Thursday, July 30, 2015

With Sympathy

I seem to have had a lot of sympathy cards to make lately.  And though it is not a fun occasion to craft for, I do enjoy the challenge of making something beautiful yet sedate.

CraftDee Bow-Z--anything goes with a handmade bow
Cute Card Challenge #384--citrus (I went with the orange, lemon, grapefruit and a bit of lime colors)
Southern Girls--anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge #238--use ribbon or twine
Addicted To Stamps #155--inspiration photo (I went with the colors and the flower theme)
Word Art Wednesday #194--anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday--I used the middle row: pearls/gems, sentiment and flowers
Fan-tastic Tuesday #96--make it feminine

Stamps: PTI "Mum's The Word" and "Boutique Borders: Sympathy"; JustRite Stampers "Crackle" background
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

You Complete Me

Tomorrow (Friday) my husband and I celebrate our 16th anniversary!  Boy does time fly.  I was trying to think of something cute and not too girly when I remembered that I had this digital set from Sweet 'n' Sassy Stamps called "You and Me".   It is a collection of several images of items that go together such as salt & pepper, milk and & cookies . . . and coffee and donuts. : )  Now, I don't like coffee AT ALL, but my husband does and we both like donuts.  I really like double chocolate glazed donuts, so this image is perfect for us.  He is the coffee and I am the donut. : )  I paper pieced the mug and added Glossy Accents to the glaze on the donut to give it that nice shiny look.  It's super cool in real life.  Makes me want to take a big bite.
Inspiration Destination #44--anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner #30--anything goes
MFT #239--sketch

Craftin by Designs--month long anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #194--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
V's Sweet Ideas #36--celebrate

Stamps: Sweet n' Sassy Stamps "You & Me" digi set
Dies: MFT "Pierced Hearts" and "Blueprints 13" stitched panel; Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large"

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The House That Stamps Built--Anything Goes

Hello, All, and welcome to another What If Wednesday at The House That Stamps Built blog.  This week our challenge is Anything Goes!  Yeay!!  I know everyone likes those.  Today I have a serene card that I made as a sympathy card for some friends who just lost their mother/mother-in-law.  As we live in Rhode Island, I thought this ocean view had a nice calming feel to it.
 Here is the inside with this beautiful sentiment from Repeat Impressions:
I also stamped the main image again in a pale gray and I love how the sentiment overlays it and ties everything together.  Make sure you head on over to The House blog to get the full details and see the rest of the projects from the DT.  Then get inky and play along; there is a $25 gift certificate up for grabs!  And don't forget, if you like any of the stamps I used today, I have a 10% off code on the left hand side of my blog.

As You Like It Challenge--favorite single color and why (my all time favorite color is blue, right now I'm into the turquoise shades.  I'm not sure why I love it so much, but I think part of it is the calm feeling of it.  I'm a quiet introvert and like things nice and calm)
Viva La Verve July week 3-- sketch

Fab n' Funky Challenge #269--no patterned paper
DRS Designs #184--a stitch in time (I used a stitched die)
Brown Sugar #156--anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge #116--anything goes
Dis Digis--handcolored image
Creative Fingers--anything goes
Raisin Boat #36--summertime
Eureka Stamps #151--anything goes
Pattie's Creations #112--make a splash (must have water in your image)
Die Cuttin' Divas #226--the great outdoors
Top Tip Tuesday--tic tac toe (I used the ribbon/twine, punches/dies, and stitching row across the bottom--my stitching is the stitched die)

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "2902-P. Bass Harbor Light (lg)" and "4014-H. Warm Memories"
Dies: Verve "Flag it" and "Strong Anchor"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched panel and 'washi' tape strip

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

iphone birthday

My brother-in-law's birthday is this week (same day as my anniversary, by the way) and he is a total Apple gadget guy.  I actually bought this stamp set and die set with him in mind.  It just seemed a perfect fit.  I think these dies are the cutest things; I've actually used them on 3 different cards already this month.

Your Next Stamp #19--sketch (I tilted the center panel a bit)
Fab n' funky Challenge #269--no patterned paper
Crafty Creations #294--four (I used four enamel dots)
Sweet Stampin'--boys and their toys (a toy for grown up boys)
A Gem of a Challenge #149--birthday wishes

Stamps: MFT "Friend Request" and "Typewriter Text" background
Dies: MFT "Smartphone" and "Blueprints 13" stitched panel; PTI "Heart 2 Heart #2"

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Hi, everyone!  Today on The House That Stamps Built, we have a special event for you.  It is a Blog Hop to help celebrate (and promote) some special new dies that Repeat Impressions is releasing.  Repeat Impressions is know for Flip Cards and these new dies are for creating the flip cards without having to do all the measuring!  Yippee because I hate measuring!!!    There are two sets of dies being released: this scalloped set and a stitched set.  Both are fabulous.  You can view and purchase the dies here.  You can view and purchase all the flip stamp sets here.  During the blog hop we will be giving away two sets of dies, one scalloped set and one stitched set.  All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is comment!  Between The House That Stamps Built blog and each of the Design Team blogs you have 9 chances to win if you comment on each blog.  If you only comment on 3 of the blogs you get 3 chances to win, etc.  You have until 5 pm Eatern Time to comment.  The winners will be announced on The House blog and the Facebook page on Monday the 27th. And without further ado, here is my card:

The rest of the DT is showcasing these dies in a vertical arrangement, but I saw a tutorial on YouTube  that showed this horizontal arrangement and I had to give it a try.  I also wanted to show that there is more than one way to use these awesome dies.  Just a warning: there will be a bunch of pictures in this post.  To begin the flipping process, you pull on the ribbon and the panels begin to flip one by one.  It's pretty cool.

You can see that the top panel has flipped to the left and the second panel is showing.  You can also see a hidden sentiment has started to appear.  The next photo shows the third panel.

And here is the final panel with the bear finishing up his hug.

And here is another look, sort of an action shot:
To finish off my inspiration for you, he is the inside--a sneak peek of a new sentiment set that will be released next month.  Shhh. . . Don't tell.

Now I will send you off to finish up the rest of the hop.

Heather--that's me!
                                       The Repeat Impressions blog--The House That Stamps Built

Art Impressions #164--In with the new (the dies are BRAND new and the stamp set is new to me;  so is the technique)
Aud Sentiments #136--anything goes
If You Give a Crafter A Cookie #23--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the blue and pink)
Crafty Creations #294--four (I have four image panels)
The Paper Shelter--anything goes
Crafty Gals #29--to die for
Di's Digis--handcolored image

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "7205-W. Hugs Flip Set"
Dies: Repeat Impressions "Flip Fancy Die Set"

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

You Make Me Smile

So, here it is Wednesday again!  That means it's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week it is a sketch.  Here it is:

And here is my card based on it:
I love a good sketch and almost always begin with one when I start creating a card.  But, I have to admit, that tilted square (or maybe it's a diamond) had me stumped for quite a while.  I had in mind using a frame to accentuate my image, but I couldn't find the right sized die I wanted to use.  Lol!  You see, I am a very messy crafter and my desk gets covered in everything while I'm creating and I think the die I wanted is buried in there somewhere.  So, I had to go on to plan B and I found this fun square shape and had the brilliant idea to do a bit of spotlighting on my card--only coloring the part of the image that is on the square.  I think it turned out kind of fun.  CAS but sort of not at the same time.  Anyway, now it's time to hop on over to The House blog and see how the rest of the DT has interpreted this sketch.  Thanks for stopping by!

MFT Summer School Session #2--secondary colors (I have purple and green and the flower centers are an orangy yellow)
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #23--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the deep purple and the daisy cookies)
Aud Sentiments #382--anything goes
Little Miss Muffet #116--anything goes
Creative Fingers #89--anything goes
Time Out Challenge #35--nature with the optional twist: animals

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "9705-M. Jar", "9706-U. Flowers" and "8602-W. Smile"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Spellbiners "Standard Circles, large" and "Medallion TWo"

Monday, July 20, 2015

Music for the soul

Welcome!  Today begins a new challenge on the Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog and it's a favorite for all: Anything Goes!  We have three amazing sponsors:
Sami Stamps

Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet

Lost Coast Designs

I got to work with this Piano Keys Border from Lost Coast Designs.  I had something else in mind; something with a quote about music that would allow the border image to be very prominent.  But then I remembered that I had this sweet piano image that I had yet to use and I knew the keys border would be perfect with it.  It really adds to the whole feel of the card.
I did some paper piecing on the girls dress; I really don't do this as often as I should.  I just love how it looks.  I printed the Piano Keys Border on white card stock, but to make it fit in more with the softer look of the rest of the card, I sponged some light gray ink around the edges.
Now it's time to head on over to the LTSCB blog and see the full details and the projects from the rest of the DT.  Thanks for stopping by!

Penny's Paper #236--anything goes
Shopping Our Stash #210--paper piecing
A Day For Daisies #125--add some sparkle
Cards Galore--stamp or digi
Paper Nest Dolls--anything goes

Stamps: Lost Coast Designs "Piano Keys Border" digi; A Day For Daisies "Music for Me" digi