Monday, April 20, 2015

Get Well Soon

Happy Monday!  It's time for another challenge from the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog and this time it's super easy: Anything Goes!  I know how much everyone loves those kind of challenges.
Here are the three fabulous sponsors for this challenge:
Dr. Digi's House of Stamps

Kenny K Downloads

The Paper Shelter

I got to play with this adorable image from The Paper Shelter "Teddy Bear with Flower" and here is my card using him:

 Oooo . . . isn't he so cute!!!  One of the woman in our church is going to have knee replacement surgery next month, so I used this cutie to make a card for her.  I mean, really, wouldn't he just brighten up your day?!  Here's a close up of this cutie:
 
Here is my tip for Top Tip Tuesday:  To create a bit of dimension under the main panel, I cut a piece of think cardboard slightly smaller than the rectangle and adhered it to the back of the panel and then to the card.  It lifts up the panel, just enough without adding a lot of height and it was so much easier than cutting a bunch of foam tape, not to mention less expensive!

Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes as long as it is covered with patterned paper
Dragons Lair--Add an animal
The Paper Nest Dolls #4--anything goes
Card Mania Challenge #67--flowers
A Gem of a Challenge #142--spring is in the air
Digi Sketch Challenge--"F" is for flowers

{Pin}spirational Challenge #138--anything goes
Cuttin'  & Stampin' #12--cute critters
Top Tip Tuesday--3 of something (3 pearls and 3 colors of card stock)--see my tip above
Creative Craft Cottage #39--use die cuts
Fan-tastic Tuesday #81--use some pearls
Word Art Wednesday #179--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafter's Cafe #112--animal antics
Sister Act Card Challenge #102--anything goes
Di's Digis--include an animal
Fussy & Fancy #137--Springtime Flowers
Wags 'n Whiskers #152--flowers
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #76--die or punch

Supplies:
Stamps: The Paper Shelter "Teddy Bear with flower" digi; Verve sentiment (sorry, can't remember what set it is from  "Small Phrases" maybe?)
Dies: Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics; Verve "Sprightly Sprigs" and "Flag It!"

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cupcake Explosion

I've been eyeing the cards-in-a-box all over blog land, but have been rather intimidated by them.  But I finally made the plunge and it was FUN!!  I followed this tutorial and the construction of it was so easy!  Sorry about the pictures.  My camera died and I had to go with plan B and I was in a hurry and didn't even think about finding better lighting.  Arg . . .brain freeze.



So, how can you not love a card filled with cupcakes and balloons?!  But to make it even more fabulous I made the front flap into a shaker.  So fun!!


And since there isn't any place inside the card for a sentiment, I stamped it onto the back panel.
This was so much fun; I definitely will be trying this again.

Challenges:
V's Sweet Ideas #33--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes as long as it is covered with patterned paper
Craftin' Desert Divas--Shake it Up!
Tuesday Throwdown #240--All Clear (I used a piece of acetate for my shaker element)
Top Tip Tuesday--3 of something (I have 3 cupcakes, and 3 balloons)
Word Art Wednesday #179--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafting By Designs--shaped card (I hope this counts, it's a rectangle when folded up, but the real card part is definitely shaped)
Crafty Creations #287--seeing spots

Supplies:
Stamps PTI "Baker's Dozen"; MFT "Delicious Birthday" sentiments
Dies: PTI "Baker's Dozen" and "Heart 2 Heart #2" balloons; Spellbinders "Classic standards circles, large"; Verve "Scalloped Trim Trio" stars in shaker element


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Holiday Hello

Hi, Everyone!  It's time for our mid-month inspiration for Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  As always, we are a month long anything goes (as long as it is Christmas related) challenge.  Our Sponsor is THE fabulous Bugaboo Stamps and the winner will receive 7 images of their choice.  Here is my inspiration for you:

I just love this sweet little snowman.  He's so cute and the hat and scarf are perfect for paper piecing.  Love it!  The plaid paper was in my scraps pile.  All I had to do was trim off about 1/2 inch from one end.  The paper for the hat and scarf was also in that pile.  So, two scrap pieces used up; love it when that happens.  

TIP: You can use your dies for embossing only!  Use your die with an embossing pad as I did with the snowflakes on the red layer.  It doesn't cut, it just embosses the paper.

Now it's your turn to get a jump start on your Christmas cards and come play along with us.  Can't wait to see what you create.

Challenges:
Cards Galore--make a card
YNSSketch-11
Crafty Catz #274--two or more patterned papers
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #224--add some texture (my red card stock is textured and increased with the embossed snowflakes.  I also used a felt snowflake over the vellum one)
Top Tip Tuesday--3 of something (I have three embossed snowflakes) Check out my tip above.

Supplies:
Stamps: YNS "Holiday Snow Globe" snowman and sentiment
Dies: PTI "Fancy Flakes"


Monday, April 6, 2015

Little Ballerina

Hello, everyone!  It's time for a new challenge from Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog: Dots or Stripes.  We have three fabulous sponsors:
Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet

Pattie's Creations

Kith & Kin Stamp Co.

I got to use this adorable "Ella Ballerina" image from Kith & Kin.  And here is my card using her:

Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #176--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Mod Squad Challenge--tic tac toe (I used the piercing, coloring, rhinestone/pearls column)

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2--sketch

V's Sweet Ideas #33--anything goes
Cards Galore--make a card
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes as long as it is covered with patterned paper
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Creative Knockouts #83--Die Cut/Punch Frenzy

Supplies:
Stamps: Kith & Kin Stamps Co "Ella Ballerina" digi; sentiment was computer generated
Dies: PTI "Filigree Border"; Verve "Charming Ovals"; MFT "Four Corners"; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large" and "Large Scalloped Circles"

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Dad

April is a busy birthday month for us; my dad, my mom and my sister all have birthdays this month.  This card is for my dad.  Brown is his favorite color and I just love this chevron paper and the feel it adds to the card.
 Here is a close up of the sweet image and those "faux" buttons.  I used button dies from PTI layered them on top of cardboard cut out of the same dies for dimension and then added diamond glaze to give them a nice shiny look; just like a real button.


Challenges:
Southern Girls Challenge--Punch above your weight (use punches and/or dies)
As You See It #80--a new technique I want to try (I had not used my diamond glaze yet, and I was dying to try it out on these "buttons"  I also used it on the dad's glasses for a glass look)
Digi Sketch challenge--Furry Friends and/or sketch
Craftin 'Desert Divas--anything goes
The Cuttin 'Divas--anything goes
Shopping Our Stash #195--No foolin': faux techniques (I used faux buttons)
Crafty Creations #286--anything goes
Fab n' Funky #253--lots of layers
Raisin Boat #32--It's a guy thing

Supplies:
Stamps: "Father and Daughter" digi (I have no idea where this came from; if you know please let me know!!); Verve "World's Greatest" DAD
Dies:PTI "Button #1" and "Bitty Button Stacks"; Spellbinders "Classic standard circle, large" and "Scalloped circles, large"; Verve "Flag it!" banner die

Simple Bear

Happy April 1st!  Do you pull April Fool's Day pranks?  I do not, it doesn't appeal to me at all.  So, it's not joke that today begins another challenge from Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  As always, it is "Anything Goes" all month long.  Enter as many times as you want and build up that Christmas card stash.  Our sponsor is the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps and the winner will receive 7 images of their choice.  Here is my inspiration card:
I just bought some Spectrum Noir markers and I'm working on learning how to use them.  I like the blending and shading abilities, but on my card stock they bleed a bit.  It's just learning a new skill I think.  The image has been printed out for a while and has been sitting in my image stash and the striped papers were just scraps.  Love it when I can use up some things like that.

Challenges:
Viva La Verve March week 4--sketch

Sister Act Card Challenge #99--anything goes
Winter Wonderland--embossing
DRS Designs #167--pet store (the bear is not a pet, but he is an animal)
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long #42--Dies to Die 4
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #73--add a sentiment
Christmas card challenge #17--anything goes
Holly Jolly--feature a creature
Creative Craft Cottage #36--digi/3 of a king (I have three green enamel dots)

Supplies:
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps "Poinsettia Bear" digi; Verve "Ornamental Christmas" sentiment
Dies/embossing folder: Verve "Flag It!"; Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder; MFT "Blueprints 13" die-namics

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pansies

Welcome, everyone!  The Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog is turning TWO this month! To celebrate, we're excited to bring you our "We're Turning Two" Blog Hop! We're being sponsored by AuroraWings! Come hop with us for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the AuroraWings Etsy Shop!

As you hop, collect letters at each stop and be sure to leave each designer some love. Once you have collected all the letters, unscramble them and email your guess to ltscb@mail.com - then all the correct guesses will be entered into the drawing for the Aurora Wings gift certificate!

All of the LTSCB designers are using 'two of something' on our inspiration projects. Everyone participating in the blog hop is invited to link up a project using 'two of something' for an EXTRA entry into the drawing! **Be sure to use the same email address to email your guess and to link up your project so we can make sure you're given two entries into the drawing!**
Here is my card using the gorgeous "Pansy Girl" image:
 I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE pansies!  They are my absolute favorite flower.  Given the choice between receiving a bouquet of roses or a flat of pansies, I would take the pansies!  So, when I saw this image, I knew I HAD to have it.  My mom also loves pansies and her birthday is coming up, so I put together this card for her.  I have a lot of "Two of Something" on here: two die cut pansies, two punched butterflies, two colors, two "patterned papers" (I stamped them), and two words in my sentiment.  I think that covers it all. : )  Here is a close up of the gorgeous image:
When I saw all the bubbles on the image, I thought they would look awesome decorated with a pearl pen, and they do!  It really adds a lot of texture, too.


My letters are R and E.

Here are your blog hop stops:
Heather--that's me!

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!

Happy Hopping!

Challenges;
Crafty Catz #272--whimsical fantasy
Sister Act Card Challenge #99--anything goes
ART Impressions #156--spring colors
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
The Paper Shelter #196--Blooming
Crafter's Cafe #109--Spring Flowers
Crafting by Designs--flowers with a twist: use punched and/or die cut flowers
Loves Rubberstamps #144--create your own background
Tuesday Morning Sketches #295--sketch
{Pin}spirational #136--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the flowers, lavender, and green)
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/141581982011762507/
Your Next Stamp #10--this time I went with the color combo
YNS Color Challenge 10
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps #273--Easter or spring
Sentimental Sundays #252--Springtime . . . flowers
Lacy Sunshine Challenge # 55--Butterfly kisses and springtime wishes
Aurora Wings #13--anything goes with handcolored image

Supplies:
Stamps: Aurora Wings "Pansy Girl" digi; Verve "Be Blessed" sentiment "JustRite Stampers "Stitched" background stamp; PTI "Turning a New Leaf" and "Guide Lines 2"; Hero Arts French Script (stamped over the backgrounds to add more interest and tone down the colors a bit)
Dies/punches: Spellbinders "Fleur De Lis Squares" and "Pansy"; Martha Stewart butterfly punch