Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Pumpkin birthday

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps.  This week we have a beautiful inspiration photo for you:


And here is the card I created:
Now, I realize that my card looks nothing like the photo!!  Instead of using the picture, I was inspired by the two shades of orange and the medium gray/blue.  And this time of year, orange says "pumpkin" to me!  I stamped my three pumpkins onto different scraps of patterned paper, added a little shading and fussy cut them out.  Soon after I got it, I cut my "Happy Birthday" stamp apart so I could use it horizontal like this as well as its original stacked version.  I think I actually use it in this position most often.  I was a little skeptical of how the blue would look with my patterned papers, but I really love how it turned out.  The blue complements the orange shades perfectly and adds a pop of interest.

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 "Tall Pumpkin", "Wide Pumpkin", "Round Pumpkin" and "Happy Birthday"
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 4"

Challenges:

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Party Like a Pirate

I got this "Party Like a Party" set from MFT stamps about a month ago and I have had a really great time using it.  I made this for a gentleman in our family.  It's just so cute!!  I used the shark from "Friends with Fins" to finish off the scene; all other images are from the pirates set.  Die cut some waves out of a light aqua card stock and sponged on some Peacock Feathers Distress oxide ink to give it a nice Caribbean feel.  The "land" was cut with a stitched snowbank die from Lawn Fawn.
The inside: (sorry it's blurry!)


Supplies:
Stamps: MFT "Party Like a Pirate" and "Friends with Fins"
Dies:  MFT "Ocean Motion"; Lawn Fawn stitched snowbanks
Taylored Expressions cloud stencil

Challenges:
Double Trouble #68--tall tale (Thing #1: tall & skinny; Thing #3: thing with a tail {my shark}; Thing #2:  link up with any past partner {I chose Crafting Happiness and 2 Crafty Critter Crazies})
Crafting Happiness #69--anything goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #43--anything goes with a critter (my shark)













Creative Craft Cottage #134--spooky and/or cute (I went with cute)
Cardz TV #125--anything goes
STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge--anything goes with a stencil (I used a cloud stencil)












Pink Gem--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #482--anything goes
Crafty Catz #523--anything goes
Creative Fingers #195--anything goes

 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Merry Christmas

A few weeks ago, I made this card using the "Arrow Coverplate" die from Sugar Pea Designs:
Looking at the leftover positive pieces, I thought it would be fun to adhere them to card base for a unique background.  And it was fun, but quite time consuming.  I first colored the pieces randomly with some reds, teals, and a gold paint pen.  Then, I laid them back into the spaces in the actual die and used a piece of "Press n' Seal" to hold them all in place.  I then added liquid glue to the back of each piece and adhered them to the card.  It didn't turn out perfectly, but it did create a fun look.
I die cut the Merry Christmas sentiment three times from white card stock and colored on of them with the same gold paint pen.  I die cut a circle from vellum, to give the sentiment a place to rest and help distinguish it from the background.  I added a few punched snowflakes and several gold sequins to finish it off.  

Supplies:

Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; STAMPlorations Merry Christmas die; Sugar Pea Designs "Arrow Coverplate" die
Martha Stewart snowflake punch

Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #461--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crimbo Crackers #217--anything goes
Cardz TV #125--anything goes
STAMPlorations Anything Goes--anything goes using STAMPlorations product










STAMPlorations CAS--anything goes with the optional twist: gray and orange












Fab n Funky #498--keep it simple
Penny's #482--anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #573--anything goes with the optional twist: Christmas

 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

He proposed!!

A couple days ago, I posted the invitation I created for a bridal shower my sister and I threw for a woman at our church. (You can read that post here.)  This is the invitation:
I'm always doing things at the last minute, and I found myself  in need of a card for my shower gift with only a day to go.  I didn't have any ideas or much time to spend on it, so I figured I could repurpose one of the invitations.  This is how it turned out:
I very carefully removed the main image panel from the background, doing my best not to tear either!  I then matted the image panel with some black card stock.  I die cut a fancy border die out of the same black and adhered it along with a very narrow strip of gold glitter paper to the already stamped card base.  I discovered these beautiful flowers from Petal Lu in my stash; they were perfect!  And I didn't have to worry about the bulk as I created a gift basket and just slipped the card in without an envelope.  To cover up the sentiment that went with the image, I stamped two more sentiments, cut them into two narrow strips and adhered them with foam tape over the existing sentiment.  You can't even tell!

Supplies:

Stamps:  SU! "She's all That" image; JustRite Stampers background stamp; PaperTrey Ink "Happily Ever After" sentiments

Dies:  STAMPlorations stitched rectangle; PaperTrey Ink border die

Challenges:
Love To Craft Challenge Blog #51--anything goes
Creative Inspirations--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #388--anything goes with snippets (I think this is the ultimate in using snippets, as I took a card apart and reused those pieces!  But, also, the die cut border and the strip of gold paper were cut from scraps as were the black mat and the sentiment strips)
The Paper Girls #209--wedding/anniversary
Penny's Challenge #482--anything goes




Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Black and White Pumpkin

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:

Here is what I created for your inspiration:
I used the left column: sparkle or shine, black and white only, border or frame.  At first I was thinking about making a Christmas card with that color scheme, but then realized I need several birthday cards.  So I pulled out a paper pad I knew has some black and white patterns, and got to work.  One of the scraps in the pad had a pattern on it that I thought would be fun to paper piece onto a pumpkin.  I added a little shading with a gray marker to the flower portion on the pumpkin and then covered it with clear wink of Stella for a little sparkle.  I used another piece of the same patterned paper for the background, added some black die cut borders, a heat embossed sentiment and a large rhinestone flourish that I have had FOREVER!!  I think it turned out really pretty and is a fun take on the autumn theme.  In the photo below you can see a little of the sparkle on the flower.

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 "Round Pumpkin", "Dotted Circle Frame",  and "Happy Birthday"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large", "Scalloped Circles, large", scalloped border die; Verve pennant

Challenges:
Cards Galore #80--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Power Poppy Creative Confetti--fall away (use a fall image with not fall colors)




Creative Inspirations--anything goes
Craft Rocket #75--add sparkle
Crafty Creations #414--anything goes
Crafty Friends #146--more than one die

Mod Squad--Hello, Pumpkin (pumpkin as the focal)
Creative Moments #200--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #655--dies & punches
Cardz TV #125--anything goes
Sweet Stampin'--use your old stash (The flourish I've had for probably 8-10 years and all of the dies I've used, I've had for a really long time as well.)
Pink Gem Challenge--anything goes



Monday, October 12, 2020

Bridal Shower

A couple at our church got married this past weekend.  The woman has been at our church for a very long time and has been very involved in the ministries of the church, so, my sister and I decided to throw her a bridal shower.  It was such a beautiful celebration of her and her coming marriage (she has been waiting a long time for this).  So, of course, no store bought products for me!  The is the invitation I made:
I went with soft and elegant, pulling out an old, old, old SU! stamp set to stamp the bride.  I die cut all the stitched rectangles and then my middle daughter helped by stamping almost all of the bride images.  I set it up in my mini MISTI to make it (mostly) error proof.  I backed the image panel with some white mulberry paper for some extra softness and stamped the background with a pale gray ink.
As favors at the shower, I made these adorable little treat boxes (inspired by these I found on Pinterest).  We filled them with two Lindt truffles--one dark chocolate and one white/milk chocolate mix--to represent the bride and groom.
I embossed the sheets of card stock and then die cut the boxes, as I didn't think I could emboss after I die cut due to the dimensions of the boxes.  Unfortunately, die cutting after embossing really flattened out the embossing, so they weren't as textured as I wanted.  I hot glued on the pearl "necklace", threaded some sparkly white tulle through a hole I punched in the handles (to represent the veil), and tied it on with some twine along with a kraft tag.

The shower had a bit of a elegant, rustic theme, using a lot of kraft/natural and gold.  These are the cute little cupcake toppers I created.  I used some really, really old patterned paper that I had.  It really isn't pretty, but it had the perfect colors to go with the theme.  I used my scoreboard to score the strips and my youngest daughter helped me fold them all and turn them into rosettes.  She was actually quite a bit faster at it than I was!  I added a die cut glittery gold heart and the word love.  My middle daughter helped me quite a it with die cutting these out.  They were both a lot of help!

Luckily, I found out the week before that the bride-to-be doesn't actually like cake!  So, I scrapped the whole cupcake idea and made some cinnamon rolls (which it a whole other adventure!).  We placed them in cupcake liners and stuck in the cupcake toppers, and they looked so awesome!
Thanks for sticking with me to the end of the post!  I know it was a long one.  I didn't take any pictures of the actual shower set up, maybe my sister did and I can post them here later.

CARD:
Supplies:
Stamps: SU! "She's All That" (I have probably had this for at least 10 years, probably more like 15); JustRite Stampers background
Dies:
STAMPlorations stitched rectangle die

Challenges:
Crafter's Cafe #252--anything goes
Cards Galore #80--anything goes
Creative Inspirations--anything goes
Paper Girls #209--wedding/anniversary
Creative Moments #200--anything goes
Sweet Stampin'--use your old stash (OLD stamp, and OLD mulberry paper)

BOXES:
Supplies:
Stamps: PaperTrey Ink "Happily Ever After"
Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs "Bonbon Box"
Darice Damask embossing folder

Challenges:
Craft Dee Bow-Z--anything goes with handmade bow
Crafting Happiness--anything goes
As You Like It--favorite non-card project (I love making little treat/gift boxes!  You can customize them for the recipient/occasion and, come on, everything is cuter in small sizes!  It's also a great way to make a little gift seem even more special)




CUPCAKE TOPPERS:
Dies: Sweet n' Sassy small heart; "love" from a Stephanie Barnard/Sizzix die set I borrowed from my mother-in-law

Challenges:
Scor-pal #75--anything goes or harvest/Halloween (I went with the anything goes)
Creative Fingers #194--anything goes
Craft Rockets #75--add sparkle
Crafty Friends #146--more than one die






 

Otterly good

 


Fall is a very busy time for our family with birthdays.  So, lots of cards to be made.  This one is for my husband.  I just love these adorable otters and wanted to use as many as I could to create a fun little otter "wreath".  I kept it simple as he is not frilly guy at all.  I think it turned out pretty cute.

Supplies:
Stamps: MFT "Otterly Love You"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

Challenges:
Crafter's Cafe #252--anything goes
Creative Fingers #194--anything goes
Unicorn Challenge #59--spooky and/or cute (I went with cute)
Creative Craft Cottage #134--spooky and/or cute (I went with cute)
Crafty Creations #414--anything goes
Moving Along with The Times #123--animal(s) or bird(s)
Creative Moments #200--anything goes