Monday, May 30, 2016

Feel the Love Blog Hop

We love our scrappy friends and without you all we wouldn't be here! The Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog Design Team is proud to bring you our "Feel The Love" Blog Hop to tell you just how much we think of each and every one of you! We're being sponsored by the amazing AuroraWings! Come hop with us for a chance to win $15 in digital images of choice! How awesome is that?!

As you hop, leave a comment at every stop! The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win! A random winner will be selected from all the comments left on our designers' blogs!

All of the LTSCB designers are creating FRIENDSHIP inspiration projects for our blog hop. Everyone participating in the blog hop is invited to link up a friendship project for an extra entry into the drawing!

I chose this absolutely stunning image to work with:
All of Aurora's images are gorgeous, but her women and flowers are just stunning!!  This one is called "
Orchids in the Rain.  I used liquid pearls on the rain "bubbles" and on the really tiny ones, I used a white get pen.  I created a nice simple card to let this beauty really shine.  I chose the sentiment to celebrate YOU or faithful blog followers, because each and every one of you is beautiful.  Got made each one of us beautiful because we are exactly like he intended.  Thank you for your support for our blog challenge.

Here is the line-up:
Ann 
Heather--that's me!
Lee 
Tina 

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!

Have fun hopping!  And thanks for stopping by!!

Supplies:
Stamps: Aurora Wings "Orchids in the Rain" digi; Verve "Celebrating You"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Challenges:
Creative Fingers #110--anything goes
In The Pink #95--1-2-3 (I used 1 image, 2 colors {yellow and pink} and 3 pearls)
Aud Sentiments #156--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #232--anything goes with uplifting sentiment



Saturday, May 28, 2016

Beautiful Days

Last week Repeat Impressions released this new set: "Flower Power Background and Borders".  I was hoping to get this card made in time for the release, but I just had too much to do, so I finished it up this week, and figured I would show it now.  Better late than never, right?
I embossed the background stamp with white embossing powder and then sponged four shades of ink to create an hombre look.  Simple, but gorgeous, I think.  Stay tuned to The House That Stamps Built blog later this week as there is going to be another release!

Challenges:
Creative Fingers #110--anything goes
Aud Sentiments #156--anything goes
Creative Knockouts #143--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #87--anything goes
Crafty Gals #73--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #232--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Cuttlebug Mania--embossing
{Pin}spirational Challenge #166--anything goes
Time Out Challenge #57--May All Your weeds be wildflowers

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Flower Power Background" and "Beautiful Days"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Sweet Baby

I had a baby shower to go to and I made this super cute diaper cake for the Mom-to-Be.  The baby's name is going to be Olivia so I covered a wooden "O" with a fun chevron paper using spray adhesive to adhere is and my craft knife to cut around the edges.  I also adhered green glitter paper and a pink patterned paper to some wooden butterflies and then hot glued little tiny baby clothespins to the back so they could be clipped on to the cake in different areas.  I didn't get a picture of them by themselves, but the little bear has on the cutest little butterfly slippers that are really for the baby.  So cute!!  To finish it off, I did wrap the entire thing in a clear Easter basket "bag" and tied it up with the rest of that pink polka dotted ribbon.
 Of course, I had to make a matching card to go along with it.  I used this adorable bear stamp and colored her up to match the stuffed animal.  I used the same color combo on the card as on the cake and even used the same chevron paper to tie it all together.  I didn't have the right color pink card stock, so I sponged the edges of my white stock with a pink ink.  It's tough to see in the photo, but I also stamped the bear and a sentiment ("sweet baby") on the envelope along with little trio of hearts.
Oh!  I just love these two little bears. : )

Challenges:
Hanna & Friends #249--everything except the card (I think that means anything but a card--so my cake and the envelope count)
Aud Sentiments #156--anything goes
Crafty Gals #73--anything goes
Shopping Our Stash #253--anything but a card (the "cake" and the envelope--which was made out of a piece of patterned paper that I have had for probably 11 years!)
Tuesday Throwdown #295--for a child (for a baby)
Eureka Stamps #194--pretty in pink
Fussy & Fancy #164--dies and/or punches
Creative Craft Cottage #64--include an animal
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper

Supplies:
Stamps: Verve "To The Moon"
Dies: Spellbinders "Teardrop Circles"; Verve "Flag It"

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Happy Birthday

It's Wednesday so that means time for another What If? Wednesday challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a sketch challenge for you:
I had every intention of following this sketch literally until I had my image/background all stamped and it came time for the top element.  So, as you can see, I took some liberties with it, but the overall feel of the sketch is still there.
I started off by stamping the music sheet background (which I had selectively inked so it would be slightly imperfect) and then overlaying it with the lighthouse image.  For the sentiment, I combined "Happy" from the Happy set and "Birthday" from "Birthday".  It's a fun combination, I think because the Birthday fits perfectly, overlapping the letters from happy.
I hope you get a chance to play along with us this week.  A good sketch is always a good way to start off your card.  Head on over to The House Blog and see what the rest of the team has created.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Happy", "Birthday", "Sheet Music", "Sand Dollar", and "Bass Harbor Light (lg)"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays #148--Birthday boy
Fussy & Fancy #164--dies and or punches
Crafty Catz #325--anything goes
Brown Sugar #199--anything goes
Scrappers Delights #55--anything goes
{Pin}spirational Challenge #166--anything goes
Dis Digi Designs--for the boys

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Flower Power Backgrounds & Borders--New Release

Please join us at The House That Stamps Built this week as we celebrate another new release in Repeat Impressions' online store. This latest NEW stamp series is called Flower Power Backgrounds & Borders. This Thursday through Sunday some of the RI Rock Stars are posting their wonderful creations to showcase the new series. 


These stamp designs are all available now as wood mounts, cling mounts, and as plain, unmounted rubber in the Repeat Impressions online store. This complete series is also available as one plain unmounted sheet of rubber so that you can get ALL 7 stamps in this series at a huge savings. 

To view the complete series and purchase any of the designs please visit this page of Repeat's online store at... http://www.repeatimpressions.com/flowerpowerbacknborders.html 

Please visit The House That Stamps Built blog each day Thursday the 19th through Sunday the 22nd and leave your comments to be entered into a drawing to win an unmounted sheet of RI's Flower Power Backgrounds & Borders series. To qualify for this free giveaway your comments must be left no later than 5pm eastern time on Sunday, May 22nd. On Monday, May 23rd Wendy will announce the winner on Repeat's Facebook page so be sure to "Like" and follow them there if you don't already. 

Comment on RI's blog... http://www.thehousethatstampsbuilt.com 
Follow RI on Facebook... https://www.facebook.com/RepeatImpressions

I created two cards using this new set, and if I had had enough time, I would have created a lot more!  I love this background stamp and there are so many different ways to use it.  Here is my first card:
 I used a type of spotlight technique.  I started out by embossing the entire background with black embossing powder.  Then I stamped just a portion of it and also heat embossed that with black.  (In person, it adds a lot of shine and texture.)  I cut it into a narrow strip and colored up the flowers, using colors that would coordinate with this gorgeous seam binding I had already decided I wanted to use.  I die cut two tiny scalloped borders and added them behind the strip and then adhered the whole thing to the background, lining it up as best I could.  As this is going to be an anniversary card for my sister and her husband, I added a little tag with the word love (from RI's "Love Stencil") and a tiny silver heart charm.  Nice and easy, but so bold and beautiful!
For my second card, I used the Border image from the set:
I started out by embossing the frame with gold embossing powder on vellum so I could create the Stained Glass effect.  I colored the image from the back and in real life, it is soooo beautiful.  I die cut the center of the frame with a circle die to give me a place to stamp the sentiment, and then adhered the vellum to a piece of white card stock.  This one is pretty CAS so I could let that stamp shine.
I had one more card in the works but simply ran out of time--all sorts of things going on this week.  But stay tuned, because I will be showing it as soon as I get a chance, and let me just say that I love how it is looking so far. : )  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you've had a chance to check out the previous days' peeks because I know the DT has been doing a fabulous job.

Card #1:
Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Flower Power Background" and "Love Stencil"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Spellbinders mini borders

Challenges:
As You Like It--Big or Little Bows? and why? (If I use bows, I like them to be nice and big; it's a great design element)
Penny's Challenge #278--anything goes
The Paper Shelter #249--how charming
Fab n' Funky Challenge #305--no patterned paper
Crafty Cardmakers #169--stitching, faux or real (my stitched die)
Eureka Stamps #193--stitching, faux or real
YNS #39--sketch
YNSSketch39
Di's Digis--Flowers Everywhere
Cuttlebug Mania--May flowers
Craft Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow
Crafty Catz #325--anything goes

Card #2
Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Flower Power Frame" and "Happy Hello"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

Challenges:
Time Out Challenge #57--may all your weeds be wildflowers
Crafty Gals #78--My Flowers
MFT #281--sketch
Southern Girls--anything goes


Friday, May 20, 2016

Happy Thoughts

Hi!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack:
 Here is my card for your inspiration:
We have two sponsors this week: Sherry Baldi and Robyn's Fetish.  I was given the sweet little bear image from Robyn's Fetish to work with.  So, my 3 colors are pink, blue, and yellow, my two embellishments are flowers and lace and my technique is heat embossing the sentiment (though my pieced background could probably be a technique, too).  All the papers are from the same MME pack and when I opened it up all these lovely little scraps fell out and I decided they would be perfect for this type of background that I have used quite a bit.  It's the perfect way to use up those pieces that are too big to throw away, but too small to really be able to use.  I cut them into 3"x 1/2" strips and made a fun little pattern.  Hop on over to Jo's blog to see the full details of the challenge and make sure you check out what the rest of the DT has created.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps: Robyn's Fetish "Susan Red Hat Bear" digi; Verve "Happy thoughts" freebie
Dies: I traced the outside of my largest oval from Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large" but didn't actually use any dies on this card!

Challenges:
Crafty Gal's #78--May flowers
Penny's Challenge #278--anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown #299--embossing (heat embossed sentiment)
Hiding In My Craft Room #250--Super Scraps Saturday
Creative Fingers #67--anything goes
Dis Digi Designs--Flowers Everywhere
Word Art Wednesday #230--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Cutie Pie Challenge #99--escape to the country (this little bear has been busily picking flowers in her garden)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Happy

It's Wednesday again!  That means it's time for another What If? Wednesday challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  We have a beautiful inspiration photo for you this week:
And here is my card:
 I used stamps from the newly released Flower Power Separates set.  This card is a masterpiece of alterations.  Starting with the "frame" I die cut the Fleur De Lis shape and then used my craft knife to cut out the center to create the frame.  Then I stamped the outline stem image from the set and added the outline small leaves to look like a branch.  And the sentiment was masked and partially inked to use just the "birthday" part.  There are really so many ways to use the products we already own; I hope I've inspired you to think outside the box a bit with your existing supplies.
I die cute the "happy" 4 times from white cardstock and adhered them all together for dimension.  Before I cut the top layer, I used my markers to create an hombre look.
Now, hop on over to The House Blog to see what the rest of the DT created.  And remember, if you NEED any of the stamps I used, I have a 10% off your ENTIRE order code in my left sidebar.  And starting tomorrow, we will be showcasing two new sets from Repeat Impressions.   There will be a chance to win, so make sure to check it out every day from Thursday until Sunday.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Daisy Outline, large", "Daisy Solid, large", "Daisy Outline, small", "Daisy Solid, small", "Leaf Outline, small", "Leaf Outline, wavy", "Stem Outline" and "Birthday"
Dies: Spellbinders "Fleur De Lis Squares"; MFT "happy trio" and "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle
Darice woodgrain embossing folder

Crafty Cardmakers #164--stitching, faux or real (stitched rectangle die)
Eureka Stamps #193--stitching, faux or real
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #229--anything goes with snippets (all the fussy cut images were cut from white card stock, the frame was cut from a scrap, and the main panel was actually cut from the white card stock packaging from some colored card stock--I just used the backside without any printing on it--scraps AND recycling!)
Open Minded #5--use your favorite technique (I think fussy cutting is my favorite technique)
Hiding in My Craft Room #250--super scraps
A Gem of a Challenge #164--flowers
Dis Digis--Flowers every where
Crafty Catz #324--dies & punches
In the Pink #94--Happy Anything
Aud Sentiments #155--anything goes
Cuttlebug Mania--May flowers
Fussy & Fancy #163--birthdays
Time Out Challenge #56--CASE this card