Monday, May 29, 2017

Anniversary Hearts

I created this fun anniversary card for my cousin and his wife.  It was the perfect way to use up some of my beautiful paper scraps that are getting too small to use for much else.
I popped up the outer two hearts on both the top and bottom rows and the center heart in the middle row.  It adds interest and dimension/texture without adding anything extra.

Stamps: PTI "Damask Designs" sentiment
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Sweet n' Sassy Stamps heart die

Mustard Seed #7--based on the book of Hosea (relationships)
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #283--anything goes with snippets
Sweet Stampin'--use up your stash
Creative Fingers #131--anything goes
Art Impressions #209--white space is nice space
Cute Card Thursday #479--CAS
Crafty Creations #342--anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #124--2 or more designer papers
Penny's Challenge #336--anything goes
CAS-ual Fridays #174--sketch

Stamplorations CAS challenge--feminine colors

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sweet Strawberries

Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  As always, we are now an Anything Goes challenge and our sponsor for this week is Star Stampz. 

I was given this adorable image to use and it's really so sweet!

The timing of this card is perfect because the strawberries in my own patch are starting to ripen!  Yumm!!  I can't wait.  We have a huge patch in my flower garden along the side of the house and it's so great to be able to walk out there and pick some.  Homegrown are so much better than store bought!  Anyway, obviously, my color theme needed to be red since strawberries are red.  And I had the perfect paper in my stash: red with white flowers ('cause strawberry flowers are white).  I have this paper forever (probably 15 or so years) and it needed some love.

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 June 1st by 6:00PM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of June 4th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create.

Stamps: Star Stampz "Strawberry" digi; Verve "Better Together" sentiment
Dies:  Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A"; PTI border die

Mod Squad--birthday bash
Crafty Creations #342--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #33--anything goes
Tuesday Morning Sketches #404--Tuesday Morning Sketches
Di's Digi Designs--tic tac toe (I used the ribbon/twine, digi image, flowers diagonal row)
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps #382--spring (strawberries ripen in the spring)
As You Like It--Favorite Skin or fur color & why (my favorite skin combo are Spectrum Noirs FS2, FS3, TN2 and FS6 for the cheeks  and it is my favorite because it is the only pale skin color markers I own!)
Inspiration Destination #128--anything goes
Crafter's Cafe #173--birthday
Aurora Wings #50--my secret garden
Pattie's Creations #134--for the girls
The Paper Nest Dolls #5--anything goes
Dare 2B Artzy--girly
Stinkin' Inkers--It's Spring

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Masculine Birthdays

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week, it's a nice easy one: Anything Goes!  We know how much everyone loves those!  A couple months ago, I started sending out cards to people at our church for birthdays, get well, etc.  I figured I had LOTS of cards sitting around that I had made and this would be a great way to use them AND brighten some days at the same time.  Which is great for the women as I have lots of girly cards, but now I also have a lot of men that I need cards for and I don't have so many of them hanging around.  This week, I had several male birthdays to make cards for.  This first one is for my husband's grandfather.
 I stamped the image in versamark and heat embossed it with white powder.  Then I sponged on some blue ink; love how it turned out!  After I dry embossed the blue panel, I sponged on some darker blue ink to really bring out the texture.
 Since this is a square card, I needed to create an envelope with my envelope punch board and I finished it off by stamping the same image from the card.
And here is card #2:
I've had this hot air balloon stamp (yes, all three balloons are part of one stamp, I just cut them apart after stamping) for quite a while and had yet to ink it up.  This seemed the perfect opportunity and I knew they would look fabulous paper pieced.  And they do!!  (It's also a great way to use small scraps)  I had the clouds already cut out in my bits and pieces stash and they were the perfect embellishments.  I really love how this one turned out, too.
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week, I can't wait to see what you have created.  And remember if you "need" any of the stamps I have used, I have a 10% off your entire order coupon in my left sidebar.

Card #1:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Bass Harbor Light (lg.)" and "Birthday"
Dies/embossing folders: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; Darice "Damask" embossing folder
Card Stock  and Ink: SU! "Brocade Blue" and "Night of Navy"

Come And Get It--embossing (both heat AND dry)
Cardz TV #2-anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #44--anything goes
Crafty Catz #371--anything goes with twist: more than 2 layers
Cute Card Thursday #478--brads (star brads)
Little Miss Muffet #163--anything goes
Crafter's Cafe #173--birthday
Scrapper's Delights #66--anything goes
Love To Craft Challenge Blog#10--anything goes
Cheerful Sketches--sketch

Card #2:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Hot Air Balloon Cluster" and "Birthday"
Dies: Spellbinders banner and border die; Paper Smooches "Cute Clouds"

Hiding In My Craft Room #301--masculine
Creative Fingers #130--anything goes
Aud Sentiments #180--anything goes with a sentiment
Inspiration Destination #128--anything goes
Creative Inspirations #275--anything goes
Stamplorations theme and sketch--theme: stamps & alphabets AND sketch

Open-Minded Challenge #11--Mighty Men in May
Tuesday Throwdown #304--anything goes

Sunday, May 21, 2017

New Home

My cousin and his wife just bought a house  a few months ago, so I made this card for them.  The papers are all from a paper pack I've been trying to use up for a long time.  And this house pattern is perfect for a new home theme.  AND I managed to use up both patterns, yeay!!

Stamps: Verve "Happy Everything"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large", "Standard Scalloped Ovals, large" and "Charmed, I'm sure"

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes
Card Mania #92--life is colorful
Scrapper's Delights #66--anything goes
Crop Stop Challenge--anything goes
Creative Inspiration #275--anything goes
Fab n Funky #351--create a background (with my paper squares)
Penny's Challenges #392--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #128--anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Little Miss Muffet #163--anything goes
Aud Sentiments #180--anything goes
Crafty Catz #371--anything goes with more than two layers
A Bit More Time To Craft #44--anything goes
Creative Fingers #130--anything goes

Friday, May 19, 2017

Anniversary Tulips

This card is for my sister and brother-in-law for their anniversary which is next week.  My 11 year-old picked out this image for me to use; I think she made a good choice, don't you?
These strips of paper are some of the largest that are remaining from one of my favorite paper packs.  It's sad to see them getting used up, but it's nice to be able to use little bits and strips to create something beautiful.

Stamps: Fred She Said "Tulip Bouquet" digi; PTI "Damask Designs" sentiment
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Creative Fingers #130--anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #44--anything goes
Aud Sentiments #180-anything goes
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #69--inspiration photo (inspired by that gorgeous tiffany blue color)

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Crafty Gals #123--add flowers
Penny's Challenge #392--anything goes
MFT #333--sketch
Sketch Challenge 333 #mftstamps
The Paper Shelter #294--stitching, faux or real
Creative Inspirations #275--anything goes
Sweet Stampers Challenge #7--dots and/or stripes
Card Mania Challenge #92--Life is Colorful
Divas That Cut--May Flowers
Crafty Calendar--flowers
Stinkin' Inkers--It's Spring
Sugar Pea Designs #41--inspiration photo (yellow flowers and yellow patterns)

Fussy & Fancy #187--pink, pearls & posies
Pink Gem Challenge #194--spring fever

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Merry Christmas

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a beautiful photo inspiration challenge:
Image may contain: plant and flower
So, my card is a bit of a stretch for the photo inspiration, but let me explain.  As soon as I saw the colors, I wanted to make a Fall card, I mean, those are perfect Fall colors, right?  But, I'm not ready to make Fall cards ( I AM always ready to make Christmas cards, though.).  I was really caught by that dark brown and it was my starting place.  Then I pulled out the gold color and the light pink.  And that's how I was inspired by the photo, and here's my card:

I wanted to add a bit of interest to the darker pink layer, so I stamped a poinsettia image randomly all over with versamark.  It adds interest without being overwhelming.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week.  I can't wait to see how you are inspired by this photo.  Hop on over to The House Blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Deer Family Silhouette", "Christmas" and "Poinsettia"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large", "Teardrop Circles"; MFT fancy corners; PTI  fancy border die

Christmas At Sweet Stampin---anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafting with an Attitude--anything goes
Love To Craft Challenge Blog #10--anything goes
Cheerful Sketches--sketch

Crop Stop--anything goes (I used spellbinders products)
Crafting By Designs May challenge--anything goes
Crimbo Crackers #132--recycling (the brown ribbon across the center was recycled from a box of chocolate covered strawberries!)
Crafty Creations #341--anything goes
In the Pink #119--razzle, dazzle (I use gold paper, pearls, and antique gold/white glittery frantage embossing powder)
Brown Sugar #250--embossing (I heat embossed the frantage powder)
Crafty Catz--anything goes with mirror card ( don't have any mirror card, but I did use a shiny gold paper)
Sweet Stampin'--shabby chic
Fashionable Stamping #123--Let's go wild (deer are wild animals)
Tuesday Throwdown #343--texture (from the ribbon, intricate die cuts and the embossed powder)
Creative Craft Cottage #87--three of a kind (three deer in my image and 3 pearls)
The Holly and Ivy #6--anything goes

Monday, May 15, 2017

Project of the Week: paper piecing

It's my turn to post a Project of the Week for The House That Stamps Built.  Paper piecing is not a new technique by any means, but I thought I would share a few hints and tips that I like to use.  Here's what you need:
-your image
-card stock and patterned paper
-scissors (I like to use these scissors with little tiny blades, it helps maneuver around the image better) and I also used a craft knife for the little details
-a black marker
 Stamp your image on your card stock and then again on the patterned paper.  This is a great way to use up some scraps; but I do like to use a pattern that I also use on the rest of the card.
 Cut out the part of the image you want to use from the patterned paper and color your image stamped on the card stock.  Here's one of the tips: use a marker similar to your patterned paper to color around the edges of the part you will be covering up.  It helps just in case you didn't cut exactly right.  I also like to take the black marker and ink around the edges of the cut out piece.  This helps eliminate any white edges and again helps if you haven't cut it perfectly.
 Then adhere you patterned paper piece onto your main piece.
 I cut out the entire image and adhered it to my card.
I hope this encourages you to use the paper piecing technique, and hopefully my tips help a little bit.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Cupcakes" and "Birthday"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13"

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Card Mania #92--Life is colorful
Sheep Ski Designs #2--anything goes
Cas-ual Fridays--birthday with 6 of the same item (6 enamel dots)
A Bit More Time To Craft #44--anything goes
Cardz TV #1--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #328--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--going dotty
Crafty Creations #341--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #127--anything goes with a twist of masculine
Mod Squad Challenge--Let's color
C.R.A.F.T. #415--birthday (plus a HOP)
CAS(E) This #221--sketch

Art Impressions #208--dots & stripes
Hiding In My Craft Room #300--super scraps Saturday
Sweet Stampers #7--dots and/or stripes
Crazy 4 Challenges--use green
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #281--anything goes with snippets (this entire card is made from snippets, except the card base)