Friday, July 20, 2018

Sparkly birthday

Simon Says Stamp is having a kids only challenge and when I told my oldest daughter, she decided to play along.  This is the second card she made, the first one (due to my misreading the challenge) didn't have any sparkle on it.  So, she made this one, and it is FULL of sparkle!  She did this completely on her own and I think she did a fabulous job!
 I did print out the digi for her, but she did all the rest.  In the photo below you can see all the sparkly goodness!  She even used glitter pen on the wings and the bottom of the dress; all on her own!
Supplies:
Stamps: Little Blue Button Stamps "Princess Fairy"; PTI "Damask Designs" sentiment

Challenges:
Cardz TV #57--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Penny's Challenge #389--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Crafty Calendar--totally girly


Two different seasons

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

I got to work with images from Just Me Digital Stamps and if you are unfamiliar with this company, their images are super cute!!  I have two cards for you today as one of the other designers was unable to make a project for the challenge and I really wanted to show off these adorable images.  The first card is a bright, cheery, summer card:
     This image totally reminds me of being a kid.  My grandparents used to have a giant (and I mean giant as at least 4 of us could ride on it) dragon blow up floaty and seeing this little girl on her giant flamingo makes me thing of that.  I used my mini Misti to create the curved sentiment.
     My next card turns things around 180 degrees and is a nice, chilly Christmas card:
     I just could NOT resist this adorable image when I saw it.  I think snowmen are super cute and this little bear is so adorable.  This set actually comes with the bear separate, the snowman separate, this image and another image with the two of them holding hands, and one more with them holding a string of ornaments.  Would have used them all if I had time!  I created the background panel by piecing together strips of Christmas paper scraps.  I love doing this when I get down to the end of a paper pack and there aren't any pieces big enough to actually do anything with.  But the strips create awesome background.
      Thanks for stopping by!  Head on over to Jo's blog to see what the rest of the team created.


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 July 27th by 12:00AM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of July 29th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.


CARD #1
Supplies:
Stamps: just ME Digital Stamps "Flamingo Floating" digi: Verve "Just a note" sentiment
Dies:  Spellbinders "Standard Circles, large"; MFT sun die; Paper Smooches "Cute Clouds"

Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafty Calendar--totally girly
Dies R Us #101--birthdays
Brown Sugar #380--use 2 patterned papers
Always Happy Birthday--anything goes with the optional twist: birthday cake
Crop Stop #41--anything goes
Craft Rocket #50--summer
Tuesday Morning Sketches #462--sketch

Hand Stamped Sentiments #294--inspiration photo





CARD #2
Supplies:
Stamps: just ME Digital Stamps "Snowbuddies" digi
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle; PTI "Fancy Flakes" snowflake

Challenges:
Christmas at Sweet Stampin--anything goes
Cutie Pie #124--tic tac toe (I used the middle row: buttons, ribbon, die cut)

Creative Craft Cottage--the most wonderful time of the year (definitely Christmas is my favorite!  Though, I really do love summer, too!)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #16--anything goes
A Snowflakes Promise #53--anything goes
Double Trouble--Thing One: Christmas ONLY and Thing Two: link up to Heart 2 Heart Challenge
Heart 2 Heart Challenge--Christmas in July
Try' Stampin On Tuesdays #372--sketch

Hiding In My Craft Room #361--Super Scraps Saturday with a twist: Christmas in July
Sweet Stampers #22--Christmas in July
{Pin}spirational Challenge #220--Christmas in July inspiration photo

Shopping Our Stash #362--Christmas in July
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #170--Christmas in July
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--use a die cut and/or punch
Mod Squad--Christmas in July
C.R.A.F.T. #477--Christmas
As You Like It--favorite: buttons or ribbon?  (I would have to say ribbon as it can be used as a simple embellishment just plain or fancy with lots of loops and bows and it comes in all the colors of the rainbow.  I do like to use buttons as well, though I prefer ribbon and sometimes, like on this card, I used both!)
Aud Sentiments #208--Christmas in July

Hello, Sunshine

So, Esther asked me to be a guest designer on the CropStop blog and of course, I said yes!  So, here I am with a card for your inspiration:
I started out with some white co'ordinations card stock (which of course, I cut using my Fiskars paper trimmer!) for my base and scored it with my scor-pal as a top folding card.  For my next layer, I used the Darice Woodgrain embossing folder to emboss another piece of co'ordinations card.  Then I used my Ranger mini ink blending tool to ink the edges of the embossed panel with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress ink.  I use Spectrum Noir markers to color my image twice, so I could cut out the two larger sunflowers and pop them up with some foam tape.  Then I used Ranger Cinnamon Stickles to dot the center of the flowers.  I love the sparkle it adds.  I matted the image panel with some My Favorite Things brown card stock and then layered that on some My Favorite Things patterned paper.  I heat embossed my sentiment with white embossing powder on a scrap of the same MFT card stock and added 3 tiny rhinestones.  For adhering things together, I use my Tombow permanent adhesive runner for most things.  I used it to adhere the image panel and the mats together.  But whenever I adhere embossed panels, I like to use scor-tape as I feel it gives a stronger hold.  In the picture below, you can see more of the sparkle from the stickles.

Thanks for having me again, Esther!

Supplies:
Stamps: River City Rubber Works "Sunflowers lg." digi; Verve "Joyful Blooms" sentiment
Darice Wood grain embossing folder

Challenges:
Craft Dee Bow-Z--anything goes with handmade bow
Crafty Calendar--totally girly
Creative Inspirations--all tied up
Creates and Makes #22--anything goes
Creative Fingers #150--anything goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #86--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday--add a little sparkle (the stickles on the flower centers and the little rhinestones)
Die Cuttin' Divas #378--lots of layers
Crafty Sentiments--add a sentiment
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Crafter's Cafe #200--lots of layers
MFT #394--sketch


Penny's Challenge #389--anything goes


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Just Breathe


     A couple weeks ago, I was picked as the Top Pick at Time Out Challenge and was asked to be a guest designer!!  I'm so honored by the request.  So, for this two week Home Sweet Home challenge, there is a beautiful photo for you to take inspiration from:
Isn't it just beautiful!?  And so peaceful and calming.  The sponsor for this challenge is Stamplorations and here is the card I created using one of their fabulous stamps:
     The thing that caught my eye right away in the photo was that pillow with the blue and white stripes, so that is what I started with for my card.  I stamped some distress stripes all along the length of the card, just eyeballing the spacing.  To pull in some of that texture from the furniture, I pulled out a piece of burlap and used it as a mat for my sentiment panel.  My sentiment looks black, but it is actually a navy blue to pull in the dark blue pillow in the inspiration photo.  This sentiment seemed perfect to go along with the peaceful feel of the photo.  I finished it off with a scattering of sequins in beachy colors.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Make sure you head over to the Time Out challenge blog to see how the Design Team interpreted this challenge.  And come back here on the 26th when I will have a mid-challenge reminder post for you.

Supplies:
Stamps: Stamplorations "Just Breathe"; PTI "Distressed Stripes

Challenges:
Love To Craft Challenge Blog #24--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #342--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Stamplorations CAS Challenge--CAS

Southern Girls--tic tac toe (I used the diagonal: white, stamps, ink)

Stamplorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challege--anything goes with Stamplorations products

Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Addicted To Stamps--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #389--anything goes
Craftaholics R Us #29--anything goes



Seaside Birthday

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a beautiful inspiration photo for you:
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You can choose to be inspired by the colors, the photo or both!  It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to interpret it, but finally decided I wanted to emphasize the actual pieces of sea glass in the photo:
     So, I picked a beachy image colored it using the tan and aqua blue from the color combo and added small pieces of sea glass in colors the match the ones in the photo.  I have used this sandcastle image a couple times, and I think this time is my favorite.  The colors I used really make it come alive.  Wendy already added some shading/shadows in the image, so I just added a little bit darker sand colored marker and it really adds so much depth.
     I hope you will be able to play along with us.  I can't wait to see how this photo inspires you!

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Sandcastle" and "Birthday"
Punches: Fiskars "Upper Crest" border punch

Challenges:
That's Crafty--close to nature
Craft Rocket #50--summer
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Stamplorations CAS challenge--CAS

Creative Knockouts #254--summer fun
Sketch Saturday #522--sketch

Crafty Catz #425--anything goes with optional twist: think summer
Cardz TV #56--anything goes

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Puppy play

Simon Says Stamp is having a kids only challenge.   When I told my twelve year old, she decided to play along.  This is the card she created all on her own (other than a little help setting the eyelets):
Unfortunately, I didn't read the challenge properly and you are supposed to add sparkle to your creation.  So, she did create another card to enter that challenge and I am going to enter this card into some other challenges for her.

Supplies: 
Stamps: DRS Designs "Doggie Dilemma with Fence" digi; YNS "Silly Monsters" sentiment
Darice paw print embossing folder

Challenges:
Cards Galore--anything goes
Card Mania--anything goes
Dare 2B Artzy--birthday
Always Happy Birthday--anything goes with the optional twist: birthday cake (I did not use the twist)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies--anything goes with a critter
Creative Fingers #150--anything goes
Alphabet Challenge--H is for happy birthday
Cardz TV #56--anything goes
Use Your Stuff #321--happy birthday
Crafty Sentiments--add a sentiment

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Christmas in July

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Christmas in July
And here is my card for your inspiration:
Supplies:
Stamps: Di's Digi Designs "Snuggle Muffs"
Dies: Spellbinders "Standard Ovals, large"; PTI "Fancy Flakes" snowflakes

Challenges:
CraftDee Bow-Z--anything goes with handmade bow
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round--tree (there are two trees in my image)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Creative Inspirations--all tied up
Creative Craft Cottage--the most wonderful time of the year (definitely Christmas!)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies--anything goes with an animal
Snowflakes Promise #53--anything goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 #140--sketch (I tweaked it a little by using snowflakes for the square elements)

As You Like It--favorite celebration and why (I love celebrating Christmas--even though I hate cold weather!--I love everything about it, the decorations, the goodies, the presents, and most importantly the celebration of the birth of God's Son!!)
Crimbo Crackers #162--anything goes
Crafting By Design--anything goes
The Paper Shelter #347--holiday time
Penny's Challenge #388--anything goes
Crafty Creations #370--anything goes
Little Miss Muffet #193--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #538--ribbons and bows
Sweet Stampers #22--Christmas In July