Friday, September 23, 2016


Hello, and welcome to another Friday Funday challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  This week we have a fan favorite: Anything Goes
Our fabulous sponsors are Sami Stamps and Little Blue Button Stamps.  I have had a bunch of Sami Stamps digis that I haven't gotten to use yet, so I chose to use this adorable "Winter Romance" image.  And since it is a winter image, I decided to get ahead of the game and make an anniversary card for my parents.  Their anniversary is the day after Christmas, so I know this is waaaaaaaay in advance, but it always sneaks up on me.  My mom's favorite color is red so that was the basis for the color scheme AND the red coat.

I made the background paper starting with a musical background stamp that I stamped off on a scrap paper first to mute it a bit.  Then I stamped the embroidered background stamp and finished it off with some black flourishes.I LOVE how it turned out and will probably be using this idea a lot.  I thought the little doily die looked like a snowflake and it looks fabulous under the sentiment circle.
Now I just have to remember to actually give it to them on time!  I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us this week.

Stamps: Sami Stamps "Winter Romance" digi; SU! "Noteworthy" sentiment; Hero Arts "Musical Score" background; JustRite Stampers "Embroidered" background; Flonzcraft flourishes
Dies: MFT "Mini Doilies" and "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

Penny's Challenge #90--anything goes
Addicted To Stamps #212--make your mark
Fab n Funky #319--ribbon and/or lace
Craft Your Passion #330--anything goes
Lacy Sunshine--anything goes
One Stitch At a Time #271--special day (anniversary)
Paper Nest Dolls #9--anything goes
Craft Dee Bow-Z--anything goes with handmade bow

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Birthday Cupcakes

Happy Birthday to Me!!  Oh, yeah, Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another What If? Wednesday challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have an inspiration photo for you:
Isn't that fun!?  You could be inspired to create a back to school card, or a teacher appreciation gift, or be inspired by the cupcakes and create a birthday card like I did.  It's my birthday today, but this card was for my husband's birthday on Monday.
I stamped the first cupcake and then stamped it on some post-it note paper and cut it out to use as a mask.  I did the same with the cherries, and then stamped the second cupcake and then colored them all up.  I was looking for something to add some interest to the red panel and came across this embossing folder that reminded me of the sprinkles on top of the cupcakes. And I added a little plastic star that I had on my desk from a craft project the kids had done a while ago.  It was the right color and seemed a fun little addition.   I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us this week.  Don't let the photo scare you, who doesn't love cupcakes?? : )  And if you have to HAVE any of the stamps I used, check out my 10% off your entire order code on my left sidebar.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Happy Birthday" and "Cupcakes"
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A"; Cuttlebug embossing folder

Craft Your Passion #330--anything goes
Aurora Wings #36--For Men & boys
One Stitch At A Time #271--a special day (My husband's birthday!)
Sketch Saturday #430--sketch

A Bit More Time To Craft #28--anything goes
{Pin}spirational Challenge #174--photo inspiration (inspired by the cupcakes with sprinkles)

Unicorn Challenge #13--Happy Birthday

Monday, September 19, 2016

Autumn Roses

Welcome to another challenge from Love To Scrap Challenge Blog.  This time it is Anything Goes!  we know how much everyone loves those.  Our three awesome sponsors are:

Sparkle N Sprinkle

Dr. Digi's House of Stamps

Limited Runs Stamps

I chose to use this beautiful image from Limited Runs Stamps: Birdhouse #1.  I colored it up and then added some white gel pen for highlights and added glitter around the edges of the petals.
I don't have a lot of fall themed papers, so I created my own with a script background stamp and added a leaf stamp on top; then I colored up the leaves and I really love how it turned out.  I used a layer of mulberry paper behind my focal image; love the softness it creates.  I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us this challenge.  I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Stamps: Limited Runs Stamps "Birdhouse #1" digi; Hero Arts French Script; Repeat Impressions "Falling Leaves"
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A"; Sweet N Sassy "Fence Die"; MFT leaves and "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Pixies' Crafty Workshop #297--anything goes with snippets (the leaves and fence die cuts are all from snippets and the orange panel behind the mulberry paper is actually a thin piece cut in half and layered behind the focal panel)
Come And Get It--Lots of layers
Dis Digis--Autumn
Cut it Up #105--Name Game (since my name starts with "H" I have to stretch it a bit and go with Handcolored digi)
A Bit More Time To Craft #28--anything goes
YNS #48--color combo
Creative Fingers #116--anything goes
Time Out #66--inspiration photo, I was inspired by the orange leaves

Art Impressions #183--Cards to Die For
Inspiration Destination #103--anything goes
Crafty Gals #84--freestyle
Penny's Challenge #295--anything goes
Fab N Funky Challenges #318--inspired by nature
Crafty Creations #324--for the home (a BIRD home)
Crafting By Designs--stitching, faux or real (a stitched rectangle die)
CAS-ual Fridays #156--dimension and bling (glitter)
Creative Inspirations #257  anything goes with a sketch

The Divas That Cut--Fall theme
A Blog Named Hero--texture (twine, button, and metal embellishment)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Gatefold Christmas

Wow, here it is the middle of September already!  How's your stamps of Christmas cards coming along?  Well, if you're not quite there yet, you can get some made and enter our Anything Goes Christmas challenge over on the Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra blog.  As always, our sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps and the winner will receive 7 images of their choice.  Here is my mid-month inspiration for you:
I don't usually do anything other than a traditional A2 card with either a top or side fold, but this time I decided to make a gatefold card for something a little different.  But it does make photographing the card difficult.  I used the eraser berry technique from Mark's Finest Papers challenge this week, but I used a small mechanical pencil eraser to create smaller berries than a typical eraser would make.  After "stamping" them, I added stickles to the berries and than used a clear wink of stella pen to add glitter to the star and the pinecones on the paper at the bottom of the card.

 Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this month, I can't wait to see what you create.

Stamps: Verve Stamps "Peace On Earth" sentiment; Hero Arts musical score background; Repeat Impressions "Pine Needles, Sil."
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 12" focal square

Inspiration Destination #103--anything goes
Crafty Gals #89--freestyle
Penny's Challenge #295--anything goes
Addicted To Stamps #211--anything goes
Mod Squad--use a sentiment as the focal
Fab n Funky Challenge #318--inspired by nature (pine boughs)
Word Art Wednesday #248--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
MFP #37--eraser berries
Fussy & Fancy #172--music
Holly Jolly #80--more than one fold
Scor-pal--cards, cards and more cards
A Gem of a Challenge #177--ribbon, lace or twine
As You Like It--favorite song or film (O, Holy Night is my absolute favorite Christmas carol; so beautiful)

You're old!

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another What If? Wednesday challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week it is Designer's Choice and that designer is ME!  This is crazy birthday time for our family--my brother-in-law's b-day is the 16th, my husband's the 19th and mine is the 21st--so I chose a Birthday theme.  We can always use birthday cards, right?  Well, this one is for my brother-in-law.  I hope the "potty" humor doesn't offend anyone.  If it does, I apologize.  That being said, my sister convinced me that this would be perfect for her hubby as he has a bit of a strange sense of humor.  (Edited to add: My BIL LOVED this card!  Right away he said he had to take it to work to show a co-worker.  Honestly, I think he was more excited about the card than the gifts that went along with it, which I know he liked!)
 I started with a red base, as that is his favorite color.  And I added some brown sequins for, well, I'm not going to say it.  Let's just say that my three girls thought it was kind of gross.
 The sentiment "oh crap . . . you're old" is kind of fitting because he is turning 30!  And I can say it, because I'm several (and a few more) years older than him.
I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us this week.  You can even make a birthday card for me, if you want!  : )

Stamps: Repeat Impressions from the Holy Crap series "you're", "OLD!", "oh, crap . . .", "plunger", and "toilet"
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangles for the frame

Craft Your Passion #32--anything goes
MFP #37--anything goes
CAS-ual #156--Dimension & Bling
Crafty Catz #337--anything goes with the twist of anything but a square
Brown Sugar--anything goes
Unicorn Challenge #13--Happy Birthday
Cuttlebug Mania--anything goes

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


This is a busy card making week for me.  My brother-in-law's birthday is Friday, my in-laws' anniversary is Sunday, my husband's birthday is Monday and my birthday is Wednesday!  Obviously, this is my in-laws' anniversary card.
My mother-in-law and I actually went to the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Marlborough, MA last weekend.  We took a couple of classes offered by JustRite Stampers.  The first one was learning how to mix background stamps, so I gave it a go on this card, knowing that my mother-in-law would appreciate it.  Our second class was on two-step stamping and we received this flower set in the class, so I tried that technique, too.  It's tough to see, but I pierced a border along both edges of the sentiment strip for some added interest.

Stamps: JustRite Stampers "Chicken Wire" background stamp and "Romantic Wild Roses"; PTI "Damask Designs" sentiment; Hero Arts French Script stamp

Craft Your Passion #329--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop--anything goes with snippets (the flowers and leaves were stamped on scrap pieces of white card and fussy cut out.  The pink strip was a scrap as was the white sentiment strip.)
Sketch Saturday #429--sketch

Hiding In My Craft Room #266--super scraps (I think everything except the green base was a scrap or offcut)
CAS-ual Fridays #156--dimension & bling
Brown Sugar--anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude--anything goes

Friday, September 9, 2016

Sweet Birthday

Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack:
Our sponsors are Little Blue Button Stamps and Bugaboo Stamps.  I was given this adorable image from Little Blue Button Stamps and I combined her with a yummy fall cupcake to create a tasty birthday card for my sister-in-law.  
I have to confess that I totally forgot what the challenge was while I was making this card.  I was just creating away, having a good old time and when I was all finished, I realized I would have to stretch it a bit to get it to meet the criteria.  Oops!  So, my three colors are green, brown ('cause there is brown and tan) and a deep pink/red.  My two embellishments are square rhinestones and liquid pearls and my one technique is fussy cutting.

Stamps: Little Blue Button Stamps "Chef Lilly" digi; PTI "Baker's Dozen" cupcake; YNS "Silly Monsters" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "Floral Doily Motifs"

Crafty Gals #88--Let's here it for the girls
Penny's #294--anything goes
Fab N Funky #317--fall colors
Lacy Sunshine--anything goes
The Divas That Cut--fall theme
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper