Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fall Is In the Air

It's time for another What If? Wednesday Challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a fabulous color challenge for you:
Now, these colors would be perfect for summery cards as they are definitely "hot" colors.  But when I see them, I think Fall!  I'm not trying to rush it, by any means, but I do love Fall, and the colors, and the decor, and . . .  So, here's my card:
I used the "Maple Leaf Silhouette" stamp from Repeat Impressions and used the "rock n' roll" technique.  It's been a looooong time since I've done that, and I really like the look it gave to the leaf.  Now, head on over to The House Blog and see what the rest of the DT has created.  Don't forget I have a 10% off your entire RI order coupon code over there in my left sidebar.  I can't wait to see what you do with this challenge.

The Paper Nest Dolls #8--anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude--anything goes
Vintage Stamping Challenge #35--anything goes
YNS #21--sketch
DRS Designs #189--feeling sentimental
Creative Knockouts #104--anything goes
Aud Sentiments #139--fall fun
If You Give a Crafter A Cookie #26--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the colors of the red apple and yellow pencils)
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps #295--Fall

Stamps; Repeat Impressions "5127K Maple Leaf Sil." and "I'm So Glad . . ."

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sweet Sunflower

I let my mother-in-law borrow my stash of dies this weekend while we were away, so I didn't have them this morning when I needed to make an anniversary card that I had forgotten about.  Can I make a card without dies??  Yep, and I really love how it turned out.  I had this image printed out for a different project but it didn't work out.  So, all I had to do was trim it to the size I wanted and color it up.  I used a stencil to create the stripes on the side.  Love that stencil!  It is actually a deep brown to match the sunflower, even though it shows up as black in the picture.

Time Out Challenge #38--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the stripes)

Addicted To Stamps #159--CAS
Southern Girls #167--flower power
Hiding in My Craft Room #214--Freestyle

Stamps: PTI "Damask Designs" sentiment; Robyn's Fetish "Sunflower1" digi
Stencil: MFT "Diagonal Stripes"

Bobble Head

Happy September!  Time for another challenge from Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  As always, we are a month-long Anything Goes (Christmas related, of course) challenge.  Our sponsor is the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps and the winner will receive 7 images of their choice.  I chose to work with the adorable Bobble Head Christmas-Reindeer stamp.
 As soon as I saw the image, I thought it would be really fun to make his head actually bobble.  I had saved a tutorial on Pinterest on how to create your own wobble action piece.  It was really easy and makes a really fun addition to the card.  Here is a picture of the wobble action:
 It is hard to catch action in a picture, but you can see that the head really moves.
 And in this final picture, you can see the blur from the head wiggling.  So FUN!!

Jo's Scrap Shack #103--anything goes
Creative Knockouts #104--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #48--anything goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2--sketch

ABC Christmas--Q is for Quantum Leap (A Antlers)
One Stitch At A Time #244--4 legged friends

Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps "Bobblehead Christmas-Reindeer" digi; Verve "Ornamental Christmas" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large"; PTI "Fancy Flakes"; Verve "Flag It!"
YNS gumdrops

Blog Hop--Find the Hidden Treasure

The Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog design team is excited to bring you our "Find The Hidden Treasure" Blog Hop! We're being sponsored by Pink Gem Designs! Come hop with us for a chance to win 2 single Pink Gem Designs images!

Pink Gem Designs is based in Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire UK.

Began trading in Nov. 2008 to design cute and whimsical craft stamps in  clear polymer.
As digi products became more popular Pink Gem Designs also started to produce digital stamps
and other digital products such as downloadable papers, clip art etc..

There are three gems hidden somewhere on our blogs. As you hop, look on each design team member's blog to find a hidden gem and be sure to leave some love while you're there! Once you have found all three gems, email the locations where you found the gems (blog names and blog links) to All the correct guesses will be entered into the drawing for the Pink Gems Designs images!

All of the LTSCB designers are using gemstones on our inspiration projects. Everyone participating in the blog hop is invited to link up a project using gemstones for an EXTRA entry into the drawing! **Be sure to use the same email address to email the three blog names and URLs that you used to link up your project so we can make sure you're given two entries into the drawing!**

I'm a total shoe lover, so as soon as I saw this gorgeous image from Pink Gem I knew I had to use it for this hop.  It is called (fittingly): "New Shoes"; and here is the card I made with her:
Isn't she gorgeous!!??  Her dress just screamed paper piecing to me, so I went with it.  Then I pieced the bag with some silver paper to give it a high end shop look.  And just for fun, I pieced her green shoes, too, to match with her dress.This card is a bit fancier than I usually make, but I love how it turned out.  For my gems, I used pearls, rhinestones and I made my own stick pins with Swarovski crystals, rose quartz and white quartz beads.  Thanks for stopping by.
Here are your blog hop stops:

We hope you are enjoying the hop and if you get lost along the way - or if you landed here in the middle of the hop and want to join in the fun - head over to the Love To Scrap!Challenge Blog to read all the details and start from the beginning!

Crafty Gals #34--lots of layers
Inky Impressions #273--decoupage your image (I'm not sure exactly what decoupage is, but I do have several different layers of my image with all the paper piecing--if it doesn't count, I'm so sorry)
Word Art Wednesday #198--anything goes with uplifting sentiment

Tuesday Throwdown #259--just because
Creative Fingers #90--anything goes
Cutie Pie Challenge --cute & girly
Jo's Scrap Shack #103--anything goes
PTI SAF 2015: Pins & Needles Challenge--I made two stick pins

Stamps: Pink Gem Designs "New Shoes" digi; Skipping Stones Designs "Sassy Shoes" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics-rectangles"; MFT "Formal Flourish" and flower die; Verve "Flag It" sentiment banner

Saturday, August 29, 2015

With Sympathy

It seems as if I have needed a lot of sympathy cards lately.  Maybe it is because I haven't been good at sending them previously and I'm just starting to make it a priority.  Whatever the reason, I have been making a bunch of them and this is one I made and sent out this week:

Mark's Finest Papers #277--sympathy
Hiding in My Craft Room #214--Freestyle (anything goes)
Suzy Bee's #95--make you own background
Brown Sugar #161--make the sentiment big
DRS Designs #189--feeling sentimental
Addicted To Stamps #159--CAS
Word Art Wednesday #198--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafty Cardmaker's #146--no patterned paper
Crafting Musketeers #288--sketch

Creative Knockouts #69--anything goes

Stamps: PTI "Boutique Borders: Sympathy"; JustRite Stampers background stamp; Stamplorations "Frames and Flowers"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large"

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fabulous Birthday

Just popping in with a quick birthday card.  Hope everyone is having a fabulous day!
 Here's the inside:

Craft Dee Bow-Z--anything goes with handmade bow
Cas-ual Chic #2--pretty patterns
Creative Craft Cottage #46--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #198--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Mod Squad--Birthday with sparkle (the silver rhinestones)
Penny's Paper #242--girly
Inspiration Destination #48--anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner #34--lots of layers
Sugar Pea Designs #19--summer sweetness (roses bloom in summer and these colors are definitely summery)
Sister Act Card Challenge #122--anything goes
Crafty Catz #207--flowers
Di's digis--ribbon/lace/twine any or all
Fussy & Fancy #146--birthdays
Viva La Verve August week 3--sketch

Sweet Stampin'--spots and/or stripes

Stamps: Verve "Better Together" sentiment; PTI "The Sweet Life" roses; Repeat Impressions "Beautiful Days" inside sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "Floral Doily Motifs"; Verve "Classy Label" and "Sprightly Sprigs"; PTI "The Sweet Life"
MFT "Diagonal Stripes" stencil
PTI: Lemon Zest card stock: Lemon Zest, Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet inks
SU! Real Red ink


Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week we have a wonderful sketch for you to follow:
I love sketches and this one is a good one!  I turned the sketch on it's side and overlapped some of the elements, but the bones of the sketch are still there.
It's been quite a long time since I've used this technique, but I actually used markers to color on the stamp before I stamped the image.  I must have tried two or three times just using brown ink and it just wasn't working for me.  I was trying to color in the pine needles after I had stamped it and it was just looking muddled.  Then I remembered the marker on rubber; duh!  And, it was perfect!  I used the same marker and stamp to add a bit of interest to the sentiment panel.  I guess that this card could be used pretty much any time of year, but I made it to be a Christmas card.  The pine branch just makes me think of Christmas.
Head on over to The House blog and see what the rest of the DT has done with this sketch.  Let me tell you, they are all different.  Then get inky and play along.  I'd love to see how this one inspires  you.  And don't forget the 10% off your entire order code over on my left sidebar.

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Craft Dee Bow-Z--anything goes with handmade bow
ABC Christmas--Q is for quantum leap (I chose to use D is for die cuts)
Sister Act Card Challenge #126--anything goes
Di's digis--ribbon/lace/twine/ or all
Creative Fingers #92--anything goes
Hiding in my craft room #213--any holiday (Christmas)
Sweet Stampin--spots and/or stripes
Christmas Card Challenge #38--anything goes

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "2708W Pine Branch" and "4009W In All Things . . ."
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Filigree Delight" and "A2 Matting Basics" rectangle
Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon