Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Time to celebrate!

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: food
And here is the card I created:
This was thrown together in about 10 minutes (super fast for me) and I am so pleased with how it turned out!  I spent all afternoon yesterday making an interactive card for the challenge, just creating and having fun with the process.  When I went to upload it, I realized it had absolutely nothing to do with the inspiration photo!  Ugh!!  So, quick, run downstairs and make something to FIT the challenge without taking a lot of time!  I used a dotted stencil from Tim Holtz to create the background.  I started with some yellow ink and then some pink just in the center.  Stamped the ice cream bar twice and colored them to match the picture, fussy cut them and adhered to the background.  Stamped the sentiment and added the sequins and done!  Moral of the story=make sure you know what the guidelines are first.
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 "Cool Treats" (I used only one of the images) and "Time to celebrate" from the "Holy Crap" series

Challenges:
Pattie's Creations #160--food or drinks
Brown Sugar #291--anything goes
Penny Black--summer colors
Creative Craft Cottage #120--summer
Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the pink and yellow and the frozen treat in the bottom row)

The Paper Funday #7--Patriotic and/or summer
Stamplorations Mixed Media Summer Challenge--anything goes with a stencil

Stamplorations CAS Summer Challenge--anything goes

Cute Card Thursday #590--pink
Aud Sentiments #231--bingo (I used the middle row: 3D item {sequins}, digi or stamp, markers or pencils)

Creative Fingers #168--anything goes
Sweet Stampers #34--summer
Cupcake Inspirations #474--shades of pink


Monday, July 15, 2019

Monkey Birthday

Since I am playing along with my Crazy Cousins over on the Double Trouble Challenge this month, I have another project to share with you for challenge #33.

WELCOME to Challenge #33 - Let the Troubles Begin  

"Birthday/Special Occasion for our Kids and Babies" 


THING 1: Double Trouble
says, "I'm not kidding...Let's create a Birthday/Special Occasion card or scrapbook page for our "Kids and Babies".

You can stop here ...
Or you can use Twisted Sister's Optional Twist below so that you can enter into a our partner's challenge. 




THING 3: Twisted Sister
says, "Can you believe I got in trouble for singing:
     Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday to You!
     You look like a monkey! And act like one too!
Who would have thought? Especially when monkeys are so adorable and fun." Enjoy another verse of Twisted Sister's Happy Birthday Song.

Twisted Sister's optional twist is to use a monkey or any Zoo animal on your project and earn another chance in the random draw and also be eligible to enter in Double Dare's dare below.


THING 2: Double Dare
dares you, if you have created a special occasion kid and/or baby project and have included an animal you can enter into "Crafter's Café Challenge too".

Click HERE to enter and earn another chance for Double Trouble Random Draw.




Here is my card:
A couple weeks ago, I made a never-ending/infinity card (using this tutorial) for a graduation and my daughter told me it was the kind of card she wanted me to make for her birthday.  Since she LOVES monkeys, this was the perfect opportunity to get a jump on things, so I made her a birthday card.  Since the card is never ending, it really doesn't have a "front" or "back", but this is what I consider the "first" panel.  The sentiment reads "It's Your Birthday Go Bananas!"  This is what it looks like as it turns into the second panel:
This is the second panel:
As it turns into the third panel:
The third panel (she is going to be 11):
As it turns into the fourth panel:
And the fourth and final panel:
I left the bottom panel blank as that is where I will write a little something to her.  But, these cards are so fun and the fun doesn't stop!  So, the fourth panel also opens to turn back to the first panel:
I know she is going to love this, with all the adorable monkeys and the fun fold!  Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will head over to the Double Trouble blog for all the details and to see what the Twisted Sisters came up with.

Supplies:
Stamps: Sugar Pea Designs "Chunky Monkey" (monkeys and accessories and sentiment on the first panel); PaperTrey Ink "Big Birthday Wishes" other sentiments
Dies: PaperTrey Ink number dies

Challenges:
Crafter's Cafe #223--animals and/or ATC
Scor-pal #61--anything goes with the optional twist: Patriotic (as long as it has more than one score line)
Unicorn Challenge #45--baby or for a child
Pattie's Creations #160--food or drinks (bananas)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Creative Inspirations--anything goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
ART Impressions #260--birthday cards
Cardz TV #93--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #438--anything goes
Crafty Creations #394--anything goes
Creative Moments #172--anything goes



Saturday, July 13, 2019

Christmas Joy

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:
This is one of my favorite Di's images (hmm . . . I might say that about all of them!); that mouse is just so cute!!  I made a fun paper pieced background with paper scrap strips.  I love the bits of black, they really make this sweet image pop!  I finished the card off with a heat embossed 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 "Poinsettia Mouse" digi; Verve "Beyond Measure" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle; MFT "Blueprints 25" stitched rectangle (on the background panel)

Challenges:
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes with the optional twist: Christmas in the sun (I did not use the optional twist)
Cards Galore #65--anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafty Calendar--Christmas in July
Power Poppy Creative Confetti--Christmas in July
SheepSki Designs #28--early Christmas/winter
Brown Sugar #291--anything goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies--anything goes
Craft Rockets--animals
Merry Little Christmas--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Time Out Challenge #139--inspired by the word "flowers"

Crimbo Crackers #188--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #356--anything goes with snippets (all the paper strips were scraps or cut from scraps)
Try Stampin' On Tuesday #416--sketch and theme: Christmas in July

Crafty Sentiments--add a sentiment
Penny's Challenge #438--anything goes
Crafty Creations #394--anything goes
Little Red Wagon #505--it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Krafty Chicks #463--anything goes with optional twist: Christmas in July

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Deepest Sympathy

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 left hand column: insects, eyelets, vellum.
Our neighbor passed away last week so I was making a sympathy card to give to his wife.  As I was getting ready to cut the angled panels, I realized it would be just as easy to create two cards (which worked out well as I also needed a seconded sympathy card for a lady at our church).  So, I cut two rectangle panels of patterned paper, stacked them together and made the angled cut through both layers.  That way, they line up perfectly with each other.  I added some ribbon, stamped the butterfly on vellum and layered that on a third patterned paper piece.  Added some eyelets and a sympathy sentiment, and two cards finished in almost the same amount of time as making one!  Here is a closer shot of the first card (this is the one I like the best):
 And the second:
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 "Butterfly (sm.)" and "Sympathy"
Dies: Verve "Classic Labels"

Challenges:
Crafts Galore #65--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Love To Craft Challenge Blog #36--anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude--anything goes
Brown Sugar #291--anything goes
Creative Inspirations--anything goes
Creatalicious #166--anything goes with the optional twist: more than 2 patterned papers (I used 3)
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Crafty Catz #469--anything goes
Cardz TV #93--anything goes
Pink Gem Challenge--anything goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #109--anything goes
Atlantic Hearts Sketch #324--sketch

Use Your Stuff #366--birds, bees, or butterflies
Crafty Sentiments--add a sentiment

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Red, White and Blue for You

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps.  This week is a Designer's Choice Challenge and Donna has chosen: Red, White & Blue

And here is the card I created:
I just love this Flower Power background stamp!  It's so pretty and it looks fabulous no matter what colors you use it with.  This is actually quite a pretty color combo.  I love the red and the light blue and when I threw in the darker blue; it really added a lot of interest and depth.  I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder and finished off the flowers with pearls in various colors and blue 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 challenge (if you are American, it will definitely make you feel patriotic!).  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 "Flower Power Background" and "I'm so glad . . ."
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Challenges:
Crafty Creations #393--anything goes
Creative Moments #171--anything goes
Aud Sentiments #230--anything goes
Creative Fingers #167--anything goes
Cut It Up #177--red, white and blue
Crafty Friends #113--things beginning with "B" (I used blue and blooms)
Simon Says Stamp Monday--make your own background
Tuesday Throwdown #435--anything goes
Crafts Galore #65--anything goes

Monday, July 1, 2019

Beach Santa

So, a little while ago, I was asked to play along with my cousins over at the Double Trouble Challenge blog.  How fun, right?

And the challenge is:
"Christmas in July - Something Square" 


THING 1: Double Trouble
says "Have some fun and help us celebrate Christmas in July while singing along with Bing Crosby to the Hawaiian Christmas Song Mele Kalikimaka for inspiration." Make a square card, scrapbook page, gift box or use squares on your project.

If you use a stamp that is at least one year old (rubber or acrylic) you can also play along with Thing 2 who Double Dares you to join in at Retro Rubber Challenge below.  Digital Images Not Acceptable.  



THING 3: Twisted Sister
says, "In July Santa hangs 10 at the North Shore rather than the North Pole."  

If you create a beach scene with Santa you can earn an extra chance to our random draw. This is an optional fun twist and we would love to see how you think Santa spends his time at the North Shore.     





THING 2: Double Dare 


dares you to use a rubber or acrylic stamp older than one year and since you already have your Christmas theme, you can enter Retro Rubber Challenge #113. Must include the age (or approximate age) of the stamp in your blog post. After all – Retro wants to give these old stamps some love!








And here is my card:
I bet you didn't know, but just before all the hustle and bustle of Christmas Eve, Santa takes a quick little vacation to the beach.  He relaxes and even builds sandmen (instead of snowmen).  After the little bit of rejuvenation, Santa is ready to do his deliveries.  I hope you will play along with us.  I can't wait to see how you interpret the challenge.

Supplies:
Stamps: YNS "Holiday Snow Globe" santa, snowman, sentiment; Repeat Impressions "Large Palm Trees"  and "Sandcastle" just used the birds

Challenges:
Retro Rubber-- (the snow globe set, is the very first YNS set I ever bought.  It's probably close to 10 years old and still has some of my most favorite little Christmas images.)
Time Out Challenge #138--funny
Moving Along with The Times #100-- CAS
Cardz TV #92--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--Christmas
Penny's Challenge #436--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
Crafty Creations #393--anything goes
Creative Moments #171--anything goes
Aud Sentiments #230--anything goes



Glitzy Birthday

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 DRS Designs.
And here is the card I created:
Ooo . . . this is so full of sparkle and shine!  I used a glittery gold paper for the base layer and some pretty floral paper for the second layer.  I cut an oval out of both layers to create a frame around the image.  The sentiment was stamped on a scrap paper strip; all I had to do was trim the end into a fish tail.  The brown "flower" was created by adhering together two die cuts that were in my bits and pieces stash.  I finished it off with a sparkly blue brad.  Then I finished everything off with some blue rhinestones.
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: DRS Designs horse (I can't find it in the shop, so it might be retired); Verve "Be Blessed" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "Standard Ovals, large" and motif (I can't remember the name, but I'll look it up"

Challenges:
Creative Fingers #166--anything goes
Sweet Stampers #33--anything goes
Alphabet Challenge--G is for Grunge or Glitz
Cardz TV #92--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop--anything goes with snippets (the sentiment strip and "flower" die cuts were scraps as well as the white card stock the image is stamped on)
Make My Monday #99--something beginning with "B" (birthday greeting, brad, blue rhinestones, blooms)
Die Cuttin' Divas #426--happy birthday to you
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Hello, Beautiful

It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.
The challenge this time is: Sweet Summertime
And here is my card for your inspiration:
This little bear is so sweet and he's carrying my favorite summertime flower, the sunflower!  So, I think it is absolutely perfect for our Sweet Summertime theme.  I used one of my scrap paper strips for this rather quick (I say rather because coloring always takes me a while), sweet card.  I finished it off with a pink button and yellow floss and then some copper stickles on the sunflower.  You can see the sparkle in the photo below: 
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 "Happiness is A Sunflower Bear" digi; MFT "Essential Sentiments"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 25" stitched rectangle and banner

Challenges:
Power Poppy Creative Confetti--Just color
30 Days of Coloring Challenge--color
Creatalicious #165--anything goes with spots and/or stripes (I've got both in my patterned strip)
Creative Craft--anything goes
Craft Rocket #64--summer is coming
Word Art Wednesday #395--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Cardz TV #92--anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes
Make My Monday #99--something beginning with "B" (I have a bear, bug, bloom, banner and button)
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Fab N Funky #446--sunny summertime
The Paper Shelter #389--going digital
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
Mod Squad Challenge--use a flower
Little Red Wagon #503--much ado about nothing (not for a specific occasion)

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Seaside birthday

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 needed a masculine birthday card and knew I wanted to use this sailboat image.  But I was going in one direction with it and it was just NOT working!  So, I went in another direction and I really love how it turned out.  I just love the colors in these papers and they fit the summer/beachy theme of this card. 
  I stamped the ship and die cut it, then created a mask and stamped the compass image.  I used some mulberry paper to add some texture and interest.  Two bits of ribbon and a stamped sentiment and done!
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 "Sailboat", "Compass", and "Birthday"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

Challenges:
Unicorn #44--for the men/boys
Cards Galore #64--anything goes
Crafting with An Attitude--anything goes
Through The Purple Haze #157--the guys have it
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Divas That Cut--birthdays
Dies R Us #122--summer (here in the north east, sailboats only come out in the summer)
Creatalicious #65--anything goes with the optional twist: spots and/or dots
Pile It On #155--transportation and/or vacation
Craft Rocket #60--summer is coming (here in the north east, sailboats only come out in the summer)
Stamplorations Theme and Sketch challenge--I used the theme: stamps and birthday

Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Aud Sentiments #229--anything goes
Cut It Up #176--welcome summer (here in the north east, sailboats only come out in the summer)
Mojo Monday #518--sketch
Mojo Monday Sketch 518 by Julee Tilman | poeticartistry.blogspot.com
Crafter's Cafe # 221--boys/men OR rain/sun
Crafty Gals #174--polka dots and/or stripes
C.R.A.F.T. #518--summer (here in the north east, sailboats only come out in the summer)
Cute Card Thursday #587--summer (here in the north east, sailboats only come out in the summer)
Crafty Catz #467--anything goes with the optional twist: circles
Sweet Stampin'--anything goes with the optional twist: summer (here in the north east, sailboats only come out in the summer)
Make My Monday #99--beginning with the letter "B" (Boat, birthday greeting)

Monday, June 24, 2019

Pick of the Week

It's my turn to share a pick of the week on The House That Stamps Built blog today.  I'm going to share something I haven't done in a really long time: Iris folding.  Do you remember that one?  I don't know what made me think of it, but I'm so glad I did because I had a blast!  So, here's what you need:
-card base or panel
-basic die shape (or something to cut out a basic shape)
-strips of paper (this is a great way to use up some scraps!)
-optional: an iris folding template like this one or there are tons on the internet.  You don't have to print it out; I just used it for a reference
Put a lot of adhesive around the shape on the backside of the panel.  If you don't have a template, place your first strips evenly spaced around the cut shape.  (I actually had to take this out and remove one of the strips of paper so the pattern worked better.)
 This is what it looks like on the backside.  You need a LOT of adhesive.
 Continue adding the strips around the circle until you have filled in the entire shape.  
 I turned the circle into an ornament with the ribbon die and finished it off with a rhinestone and a Merry Christmas sentiment.  Once I finished the card, I just had to keep going, so I created an adorable little tag in the same way.
 This time I used the same ribbon die and added a little ornament topper as well.  I finished it off with a partial sentiment from the Christmas Tree 2-sided swing stamp set,

Supplies:
Card:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Christmas"
Dies: Spellbinders "Standard Circles, large"; Elizabeth Craft Designs "Beautiful Baubles"
Tag:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Christmas Tree 2-sided Swing Stamp Set"
Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs "Beautiful Baubles"; PaperTrey Ink "Tag Sale #8"

Challenges:
Christmas at Sweet Stampin--anything goes with optional twist (I did not use the twist)
Crafty Hazelnut' Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Love To Craft Challenge Blog #35--anything goes
ABC Christmas--L is for little (little tag)
Merry Little Christmas Challenge #11--anything goes
Winter Wonderland--use red and green
Creative Moments--anything goes
Crimbo-Crackers # 186--anything goes
Cardz TV #91--anything goes
Sweet Stampers #33--anything goes
Creative Fingers #166--anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #108--anything goes

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Infinity Card

So, I've been seeing these cards around on the internet--the infinity or never ending card--and finally took the plunge.  And, oh my goodness!!!  It was so fun and so much easier than I thought it would be!  I decided to make this for a young man in our family that just graduated from High School.  I used this fabulous tutorial (though I am sure there are plenty out there).  It's kind of hard to show how this works in still pictures, but hopefully you can see how it works.  This is the front (or at least what I intended to be the front; it's hard to have a front when it never ends!):
 As it changes to the next panel:
 Panel number two:
 As it opens to the third panel:
 Panel number three:
 As it changes to the final panel:
The final panel with a spot left for writing the greeting:
Oh, and wait!!  It goes back to the front panel!  What??
If you have not tried this kind of card before, you have to give it a try!!  I used papers with bright, celebratory colors and patterns and tried to vary them throughout the card, while keeping the stripes going all through it.  All the caps and diplomas were stamped on scraps of white card stock, colored and fussy cut out before sprinkling them throughout the card.  And the "g" for "grad" was actually in my bits and pieces stash and was the basis for the color combo.

Supplies:
1st Panel:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Class of" and "Grad's Cap and Diploma" (both wood mounted sets are on sale right now)
Dies: Papertrey Ink "By the Numbers"
2nd Panel:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Grad's Cap and Diploma"
Dies: PaperTrey Ink "congrats" die and "bookprint lowercase alphabet"
3rd Panel:
Stamps: Verve "Shine Bright"; Repeat Impressions "Grad's Cap and Diploma"
Dies: PaperTrey Ink "Sparkle and Shine" die; Verve "Star" dies
4th Panel:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Grad's Cap and Diploma"
Dies: PaperTrey Ink "Bookprint lowercase alphabet"; Verve star die

Challenges:
Unicorn Challenge #44--for the men/boys
Crafty Calendar--masculine
SheepSki Designs #27--for someone special
Creatalicious #165--spots and/or stripes (lots of stripes)
Paper Funday #6--anything goes with optional twist: for the guys
Dare 2B Artzy--shaped cards (I don't know if this qualifies, but it is constantly changing shape and when opened to the 3rd panel, it's definitely shaped.  If this doesn't fit the challenge, please delete my entry)
Crafty Creations #392--anything goes
Creative Fingers #166--anything goes
Crafter's Cafe #221--boys/men AND/OR rain/sun
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
The Paper Shelter--stripes AND/OR dots
Penny's Challenge #435--anything goes
Double D--pick a pattern (I used a LOT of patterns on this; but my favorite is probably the stripes)
Try Stampin' On Tuesday #412--fun fold and/or sketch