Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Beautiful Butterfly

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

And here is the card I created:
 So, the butterfly was the obvious choice for this one.  And I HAD to go with the purple flowers because we were at my parents' house this weekend and my mom has a purple aster in her flower garden that was covered in Monarch butterflies!  It was so beautiful!  So, I colored the flowers with purple and added some purple mulberry paper for texture and softness.  I finished it off with one of my favorite sentiments and a little butterfly charm.
I stamped the butterfly twice so I could cut out the the top wing.  I adhered the base of it with glue and the top of the wing with a foam dot so it looks like it is fluttering.

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: "Daisies and Butterfly"; "I'm so glad . . ."
Dies: MFT "Bold Stripes Cover Up" I used the strip that was cut out by the die for the sentiment

Challenges:
Die Cuttin' Divas #438--just because
The Paper Girls #184--anything goes
Use Your Stuff #375--tags and frames (my image has a frame around it)
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #114--anything goes
Sweet Stampers #36--use a sentiment
Creative Knockouts #315--a charmed life
Word Art Wednesday #404--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafts Galore--anything goes



Wednesday, September 11, 2019

You Make Me Smile

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:
No photo description available.
  I used the left hand column: Winged Things, gems or pearls, die cut and I also used piercing.
Here is what I created for your inspiration:
First, let me say, I LOVE how this card turned out, but boy did I have some issues creating it!!  But before I get to that, a lot of the elements of this card came together quickly as they were still on my desk from a card I made last week.  (You can see it here, if you so desire)  The white circle, die cut word, pink card base, dark gray card stock and sequins (lots and lots of sequins as I accidently spilled the bag trying to look for something else!) were all just laying there and were the inspiration for the card.  I used a piercing tool to pierce around the edge of the circle and stamped the postcard text in a light gray to add some subtle interest.  I used two nesting rectangle dies to create the frame and a scrap of patterned paper fit behind it just perfectly.  The flowers and leaves were stamped on scrap white card stock and fussy cut out.  The butterflies were punched from scrap card stock and I die cut two more layers of the "smile" sentiment out of white scraps to create some dimension.

If you want to read about the mishaps, keep reading.  Otherwise, thanks for stopping by!  So, it started with the card base: when I made the card the other day, I die cut the "smile" but I didn't have any small pieces of the card stock, so I cut it out of a piece that was already cut for a card base.  When I saw it, I just couldn't waste the base, so I used the frame and patterned paper to cover it up.  I will add a panel on the inside to cover it up in there.  So, that wasn't really a mistake but something that had to be covered up.  #2: As often happens, I got creating without thinking about the tic tac board and realized I didn't have any elements to create a line, so realized I would have to add butterflies to make it work.  Which was ok as it leads to #3: After I stamped my sentiment on my stamp-a-ma-jig, so I could place it where I wanted, I decided I wanted the stamp in a different place on my block.  But I didn't realign it with the stamp-a-ma-jig so when I stamped it on my circle, it was completely in the wrong place!!  Butterflies and a white gel pen to the rescue!  I used the two lower butterflies to cover up what I couldn't 'erase' with the white gel pen.  Also, you'll notice #4: the text on my circle isn't exactly straight but when I placed the circle on the layout, I wasn't planning to add a sentiment directly to it.  And last but not least, #5: As I was adhering the frame to the patterned paper, the adhesive stuck on my finger and tore the frame!  So the top butterfly is strategically place to cover that little tear!  Phew!  Glad it's finished!

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 "Smile" (I masked it and didn't use the word 'smile'), "Postcard", "Daisy Outline large", "Daisy Outline small", "Leaf Outline large"
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangles and "Standard Circles, large"; Stamplorations "Smile"; MFT "Fancy Flourish", Martha Stewart Butterfly punch

Challenges:
Crafty Sentiments--dies and/or punches
Tuesday Throwdown #440--pile it on
Atlantic Hearts #333--sketch

Simon Says Stamp Monday--stamp it
Creative Fingers #170--anything goes
Crafty Catz #413--anything goes: with optional twist "Hi/welcome"
Cute Card Thursday #598--anything goes
Creative Moments #176--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Brown Sugar #293--anything goes
Sheepski Designs #30--die cuts/punches
Dies R Us #128--nature
Crafty Calendar--add lots of layers
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes
Pattie's Creations #162--things that fly (butterflies)
Cardz TV #97--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #360--anything goes with snippets (used lots of leftovers on this one)
Incy Wincy--things with wings
Make My Monday #104--use shapes (rectangles and circle)
STAMPlorations CUTplorations--anything goes with a die



Saturday, September 7, 2019

Purrfect Day

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Hand colored image
And here is my card for your inspiration:



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 "Purrfect Day"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; MFTf "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; STAMPlorations "Smile"
Paper Lane embossing folder

Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #403--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafty Creations #397--anything goes
Pink Gem Challenge--anything goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #113--anything goes
Make My Monday #104--use shapes (a nice big circle)
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Crafts Galore--anything goes
Crafting with An Attitude--anything goes
Die Cut Divas--free time fun (If I ever had any free time! I would sit around with my new sweet kitten that I was just given for my birthday)
Feeling Sketchy #224--sketch

2 Crafty Critter Crazies #30--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Penny's #446--anything goes

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Secret's Safe with Me

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps.  This week is a Designer's Choice Challenge and it is my turn to choose.  Since September is my Birthday month, I chose the theme: Something beginning with "B". 

And here is the card I created:
For my "B" words I used "bird", "branch", "book print paper" and the word "birthday".  I created this for the pastor of our church as his birthday is this week.  He has a sense of humor, so I think he will appreciated the cheekiness of this.  When he is not preaching, he tends to wear plaid flannel shirts and he LOVES books, so that was the inspiration for the papers I used.
I just love the look on this cat's face; he looks so proud of himself, or maybe, satisfied with his meal.  I love using this set for interactive cards as the images and sentiments are designed to work together and sort of have a surprise ending.
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 "Little Birdie 2-sided Swing Stamp Set"
Dies: Lawn Fawn "Double Slider Surprise"

Challenges:
Crafty Friends #117--add embellishments (I used enamel dots)
Cardz 4 Guyz #227--celebrate
As You Like It--favorite way to add sentiments and why? (My favorite way is with rubber/clear stamps.  I love all the different fonts and the fact that when you stamp them you can place them exactly where you want them.  You can even curve them or mask them to fit your space.)
Moving Along with the Times #105--things with wings
Cardz TV #97--anything goes
Sketch Saturday #579--pick any sketch--I used #278 turned on its side

Pink Gem Challenge--anything goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #113--anything goes
Incy Wincy--things with wings
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Penny Black--animals (I know birds were not allowed, but I do have a cat; I hope this is acceptable)
Creatalicious #170--humor
2 Crafty Critter Crazies--anything goes


Sunday, September 1, 2019

Wonderful

A new month has arrived and that means a new challenge from the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog.  This month's challenge is Anything Goes.  Our fabulous sponsor is CAS-ual Fridays.
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

And here is the card I created:
I used the set "Snowy Sayings" to create this fun card.  There are a ton of different snowflake images in the set and I used most of them to create my patterned paper in several different shades of pink. 
I created a fun fold to go along with the sketch I used.  I used one of the many sentiments from the set and finished everything off with a couple sequins and a bunch of pink Nuvo drops. 
The sentiment reads "It's the most Wonderful time of the year".

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: CAS-ual Fridays "Snowy Sayings"
Dies: Dies "MFT "Stitched Hillsides"; Sweet n' Sassy Stamps small snowflake

Challenges:
Christmas at Sweet Stampin--anything goes with the optional twist: snow people (I did not use the twist)
Creative Craft Cottage #121--Christmas
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #331--sketch


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Playing for fun

Usually, most of my card making is for Design Team Assignments or cards that I need right away.  But every once in a while, a challenge really grabs my eye and I just HAVE to play along.  When I saw this sketch from Atlantic Hearts, I knew it would be perfect for using up some elements of my bits and pieces stash.
And here is the card I created:
The strips of patterned paper were pieced together from scraps and had been in my bits and pieces stash along with one lonely scrap from the same pack that I had missed when creating the strips.  That piece was just perfect for creating the bottom banner of the sketch.  The white strip that the sentiment is stamped on was also in the stash.  The base panel felt a little too plain to me, so I stamped it with a crackle background stamp and a light gray ink.  It is very subtle, but adds just enough interest to keep it from being boring.  I die cut a heart from vellum and topped it with a button that was rescued from an item of clothing that my kids have outgrown.

Supplies:
Stamps: MFT "Essential Sentiments"; JustRite Stampers crackle background
Dies: Sweet n' Sassy Stamps heart; MFT "Bold Stripes Cover Up" sentiment strip

Challenges:
Atlantic Hearts Sketch #331--sketch
Unicorn Challenge #46--fully loaded or CAS (I went with CAS)
Brown Sugar #292--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #359--anything goes with snippets (everything on this card was made from scraps)
Sweet Stampin'--pretty in pink
Simon Says Stamp Monday--S is for? (strips and scraps and sentiment)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
Krafty Chicks #470--Crazy Egg/just a sentiment

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Miracle of Christmas

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week it is a fan favorite: Anything Goes!! And here is the card I created for your inspiration:
I spotted this card on Pinterest a couple weeks ago, and I was inspired to put my own twist on it for this challenge:
 I used my mini MISTI to stamp my deer family first.  It took a couple of stampings to get a nice, dark image, but that's the beauty of the MISTI!  Then I masked off the ground directly beneath the deer and used the pine tree stamp to create my forest.  I stamped some of the trees directly, and some after stamping off once or twice to create a difference in depth.  Then I masked the moon with a punched out circle and used SU!'s Brocade Blue to sponge in the night sky.  When I removed the moon mask, the moon was a bit too bright, so I sponged some light gray ink on it to soften the look.  Then, I splatted some watered down white paint to give the look of snow.

After, I removed the ground mask, I sponged on some glue on the ground and added some fine glitter to make a snow covering.  I'm really please with how this turned out!

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.  AND right now, there is a HUGE sale going on--Wendy is looking to clear out her show inventory.  So head over and see.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Deer Family Silhouette", "Large Pine Tree" and "May the Miracle . . ."
Dies: MFT "Stitched Scallops"; Marvy Uchida 1" circle punch

Challenges:
Unicorn Challenge #46--fully loaded or CAS (I went with CAS)
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes with the optional twist: snow people (I did not use the twist)
Sparkles #103--It's snowtime
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round--add a tree
Power Poppy Creative Spark--shimmer
Crafty Calendar--anything goes
Brown Sugar #292--anything goes
Creative Inspirations--something seasonal
Creatalicious #169--add some sparkle
Creative Craft Cottage #121--Christmas
2 Crafty Critter Crazies--anything goes
Merry Little Christmas Challenge #13--anything goes
Cardz TV #96--anything goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #112--anything goes
CAS(E) This Sketch #336--sketch

Cut It Up #181--outdoor fun
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #452--anything goes with the optional twist: embossing (I did not use the twist)
Simon Says Stamp Monday--S is for? Snow and sparkle


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Gorgeous

I'm just getting in under the wire to play along with STAMPlorations Bloomdala Bliss linky party!  I was this gorgeous image, and HAD to play along.  I mean, it's gorgeous!!
The hardest part of creating this card was deciding what color combo I wanted to use to color the image.  I finally decided on purples and aquas; such a pretty color combo.  I started with the lightest shades, worked up to the darker shades and moved back down to the lighter shades.  I love how it turned out!  I die cut the word "gorgeous" and stamped "Hello" to finish the sentiment.  And finished everything off with a few irridescent purple rhinestones.  I layered the panel on a dark purple card stock base.
Love, love, love how this turned out!!

Supplies:
Stamps: STAMPlorations "Bloomdala Bliss" free digi; Raisin Boat Stamps "Flourishing Thoughts" hello
Dies: STAMPlorations "gorgeous" die

Challenges: 
STAMPlorations--National Coloring Book Day Linky Party
Love To Craft Challenge Blog #37--anything goes
Power Poppy Creative Spark--make it with metal (I used a gold paint pen on some of the dots and a gold die cut word)
Dare 2B Artzy--anything goes
STAMPlorations CUTplorations--anything goes

STAMPlorations Never-Ending--anything goes

Sweet Stampers #35--dies and/or punches
Word Art Wednesday #400--anything goes with uplifting sentiments
Alphabet Challenge--K is for Kind words
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #112--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--CAS
Double D Challenge--pearls, gems, rhinestones
Crafty Friends #117--add embellishments

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Thinking of you

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Ribbon and/or bows
And here is my card for your inspiration:
 Looking to use some unloved ribbon, I came across this super cute heart ribbon that I've had for a long time and have never used.  It turned into the basis for the color combo of my card.  I used a sentiment from Cardz TV on the front and one of the companion sentiments on the inside:


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 "Background Washday" digi; Cardz TV "Thinking of You: Inside and Out" sentiments
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle

Challenges:
Craft Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow
Sheepski Designs #29--animal madness
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #29--anything goes
As You Like It--Favorite color combo: pink and green, or orange and blue (pink and green has always been one of my favorite color combos for cards.  I think they are really pretty and feminine together and work perfectly for flower cards--and also for these cute animals)
ART Impressions #262--gotta gingham
Cardz TV #96--anything goes
My Favorite Things #451--sketch (turned on its side)

Creative Knockouts #312--tic tac toe (I used the diagonal starting on the top left: stamp (digi), sentiment, ribbon/twine)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Sunflower Hapiness

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps.  This week we have a beautiful inspiration photo for you:
Image may contain: flower and plant
And here is the card I created:
Right away, those yellow flowers caught my eye as the look like little, tiny sunflowers!  So, I decided to go with the sunflower theme and add in some of the colors to complete my card.  I started by stamping the sunflowers on the blue panel on the left.  After stamping them in brown ink, I colored the yellow portions and then colored the background with blue.  I got a little carried away with the blue and it was quite dark, a bit too dark for my liking and the rest of the card, so I added a piece of vellum over stop.  This softened the colors just enough without making it hard to see the images.  I found a piece of yellow paper that I have had FOREVER and is one of those which I have a hard time using because it's so bright.  But it seemed perfect for a happy, sunflower card and definitely fit the color scheme.  I then stamped, colored and die cut the main sunflower image and added brown stickles to the center to give it some dimension and sparkle!  You can see it better in the photo below: 
I finished everything off with some scallops cut from kraft scraps, some blue mats cut from scraps (the one under the main panel actually has a giant hole from die cutting something a while ago, but it's a mat, so no one will ever see it!) and some brown enamel dots.

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 "Sunflower", "Floral Positive" (the vertical blue panel on the left side), and "I'm so glad . . ."
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle; MFT "Stitched Scallop Border Trio"

Challenges:
Cards Galore #66--anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude #54--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Creatalicious Challenge #169--anything goes with the optional twist: add some sparkle
Crafty Calendar--anything goes
Stamplorations Theme and Sketch Challenge--anything goes

Creative Fingers #169--anything goes
Cupcake Inspirations #476--glitter (stickles=glitter glue)

Word Art Wednesday #400--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafty Creations #376--anything goes
Alphabet Challenge--K is for kind thoughts
Sketch Saturday #157--sketch


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Fishy Birthday Wishes

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:
No photo description available.  
Here is what I created for your inspiration:
I used the diagonal: By the Sea, Texture, Bright colors.  The card was mostly inspired by the blue patterned paper in the background.  I found a larger scrap of it a couple months ago and used a bit for another water card.  I had three small pieces left and I have had this idea in my head since I made the other card.  The three scraps were just exactly the right size.  I added texture with a "bubble" stencil and used it to dry emboss the main panel.  For a bit of extra fun, I made it into a shaker card by adding some clear seed beads to each circle to represent air bubbles.
I had to use the mirror image technique for the fish in the top circle to add a little 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 "Large Tropical Fish", "Small Tropical Fish" and "it's your birthday" from the Holy Crap set
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"
Taylored Expressions bubble stencil

Challenges:
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Shopping Our Stash #402--gone fishin'
Tuesday Throwdown #438--color inspiration

Simon Says Stamp Monday--midsummer blues
Sweet Stampers #35--dies and/or punches
Creative Fingers #169--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #594--circles
Dies R Us #126--bright colors
Pattie's Creations #161--beach/under the sea
Cards Galore #66--anything goes
Cardz TV #95--anything goes

Monday, August 12, 2019

A Child is Born

Today is my turn to share my Pick of the Week over on The House That Stamps Built blog.  While I was making a different card this week, I remembered a little trick that I like to use but hadn't thought of in a while.  If you have nesting dies like I do (or actually any die that has a little edge around it), you can use this trick to create a small border around your shaped die cut.  For this card, I used a circle die, but it also works great for ovals or other rounded shapes.  I used one size of my circle dies to cut the circle with the poinsettia, and the next size up to cut the green mat.  It's just leaves too much green showing and here is where the trick comes in.
 I took the green circle and the same die that I used to cut the white circle, and taped the circle die onto the green circle.
 Then, I took my scissors and cut right up against the die.  The metal edge is a nice guide.
 Continue cutting around the edge until you have a perfect circle.
 And then, you have the perfect mat for your circle; just the right size.
 And here is my finished card:
Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "For Unto You" and "Poinsettia"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large" and "Radiant Rectangles"; MFT "Blueprints 13" fishtail banner

Challenges:
C.R.A.F.T. #524--Christmas
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #55--anything goes
Merry Little Christmas Challenge #13--anything goes
Brown Sugar #292--anything goes
Love To Craft Challenge Blog #37--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes
Cards Galore #66--anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes with the optional twist: Christmas in the sun (I did not use the optional twist)
Mojo Monday #520--sketch (I turned it sideways)

Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #111--anything goes
Cardz TV #95--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #399--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #197--3 or more layers
Crafty By Designs--anything goes

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Christmas Blessings

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Circles
And here is my card for your inspiration:

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 "Poinsettia Mouse" digi; Verve "Beyond Measure" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

Challenges:
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
The Paper Shelter--anything goes
Crimbo Crackers #190--anything goes
Pink Gem Challenge--anything goes
Double Trouble #35--Thing #1: 3 colors (red, green, white), 2 patterned paper, 1 sentiment or image
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes with the optional twist: Christmas in the sun (I did not use the optional twist)
Christmas Cards All Year Round--add a tree (trees in my patterned paper)
Crafting with an Attitude #54--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafty Calendar--anything goes
Sheepski Designs #29--animal madness
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #29--anything goes
Craft Rockets #62--anything goes
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Penny's Challenges #442--anything goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 #166--sketch

Creative Moments #174--anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #423--Christmas
Cute Card Thursday #554--circles
Aud Sentiments #233--animals