Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Seaside Birthday

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a beautiful inspiration photo for you:
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You can choose to be inspired by the colors, the photo or both!  It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to interpret it, but finally decided I wanted to emphasize the actual pieces of sea glass in the photo:
     So, I picked a beachy image colored it using the tan and aqua blue from the color combo and added small pieces of sea glass in colors the match the ones in the photo.  I have used this sandcastle image a couple times, and I think this time is my favorite.  The colors I used really make it come alive.  Wendy already added some shading/shadows in the image, so I just added a little bit darker sand colored marker and it really adds so much depth.
     I hope you will be able to play along with us.  I can't wait to see how this photo inspires you!

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Sandcastle" and "Birthday"
Punches: Fiskars "Upper Crest" border punch

Challenges:
That's Crafty--close to nature
Craft Rocket #50--summer
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Stamplorations CAS challenge--CAS

Creative Knockouts #254--summer fun
Sketch Saturday #522--sketch

Crafty Catz #425--anything goes with optional twist: think summer
Cardz TV #56--anything goes

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Puppy play

Simon Says Stamp is having a kids only challenge.   When I told my twelve year old, she decided to play along.  This is the card she created all on her own (other than a little help setting the eyelets):
Unfortunately, I didn't read the challenge properly and you are supposed to add sparkle to your creation.  So, she did create another card to enter that challenge and I am going to enter this card into some other challenges for her.

Supplies: 
Stamps: DRS Designs "Doggie Dilemma with Fence" digi; YNS "Silly Monsters" sentiment
Darice paw print embossing folder

Challenges:
Cards Galore--anything goes
Card Mania--anything goes
Dare 2B Artzy--birthday
Always Happy Birthday--anything goes with the optional twist: birthday cake (I did not use the twist)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies--anything goes with a critter
Creative Fingers #150--anything goes
Alphabet Challenge--H is for happy birthday
Cardz TV #56--anything goes
Use Your Stuff #321--happy birthday
Crafty Sentiments--add a sentiment

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Christmas in 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:
Supplies:
Stamps: Di's Digi Designs "Snuggle Muffs"
Dies: Spellbinders "Standard Ovals, large"; PTI "Fancy Flakes" snowflakes

Challenges:
CraftDee Bow-Z--anything goes with handmade bow
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round--tree (there are two trees in my image)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Creative Inspirations--all tied up
Creative Craft Cottage--the most wonderful time of the year (definitely Christmas!)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies--anything goes with an animal
Snowflakes Promise #53--anything goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 #140--sketch (I tweaked it a little by using snowflakes for the square elements)

As You Like It--favorite celebration and why (I love celebrating Christmas--even though I hate cold weather!--I love everything about it, the decorations, the goodies, the presents, and most importantly the celebration of the birth of God's Son!!)
Crimbo Crackers #162--anything goes
Crafting By Design--anything goes
The Paper Shelter #347--holiday time
Penny's Challenge #388--anything goes
Crafty Creations #370--anything goes
Little Miss Muffet #193--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #538--ribbons and bows
Sweet Stampers #22--Christmas In July

Friday, July 13, 2018

Christmas treats

Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  As always, we are now an Anything Goes challenge and our sponsors for the week are The Cutting Cafe:
and Digi Stamps 4 Joy:

First off, a disclaimer: this post has a LOT of pictures, but The Cutting Cafe gave me an awesome set of cutting files/templates and I had a lot of fun.  Here is a picture of the entire set of nugget holders I created:
 I used the same elements on all of them so they would all coordinate, though I don't think I would give all of them to the same person.  But, I was thinking perhaps little teacher gifts or something like that.  I started off using up some scraps by cutting little strips to fit around the nugget candies.  They are so adorable, I just had to take a picture of all of them!
 Included in the file is a template for these strips (which would be awesome if you had an electronic cutter, which I don't) but I just cut strips of patterned paper 1 1/4 inches by 3 inches.  Then applied some adhesive to one end of each strip, wrapped it around and adhered it to the other end.  I would recommend a strong adhesive as some of them kept springing open which was both fun and annoying.
     On to the packaging.  For all of the little holders, I used red cardstock and decorated them with a die cut snowflake, and stamped "for you" tag and some green organza ribbon.  The first one is probably the simplest, but it is super cute.  It is a "sleeve" that is designed to slide into a little treat bag (The Cutting Cafe sells them and they are perfectly sized for this).  I didn't have time to order any bags, so I had to create my own out of a larger cellophane bag.  The nuggets sit in the sleeve which helps give them stability and keep them in line.
 See how the sleeve holds them all in place?
The next one is probably my favorite.  It is called the matchbox style box and the inside box just slides right out of the frame.  The template included both window versions (like I used here) or solid.

 And here is how it looks sliding out:
 The next one looks very similar from the front.  Again, the template included both a window and a solid option:
 Instead of sliding out, this box has a flap that you can just lift up.  I used a scalloped border punch to decorate the flap to add a little bit of extra prettiness.
 And last but not least is a little fold over box.  The template comes with several different decorate options for this one, but I opted for the plain style so I could add my own decorations.
 Here is the side view:
 The template did come with a little box that sits inside and holds the nuggets, but I guess I didn't print it out so when I got to putting everything together, I didn't have it, so I just put a couple strips of adhesive on the bottom and adhered the nuggets right on so they wouldn't fall out.
Phew!!  Like I said, a lot of pictures!!  So glad you made it until the end.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will play along with us this week.  I can't wait to see what you create!

What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool on Jo's blog. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date and the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.

You have until July 20th by 12:00 AM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of July 22nd.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.


Supplies:
Stamps: PTI "Mat Stack 2" for you sentiment
Dies: Poppy Stamps "Lindeman Snowflake"
The Cutting Cafe "Assorted Nugget Holders" cutting file/template

Challenges:
Cute Card Thursday #538--ribbons and bows
Pause, Dream, Enjoy #28--anything goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge #26--anything goes
Crafty Creations #370--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #388--anything goes
Crafty Sentiments--Christmas in July
Sweet Stampin' Challenge--Christmas in July
Hiding In My Craft Room #360--Christmas in July colors
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #393--anything goes with the optional twist: use twine or ribbon (I used both)
Stamplorations Tagplorations--anything goes with tags

Crimbo Crackers #162--anything goes
As You Like It--Favorite celebration and why (Christmas is my favorite thing to celebrate!!  Why?  Because it marks the birth of Jesus Christ, the only one who is able to make us right with God.  Also, I love the decorations and the goodies and the presents!)
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage--the most wonderful time of the year (CHRISTMAS!!!!)
Creative Inspirations--all tied up
Divas That Cut--Anything But a Card
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes
Scor-pal--3 of a kind (make a matched set--I hope 4 of a kind is ok!)
Craft Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Yummy Day

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and these week we have a fun tic-tac-toe challenge for you:
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I used the top row: texture, food, sponging.  I also used brads, primary colors and paper piecing.
I added my texture with a Sizzix embossing folder that reminds me of donuts (which are sweet and therefore go with cupcakes), the brads, ribbon attached with a staple and my image popped up with foam tape.  I sponged blue ink around the sentiment panel before removing it from the die.  I paper pieced the cupcake wrappers as these are always a perfect place for patterned papers.
Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this wee, I can't wait to see how the board inspires you!  And if you "need" any of the stamps I used today, check out my 10% off your entire order coupon in my left side bar.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Cupcakes"  and "Yummy"
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle and "Address Book" little tab at the bottom of the rectangle panel
Sizzix circles embossing folder

Challenges:
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #85--anything goes
Cards Galore--anything goes
Card Mania #106--anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude #41--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Feeling Sketchy #196--sketch

Dare 2B Artzy--birthday
Always Happy Birthday--anything goes with the optional twist: birthday cake (I used a birthday cupcake)
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
ART Impressions #236--masculine cards
Moving Along with the Times #75--male themed
Cardz TV #55--anything goes
Stamplorations Theme & Sketch Summer Challenge--stamps + anything goes

Pixies' Crafty Workshop #330--anything goes with snippets (all my patterned papers were snippets and the bit of ribbon was exactly that long and was in my bits and pieces stash)
Fashionable Stamping #137--use those inks any way you like (I used alcohol ink markers for coloring and ink pads for stamping and sponging around my sentiment panel)
heARTful Stamping--anything goes

Friday, July 6, 2018

Hello, Peony

Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  As always, we are now an Anything Goes challenge and our sponsor for this week is Little Blue Button Stamps. 

Here is the card I created using one of the beautiful images from Little Blue Button Stamps:
My base layer is stamped with a Hero Arts French script stamp and light gray ink.  The two pieces of patterned paper were scraps as were the white and gray stock the circle and hello die cuts were cut from.  I die cut the "hello" 3 times to add some dimension and finished everything off with some gray and pink pearls.
What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool on Jo's blog. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date and the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.

You have until July 13th by 12:00AM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of July 15th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.

Supplies:
Stamps: Little Blue Button Stamps "Peony" digi; Hero Arts "French Script" rubber stamp
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" circle; Simon Says Stamp "Painted Hello"

Challenges:
Little Miss Muffet #192--anything goes
Southern Girls--just a bit flash
Fussy and Fancy #218--pretty in pink
Hiding In My Craft Room #359--freestyle
Incy Wincy Designs--must have flowers in image
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #271--sketch

Aud Sentiments #207--flowers
Cute Card Thursday #537--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Crafty Sentiments--bright colors

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Great Outdoors

Happy Wednesday and Happy 4th of July!!  It's time for a new month of challenges from The House That Stamps Built.  This week is a Designer's Choice Challenge and I chose "The Great Outdoors" as our theme.  Here is the card I created:
This looks quick and easy, but man, does the sponging take me forever!  Love this image and I love using it as a silhouette like this for night time scenes.  It's so peaceful looking.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week.  I can't wait to see what you do with my challenge.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Bass Harbor Light (lg)" and "Sending Smiles"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle die (for main panel)

Challenges:
Creative Fingers #149--anything goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #85--anything goes
heARTful Blessings--anything goes
Cards Galore--anything goes
Card Mania #106--anything goes
Through the Purple Haze #146--Marine
Crafting with an Attitude #41--anything goes
That's Crafty--close to nature
Tuesday Throwdown #399--the great outdoors
Creates and Makes #22--anything goes