Friday, October 12, 2018

Beautiful Cameo

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 the week are Morgan's Art World
and Oddball Art Company
Oddball Art
I was given this gorgeous image from Morgan's Art World to work with:
Isn't she stunning!!??
As you can see, she really inspired glitz and glam on my card: gold card stock, glittered card stock, and glittery roses.  I used some clear Wink of Stella on the flowers on her hat which inspired all the other glittery goodness.  The roses were made with Heartfelt Creations Classic Roses and matching dies and I added some small white flowers I bought at a yard sale this summer.  And I used up the bit of red diamond ribbon, I so love being able to use stuff up!  I embossed the red panel and then used silver Glitter Kiss (from Stamplistic) to swipe on the glitter on the raise elements.

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 Oct 19th by 12:00AM  (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of Oct 21st.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.

Supplies:
Stamps: Morgan's Art World "Christmas Cameo" digi; Heartfelt Creations "Classic Roses"
Dies: Spellbinders "Floral Ovals"; Heartfelt Creations "Classic Roses"
Darice embossing folder
Stamplistic Silver "Glitter Kiss"

Challenges:
Cards Galore #35--anything goes
Creatalicious #148--anything goes with the option of texture
Ribbon Girls--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #406--anything goes with the optional twist: add a flower or two or more
Crafty Friends #94--use more than one die
Penny's Challenge #401--anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #486--Christmas


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fall birthday

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week we have a fun tic tac toe board for you:
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I used the center row: buttons, stitching (I used a stitched die) and color wash.  Here is my card:
 I used gelatos mixed with water to create my color wash on watercolor paper for my image panel.  Then, I stamped the image on top and colored it with my markers.  I masked my sentiment to line the words up side by side instead of stacked on top of each other.  The olive green ribbon was a small piece left in my bits and pieces stash, but it worked perfectly for the embellishments after I added some kraft colored ribbon to go along with it.  The photo below shows the stitched rectangle a bit better.

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you check out the House blog for the full details and to see what the rest of the DT has created.  And if you "need" any of the stamps I used, check out the 10% off your entire order coupon over in my left side bar.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Shade of the Elm" and "Birthday"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Challenges:
Handstamped Sentiments #300--inspiration photo

{Pin}spirational Challenge #226--inspiration photo (inspired by the colors and leaves)

Use Your Stuff #333--autumn/halloween
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #91--anything goes
Sketch Saturday #534--sketch

Stamplorations Sketch and Theme--stamps and autumn (I used the theme)

Cardz TV #68--anything goes
Creative Fingers #153--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Craft Rocket #53--autumn/halloween
Always Happy Birthday--anything happy birthday goes
Brown Sugar #283--halloween and/or autumn
Divas That Cut--Autumn and Halloween
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes
Pattie's Creations #151--Halloween or autumn
Try Stampin'--October Technique: stitching (I used a stitched die)


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Thinking of you

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Include a Pumpkin
And here is my card for your inspiration:
 I used an image that has a pumpkin, patterned paper with lots of pumpkins and die cut pumpkin vines and leaves; got those pumpkins covered!!  Last month at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, I purchased some copper gilding paste from Stamplistic.  I thought copper would be a perfect accent to my Fall image and papers, so I used the gilding paste to cover my card base, the scalloped circle die cut and the leaf/vine dies cuts.  I'm hooked and in love!!  Now I can have copper card stock just by using this with white paper (even scraps for the leaves/vines!)  Now I'm trying to figure out how to get me some gold and silver and then I'd never have to buy metallic paper again!!  This next photo shows a bit more of the copper shine:
The tag was in my bits and pieces stash, I think I stamped it for a project for our kids Sunday School class last year.  The ribbon was just a small scrap that I was able to stretch  to fit what I needed.  Now it's all gone.  The papers were all scraps, too, so it's a scrappy card!
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this challenge; it's perfect for this time of year and I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Supplies:
Stamps: Di's Digi Stamps "Pumpkin Wendy" digi; Verve sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large" and "Scalloped Circles, large"; Poppy Stamps vine and leaves

Challenges:
Stamplorations TAGplorations--all about fall (plus a tag)

Cardz TV #68--anything goes
Creative Fingers #153--anything goes
If You Give a Crafter A Cookie #104--inspiration photo

Cute Card Thursday #550--anything goes
Little Miss Muffet #149--anything goes
Double D--scare'n up some pumpkins

Penny's #400--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Craft Rocket Challenge #53--autumn/Halloween
Poppy Stamps #49--Falling leaves and Scary things (I have pumpkin leaves)
Brown Sugar #283--Halloween and/or Autumn
Dies R Us #106--anything goes with dies from companies that Dies R Us carries (spellbinders)
Cheerful Sketches--sketch

Divas That Cut--Autumn and Halloween
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes
Crafting with An Attitude #44--anything goes
Pattie's Creations #151--Halloween or Autumn
Cutie Pie Challenge #127--shades of autumn
Cards Galore #56--anything goes
Unicorn Challenge #37--Autumn or Halloween
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #356--anything goes with snippets
{Pin}spirational Challenge #225--try something different (gilding polish)

Word Art Wednesday #354--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Creative Moments #155--anything goes with autumn colors
As You Like It--favorite season and why (Fall--can you say "apple cider donuts"?  and I love the leaves, pumpkins, cool air, etc, etc. . .)

Friday, October 5, 2018

Calendars

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 the week is The Cutting Cafe.

WARNING--this post contains a LOT of photos!
I was given a fabulous file from The Cutting Cafe.  It has several different calendar options for 2019 and I had a blast playing with it!!  I wish I had more time, I would have tried all the options that come in the file!!  Here is what I created:
The file comes with a full page (8 1/2 x 11) full year calendar and a list of the holidays and observances for 2019.  I used the full page calendar for my first project and used the list of holidays to mark the special days on my calendar.  Here is what the calendar looks like:
 I used a circle stamp and red ink to highlight the holidays and other special days (such a birthdays).  I decorated each month with an image that corresponds to the "theme" of the month.  Here is a close up of the first 6 months of the year:
 January is decorated with a blue snowflake and the holidays are highlighted with the circles. February has hearts for Valentine's Day, March has a green cupcake to celebrate a family member's birthday, April has a cross for Easter, May--purple carnations for Mother's Day and finally a blue sailboat for Father's Day.  Here are the next 6 months:
 July has fireworks to celebrate the 4th.  There was nothing exciting about August, so I used ice cream cones--a yummy treat for those hot summer days.  September has another cupcake as both my husband and I celebrate our birthdays that month; an orange pumpkin for October; a Fall-themed cupcake for November as we celebrate more family birthdays that month and to finish it all off, a red poinsettia for December and Christmas!  I think this would look awesome tacked up on a bulletin board and you can easily highlight all the special dates that pertain to your own family!
     For my next project I used a different file from the set to create individual month "pages".  Do you remember several years ago when little calendars that fit into CD cases were all the rage?  I always thought it would be really fun to do, but never got around to doing it.  Mostly because making the calendar images seemed to difficult.  The Cutting Cafe to the rescue!!  All I had to do was print out the file and cut the months to the desired size.  I bought a whole box of empty CD cases at a yard sale this summer, planning to use them to hold my clear stamp sets, but one was rescued for this project.  I created each month page with the same layout, changing up the colors and themes to match the months.  All of the patterned papers came from the same paper pad--it has an old-world feel and has a bit of texture.
 I kept the pages flat so they would be able to fit in the case, so there aren't any extra embellishments--just some fun die cut borders, ribbon and die cuts to fit the theme.
January:
I chose blue for the January Blues to start of the year.  I think this is one of my favorites, I just love that snowflake die cut!
February:
I chose pink for the month of love.  This is the only page that has any additional embellishments, it just looked to plain without the die cut hearts.
March:
 I chose green for March because it is my daughter's favorite color and her birthday is in March.  Then I realized it would also work for St. Patrick's Day as well.  I added a gold, celtic-looking border die for this one.  It's actually the first time I've used this one and I think it won't be the last!
April:
 I chose purple for April since Easter falls during the month and purple is the color of royalty which speaks to Christ being the King.
May:
 I chose pink for May because of Mother's Day.  The lacy die reminds me of lace and is beautiful and feminine.
June:
 In contrast with May, June is dark and masculine since we celebrate Father's Day during the month.  The little starts are the cut outs from the star border.  I used a fun textured silver paper to add a little flash.
July:
 For July, of course, I had to use red, white, and blue.  The lighter blue gives it a slight Americana feel.
August:
 I didn't have anything specific in mind for August, so I chose yellow to represent the hot, humid days we usually have during the month. August definitely says "summer" around here.
September:
 I chose this fun, aqua blue for September; partly because the sky during bright, sunny days is so blue this time of year.  Plus, my birthday is in September and this is one of my favorite colors.  I found this fun flocked border sticker in my stash and it was perfect!  I have had it forever and have always struggled with what to do with it.  Well, this project finally finished it up!
October:
 I don't celebrate Halloween, but I thought the Halloween colors were perfect for decorating the October page.  And the die cut border kind of reminds of of the harlequin design elements that appear in some Halloween products.
November:
 I chose some muted Fall colors for the November page to bring the feeling of Thanksgiving.  I added a bit of sparkly ribbon to keep it from feeling too dull.
And last, but not least, and probably my favorite, 
December:
I chose a bit darker red for this one to fit with the green patterned paper tone.  I used another of the snowflake die cut borders (which might be why I like this one so much!).

Phew!  Thanks for making it all the way through!!  I know there were a lot of pictures!

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 Oct. 12th by 12:00AM  (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of Oct 14th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.

Supplies:
For all projects: The Cutting Cafe "2019 Calendar Set"

Full Page Calendar:
Stamps: PTI "Fab Flakes" in SU! Brocade Blue; Verve "Text Objects" in Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink; PTI "Baker's Dozen" in PTI New Leaf; Verve "Richly Blessed" in MFT chocolate brown; PTI "A Year of Flowers: Collection" in SU! Lovely Lilac; Verve "Text Objects" in SU! Nearly Navy; July unknown fireworks in SU! Real Red; Fun Stampers Journey ice cream cones in SU! Creamy Caramel; PTI "Baker's Dozen" in SU! Brocade Blue; Verve "Tall Oaks" in PTI Orange Zest; PTI "Baker's Dozen" in MFT Chocolate Brown; Repeat Impressions "Poinsettia (lg)" in SU! Real Red


Calendar Pages:
Dies:
January: Memory Box "Frostyville" (I believe)
Challenges:
Creative Fingers #153--anything goes

February: Verve "Scalloped Trim Trio" and Sweet n' Sassy small hearts
Challenges:
Penny's Challenge #400--anything goes

March: Spellbinders "The Gilt Life"
Challenges: 
{Pin}spirational #225--try something different (making calendar pages and using a die for the first time--I've had it for years)

April: PTI border die
Challenges:

May: PTI border die
Challenges:

June: MFT star border die
Challenges: 

July: Verve "Scalloped Trim Trio"
Ribbon girl--anything goes

August: Verve "Pennant Trim"
Challenges:
Crafting by Designs--anything goes

September: None
4 Crafty Chicks #425--something old is something new

October: PTI border die
Challenges: 
Unicorn #37--autumn or Halloween
Divas That Cut--autumn an Halloween
Cut It Up #158--Halloween

November: MFT "Stitched Scallop Trio"
Challenges:
Creative Moments #145--anything goes with fall colors
Brown Sugar #285--halloween and/or autumn
Craft Rocket Challenge #33--autumn/halloween

December: Memory Box "Frostyville"
Challenges:
Crimbo Crackers #168--anything goes
Winter Wonderland--anything goes


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Up In the Air

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week it is a Designer's Choice Challenge and Shirley has chosen: It's Up In the Air.  So anything that is up in the air: planes, kites, birds, butterflies, etc.  Here is the card I created:
I started out with the background and since the metro stamp isn't large enough to cover the whole panel, I stamped it sort of randomly all over and really, you don't even really notice.  I stamped the plane image and then added the gray clouds.  It's quite hard to tell in this photo, but I embossed the black panel with a diagonal stripe embossing folder.  The little strip of stars was in my bits and pieces stash.
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week; there are so many options for this challenge!  Can't wait to see what you create.  And if you need any of the stamps I used; check out the 10% off your entire order coupon over in my left sidebar.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Metro Map", "Clouds" and "Bi-plane Silhouette"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

Challenges:
Creatalicious #148--anything goes with the optional twist: add some texture (my embossed panel and all the layers)
Dies R Us #106--anything goes using dies from companies Dies R Us carries (spellbinders)
Cards Galore #56--anything goes
Double Trouble #11--Thing #1: black and white + one (red); Thing #: enter Crafter's Cafe challenge; Thing #3: boy's wheelies
Crafter's Cafe #205--black and white + one other color
heARTful Blessings--anything goes
Try Stampin' On Tuesday #380--embossing magic and sketch

ART Impressions #242--vibrant colors
Cardz TV #67--anything goes
Hiding In My Craft Room #372--freestyle (anything goes)

Monday, October 1, 2018

Thankful for You

Wow, it is October already!!  That means it is time for a new challenge from the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog: Fall Back (Fall/Autumn/Thanksgiving).  Our sponsor for this challenge is Cas-ual Fridays and the prize will be a $25 gift certificate to their store!
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

I chose this beautiful set to work with:
I just loved the leaves and knew this image would be perfect for fall.  I gave it a bit of a water colored look.  I inked up the trunk stamp and then spritzed it with water before stamping it on water color paper.  I did the same with the leaves, stamping that image twice each with orange and red ink.  I drew the grass with a Tombow marker and then used a wet paintbrush to soften the blades a bit.  Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will get inky and play along with us this month; I can't wait to see what you create.

Supplies:
Stamps: Cas-ual Fridays "Calm and Gentle"

Challenges:
Moving Along With the Times #81--autumn/fall
4 Crafty Chicks #422--anything goes with the optional twist: happy fall ya'll
Cute Card Thursday #549--autumn
As You Like It--favorite season and why (I love the warmth of summer and have always thought it was my favorite season, but I'm starting to realize that I really, really love fall!!  I love the crisp air, the smells, the leaves, the pumpkins . . . )
C.R.A.F.T. #484--autumn/weather
Little Red Wagon #465--falling leaves
Creative Moments #155--anything goes: autumn colors
Mod Squad--fall is in the air (I used brown, red, and orange in my background paper)
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #175--anything fall
MFT #404--sketch (I turned it upside down to make the sentiment work better)

The Paper Shelter #355--colours of autumn/fall
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Crafty Friends #43--autumn colors
Your Next Stamp #98--fall fun
That's Crafty!--forever autumn

Project Remake

Today, it's my day to share a Pick of the Week on the House That Stamps Built blog.  I have a small stack of card elements sitting beside my desk that I am trying to work at using up.  A couple of them are cards that I made a long, long, long time ago and are in need of some work.  But as I am adverse to throwing anything away that could be used for something, I've been holding onto them with the thought of remaking them.  So, today is the day for one of these poor creations.  This is probably one of the first cards I made way back when I started cardmaking.  It's rather plain, with a rather odd color combo, and really, quite boring:
 Plus, the adhesive had dried up and the focal element was no long stuck on, and the sentiment on the inside did not stamp completely.
 Well, I set about dressing up the focal element first, and it was a good thing as the layers pretty much fell apart as I was looking at them.  Here is what it looks like with the addition of some mulberry paper and sentiment.  Better already!  I used Repeat Impressions' "Butterfly Sil (sm)" and "Love Stencil" (I used only the word).
 I created a panel for the front using the "Postcard" stamp in a light gray and inking the edges of the panel with the same gray.
 I added some ribbon and a bow that were made from ribbon salvaged from some other project and some pearls.  And this is the end result:
 So much better!  And I even salvaged the card base, adhering the new panel to the front and adding one on the inside with a new sentiment "May the Lord . . ."
So, maybe you have some cards that have been sitting around forever and will never be mailed out due to the fact they are just not quite mail worthy?  I hope this encourages you to go back and see if you can improve them, perhaps even using the same elements.

Challenges:
Craft Dee Bow-Z--anything goes with handmade bow
Addicted To Stamps #311--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #399--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
Crafty Creations #375--anything goes
Creative Knockouts #265--anything goes