Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Happy Pup

  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:
This is actually a little sneak peek at next week's challenge.  I'm not going to tell you what it is, but one of the elements I used on this card is the challenge for next week.  I got my challenges mixed up and made this card for my husband for our anniversary (7/31--22 years!).  When I went to upload it to the team facebook page, I realized I had done the wrong week!  Uggghhh!!  Luckily this is an anything goes challenges, so literally, anything goes!  My daughter got a little Rottweiler puppy back in April and my husband is quite taken with him as well.  So, I colored up this cute little pup to resemble our Hawkeye.  I stamped the background with a pawprint and a heart stamp and dry embossed the kraft layer with a pawprint embossing folder to fit with the theme.    I created a little tag that can be pulled out and used as a bookmark or some such thing.
The sentiment die cut panel is popped up on foam tape and also acts as a stopper for the tag, so it doesn't slip out of place.
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.  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 "Wagging Pup", "Dog Pawprint", "Candy Heart" and "Happy Anniversary"
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 4"; STAMPlorations "Coffee Tags"
Darice pawprint embossing folder

Challenges:

Monday, July 26, 2021

Blue Christmas

Good morning!! It's my turn to share my Pick of the Week for The House That Stamps Built blog.  If you've been around for a while, you know I am doing a series of cards inspired by cards I have found on Pinterest.  This week, I want to show that you can be inspired by the same card in completely different ways.  My inspiration is this card:

I really like the text circles and the CAS layout.  In June of last year, I posted a card that was inspired by this very card.  Here is that card:
Quite similar to the original inspiration card, I would say.  Well, this time as I was looking through my Pinterest board, that same card caught my eye and I was inspired in a completely different way.
Those circle text elements still really grab my eye, but this time I used "Snowflake orb" embossed in silver embossing powder and dressed up to be an ornament.  I also heat embossed the sentiment "Christmas" with the silver embossing folder.  I die cut the ornament "topper" and then used some sliver cording I had to "hang" the ornament from the top of the card.  I used a silver mat for the focal panel and finished everything off with some silver rhinestones (not clear, they are definitely silver).  You can see all that shiny embossing in the photo below.
Usually I am encouraging you to take a look at all of those cards you have pinned on Pinterest (come on, you know you have them!) and recreate something with the supplies you already have.  Today, I am encouraging you to take a look at those inspiration projects and be inspired in a completely different way!

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Snowflake Orb" and "Christmas"
Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs ornament topper

Challenges:
Sparkles Christmas Challenge #126--more than one snowflake
Creative Craft Cottage #142--Christmas in July
Kat Scrappiness--monochromatic
Crafty Creations #423--anything goes


Crafty Gals Corner #221--Christmas in July
Double Trouble #89--Christmas in July (Thing #1: Christmas; Thing #3: ribbon and/or bow)
Penny's Challenge #501--anything goes
Creative Moments #219--anything goes





Saturday, July 24, 2021

Golfing Ted

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

The challenge this time is: Use one or more sun(s)
And here is my card for your inspiration:
Little Ted is out playing a round of gold on his birthday.  Luckily for him, it is a nice sunny day!  At first all three of my circle elements were suns, but it was a little too crowded and actually looked a little funny with three suns!!  So, I made one a sun and the other two are just design elements.  For a little more fun, I added three enamel dots to echo the larger die cut circles.  I created the background using scraps from a paper pack.  I had paper pieced Ted's shorts and hat and needed to tie in those patterns but didn't have any pieces from the pack that were large enough.  So, I made my own!

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 "Ted in the Rough" digi; PaperTrey Ink "Rhythm and Soul" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large"; MFT "Blueprints 13" pinked edge circle and stitched rectangle and"Blueprints 12" small round

Challenges:
Cutie Pie Challenge #161--paper piece it
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Dies R Us #173--anything goes with brands DRU carries (spellbinders and mft)
Paper Funday #31--anything goes with the optional twist: summer fun
Cute Card Thursday #690--anything goes with the optional twist: summer












Crafty Creations #423--anything goes
Sweet Stampers #10--summer fun
Alphabet Challenge--H is for "use Happy in your sentiment"
Cardz TV #145--anything goes
Sweet Stampin--create your own background (I made mine with strips of different patterned papers
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
The Paper Shelter--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #501--anything goes
Krafty Chicks--all occasions

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Christmas Deer

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps.  This week is: Christmas in July.

And here is the card I created:
I found a sketch I wanted to use and then remember this stag head die that I have that I had yet to use.  Then, I found some rustic papers and went to work.  I stamped, colored and fussy the cut out the pinecones, adhered them to the card and added some twine bows to dress them up.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on a piece of vellum that I wrapped around the oval the deer is mounted on.  I added a little red pearl to his nose and then added three more for embellishment.  In the photo below, you can see the shine from the gold embossed sentiment and the sparkle of the gold glitter paper behind the brown ribbon.
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.  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 "Pine cone" and "Christmas"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large"; STAMPlorations "Two Reindeer Dies"

Challenges:
Crafty Calendar--anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage #142--Christmas in July












Kat Scrappiness--monochromatic
Crafty Creations #423--anything goes











STAMPlorations: Summer anything goes













Winter Wonderland--Christmas music or songs (Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer)
Crafty Catz #560--anything goes with the optional twist: Christmas in July
Cardz TV #145--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #551--anything goes with the optional twist: punch/die
Double Trouble #89--Christmas in July (Thing #1: Christmas; Thing #3: ribbon and/or bow)

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Christmas ornament

  Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps.  This week it is "Patterned Paper and Stamping".

And here is the card I created:
This might be my favorite challenge ever!!  I LOVE stamps and I LOVE patterned paper.  So, what could be better than combining them together!?  I started by stamping the ornament.  Then I masked the edges with some washi tape before stamping the poinsettia image several times.  I colored the image, fussy cut it out and added some detail with a gold paint pen.  I popped it up with foam tape before adhering it to the card.  To finish it off, I added some gold sparkle pen to the poinsettias.  You can see the sparkle 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 challenge.  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 "Ornament Frame", "Pointsettia", and "Christmas"

Challenges:
Retro Rubber #162--sketch (I've had the ornament frame for 3 1/2 years, and the flower and sentiment for almost 6 years)













Through The Purple Haze #185--anything goes with the optional twist: Christmas in July
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #550--anything goes with the optional twist: use some red
Creative Craft Cottage #142--Christmas in July
DARE 2 B Artzy--Christmas in July
Alphabet Challenge--G is for Green or Gold
Shopping Our Stash #449--Christmas in July

Saturday, July 10, 2021

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 challenge comes at a good time as I am waaaaaaaaay behind in getting my Christmas cards made.  I used one of my favorite little mice for this one; I love his giant flowers!  I used the "out-of-the box" technique to cut out the front flower before adding a gold glitter mat and popping it up with some foam tape and adding it back in place on top of the rest of the image.  In the photo below you can see more of the gold glitter paper; the sparkle is fabulous!!
I used a gold paint pen to dot the centers of the poinsettias.  It adds even more shimmer and shine and a little extra somethin'!
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 "Poinsettia Mouse" digi; Verve "Beyond Measure" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangular die

Challenges: 
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round--something that starts with "M" or "N" (I used a mouse)
Cards Galore #89--anything goes
Through The Purple Haze #182--anything goes with the optional twist: Christmas in July
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafty Calendar--anything goes













Sheepski Designs--let the sparks fly
Dare 2B Artzy--Christmas in July
Alphabet Challenge--G is for green or gold (gold glitter paper)
Cardz TV #144--anything goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #161--anything goes: Christmas in July
Incy Wincy--enchanted garden AND/OR Christmas in July
Shopping Our Stash #449--Christmas in July
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Fab n Funky #531--anything goes
The Paper Shelter #477--going digital
Penny's Challenge #500--anything goes
Little Red Wagon--anything Christmas goes



Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Stenciled Christmas

  Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps.  This week is Use a Stencil.

And here is the card I created:
I used a fabulous stencil from Newton's Nook to create this background.  I used several colors of Metallic Guilding Polish: Brown, Red Bronze, Copper, and Gold.  I just randomly applied them across the stencil.  Once they dried, I added some silver glitter paste on top.  Oh my goodness, the shimmer and shine on this one are fabulous!!  You can see it in the photo below.
I used the Red Bronze Guilding Paste to create a border for the sentiment strip so it would match the background.  I stamped the pinecone image twice, colored it and then stamped over top with the silver glitter paste.  I finished everything off with some chocolate liquid 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.  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 "Merry Christmas" and "Pine cone"
Stencils: Newton's Nook "Holiday Foliage"

Challenges:
Crafter's Cafe #269--anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #600--anything goes
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round--Something that starts with "M" or "N" (I have "Merry" and metallic polishes)
Through The Purple Haze #182--anything goes with the optional twist: Christmas in July
Stick It Down--sketch (I adapted it just a little bit)













Moving Along with The Times #132--cool it down (Christmas and cooling it down with some icy sparkle)
DARE 2B Artzy--Christmas in July
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #549--anything goes with the optional twist: for a man or boy (this color combo would be perfect for sending to a man)
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #161--anything goes (Christmas in July)
Incy Wincy Designs--enchanted garden AND/OR Christmas in July

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Next Batch

 I have my next installation of cards from the one-sheet wonder template I've been working on.  Four more done, 5 pieces left to go. You can see the others here and here.

I had originally die cut that fancy "doily" for one of the other cards and it didn't work out, but it was perfect for this card.

I added some silver glitter paste to it to give it some fabulous shine!  You can see it in the photo below.
For the second card, I added a vellum panel; it softens the background but doesn't add any extra pattern.
On both that card and the next card, I used the same circle background stamp to create a little bit of interest.
For the last one, I actually had to cut and piece the strips of patterned paper together.  The original pieces were too short, but by hiding the cut behind the ribbon panel, they look like they are the perfect length!  I used a second stamp set for the sentiment on this one.  None of the sentiments from the elephants set would fit on the white panel.

Supplies:
CARD #1:
Stamps: MFT "Adorable Elephants"; Simon Says Stamp "Round and round" background stamp
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 12" stitched circle and "Small Doilies"

CARD #2: 
Stamps: MFT "Adorable Elephants"; Simon Says Stamp "Round and round" background stamp
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

CARD #3:
Stamps: MFT "Adorable Elephants"; Simon Says Stamp "Round and round" background stamp
Border Punch: Fiskars "Upper Crest"

CARD #4:
Stamps: MFT "Adorable Elephants"; Papertrey Ink "Fresh Alphabet"
Dies: MFT "Designer Labels STAX"

Challenges:
CARD #1:
MFT 548--sketch (but I missed the deadline)













Cards Galore #89--anything goes
Crafty Calendar--anything goes
Stinkin' Inkers--let the sparks fly (sparkle on my die cut and blue rhinestones)
Cardz TV #144--anything goes

CARD #2:













C.R.A.F.T. #604--anything goes
Dies R Us #172--anything goes using brands DRU sells (Spellbinders)
Sheepski Designs #52--celebration (birthdays)
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes

CARD #3:













Make My Monday #152--airborne (my little butterfly is flying)

CARD #4:













Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Creative Sketchy Girls #61--ribbon, rope, lace
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes


Thursday, July 1, 2021

More Adorable Elephants

 I finished three more cards with my one-sheet wonder template.  You can see the first three here.   These little elephants are so adorable, they make any card look good!!
For card #2, here, I altered my flowers a little bit.  Each flower was one layer and had a clear rhinestone center.  I decided to make them look a little bit more like the little daisies stamped below the sentiment.  So, I gently took off the rhinestones, adhered two flower together to make them more full, and then added yellow enamel dots to the centers.
For the last one, I added a belated birthday sentiment.  Unlike what the sentiment says, I am quite often late with my birthday wishes.  I don't forget, I just don't get them sent out on time.  But I think the recipient will forgive me because the elephant is so cute!!

Supplies:
CARD #1
Stamps: MFT "Adorable Elephants" image and sentiment
Dies: MFT mini doily and "Blueprints 12" stitched circles; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

CARD #2
Stamps: MFT "Adorable Elephants" image and sentiment
Dies: MFT "Designer Label STAX"

CARD #3
Stamps: MFT "Adorable Elephants" image and sentiment
Dies: Repeat Impressions "Flip Fancy" Die set

Challenges:
CARD #1
Double Trouble #87--Hip To Be Square (Thing #1: squares or circles)













As You Like It--Favorite way to stitching and why (while it can be fun to pull out the sewing machine and actually stitch, I definitely love the convenience and perfect stitching of stitched dies)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Dies R Us #172--anything goes with brands sold by DRU (I used spellbinders and mft)

CARD #2
Sunday Stamps #260--Triple the fun sketch













Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
CRAFT #604--anything goes
Cards Galore #89--anything goes


CARD #3
Sweet Stampin'--I spy something beginning with "B" (I have a bow)








Crafter's Cafe #269--anything goes
Creative Sketchy Girls #61--ribbon, rope, lace (I used ribbon)



Big 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:
Oh, I just love this little elephant!!  He's soooo adorable!!    I saw this old Sketch Saturday sketch a while ago and it just caught my attention; I so desperately wanted to give it a try.  So, while the deadline is well past, I still had to make a card with it anyway.  I already had the blue die cut stars in my stash left over from a past project.  I thought it would be fun to pair them with red patterned paper and create a fun 4th of July birthday card.  A young man in our family celebrates his birthday on the 4th, so this will be going to him.

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 "Adorable Elephants" image and "Essential Sentiments" sentiment
Dies: MFT "Happy Trio"; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; Sizzix/Stephanie Bernard "Flip Fancy--stars"

Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Dies R Us #172--anything goes with die brands carried by DRU
Double Trouble #87--It's Hip to Be Square (Thing #1: use squares or circles)
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #406--anything goes with snippets (the stars were left overs, I believe the circles were die cut from scraps, the little elephant and both sentiment pieces were cut from scraps)
Simon Says Stamp Monday--red, white, and/or blue
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Crafters Cafe #269--anything goes

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Adorable Elephants

 I have sooooo much patterned paper and am always looking for a good way to use it up.  (Can anyone relate??)  One-sheet wonders appeal to me so much because it is a way to use up an ENTIRE sheet of patterned paper.!!  No little scraps left over (other than really tiny ones that you don't feel bad about throwing away).  I did a batch for Christmas last year and then for Valentine's Day this year (here, here and here, and here).    Now, I decided to do a batch of feminine birthday cards so I could have some on hand for those times when birthdays sneak up on me.  Some of the sentiments I used could also go for other occasions, which could end up being a life-saver, too.  So far, when I've done a batch, I've used one stamp set (images) and maybe mixed in other sets for the sentiments.  This time I've used the "Adorable Elephants" from MFT.  They are just. so. cute!  Here is my first set of three completed:
For this batch I tried this template--a new one for me.  I don't use any other patterned papers on these, but I will use two colors of coordinating card stock, one spool of ribbon and maybe some similar embellishments on some of them.  So, on the first one, I did use an embossing folder to give the background some interest.
On the second card, I stamped a background stamp using a yellow ink, so it just barely shows up.

On the third card I really liked the look of the plain card stock base and decided to leave it that way.  It gives a really clean look.
I will be posting more in the coming days (hopefully) but wanted to get these up before the sketch challenges close.

Supplies:
CARD #1:
Stamps: MFT "Adorable Elephants" by Birdie Brown
Dies: Verve "Classy Labels"
Embossing Folder: Sizzix "Circles"

CARD #2:
Stamps: MFT "Adorable Elephants" by Birdie Brown; Simon Says Stamp circle background
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large" and "Scalloped Circles, large" and "Say What?" speech bubble

CARD #3:
 Stamps: MFT "Adorable Elephants" by Birdie Brown 

Challenges:
CARD #1:
Stick-It-Down Challenge--sketch (I turned it to a horizontal orientation so my squares would fit)








{Pin}spirational Challenge #278--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the elephants)












Word Art Wednesday #498--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes




CARD #2:










Pink Gem Challenge--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #499--anything goes
Creative Moments #217--anything goes

CARD #3:








Sweet Stampin'--I spy something beginning with "B" (I used a balloon and a banner)
Double Trouble #87--It's Hip to Be Square (Thing #1: squares or circles, Thing #2: play along with Try Stampin' on Tuesday)
Creative Fingers #211--anything goes




Red, white and blue

  Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps.  This week is very fitting for this time of year: Red, White and Blue.

And here is the card I created:
This color combination is an obvious choice for Fourth of July cards/projects, but I used it for my  Father's Day card for my husband as it is also a great masculine color combo!  I was inspired by this card I found on Pinterest:

I started with the background, stamping the Compass Rose image all over in a random pattern.  Then, I stamped over it with the Postcard image using a light gray ink.  I liked the two-toned look of the inspiration card, so I blended on some lighter blue ink in the centers.  I used some distress oxide inks and some water to "water color" the water on the main panel.  I stamped and fussy cut the lighthouse image and adhered it using some foam tape and accenting it with a bit of gold embroidery cord.  I stamped my sentiment on red, to help carry through the color scheme and finished everything off with some blue and red nuvo drops.
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.  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 "Cape Hatteras Light", "Postcard", "Compass" and "I'm so glad . . ." and "Sandcastle" for the little birds

Challenges:
Creative Craft Cottage #141--Eileen's anything goes challenge
Crafty Creations #422--anything goes
Cardz TV #143--anything goes






Penny's Challenge #499--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #498--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Creative Moments #217--anything goes
Krafty Chicks #565--all occasions (Father's Day)
Creative Fingers #211--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday--red, white and/or blue