Saturday, June 15, 2019

Dad and Me

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Include the Sun (how perfect for this time of year!)
And here is my card for your inspiration:
 Have I got a fun one for you today!!  I've had this idea in my mind for a while just haven't had a reason to use this image.  But when I was looking through Di's images, I thought this one would be perfect for Father's Day, so this was the chance to see if my idea worked.
I colored the image and then used my kraft knife and scissors to cut out the sky portions, so you could look through to a second panel.   To create the second panel, I first colored the sky with the same marker I used to color the sky in the image so they would blend together.  Then I used a cloud stencil to add some clouds for interest.  I added a die cut sun and a strip of grass.  Then I stamped the sentiment allowing the "Father" to be seen from the outside, but hiding the rest behind the hammock.
Since I wanted to have some space to be able to write a message, I made this a tri-panel card and on the third panel, I stamped another sentiment.  And this is also where I will write the message. 
I made this for my husband for Father's Day.  When I showed it to my girls, they remembered that they used to lay in the hammock with their Daddy when they were much smaller, so it seems this was the perfect image to use.
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us; I can't wait to see what you create.  And make sure you hop over to the Di's Digital Designs blog to see what the rest of the team has made for this challenge.

Supplies: 
Stams: Di's Digi Stamps "Sleepy Bear" digi; Verve "World's Greatest" sentiment on second panel; Repeat Impressions "A father is . . . " sentiment on third panel
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 25" stitched rectangle

Challenges:
Scor-Pal #60--warmer days
Unicorn Challenge #44--for the men/boys
Crafty Calendar--masculine
Power Poppy Creative Confetti--Do it for Dad
2 Crafty Critter Crazies--anything goes
The Paper Funday #6--anything goes with the optional twist: for the guys
Stamplorations Mixed Media--anything goes with a stencil

Double Trouble #30--Thing #1: stencil or emboss your background; Thing #2: play along with 2 Crafty Critter Crazies
Shopping Our Stash #377--stencil me this
Cardz 4 Guyz #221--Father's Day
Crafty Gals #193--You're the Man
Word Art Wednesday #341--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Cuttlebug Mania--tic-tac-toe (I used the top row: sentiment, image, die cut)
Die Cuttin' Divas #424--masculine/Father's Day
Try Stampin' On Tuesdays #412--fun folds

Crafting By Designs--summer fun

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Father's Day

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a fun Tic Tac Toe board for you:
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Here is what I created for your inspiration:
I used the left hand column: Dads, green and blue, twine.  I actually had something completely different in mind, but as I was flipping through my Repeat Impression stamps, I saw the motorcycle and thought it would be perfect for my dad for Father's Day as he really enjoys riding motorcycles.  I just got a new pad of vintage-y looking travel themed papers from PaperTrey Ink and they were perfect for both the challenge and the theme of the card.  The twine came wrapped around a package I just received from Lawn Fawn; it had the perfect colors to go with my color combo.  I used some green eyelets (remember those?!) and a few enamel dots to finish everything off.  I was very excited to use the tiny, little green dot as it was the very last one left out of a package.  What are you supposed to do with just one?
Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you head on over to The House blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has done with this photo.  And if you "need" any of the stamps I used, check out my 10% off your entire order coupon code over in my lift sidebar.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Harley" and "Father's Day"
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle

Challenges:
Use Your Stuff #362--vintage (these papers have a vintage feel)
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #320--sketch

Sweet Stampin'--Father's Day
Cute Card Thursday #585--anything goes
Crafty Gals #193--you're the man
Cardz 4 Guyz #221--Father's Day
The Paper Funday #6--anything goes with the optional twist: for the guys
Pile It On #155--transportation
Sheepski Designs #27--for someone special (for my daddy!)
Power Poppy Creative Spark--Do it for Dad
Crafty Calendar--masculine
Through The Purple Haze #157--the guys have it
Unicorn #44--for the men/boys

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

CAS Christmas

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps.  This week is a Designer's Choice Challenge and Patti has chosen: Things with wings

And here is the card I created:
I'm quite behind in my Christmas cards for the year, so I decided to pull out this beautiful cardinal stamp and make a Clean and Simple Christmas card.  The cardinal is perfect for perching on different things; here I placed him in the berry branches.  A bonus to this card is that I got to use up some small scraps of a paper pack that is almost gone.  Most of these pieces I only had to trim to the right length.

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you head on over to The House blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has done with this photo.  And if you "need" any of the stamps I used, check out my 10% off your entire order coupon code over in my lift sidebar.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Christmas" and "Cardinal"

Challenges:
Lil' Patch of  Crafty Friends #107--anything goes
CAS(E) This Sketch #324--sketch (I used a bit of creative license, but the bones are still there)

Creative Fingers #165--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #440--anything goes with the optional twist: use a bear (I did not use the optional twist)
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes with the optional twist: snowflakes (I did not use the optional twist)
Cards Galore #64--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
2 Crafty Critter Crazies--anything goes
The Merry Little Christmas challenge #11--anything goes
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #50--anything goes
Crafty Sentiments--strass and/or pearls

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Birthday Word Search

It's June (can you believe it!) and that means it's time for a new challenge from the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog.  This month we have a fun challenge: No Rulz (so you can create anything you want!)  Our fabulous sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps:
And here is the card I created:
 I won this really fun image from Bugaboo a little while ago and I decided to print it out and use it.  Part of this image includes the words that you are supposed to look for in the puzzle, but I didn't have enough room to use it all together so I cut it apart and used the main part on the front.  So the recipient can know what to look for, I created a fun little pull tab attached to the large cupcake and when you pull it out, it is attached to the word list.
 I didn't really plan out how I was going to do it, so there was a bit of finagling to get it to work.  But it did turn our pretty fun, I think!
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us.  Head over to the LTSCB blog for the full details and to see what the rest of the team created.

Supplies:
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps "Girl Brat Birthday Crossword" digi; PTI "Baker's Dozen" large cupcake; Lawn Fawn "Pull Here" 
Dies: MFT "Stitched Scalloped Trio"

Challenges:
Penny's Challenge #432--anything goes

Hey, Gill-friend

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is:  Add glitter/glitter glue/liquid pearls
And here is my card for your inspiration:
Hello, all!  As this post goes live, we will be returning from a family vacation at the beach.  So, it just turned out that I had the perfect props for my photo!  And the mermaid theme of the card was perfect for the vacation (though we didn't see any mermaids).  It's tough to tell in the photos, but I used clear Wink of Stella pen on the mermaid's tail and fins and on the fish.  I also used liquid pearls on the pearl in the oyster shell. 
For some fun shine on the bubbles, I used some glossy accents which you can see a little bit in the photo above.  I finish it off with some mulberry paper, glittery purple ribbon and, of course pearls!
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us; I can't wait to see what you create.  And make sure you hop over to the Di's Digital Designs blog to see what the rest of the team has made for this challenge.

Supplies: 
Stams: Di's Digi Stamps "Mermaid Izzy" digi and YNS "Sea Creatures Sentiments"
Dies:  Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large" and banner die

Challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations #471--mermaids

Try Stampin' On Tuesday #409--sketch

Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Crafty Sentiments--summer
Penny's Challenge #432--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #388--anything goes with uplifting sentiment





Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Father's Day

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  As it is the 5th Wednesday of the month, we have a fabulous sketch for your inspiration:
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And here is the card I created for your inspiration:
As soon as I saw the sketch, it reminded me of a frame and while I was creating a different card a couple weeks ago, I came across this woodgrain paper.  I thought they would work together perfectly to create a masculine card of some type and I decided on a Father's Day card.  I used screw head brads and even though it may look like I didn't really follow the sketch, I did!  I just used the same paper for the 4 "frame" panels.  You can see that a bit better in the photo below:
 I went with the tool theme as it went with the woodgrain paper and I had the two corner "peg board" pieces in my bits and pieces stash.  I die cut the tools out of silver paper and finished off the screw drivers with some red card stock.  I had a tiny strip of the woodgrain paper left so I added it to the inside to fancy it up a bit.
Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you hop over to the House blog for all the details and to see what the rest of the team created.  And if you need any of the stamps I used, make sure you check out the 10% off your entire order coupon over in my left sidebar.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "A father is . . . " and "Father's Day"
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle; Taylored Expressions "All the fixings" and Lawn Fawn pegboard

Challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #353--anything goes with snippets (the tools were all cut from snippets, the peg board pieces were in my bits and pieces stash and the strip inside was a throw-away-able scrap)
Simon Says Stamp Monday--frame it
Double D--frames
Cardz TV #90--anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes


Friday, May 24, 2019

Birthday Wishes

Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  As always, we are now an Anything Goes challenge and our sponsor for this week is Little Blue Button Stamps. 

And here is my card for your inspiration:



What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules
1.  Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool on Jo's blog.
2.  Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into.
3.  THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.
4.  For all entries-NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED--the date on your blog post should be dated between the start date and the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge prizes.
5.  You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering.

*All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo.
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.

You have until May 31st at 12:00AM  (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of June 3rd.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.

Supplies:
Stamps: Little Blue Button Stamps "Charming Jessica" digi; Verve "Surely Goodness" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; MFT "Blueprints 13" banner

Challenges:
Double Trouble Challenge #29--National Brown Bag It Day (I used kraft as my card base and used the sketch from Try Stampin' On Tuesday)
Creative Moments #169--anything goes
Crafty Friends #110--anything goes

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Soul Music

A couple months ago, I was asked to be a guest designer for the C.R.A.F.T. challenge blog team!  Today begins the challenge I am guest designing for!  Yay, so exciting!  The challenge for this week is: Father's Day/Male and the sponsor is The Paper Shelter:
And here is the card I created for your inspiration:
The Paper Shelter has tons of fabulous images, including this one!  I won it a while back and this is the first time I've had it out to play.  I think it will be a birthday card either for my brother-in-law or his grandfather.  They are both very good pianists and I think they would appreciate the musical theme of it.  I used a musical score stamp for the background.  For the red panel, I scored it several times horizontally to mimic the pleats on a cumberbund.  It actually started because I had a pieces of red card stock that was scored in one place; I just added more score lines to go along with it.
Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you head over to the C.R.A.F.T. blog for the full details and to see what the Design Team created.

Supplies:
Stamps: The Paper Shelter "Music Director" digi; PaperTrey Ink "Rhythm and Soul" sentiment; Hero Arts music background stamp
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" largest panel, image panel and sentiment panel (trimmed a little to fit the sentiment better)

Challenges:
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Incy Wincy Designs--embellishments (enamel dots)
Crafty Friends #40--anything goes
Creative Fingers #164--anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes
Crafter's Cafe #219--shaker card or tag AND/OR something beginning with "M" (music and Maestro)
Cheerful Sketches--sketch (I tilted the main panel a bit)


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Happy Anniversary

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week it is a fan favorite: Anything Goes!! And here is the card I created for your inspiration:
It seems as if I am always in a rush to create my DT card, and once again, that was the case this week.  So, I needed something simple and quick.  I already had the pattern paper strip in my bits and pieces stash, so I just needed to stamp the main panel and put it together.  Luckily, it did come together quite quickly.  I finished it off with some nuvo drops.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will hop over to the House blog to see the rest of the DT's creations and then get inky and play along with us.  And if you need any of the stamps I used, check out my 10% off your ENTIRE order coupon code over in my left sidebar.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions Flower Power Separates "Daisy Solid Small", "Leaf Cluster Solid", "Flower Cluster Solid", and "Happy Anniversary"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" Stitched rectangle

Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Papers--anything goes with patterned paper
Divas That Cut--flowers
Creative Inspirations--May flowers & showers
Sheep Ski Designs #26--flower power
Brown Sugar #290--flowers
Cute Card Thursday #582--stitching
Crafty Catz #462--anything goes with the optional twist: use buttons or flowers
Creative Fingers #164--anything goes
Sweet Stampin'--celebrating families (married couple--my cousin and his wife)
Crafty Friends #40--anything goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #106--anything goes
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes



Saturday, May 18, 2019

Happy Birthday Bear

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Make it Masculine
And here is my card for your inspiration:
Isn't this little guys super sweet!!??  I picked some fun papers (most of which are scraps) and bright embellishments to create a masculine birthday card that I think could work for a guy of any age.  The little bit of orange ribbon was in my bits and pieces stash; it was the perfect size for adding this fun little tab.


I hope you will get a chance to play along with us; I can't wait to see what you create.  And make sure you hop over to the Di's Digital Designs blog to see what the rest of the team has made for this challenge.

Supplies: 
Stams: Di's Digi Stamps "Party Boy Bear" digi; PTI "Heart 2 Heart #1" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangles both for the image and sentiment

Challenges:
Cutie Pie Challenge #135-- bingo (I used the diagonal: buttons, punches/dies, and gems/pearls/enamel dots.  I also used ribbon/twine, stripes and I have spots on one of the little gifts, but I don't know if that counts)

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes
Love To Craft Challenge Blog #34--anything goes
Cheerful Sketches--sketch

Stinkin' Inkers--all tied up (my button is tied up with twine)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #26--anything goes
Cardz TV #89--anything goes
Sweet Stampers #32--animals
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #352--anything goes with snippets (all the papers except the woodgrain were scraps as well as the sentiment panel and the bit of ribbon,)
Penny's Challenge #430--anything goes
Crafty Catz #462--anything goes with the optional twist: use buttons or flowers


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Anniversary Love

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps.  This week we have a beautiful inspiration photo for you:
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Mmm . . . don't you love those colors?!  So fresh and spring-like!
And here is the card I created:
As you can see, I went with the color scheme.  We have two anniversaries in the family at the end of May, so I took the opportunity to use these beautiful swans to create an anniversary card.  I also used my favorite Flower Power Separates flowers and leaves to create the background.  And the little banner behind the image is actually two pieces of paper that were in my bits and pieces stash.  Oh, and the oval was also in the bits and pieces stash.  It was just the perfect size for the swans. 
Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you head on over to The House blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has done with this photo.  And if you "need" any of the stamps I used, check out my 10% off your entire order coupon code over in my lift sidebar.

Supplies:
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Challenges:
Cards Galore #63--anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude #51--anything goes
Divas That Cut--flowers
Creative Inspirations--May flowers and showers
Sheepski Designs #26--flower power
Brown Sugar #290--flowers
Creative Craft Cottage #118--use ink
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #26--anything goes
Dare 2B Artzy--flowers
Stamplorations--things with wings

Crafty Friends #109--use more than one die
Shopping Our Stash #395--May flowers
Crafty Creations #390--anything goes
Creative Moments #168--anything goes
Krafty Chicks #454--stamp your own background
Cardz TV #89--anything goes
Sketch Saturday #563--sketch (turned it on its side)

Sweet Stampers #52--animals


Monday, May 13, 2019

Scrap Bits

It's my day to share my Pick of The Week on The House That Stamps Built blog.  I'm a big fan of using up my "bits and pieces." These are little bits that are leftover from making other cards: bits of ribbon, die cuts that I didn't end up using or I used the negative instead of the positive, etc.  I keep them in a stack on my desk so they are always in front of me.  This is what my stash looks like right now:
Some of the pieces I know I will use without much difficulty, but there are always some that I don't think I will ever use.    Sometimes I know what I want to do with certain pieces and other times, like today, I find a sketch that reminds me of a piece or two I have in the stash.  I really liked this sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday:
And here are the pieces I pulled out of my stash to work with it:
And here is the card I created:
I used "Vase of Tulips" and "I'm so glad . . ." to create this beautiful Mother's Day card from my Mother-in-law.   The background was created by embossing a sheet of vellum.  I don't think I've done that before and it is sooooo gorgeous!!!  I finished everything off with some yellow rhinestones to pull in some more of the yellow from the patterned strip.
I had time to create another card, and I had just seen this sketch from MFT:
I forgot to take a photo of the two items I pulled out for this one: the white fishtail banner on the top right and the bit of black ribbon on the top left:
And here is what I came up with:
I used "Distant Glow" (it says, "I thought of you today as I gazed longingly at the distant glow on the horizon . . . I assume it was caused by the candles on your birthday cake.  Hope it was yummy!) to create this fun masculine birthday card.  I think I will probably send it to my brother or perhaps my cousin.  They are both younger than me, so I'm sure they will appreciate it, ha!  I used a sunburst stencil create the "distant glow", the black ribbon to show the horizon, and a number impression plate to emboss the background.
So, there you have it, 2 cards and 4 pieces gone from the bits and pieces stash!!  I hope this inspires you to look at your "bits and pieces stash" and see what you can use.

Card #1:
Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Vase of Tulips" and "I'm so glad . . ."
Dies: Spellbinders "Standard Ovals, large"
Cuttlebug "Damask" embossing folder

Challenges:
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Crafting with An Attitude #51--anything goes
Divas That Cut--flowers
Creative Inspirations--may flowers & showers
Dies R Us #126--flowers
Sheepski Designs #26--flower power
Brown Sugar #296--flowers
Penny Black--anything goes with the optional twist: feminine
Creatalicious #162--anything goes with the optional twist: flowers
The Paper Funday #5--anything goes with the optional twist: something for mother
Dare 2B Artzy--flowers
Aud Sentiments #226--feminine
Your Next Stamp #113--how does your garden grow (right now mine is growing tulips!)
Shopping Our Stash #295--May flowers
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--for a special lady

Card #2:
Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Distant Glow"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" fishtail banner
PTI numbers impression plate
Taylored Exrpessions "Here Comes the Sun" stencil

Challenges:
Crafter's Cafe #218--make your own background and/or use punches and dies
Addicted To CAS #159--horizon
Creative Craft Cottage #118--use ink (I used ink with the stencil and ink for stamping the sentiment)
Stamplorations Mixed Media--anything goes with stencils

The Paper Girls #175--typography
MFT #436--sketch



C.R.A.F.T. #312--Annual Blog Hop Birthday
Creative Knockouts #297--funny card