Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Happy Hello

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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And here is the card I created:
Phew!!  Inspiration photos are probably my least favorite challenge; I have a hard time mixing colors, but I am really happy with how this one turned out.  I was inspired by (obviously) the little bunny and the dark gray, dusty pink and cream colors out of the color combo.  I stamped the bunny on cream card stock so I wouldn't have any shocking white around the edges when I fussy cut him out.  All the papers were cut from scraps and the ribbon was the last bit on the roll--just enough!  I added a little heart charm to add to the spring feel.  Below is a close up of the sweet little bunny; so cute and so happy with his armload of clover!

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 "Happy Hello" and "Clover Bunny"
Dies: Lawn Fawn "Peek-a-boo Backdrop"

Challenges:
Atlantic Heart Sketch #308--sketch

Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #102--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #348--anything goes with snippets (all my papers and the ribbon)
Pink Gem Challenge--anything goes
Sweet Stampers #30--Easter/spring
Cardz TV #85--anything goes
Creative Fingers #159--anything goes
Crafty Catz #453--anything goes with the optional twist: spring
Word Art Wednesday #378--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Creative Craft Cottage #116--spring fever
Dies R Us #116--one for the ladies
Creative with Stamps #36--friends

Craft Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow

Monday, March 18, 2019

Masculine cards

Today is my day to share a Pick of the Week over on The House That Stamps Built blog.  Last month, I shared my top feminine picks from 2018 and today, I am going to show my top 5 (okay 6!) masculine picks from 2018.  Masculine cards seem to be more difficult for a lot of us, so hopefully, this post will give you some great ideas.  If you want to check out the original posts, clink the link above the picture.
This card uses "Metro Map" and "Birthday"

I create this card with "Class of . . . " and "Grad's Cap and Diploma"

This card is super fun with "The Cat's Out . . ." and "Curiosity Cat"

May:
This card uses "In all things", "Beta Fish" and "Plant"

I just love this one using "Father's Day" and "Large Palm Trees"

And because I (surprisingly) had a really hard time just choosing 5 masculine cards, here is a bonus from September:
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope this gave you some ideas for creating those hard to make masculine cards.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Friends

Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  As always, we are now an Anything Goes challenge.  
Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Lawn Fawn:

Here is my card for your inspiration:
 Lawn Fawn always has the cutest images!  I used this adorable bunny set, and the super fun, Double Slider Surprise die set to create this cute card.  When you pull the little pull tab the rest of the scene slides into view.   It's so fun!
All the papers are some freebies that I received with a Lawn Fawn order a while ago.  I stamped and fussy cut a bunch of flowers to go along with the sentiment and several carrots because bunnies love carrots!  This little scene was partially inspired by Peter Rabbit.  I'm sure McGreggor would hate to look out at his garden and see this!
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 March 22nd by 12:00AM  (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of March 25th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.

Supplies:
Stamps: Lawn Fawn "Somebunny" and "Pull here"
Dies: Lawn Fawn "Stitched Hillsides" and "Double Slider Surprise"

Challenges:
As You Like It--favorite: dies or stencils (I definitely prefer dies.  I use dies on almost every card I make and usually more than one.   They make is so easy to create shapes and can be basic or elegant and in between)
Creative Moments #164--anything goes
Mod Squad--layered looks (I used a lot of layers on the card and then layered my images over and behind my layered dirt rows)
Crafty Creations #386--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #378--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Penny's Challenge--anything goes
Shopping Our Stash #391--celebrating friendship
Use Your Stuff #350--stitching: faux or real (I used several stitched edge dies)
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies--anything goes with a critter
Creative Craft Cottage #116--spring fever
Lawn Fawn--inspired by a book, movie, or song (Inspired by Peter Rabbit)
Dare2B Artzy--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafting with an Attitude--anything goes

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Thanks a latte

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:
Sketch challenges are my favorite, but I think tic tac toe boards might be my second favorite as you can basically create your own challenge.  I used the diagonal starting in the top right: pink/ribbon/paper piecing.  I'm being very driven to use things that are sitting out on my work desk whether it's my bits and pieces stash (which I am making sure to keep front and center!) or these strips of scrap patterned papers that I make with the last little scraps of paper packs.  So, other than the tic tac toe board, this card was inspired by that strip of patterned paper down the left side.  As a bonus, there was a wonky oval of the gray and white chevron paper in my bits and pieces stash that was just the perfect size for paper piecing the smaller cup.

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 "Thanks a Latte'"

Challenges:
Your Next Stamp #109--patterned paper
Aud Sentiments #222--funny sentiment
Cute Card Thursday #572--anything goes
Crafting By Design--anything goes
Make My Monday #91--something new (I got this stamp set in January, this is the first time I have used it)
Creatalicious Challenge #158--anything goes with the optional twist: CAS
Creative Sketchy Girls #33--use lace or ribbon
Love To Craft Challenge Blog #32--anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude--anything goes
STAMPlorations Theme and Sketch Challenge--theme: stamps + coffee/tea and sketch



Tuesday, March 12, 2019

90th Birthday

I was asked by a couple at my church to create a 90th birthday card for an aunt.  My first commissioned card and I had a blast!  They told me her favorite colors were pink and blue and they were looking for something elegant.  This is what I came up with:
 I used a lot of my favorite products on this one and I absolutely LOVE how this turned out!  I also decorated the envelope for a little extra special touch.  The sparkly "0" was in my bits and pieces stash; I just had to die cut a "9" to match.  Then, I die cut two more of each out of white card stock and layered them all together to create some dimension.

Supplies:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "The Sweet Life" and "Damask Designs"
Dies: Papertrey Ink "The Sweet Life" and number border die; Spellbinders "Radiant Rectangles"

Challenges:
MFT Birthday challenge--You're how old? (use numbers)
ART Impressions #241--floral cards
Craft Dee BowZ--anything goes with a handmade bow
Cards Galore Challenge--anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Divas that Cut--anything goes
Creative Sketchy Girls #33--use lace or ribbon
Craft Rockets #57--flowers
Incy Wincy--let's use ribbon
Cute Card Thursday #572--anything goes
Crafty Friends #105--ladies/girls
Simon Says Stamp Monday--feminine/girly

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Shelf Sitters

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Tic Tac Toe
(You'll have to go to the blog to see the board)
And here is my card for your inspiration:
I used the last column: hand colored image, 2 or more patterned papers, gems/pearls.  Though, I got creating and really enjoying the process and loving how it was turning it out and totally forgot to check the tic tac toe board!  So, after I got the picture taken and uploaded and was going to upload to Di's Design Team blog, I realized I hadn't completed a tic tac toe!!  Luckily, all I needed to do was add a few pearls and it fit!  I really did have a great time with this one.  An adorable image, a bunch of fun patterned papers with bright colors make this a fun card for a little boy at our church.  And I was able to use up a few items from my bits and pieces stash: the three pieces of ribbon on the left side and the "b" on the right side.  I did have to die cut the "h" to go along with it, but I thought it made a fun little HB sentiment.
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 "Jungle Shelf" digi; Your Next Stamp "Silly Monsters" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle; PTI lowercase alphabet

Challenges:
Your Next Stamp #109--patterned paper
Give a Crafter a Cookie #112--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the bright colors of the sprinkles)

Cute Card Thursday #572--anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #504--sketch

Little Red Wagon #487--lions & lambs
Penny's Creations #420--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Use Your Stuff #349--rainbow (I used rainbow colors on the banners and lots of colors on my patterned papers)
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #347--anything goes with snippets (besides the pieces that were in my bits and pieces stash, all the patterned papers except the base layers are scraps)
Three Amigos #24---rainbow (I used rainbow colors on the banners and in my papers)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #24--anything goes
Dies R Us #116--for the men/boys
Crafty Calendar--for a child
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes
Cardz TV #84--anything goes
As You Like It--layers: one or many (still have to go with lots of layers; you can use so much fabulous papers!)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Thinking of You

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week it is a fun Designer's Choice Challenge!   Joy has challenged us with "Easter/Spring".
And here is the card I created for your inspiration:
I used this sweet little bird's nest image, since birds lay their eggs in the spring.  I added little speckles to the eggs to look like robin's eggs and then didn't color my little bird like a robin!  Oops!!  Well, maybe other birds have speckled eggs, too, and the robin's coloring wouldn't have matched my color scheme.  Then I stamped the sentiment and stamped the little bird perching on the "T"; I thought it was a really cute touch.  I used some butterfly paper in spring like colors and some dotted pink ribbon to finish everything off.

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 "Bird's Nest Branch", "Tiny Bird", and "Thinking of You"

Challenges:
Cards Galore #61--anything goes
Creative with Stamps #36--friends

Creative Sketchy Girls #133--use lace or ribbon
2 Crafty Critter Crazies--anything goes
Crafter's Cafe #214--birds OR CAS with blue
Incy Wincy--let's use ribbon
Atlantic Hearts #306--sketch

Crafty Sentiments--anything goes