Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Mom

 Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  
This week's theme is: All About Mom

And here is the card I created:
I had these papers out from a card I made last week, and I just really loved the combination!  There might be another one in the future using the same papers/color combo.  For my "Mom", I used a fun technique for lining up the dies perfectly.  I will be sharing the technique as a Project of the Week on Monday, May 17.  So, if you want to see how I do it (and it's really easy) come back and check it out.
For my card, I used the papers and a teal cardstock already on my desk, and I paired them with a bit of melon colored ribbon and some peach lace.  I already had the gold die cut piece in my bits and pieces stash.  I finished everything off with the stamped butterfly and some peach pearls that I have had for a long time.  They are not an easy color to match!  I had a little tiny strip of patterned paper left from cutting the background panel and it was just the right size to embellish the inside of the card.
After I stamped and colored the butterfly, I added some gold Nuvo Shimmer pen over the top which gives it a nice glittery shimmer.  It's hard to see, but you can catch a glimpse of it in the photo below.

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 (small)", "I'm so glad . . ." and "Mom's like you . . ."
Dies: MFT "Stitched Alphabet"; Spellbinders doily

Challenges:
Shopping Our Stash #444--I made this for you, Mom
Retro Rubber #157--sketch (I have had the sentiment for 6 years and the butterfly and inside sentiment for 5 1/2 years)













Creative Knockouts #399--tic tac toe (I use the center row: bling (pearls), image, die cuts)
Word Art Wednesday #490--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Cupcake Inspiration #518--Mother's Day or for a special female













Krafty Chicks--anything goes
Crafty Catz #549--anything goes

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Sea 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.


And here is the card I created:
So, I've had this MFT set "Friends with Fins" sitting on my desk for a while since it is so adorable!  I made a card with it last week and I just had to make another one!  I just love how cute this little shark is!  I made a fun shaker card with the shaker element as a see-through element into the inside of the card.  You can see a little sneak peek in the photo below:
Here it is with the shaker elements "floating" around:
And here is the inside:
I used a stencil, a blending brush, and some Distress Oxide inks to create an ocean inside.  I used my stamp positioner to stamp the shark directly behind the shark on the outside so you have a fun little surprise when you open it up.

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: MFT "Friends With Fins"; YNS "Sea Creature Sentiments"; Mama Elephant "Inside Birthday Sentiments"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle and "Blueprints 14 "Stitched Circle"
Stencil: MFT "Ocean Waves"

Challenges:













Creative Moments #213--anything goes
Aud Sentiments #273--birthday sentiment
Cut It Up #224--masculine
Cardz TV #135--anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
The Paper Shelter #467--a birthday card
Penny's Challenge #495--anything goes
Krafty Chicks #557--anything goes
Crafty Catz #549--anything goes
Creative Fingers #207--anything goes



Daffodil Wishes

 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 used this sweet Daffodil Bear as daffodils are in full bloom around here right now.  I think my favorites are the ones with the white petals and orange centers so that's how I colored this one.  I was looking for some orange paper to go go along with the center when I came across this one with the teal elements and it was love at first sight!!  I'll definitely be using this color combo (and papers) again very soon!
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: 
Stamps: Di's Digi Stamps "Daffodil Bear" digi; Verve "Better Together" sentiment

Challenges:
Paper Funday #28--anything goes with the optional twist: spring has sprung
Dare 2B Artzy--bright colors
Double Trouble #82--Flowers (Thing #1: flowers)
Mod Squad--flowers
Creative Moments #213--anything goes
Cardz TV #135--anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes
Crafting Happiness #94--anything goes with the optional twist: bright colors













Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
The Paper Shelter #467--a birthday card
Penny's Challenge #495--anything goes
Lil' Red Wagon #599--smell the roses
Krafty Chicks #557--anything goes
Crafty Catz #549--anything goes
Creative Fingers #207--anything goes
Your Next Stamp #163--bright colors

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Happy Birthday

  Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps.  This week is a fan favorite: Anything Goes!!

And here is the card I created:
I started by heat embossing the "Flower Power Background" stamp with white embossing powder on a sheet of white card stock.  Then I used a blender brush to blend Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide inks onto the panel.  I really loved the Cracked Pistachio in the center, but unfortunately, it got mostly covered up by the center elements.  For some subtle shimmer and shine, I spritzed on a glimmer spray from Hero Arts which you can see a little bit in the photo below:
I had thought I would cut the panel in half and be able to use it on two cards, but once I made the cut, I saw that half the panel wasn't enough to be able to see how pretty it is.  So, I pieced it back together and covered the join with a bit of ribbon (left over from another project) and a border die.  Now, no one will ever know!  To keep from covering the panel too much, I die cut a rectangle out of vellum; it gives a grounding place for the sentiment circle, but also allows some of the background to show through.

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 "Flower Power Background" and "Happy Birthday"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle (main panel); Spellbinders "A2 Matting Bascis A" rectangle, "Classic Circles, large" and "Scalloped Circles, large"; Altenew border die

Challenges:
Dies R Us #167--anything goes using dies from brands DRU sells (I used Spellbinders)
Sweet Stampers #55--lots of layers
Incy Wincy--colors of Spring And/Or Embossing (I used embossing)
Double Trouble #82--Flowers (Thing #1--include flowers on your card)













Mod Squad--flowers
Creative Moments #213--anything goes
Aud Sentiments #273--Birthday sentiment
Krafty Chicks #556--all occasions
Cardz TV #135--anything goes


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Birthday Fishes

 Oh, my goodness, I just LOVE this adorable Birdie Brown "Friends with Fins" set from My Favorite Things!!!  The little sea creatures are just too cute!

This scene is super fun and cute by itself, but I used the Launch Party DieNamics to add a fun leaping dolphin to the mix:
When you pull the pull tab, he pops up to bring smiles and birthday wishes.  Oh, so fun!!
Supplies:
Stamps: MFT "Friends with Fins"; YNS "Sea Creatures Sentiments"
Dies: MFT "Under the Sea", "Ocean Motion", "Launch Party"; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; Paper Smooches "Cute Clouds"
Taylored Expressions "Set The Scene: Clouds" stencil

Challenges:
Creative Craft Cottage #39--include an animal




Creative Fingers #206--anything goes
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
MFT Sketch #538--sketch (I turned it on its side)













Aud Sentiments Challenge #273--birthday sentiment
Krafty Chicks #556--all occasions (birthday)



Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Gradient Hello

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps.  This week is a fun theme: Let the Sentiment be the Highlight (or the focus of your card).

And here is the card I created:

For my mother's birthday this past weekend, I made this card.  I loved the colors I used for the flowers and the paper was still on my desk, so I decided to use them again to create my card for this challenge.  I created an ombre effect on the large sentiment using my mini MISTI which made it really easy!  I started out by stamping it with the lightest color of ink, then moved on to the medium shade.  I inked about 2/3 of the word with the medium ink and then softened the edge with a cloth.  For the darkest shade along the bottom, I used the darkest ink and inked up only the lowest 1/3 of the word again softening the edge with the cloth.  Such a pretty color mix!  Then I stamped the smaller sentiment overlapping slightly with black ink.  I stamped several times to get a nice, dark impression.  I used the same technique on the flowers--getting darker toward the center.  I added a thin, gold border to the top and bottom of the sentiment panel and used a gold paint pen to add gold dots to the centers of the flowers.
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:

Challenges:
Dare 2 B Artzy--bright colors
Crafty Creations #420--anything goes
Cardz TV #138--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #494--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Creative Fingers #206--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #401--anything goes with snippets (the paper was left over from the previous card--plus it had already been a leftover piece--the sentiment panel was a scrap and the flowers and leaves were all stamped and cut from scraps)



Sunday, April 18, 2021

Someone very special

 My mom's birthday was today; this is the card I made for her.  Red is her favorite color so of course, I had to stamp some red(ish) flowers and add some red ribbon.

I made a fun gate fold card/gift card holder:


I die cut slots to hold the gift card, and then stamped the sentiment so it would be hidden until the gift card is removed.  Now you see it . . .
 . . . now you don't!


Supplies:
Stamps: Altenew "Flower Arrangement"; Verve "Better Together" sentiment; Mama Elephant "Inside Birthday Sentiments"
Dies: Altenew "Flower Arrangement" and "Crystal Frames"; Papertrey Ink "Filigree" border die

Challenges:













Scor-pal #80--anything goes with the optional twist: April showers or Fool us!  (I just went with the anything goes option)
Crafty Creations #420--anything goes
Creative Moments #212--anything goes
Aud Sentiments #272--anything goes
Cardz TV #138--anything goes
Cuttlebug Mania--gift card holder
Try Stampin' on Tuesday #502--more than one fold














Saturday, April 17, 2021

Did Someone Say Cake?

 It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.

The challenge this time is: Animals Acting Like Humans
And here is my card for your inspiration:
Aren't these little guys so adorable??!!  And who can refuse a yummy looking cupcake like this?  The card is actually a 5x7 size which is much larger than I usually make.  I printed out the image quite large intending to make a very CAS card, but then decided I wanted a little more interest so I had to go bigger.  Unfortunately, the image is so large it covers up most of the fun chevron paper I used in the background.  But, its so cute, it really doesn't matter!
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: 
Stamps: Di's Digi Stamps "Teds Cupcake Party" digi; MFT "Delicious Birthday" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle

Challenges:
Unicorn Challenge #64--include an animal
Cards Galore #86--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Sheepski Designs #49--animal magic
Creative Craft Cottage #39--include an animal













Incy Wincy Designs--Borders and/or bright colors
Aud Sentiments #272--anything goes
Cardz TV #138--anything goes
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #494--anything goes








Friday, April 16, 2021

With Sympathy

About a month ago, I received this gorgeous set from Altenew: "Rosy Lookout"!  It is a fabulous layering stamp set.  I mean, look at them!  They don't even looked stamped.  I had a chance to play with it and stamped multiples of almost all the images.  It was really easy using my mini MISTI.  I created another card with the other images; you can see it here.  For this card, I was in need of a sympathy card, as you can see.

 I heat embossed the frame with gold embossing powder and then stamped the sentiment with black ink.  The matching die made it quick and easy.  A little bit of dotted ribbon and some gold Nuvo drops finished everything off.  You can see the shine from the embossed image in the photo below.
The embossing really adds just the right amount of elegance.  And every sympathy card needs some elegance.

Supplies:
Stamps: Altenew "Rosy Lookout"; PaperTrey Ink "Boutique Borders: Sympathy"
Dies: Altenew "Rosy Lookout"; PaperTrey Ink "Boutique Borders: Sympathy"

Challenges:
Crafty Creations #420--anything goes
Creative Moments #212--anything goes
As You Like It--Favorite: stenciling or embossing (I am starting to enjoy stenciling, but I don't do a lot of it.  I LOVE both heat and dry embossing!!  I love watching the powder change as it melts and creates something amazing!!)
Fab n Funky Challenge #519--embossing, wet or dry
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes
Crafty Catz #517--anything goes with the optional twist: embossing, wet or dry


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Happy Spring!

 Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week the challenge is: Spring Has Sprung.  And here is the card I created for your inspiration:

I stamped, colored and fussy cut the bunny image then adhered it to the main panel and then adhered a die cut grass strip to the bottom of the panel after tying some twine around it.  I lined up the letter dies for the word "spring" using a grid mat and a strip of washi tape to hold them in place and then to transfer them to the sheet of patterned paper.  That way they come out perfectly spaced and in a straight line.  I added a strip of acetate (recycled from a stamp set packaging) behind the die cut letters and created a shaker element.  I finished it off with a die cut "happy" and some sprinkled sequins.

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 "Clover Bunny"
Dies: MFT "Happy Trio" and "Stitched Alphabet"; Sweet n' Sassy Stamps grass border

Challenges:
Your Next Stamp #161--Sunshine & Smiles (My little bunny is smiling and I'm sure he will bring smiles to the recipient!)
Unicorn Challenge #64--include an animal
Cards Galore #86--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafty Calendar--spring or Easter
Sheepski Designs #49--animal magic
Stinkin Inkers--recycle/reuse (I recycled some stamp packaging to create the shaker window)
Creative Craft Cottage #39--include an animal
Paper Funday #28--anything goes with the optional twist: spring has sprung
Creative Moments #212--anything goes













{Pin}spirational Challenge #276--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the bunnies and the pink)













If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #155--inspiration photo ( was inspired by the white bunnies, the pink and the dots)



Tuesday, April 13, 2021

50th Birthday

 What do you do when your friend is turning 50?  Well, obviously create a fabulous, sparkly, 50th Birthday card!!

A few weeks ago, I received this beautiful layering set by Altenew: "Rosy Lookout" and I decided this was the perfect time to play with it.  I used my mini MISTI and I'm so glad I did because I ended up stamping most layers twice to get a nice, dark stamping.  While I was stamping, I decided to create 4 of everything as it is easy enough to do when using a MISTI.  The large rose has 4 layers, the larger bud has 4 flower layers and three leaf layers and the smaller bud has 2 flower layers plus 3 leafy layers.  The leaves each have 3 layers.  Getting them lined up perfectly is a little tricky, but fortunately, it does matter if it isn't 100% perfect; no one will notice.  I ended up using about half of the stamped and die cut images and saved the other half for a card I will be sharing later this week.  I had this really fun idea of die cutting the sentiment out of the top layer which allows the patterned paper to show through.  I used a piece of washi tape laid out on a grid mat to get the letters straight and perfectly aligned.  Then I was able to transfer all the letters (still attached to the strip of washi) directly to my die cut panel and have them all exactly in the right place!  I used this same technique in this card.  I die cut the word "happy" from dark brown card stock and the "50" from some gold glitter paper and adhered them both above the "birthday" cut out.  I stamped the "th" in dark brown ink to finish the sentiment.  The, I adhered a bit of acetate, recycled from some stamp packaging, to the back of the "birthday" cut out to create a shaker element.  I finished the card off with some small white pearls.

Supplies:
Stamps: Altenew "Rosy Lookout"; PaperTrey Ink "Big Birthday Wishes" 'th'
Dies: Altenew" Rosy Lookout"; Kat Scrappiness "Distressed Edge" nesting slimline die; MFT "Happy Trio" and "Stitched Alphabet"; PaperTrey Ink number border die

Challenges:
Sunday Stamps #254--Go Slim and sketch









Pixie's Crafty Workshop #400--anything goes with snippets (All of my flower/leaf pieces were stamped and die cut from scrap white card stock and the "50" was die cut from a scrap)

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Anniversary Pups

 Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week it is Anniversary.  Create any project with an anniversary theme.  Here is the card I created for your inspiration:

My sister and brother-in-law have the next anniversary coming up, so I decided to make a card for them.  They are dog people and have a black Border Collie/Lab mix, so I colored these sweet little pups up in black.  They aren't as hairy as my sister's dog (she definitely has the Border Collie hair!) but they are black, so it will work.  The pup on the right is how the image actually stamps.  For the pup on the left, I did the mirror stamping technique so I could have them "facing" each other.  They are really so cute and playful!  I added a few die cut hearts that were in my bits and pieces stash.  They finish it off perfectly!

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 "Wagging Pup" and "Happy Anniversary"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 25" stitched banner; Verve "Scalloped Trim Trio" hearts

Challenges:
Alphabet Challenge--Z is for Zoology
Unicorn Challenge #64--include an animal
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Sheepski Designs #49--animal magic
Dare 2 B Artzy--bright colors














Saturday, April 3, 2021

21

 One of the young men at our church just turned 21.  Oh, to be 21 again!  I'm going to be double that this year; yikes!  Anyway, I made this card to celebrate him.  It all began with the turquoise stars.  I had several of them left over from a baby shower and have been trying to use them--masculine cards are perfect!  I used black for some bold accents and black glitter paper for the focal point.


In the photo below, you can see all that lovely sparkle!

Supplies:
Dies: PaperTrey Ink "By the Numbers"; Sizzix/Stephanie Bernard "Framelets Flip-Its--Stars"

Challenges:
Double Trouble #81--Something, Anything, Everything (Thing #1: anything goes)













Penny's Challenge #493--anything goes
Mod Squad Challenge--use a number
Little Red Wagon #595--Happy Birthday
Creative Fingers #205--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper


You Rock!

 It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.

The challenge this time is: Make It Monochrome
And here is my card for your inspiration:
I created a fun flip card to celebrate a young man's 13th birthday.  It's funny, I have a hard time mixing colors, but I also struggle with monochromatic color schemes!  You would think that would be easy!  The color was inspired by the turquoise star in the center of the flip element.  I had several of them left over from a baby shower, so I've been trying to use them up on masculine cards.  
I colored up this little cutie, "MP3 Mike" with my Spectrum Noir markers.  He is just perfect for masculine cards, specially teen cards.  With this flip card layout, there really isn't a place for a sentiment on the inside, but I did use a word die from the same set to add a sentiment on the reverse side of the star element.  I also added two strips of stars for a bit of interest on the inside.

On the back, I add a place for another sentiment and a spot for writing a little note.

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: 
Stamps: Di's Digi Stamps "MP3 Mike" digi; Papertrey Ink "Big Birthday Wishes" sentiment
Dies: Sizzix/Stephanie Bernard Framelits Flip-its "Stars"; PaperTrey Ink Numbers border

Challenges:
Cardz TV #13--anything goes
A Gem of A Challenge--anything goes
Double Trouble #81--Something, Anything, Everything (Thing #1: anything goes, Thing #3: color-with my Spectrum Noir Markers)
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #493--anything goes
Mod Squad--use a number
Little Red Wagon #595--Happy Birthday 
Cards Galore #86--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper