Friday, April 28, 2017

It's your day . . .

Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  As always, we are now an Anything Goes challenge.  
Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps:

I chose to use this fun image:
I picked it because it could be used for so many different occasions when you need a masculine card.  Think birthday, Father's Day, thinking of you, or even an encouragement card.  I think I might end up getting a lot of use out of this one.  I paired it with some screw head brads that I picked up last fall.  My husband and his grandfather are both carpenters so I knew the brads would come in handy.  But really, they add a great masculine touch to any project.  Then, I used a sentiment from Raisin Boat that seemed to fit the image.  Right now, I'm in an altering your sentiment stamp phase, either by masking or in this case curving.  I love clear stamps for this because it's really easy to attach them to your clear stamping block and then arc them to match the curve you are stamping them by.  I'm also in a "out of the box" die cutting technique mood lately, too.  It adds a bit of fun and interest and is a great technique when your largest dies aren't quite large enough to cut out your entire image (which is what happened here!); so fun!
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week.  I love being inspired by what you create!

What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool on Jo's blog. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.

You have until May 4th by 6:00PM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of May 7th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!

Supplies:
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps "Relax Guy" digi; Raisin Boat "It's a Guy Thing" sentiments
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; MFT "Blueprints 13" sentiment banner

Challenges:
Sugar Pea Designs #30--sketch


Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
CropStop--anything goes
Aurora Wings #48--anything goes
Little Miss Muffet #161--anything goes
Southern Girls #158--boys
Aud Sentiments #178--use a stamp for your sentiment
Di's Digi Designs--use something digital
Come And Get It--circles
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

So Glad

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week it is Anything Goes!  Oh, yeah, we know how much everyone loves those challenges!!  And here is the card I created for the challenge:
 I just love how these colors work together!  They're so bright and pretty.  And you all know how much I love these Flower Power separates images!  I stamped the background first with the solid images and then added details with coordinating Spectrum Noir markers.  I created a fun shaker card that looks all the way through to the stamped panel.  I used sequins and punched butterflies for a little bit of fun.
 Here's the inside:
Won't this make a super fun Mother's Day card?  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Flower Cluster Solid" (in gray), "Daisy solid, large" (in yellow), "Daisy Solid, small" (in orange), "Leaf solid, small" (in green) and "Mom's like you" inside sentiment
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Spellbinders "Fleur Di Lis Squares"; Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Card Stock: PTI "Grout Gray" and "Lemon Tart"; SU! "Pumpkin"
Inks: PTI "Lemon Tart", New Leaf", and "Orange Zest" and MFT light gray

Challenges:
Unicorn Challenge #20--Petal Power
Card Mania #91--April Showers bring May Flowers
A Bit More Time To Craft #42--anything goes
Creative Fingers #128--anything goes
Cards Galore--anything goes
The Paper Nest Dolls #4--anything goes
Creative Sketchy #11--butterflies and/or flowers
Love To Craft Challenge Blog--anything goes
Altnew's Celebrating Parents card drive--mother's or father's days (for seniors in nursing homes) #AltnewCardDrive
Stamplorations--theme and sketch: stamps wings

Stamplorations--Things with wings blog hop and linky party

YNS #62--color challenge

Creative Inspiration #273--for the gilrs
Aud Sentiments #178--use a stamp for your sentiment
Brown Sugar Challenge #247--use a die cut

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Smile

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you have been enjoying nice, warm, sunny spring days like we have been lately!  It's so nice to finally have spring arrive.  Also arriving is a new challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a beautiful photo inspiration challenge:
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Don't you just love those colors?!  I love the texture, too, and if I had any texture paste I would have created something that incorporated the texture.  But, I don't, so this is what I came up with:
I started by heat embossing the background stamp with white powder and sponging on the colors.  I also heat embossed two mums with white embossing powder, sponged on some aqua and amethyst and then added some shading with coordinating spectrum noir markers.   I used a lime green marker to color some white card stock to make it the right shade for die cutting my leaf sprigs.  I wasn't going to add any of the lime color, but I'm so glad I did; it really pops with the other colors.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week.  This challenge is a bit more "challenging" but I'm sure you can create something fabulous!  Hop on over to The House blog to see the full details and see what the rest of the DT created.  And if you "need" any of the stamps I used (or any from Repeat Impressions), check out my 10% off your ENTIRE order code over there in my left sidebar.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Flower Power Background", "Mum Outline" and "smile" from the "You Cling Set"
Dies: Verve "Sprightly Sprigs"; Darice Damask embossing folder
Card Stock: PTI "Aqua Mist" and "Ocean Tides:
Inks: PTI "Aqua Mist" and "Ocean Tides"; SU! "Almost Amethyst" and "Brocade Blue"
PTI "Aqua Mist" dotted satin ribbon

Challenges:
Mojo Monday #493--sketch

Come And Get It--It's a girl thing
A Gem of a Challenge #192--ribbon and/or lace
Creative Fingers #128--anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #42--anything goes
Inspiration Destination--anything goes
Cut It Up #119--CASE it! (Julee Tillman is probably my favorite designer, so I decided to CASE one of her cards, specially since I used her sketch)
Handmade card by Julee Tilman. | www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com
Card Mania #91--April showers bring May flowers
Unicorn Challenge #20--petal power


Friday, April 14, 2017

Blue Christmas

Here it is the middle of April, so I'm here with my mid-month inspiration for Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  You have a couple weeks left to play along with us this month, and a chance to get a head start on your Christmas card stash.  Here is my inspiration for you:
I just love this little snowman!  I often reach for him when I need something cute, and he's perfect for paper piecing which makes him even cuter!!  The matting behind the image panel is actually a dark brown to match the brown gingerbread men.  I added some snowflakes at the top of the main panel to make it look even more wintery.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this month; it is never too early to get started on those Christmas cards!!

Supplies:
Stamps: YNS "Holiday Snow Globe"; Verve "Peace On Earth" sentiment

Challenges:
Crafty Creations #339--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #324--anything goes
MFT #328--sketch
Sketch Challenge 328 #mftstamps
Christmas Card Challenge #10--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the gingerbread, I just used men instead of a house)

ABC Christmas--His for Home and I is for informal (my snowman is informally dressed)
The Holly & The Ivy--anything goes
The Paper Nest Dolls #4--anything goes
Christmas At Sweet Stampin'--anything goes

Seriously

Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  As always, we are now an Anything Goes challenge and our sponsors for this week is Little Blue Button Stamps. 

I used this gorgeous image:
I used the chalk board technique for the sentiment panel.  I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder, used a white colored pencil to add the doodles around the corners, and then used some white ink to sponge around the edges to give that chalk look.  I just LOVE how this card turned out; the image is so beautiful and the black really makes everything pop!  

What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool on Jo's blog. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.

You have until April 20th by 6:00PM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of April 23rd.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.

Supplies:
Stamps: Little Blue Button Stamps "Magnolia" digi; CAS-ual Fridays "Mon Ami"
Dies: Verve "Pennant Trim" die

Challenges:
In the Pink #117--pearls
Mod Squad Challenge Blog--chalkboard technique
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 #110--sketch

Word Art Wednesday #279--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Addicted To Stamps #237--make your mark (I used spectrum noir markers, craft ink and embossing powder)
Crafting by Designs--girls or flowers
Come And Get It--In the garden
Incy Wincy--recipe: 1 image, 2 patterned papers, 3 embellishments (I have 3 groups of 3 pearls)
Card Mania #91--April showers bring May flowers
Unicorn Challenge #20--Petal Power

Birthday Wishes

Today, I get to be a guest designer for Stick It Down Challenges!  Yippiee!!  So excited to be asked by them to play along this month.
 And here is the fabulous sketch we are working with this month:
I created the background with strips of scrap papers.  It's one of my favorite things to do when I come down to the end of a paper pack.  Luckily, I had enough of the polka dotted paper left to die cut a butterfly.  And the fancy oval half was already in my bits and pieces stash.  So, this card is made completely out of scraps!  LOVE it!!  Some rhinestones and a few sparkly sequins finish  it off.
I hope you will head on over to the Stick It Down blog and maybe even get a chance to play along.  The sketch is super fun!

Supplies:
Stamps: Verve "Surely Goodness"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; PTI butterfly; Spellbinders "Floral Ovals"

Challenges:
Crafty Creations #339--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #324--anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage #85--dies/punches
Shopping Our Stash #298--use punches or dies
Hiding In My Craft Room #296--super scraps
Aud Sentiments #177--birthday or #7
Love To Craft Challenge Blog #9--anything goes
Divas that Cut--birthdays
Crafting with an Attitude--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Best Wishes

It's Wednesday and that means it's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a fun tic-tac-toe challenge for you:
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And here is my card:
 I used the middle column: eyelets, paper piecing, and anniversary.  I also used yellow and blue and though I don't actually have any dew drops, I used clear texture drops on some of the leaves to look like actual dew drops.  You can see them a little better in the photo below.
This is one of my absolute favorite images for paper piecing; the vase looks stunning in so many different patterns.  I just got my new yellow set of spectrum noir markers and it was perfect timing, because these tulips look fabulous in yellow!  And I got to use up some scraps on this one, too.  All the papers on this card are part of my favorite 2 paper packs that are almost all gone (sigh) and are mostly just little strips but it was perfect for this fun layout.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week. Make sure you hop on over to The House Blog to see what the rest of the DT did with this challenge.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Vase of Tulips" and "Best Wishes"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle
Darice: damask embossing folder

Challenges:
Come And Get It--In the garden
Die Cuttin' Divas #312--Easter/Spring (tulips are spring flowers in our neck of the woods)
Creative Craft Cottage #85--dies/punches
Shopping Our Stash #298--use punches and/or dies
Di's Digis--spring and/or Easter (spring tulips)
Sweet Stampin'--mellow yellow
Hiding In My Craft Room #296--super scraps
A Bit More Time To Craft #41--anything goes
Brown Sugar #245--anything goes
Little Miss Muffet #160--anything goes
Sugar Pea Designs #30--sketch
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Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Creative Inspiration #272--spring spectacular
Crafty Calendar--April Showers or Spring
Crafting with an Attitude--anything goes
Card Mania #91--April Showers bring May Flowers
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Unicorn Challenge #20--Petal Power