Friday, February 17, 2017

Faith, Hope and Love

Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  As always, we are now an Anything Goes challenge.  
Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps:
I was given this gorgeous image to work with:
And I just love how this card turned out.  I printed the image twice so I could ink the background of one image and color the roses on the second image.  Then I fussy cut out the roses and adhered them to the first image for a little dimension.  I used a lot of embellishments on this one which is a bit unusual for me: ribbon, lace, pearl flourishes (which I made myself with liquid pearls), rhinestones and mulberry paper, but I really do love it!!  I hope you will get a chance to play with us this week.

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 & 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 Feb. 23rd by 6:00PM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of Feb. 28th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!

Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps "Beautiful Blocks, Faith" digi

Crafty Creations #335--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #270--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--fantastic florals
Crafty Gals #110--use your favorite things (pearls and ribbon are my favorite embellishments)
Penny's Challenge #316--anything goes
Fab n Funky Challenge #338--bingo (I used the top row: gems, flowers, yellow.  I also used ribbon, lace and pearls)
Crafter's Cafe #167--no red or pink
Tuesday Throwdown #330--Say it with words
Come And Get It--Love is in the air
Open Minded Challenge #14--Flowering in February
As You Like It--do you prefer ribbon or lace (I used both on this project, but I definitely prefer ribbon; it can fit both feminine and masculine projects)
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow
Dare 2 Be Artsy--all you need is love
Cheerful Sketches--sketch

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Patched Heart

Here I am with one last Valentine's Day card that I managed to finish in the nick of time!  This one actually went to my sister and brother-in-law.  They live with us, so I didn't have to get it made early. Phew!!
This is a fabulous way to use up my favorite paper scraps, too.

Stamps: Verve "Take Note"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle and "Pierced Heart STAX"
Darice "Damask" embossing folder

Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog #122--anything goes
Crafty Creations #335--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #270--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Penny's #316--anything goes
Addicted to Stamps #229--CAS
The Paper Shelter #281--be my Valentine
Crafting By Designs--polka dots (on my yellow paper)
Tuesday Throwdown #330--say it with words
Simon Says Stamp Monday--use your favorite tool (my die cutting machine is my absolute favorite tool--couldn't live without it!)
Come And Get It--love is in the air
Hiding In My Craft Room #288--super scraps

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Flower Power

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a gorgeous inspiration photo/color pallet to challenge you:
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I went very literal with my card:
I just fell in love with that sweet little kraft envelope and I couldn't resist the chance to use my favorite stamp(s) from Repeat Impressions.  I used my envelope punch board to create the envelope.  I stamped the solid flower images and then used a coordinating marker to add some shading and depth to the centers before I fussy cut them out.  Then I placed them so they were bursting out of the envelope.  I love how it turned out.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week.  Hop on over to The House Blog for all the details of the challenge and be sure to check out what the rest of the team did with this photo.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Daisy Solid, Large", "Daisy Solid, small" and "Happy Birthday"
Martha Stewart Butterfly punch

A Gem of a Challenge #187--add a butterfly
Unicorn Challenge #18--butterflies and/or hearts
Creative Knockouts #180--Flower Power
Hiding In My Craft Room #288--super scraps (all the flowers were stamped on scraps and the butterflies were punched from a scrap piece
Open-Minded #14--Flowering in February

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


This is my Valentine's Day card for my oldest daughter.  She love horses, and I actually picked this horse image from DRS Designs knowing I would use it on a card for her.  I had forgotten about it until I was digging through a box of stamps (mostly brand new) looking for something else and came across it.  So glad I did.  I decided to give it a western feel and for me that meant some distressing, both with a pair of scissors and some caramel ink.  I added a die cut horseshoe on some rope I had recycled from some packaging or other.  Thought I would end up using it on a nautical card, but it worked perfectly for this.  

Stamps: DRS Designs horse; Verve "Take Note" sentiment
MFT western charm set--horseshoe

Word Art Wednesday #268--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Creative Fingers #129--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
C.R.A.F.T. #402--recycle (the twine/rope)
Aud Sentiments #173--Valentine's/love
CardzTV #2--Valentine's Day with sketch (I chose sketch #2)
Di's Digi Designs--include an animal
Simon Says Stamp Monday--use your favorite tool (my favorite tool is definitely my die cutting machine--I barely make a card without using it at least once)

Unto Us

Happy Valentine's Day!!  That means it's the middle of February and it's time for our mid-month inspiration for Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra!
A looooooong time ago, I got a whole bunch of pre-embossed and pre-die cut card bases from someone who was getting out of card making.  I haven't used very many of them, but as part of my use up scraps and bits and pieces personal challenge, I have pulled a bunch of them out and put them near my work desk to remind myself to actually use them.  This is one that I had laying there.  As I said, it was already embossed and the embossing is gorgeous but I just didn't know what to do with it.  I had cut out the center with my craft knife for another card and it just didn't work out, but I thought it would be fabulous for a sentiment matted with a colored card stock.  And it is!!  Since I have had it so long, the base was a little dusty, so I used some creamy caramel ink to give it a vintage feel.  I lightly dragged a gold ink pad across the embossing to bring out the details and add to the theme.  Then I embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder on kraft and matted it with red.  A red bow and it's ready to go!  I hope this inspires you to look at your supplies in a new way, and maybe even get some Christmas cards ready to go.  Hope you will play along with us this month!  It's never to early for Christmas cards. : )

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "For Unto You"

Creative Fingers #124--anything goes
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with a handmade bow
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes
Sparkles #73--krafty Christmas
Julia Spiri--I love red
As You Like It--ribbon or lace (I'm definitely a ribbon girl.  I have some lace but I rarely use it.)
Sweet Stampers #4--add a sentiment
Tuesday Throwdown #330--Say it with words

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Little cutie

In my last post, I showed the Valentine's Day card I made for my nephew.  This one is for his sister, my niece.  These little dinosaurs are just so cute, specially that little baby.
I cut a little slit around the big dino's hand and slipped in the little heart.  I thought it was a fun touch!

Stamps: Sugar Pea Designs "Prehistoric Pals"
Dies: Sweet n' Sassy Stamps "grass border"; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; Paper Smooches "Cute Clouds"

Sugar Pea Designs #28--sketch

Cut It Up #115--bendy or scene cards
Di's Digis--include an animal
Sweet Stampers #4--add a sentiment
Come And Get It--love is in the air
Fab n' Funky Challenge #337--wild about you

Get a Load

We've had a great snowy weekend: 12 inches Thursday, 3 more Friday night and another 2-3 today before it turned to rain.  Winter has definitely arrived!  But, with all the snow, I managed to get quite a bit of crafting done; Valentine's Day cards to be exact.  This fun one is for my nephew who's two.  I think this is perfect!
Stamps: YNS "Keep on Truckin" and "Large Ink Splatter"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Sweet n Sassy Stamps heart dies

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--cute
Crafty Gals #104--shades of red
Creative Inspirations #268--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday--young at heart
Stick It Down--sketch
February Card Sketch
Love To Craft Challenge Blog #7--anything goes
Divas That Cut--red or pink
Julia Spiri--anything goes with twist of "I love red"
YNS #57--color combo (I used red, orange, and yellow)