Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Deepest Sympathy

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:

This is the second sympathy card I have needed within a week and I don't like that!  But, I do like how this card turned out.  The colors are so soft and the CAS layout feels really elegant to me.  Other than the coloring it was really quite quick and easy to create (thanks to it being so CAS).  I added a bit of sheer light blue ribbon and some clear droplets to bling it up just a little.  I also stamped a sympathy sentiment on the inside:

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 "Vase of Tulips", "Sympathy" and "Warm Memories"
Dies: STAMPlorations stitched rectangle

Challenges:
Crafty Creations #417--anything goes
Pink Gem--anything goes
Incy Wincy Designs--anything goes













Penny's Challenge #488--anything goes
Double D--flowers in containers













Creative Fingers #200--anything goes
Crafting happiness #81--anything goes

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Love You

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Tic Tac Toe

And here is my card for your inspiration:

Oh, my goodness, I LOVE this adorable little bear!!  I was just given it by Di herself (I did get to pick it out) and had to use it right away!  So sweet!!  So, for my tic-tac-toe challenge (which I love, by the way!  It's pretty much up to you to decide what the challenge is.) I ran the entire board.  I used the color blue, a handcolored image, stickles (on my flower petals), 1 circle, a digi image, dies, a fun fold (inspired by Jennifer McGuire to create this fun z-fold), pearls and a sentiment!  In the photo below you can see how my fold opens up:
With the fold, it won't stay flat, so I created a little "belly" band out of the heart border along the bottom.  The little bear in the sitting position inspired to me to have a little fun.  I used the "out of the box technique" to make it look as if she is sitting on the edge of the die cut.  I added silver stickles to the edges of the flower petals and finished off the whole card with some small heart pearls.

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: 
Stamps: Di's Digi Stamps "Rosie Bear" digi; PaperTrey Ink "Damask Designs" sentiment; STAMPlorations "Wreaths and Flowers" little hearts; Verve "Valentine's Day Plain Jane" inside sentiment
Dies: "Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large" and "Teardrop Circles"; PaperTrey Ink heart border die

Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafty Calendar--make it cute
Creative Inspirations--animal antics
Creative Craft #136--must use a digi
Paper Funday #25--anything goes with the optional twist: use blue



Cardz TV #132--anything goes
Hero Arts Stay Crafty #19--include a heart


Pink Gem Challenge--anything goes
Incy Wincy--anything goes
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #488--anything goes
Little Red Wagon #585--die-ing to get crafty



Friday, January 22, 2021

Coffee Blessings

 I missed some birthdays in my church back in November and December--life gets a little crazy during those months, doesn't it?!  Anyway, I made this card for a gentleman from the church.  It won't exactly be a birthday card since it is so late, but I might add a belated birthday sentiment on the inside; haven't decided, yet.

Both he and his wife are avid coffee drinkers, so I thought a coffee themed card was a fun touch.

Supplies:
Stamps: Verve "Jeremiah 17:7 Plain Jane"
Dies: CAS-ual Fridays coffee cup; Kat Scrappiness "Crafters Essentials 1" stitched, rounded rectangle

Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Stinkin' Inkers--Make It Hot
Creatalicious Challenge #203--anything goes with the optional twist: kraft
Craft Rocket Challenge #77--for the boys/men
Dare 2 B Artzy--anything goes













Aud Sentiments #266--anything goes
Cardz TV #132--anything goes
Incy Wincy--anything goes
Shopping Our Stash #437--I need a cup of coffee
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #488--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #475--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Little Red Wagon #585--anything goes

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Blessed is he

 I was in need of a masculine birthday card for a man at our church.  So, I pulled out this beautiful sentiment stamp and some cool, masculine patterned paper, added a bit of chocolate brown ribbon and some copper brads.  All the panels were matted on kraft card stock and everything was adhered to a kraft card base.

I've been seeing this fun idea round about on a bunch of blogs: Just Stash January (where you go the whole month of January without buying ANY new supplies--use what you have!) and decided to play along.  We all have so many unused goodies languishing away in our craft rooms.  Let's pull them out and show them some love.  The patterned paper has been in my stash for 2-3 years and I've had this sentiment much longer.  The ribbon and brads I have also had for several years.  Nothing new to see here!

Supplies:
Stamps: Verve "Jeremiah 17:7 Plain Jane"
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle

Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Sheep-ski Designs #46--anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge #203--anything goes with the optional twist: use kraft













Word Art Wednesday #475--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Creative Fingers #200--anything goes
Aud Sentiments #266--anything goes
Cardz TV #157--anything goes
Use Your Stuff #414--Out with the old

Salvage card

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:
This is actually a card rescue.  I had a card that I had made years ago (maybe even within the first year or two of my card making journey) sitting around as it never got sent.  Here is what it looked like:
It was super CAS, and not really in a good way.  The card base was a very flimsy textured paper; definitely NOT good for a base!!  A little pink ink sponged around the edges.  The focal element was made with templates from Hot Off The Press.  Anyone else remember them?  I did edge all of the pieces with a gold paint pen, so at least it had some sparkle.  But there was no way I was ever going to send it like this!  But after a little magic, it now looks like this:

I started with a new kraft card stock base (much more sturdy) and die cut the filigree panel out of the original card front.  The texture and light pink inking give it even more interest.  I kept the focal element intact, turned it 90 degrees to fit the card.  I also added a fancy brad embellishment that I have had forever!  I stamped the sentiment and added a bit of twill ribbon from my stash to finish everything off.  Now, it's something I don't mind sending out!  And I was able to save and reuse most of the original.  Win, win!
I've been seeing this fun idea round about on a bunch of blogs: Just Stash January (where you go the whole month of January without buying ANY new supplies--use what you have!) and decided to play along.  We all have so many unused goodies languishing away in our craft rooms.  Let's pull them out and show them some love. 
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 "Sympathy"
Dies: Spellbinders "Filigree Delight"; Verve "Classy Labels"

Challenges:
Crafts Galore #83--anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge #203--anything goes with the optional twist: use some kraft
Creative Fingers #199--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #394--anything goes with snippets (I think resurrecting a card might be the ultimate use of snippets, but if not, my sentiment panel was die cut from a scrap and the horizontal kraft panel was a scrap.)
Use Your Stuff #414--out with the old (the card was old!  Both dies I used, I've had for at least 7 years and the brad probably just as long.)
Sketch Saturday #643--sketch (It is a little bit of a stretch, by my card was based on this layout)



Crafty Catz #534--anything goes: tie it up (I used a little bit of ribbon)




Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Cupcake Shaker

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 fun shaker card for a teen at our church who is celebrating her 17th birthday this week.  The happy birthday paper has been sitting on my desk (you may remember it from the past two weeks), so I decided to use it again.  I also used a coordinating paper for the cupcake liners.  I just love paper piecing these liners; it's a great way to add interest.  I added a mix of pink , green and teal sequins inside the shaker and glued some of the pink mix to the surface of the card, so there is some interest even while it's not shaking.
I decided to go with the slimline style because I had an envelope this size that just needed to be used!  Plus, the length gives way more room for yummy cupcakes!  For the sentiment, I did a little creative masking to use the "happy" and "birthday" from the belated birthday sentiment "I always remember . . ."  I've been seeing this fun idea round about on a bunch of blogs: Just Stash January (where you go the whole month of January without buying ANY new supplies--use what you have!) and decided to play along.  We all have so many unused goodies languishing away in our craft rooms.  Let's pull them out and show them some love.  Everything I used today is more than a couple years old, except the slimline die--I've only had that for a couple months.  I have a confession: I did purchase a die set already this month, but it was before I found out about the challenge and I had a gift certificate, so I only spent a little on it.  I will also wait until January is over to use it so I don't mess up the challenge.

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 "Cupcakes", "I always remember . . . "
Dies: Kat Scrappiness "Distressed Edge Nesting Slimline Dies"

Challenges:
Crafty Friends #148--anything goes













Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Die Cut Divas--Frame It
Sheepski Designs #46--anything goes
Dare 2B Artzy--anything goes
Crafty Creations #417--anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #582--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #487--anything goes
Double D--5th Anniversary--cupcakes


Creative Moments #206--anything goes
Krafty Chicks #541--anything goes
Crafty Catz #533--anything goes food and/or drink
Creative Fingers #199--anything goes




Saturday, January 9, 2021

Happy Thoughts

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Show Some Snow
And here is my card for your inspiration:

I just got this image from Di and it is THE cutest!!  Obviously, it will be perfect for Christmas, but I am using it for a winter birthday card.  Since two of the characters are white (do you think the guy in the background is another snowman or is he a polar bear?  I thought bear at first, but then one of my kids mentioned the two snowman, so now, I don't know.) there isn't a ton of coloring to do, so it is perfect if you want something adorable but don't have a lot of time to color it up.  For my snow--I have a snowman (or maybe two), a big felt snowflake, and I added snowflakes falling with some glue and ultra fine glitter.  You can see it better in the photo below.


I pulled out two really, really old papers from an old Christmas pack that had a snow theme without being too Christmasy.  The felt snowflakes I have also had forever; I totally forgot about them until a couple weeks ago when I found them while looking for something else.

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: 
Stamps: Di's Digi Stamps "Merry & Bright" digi; Pretty Pink Posh "Thoughtful Greetings" sentiment

Challenges:
MFT Birthday Challenge--winter wonderland
Cardz TV #131--anything goes
Sweet Stampin--new (this image is brand new to me, just got it two days ago)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper



Crafty Calendar--make it cute
Craft Rocket #77--for the boys/men (this is a birthday card for a man at our church)
Paper Funday #25--anything goes with the optional twist: use blue
Crafty Creations #417--anything goes
Moving Along with the Times #126--new (new digi image)
Simon Says Stamp Monday--use a new/unused product (new digi image)
Make My Monday #139--something new in your stash (new digi image)
Use Your Stuff #413--all about the new (new digi image, but I used some really old things from my stash, too!)
Shopping Our Stash #436--What's new with you (new digi image with some old stash, too!)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--something new (digi image)