Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Christmas in July

Happy Wednesday!!  That means it's time for another What If? Wednesday challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week it is a sketch challenge:
All the Christmas in July challenges going on right now had me in a Christmas mind-set, so I went with it. : )  I turned the sketch on its side to fit the sentiment stamp I wanted to use.
Isn't that ribbon so pretty?!  I got it (along with several other rolls: 5 or 6 I think) at a yard sale last weekend for $2!  Score!!  I hope you get a chance to play along with us this week.  Hop on over to The House Blog for all the details and to see what the rest of the DT did with this sketch.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "For Unto You" and "Snowflake Solid (lg)"

Sparkles Christmas Challenge #66--snowflakes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin--anything goes
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
{Pin}spirational #170--inspiration photo (Christmas Theme)

Word Art Wednesday #240--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Aud Sentiments #160--anything goes

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Happy Birthday

I won this image from Pattie's Creations a couple months ago and knew I HAD to use it for my brother-in-law's birthday.  He has the cutest little French Bulldog named Gabe and this image looks just like him.  I had a good look at Gabe the other day so I could make sure I got the coloring correct (right down to the white on his little back paws).
 Isn't he the cutest?!!  Here is a close-up of the little guy.

Stamps: Pattie's Creations "French Bulldog" digi; Your Next Stamp "Silly Monsters" sentiment
MFT "Blueprints 13" washi die
Darice pawprints embossing folder
MFT "Diagonal Stripes" stencil

A Gem of A Challenge #174--animals
Hanna & Friends #253--animals
Inspiration Destination #95--anything goes
Sugar Pea Designs #8--sketch

Cards Galore--anything goes
Crafting with An Attitude--anything goes
Scrappers Delights #57--anything goes
A Blog Named Hero--masculine

Friday, July 22, 2016

Dig This

So . . . masculine cars are kind of tough, right?  But little boy cards are FUN!!!  My nephew is turning 2 this weekend and I made this ADORABLE card for him.  
 I used a stripe stencil with a sharpie marker for the stripes.  And I used a stencil for the brick background as well. (I don't think I've ever used stencils so much).  I added an ink splat stamp to make "mud" spatters.  Don't you love those construction vehicles???!!!  So cute!  Here's a picture of the inside:
I just had to use one of the other trucks on the inside as well.  Couldn't leave any of them out. : )

Stamps: YNS "Keep on Trucking" and "Large Ink Splatter"
Stencils: MFT "Diagonal Stripes" and "Small Brick Wall"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

Cute Card Thursday #435--In the round
Aud Sentiments #160--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #95--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #240--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Come And Get It--stripes or checks
Dis Digis--hot bright colors
Sweet Stampin--wheels
A Bit More Time To Craft #24--anything goes
Sugar Pea Designs #7--sketch

Fresh Brewed Designs--birthdays
A Blog Named Hero--masculine
Creative with Stamps--ink splatters (ink splatter background stamp)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

You're a star

Welcome to another What If? Wednesday challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a really fun inspiration photo for you:
Don't you just love the dimension on those stars?  And that woodgrain background??  Those were the two things that really caught my eye in this picture (plus the obvious color choices).  And here is where that inspiration took me:
I started with a woodgrain embossing folder and then swiped my gray ink pad directly across the embossed lines; it really makes the background pop!  I wanted to try to capture the dimension of the stars in the photo, so I die cut a star and used my scor-pal to score from the tip of each arm (what DO you call those?) to the center and then carefully folded along the score lines to make the center of the star rise to a point.  I added a piece of foam tape underneath the center of the star to adhere it and help keep the center raised.  I hope you get a chance to play along with us.  You can be inspired by anything in the photo: the stars, the colors, the background, etc.  Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Birthday" and "Star Cluster"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle and "Star STAX"; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"
Darice wood grain embossing folder

Die Cuttin' Divas #275--anything 3D (my 3D star and the embossing)
Pixie's Craft Challenge #238--anything goes with snippets (all the red and blue card stock are scraps and the focal circle was cut from a scrap)
Sketch Saturday #421--sketch

A Bit More Time #24--anything goes
One Stitch At A Time #266--elements of nature (stars)
Open Minded Challenge #7--Patriotic/use your country colors (USA: red, white, and blue)
A Blog Named Hero--masculine (not sure if I was supposed to use Hero Arts products.  If so, please remove me and I'm so sorry)
Crafty Calendar--punches and/or dies

Monday, July 18, 2016

Need Coffee

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

Bugaboo Digi Stamps
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Oddball Art Stamps

I was given this fun image by Oddball Art Co.  For some reason, I had coffee on the brain (I don't even drink it!), so I was planning to go with some kind of coffee theme.  Before I even started on the card, I had the hair colored and I added some pink strands.  They're pretty subtle, so you have to look closely, but I just wanted to give it a try.  So, obviously, I needed to use some pink and that's how the color combo got started.  And everything just kept going from there, which usually doesn't happen for me.  But this one turned out pretty much how I saw it in my mind and came together rather quickly.
I think this sentiment combined with this image is really fun.  I'm not sure if she is stating the fact that she NEEDS coffee (the look on her face might suggest such) or if she's asking if YOU need coffee.  It really could go either way.
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this time.  Hop on over to the LTSCB blog for the full details and to see what the rest of the team has created.

Stamps: Oddball Art Co. "Punk Elf Tinker Smile"; Mark's Finest Papers "Java Time" sentiment and coffee drips

Penny's Challenge #286--anything goes
Addicted To Stamps #202--make your mark (I used marker ink for coloring and ink pads for stamping)
Fab n' Funky #313--add a sentiment
Lacy Sunshine #168--anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers #168--bling it up (pink and green card candy)
Creative with Stamps #4--ink splatters ( do my coffee drips/splatters count?  I hope so)

Your Next Stamp #43--sketch
Aud Sentiments #159--for a girl
ART Impressions Stamps #188--anything goes

Friday, July 15, 2016


It's Friday!!  And that means it's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.
I was given this sweet little image from Robyn's Fetish and obviously it needed to be made into a baby card.
My three colors are pink, yellow and dark chocolate brown.  My two embellishments are ribbon and pearls.  And, well, I actually use three techniques: paper piecing, outside the box die cutting and stitching (with an actual sewing machine!).  Can you spot all three? : )  So, I'm going to focus on the paper piecing technique.
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week.  I can't wait to see what your 3, 2, 1 recipe includes.  Hop on over to Jo's blog to see all the details and what the rest of the DT has created.

Stamps: Robyn's Fetish "Sally and her Umbrella digi"; Verve "To the Moon" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large" and "Classic Scalloped Circles, large"; Verve mini label die

Inspiration Destination #94--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #286--anything goes
Fab N' Funky Challenge #313--add a sentiment
In the Pink #98--All or Nothing; fussy & fancy or CAS (this one is kind of fussy and & fancy for me)
Aud Sentiments #159--for a girl
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2--sketch

Word Art Wednesday #238--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Card Mania #82--lace and/or pearls
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Cutie Pie Challenge #101--polka dots and pastels
Crafty Musketeers #39--babies
Unicorn Challenge #11--make it pearly
Craft Dee-BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow

Thursday, July 14, 2016


So, here it is the middle of July already!!  Can you believe it?!  More than half way to Christmas, and that brings us to the mid-month inspiration for Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  As always we are an anything Christmas-related goes challenge and you have until the end of the month to join in.  Here is my inspiration for you:
I wasn't sure how this was going to look when it was finished.  As I was putting it together, the snowflakes really seemed to blend into the background a little too much.  But I really do like how it turned.  Ok, I might love it. : )
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us.  Can't wait to see what you create.

Stamps: Verve "Peace On Earth"
Dies: PTI "Fancy Flakes" large snowflake; Sweet n' Sassy small snowflake; MFT "Blueprints 13" banner; I believe the snowflake strip is from Whimsy Stamps; someone cut it out and sent it to me. (thanks, Gail!)

Inspiration Destination #94--anything goes
Penny's Challenges #286--anything goes
MFT #289--sketch

Fab n' Funky #313--add a sentiment
Crafty Cardmakers #168--add some bling
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #237--anything goes with snippets (all of the strips of paper are scraps)
One Stitch At A Time #266--elements of nature (snowflakes)
Sweet Stampin'--sentiment as the focus
Hiding In My Craft Room #258--super scraps Saturday with a twist: Christmas
ABC Christmas--N is for No Rules
Di's Digis--Christmas in July
Crafty Calendar--punches and/or dies
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round--anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes
Sparkles Christmas Challenge #66--snowflakes
Sweet Stamps--anything goes