Friday, October 19, 2018

Christmas Wishes

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 my card:
I just love how it turned out.  I think it might be the pops of red, but I'm not really sure.  I used a couple of my strips of paper made out of scraps; I only have a couple left--slowly, slowly using up that paper pack.  
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 Oct 26th by 12:00AM  (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of Oct 28th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.

Supplies:
Stamps: Little Blue Button Stamps "Christmas Elements" digi; Verve "Ornamental Christmas" sentiment
Dies: PTI border die

Challenges:
Penny's Challenge #402--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #337--anything goes with snippet (my patterned strips are all snippets, the border die cut came from a scrap, actually everything except the card base was a snippet--even the digi was already printed out, I just had to color it.)
Crimbo Crackers #169--anything goes
Crafty Creations #376--anything goes

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Falling Leaves

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps.  This week we have a beautiful inspiration photo for you:
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And here is the card I created:
 The inspiration photo is so beautiful; I love the softness of the leaves.  They look almost translucent.  I tried to capture that softness by using vellum for both my large leaf and the top layer of my tag.  I stamped the leaf on vellum with an orange ink and then restamped on top with red ink sponged around the edges.  Orange-y red leaves are my favorite!  Using my mini MISTI makes it really easy to do this technique.  I also used the MISTI to stamp the sentiment several times on the tag so it would be dark enough to stand out against the background of the patterned tag.  I sponged some tea dye ink around the edges of the book print paper to add some dimension and I stamped the scattered leaves along the bottom using my copper Gilding Paste (which is quickly becoming one of my favorite products!).  In the photo below you can see how shiny the leaves are.  It looks like they are embossed without all the effort (and the buckling paper I always get with heat embossing)!!
I finished it off with a copper eyelet, some ribbon with twine and three enamel dots in fall colors.  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 "Maple Leaf Sil.", "Falling Leaves" and "Happy Birthday"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" tag

Challenges:
Crafty Sentiments--birthday
Use Your Stuff #334--enamel dots
Incy Wincy--happy birthday
Fashionable Stamping #140--book pages
Sweet Stampers #25--fall or halloween
Sketch Saturday #535--sketch

Cardz TV #69--anything goes
Creative Knockouts #267--fall


Friday, October 12, 2018

Beautiful Cameo

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 Morgan's Art World
and Oddball Art Company
Oddball Art
I was given this gorgeous image from Morgan's Art World to work with:
Isn't she stunning!!??
As you can see, she really inspired glitz and glam on my card: gold card stock, glittered card stock, and glittery roses.  I used some clear Wink of Stella on the flowers on her hat which inspired all the other glittery goodness.  The roses were made with Heartfelt Creations Classic Roses and matching dies and I added some small white flowers I bought at a yard sale this summer.  And I used up the bit of red diamond ribbon, I so love being able to use stuff up!  I embossed the red panel and then used silver Glitter Kiss (from Stamplistic) to swipe on the glitter on the raise elements.

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 Oct 19th by 12:00AM  (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of Oct 21st.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.

Supplies:
Stamps: Morgan's Art World "Christmas Cameo" digi; Heartfelt Creations "Classic Roses"
Dies: Spellbinders "Floral Ovals"; Heartfelt Creations "Classic Roses"
Darice embossing folder
Stamplistic Silver "Glitter Kiss"

Challenges:
Cards Galore #35--anything goes
Creatalicious #148--anything goes with the option of texture
Ribbon Girls--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #406--anything goes with the optional twist: add a flower or two or more
Crafty Friends #94--use more than one die
Penny's Challenge #401--anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #486--Christmas


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fall birthday

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week we have a fun tic tac toe board for you:
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I used the center row: buttons, stitching (I used a stitched die) and color wash.  Here is my card:
 I used gelatos mixed with water to create my color wash on watercolor paper for my image panel.  Then, I stamped the image on top and colored it with my markers.  I masked my sentiment to line the words up side by side instead of stacked on top of each other.  The olive green ribbon was a small piece left in my bits and pieces stash, but it worked perfectly for the embellishments after I added some kraft colored ribbon to go along with it.  The photo below shows the stitched rectangle a bit better.

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you check out the House blog for the full details and to see what the rest of the DT has created.  And if you "need" any of the stamps I used, check out the 10% off your entire order coupon over in my left side bar.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Shade of the Elm" and "Birthday"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Challenges:
Handstamped Sentiments #300--inspiration photo

{Pin}spirational Challenge #226--inspiration photo (inspired by the colors and leaves)

Use Your Stuff #333--autumn/halloween
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #91--anything goes
Sketch Saturday #534--sketch

Stamplorations Sketch and Theme--stamps and autumn (I used the theme)

Cardz TV #68--anything goes
Creative Fingers #153--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Craft Rocket #53--autumn/halloween
Always Happy Birthday--anything happy birthday goes
Brown Sugar #283--halloween and/or autumn
Divas That Cut--Autumn and Halloween
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes
Pattie's Creations #151--Halloween or autumn
Try Stampin'--October Technique: stitching (I used a stitched die)


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Thinking of you

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Include a Pumpkin
And here is my card for your inspiration:
 I used an image that has a pumpkin, patterned paper with lots of pumpkins and die cut pumpkin vines and leaves; got those pumpkins covered!!  Last month at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, I purchased some copper gilding paste from Stamplistic.  I thought copper would be a perfect accent to my Fall image and papers, so I used the gilding paste to cover my card base, the scalloped circle die cut and the leaf/vine dies cuts.  I'm hooked and in love!!  Now I can have copper card stock just by using this with white paper (even scraps for the leaves/vines!)  Now I'm trying to figure out how to get me some gold and silver and then I'd never have to buy metallic paper again!!  This next photo shows a bit more of the copper shine:
The tag was in my bits and pieces stash, I think I stamped it for a project for our kids Sunday School class last year.  The ribbon was just a small scrap that I was able to stretch  to fit what I needed.  Now it's all gone.  The papers were all scraps, too, so it's a scrappy card!
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this challenge; it's perfect for this time of year and I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Supplies:
Stamps: Di's Digi Stamps "Pumpkin Wendy" digi; Verve sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large" and "Scalloped Circles, large"; Poppy Stamps vine and leaves

Challenges:
Stamplorations TAGplorations--all about fall (plus a tag)

Cardz TV #68--anything goes
Creative Fingers #153--anything goes
If You Give a Crafter A Cookie #104--inspiration photo

Cute Card Thursday #550--anything goes
Little Miss Muffet #149--anything goes
Double D--scare'n up some pumpkins

Penny's #400--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Craft Rocket Challenge #53--autumn/Halloween
Poppy Stamps #49--Falling leaves and Scary things (I have pumpkin leaves)
Brown Sugar #283--Halloween and/or Autumn
Dies R Us #106--anything goes with dies from companies that Dies R Us carries (spellbinders)
Cheerful Sketches--sketch

Divas That Cut--Autumn and Halloween
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes
Crafting with An Attitude #44--anything goes
Pattie's Creations #151--Halloween or Autumn
Cutie Pie Challenge #127--shades of autumn
Cards Galore #56--anything goes
Unicorn Challenge #37--Autumn or Halloween
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #356--anything goes with snippets
{Pin}spirational Challenge #225--try something different (gilding polish)

Word Art Wednesday #354--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Creative Moments #155--anything goes with autumn colors
As You Like It--favorite season and why (Fall--can you say "apple cider donuts"?  and I love the leaves, pumpkins, cool air, etc, etc. . .)

Friday, October 5, 2018

Calendars

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 the week is The Cutting Cafe.

WARNING--this post contains a LOT of photos!
I was given a fabulous file from The Cutting Cafe.  It has several different calendar options for 2019 and I had a blast playing with it!!  I wish I had more time, I would have tried all the options that come in the file!!  Here is what I created:
The file comes with a full page (8 1/2 x 11) full year calendar and a list of the holidays and observances for 2019.  I used the full page calendar for my first project and used the list of holidays to mark the special days on my calendar.  Here is what the calendar looks like:
 I used a circle stamp and red ink to highlight the holidays and other special days (such a birthdays).  I decorated each month with an image that corresponds to the "theme" of the month.  Here is a close up of the first 6 months of the year:
 January is decorated with a blue snowflake and the holidays are highlighted with the circles. February has hearts for Valentine's Day, March has a green cupcake to celebrate a family member's birthday, April has a cross for Easter, May--purple carnations for Mother's Day and finally a blue sailboat for Father's Day.  Here are the next 6 months:
 July has fireworks to celebrate the 4th.  There was nothing exciting about August, so I used ice cream cones--a yummy treat for those hot summer days.  September has another cupcake as both my husband and I celebrate our birthdays that month; an orange pumpkin for October; a Fall-themed cupcake for November as we celebrate more family birthdays that month and to finish it all off, a red poinsettia for December and Christmas!  I think this would look awesome tacked up on a bulletin board and you can easily highlight all the special dates that pertain to your own family!
     For my next project I used a different file from the set to create individual month "pages".  Do you remember several years ago when little calendars that fit into CD cases were all the rage?  I always thought it would be really fun to do, but never got around to doing it.  Mostly because making the calendar images seemed to difficult.  The Cutting Cafe to the rescue!!  All I had to do was print out the file and cut the months to the desired size.  I bought a whole box of empty CD cases at a yard sale this summer, planning to use them to hold my clear stamp sets, but one was rescued for this project.  I created each month page with the same layout, changing up the colors and themes to match the months.  All of the patterned papers came from the same paper pad--it has an old-world feel and has a bit of texture.
 I kept the pages flat so they would be able to fit in the case, so there aren't any extra embellishments--just some fun die cut borders, ribbon and die cuts to fit the theme.
January:
I chose blue for the January Blues to start of the year.  I think this is one of my favorites, I just love that snowflake die cut!
February:
I chose pink for the month of love.  This is the only page that has any additional embellishments, it just looked to plain without the die cut hearts.
March:
 I chose green for March because it is my daughter's favorite color and her birthday is in March.  Then I realized it would also work for St. Patrick's Day as well.  I added a gold, celtic-looking border die for this one.  It's actually the first time I've used this one and I think it won't be the last!
April:
 I chose purple for April since Easter falls during the month and purple is the color of royalty which speaks to Christ being the King.
May:
 I chose pink for May because of Mother's Day.  The lacy die reminds me of lace and is beautiful and feminine.
June:
 In contrast with May, June is dark and masculine since we celebrate Father's Day during the month.  The little starts are the cut outs from the star border.  I used a fun textured silver paper to add a little flash.
July:
 For July, of course, I had to use red, white, and blue.  The lighter blue gives it a slight Americana feel.
August:
 I didn't have anything specific in mind for August, so I chose yellow to represent the hot, humid days we usually have during the month. August definitely says "summer" around here.
September:
 I chose this fun, aqua blue for September; partly because the sky during bright, sunny days is so blue this time of year.  Plus, my birthday is in September and this is one of my favorite colors.  I found this fun flocked border sticker in my stash and it was perfect!  I have had it forever and have always struggled with what to do with it.  Well, this project finally finished it up!
October:
 I don't celebrate Halloween, but I thought the Halloween colors were perfect for decorating the October page.  And the die cut border kind of reminds of of the harlequin design elements that appear in some Halloween products.
November:
 I chose some muted Fall colors for the November page to bring the feeling of Thanksgiving.  I added a bit of sparkly ribbon to keep it from feeling too dull.
And last, but not least, and probably my favorite, 
December:
I chose a bit darker red for this one to fit with the green patterned paper tone.  I used another of the snowflake die cut borders (which might be why I like this one so much!).

Phew!  Thanks for making it all the way through!!  I know there were a lot of pictures!

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 Oct. 12th by 12:00AM  (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of Oct 14th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.

Supplies:
For all projects: The Cutting Cafe "2019 Calendar Set"

Full Page Calendar:
Stamps: PTI "Fab Flakes" in SU! Brocade Blue; Verve "Text Objects" in Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink; PTI "Baker's Dozen" in PTI New Leaf; Verve "Richly Blessed" in MFT chocolate brown; PTI "A Year of Flowers: Collection" in SU! Lovely Lilac; Verve "Text Objects" in SU! Nearly Navy; July unknown fireworks in SU! Real Red; Fun Stampers Journey ice cream cones in SU! Creamy Caramel; PTI "Baker's Dozen" in SU! Brocade Blue; Verve "Tall Oaks" in PTI Orange Zest; PTI "Baker's Dozen" in MFT Chocolate Brown; Repeat Impressions "Poinsettia (lg)" in SU! Real Red


Calendar Pages:
Dies:
January: Memory Box "Frostyville" (I believe)
Challenges:
Creative Fingers #153--anything goes

February: Verve "Scalloped Trim Trio" and Sweet n' Sassy small hearts
Challenges:
Penny's Challenge #400--anything goes

March: Spellbinders "The Gilt Life"
Challenges: 
{Pin}spirational #225--try something different (making calendar pages and using a die for the first time--I've had it for years)

April: PTI border die
Challenges:

May: PTI border die
Challenges:

June: MFT star border die
Challenges: 

July: Verve "Scalloped Trim Trio"
Ribbon girl--anything goes

August: Verve "Pennant Trim"
Challenges:
Crafting by Designs--anything goes

September: None
4 Crafty Chicks #425--something old is something new

October: PTI border die
Challenges: 
Unicorn #37--autumn or Halloween
Divas That Cut--autumn an Halloween
Cut It Up #158--Halloween

November: MFT "Stitched Scallop Trio"
Challenges:
Creative Moments #145--anything goes with fall colors
Brown Sugar #285--halloween and/or autumn
Craft Rocket Challenge #33--autumn/halloween

December: Memory Box "Frostyville"
Challenges:
Crimbo Crackers #168--anything goes
Winter Wonderland--anything goes


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Up In the Air

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week it is a Designer's Choice Challenge and Shirley has chosen: It's Up In the Air.  So anything that is up in the air: planes, kites, birds, butterflies, etc.  Here is the card I created:
I started out with the background and since the metro stamp isn't large enough to cover the whole panel, I stamped it sort of randomly all over and really, you don't even really notice.  I stamped the plane image and then added the gray clouds.  It's quite hard to tell in this photo, but I embossed the black panel with a diagonal stripe embossing folder.  The little strip of stars was in my bits and pieces stash.
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week; there are so many options for this challenge!  Can't wait to see what you create.  And if you need any of the stamps I used; check out the 10% off your entire order coupon over in my left sidebar.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Metro Map", "Clouds" and "Bi-plane Silhouette"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

Challenges:
Creatalicious #148--anything goes with the optional twist: add some texture (my embossed panel and all the layers)
Dies R Us #106--anything goes using dies from companies Dies R Us carries (spellbinders)
Cards Galore #56--anything goes
Double Trouble #11--Thing #1: black and white + one (red); Thing #: enter Crafter's Cafe challenge; Thing #3: boy's wheelies
Crafter's Cafe #205--black and white + one other color
heARTful Blessings--anything goes
Try Stampin' On Tuesday #380--embossing magic and sketch

ART Impressions #242--vibrant colors
Cardz TV #67--anything goes
Hiding In My Craft Room #372--freestyle (anything goes)