Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Happy Spring!

 Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week the challenge is: Spring Has Sprung.  And here is the card I created for your inspiration:

I stamped, colored and fussy cut the bunny image then adhered it to the main panel and then adhered a die cut grass strip to the bottom of the panel after tying some twine around it.  I lined up the letter dies for the word "spring" using a grid mat and a strip of washi tape to hold them in place and then to transfer them to the sheet of patterned paper.  That way they come out perfectly spaced and in a straight line.  I added a strip of acetate (recycled from a stamp set packaging) behind the die cut letters and created a shaker element.  I finished it off with a die cut "happy" and some sprinkled sequins.

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 "Clover Bunny"
Dies: MFT "Happy Trio" and "Stitched Alphabet"; Sweet n' Sassy Stamps grass border

Challenges:
Your Next Stamp #161--Sunshine & Smiles (My little bunny is smiling and I'm sure he will bring smiles to the recipient!)
Unicorn Challenge #64--include an animal
Cards Galore #86--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafty Calendar--spring or Easter
Sheepski Designs #49--animal magic
Stinkin Inkers--recycle/reuse (I recycled some stamp packaging to create the shaker window)
Creative Craft Cottage #39--include an animal
Paper Funday #28--anything goes with the optional twist: spring has sprung
Creative Moments #212--anything goes













{Pin}spirational Challenge #276--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the bunnies and the pink)













If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #155--inspiration photo ( was inspired by the white bunnies, the pink and the dots)



Tuesday, April 13, 2021

50th Birthday

 What do you do when your friend is turning 50?  Well, obviously create a fabulous, sparkly, 50th Birthday card!!

A few weeks ago, I received this beautiful layering set by Altenew: "Rosy Lookout" and I decided this was the perfect time to play with it.  I used my mini MISTI and I'm so glad I did because I ended up stamping most layers twice to get a nice, dark stamping.  While I was stamping, I decided to create 4 of everything as it is easy enough to do when using a MISTI.  The large rose has 4 layers, the larger bud has 4 flower layers and three leaf layers and the smaller bud has 2 flower layers plus 3 leafy layers.  The leaves each have 3 layers.  Getting them lined up perfectly is a little tricky, but fortunately, it does matter if it isn't 100% perfect; no one will notice.  I ended up using about half of the stamped and die cut images and saved the other half for a card I will be sharing later this week.  I had this really fun idea of die cutting the sentiment out of the top layer which allows the patterned paper to show through.  I used a piece of washi tape laid out on a grid mat to get the letters straight and perfectly aligned.  Then I was able to transfer all the letters (still attached to the strip of washi) directly to my die cut panel and have them all exactly in the right place!  I used this same technique in this card.  I die cut the word "happy" from dark brown card stock and the "50" from some gold glitter paper and adhered them both above the "birthday" cut out.  I stamped the "th" in dark brown ink to finish the sentiment.  The, I adhered a bit of acetate, recycled from some stamp packaging, to the back of the "birthday" cut out to create a shaker element.  I finished the card off with some small white pearls.

Supplies:
Stamps: Altenew "Rosy Lookout"; PaperTrey Ink "Big Birthday Wishes" 'th'
Dies: Altenew" Rosy Lookout"; Kat Scrappiness "Distressed Edge" nesting slimline die; MFT "Happy Trio" and "Stitched Alphabet"; PaperTrey Ink number border die

Challenges:
Sunday Stamps #254--Go Slim and sketch









Pixie's Crafty Workshop #400--anything goes with snippets (All of my flower/leaf pieces were stamped and die cut from scrap white card stock and the "50" was die cut from a scrap)

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Anniversary Pups

 Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week it is Anniversary.  Create any project with an anniversary theme.  Here is the card I created for your inspiration:

My sister and brother-in-law have the next anniversary coming up, so I decided to make a card for them.  They are dog people and have a black Border Collie/Lab mix, so I colored these sweet little pups up in black.  They aren't as hairy as my sister's dog (she definitely has the Border Collie hair!) but they are black, so it will work.  The pup on the right is how the image actually stamps.  For the pup on the left, I did the mirror stamping technique so I could have them "facing" each other.  They are really so cute and playful!  I added a few die cut hearts that were in my bits and pieces stash.  They finish it off perfectly!

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 "Wagging Pup" and "Happy Anniversary"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 25" stitched banner; Verve "Scalloped Trim Trio" hearts

Challenges:
Alphabet Challenge--Z is for Zoology
Unicorn Challenge #64--include an animal
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Sheepski Designs #49--animal magic
Dare 2 B Artzy--bright colors














Saturday, April 3, 2021

21

 One of the young men at our church just turned 21.  Oh, to be 21 again!  I'm going to be double that this year; yikes!  Anyway, I made this card to celebrate him.  It all began with the turquoise stars.  I had several of them left over from a baby shower and have been trying to use them--masculine cards are perfect!  I used black for some bold accents and black glitter paper for the focal point.


In the photo below, you can see all that lovely sparkle!

Supplies:
Dies: PaperTrey Ink "By the Numbers"; Sizzix/Stephanie Bernard "Framelets Flip-Its--Stars"

Challenges:
Double Trouble #81--Something, Anything, Everything (Thing #1: anything goes)













Penny's Challenge #493--anything goes
Mod Squad Challenge--use a number
Little Red Wagon #595--Happy Birthday
Creative Fingers #205--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper


You Rock!

 It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.

The challenge this time is: Make It Monochrome
And here is my card for your inspiration:
I created a fun flip card to celebrate a young man's 13th birthday.  It's funny, I have a hard time mixing colors, but I also struggle with monochromatic color schemes!  You would think that would be easy!  The color was inspired by the turquoise star in the center of the flip element.  I had several of them left over from a baby shower, so I've been trying to use them up on masculine cards.  
I colored up this little cutie, "MP3 Mike" with my Spectrum Noir markers.  He is just perfect for masculine cards, specially teen cards.  With this flip card layout, there really isn't a place for a sentiment on the inside, but I did use a word die from the same set to add a sentiment on the reverse side of the star element.  I also added two strips of stars for a bit of interest on the inside.

On the back, I add a place for another sentiment and a spot for writing a little note.

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: 
Stamps: Di's Digi Stamps "MP3 Mike" digi; Papertrey Ink "Big Birthday Wishes" sentiment
Dies: Sizzix/Stephanie Bernard Framelits Flip-its "Stars"; PaperTrey Ink Numbers border

Challenges:
Cardz TV #13--anything goes
A Gem of A Challenge--anything goes
Double Trouble #81--Something, Anything, Everything (Thing #1: anything goes, Thing #3: color-with my Spectrum Noir Markers)
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #493--anything goes
Mod Squad--use a number
Little Red Wagon #595--Happy Birthday 
Cards Galore #86--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper

Thursday, April 1, 2021

New Beginnings

 A new month has arrived and that means a new challenge from the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog.  This month's challenge is Spring Forward.


And here is the card I created:
(At least here in northern USA)  Flowers are what spring is all about!!  When those little crocuses and daffodils start popping out, you know Spring has finally arrived!  Spring also signifies renewal/new beginnings which is really what this card is all about.  It is for a close family friend to celebrate her retirement after 35 years at the same job!  Retirement is the end of your working career, but the beginning of the rest of your life.  This one was pretty quick an easy.  I stamped and colored the flowers with my Spectrum Noir pens and then die cut the panel first with a stitched rectangle and then with the scalloped boarder die.  Layered that over a scrap of patterned paper, heat embossed the sentiment with white on navy and finished everything off with some clear droplets from Kat Scrappiness.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Head on over to the LTSCB blog to see what the rest of the team has created and to get the full details of the challenge.  Then get inky and play along with us; I can't wait to see what you create.

Supplies: 
Stamps: MFT Stamps "Flowers in Bloom"; Sugar Pea Designs retirement set (It seems to be discontinued)
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 25" stitched rectangle and scalloped border die

Challenges:
Cardz TV #137--anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #493--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #485--anything goes with uplifting sentiment


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Flying High

 Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week the challenge is: Monochromatic.

 And here is the card I created for your inspiration:
I used a lot of the same elements as my Design Team card a couple weeks ago.  These hot air balloons are just perfect for masculine cards!  But while the other card was very colorful, this one is all blues.  I stenciled the sky with some clouds, colored my balloon with my spectrum noir markers and fussy cut it out.  I used foam tape to pop up my balloon and sentiment banner and the two small die cut clouds.  I used a couple thin strips of card stock to add a little dimension (but less than than the others) to the larger cloud.  For a fun touch to fit the sketch I chose, I punched out tiny circles with a hole punch.  I used a circle die as a template, made evenly spaced pencil marks along the inside of the circle and then used the hole punch to make the pattern.  Rather quick and easy and I have a masculine birthday card ready to go in my stash!
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 "Soaring by to say Hi" and "Hot Air Balloon Cluster" I used the largest balloon
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Paper Smooches "Cute Clouds"
Stencil: Taylored Expressions "Set the Scene: Clouds"

Challenges:













Creative Moments #211--anything goes
Cardz TV #137--anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes
Double Trouble #80--Something, Anything, Everything (Thing #1: anything goes; Thing #3: color {I used my Spectrum Noir markers})
Double D--skies