Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Happy 4th Birthday

My niece's birthday is tomorrow and I have been struggling with actually getting up the mojo to make her a card.  I don't know if it is because I was sick all weekend, or what, but I was just not feeling it.   That is, until I saw the MFT sketch this week AND remembered that I have this ADORABLE elephant stamp that is just perfect for paper piecing.  Then, I started to feel it.  Isn't that little guy soooo cute?!
I think I stamped the image (or part of it) 8 different times so I could get all the pieces.  Even the "ribbons" on the packages and the fluff on his party hat are cut out and layered.  All the papers are scraps from the same paper pack.  One of my favorites and now I'm just down to bits and pieces which is sad, but at least they are still perfect for this kind of thing.

Stamps: Wild Rose Studio elephant; YNS "Silly Monsters" sentiment
Dies: PTI "By the Numbers" border die (I only cut out the 4); MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Inspiration Destination #80--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #292--anything goes
MFT #295--sketch

Mod Squad--Teacher's Pet
Shopping Our Stash #266--stand up and be counted
Die Cuttin Divas #280--birthday
A Bit More Time To Craft #26--anything goes
Crafty Catz #334--anything goes with a twist of birthdays
Cute Card Thursday--words/numbers
Southern Girls--anything goes
Fab n Funky #316--anything goes
Unicorn Challenge #12--animal kingdom
Cutie Pie Challenge #122--work, rest, or play (I think this little guy is playing!)
Card Mania #83--Let's Party
The East Wind--paper piecing


And, it's Wednesday again!  I don't know how that keeps happening!!  Anyway, since it is Wednesday, we have another What If? Wednesday challenge for you from The House That Stamps Built.  This week it is a fun sketch:
My brother and his wife will be celebrating their 10th anniversary next week and I thought the circles in the sketch would look perfect as hearts to help them celebrate.  
That's one of the great thing about sketches, as long as the basics are there you can make them do whatever you want.  I stamped the "Love" in what I thought was going to be a bit more subtle pink than it turned out to be, but that's ok, because now it really stands out.  I masked the smallest dotted rectangle from the new "Frames--Rectangles & Marquee Series" and stamped it in a nice pale gray just to add a little bit off interest and ground the sentiment a bit.  It doesn't do a lot, but it does help take your eye away from all the white in the bottom of the oval.    I hope you'll get a chance to play along with our sketch this week.  Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Dotted Rectangle Frame (sm)" and "LOVE"
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Filigree Delight"; MFT "Stitched Heart STAX" largest heart; Sweet n Sassy Stamps 2 smaller heart dies

Pixie's Crafty Workshop #243--anything goes with snippets (all three of the hearts were cut from very small snippets of patterned paper, and the white oval was a scrap.)
MFP #34--anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #26--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #244--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Craft Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Peacful watcher

Happy Wednesday!!  That means 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 beautiful??  Here is my take on the challenge:
Mmm . . . I just love how this one turned out.  Sometimes I impress myself. : )  Ha!  I started out with a stitched rectangle (from MFT), masked the moon and the horizon line and sponged the sky.  Then I stamped the lighthouse image so I would know where to place the darker shadows by the shoreline.  After I sponged the water, I colored in the stamped image with a black marker to make it a silhouette image instead of the line image.  I finished it off with white gel pen on the waves.  Head on over to The House blog to see what the rest of the DT has done with this challenge.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Bass Harbor Light (lg)" and "Just Because . . ."
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Verve "Flag It" banner
Marvy Uchida 1 1/4 inch circle punch

Come and Get It--punches and dies
Creative Fingers #119--anything goes
Brown Sugar Challenge #112--anything goes
Give a Crafter a Cookie #50--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the dark blue, purple and the ocean theme)

Cards Galore--use a stamp or digi
Crafting with An Attitude #18--anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown #307--anything goes

Monday, August 15, 2016

Oooo la la

Good morning and welcome to another challenge from Love To Scrap Challenge Blog!  This time it is Anything Goes!  Our three sponsors are:
Lawn Fawn

Heartfelt Creations

I was given this beautiful image from Julia Spiri to work with.  It is actually sort of a collage with the woman image and a bunch of other accessory images.  
So, I colored her and the hat image and fussy cut them both out and layered them together.  So sassy!
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this challenge.  It's always so fun to see what you guys come up with.

Stamps: Julia Spiri "Fashion in Paris"; JustRite Stampers "Scroll" background stamp
Dies: Spellbinders "Floral Ovals"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Fisars "Upper Crest" border punch

Come And Get It--punches and dies
Hiding In My Craft Room Birthday Celebration #3--buttons & bows
Creative Fingers #119--anything goes
Cas-ual Fridays #154--Time to Color
Brown Sugar #211--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #438--dressing up
C.R.A.F.T. #376--anything goes
The Paper Shelter #259--punches and dies
Julia Spiri--anything goes with a touch of vintage (the button and lace say vintage to me)
A Gem of a Challenge #175--buttons and bows
{Pin}spirational Challenge #171--inspiration photo

A Blog Named Hero--Pop of Color
Scrapper's Delights #58--anything goes
The Paper Nest Dolls #8--anything goes
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Project of the Week

Hi, it's Heather.  Today, it's my turn to post a Project Of The Week for the House that Stamps Built.  My project is a fun (and really cute) gift card holder, treat box combination.  I learned how to do it following this video tutorial I found on Pinterest.  If you want to see the full, step-by-step instructions, make sure you check out the video as I am going to give abbreviated instructions in this post.  What you will need:
-scoring tool (I used my scor-pal, the woman in the video uses her paper trimmer)
-sheet of card stock 7" x 9 3/4"
-patterned paper to decorate your holder
-strong sticky tape (I use scor-tape)
-circle hole punch (mine is 1 1/4)
-a die to cut out the window in the front
-a sheet of acetate for the window opening
-stamps (I used a sentiment from the newly released "Holy Crap" set: "it's your birthday" and two flowers from the Flower Power sheet: Daisy Outline, large and Daisy Outline, small)
-embellishments of your choice (I used ribbon and pearls)
 Along the 7 inch side of your card stock, score at 1" and 6".  Turn the card stock 90 degrees and score at 1/2, 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 3 1/2, 4 1/2 and 7 inches.
 Trim off the panels as seen in the photo below.
 Adhere your patterned paper (and the decorated front panel). You could decorate all sides, but I chose to decorate only the ones that would show from the front.
 Line up your window cutting die and run it through your die cutting machine.
 Adhere the acetate to the inside behind the window opening and adhere the holder together using your sticky tape.  And here is my finished project;
 This last photo show the gift card in place.  I would have filled the treat section, too, but all I had were mini reese's peanut butter cups and they didn't quite fit.
This will be a great way to add a little something special to a gift card.  To see one I decorated up for Christmas, check out this post.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "it's your birthday", "Daisy Outline, small" and "Daisy Outline, large"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" window cut out and "Blueprints 12"stitched rectangle; Marvy Uchida circle punch

C.R.A.F.T. #376--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #98--anything goes
Addicted To Stamps #206--anything goes
One Stitch At A Time #268--boxes & bags
Brown Sugar Challenge #211--anything goes
Scor-pal #29--all about birthdays
Crafting Musketeers #46--anything but a card
Sweet Stamps--anything but a card
Sketch n' Scrap #79--sketch (turned on it's side)--unfortunately, I did not read the guidelines and therefore am not eligible to actually enter the challenge, but am still giving credit to them for the sketch I used.

Hiding In My Craft Room Blogiversary #1--super scraps (the papers are all scraps, even the pink paper the flowers were stamped on)

Christmas Treats

Well, here it is the middle of August, already!  So that means it's time for some mid-month inspiration from Crafty Hazlenut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  As always, we are a month-long anything Christmas related goes challenge.  This month, I decided to create something other than a card.  It's a really cute treat box/gift card holder combination.  I created it following this tutorial that I found on Pinterest.
Here is a photo of the gift card holder part of the box:
It is a really great way to add a little something extra to giving a gift card.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this month.  It's time to get working on those Christmas cards and this is the perfect reason to do so.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Noel"
Dies: Spellbinders "Layered Poinsettias"; MFT "Blueprints 13" banner used as the window die
Marvy Uchida 1/14 inch circle punch

C.R.A.F.T. #376--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #98--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #290--anything goes
Fab N Funky Challenges--Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas--anything but a card
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps--anything goes ( and I used the sketch)

Simon Says Stamp Monday--contain yourself
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #242--anything goes with snippets (the patterned papers were all scraps and the flower was cut from  a piece of partial card stock that was on my desk)
One Stitch At A Time #268--boxes & bags
Time Out Challenge #63--holidays with the optional twist of no stamping
Crafting Musketeers #46--anything but a card
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Dragons Lair--Christmas in July

Friday, August 12, 2016

Hello, friend

It's Friday!!!  So that means it's time for another Challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack:

One of our sponsors this week is Little Blue Button Stamps.  I won this sweet image quite a while ago and decided it was time to finally color it up.  I chose it originally because the lizard totally reminds me of Pascal in the Disney cartoon "Tangled".  I think it is my favorite Disney Princess movie and part of that is because I love Pascal.  He's just so funny!  So anyway, I colored up these little cuties to look like Pascal and Rapunzel.
For my recycled scraps, both papers were scraps, the hot pink sparkly ribbon (which you can barely see) is actually two small pieces that were in my bits and pieces stash.  The oval tag that I stamped "hello" onto and the aluminum tape I cut the other tag from were also in the bits and pieces stash.  And my card stock was from a full sheet that had already had a portion cut out of it.  I added a bit of texture to the second tag to give it some interest.
Hop on over to Jo's blog for all the details and to see the rest of the projects from the DT.

Stamps: Little Blue Button Stamps "Lilly and Toby" digi; Raisin Boat "Flourishing Thoughts"
Dies: Verve "Charming Ovals"; Spellbinders "Floral Ovals" (I finally got this, I have been eyeing it forever!!!)
Cuttlebug Damask embossing folder

C.R.A.F.T. #376--anything goes
Little Miss Muffet #144--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--let's go wild (chameleons are wild)
Inspiration Destination #98--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #290--anything goes
Lacy Sunshine--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #241--anything goes with snippets
Cut It Up #102--summertime memories
A Bit More Time To Craft--anything geos
Viva La Verve August Week 1--sketch
Viva la Verve August Sketch 1 designed by Julee Tilman
In the Pink #100--anything goes (with pink)
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Crafty Calendar--summer fun
Crafting with Attitude #18--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Pattie's Creations #125--anything goes
Cutie Pie Challenge #102--work, rest or play (at rest)
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow