the sentiment, finishing everything off with some sparkling clear droplets from Kat Scrappiness.  I love how they add a little bit of bling without being overpowering.  And for sympathy cards, they kind of give the feeling of dew droplets or tears.
 To dress up the inside, I stamped the sentiment and then stamped the same floral image from the outside of the card with a pale gray ink.  So easy to do, and I really think it makes such a big difference.  I just wish I remembered to do this more often!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Head on over to the LTSCB blog to see what the rest of the team has created and to get the full details of the challenge.  Then get inky and play along with us; I can't wait to see what you create.

Supplies:
Stamps: STAMPlorations "Blossom Sprays #1" image; Papertrey Ink "Boutique Borders: Sympathy"; Repeat Impressions "Warm Memories" inside sentiment
Dies: STAMPlorations stitched rectangle

Challenges:
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Cuttlebug Mania--anything goes
Use Your Stuff--free week
Your Next Stamp #142--how does your garden grow
Creative Fingers #189--anything goes
Southern Girls--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #474--anything goes

Christmas in July

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps.  This week is a Designer's Choice Challenge and Patti has chosen: Christmas in July

And here is the card I created:
I had a bit of fun with a rather non-traditional color scheme.  The red is there, but I threw in some different blues to make it a bit fresher.  I added a die cut piece of vellum behind the sentiment panel to help it stand out from the busy background.  And I finished everything off with some red pearls.

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.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "For unto you . . . " and "Poinsettia"
Dies: Spellbinders "Radiant Rectangles"

Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper (I actually won the paper pack I used from Hazelnut's challenge)
Creative Fingers #189--anything goes
Alphabet Challenge--F is for Flora or Fauna (I used flowers--flora)
Cardz TV #117--anything goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #134--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #474--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #640--flowers
Krafty Chicks #513--all occasions
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #496--anything goes with the optional twist: use a snowflake (I did not use the twist)
Use Your Stuff--free week
Double Trouble #60--someThing, anyThing, EveryThing (Thing #1: anything goes, Thing #3: red, white, and blue)
Cuttlebug Mania--anything goes


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Blessed is the man

I was in need of a birthday card for a man at our church and as I was scrolling through Pinterest for some inspiration, I remembered that I had this beautiful verse "Plain Jane" from Verve.  For a little extra interest, I also stamped a lighthouse and some clusters of birds in a light aqua ink.  I finished it off with a button and some threads off a strip of burlap; I felt it added to the nautical feel.
It's so fun when you get to just "play" when making a card and getting to use some older, forgotten stamps feels good, too!

Supplies:
Stamps: Verve "Jeremiah 17:7" Plain Jane; Repeat Impressions "Sandcastle" cluster of birds and "Cape Hatteras Light"; Papertrey Ink "World's Greatest" Happy Birthday sentiment
SU! corner rounder punch

Challenges:
Creative Fingers #189--anything goes
Krafty Chicks #513--all occasions
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #474--anything goes
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Try Stampin' on Tuesday #463--sketch and optional twist: make a splash (I really use a water image, but I did use a nautical theme)

Pink Gem Challenge--anything goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #134--anything goes
Crafty Friends #138--men and/or boys
Cardz TV #117--anything goes
As You Like It--digi or rubber (I definitely prefer rubber!  I know some people can layer digital images, but that is out of my skill range, but I can do it with rubber like I did on this card!  It's such a great technique to add a bit of interest to a card focusing on the sentiment)
Word Art Wednesday #445--anything goes with an uplifting sentiment
Sweet Stampers #45--something begins with B (I used a button and the words "Blessed" and "Birthday")
Creative Inspirations--let's hear if for the boys

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Peaceful lake

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week it is a fan favorite: Anything Goes!! And here is the card I created for your inspiration:
I created this beautiful water color card for my husband for Father's Day.  He just got a kayak this spring and has really been enjoying using it on the pond/lake we live on.  I didn't have a kayak image, but I thought the sailboat fit in with the water theme.  I have to say, I love how this turned out!  I used the ART Impressions water color technique to create the scene: coloring on the images with waterbased markers and using water and a paintbrush to turn it into a water colored image.  I used a little bit of color from a palette to create the reflections in the water.  Again, I just love it!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will hop over to the House blog to see the rest of the DT's creations and then get inky and play along with us.  And if you need any of the stamps I used, check out my 10% off your ENTIRE order coupon code over in my left sidebar.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Rocky Shore Vista", "Sailboat", and "Father's Day"
Dies: STAMPlorations Stitched rectangle die

Challenges:
Divas That Cut--summertime fun
Love To Craft Challenge Blog #47--anything goes
Dies R Us #146--summertime fun
Creative Inspirations--let's here it for the boys
Creatalicious #189--anything goes with the optional twist: no patterned paper
Paper Funday--anything goes with the optional twist: make is masculine
Dare 2B Artzy--masculine
Artsy Stamper #17--vacation
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #208--you're the man
CASology #370--father
Hero Arts Stay Crafty #10--build a scene

Creative Fingers #188--anything goes
Sweet Stampers #45--something begins with B (I have a Boat)
As You Like It--which is your favorite: digi or rubber (I would have to go rubber all the way!!  While I go like that you can resize a digital image very easily, that is the extent of my digi skills.  I love that you can stamp rubber stamps anywhere on your paper, you can use whatever colors you want, you can alter them, by cutting, curving, or  masking.  And in the case with my card today, you can watercolor with rubber stamps.  I'm pretty sure you can't get a look like this with digi images!)
Cardz TV #117--anything goes
Crafty Friends #138--men and/or boys
Tuesday Throwdown #460--anything goes


Saturday, June 20, 2020

Just a note

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Summer fun
And here is my card for your inspiration:
I used these sweet little fairies sitting out on mushrooms reading in the summer sun.  I finished off my little scene by adding some die cut clouds, sun and a little fence.  I glued two layers of both the fence and the clouds together to give them more dimension and allow them to stand out from the background a little bit.  I colored up my image to match this fabulous background paper.  Red, white and blue always say summer to me; I think it's because they are the colors associated with the 4th of July which always signals the start of summer in my book.
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.

Supplies: 
Stams: Di's Digi Stamps "Fairies Storytime" digi; Verve "Take Note" sentiments and "To the Moon" little hearts
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large" Verve "Mini Classic Labels"; Sweet n Sassy Stamps fence border; MFT sunshine; Paper Smooches "Cute Clouds"

Challenges:
Pattie's Creations #171--things that fly
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Divas That Cut--summertime fun
Dies R Us #147--summertime fun
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 #185--sketch

Moving Along with the Times #119--things with wings
Aud Sentiments #253--anything goes
Hero Arts Stay Crafty #10--build a scene
Use Your Stuff #400--it's a girl thing
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
The Paper Shelter #432--colour it
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--summer fun
Word Art Wednesday #444--anything goes with uplifting sentiment